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SDCC Cosplay Gallery

 

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SDCC was a blast this year! I saw some of the new stuff that Hasbro is bringing out this year, took in Hall H panels on Doctor Who and The Hunger Games, presented a paper on superheroes and disabilities, and- of course- saw a lot of great cosplay.

I did not cosplay, but I did dress up for my panel and was told that my Dr. Spencer Reid (from Criminal Minds) was great.

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Accidental cosplay doesn’t count, so here are a few of my favorite intentional costumes.


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SDCC Coverage: The Hasbro Preview Breakfast

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Tate Blackmore here at Comic-Con International in San Diego! This morning Hasbro previewed some really cool stuff and they promise some huge reveals later this weekend. Check out the photos from the HasbroPreview Breakfast, and check back here for more updates!

 


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Essential Seven WWII-Era Comic Book Patriots Without Cool Movie Adaptations

Captain America: The First Avenger hits theaters today. Created in 1941 by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Captain America wore his patriotism on his sleeve (not to mention his chest, head, shield, and pirate boots) and did his bit to save the world from the Axis Powers. And, after years of waiting (and one crappy movie starring the son of J. D. Salinger for Pete’s sake!), we’re finally getting a Cap movie! Of course, Captain America was not the only WWII-era freedom fighter. There were a host of others who hit the front lines. However, unlike Cap, most of them will never be seen on the big screen. Some are forgotten, some are ridiculous, but all of them make up the Essential Seven WWII-Era Comic Book Patriots Without Cool Movie Adaptations! Click below to check them out.

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Essential Seven Unanswered Questions: Bonus Bounty Hunters Edition

When we first saw the group of bounty hunters assemble on the bridge of the Executor in The Empire Strikes Back, many of us shouted innumerable questions about them. Who are they? What are they capable of? Why would a bad ass like Vader need freelancers? The bounty hunters in Star Wars are always mysterious and unpredictable, so here are the Essential Seven unanswered questions concerning bounty hunters in the Star Wars Universe.

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Essential Seven WTF? Comic Book Covers-The Detective Comics Edition

Recently, I celebrated my new job by heading back to the comic book store for the first time in three years. My poison has always been Detective Comics. Sure, I’ve dabbled in Captain America, flirted with The Avengers, and convinced myself that Action Comics could be interesting, but I’ve always been faithful to Batman’s original title. So, I’m back on the wagon. Or is that “off the wagon,” since I’m referring to succumbing to a vice? I can’t remember, and in any case, this is a moot point, as nerds typically don’t use this analogy to describe comic book and action figure addictions. If we did, we certainly wouldn’t use “wagon” when we could go with “starship” or “landspeeder.” At the very least it would be a small scooter that transforms into a robot. Anyway, I’ve always loved Detective for its long history, consistent writing, and cool covers. However, in the last 71 years, a few covers have made us step back and say “WTF?” Here are seven of them.
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Essential Seven ’80s Power Ballads

There’s just something about summer that makes me go back to those great (and not so great) power ballads of the 1980s. It may be that I spent most of my summers in the 1980s watching Mtv and riding around the neighborhood on my bike with a boom box blasting Motley Crue and Poison songs. Whatever it is, I do love a good power ballad on a hot summer day. Several summers ago, just as YouTube started up, I revisited many power ballad videos that I hadn’t seen in nearly 15 years and came to love the goofy world contained within them. In fact, after watching several of the videos on this list, I remember walking out to my car and wishing that I could stop in the middle of the road and shred a really awesome solo while wearing a leather duster without a shirt on underneath (the uniform required for a power ballad to assert one’s masculinity).

So, I thought it might be fun to compile my Essential Seven Power Ballads. Please note, I prefer to use the term “power ballad,” as opposed to “hair ballads,” as I would not call all of the bands on this list hair bands. Oh, and don’t tell me that I forgot Damn Yankees’ “High Enough.” It was released in 1990.

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The Superman Museum

“Look, in a small town in Southern IL, it’s… giant Superman statue?…” But what about Smallville, you ask? Well, if Smallville is sooo great and truly is Superman’s hometown, why don’t they have a giant Superman statue in the middle of town or even a Superman museum? Metropolis does! In 1972, to increase tourism, the citizens of  Metropolis embraced the fact that the their town shared a name with Superman’s fictional city. So, they erected a giant statue of The Man of Steel next to the county courthouse and built a Superman museum to honor their hero’s past. The town’s newspaper is even called The Metropolis Planet. There is also the largest Dippin’ Dots, The Ice Cream of the Future, store, but that’s another story all together. The cool thing about Metropolis is that D. C. Comics is totally on board, declaring the town to be “Superman’s Hometown.” The town was even depicted in a few issues of the Superman Comics.

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Essential Seven Star Wars Collectibles from the Dark Time, 1984-1996

With George Lucas’ recent announcement that he is planning a 3-D release for both of the Star Wars trilogies, given Avatar’s success with the format, we here at Millionaire Playboy are becoming nostalgic for a time before multiple re-releases, special editions, endless waves of action figure variations, and disappointing prequels. Don’t get us wrong, we’re fans, but we feel like we’re beyond the point of over-saturation. And, as a result, we’re thinking about that period of time when Star Wars wasn’t considered cool anymore, when we combed flea markets for idiots selling entire shoeboxes of action figures for a buck, when the Lucasfilm Fan Club Magazine slowly but surely morphed into the Star Wars Insider, and when any news from George Lucas about future projects and movies offered hope and excitement that Star Wars would eventually make a triumphant return. Basically, we were like Obi-Wan Kenobi, sitting around in a little hovel thinking about the past and waiting for something to happen. We’re talking about the Dark Time, the period that began after the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983 and extended to the release of the Star Wars Special Edition in 1997. Despite the absence of new movies and media hype, there were some cool collectibles (we’re using the term as all-encompassing to include books, videogames, and model kits, as well as toys), even if they were few and far between. So, here are the Essential Seven Star Wars Collectibles from the Dark Time!

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Essential Seven Doctors from Doctor Who

On April 3, the new, new series of Doctor Who will debut with a new show runner, new writers, new companions, and a new Doctor, played by Matt Smith. Even though the Tenth Doctor didn’t want to go, he regenerated after saving the Earth from his own people in “The End of Time.” And, now, the Eleventh incarnation of the Doctor, with his bow tie and floppy hair, will step inside the Tardis. The concept of regeneration has kept the show fresh and exciting for nearly fifty years. While not all of the actors to portray the Time Lord from Gallifrey have had the best material (or costume, in poor Colin Baker’s case), they were all amazing actors who brought something new to the role. So, to celebrate yet another new incarnation of the Doctor, we’re counting down the essential seven Doctors from Doctor Who.

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Essential Seven Star Wars Characters That Should Be Mascots

“Our rivals can’t repel team spirit of this magnitude!” Recently, students at the University of Mississippi started a movement to elect Admiral Ackbar as the University’s new mascot. The Admiral would replace Col. Reb, who was retired in 2003. Sensing a trap by George Lucas to take over the University, school officials have stated that the famed Rebel leader from Mon Calamari doesn’t have a chance. However, support for Ackbar has run deep and wide. Other universities should be paying attention. For those schools looking for a new mascot, here is a list of seven minor Star Wars characters that would make great mascots. (Editor’s note: It will be clear from this article that while we know our Star Wars, our knowledge of sports is limited to what we learned from watching the Major League movies.)

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