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.
Events: Jonathan Vankin and artist Marco Castiello will chro
Politics: Political comic False Witness! The Michele Bachmann Story by writer Bill Prendergast and artists Kevin Cannon, Danno Klanowski, Lupi McGinty, and James Powell, plops googly eyes on the cover of its satire of the Minnesota Republican Congressperson.
Costumes: We're jazzed about Francesco Francavilla's new look for Black Panther, which is one in a lo
"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. A "Who" cartoon cou