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Nothing says ‘meditative’ like a Zen Judge Dredd statue

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Although I have my doubts as to the calming, meditative qualities of a character whose signature line is “Hulk SMASH,” I’m not immune to the appeal of these 3D-printed Buddha sculptures of an assortment of pop-culture characters, from the Star Wars cast to Batman to Judge Dredd to Groot (with Rocket Raccoon, naturally).

The statues, which come in three sizes — 2 inches, 4 inches and 6 inches — range in price from $7.99 to $27.99. You can see some of the pieces below, and the full selection on Chris Milnes’ Etsy page.

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DC solicits ‘Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle’

batman465Amid efforts by relatives and colleagues to raise money for veteran Batman artist Norm Breyfogle‘s medical care, DC Comics appears to have rushed solicitation of Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle, Vol. 1.

The 54-year-old artist was hospitalized in mid-December following a stroke that paralyzed his left side, including his drawing hand. Breyfogle has no health insurance, and his savings was eaten away by the hospital stay, leading his brother and sister-in-law to launch an online fundraising campaign to help pay for months of care and physical therapy.

To date, the effort has generated nearly $86,000 of its $200,000 goal.

Related: On Norm Breyfogle: What Would Batman Do?

DC Comics had no comment about the collection or its timing, but the blog Collected Editions notes it hadn’t part of the publisher’s 2015 releases.

No details are known beyond the Amazon listing, which specifies a 520-page hardcover, set for release on July 7 for $34.35.

A fixture of DC from 1987 to 1995, collaborating with writer Alan Grant on Detective Comics, Batman and Shadow of the Bat. The folks at Collected Editions speculate what storylines might be included in the hardcover.

On Norm Breyfogle: What would Batman do?

retun of scarfaceSpring 1992’s Batman #475 may not be all that important in the Dark Knight’s history, but it was a pretty pivotal issue in my own history with comics. It wasn’t just the first time I bought a Batman comic — beginning a growing interest in superhero comics that has yet to subside — but it was also the first time I encountered the work of artist Norm Breyfogle.

It was his incredible artwork that convinced me to purchase that issue over all of the other Batman comics on the stands and in the beat-up boxes of my local comic shop, and that fueled my many return visits, to buy new Breyfogle-drawn Batman comics as they arrived and dig out the dozens of earlier ones from the back-issue bins.

At the time, comics cost just $1 — a quarter of what the average issue costs today — but I was 14 years old, so my only income came from allowance, birthday and Christmas gifts, and what my grandfather paid me to mow his lawn. Comics were to me then, as they are now, a luxury purchase of sorts, something one spent one’s extra money on. As adults, that means they’re what we buy after we’ve paid the rent and utilities, bought groceries and filled up the gas tank.

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Scarecrow joins ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ action figure line

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DC Collectibles has revealed Scarecrow from its line of action figures based on Batman: The Animated Series. Consider Jonathan Crane the vanguard of the fifth wave, available this fall.

Scarecrow joins such figures from earlier waves as Batman, Robin, Batgirl, The Joker, Catwoman, The Riddler, The Penguin and Poison Ivy. Unlike most of those figures, priced at $24.99 each, Scarecrow isn’t pictured with any accessories.

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You’ll want to cruise around in this Batmobile stroller yourself

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Just when you had moved past your envy of the proud owners of than that custom Groot swing, Super-Fan Builds comes along with another, even cooler project: a one-of-a-kind Batmobile stroller, designed to look like the Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan films.

Constructed by Hollywood pop company Tim Baker Creations as a surprise for father-and-son Batman fans, the stroller is on a steel frame, making it well-suited for those danger-filled walks through Gotham City Park or, I don’t know, Toys “R” Us.

Of course, as Toyland notes, figuring out how to transport the thing — not to mention store it — may require the mind of the World’s Greatest Detective.

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Drew Struzan paints poster for ‘Batkid Begins’ documentary

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Although Drew Struzan is rumored to be returning to paint posters for the new Star Wars trilogy, the famed artist came out of retirement a little early for another project: Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World, a documentary chronicling the events of Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-0ld leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman.

Deadline unveiled the poster, created for free by Struzan, who’s legendary for his iconic posters for such films as Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Blade Runner and Back to the Future. The artist retired in 2008.

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Wood’s Finest: Chainsaw carver sculpts ‘The Bark Knight’

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The Dark Knight has been depicted in numerous mediums, but what about wood? Sure, comics are technically made out of wood — but this is on a different level.

Chainsaw carver Thomas Earing has taken his tools to a silver maple, creating this 7-foot tall piece he calls, fittingly enough, The Bark Knight.  The Washington-based artist has been making these types of sculptures for 12 years, according to an interview with KOMO News, and estimates that pieces such as this take at least 30 hours to complete.

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Cosplayer uses 3D printing to create ‘Arkham Origins’ Batsuit

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When U.K. cosplayer Stevie Dee wanted a realistic Batsuit, he turned not to online costumers but to 3D printing.

A CG propmaker, Dee worked with Tundra Designs and Gauntlet FX to recreate the Dark Knight skin from the Batman: Arkham Origins video game.

According to 3D Print, the suit was 3D modeled before being printed. A mold was then created for casting of the armor (everything except the cape and undersuit shown in the photos was produced through 3D printing). “The suit is quite comfy to wear and movement is great,” Dee said. “I can’t bend at the stomach but I didn’t expect that.”

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‘Dark Knight’ Tumbler puts other remote-control cars to shame

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It’s understandable if your enthusiasm for Dark Knight trilogy merchandise has waned in the more than two years since the release of the final film, but that will undoubtedly change with this: Soap Studio’s remote-control Tumbler.

Unveiled last month at Toy Soul 2014, this isn’t just any remote-control car. Oh, no. The 1/12th-scale Tumbler is controlled through an iOS or Android app, which will also allow you to open and close the cockpit doors, kick in the turbo boost, adjust the spoiler, LED lights and sound effects, and record with a camera in standard and night-vision modes.

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Capullo’s Batman looms 8 stories high in Times Square ad

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Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman is big in New York City. Well, huge may be more like it.

At 13th Dimension, Dan Greenfield has a gallery of photos taken over the holiday weekend at Times Square, where Google’s block-long, 8-stories-tall digital billboard — the largest in North America — ran an ad for Batman, Vol. 1: The Court of Owls (available on Google Play, naturally).

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‘Everyone in Metropolis is dumb’

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Luckily, I didn’t end 2014 without discovering — thanks to Steve EkstromMake It Wayne, the occasional webcomic by Josh Adams.

If the title doesn’t give away what the comic is about, then the latest strip (above) certainly does: It’s three panels, typically starring a Batman who’s not quite as grim and serious as his DC Comics counterpart. For instance, one installment finds the Dark Knight practicing intimidation lines before heading out, while in another he enjoys his own rendition of the classic Batman TV theme.

It’s a pretty funny comic that sometimes hits at hard truths  — like, say, the apparent low intelligence of Metropolis’ populace. Maybe it’s something in the water.

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Kansas City police help 6-year-old boy shine as Batman

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A six-year-old boy in Kansas City has donned a cape and cowl to become Batman. KSHB in Kansas City has reported that a pay it forward group called BOOST and the Kansas City Police Department have teamed up to make Isaac Walker’s dream of becoming Batman come true.

With the Riddler and the Joker on the run, Isaac and his cousin became Batman and Robin to assist the police in apprehending the two supervillains. The dynamic duo received a police escort to a warehouse in the West Bottoms district of downtown Kansas City where they spotted their dastardly foes and rescued two innocent bystanders in the process.

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Yuko Shimizu teases ‘Detective Comics’ cover process

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Acclaimed illustrator Yuko Shimizu, perhaps best known to comics readers for her Eisner-nominated work on Vertigo’s The Unwritten, is branching out into the DC Universe with a cover for an upcoming issue of Detective Comics. And for the past few weeks, she’s been offering her Facebook followers a glimpse into the cover process, from reference material and initial sketch to inking details and finally, last night, a taste of colors. Alas, that may be all we see until DC releases the solicitations for that issue.

“Alright, this may be the last share,” Shimizu writes. “For the final result, please see it on an upcoming cover of DC Universe’s Detective Comics. My editor is on vacation, so I am not certain which month this is going to be.”

See some of Shimizu’s process below, and more on her Facebook page.

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LEGO releases Wonder Woman’s invisible jet

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LEGO is starting to roll out its superhero sets for the New Year, and one in particular is sure to catch the eyes of comic fans and collectors alike. While it may not be completely invisible, LEGO’s newest DC Super Heroes set features a smaller version of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet. io9 has posted photos and details on the new LEGO building set, which will retail for about $50 and officially goes on sale Thursday.

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Geoff Johns teases finished art from ‘Batman: Earth One’ Vol. 2

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Geoff Johns has revealed finished art from the long-awaited second volume of Batman: Earth One by Gary Frank, Jon Sibal and Brad Anderson.

The original graphic novel is scheduled to arrive on May 6, nearly three years after the debut of the first volume. They’re part of the Earth One line that retells the earliest adventures of some of DC Comics’ superheroes, free of current continuity. Teen Titans: Earth One was released in November, with Superman: Earth One Vol. 3 scheduled to hit shelves in February.

DC unveiled the covers for the new volumes of Superman: Earth One and Batman: Earth One in August.

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