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Ho, ho, ho? Jabba the Hutt is the perfect holiday lawn ornament


Providing the perfect complement to those unintentionally disturbing Star Wars porch light covers, there’s now an enormous inflatable Jabba the Hutt to adorn your lawn and annoy your neighbors.

Sold by ThinkGeek (of course), the Bloated One is 6 feet tall by 10 feet long, making him just about life-size. In short, he’s perfect for that Return of the Jedi diorama you were envisioning for Christmas. (Ho, ho, ho, indeed.)

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Kansas governor declares October ‘Zombie Preparedness Month’

The Walking Dead #16

The Walking Dead #16

While the state’s stalling economy may be a more immediate threat, Kansas is preparing itself to confront the walking dead head on.

Joined this morning by a teenage revenant, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback declared October “Zombie Preparedness Month,” an initiative designed to ensure residents are ready for an undead apocalypse — or, y’know, a tornado or flood. Whichever comes first.

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Comics A.M. | Vertigo tests the waters with Wattpad

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Survivors’ Club #1

Publishing | DC Comics’ Vertigo imprint is the first comics company to use the Wattpad “social reading app,” where writers and publishers can share their work with potential readers around the world. Survivors’ Club writers Lauren Beukes and Dale Halvorsen are starting things off with a list of their favorite horror movies, and Gail Simone and Holly Black are expected to check in as well. [TechCrunch]

Conventions | Journalist Tom Spurgeon and Bone creator Jeff Smith, co-organizers of Cartoon Crossroads Columbus, discuss their concept for a truly comics-focused festival. “We’re almost at the point where we’re treating comics as a weigh station before you make your money or impact,” Spurgeon says. “Comics are solely what we do and it’s solely where our efforts go. We want this to be important. We want to celebrate older cartoonists who may have fallen out favor. We want to celebrate the anniversaries of great comics. It’s solely comics-focused.” [Paste]

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NYCC | ComiXology Submit to give away print variants


ComiXology will give away limited-edition print variants of select Submit comics next week at New York Comic Con.

As announced this morning at, throughout Oct. 8-11 convention, 500 copies of each of these titles will be available on a first come, first serve basis: Aw Yeah, Comics #1, by Art Balthazar and Franco; the Fresh Romance anthology, edited by Janelle Asselin; Gamma #1, by Ulises Farinas and Erick Freitas; Heathen #1, by Nastasha Alterici; and Revenger #1, by Chuck Forseman.

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‘Mass Effect’ is getting its own 4D theme park attraction

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Even as Disneyland and Disney World prepare to break ground on their Star Wars-themed areas, video game developer BioWare has announced that its own sci-fi epic, Mass Effect, is on a course for California’s Great America theme park.

Produced through a partnership between publisher Electronic Arts and California’s Great America, the attraction is described as a “first-of-its-kind guest experience,” combining live performers, special effects and “4D effects.” The “4D holographic experience” is set to open in 2016 at the Santa Clara, California park’s newly renovated Action Theater.

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‘Superman: Red Son’ Batman statue is ready to spark a rebellion

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Sideshow Collectibles completes its Superman: Red Son collection with the official unveiling of its Batman statue based on the 2003 DC Comics miniseries by Mark Millar, Dave Johnson and Kilian Plunkett.

The comic is set in an alternate timeline in which Superman’s rocket ship lands in the Ukraine, and he’s raised to become the champion of the Soviet Union. Batman, meanwhile, is orphaned as a child when the KGB murders his parents, and grows up to become a symbol of rebellion and the most wanted man in Russia.

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Colossal Titan builds his ideal home in this wonderfully weird video


The Colossal Titan, the 60-meter-tall, skinless giant from Attack on Titan, is simply misunderstood: He doesn’t want to just destroy walls (and devour the people living within); he wants to build new, better walls.

At least that may be the revelation of this weird but entertaining video released by CREVIA, the property-development division of the Japanese corporation Itochu. It’s part of the CREVIA Creative Challenge, in which people are asked to build a model of their ideal home using little white cubes.

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Watch: The identity of Batman’s greatest enemy may surprise you


Sure, the Court of Owls has operated in secret for centuries, but it turns out the organization isn’t Gotham City’s greatest criminal conspiracy. It’s not even close.

As Dorkly reveals in this humorous (and kind of sad) new video, that honor goes to the shadowy mastermind who for decades has pulled the strings of Batman’s most colorful rogues: The Joker, Two-Face, Mr. Freeze, The Riddler and The Penguin.

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You can actually rock out with this amazing custom LEGO guitar


Although it seemed impossible to outdo the Guitar Boy — the combination electric guitar/Nintendo Game Boy — Nicola Pavan may have done it.

The Italian guitar maker, who typically works with wood, instead used LEGO to craft a working guitar. Created over the course of six days, the instrument’s body is made entirely of the plastic bricks, held together with glue and screws, while the neck and bridge use more traditional materials.

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Comics A.M. | At retailer summit, concerns arise about slowing growth

Diamond Retailer Summit 2015

Diamond Retailer Summit 2015

Retailing | Heidi MacDonald reports on last week’s Diamond Retailer Summit, where the news was mixed: Comics sales are up this year, but the increase is smaller than in 2013, triggering fears that the market is cooling down. Some publishers are retrenching, with Image announcing it will no longer release variant covers, Marvel simplifying its ordering requirements for variants, and BOOM! Studios cutting the number of titles it will release next year by 15 percent. [Publishers Weekly]

Legal | Malaysian cartoonist Zunar announced Monday that another of his books is drawing government scrutiny, as police are questioning the sales assistant who handles online sales of his book Sapuman – Man of Steal. “My sales assistant did nothing illegal as the ‘Sapuman – Man of Steal’ is not officially banned by the government” Zunar said. “On the contrary, the police should investigate who took RM2.6 billion of public funds instead of clamping down on book sellers who sell books legally.” The cartoonist is currently facing nine charges of sedition stemming from one of his Tweets, and his books have been banned and his assistants harassed in the past. [The Malaysian Insider]

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‘Arkham’ has ended, but Warner Bros. isn’t done with Batman games

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Batman: Arkham Knight may have brought Rocksteady Studios’ blockbuster series to an end, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is, unsurprisingly, far from finished with the Caped Crusader.

“Batman is one of the cornerstone IPs for Warner Bros.,” Ames Kirshen, who oversees development of DC Comics games, tells the PlayStation Blog. “With the Arkham series, we were finally able to realize the full potential of the character.”

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Ta-Nehisi Coates wins prestigious MacArthur ‘genius grant’

Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates, announced just last week as the writer of Marvel’s new Black Panther comic, is one of 24 people selected as 2015 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Commonly referred to as a “genius grant,” the prestigious award comes with a $625,000 cash prize distributed quarterly over five years, with no strings attached.

“When I first got the call from the MacArthur Foundation, I was ecstatic,” Coates, author of the bestselling Between the World and Me, says in the video below, “and then I was deeply, deeply honored. We labor in the dark, y’know. If anybody even reads what I’m doing, that’s a great day.”

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Comics writer aims to document one month in Clown Motel


Young Bart Simpsons may have trouble sleeping because he’s a afraid clowns will eat him but comic book writer Christopher Sebela has no such issues, and he’s aiming to not only prove it but go one step further and document his one-month stay in the infamous Clown Motel in Tonopah, Neveda, dubbed the “Scariest Motel in America.”

Sebela began a Kickstarter to help fund the experience, which he planned to document through photos and video and other services but mainly as a published e-book. However, Sebela quickly met the $4,500 goal, leading to some interesting stretch goals — including purchasing a clown suit he will wear in the room and maybe sleep in a few times, writing a short comic book about his stay and being joined by Terry Tyson who will conduct a seance at the motel. He surpassed all those goals already and his final $10,000 stretch goal is a documentary about the motel and Tonopah.

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Donatello joins the fray in Mondo’s TMNT action figure line


Following the debut last month of Leonardo, the first in its line of 1/6th-scale Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, Mondo has revealed the second — Donatello.

Inspired by both the Kevin Eastman/Peter Laird comic books and the classic cartoon, the Turtles’ genius inventor boast more than 25 points of articulation and interchangeable heads (with the classic red mask or the purple one from the cartoon) and hands. Priced at $149.99, the figure comes with a bo staff, two four-point shuriken, two eight-point shuriken, a grappling hook and cord, an Utrom Blaster, a belt with bo holster, Utrom commander, and a pre-mutation baby Donatello.

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Watch the animated TV spot for Toyota’s Gundam-inspired car


Because simply selling a Gundam-inspired car wasn’t cool enough, Toyota Japan has debuted a new animated commercial for the Zeonic Toyota.

Based on the franchise character Char Aznable, the customized Auris RS was introduced in 2012 as a concept car before being placed into production the following year. You’ll note the special edition’s Gundam accents, like the zeon insignia and stenciled lettering. Red-and-gold uniform is, presumably, sold separately.

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