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‘Big Hero 6′ manga adaptation to end in March

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The manga adaptation of Disney’s Big Hero 6 will conclude with the March 20 issue of Kodansha’s Magazine Special magazine, Anime News Network reports.

Announced in July, the manga by Haruki Ueno marks the first time Disney has used a full-fledged series, rather than a one-off story, to promote a movie release in Japan. Called Baymax, after the film’s Japanese title, the adaptation debuted Aug. 20, following a preview.

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Ride in superhero style with these custom motorcycle helmets

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Last year we spotlighted a pretty stylish Dark Knight-inspired motorcycle helmet, but what if you prefer, say, The Punisher, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Wonder Woman to Batman? AirGraffix has you covered.

The Mattoon, Illinois-based company specializes in custom-painted helmets that can transform the rider into everyone from Goku and Deadpool to Iron Man and Spawn. It’s not all superheroes or comic books, either; there’s an assortment of Star Wars, Transformers and Power Rangers designs, for starters.

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Comics A.M. | Veteran ‘Beano’ artist Andy Hutton passes away

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Passings | Andy Hutton, who drew the popular strip “The Q-Bikes” (which morphed briefly into “The Q-Karts”) for the British comic The Beano, died last month at age 91. Born in Calcutta, Hutton moved as a teenager to Dundee, Scotland, where he began working for Beano publisher DC Thomson at age 14. He quit that job to train to be a pilot in the Royal Air Force, but poor eyesight kept him grounded much of the time. After World War II, he got an art degree and lived in Canada for a while, working in nuclear reactor construction, before returning in 1950 to Scotland. He was a Beano artist for 25 years, and his work included Red Rory of the Eagles, Jack Flash and The Kangaroo Kid; he also taught art in a local high school. [Down the Tubes]

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Comics A.M. | Malaysian cartoonist Zunar charged with sedition

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Legal | Malaysian cartoonist Zunar was arrested last night on sedition charges stemming from a tweet criticizing the court that upheld the sodomy conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. On Tuesday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar posted a screencap of the offending tweet, which said, “Followers (Barua-barua) in black robes were proud in delivering judgement. Reward by Mr Politician must be lavish,” reflecting the popular opinion that the conviction was a political ploy by the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak to silence Anwar. Zunar then tweeted a cartoon of Najib as the judge handing down the verdict. Although his lawyer said Zunar offered to come in to answer questions, he was brought to the Dang Wangi police station, where he can be detained until Saturday — or longer, if police renew the remand order. [The Rakyat Post]

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There are no strings on Hot Toys’ menacing Ultron Prime figure

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Following its movie-accurate Captain America and Artist Mix line, Hot Toys continues the buildup to Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron by revealing its 1/6th-scale Ultron Prime collectible figure.

Standing about 41 centimeters (16 inches) tall, the movie-accurate sculpture boasts 30 points of articulation, LED light-up head and upper body, one pair of palms with movable fingers, and an Avengers: Age of Ultron logo base with its own LED function.

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Spider-Man debuts a timely (and official) new Twitter account

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With a casual “Thwip” and a link to the announcement of the Sony Pictures deal, Marvel last night christened its new Spider-Man Twitter account. In the 14 hours or so since then, it’s gained 4,245 followers.

The announcement, as everyone knows by now, that Sony and Marvel Studios will co-produce the next Spider-Man film after the wall-crawler makes his debut in a Marvel Cinematic Universe release.

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Kotobukiya reveals Wasp Bishoujo statue, teases Lady Deadpool

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Following last week’s tease, Kotobukiya has debuted the first full look at the new Wasp statue from its Marvel Comics Bishoujo line. Based on an illustration by Shunya Yamashita, the final statue adds a pool of water as a base.

On Sunday, the Japanese collectibles company also released Yamashita’s illustration of Lady Deadpool, which will follow the Wasp statue.

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Scribd launches its ‘Netflix for comics’ with 10,000 titles

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Popular digital subscription service Scribd, often referred to as “Netflix for books,” this morning launched a comics section, giving users access to more than 10,000 titles from such publishers as Marvel, IDW Publishing, Archie Comics, Top Shelf, Top Cow, Valiant and Dynamite. The expansion brings the Scribd library to more than 1 million titles.

As part of the $8.99 flat monthly fee, users now can move beyond Scribd’s prose and audiobook offerings to read comics ranging from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and March: Book One to Afterlife With Archie and Ultimate Spider-Man.

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‘Fifty Shades of MODOK’ is the parody we didn’t know we wanted

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Parodies of Fifty Shades of Grey began appearing almost as soon as E.L. James’ erotic novel arrived in stores in 2011. There’s Fifty Shames of Earl Grey, Fifty Shames of Lame, Fifty Shades of Gravy … well, you get the picture. But I’m not sure anyone was prepared for “Fifty Shades of MODOK.”

I mean, how can you prepare for that?

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Marvel editor and ‘Ms. Marvel’ co-creator Sana Amanat gets new position

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Marvel Executive Editorial Director Ryan Penagos announced today on Twitter that editor Sana Amanat has moved up the chain to become the publisher’s director of content and character development:

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Whoever holds this Mjolnir purse, if she be worthy …

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OK, you may be worthy enough to lift Mjolnir, but do you have what it takes to wear it as the ultimate Asgardian accessory? With matching shoes?

Etsy seller GeekRetroactive has crafted a one-of-a-kind Thor’s hammer purse that’ll be the envy of the Nine Realms. It’s handmade from a cigar box covered in gunmetal lambskin leather. And it’s versatile: You can wear it across your body, or wield it with the convenient handle and wrist strap.

It’s priced at $250. Helmet and armor are sold separately.

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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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Watch Chris Evans & Chris Pratt photobomb fans at Super Bowl

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Chris Evans and Chris Pratt didn’t attend Super Bowl XLIX merely to root for their home teams and settle their friendly (and charitable) wager. No, the stars of Marvel’s Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy also went to Phoenix to photobomb unsuspecting football fans.

Host Jimmy Fallon enlisted the actors for an installment of “Tonight Show Celebrity Photobomb,” in which the trio stealthily — and sometimes not so stealthily — crept up behind fans posing on the NBC Super Bowl Red Carpet. What began as simple solo pop-ups quickly escalated with the addition of stunts and props, including a seemingly innocent hoagie that Pratt turned somewhat obscene (see below).

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Kotobukiya offers peek at Wasp statue, teases Raven

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Ahead of Toy Fair 2015, Kotobukiya has offered the first glimpse at its upcoming Wasp statue, part of its Marvel Bishoujo line, accompanied by the quote, “We need a name! It should be something colorful and dramatic, like … the Avengers!” It’s from 1963’s The Avengers #1, of course.

In addition, the Japanese collectibles company teased a Raven statue, part of the DC Bishoujo line, with a detail of the concept art and the quote from 1983’s The New Teen Titans #27: “Do what you know is best. Speak strongly and your words can level the mightiest of mountains.”

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Chris Evans and Chris Pratt settle Super Bowl bet in heroic style

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt at Super Bowl XLIX

Chris Evans and Chris Pratt at Super Bowl XLIX

In the end, everybody won in the Super Bowl rivalry between Captain America star Chris Evans and Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt. Everybody except the Seattle Seahawks, that is.

Following some friendly trash-talking online, Boston native Evans and Seattle resident Pratt settled on a wager: If New England won Super Bowl XLIX, Pratt would wear a Patriots jersey and make an appearance at Christopher’s Haven, a home away from home in Boston for young cancer patients and their families while they undergo treatment at nearby hospitals (it’s a favorite charity of Evans).

However, if the Seahawks won, Evands would dress as Captain America and visit Seattle Children’s Hospital while carrying a 12th Man flag.

Evans and Pratt were in Phoenix, Arizona, on Sunday to see the Patriots beat the Seahawks 28-24, but the Star-Lord actor was gracious in defeat:

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