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Moulsinart S.A., the company established to promote and protect the works of Hergé, has signed a deal for Diamond Comic Distributors to exclusively distribute The Adventures of Tintin merchandise in specialty stores in North America and the Philippines.
The announcement is characterized as “a key step in Moulinsart’s first ongoing and comprehensive program of Tintin collectibles, comics, and limited availability products in North America.” A primary goal of the initiative is to expand the sales and brand awareness of Tintin in North America.
Hergé’s beloved series, which chronicles the adventures of a globe-trotting young Belgian reporter and his faithful dog Snowy, has been been translated into more than 50 languages and sold more than 200 million copies worldwide. Although the books have experienced limited popularity in the United States, Steven Spielberg’s 2011 motion-capture film adaptation raised awareness of the character.
Tintin merchandise has been listed in Diamond’s Previews catalog since June, and will be spotlighted in dedicated pages.
“Although many U.S. fans became aware of Tintin with the Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson film released in 2011, the international Adventures of Tintin have been known worldwide for many years,” John Parker, Diamond’s vice president of business development, said in a statement. “We at Diamond are ecstatic to be involved in the expanded introduction of Tintin’s stories and awesome collectible and novelty products to the thousands of stores in our network.”
News of the Moulsinart deal comes just a week after Diamond announced it had inked a deal with Tezuka Productions to distribute Osamu Tezuka comics, toys and other products outside of Japan.
Kerry Callen (Halo and Sprocket) has designed a couple of potential Threadless T-shirts with a theme that he says has “been bouncing around in my head awhile.” An equal-opportunity embarrasser, Callen made a Superman version and a bra-clad Wonder Woman version. If you’d like to wear either version and don’t mind registering at Threadless, you can vote for them there. And be sure to visit Callen’s website to see the hairy-chested version of Superman that he decided was more disturbing than funny.
Romance Was Born designers Anna Plunkett and Luke Sales helped kick off Australian Fashion Week not with a bang, but with a krackle, as they presented a line of clothing inspired by the comic book art of Jack Kirby.
Check out a video after the jump or head over to The Australian to see it (it embeds pretty small).
As someone who spent a significant portion of his childhood in superhero Underoos, I can appreciate the sentiment behind these new DC Comics-branded boxerbriefs from Diesel and Warner Bros. — even if I can’t envision myself, as an adult (lacking the body of an underwear model), wearing them. Or, y’know, shelling out $34 for the pleasure.
However, if you’re itching to sport the logos of Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and The Joker above your cotton- and elastane-clad buttcheeks — or to see someone else do the same — then these are for you.
There’s probably a “stocking stuffer” joke to be made — also, “The Fastest Man Alive” — but I’ll do my best to resist. Alas, the folks at Diesel apparently don’t have that level of restraint, as the (let’s hope intentionally) hilarious promo video for the underwear drops the phrases “heroes will rise” and “show ‘em what you’ve got.” You can check it out below.
Wrestler Bryan Danielson, a.k.a. the American Dragon, a.k.a. Daniel Bryan in the WWE, shares a design for a jersey/T-shirt designed by Beasts of Burden artist and wrestling fan Jill Thompson. It’s a pretty sweet design, and although I’ve already got a couple of shirts designed by Thompson in my closet, they could use a new friend if someone decided to make it.
The Courier Mail reports the Australian Trade Marks Office has rejected an application by Brisbane clothing-store owner Gary Charles to register the words “Ghost Rider” following opposition by Marvel.
Charles had first applied to register the trademark in 2009 and, following a threat of legal action by the company, decided to pursue his case. “I thought why should I let them push me around,” he told the newspaper. “But if I’d known the trouble it would be I would have dropped the trademark.”
Solicitor Fiona Brittain, who represented Marvel Characters Inc., argued Charles’ application was made in bad faith, and that he’d previously attempted to register such marks as Red Bull and Army of One. An investigation by her firm allegedly uncovered counterfeit clothing in his store, “including Spider-Man and Marvel Superheroes branded garments.”
The hearing officer was persuaded by the evidence, ruling: “The evidence which the Opponent has provided in respect of the Applicant’s other trade mark applications and registrations, in conjunction with the evidence of the clothing brands available for sale in the Applicant’s shop, is sufficient for me to be satisfied that this application is an example of the Applicant’s standard pattern of behaviour, a pattern which leaves much to be desired as far as commercial fair dealing is concerned.”
Now Charles is left with Ghost Rider-branded denim shorts that, according to the newspaper, he was still trying to “offload” last week. If that’s the case, he should probably expect another letter from Marvel …
Fresh from its clothing deal with the Dallas Cowboys, Marvel announced this morning that it’s licensing such characters as Spider-Man, The Hulk, Wolverine and Captain America for a line of co-branded apparel for the University of Southern California.
The agreement was made through the Dallas Cowboys subsidiary Silver Star Merchandising, which in May signed a 10-year contract with USC for the exclusive rights to manufacture, license and distribute its sports apparel on campus and at its athletic venues. The Marvel Super Heroes collection will include clothing and hats for infants, children and adults featuring USC colors of cardinal and gold, as well as the school’s logos and Trojan mascot. The line will be available beginning later this month online and at mass and sporting good retailers, and USC bookstores.
You can see two more T-shirt designs at Marvel.com.
Stussy showed us the first wave of Marvel shirts they’re doing back in April, which used “classic” Marvel artwork. I have nothing against a John Romita Jr. Wolverine shirt, not in the least, but throwing a Stussy logo behind Logan and charging me $36 for it doesn’t get me excited.
More tempting, though, is the second wave, which features new artwork by Will Sweeney (whose Eternity shirt is seen above), David Shrigley, Bill Plympton, Gary Panter, John K., James Jarvis, Todd James, Mister Cartoon and Noah Butkus. Check them out for yourself on the Stussy site.
Marvel’s teaming up with the Stussy clothing line for a series of T-shirts. The first series in the “Stussy x Marvel” line will feature classic versions of Dr. Doom, Wolverine and Ghost Rider, among others, while the second series will feature designs by Will Sweeney, David Shrigley, Bill Plympton, Gary Panter, John K., James Jarvis, Todd James, Mister Cartoon and Noah Butkus.
Each shirt retails for $36 and will come with a pack of trading cards, which may or may not offer a glimpse of the second line of shirts (an Eternity shirt would be pretty cool):
I’m a multipurpose nerd: In addition to being a big comics person, I’m also a t-shirt devotee. I started a (sometimes NSFW) Tumblr about them and everything! As such one of my favorite t-shirt purveyors is Found Item Clothing, which has dedicated itself to painstakingly accurate recreations of t-shirts from cult classic movies. (“STEPHEN KING RULES” from The Monster Squad and “BULL SHIT” from The Jerk are my all-time faves; right this very moment I’m wearing the now out-of-print “Double Deuce” bouncer uniform tee from Road House.)
But today, the Found Item blog has turned its attention to the funnybook realm, and rounded up 30 great X-Men t-shirts. Some are authorized, some bootlegged, some are one-of-a-kind homemade affairs, some are worn by Sir Ian McKellen, some are super-rare Al Milgrom-illustrated affairs available for $200 on eBay, and many of them are simply wonderful. Go take a look. How many do you own?
About to step out into the cold and need something unique to protect your noggin?
An enterprising comic store in Massachusetts called Hub Comics is selling hand-made Hellboy hats for $20, as seen recently on the retailer’s Twitter feed. No word yet whether Mike Mignola’s signed off on this, but it seems like a creative (and cozy!) adornment for any nerd or geek in your life.
DC Comics and Converse have teamed up to create a line of shoes featuring Batman, Superman and Green Lantern. The shoes debuted over the weekend and could be found on the feet of the crew working the DC booth at Comic-Con International.
“Part of a promotional effort with our friends at Converse, the shoes merge two of my favorite things — a pair of snazzy Chuck Taylor’s and comics,” said Alex Segura, who runs DC’s The Source blog. “Don’t take my word for it, though. Our very own James Robinson was among the creators showing off his new kicks at a signing hosted by Converse at the Horton Plaza Journeys store in San Diego yesterday.”
The shoes are available at any Journeys store or online.
French clothing retailer Colette is selling the DC Comics clothing and accessories announced last week. You can check out what they’re offering on their website, from € 375 Batman logo T-shirts to € 900 Wonder Woman dresses to more “reasonably priced” € 49 T-shirts featuring covers to various comics.
That Superman scarf pictured above costs € 320, which is about $392. So, yeah …
Well, not really. According to WWD Fashion, in honor of DC’s 75th anniversary, French clothing retailer Colette has asked several clothing designers to create DC character-themed clothing for its latest window display. The limited edition items include the above Dog Batman T-shirt by Lanvin men’s wear designer Lucas Ossendrijver, whiskered Catwoman thigh boots by Roger Vivier, a Green Lantern glove by Karl Lagerfeld and Plastic Man shades by Thierry Lasry. You can see pictures of them here.
If you’re a fan of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim series who happens to be at WonderCon this weekend, you may want so swing by the Oni Press booth (#413) to grab a snazzy limited-edition Scott Pilgrim tee for $25. Judging from the photo, the shirt just may glow in the dark. (Can anyone from Oni verify?)