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For devoted gamers and Dark Knight fans, Sony this morning unveiled the limited-edition Batman: Arkham Knight PlayStation 4 bundle.
Priced at $449.99, the bundle includes a Steel Grey PS4 system chassis with a custom faceplate, matching DualShock 4 wireless controller in Steel Grey and, of course, the finale of Rocksteady Studios’ hit Arkham trilogy.
Passings | Andy Hutton, who drew the popular strip “The Q-Bikes” (which morphed briefly into “The Q-Karts”) for the British comic The Beano, died last month at age 91. Born in Calcutta, Hutton moved as a teenager to Dundee, Scotland, where he began working for Beano publisher DC Thomson at age 14. He quit that job to train to be a pilot in the Royal Air Force, but poor eyesight kept him grounded much of the time. After World War II, he got an art degree and lived in Canada for a while, working in nuclear reactor construction, before returning in 1950 to Scotland. He was a Beano artist for 25 years, and his work included Red Rory of the Eagles, Jack Flash and The Kangaroo Kid; he also taught art in a local high school. [Down the Tubes]
Comics have been inspiration for music for decades, but two acts have recently taken it to a whole new level — and are now uniting to take on the West Coast. Nerd-core rapper Adam Warrock and nerd-rock band Kirby Krackle are launching an eight-date tour that will start next month in Seattle and and go through California, Las Vegas and Arizona and end up in Ogden, Utah. The complete dates are:
The excellent poster art at right was done by cartoonist Dean Trippe.
The team-up plans to bring along some special guest performers to be announced soon. No word yet whether Lila Cheney will open for them.
Comic book rapper Adam WarRock is following up his last project, The Serenity-themed Browncoats Mixtape, with a new album called “You Dare Call That Thing Human?!?” And the comic book reference-filled album’s first single, called “616,” is available now on his website.
The song is jammed pack with all sorts of shout outs to Marvel and DC Comics, from the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants to Wally West’s appetite to, naturally, the Infinity Watch. The new album will be released on Feb. 13 in both digital and disc formats, and will feature notable indie and nerdcore acts MC Lars, Doctor Awkward, Beefy, Dual Core and more. You can listen to “616” above, or head over to his website to download it for yourself.
Oni Press and nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock have teamed up to create The Oni Press Mixtape, which features musical tracks by WarRock inspired by Stumptown, Queen & Country, The Sixth Gun, Hopeless Savages and several other Oni titles.
In addition, it features “interlude” tracks with creators such as Greg Rucka, Cullen Bunn, Jen Van Meter and Jarrett Williams, who created the artwork for the album. It can be downloaded for free from Adam WarRock’s website. And if you’re in Seattle this weekend, Adam WarRock will perform tracks from his new album at Kracklefest during the Emerald City ComiCon. The concert also features Kirby Krackle and H2Awesome.
On Sunday, award-winning Dallas retailer Zeus Comics and the web series The Variants present a free performance by comic-book nerdcore rapper Adam WarRock at Alexandre’s Bar (4026 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas). The 8 p.m. show, which also features MC Router, will double as a shoot for an episode of The Variants, the geek-centric comedy series set at Zeus Comics. Check out the press release after the break for more details.