MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS AT NYCC
The marvelentertainment booth at this year’s newyorkcomiccon was by far my favorite what with all the guest appearances, exclusive merch, and LOTS of awesome giveaways. They also had playable versions of the upcoming fighter Marvel Contest of Champions for iOS and Android. When I first saw it being played on a monitor I actually thought it was a PS3 game - that’s how good it looked. Check it out in the clip below.

MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS AT NYCC

The marvelentertainment booth at this year’s newyorkcomiccon was by far my favorite what with all the guest appearances, exclusive merch, and LOTS of awesome giveaways. They also had playable versions of the upcoming fighter Marvel Contest of Champions for iOS and Android. When I first saw it being played on a monitor I actually thought it was a PS3 game - that’s how good it looked. Check it out in the clip below.

DAILY GRAFFITI: WHAT’S A RACCOON? EDITION
Here’s a quarter pipe blessed with a super dope Rocket Raccoon graffiti piece by artist Logick. Seriously, who would have ever thought that this little guy would be one of the most popular super heroes in the world?
CHECK IT: More geeky graffitiPRE-ORDER: Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray

DAILY GRAFFITI: WHAT’S A RACCOON? EDITION

Here’s a quarter pipe blessed with a super dope Rocket Raccoon graffiti piece by artist Logick. Seriously, who would have ever thought that this little guy would be one of the most popular super heroes in the world?

CHECK IT: More geeky graffiti
PRE-ORDER: Guardians of the Galaxy on Blu-ray
MARVEL TEASES NEW CIVIL WAR IN 2015
The original Civil War blew minds back in 2006 as one of the all-time greatest events in Marvel history. The company just sent out this teaser image by Adi Granov featuring artwork of Captain America and Iron Man about to tear poor Iron Spider in half. Accompanying the art is a “Summer 2015” date and I couldn’t be more excited. Considering summer is eight months from now, could this have something to do with the cryptic “In eight months, time runs out" line that various Marvel bigwigs have been spouting left and right at cons and in interviews?

MARVEL TEASES NEW CIVIL WAR IN 2015

The original Civil War blew minds back in 2006 as one of the all-time greatest events in Marvel history. The company just sent out this teaser image by Adi Granov featuring artwork of Captain America and Iron Man about to tear poor Iron Spider in half. Accompanying the art is a “Summer 2015” date and I couldn’t be more excited. Considering summer is eight months from now, could this have something to do with the cryptic “In eight months, time runs out" line that various Marvel bigwigs have been spouting left and right at cons and in interviews?

MARVEL CANCELING FANTASTIC FOUR COMIC TO SPITE UPCOMING MOVIE
Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot smells like a bigger pile of turds with each new announcement, but what I didn’t expect was for Marvel to pull all support of the film by canceling the comic and offering no upcoming merchandise based on the characters in the near future.
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From Badass Digest:

Meanwhile, after denying it up and down, Marvel is canceling the Fantastic Four comic seemingly forever. Or for what passes for forever in superhero comics (like maybe three years). The company has denied that they were going to cancel the title to spite Fox’s new movie, but all the scuttlebutt I’ve heard from industry friends is that yes, Marvel is canceling Fantastic Four to spite the new movie. And that this comes down from Ike Perlmutter, the mysteriously crazy head honcho of Marvel. The Ike stories I’ve been told would make you turn white, and canceling Fantastic Four sounds about like the most reasonable of all these Crazy Ike stories.

This Ike Perlmutter guys sounds freaking awesome. I like him.
This whole thing was apparently first reported by Bleeding Cool, but no one believed them.

It was a story that Bleeding Cool first only offered as a possibility, but as more and more evidence came in, it became more and more likely.
That, as a result of Disney’s highest single shareholder and Marvel CEO Isaac Perlmutter’s anger with Fox Studios over negotiations regarding the film-and-related rights to The Fantastic Four, that Marvel would cancel the Fantastic Four comic rather than provide any promotion, however small it might be, towards the Fox Studios film. Merchandise and licenses were scrapped and evenFantastic Fourposters in the offices were pulled down lest Perlmutter see one and have his ire raised. It may not have been logical, but it was a decision born of personal emotion. It was steadied by sense.X-Men wasn’t cancelled, for example as the Xbooks sell so well. But Fantastic Four? It may have been the first book of the Marvel Universe, but its sales have continued to drag, even after multiple relaunches with high profile creators. There would be less of a hit to the bottom line if this comic was dropped.
Our story was pooh-poohed by all and sundry, save for CBR who independently confirmed that it was intended for the Fantastic Fourto be cancelled. Then the letter about sketch card artists being forbidden to useFantastic Four characters was made public, Mondo talked about being forbidden to use Fantastic Four characters and today, we we were already planning to run another story about Diamond Select Toys confirming that they are unable to make any Fantastic Four toys.

Bleeding Cool also goes on to report how artists who submit designs for Marvel Upper Deck trading cards have been prohibited from submitting anything with Fantastic Four characters or supporting cast like Doctor Doom or Silver Surfer.
I’ve never really been a huge FF fan to begin with, but I find this all insanely fascinating. It’s a huge power play on Marvel’s part, but whether it pays off or not will remain to be seen. Now I just can’t wait to see if any of this comes up at Marvel’s panel during NYCC this weekend.
(art via Felipe Massafera)

MARVEL CANCELING FANTASTIC FOUR COMIC TO SPITE UPCOMING MOVIE

Fox’s upcoming Fantastic Four reboot smells like a bigger pile of turds with each new announcement, but what I didn’t expect was for Marvel to pull all support of the film by canceling the comic and offering no upcoming merchandise based on the characters in the near future.

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THE AVENGERS AS A WESTERN

Via mamalaz:

Steve is the Sheriff. Clint is his deputy. Tony is the Blacksmith. Natasha runs the Saloon. Bruce is the physician with a split personality and Thor gets into a hell of a lot of tavern brawls.

Together, however, they manage to bring order to the once corrupt town of Triskelion.

Can someone just go ahead and make this a thing real quick please?

THE WIIVENGERS

Clever animated short by James Farr in which Nintendo fan favorites take on the roles of the Avengers and speedrun through the the pivotal moments of the movie. Standouts include Kirby as a Nick Fury, Metaknight’s Battleship Halberd as the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier, and a brief cameo by Booker from Animal Crossing.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANTHONY MACKIE!

Anthony Mackie a.k.a. Falcon turns 36 today.

Anthony, I hope you have a SUPER day. Like, one down here, one here, one here, one here day.

You may be Captain America’s sidekick, but you’ll always be that gay dude from What’s Your Number (another Chris Evan flick! AND STARLORD’S IN IT!) to me.

Dancing Baby Groot Figure Coming Soon
Just when you thought you needed to stop spending money on toys, Funko drops this (literal) baby of a figure. The incredibly popular dancing Groot will be available as a POP Vinyl very soon, with an announcement of a date early next week. So here’s an announcement of an announcement to get you hyped for it.
You can still buy the original Groot POP Vinyl right here at a whopping $40 on Amazon. Its head bobbles and you can pretend it’s a baby if you really wanted to.

Dancing Baby Groot Figure Coming Soon

Just when you thought you needed to stop spending money on toys, Funko drops this (literal) baby of a figure. The incredibly popular dancing Groot will be available as a POP Vinyl very soon, with an announcement of a date early next week. So here’s an announcement of an announcement to get you hyped for it.

You can still buy the original Groot POP Vinyl right here at a whopping $40 on Amazon. Its head bobbles and you can pretend it’s a baby if you really wanted to.

Hawkeye Shirts Will Benefit Signing Time Foundation

Matt Fraction’s critically acclaimed Hawkeye series isn’t really stopping in its momentum of being one of the best solo Marvel titles ever created. Now there’s a t-shirt to show your love for the title, as well as the love of others, thanks to WeLoveFine.com. This shirt features sign language in reference to Hawkeye issue #19 and will be sold to benefit the Signing Time Foundation, which aims to make sign language a fun activity that’s also very accessible for deaf children.

The shirt is $25 and available in purple and black in both men and women sizes. If you haven’t already read Hawkeye, I suggest you do, as it’s one of the finest comics out there at the moment.

CHECK IT: More Hawkeye on Albotas

BUY: Hawkeye Vol. 1

DAILY GRAFFITI: ELEKTRA EDITION

Here’s some HUUUUGE graffiti inspired by Joe Madureira's (favorite comic artist EVER!) run on Savage Wolverine where Logan and Elektra take on the Hand.

Fun fact: The Hand is a group of evil ninjas from the Marvel universe. They were parodied in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics as… DUN DUN DUNNNN… The Foot!

(pics via here and here)

CHECK IT: More Geeky Graffiti, The Geek Graffiti Flickr Group
BUY: Savage Wolverine Vol. 2: Hands on a Dead Body

LATE-ASS COMIC BOOK REVIEWS

Meant to get this video up last week, but life got in the way. Watch us ramble about comics we read in the video below and let us know what you’re reading in the comments!

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WIZARD WORLD PHILLY 2014 COSPLAY GALLERY

Wizard World Comic Con took place at the Philadelphia Convention Center this past weekend and it was packed with a plethora of passionate cosplayers proudly posing for photos. Hit the jump for over fifty pictures of some of the coolest, sexiest, and downright awesome cosplay from the con.

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WEEKLY COMIC REVIEWS 6.11.2014

Here’s our latest video review featuring comics released on Wednesday, June 11 2014. Gonna’ be completely honest, most of this week’s reads were complete caca and garboski with a few gems sprinkled in. Check out the video below to watch us talk smack on the turds and gush over the good stuff.

As always, comments on these are truly appreciated and you can help our YouTube channel grow by subscribing and clicking that thumbs-up button. It really, really helps.

Also, this show needs a catchy name. Weekly Comic Picks was dumb since it sounds like we’re recommending top picks, so this week I changed it to Weekly Comic Reviews, but that’s sooooo boooooring. I’m torn between Comic Book Casserole because I thought of it while making a casserole the other day, or Comic Book Real Talk because it has sass and we don’t mess around with silly scores, but that just sounds kind of generic.

Whoever comes up with the best name in the comments section wins a prize.

HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL MINISERIES COMING
Hawkeye is my single favorite Marvel book being put out at the moment. Deadpool is my least favorite Marvel character of all time in the history of ever. Marvel has decided to torture me with contradicting emotions by putting the two in a six-issue miniseries later this year. The promo pic up top actually looks pretty badass and as a Clint Barton fan, I can’t resist adding this to my pull list.
For more on why Deadpool is doodie, check out Albotas contributor Kevin Cortez’s nail-on-the-head rant about it here.
(via Neatorama)

HAWKEYE VS. DEADPOOL MINISERIES COMING

Hawkeye is my single favorite Marvel book being put out at the moment. Deadpool is my least favorite Marvel character of all time in the history of ever. Marvel has decided to torture me with contradicting emotions by putting the two in a six-issue miniseries later this year. The promo pic up top actually looks pretty badass and as a Clint Barton fan, I can’t resist adding this to my pull list.

For more on why Deadpool is doodie, check out Albotas contributor Kevin Cortez’s nail-on-the-head rant about it here.

(via Neatorama)

DAILY GRAFFITI: GALACTUS EDITION
Galactus and Silver Surfer street art mural spotted on Kensington St. in Brighton, U.K. by Redditor adampearce.
CHECK IT: More Geeky Graffiti, The Geek Graffiti Flickr Group

DAILY GRAFFITI: GALACTUS EDITION

Galactus and Silver Surfer street art mural spotted on Kensington St. in Brighton, U.K. by Redditor adampearce.

CHECK IT: More Geeky Graffiti, The Geek Graffiti Flickr Group
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