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It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone getting? What are you excited for? Sound of in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Kotaku – 2011’s DC Universe Online Finds New Life On The Nintendo Switch – This could be fun to check out (again).

Arizona Daily Star – Meet Buster the Comic Bookmobile, bringing joy to Tucson kids – This is neat.

Newsarama – Garfield Sold to Viacom & Nickelodeon – Interesting. Wonder what the impact to the comics will be?

Reviews

Newsarama – Absolute Carnage #1
Talking Comics –
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Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Clip – Batman Meets the Heroes on a Half Shell

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is out today on 4K and Blu-ray and Warner Bros. has released a new look at the film. This all-new clips features all five of the above characters/actors in the first encounter between Batman and the Heroes on a Half Shell.

Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon and DC, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles features an all-star cast led by Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us) as the voice of both Batman and the Joker – making Baker the first actor to ever play both roles in the same film. Opposite Baker are the Ninja Turtles themselves – Emmy Award/Golden Globe Award/SAG Award winner Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Glee) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is available everywhere TODAY (June 4, 2019) on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Clip – Shredder and Ra’s al Ghul Check Out Arkham Asylum

Check out this brand new clip from Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a feature-length animated film from Warner Bros. Animation, DC, Nickelodeon, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment NOW AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL.

The film comes to 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 4, 2019.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan – leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!

The clip shows Ra’s al Ghul and Shredder on a walking tour of Arkham Asylum and its Rogues Gallery of Gotham villains in all their caged glory. The voices include Cas Anvar (Ra’s al Ghul), Andrew Kishino (Shredder), Carlos Alazraqui (Bane), Tara Strong (Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy), Two-Face (Keith Ferguson) and Jim Meskimen (Scarecrow). Joker doesn’t speak in the clip, but he is voiced by Troy Baker.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Opening Scene

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, is the all-new film from Warner Bros. Animation, DC, Nickelodeon, and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment coming to Digital on May 14, 2019, and arriving on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 4, 2019.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan – leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!

The Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles all-star cast is led by Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us) as the voice of both Batman and the Joker – making Baker the first actor to ever play both roles in the same film. Opposite Baker are the Ninja Turtles themselves – Emmy Award/Golden Globe Award/SAG Award winner Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Glee) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo.

The first official clip is actually the opening scene of the film, where the Foot Clan descends upon Powers Industrial at the same time Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl (voiced by Rachel Bloom of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” fame) is touring the facility, getting a first-hand look at an important power generator.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

NECA Expands their Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Line. It’s Now Global!

U.S.-based National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA) announced today the expansion of its licensing agreement with Viacom Nickelodeon Consumer Products (VNCP) for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT). For the first time ever, NECA’s distribution agreement will include international markets, allowing its bestselling TMNT action figures and collectibles to be sold in dozens of countries around the world from Asia to Europe to South America.

NECA first acquired the TMNT license in 2016 and has produced an expansive line of collector products based on the franchise’s movies and animated series, including action figures, prop replicas, accessories, collectibles and more. Until now, NECA items have only been available in the U.S., and this expansion into international markets will bring NECA’s TMNT product to fans around the world.

It’s Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the Brand New Trailer

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

It’ll take the unlikely unification of the Dark Knight and the Heroes in a Half-shell to overcome combined villainous forces afoot in Gotham City in the all-new, feature-length animated thriller, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, Nickelodeon and DC, the film arrives from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting May 14, 2019, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on June 4, 2019.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles finds Gotham City reaching new levels of danger when Shredder joins forces with Ra’s al Ghul to enact a nefarious plan – leading to the team-up of the Dark Knight and the Turtles to combat the combined might of the Foot Clan and League of Assassins!

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack ($39.99 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack ($24.98 SRP), as well as on Digital ($19.99 HD, $14.99 SD). The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc featuring the film; the Blu-ray Combo Pack features the film in hi-definition. The 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Pack include a digital version of the film.

The all-star cast is led by Troy Baker (Batman: Arkham Origins, The Last of Us) as the voice of both Batman and the Joker – making Baker the first actor to ever play both roles in the same film. Opposite Baker are the Ninja Turtles themselves – Emmy Award/Golden Globe Award/SAG Award winner Darren Criss (American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Glee) as Raphael, Kyle Mooney (Saturday Night Live) as Michelangelo, Baron Vaughn (Grace and Frankie) as Donatello, and Eric Bauza (Looney Tunes Cartoons, The Woody Woodpecker Show) as Leonardo.

Other key members of the voice cast include Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) as Batgirl, John DiMaggio (Adventure Time, Futurama) as Mr. Freeze, Tara Strong (Batman: The Animated Series, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go!) as Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Penguin, Carlos Alazraqui (Reno 911!) as Bane, Cas Anvar (The Expanse) as Ra’s al Ghul, Keith Ferguson (Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends) as Baxter Stockman & Two-Face, Brian George (Seinfeld) as Alfred, Ben Giroux (Hart of Dixie) as Robin, Andrew Kishino (The Lion Guard) as Shredder, and Jim Meskimen (Parks and Recreation) as Commissioner Gordon & Scarecrow.

Jake Castorena (The Death of Superman) directs Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from a script by Marly Halpern-Graser (Mad, Batman Unlimited, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo). The film is inspired by the comic book series “Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” by James Tynion IV and Freddie Williams II (published by DC Comics and IDW Publishing) and is based on characters from DC and Nickelodeon. Ben Jones (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Batman: The Brave and the Bold) is producer. Executive producers are Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan. Sam Register and Chris Viscardi are executive producers.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Enhanced Content

Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital

Cowabunga, Batman! When Comic Worlds Collide (Featurette)– Super hero crossovers have inspired some of the most unique comics of all time. Explore the concept of the crossover, and see the creativity that ensues when the worlds of Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet.

Fight Night in Gotham (Featurette) – DC animated movies have continued to push the realism of hand-to-hand combat on-screen. Take an exciting look at both Batman’s and the Ninja Turtles’ fighting styles, and how the creators make it feel like you’re in the fight!

A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Batman: Hush – An advance look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will feature Dolby VisionTM HDR that dramatically expands the color palette and contrast range and uses dynamic metadata to automatically optimize the picture for every screen, frame by frame. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also feature a Dolby Atmos® soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead. To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar. Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.

Fans can also own Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles via purchase from digital retailers beginning May 14, 2019.

DIGITAL DISTRIBUTION ELEMENTS

On May 14, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be available to own in high definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including Amazon, FandangoNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On June 4, Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be made available digitally on Video On Demand services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.

SDCC 2018: Nickelodeon Brings TMNT, Invader Zim, and Reptar!

Nickelodeon is bringing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, INVADER ZIM and more to life at San Diego Comic-Con 2018 through one-of-a-kind virtual and real-world experiences that will have fans saying, “Cowabunga”!  Headquartered at its 1,800 square-foot booth #4113 on the convention floor, Nickelodeon will showcase: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the all-new, reimagined series that follows the band of brothers as they seek to unlock the mystical secrets of New York City; the upcoming INVADER ZIM original TV movie; the return of Double Dare, a reboot of the iconic game show; the hit animated series The Loud House, which follows 11-year-old Lincoln Loud’s life with his 10 sisters; and Reptar from Rugrats, who will tower over Nick’s space.

Select fans have the opportunity to interact with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live,” a virtual reality experience that immerses users in the Turtles’ iconic New York City world and allows them to have a conversation with Mikey or Donnie—voiced live on the scene by Brandon Mychal Smith and Josh Brener, respectively. More details will be available soon for this off-site opportunity.

The “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Live” experience is created by Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab, the network’s division that spearheads research and development efforts around new technologies such as virtual reality, mixed-reality, augmented reality and artificial intelligence for Nick and its audience. Nickelodeon’s Entertainment Lab debuted Slime Zone, its first social virtual reality experience at IMAX VR centres globally in 2018, and recently announced a financial investment in Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup, whereby both entities have committed to produce an experience using Nick’s IP for kids and families.

Each day of the Comic-Con International convention, Nickelodeon’s booth will feature: a towering New York City cityscape, featuring the bright lights, energy and iconic billboards of Times Square; a hidden Turtles lair, housing a gif opportunity; the Double Dare hamster wheel, where fans can take photos with the iconic obstacle course challenge; a photo opportunity with life-size characters from The Loud House; a 23-foot-tall, Reptar hovering above a retail area; INVADER ZIM-themed transaction zone, featuring exclusive Nick-themed collectibles and custom t-shirts and totes; costumed-character appearances; and autograph signings with the voice casts and creators from Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, INVADER ZIM, SpongeBob SquarePants and more.

Nickelodeon will present two panels: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, featuring the new voice cast and a sneak peek at the upcoming seriesand INVADER ZIM: Enter the Florpus!, a reunion with the original voice cast celebrating the new TV movie.

The following is the full rundown of Nickelodeon’s activations:

PANELS

Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Thursday, July 19, 1:45p.m. – 2:45p.m. (Room: 6A): Rise up! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back with Nickelodeon’s brand-new mutation of New York’s half-shell heroes with a panel that celebrates the latest incarnation of Turtles and reinvention of the world famous franchise.  Joining the discussion is the new voice cast–Omar Miller as Raph, Ben Schwartz as Leo, Josh Brener as Donnie, Brandon Mychal Smith as Mikey, Kat Graham as April O’Neil, and Eric Bauza as Splinter–along with the co-executive producers Andy Suriano and Ant Ward, and legendary voice director Rob Paulsen. The panel will feature never-before-seen clips from the upcoming series and be moderated by Keely Flaherty (BuzzFeed).

INVADER ZIM: Enter the Florpus!

Friday, July 20, 1:00p.m. – 2:00p.m. (Room: 6A): Fans will strap on their tuna-filled jetpack, prepare their bladders for imminent release, and start singing the doom song as their favorite Irken invader returns to San Diego with a panel that dives into Nickelodeon’s forthcoming new movie, INVADER ZIM: Enter the Florpus.  Original series creator Jhonen Vasquez, art director Jenny Goldberg, and voice talent–Richard Horvitz (ZIM), Rikki Simons (GIR), Wally Wingert(Almighty Tallest Red) and Kevin McDonald (Almighty Tallest Purple)–will present behind-the-scenes art and exclusive brand-new footage. The panel will be moderated by Hector Navarro (Geek & SundryNerdist).

DAILY BOOTH ACTIVITY

  • Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Experience: Attendees can step inside the Turtles’ secret lair under the streets of New York City for a gif opportunity.
  • Double Dare Hamster Wheel: Fans can take photos with the iconic obstacle course challenge.
  • The Loud House Photo Opp. Enter the Loud family’s living room, sit on the couch and take a group photo with Lincoln Loud and his 10 sisters.
  • Customized T-Shirt and Tote Station: Fans can purchase a t-shirt and tote from the retail shop and customize it on the spot with characters and art from their choice of seven fan-favorite Nick shows: Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesSpongeBob SquarePantsThe Loud HouseDouble DareINVADER ZIM, Hey Arnold! and Rugrats.
  • Autograph Signings: Signing opportunities with Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice talent and executive producers, SpongeBob SquarePants’ Tom Kenny, INVADER ZIM voice talent and creator, and the Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel cast.
  • Costumed-Character Appearances: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel will make appearances at Nick’s booth at select times during the convention.
  • Retail: Attendees can purchase Comic-Con exclusive figures and collectibles, the summer edition of the Nick Box, t-shirts, pins and more.
  • Giveaways:  Enter for a chance to win special prizes over the course of the convention.

Why Does Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dip Into Racist Asian Stereotypes?

Nickelodeon‘s new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series Rise of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has come under criticism for numerous reasons; changes to the dynamic of the Turtles, the stylized look of the series, and drastic difference in the Turtles’ depictions. I have no opinion, no really care about all of that. Beyond all of that, the thing that stood out to me about the brand new trailer is the use of the Fu Manchu/Yellow Peril stereotype in the character of Splinter.

In the first official teaser released Friday, we get a look at what we can expect from the series and a better idea of the characters. We also get a look at Splinter who with his “slanted/slit” eyes, buck teeth, and delivery of lines, is hard to not see a racist Asian stereotype. There’s even a top knot!

This ethnic stereotype (which has no place in a kids show let alone modern society) has its roots in “Yellow Peril,” Western imperialism, racism, and led to exclusionary laws enacted against immigrants here in the United States. In entertainment it’s common and popularized in characters such as Fu Manchu and Charlie Chan both of which tread in stereotypical looks that persist to today. One scratches their head why the creators of this show thought it’s appropriate in 2018.

While there’s movements and individuals fighting for better representation of Asians in entertainment, to see a kids’ animated show perpetuate this hurtful imagery for a new generation is not only misguided it’s downright regressive and has no place on television let alone Nickelodeon which has had a history of excellent children’s programming.

You can watch the video below and see the problematic speech patterns at the 44 second mark and 53 second mark.

Review: Rocko’s Modern Life #2

Rocko2If you’re old enough to drive or smoke, then you’ve probably had a job and/or a boss that felt like hell or Satan. (Or Peaches, his all ages friendly equivalent.) But in Rocko’s Modern Life #2, the titular wallaby  works in the literal place, Hell, or “Heck” as it’s called because this is a family friendly comic. Ryan Ferrier’s plot centers around Rocko trying to find a loophole to get his soul back so he can be employed somewhere that doesn’t involve raging torment or glowering, orange flames courtesy of artist Ian McGinty and colorist Fred Stresing. Ferrier, McGinty, and Stresing expertly blend the every day trials of employment and terrible roommates with the wacky anarchy in art styles and storytelling that made 90s Nick animation so great. (That last sentence made me crave CatDog Cheese Nips for some reason.)

Ian McGinty has done solid work as the artist on modern licensed animation comics like Adventure Time  and Bravest Warriors and shows he can kick it old school too in Rocko #2. Rocko himself runs on rage and insecurity, and McGinty shows this visually with plenty of bloodshot eyes that seriously freaked me out when I was a kid and watching these kind of shows. He uses close-ups when Rocko is asserting himself like when he finally tells the mold causing, water park that is toxic to people with nut allergies creating worst housemate ever to hit the road and positions him off to the side when he’s being cowed like most of the time in “Heck”.  The Heck scenes have a bit of flair to them with McGinty using layouts that look like a parchment scroll to set up Rocko’s forfeiting his soul and transitioning the story from workplace satire to Hellblazer for kids with anthropomorphic animals.  This tone is assisted by Stresing’s “darkness, no parents” color palette used whenever Rocko is either on the clock or hanging onto sanity by one last frayed thread.

However, Rocko #2 isn’t all over the top and grotesque things like Rocko being forced to milk his boss (A demon cow.) for 18 hours. Rocko’s sad sack walk and eyes reminded me of collapsing in bed after working a double shift at Target and never wanting to socialize ever again. Even though it’s based on a cartoon, the first two issues of Rocko’s Modern Life have captured the feeling of anxiety, resignation, and occasionally straight up disgust that people (Young and old) have towards their jobs. (We need them to live, oops.) It doesn’t have any big epiphanies and thankfully no preaching, but gives its protagonist small victories that give him a glimmer of hope in a world that muddied by mold and peanut butter sludge. Also, Ryan Ferrier writes animal puns that have no business being as funny as they are.

Rocko’s Modern Life #2 is the soothing comic book balm for optimistic 90s kid that find professional life in 2018 figuratively or literally soulless. There’s even amusing backup story written and drawn by David DeGrand in a kind of The Nib art style about the perils of wearing a big costume to comic cons. I don’t see how those Optimus Prime cosplayers pull it off.

Story: Ryan Ferrier Art: Ian McGinty Colors: Fred C. Stresing Backup Story/Art: David DeGrand
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.7 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

BOOM! Studios/Kaboom! provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review: Rugrats #1

BOOM! Studio’s Rugrats captures the essence of the former Nickelodeon cartoon in it’s glory days. Published throught their KaBOOM! imprint, the story follows Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil as they attempt to understand the new technology their parents have become obsessed with. From nanny cams to drones, the new series aims to tackle it all and bring it into the new century.

Writer Box Brown successfully gives life to the voices of the once beloved characters. Brown also creates a charming journey that will leave fans wondering where the babies will go next.

Artist Lisa DuBois expresses the overall classic appearance of the franchise while also including a flavor of their own. Together this writer/artist duo seems unstoppable.

Rugrats is a perfect read if you’re simply picking it up for the nostalgia-factor, but also perfect and age appropriate, if you’re hoping to find a comic to introduce to the little ones in your life.

Story: Box Brown
Art: Lisa Dubois
Main Cover: Jorge Coronoa
Lunchbox Subscription Variant Cover: Shelli Paroline & Braden Lamb
Variant Cover: Art Baltazar

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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