Doug TenNapel is a bit of a renaissance man when it comes to commercial art, from video games and animation to comics and even music. The creator who brought us Earthworm Jim and numerous graphic novels and webcomics is now showing off Armikrog, a stop-motion game he produced with developer Pencil Test Studios.
This is a first look at the fruits of TenNapel and Pencil Test’s 2013 Kickstarter campaign, which raised nearly a million dollars for Armikrog – even financing a Wii U release. The game follows intrepid space explorer Tommynaut, who has crashed with a blind alien talking dog named Beak-Beak on a weird world, where they become trapped in a structure called an Armikrog. That’s when the game begins.
Pencil Test is aiming to release the game next year for Wii U, PC, Mac and Linux.
If there’s a search for Parents of the Year, call it off, because we’ve already found them: The U.K. family who created spectacularly detailed Groot swing for their extremely lucky child.
According to Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, it was made for an upcoming reality show called Super Fans, Super Builds, which we can only hope will provide step-by-step instructions … and a team of craftspeople to come to our homes and build it.
To help promote tonight’s episode of Arrow, The CW has returned to the series’ roots, with a one-page comic teasing the search for the latest threat to Starling City, Cupid.
Debuting in the closing moments of last week’s episode, where she immediately proved her deadliness, Cupid (aka Carrie Cutter) was introduced in 2009 in DC Comics’ Green Arrow/Black Canary #15, by Andrew Kreisberg and David Baron. Kreisberg of course went on to co-create Arrow and its spinoff The Flash (although he didn’t write tonight’s episode, “Draw Back Your Bow’).
Iron Man is one busy superhero. After teaming last month with pint-sized heroes Blue Ear and Sapheara to educate about hearing loss and cochlear implants, the Armored Avenger is now turning his attention to childhood diabetes.
Siemens Healthcare and Marvel Custom Solutions have partnered for Iron Man: Early Warnings, an eight-page comic in which Daisy and her elementary-school classmates visit Stark Industries, where Tony Stark unveils the prototype for his newest invention: the Heath-Y-Meter, a device that glows brightest when the wearer’s body is at its healthiest.
Considering the soundtrack has sold more than 540,000 copies, odds are that you already own Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Volume 1. But on the off-chance that you don’t, a digital version is now available for free to U.S. residents on Google Play. Canadians apparently can download it for 99 cents.
The soundtrack will arrive Nov. 28 on cassette from Marvel Music/Hollywood Records, available exclusively at independent retailers associated with Record Store Day. For sale through Dec. 31, each cassette will come with a digital download.
Creators | In an interview to be published in Japan next Friday, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto says he plans to spend some time with his wife and child, and take a long-delayed honeymoon, before starting his next series. And as he is about to turn 40, he hints that he may not be up for another weekly series. [Anime News Network]
Comic strips | The first color Sunday funnies appeared on Nov. 18, 1894, in Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World. David Shedden observes the 120th anniversary of this innovation with a look back at some popular comic strips and footage of New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia reading the funnies over the radio during the newspaper strike of 1945. [Poynter]
Putting a new spin on the Marvel vs. Capcom formula, this short from CorridorDigital pits superheroes against video game heroes when Minecraft Steve discovers the powerful Tesseract.
“In the hands of mortals, the Tesseract will only cause great harm,” Thor warns — and he turns out to be right, as what follows is a brutal, bloody brawl, involving Captain America, Wolverine, Ash Ketchum, Alyx Vance, Master Chief, the thunder god and, yes, Steve.
Poor Ash didn’t stand a chance, although Steve handles himself surprisingly well …
You didn’t think Mondo was finished with those “75 Years of Batman” prints did you? After the first wave went on sale today, the collectible-art boutique revealed which posters will be available on Wednesday: They’re illustrations inspired by Batman ’66, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond by Jason Edmiston, Tiny Kitten Teeth, Phantom City Creative, Craig Drake, Gianmarco Magnani and Kilian Eng.
Check out the prints below, and keep an eye on the Mondo Twitter feed on Wednesday for the sale announcement.
Seen in July at Comic-Con International, the licensed Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon hoodies mimic the heroes’ costumes; the former comes complete with mask, and the latter with ears (but alas, no tail). They’re $79.99 each, but they might make a pretty good gift for those Guardians fans in your life. Or, y’know, treat yo self.
DC Entertainment has hired Michael Shelling as director of publicity for publishing, a position left vacant since February, when Alex Segura returned to Archie Comics.
Shelling was most recently public relations manager of Carbine Studios, the Aliso Viejo, California-based division of NCsoft devoted to developing massively multiplayer online games. He previously worked at Sony Online Entertainment, which developed DC Universe Online, among numerous other titles.
DC is expected to complete its move from 1700 Broadway in New York City to 2900 W. Alameda Ave. in Burbank in the spring, with editorial operations joining the film, digital, consumer-products and administrative operations. In 2011, the company signed a 10-year lease for the entire second floor, which amounts to 35,000 square feet of space.
This February will mark five years since the release of Raina Telgemeier‘s Smile, the autobiographical graphic novel about her childhood from sixth grade to high school, partially documented by her orthodontia experience through those years.
Telgemeier’s teeth were forefront in her mind earlier this week as she visited her dentist, taking a couple of pictures while there, which she shared on her Instagram account.
New concept art has debuted for the Shanghai Disney Resort, revealing plans for a Toy Story-themed hotel.
Released on Disney Insider, the images provide an overview of the resort, which will include a Magic Kingdom-style theme park, two hotels and a shopping, dining and entertainment district called Disneytown (complete with Walt Disney Grand Theatre).
Eighty-six years ago today, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse made their official debut in “Steamboat Willie,” the 1928 animated short that helped to launch an entertainment empire (their actual first appearance was in a May 1928 test screening of “Plane Crazy”).
To celebrate the occasion, Biography has released a history of Mickey Mouse (sorry, Minnie), highlighting the iconic character’s origins, his 1935 makeover, and his promotional role during World War II.
Disney, meanwhile, sent a rickshaw-driving Mickey on a trip across India for his birthday in a new animated short called “Mickey Mumbai Madness,” which debuted today on Disney Channel India (you can watch it below, along with “Steamboat Willie”).
Legal | The saga of Hi Score Girl continues this week, with the Osaka Prefectural Police charging creator Rensuke Oshihiri and 15 employees of publisher Square Enix with copyright infringement. Game publisher SNK Playmore originally filed criminal charges against Square Enix over the summer, claiming that Hi Score Girl, a comedy about gamers, used its characters without permission. Square Enix has recalled the published volumes of the series and halted serialization in its Monthly Big Gangan magazine. [Anime News Network]
Passings | Political cartoonist and collector Art Wood, a founding member of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists, died Nov. 4 at age 87. He donated more than 40,000 pieces of original cartoon art to the Library of Congress for its bicentennial, and the library published a book, Cartoon America, based on the collection. [The Daily Cartoonist]
Filmmaker Christopher Nolan has collaborated with artist Sean Gordon Murphy on a short story to address one of the mysteries of Interstellar: What happened to Matt Damon’s Dr. Mann and his robot SKIPP on the other side of the wormhole?