Awesome Art Picks: Supergirl, Batman, Hulk, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won’t see in actual comics. The reason you won’t is because professional artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure to check them out. This is a way to see the artists working on one book draw characters from other comics or publishers.

Todd Nauck posted Superbory and Raven sketches on his Tumblr this week.

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Chrissie Zullo posted another Overwatch sketch on her Facebook page.

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Franco posted new sketch covers on his Instagram. You can buy his original art here.

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Chris Samnee posted a Superboy and Batman sketch on his Instagram.

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Kris Anka posted some commissions from FlameCon on his Instagram.

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Skottie Young posted more Daily Sketches on his Tumblr. You can buy his original art here.

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Mahmud Asrar posted some pre-show commissions for FanExpo Canada on his Tumblr.

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Tom Raney posted some sketches from Terrificon on his Twitter.

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Chris Giarrusso put up a couple new sketches for sale here. He also posted more sketch cards on his website.

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Daniel HDR posted a couple commissions on his Instagram. His commission list is open.

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Peter Nguyen posted some commissions on his Tumblr. His list is open for Long Beach and New York Comic Con.

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Ryan Lee posted a Captain Marvel sketch on his Twitter.

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Joel Gomez posted new sketches on his Tumblr.

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Mike McKone posted some commissions on his Twitter.

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Agnes Garbowska posted some recent commissions on her Tumblr.

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Brett Booth posted a couple sketches on his Twitter.

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Jim Cheung posted new sketches on his Instagram.

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Mike Henderson posted a Spider-Man vs Mysterio sketch on his Instagram.

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That’s it for this week. Let us know which ones you dug. We’ll have more awesome art next time.

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Author: Tony Guerrero

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Halo 5: Forge PC System Requirements Revealed

Halo 5: Forge is coming to PC very soon, letting you build maps and play custom games on your Windows 10 computer. Today, developer 343 Industries announced what sort of system you’ll need to run the game.

In a post on the Halo website, 343 Industries revealed the system requirements for the title. It’s fairly demanding–the studio recommends a GTX 970 graphics card and 12 GB of RAM. You can see the full breakdown of system requirements at the bottom of this article.

Halo 5: Forge launches on September 8 and brings the full Forge map editor to PC. Alongside the game, 343 Industries is also releasing a Halo app that acts as a hub for all the Windows 10 PC games (Halo 5: Forge, Spartan Strike, Spartan Assault, Halo Wars, and Halo Wars 2).

In addition, Halo 5: Guardians on Xbox One is getting a new DLC pack on September 8. Called Anvil’s Legacy, it adds a new Arena map and a new Warzone map, as well as new weapons and weapon attachments. You can read more about it here.

System Requirements

Minimum:

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, version 1607 or later
  • DirectX 12
  • CPU: Intel Core i5 at 2.3 Ghz or AMD equivalent
  • GPU: GeForce 650 Ti
  • VRAM: 2GB
  • RAM: 8GB
  • HDD: 40GB

Recommended (1080p at 60 frames per second):

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, version 1607 or later
  • DirectX 12
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-3570k at 3.4 Ghz or AMD equivalent
  • GPU: GeForce 970
  • VRAM: 4GB
  • RAM: 12GB
  • HDD: 40GB

Ultra (4K at 60 frames per second):

  • Operating system: Windows 10 Anniversary Edition, version 1607 or later
  • DirectX 12
  • CPU: Intel Core i7-4770k at 3.4 Ghz or AMD equivalent
  • GPU: GeForce 980 Ti
  • VRAM: 6GB
  • RAM: 16GB
  • HDD: 40GB

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No Man's Sky Discovery Names Reportedly Erased for Some Players

No Man’s Sky has been out for a couple weeks now, and players have been busy naming countless plants, animals, and planets that they have discovered. However, it seems that naming things in the game might not be as permanent as many people thought: Some players are now reporting that their custom names for plants and animals are being erased.

In a post on the No Man’s Sky subreddit, user Dark_Nexis stated that when they went back to some of the planets they discovered early on in the game, all of their names for locations, creatures, and plants were gone.

Essentially, the planet had reverted back to its pre-discovery state. Although the planet and star system still listed Dark_Nexis as the discoverer and still retained their custom names, nothing else on the planet had kept its name.

Another user, Ultrasilvanus, corroborated the issue. Apparently, when they revisited past planets after several days, animal discoveries had reverted to being listed as “?????????” In addition, Ultrasilvanus did some sleuthing and determined that the discoveries were being erased in chronological order–that is, the oldest discoveries were disappearing first. This would suggest that there might be a max number of things that a player can name before they start being erased.

This isn’t the first instance of players reporting disappearing discovery names. Soon after release, some players found that their star system and planet names had been overridden, too.

Developer Hello Games has not commented on this yet, but we’ve reached out to it and Sony for clarification about what’s happening. We’ll update this article with any new info we get.

No Man’s Sky is available on PS4 and PC, but it had quite a few issues after its launch. Hello Games is working hard on fixes for these problems, and new patches will arrive soon. Keep an eye on GameSpot for more news about No Man’s Sky in the coming weeks.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Verge ESP: Let's talk money

So! Money doesn’t really make the world go round, but it sure greases the skids in late capitalism. Take Mylan’s EpiPen, which has parents and lawmakers up in arms. The injection is meant to halt anaphylactic shock in patients who may have encountered an allergen — so it’s a crucial buy for a lot of people in back-to-school season. But its price has been steadily rising since 2007, when it was a little more than $100. Now a package of two pens retails for $609, and most of that price hike came in the last few years. Liz talks about pharmaceutical pricing, and why what Mylan’s doing is standard-issue for the industry — right down to that expanded assistance program. Maybe it’s time we stopped talking about individual expensive drugs and…

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These Games Influenced Stranger Things [SPOILERS]

This post contains spoilers about Stranger Things

The creators of Netflix’s Stranger Things have revealed some of the video games that influenced the hit sci-fi show. Matt and Ross Duffer listed these off in a new interview with IGN, beginning with Silent Hill.

The show’s Upside Down area, which is an alternate reality of sorts, is influenced by the Konami horror game. “With all the fog and the forest dripping. Obviously we were really looking at that game for visualizing this other world, so that’s a big one,” Matt Duffer said. He added that people picked up on the Silent Hill reference the most.

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Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic The Last of Us and From Software’s RPG Dark Souls series also influenced Stranger Things. Matt Duffer explains:

“I love [The Last of Us] and the storytelling in that game and a lot of the imagery. We’re huge, huge fans of the Dark Souls games, and there’s something about when you’re playing Dark Souls–immediately when you’re in that world, it was to do with the imagery, it has to do with the sound design, and you’re just immediately very uncomfortable and on edge. We wanted you to feel that way when you’re in the Upside Down.”

Matt Duffer went on to say that Stranger Things is likely influenced by even more video games, some of which he may not even be consciously aware of.

“I just know that we do play and have always played a lot of video games so I feel like there is a lot of that seeped into the show,” he explained.

Go to IGN to read the full review.

The show itself even contains references to video games, as there is a Christmas morning sequence when a character thinks he’s getting a new Atari console.

Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana and follows the disappearance of a young boy, as well as a girl with mysterious powers and a government agency that may not be all it seems. A second season has not yet been confirmed, despite reportedly very good ratings, but Matt and Ross Duffer have already spoken about their ambition to make a follow-up season “darker and weirder.”

12-year-old Millie Bobby Brown plays Stranger Things lead Eleven, while other child actors round out the group of teenagers who make up the show’s main cast. Wynona Ryder, Matthew Modine, and David Harbour also star in the program.

In other news about Stranger Things, Funko has revealed a mock-up Eleven Pop Vinyl figure, and it is perfect.

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Facebook says it will stop writing descriptions for Trending Topics

Facebook’s News Feed team has been reeling since a report earlier this year argued that a team of contractors responsible for the feed’s Trending Topics module routinely suppressed news of interest to political conservatives. Facebook denied the report, which was published by Gizmodo and was sourced to a single former contractor on the team. But the company has spent several months doing damage control, rattled by the possibility that conservative users would abandon the site over claims of bias. Today Facebook took a step to reduce the influence humans have over the module by ending its practice of writing editorial descriptions for topics, replacing them with snippets of text pulled from news stories.

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Author: Casey Newton

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Another Good Xbox One S Deal Features Fallout and Metal Gear

Quality deals on the Xbox One S continue to show up, with the latest getting you the new console and a handful of bonus games.

Newegg’s eBay account is offering the 500 GB Halo Collection bundle for $329 with three extra games: Fallout 4, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. The bundle on its own costs $300, so you’re effectively paying $29 for three games that cost $20-$30 each when on sale.

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The Halo Collection bundle includes Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection, the latter of which is comprised of Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2, Halo 3, and Halo 4. Counting each of those, the new deal gets you a system and eight games for $329. That’s solid value.

That’s the same price as another deal on Newegg’s website that we highlighted earlier this week; that one’s bonuses are Syndicate an extra Xbox One S controller. There are also bundles involving the Madden 17 bundle available.

Keep in mind that, although the Xbox One S only recently launched–read our review here–another new Xbox console is on the way in late 2017 in the form of Project Scorpio. That will be substantially more powerful than the S, which itself is a bit faster than a regular Xbox One, providing performance gains in some games. It will, however, play the same games and use the same accessories as the Xbox One and Xbox One S.

Sony is expected to unveil new version of the PS4 in September, which is also leading to some good sales on the existing PS4.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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