Known in the world of comics as the publisher of Study Group Comics, creator of The Secret Voice and an all around fixture in not only Portland, Oregon's lively comic book community but also the small press at large, Zack Soto has recently extended his creative ambitions into the world of toys. Designing, sculpting, casting and painting limited runs of resin figures based on his own comic book creations is a labor of love. For as difficult as it is to get started in the comics world, it's even tougher to set out into the realm of plastic 3D characters. This week at New York Comic Con 2013, Soto is set to unveil his latest batch of resin Rock Trolls and Ghost Grunts. ComicsAlliance got in touch with the comic book and toy creator to learn more about the plastic-paved road that lead him to this year's show, and what he's got in store for 2014 and beyond.
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Following in the footsteps of their Cartoon Network (and Boom! Studios) compatriots from Adventure Time, the Regular Show crew are set to receive the Funko Pop Vinyl figure treatment this fall. Mordecai, Rigby, Muscle Man, Skips and Benson are the first characters from the park getting figures.
Funko's Pop Vinyl series is set to continue its Adventure Time line this fall with six new figures joining the current assemblage of Finn, Jake, Ice King, Marceline the Vampire Queen and Lumpy Space Princess. Natasha Allegri's fan-favorite female versions of AT's usual male protagonists Fionna and Cake are notable standouts, with Princess Bubblegum, Ice King's penguin Gunter, Lemongrab and BMO rounding the half-dozen figure strong wave out.
Miniature monster figures inspired by Mattel/Bandai's classic M.U.S.C.L.E. line may just be experiencing a renaissance on Kickstarter. Following the success of three waves of OMFG! figures from George Gaspar and October Toys, the famed designer action figure purveyor known as The Sucklord is working to bring his own Gaspar-sculpted S.U.C.K.L.E. (Simply Unimportant Collectible Kitschy Little Eyesores) figures to life.Curious fans needn't wonder if these toys will manifest in general, as the official S.U.C.K.L.E. KS page has already more than doubled its goal since launching a few days ago. Instead, they can simply marvel at the line's intentionally offensive characters and ponder their backer level of choice.
Infographics: Friend of CA Tim Leong's new interactive infographic "Plotting Comic Books' Rapid Takeover of Hollywood" examines the continued rise of comic book films.
Movies: Director Marc Webb has tweeted an image of
Anime: The English version of the new Iron Man: Rise of Technovore trailer is now online, in all its technovoring glory.
Upcoming: Oni Press has revealed a "Death by Cuteness" variant cover for Helheim #2 by Katie Cook and colorist Nick Filardi. It'll be available through Oni on April 24th.