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C2E2 2012 | Friday Photodiary

Welcome to C2E2

One of the things a lot of pros like about C2E2 is the late start on Friday. It doesn’t open to the public until 1:00 pm, so creators can sleep in and recover from their trips if they want. Or, if they want to go early to set up or just walk around and visit with each other, they can do that too. It’s also helpful for press jerks taking lots of pictures. Lots. Of pictures.

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What does America smell like?

Kinda like this:

Captain America joins Iron Man in the Diesel line of cologne, just in time for his big blockbuster movie, Captain America: The First Avenger.

The limited edition fragrance is made of lemon, mandarin and coriander leaf; essential oils of landanum, violet leaves and rosemary; plus amber, leather and cedar — all essential ingredients of the Super Solider serum.

Cap is currently framing the Diesel site, which has various blog posts featuring the hero. Check out another look at the box art, drawn by Bryan Hitch, after the jump.

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Holy Hi-Tops, Batman!

Journeys is selling Converse All Star Hi-Tops featuring a selection of DC superheroes for $60. Fans can choose between Superman, Batman, Green Lantern (in two styles, one featuring other members of the Corp), The Flash and The Joker.

Which would you get? Or would you rather hold out for another character?

You, too, can smell like Tony Stark

Diesel's limited-edition "Iron Man 2" fragrance

Diesel's limited-edition "Iron Man 2" fragrance

Not that I’ve given it much thought, but I imagine Iron Man smells like a mixture of metal, stale sweat and booze. However, the fine folks at Diesel apparently have a different (and, arguably, better) idea, as they’re releasing a limited-edition Iron Man 2 fragrance — just ahead of the movie’s premiere, naturally.

For the cologne, Diesel has remade the familiar clenched-fist bottle of its Only the Brave line in red and gold. The box, as you can see in the image above, features art from Marvel comics.

So, what does Iron Man smell like? According to the LA Times’ All The Rage blog, Diesel describes the scent as, “top notes of lemon blossom, mandarin and coriander leaves, a heart of labdanum, black rose and lavender, and a dry down of amber, tolu wood and ebony wood.”

Wait, wait, wait. Mandarin?

The cologne, which retails for $67.50, will be available in major department stores and Diesel boutiques in mid-April.

Put your money where your comics are (or something like that)

It's Storm, but in wallet form

It's Storm, but in wallet form

Now that we’ve officially turned the corner on Halloween, it’s time to start thinking about holiday shopping. No, don’t make that face, I’m being serious.

And if you’re shopping for that special comic book aficionado in your life and not sure what to get them, why not consider a wallet? More precise, a Comic Wallet. Albert Doan, of Calgary, Canada, turns old (and some new) comic books and turns them into laminated, reinforced wallet, which he then sells on his site for about $20-$30 a pop. He’s even got a series of Blackest Night wallets available, if you just can’t get enough DC zombies. He also handles special requests, so if you’ve been anxiously craving to certain sequences from say, Faust, folded up and stuffed in your back pocket, now’s your chance. Myself, I’m holding out for a Little Lulu set.

Not comics: Cancer Vixen beauty supplies

bkitcancervixenlarge2In case you weren’t aware of it, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month here in the U.S. (I don’t know about elsewhere in the world). To help get the word out, Cancer Vixen author and cancer survivor (and New Yorker cartoonist) Marisa Acocella Marchetto has teamed up with Bigelow Chemists to put together a special limited edition beauty kit.

The kit, featuring Marchetto’s illustrations, includes all-time favorite C.O. Bigelow formulas: Lemon Cream Body Wash (1.7 oz.), Lemon Body Cream (1.7 oz.), Mentha Lip Tint in Pink Mint (0.5 oz.), Mentha Foot Tingling Foot Cream (2 oz.), and Dr. Hiosous Quince Hand Lotion (2 oz.).

The kit costs $29.50. In addition, Bigelow will donate $250,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. (found via Bleeding Cool)

Bloomingdale’s to offer DC Comics merchandise

Bloomingdale's Batman shirt

Bloomingdale's Batman shirt

Bloomingdale’s is teaming up with DC Comics to offer high-end clothing and accessories in its stores nationwide this holiday season. Bloomingdale’s will launch the line with a series of customer events on Oct. 14, including the one in San Francisco with James Robinson I mentioned last week.

Items they plan to carry include T-shirts, socks, scarves, tote bags, wallets, ties, cuff links and pocket squares. Per the press release, the DC Comics collection will range in price from $30 for a pair of Psycho Bunny socks to $225 for a JACK SPADE tote. The above Batman shirt retails for $62. That’s more than I’d probably pay for a T-shirt, but I’m guessing I’m not the target audience here.

You can find more shirts here. And I’ve posted pics of some of the other items after the jump …

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That’s definitely not a straight flush

Yaoi card deck, by Studio KOSEN

Yaoi card deck, by Studio KOSEN

Yaoi Press and Studio Kosen have produced several decks of art nouveau-style yaoi playing cards that will undoubtedly please fans of the genre.

Because of the high production costs, the publisher is first testing interest in the card decks by offering a set on eBay (at the time of this post, the top bid was $61).

(via Japanator)

DC Comics is kryptonite to NBA’s merchandising plans

The planned "Krypto-Nate" T-shirt

The planned "Krypto-Nate" T-shirt

DC Comics put a quick end to the National Basketball Association’s plans to sell “Krypto-Nate” T-shirts commemorating the slam-dunk victory of Nate Robinson.

However, the New York Post reports, the NBA is trying come to an agreement with the comics publisher and parent company Warner Bros., which hold the rights to most everything Kryptonian.

“The NBA decided not to release the Krypto-Nate T-shirt because of future initiatives we are working on with Warner/DC Comics,” an NBA source told the newspaper.

Robinson, a New York Knicks point guard, beat Dwight “Superman” Howard in the Slam Dunk Contest held Feb. 14 during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. Dubbing himself “Krypto-Nate,” the five-foot-nine-inch Robinson catapulted himself over the six-foot-11-inch, cape-wearing Howard.

Within two days of the win, the NBA launched plans to sell a green Knicks T-shirt bearing Robinson’s No. 4 and the words “Krypto-Nate.” A day later, those plans were scrapped. (The Post notes the NBA Store is close to the DC Comics offices.)

In ten minutes this ice cream will be gone.

You’ve seen the real merchandise, like condoms and coffee and what have you, but our favorite stuffed bull presents a genius merchandising tie-in for the upcoming Watchmen filmWatchmen ice cream:

Ozy-candias Ice Cream

Ozy-candias Ice Cream

We all scream for more flavors over at Bully’s site.

A pick-me-up for those late-night squid fights

Even superheroes need a pick-me-up for those long nights fighting crime or doing other things, and here it is. The Organic Coffee Cartel is now selling a blend called Veidt Enterprise’s Nite Owl Dark Roast:

Nite Owl Dark Roast

Nite Owl Dark Roast

It’s a small moment in the film WATCHMEN – Dan and Laurie save a group from a tenement fire. Once inside the Owl Ship, the survivors are offered what else? Coffee. Among all that hardware, there’s an airplane-style coffee maker. And Veidt Enterprise’s Nite Owl Dark Roast is the imaginary brand of coffee they brew. What better name for the quintessential caffeinated beverage when served in the context of nocturnal crime-fighting? In truth, this is 100% organic specialty coffee from WATCHMEN unit photographer Clay Enos and his Organic Coffee Cartel.

Only 10,000 cans will be produced, and they’re giving away a chance to attend the premiere of the film in Los Angeles with each purchase. Enos, you may recall, did the Watchmen: Portrait book as well. Per the site, a majority of their profits go to charity.

In Northampton, a cry rings out (Part 27)

Watchmen costumes, from Rubie's

Watchmen costumes, from Rubie's

On the one hand, the settlement between Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox ensures movie-goers will get to see Zack Snyder’s $130-million Watchmen adaptation in March. On the other hand, the agreement clears the way for these licensed Halloween costumes, from Rubie’s (which also makes a selection of V for Vendetta-wear).

Wait, there’s more: A Dr. Manhattan rubber face mask pretty much guarantees that, come October, you’ll encounter at least one guy covered in blue body paint and wearing only a black thong. Or less.

(via Topless Robot)

Who watches the Hot Topic customers?

Hot Topic's "Watchmen" hoodie

Hot Topic's "Watchmen" hoodie

A Watchmen hoodie can be yours, or Alan Moore’s, for a cool $48.

Great, now I have Burn Down Hot Topic stuck in my head.

(via Pink Kryptonite)

Update: Stephen Gerding posted a snapshot last month of a Watchmen in-store display.

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