Basketball by Kurtis Blow

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The week’s Hip Hop Family Tree strip by Ed Piskor about the origin of the famous Kurtis Blow anthem.

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Kidscomic Shakespeare: The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth

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Adapting Shakespeare for kids is an age-old tradition stretching back almost to the time of Shakespeare itself. But as Cory Doctorow discovered, The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth brings The Scottish Play to life for audiences young and old in kids-comic form with a lot of broad humor and some grisly murder besides.

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When Russians thought the Internet would make them free

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The first years of the Internet in Russia were full of ecstasy and euphoria. We believed that the times of propaganda were gone. Two decades later and it’s hard to find the traces of our belief in the Russian Internet. By Sergey Kuznetsov

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Hanabi: card game with the goal to launch a spectacular firework display

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In this immediately enjoyable card game players take on the role of Japanese pyrotechnicians with a shed full of unlabeled fireworks that they must assemble correctly before the show begins. By Jon Seagull

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Stealing Japan's WWII surrender statement

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In 1945 the US, China, and Great Britain asked Japan to either surrender or experience “prompt and utter destruction.” A group of 1,000 Japanese military members were unwilling to accept either option. By Dan Lewis

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"Transparent" and the transition in transgender media depictions

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Amazon’s comedy-drama centered on the experiences of a trans person is an imperfect step forward, says Andrea James

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Ello, what's all this then? An ad-free social network

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A new social micro-blogging network, Ello, is flooded with users during its beta. Ello is predicated on not selling its users out or selling them stuff. Glenn Fleishman suggests it already needs to be held to the fire.

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The hands and minds behind The Boxtrolls

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Ethan Gilsdorf meets with the team who animated The Boxtrolls, where old school stop-motion is merged with the latest in CGI

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Security cruft means every exploit lives forever

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Security failures will live on forever, because protocols have no sell-by date. Glenn Fleishman exposes the eternity we face with broken software.

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Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger, and the psychedelic interstellar future we need

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In 1977, Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger predicted a utopian, space-faring, enlightened future. 37 years later, writes Jason Louv, it’s finally starting to show up.

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About that famous cover for the 1977 medical thriller, Coma

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Designer Paul Bacon is known for developing the “Big Book Look” – commercial, bold and iconic – designing many well known covers from the 1960s through the early 2000s. Mulholland Books designer Lauren Harms tells how his Coma cover was revised for the new edition.

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Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel: Bad romance, Russia and writer's angst

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Anya Ulinich’s 2008 debut novel Petropolis, marked her out as a master of tragicomic romance; now she’s back with a huge, hilarious, bitter graphic novel about sex, immigration, the Russian soul, and heartbreak. Cory Doctorow reviews Lena Finkle’s Magic Barrel: A Graphic Novel.

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TOM THE DANCING BUG: Unemployment Isn't a Bug -- It's a Feature

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Tom the Dancing Bug, IN WHICH lazy, unemployed Lucky Ducky almost destroys the economy by getting a job!

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Wendy and Richard Pini's Complete Elfquest

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The Complete Elfquest is a mammoth graphic novel collecting the entire original series, as self-published by Wendy and Richard Pini from 1978-1985. Rob Beschizza sums up what’s so great about it.

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I Was A Marvel Comics Reject...

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Ed Piskor presents his rejected teenage submissions to Marvel Comics, from a time when all he wanted to draw was superheroes. Now all he wants to do is draw comics about rap music: a new Hip Hop Family Tree is coming next week.

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