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Comics A.M. | Neighbors throw young fan his own comic con

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Fandom | Twelve-year-old Cameron Bippen was  looking forward to attending Tampa Bay Comic Con, but had to miss the event due to unexplained seizures. Following his release from the hospital, Cameron’s neighbors in Riverview, Florida, threw him his own comic convention, complete with costumed guests and a visit from members of the Tampa Bay 501st Star Wars Legion. [Fox 4 News]

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Star Destroyer arrives in San Andreas with this ‘GTA V’ PC mod

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There have been a lot of PC mods for Grand Theft Auto V, but none will likely be more pleasing to Star Wars fans than these two.

TwoDyamic showcases one mod that transforms the video game’s blimp into a Star Destroyer, and another that allows you to go for a ride in Luke Skywalker’s landspeeder.

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Hayao Miyazaki to build children’s nature retreat

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Hayao Miyazaki, the famed filmmaker behind such beloved anime as My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke, is spearheading the construction of a nature retreat for children.

According to The Japan Times, the project will be built in a virgin forest on Kumejima Island, about 56 miles west of Okinawa Island. Expected to be completed in 2018, the project will replace existing playground equipment and include a two-story building that can accommodate up to 30 people.

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Compliance isn’t mandatory to purchase these awesome ‘Bitch Planet’ leggings

bitchPlanetBW_side1_2With these new “Bitch Planet” leggings from Bombsheller, you too can now express your non-compliance to the world. The leggings manufacturer has teamed up with Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Milkfed Criminal Masterminds Inc. in order to bring you the latest in comic book fashion.

The leggings feature a design by Valentine De Landro, who co-created the Image Comics series “Bitch Planet” with DeConnick. The symbol stands for “non-compliant,” which — in the not-so-distant future of “Bitch Planet’s” world — is a term applied to women who don’t comply with its societal standards for women. Non-compliant women are sent to an off-planet prison for offenses as simple as rejecting commonly accepted beauty practices.

In an effort to make these leggings available for every fan, DeConnick and Bombsheller are running a beta test for sizes up to 6XL. “When Kelly Sue DeConnick asked to work with us on a design that would be available through 6XL, we were thrilled to get the chance to put our prototypes to the test,” Bombsheller’s website reads. “Compared to the rest of the fashion industry, Bombsheller is non compliant. We believe you should wear what you want, not what you’re told. Get your girl gang together and celebrate spandex for all bodies.”

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Awesome dad forges Thor’s hammer for his 4-year-old son

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When redditor Crux1836 asked his son what he wanted for his fourth birthday, the boy replied, “A Thor hammer … a real Thor hammer!” And so, like any dutiful dad, Crux1836 headed to the forge, because doesn’t every father have a forge and anvil in his workshop?

As he explains on reddit, he started with a piece of steel square tubing, because it needed to be “something large enough to represent the hammer, but light enough that a 4 year-old could hold it.” He walks through the rest of the process, ending with a fantastic replica of Mjolnir that’s small enough — and light enough — for the birthday boy, but still mighty enough to take on Frost Giants.

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With these ‘Attack on Titan’ dog outfits, giants don’t stand a chance

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It stands to reason that at some point in humanity’s epic life-or-death struggle against the enormous, flesh-eating Titans, dogs are going to have to enter the fray. Cats don’t give a single damn what happens to us, but dogs? They care, and will fight to the death to protect their givers of treats.

That’s where these official Attack on Titan dog costumes come in, presumably. Whether they’re tagging along with you to the next anime convention or simply guarding the walls of your home, now your furry little best friends can dress like a Survey Corps member. They arrive this fall in Japan (about $61 for the Survey Corps uniform, and $31 for the cloak).

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Singapore has its very own Jedi Academy

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Never mind that DC Comics Super Hero Cafe, Singapore’s biggest selling point may be that it has its own Jedi Academy. Seriously.

Established just last year, the Saber Authority — “Your Source For the Force” — teaches lightsaber dueling based on a blend of Asian martial arts. “When it comes to saber dueling, we don’t believe in fictional styles or make-believe combat,” the website states. “We also don’t believe in learning skills that cannot be used in real life or self defense situations. Why spend time learning something that does not help you in any way.”

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Idris Elba stars in fan-made ‘Green Lantern Corps’ trailer

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Although most fans are still scrubbing memories of 2011’s Green Lantern from their minds, YouTuber Alex Luthor is already looking ahead to the planned 2020 reboot Green Lantern Corps.

Using footage from Green Lantern, TRON: Legacy, Pacific Rim, John Carter and other films, he casts Idris Elba as John Stewart and Garrett Hedlund as (presumably) Hal Jordan. The editing is nowhere as polished as some of Alex’s earlier work — some of the heads appear as if they were literally pasted on bodies — but he continues to demonstrate his skill at weaving together an engaging, cohesive narrative.

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Comics A.M. | Meet the son of the real-life Jughead

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Comics | In possibly the most awesome local-news profile ever, Jeff Linehan of Boxford, Massachusetts, talks about what it’s like to be the son of Jughead: His father, Richard “Skinny” Linehan, was a classmate of Archie creator Bob Montana, and the original model for ol’ Needlenose. The elder Linehan was a classmate of Montana’s at Haverhill High, and Montana is known to have drawn several of the characters from people he knew there. The interview is promoting an upcoming show of Archie memorabilia that will include a screening of the documentary Archie’s Betty, which looks at the real-life inspirations for the Riverdale gang. [Tri-Town Transcript]

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Vampire kick! Marceline boots join ‘Dr. Martens x Adventure Time’

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The announcement of the Adventure Time line of boots from Dr. Martens was made with much fanfare in February, but we nearly missed the stealthy addition of Marceline the Vampire Queen to the line.

Inspired by the 1,000-year-old guitar-playing vampire, the limited-edition design captures a different facial expression on each boot (mouth closed on the right, open wide on the left). Joining the previously released Jake and Finn designs, the Marceline boot is available for women, children and toddlers (prices range from $150 to $105).

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Pokemon Company drops the hammer on unsanctioned fan party

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The Pokémon Company International filed a lawsuit last week that shut down an unsanctioned Pokémon-themed party tied to PAX Prime in Seattle.

The company, which manages the multibillion-dollar Pokémon property outside Asia, on Wednesday sued the organizers of the for-profit “5th Annual Unofficial Pokemon PAX Kickoff Party,” accusing them of copyright infringement, specifically citing the use of Pikachu and Snivy in promotional images. Ramar Larkin Jones, Zach Shore and Ruckus Productions are named as defendants in the complaint.

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Store Tour | Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop in Cleveland

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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 Carol and John’s Comic Book Shop, located in Kamm’s Plaza, 17462 Lorain Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio. We spoke with store president John Dudas.

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The Fifth Color | The Inhuman-mutant divide

allnewinhumans_1Remember the rumor that Marvel was going to get rid of all its mutants? Last year, there was a big fear among some fans that, due to backstage politics between Marvel and Fox, the X-Men would be “No More’d” out of existence with a line-wide reboot that would effectively replace mutants with Inhumans.

That sounds terrible, obviously, but it’s the kind of thing that nags at us when we think about film rights (as we so often do). However, while it can be fun to ponder a character’s place in a fictional universe, there’s little use in trying to discern the plans and motives (rumored or otherwise) of corporate executives. That way lies madness, Dear Reader.

Keeping the comics over here, the movies over there, and the business dealings far, far away is probably the best way to enjoy the stories. Yet, there’s no denying that mutants and Inhumans can be viewed as similar entities in the Marvel Universe — and, believe it or not, there are some decent reasons to at least readjust the X-Men’s place within in it.

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Shelf Porn | A fan adapts to a growing family

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s shelves are a return engagement by David in Florida, who first shared bis collection back in August 2011. Four years later, things have changed — which he explains below.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here, you can find all the details you need at the bottom of this post.

And now here’s David …

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This Hulkbuster lamp will help you smash the darkness

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Of all the Hulkbuster collectibles rolled out before and after the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron — and there have been a lot — this may be my favorite: the Iron Man-Hulkbuster remote-control power lamp from infoThink.

Designed to resemble the Hulkbuster’s helmet (it even says “Hulkbuster” across the back), it features five modes: Fade, Smooth Breathing, Flash, Multi-Effects and Soothing Sleep. The visor even opens and closes by remote.

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