EXCL. PREVIEW: Marvel's "Darth Vader" #9 Puts the Sith Lord at a Crossroads
Image Comics has announced that Tooth & Claw, the new series by Kurt Busiek, Benjamin Dewey, Jordie Bellaire and John Roshell of Comicraft, will undergo a title change starting with its second issue. Now called The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw, the series will also receive a second printing of the debut issue with the new title on the front.
“The launch of our new series has gone beautifully,” Busiek said in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier. Well, maybe just a little happier. I’m still not sure how we managed to screw up the trademark search. But as it turns out, the title we thought was clear for use is in fact registered to someone else, which is embarrassing as all hell. Oops.
The Colbert Report host and all-around expert on Star Wars Stephen Colbert returned to his popular Comedy Central show after a week away, and there was one pressing piece of news he made sure to touch upon: the debut of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. But not just any aspect of the teaser.
“Check out this awesome lightsaber! It’s a lightsaber with too many lightsabers on it,” Colbert said during his show’s opening segment. “It’s a menage-a-sabre. Sadly, there are some stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herders out there who aren’t thrilled with the new Jedi weapon. They say if these things are supposed to protect your hand like sword hilts, it wouldn’t work, because the first time you crossed lightsabers, and it slid down to the bottom of the blade, your opponent would cut through the little side-sabers and cut off your hand.”
It seems like nostalgia has become a big part of collectibles lately — there are plenty of toys that are faithful recreations of playthings from the ’70s and ’80s on the market, and some demand a pretty high premium. It looks as though Marvel and Gentle Giant are jumping on that bandwagon full-bore with oversized recreations of Mattel’s Secret Wars figures from the 1980s about to hit the market in 2015 — but it’s going to set you back a few bucks.
Marvel.com has posted details about Gentle Giant’s recreation of the Mattel toy line. Set at a price point of $90, the 12″ figures were recreated through digital scans of the originals, “roto injection molded and made of durable plastics” for a fully-articulated figure, which comes with a Secret Wars-inspired backer card with original photos and artwork.
While you might not know Corey Blake personally, it’s likely you’ve seen his work here on ROBOT 6. Corey has been a contributor to R6 for more than two years, writing pieces about subjects ranging from Comic-Con International to Bitstrips and many more through his column The Comics Observer.
You may also have noticed that Corey hasn’t been around ROBOT 6 in a couple of weeks. That’s because his wife Nahleen, diagnosed with both lupus and multiple sclerosis, is currently going through some serious medical issues, and is currently waiting to hear back from their insurance company to see if they will cover a very expensive — but very necessary — medication. ( Corey writes about it himself on his Twitter account.)
If you’d like to help Corey and Nahleen, they’ve set up an online fundraiser to help cover the cost of medical bills. They’re close to reaching their proposed goal, but don’t let that stop you from giving what you can.
The thoughts and good wishes of the entire CBR and ROBOT 6 editorial staff go out to Corey and Nahleen during this difficult time.
Powers creator Brian Michael Bendis has announced he’ll be a guest on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers on Jan. 20 to discuss the upcoming television adaptation of Powers, as well as comics and other subjects.
“I’m a kid from Cleveland going on the same show where Harvey Pekar went to war with Letterman,” Bendis wrote on his blog, noting that Late Night is his favorite talk show. “This is so crazy huge to me.”
While it’s a far cry from a full feature film, Tony Millionaire’s Sock Monkey has gotten a teaser as to what a full-length film could look like courtesy of animator Matt Danner.
Danner and Millionaire are set to bring the character to a new children’s story book for Sock Monkey: Into the Deep Woods, which is based on a film screenplay by Danner. According to Deadline, the story follows titular Sock Monkey Uncle Gabby as he and a group of other toys journey to save their human, Ann-Louise. The cinematic teaser was shot over the course of a day by Danner with a small crew using five “digi-nette” puppets. He and Millionaire are currently shopping the project to studios and financiers.
Actual automated Transformers are becoming a reality.
Well, maybe not the quickly transforming CGI-miracle robots from the films or animated series, but Project J-diete is certainly bringing the car-to-robot and back again toys into the modern era. The project — a collaboration between BRAVE ROBOTICS Inc., Asratec Corp. and Tomy Co. Ltd. — seeks to advance robotics research by building actual transforming vehicles with a multi-step program to get to a full-scale robot. The first prototype measure 1.3 meters (4.3 feet) in height (robot mode) and width (vehicle mode) weighing 35 kg. The small vehicle/robot boasts a maximum walking speed of 1 km/hour and maximum “driving” speed of 10 km/hour.
If you’ve ever wondered how Ex Machina co-creator Tony Harris would take on some of the iconic rides at Disney parks, look no further — Harris has posted four deluxe prints done for the House of Mouse on Facebook, including his take on Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion and one of Maleficent of Sleeping Beauty and Maleficent fame.
It’s pretty widely known by now that one of the smells in the special rub-and-sniff Harley Quinn Annual #1 is of a less-than-legal, but incredibly distinctive, drug. As a result — even at New York Comic Con 2014 — there have been many jokes about the results of rubbing and smelling the marijuana-scented section of the comic.
Hilariously, through its MAD Magazine website, DC Comics has released an “important message from the DC Comics department of ethical reading,” which continues the running gag of the drug’s distinctive smell — “something called Cannibisylocibe 7-A” — and the possible side effects.
If there’s an Earth in the DC Multiverse where the Justice League was a brewery instead of a superhero team, one graphic designer has figured out what those beers would look like.
A few months back, AdWeek posted six beer labels designed by graphic designer Marco Rizzetto that are based on seven members of the premiere superhero team of the DC Universe. The different label designs by “Justice League Brewery” include the Batman-inspired “The Dark Beer” dark ale beer; the Superman-based “Super Strong Beer” strong pale lager; the Wonder Woman-homage “The Wonder Beer” premium american lager and much more. Even the Wonder Twins got a shout out with “Twins Framboise,” a lambic framboise. Unfortunately, there’s no “Captain Cold One.”
“I use the Gillette Pro power and skintimate shaving cream. yes, this is woman’s shaving cream but as I learned many years ago from listening to tiny Tim of the Howard Stern show, you heard me :-), that most women’s cosmetic products are far superior to the ones that they sell men. they are softer and they smell better.
“And that’s why no skin bumps or razor burn for me.
“I often use strawberry scented and I’m telling you that at least three times a week a woman says: your head smells very good. if I was single, I know that this is a home run move I’ve been married for 18 years and I know my head smell has kept my marriage happy
“The new Gillette razor system that moves with the contour of your face is a disaster. do not buy it. it doesn’t work.
“If this isn’t quote of the day on robot six I’m going to be very angry “
– Brian Michael Bendis, responding to a Tumblr question about shaving his head
“My perspective is a little different than most because I take so much time in between conventions and when I’m there I’m working… but watching from behind by signing table and seeing people becoming friends online or just having a great time expressing themselves through costume and just sharing their love of whatever they love is amazing. My feeling is if you are a creator and your book or art or whatever isn’t selling that is on you. And I’m talking about myself here as well. If something didn’t connect with an audience, that’s my problem, that’s not the culture’s problem.
“The culture shifts very quickly. Quicker than it ever has before. Most of the time I think for the better. But I think if you are trying to sell something to someone at a convention or anywhere you better take a good look at yourself and what you’re selling and how much you are selling it for. You can’t just show up at your table and drop your portfolio and sit back and wish of the sea to part. (which I see a lot of people doing) You have to have work out there, that is vital. You have to let people know what you have that is special and worth their time.”
– Brian Michael Bendis, responding to a question about the effect of cosplay on comic conventions
Jeremy Atkins, Dark Horse’s director of public relations, announced today that after a decade with the publisher, he’s accepted a job with Portland, Oregon-based brewery Rogue Ales.
“After ten years at Dark Horse Comics, where I have learned so much, made lifelong friends and been lucky enough to see the world preaching the four color gospel, I am moving on to the craft brewing industry,” he wrote on Facebook. “After this weekend’s Rose City Comic Con, I will join the marketing team at Rogue Ales! Their legendary Dead Guy Ale was one of the first to awaken my tastebuds to the glory of PacNW brews, and remains a favorite to this day. I am sad to say goodbye to my friends and family in comics, but excited for a new adventure and the chance to get back to writing. Look for Alex Cox and I’s comics creation to make it’s online debut in the coming months, and hopefully more to follow.”
With Kurt Busiek and Benjamin Dewey’s Tooth & Claw set to launch in November, Image Comics has debuted variant cover by fan-favorite artist Alex Ross for the series’ second issue, which details a full menagerie for the fantasy series.
“The world in Tooth & Claw is kind of a quasi-medieval fantasy, joined with classical designs,” Ross said in a statement. “That made me think of paintings like The Raft of the Medusa, and I wanted to capture that feeling, with the characters and situations from the series. Although really, the only reference I had was the Pogues album, Rum, Sodomy & The Lash, so in a way, that was my reference and my inspiration.”
Remember that Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers Japanese cartoon that Marvel announced in October 2013? No? Well, it’s a series that ties into merchandise created by Bandai — specifically, a game called Bachicombat that has similarities to Pogs (remember Pogs?) and ties into the lore of the show, in which Loki trapped a bunch of Marvel heroes in some S.H.I.E.L.D. tech that ordinary kids have to unlock using a Biocode. Yes, it’s exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.
Anyway, it premiered in Japan in April 2014 and now, according to io9, the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers is set to introduce the Guardians of the Galaxy. But while this version of the team certainly takes its cue from the hit film, there’s a lot about the design that seems a little off. For example, the element gun/hairdryer that Star-Lord is carrying, or the incredibly cute — and, as io9 notes, super-creepy — expression on Rocket Raccoon’s balloon-like face.