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Rockstar North’s Grand Theft Auto V reached a couple of milestones this week, with shipments of the action-adventure game approaching 52 million, and the introduction of its first Superman mod.
A mere five weeks after the game was released for PC, one enterprising player created his first mod, replacing one of the three protagonists, Trevor Phillips, with the Man of Steel. While it’s not a complete conversion, it does feature a costume-clad Superman who can punch and kick cars across the street and even take flight. He may want to work on that landing, however.
The second Legoland hotel in the United States (the first opened in 2013 at Legoland California Resort, the 152-room structure introduces new features unique to the 150-acre Winter Haven, Florida, park: LEGO Friends-themed rooms, designed specifically to appeal to girls (that’s in addition to pirate, kingdom, adventure rooms), and a daily Master Model Builder Workshop, which allows guests to build alongside professional model makers.
Tony Stark, meet your newest — and possibly fiercest — rival: 26-year-old Xing Yile, a middle-school art teacher from China’s Henan province.
After seeing a trailer for Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Xing and some friends decided to recreate Iron Man’s Hulkbuster armor. According to Business Insider, they worked for two months in an underground parking garage in Zhengzhou, assembling the 11-foot-tall replica out of more than 100 fiberglass-reinforced plastic components.
Comics | More than 3,000 copies of the comic book Brink City Special Edition: Kids Lives Matter will be distributed to children in Cleveland to promote gun safety and encourage toy gun buy-back programs. Just last November, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed in Cleveland by a police officer who mistook his airsoft pistol for a real one. Funded by private foundations, the comic was produced by the Rid-All Green Partnership. [Fox 8]
Passings | Mennonite cartoonist Joel Kauffmann, creator of the religious-humor strip Pontius’ Puddle, died last week at age 64. The son of a Mennonite pastor, Kauffmann grew up on a farm in Hopedale, Illinois, and started drawing early: “He was always drawing wherever he was, including the many hours he spent in church,” said his sister, Mary Kauffmann-Kanel. Pontius’ Puddle ran for over 30 years in over 200 publications; Kauffmann also wrote the screenplay for the movie The Radicals, which told the story of two early leaders of the Anabaptist movement, and he was producing content for the Museum of the Bible project funded by Hobby Lobby president Steve Green. [Mennonite World Review]
Much has been written and said about the dearth of female characters in superhero films, but I’m not sure anyone has addressed the issue quite like Agnes, an 18-year-old blogger from Hungary: She created a series of incredible portraits gender-swapping the cinematic Avengers.
For her alternate movie universe, Agnes recasts Captain America as Amber Heard, Iron Man as Kate Beckinsale, Bruce Banner as Mila Kunis, Thor as Jennifer Lawrence, Hawkeye as Shailene Woodley and Loki as Kristen Stewart.
That recent “Saturday Night Live” parody is the closest we’re likely to get anytime soon to a Black Widow movie. However, while fans wait (and wait and wait), they can enjoy this beautiful imagined title sequence created by Christopher Haley as a final project for his After Effect class.
Set to the sound of Portishead’s “Sour Times,” the animated sequence suggests the influence of Maurice Binder and Saul Bass, with bold graphic elements in red, black and white. And Haley doesn’t stop with envisioning a cast –Scarlett Johansson is joined by Rosamund Pike as Yelena Belova, Samuli Edelmann as Red Guardian, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson and Ming-Na Wen as Melinda May — he also dreams up a premise:
Fan-favorite Walking Dead character Daryl Dixon goes solo in this stop-motion animated LEGO short by Marc-Andre Caron (aka “MonsieurCaron”).
The wordless and surprisingly bloody (well, for LEGO) video follows Daryl as he takes a detour into the forest to investigate smoke, only to discover a man besieged by walkers. “It’s not really a Walking Dead story,” Caron explains, “more of an homage to Norman Reedus character and the zombie genre.”
With the announcement of the first new “Dragon Ball” television series in 18 years, fans are undoubtedly feeling a bit nostalgic. If you’re one of them, there may be no better — or faster — trip down memory lane than this lovely animated tribute to Akira Toriyama’s creation.
Produced by Arnaud Labbé, Thomas Lebascle, Daniel Savy and Sophie Schweitzer of Collectif Plissken, the three-minute “Journey Through Dragon Ball” is exactly what the title suggests: a quirky, fast-paced survey of three decades’ worth of story arc. The Daily Dot refers to it as “whimsical,” and I can’t think of a better word to describe it.
LEGO enthusiast Michael of MGF Customs/Reviews undertook a daunting task: to create custom “upgraded” minifigs based on Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was time-consuming task, but as you can see in the lengthy showcase video below, the results are impressive.
Michael overlooked no detail in creating everyone from Captain America and Black Widow to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to Ultron and The Vision. However, for the incredible Hulkbuster figure, he turned to Legohaulic.
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, when you can stock up on free comics, while Tuesday was National Superhero Day, when you could’ve … loaded up on free doughnuts. But today? It’s Batman Day. Apparently.
Sure, DC Comics long ago established Feb. 19 as Bruce Wayne’s birthday, and then just last year declared July 23 as “Batman Day” as part of the promotional celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. However, this Batman Day is set aside to honor the anniversary of the character’s debut in Detective Comics #27, covered-dated May 1939.
When her high school was failed by an “awful” prom theme — “Sweet Dreams (or Candy Land)” could only be the work of Ra’s al Ghul — Danielle Taylor set out to make things right … by attending in a dress inspired by Arrow.
In a Facebook post written to series star Stephen Amell, Taylor showcases photos of herself in an emerald-green gown, hood and matching sneakers (for a round of after-prom crimefighting, undoubtedly), and carrying a bow. Her friend Ashlyn, dressed in red, stood in for The Flash.
Tony Star can don Hulkbuster armor to go toe to toe with the Incredible Hulk, but what defense do baby nerds have against other green threats, like pureed peas and Brussels sprouts? If you’re this lucky little girl, you have a Hulkbuster highchair.
It’s of course the work of Tim Baker Creations, which we’ve previously spotlighted for the Groot swing and Batmobile stroller. Presented by Super-Fan Builds to Iron Man devotee Natasha Vineyard and her daughter Amelia, the Hulkbuster is made from a high chair reinforced with a steel frame, and sculpted foam.
Couples get together over shared interests, and meetings at conventions aren’t uncommon — but they can be something, special as Zen Pencils cartoonist Gavin Aung Than illustrates in this heartwarming Star Wars-themed comic.
Intrigued by the scene in Iron Man 2 in which Tony Stark cuts down drones closing in on him and War Machine using a laser fired from his glove, custom prop and gadget creator Patrick Priebe set out to make one of his own. And within three weeks, he had it, complete with working lasers, light-up palm and sound effects.
As a bonus, he can also eject spent “cartridges” from the top of the gauntlet.