1966 LEGO Batman Project

Sam Gras writes in to us:

Hello, My name is Sam. I’m a Father, Cosplayer, and all around geek. My Four year old daughter is obsessed with Batman and Robin and asked me to make her a LEGO Batmobile that would fit both characters. I made her the iconic 1966 version. The build is on the LEGOIdeas website and has been in the top projects consistently every week. We currently have over 4,000 supporters.

With your help, we can reach our goal of 10K supporters and LEGO will consider producing the set. Below is a link to the build and my Facebook page. Please consider writing an article about the build, this would make an awesome little girl and her father very happy.

This is super rad and I really want those 60’s Batman and Robin figs. Head over to LEGO Ideas to support this project NOW!

Have cool geeky news tips you’d like us to share on the site? Email tip@albotas.com!

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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

COMIC BOOK STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

Check out these custom made stained glass windows by Redditor OwlQuill. Perfect for the Holy Church of Geekery if one were to actually exist somewhere. if it did, I would want to be the Reverend. Or maybe the minister. Is there a difference? Whoever gets the coolest outfit.

As awesome as these are, the Hawkeye one makes my heart sad knowing that the series will end with issue #22. Great job, Matt Fraction. You broke my heart, you perfect bastard.

CHECK IT: More comic stuff
BUY: Hawkeye Vol. 1
Here’s The Line To Get Into San Diego Comic-Con Back In 1983
You know, before the rest of the world realized how cool it actually is to be a nerd.
(via Pete Salisbury)

Here’s The Line To Get Into San Diego Comic-Con Back In 1983

You know, before the rest of the world realized how cool it actually is to be a nerd.

(via Pete Salisbury)

A LITTLE BIT ON: THE LAST WEST
During our adventures at Wizard World Philly we ran into Lou Iovino and Evan Young, the creators of the mind-bogglingly complex and awesome graphic novel The Last West. After getting funding for the first volume on Kickstarter, the second volume has surpassed its goal and i for one can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it.
Watch these two super passionate (and insanely nice) dudes talk about their project, then go pick up the first volume over on Amazon, Comixology, or wherever else you can get comics.

Stay tuned for our review of The Last West Volume 1 coming soon! Spoiler alert: it’s really, really good.

A LITTLE BIT ON: THE LAST WEST

During our adventures at Wizard World Philly we ran into Lou Iovino and Evan Young, the creators of the mind-bogglingly complex and awesome graphic novel The Last West. After getting funding for the first volume on Kickstarter, the second volume has surpassed its goal and i for one can’t wait to get my grubby mitts on it.

Watch these two super passionate (and insanely nice) dudes talk about their project, then go pick up the first volume over on Amazon, Comixology, or wherever else you can get comics.

Stay tuned for our review of The Last West Volume 1 coming soon! Spoiler alert: it’s really, really good.

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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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN GEEKDOM IS STUPID.
[UPDATE: I received several passionate emails and messages from people on both sides of the fence on this issue. Made some edits to clarify some points that a few people misenterprited, but I think the overall takeaway is this: it really bums me out that people feel that every race and gender needs their own version of something just so that they can relate to it. Maybe I’m just a weirdo hippy for not seeing people as black, white, male, female, or whatever. I see people as people. No color, no gender, no sexual identity, just people. So whenever I hear someone diss on a company for only having white dudes on stage at their conference, or rag on a movie for having an all-male cast, it just seems very petty and offensive in its own right. I’m all for diversity and embrace it openly, but that doesn’t make it right for people to blast companies with hateful messages and put them down just because they don’t feel represented. Walls separate people, José.]
This is something that’s been bothering me a lot lately. Every time a cool new video game, movie, comic book, or whatever else is released, there’s an army of haters complaining that it doesn’t cater to them. It’s come to the point where companies are specifically creating new properties FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of political correctness/diversity/whatever instead of creating new properties for the purpose of being awesome.
Even during this year’s E3 my Twitter feed was so full of people bitching about most of the presenters being white males. Who cares!? You want to talk about minorities? I’m a non-spanish-speaking Puerto Rican born in the south and raised in Amish country so I pretty much don’t fit in ANYWHERE! Do you think I whine every time a movie is released with a white cast or every time a video game company doesn’t put more non-spanish-speaking dudes with beer guts and piercings on stage during their conferences? If you’re busy keeping tally of all the races and genders instead of focusing on the games being shown, maybe you should take a deep breath and count to 10 or something.
Why can’t creators just make nice things for the sake of making nice things? Why does there have to a be a checklist? “Okay, this story is amazing, but it needs more girls and toss in a black guy or two.” Is it that hard for people to relate to characters that are different races and genders?
Want more strong females in your comics? Make your own!
Want a story with a minority as the lead character? Make your own!
And if you don’t have a creative bone in your body to make your own suff, the worst thing you can do is send angry Tweets and emails to studios demanding that they cater to your self-absorbed needs. If you feel like you ABSOLUTELY NEED to get your dire message across to them, at least be a polite human being about it. But really, turning non-issues into huge protests about feminism/minority/sexual identity representation in works of fiction isn’t the sort of thing you should really be getting worked up over, and if you do, maybe you should find some new hobbies? Maybe take a writing/drawing/video game programming class to make your own damn race/gender-specific stories.
Every time someone complains about a lack of (insert race/gender/sexual orientation here) representation in media, what they’re really saying is “Hey, can we build more walls to keep this separate group satisfied?” And if Vonage commercials have taught me anything, it’s that "Walls separate people, José." For real. I’m a brown dude and can relate to any character in fiction whether it’s boy, girl, black, white, human, alien, Hobbit, or whatever. All that matters for me is a good story with good characters.
Back in the day I got made fun of for watching Sailor Moon because “it was a girl show.” Walls separate people, José! Don’t look at it as girl shows and guy shows and white shows and black shows. There’s good shows and bad shows (and some okay shows). THAT’S IT. Every time I hear people complain about lack of representation, it feels like they’re asking for their own water fountains and bathrooms to be built so they don’t have to share with people different than them. It’s like there’s there’s this weird anti-white male stigma in the air. And it smells.
I grew up drawing my own comics and creating my own characters and stories and guess what? Most of my lead characters were white!!! Want to know why? Because my curly-ass hispanic hair was hard for me to draw at the time and because I just didn’t care about race because PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. I also came up with a buttload of strong female characters. Not because I felt that they were under-represented in fiction or because that’s what the focus group wanted, but because I was 13 and that’s just what I felt like creating. No thinking, just creating. Creativity needs freedom to breathe, not boundaries. People are people, not demographics.
Why can’t people just be people? Why’s everyone need to get all worked up about dumb stuff? Can’t we go back to when being a geek just meant having fun and indulging in our passions without being so jaded and cynical about everything? Instead of ripping apart the stuff you hate, just look for new stuff. There’s plenty of creators doing some AMAZING work just because they want to, not because they feel like they need to appeal to a certain race or gender. (Check out the comics Lumberjanes, Rat Queens,and Saga for strong female roles and racially diverse casts. Seriously, they’re awesome.)
Next time you come down on any form of art or entertainment just because it doesn’t represent a broader diversity of people, remember this: YOU ARE ENTITLED TO NOTHING. Artists create for themselves. They don’t owe you shit.
And besides, at the end of the day, it’s all just make believe. Stop taking it so seriously and just go back to having fun.
(top pic via C-Section Comics)

POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN GEEKDOM IS STUPID.

[UPDATE: I received several passionate emails and messages from people on both sides of the fence on this issue. Made some edits to clarify some points that a few people misenterprited, but I think the overall takeaway is this: it really bums me out that people feel that every race and gender needs their own version of something just so that they can relate to it. Maybe I’m just a weirdo hippy for not seeing people as black, white, male, female, or whatever. I see people as people. No color, no gender, no sexual identity, just people. So whenever I hear someone diss on a company for only having white dudes on stage at their conference, or rag on a movie for having an all-male cast, it just seems very petty and offensive in its own right. I’m all for diversity and embrace it openly, but that doesn’t make it right for people to blast companies with hateful messages and put them down just because they don’t feel represented. Walls separate people, José.]

This is something that’s been bothering me a lot lately. Every time a cool new video game, movie, comic book, or whatever else is released, there’s an army of haters complaining that it doesn’t cater to them. It’s come to the point where companies are specifically creating new properties FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE of political correctness/diversity/whatever instead of creating new properties for the purpose of being awesome.

Even during this year’s E3 my Twitter feed was so full of people bitching about most of the presenters being white males. Who cares!? You want to talk about minorities? I’m a non-spanish-speaking Puerto Rican born in the south and raised in Amish country so I pretty much don’t fit in ANYWHERE! Do you think I whine every time a movie is released with a white cast or every time a video game company doesn’t put more non-spanish-speaking dudes with beer guts and piercings on stage during their conferences? If you’re busy keeping tally of all the races and genders instead of focusing on the games being shown, maybe you should take a deep breath and count to 10 or something.

Why can’t creators just make nice things for the sake of making nice things? Why does there have to a be a checklist? “Okay, this story is amazing, but it needs more girls and toss in a black guy or two.” Is it that hard for people to relate to characters that are different races and genders?

Want more strong females in your comics? Make your own!

Want a story with a minority as the lead character? Make your own!

And if you don’t have a creative bone in your body to make your own suff, the worst thing you can do is send angry Tweets and emails to studios demanding that they cater to your self-absorbed needs. If you feel like you ABSOLUTELY NEED to get your dire message across to them, at least be a polite human being about it. But really, turning non-issues into huge protests about feminism/minority/sexual identity representation in works of fiction isn’t the sort of thing you should really be getting worked up over, and if you do, maybe you should find some new hobbies? Maybe take a writing/drawing/video game programming class to make your own damn race/gender-specific stories.

Every time someone complains about a lack of (insert race/gender/sexual orientation here) representation in media, what they’re really saying is “Hey, can we build more walls to keep this separate group satisfied?” And if Vonage commercials have taught me anything, it’s that "Walls separate people, José." For real. I’m a brown dude and can relate to any character in fiction whether it’s boy, girl, black, white, human, alien, Hobbit, or whatever. All that matters for me is a good story with good characters.

Back in the day I got made fun of for watching Sailor Moon because “it was a girl show.” Walls separate people, José! Don’t look at it as girl shows and guy shows and white shows and black shows. There’s good shows and bad shows (and some okay shows). THAT’S IT. Every time I hear people complain about lack of representation, it feels like they’re asking for their own water fountains and bathrooms to be built so they don’t have to share with people different than them. It’s like there’s there’s this weird anti-white male stigma in the air. And it smells.

I grew up drawing my own comics and creating my own characters and stories and guess what? Most of my lead characters were white!!! Want to know why? Because my curly-ass hispanic hair was hard for me to draw at the time and because I just didn’t care about race because PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. I also came up with a buttload of strong female characters. Not because I felt that they were under-represented in fiction or because that’s what the focus group wanted, but because I was 13 and that’s just what I felt like creating. No thinking, just creating. Creativity needs freedom to breathe, not boundaries. People are people, not demographics.

Why can’t people just be people? Why’s everyone need to get all worked up about dumb stuff? Can’t we go back to when being a geek just meant having fun and indulging in our passions without being so jaded and cynical about everything? Instead of ripping apart the stuff you hate, just look for new stuff. There’s plenty of creators doing some AMAZING work just because they want to, not because they feel like they need to appeal to a certain race or gender. (Check out the comics Lumberjanes, Rat Queens,and Saga for strong female roles and racially diverse casts. Seriously, they’re awesome.)

Next time you come down on any form of art or entertainment just because it doesn’t represent a broader diversity of people, remember this: YOU ARE ENTITLED TO NOTHING. Artists create for themselves. They don’t owe you shit.

And besides, at the end of the day, it’s all just make believe. Stop taking it so seriously and just go back to having fun.

(top pic via C-Section Comics)

WIZARD WORLD PHILLY 2014 HIGHLIGHT VIDEO [ALBOTASTV]

Wizard World Philly was a blast as always. We saw some outstanding cosplayers and even got to interview a few including the stunning & talented lilyledeux. We saw some rad toys, spent way too much money on comics, and I can’t wait to do it all over again next year!

Enjoy a short video of our Wizard World adventure below and subscribe to us on YouTube if you like what you see.

We have some more Wizard World Philly 2014 videos coming soon, so stay tuned!

[ALBOTASTV] WEEKLY COMIC PICKS 6.18.2014

This week we review Daredevil #4, Elektra #3, Avengers #31, and Original Sin #4. Check out our thoughts in the video below.

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PRE-ORDER THE ‘SAGA’ DELUXE EDITION HARDCOVER FOR MAD CHEAP
Have you read Saga yet? No? Why not!? Are you some kind of jerk who hates awesome things? It was created by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways), takes place in space, features people with  magic powers, and (as tired as this description of it is) is totally Game of Thrones meets Star Wars.
The Volume One Deluxe Edition Hardcover contains all three of the trade paperbacks currently available - that’s issues #1-18. Not only that, but it will feature all kinds of extras like concept art, script pages, and roundtable discussions with the creators.
This thing is being released on December 2, 2014 for $49.99, but you can currently pre-order it on Amazon for just $34.35.
If you think comic books aren’t for you, or maybe you’ve been looking into getting into comics but don’t know where to start, Saga is pretty much a perfect place to start. Shit, I own the first two trades and every single issue released after them and I’ll still be picking this up! It’s that good!
Go ahead and pre-order it and save some money. You know you want to.

PRE-ORDER THE ‘SAGA’ DELUXE EDITION HARDCOVER FOR MAD CHEAP

Have you read Saga yet? No? Why not!? Are you some kind of jerk who hates awesome things? It was created by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways), takes place in space, features people with  magic powers, and (as tired as this description of it is) is totally Game of Thrones meets Star Wars.

The Volume One Deluxe Edition Hardcover contains all three of the trade paperbacks currently available - that’s issues #1-18. Not only that, but it will feature all kinds of extras like concept art, script pages, and roundtable discussions with the creators.

This thing is being released on December 2, 2014 for $49.99, but you can currently pre-order it on Amazon for just $34.35.

If you think comic books aren’t for you, or maybe you’ve been looking into getting into comics but don’t know where to start, Saga is pretty much a perfect place to start. Shit, I own the first two trades and every single issue released after them and I’ll still be picking this up! It’s that good!

Go ahead and pre-order it and save some money. You know you want to.

BATMAN ‘YEAR OF THE HORSE’ STATUE
There’s very few things in the world of comic book collectibles as truly badass as this statue of Batman riding a black stallion. This is the THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: A CALL TO ARMS STATUE YEAR OF THE HORSE EDITION from DC Collectibles. Inspired by the legendary Frank Miller, this 14” statue is limited to just 1,000 pieces in the whole wide universe and will set you back about $400 when it goes on sale in December 2014. You hear that, Santa? The comes out around Christmas. I’ve been good this year. So far…
There was a version of this released a while back with Bats rocking his grey and blue suit, but I find this one to be way more badass.
CHECK IT: More Batman on AlbotasBUY: DC Collectibles Batman The Dark Knight Returns: A Call to Arms Statue

BATMAN ‘YEAR OF THE HORSE’ STATUE

There’s very few things in the world of comic book collectibles as truly badass as this statue of Batman riding a black stallion. This is the THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS: A CALL TO ARMS STATUE YEAR OF THE HORSE EDITION from DC Collectibles. Inspired by the legendary Frank Miller, this 14” statue is limited to just 1,000 pieces in the whole wide universe and will set you back about $400 when it goes on sale in December 2014. You hear that, Santa? The comes out around Christmas. I’ve been good this year. So far…

There was a version of this released a while back with Bats rocking his grey and blue suit, but I find this one to be way more badass.

CHECK IT: More Batman on Albotas
BUY: DC Collectibles Batman The Dark Knight Returns: A Call to Arms Statue

THE NEW ‘GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY’ TRAILER IS PRETTY INTENSE

We had a funny trailer, a trailer with lots of walking, but now it’s time to get serious. This trailer still has plenty of laughs thanks to Rocket Raccoon. Just hurry up and come out already!!!

CHECK IT: Guardians of the Galaxy meets Star Wars
BUY: Guardians of the Galaxy: The Complete Collection Vol. 1

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.

RAT QUEENS IS GETTING AN ANIMATED SERIES
Guys!!! if you’ve been keeping up with our weekly comic review video series, you know that Rat Queens is one of the greatest comic books on shelves right now. Check out my review of issue #1, then get the trade, then come back to this post and be really excited.
Via Variety:

After working on such films as the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, Weta Workshop’s Pukeko Pictures is pairing up with Heavy Metal to adapt Image Comics’ “Rat Queens” into an animated TV series.
The dark comedy, described as a sass-and-sorcery series, revolves around beer-guzzling maidens — Hannah the Rockabilly elven mage, Violet the hipster dwarven fighter, Dee the atheist human cleric and Betty the hippy smidgen thief — who are hired to kill monsters and other beasts.

Sounds like my ideal D&D campaign.

Pukeko and Heavy Metal, which acquired the rights to “Rat Queens,” plan on developing the books” into a 30 minute show before pitching it to TV networks.
Pukeko’s Martin Baynton and Adam Fratto will serve as executive producers on the project, with Heavy Metal’s Jeff Krelitz. HM’s David Boxenbaum and Rob Prior serve as co-executive producers.

Okay, this part’s kind of scary because there’s always the chance that it doesn’t get picked up. Who would even air something like this? Adult Swim? Spike? FX? Comedy Central? They’d probably find a better audience if they just went the Bravest Warriors route and put out short episodes on YouTube.
Regardless of what happens, it’s exciting just knowing that at only six issues into the series, people are realizing its potential and have enough faith in it to put it on television.
Any other current creator-owned series you think would make for a good TV show?

RAT QUEENS IS GETTING AN ANIMATED SERIES

Guys!!! if you’ve been keeping up with our weekly comic review video series, you know that Rat Queens is one of the greatest comic books on shelves right now. Check out my review of issue #1, then get the trade, then come back to this post and be really excited.

Via Variety:

After working on such films as the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, Weta Workshop’s Pukeko Pictures is pairing up with Heavy Metal to adapt Image Comics’ “Rat Queens” into an animated TV series.

The dark comedy, described as a sass-and-sorcery series, revolves around beer-guzzling maidens — Hannah the Rockabilly elven mage, Violet the hipster dwarven fighter, Dee the atheist human cleric and Betty the hippy smidgen thief — who are hired to kill monsters and other beasts.

Sounds like my ideal D&D campaign.

Pukeko and Heavy Metal, which acquired the rights to “Rat Queens,” plan on developing the books” into a 30 minute show before pitching it to TV networks.

Pukeko’s Martin Baynton and Adam Fratto will serve as executive producers on the project, with Heavy Metal’s Jeff Krelitz. HM’s David Boxenbaum and Rob Prior serve as co-executive producers.

Okay, this part’s kind of scary because there’s always the chance that it doesn’t get picked up. Who would even air something like this? Adult Swim? Spike? FX? Comedy Central? They’d probably find a better audience if they just went the Bravest Warriors route and put out short episodes on YouTube.

Regardless of what happens, it’s exciting just knowing that at only six issues into the series, people are realizing its potential and have enough faith in it to put it on television.

Any other current creator-owned series you think would make for a good TV show?

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)

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