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FINALLY: ‘Ninja Rap’ Is Back In Vanilla Ice’s New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Macaroni Commercial [Video]

Vanilla Ice Kraft Macaroni and Cheese
Kraft

As the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles come back into the public eye with the second season of their CG animated Nickelodeon series and this summer's Michael Bay-produced live action movie, so too must Vanilla Ice. It is simply the way of things.

Ice is indeed back with an invention that isn't entirely brand new, but it may grab a hold of you tightly. It's a Kraft Macaroni and Cheese commercial in which Ice, who has apparently swallowed his pride and taken a job as a stocker at a supermarket, sings "Ninja Rap" with an annoyed kid's mom. Check out the video after the jump.

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Inkstuds Spotlight: Spike Trotman And Money In Comics [Podcast]

Smut Peddler Spike Trotman

Comics as we know it is wide and fractured. There's Direct Market comics, bookstore comics, webcomics, indie comics, manga, Eurocomics, and several more subcultures. I'm curious about what working under the broad umbrella of "comics" is like for creators, publishers, critics, academics, and more. Over the course of this month, I'm going to interview several people whose work, position, or goals I find interesting and attempt to paint a picture of what "comics" means today.

For the month of February, I'm taking over the Inkstuds podcast in order to introduce Inkstuds Spotlight, a focused look at what it means to be in comics. A comprehensive look isn't my goal. My goal is to show you several different slices of life in comics, as the people I'm interviewing this month play a wide variety of roles in comics. I'm speaking to Spike Trotman, cartoonist and publisher, about making money in comics.

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‘Strange Kid Comics Magazine’ Hits Kickstarter For A 24-Page Satanic Teddy Ruxpin Story

Strange Kid Comics on Kickstarter

I don't want to get all "'80s/'90s Kid" on everybody, because God help me if I ever start speaking in BuzzFeed/Facebook status update phrases, but if you're of a certain age there's a pretty good chance that you have a lot of nostalgic affection for stuff like Teddy Ruxpin, Stretch Armstrong and those Troll dolls with the hair. If you do, you have of course wondered what would've happened if those toys were possessed by demonic spirits unleashed by the power of Heavy Metal.

Now, at last, you can find out. For their fourth printed issue, the Strange Kids Club website is putting out a Kickstarter-funded magazine featuring not only the art of MadBalls designer James Groman, but also a 24-page comic written by Benito Cereno.

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Inkstuds Spotlight: Darryl Ayo On Being A Creator And Critic [Podcast]

Darryl Ayo

Comics as we know it is wide and fractured. There's Direct Market comics, bookstore comics, webcomics, indie comics, manga, Eurocomics, and several more subcultures. I'm curious about what working under the broad umbrella of "comics" is like for creators, publishers, critics, academics, and more. Over the course of this month, I'm going to interview several people whose work, position, or goals I find interesting and attempt to paint a picture of what "comics" means today.

For the month of February, I'm taking over the Inkstuds podcast in order to introduce Inkstuds Spotlight, a focused look at what it means to be in comics. A comprehensive look isn't my goal. My goal is to show you several different slices of life in comics, as the people I'm interviewing this month play a wide variety of roles in comics. Today, I'm talking to Darryl Ayo, cartoonist and critic.

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Comics Alliance Reader Choice Awards: The Winners

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Last month, ComicsAlliance launched its first ever Reader Choice Awards. We spend all year telling you what we like (and don't like), but we wanted to hear from you. We had seven different polls, asking voters to make their choices for best editor, colorist, writer/artist, cover artist, design, artist and writer for the previous year in comics.

Voting concluded this morning, and the results are in. Thanks to all of you who voted, and otherwise spread the word. You can check out a list of the winners below.

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Inkstuds Spotlight: Whit Taylor And Creating Comics [Podcast]

Whit Taylor

Comics as we know it is wide and fractured. There's Direct Market comics, bookstore comics, webcomics, indie comics, manga, Eurocomics, and several more subcultures. I'm curious about what working under the broad umbrella of "comics" is like for creators, publishers, critics, academics, and more. Over the course of this month, I'm going to interview several people whose work, position, or goals I find interesting and attempt to paint a picture of what "comics" means today. For this installment I'm talking to Whit Taylor, creator of Watermelon...and things that make me uncomfortable as a black person, Madtown High, and Stethoscope Microphone.

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Koyama Press Announces New Lineup Of Books From French, Kyle, DeForge, Scott, Martz, and Wilson

Koyama 2014 Books
Koyama Press

Koyama Press has unveiled six new books it has coming out this fall, and they run the gamut from avant-garde horror to cultural satire to funny-animal hijinks for all-ages.

Check out the full list of titles from cartoonists Renee French, Patrick Kyle, Michael DeForge, Walter Scott, John Martz, and Britt Wilson, with solicitations, below.

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James Kochalka’s ‘Glorkian Warrior: The Trials Of Glork’ Coming Soon To iOS [Video]

Glorkian Warrior The Trials of Glork
Pixeljam/James Kochalka

Nearly four years after a Kickstarter campaign netted $11,200 for its development, Glorkian Warrior: The Trials of Glork from developer Pixeljam and cartoonist James Kochalka is about to hit your iOS device very soon.

The game is due out during the first quarter of this year (and that's already a third over). It mashes up Space Invaders and Galaga-style shooting with platforming for a major retro gaming experience. Check out a trailer after the jump.

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Ryan North, Christopher Hastings And Anthony Clark Launch ShiftyLook’s ‘DigDug’ Comic [Interview]

DigDug, Shiftylook

Back in 2012, Namco launched ShiftyLook with an eye on turning older video game franchises like Bravoman and Rolling Thunder into webcomics, and they've done a good job of it, too. Galaga, in which Ryan North, Christopher Hastings and Anthony Clark reimagined space combat as the story of two teenage girls building spaceships out of giant pixels and blasting off to defend Earth alongside a two-fisted President, was one of ComicsAlliance's best comics of 2013, and now, they're giving the team a second chance at capturing that magic.

Today, North, Clark and Hastings launched DigDug, a short story based on the classic 1982 arcade game. I spoke to the three creators to find out more about how they adapt an 8-bit game into a character-based story, where they find time to take on an additional project and whether they've officially named their team.

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Buy This Book: ‘Nova Phase’ #1

Nova Phase #1, Slave Labor Graphics

On the list of things I'm a complete and total sucker for, outer-space westerns are up at the top of the list, right under comics about Batman punching a gorilla or crocodile. I love those things, and the more obvious the connection to westerns, the more I tend to love it. Cowboy Bebop? Great. Firefly, with its train robberies and galactic civil war veterans? Yes. Heck, I've even got a passing interest in BraveStarr, and that thing is so on the nose that it takes place on "Planet Texas." Seriously, you put cosmic six-shooters and I'm basically in, no questions asked.

Of course, it helps if the end product is actually good, too, and while it was the premise and a quick look at the art that got my interest piqued in the first place, Matthew Ritter and Adam Elbatimy's Nova Phase is every bit as good as I wanted it to be.

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