Batman Vs. Two-Face Trailer

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Last week, the trailer debuted for the next Batman ’66 cartoon DVD. Batman Vs. Two-Face is the follow-up to Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders which reunited Adam West, Burt Ward, and Julie Newmar, reprising their classic roles.

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Just so we’re all on the same page here, if you haven’t seen the trailer, here it is.

Overall, this trailer looks great. Having the remaining cast members reunite is fantastic and probably the reason for these cartoons to exist. Two-Face’s introduction into the Batman ’66 universe is an outstanding idea since he was really the only major villain absent from the show at the time. I realize that Harlan Ellison’s unproduced script has been adapted into a comic book featuring Two-Face, but having Adam West and Burt Ward involved in the project takes it to another level.

The big question surrounding this release was after the passing of Adam West, if he had recorded his dialogue already. Shortly after his passing, it was confirmed that West had recorded all his lines for this feature. While that is good news, it also casts a shadow over this movie, in that, this is Adam West’s LAST performance as the caped crusader. On the special features for Return of the Caped Crusaders, some of the voice talent speculate that the Batman ’66 features could be a series unto themselves. Although having Burt Ward and Julie Newmar still with us, it is unlikely that the series will continue without West’s Batman. It does beg the question though, was a third animated feature being developed that we will now never see?

My main issue with this project was William Shatner’s performance. Casting Shatner as Two-Face, the villain who was never on the ’60’s show with the actor could never have guest-starred on the show, was a great move. Aside from his appearance on Futurama, where he played himself, I am not familiar with Shatner’s voice work. I was concerned that West’s last outing as Batman would be scarred by a phoned-in reading by Shatner. After seeing this trailer though, my doubts have been put to rest. Harvey Dent sounds great and feels like Shatner is taking the role seriously.

Once I heard Two-Face’s voice however, I was worried it wasn’t William Shatner. The voice is so rough and different from Shatner’s I worried that they had cast Fred Tatasciore or someone. According to IMDB, Shatner is credited as Harvey Dent and Two-Face. Watching the trailer a couple more times and listening carefully to Two-Face’s lines, there is some Shat in there. I was really impressed by the transformation that he has seemingly been able to undergo for this dual role. Hopefully, there will be an interview with him on the DVD describing his preparation for the role when it is released.

Another nice aspect of Shatner’s casting is that the animators have apparently designed Dent to resemble a period appropriate version of him.

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Of course, had Shatner played Two-Face on the ’60’s show, that is what the character would have looked like. It’s a nice touch that shows the thought that is going into this production.

Back in the day, the creators of the Batman show had apparently discussed having Two-Face on the show, but it was determined that the character would be too frightening for children. Apparently, their choice of actor was Clint Eastwood. I’ve always wondered what Eastwood would have done with the character. It seems like a great “what could have been” scenario. Also, it brings up the question of did the producers contact Eastwood for this project? The 87 year old’s voice would probably be perfect for Two-Face today. Whether or not Eastwood was considered, William Shatner is an inspired choice considering the context of the time.

In the trailer itself, there is a weird effect on Two-Face himself. Several shots show Two-Face with his unscarred side in shadow.

These shots don’t appear to be a natural shadow that is covering his face, but more intentionally placed maybe for story reasons. Possibly, Two-Face shows up after Harvey’s accident and is supposed to be an unrelated villain that (shocker!) is in fact Harvey Dent. It seems like an odd choice story wise, because who would be watching this and not already know, or be able to figure it out from the cover, that Harvey Dent is Two-Face? Now, this is all speculation on my part, and I have nothing but intuition to back this up. If this is a twist in the film though, it seems like a poor choice especially considering what the trailer does at the end.

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The “post-credits” scene of the trailer features the revelation that Hugo Strange is a villain who is working with Two-Face!!! GASP!!! Why spoil this in the trailer? Everyone will know that Dent and Two-Face are two-and-the-same, but there is a strong possibility that someone watching this may not know that Strange is a villain. Especially since he was never featured on the 60’s Batman show and has a lower profile than most major Bat-villains. Casual viewers are more likely to not know who he is and may be genuinely surprised. If you already have a twist everyone can deduce with Dent, why throw this one away? It’s misguided.

You also can’t convince me that that’s not Dr. Harleen Quinzel in there with Strange.

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From her appearance and accent, there’s no question they are setting up Harley Quinn here. Whether or not we see a fully formed Harley in this cartoon or they are setting her up for a later feature remains to be seen.

Batman Vs. Two-Face is set to be released physically in October with digital coming a few weeks earlier. While I can’t find confirmation on their website, it seems that Target will be offering an exclusive steelbook edition. Since I am still a sucker for physical media, and especially steelbooks, that will be the version I seek out. It will be a nice companion to my steelbook Blu-ray for Return of the Caped Crusaders.

With the high bar from the previous entry, Batman Vs. Two-Face has a lot to live up to. Unfortunately, it also has the expectations that come from being the defacto last performance of Adam West. Will this be the greatest Batman ’66 story ever? Probably not. However, it promises to be a good one with the assembled cast and will hopefully be an appropriate sendoff for the Caped Crusader.

The Best Kelley Jones Batman Covers #8

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Continuing my look at the Batman covers of one of my favorite artists, Kelley Jones. Jones started as a cover artist on Detective Comics and then Batman and eventually to the interior artist of Batman. These books along with some other various side projects constitute one of the most dramatic looks for the Dark Knight ever.

8. Batman: Gotham After Midnight #3

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This cover separates itself due to the scale of it. A giant Clayface gripping Batman above the skyline of Gotham City. While, above them, police blimps float by in a crimson sky, obviously inspired by Batman: The Animated Series.

The clay being flung off of Clayface’s upper hand and body are really the only hints of motion we get on this cover. One can imagine the blimps drifting by, but not at a pace that would be considered “thrilling” like stated above the issue number.

Typically, Jones’ covers weren’t as “blockbuster” as this. If anything, the events being depicted skewed more towards a claustrophobic, horror feeling. To have this one with such a large scope to it is definitely a change of pace for Jones.

The enormous size of Clayface here climbing on the tower in the foreground with Batman in his hand, while also clearly stating the peril the Dark Knight is in, is in contrast to the background behind them. The sprawling city behind them, from the more realized buildings closer to the viewer, fades to just lights in the distance, and then darkness beyond. Having the blimps in the sky also helps the effect, shining lights illuminating Clayface, adding to the depth of the scene.

For the most part, any superfluous text on one of Jones’ covers would seem like sacrilege to me. This one however, seems to work well with it. The scene here could almost be a silver-age cover from the events, so it doesn’t seem as out-of-place here. I just know this piece looks beautiful in black and white too though. With the ink splatter technique used for the spotlights and the work on the sky, the original art for this one should look great.

As far as the coloring, the red Animated Series sky, working with the yellow light from the spotlights, compliments Clayface’s shades well. Just putting a brown mud man in an urban environment could go awry visually. Here, it is successful and the yellow highlights move the eye around the cover. The green city background contrasts with the scarlet sky without being distracting from the action in the foreground.

My only real problem with this piece is that Batman’s beautiful cape is completely clipped off from the cover! We only see the minimum of it on his shoulders. The missed opportunity of have a massive Batman cape flapping in the wind above the city is regrettable.

Once more that’s more than I originally thought I would have to say about this cover. Next time, I will be examining my pick for the seventh best Kelley Jones Batman cover.

The Selection Book Cover

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Here is a book cover I designed a while back for my friend, Jason J. Nugent. The novel is a YA adventure he wrote about teens coming of age through a ritual called “The Selection”, on a distant colonized planet.

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Since the story takes place on another world, I tried to imbue the picture with an “alien” look to the vegetation, sky, etc. For the most part, the environment is how it is described in the book. Of course, I had to fill in some of the gaps myself, but Jason really created the look of the world in his writing.

Overall, the novel has received positive reviews and likewise on the cover. My original version of the cover went through minimal revisions and the reception it has gotten has made it a success for me.

You can check out Jason’s blog here at: https://almostaverageblog.wordpress.com/

If you want to check out the novel, it is available here: http://www.amazon.com/Selection-Jason-J-Nugent-ebook/dp/B06XK4W3MX/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1502071178&sr=8-1&keywords=the+selection+jason+j+nugent

Now I just have to wait to see what he comes up with for the (alleged) sequel.

MST3K: The Last Dance

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In the not too distant future, November 21, 2017, A.D., the last Mystery Science Theater 3000 box set will be released. Last Monday, Shout Factory announced that volume 39 will be the final set in the run. Their official update is available via Facebook here. http://www.facebook.com/mysterysciencetheater3000/posts/1382824998431557

When I am posting daily I like to respond to news as soon as possible to stay current. However, in light of this, I wanted to take a couple days to collect my thoughts.

Unlike the majority of the MST3K DVD sets, this final outing will only contain 3 episodes instead of the typical 4. The final films are:

The Amazing Transparent Man
Girls Town
Diabolik

The big news here is that Shout finally was able to license Diabolik. Many, including myself, assumed that they would never be able to secure this movie for release as a DVD. Fittingly, the last episode of the original run is now the final episode to come out.

For the 4th disc in the set, Shout is creating one entitled “Satellite Dishes”, a collection of host segments (the sections of the show that just feature the cast, no footage from the movie) of the remaining unreleased shows.

In the statement above, Shout announced that the final experiments that will probably not get a release are:

Ep #201 Rocketship X-M
Ep #212 Godzilla Vs. Megalon
Ep #213 Godzilla Vs. The Sea Monster
Ep #309 The Amazing Colossal Man
Ep #311 It Conquered the World
Ep #416 Fire Maidens from Outer Space
Ep #418 The Eye Creatures
Ep #807 Terror from the Year 5000
Ep #809 I Was A Teenage Werewolf
Ep #905 The Deadly Bees
Ep #906 The Space Children
Ep #913 Quest of the Delta Knights

Now, this has always been a conceit of this show being released commercially. There were always going to be some movies that everyone knew would never get produced. After 17 years of DVD releases, we now have our answer. The fact that over the years, Shout and before them, Rhino, released all the shows except for 12 is a testament to their resolve and hard work.

Godzilla Vs. Megalon was released in Vol. 10 before it had to be discontinued and The Amazing Colossal Man came out on VHS years ago before the DVDs. So, technically, there are only 10 episodes that were never made available to the public, and there are options out there for those who want those. Also, most Mystery Science Theater episodes are available to view on YouTube. (Presumably, with varying degrees of legality, but when you create a community based on the concept of “Keep Circulating the Tapes”, what do you expect?)

I have been purchasing these sets since they started with Volume 1 back in 2002. As long as I have been buying DVDs, I have been buying MST3K dvds. Before that I would pick up overpriced-but-better-than-buying-them-seperately VHS sets from the Musicland in my local mall. (Google it.)

Eventually, I would purchase them in a now defunct store in an outlet mall on I57 that I would travel to every few months. For quite a while, I picked them up at my local Best Buy. A couple sets I even picked up at my local Wal-Mart. Later, I would find a copy of the Zombie Nightmare episode there, selling individually. The last few years though, I have gotten them directly from Shout, usually along with an incentive disc, or from Amazon.

After Volume 10 was pulled from shelves (thankfully, I already had mine, so you know, bullet dodged there) I made a habit of not waiting around to get the sets. There are still a couple sets from a year or two ago I haven’t gotten yet, but I will be soon now. It will be odd not seeing announcements on Satellite News (mst3kinfo.com) about the next set coming out.

The other elephant in the room here is that MST3K’s original incarnation on KTMA has NEVER gotten a release of any kind. The infamous Season 0 is the holy grail of DVD releases for many MSTies, including me. If the well has run dry on shows they can put out, why not look into KTMA DVDs? Sold per episode via Shout’s website seems ideal for the hardcore collector’s item that these would be. I would even be ok with a disclaimer about the quality of the picture, if pristine prints were not available.

Over the years, fans have speculated over the rights of the movies shown on MST3K. Already, more speculation is happening on these last 12. If history has taught us anything about this show, it’s “never say never.” Circumstances could always change for any of these movies. Plus, as far as any of us know, the situation could always be “more money.” It’s possible that Shout Factory will be able to distribute some of them as individual DVDs as opposed to a box set.

Besides, who ever thought that 18 years later we would get new episodes?

 

The Best Kelley Jones Batman Covers #9

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Today am I continuing my look at the work of one of my favorite Batman artists, Kelley Jones. Jones started as a cover artist on Detective Comics and then Batman and eventually to the interior artist of Batman. These books along with some other various side projects constitute one of the most dramatic looks for the Dark Knight ever.

 

9. Batman #496

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This is the first entry from the “Knightfall” storyline, but I can guarantee it won’t be the last. There is a lot going on on this cover. From an exhausted Batman assaulting the Joker to the specter of Robin Jason Todd hanging over the scene.

The expression and sweat on Batman’s face combine to show how exhausted he is from the events of “Knightfall.” Also playing into this is the blood on his fist. The other nice thing about the blood is that it adds motion to the cover as Batman has apparently been pummeling the Joker.

Joker’s expression shows that despite the blood staining his smile, he is pleased with the results. It’s obvious that Batman being pushed to his edge is ok with him. From the position of his hands, it’s clear that he’s not fighting back. He’s not punching or clawing at Batman in an attempt to defend himself.

Jason Todd’s ghost here is also well done. There is an ink splatter or maybe whiteout splatter technique used to produce an otherworldly look. Shortly after, computer coloring would become the norm in the comics industry and this probably would have achieved that way. Here, this is accomplished through hand illustration.

Now, most of Jones’ work is just as impressive in the original black and white. Here though, the color really adds to the overall effectiveness of the piece. From the purples on the Joker’s suit to the red blood fading into the darkness of Batman’s glove. Plus, Batman’s sickly pallor adds to the condition he is in throughout the story.

The real high point for the color here is the faded look to Jason’s spirit. Immediately, the viewer knows that this is not a normal figure. Combined with the inking technique used, the palette leads to a powerful effect.

Something I forgot to mention in the first entry is Jones’ tendency to draw GIGANTIC ears on Batman. Like much of his work it demands the “can you do that?” question when first viewed. Well Jones did it. His disregard for the “rules” of depicting mainstream superheroes are maybe best represented here.

Batman’s ears here are definitely a “10”. Even if you take into account the Sprang-Jones Scale of Batman ear length spectrum Chris Sims proposed on Comics Alliance. http://comicsalliance.com/batman-ears-investigation/ This is a case also where the fins on his gloves are almost as long as the ears!

Again, that’s more that I originally thought I would have to say about this cover and I didn’t even talk about the awesome cape on this one. Next time, I will be examining my pick for the eighth best Kelley Jones Batman cover.

Cavalcade of Sketches

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While I’ve started writing on here again, I’ve also been sketching a few things intermittently. None of these are what I would call finished pieces. More like trying to work out a concept or exorcising and idea. Here are a few of the things I’ve been drawing.

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This is a Superman costume concept. I suppose it’s inspired by J.J. Abrams’ Superman: Flyby script from several years back. I wondered what that suit would have looked like.

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Similarly, here is an Aquaman costume. Not a huge departure just something I thought of and wanted to get down on paper.

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Here is a Batman cowl idea. Batman’s eyes were originally drawn blank to imply that they were “glowing”. In 2017, with the conceit of lenses in his cowl, there is no reason that they can’t literally glow. The ridges on the neck are to imply a segmented armor piece. Also, with the invention of Vantablack, there is no reason for the dark segments of his suit to reflect any light. Hence, the lack of detail in the cowl with the exception of the eyebrows which I felt would be necessary to emote. John Byrne drew Batman’s black costume sections as a negative black back in the ’80s and Mark Buckingham drew some great eyebrows on him back during his run.

VENOM

The announcement of Mark Bagely coming back to draw Venom inspired this. Venom: Lethal Protector is a great comic.

SLIMEKEEPER

This one is an original character I drew awhile ago, called Slimekeeper. He’s more of a Masters of the Universe type character.

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I was trying out a marker to see how it worked and so I drew this real sketchy Venom the other day. Real quick and I liked the way it came out.

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Last, here’s another Batman. Not sure why I did this one. Probably thinking more about the eyes again.

Some of these have been posted on my twitter account previously, but I’m don’t think there’s too much overlap with my followers there and here so I decided I’d post these here also. I’ve also included some new ones here too.

Again, none of these are completed pieces. Not too much went into layout and preliminary steps so I’m aware anatomy/proportions are off in some. Mostly, this process is for getting a concept out of my head onto paper.

Let me know what you think here or on my Twitter account @detective651.

 

What’s in the Boooox? World’s Finest Collection: Batman

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Welcome to What’s in the Boooox? where I look at a subscription box and see what’s in it. It’s just like an unboxing video, without the audio/visual aspects of it.

Quick note: on Monday I posted an article about my favorite YouTube show, Comic Trips. Now Comic Trips posts unboxing videos call “What’s in the Box?” I want to clarify that I started writing these before I had seen any of their great videos and did not crib my title from them. I believe that this can be chalked up to a “great minds” situation and a mutual love of Braddy P’s performance in Se7en.

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Plus they have “What’s in the Box?” I’m “What’s in the Booooox?” It’s a whole McDonald’s/McDowell’s situation.

Today, I am looking at the first offering from the World’s Finest subscription box from Culture Fly. This inaugural box’s theme is Batman.

What I can’t figure out about this box is the lack of promotion for it. Months ago I saw a few articles online and a few weeks ago there was a segment on DC’s All Access YouTube show that mentioned it.

Maybe they’re heavily advertising on Facebook or some other social media platform I don’t participate in? If not for the above video though, I wouldn’t have known where to purchase the box.

(Sidenote: I’m only on Twitter @detective651)

From here on out:

SPOILERS

This is what was in the box:

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THE THEME: Well, this is certainly a Batman box. Every item here screams “Dark Knight!” Can’t fault them for not following up on the theme.

THE VINYL FIGURE:

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The item that was previewed from this box was a vinyl Batman figure based on the current Greg Cappulo Rebirth design. From what little I’ve seen about this box, I think these are supposed to be the signature item for them. Presumably, there will be one in each box. Well, “figure.” I’m not sure what you would call this. Is vinyl statue a thing? I am troubled by calling this a figure due to the total lack of articulation I expect from an action figure. INaction figure? Maybe like NECA did of the Masters of the Universe figures a while back? Just sayin’.

It is definitely action figure sized and has an ok sculpt. This is a full sculpt, there is another arm under that cape. After years of great Batman action figures, my expectations for a Batman figure are pretty high. The base is nice and will guarantee that I display this. The one choice I can’t get past is the lack of black on the utility belt that Batman now sports with this suit. The contents of this box are CLEARLY Rebirth Batman so this seems like an odd choice. Oversight by laziness or not wanting to shell out for a little more black paint?

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This is what I am talking about, literally.

The box the “figure” came in has some odd directions on the back for displaying. My best interpretation is that you’re supposed to take the background card out of the box and fold it backwards from how it came and place it back in the box. How I have it in the picture is how I think it is supposed to be. (?)

THE T-SHIRT:

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So, this shirt is a pretty standard Wayne Industries logo design. White on a black shirt. Ok, but my expectations for t-shirt design is very high due to my day-to-day. Big issue for me here is the lack of larger sizes. I’m a big boy and I need a big shirt. I’ll wear this around the house and to take the dog outside, but not around town or a convention. Bigger sizes please.

THE PRINT:

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Hey, a cool David Finch Batman print! I was really hoping for a comic book in this since it is a DC box and the “C” stands for comics, but this is a nice runner-up. This is a nice print that can be framed. The surprising thing is that this nice print was just laying in the bottom of the box. As you can see from the pic, there are some scratches on it. A plastic sleeve was out of the question for this? This box has obviously put a lot of detail into presentation and is very well designed. Therefore, it seems strange that no one questioned throwing a print loose in a box that was going to travel through the mail. Hopefully glass from a frame will hide the scuffs.

THE MUG:

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A cool Batman mug! I can get behind this. Now, the mug is listed as the Smoke Grenade Travel Mug. I guess the mug is meant to look like one of Batman’s smoke grenades. Look, I’ll drink out of a Batman mug. I’ve been doing it my whole life! You don’t have to give me hard sell, mug. Just be a mug, mug.

Real talk: I haven’t figured out how you open up this mug yet. I feel like I’m going to be trying and break it. I’m getting concerned that it might actually contain smokescreen. This might be a problem.

THE UMBRELLA:

Ok, now this is an item that needs to pretend it’s something it’s not. The Grappling Hook Umbrella is a great concept for a Batman umbrella! An umbrella with a handle that mimics Batman’s grappling gun with two Batman symbols on the top. The strap to wrap it up also has the symbol on it.

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I received this box when I came home for lunch today. Bonus: it’s been raining off and on today so that was a nice coincidence. Hence, I took the umbrella back to work with me. The first thing all my co-workers said was “Why not a Penguin umbrella?” Uuuuhhh, because it’s a Batman umbrella? I don’t know why it’s not a Penguin styled umbrella. It’s definitely a missed opportunity. Has there ever been a commercially available Penguin umbrella? Maybe back during Batman Returns? A Halloween costume or something? I don’t know. This is a great BATMAN themed umbrella though. Even with my reservations about the grappling gun in general (I don’t like it, but we’ll get into that some other time), it works for this item.

Oh yeah, the umbrella also comes in a bag with the Rebirth Batman symbol on it.

“PUSH PINS” AND UTILITY CARD:

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Inside the box was this cool Blu-ray sized tin. Now, I knew there was no way in hell they sent ANY type of disc, but it’s a cool case. Upon opening it, I found these two Batarang Push Pins. Now they say they are push pins, but push pins only have one prong. These have two. Therefore, I submit that these are not push pins at all, but in reality are batarang corn on the cob holders. I paid for them, so I think I get to decide what they are. I haven’t attempted to eat corn with them yet, but I’ll get back to you on that.

The Wayne Industries Utility Card is a cool item that I didn’t expect to get in a box like this. I have not tried everything out on this yet (and I probably won’t), but it’s a novel item.

Full disclosure: I brightened up the pic of the black on black utility card here so it would be easier to view. I have done that to some of these other pics, because I am bad at photography. I have NOT altered how any of these items in this box look though. Why be duplicitous about any of this if they aren’t even going to pay me?

THE PATCHES:

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The box includes two patches. One is of the Wayne Industries logo like on the shirt. The other is the Rebirth Batman emblem. These are nice, but I don’t have anything to apply them on. Like the Funko DC boxes I get, these patches will end up on a cork board I use to display them.

EVIDENCE BAGS:

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Two of the most unique items in this box are the Gotham City Police Department Dossiers. These cards detail information on The Joker and Two-Face. The details are nice, but they are oddly redacted. My guess is that they are supposed to be omitting details about Batman in the cases, but why? Wouldn’t you need to keep a record of these criminals being brought in by a masked vigilante? Seems important.

Anyway, the Joker one comes with a Joker card printed on a very thick plastic. It could almost be a coaster. The thickness of it also makes it feel like it could be displayed in a stand or something.

The card is also based on the only true Joker card by Jerry Robinson, so mega bonus points for that. https://detective651.wordpress.com/2016/07/08/whats-in-the-boooox-legion-of-collectors-suicide-squad/

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The Two-Face one comes with his coin, y’all! A two-headed, scarred-like-he-is (it’s a metaphor!), Two-Face coin. This is baller. I know there were some coins produced back when The Dark Knight movie came out. To me this looks similar to those. I’m not sure if it’s the same mold as those. I would have to see them next to each other. Either way, it’s a Two-Face coin. What do you have to bitch about?

Overall, I am very happy about this box. I’m all about Batman so I’m good with a bunch of Batman stuff. The price for this box was just over $50 with shipping. It is a totally good price as there is EASILY over $50 worth of merchandise here. The vinyl “figure”, t-shirt, mug, and umbrella on their own would probably be over fifty in stores. $120 is the advertised value of the contents.

There are two subscription options. Quarterly (the release schedule for this) or Annually. I decided on the quarterly for this first box in case I didn’t like it. Odds are I will subscribe on the annual plan because it’s a little cheaper and I don’t want these charges sneaking up on me every 3 months.

This is great start to this new DC box and I look forward to the next one.

Campus Comics Storefront.

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If you’ve been following this blog you”ll know that you haven’t had anything to follow for a while. One of the things I was working on in the interim is designing a new sign and window graphics for my local comic shop, Campus Comics.

Last year Campus Comics came under new ownership and Mike Noe, the new owner, determined a new sign was needed. His daughter Sarah designed a new logo for the store and Mike consulted with me on a sign.

This is what resulted.

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I created a sign utilizing the new logo and added a background to match some of the other marketing created for the store. We also produced a smaller NoeMan’s Land sign to promote the owner’s online presence.

For contrast, here is the comic shop’s previous sign used for the last several years.

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We decided a more colorful sign was necessary to attract attention from the busy street the store is on and also to set it apart from the other stores in the shopping center.

Utilizing the busy street was also the thought behind the graphics for the windows.

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This is the store when the window graphics were installed before the new sign.

There was a desire to grab people’s’ attention as they sped by and clearly state “we have comics here.” White logos were used to stand out from the dark windows and provide a unity to the various designs.

I decide to enlarge the logos to the extent that some of them run off the windows to grab the eye. The Superman “S” is very recognizable to the point that it is easy to pass by. By cropping parts of the logos they stand out as “not being right.” Chip Kidd used a similar technique when he redesigned the trade dress for the Batman books back in 2000. By placing the DC logo in the corner and truncated, it stood out way more than it did on the plethora of other covers it was on then.

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So yeah, I’m on par with Chip Kidd, basically.

Below is a banner I created also to be used at conventions for the store.

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Here it is at this year’s Salem Comic and Toy Expo in Salem, IL.

The main idea here was to create a banner that tied into what had been done for the store signage.

All in all, I am pretty pleased with the way all of these turned out. More so, than my typical work that is beaten to death by clients’ “input.” The response to these has been overwhelmingly positive, or as far as I know it has. Unless everyone is lying to me to my face.

Customers who haven’t been in a while are typically taken aback by the improved look of the store now and I knew it would start with how the store looked on the outside.

You can check out more about Campus Comics here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Campus-Comics-175604092464496/photos/?ref=page_internal

or you can come by the store and check it out for yourself.