Waid Assembles Big Stories for "All-New All-Different Avengers"
Political cartoons | While speaking to a youth leadership group, Maine Gov. Paul LePage was asked by Nick Danby, the son of Bangor Daily News cartoonist George Danby, what he thought of his father’s work. LePage’s response: “I’d like to shoot him.” The audience laughed, but the joke triggered a storm of criticism in the media, coming as it does in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings. The elder Danby certainly didn’t find it funny, saying that while he is critical of the governor, it’s well within the boundaries of satire. And, he added, “My other thought was, what if this was reversed? If I had made a comment. I’d be in big trouble today.” [The Huffington Post]
Last week we were teased with a fun fan-made trailer for Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange, and now we treated to a wonderfully imaginative credits sequence that employs animated comic book art.
The song is “The W.A.N.D.” by The Flaming Lips, which seems strangely appropriates — “We’re the enforcers, the sorcerer’s orphans, and we know why we fight” — even if it’s highly unlikely to show up on the movie soundtrack.
Although most Marvel fans are looking ahead to Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, Hot Toys isn’t finished with Avengers: Age of Ultron just yet. This morning the high-end collectibles company unveiled its new 1/6th-scale Thor figure, based on the likeness of actor Chris Hemsworth in the blockbuster sequel.
Standing about 32 centimeters tall, the action figure boasts 30 points of articulation, a new head sculpt (which, judging from early reaction on Facebook, isn’t exactly a crowd-pleaser), four pairs of interchangeable palms, an LED light-up Mjolnir and a metal Mjolnir with lightning effect accessory, and a display stand.
Margaret Atwood wrote some of the best literary works of the modern era, both in terms of feminist novels and essays and in terms of all-around fascinating and engaging tales from multiple genres. So, news of Atwood contributing to an all-female anthology aimed at “geek girls” and consisting of non-fiction tales and comic strips about dating, love and sex comes as a really pleasant exciting surprise. But what’s even more surprising and exciting is the fact that Atwood won’t be contributing a prose piece: she’ll be drawing a comic strip.
While those Catwoman sunglasses we showcased earlier this month are undeniably awesome, maybe they’re not quite your style. Perhaps while you’re lounging on the beach you prefer to imagine yourself in Themyscira or, I don’t know, Central City. No matter, now Sun-Staches has you covered.
The company that makes the sunglasses/mask combos has expanded its line of comic book-themed novelty eye wear to include Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Spider-Man, Robin and Poison Ivy. (There are also Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but I’m not sure anyone over the age of 10 can get away with that.)
Note: this whole post is about a MAJOR SPOILER from “The Big Burn,” a 2014 Batman and Robin arc which, coincidentally, has just been reprinted in paperback. As such, I recognize that it might be new for some folks. If you don’t want to be spoiled, come back next week for a 30-years-later look at Crisis on Infinite Earths #8. I’ll understand. I mean, I still haven’t finished Gone Girl.
Now then …
The decades-old battle Earth Federation and the Principality of Zeon continues, at least through this weekend, as the RX-78-2 Gundam and Char’s Zaku face off in Ngee Ann City, Singapore.
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Gundam model kit, Bandai Namco Asia and Takashimaya Department Store have staged “Gundam Docks at Singapore,” a showcase of more than 200 models from the series. However, the centerpiece of the exhibit is undoubtedly the nearly 20-foot replicas of RX-78-2 Gundam and Char’s Zaku displayed in the plaza.
All Star Section Eight #1
By Garth Ennis, John McCrea and John Kalisz
Did you like Hitman, the best series DC Comics ever published? Well, good news! It’s back … kinda. The Hitman creative team reunites for this miniseries starring the few surviving members of the title.
The premise is that Sixpack, the delusional alcoholic leader of the most dysfunctional superhero team ever created returns from the dead (i.e. being sober) to combat a threat that only Section Eight can stop. Because most of Section Eight is dead, he needs to put together a new team, and he can only come up with seven, so he needs to recruit one more hero. Like Batman, maybe.
Batman doesn’t bite, of course, but Ennis and McCrea have come up with a premise that allows them to make fun of the DC Universe, continue the story of a handful of their characters without having to reconcile continuity differences on either side of Flashpoint, or worry about taking away from the tale they so completely and perfectly told in the pages of Hitman.
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Following a couple of waves of Avengers: Age of Ultron stylized figures, Hot Toys has revealed the next release in its Artist Mix line: Marvel’s Ant-Man.
Designed once again by Touma, this series of 13-centimeter-tall bobbleheads features Ant-Man and the villainous Yellowjacket. The Deluxe Set will include a special third figure, Ant-Man (Black Out Version).
Graphic novels | Sonny Liew’s graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye has sold through its second printing in Singapore and is heading into a third, just weeks after the country’s National Arts Council abruptly withdrew funding. The graphic novel traces the career of pioneering Singaporean cartoonist Charlie Chan Hock Chye through 60 years of the country’s history and includes satirical portrayals of Lee Kuan Yew, the first prime minister of Singapore, and his rival Lim Chin Siong. An NAC official said it “potentially undermines the authority or legitimacy of the Government and its public institutions.” The graphic novel has already sold 2,500 copies, making it “the top-selling local fiction title so far this year.”
Just a day after its launch, Warner Bros. last night suspended Windows PC sales of Batman: Arkham Knight. The move comes in the wake of thousands of negative user reviews for the highly anticipated finale to the Rocksteady Studios trilogy.
The game has been removed from sale on Steam, although the listing remains.
Complaints about the technical performance of the PC version began to flood social media and Steam shortly after Arkham Knight’s debut on Tuesday, with many users and observers dubbing the launch a “disaster.” Rocksteady’s initial statement on Tuesday referred to “our external PC development partner,” which led to the determination that the PC port was outsourced to 12-person developer Iron Galaxy Studios.
With just two weeks until the official start of Comic-Con International, organizers are reportedly nearing a deal with San Diego officials that will keep the event in the city through 2018. The current contract expires next year.
Although there’s been no official comment about an agreement, The San Diego Union-Tribune reports an announcement is expected before the convention gets under way on July 9. Area hoteliers have confirmed to the newspaper that they’ve been asked to amend their 2016 contracts, agreeing to maintain the same number of discounted rooms at the same rates through 2018.
Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
Some of us have fantasized about going for a swim in a gold-filled vault like Scrooge McDuck, but Carl Barks fan Dennis Steppe put his time to better use: He built a painstakingly detailed model of the legendary money bin using LEGO bricks and Don Rosa’s blueprints. And it only cost a small fortune.
The artist discovered the impressive project while appearing over the weekend at Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con, where he signed one of the money bin’s exterior walls.
Manga | Vernieda Vergara examines the way Attack on Titan reflects Japanese politics and history as well as the current sense of social anxiety experienced by young people of creator Hajime Isayama’s generation: “One of the biggest criticisms levied against Japan’s youth is that they lack the ambition of previous generations. But if the majority have no hope of advancement due to a corporate wall, why is that a surprise? In the manga, most people are content to live inside the walls. It’s safe. But as the manga’s protagonist, Eren, says, that’s like living in a cage. There’s no hope for something more. Eren, along with his allies, don’t accept this fate as easily. They fight against it actively.” [Women Write About Comics]