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Awesome Cupcakes Inspired By Comics

Cupcakes aren’t just cutesy treats for girlie girls like Zooey Deschanel’s character from New Girl – they also make the perfect canvases for some awesome (and often decidedly geeky) comic-related pop art, featuring everything from superheroes to graphic novels, and even Sunday morning newspaper comics. Plus, they always look so delicious! We’ve scoured the Internet to show you some of the best comic cupcakes out there, so click through to check them out — if, like us, you’ve been quietly suffering from a massive post-Valentine’s sugar hangover all day, these sweet treats might be just the hair of the dog that you’ve been craving! … Read More

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Matt Cowan’s Clever Pop-Culture Math Equations

If being a fan of Star Wars and comic books alone isn’t nerdy enough for you, then you’ll be happy to know that  Scottish illustrator Matt Cowan has put together a series of mathematical equations that explain the origins of some of your favorite pop-culture characters, from Darth Vader to Captain Jack Sparrow. Check them out after the jump, and be sure to take a look at Cowan’s T-shirt store  if you have a powerful urge to put one of these cool designs on your body. … Read More

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Ridiculous Comic Books Featuring Famous People

Had enough of costume-clad superheroes? A Vancouver-based comic book company called Bluewater Productions specializes in biography books about everyone from Steve Jobs to Stephenie Meyer. When we heard of their plans to release a Saturday Night Live-inspired book in March, we were curious to see some more celebrities, politicians, and historical figures in comic form. What we found is pretty weird, to say the least. … Read More

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Watch Elijah Wood and Mandy Moore in ‘The Death and Return of Superman’

Screenwriter Max Landis, son of famous director John Landis, had his first film, Chronicle, hit theaters yesterday. To coincide with that momentous event, Landis also chose that day to release his much-anticipated short film entitled The Death and Return of Superman (a mildly-clever marketing move, we admit). Described as a “somewhat-mostly-accurate educational parody film,” with nods to the “drunk history” short film trend, the film features Elijah Wood, Mandy Moore, Simon Pegg, Ron Howard, Chris Hardwick and more, and is an irreverent, sometimes hilarious, sometimes obnoxious look at DC Comics’ decision to kill and then resurrect Superman in 1992. Click through to watch the video, and let us know if it makes you more or less likely to go see Chronicle in the comments. … Read More

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Alan Moore Outraged Over DC Comics’ ‘Watchmen’ Prequels

In a move that Alan Moore calls “completely shameless,” DC Comics has announced plans to publish Before Watchmen, a prequel franchise that will expand on the back stories of the characters introduced in Watchmen, which is the best-selling graphic novel of all time. “I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. She might be less than a week old, but thanks to her credited appearance on “Glory,” Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s new baby daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, is now the youngest person ever to have a song on the Billboard chart. [via Billboard]

2. The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is considering… Read More

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Wanted: The GO FREELANCE! Limited-Edition Board Game

Comic book letterer Todd Klein and illustrator Shawn McManus, who have been working together since their 1985 collaboration on DC Comics’ Omega Men, recently collaborated on a new signed, limited-edition print that also doubles as a board game. GO FREELANCE!, which was written, designed, and lettered by Klein and features ’50s-inspired illustrations by McManus, explores the lives of two budding comics artists, Artie and Scribbler, “as they make their way from childhood to retirement through the challenges, pitfalls, rewards and catastrophes of a creative livelihood” — something many of us can surely empathize with. Click through to get a better look at the playable print. … Read More

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10 Style Icons of the Comic Book World

Comic book characters tend to embody the most petrifying of fashion nightmares, from wearing underwear as outerwear to donning full-body, technicolor spandex suits in broad daylight. Since life within the panels of a comic book tends to be only slightly less sartorially inspiring than being stuck in an ’80s workout video, we think residents of Gotham and Radiant City deserve an extra-hard pat on the back when they bust out runway-worthy looks. Browse our look book of the graphic world’s trendiest style icons after the jump. … Read More

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In Defense of the New Spider-Man: 10 Great Superheroes of Color

Last week, Marvel debuted a new biracial superhero in Ultimate Spider-Man — creators hoped the new half-black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man, Miles Morales, would reflect the diversity of modern society. While some (including your author) welcomed Marvel’s progressive adaptation to a changing market, many fans took to the internet to share their disdain. The eruption of fan backlash was disheartening and, at times, ugly.

Some ranted that Marvel was taking unnecessary steps towards being “politically correct,” while others complained that such a recognizable superhero shouldn’t be open to adjustments. The climax came when Glenn Beck joined the noise, somehow connecting the character to Michelle Obama. For our part, we think it’s important to point out that, while it can be slow to change, the comic-book world is becoming a more diverse place — Miles Morales isn’t the first non-Caucasian superhero and isn’t likely to be the last. To celebrate the Marvel Universe’s newest addition, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite superheroes of color. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Starting this fall, all of the superhero titles in the DC Comics stable will reboot with issue No. 1, and some major characters will have new origin stories. The overhaul begins with the first issue of “Justice League” No. 1 in September, which will reunite the classic lineup of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the… Read More

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