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‘Fantastic Four’ trailer gets animated, with 100% more HERBIE

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The new trailer for director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot featured humor, Doom, the Baxter Building and Marvel’s First Family using its powers, but it suffered from a serious lack of H.E.R.B.I.E. However, that regrettable oversight has been remedied in this fan-produced parody, which pairs the soundtrack from the trailer with footage from the Fantastic Four’s assorted (and also mostly regrettable) animated series.

Clearly, the absence of both a robot sidekick and scenes of The Thing kicking sand at a foe indicate Fox has no idea what it’s doing with the property.

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Who is ‘The Flash’s’ Eobard Thawne? Ask Google Translate

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The time travel, multiple speedsters and alternate timelines on The CW drama The Flash may be enough to confuse even some longtime comics readers. If you’re square with Harrison Wells and Eddie Thawne but can’t quite figure out Eobard Thawne (just play along, please), I suggest you consult Google Translate.

What? Where else would you turn for superhero comics minutiae?

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The guy with the Stan Lee tattoo

Kelly Rogers and John Engle (via WFME)

Kelly Rogers and John Engle (via WFME)

With the help of tattoo artist Kelly Rogers, lifelong comics fan John Engle has spent the past year transforming his back into a tribute to the characters he loves. There, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Carnage and Venom share space with Batman, The Joker and Spawn — Engle enjoys a good intercompany crossover.

However, there was one thing missing: Stan Lee’s seal of approval. And over the weekend at MegaCon in Orlando, Florida, Engle got it. The legendary creator signed his back, just above Spider-Man (where else?), then Rogers made the famous signature permanent.

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‘Spider-Verse’ descends on Toronto in impressive cosplay team-up

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Photos by Alexa Tomaszewski

It’s not every Sunday afternoon that you walk down the street and bump into nearly a dozen people dressed as assorted Spider-characters, from Mary Jane Watson and Spider-Girl to Venom and Carnage. However, CBR contributor Alexa Tomaszewski was leaving work yesterday in Toronto — it wasn’t even a convention weekend! — and stumbled upon what could’ve been mistaken for the cast of Marvel’s “Spider-Verse” storyline.

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Comics A.M. | New York retailer Michael Bradley passes away

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Michael S. Bradley

Passings | Michael S. Bradley, owner of Collectors Kingdom in Huntington Station, New York, has died at age 48. The comic shop was destroyed in a fire in January, and Bradley, who had no insurance, lost all his stock. An IndieGoGo campaign to revive the store failed to meet its $25,000 goal, and Bradley’s last post on the store’s Facebook page thanked his customers and said he was “blessed to be allowed to be [the store’s] guardian.” He was rushed to the hospital on March 21 and passed away on April 6. No cause of death has been released. [ICv2]

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Here’s your chance to revisit a ‘Superman II’ scene with Margot Kidder

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Fifty fans will get a chance to relive a bit of superhero-movie history at Niagara Falls.

Superman II star Margot Kidder will return to Ontario in June for Niagara Falls Comic Con, where she’ll pose with fans in a special photo op near the Table Rock Welcome Centre, the setting of one of the 1980 film’s more memorable scenes. Presumably this time she won’t take a leap into the Niagara River.

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Comics A.M. | The Hugo Awards, and the politics of fandom

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Sad Puppies

Fandom | Rob Salkowitz writes about the controversy over this year’s Hugo Awards nominations and the “Sad Puppies” slate, and how skirmishes such as this are further fueled by the media: “The net effect of this, as observed by commentator Ezra Klein, is the politicization of just about everything, dragging a lot of randomly hostile and belligerent people into conflicts that don’t really concern them, but in whose outcome they have been persuaded they have a stake. Media outlets profit, but fan culture, which at its best unites people from all demographics across the political spectrum in their enthusiasm for creative works and community, is the victim.” [ICv2]

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DragonCon speaks out against Georgia’s ‘religious freedom’ bill

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Organizers of the Atlanta-based DragonCon announced Thursday they’re lobbying Georgia lawmakers to stop a so-called “religious freedom” bill similar to one signed into law last week in Indiana.

“We have great faith that our state’s leaders and legislators will, eventually, do the right thing for all Georgians,” organizers wrote in a statement. “Legislation that hurts one of us, hurts us all.”

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How to become Batman (Step 1: Be filthy rich)

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It took a lot for Bruce Wayne to become Batman: a lot of money, a lot of training and a lot of determination (or, y’know, obsessiveness; potato, po-tah-to). However, if you’re not the sole heir to a multimillion-dollar fortune — at least $682 million of that would go toward the mansion, Batmobile, gadgets and, yes, butler — you can at least become Batman-like.

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‘Star Wars’ arms race heats up with radio-controlled Star Destroyer

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Clearly there’s a rapidly escalating arms race under way in a galaxy far, far away. Within a matter of weeks, we’ve gone Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor custom quadcopters to a speeder bike and, now, an Imperial Star Destroyer.

The creation Olivier C, who previously built the radio-controlled Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor, the symbol of the Empire casts a menacing shadow, even if it’s made largely of foam.

But what’s next, a Death Star? This madness won’t end until someone destroys a planet.

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President Obama talks comic books in latest mass email

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If you’re a Barack Obama supporter, you’ve probably gotten a lot of emails from him, from his campaign and from his administration over the years. Like, a lot. Even the most ardent Obama boosters may have tuned them out.

Yet one that arrived today is certainly worth noting, as the president speaks directly about his comic book fandom:

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Empire gets its due in epic ’80s anime-style ‘Star Wars’ fan film

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Just as we spotlight one impressive display of Star Wars fandom, another one surfaces in the form of “Star Wars: TIE Fighter,” a four-year labor of love by animator Paul Johnson.

A two-minute version has floated around for the past couple of years, but now Johnson has released the completed ’80s anime-inspired short film that depicts an epic space battle from the perspective of the Empire.

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WonderCon cancels ‘Fan Fic Theatre’ after online complaints

wondercon anaheimWonderCon Anaheim has canceled “Fan Fic Theatre” following backlash on social media from some who thought the panel was intended to ridicule fan fiction.

The planned April 3 presentation was to feature host Chris Gore and other comedians reading “aloud the weirdest and wildest fan fiction found on the Internet,” a description that was met with a barrage of angry tweets and blog posts over the past several days.

“Hey WonderCon, mocking fanfiction isn’t mocking words on a page,” one person tweeted. “It’s mocking the people who wrote it. You know … BULLYING?” Another wrote, “If you wish to have a panel on fanfiction, it should be to celebrate not mock it. Fanfic is a vital part of fan culture.”

However, both WonderCon organizers and Gore stressed that the purpose of “Fan Fic Theatre” was never to mock the authors or their work.

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Jason Chu raps about his love of comics in inspirational ‘Marvels’

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Rapper Jason Chu has released the video for “Marvels,” his new song about his childhood love of superhero comics, his gradual disillusionment with them, and his eventual rediscovery as an adult.

“I started reading comics because they looked tight,” Chu says, “stopped believing in them because of real life. Picked them up again because I chose to believe, the world could be more than what I see around me.”

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Watch ‘Big Hero 6’s’ Baymax & GoGo face off in ‘Street Fighter IV’

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Considering the care with which Disney is managing Big Hero 6, we’re unlikely to see characters from the Oscar-winning animated movie appear in a traditional fighting game. However, if you were curious how a San Fransokyo tournament might play out, this video gives an idea.

Modder Salim transformed Zangief into Baymax and Cammy into GoGo Tomago, pitting them against each other in Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter IV. It’s pretty impressive handiwork, as you can see in further detail from the Baymax skin below.

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