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Comics A.M. | Square Enix, SNK settle ‘Hi Score Girl’ dispute

Hi Score Girl, Vol. 3

Hi Score Girl, Vol. 3

Legal | Game company SNK Playmore has dropped its charges against manga publisher Square Enix and will allow the manga Hi Score Girl to use its characters without penalty. Last year, SNK filed a criminal complaint against Square Enix, charging that the manga, a comedy about gamers, included more than 100 instances of unauthorized use of SNK Playmore’s characters. As a result, serialization of the manga was suspended while police pursued charges against 16 of the people involved in its publication. Today, Square Enix announced that the two companies have reached an agreement: SNK Playmore has dropped its claim, and the two companies will work together with regard to sharing their characters. [Anime News Network]

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What better way to play ‘Minecraft’ than on a custom Redstone PC?

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When Spencer Kern decided to build a PC from scratch, he turned to Minecraft for inspiration. After all, if the sole purpose of the computer for playing the wildly popular sandbox video game, it should look the part, right?

And so began the Redstone PC, a beautiful cube that resembles the Redstone blocks from Minecraft. That in itself would probably be enough for most people, but not Kern, who also crafted a custom keyboard, controller and mouse. As he explains in his breakdown of the project, there’s even a Steve minifigure.

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This custom R2-D2 themed PS4 is the console you’re looking for

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As incredible as the upcoming Star Wars Battlefront video game looks, it wouldn’t seem right to play it on just any PlayStation 4. You need something like this, a custom R2-D2 themed PlayBook 4.

Constructed by Eddie Zarick, with some assistance from the folks at Astromech, it’s effectively a scaled-down, rectangular version of the fan-favorite droid, with a 3D-printed case and realistic sound effects. As you can see in the video below, the console features an R2-style red/blue light and makes appropriate sounds when certain buttons are pushed.

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Batman’s new car is a mystery in new ‘LEGO Dimensions’ video

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If you always wanted to know what a conversation between the Dark Knight and Shaggy — yes, Shaggy of “Scooby-Doo” fame would sound like, a new video promoting the upcoming “LEGO Dimensions” has you covered.

TT Games, Warner Bros. and The LEGO Group have released a new promo that features Batman and and Shaggy talking cars. Always looking out for his image, the Dark Knight questions the always-lovable Shaggy about his new ride, wanting to know if it has shields, bulletproof paneling and, most importantly, if it comes in black. But it might not be the car you’re expecting.

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SDCC: Udon licenses Rose of Versailles, Sugar Sugar Rune

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Udon Entertainment announced at Comic-Con International in San Diego that it has acquired one of the most sought-after manga licenses ever, Ryoko Ikeda’s “Rose of Versailles,” as well as two other series: Moyoco Anno’s “Sugar Sugar Rune,” which was previously published by Del Rey Manga, and “Stein’s Gate” based on the “Steins;Gate” video game.

“Rose of Versailles,” set in the court of the French queen Marie Antoinette, is one of the most popular and influential manga of all time, and became a shared experience for a generation of Japanese women. The main character in the story is Oscar Francois de Jarjayes, the youngest daughter of the leader of the palace guard, who is raised as a man so she can succeed her father. The story mingles real historical events with romance, drama, and palace intrigue, with Oscar in the center and Marie Antoinette, her paramour Count Axel von Ferson, and Oscar’s childhood friend Andre Grandier all playing major roles.

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New ‘Legend of Zelda’ manga in the works by Akira Himekawa

zelda-phantom hourglassThe creative team of Akira Himekawa has announced a return to The Legend of Zelda manga series following a seven-year absence.

“2015, after 7 years … The Legend of Zelda manga series returns! Please support it!” the duo wrote on their website, as translated by Anime News Network. “Which version of me can you meet this time? Look forward to finding out!!” They also posted a new piece of art, below.

Akira Himekawa produced serialized adaptations of The Legend of Zelda video games, from 1999’s Ocarina of Time to 2009’s Phantom Hourglass. They returned to Hyrule in 2011 with a stand-alone prequel to Skyward Sword.

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Yes, these cats sleep in a ‘Mario’-inspired Chain Chomp bed

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Fans of Super Mario Bros. 3,  the owners of CatastrophiCreations wanted to come up with a way to incorporate their favorite video game into their apartment, in a practical way. They ended up with a terrific Chain Chomp-inspired cat bed, attached to wooden storage box — although that’s definitely not where they started.

“At first, I really wanted to make a litter box, because in my opinion most litter boxes are very ugly,” one of CatastrophiCreations’ owners explains on BoredPanda. “I liked the thought of people showing off their litter boxes, rather than hiding them in some back room or closet. Once I started on the Chain Chomp, however, I realized it would be a little too small for a litter box. It was the perfect size for a covered bed, though!”

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Jim Valentino files lawsuit over ‘ShadowHawk’ video game

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Courtesy Retro Collect

Image Comics partner Jim Valentino has filed a copyright- and trademark-infringement lawsuit, claiming a company released a video game based on his signature creation ShadowHawk without his permission.

In a documents filed last week in Los Angeles federal court, and first reported by Courthouse News Service, Valentino accuses Rose Colored Gaming of acquiring materials produced in the early 1990s by Nintendo for a never-released ShadowHawk 16-bit game, and then selling its own “finished” version earlier this year. What’s more, the filing insists, the company used panels from one of Valentino’s comics for the packaging.

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Journey to Hyrule with epic ‘Zelda’ live-action fan trailer

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If the wait for a live-action Legend of Zelda television series seems unbearable, you should probably take a couple of minutes to watch this impressive new trailer “The Final Battle,” a short-film collaboration between Player Piano and The Zelda Project.

The film promises Legend of Zelda fans “a live-action recreation of the epic fight between Link and Ganondorf. ” If the teaser is any indication, it’ll be something well worth watching.

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Take your relationship to next level with ‘Zelda’ chest, ring box

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Hey! Listen! If you have ideas about proposing to taht gamer in your life, you’d probably score serious points by doing it with this Legend of Zelda-inspired treasure chest, complete with Red Rupee engagement-ring box.

Created by IndyFurniture, the handmade 12-inch by 9-inch by 10-inch chest includes interior lights, and makes an “iconic sound” when opened. It costs $200, so you have to make really sure this person is the Link or Zelda for you.

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Shelf Porn | The Fanboy Fortress of Solitude

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, our weekly look at one fan’s collection. Today Wade shows us his action figures and more!

If you’d like to see your collection featured here on ROBOT 6, you can find instructions on how to do so at the end of this post.

And now here’s Wade …

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Shelf Porn | Smithsonian meets Chuck-E-Cheese in Sean’s Man Cave

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Sean Rutan, whose goals is to acquire “every major comic character as drawn by his/her original creator.” And he’s off to a good start! Also be sure to check out his custom arcade cabinets.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here you can find instructions on how to do so at the end of this post.

And now here’s Sean:

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Tommy Lee Edwards and 800 North team for ‘Dino D-Day’ comic

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Developer 800 North has teamed with artist Tommy Lee Edwards and media company Spark and Roar to create a comic based on its first-person shooter video game Dino D-Day.

Debuting in 2011, the game is set in an alternate history where Adolf Hitler discovered a way to resurrect dinosaurs to create a massive army.

Titled Operation Genesis, the comic tells the origin stories of the game’s two lead characters — Colonel Nigel Blythe-Crossley and Captain Jack Hardgrave — through a unique collaboration: Spark and Roar’s Gregory R. Little wrote the story, for which Edwards created full-color layouts. Then 800 North’s Abe Scheuermann and Brian Ulrich used the game as “a virtual prop house” to create the necessary images.

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Comics A.M. | First Second’s Mark Siegel on ‘new mainstream’

This One Summer

This One Summer

Publishing | In a three-part interview, First Second Books Editorial Director Mark Siegel talks about 2014, the upcoming year, and the emergence of a “new mainstream.” In Part 1 he discusses the 2014 releases and ends with some numbers (print runs rather than sales); the imprint’s top books are Ben Hatke’s Zita the Spacegirl and Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s This One Summer, both of which have 30,000 copies in print. In Part 2 he looks at the importance of the library market and support from librarians, especially for children and teens, as well as the emergence of a new category of graphic novels that he calls “new mainstream.” Part 3 focuses on First Second’s planned releases for 2015, including Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, which will have a print run of 100,000. [ICv2]

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Come for the Shelf Porn, stay for the arcade games

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Happy Saturday and welcome to Shelf Porn! Today’s collection comes from Tom, who shows us his collection of statues, original art, arcade games and more.

If you’d like to see your collection featured here on ROBOT 6, you can find instructions on how to do so at the end of this post.

And now here’s Tom …

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