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Adorable ‘Hellboy’-inspired Hellpugs stand between us and the a-pug-alypse

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When the world is threatened by paranormal forces or, y’know, cats, its last, best, wrinkliest hope is the B.P.R.D., which we can only presume stands for the Bureau for Pug Research and Defense. Or, as it’s better known, Hellpugs.

It’s the work not of Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm but rather of Pupstar Sonoma, which clearly knows how to pet cosplay right, from Abe’s goggles to Hellboy’s … well, everything. Just look at the details on the coat, to say nothing of the Right Paw of Doom and Big Baby.

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‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling introduces four new international wizarding schools

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If you’re a fan of “Harry Potter,” you’re probably familiar with Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which is situated at an unknown and Unplottable location in Scotland. If you dive a little deeper, you might even be familiar with Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and Durmstrang Institute, which reside in France and Bulgaria, as both schools participated in the Triwizard Tournament in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Now, get ready for Ilvermorny, Mahoutokoro, Uagadou and Castelobruxo.

Author J.K. Rowling unveiled the four new international wizarding schools on Pottermore and offered a few details about each school, with more information yet to come. According to her new map, Ilvermorny is situated somewhere in northeastern North America; Mahoutokoro resides in Japan; Uagadou is in Africa; and Castelobruxo belongs to Brazil.

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Comics A.M. | Akira Himekawa to release ‘Zelda’ manga ‘Twilight Princess’

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The Legend of Zelda

Manga | Akira Himekawa, the two-woman team that drew the Legend of Zelda manga, has announced a new project: The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, based on the 2006 game of the same name. The manga will be published on Shogakukan’s MangaOne app, which is not the same as the Manga One app available in English. Viz Media published Akira Himekawa’s previous Zelda manga, which ran from 1998 to 2008. [Anime News Network]

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Marvel Select unmasks new Spectacular Spider-Man figure

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Diamond Select Toys has teamed with the Marvel Shop to introduce the exclusive Marvel Select Spectacular Spider-Man action figure.

Standing 7 inches tall and boasting 16 points of articulation, the figure features four pairs of interchangeable hands, a camera accessory, interchangeable masked and unmasked heads, and (perhaps best of all) a bunched-up mask that Peter Parker can hold in his hand.

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Disney’s animated classics, reimagined in Tim Burton’s style

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Filmmaker Tim Burton’s style is nothing if not distinctive, recognizable in both look and tone across works ranging from Beetlejuice to The Nightmare Before Christmas to Frankenweenie. Now one fan has channeled that unmistakable signature for a series of posters that images what beloved Disney animated films might look like had they been directed by Burton.

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Today is Hourly Comic Day!

Joe Decie starts his hourly comics in the wee hours

Joe Decie starts his hourly comics in the wee hours

Feb. 1 is Hourly Comic Day, one of those Internet holidays that people sort of make their own. There used to be a website for it, but it seems to have been taken over by spam. Instead, we have hashtags on Twitter and Tumblr for those who want to follow along in real time.

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Watch: ‘Suicide Squad’ trailer recreated in the DC Animated Universe

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You may have thought the latest Suicide Squad movie trailer couldn’t possibly get any better, but that’s only because you hadn’t seen it remade using footage from the classic DC Animated Universe.

Retaining the dialogue, sound effects and music, the video is impressively faithful to the original trailer, as YouTuber Reuven White clearly spent a good deal of time tracking down just the right footage. And when he couldn’t find what he needed (certain characters, for instance), he did an admirable job of improvising.

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Angouleme grand jury condemns fake festival awards

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Angouleme International Comics Festival

The members of the Angouleme grand jury, who chose the winners of this year’s awards, have released a statement saying they are “stupefied by the cruelty and vulgarity” of the fake prizes presented Saturday during the festival’s closing ceremony.

“The announcement of fake awards, which broke the hearts of numerous authors, publishers and readers, in addition to the sexist and off-color remarks of the MC, are beneath the dignity of a festival that remains an internationally respected flagship event in the world of comics,” said the statement, signed by all seven members of the grand jury.

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Angouleme organizers criticized for presenting fake awards [Updated]

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As if this year’s Angouleme International Comics Festival hadn’t been plagued by enough controversy, the organizers decided to play a practical joke at the closing ceremony that a lot of people didn’t find very funny.

The ceremony began with comedian Richard Gaitet, clad in a neon-blue suit and red bow tie, announcing, “This will be the shortest ceremony in history, because all we want to do is drink and dance.” He proceeded to present nine awards in rapid succession, including the award for best series to Saga, best comic for young people to Aaron Renier’s The Unsinkable Walker Bean, and the Fauve d’Or, the big prize, to Arsène Schrauwen, by Olivier Schrauwen. And then two women appeared and said, “Bravo Richard, for that joke about the false fauves [awards] and the size of the Grand Prix. We laughed a lot, but now we must go.” And then they presented the real awards because that first set? That was fake.

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‘Ms. Marvel’ wins best series at Angouleme

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Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1

The winners of the major awards (called “fauves”) at the Angouleme International Comics Festival were announced Saturday evening in a ceremony that has turned out to be quite controversial: The emcee came on and announced the nine winners, only to be followed by two actresses who revealed it was all a joke, after which the real awards were presented.

We’ll have more on that shortly, but first of all, here’s the list of the actual winners:

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Store Tour | Flying Colors in Concord, California

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Flying Colors owner Joe Field with his wife Libby, three daughters Michelle, Jenny and Cindy, and grandson Ashton

Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.

To discover a comic store in your area, visit FindAComicShop.com

This week’s store is Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, located at 2980 Treat Blvd., in Concord, California. We spoke with owner Joe Field.

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French Minister of Culture honors eight creators

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Aya: Love in Yop City

Eight creators were named last week as Knights of France’s Order of Arts and Letters in recognition of their contributions to arts and literature.

Fleur Pellerin, the French Minister of Culture, made the announcement Thursday at the opening night of the Angouleme International Comics Festival. The creators are: Julie Maroh, Chloé Cruchaudet, Aurélie Neyret, Tanxxx, Marguerite Abouet, Christophe Blain, Mathieu Sapi, and Riad Sattouf.

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This lightsaber can play the ‘Star Wars’ theme on a violin

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Violinist Jeffrey Ding He has mastered the art of handling a lightsaber. Instead of using his saber to defend the Republic from the rising sect of the evil Sith Lords, he uses it to play beautiful music. Maybe there’s a place for him in the Cantina Band or at Maz Kanata’s new place?

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Batman, Superman & Wonder Woman join forces for Jelly Belly

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Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman will grace bags of jelly beans this spring with the launch of the Jelly Belly Super Hero Collection.

Jelly Belly Candy Co. has teamed with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for the series of branded bags, which will contain a mix of shimmering versions of Berry Blue, Blueberry, Cream Soda, Sour Lemon, Very Cherry and Wild Blackberry (alas, there are no new flavors created specifically for the heroes).

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‘Star Wars Battlefront’ has already shipped 13 million copies

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Electronic Arts announced Thursday that it has already shipped more than 13 million copies of Star Wars Battlefront since the game’s launch in mid-November, exceeding expectations.

The publisher initially projected 9 million to 10 million copies, but later raised its forecast to 13 million copies by March. Note that those are games shipped to retailers, not necessarily purchased by consumers, but it’s an impressive feat nonetheless.

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