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Classic film/TV cars get a ‘Mad Max’ makeover from artist Scott Park

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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:

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‘Batman v Superman’ kill count video measures the Dark Knight’s lethal methods

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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.

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Fur flies in this purrr-fect ‘Batcat v Supercat’ video

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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.

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Watch: Deadpool battles ‘Candy Crush’ in real life

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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.

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‘Dragon Ball Super,’ other manga licenses announced at Anime Expo

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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.

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Classic Black Canary stuns in new Premium Format Figure from Sideshow Collectibles

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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.

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Now Harley Quinn has her own official hair dye

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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.

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Comics A.M. | WizKids loses ‘HeroClix’ shipment in train crash

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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]

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3D “Calvin & Hobbes” Comic Strip Brings the Duo to Life in an All-New Way

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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.

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‘Initial D’ manga inspires Toyota’s new concept car

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With an eight-year run under its belt, the “Initial D” manga was a bona fide hit in Japan, where the care driven by protagonist Takumi Fujiwara is so iconic that it’s being remixed and updated by Toyota.

The new one-off concept car is actually a retrofitted Toyota GT86, which itself was inspired by the Corolla GT Coupe, otherwise known as the AE86, of “Initial D” fame, according to Toyota. The custom concept comes directly from Toyota’s U.K. special projects department.

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Comics A.M. | Tite Kubo’s ‘Bleach’ manga nears its end

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Manga | Next week’s issue of the Japanese “Shonen Jump” will announce the impending conclusion of Tite Kubo’s fantasy-adventure manga “Bleach.” This comes as no surprise to readers, as the nearly 15-year-old series entered its final story arc in 2012. [Anime News Network]

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Zoinks! ‘Scooby snack’ has been added to the Oxford Dictionary

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We finally know where to find Scooby Doo, everyone — in the Oxford Dictionary. The term “Scooby snack” has been added to the latest edition of the comprehensive dictionary series, thus making the term for Scooby’s favorite snack an official word in the English language.

The official definition for “Scooby snack” says, “A snack, esp. given as a reward or inducement; spec. a bite-sized treat or a large multilayered sandwich (likened to those eaten by the cartoon character Scooby Doo)… Also: food eaten to satisfy a hunger induced by drinking, smoking, or drug use.”

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Hot Topic debuts full ‘Suicide Squad’ fashion collection

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Given that Hot Topic unveiled a Harley Quinn “Daddy’s Lil Monster” shirt in March, it should come as no surprise the shopping mall staple is launching an entire “Suicide Squad” collection, “inspired by the worst heroes ever” (and also the upcoming film).

Debuting July 22, the line is of course heavy on Harley and The Joker, with sweaters, tank tops, dresses, skinny jeans, boxer shorts, a trench coat and more (including a black-and-silver “Puddin” choker). However, Katana is also represented with a jacket.

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Harley Quinn, The Joker & More Squad Up on NIKEiD’s Customized ‘Suicide Squad’ Converse Kicks

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“Suicide Squad” hits theaters this August, which means there’s still plenty of time to get your opening night outfit together — so why not start out with NiKEiD’s customized “Suicide Squad” Converse Kicks?

The unisex high tops currently retail for $80 on the Nike webstore and feature several different “Suicide Squad” characters, specifically Harley Quinn, The Joker and Deadshot. The kicks are also available with the customer’s choice of rubber sidewall, racing stripe, lace, patch logo and more.

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Comics A.M. | Conan O’Brien, “Agents of SHIELD” & More wrap SDCC trolleys

Conventions | The San Diego trolleys will get a new look for Comic-Con International: They will be fully wrapped in ads for comics-themed TV shows. The ads bring in about $300,000 to the Metropolitan Transit System, and advertisers see them as a good way to get the message out to their natural audience: “The trolley train wraps are very effective because they allow you to have fun with your marketing and also are constantly in motion, giving your campaign strong circulation to reach a wide range of fans,” said Angela Courtin, chief marketing officer for Fox. Fun fact: It takes eight hours to wrap a single trolley car. No statistics were available on how long it takes to unwrap it after the con. [San Diego Union-Tribune]

Creators | Mark Russell, who scripted DC’s satirical series Prez, talks about his work on their reboot of The Flinstones. When they first approached him, his response was “I kind of hate ‘The Flintstones,'” and when they were OK with that, he said, “I knew from the beginning that it would be a satiric, edgy response to ‘The Flintstones.'” The new series debuts next month. “It’s a critique of the suburban values that the original ‘Flintstones’ and [precursor] ‘The Honeymooners’ were about,” Russell said. “[The comedy] absorbed the values of the time and used them as a backdrop for broad humor.” Artist Steve Pugh, on the other hand, enjoyed the show; as a child growing up in the gritty British industrial town of Birmingham, he saw it as a “ray of light” in an otherwise grim world. [Comic Riffs]

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