KOTOBUKIYA REVEALS AT NYCC

Kotobukiya has a bevy of freshness on display at their booth (#1654) including never-before-seen sculpts and painted pieces. They announced even more at their panel yesterday. Highlights included a concept art for a new line of X-Men statues (including a siiiick looking piece featuring Magik). They also announced that they’re working on a Red Hood piece which erupted the audience into uproarious applause, but not nearly as uproarious as the final reveal of an upcoming statue featuring Tali from Mass Effect as part of the fan favorite Bishojou line.

The company promises more reveals at NY Toy Fair in Februrary 2015. We’ll keep you posted.

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.

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

BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT “EVENING THE ODDS” TRAILER

Here’s the first gameplay of the Batman game which looks absolutely inane, but we kind of knew it would. It looks like they made Barbara Gordon a brunette instead of a redhead and there’s still nothing worth complaining out. That’s how good this looks. Get ready to save Gotham (again) and eff shit up with the sleek new Batmobile when Batman: Arkham Knight Hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 15, 2014.

And if you haven’t seen it yet, watch this video from NYCC 2013 where I got to interview Roger Craig Smith (voice of Batman), Troy Baker (voice of Joker), and Eric Holmes (WB Games Montreal Creative Director). It was a high point in my life and I just can’t seem to stop living in the past.

LIVE ACTION ‘BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERES’ INTRO

The intro to Batman: The Animated Series is considered by many to be the greatest animated intro sequence of all time. This live action remake was directed by Tomi Pietil. What do you think, does it hold up to the original?

Relive the good old days with the original intro below along with a behind-the-scenes video of the live action version.

(via Neatorama)

DAILY GRAFFITI: PAINTED ON A DARK KNIGHT EDITION
Check this sick Batman piece. I can’t tell if it’s a wheatpaste or a stencil, but apparently it was painted on a Dark Knight. Geddit? Because jokes.
(via iyers)
CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti on AlbotasSUBMIT: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group

DAILY GRAFFITI: PAINTED ON A DARK KNIGHT EDITION

Check this sick Batman piece. I can’t tell if it’s a wheatpaste or a stencil, but apparently it was painted on a Dark Knight. Geddit? Because jokes.

(via iyers)

CHECK IT: More geeky Graffiti on Albotas
SUBMIT: The Albotas Geek Graffiti Flickr group

RED BULL CANS IN JUSTICE LEAGUE OUTFITS

The Red Bull Superhero Project is a design concept by New York-based Art Director Diego Fonseca.

It’s basic human knowledge that Red Bull tastes like complete caca mixed with vomit (if you don’t think so, you’re either a goddamn liar or your taste buds are playing an evil trick on you), but these packaging redesigns featuring the iconic costumes of DC superheroes Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Green Lantern are sick enough that I could see people buying them just to display on their shelves. I’m sure people have displayed lamer things. I have a shelf full of Orbitz. Remember those? The little orbs are totally still floating and there’s even a mail-in rebate for a free movie ticket to see Independence Day starring Will Smith in theaters! No, you can’t have one.

(via The Dieline)

9 Thoughts on Superhero Films In a Post-Avengers Industry
I understand completely that Hollywood will continue to create comic book and superhero-related films. I get that they’re going to be blockbusters, regardless of the hero and studios involved, as well as the producers, directors, and even casting calls.
You may or may not have noticed the impact The Avengers has had on every other super hero film being announced or prepping its release. In case you haven’t noticed, consider the fact that we’re seeing a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover film, Wonder Woman is being introduced in the upcoming Batman and Superman film, and we’re seeing a huge surge of villains in the upcoming Spider-Man sequels.
Here’s some thoughts on a post-Avengers Hollywood, how it’s affected superhero movies, and how it’s going to continue to pull in more unbelievable hype.
The Avengers made a fuck ton of money. Five years ago, you would not have seen a superhero film that crossed over so many characters. That concept was only fantasy and wet dream. The Hulk had his own movie, starring Hulk and not really anyone else. The Dark Knight succeeded with only one hero and one major villain (yes, I know there were multiple villains, but for argument’s sake it’s just The Joker and I’m not having that god damn comment debate today). One of the major reasons The Avengers made so much bank was its incredible roster of superheroes. Who didn’t want to see a movie that promised a level of action that combined Marvel’s Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, as well as Thor?
With that said, naturally, every studio is ready to compete. Fox owns the licenses to X-Men and Fantastic Four. Sony owns Spider-Man. They all want a bite of that Marvel/Disney movie money that The Avengers handed out. They all want the amount of hype The Avengers created.
Superman was rebooted. The reboot was fostered after the Batman trilogy that Warner Bros. has had much success with. That Batman trilogy was also created by Christopher Nolan, an amazing filmmaker that brought a sense of realism to comic books on the big screen. That sense of realism had never been successfully accomplished prior to Batman Begins, and you’ll hardly ever see a critic compare The Avengers to Dark Knight Rises due to the fact that the Batman films don’t actually feel like comic book movies as much as The Avengers did. Warner Bros. decided that realism sold Batman, so they asked Zack Snyder to direct a film to help achieve that realism to Superman, a hero that has absolutely no hard-realism or grit to his attitude or demeanor, aside from emotions when dealing with humans and friends, which could also be seen at Batman’s character weakness. They rebooted Superman with the idea of realism being able to sell DC Comics characters, and sure enough, Man of Steel made some cash.
Last year, Spider-Man was rebooted. The Amazing Spider-Man was initially conceived to appeal to tweens, hence director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) being attached. Both The Amazing Spider-Man and Man of Steel were executed while Marvel announced their next phase in their cinematic universe, all revolving around their success with The Avengers. Though both films were box office successes, The Avengers made its mark in movie history.
That being said, every studio planned around Marvel’s expansion. Warner Bros. announced a new Batman would be appearing in the Man of Steel sequel. That Batman is Ben Affleck, which caught a ton of flame in terms of casting, and also struck a slew of publicity. More recently, a Wonder Woman was announced. Three heroes, one film, an obvious unbalanced proportion of character-use.
Of course, Fox can’t stay out of this. The Amazing Spider-Man will be introducing the Sinister Six in the course of their next couple of films. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has shown that Rhino, Green Goblin, and Electro will be appearing in the movie. The Sinister Six would be perfect to introduce to the series, with possibilities of introducing Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, or even Hobgoblin or Venom. No word on which villains would be included in the roster. 
But consider this: Can anyone named an Avengers villain off the top of their head? Can you name a Spider-Man villain off the top of your head? Spider-Man villains have been introduced in various forms since the 80’s, and they’re some of the most recognizable villains in comics, so it’s much easier to introduce six different villains in the Spider-Man universe. Fox, I believe, has an upper hand.
X-Men will be seeing the Fantastic Four sometime in the near future. Fox, without even releasing their Fantastic Four reboot, already announced a three-year deal with Simon Kinberg, a writer/producer on X-Men: Days of Future Past, to expand and start a shared universe between the two teams. That’s a lot on the slate, being that Fox hasn’t created a great Fantastic Four film as of yet, and they’re already announced a crossover for sometime in the future between two Marvel superhero teams.
For the record, I don’t really like Marvel films outside of Iron Man and The Avengers. I’m excited for Guradians of the Galaxy, though. Rocket Racoon = dat dude.

9 Thoughts on Superhero Films In a Post-Avengers Industry

I understand completely that Hollywood will continue to create comic book and superhero-related films. I get that they’re going to be blockbusters, regardless of the hero and studios involved, as well as the producers, directors, and even casting calls.

You may or may not have noticed the impact The Avengers has had on every other super hero film being announced or prepping its release. In case you haven’t noticed, consider the fact that we’re seeing a Fantastic Four and X-Men crossover film, Wonder Woman is being introduced in the upcoming Batman and Superman film, and we’re seeing a huge surge of villains in the upcoming Spider-Man sequels.

Here’s some thoughts on a post-Avengers Hollywood, how it’s affected superhero movies, and how it’s going to continue to pull in more unbelievable hype.

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Fox and Warner Bros. Announce New Police Drama, Gotham
It seems like Warner Bros. wants to have something to coincide with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show on ABC. Fox and Warner Bros. Television are apparently working on a television show titled ‘Gotham,’ focusing on the police force in Gotham City and a young James Gordon before he became a commissioner. We’ll follow Gordon as he does detective work revolving around some of Gotham’s most famous villains.
I like this idea a lot, as it’s been done in a couple of alternative DC comics already. Most notably, Gotham Central, by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka and MIchael Lark. It really opened the idea of how interesting it really could be following around the Gotham police force in a post-Batman world.
The show will be developed by Bruno Heller, who also worked on HBO’s Rome and CBS’ Mentalist. No word on when anything else will come out of this any time soon, but regardless, I’m excited.

Fox and Warner Bros. Announce New Police Drama, Gotham

It seems like Warner Bros. wants to have something to coincide with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show on ABC. Fox and Warner Bros. Television are apparently working on a television show titled ‘Gotham,’ focusing on the police force in Gotham City and a young James Gordon before he became a commissioner. We’ll follow Gordon as he does detective work revolving around some of Gotham’s most famous villains.

I like this idea a lot, as it’s been done in a couple of alternative DC comics already. Most notably, Gotham Central, by Ed Brubaker, Greg Rucka and MIchael Lark. It really opened the idea of how interesting it really could be following around the Gotham police force in a post-Batman world.

The show will be developed by Bruno Heller, who also worked on HBO’s Rome and CBS’ Mentalist. No word on when anything else will come out of this any time soon, but regardless, I’m excited.

Canada Mints 75th Anniversary Superman Coins - Step It Up, America!
Superman may fight for truth, justice, and the American way, but it’s the Canadians who were gracious enough pay homage to the Man of Steel with this set of seven limited edition coins.
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These coins range from $30-$100, but if you want the gold one pictured above, it’ll set you back $750, but those prices are in Canadian dollars, so expect to pay just a little bit less if you’re paying with real money (i.e. the American kind). Get them here.






This one above is actually has a lenticular face that shows a different image from different angles. Crazy!
(via Geekologie)

Canada Mints 75th Anniversary Superman Coins - Step It Up, America!

Superman may fight for truth, justice, and the American way, but it’s the Canadians who were gracious enough pay homage to the Man of Steel with this set of seven limited edition coins.

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Awesome Batman Film Trilogy Posters

Check out these awesome film posters for Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises, created by Etsy user, bigbadrobot. These prints are available in various sizes and look really clean. They definitely give off nostalgic feelings of Batman: The Animated Series.

The Incredible Superhero Paintings of William Wray

These paintings are absolutely incredible. William Wray, a cartoonist from California, specializes in creating paintings on specific characters. As you can see, we’ve got Supergirl, Spider-Man, Batman, Captain America, and a couple of other figures depicted in some dark and urban environments.

21 Years Later, Batman: The Animated Series Panel

Here’s video from the 2013 San Diego Comic Con Batman: The Animated Series panel. The series creators,Bruce Timm, Eric Radomski, and Paul Din, discuss the series after 21 years.

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile [Kindle Edition] On Sale Today
For today only, Amazon is selling Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile for a sole $1.99. That’s cheap as shit for an amazing first volume from DC’s Vertigo imprint. For those of you wanting a physical copy, sorry — this deal is Kindle only. It’s still a damn good deal, considering the digital copy goes for $13.
Check it: More Fables on AlbotasBuy it: Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile [Kindle Edition]

Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile [Kindle Edition] On Sale Today

For today only, Amazon is selling Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile for a sole $1.99. That’s cheap as shit for an amazing first volume from DC’s Vertigo imprint. For those of you wanting a physical copy, sorry — this deal is Kindle only. It’s still a damn good deal, considering the digital copy goes for $13.

Check it: More Fables on Albotas
Buy it: Fables Vol. 1: Legends in Exile [Kindle Edition]

Happy Birthday Jack Kirby

The king of comics would have been 96 today if he were still alive. I mentioned it earlier this week — those who wish to give back and show appreciation to the king of comics and heavily influential Jack Kirby, simply donate $9.60 to The Hero Initiative, a charity that helps comic book creators in need, which is also endorsed by the Kirby familyIf $9.60 is too much, please consider donating any amount lower. Anything works and everything helps. It’s the least you can do to give back to the comic book medium and show thanks to Kirby and his legacy. The donation link is right here for you.

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