At New York Comic Con, we got the first look at Super7's take on the Masters of the Universe, which it took up from Mattel last year. Though many of the first wave were characters we'd seen before, the next few waves look to have even more deep cuts from the subscription service previously under Mattel's command. As strong as those Four Horsemen-designed figures look, Super7 had even more interesting products on display, including a rare Jack Kirby character getting his first toy ever.
I think it's pretty clear at this point that I am super into both giant transforming robots and epic battles in outer space. But despite the fact that I'm squarely in the Venn diagram for the appeal, I've never really gotten into Robotech. It always seemed like something that I missed my chance to really dive into when I was younger.
But now, it looks like I'm getting another chance. Thursday night at San Diego Comic Con, Titan Comics showcased art for its planned Robotech comics series in partnership with Harmony Gold USA, with pieces from Caspar Wijngaard, Luis Guerrero, Mariano Laclaustra, and Antonio Fuso. We don't know anything else at this point, but while we try to untangle the mysteries of the new Robotech series, we at least have some pretty art to look at.
Titan Comics has proved itself one of the premier publishers for licensed comics of late, with properties such as Doctor Who, Dark Souls and Assassin’s Creed. Another much beloved property joins the Titan family early next year as the publisher has partnered with television production company Harmony Gold USA to bring beloved anime Robotech to comics.
Furious 7 is the fourth highest grossing movie of all time. Ever. In film history. Number four, after Avatar, Titanic, and The Avengers. $1.5 billion at the box office and counting. A lot of the credit for that success goes to its longtime stars and creators who’ve kept the franchise running for 15 years through highs and lows. But some of the credit also goes to James Wan, who stepped in to direct the film after longtime franchise steward Justin Lin left the series, and who managed to keep the movie and its crew together following the tragic death of star Paul Walker. He delivered a really satisfying Fast & Furious that simultaneously served as a lovely tribute to Walker. It was an incredibly difficult job, and Wan nailed it.
Udon Entertainment unveiled an impressive line-up of books for the coming year at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday night, including the English-language translaton of the manga of Ryo Akizuki Kill La Kill, and not one but two Osamu Tezuka artbooks. Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Artbook is a collection of sketchbook drawings and designs, while Osamu Tezuka Anime Character Illustrations collects his animation model sheets.
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Just as Comic-Con International is getting going, Dynamite Entertainment has announced it acquired a slew of high-profile TV licenses that will turn into comics in the near future. NBC's Heroes will be making its return as a comic with writer Cullen Bunn, The Twilight Zone will get a new series written by J. Michael Straczynski, and Robotech will cross over with Voltron. But the one I'm really excited about? The Fox animated series Bob's Burgers is coming to comics.
Anime: Two opposing armored dudes battle/high five on G4's new promo poster for the Iron Man anime coming Stateside in July.
TV: Scooby Doo's upcoming Batman: The Brave and the Bold crossover appearance looks extremely '70s Scoobs authentic...
"Futurama" and "Simpsons" comics may be part of artist Jason Ho's day job with Bongo, but his private sketch blog is stocked with stylized renditions of "Doctor Who," "Robotech" and many other characters that would be right at home in their own Saturday morning animated series - not that "Robotech" needs a new look...