NYCC PHOTO PARADE: Comics, Creators & Cosplay Collide on Thursday
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When redditor Crux1836 asked his son what he wanted for his fourth birthday, the boy replied, “A Thor hammer … a real Thor hammer!” And so, like any dutiful dad, Crux1836 headed to the forge, because doesn’t every father have a forge and anvil in his workshop?
As he explains on reddit, he started with a piece of steel square tubing, because it needed to be “something large enough to represent the hammer, but light enough that a 4 year-old could hold it.” He walks through the rest of the process, ending with a fantastic replica of Mjolnir that’s small enough — and light enough — for the birthday boy, but still mighty enough to take on Frost Giants.
Walter Simonson has worked on a number of famous characters along with his own creations in his legendary comic book career, but he’s likely still best remembered for his legendary time on “Thor” at Marvel Comics. That’s something that’s clearly not lost on his next-door neighbor, who according to Twitter, surprised Simonson with a new addition to the writer/artist’s mailbox: Mjolnir.
Thor and the Incredible Hulk have faced each other on so many occasions that it’s virtually impossible to keep count (although I’m sure somewhere there’s an intrepid fan who knows the exact number), but it’s safe to say this new animated short is the first time Marvel’s new Thor has fought zombie Hulk.
The work of Milton Pool of Miltonius Arts, the video is a little heavy on fan service, with Thor (or “She Thor,” as he refers to her) clad in a costume apparently deemed too skimpy by Red Sonja. However, the short possesses an undeniable frenetic appeal, with a story — OK, there’s not really a story: Thor smashes some zombie skulls, only to be confronted by an undead Hulk.
Artist Clementine Campardou challenged herself to paint a new picture each day that she’d share through an e-newsletter “Colour Up Your Day.” Over the course of two years, she’s produced more than 500 paintings, mostly beautiful watercolors, featuring an eclectic mix of subjects, ranging from birds and flowers to movie characters and superheroes. A lot of superheroes.
Superman, Wonder Woman, Silver Surfer, Wolverine, Supergirl, Gambit — they’re all there, in some cases multiple times, alongside the likes of Goku, Totoro, R2-D2, Astro Boy and Ken from Gatchaman. Oh, and Prince.
Marvel’s god of thunder has always had a penchant for flowery, if antiquated, speech, but as we learn in this new video from Glove and Boots, he also has a fondness for origami and (regrettably) puns.
Titled, somewhat appropriately, “Thorigami,” the segment features a boisterous puppet version of the mighty Thor demonstrating how to create a paper swan … using only Mjolnir and his godly determination. And possibly some off-camera help from Loki.
Although most Marvel fans are looking ahead to Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange, Hot Toys isn’t finished with Avengers: Age of Ultron just yet. This morning the high-end collectibles company unveiled its new 1/6th-scale Thor figure, based on the likeness of actor Chris Hemsworth in the blockbuster sequel.
Standing about 32 centimeters tall, the action figure boasts 30 points of articulation, a new head sculpt (which, judging from early reaction on Facebook, isn’t exactly a crowd-pleaser), four pairs of interchangeable palms, an LED light-up Mjolnir and a metal Mjolnir with lightning effect accessory, and a display stand.
QWERTY is fine and all, but after a 142-year reign, it may be time for GEEKY to inherit the keyboard throne.
A company called GeekKeys offers a selection of plastic and metal key caps inspired by comic books, movies, television video games and more, from The Avengers to Star Wars to Big Hero 6.
With its Variant Play Arts Kai line, Square Enix reimagines familiar characters, ranging from Darth Vader to the Dark Knight. After teasing the prototype in February at Toy Fair, the company today officially unveiled its new take on Thor, and seldom has Marvel’s god of thunder looked so pumped, so angry and so metal.
This action figure isn’t a radical departure for the character (a Dark Ages-inspired makeover might’ve been fun), but it’s definitely interesting, with bulging veins, armor for days, and a hammer that’s half Thor’s height. The swinging Mjolnir attachment and lightning effect are nice touches.
Hot Toys has revealed its second series of Avengers: Age of Ultron Artist Mix figures, designed by Touma, which includes The Vision and Iron Man Mark XLV.
The 13-centimeter-tall bobbleheads are joined by Thor, Iron Legion and the Incredible Hulk (who towers over the others at 14.5 centimeters). The deluxe set includes an exclusive gray Rampaging Hulk.
Superheroes sprang from the era of pulp icons like The Phantom and Doc Savage, and now cartoonist Chris Schweizer has some of today’s most popular costumed characters back to their roots.
In a project undertaken just for fun, the creator of The Crogan Adventures imagined some of the Avengers and X-Men as they might’ve appeared in the 1920s and 1930s in a series called “Marvel Pulp.”
Those impressive life-size Marvel Cinematic Universe statues will soon be available in North America, for the right price.
Bluefin Distribution has announced an exclusive agreement with Taiwan’s Beast Kingdom Toys to offer a lineup of 1:1-scale fiberglass replicas that includes the Hulkbuster, Hulk, Iron Man Mark XLIII, War Machine and Thor from Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America from Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Iron Man Mark XLII and Iron Patriot from Iron Man 3.
By and large, people outside Japan can’t fully understand how big Mobile Suit Gundam is. In some ways, it’s a cultural equivalent to American superheroes — and now one artist has melded the two.
Aburaya Tonbi created renditions of Marvel’s Avengers (including Spider-Man) in the style of Mobile Suit Gundam, albeit in a chibi style. Robot versions of Avengers have been made before — even ones loosely inspired by Gundam — but Campbell’s renditions hit at authenticity, while also being cute.
Bandai has officially unveiled its Figuarts line of action figures for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which apparently doesn’t include Black Widow or Hawkeye. However, along with the previously revealed Iron Man Mark 43, there’s those stalwarts Captain America, Thor and the Incredible Hulk, as well as the Iron Man Mark 45 variant.
The fully poseable figures come with interchangeable heads and hands. Iron Man Mark 43 arrives next month, but you’ll have to wait until August for the variant. Captain America and the Hulk go on sale in July, followed by Thor in September.
Passings | Cartoonist and illustrator Roy Doty, best known for his long-running Wordless Workshop cartoon, has died at age 92. Wordless Workshop, which ran in Family Handyman and other similar publications, featured a pipe-smoking handyman who, when faced with a domestic problem of some sort, would immediately visualize something he could build, including a simple set of plans. Doty also illustrated over 100 children’s books, including several by Judy Blume, and drew a syndicated Laugh-In comic based on the television show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In. He had a short-lived show of his own on the Dumont Network in 1953, in which he told stories and drew cartoons. He won 10 awards from the National Cartoonists Society, including their Gold Key Hall of Fame Award, and continued to be an active cartoonist until last year. [Mike Lynch Cartoons]
Cartoonist Tom Beland, best known for True Story, Swear to God, has posted a series of sketches showcasing comic book heroines — and in one case anti-heroines — as they enjoy a little time to themselves.
Medusa multitasks while reading the newspaper and Storm whips up a fluffy cloud elephant, while Sue Storm won’t allow a little thing like a multi-pronged attack by villains tear her away from a good book. It’s not all Marvel, though: You’ll also see Alana and Hazel from Saga, and Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from DC Comics.