This week, The Simpsons adds another auspicious guest director to its list of achievements with this latest couch gag by French animator Sylvain Chomet, the Academy Award-winning director of The Triplets of Belleville.
As a cosplayer who currently resides in a rather cozy secret lair (aka a small apartment in Boston), one of my continuous obstacles is being able to neatly organize all of my clothing, collectibles, and costumes in a confined space, while still maintaining enough space for sewing and prop-building. Ever since I started cosplaying, I've always been envious of the spacious secret headquarters and hideouts of the characters that I was emulating, especially the heroes who had the space to display all of their previous incarnations of their costumes and their entire artillery of weapons and gadgets. Since most of us will probably never be able to own our own Batcave (let alone, Wayne Manor), organization is the best weapon for storing your alter-egos and preventing the chaotic mess of fabric and Worbla in your limited work space.
In an installment of IKEA Singapore's series of "IKEA Bedroom Stories" commercials, Frank (civil servant by day, cosplayer by night) describes his room as an "organized mess" of costumes, craft supplies, and action figures. Like many cosplayers, Frank struggles to keep his limited space tidy and orderly while working on costumes and props, which often results in an inevitable chaos of fabric and scattered costume pieces (an issue that I am all too familiar with during convention season).
While not quite as difficult to believe as a 25-years-later sequel to Tron, it's still pretty surprising to lay eyes on the honest-to-god trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, the sequel to the 2005 hit by Robert Rodriguez based on Frank Miller's black-and-white Dark Horse graphic novel series. A prequel (of sorts... the timelines are complex, ok) to the first film, A Dame to Kill For stars Eva Green in the title role and is adapted from what might be Miller's most intensely dark and violent Sin City yarn of all.
With its dramatic tale of time travel trauma, "City on the Edge of Forever" is widely considered one of the best episodes of the original Star Trek TV series, but what made it to the screen was quite different from sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's original script, which was too long for a one-hour TV show and had far too many speaking parts for the production budget.
Comics don't have those restrictions, though, so IDW Publishing is taking Ellison's full, original teleplay and adapting it into a comics mini-series, starting in June. It'll be written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, and with interior art by J.K. Woodward. Juan Ortiz will be the artist on the main covers, which give the series a sort of pulp-novel look, while movie poster artist Paul Shipper will be on variant covers. Ellison will serve as a sort of consultant.
On sale throughout April, What If? Age of Ultron is a weekly five-issue series written by Joe Keatinge that takes the central story mechanism of Marvel's Age of Ultron -- what would happen to the Marvel Universe if Hank Pym had never created the malevolent artificial intelligence Ultron -- and applies it to some of the publisher's iconic heroes. What would happen in a world without the Wasp? What would happen in a world without Thor? And so on.
What If? Age of Ultron is particularly notable for its artist roster, which includes Chris Stevens on covers with interiors and variants by talents not typically associated with Marvel titles. Among them, Ming Doyle, Piotr Kowalski, Mico Suayan, Ramon Villalobos, Raffaele Ienco and James Stokoe, whose variant cover for issue #2 you're seeing here for the first time.
After 22 years, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman has officially sold Heavy Metal. Founded in France as Métal Hurlant in 1975 before being licensed in America by then-National Lampoon publisher Leonard Mogel and later sold to Eastman in the early 1990s, Heavy Metal Magazine is famous for serving as something of a bridge to Euro Comics from the likes of H. R. Giger, Jean Giraud a.k.a. Moebius, Milo Manara and others, as well as a platform for North American artists and others who specialize in... well.. heavily rendered illustrations of warrior women in fantasy situations (among many other things).
The buyers are respective music and film industry professionals David Boxenbaum and Jeff Krelitz, and they've got multimedia in mind for the brand.
On sale in May, Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man #1 relaunches the saga of its titular superhero in high style, featuring a a particularly cool variant cover by Fiona Staples that you're seeing here for the first time. The co-creator of Image Comics' very popular and much acclaimed Saga, Staples is an artist whose routinely gorgeous covers for DC Comics, WildStorm, Archie IDW and Dark Horse have earned her numerous award nominations, but not until now has the artist's work graced the cover of a Marvel Comics publication.
My breakfast these days usually consists of a cup of coffee and that feeling of crushing despair that comes from a new Funky Winkerbean strip, so I'll freely admit that I might not be eating as healthfully as I probably should. It's just that I don't have time, you understand -- if I were to sit down with a bowl of cereal, there might be a few minutes at the start of my day where I wasn't thinking about comics.
Now, General Mills -- who I am reliably informed is not a new militaristic windmill-themed supervillain, which really seems like a missed opportunity -- has set out to correct that deficiency with its second teamup with DC Comics since 2011. Starting this month and running 'til the end of April, cereals like Honey Nut Cheerios and Trix are going to come bundled with new comics about the Justice League. And the thing is, they actually look really fun.
If you remember the Fox series Touch, you'll recall that one of its lead characters was a young man with very special powers who never spoke. The actor who played that role, 14-year-old David Mazouz, has now been cast as Bruce Wayne in Fox's new Gotham TV series. Odds are he'll have a little more to say in this role.
The producers have also cast the teenaged thief Selina Kyle with newcomer Camren Bicondova.
Rocksteady Games is returning to the Batman franchise later this year with the newest, and perhaps last, game in the "Arkham" series of games, Arkham Knight.
The game will feature a new, driveable Batmobile, which resembles a somewhat smaller Tumbler from the Christopher Nolan Batman films. Though rumor has it that Hush will be appearing in the game, the confirmed villains so far are Scarecrow, Penguin, Two-Face and Harley Quinn (who will even be playable in challenge maps), all of whom also appeared in previous Arkham games. Check out the game's announcement trailer after the jump.