We do love a good GIF here at Robot 6. I could make all sorts of bold claims for the format, like it’s one of the first great digital native art forms. I could quote the nerds at the Oxford American Dictionaries who, after making it their 2012 word of the year, announced “the GIF has evolved from a medium for pop-cultural memes into a tool with serious applications including research and journalism, and its lexical identity is transforming to keep pace.” Or I could just point you to the Tumblr blog of the pseudonymous GIF creator ABVH, clearly someone who loves comics.
In the last few weeks he’s posted animated versions of images by Kevin O’Neill and Yale Stewart, but the clear winner is this unsettling adaptation of Jock’s instant-classic cover to Detective Comics #880.
Shout! Factory has announced the Sept. 10 release of Marvel Knights Animation’s Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, a motion-comics adaptation of the Marvel miniseries by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof, artist Leinil Francis Yu and colorist Dave McCaig.
The comic is somewhat notorious for its lengthy delays: Announced as a six-issue bimonthly miniseries, Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk debuted in December 2006 but wasn’t completed until May 2009.
The 10th the title produced by Shout! Factory since 2009, it joins the likes of Inhumans, Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., Black Panther and the latest, Wolverine: Origin, which was released July 26.
The direct-to-DVD release, which retails for $14.97, includes interviews with Yu and Marvel Knights Animation’s Supervising Producer Kalia Cheng. You can read the official synopsis below:
Following the recent (and adorable) Bizarro animated short, Cartoon Network has released a clip from “Tales of Metropolis, Starring Lois Lane,” which premieres Saturday as part of the channel’s DC Nation programming block. While the previous installment of “Tales of Metropolis” gave us a glimpse of a no-nonsense Lois, this preview reveals her in intrepid-journalist mode — “Best reporter ever!” — as she refuses to allow Batman to dodge her questions about his sources of funding.
Moving from supporting player in the Bizarro short to star here, it’s obvious the only place Lois has left to go is her own animated series, Lois Lane: Best Reporter Ever – preferably with Jimmy Olsen as her faithful, if clueless, sidekick.
DC Nation airs Saturdays at 10 a.m. ET/PT on Cartoon Network.
Shout! Factory has debuted the trailer for Marvel Knights Animation’s Wolverine: Origin, the motion-comic adaptation of the 2001-2002 limited series that, as the title suggests, revealed the early years of the ubiquitous Marvel mutant. It was written by Paul Jenkins from a story by Jenkins, Joe Quesada and Bill Jemas, and illustrated by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove.
Wolverine: Origin is the ninth title produced by Shout! Factory since 2009, joining the likes of Inhumans, Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D., Iron Man: Extremis, Black Panther and, most recently, Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable. It will be available on DVD beginning July 9 for $14.97.
The timing of the release couldn’t be better, considering that director James Mangold’s The Wolverine premieres July 26.
In case you missed the animated short when it aired last month as part of Cartoon Network’s DC Nation programming block, DC Comics has now made the adorable “Tales of Metropolis” available online.
It’s just a little more than a minute long, so I don’t want to spoil it, but the short centers on a downright-endearing Bizarro, whose attempts to pass as a mild-mannered reporter (Not-Bizarro!) are foiled first by a tenacious Lois Lane and then by an alien invader. As with so many of the DC Nation shorts, the characterizations just about perfect (even the three-second cameo by gullible/clueless Jimmy Olsen).
Watch the full short below.
If you can’t quite fathom the renewed popularity of Hasbro’s 30-year-old My Little Pony franchise — in animation, comics and merchandising — and the accompanying “bronies” phenomenon, you may not be ready for what comes next.
According to The New York Times, the toymaker is extending its brand with Equestria Girls, which recasts the characters from the animated My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic as human teenagers. It will launch with My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, a full-length animated movie premiering in June at the Los Angeles Film Festival before being released in 200 theaters nationwide. Naturally, a DVD will follow.
A few months ago, the folks behind ADHD, Fox’s upcoming late-night animation block, haunted our dreams with “Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man” — “Lanky arms and little mask, his web erupts from out his ass” — and now they’re back to turn on you off Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles faster than you can say “Michael Bay.”
If you’re of delicate constitution or work in a place where cartoon images of reptile genitalia are frowned upon, you may want to skip this one. However, if you have the intestinal fortitude, and an understanding boss, then by all means, watch the video below for the horror that is the well-endowed, deaf, hissing, salmonella-transmitting Heroes in a Half Shell.
Whether you remain unconvinced by the theatrical trailer for director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel or you’re merely a fan of Superman: The Animated Series, you may enjoy this video that recreates the teaser using clips from the beloved animated series.
Man of Steel opens June 14.
One of the many great things about being a parent is getting to share your interests with your kids. Keven Gardner, publisher of 12 Gauge Comics, has gotten to do just that, which has resulted in a pretty awesome room for his son. Keven was kind enough to share some pictures of the room, which has a Batman: The Brave & the Bold theme. Check it out below as Keven walks you through it!
Why should Emily and the Strangers, the band formed in the current Dark Horse miniseries by the perpetually 13-year-old Emily the Strange, be restricted to comics? As far as creator Rob Reger is concerned, it shouldn’t be. And so he’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to make Emily and her band real.
Reger plans to create an animated Emily and the Strangers single — the first release from Emily’s record label Strangerous — in collaboration with John King (Dust Brothers, Beck, Tenacious D), Money Mark (Beastie Boys) and Chantal Claret (Morningwood) and animators Ghostbot Studios. If all goes according to plan, the animated single will be officially release in July at Comic-Con International.
There’s just one hitch: Reger needs $55,000 to make it happen (be breaks down where the money will go on the Kickstarter page). To help reach that goal, he’s offering rewards likes passes to the animation screening, Kickstarter-exclusive posters, vinyl singles, signed original artwork, video chats and more. The Kickstarter campaign ends May 11.
Comics legend Stan Lee will pay another visit to Springfield next season, playing himself in an episode of Fox’s The Simpsons.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the 90-year-old Lee will pop by The Android’s Dungeon & Baseball Card Shop to offer advice about comics and romance to Comic Book Guy, whose budding relationship with a young Japanese woman/manga fan stands to be ruined by Homer.
Hopefully this time Lee annoys Comic Book Guy a little less than he did in his first appearance on The Simpsons, in the 13th-season episode “I Am Furious (Yellow).” Next season will be the show’s 25th.
Animation and visual effects production company Blackmeal has created a 40-second video it calls “an homage to Marvel, which created most of the superheroes who entertained generations of children and adults for more than 80 years.” Using Captain America’s shield as a starting point, the cartoon sticks with the round shape and transforms it into iconography from various Marvel heroes, like Spider-Man, Wolverine, Cyclops and the Hulk. It’s an amazing, joyful piece of work that I’d love to see in front of every animated Marvel project from now until the end of time.
Although reclusive cartoonist Bill Watterson famously resisted merchandising his beloved comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, he at least gave some thought to an animated adaptation before — obviously — deciding to remain true to the medium.
“For all my admiration of the art, I really can’t decide if I ever want to see Calvin and Hobbes animated,” he told The Comics Journal in 1989. “I know I’d enjoy working with the visual opportunities animation offers, but you change the world you’ve created when you change the medium in which it’s presented. Books are almost always better than the movies made from them, because there are things books do well and things movies do well, but usually those things don’t overlap.”
Marvel has long had aspirations for Hollywood. Decades before The Avengers was a mega-blockbuster, years before George Lucas produced the ill-fated Howard the Duck movie, Stan Lee and his superiors knew the heroes at the House of Ideas could sell more than just comic books.
In the early ’80s, Marvel’s developed pitches for animated shows based on a number of its titles, and a number of new creations. And it’s no wonder, given Marvel’s past with the Fantastic Four show and the success DC Comics had with cartoons on the small screen. But the properties they prepped were, well, something else.
Although the history of The Walt Disney Company has been thoroughly documented over the past nine decades, its archives still contain a few surprises.
Take, for instance, a newly uncovered sketch from 1938′s “Mickey’s Toothache,” an incomplete animated short that found our hero enduring what’s described as “a psychedelic nightmare” after inhaling too much laughing gas during a dentist’s visit. Disney Archives Director Becky Cline explains to Yahoo! News that as a result of the overdose, Mickey is plopped into a “nightmarish world inhabited by living teeth, dental floss, a psychotic dentist’s chair and a vengeful pair of dental pliers.” It sounds vaguely similar to 1935′s “Mickey’s Garden.”