By Chris Sims
On the off chance that there just weren’t enough reasons for us to hop on a transcontinental flight to Japan and visit Toei’s Hero World, the new indoor theme park and museum based around the history of tokusatsu, they’ve given us a new one, and it is edible. It was pretty inevitable that they’d have a few Kamen Riderand Super Sentai themed menu items to snack on while you were browsing a collection of props or waiting for the bumper motorcycles to open up, but I assumed it would be limited to plastic “Collector Cups” and, I don’t know, the Gorenger-themed “Big One” Burger. They are not.
They have, instead, given us delicious looking buns shaped like Kamen Riders’ heads. And, you know, also collector cups. Check ‘em out below!
Hey! You wanna see a collection of more than 150 pieces of really cool Dragon Ball fanart? Good news, you can currently name your price for a digital collection by some of the coolest artists this side of Namek.
The Dragon Ball Zine, a beautifully produced collection of fan art from Akira Toriyama’s hyper-popular manga series (and the anime adaptation) is pay-what-you-like on Gumroad right now. A print version is also available for $20.
ABOVE: art by Jenn Woodall
He’s spent most of his career protecting California — first as an angsty teen on The O.C. and more recently as a cop on South LAnd, but it seems Benjamin McKenzie‘s next stop is Gotham as a young James “Jim” Gordon. This isn’t McKenzie’s first rodeo either, as he voiced a young Bruce Wayne in Warner Bros. Animation’s 2011 Batman Year One animated feature, which adapted the comic of the same name by writer Frank Miller, artist David Mazzucchelli, colorist Richmond Lewis and letterer Todd Klein.
Hey, remember the first time you saw Superman flying? It could have been in the Christopher Reeve Superman films, the Super Friends cartoon, Superman: The Animated Series, or heck, maybe even in a comic book.
Whatever the case, the reaction from kids tends to be universal: It’s the best thing they’ve ever seen. Eventually those people become grown-ups who maybe like other superheroes more or stop caring about superheroes at all, but it’s worth being reminded of the effect seeing a handsome guy in a blue suit blast through the sky can have on an impressionable mind. It’s all in the face of a 16-month-old boy seeing a scene from Man of Steel for the first time in the video after the jump.
By Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
By Joe Hughes
James Baldwin once described America as a “country devoted to the death of the paradox.” He was right, of course. We’re more comfortable seeing things in extremes, in black and white. A person from one culture or background can be instantly labeled as an upstanding citizen, exemplifying everything good about “real America.” Superman is from Kansas, not San Francisco.
But if you’re from another background, you can be instantly labeled as something else entirely: lazy, entitled, a thug, “Un-American.” To many, there are those who fit into a certain label based on where they grew up, what school they went to, what church they attend. To think otherwise, to consider that there is more to us than blanket, largely basely assumptions, isn’t as easy. And for many, it’s too uncomfortable. It’s too much work.
Ms. Marvel #1 stands in stark contrast to that sentiment. Written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Adrian Alphona, each major character introduced in this first issue is a celebration and exploration of the paradox. It is a book full of characters who remind you of people you know, or people you knew. It’s a book that’s unique, but nonetheless familiar. It is also, by almost any measure, one of the best first issues of a superhero comic in years. And, if we’re being honest, it probably needed to be.
By Chris Sims
Q: Where do you stand on the modern day love affair with “the toughening” of Alfred Pennyworth? — danceformyhorse
A: I’ve joked before about how I love Alfred more than most people love Batman, but let’s be real here: that’s only half-joking. Alfred is easily one of my favorite characters in comics, and I could happily read an entire series about the adventures of the Batman’s Gentleman’s Gentleman, even if it just focused on the problems of how to keep a robotic Tyrannosaurus and a giant penny from getting too dusty while cleaning up Batman’s anti-crime basement. So believe me when I tell you, friends, the idea of a tough-as-nails Alfred Pennyworth is far from a modern invention.
Alfred’s been a badass since day one.
When Funko announced that they’d be teaming with Super7 to mass produce and distribute the 3.75″ ReAction line, it seemed fan dreams of owing toys in the style of Kenner’s 1977 Star Wars figures across both classic and contemporary pop culture licenses were going to come true. Little did anyone know just HOW true. Thanks to new images at Entertainment Earth, collectors can now have a look at what’s going to be a busy 2014, with more than 60 total ReAction figures planned from movies including The Rocketeer, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Predator, The Terminator, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Back to the Future, Escape from New York, Firefly, Scream, The Goonies, Universal Monsters, Pulp Fiction, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Hellraiser, Trick ‘R Treat, Halloween and The Crow.