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Manga | A special treat awaits moviegoers who see Boruto: Naruto the Movie in Japanese theaters in August: A special Naruto book that includes both the final chapter of the original Naruto manga and a new one-shot story by Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto. [Anime News Network]
Creators | Sophie Campbell discusses working on Jem and the Holograms and the reactions she received earlier this year after coming out as trans: “I didn’t know how people would react, my family in particular of course, and I was worried about being fired from Jem because I was scared that IDW or Hasbro would feel like this wasn’t what they signed up for… It’s only been a couple months, but so far it’s been the opposite of what I was expecting. My family has been super great even though it’s tough for them, and as far as work goes, I’ve actually gotten more offers than I’ve ever had, and my publishers have been more than amazing.” [The Advocate]
In unexpected merchandising news: NBA superstar Carmelo Anthony has partnered with Nickelodeon to develop a line of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” consumer products. Announced Tuesday at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, Anthony will act as creative director of “Turtles by Melo” and oversee a variety of Turtle-inspired products ranging from video games, publishing, home furnishings, lifestyle items and more.
Scheduled to debut in spring 2016, just ahead of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2,” “Turtles by Melo” is the culmination of a burgeoning relationship between the NBA player and Nickelodeon.
“I am so excited about the opportunity to work with the Nickelodeon team on this new ‘Turtles’ venture,” Anthony said in a press release. “The Turtles were such a huge part of my childhood, so to now be partnering with Nickelodeon on ‘Turtles by Melo’ is honestly something I never could have imagined.”
There’s certainly good Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cosplay — ones that don’t involve hastily applied green body paint — but few rise to the level of “great.” Maybe that’s because so many fans dress as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello, with the occasional Shredder thrown in for good measure.
But not Baback Moussavi of Diffuse Moose Creations, who’s expanded his Turtles repertoire to include a truly masterful Master Splinter, one that wouldn’t be out of place on a film set. The amount of detail is amazing, right down to the gnarly hands. Er, paws.
Forbidden Planet has struck a deal with Nickelodeon and Viacom Consumer Products to sell an exclusive line of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles merchandise in its U.K. stores and online.
The products, which range from T-shirts to coffee mugs to greetings cards, were previewed over the weekend at MCM London Comic Con. The line will officially launch June 6 with a party at Forbidden Planet’s London Megastore.
Mondo is celebrating the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the release of an action figure based on Kevin Eastman’s very first sketch — doodled on a napkin — of one of the heroes in a half shell.
Called, appropriately enough, the First Turtle Figure features five points of articulation, and is available in four varieties: B&W Version, which imitates the original pen sketch; Color Version With Red Mask; Color Version With Orange Mask; and the Deluxe Limited Edition, which is the B&W Version with three interchangeable heads sporting white, red and orange masks.
When the call went out at BoredPanda for readers to submit “a cute photo of your baby showing their (or their parents’) true nerdy colors,” I’m not sure anyone was prepared for the avalanche of adorableness about to be unleashed. Because, honestly, how could you be ready for an actual Baby Groot (who probably won’t be dancing for several months yet), or a pint-sized Ninja Turtle, complete with pizza slices?
While I’ve spotlighted many of the superhero-themed photos, the BoredPanda thread also features plenty of babies representing Harry Potter, Star Wars and video game fandom.
Forget location, location, location. When it comes to selling homes, the real secret may be Turtle Power.
To help entice families to one of its new developments in Clavering, a village in Essex, England, Weston Homes has called in Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael.
Buyers who select a house in St. Catherine’s Grange before the end of next month can great a free Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed bedroom. Presumably, it will be a child’s room, but we’re not judging. You’re among friends.
There’s more to Shredder than blade-covered armor, incompetent henchmen and a genius IQ. Perhaps that helmet is protecting more than the head of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ archenemy; deep down, he has feelings, and he’d express them if only someone would ask.
Thankfully, he doesn’t wait around for Krang to broach the subject in this new video from ADHD. In it, the leader of the Foot Clan explores his emotions with moving lyrics like, Why am I so angry? Is it because I am alone? My friend’s insane; He’s a stomached brain; and my heart’s a technodrome.”
Crime | A comic-shop robbery went awry when the suspect set down her weapon — a hammer — so she could pick up a comic. A woman walked into Conspiracy Comics in Burlington, Ontario, around 8 p.m. Friday and purchased a comic. When the clerk opened the cash register, the customer allegedly pulled out a hammer and said “Empty the till.” When she set down the hammer to pick up the comic, however, another employee grabbed it, gave her the change, and told her to get out. Police checked the hammer for fingerprints and arrested Mary Margaret Ross on charges of robbery. “It was something that was unexpected and shocking,” said store clerk Anton Litvanyi, who wasn’t in the store at the time of the robbery. “At the same time, it is something that is comical … It’s not something that any retailer expects, but especially in a comics store.” [Hamilton Spectator]
Japanese collectibles manufacturer Good Smile Company has debuted Michelangelo, the second in a series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles statues inspired by the art of Eisner-winning illustrator James Jean. Leonardo was revealed in October.
Standing about 8.7 inches tall, the Michelangelo statue will connect with the other three to create a larger diorama. It’s set for release in July for $129.99.
Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga Vol. 1 (DC Comics): It was so long ago at this point that it might as well have been the 1950s, as fast as Internet time moves, but I seem to recall Chip Kidd and company’s 2008 book Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan getting some static for its treatment of Jiro Kuwata’s Batman manga. Kuwata’s contribution was by far the most fascinating aspect of the book — and took up the bulk of the page count — but many thought he didn’t get the credit he deserved (his name didn’t appear on the cover alongside Kidd’s and those of two others), while others felt weird about comics work being presented alongside photos of goofy Batman toys, as if it were just one more example of collectible kitsch.
Kuwata’s contributions certainly proved to be the most influential element of the book, however, inspiring an almost beat-for-beat adaptation in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold cartoon and inspiring writer Grant Morrison’s scripts for his critically-acclaimed Batman, Inc series. Now DC is giving Kuwata’s Bat-Manga its due, packaged in a distraction-free all-manga format.
They’ve been serializing the comics, created in 1966 and ’67 during the height of “Batmania,” digitally, and are following up with hard-copy collections, the first of which is this hefty, 360-page brick.
Unlike Kia Asamiya’s 2003 Batman: Child of Dreams, in which that eminent manga artist told a regular American Batman story in his style, Kuwata’s Batman feature is a highly-strange, almost heady parallel take on Batman. The most basic elements of the story are there — millionaire Bruce Wayne and his young ward become Batman and Robin to fight crime in Gotham City, using the Batmobile, batarangs and other gadgets — but everything around the Dynamic Duo seems somewhat alien.
Remember earlier this month when the narrator of the Honest Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy conceded, “We’re really reaching here”? Well, there’s no such admission this time, as the Screen Junkies crew takes on the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — aka “April O’Neil: The Movie.”
There’s a lot of low-hanging fruit, naturally, from the “four ‘roided-out, nightmare versions of Shrek” to the overly complex revised origins to the expected Michael Bay filmmaking tics. However, as the disembodied voice of a child interrupts to remind the narrator (and us), “You know this is a kids’ movie, right? It’s not like the Turtles were better in your day.”
In this past summer’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, the latest live-action iteration of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird enduring multimedia franchise, Splinter tests the foursome’s mettle by attempting to break their concentration with a 99-cheese pizza dubbed “Novantanove Formaggio” — which for those counting at home is a full 95 cheeses more than a comparatively pedestrian four-cheese pie.
With the film out on DVD and Blu-ray today, Paramount actually attempted to create the mythical concoction — first crafted by an Australian chef — and sent it out to media outlets, including Comic Book Resources. A publicity stunt? Yes, but when a publicity stunt involves dozens of melty cheeses sent to our door, you can bet that we’re going to mark the occasion accordingly.
Editorial cartoons | The Indianapolis Star first altered a cartoon by Gary Varvel and then removed it from its website after receiving an outpouring of protests from readers. The cartoon, a reaction to President Obama’s executive actions delaying deportations, showed a white family sitting around a Thanksgiving table, looking in horror as brown-skinned people, presumably immigrants, climbed in the window. The caption was “Thanks to the president’s immigration order, we’ll be having extra guests this Thanksgiving.” “Gary did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views about President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States,” Executive Editor Jeff Taylor said in a post explaining the removal of the cartoon. “But we erred in publishing it.” Tom Spurgeon offers some commentary. [Indianapolis Star]
Illustrator Rocky Davies, who previously took us back to the ’80s with supervillain album covers, now delivers an overdose of cuteness with his “Kid Hero” series, depicting pint-sized versions of Iron Man, Captain America, Wolverine, Leonardo (of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fame) and more.
I know I should probably question teeny Tony Stark’s Van Dyke, but I’m too busy smiling about li’l Nick Fury chomping on a peppermint stick.