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Dark Horse Comics, Swyft Media unveil ‘Hellboy’ & ‘Usagi Yojimbo’ emoji keyboards


With their powers combined, Dark Horse Comics and Swyft Media have taken “Hellboy,” “Itty Bitty Hellboy” and “Usagi Yojimbo” into all-new territory with a series of emoji keyboards based on the properties, each of which will provide digital stickers, photo filters and phone themes of the characters.

The emoji keyboards will be available in several apps and marketplaces, including BBM, Photofy, PicsArt, CocoPPa, and Xbox Live Marketplace, as well as in the Apple iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android. The apps will allow the emoji keyboards to be used in services like Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Skype, WhatsApp and more. “Hellboy,” “Itty Bitty Hellboy” and “Usagi Yojimbo” are just three of the upcoming Dark Horse properties that will find their ways to a digital audience.

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Batman & the Joker steal first place in Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition


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Batman and the Joker were in it together for Parksville’s annual Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition, winning creators Marielle Hessels of the Netherlands and David Ducharme of Winlaw, B.C. first place at the doubles division (via

Titled “My Better Half,” the sculpture depicts Batman and the Joker holding hands and sitting side-by-side on a stone bench. The sculpture cuts Batman and the Joker right down the middle, making both characters represent one full figure only when together, a nod to their almost symbiotic relationship as portrayed throughout all kinds of media. The pedestal reads, “My Better Half.”

Check out more photos of the award-winning sculpture under the cut.

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Alex Ross’ ‘Secret Wars’ #8 cover features Super, subtle cameo

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Last week, we pointed out that Wes Craig’s variant cover for The Flash #44, celebrating the 75th anniversary of Green Lantern, featured one Galactus-sized cameo. Marvel has now returned the favor with an even subtler guest appearance on one of its own front splahses.

Alex Ross’ cover for Secret Wars #8 is a gorgeous work of art, with Mr. Fantastic and Dr. Doom clashing in the middle as reality rips and explodes around them. You can see the origin of the Hulk; the death of Elektra; the birth of Franklin Richards; and even a ride with the Rawhide Kid, Kid Colt, and, oh, let’s say the Dakota Kid. Down in the bottom left corner of the cover is, of course, Spider-Man. But this isn’t a depiction of just any old “Spider-Man on a radio tower” scene, and he’s actually not alone in that image.

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5-year-old Batman saves trapped toddler from car


Justice comes in all sizes, and so when one five-year-old Batman — whose secret identity is Zavi Ahmed — spied a family in trouble, he came to the rescue.

The Mirror reports that one-year-old Iris Adamski got trapped in her grandparents’ car when her grandmother accidentally locked the vehicle with the keys inside while loading her groceries. Police arrived to free Iris, but couldn’t find a way to fit into the car even after they broke the rear window.

That’s when Zavi, his mother Emma and his younger brother Nadeen arrived. Zavi bravely volunteered to squeeze into the car to retrieve the keys.

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Heroes and villain collide in epic fanmade ‘Justice League’ trailer


Though the lack of existing footage from Warner Bros. upcoming Justice League prevented the studio from even thinking about giving fans a look at the anticipated film (production has not even begun on the movie) that didn’t stop YouTube user AlexLuthor from using his imagination — and not inconsiderable editing skills — from creating his own trailer for the upcoming superhero blockbuster.

Using the speech Russell Crowe’s Jor-El made for his son, Kal-El, as the voiceover, and incorporating footage from Star Trek, Conan the Fast & Furious franchise, The CW’s Flash and, yes, the new trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, AlexLuthor has crafted an impressive, action-packed teaser that incorporates the entire announced Justice League roster, and pits them against an inspired choice of foe.

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Check out Ilias Kyriazis’ unused concept art for the ‘Back to the Future’ comic


Earlier this week we learned that IDW Publishing has obtained the rights to publish comics based on the popular time-travel movie trilogy Back to the Future. Screenwriter Bob Gale, along with John Barber, Erik Burnham and a “rotating cast of artists,” will bring the adventures of Marty McFly and Doc Brown to the printed page.

While the announcement on Wednesday mentioned “Batman ’66” artist Brent Schoonover and “Ghostbusters” penciller Dan Schoening are working on the project, it looks like that rotating cast of artists included Secret Identities artist Ilias Kyriazis at one point.

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See every Justice League member ever in this DC video montage


DC Entertainment celebrates the Justice League with this new video spotlighting every Justice Leaguer ever (or so they say), from the introduction of the team in 1960’s The Brave and the Bold #28 to the addition of Power Ring in 2014’s Justice League #35.

As usual with these kinds of compilations, there likely will be a chorus of “But they forgot.” For instance, much of the roster of Justice League Dark is absent from the list — Phantom Stranger, Zatanna and Zauriel were in earlier incarnations of the League — but maybe they don’t count.

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Why, yes, Colonel Sanders has his own SDCC-exclusive comic


Amid the avalanche of variant covers, action figures, art prints and statuettes, the true must-have exclusive may be … KFC’s one-shot The Colonel’s Adventure Comics. At least we think it’s just a one-shot, and not the launch of some fast-food franchise universe-spanning event.

“If you love comics and fried chicken and subliminal marketing,” KFC states in a Facebook post, “then you’ll love this free exclusive #SDCC comic about me.”

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Fan recreates classic comic book covers in LEGO


Who needs LEGO’s Comic-Con International-exclusive Superman playset when you can create your own brick homages to classic comic book covers? Well, as long as you have the creativity, and the right LEGO pieces.

Luckily imgur user Corsairsteel has both, as demonstrated in this gallery of LEGO dioramas recreating covers ranging from Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #27 to The Incredible Hulk #125 and Batman: The Killing Joke. Most of them even include the trade dress, word balloons and blurbs.

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DC’s plot to destroy Nightwing is even older than we thought


In the 75 years since he was introduced as the original Robin, Dick Grayson has inspired a legacy and numerous imitators, battled a staggering array of criminals, led the Teen Titans, graduated to the identity of Nightwing, and even assumed the mantle of Batman, for a while. But his greatest achievement very well may be surviving the past decade of DC Comics.

DC Entertainment Co-Publisher has gone on the record time and again that he wanted Nightwing as the “big death” in 2005’s Infinite Crisis, which was underscored in January when he uncovered the original whiteboard pages for the event’s timeline (Jason Todd then would’ve assumed Nighting’s identity, only to be rejected by the Bat-Family). However, it turns out that plans for Dick Grayson’s downfall predate even that.

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DC kicks off Pride, ‘Midnighter’ with a history of LGBT characters


Following the debut this week of the new Midnight series, DC Comics gets a head start on most of the global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month festivities with a look back at some of its own LGBT milestones.

In a special edition of DC All Access, host Jase Peeples, entertainment editor of The Advocate magazine, touches upon some of the key characters and storylines from the publisher’s history, from Maggie Sawyer and Pied Piper to Terry Berg and Batwoman to Alysia Yeoh and Catman.

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Ed Piskor’s ‘Hop Hop Family Tree’ to become monthly comic


Ed Piskor’s bestselling book series Hip Hop Family Tree will released beginning in August as a monthly comic, a first for Fantagraphics Books. Each issue will feature a new cover and splash page, “director’s commentary” from Piskor and other extras.

Debuting in 2013, the Eisner-nominated series chronicles the history of hip hop, tracing the genre back to its origins in the South Bronx. The 32-page first issue shines a spotlight on those break-dancers, graffiti artists, DJs and MCs who formed hip-hop culture in the early 1970s.

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David Aja unveils unpublished ‘Suicide Squad’ covers


David Aja, known for his work with Matt Fraction on “Hawkeye,” shared an anecdote about his “Suicide Squad” cover project on his Twitter and offered a look at a few sketches he had nearly completed.

In 2011, Aja signed on to be the “Suicide Squad” cover artist just before the New 52 launched, though he ultimately left the project for unspecified reasons. Nevertheless, DC Comics liked the logo he had created and bought it from him. The logo, as pictured above, continues to be used on the title.

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Tintin is often knocked out but never motion sick, study finds


Despite suffering a staggering 244 health issues over the course of his nearly five-decade career, Tintin has demonstrated an “almost superhuman” resistance to trauma.

That’s the conclusion made by a group of physicians from the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Atlanta following a detailed analysis of 23 of the boy reporter’s 24 adventures.

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Ron Marz on Kyle Rayner’s apparent death: ‘There are always more stories to tell’

greenlantern51Kyle Rayner is dead, or at least it sure looks that way right now.

Last week, DC Comics released an eight-page “The Omega Men” story by writer Tom King and artist Barnaby Bagenda, leading into the June-debuting ongoing series. In the story, as promoted since solicitation text was released in March, Kyle Rayner — formerly DC’s primary Green Lantern and most recently the sole White Lantern — appears to be murdered on camera.

ROBOT 6 reached out to writer Ron Marz, who created Kyle Rayner with artist Daryl Banks, for his reaction on the apparent death of the character, who debuted in 1994’s Green Lantern #48:

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