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Stan Lee is Bringing Superhero Chakra to Bollywood

Comic book legend Stan Lee is going global. Well, he already is, given that Spider-Man, The Avengers, Iron Man, etc.,… Read More

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10 Celebrities’ Favorite Children’s Books

If you’re a fan of children’s books (or ever were), today is the day to brush them off and take a new look. That’s right, International Children’s Book Day, which falls every year on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday. To celebrate the day, we recommend curling up with a good picture book. If you need any suggestions, check out the favorite kids’ books of ten famous readers after the jump. What’s your favorite children’s book? Let us know in the comments. … Read More

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Famous Actors Reading Holiday Stories

It’s officially December, and it’s getting chilly out there. So you know what that means: ’tis the season to cuddle up in front of a fireplace or, erm, beneath an overheated laptop and listen to some of your favorite holiday stories while you dunk your cookies in your milk. And hey, if those holiday stories are being read to you by John Krasinski or Molly Ringwald, well, so much the better. After the jump, we’ve collected a few seasonal tales as performed or read by famous actors, from the serious to the silly. Click through for some well-deserved story time, and be sure to point us towards any tales with notable readers that we missed in the comments. … Read More

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What Your Favorite Comic Says About You

Yesterday, at long last, the paperback edition of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes hit stores. As far as we can tell, there is a certain kind of person who really goes gaga for Calvin and Hobbes — the person who as a kid loved to tromp through the forest all day and come home to read on the couch with a fat hot chocolate at night, who maybe saw things a little differently than those pesky grownups — and that got us to thinking. While being into comics already gets you into the first stage of nerdery, the stories the form brings us range from the serious to the goofball, the superhero to the realist, so there’s no real way to lump comic fans all together. So what does your favorite comic (or graphic novel, just to be inclusive) say about you? Find out after the jump — and let us know if we’ve hit the nail on the head or if you’re plotting our demise in the comments. … Read More

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Leaping Tall Buildings: Portraits of Masters of American Comics

You may think you know the men and women behind your favorite superheroes, but of course, there’s yet another man behind Clark Kent — his creator. PowerHouse Books’s beautiful new book Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics celebrates one of the essential American art forms with interviews with and portraits of some of the all-time greats of American comics, from Stan Lee to Art Spiegelman, mixing in some newer — but no less phenomenal — faces as well. Click through to see a few elegant, revealing, and whimsical portraits of some of the true giants of American comics that we excerpted from the book, as well as a few choice quotes from their interviews, and if you’re in the neighborhood, be sure to check out the book’s launch event on April 14 at The powerHouse Arena in Brooklyn. … Read More

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The Rise of the Geek in Pop Culture

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, geeks quietly populated the fringes of pop culture, hoping to avoid the wedgies and swirlies that came with the territory of worshipping at the altar of Yoda. Today, it’s one hundred percent likely that your mom watches a “genre” show like Game of Thrones, Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl character casually tosses out Tolkien references, and The Hunger Games, a movie based on a YA fantasy series, is poised to become the next big film franchise, following in the footsteps of equally geek-friendly fare like Twilight and Harry Potter. Maybe you think this sounds like a good thing. But after watching Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope, the latest documentary from Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock, I’m not so sure. … Read More

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Stan Lee Launches a New Children’s Imprint

The legendary comic mogul Stan Lee has teamed up with publisher 1821 Comics to create a new imprint just for kids, entitled “Stan Lee’s Kid’s Universe.” Of the project, Lee explained, “Our main purpose is we feel that there aren’t enough comic books or books for kids that really hit the target, that gives them excitement… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. President Obama is in trouble again, this time for having the audacity to wear flipflops while on vacation: “Historians agreed it was the first time they could remember seeing the leader of the free world snapped in a public setting, wearing nothing more than a flimsy strip of rubber on his feet.” [via … Read More

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A Young Person’s Guide to Slate’s Culturally-Relevant Octogenarians

Earlier this week Slate released their list of most influential octogenarians in America for 2010, highlighting men and women who are still culturally relevant in their 80s, 90s, and beyond (rock on, Wesley E. Brown). As with every year, there are plenty of “fresh old faces” (i.e. newly-qualified icons) as well as some veterans of the list. Assuming that most of you weren’t around for World War II, we’ve pulled together a cheat-sheet to Slate’s cultural relics in the arts — because while you might know who Maurice Sendak is, you probably didn’t realize that he was 4 months old when the stock market crashed in 1929. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. That’s awkward: Because of her recent drug conviction, Paris Hilton was refused entry into Japan, where she was traveling on business. So she turned around and went back home. [via CNN]
2. OK Go had another one of their videos go viral — even though no one we know really likes… Read More

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