PREVIEWS: "Daredevil," "Totally Awesome Hulk" & More Marvel Comics on Sale December 2, 2015
Comics | Benoît Peeters, a French comics writer, critic and Tintin expert, has been named as Lancaster University’s Visiting Professor in Graphic Fiction and Comic Art, characterized as the first appointment of its kind in the United Kingdom. “This professorship is a great honour for me,” said Peeters, whose works include Tintin and the World of Herge. “I want to explore the connections between the history of graphic fiction and contemporary creation, between the world of French and Belgian bande dessinée, and the world of comics and graphic novels.” [The Telegraph]
Retailing | The Philadelphia comics and art shop Locust Moon is closing its doors as a retailer so that co-owner Joshua O’Neill can focus on a different area of the business: publishing. “[A]s publishers, we’re just getting started,” O’Neill posted on his Facebook page. “[W]e’ll now be able to focus our attentions on making books full time. we’re incredibly excited about that. locust moon is not dying — it’s still just being born.” Locust Moon has already published an Eisner Award-winning anthology of Little Nemo comics, and is running a Kickstarter campaign to fund the publication of some very early “lost” Will Eisner comics. [PhillyVoice]
Marvel has announced merchandising plans for their mature TV properties, unveiling some pretty sweet “Jessica Jones” swag before the premiere of the series on Netflix tomorrow.
Some of the “Jessica Jones” apparel includes laptop sleeves, tank tops, and t-shirts, for both men and women. CafePress.com has launched an online store dedicated to the series, offering an assortment of merch for adult fans of the series and comics.
In plenty of time for the second season of the hit Netflix drama, Funko is expanding its Pop! Marvel series with four figures based on Daredevil.
The first wave of 3.75-inch figures features three versions of Matt Murdock — in his civilian clothes, in his black vigilante costume, and in his Daredevil armor — plus Wilson Fisk. Sorry, no Foggy Nelson, yet. There’s also a Daredevil bobble-head keychain.
Although the revelation that Marvel’s Iceman is gay has been widely covered in the mainstream media, it came as a surprise to the character’s co-creator Stan Lee.
“Is Iceman really gay?,” the 92-year-old writer asked BBC Radio 4 presenter Sarah Montague, who broke the news to him this morning.
This “Absolut x Marvel” line isn’t real, but part of me — the large part that likes vodka, comic characters and graphic design — desperately wishes it were.
It’s a concept by Indonesian designer Krizia Soetaniman uses the iconic Absolut bottle as a vessel for minimalist, yet instantly recognizable, portraits of such Marvel characters as Wolverine, Spider-Man, Venom, the Hulk and, yes, Iron Man.
While many of us had brightly colored Spider-Man or Captain America sheets and pillowcases when we were kids, now that we’re adults they’re a little tougher to get away with. Thankfully, Marvel has us covered with sophisticated (well, “sophisticated”) bedding for adults.
Gone are the garish colors of our youth, replaced with a gray-and-black Avengers comforter, featuring subdued stripes depicting Captain America, Falcon, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Thor.
Legal | On the day his trial on sedition charges was due to begin, Malaysian political cartoonist Zunar threw a curve ball, asking the high court to declare the sedition law unconstitutional. The Malaysian government has repeatedly attempted to ban or censor Zunar’s cartoons, but this case actually stems from a series of nine tweets he wrote following the conviction of opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on sodomy charges; Zunar accused the court of following the wishes of the prime minister. On Friday, Zunar’s lawyers (one of whom has also been charged with sedition) filed a petition with the high court saying that the lower court that was to hear the case had no authority to do so. The Malaysian Federal Court recently dismissed a challenge that made a similar argument; Zunar’s case is now scheduled to be heard on Dec. 8, with a decision expected a week later. [Index on Censorship]
When Rocket Raccoon declared “Ain’t no thing like me except me,” he clearly hadn’t met 6-year-old Chase, who was a dead ringer for the tough-talking, furry Guardian of the Galaxy for Halloween.
Created by Chase’s mother, artist Christina Borchardt, the painstakingly hand-made costume has become a social-media sensation, garnering attention from the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.
While billionaire playboy Tony Stark was busy schmoozing and carousing, China’s space agency may have gotten a peek at his plans for the Iron Man armor.
At the China International Industry Fair, held this week in Shanghai, the China National Space Administration unveiled both a shiny, gold-colored model for its planned Mars probe and a new robot that just so happens to resemble a certain Golden Avenger.
How could Tamashii Nations possibly top its series of Meisho Movie Realization action figures that reimagines Star Wars characters in feudal Japan? How about with a Marvel line?
That seems to be what’s in the works, as a photo has surfaced of a Movie Realization Spider-Man figure on display. As you can see, this wall-crawler wears web-patterned armor and a spider logo-emblazoned chest plate, and comes equipped with a grappling hook instead of web-shooters.
As a fan of Storm’s 1980s mohawk era, I wholeheartedly endorse this posters series that pays tribute to the iconic — or near-iconic — hairstyles of the women of Marvel and DC Comics.
Created by The Ninjabot, “Geeky Girls Hair” highlights the distinctive ‘dos of Wonder Woman, Gwen Stacy, Harley Quinn, Mary Jane Watson, Poison Ivy, Rogue and the aforementioned Storm, showing only their hair and accessories.
Beast Kingdom Toys has managed the seemingly impossible, creating a super-deformed Captain America action figure that resembles Chris Evans, yet isn’t creepy. I say that with the knowledge that this collectible possesses eyeballs that can be moved, which in itself is extremely creepy.
Perfectly timed for Halloween, fan-trailer editor extraordinaire Alex Luthor has debuted a tension-filled teaser for an imagined Marvel Zombies film.
He culls from the expected Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures and Fox sources, of course, but reaches well beyond those to World War Z, 28 Days Later, Brothers (surprise Tobey Maguire cameo!), and some I don’t recognize. If you don’t blink, you’ll even catch a glimpse of The Punisher. Or at least a Punisher.