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‘He’s all white, and covered in spots, that’s why he’s called The Spot’

Although Marvel is heavily focused right now on the various Avengers movies hitting this summer and next, no doubt they’re looking for a big franchise to kick off in 2013. Using a green-screen suit, Patrick Willems may just have come up with the answer — The Spot. And he already has a catchy theme song to boot.

The Watchmen-My Little Pony mashup no one knew they wanted

Really, it was always just a matter of time before these two great products of the 1980s, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen and Hasbro’s My Little Pony, met. Even if it is The Hub’s strange new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic cartoon — seriously, that’s the name — mashed up with Zack Snyder’s 2009 comic-book adaptation.  “From the visionary director of 300 Ponies,” it’s … Ponymen. Stay gold, Ponymen. Stay gold.

(via Colleen Doran)

If your last trip through airport security was bad, at least you aren’t Wolverine

Threadless revisits the age-old question of how Wolverine gets through airport security (which, IIRC, Chris Claremont once addressed by providing Logan the proper papers), which seems to have a bit more topical relevance nowadays. The T-shirt costs $20 on the site; I’d suggest wearing it locally vs. on your next trip, as some TSA agents might not find it funny.

‘Long live Comic Sans': Maligned font makes April Fools comeback

Comic Sans Pro

Although it’s still early, I’m going to go ahead and declare Monotype Imaging a contender for April Fools’ Day 2011 champion for its timely introduction of the Comics Sans Pro typeface family.

“Every day, millions of people rely on Comic Sans for countless applications ranging from scrapbooking to school projects,” Allan Haley, Monotype’s director of words and letters, said in the announcement. “Comic Sans is also a favorite in professional environments, used in medical information, instructions, ambulance signage, college exams, corporate mission statements and executive reprimands – even public letters from sports team owners to their fans. Breaking up with your spouse? Why not write a letter in Comic Sans Pro, embellished with a typographic whack!, pow! or bam! Comic Sans is everywhere, and now it’s even better.”

Because the only thing better than plain ol’ Comic Sans is bold and italic Comic Sans, the family pack includes two new italic and bold italic fonts designed by Terrance Weinzierl. “Our aim is to put the ‘fun’ back in ‘functional’,” the designer said. “We can’t wait to see Comic Sans Pro used in everything from second wedding announcements to warning labels. Long live Comic Sans!”

The total bitchin’ rock star from Mars does Riverdale

Just remember he doesn't like small talk, girls

Oh my … as if Charlie Sheen’s troubles couldn’t get any worse, artist Fernando Ruiz details Archie’s worst nightmare. Keep him away from underage girls! Archie Comics sent this over, and I can only assume it’s a joke, rather than an upcoming storyline. Hopefully.

In any event, if you haven’t gotten enough of Sheen’s rantings, The Sheen Family Circus has mashed them up with Family Circus cartoons. Jeffy’s got quite the mouth on him.

Your video of the day | The ‘gritty’ melodrama of Riverdale

Anthony Konechny as Archie Andrews in the "Riverdale" parody trailer

I can think of few better ways to start off the morning than with this beautifully filmed and delightfully over-the-top parody fan trailer for Riverdale, a “gritty” remake of the ageless Archie Comics franchise.

Directed by Andrew de Villiers and written by Michael Cope and Rhys Finnick, the trailer was created with the help of about 100 Craigslist volunteers from the Vancouver film industry: “We produced this and the 10 other comedic videos on a budget of $3, 500 over a weekend. The Craigslist inspired and random nature of this production brought the director and his girlfriend together. It also united the executive producer’s wife with her long lost friend/boyfriend when she recognized him playing the character of Moose.”

It’s a terrific parody that heaps on amounts of melodrama usually reserved for a Lifetime Original Movie (alas, Nancy McKeon is nowhere to be seen). Watch Riverdale after the break.

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A second Spider-Man musical gets the jump on Turn Off the Dark

The Spidey Project (logo by Gregg Rafuse)

A day before the much-publicized, and widely lampooned, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark opens on Broadway — well, a day before it’s supposed to open — another, smaller Spider-musical will premiere at the Peoples Improv Theater in New York City: a parody called The Spidey Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.

The brainchild of comedian and composer Justin Moran, the goal of the project is to put together a “fully realized” musical based on Spider-Man in under 30 days with no budget, and do it before Julie Taymor’s repeatedly delayed, and poorly reviewed, $65-million production officially opens. “Our goal isn’t to tear down Julie Taymor or parody her production,” Moran tells The New York Times. “Our goal is to do what she should have done in the first place, and that’s just make a really good musical.”

To help, Moran has enlisted writer Jon Roufaeal to collaborate on the story and book — it’s “100 percent” based on the comic-book origin, so no spider-legged Arachne here! — and composers Adam Podd and Doug Katsaros to write and arrange the score. (There’s no Mary Jane in The Spidey Project, either. “This story pre-dates her a bit,” Moran notes in an FAQ.)

Tickets for the musical will be available as the March 14 opening draws closer. No ticket price has been set, but Moran hopes it will be nominal: “Ideally tickets will be free, but I understand it costs money to keep a theater opened so if they absolutely need to charge a small cost, like $5 a ticket, just to pay their insurance fees or internal staff so we can have our show, I think that’s pretty fair.”

Exclusive Preview | Possessions Vol. 2 by Ray Fawkes

Possessions, Book Two

Let’s get started with the first of many exclusive previews we’ll have for you today. Courtesy of our friends at Oni Press, we’re pleased to bring you a 15-page preview of the second volume of Possessions by Ray Fawkes. You might know Fawkes from such works as Spookshow, The Apocalipstix, Mnemovore and, of course, the first volume of Possessions.

The second Possessions features the return of Gurgazon the Unclean, a pit demon who looks like a five-year-old girl and is trapped in the Llewellyn-Vane House for Captured Spirits and Ghostly Curiosities. In this second volume, subtitled “The Ghost Table,” Ms. Llewellyn-Vane hosts a rival spirit collector and her collection of ghosts for dinner, and Gurgazon’s the main attraction.

You can find the preview and more information on the book after the jump; please note that the preview is an uncorrected proof. It’s scheduled to come out in March.

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Robot 6 Q&A | Comedy writers unleash The Devastator humor anthology

The Devastator #2

After running a successful Kickstarter campaign, Geoffrey Golden and Amanda Meadows launched The Devastator earlier this year, a humor anthology that features a mix of prose and comics by a variety of contributors. Each issue focuses on a particular subject; the first issue lampooned cartoons like Fat Albert, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Inspector Gadget, while the second issue will take aim at science fiction when it comes out later this week.

Contributors to the anthology include a mix of humor writers, Hollywood folks and cartoonists — James Urbaniak of The Venture Bros. fame, Masterpiece Comics creator R. Sikoryak, Wondermark creator David Malki!, Antz co-writer Todd Alcott and Metalocalypse‘s Jon Schnepp, among many others. Per their site, “The Devastator publishes quarterly, which naturally means twice a year.”

I met Golden and Meadows at the Alternative Press Expo in October and caught back up with them this week to talk about the anthology.

JK: So to start off, introduce yourselves. What do you do in addition to the anthology?

Geoffrey: I’m Geoffrey Golden, co-founder and editor in chief of The Devastator. In addition, I’m a freelance writer/editor – I’ve written for Cracked, MadAtoms, National Lampoon and recently finished writing an animated movie for Lionsgate and Mondo Media (Happy Tree Friends).

Amanda: I’m Amanda Meadows, co-founder and managing editor of The Devastator. I too am a freelance writer/editor; I’ve written for College Humor, McSweeney’s, and worked at a publishing company for some time.

JK: What made you want to start publishing your own humor publication?

Geoffrey: Groupies.

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Kerry Callen imagines a world where Monkey Ghost Rider reigned

by Kerry Callen

Comics creator Kerry Callen has posted the second of two fun posts that dare to ask the question: What if DC published Marvel characters in the 1960s? And the answers are pretty awesome: Monkey Ghost Rider! Composite Power Man/Iron First! Fat Spider-Man! And a Captain America who has to eat his shield. Fun stuff; go check’em out.

Preview: The Martian Confederacy Volume 2: From Mars With Love

The Martian Confederacy

Coming this holiday season is the “worlds first child slave labor comedy” — The Martian Confederacy Volume 2: From Mars With Love by Jason McNamara (First Moon) and Paige Braddock (Jane’s World)

It’s the sequel to their 2008 graphic novel about a ragtag group of heroes on Mars in the year 3535. Here’s the description of the sequel: “Hearts will be broken, moons will be destroyed and hooch will flow in zero gravity in this sci-fi romantic action comedy set in the year 3535. When someone, or something, starts kidnapping the children of Mars, the planet’s most notorious outlaws band together to rescue them. Off world, out numbered and falling apart from within can the Martian Confederates discover the secret of Phobos before they destroy each other? And does what ‘happen in space, stay in space?'”

You can find it in Previews under order code 101040; the 150-page graphic novel costs $15. Check out a huge 25-page preview of it after the jump.

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BOOM! catches Bieber fever

BOOM! Studios’ marketing team, Chip Mosher and Ivan Salazar, visited several Los Angeles comic shops yesterday, supposedly to see how their newest comic, Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero, was doing at retail. I say “supposedly” because it looks like Mosher was really on a mission to find a copy of a certain Justin Bieber comic book that also hit shelves yesterday.

To see more of their L.A. comic shop tour, check out their YouTube channel.

Hipster superheroes fight crime, tweet and enjoy a Pabst

Bat Hipster by H. Caldwell Tanner

by H. Caldwell Tanner

H. Caldwell Tanner, Caroline Martin and Michael Christatos imagine several superheroes as hipsters, from an Aquaman who relocated to Portland and a Pabst-drinking Iron Man to a Wonder Woman who drives an Invisible Subaru Outback and a Hulk who shops at American Apparel.

‘Doom seeks to grill, not to kill. This night, anyway.’

Dr. Doom

You know him as the Richards-hating, sorcery-wielding, armor-wearing despot who rules Latveria in the Marvel U. … but who knew he liked to cook? The blog Letters to Holly has nine recipes supplied by Victor Von Doom himself, including steak au pauvre (“When the steaks are finished, Doom commands you to remove steaks from skillet. Keep the drippings in the skillet, filthy cur”), chicken tetrazzini (“Doom forbids you from greasing the pan first. Heed Doom always”) and Doom’s Famous Faji-tortill-orittos (“Doom appreciates lime-flavored chips as a side item. Doom will never admit to licking the lime-dusted fingertips of his luxurious armor”). Who couldn’t go for some faji-tortill-orittos?

Via Isotope

SDCC ’10 | Ch-ch-ch-ch-Change-Bots Two with Jeffrey Brown

icbtwocoverroughcrop_lgThe ‘Bots are back in town! Well, they will be sooner or later, anyway — attending the San Diego Comic-Con is keeping creator Jeffrey Brown from polishing off the last few pages of Incredible Change-Bots Two, the sequel to his loving parody of the Transformers and Go-Bots of ’80s action-figure and cartoon fame, until August. (And yes, the “two” is fully spelled out.) But it’s not keeping him from talking to us about the upcoming Top Shelf release, one of, like, a bajillion books the publisher talked up at its panel today.

How long have you been planning Incredible Change-Bots Two? Did you need to see how the first volume did, or were you full-steam-ahead from the jump?

I started thinking about it shortly after finishing the first on. The book was so much fun to write, and draw, and the characters were already kind of taking on their own life. Plus people really liked the first one, and I hope that someday I’ll make enough things that people like, that they’ll like me too.

What’s the basic scoop on the sequel, storywise? Any new ‘Bots to look forward to?

At the end of the first book, Shootertron was defeated and left in a pile of rubble on Earth while the other Change-Bots headed into space to find a new home. Shootertron wakes up, but has lost his memory, but the other Change-Bots end up back on Earth because of some miscalculations, and a run-in with Shootertron becomes inevitable. There’s lots of new ‘Bots, but they mostly get killed off right away, because there’s not enough room in the book. I liked how the old cartoons did that too, introduce a new character and then the character disappears at the end of the episode.

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