Friday Newsbites and New York Comic Con Weekend Open Thread

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm


Keep following our Twitter all weekend - if news escapes, Jim'll catch it. Monday's morning list will be a recap of the best stuff he's seen - so that means no WeekStarter/Hangover list.

Before we begin, here are a few things we didn't have room for in other posts today:

-Secret Wars returns to Marvel. I'd expect toy tributes too.

-What's the matter with Kansas? Sriracha at Taco Bell.

-Cosplay proves that the U.S. is financially doomed.

-James Earl Jones is still Darth Vader.

-The new Star Wars arcade game looks badass.

-Imagine Pacific Rim as a video game in which both Jaegers and Kaiju get to eat the humans.

-Zombie-animal comic The Other Dead gets a TV series...on Animal Planet.

-Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs: The Prequel Series?

-Chinese Star Wars comic from back in the day is insane.

Will Arnett Will Star in Lego Batman Theatrical Movie

Friday, October 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm


Will the movie be a total sausage-fest? Looks like we're actually going to have simultaneous different Batman movies in theatrical release, provided Batfleck merits a sequel.

It's a sign of either the times or my age that the Batman movie I most want to see now is the campier, less-faithful version. And by all means, feel free to load it with cameos - I'll take a return visit from Channing Tatum's Lego Superman any day. If we see the origin story, I'm really hoping Bad Cop will turn out to have been his mentor.

Glow-in-the-Dark King Grayskull is 2015 Masters of the Universe Chase Figure

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 6:30 pm


Because you could watch Scott Neitlich's four-minute video, or we could cut straight to the, em, chase.

This makes the fifth variant of the King Grayskull figure, and notably, it is not made clear whether he comes with an orb for Castle Grayskull or not (as the prior carded one did, but previous boxed versions didn't). He'll be up for sale on Mattycollector at random times starting in 2nd quarter of 2015.

I think they overestimate his popularity - the idea here is to satisfy fans who were mad at the super-rare translucent Spirit of King Grayskull that was auctioned for charity, by giving them a similar-looking version. I'm just glad the annoying "chase" aspect has been given to something I don't care about.

New Transformers: Robots in Disguise Clips Confirm That, Yep, it Skews Young

Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm


One of the Decepticons is a giant lobster, which is kind of cool.

And then you get Bumblebee saying: "We need to look like something humans will accept. We need to be...ROBOTS IN DISGUISE!" At no point does he seem to notice that a big robotic dinosaur doesn't fit that category. And speaking of Grimlock...he's VERY different than I remember. In fact, I'll bet Michael Bay is watching this going, "Why didn't I think to make him a funny black man?"

See what you think.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

NY Comic Con
IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE IT'S HERE! The biggest, and traditionally most comics-focused convention on the endless con schedule, New York Comic Con, starts today, and we at Topless Robot are very proud to present this sober, scholarly look at the convention where you can get a free crazy taxi ride when the con is on, and an expensive crazy taxi ride after everyone's already home. We'll be on the con floor every day bringing you news, pictures and snide tweets about what we're seeing, so keep an eye out here and on Twitter for all the latest. We're also linking to every booth and panel listed so you can easily add them to your Show Planner App. And say hi if you see me on the floor, I'll be cosplaying as "Terrified Hypochondriac Man."

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Live-Action Adventure Time Short Plays up the Darkness

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Although this short is characterized as a "griity reboot," it's really no grittier than the actual Adventure Time can get, save maybe for the ending - at this point, does anybody not know the show is set after a nuclear apocalypse of some sort?

Making it live-action may be beside the point, too - you have to have a ton of digital enhancement to create most of the characters and landscapes. But if you just think of it as more of an Adventure Time tribute, it works just fine regardless of context, and I really like the way they pulled off Jake.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Takes up a Cartoon Pig

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 2:06 pm


Way back when I interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson, he insisted that he wasn't interested in being a celebrity, and that the public spokesperson role wasn't really something he asked for; he'd gladly stop any time if there were no demand for it. To which I now have to say: SUUUUUUUUUUUUUURE.

Yeah, I can buy - JUST - the notion that you're only doing Cosmos to educate people, and not in any way because being a TV star is fun. But once you start voicing a talking pig on Gravity Falls, it's time to admit that you love performing. Because all the available evidence suggests it, and that's, like, science.

Check it out.

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Week-Starter: Vinyl Guardians, Cowboy Game of Thrones, Bob's Burgers Porn and More!

Monday, October 6, 2014 at 6:00 am


If you-ooooo-oooo...are hooked on the vinyl! Then there's a version of the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack for you.

Here are some other stories you might have missed, if not for the compiling assistance of Kyle LeClair and the tipster powers of Patch999, Gallen_Dugall, SlyDante777, skrag2112, RegularStormy, Rx79immigrant84, troi. Also, I'm experimenting with titles other than Weekend Hangover, just to see if they get better traction. Feeling like maybe positioning this as a kickoff rather than leftover might be more pro-active. We'll see.

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Early Animation for Ralph Bakshi's Last Days of Coney Island Revealed by Animator

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 4:32 pm


Ever wonder what it's like to work for Ralph Bakshi? Animator Mark Phillips reveals all, and shows off some of the rough scenes from Bakshi's new Kickstarter-funded feature.

The phrase "each freak shuffles or squirts in its own unique way" comes up. And since this is Bakshi, that does mean what you think it does.

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New Pixar Trailer for Inside Out Shows...Young Marge Simpson?

Friday, October 3, 2014 at 8:00 am


Odd design choice there, Pixar. In this movie about the emotions inside a young girl's head, Amy Poehler plays Joy...

...and she looks like young Marge Simpson with a pixie cut. Yellow skin, green dress, blue hair, and given how long animated movies take to make, didn't anybody notice? I mean, it's not like there's a monopoly on color combinations, but I wouldn't be putting a mouse in red shorts if I made a cartoon, y'know?

I'm sure the movie will be fine, but what an odd choice. Also, the sadness character looks like Violet Beauregard after she ate the bad gum.

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