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The results are in from the latest LEGO Ideas Review, and depending on your perspective, it’s something of a good news, bad news situation.
Two of the sets up for review will indeed move into official production: “Doctor Who and Companions” and “WALL-E.” While LEGO has produced multiple Disney and Pixar-themed sets, this will be the first Doctor Who-themed LEGO release. (Who building sets have been released in recent years as part of the United Kingdom-based Character Building line.) Official details — final design, pricing and release date — are yet to come.
The Doctor Who set was submitted by gaming artist Andy Clark; WALL-E hails from Angus MacLane, a Pixar animator and director who worked on the 2008 film.
You can do things in comics you can’t do in any other medium, and U.K. cartoonist Dan McDaid has taken advantage of that in his work on Time Lords, superheroes, gods, monsters and apes — and he’s done it all without sacrificing his style. In fact, it’s only invigorated him further.
McDaid is currently illustrating BOOM! Studios’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, taking a novel look at that world while retaining the auteur vibe that made the original movie work. Combining a diverse array of influences, Jack Kirby to John Romita Jr. and Frank Miller to Mike Zeck — even drawing in names like Nic Roeg and Sam Peckinpah — McDaid seems to showcase a different facet of his abilities in each project he tackles.
I became aware of McDaid during his run on Jersey Gods at Image Comics, but it’s Catalyst Comix that made me reconsider my assessment of his work. Since then, with Vandroid and issues of Mind the Gap and Sex, he’s risen in my mind to become a dynamic illustrator whose talent seems to be building to some unknown future project that will make him a marquee name in comics. Will it be Dawn of the Planet of Apes? Will it be the creator-owned book he’s working on? Or perhaps something else?
A planned $3.14 billion U.K. theme park and resort could include attractions based on hit television series like Doctor Who and Sherlock through a new agreement with BBC Worldwide.
Developed by London Resort Company Holdings and supported by Paramount Pictures, the 900-acre London Paramount entertainment resort is set to open in 2020 in Dartford, southeast of London. It’s expected to attract 15 million visitors a year with its 2,000-seat theater, hotels and more than 50 rides and attractions, some of which will be inspired by such Paramount properties as Star Trek and Mission: Impossible.
Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today Michael shows us his action figures and more, including his own TARDIS!
If you’d like to see your collection featured here on ROBOT 6, you can find instructions on how to do so at the end of this post.
And now here’s Michael …
This time last year, longtime U.K. book and magazine publisher Titan announced it was delving into comics with a new imprint titled, aptly enough, Titan Comics. And in the 12 months since, the company has published a number of creator-owned titles as well as new editions of formerly out-of-print stories such as Jack Katz’s The First Kingdom. But 2014 looks to see the company grow by leaps and bounds, as it recently announced the acquisition of the comics license for Doctor Who, previously held by IDW Publishing.
During IDW’s seven-year run publishing Doctor Who comics, it produced an ongoing series and a number of miniseries and one-shots to some success, so it’s conceivable that Titan Comics could do much the same. If so, it could help expand Titan from a boutique publisher to a sizable presence in the marketplace.
Appearing through Feb. 9 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California, “Little Golden Tales” features the classic children’s books reimagined by an impressive roster of artists. The result, in the words of the exhibit’s description, is “a delightful body of work certain to charm your inner child.”
It includes Breaking Bad depicted by Maxime Mary as a heartwarming chemistry lesson, The Lord of the Rings reinterpreted by Eren Blanquet Unten as an adorable “Middle-earth Book,” the ideal read for little Whovians everywhere, Loren’s The Little Doctor.
More pieces can be found at on the Nucleus website.
Considering the Comics Code Authority is now a thing of the past, and that cufflinks are increasingly rare, it seems only fitting that English illustrator and craftsman John Turner has brought the two together: For $31.19 plus shipping, you can get custom CCA cufflinks made from glass cabochons and comic book covers.
Turner writes in his Etsy store, “Show the world that you have been officially deemed fit for popular consumption with these awesome cufflinks, made from real vintage comic book covers featuring the iconic Comics Code Authority seal, which first appeared appeared in 1954 before finally disappearing in 2011.”
If those don’t strike your fancy, he offers plenty of others, including Doctor Who-themed cufflinks.
No doubt Doctor Who fans are still reeling from the events of yesterday’s Christmas special, but what if the BBC had decided to go in a different direction with the new Doctor? Former Muppets cartoonist Roger Langridge imagines another sort of regeneration for the good Doctor — and some of his friends as well.
He created this Muppets/Doctor Who mashup for the London Film and Comic Con booklet, where he’ll be a guest in March. Check it out below.
Duane in Orange County, Calif. is a man of action — action figures, that is.
“I have always had toys, but growing up I couldn’t have nearly as much as I wanted,” he said. “… Now, when I want something, I seek it out furiously. Unfortunately, as I get older the collectibles that I want get more and more expensive.”
Check out his collection of action figures — Power Rangers, Doctor Who, DC Comics, Avengers and more — below.
Neil Gaiman has written the final short story in a series of e-books released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, each centering on one of the Time Lord’s 11 incarnations. Titled “Nothing O’Clock,” it stars the Eleventh Doctor (as played by Matt Smith) and Amy Pond.
Thirty-six questions. Six answers. One random number generator. Welcome to Robot Roulette, where creators roll the virtual dice and answer our questions about their lives, careers, interests and more.
Joining us today is Landry Walker, whose work includes Danger Club, Little Gloomy, Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade, The Incredibles, Tron and more.
Now let’s get to it …
Superheroes | Writer Jim Zubkavich tackles the burning question of why there are so few Canadian superheroes: “We don’t have a long standing superhero tradition in this country. We don’t have a long-standing focal point character people recognize (I like Captain Canuck, but the average person on the street does not know who he is). We’re not a country galvanized by heavy-duty patriotic pride that lends itself to a Superman, Captain America or even a Batman. We don’t have the kind of rampant crime that ‘needs’ a heroic symbol to fight back against.” [Zub Tales]
Digital comics | The first issue of Mark Millar’s Jupiter’s Legacy sold more than 100,000 copies in stores, but was that because he refused to allow it to be sold in digital format the same day? Steve Bennett is doubtful, because so many people (including himself) didn’t realize until the last minute it would be print-only for now. [ICv2]
Graphic novels | April was a slow month for new graphic novel releases, so the BookScan Top 20 had plenty of room for some backlist titles. The Walking Dead dominated, of course, but the 10th volume of Sailor Moon was there for a second month and actually moved up a notch. And the first volume of Saga came in at No. 12, perhaps because people were curious as to what all the fuss is about. [ICv2]
Editorial cartoons | Nick Anderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist for the Houston Chronicle, has responded to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s criticism of Jack Ohman’s cartoon with a cartoon of his own. [Comic Riffs]
Conventions | Jeff Smith, Brian Wood, Sean Murphy and Raina Telgemeier are the headline guests at the Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland on May 19. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]
I’ve often heard creators who’ve worked on the comic-book adventures of Doctor Who comment that current showrunner Steven Moffat is somewhat dismissive of the contributions comics have made to the character’s extended canon. That said, last Saturday’s episode featured the recurring series MacGuffin “the Eye of Harmony,” which has Alan Moore to thank for around 50 percent of its backstory.
In his first season in charge, Moffat inserted an episode based upon the Doctor Who Monthly strip “The Lodger” by Gareth Roberts, adapted by Roberts himself. His second season featured the Ray Bradbury and Hugo award-winning “The Doctor’s Wife” written by Neil Gaiman, who’s been known to write a comic or two in his time. He’s returned to the series this season to write “Nightmare in Silver.”
Welcome to Food or Comics?, where every week we talk about what comics we’d buy at our local comic shop based on certain spending limits — $15 and $30 — as well as what we’d get if we had extra money or a gift card to spend on a splurge item.
It’s a busy week at the store for me, it seems. If I had $15 this week, I’d pick up Harbinger #0 (Valiant, $3.99), the one-shot revealing the backstory of the surprisingly compelling relaunch/reboot of the 1990s series, as well as the first issues of Fearless Defenders (Marvel, $2.99) and Snapshot (Image, $2.99). The latter, I’ve already read in its Judge Dredd Megazine serialization, but I’m really curious to see if it reads differently in longer chapters; the former, I’m just hopeful for, given the high concept and involvement of Cullen Bunn.
If I had $30, I’d add the reissued 7 Miles A Second HC (Fantagraphics, $19.99) to my pile. I remember reading the original Vertigo version of this in the 1990s, and am definitely curious to see what this recolored edition, with pages restored after being cut from the Vertigo edition, is like.
Splurging, I find myself drawn to IDW’s Doctor Who Omnibus, Vol. 1 ($29.99). I blame the lack of new Doctor Who on the television right now. That month-and-a-bit is far too long to wait …!