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‘Bounce’ and ‘Brotherman’ lead Glyph Awards

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The Glyph Comics Awards, which honor the best black comics creators and characters, were announced Friday night in a ceremony preceding the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention in Philadelphia.

Chuck Collins’s webcomic Bounce, a gag comic about two New York bouncers, earned three awards: Best Comic Strip or Webcomic, Rising Star Award,and Fan Award for Best Work. The Story of the Year award went to Revelation: Brotherman – Dictator of Discipline, by writer Guy A. Sims and artist Dawud Anyabwile, and Anyabwile picked up the Best Artist award for that comic as well. (Here’s a great local-news story that gives some backstory on this comic and its creators.)

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SH Figuarts debuts scary-good Harley Quinn & Joker ‘Suicide Squad’ figures

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Tamashii Nations has debuted two new “Suicide Squad” figures for the Joker and Harley Quinn, modelled very closely after Jared Leto and Margot Robbie as they appear in the film.

The figures are being released under the 6″ S.H. Figuarts line, and come with accessories from the film, such as a baseball bat for the Harley figure, and two pink pistols for the Joker.

No further details have been revealed at this time, but it’s likely the figures will sell for somewhere between $79.99 and $94.99 USD each, like other toys in the line.

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For these cute rice ball superheroes, the greatest foe is lunchtime

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If those Marvel Tsum Tsum toys can score their own comic, you’d think these equally adorable — and undoubtedly far more delicious — superhero rice balls could do the same.

They’re the creation of Thai food artist Nawaporn Pax Piewpun, aka Peaceloving Pax, who devotes her Instagram feed and Facebook page to “cute foodies” — whimsical rice balls, delightful dumplings and silly dumplings made to resemble characters ranging from Captain America and Superman to Harry Potter and Pikachu.

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How to make a ‘Mad Max’-style flame-throwing guitar

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George Miller’s acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road is a visual feast, from the rich colors to the awe-inspiring landscapes to the jaw-dropping stunts. But few were discussed as often as Doof Warrior and his show-stopping, if wholly impractical, flame-throwing guitar.

Now YouTube inventor Colin Fruze shows you how to make your own — y’know, if you happen to have a fully equipped workshop, a couple of spare blowtorches, and I’m guessing a substantial amount of training. Oh, and an electric guitar, of course.

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Marguerite Dabaie visits the Silk Road with ‘A Voyage to Panjikant’

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Marguerite Dabaie’s A Voyage to Panjikant is a fascinating look at a long-lost culture.

It’s set in the 7th century, along the Silk Road of Central Asia, a major highway for traders and therefore a place where many cultures met and mingled. Dabaie chose the Sogdians, who were sort of the middlemen of all this, as the culture in which to set her story.

The Sogdians were real, but their culture is long gone, so she had to do extensive research — and use a bit of imagination — to reconstruct their lives. Her Kickstarter campaign has already reached its goal, but she has some exclusives and stretch goals for backers.

We spoke with Dabaie briefly about A Voyage to Panjikant and crowdfunding.

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Comics A.M.| Emerald City Comicon sued for not paying volunteers

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Legal | A former Emerald City Comicon volunteer has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing convention organizers of using volunteers as unpaid employees in 2014 and 2015. While it’s true that the volunteers signed on willingly — in fact, it’s rather competitive — the lawsuit argues they do work that’s essential to the convention and therefore ECCC is violating state labor laws by not paying them. “In Washington, the base is that if you are an employer, you have to pay the minimum wage,” says Hardeep Singh Rekhi, the plaintiff’s attorney. “We don’t believe that someone should be able to profit off unpaid labor, even if it’s something people love to do.” The plaintiffs estimate that there are 250 people in the affected class, i.e., people who performed the functions of employees but were not paid. Had ECCC been a nonprofit, it might have been exempt, but it was not. This year, the convention was run by ReedPOP, which did pay the staff. [Seattlish]

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Spider-Man is ready to swing in with new ‘Civil War’ merchandise

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We’ve seen barely a trickle of Spider-Man merchandise tied to Captain America: Civil War, such as the recently revealed Funko Pop! figure and the Hot Toys Cosbaby, but you can rest assured the floodgates are about to open.

USA Today offers a first look at just some of the products on the horizon featuring the well-received new wall-crawler (played by Tom Holland), ranging from the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes “Tanker Truck Takedown” set (which also includes minifigs of Captain America, Vision and Hawkeye) to Hasbro’s Civil War Miniverse pack, which will feature Spider-Man alongside Black Panther, Cap, Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine, Iron Man and Ant-Man.

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Avengers and X-Men wage war in action-packed fan trailer

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Fans at last saw Spider-Man introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Captain America: Civil War, but it will be a long, long time before they witness the X-Men do the same. Until then, they can watch this epic fan trailer, which pits Marvel’s mutants against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, over and over and over again.

Seriously, Fox and Marvel aren’t going to reach any kind of deal in the foreseeable future, so settle in with this video on a loop.

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Armored Bat-Baby will rid the nursery of evil-doers

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Armored Bat-Baby’s parents taught him a lesson, that the world only makes sense if you force it to. In retrospect, however, they may have been talking about the Shape O Ball.

Who are Armored Bat-Baby’s parents? It’s difficult to know for sure; rumor has it their last name is Wayne. Whoever they are, they should be honored, and not with graveside oath, or a bouquet left once a year in Crime Alley. Y’know, celebrated, because they’re clearly awesome.

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Disney’s ‘Star Wars’ lands may be even cooler than we imagined

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With construction of the Star Wars theme lands beginning just last month at Disneyland and Disney World, we have years of rumors to look forward to — but this early one is awfully promising.

We already know a fair amount about the 14-acre areas at the two theme parks, which will feature as their centerpiece a Millennium Falcon attraction that will allow visitors to pilot the fastest ship in the galaxy, and another that places guests in the middle of a battle between the Resistance and the First Order.

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Amazing Tank Girl cosplay is a comic drawing come to life

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Emma Rubini takes us back to the 1980s with this impressive Tank Girl cosplay, inspired by Jamie Hewlett’s original black-and-white comics. “They told me I could be anything,” she wrote on Facebook. “So I became a comic book.”

There’s little arguing with that, as Rubini not only mimics the white page but also the black ink lines, best showcased on the shorts, tank top and hair.

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Comics A.M. | Looking back on 30 years of Dark Horse

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Publishing | Dark Horse founder and CEO Mike Richardson looks back at 30 years in the business in a two-part interview that covers the rise of shoujo manga and the way it changed American comics, the evolution of comics distribution and the direct market, the status quo and future plans for Dark Horse, and how the comics world is changing and continues to change: “The internet, of course, has changed the industry dramatically. The comic book industry was pretty much focused on the East Coast. As the internet rose, it helped companies like Dark Horse build a comics industry here in Portland. Portland right now is probably the epicenter of the comic book industry in the United States — companies, creators, organizations, all related to comics. We have a huge comic book population here from all angles of the business. It’s pretty amazing.” [ICv2]

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All this Tony Stark action figure is missing is a tiny glass of scotch

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We’ve seen more than our fair share of Iron Man action figures (seriously, let’s dial just a smidge), but Tony Stark? That’s as rare as a unicorn … a bearded, wisecracking unicorn. However, Bandai is about to change that with this upcoming release from the S.H. Figuarts Iron Man 3 line.

Yes, that Marvel Studios sequel came out three years ago, but we’re not complaining, because instead of the umpteenth armored variant, we’re getting the billionaire philanthropist playboy himself!

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Watch: Wolverine fights ‘adamantium dysfunction’ with Xialis

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Wolverine may be the best there is at what he does, but lately he doesn’t have the same spring in his step, or snikt! in his claws. That’s where Xialis comes in, for mutants with adamantium dysfunction.

That can be a question of blood flow, the narrator advises in this hilarious Cialis parody ad from Nerd City, which depicts a sheepish Logan unable to unsheathe his claws, just when the moment’s right for a fight (stupid Scott Summers). However, Xialis can help A.D. sufferers be ready for combat, whenever the need arises.

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‘Batman: Return to Arkham’ announcement trailer touts remaster of acclaimed games

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Warner Bros. Games has officially announced the “Batman: Return to Arkham” remaster collection, which will include updated versions of the acclaimed “Batman: Arkham Asylum” and “Batman: Arkham City” games.

Releasing July 29 on PS4 and Xbox One, “Return to Arkham” is priced at $49.99 USD/£39.99. Check out the announcement trailer below:

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