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‘Age of Ultron’ trailer gets an epic stop-motion LEGO remake

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Stop-motion LEGO recreations of movie trailers are becoming increasingly popular, but a lo of them are a little rough around the edges. However, that’s certainly not the case with this take on the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron by Kevin Ulrich of Brotherhood Workshop. It’s a project that took five months to complete, and it definitely shows.

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Comics A.M. | Roz Chast wins $250,000 Heinz Award

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Awards | Cartoonist Roz Chast is one of six recipients of this year’s Heinz Awards, which recognize “exceptional Americans, for their creativity and determination in finding solutions to critical issues.” The honor comes with an $250,000 cash prize. “‘Floored’ does not begin to describe it,” says the author of the acclaimed graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? “I don’t think I’ve fully absorbed it yet.” [The Washington Post]

Political cartoons | In a radio interview, Afghan political cartoonist Habib Rahman Habib talks about his work. [NPR]

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Disney Cruise Line heads to hyperspace with Millennium Falcon

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Although none of the ships in the Disney Cruise Line is ready to make the Kessel Run, soon young passengers will be able to pretend they’re making the jump to hyperspace.

The Disney Dream will head into dry dock in October and emerge with two new interactive youth areas, one inspired by the interior of the Millennium Falcon from Star Wars, and the other based on the popular Disney Infinity video game.

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Adidas’ ‘Age of Ultron’ line includes a Quicksilver sneaker, of course

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Knowing a good tie-in when it sees one, Adidas couldn’t pass up a collection inspired by Avengers: Age of Ultron that, of course, includes a Quicksilver sneaker.

The lines of shoes and apparel for children and adults, with the former having their choice of T-shirts, shorts, sneakers and accessories based on the Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America. The kid’s collection will be complemented by running shoes for grownups in four designs, but the star is the silver-green “Quicksilver” Adizero Prime Boost (above), which the company teases will be worn in the Marvel Studios sequel by “an exciting new Avengers character.” Who could that be?

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Wizard World launches ComicConBox subscription service

comiconboxWizard World is expanding beyond pop-culture conventions and into subscription box services with ComicConBox.

Like Loot Crate and other similar services, ComicConBox offers subscribers monthly shipments containing toys and collectibles, artwork, games, gadgets and apparel. Plus, this being Wizard World, there are also convention tickets and VIP discounts.

The service is priced at $29.99 a month, with the first box shipping around April 30.

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3A Toys summons the sleek Invincible Iron Man Ghost Edition

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If you thought Ashley Wood’s 3A Toys was finished with its Invincible Iron Man series of figures, think again. The company is back with another take on this Golden Avenger, this time the all-white Ghost Edition.

Standing 13.5 inches tall, the figure is fully articulated, with soft PVC covering the arms and legs. Six AG1 button cell batteries power the LED light-up eyes, palms and arc reactor.

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Adorable li’l Daredevil is the Toddler Without Fear (of Naptime)

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With Daredevil renewed for a second season, Netflix and Marvel may be looking for a way to expand the series into a franchise. Allow us to suggest a kid-friendly spinoff, starring 3-year-old Parker as the guardian of Hell’s Preschool.

The son of John Nettles of City Light Studio, Parker is simultaneously fearsome and cute as a button as Daredevil in this terrific series of cosplay photos taken by his father.

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Oni Press reveals its open submissions guidelines

ONI_PRESS_LOGO-CAMPAIGNFollowing the announcement last month that it will begin accepting unsolicited submissions and pitches, Oni Press has released detailed guidelines that not only cover what to send, but also what not to.

Among the things to avoid, “Superheroes! They have their place but their place is not with us,” and “long-form series or stories in oversaturated genres such as supernatural noir, zombies, vampires and gritty detectives with a dark past.” Also, “delicate subjects such as rape and sexual abuse as fodder for exposition in genre stories.”

Oni’s submission periods will operate on a two-months open, two-months closed schedule, with the first window opening from May 1 to June 30.

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Comics A.M. | Archie’s Paul Kaminski joins DC Comics

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Publishing | Paul Kaminski, Archie Comics’ executive director of editorial since 2012, has left the publisher to become an associate editor for DC Comics’ Superman Group. Kaminski joined Archie in 2007, editing such titles as Sonic the Hedgehog, Mega Man and The New Crusaders. [Twitter]

Museums | The reason the Cartoon Art Museum is vacating its current location is familiar to San Franciscans, says curator Andrew Farago: “The price per square foot is going to more than double, and that’s just not viable for us. The landlords are giving us what considerations they can, but ultimately it’s a business decision.” The museum will remain open in its current location, on Mission Street, until June 28; a new venue has not been found yet. [SFGate]

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Hot Toys’ Ultron Mark I has got no strings but plenty of cables

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If you’re not satisfied with just one version of the homicidal robot from Avengers: Age of Ultron in your collection, you’re in luck, because Hot Toys has officially unveiled its 1/6th-scale Ultron Mark I.

As both the name and the images suggest, this is the early form of the artificial intelligence glimpsed in the trailers for the Marvel Studios sequel, one cobbled together from pieces of Iron Man and Iron Legion armor, and who knows what else. Reflecting that, the 32.5-centimeter figure is asymmetrical and missing a left hand, with exposed cables and other mechanical details.

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Finn and Jake make jump to 3D in next ‘Adventure Time’ game

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Cartoon Network is setting off in a different direction with its next Adventure Time game, reteaming with Little Orbit for a story-driven 3D adventure that transforms Jake and Finn into detectives.

Developed by Vicious Cycle, Adventure Time: Finn and Jake Investigations sees Pendleton Ward’s beloved characters follow in the footsteps of Finn’s foster parents and become professional investigators. Faced with mysterious disappearances and strange events in the Land of Ooo, players will interrogate its inhabitants, dispatch evil-doers, solve puzzles and explore new and familiar locations.

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Hot Topic unleashes Avengers fashion collection for women

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Just in time for the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” premiere, Hot Topic will release a new line of women’s Marvel apparel by Her Universe.

The collection features designs based on Marvel’s Avengers by Amy Beth Christenson and Andrew MacLaine, winners of last year’s Her Universe fashion show at SDCC, and includes several dresses and jackets. The designs were inspired by Captain America, Black Widow, Iron Man, Loki and Thor in particular.

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Pantone goes bananas and introduces new color, Minion Yellow

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The mad scientists at the Pantone Color Institute have introduced their first new color in three years, and it’s downright despicable.

Called Minion Yellow, it’s inspired by the little creators from the 2010 animated film Despicable Me, its sequel and the upcoming spinoff Minions.

“Just as the sun’s rays enliven us, Pantone Minion Yellow is a color that heightens awareness and creates clarity, lighting the way to the intelligence, originality and the resourcefulness of an open mind – this is the color of hope, joy and optimism,” Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone’s executive director, said in a statement.

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Figures Toy Company announces ‘New Teen Titans’ line

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Figures Toy Company, which recently announced a reproduction of the Mego Batcave, is now teasing a series of action figures based on Marv Wolfman and George Perez’s New Teen Titans.

Part of the toymaker’s World’s Greatest Heroes brand, the series of 8-inch figures will debut in the fall with Nightwing, Starfire, Raven, and Cyborg. Figures Toy Company notes they’ll be compatible with other its other DC Comics releases, which are retro-style dolls with clothing and 16 points of articulation.

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‘Punisher’s’ Mitch Gerads designs Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit patch

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Punisher artist Mitch Gerads was recruited to design the morale patch for the second annual Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit and Auction, which will raise funds to support the Guardian for Heroes Foundation.

Produced by ITS Tactical, the patch sports the iconic Punisher logo that served as the unofficial crest of SEAL Team 3’s Charlie Platoon, Kyle’s unit. The limited-edition patch debuted Friday, but sold out so quickly that the Kyle family requested more be made available.

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