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There are a lot of creative folks who put a lot of work into their cosplay costumes, and it really shows. Then there are others who wouldn’t mind dressing up, but they’re intimidated by the amount of work involved. For those people, artist Patrick Dean is here to help: He’s started a blog called My Half Ass Cosplay Ideas, which feature cheap and effortless costumes made from “stuff you probably already have in your closet.”
Check out some of his designs below, and visit his blog to see all of them.
So there’s this LEGO crowdsourcing site I just learned about this week called LEGO Cuusoo where:
1. Fans submit their own fantasy LEGO sets.
2. Other fans vote on them if they think they are cool.
3. LEGO actually reviews all the submissions that receive 10,000 votes and decide if they want to pursue it as an actual LEGOS set.
4. The person who came up with the idea, if it gets turned into a real LEGO set, gets a percentage of sales.
People submit all kinds of LEGO creations, from models of the Apple Store to Legend of Zelda sets (which unfortunately didn’t pass muster when reviewed by LEGO — you can see recent review results here). And of course, there are some comic-inspired projects, not the least of which is this very awesome Assault on Wayne Manor playset.
“I know it was a bit of heavy lifting for some of the longtime fans of the core characters on the book — and Newsarama fans haven’t been shy about voicing their complaints — but I can’t find it in my heart to apologize.
I was hired to write a series that started the team ‘on page one’ … no history, no preexisting relationships, for readers that were not familiar with the concept of Teen Titans. The new continuity being what it was, Bart could not have been Bart Allen from the future, Superboy could not have been a clone who spent the last few months living on the Kent Farm as Ma and Pa had died some 10 years ago, and on and on. … so while I wouldn’t expect anyone to agree with every choice I made or was handed, I will say I remain very proud of the book I’ve worked on for the last 30-odd issues.”
– writer Scott Lobdell‘s message to longtime Teen Titans fans as the DC Comics series heads toward its April cancellation
My Friend Dahmer cartoonist Derf Backderf is a longtime fan who, while downsizing his collection, wandered upon the uniquely placed Certified Guaranty Company (CGC). The avowed comic fan who followed his hobby into a career was shocked at the degree to which comics collecting had subsumed the readability of comics, especially given that “true collectors” would hermetically seal their comics in CGC “slabs,” leaving them unable to be read — you know, the original intent for the comic.
“For someone who has devoted his life to making comics, and who takes several years to painstakingly craft each one … to be FUCKING READ! … this is an abomination,” Derf wrote in a long post on his blog. “For baseball cards, fine. because you can still read everything on the card. With a comic book, 90 percent of the contents are lost forever! Most of these “collectors” wouldn’t know the difference between Wally Wood and Wally Walrus. They’re just collecting a number. It’s an affront to everything I hold dear.”
Derf, who has been reading comics since the mid-1970s, covers the growth of the secondhand comics market and the rise of collectability through the Overstreet Price Guide and now through CGC. Because of this severe leaning toward collectability limiting the readability of comics, the cartoonist has started what he calls a “one-man crusade against slabbing” by buying CGC books and “then free[ing] them from their plastic coffins.”
Fifty-one percent of comiXology users are outside the United States, the New York City-based company revealed overnight. The announcement was accompanied by a global heat map (below) illustrating the popularity of the digital comics platform by country.
Following last week’s news that comiXology was the top-grossing non-games iPad app last year in the United States, the company added that it’s the top-grossing iPad book app in France, Belgium, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. It’s also currently the No. 1 iOS book app in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, India, Mexico, The Netherlands, New Zealand, The Philippines and other countries.
ComiXology expanded its international reach in 2013 with the opening of a Paris-based European division, followed by distribution agreements with French publishers Delcourt, Glénat and a dozen others, as well as with Viz Media Europe.
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.
A lot of Marvel and DC characters crop up time and again in fan comics: the Bat-family, the Young Avengers, the X-Men, Hawkeye … But do you know who doesn’t get a lot of love? El Aguila, the late-’70s mutant swashbuckler — he used a sword to discharge electricity — who, in keeping with Marvel comics of the era, faced off against heroes like Power Man, Iron Fist and Hawkeye only to team up with them after they realized they were on the same side.
If you’re not aware of him, it’s understandable; he was fun and flashy, but never a major player (or even a mid-level one, for that matter). But Pablo Dura, David Abadia and Sergio Cordoba aim to change that with their fan comic El All-New Aguila #1, which comes with All-New Marvel NOW! branding, an interview with the “hot writers” and an ad for the Disney XD animated series.
It’s pretty sharp, reintroducing Alejandro Montoya as a faded hero who aims to reignite his career, if only to help sell copies of his memoir. It’s lighthearted stuff, with appearances by S.H.I.E.L.D., the Heroes for Hire, and even Thor.
Take a peek below, and read the entire issue here.
When a poster arrived in November at Midtown Comics promoting a Wonder Twins movie, with celebrity couple Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher in the title roles, many thought it was clever viral marketing for a planned Entourage movie or a strange hoax. That, or a cruel twist of fate (Super Friends alums Zan and Jayna were going to make the leap to the big screen before Wonder Woman?).
It was a hoax all right, as Marc Tyler Nobleman discovered — one orchestrated by The BatPodcast host Pat Evans, who told the author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman that, “with the spate of superhero movies being released, I think it was just me thinking it would be fun to do a spoof version of one.”
“I thought, ‘What would be the most preposterous superhero movie you could make?’ Naturally, the Wonder Twins sprang to mind,” he explained. “They were perfect, because it was just unbelievable enough a concept that it could be true, if that makes sense. ‘So crazy it might work’ kind of logic. And Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher were kind of the clincher because they are in the media a lot now as a real-life couple. So it added that extra layer of ‘huh?’”
An effort by Bill Finger biographer Marc Tyler Nobleman to honor the uncredited co-creator of Batman with a Google Doodle appears to be gaining steam, with the likes of Kevin Smith and Brad Meltzer endorsing the campaign to their Twitter followers.
Nobleman, author of Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret C0-Creator of Batman, initially pitched the idea to Google in 2012, but dusted off the proposal again in December because this year marks not just the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight’s debut, but also the 100th anniversary of Finger’s birth and the 40th anniversary of his death.
It seems like it was just the other day — it was Monday, to be exact — that Jerry Seinfeld was offering his assessment of director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, and already he back, talking more about one of his favorite subjects: Superman.
This time it’s in the latest episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, in which he and actor (and occasional comics writer) Patton Oswalt climb into a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 … only to have it break down. Fortunately, that gives them time to talk about DC Comics’ 1992 storyline “The Death of Superman,” and how Oswalt would kill the Man of Steel.
“Superman gets his powers from our yellow sun, but he’s here every day, soaking up that energy,” Oswalt explains. “So make it a thing where it’s like, the longer he stays here, now it’s starting to kill him — and then there’s a massive disaster looming: ‘Do I stay and stop this thing happening and die in the process, or do I leave and save myself?’
I have to agree with Seinfeld: That’s a solid premise. However, Oswalt has a far more difficult time coming up with his favorite superhero. Watch the video below.
Comic-Con International organizers have announced that four-day passes will not be sold for this year’s event, and that the Preview Night option will only be available to those who buy badges for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The news arrives just a month after preregistration was postponed until early this year so EPIC Registration could “fine-tune” the online system that so often frustrates would-be attendees. No specific time frame was offered for when preregistration will be open to those who bought badges in 2013, only “sometime in early 2014.”
You may recall in late October we spotlighted The Daily Planet Files, a fan project by Brittney Williams that focuses a bit more on the less-super aspects of the Man of Steel’s life, namely his day job at Metropolis’ premier newspaper. Williams is back now with even more art, including adorable character designs for Lois Lane, Clark Kent, Superman and Jimmy Olsen, and a cast shot that adds Steve Lombard, Perry White, Ron Troupe and Cat Grant into the mix.
“After working on what has now become The Daily Planet Files since May of 2013, I’m finally happy with the designs and what this has developed into,” Williams writes on her blog. “Who know what surprises 2014 holds for these guys.”
See some of the art below, and even more on Williams’ blog.
“Perhaps it’s simply the appeal of the underdog. Asterix is clearly for children, and for losers: it depicts a world where ungovernable appetites are momentarily sated and fulfilled. Growing up, one knew instinctively that Tintin and his adventures represented a world of adult meanings and responsibilities, unattainable sophistication and privilege. The Tintin books were for the sort of people who went to actual France on actual holidays; the sort of people who might read the books in the original French. Asterix, with its absurd levels of comic-book violence – all those swirling stars and sticking-out tongues, black eyes and bumps to the head – was for anybody and everybody. It was the sort of thing you actually wanted to read. One could imagine a Tintin book as a gift from a benevolent godfather but you discovered Asterix for yourself, well-thumbed and plastic-covered, in the grubby wooden dump-bins of the local library.”
Years before this whole Internet thing, there was scrapbooking, and while for many this method of collecting and organizing has fallen by the wayside, Ron Murphy has kept at it, focusing on his favorite moments from comics, cataloged by theme. The above example of kissing from various comics showcase just one page from the 1,200 he’s collected. Crazy? Maybe. But cool? Definitely.
Spotlighted by Mitch O’Connell, Murphy has amassed 12 volumes of scrapbooks similar to the page above, with each volume containing 100 pages. You can see scans of Murphy’s collage pages, as well as other unique artwork he’s collected, on his Flickr page.
My knowledge of nerdcore rap is incredibly limited, so I was regrettably unaware of the existence of Kid Apocalypse — the rapper, not Marvel’s Evan Sabahnur, aka Genesis — until Rick Remender retweeted a link to the recent YouTube for “Space Out” by Quinn Allan. As you can see from the image above, and in the video below, Allan dons white and black makeup and a dapper suit with X medallion, and then raps about Kid Apocalypse, delivering lines like, “Forge will hook you up/his shit goes to 11.”
“It started one night lying in bed,” Allan explains on his Facebook page. “I got the idea to write some raps as if I was the character Genesis from the recent Uncanny X-Force and Wolverine and the X-Men comics. I showed them to my roommate who liked the idea. Then he started writing. It was contagious. He took on the persona of ‘Dark Beast,’ the Hank McCoy of the alternate Age of Apocalypse universe. We had more material than we knew what to do with.”