SDCC: Marvel: Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends Panel
Comics | “Dick Tracy” writer Mike Curtis has donated his 17,000-piece collection of Superman memorabilia to the Cleveland Public Library, which will establish a permanent exhibit dedicated to the Man of Steel. Some of Curtis’ items date back to as early as 1939. The library is applying for grants to preserve and restore the collectibles, and hopes to have some of them on display by November. The Man of Steel was of course created by Cleveland by high school friends Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. [The Columbus Dispatch]
The long-awaited rollout for “Pokémon GO” has at last reached U.S. shores, and with it comes this launch trailer for the augmented-reality game.
Developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, the game allows Pokémon Trainers to track down and capture pocket monsters in a real-world setting. When paired with a Bluetooth-powered, Poké Ball-like device called Pokémon GO Plus, the app will notify players that there’s untamed Pokémon in the vicinity. Once you’ve spotted the pocket monster using the AR app, you can throw a virtual Poké Ball to catch the creature. Players are also able to engage other Trainers in battle.
Fans of “Star Trek” will now get the chance to explore outer space in a new ride called “Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.”
Crime | French police are investigating two new death threats to the staff of the French satirical weekly “Charlie Hebdo.” The first threat was posted on the magazine’s Facebook page and then removed; the second was sent to the editor a few days later. “The messages raise the idea of killing several members of the editorial, again,” an anonymous source told the French newspaper Le Parisien. Security is tight at the “Charlie Hebdo” editorial office, which was moved to a secret location after 12 people were killed in an attack in January 2015. [The Local]
Conventions | Rob Salkowitz interviews Comic-Con International chief communication and strategy officer David Glanzer, who has been going to Comic-Con since 1978 and working for them since 1994. Glanzer discusses attendance, the possible saturation of the pop-culture convention market, and what might cause the con to leave San Diego, however reluctantly. And he emphasizes the importance of comics to Comic-Con: “We have a great and unique demographic and are pinged constantly by organizations who want to target that demographic for marketing purposes. But while it may be true that they are a key demo for marketing, we don’t want a participating company to exhibit or present a panel for that reason alone. They should have an organic relationship to comics and popular art. It’s a difficult area to maintain, but it’s one we pride ourselves on at least trying to remain true to our mission.” [Forbes]
Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, ended yesterday, and after a flurry of news on Friday, there were more announcements over the weekend: Yen Press will publish the manga “Erased” and “Bungo Stray Dogs,” Kodansha Comics has an “Attack on Titan” themed choose-your-own-adventure book in the works, Viz will continue to publish the “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure” manga, and Vertical has licensed the “Nisimonogatari” light novels.
Yen Press had already announced a number of new licenses, but at a panel sponsored by the Japanese publisher Kadokawa, they revealed two more: The time-travel story “Erased” and the action manga “Bungō Stray Dogs.” Anime based on both series are currently available on Crunchyroll. Earlier this year, Kadokawa purchased a 51% share of Yen Press, making it a joint venture with the original owner, Hachette. At the same time, Kadokawa announced a partnership with Crunchyroll. At the panel, Yen Press publisher Kurt Hassler said Yen manga and light novels are now available digitally on Kadokawa’s Bookwalker e-book service and that the company’s goal is to make all its books available in digital format. Yen also publishes on other e-book platforms such as Amazon’s Kindle.
Japan toy manufacturer Good Smile Company is adding a Korra toy to its revered Nendoroid line of anime figures. Including the base, the figure stands approximately 10cm (or 4″) tall, and is selling for 4,800¥ (or approximately $47 USD) in November.
Like other figures in the Nendoroid line, the “Legend of Korra”-based toy is adjustable for various action poses. The figure also comes with bended “water” and “fire,” accurate to the representation of elements in Nickelodeon’s hit “Avatar: The Last Airbender” spinoff.
What if “Mad Max” was set in Los Angeles? Illustrator Scott Park used that premise in a new art series that takes classic cars from movies and television and gives them a “Mad Max”-ian spin.
Park used cars from “Ghostbusters,” “Batman ’66,” “Back to the Future,” “Toy Story,” “Scooby Doo,” “Dukes of Hazard,” “Arrested Development,” “Knight Rider,” “Akira,” and many other properties for the mashup art. You can check out each illustration below:
Whether or not Batman and Superman should kill their foes has become a hot button issue over the past few years. Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” have shown both heroes taking a life (or, sometimes, multiple lives), and the director has even commented on his Batman’s lethal methods. Now a new video from Mr. Sunday Movies puts the latest DC Comics superhero movie under examination, running through all of Batman’s most destructive action sequences — and counting the body count that the caped crusader amasses along the way.
The second-smartest feline on the planet, Batcat knows the best way to signal his furry frenemy Supercat and take out his foes in the process is with the world’s most powerful laser pointer. Just point the way, and the Tabby of Steel will do the rest!
This parody of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” — called “Batcat v Supercat,” of course — is the work of Kaipo JOnes, who also produced “Magneto Cat” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine Cat.” You may detect a theme at play.
Deadpool is at last confronted by Bandhu, aka “the dude in Dopinder’s trunk,” in this well-made fan short that pits the Merc with a Mouth against the Magneto of Candy.
What’s the Magneto of Candy, you ask? Well, in director A. Todd Smith’s short cousin Bandhu doesn’t merely have enough charm to win the heart of fair Gita. Oh, no. He also has the power to, um, control candy, which leads to a junk-attacking game of “Candy Crush Saga.” Naturally.
Anime Expo, the largest anime convention in North America, is happening this weekend in Los Angeles, and there’s a lot of activity on the manga front. This weekend’s announcements include “Dragon Ball Super,” a new “Revolutionary Girl Utena” box set, a Hatsune Miku manga and light novel, and a new series from the creators of “Deadman Wonderland.”
There was also some anime news, naturally: The streaming anime service Crunchyroll is going into the physical media business and will release “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress,” “Berserk,” “Gintama,” and other series on Blu-Ray and DVD, and the dubbed version of the “One-Punch Man” anime will be added to Adult Swim’s Toonami block starting on July 16, which should bring new fans to the franchise.
She might be dead on “Arrow,” but Black Canary lives on in comics, and in glorious statues. Sideshow Collectibles has unveiled a Black Canary Premium Format Figure that sees the character in her classic leather corset, fishnet stockings, black gloves and blue jacket. Modeled after the artwork of Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, the stunning statue stands 21″ tall (including the height of the base).
The Black Canary Premium Format Figure is currently available for pre-order on Sideshow’s website for $449.99 USD, and officially releases in Summer 2017.
Margot Robbie’s turn as Harley Quinn in the upcoming “Suicide Squad” film has already inspired clothing, jewelry, toys and prop weapons, so it perhaps was only a matter of time before the antiheroine expanded into the world of hair products. That time is now.
Business | WizKids has canceled pre-release events for Marvel HeroClix: The Superior Foes of Spider-Man after losing its shipment in an explosive train collision Tuesday in Texas that killed two crew members. A third is missing and presumed dead. “While a sizable amount of the product release will be in an unknown state for an unforeseeable time,” the company said in a statement, “our current plan is to proceed with the launch of the product as scheduled as we have sufficient quantities for all stores who have preordered to date and the majority of the product is unaffected. Our thoughts go out to the families who lost their loved ones in this horrific accident.” [WizKids, via ICv2.com]
Bill Waterson’s “Calvin & Hobbes” is the stuff of comic strip legend. They’ve lived entirely on the page, never making the leap to film or other mediums like fellow strips “The Peanuts” and “Marmaduke.” However, a devoted fan has helped nudge the popular characters towards the 21st century by creating an interactive 3D version of a Calvin & Hobbes strip.
Artist Gabriel de Laubier recreated the June 21, 1991 strip criticizing the lackluster naming of “The Big Bang,” but not in the colorful, CGI, voice-acted way that many comic strip characters are brought to life.