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The comics industry cameos of Peter Bagge’s ‘Sweatshop’

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You’ll be forgiven if you missed Sweatshop the first time around. Sure, it was created, written and mostly drawn by Peter Bagge, and yes, it was published by DC Comics, but not for long. It lasted just six issues in 2003 and, according to Bagge’s afterword to the new collection (published not by DC, but Fantagraphics), then-DC President Paul Levitz decided to pull the plug around the time the second issue shipped.

The unlikely pairing of DC with talent like Bagge was apparently an outgrowth of editor Joey Cavalieri’s success with the hardcover Bizarro Comics anthology, which teamed “alternative” comics creators with DC regulars. Bagge, who had written DC’s poorly received nine-issue Yeah!, met with Cavalieri and decided on a pretty perfect premise for a comedic comic book. (Yeah!, by the way, was drawn by Gilbert Hernandez and was also collected by Fantagraphics rather than DC.)

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Comics A.M. | Driver in ZombieWalk crash will face charges

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Legal | Matthew O. Pocci Jr., who in July drove into the crowd of ZombieWalk: San Diego, held annually during Comic-Con International, will be charged with felony reckless driving resulting in serious injuries. Pocci, who is deaf, was in the car with his children, waiting for the Zombie Walk to pass, but he started moving forward before the crowd had cleared the area. According to Pocci, the walkers attacked the car and he feared for his safety. He accelerated and the car struck a 64-year-old woman; two other people were injured as well. Pocci will be arraigned on March 9. [NBC 7 San Diego]

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Babs Tarr’s Batgirl swings onto WonderCon program cover

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Batgirl heads from Burnside to Anaheim with series artist Babs Tarr’s program cover for WonderCon 2015.

The convention’s Toucan blog unveils the cover, along with a glimpse into Tarr’s creative process — and a hint that a T-shirt may be on the way. The program books will be given free to attendees at WonderCon Anaheim, held April 3-5 at the Anaheim Convention Center.

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Makeup artist transforms people into living comic book heroes

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A self-trained makeup artist, Lianne Moseley of Calgary makes her living working with brides and models. However, she recently expanded her repertoire to include transforming people into superheroes who look as if they’ve stepped right off the comic book page.

“When I first did Archer, I posted it on my Facebook page and my friends liked it but I didn’t have a big following but my brother really liked it and he posted it on Reddit,” Moseley, a comics fan herself, tells CTV News. “Just last night Ashton Kutcher shared an article on my work on his Facebook page.”

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CUTE! Iron Man cardboard cat art is awesomely adorable

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On its Facebook page, Architecture & Design Magazine began an Internet-friendly initiative that turns your average household pet into something truly fantastic using only cardboard.

Subtitled only “Cardboard Cat Art,” the post features a compilation of photos that feature cats turned superheroes, among other things. Check out the photos below to see Iron Cat and Mario: Super Smash Kitty, and head to Architecture & Design Magazine’s Facebook page for more.

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Slamacow, these ‘Adventure Time’ Oreo necklaces are tops

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If you love food more than you love people, these handmade Adventure Time Oreo necklaces may be for you.

Artist Monika Alexandria sculpts adorable little cookie-shaped pendants of Jake, Finn and Peppermint Butler out of polymer clay, and then hand paints them, meaning no two are alike. She also accepts custom requests, so you could have an entire Adventure Time set, with Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen and so on.

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Tim Truman creates painting for Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary

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Veteran artist Timothy Truman recently revealed on his Facebook page the first of several paintings he was commissioned to create for the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary celebration. The veteran illustrator worked with the band in their active years on album covers, T-shirts, and even comics for an almanac series.

Truman hasn’t said how this painting will be used, but he’s also creating art for an acoustic guitar produced by Alvarez for the anniversary.

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IDW’s Chris Ryall commissions custom ‘Rom’ hardcover set

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No, it’s not a dream. That’s actually set of four hardcover volumes of Marvel’s Rom: Spaceknight. Unfortunately, however, your chances of getting one remain slim.

Despite a cult following, it’s been nearly 30 years since any Rom: Spaceknight has been published. The issue comes down to licensing, and Marvel’s agreement with Parker Brothers (now a Hasbro subsidiary) expired 1986. Certain elements created for the toy-inspired comic, originated by Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema, remain with Marvel, but the name and signature armor are off-limits — to both new work and reprints.

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‘Everyday X-Men’ reveals Marvel’s mutants in their off-hours

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Being an X-Men is a busy job. Between the fighting, the schooling and the baseball games, there’s not much time for anything else — or is there?

Vreeland cartoonist Chad Sells has begun depicting Marvel’s mutants during their off-time in a new series of illustrations dubbed “Everyday X-Men.” The 16 images so far show various X-Men (and even a few enemies) in their leisure pursuits … and interestingly enough, many of them are in their ’90s-era duds, if they’re wearing anything at all.

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Batman and Iron Man square off over ‘Dawn of Justice’

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Fans of DC Comics and Warner Bros.’ big-screen plans may cringe a little at this Dorkly video, in which classic arcade versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Batman and Superman square off over their upcoming movie team-ups, Civil War and Dawn of Justice.

Short version? Well, that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is essentially a lesser version of Captain America: Civil War, a stance that will undoubtedly launch a thousand Internet arguments. I’m not sure that holds much water, but the video is fun to watch as the Dark Knight turns his frustration on the Man of Steel.

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Police seize ‘Wolverine’s hand’ in drug raid (Wait, what?)

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Police in Guelph, Ontario, probably didn’t mean to sound alarming when they reported they’d confiscated “Wolverine’s hand” during a drug bust. However, the hirsute mutant can regenerate, and these are (alleged) meth dealers we’re talking about, so what are expected to think?

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Papercutz signs first-look deal with Nick, revives ‘Nickelodeon Magazine’

sanjay and craigPapercutz has inked a deal with Nickelodeon that gives the children’s graphic novel publisher the first option to adapt the cable channel’s new properties.

BOOM! Studios entered into a similar first-look agreement last year with Cartoon Network.

As part of the deal, Papercutz to publish a new version of Nickelodeon Magazine, which ceased publication in December 2009.  Set to launch in late June, the revived magazine will feature a mix of comics previews, new property debuts, and games, puzzles and other activities for young readers.

The first two Nickelodeon properties to make the move to comics under the partnership are Sanjay and Craig, a comedy adventure about an excitable 12-year-old boy and his talking pet snake, and Breadwinners, which follows SwaySway and Buhdeuce, two carefree ducks who fly around in a rocket van, delivering bread.

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Hot Toys unleashes ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Hulk figure

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Hot Toys has unveiled its Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th-scale Hulk figure, which features a new head sculptures to reflect changes to the characters design in the upcoming Marvel Studios sequel.

The Hulk Deluxe Collectible Set boasts two newly developed angry and screaming head sculpts with rolling eyeballs, a specially painted muscular body with more than 20 points of articulation, an interchangeable non-articulated “Hulk smash” pose upper body, and two pairs of interchangeable palms.

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Comics A.M. | Flush with cash, ‘Charlie Hebdo’ now at crossroads

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Publishing | The French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy before armed gunmen attacked its offices last month, but the outpouring of support that followed has changed the financial picture: The first issue after the attack sold millions of copies, 250,000 new subscribers signed up, and the paper even received more than $4.5 million in donations. The flush of wealth is causing dissension among the staff, Sam Schechner reports, with some arguing that the publication should become a cooperative. At the same time, they’re discussing how Charlie Hebdo will keep its edge under the new circumstances. A new issue, the second since the attacks, is out on newsstands today. [The Wall Street Journal]

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Star-Lord meets Star-Lord in ‘Parks and Recreation’ finale

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If NBC’s Parks and Recreation has taught us anything, it’s that 1.) jogging is the worst; 2.) at least once a year you have to treat yo self; and 3.) seven years from now, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy will still be wildly popular.

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