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Comics A.M. | Cosplay, and the fight against harassment

NYCC's "Cosplay Is Not Consent" poster, designed by Amy Reeder

NYCC’s “Cosplay Is Not Consent” poster

Cosplay | Visiting New York Comic Con, Andrea Romano takes a look at the world of cosplay, the issue of sexual harassment — one person notes it’s certainly not exclusive to cosplay, observing, “There’s harassment when a woman is just wearing a crop top on the street” — and efforts being made to stop it.  Convention organizers placed their new anti-harassment policy front and center this year, and it seems to have helped: There were just eight reported incidents of sexual harassment during the four-day event. [Mashable]

Conventions | Fensterman talks at greater length about NYCC’s anti-harassment measures in this article, which contrasts the comics scene with what’s going on in the gaming world. [Time]

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Stan Lee calls for ‘raw realism’ in comics (aka bathroom breaks)

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With the birth of the Marvel Universe more than five decades ago, Stan Lee helped create real heroes with real problems. However, now he’s beginning to think Marvel’s comic books aren’t realistic enough.

“I wonder why, in any story, we’ve never shown that a hero or heroine has to go to the bathroom?” the legendary writer says in the latest installment of “Stan’s Rants,” appropriately titled “Superhero Potty Talk.” “To be terribly realist, wouldn’t it be something: You have a fight scene, and the hero is fighting the villain, and suddenly he says, ‘Hey, hold it a minute, please. Can we finish this later? I just have to go!'”

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Comics A.M. | A peek behind the scenes of New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con

New York Comic Con

Conventions | ReedPOP Senior Vice President Lance Fensterman talks about how New York Comic Con reached 151,000 attendees this year, what went well, what could have gone better, and what he learned for next time. The new badges and check in/check out system, introduced last year, let producers know exactly how long people stayed at the show, and that turned into a nice surprise for two attendees: “There was a couple [last year] who literally spent every minute that was possible at New York Comic Con for three and a half days. We reached out to them and did something special for them—gave them a bunch of free stuff and free tickets because they were at the show longer than anyone who wasn’t paid to be at the show.” [ICv2]

Political cartoons | Egyptian cartoonists Mohamed Anwar and Andeel discuss the difficulty of critiquing Egyptian president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who doesn’t tolerate dissent; Anwar is a cartoonist for a mainstream newspaper and pulls some punches as the tradeoff for reaching a wide audience, while Andeel has moved over to the alternative press, where he can speak more freely. [The Guardian]

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NYCC | IDW Limited to release Marvel Artist Select series

idw limitedCapping a string of joint announcements that included collections of the Amazing Spider-Man comic strip and more Marvel Artist’s Editions, IDW Publishing and Marvel revealed they’re partnering on a series of deluxe, limited-edition books.

Produced by IDW Limited, the Marvel Artist Select series will showcase stories hand-picked by the featured artist, packed in overized tray cases containing such extras as signed plates and original artwork. Each volume will focus on one Marvel character, beginning with Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man, and many of the creators most closely associated with the superheroes.

“To be able to create limited-edition versions of the comic books we grew up on is a dream come true,” IDW President Greg Goldstein said in a statement. “This line is going to be something special. We plan on going to great lengths to create the kind of books that will be the absolute treasure of any fan’s collection. We’re going to work with the biggest names, and make sure we deliver an absolutely top-notch line of books.”

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NYCC | ‘Star Wars Rebels’ ‘cowboy Jedi’ lands Marvel comic

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Marvel will expand its forthcoming Star Wars line in April with Star Wars — Kanan: The Last Padawan, an ongoing comic that ties in to Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels animated series.

Announced today during the “Cup o’ Joe” panel at New York Comic Con, the series will be written by animation veteran Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice), an executive producer for Rebels‘ first season, and illustrated by Pepe Larraz (The Mighty Thor).

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Baby Groot is officially dancing your way in time for Christmas

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That Dancing Baby Groot everyone’s been clamoring for will arrive — officially licensed! — in time for Christmas.

Sure, Funko has that adorable little bobblehead, but this one from Marvel and KIDdesigns actually dances to a rendition of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” the plays from a speaker built into its base. (The pot is emblazoned with the words “I Am Groot,” in case there’s any doubt to his identity.) However, you’ll have to come up with your own Drax if you want to reenact the scene from Guardians of the Galaxy.

Mashable has revealed the first look at Dancing Baby Groot in action (below). It’ll be priced at $14.99, give or take, which means you’ll be able to buy one for all the Guardians fans in your life. Or, you could just get several for yourself.

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The Fifth Color | Overfixing the Fantastic Four

Oh, brother (courtesy ComicBook.com)

Oh, brother (courtesy ComicBook.com)

Here we go again.

According to a distributor listing for June 2015 (are we really looking that far ahead now?), James Robinson and Leonard Kirk’s current run on Marvel’s Fantastic Four will be released in a collection called Fantastic Four Vol. 4: The End is Fourever that includes a “Triple Sized Final Issue 645″. Sighted today at New York Comic Con during a retailer presentation was a big logo for the James Bond-esque title, but there was little other information. Maybe we’ll get an announcement while you’re reading this article, so follow CBR’s comprehensive coverage of NYCC (cheap plug)!

There have been rumors about Marvel ending the Fantastic Four (and possibly the X-Men) to spite Fox, which owns the film rights to both properties effectively in perpetuity, but that seems petty. Who opens a comic and asks, “I wonder what this licensing property will do this week?” We read comics for the stories, characters and creators; corporate politics is probably the last thing fans want to think about while (hopefully) enjoying the latest issue. And people are still opening up new issues of Fantastic Four, as the book’s sales are pretty steadily in the 28,000 range these past two months. Not Batman numbers, but still …

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NYCC | Marvel offers special Marvel Unlimited Plus deal

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To celebrate New York Comic con, Marvel is once again offering access to its massive digital archive for a discounted price.

Through Oct. 16, you can buy a one-year membership to Marvel Unlimited Plus for $69, a savings of $30. Just go to the Marvel Unlimited website, and use the promo code “SAVE30″ at checkout.

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NYCC | IDW to collect ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ comic strips

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Following news of an expanded partnership with Marvel for its Artist’s Edition line, IDW Publishing has announced it will release deluxe hardcover editions of the Amazing Spider-Man comic strip through its Library of American Comics imprint.

The strip debuted in January 1977 with a storyline by Stan Lee and John Romita Sr. that pitted wall-crawler against Doctor Doom, and it’s continued daily ever since. For much of its run, the comic has been produced by Larry Lieber, who was joined in more recent years by Paul Ryan, Alex Saviuk and Joe Sinnott.

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You won’t be the only one dressed as Groot for Halloween

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If there were any doubt that every party you attend this month will essentially be a forest of Groots, take a glance at Fandango’s annual survey of movie-inspired Halloween costumes, which found the breakout star of Guardians of the Galaxy is the top choice this year among men.

Maleficent leads among women, followed by Katniss from The Hunger Games, Mystique from X-Men: Days of Future Past, Black Widow from The Avengers/Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Stan Lee Media fights to resurrect lawsuit against Stan Lee

stan leeStan Lee Media was back in court on Thursday, seeking to revive its lawsuit against co-founder and namesake Stan Lee for millions in profits and ownership of his Marvel co-creations.

Law 360 reports the failed dot com argued before a panel of the Ninth Circuit that the case shouldn’t have been dismissed in 2012 by a California federal judge simply because an identical action in New York was determined two years earlier to be time-barred. However, Lee’s attorney countered that the lead plaintiff in both shareholder actions was Jose Abadin, president of Stan Lee Media.

The backstory is familiar by now to ROBOT 6 readers, but here’s the CliffsNotes version: In 1998, during Marvel’s bankruptcy, CEO Isaac Perlmutter briefly ended its $1-million-a-year lifetime contract with Lee, freeing the legendary creator to form Stan Lee Entertainment, which later merged with Stan Lee Media. That company in turned filed for bankruptcy in February 2001; just four months after SLM emerged from protection in November 2006, shareholders filed a $5 billion lawsuit against Marvel.

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Alex Ross’ ‘Secret Wars’ image digs deep into Marvel’s bench

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When Marvel’s new Secret Wars series hits next year, one of the biggest secrets may be who exactly is in this comic.

Since the publisher released a high-res version of Alex Ross’ promotional painting for the Jonathan Hickman/Esad Ribic event this morning, fans have been spotting a number of left-field additions to the fray – some which barely qualify as Z-listers.

In addition to modern Marvel mainstays like the new female Thor, Sam Wilson as Captain America and the Ultimate Universe’s Miles Morales, the image also includes a variety of alternate-universe combatants, including:

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NYCC | ‘The Marvel Experience’ tour reveals first dates

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The first cities and dates have been revealed for The Marvel Experience, billed as “a first-of-its-kind, hyper-reality attraction.”

At a press conference held today at the Marvel booth at New York Comic Con, producer Hero Ventures announced the tour will hold previews Dec. 12-Jan. 2 in Phoenix before staging its world premiere Jan. 9 in Dallas. From there, it will head to San Diego and San Francisco before moving to the East Coast. Additional stops will be announced later; the tour will remain in each city for about three weeks.

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NYCC | IDW announces Disney reprints, more Marvel Artist’s Editions

disney-don rosaIDW Publishing announced this morning that beginning early next year it will reprint classic Disney comics is a number of formats, including Artist’s Editions devoted to Carl Barks and Don Rosa.

The publisher’s IDW Limited program, which produces small print runs of deluxe editions, will also offer select collections geared to Disney devotees, while the fledgling Micro Comic Fun Packs line will market multiple properties to a mass audience, complete with minicomics, stickers and posters.

In addition, IDW’s celebrated Library of American Comics will collect the newspaper strips that have featured Disney characters (there’s a long line of them, dating to the early 1930s with Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphony and, toward the end of the decade, Donald Duck).

“There’s nothing quite like Disney,” IDW Publishing CEO Ted Adams said in a statement. “Despite the fact that nearly all of the titles in its library were originally intended for kids, adult collectors have long sought high quality and regularly published collections of classic Disney material. IDW is thrilled to present these beloved stories in quality packages for both entry level comics readers and serious collectors alike.”

The publisher also announced it has expanded its partnership with Marvel for its Artist’s Edition line, which already includes such collections as Walter Simonson’s The Mighty Thor, John Romita’s The Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1 & 2), Steranko: Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Marvel Covers Artist’s Edition.

This scrap-metal Hulk is nothing short of incredible

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The BanHunLek metal workshop in Thailand specializes in creating hand-crafted art out of used auto parts. We’re not talking the quirky little figures your eccentric uncle threw together using a few discarded spark plugs, a bolt and those stick-on googly eyes. No, these are mind-blowing scrap-metal sculptures ranging from Batman and R2-D2 to classic Iron Man and the head of Gollum.

However, the most spectacular creation may be — oh, heck, it is — this highly detailed, and seemingly life-sized, Incredible Hulk. Check out the images below, and find more pieces on the BanHunLek Facebook page. Just don’t tell the WGN news team; they won’t be able to handle it.

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