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These tiny triple changer Decepticons will win your heart

Astro Train!

Comic artist Steve Manale has brought his cute art style to some unlikely characters: The Decepticon triple changers Blitzwing, Octane, and Astrotrain (seen above) for Cotton Candy Machine’s Tiny Trifecta art show, which opens today in New York.

The concept is as brilliant as the execution is adorable. The characters are painted on purple three-sided blocks, with one of their transformations depicted on each side. This makes these pieces more interactive than your traditional painting, as anyone looking at them will certainly want to “play” with them to appreciate all their sides. The Decepticon insignia embedded in their end caps is a nice touch!

More images, and a video of the triple changers below:

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Why Spider-Man’s black costume was the best, and why Venom ruined it

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As we are in the midst of a brand-new, universe spanning Secret Wars from Marvel comics, it’s good to look back at the company’s original Secret Wars in 1982 and the biggest lasting change that came out of that event series. I’m talking about Spider-Man’s way-cool black costume, of course.

Spider-Man only wore the suit for a relatively short period of his career — from 1984 until Amazing Spider-Man #301 in 1988 — but unlike modern shifts to Spidey’s look, it didn’t come with a built-in reset button. That’s just what Spider-Man looked like for the middle of the 1980s.

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Daredevil: These Are Their Stories

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Marvel’s Daredevil hit Netflix a couple of months ago with thirteen episodes, a coup for comic fans and TV bingewatchers everywhere. The show, which focuses on blind lawyer-turned-vigilante Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as the titular character, was such a hit that a second season was announced on April 21.

Obviously 13 episodes wasn’t enough for YouTube user David Johns, who created two fake opening credits sequences for the show. One of these crosses Daredevil with ’80s courtroom comedy Night Court (a show I loved so much I wrote about it in my diary as a kid. True story.), while the other mashup utilizes the iconic opening credits of an even more well known courtroom show, the behemoth that is Law & Order.

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The real reason they’re changing Doctor Strange’s Ancient One into a white lady

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Last week rumors emerged that Marvel had cast Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One — which is quite a change from the comics where The Ancient One is a venerable Tibetan man. Swinton, the weird and otherworldly star of such films as Orlando and Only Lovers Left Alive, is many things, but a old man from Tibet she is not.

Early on many people complained that the move was white-washing the cast, and taking away roles for Asian actors. Those arguments aren’t wrong, but the thing is The Ancient One isn’t just Asian, but specifically a Tibetan.

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Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ gets a limited North American theatrical release!

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It’s a good time to be a Dragon Ball fan.  FUNimation Entertainment has confirmed a limited U.S. theatrical release date for the new film, Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. The film will be screened in a limited number of theaters from August 4th through August 12th.  They haven’t yet announced the cities and screens in which the movie will play, but reports say that it’s expected to show on about 800 screens in the US and Canada.

Expect there to be a high demand for tickets, given the limited number of showings. Fans who want to guarantee themselves a seat in the theater are being encouraged to sign up for e-mail updates on the official Dragon Ball Z website, which promises to send newsletter alerts about ticket availability when more is known.

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Why DC comics characters are so much harder to adapt for the modern era than Marvel heroes

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Since 2008, Marvel has blasted movies to the top of the box office. At the same time, DC has stumbled with how to adapt any of their heroes except Batman.

This isn’t because Disney is better at exploiting their brands than Warner (okay, it’s a little bit that), but because at a fundamental level, Marvel’s heroes are more adaptable to the palates of modern audiences.

The most iconic DC characters were cooked up in the late 1930s as definitive heroes with clear cut black and white morals. Both Batman and Superman stop working correctly as characters when you remove that moral clarity. Batman just becomes a sort of crazy person who beats up people on the street, and Superman becomes a terrifying god-alien.

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Why Strong Female Protagonist is one of the most interesting superhero comics you can read right now

Strong Female Protagonist

Strong Female Protagonist is one of the best superhero comics going right now, because it dissects the genre to its elemental parts without making something grim and nihilistic.

SFP follows Allison Green, a young woman who got superpowers when she was in her mid-teens and saved the world several times as “Mega Girl.” However as she entered her 20s, she realized that super strength doesn’t solve endemic problems like wealth inequality or world hunger and quit.

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What I want in Dragon Ball Super

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Dragon Ball Super, the new anime sequel series to Dragon Ball Z, is coming faster than you can yell “kamehameha!” Debuting this July in Japan, Super promises to deliver many of the same thrills fans of the series have come to expect. As a long-time fan of the series, I have a few things that I’d like to see in Super. So charge up your ki, and read on to find out what.

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