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Dig into some Brain Cake for the “Walking Dead” premiere


Hosting a “Walking Dead” season premiere party and looking to impress your friends? Well, worry not! This amazing Brain Cake recipe from How to Cake It gives you a step-by-step recipe and breakdown on how create a deep red velvet cake with fondant brain tissue and raspberry jam blood.

And all you’ll need is some simple ingredients, a taste for the macabre and extreme baking skills that I certainly do not possess.

A whole world of awesomely geeky comic book crocheted merch


The wonderful world of Etsy offers a ton of awesome items from hard-working people looking to share their crafts with the world — including a lot of nerdy fans combining their love of crafts with their love of pop culture. From “Game of Thrones” House medallions and Doctor Who fan art to Lord of the Rings replica weapons to FFVII’s buster sword, there’s practically no limit to what you might find when you venture down the Etsy hole. However, one of the coolest and most fun things out there — and a craft on the mega-rise — are crocheted and knitted items.

Probably gaining the most recognition after the Jayne’s hat incident — in which Fox basically stood as the poster child of why we can’t have nice things — knitted and crocheted hats based off popular fandoms have had a meteoric rise and there are some dang good and awesomely fun items out there, especially from the realm of comic books.

Check out some of the cool comic book crocheted and knitted items we found after the jump.

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Captain America, Iron Man beauty masks here to save your skin


Captain America and Iron Man stand for a lot of things: freedom, heroism, snark, avenging. Now we can add one more to that list: skincare.

A Japanese cosmetics company named Isshin-do Honpo created face masks modeled after the First Avenger and the famous genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist that not only allow you to cosplay as the Marvel Comics heroes but also clean your skin as well.

Each pack comes with both masks and costs only $27, allowing you to properly choose whose side you’re on in preparation for the release of “Captain America: Civil War” on May 6, 2016.

Ride the Fury Road — with GoKarts and paintballs


If you’re like us, you probably wondered what “Mad Max: Fury Road” might look like if instead of driving massively modified cars and trucks the Warboys, Furiosa and Max rode around in GoKarts. And instead of firing machine guns and rifles they used, say, paintball guns.

Well, wonder no more because YouTuber Devin Super Tramp brought to life this glorious vision and has allowed us all to witness it as it rides into the halls of Valhalla.

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Channing Tatum helps Stan Lee off stage, melts Internet’s heart

Channing Tatum

Because we didn’t love him enough after the incredible-ness that were 21 Jump Street and Magic Mike XXL, Channing Tatum once again proved his National Treasure status at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.

At the 20th Century Fox presentation in Hall H — which CBR covered — moderator Chris Hardwick ended the festivities by bringing out the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Fantastic Four” and “Deadpool” in order to take the largest and most awesome superhero selfie ever. As if that caliber of actors weren’t enough, Stan Lee made a surprise appearance and joined them on stage — followed unexpectedly by Channing Tatum as he’ll be playing Gambit in Fox’s upcoming film of the same name.

Then came the moment.

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Dallas comic shop opens late in anticipation of same-sex marriage ruling


While it’s always annoying to arrive at your local comic shop only to discover that they’re closed during business hours, customers of Dallas store Red Pegasus Games & Comics are discovering today that sometimes there’s a good reason for the inconvenience.

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The Grumpy Color: Tom and Carla dissect 2014, Part 2

Split decision

Split decision

(Time once again for ROBOT 6 contributors Tom Bondurant and Carla Hoffman to email each other about the year in DC and Marvel superhero comics. This year’s exchange took place between DEc. 26 and Dec. 30. And be sure to check out Part 1 of the conversation.)

Tom Bondurant: One of the more pleasant surprises this year was the extent to which the Big Two started going after a different audience. New books like Ms. Marvel and Gotham Academy, and makeovers for Batgirl and Catwoman, have found success with distinctive, unconventional approaches. How long can they keep this up? Will digital distribution help these books, if it’s not doing so already? Are the Big Two really committed to branching out?

Carla Hoffman: Branching out is such a double-edged sword. It sounds weird to say that, because diversity is so championed online, but when a book can alienate old readers, you really have to draw in a lot of new readers to make up for it. Believe it or not, there were some who complained that Kamala Khan took the Ms. Marvel name rather than getting her own moniker. The good news is that Ms. Marvel is such a quality book and so important to the next generation of comic readers, not to mention Marvel Comics itself, I couldn’t care less if a (pardon my use) grumpy old fan can’t change with the times. Marvel published about 40 new titles this year — everything from Deadly Hands of Kung-Fu to Rocket Raccoon. Not all of the titles stuck (R.I.P. She-Hulk, try again later), but that’s still a lot of new stuff to try that isn’t just another variation of a Wolverine comic.
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Help Robot 6’s Corey Blake

Corey Blake, as drawn by Scott Shaw!

Corey Blake, as drawn by Scott Shaw!

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.

Watch Takeshi Obata draw ‘Death Note’ sketches at NYCC


Takeshi Obata, the renowned artist of Death Note and Hikaru no Go, made his first U.S. appearance earlier this month at New York Comic Con, where he participated in a couple of panels, met with journalists and signed autographs. Viz Media, which played host to Obata, was on hand to capture video (below) of the artist banging out sketches of Death Note characters Ryuk and L for undoubtedly ecstatic fans.

Obata spoke with ROBOT 6’s Brigid Alverson at the convention about character design, saying, “The clothes I put the characters in obviously become part of the characters, so I am really careful about how I dress them, for sure. I take a lot of care in that.”

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Clydene Nee, ‘the face and hands’ of CCI’s Artists Alley, needs some help

clydene neeAny creator who’s exhibited in Artists Alley at Comic-Con International over the past 24 years is undoubtedly familiar with Clydene Nee, who in the words of Mark Brooks is “the face and hands” of the area and “a true friend of the industry and of artists in particular.” An unpaid volunteer for the annual event since 1979, Nee has in recent years experienced a series of health problems, requiring her at last year’s con to oversee Artists Alley from a motorized scooter.

When she emailed Brooks over the weekend about a particularly difficult few months, involving kidney failure, emergency surgery, renal failure, dialysis and the need for a kidney transplant, the artist launched a campaign on GoFundMe to help Nee with her mounting medical expenses. (Nee has explained more about her situation today on her Facebook page, writing, “I am sorry to say I will not get better until I get a transplant. I am in what is called End Stage Renal Disease. My kidneys have failed and I am on dialysis 3 times a week.”)

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Simon Pegg really isn’t Ant-Man, he’s just touring Marvel offices


Actor Simon Pegg ignited a firestorm last week when he posted photos of a recent visit to Marvel’s New York City offices, including one shot of himself posing in front of a mural and pointing to an image of Ant-Man. Could it mean he’ll re-team with frequent collaborator and good friend Edgar Wright for the long-brewing Marvel Studios film? No, Pegg was just having a little fun with fans.

So what was he doing in the Marvel offices? Apparently, he was just taking a tour, and recording a video to promote his new film The World’s End (opening Friday). Unless … the above image is Pegg’s way of telling us he’ll be replacing Chris Hemsworth in Avengers: Age of Ultron

See more photos from his visit at Marvel.com.

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Quote of the Day | ‘Try everything. Make mistakes.’

neil gaiman

“The model for tomorrow, and this is the model I’ve been using with enormous enthusiasm since I started blogging back in 2001, is to try everything. Make mistakes. Surprise ourselves. Try anything else. Fail. Fail better. And succeed in ways we never would have imagined a year or a week ago.”

Neil Gaiman, in his keynote address to the London Book Fair’s fifth Digital Minds Conference

Corey Lewis taking his one-man anthology Sun Bakery worldwide

BGetween work on the second volume of Sharknife, projects for Marvel, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and other smaller gigs, cartoonist Corey Lewis has been working on a secret only few knew about: For the past three years, Lewis released a limited-edition black-and-white anthology dubbed Layered Jacket at his home convention Emerald City Comic Con. If you weren’t there, you didn’t get it. But now Lewis is, as he puts it, “doing something a little next level.”

Later this year, Lewis will release Sun Bakery #1, his first self-published full-color project. Described as a “comics anthology/art book/design container,” Sun Bakery will contain three original stories, along with a collection of rarely seen illustrations, columns and micro-comics. Among the stories are “Lazer Jacket,” a story that brings the ideas of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat to the 21st century in Lewis’ explosive “fight comix” style. He’s now in the final days of a Kickstarter campaign for Sun Bakery #1 that’s already over five times its goal, so this new release promises to be very real, very soon.

For those interested, you have from now to the weekend to be an early adopter and secure an advance copy of Sun Bakery along with some excellent rewards via his Kickstarter page.

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Cute but deadly: Jonathan Edwards’ abstract Marvel heroes

I’ve loved Jonathan Edwards‘ work since he was drawing dandies in powdered wigs for Deadline. I was even known to occasionally buy the NME just for his POP! A Complete History strips. Last week he posted these images to his blog: abstracted versions of some of Kirby and Ditko’s classic character designs for Marvel superheroes. Lovely stuff, and they speak volumes to just how durable those designs are, remaining recognizable even when rendered in a minimum of lines and blocks of color.

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Quote of the Day | ‘I didn’t like the gender garbage bins …’

Matt Murdock and Typhoid Mary, from the cover of "Daredevil" #255

“When I wrote Typhoid Mary, there were some strong female protagonists in comics, but I didn’t like the gender garbage bins that female extras went into: wife, bimbo, good girl, slut, witch etc. But men were often disposable in the same way: lunkheads, etc. Now I see plenty of strong females in comics. But both men and women in comics still get used as ‘cannon fodder’ (I am guilty of this myself) where a one-dimensional male or female is needed to play a stereotype and disposed of. But the female leads in their own books, the ones I’ve read, like Batgirl and Wonder Woman and Batwoman are very strong characters.”

Katana writer Ann Nocenti, on how far female protagonists have moved beyond stereotypes in the 30 years since she began working in the comics industry

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