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Sanrio wants men to know it’s OK to like Hello Kitty

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If My Little Pony can have a large, devoted male following, then why shouldn’t Hello Kitty?

It may be because, even after 40 years, many people still considering the adorable little merchandising juggernaut too feminine. However, Anime News Network reports Sanrio is hoping to change that with the Hello Kitty Men Project.

Launched Wednesday with a six-day exhibit at the department store Hankyu Men’s Tokyo, the initiative boasts the tagline “Sorry to keep you waiting, boys.” The goal is to put an end to the gender stereotype, and convince men that it’s OK to like Hello Kitty — and to buy her products.

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Prosthetic Wolverine hand comes complete (snikt!) with claws

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Here’s a terrific follow-up of sorts to the heartwarming story of Rayden Kahae, the 3-year-old boy who received a prosthetic “Iron Man” hand thanks to 3D-printing technology and the efforts of e-NABLE: There’s also a Wolverine hand — with claws, naturally.

The organization describes itself as “a network of passionate volunteers using 3D printing to give the world a ‘Helping Hand,’” and one of those is Aaron Brown, who wanted to build a hand to take to a local children’s hospital and to the MakerFaire in Grand Rapids, Michigan. As he wanted to use bright colors, and the University of Michigan’s mascot is the Wolverine, there was only one imaginable option for the comics fan.

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Mondo celebrates Ninja Turtles with four new posters

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Mondo has debuted four limited-edition posters by four artists representing four eras of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. That’s a lot of fours.

Going on sale sometime Thursday, the prints are: the 1980s animated series, as depicted by Tom Whalen; the 1990 live-action film, as interpreted by Rich Kelly; the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comics that started it all, as reimagined by JC Richard; and (my favorite) the current Nickelodeon cartoon, as illustrated by Andrew Kolb.

Mondo fans know the drill by now: The posters will go on sale online Thursday at a random time; you have to follow the Mondo Twitter account to watch for the announcement.

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And now, the ‘DuckTales’ opening, recreated with actual ducks

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It may only be Tuesday, but Disney’s Oh My Disney blog has already won the week by recreating the opening credits of DuckTales using actual ducks. Wearing little hats. Riding in a submarine. And flying in a spaceship. Did I mention the little hats?

A staple of weekday-afternoon television from September 1987 to November 1990, DuckTales followed Scrooge McDuck and his three grandnephews Huey, Dewey and Louie who, with pilot Launchpad McQuack, traveled the globe in search of adventure and treasure. Or else, they fought to protect Scrooge’s massive fortune from his enemies.

The theme song, which is undoubtedly already embedded in your brain, was written by Mark Mueller and sung by Jeff Pescetto.

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3-year-old boy gets prosthetic ‘Iron Man’ hand

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Three-year-old Rayden Kahae wanted an “Iron Man” hand, and last week he got it.

The Maui boy, called “Bubba” by his family, was born with amniotic band syndrome, which left him without a right hand. Although he did fine with just one hand, his grandmother Rulan Waikiki told Hawaii’s KHON that when Rayden noticed his little sister had two, he wanted another like hers.

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Beloved children’s characters go nuts in bizarre road-rage video

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Although I’m willing to concede this video is probably an elaborate prank, I’ve seen enough bizarre footage from Russian security cameras (wolves!) and dashboard cams that I can just as easily chalk it up to another Saturday night in Chelyabinsk.

Whatever the case, the video captured over the weekend shows a Russian motorist stopping his car in the middle of the freeway and approach the van behind him. It’s impossible to guess the subject of the brief conversation, but it’s safe to say no compliments were exchanged. But, just when it seems the harmless confrontation is over, the door of the van opens … and unleashes furry hell.

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‘Grooting’ has entered the lexicon

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The 40-second scene from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy depicting a Baby Groot dancing to Jackson 5′s “I Want You Back” is so adorable that it’s taken root in our hearts, leading to countless works of fan art, and the creation of little potted replicas, both official and … not.

But it also has introduced the world to a new word: grooting.

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Hello Kitty shocker (she isn’t a cat!) isn’t all that shocking

Hello Kitty BookThe story that broke Wednesday in the Los Angeles Times rocked social media, and had a lot of people questioning whether everything they know is wrong: Hello Kitty isn’t a cat.

Anthropologist Christine Yano received the news when she was writing the annotations for a Hello Kitty show at the Japanese American National Museum:

That’s one correction Sanrio [the owners of Hello Kitty] made for my script for the show. Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s a cartoon character. She is a little girl. She is a friend. But she is not a cat. She’s never depicted on all fours. She walks and sits like a two-legged creature. She does have a pet cat of her own, however, and it’s called Charmmy Kitty.

However, it turns out Hello Kitty isn’t human, either. RocketNews 24 contacted Sanrio and got the straight dope, which comes down to a difference in terminology: Hello Kitty is a 擬人化 (gijinka), which they translate as “a personification or anthropomorphization” — like Mickey Mouse or, in a parallel some have drawn, like the pipe in René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images. They further added that Hello Kitty does indeed have a mouth, it’s just not drawn (most of the time, anyway).

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Artist transforms aluminum cans into pop-icon sculptures

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Although many of us are lucky if our empty soda cans make it as far as the recycle bin, Japanese artist Makaon has found another purpose for them: as raw material for incredible sculptures of pop-culture icons, ranging from Batman and Ultraman to Sgt. Frog and the Catbus.

As you can see from the photos below, and from even more images on the artist’s blog and website, Makaon doesn’t take shortcuts; he even tracks down peach-colored labels for Mario and Luigi’s skin tones.

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Live news report derailed by discovery of life-sized Hulk statue

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Thunderstorms dumped nearly 5 inches of rain on some parts of the Chicago area late last week, causing flooding in parts of the city and several suburbs. So, like many TV news teams, WGN took to the air to survey the damage. The live report was, presumably, going as these things usually do … until the anchor caught sight of a life-sized Incredible Hulk statue in someone’s back yard.

“Is that the Hulk there in the back yard?” the anchor says in the video below, interrupting the Skycam9 report. “I’m sorry, I’m just getting distracted by this video –”

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Russia is tired of Bulgarians vandalizing Soviet monument

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Vandalized monument to the Soviet Army in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2011

In 2011, we reported on an epic act of vandalism: A graffiti artist in Sofia, Bulgaria, transformed a monument dedicated to the the Soviet Union’s 1944 “liberation” of the country into a superhero tableau. The eclectic group includes Superman, Captain America, the Joker and Ronald McDonald, who I guess is kind of a superhero if you’re hungry.

This week, the Russian government gave us an excuse to revisit the story by complaining to the Bulgarian government that it wasn’t trying hard enough to stop repeated vandalism of the statue and bring the culprits to justice.

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Batman, Spider-Man kiss for magazine’s Comic-Con/Pride issue

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With Comic-Con International and San Diego Pride on the calendar this month, Pacific San Diego magazine decided to combine the two major events for the cover of its July issue. The result, as you can see, is a new take on the famous kissing scene from 2002′s Spider-Man, with Batman replacing Mary Jane. The accompanying banner reads “Heroes Welcome.”

“As Pride and Comic-Con descend upon San Diego, the time has come to reveal the truth: all heroes are welcome, even when they’re kissing their boyfriends,” David Perloff, the magazine’s publisher and editor-in-chief, told Fox 5. He also writes an imagined conversation between the two superheroes.

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Punisher & Red Hood get bloody in ‘Super Power Beat Down’

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If you’re unfamiliar with Machinima’s “Super Power Beat Down” short films, they’re essentially those “Who would win in a fight?” fan conversations brought to life — Wolverine vs.  Predator, Captain America vs. Master Chief, and so on — with the winner determined beforehand by vote. The latest installment is billed as “the bloodiest battle yet (and make no mistake, it is bloody, so consider yourself warned.)

Created by Bat in the Sun Productions, “Red Hood vs. Punisher” opens with Frank Castle in search of Jason Todd (who’s wanted for murder, aggravated assault, B&E and … disturbing the peace). Twenty seconds into the short, Frank finds his target — or rather his target finds him — beginning a pretty brutal, and well-choreographed, fight that continues for nearly three minutes.

I won’t say who wins, but you likely already have a good idea.

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Marvel-designed Brooklyn Nets mascot won’t return next season

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Bad news for fans of the BrooklyKnight: Grantland reports the Brooklyn Nets mascot won’t return next season, and is likely headed for mascot limbo. “We put a lot of effort into the BrooklyKnight,” the team said in a statement, “but we’ve decided to go in a different direction.”

The current mascot is the result of a 2012 consulting deal with Marvel, which designed a basketball-themed superhero in a metal mask and shield. As the BrooklyKnight’s Instagram shows, the Marvel connection continued to play a role in his appearances. In addition to photos of the mascot with Nets fans, there are shots of the “official superhero of the Brooklyn Nets” at New York Comic Con 2013, posing with cosplayers and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. convertible.

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SDCC | MAC to offer sneak peek at ‘Simpsons’ cosmetic line

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Last year MAC Cosmetics used Comic-Con International to introduce Archie’s Girls, a makeup line inspired by Betty and Veronica. But this year, Marge Simpson gets her turn in the spotlight.

Announced in May on Twitter, the Simpsons collection — released in celebration of the animated series’ 25th anniversary — officially arrives online Aug. 28 and in stores Sept. 4. However, according to Pret-a-Reporter, there will be a one-day sale/sneak peek on July 26 at the MAC Cosmetics store in San Diego’s Gaslamp District (234 Fifth Ave.).

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