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Fan has nose cut off, face tattooed so he’ll look like Red Skull

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In a story that seems ripped from the pages of Weekly World News, or maybe just Captain America, we now learn of a comics fan who’s had subdermal implants, tattoos and part of his nose removed in an effort to make himself look like the Red Skull.

Suddenly, that Superman fan who’s undergone numerous plastic surgeries to resemble the Man of Steel doesn’t seem so extreme, does he?

(Fair warning: Actual photos follow.)

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Ay caramba! This ‘Simpsons’ pixel tribute video is incredible

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Animators Paul Robertson and Ivan Dixon collaborated on an inspired tribute to The Simpsons that recreates the iconic opening using pixel art, right down to an incredible couch gag that rivals any seen on the show.

There are some wonderful touches throughout the nearly two-minute video, from the pixelated theme music recreated by Jeremy Dower to Bart writing “Pixel art is not real art” on the chalkboard to the nods to classic video games in the Kwik-E-Mart and sidewalk sequences. But that couch gag … you just have to watch it for yourself.

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LEGO fan creates 5-foot U.S.S. Enterprise with 18,000 bricks

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Although he wasn’t seeking out new life and new civilizations, LEGO enthusiast Chris Melby was indeed on a mission: to build a replica of the U.S.S. Enterprise from J.J. Abrams’ rebooted Star Trek franchise.

Eight months, 18,000 bricks and “tons of coin” later, he accomplished just that, with a starship that measures 68 inches long, 29 inches wide, and stands about 32 inches tall on its wooden base. More impressive still, Melby found a way to do it while hiding all of the signature LEGO studs. (The solution? Layers.)

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11-year-old argues for more female superheroes, and DC agrees

justice league chibiEleven-year-old Rowan has the same complaint that a lot of fans do — that there simply aren’t enough comics, movies and toys featuring female superheroes. So she wrote a letter to DC Comics, saying, “Please do something about this. Girls read comics too and they care.”

Today, DC answered.

The letter, posted Wednesday this week on the blog of family friend David M. Perry, garnered a lot of attention on Twitter. “I love superheroes and have been reading comics and watching superhero cartoons and movies since I was very young,” Rowan writes. “I’m a girl, and I’m upset because there aren’t very many girl superheroes or movies and comics from DC.”

The goes on to point out the disparity between the number of toys based on male heroes and those based on female heroes, not to mention the lack of a Wonder Woman television series. “Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome,” she notes, “but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.”

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Sides are drawn in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ fan trailer

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After impressing recently with his epic trailer for a DC vs. Marvel movie and even Star Wars vs. Marvel and DC, Alex Luthor is back with his take on the upcoming Captain America: Civil War.

Using footage from The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3 and the trailers for Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron, among other sources (some of which I don’t recognize), he’s crafted a pretty solid narrative that pits Tony Stark against Steve Rogers, with Black Widow, Falcon, Bucky Barnes, War Machine and even Scott Lang left to choose sides.

It’s pretty compelling, and the closest thing we’re likely to come to any actual Civil War footage for at least six months or so.

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Danish officials foil man’s bid to change name to Superhero

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Danish officials have dashed the hopes of a Copenhagen toy store owner who wanted to call himself Superhero. However, like a true superhero, he isn’t giving up without a fight.

BBC News reports that 26-year-old Benjamin Preisler Herbst hoped to tack “Superhero” onto the beginning of his name, as so much of his life revolves around comic book characters. But after a four-month review, authorities rejected his request, writing, “The word superhero is a term for a fictional/non-existent figure. We don’t believe that Superhero lives up to the criteria for being approved as a boy’s name.”

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On Norm Breyfogle: What would Batman do?

retun of scarfaceSpring 1992’s Batman #475 may not be all that important in the Dark Knight’s history, but it was a pretty pivotal issue in my own history with comics. It wasn’t just the first time I bought a Batman comic — beginning a growing interest in superhero comics that has yet to subside — but it was also the first time I encountered the work of artist Norm Breyfogle.

It was his incredible artwork that convinced me to purchase that issue over all of the other Batman comics on the stands and in the beat-up boxes of my local comic shop, and that fueled my many return visits, to buy new Breyfogle-drawn Batman comics as they arrived and dig out the dozens of earlier ones from the back-issue bins.

At the time, comics cost just $1 — a quarter of what the average issue costs today — but I was 14 years old, so my only income came from allowance, birthday and Christmas gifts, and what my grandfather paid me to mow his lawn. Comics were to me then, as they are now, a luxury purchase of sorts, something one spent one’s extra money on. As adults, that means they’re what we buy after we’ve paid the rent and utilities, bought groceries and filled up the gas tank.

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Artist reboots the Marvel Universe with ‘Supreme Marvel’

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Following Marvel’s Secret Wars press conference on Tuesday, fans were left to speculate what a combined Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe might look like. We already have some pretty intriguing ideas, courtesy of an enterprising cartoonist named Calvin.

Getting the jump on the official announcement, he’s reimagined the Marvel Universe in a series of of illustrations called Supreme Marvel. Described as his “own little reboot” of Marvel, Calvin comes to this with a mission in mind: “One of the main driving points of this project was to introduce more diversity in the Marvel Universe, as well as highlight existing diverse characters!”

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Oliver Queen & Ra’s al Ghul swing lightsabers in ‘Arrow Jedi’ finale

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If Dave Jones has proved anything with his Arrow Jedi mashups, it’s that with lightsaber effects, a John Williams score and the stray droid cameo, Starling City can be convincingly transformed into a galaxy far, far away.

He debuted his trilogy in May with “Under the Hood,” which included appearances by R2-D2 and an Ewok, which he followed in November with “Corto Maltese.” But all of that was only laying the groundwork for the epic finale, “The Climb,” which reimagines Arrow‘s midseason cliffhanger — the showdown between Ra’s al Ghul and Oliver Queen — as a high-stakes confrontation between Sith Lord and Jedi.

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You’ll want to cruise around in this Batmobile stroller yourself

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Just when you had moved past your envy of the proud owners of than that custom Groot swing, Super-Fan Builds comes along with another, even cooler project: a one-of-a-kind Batmobile stroller, designed to look like the Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan films.

Constructed by Hollywood pop company Tim Baker Creations as a surprise for father-and-son Batman fans, the stroller is on a steel frame, making it well-suited for those danger-filled walks through Gotham City Park or, I don’t know, Toys “R” Us.

Of course, as Toyland notes, figuring out how to transport the thing — not to mention store it — may require the mind of the World’s Greatest Detective.

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Fans petition White House for ‘Flash Appreciation Day’

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If Central City can honor the Fastest Man Alive with “Flash Appreciation Day,” why shouldn’t the entire country? That’s the thrust of a new We the People petition that asks President Obama to pay tribute to the superhero on Feb. 11.

It’s an idea hatched by the contributors to the blog Nothing But Comics, who note the date is already celebrated annually by some Flash fans, who drew inspiration from a Season 2 episode of Justice League Unlimited. In “Flash and Substance,” which originally aired on Feb. 11,  2006, the Rogues team up and threaten to ruin Central City’s first “Flash Appreciation Day” by, well, killing the Scarlet Speedster. They don’t succeed, naturally.

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Empire strikes back in ‘Star Wars’ vs. Marvel and DC fan trailer

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In recent months we’ve seen Batman vs. Darth Vader, and even DC vs. Marvel. But that was only for starters, as Alex Luthor — who brought us the latter — has now unveiled a fan trailer for … Star Wars vs. DC and Marvel.

Using footage from assorted movies, video games and even that aforementioned Batman vs. Darth Vader installment of “Super Power Beat Down,” the trailer is perhaps not as polished as Luthor’s DC vs. Marvel, but he does a good  job of building tension using the sound of Darth Vader’s respirator (even if the cut to the Millennium Falcon from The Force Awakens teaser is a little too jarring). And it’s tough not to smile when Chris Pratt’s Star-Lord makes his entrance …

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Comics A.M. | Defiant ‘Charlie Hebdo’ plans to publish next week

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Publishing | The French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo will be published next week, to demonstrate that “stupidity will not win,” according to columnist Patrick Pelloux. Ten of the magazine’s staff members were among those killed Wednesday when three armed men attacked their Paris headquarters, apparently because Charlie Hebdo published cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad. [The Guardian]

Political cartoons | Adam Taylor looks at the history of controversies regarding depictions of the Prophet Muhammad. [The Washington Post]

Political cartoons | Cartoonist and syndicator Daryl Cagle pens a remembrance four of the slain Charlie Hebdo cartoonists, some of whom he knew personally, and also talks about the importance of editorial cartooning in France. [Darylcagle.com]

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Cosplayer uses 3D printing to create ‘Arkham Origins’ Batsuit

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When U.K. cosplayer Stevie Dee wanted a realistic Batsuit, he turned not to online costumers but to 3D printing.

A CG propmaker, Dee worked with Tundra Designs and Gauntlet FX to recreate the Dark Knight skin from the Batman: Arkham Origins video game.

According to 3D Print, the suit was 3D modeled before being printed. A mold was then created for casting of the armor (everything except the cape and undersuit shown in the photos was produced through 3D printing). “The suit is quite comfy to wear and movement is great,” Dee said. “I can’t bend at the stomach but I didn’t expect that.”

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Comiket attracts 560,000 over three days

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Comiket attracted a reported 560,000 attendees over the course of three days (Sunday to Tuesday), according to Anime News Network. That’s a record for the winter edition of the biannual event — it’s held in August and December — but about 30,000 shy of the all-time high set in summer 2013.

Held at the massive Tokyo Big Sight, the 39-year-old Comiket (aka Comic Market) is the largest comics festival in the world (Lucca Comics & Games is second, with paid attendance of about 240,000).

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