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Feast Your Eyes on Our Humongous New York Comic Con 2014 Toy Gallery

The cosplay and the movie stars get a lot of the love when the New York Comic Con rolls into the Jacob Javitz Center but the toy barrage doesn’t get as much attention. And that’s a shame, because if you’re a toy enthusiast the event can feel like the best museum on the planet with thousands of prototypes, new products and existing toys on display behind glass to tantalize and torture because no matter how much you beg, vendors will never let you take them all home.

In the included gallery, there are 250 pictures of some of NYCC’s coolest toys. It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I can tell you that both the Killer Clowns from Outer Space figs and the Chucky figs look scary as hell, Mezco‘s Batman figures are as awesome up close as they look in these pics, and NECA Toys impressed with their 1:6 scale Danny Devito Penguin, their Burt Ward Robin and the rest of their sizable case.

I can also tell you that McFarlane‘s Walking Dead line is taking a great leap forward with the upcoming RV playset and the 10″ deluxe Rick Grimes figure that I was unfortunately unable to get a good picture of since I found myself by the McFarlane booth when it was swarmed by fans who wanted to get a look at Todd McFarlane himself, who was making an appearance.

The QMx booth also drew some crowds, but I’m pretty sure that that was all about the astonishing film scale (1:124) replica of Serenity from the film of the same name and Firefly. Luckily, we got some super up-close shots of the $7,495 “toy” and a look inside its interiors, which feature miniature versions of the Firefly cast. We’ve also got some great pics of QMx’s other Firefly products, which are damn shiny.

Enough words, check out the pics!

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Will Senator Patrick Leahy be in Batman v Superman?

patrick leahy dark knightThe President Pro Tempore (pro tem) of the United States Senate Senator Patrick Leahy (D – Vermont) is a long time fan of Batman becoming a fan at a young age. 50 year later the Senator can still quote from the comic books he grew up on. The Senator who has stood up for and fought for Hollywood when it comes to things like intellectual property protection has also appeared in numerous Batman films including standing up to Heath Ledger’s Joker in the Dark Knight. This conflict has raised some questions on Hollywood’s influence on the Senator.

But, with a new film around the corner starring the Dark Knight, will we see Senator Leahy in the film?

“It’s a fascinating movie. It will have superb actors in it,” Leahy told ABC News, stressing the word “superb,” in an interview posted Friday.

“My intuition says you’re in it, so we’ll leave it at that,” correspondent Jeff Zeleny replies to Leahy.

“We’ll leave it at that,” the lawmaker says with a grin.

 

When the film hits theaters next year keep an eye out for him. In between, we’ll see how many pieces of legislation the Senator pushes for his Hollywood friends.

(via The Hill)

Warner Bros. Announces their DC Comics Movie Schedule

New-DC-Logo_BlueDuring a shareholder meeting Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced plans for Warner Bros.’ plans for movies based on DC Comics, ending months (years?) of speculation and rumors. This is the list of movies to expect post Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

August 5, 2016: Suicide Squad“four A-listers are currently in talks to star,” and the film will be directed by David Ayer.

June 23, 2017: Wonder WomanGal Gadot spins off into her on film.

November 23, 2017: Justice League Part 1 – the first part of Zack Snyder‘s two part film brings back the cast of Batman v Superman with man more added.

March 23, 2018: The FlashEzra Miller will suit up as the scarlet speedster, instead of the television show’s Grant Gustin

July 27, 2018: Aquaman – the studio has confirmed that Jason Momoa will star.

April 5, 2019: ShazamDwayne “The Rock” Johnson is attached to the film.

June 14, 2019: Justice League Part 2

April 3, 2020:  Cyborg – the film will star Ray Fisher.

June 19, 2020: Green Lantern

There also more solo Batman and Superman films in the works. Also announced was The Lego Batman Movie in 2017, directed by Chris McKay, and The Lego Movie 2 in 2018.

In August a list of ten movie release dates was posted by BoxOfficeMojo. Here’s how those dates match up.

  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice – 3/25/16
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2020) – 6/19/20 – Green Lantern above.
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2020) – 4/3/20 – Cyborg above
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2019) – 6/14/19 – Justice League Part 2 above.
  • Untitled DC Film (April 2019) – 4/5/19 - Shazam above.
  • Untitled DC Film (July 2018) – 7/27/18 - Aquaman above.
  • Untitled DC Film (March 2018) – 3/23/18 – The Flash above.
  • Untitled DC Film (Nov. 2017) – 11/17/17 – probably Justice League, thought it’s shifted by a week.
  • Untitled DC Film (June 2017) – 6/23/17 – Wonder Woman above.
  • Untitled DC Film (2016) – 8/5/16 – Suicide Squad above.

All the dates match up, except one which is shifted one week.

Black Milk Clothing: Hot Mess

Black Milk Clothing, the Australian based clothing company which focuses on quirky, eccentric and beautiful designs for their clothing is launching their newest release titled Hot Mess.  While previous releases have focused around common themes from comics, science-fiction and fantasy genres, this one is the first to combine them together.  This collection therefore does not contain a strong central theme or concept like the others, have, instead being a catch-all of different inspirations, a hot mess!

Check out some of the comic book related designs below.

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It’s new comic book day tomorrow. What are folks looking forward to? What do folks think of all of the New York Comic Con announcements?

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iO9 – We’re Getting A LEGO Movie Spinoff About Batman! Darkness! No Parents! – Hells yes!

Kotaku – Conan O’Brien? The Green Loontern? LEGO Batman 3 Keeps Getting Better – Nice!

The Spire - NYCC’14: DC Spin Round Really Fast, Suddenly Reveal Wonder Woman ’77 Series – Can’t wait. DC is starting to do it right?

The Spire – NYCC’14: Lemire and Perez Relaunch Hawkeye, Spencer and Rosanas Launch Ant-Man – Good to see it’s still going, and not shocking on Ant-Man.

The Star – York police superhero flick aimed at diverting kids from a life of crime – Some nice thinking.

The New York Times – So What’s the Big Idée? – We want one here in DC!

ICv2 – NYCC Bigger than San Diego Comic-Con – Hmmmm.

The Clarion Ledger – Graphic novel of John Lewis’ life going to students – This should be required reading for all students.

ICv2 – Fox Opts for a Full Season of ‘Gotham’ – Cool.

The Beat – Cosplay, Consent and Signs of the Times – Maybe part of the reason the crowd has gotten so big? Inclusion?

Five Thirty Eight – Comic Books Are Still Made By Men, For Men And About Men – Nice of them to reach out to us for content…. or not.

The Mary Sue – Dawn of Justice Producer Confirms Wonder Woman Will Have New 52 Origin Story – Huh.

 

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Talking Comics – Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1

CBR – Batman #35

Talking Comics - Batman #35

The Michigan Times – Batman #35

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New York Comic Con is kicking off! We have a few of the team there, and hope everyone has fun!

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ICv2 – ‘The Flash’ Posts Best CW Debut in 5 Years – Well deserved!

 

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Comic Vine – Alien vs. Predator: Fire and Stone #1

Comic Vine – Amazing Spider-Man #7

Comic Vine – Arrow Season 2.5 #1

Comic Vine – Avengers #36

Comic Vine – Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1

Comicgirl – The Best American Comics 2014

CBR – Batgirl #35

Comic Vine – Batgirl #35

Talking Comics – Batgirl #35

Comic Vine – Batman #35

Comic Vine – Birthright #1

Talking Comics – Birthright #1

Comic Vine – Captain Marvel #8

Comic Vine – Hawkeye vs. Deadpool #1

Comic Vine – New Suicide Squad #3

Talking Comics – The October Faction #1

The Beat – The October Faction #1

Comic Vine – The Punisher #11

Talking Comics – Punks: The Comic #1

Comic Vine – Punks: The Comic #1

Talking Comics – World Trigger Vol. 1 and 2

Comic Vine – Wytches #1

Talking Comics - Wytches #1

Review: Batman #35

batman35Among the large group of comic readers, there is one particular niche which I will never really understand.  It is the group which revels in theoretical scenarios, pitting one hero against another and trying to figure out who could win.  Although there is little logic to it, there are those readers that will argue that Batman can beat Superman with enough preparation.  There is some truth to that in a sense,  as Stan Lee has said, when asked of who would win in a battle, that pretty much whoever the writer wants to win would be the victor.  Occasionally though, fans get a bit of a taste of what could be which fuels the fire for further discussion.  When Batman fought Superman in the Dark Knight, it was proof that it could be done, as was the case in the somewhat famous Hush storyline.

Readers after such an experience in comics will not be disappointed by the story in Batman #35.  The story here is based around a backbone of what can be easily described as “extended version of what happens on the cover.”  In so doing this story becomes a little bit forced at times and convoluted.  This isn’t the first time that Batman has been forced to face off against his Justice League allies as was detailed in the Tower of Babel story arc in 2000, but this is the first to pit Batman against pretty much the entire League at once wearing all his League-beating devices combined into one.  This lapse from the more realistic character is a bit of a letdown, but then so too is the setup.  The readers are introduced at the beginning of the issue to a Bruce Wayne in the middle of a series of nightmares about his own death.  This leads to the dream-within-a-dream problem, as the reader is not even really sure what it to be taking as actual events and what is inside the head of the hero.

There are therefore some drawbacks to this issue in its presentation and subject matter, but the end result is still worthy enough.  The backup story is completely different in tone, but probably won’t stay as the backup story for long as the characters will be incorporated into some future story arc (maybe this one?)  After all is done here, the issue still is decent enough, but it is more a feast for the eyes than it is for the brain.

Story: Scott Snyder Art: Greg Capullo
Story: 7.8 Art: 7.8 Overall: 7.8 Recommendation: Read

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Some big releases are out this week! What has everyone excited?

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The Jewish Daily Forward – All the Jewish Superheroes – Some good history for folks.

The Breeze – Unmasking Batman? JMUTeach offers unconventional electives – As someone who thinks a lot of college is worthless, this isn’t helping win me over.

Kotaku – Doctor Doom Invades The Upcoming Marvel Heroes‘ Roster – Anyone psyched to play this?

 

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Comic Vine – Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier #1

Comic Vine – Guardians 3000 #1

Comic Vine – Thor #1

50 Years of Batman’s Evolution with The Piano Guys

The Piano Guys with is composed of a pianist, cellist, a videographer, and a music producer have released a music video that celebrates nearly 50 years of Batman. Listen to their musical celebration of Batman’s music!

Fear of a Black Kid Flash. Not so Much a Female One.

wally westAn interesting thing happened last week when in the Teen Titans version of Futures End that a new Kid Flash was introduced in the wake of the company-wide crossover.  Or more accurately another new Kid Flash was introduced. Earlier this year some fans were upset at the long-awaited return of Wally West to the DC universe, the problem that they were upset that the character was black. While this was not too much different from some other reactions – such as the reveal that the Earth 2 Alan Scott is gay – it is interesting especially after this new female Kid Flash was released to little fanfare or reaction. No one at all seemed to complain about this new character, seemingly also taking over the role of Wally West, though the incursion was potentially just as comprehensive. After all the character is never named and could have just as likely been named Walda or Wallis as any other name (thus allowing a nickname of Wally.)

Although they are based off of general consensus and are generally pretty silly, the so-called rules of the internet cover this topic to a degree, specifically rule 63 which states that for every male character that a female version of this character also exists.  While not absolutely true, it is often the case at least with the most popular characters. Some are direct rip-offs, though very rarely does a character assume the actual identity of the character, though the new female Thor is potentially going to change this. The female characters generally are presented in one of two ways. Either they are a female character that is modified into the costume of a male hero, as in the case of Stephanie Brown in the costume of Robin or May Parker in Spider-Man’s costume, or with separate characters in obviously feminine costumes as in the case with Supergirl and Batgirl.  In these cases though the character is separate and not taking over for the main role. While this in itself could be interpreted as a statement of gender, it is still worth noting that each character has their own self and their own past.

kflashThis being the case it would seem that the problem with the case of Wally West is not that directly of skin colour but that of identity. Wally West was an established character for many, and to change something as deep as skin color for many readers meant a fundamental change for the readers. Is this fair though?  If indeed the female character had been named either Wallis or Walda (I know these are more obscure names) would that have been so easily forgiven?

Before answering that it is maybe relevant to have a look at some of the major black characters from the history of comics. A lot of the major black characters came from a time when being black was a big part of their identity, especially with the introduction of these characters in the silver age.  In the case of Black Panther or Black Lightning, there was no question about their skin color as it was right in their names. While this did not hold true in every character (such as with Falcon or War Machine) it was still a notable part of their identity. In the comic book setting where the suffix “–man” is the expected commonality, it was necessary for a time to distinguish between skin color and gender. Black Lightning is perhaps one of the worst cases of this, as for a time his true identity as a black man is hidden behind his hero facade of being a jive-talking street character. He was not allowed to be educated as a hero, instead he was forced into racial stereotypes. Still those stereotypes existed, and they were even there with other characters. If Black Panther were called White Panther instead, the main association with the color to the character would not be skin color.  Instead, someone would expect that the character has some kind of powers related to the word “white.”

There exists a lot of other names in comics to distinguish one version from another. One major example is the previously mentioned example of –girl which is used almost exclusively for female versions of male characters (with the exception of the Legion of Super Heroes characters as well as Wonder Girl), but in terms of the Flash there was already a descriptor for this difference – “Kid”.

As the character gained more depth though, he was no longer associated with his own name and instead that of another, Wally. He became a real hero in the way that real heroes do, that by association by their non-hero names is almost as evident as with their superhero names. In this way it is not possible to have a character named Batman that is not Bruce or a Superman that is not Clark. The question is though, is whether skin color and gender are so tied to those identities. It would seem as though the answer in both cases is yes, except the more so for skin color. Not all fans, but some fans are willing to make fewer exceptions for a black version of a character than for a female version, and perhaps some of this is tied to identity but some is not.

A distinguishing factor here is the previously mentioned aspect of power. Even Supergirl, who is as much Kryptonian as Superman, is never said to be able to match him in power, despite their powers having nothing to do with their specific gender physiology. Equally Stephanie Brown, for the short time that she took over as Robin was never seen as his equal, even being regarded by Batman as an unnecessary risk to be allowed to act in the role. It is thus the case that female characters rarely break the gender role/stereotype of the female gender, but it is not the case with a black character. Black versions of the white characters are usually just as strong and able at superheroics, and this is likely also part of the outrage over the characters. That in some ways the girls will never compete truly for the title, but that the black men can, and this is the true danger with a black version of a favorite character. A black character makes the original white character replaceable, while a female character only makes a lesser powerful version of that main character. In the first case fans will often reject the change, but in the second case it is more acceptable.

In light of all the commentary about the medium in recent months, be it over the black Wally West or over the comments about the new direction for Wonder Woman, it is important to note that certain aspects of the medium and their fans are still stuck with some outdated thinking.

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