REVIEW: HAWKEYE VS DEADPOOL #1

Once upon a time I hated Deadpool. This book changed all that. Check the video review below and be sure to subscribe to the Albotas YouTube channel for everything a little bit on the awesome side.

CHECK IT: More comic book review on Albotas
BUY: Hawkeye Vol. 1: My Life As A Weapon
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.

INTERVIEW: ‘RAT QUEENS’ ARTIST & CO-CREATOR ROC UPCHURCH
At NYCC I had the honor and pleasure of chatting with Roc Upchurch (johnnyrocwell on Tumblr. Follow him.) about drawing comics, a deleted scene from issue #7, and he the current statues of the upcoming Rat Queens animated series currently in the works.

CHECK IT: Rat Queens #1 Review
BUY: Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & SorceryPRE-ORDER: Rat Queens Volume 2

INTERVIEW: ‘RAT QUEENS’ ARTIST & CO-CREATOR ROC UPCHURCH

At NYCC I had the honor and pleasure of chatting with Roc Upchurch (johnnyrocwell on Tumblr. Follow him.) about drawing comics, a deleted scene from issue #7, and he the current statues of the upcoming Rat Queens animated series currently in the works.

CHECK IT: Rat Queens #1 Review
BUY: Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery
PRE-ORDER: Rat Queens Volume 2
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?

ALBOTAS IS AT NYCC 2014
It’s that time of year again! I’m at New York Comic Con 2014 with my illustrious partners in crime YaYa (@YaYaOrWhatever on Twitter) and Brown Jon (@BrownJon on Instagram). Follow my cohorts and myself (@brownkidd Twitter/Insta) to live out your con experience vicariously through us.
And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve embedded three livestreams under the cut to further enhance your virtual NYCC 2014 experience. Excelsior!
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ALBOTAS IS AT NYCC 2014

It’s that time of year again! I’m at New York Comic Con 2014 with my illustrious partners in crime YaYa (@YaYaOrWhatever on Twitter) and Brown Jon (@BrownJon on Instagram). Follow my cohorts and myself (@brownkidd Twitter/Insta) to live out your con experience vicariously through us.

And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve embedded three livestreams under the cut to further enhance your virtual NYCC 2014 experience. Excelsior!

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REVIEW: BATGIRL #35
The new creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr take batgirl in a brand new direction with a new attitude and a brand spanking new costume. Does this new take on Barbara Gordon live up to the hype or is it trying too hard to appeal to the hipster crowd for its own good?
Check out the video review below and leave your thoughts in the comments.

REVIEW: BATGIRL #35

The new creative team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr take batgirl in a brand new direction with a new attitude and a brand spanking new costume. Does this new take on Barbara Gordon live up to the hype or is it trying too hard to appeal to the hipster crowd for its own good?

Check out the video review below and leave your thoughts in the comments.

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?

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.

Fund Some Spooky-Silly Comics by Jess Smart Smiley and Dave Scheidt

You want some creepy terror that people of all-ages can read and enjoy? Of course you do — everybody wants that! So Jess Smart Smiley and Dave Scheidt are working together to make just that happen, but they need some Kickstarter help.

The duo are trying to raise $5000 to give readers stories on a haunted toilet, a garbage-eating werewolf, and so much more. Check out the project here to help donate to the soon-to-be great book. There are plenty of rewards left for those wanting to toss some bucks toward Jess Smart Smiley and Dave Scheidt — two equally awesome friends of mine and truly creative folks.

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!

CHECK IT: More LEGO posts
BUY: LEGO Delorean from Back to the Future

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
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