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Artist Rick Celis clearly has a fondness for pop-culture send-ups, and for Gotham City. Although he was brought to my attention because of his mashups of Disney and Batman characters, it’s his Joker parodies that really caught my eye.
Drawing inspiration from movie posters, album covers and beyond, Celis creates a series of fun illustrations with The Joker, Harley Quinn and their associates at their center. While the Peanuts and Breakfast Club gags are somewhat expected, the tributes to Marley & Me, the Beatles’ Abbey Road and Gorillaz’s Demon Days certainly aren’t.
Although Harley Quinn debuted about a decade too late to be part of Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line of action figures, Dr. Quinzel is getting a shot at that 1970s glory, courtesy of Figures Toy Company.
As revealed by 13th Dimension, the fan-favorite anti-heroine has been reimagined in a retro style, so the doll will fit in perfectly with the toymaker’s reproductions of the other classic comic book heroes and villains from Mego.
The wonderful world of Etsy offers a ton of awesome items from hard-working people looking to share their crafts with the world — including a lot of nerdy fans combining their love of crafts with their love of pop culture. From “Game of Thrones” House medallions and Doctor Who fan art to Lord of the Rings replica weapons to FFVII’s buster sword, there’s practically no limit to what you might find when you venture down the Etsy hole. However, one of the coolest and most fun things out there — and a craft on the mega-rise — are crocheted and knitted items.
Probably gaining the most recognition after the Jayne’s hat incident — in which Fox basically stood as the poster child of why we can’t have nice things — knitted and crocheted hats based off popular fandoms have had a meteoric rise and there are some dang good and awesomely fun items out there, especially from the realm of comic books.
Check out some of the cool comic book crocheted and knitted items we found after the jump.
Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s store is Star Comics, located at 2014 34th St. in Lubbock, Texas. We spoke with owner Robert Mora.
The song “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” from Disney’s animated blockbuster Frozen was given a Gotham-style spin last year with “Do You Wanna Kill the Batman?,” a widely circulated parody in which Harley Quinn tries to persuade The Joker to join her for some mayhem. While that tune received a good deal of attention, a more recent animated rendition, unfortunately, has gone largely overlooked.
Animator Michael Smith brings the work of Sydney Amber and Hesychia7 to life in this delightful short in which an incredibly expressive Harley serenades Mr. J. from outside his cell at Arkham Asylum. Smith also provides an animation progression breakdown, which showcases more of the song, before returning to the final (and, alas, all-too-brief) short.
Funko has unveiled a new series of Pop! Heroes vinyl figures inspired by the video game Batman: Arkham Knight.
Debuting in September, the line will feature Batman, Harley Quinn, Scarecrow and, of course, Arkham Knight. Whether additional figures will be released remains to be seen.
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise when two very different, yet very popular franchises come together for a special crossover or mash-up. And yet, I don’t think anyone could have seen this one coming: Thomas the Tank Engine meets the DC Universe.
Debuting on YouTube, a new cartoon short features the cast of the pre-school juggernaut franchise as Superman, Batman and Cyborg tackling a pair of iconic DC villains to save the day.
Do you have what it takes to join the Gang of Harleys?
Harley Quinn collaborators Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti will host the first “Great Harley Quinn Cosplayer Showdown” Friday at the DC Entertainment booth at Comic-Con International.
Alex Ross has debuted a new original painting featuring Batman, The Joker and Harley Quinn, which will be among his exclusives next week at Comic-Con International. Titled “Mind if I Cut in?,” it’s a sequel to his famed 2003 piece “Tango With Evil,” which debuted as the cover of 1999’s “Batman: Harley Quinn.”
The artist’s booth (#2419) will feature limited-edition signed prints, sketchbooks, comics, variant covers and, of course, original art.
Toys R Us has revealed a lineup of Comic-Con International exclusives that includes a Batman classic TV series Batgirl action figure, a Batman vs. Harley Quinn set, and a first look at a new addition to Star Wars: The Black Series.
The retail chain has also announced a “Collector Vector,” a new shop dedicated to collectibles for “the mature collectible community,” featuring more than 100 items from the likes of Bandai, Diamond Select, Mezco Toys, McFarlane Toys and NECA. The new hub can be found at Toysrus.com and in stores nationwide.
Although fans who preordered Batman: Arkham Knight have to wait another two weeks to play as Harley Quinn, this cosplayer already has the character down pat.
Going by the name dreamhunter707, the Polish cosplayer is the spitting image of the hit game series’ latest take on the fan-favorite antiheroine, from the patent-leather corset to the tights to the candy-striped club. She almost looks like a screenshot from the game.
Don’t ask me why they’re called “Sun-Staches,” as they don’t have anything to do with facial hair, but I’m pretty sure I want one. The DC Comics-themed sunglasses/mask combos — See? Not a mustache in sight! — allow you to switch from business to cosplay in one fast-and-easy step.
Although there are probably a limited number of places you could wear the Batman, Joker and Harley Quinn Sun-Staches — comic conventions, Arkham Asylum, the Batcave — the Catwoman version is pretty killer, suitable for most any occasion. Seriously, those are spectacular (although, regrettably, I could never pull off the look).
Following the debut Wednesday of the new LEGO Dimensions trailer, we now get a look at seven of the team packs and fun packs teased in the gameplay footage — including The Joker and Harley Quinn.
Developed by TT Games for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the Disney Infinity-style “toy-to-life” game will launch Sept. 27 with Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle minifigures and the Batmobile. Players will then be able to purchase of additional fun packs and team packs, containing LEGO sets that they’ll build into characters, vehicles and devices that they’ll be able to introduce into the game with the Toy Pad.
Although you may not be ready to save the galaxy, you will be able to save your change in this Green Lantern battery vinyl bank from Diamond Select Toys.
Standing nearly 12 inches tall, the bank is based on the Green Lantern power battery shown in the Justice League animated series. There’s a coin slot and top and and access door in the base. Presumably you’re required to recite the Green Lantern Oath each time you take own money. Set to arrive in October, it’s available for preorder now.
Welcome to Store Tour, ROBOT 6’s weekly exploration of comics shops, and the people who run them; think of it as the retailer version of Shelf Porn. Each Sunday we feature a different store, and also get to know the person behind the register.
This week’s stop has the distinction of being the easternmost comics shop in North America, Downtown Comics, located at 141 Duckworth St. in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. We spoke with owner Jason Conway.