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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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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PIXAR PRESENTS: PORTAL: A SCIENTIFIC JOURNEY

Awesome Pixar-esque renderings of Chell from Portal by Alex ZemkeI’m not even sure if the human species could handle such a thing if it were real. Surely the hearts and minds of fans everywhere would explode in unison, mine included.

Alex has been working on this fanmade short film deal and hyping it up since 2012. Dude might need to start a Kickstarter for this or something.

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DAILY GRAFFITI: LION KING EDITION
"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it." - Rafiki.
Never forget.
Another piece by Combo who we’ve featured kind of a lot around here.
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DAILY GRAFFITI: LION KING EDITION

"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But from the way I see it, you can either run from it, or… learn from it." - Rafiki.

Never forget.

Another piece by Combo who we’ve featured kind of a lot around here.

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DAILY GRAFFITI: DUCKTALES EDITION
Those delinquent Duck brothers Huey, Dewey, and Lewie are always up to no good. Seriously, don’t trust them. Graffiti by the illustrious Combo.
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DAILY GRAFFITI: DUCKTALES EDITION

Those delinquent Duck brothers Huey, Dewey, and Lewie are always up to no good. Seriously, don’t trust them. Graffiti by the illustrious Combo.

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HUEY, DEWEY, AND LOUIE ROCK ICONIC STREETWEAR

Check out the duck triplets rocking Supreme, Nike, MORTE, and Givenchi. At first glance I thought these 3D illustrations by Simeon Georgiev were some sort of limited edition figure release, but sadly they’re not. Just 3D illustrations. Like with a computer. Like they’ll never be on my shelf. Sad as it is, they’re still hecka’ awesome.

(via Highsnobiety)

Threadless $10 Sale on Disney + Simpsons + Minecraft

TODAY ONLY, which totally sucks because I’m dirtshit poor right now. Every Threadless shirt related to Simpsons, Disney, Minecraft, and a couple of others are only $10. Grab one today before they’re sold out of your style preference.

Heavyweights: A Terribly Underrated 90’s Film
I’m reluctant to co-sign such a critically mediocre film…
So Heavyweights of those movies that everyone remembers from when they were a child, but never really went back and rewatched to see if it was as great as remembered. Honestly, I had no desire to watch this film again — I saw an episode of the Mega64 podcast (I forget the specific episode) in which Rocco Botte described how great the Blu-ray of Heavyweights was. So me, being a firm believer of the Mega64 crew, purchased it, and holy shit did I soon find out how right Rocco was.
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For those of you who are unfamiliar with Heavyweights or simply just don’t remember it: Heavyweights was a live-action Disney movie released in 1995, following the success of other live-action Disney films, The Mighty Ducks and Cool Runnings. The movie is about a group of fat kids who are sent to fat camp for one summer, only to deal with the wrath of a psychotic excercise-obssessed camp instructor who literally degrades kids and deprives them of food in order to shoot a successful infomercial. The film stars Ben Stiller in one of his greatest roles ever, a young Kenan Thompson, Tim Blake Nelson, as well as featuring a role for Judd Apatow himself.
Without trying to overhype this at all: this film is pure gold on so many levels. 
First off, this is Judd Apatow's first film produced and written by himself. Yes, the Judd Apatow of Apatow Productions, responsible for The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Knocked Up, Superbad, and numerous other Seth Rogen-related movies. The significance of his name being attached to Heavyweights? Heavyweights was a Disney movie.
So it’s fairly obvious that Disney has a ton of guidelines for releasing a film, especially guidelines involving language and kid-friendliness. Judd Apatow is a raunchy man in comedy, no doubt, but his genius work is tremendously fun to watch, and Heavyweights was absolutely nothing short of an underrated brilliant piece of 90’s family-film. The Blu-ray definitely shines light on that, as it’s very clear: Judd Apatow created Heavyweights the exact way he intended it to be. 
Apatow didn’t pull ANY punches here with his script. There is some lewd and raunchy shit in this movie. So much in fact, that Disney had to cut a LOT of this movie out and the plot doesn’t actually make total sense. I’m talking 30 minutes worth of footage was cut, with 30+ deleted scenes packed in the Blu-ray edition. The theatrical release of the film is 97 minutes in total, with scenes seeming to skip around at major plot points.
You can totally tell Judd Apatow was funded money by Disney to create his movie, then Apatow just turned it in to Disney to release and Disney replied with a “What the fuck do you think we’re letting kids see here?,” and ended up cutting a lot of the major plot out. That’s in addition to dick jokes, Kenan calling a rival camp a bunch of “jerkoffs,” a sex scene (not graphic), and a bunch of other scenes.
Specifically, the most interesting scene cut is the quick dialogue exchange between Ben Stiller's character and one of the kids in the camp, in which Ben Stiller asks “Who’s Seymour Butts?,” and the kid replies with “No one’s seen more butts than you, Uncle Tony!" The original line was kept in the film, but it was overdubbed in the theatrical release. You can clearly see Stiller’s character mouthing a different name when saying “Seymour Butts.” That’s because Apatow originally wrote in the name “Peter Fitz,” for Stiller’s character to ask “Who’s Peter Fitz?,” and the kid to reply, “Any Peter fits if you push hard enough!” But Disney dubbed over that because it was so not-Disney.
I’m not saying this film is absolutely flawless, because it’s not. At all. What I am saying is Heavyweights is better than you remember it being as a child, and the Blu-ray will shine some light on the movie actually being a better movie than originally released.
Of course, not a lot of people give that much of a shit over this Disney title, being that it’s an iffy 90’s film a lot of people forgot about, but those of you who remember might enjoy the Blu-ray surprises it’s packed with. Being able to see the original intent of Heavyweights is totally worth it.

Heavyweights: A Terribly Underrated 90’s Film

I’m reluctant to co-sign such a critically mediocre film…

So Heavyweights of those movies that everyone remembers from when they were a child, but never really went back and rewatched to see if it was as great as remembered. Honestly, I had no desire to watch this film again — I saw an episode of the Mega64 podcast (I forget the specific episode) in which Rocco Botte described how great the Blu-ray of Heavyweights was. So me, being a firm believer of the Mega64 crew, purchased it, and holy shit did I soon find out how right Rocco was.

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Dirty Disney: The Art Of Dillon Boy (NSFW)
James Dillon Wright a.k.a. Dillon Boy is an artist and designer who mashes urban aesthetics with pop culture using a mix of stencils, spraypaint, handstyles, and collage to give new life to familiar subjects.
Click through for a look at his “Dirty Disney” series. You’ll never watch a Disney flick the same way again.
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"Beauty & The Beasts"

"Home of the Brave"

"Sinderella"

"Sleeping With Beauty"

"The Dynasty"

"The Fairest Beauty"

"The Native"

"Under the Sea"

"Untangled"

"Whole New World"

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Dirty Disney: The Art Of Dillon Boy (NSFW)

James Dillon Wright a.k.a. Dillon Boy is an artist and designer who mashes urban aesthetics with pop culture using a mix of stencils, spraypaint, handstyles, and collage to give new life to familiar subjects.

Click through for a look at his “Dirty Disney” series. You’ll never watch a Disney flick the same way again.

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Daily Graffiti: Mickey Mouse Edition
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Daily Graffiti: Mickey Mouse Edition

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This Movie was Illegally Filmed Inside of Walt Disney World and the Trailer is Effing Magical
Escape from Tomorrow is a bizarre fantasy horror film shot guerrilla style (i.e. without permits) at Walt Disney World. It blew minds at Sundance and will get a limited theater release and be available on Video-On-Demand October 11. Check out the trailer here.

This Movie was Illegally Filmed Inside of Walt Disney World and the Trailer is Effing Magical

Escape from Tomorrow is a bizarre fantasy horror film shot guerrilla style (i.e. without permits) at Walt Disney World. It blew minds at Sundance and will get a limited theater release and be available on Video-On-Demand October 11. Check out the trailer here.

Disney Princesses As Capcom Fighters

Artist Mike V combined the Disney Princesses with characters like Psyloche, Chun-Li, and Morrigan from Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

Okay, Internet, the sprites are here and waiting to be reskinned to a modded version of the game. Your move.

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Weekend To-Do List:

  1. Read: A lot of Top Shelf Comix. Top Shelf Comix sent me this big ol’ box of awesome comics to review. I wanna speed through them by Monday to incorporate the reviews in my Indie Comic Round-Up (which, by the way, thanks for all the great feedback!). I already read A Matter of Life by Jeffrey Brown, which I’ll be reviewing soon. Next up, I’m reading God Is Disappointed In You by Mark Russell, Heck by Zander Cannon, Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell, and The From Hell Companion by Eddie Campbell and Alan Moore. Big props to Top Shelf Comix for sending these solid titles over!
  2. Watch: The World’s End (again). I saw it last night and it is, by far, the best in the Cornetto trilogy. Really would love to see it again before the weekend is over.
  3. Listen: ILLFIGHTYOU. Some hood ass free hip-hop right here. Been really into them since their tape came out and I’ve been bumping this in the car since.
  4. Visit: Disney. Because I’ve had this year pass and I haven’t used it in the last two months! I need to cop me some new Pokemon plushies, on the real.

Have a good weekend!

@gorillashit/Kevin Cortez

If Disney Princesses Were Jedi Knights

Ariel dual-wields a pair of blue lightsabers under the sea, Rapunzel rocks short hair with an exceptionally long Padawan braid, and Snow White makes one hell of a bad-ass Sith in these illustrations by Ralph Sevelius.

(Source: nerdapproved.com)

Finding Nemo 2? Nah, Finding Dory

Disney posted a teaser image on their Facebook page with the words “Finding Dory,” on it, proving that the Finding Nemo sequel won’t be called Finding Nemo 2 (unless this is a spinoff, but I doubt it). Not much is known about Finding Dory as of yet, but we do know that Pixar is attached to the project and that the film is aiming for a 2015 release. As for Dory, it’s not yet confirmed if Ellen DeGeneres is reprising her role as the regal fish, but I think it’s a highly likely case. For now, “like,” the Finding Dory page on Facebook for Disney’s sake.

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Capcom Announces DuckTales Remastered
Well I don’t think anyone really expected this. Today at PAX East, during their “World of Capcom,” panel, Capcom announced that WayForward Technologies are currently developing a DuckTales remaster of the original NES game, simply titled DuckTales Remastered.
The company showed off a trailer and told attendees of the panel more info on the game. The coolest aspect of the project is the fact that’s it not just an HD remake, but it’s being almost completely redone. The company says they’ve got WayForward Technologies hand-drawing every sprite used for the game, as well as Disney providing new and original voice talent, and WayForward creating updated music with their company’s composer, Jake Kaufman.
The game will be released for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Wii U eshop for $15 all around. “We’re literally pouring our heart and soul into this title,” said Capcom’s Rey Jimenez. “It’s going to play just like you remember.”
Check the trailer here:

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Capcom Announces DuckTales Remastered


Well I don’t think anyone really expected this. Today at PAX East, during their “World of Capcom,” panel, Capcom announced that WayForward Technologies are currently developing a DuckTales remaster of the original NES game, simply titled DuckTales Remastered.

The company showed off a trailer and told attendees of the panel more info on the game. The coolest aspect of the project is the fact that’s it not just an HD remake, but it’s being almost completely redone. The company says they’ve got WayForward Technologies hand-drawing every sprite used for the game, as well as Disney providing new and original voice talent, and WayForward creating updated music with their company’s composer, Jake Kaufman.

The game will be released for Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and Wii U eshop for $15 all around. “We’re literally pouring our heart and soul into this title,” said Capcom’s Rey Jimenez. “It’s going to play just like you remember.”

Check the trailer here:

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Buy it: DuckTales Vol. 1 DVD
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