XKCD vs hand-wringing about what texting does to kids' literacy


It's great, and the tooltip's even better: "I'd like to find a corpus of writing writing from children in a non-self-selected sample (eg handwritten letters to the president from everyone in the same teacher's 7th grade class every year)--and score the kids today versus the kids 20 years ago on various objective measures of writing quality.

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How to Get a Figurine Produced in China and Not Lose Your Shirt

Jared Zichek decided to make his own, and says you can, too.

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Replica Axe-Cop cosplay axe

$20, made from real plastic, and a fitting tribute to one of the most delightfully weird comics in the universe.

3D printed Dark Knight branding iron


The $30.60 Dark Knight branding iron is made from 3D printed steel and snaps onto the end of a Bic lighter, and is intended for branding Batmannish trade-dress on your school stuff, clothes, books, furniture, etc (Note: not pets or people).

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Marvel Comics skirt


The knee-length Marvel Comics skirt is $34.11 from Interrobangirl, who also takes custom orders.

Robin Sloan on Ye Olde Geek Shoppe

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At Medium, Robin Sloan writes an appreciation of Nerdhaven, the archetypal shop in Everytown "catering to comic book readers, the D&D players, the gatherers-of-Magic."

Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

Brian Fies‘s 2012 graphic novel Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow? expresses a beautiful, melancholic and hopeful longing for (and suspicion of) the futuristic optimism of America’s 20th century, starting with the 1939 World’s Fair. Cory Doctorow finally got caught up with the future and read it.

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Fictional products don't violate trademark laws


The makers of Clean Slate, a drive-wiping program, sued Warner over a fictional product with the same name in The Dark Knight Rises; the judge quite sensibly told them that trademark protects you from unfair competition -- it doesn't let you own words.

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The world's most valuable comic is now on eBay

Action_Comics_1 The most valuable comic book in the world, a fine copy of Action Comics #1 (June 1938) with the debut of Superman, is up for auction on eBay in a benefit for the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. Here's the story of its provenance:

Stars Below: wordless comic about a pigeon's adventures in NYC


Zack writes, "Now that MonkeyBrain Comics are DRM-free on Comixology, I wanted to promote THE STARS BELOW, a one-shot self-contained story I did with artist Rich Ellis (SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN, MEMORIAL at IDW)."

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Video: Charles Schulz draws Charlie Brown

"We all need reassurance that some people really do like us." (via Devour)

Custom appliqued nerd-shoes


Customshoegeekness makes custom, appliqued shoes (wedges, flats and platforms) with nerdy themes, like these handmade Marvel poster heels and these Catwoman wedges. (via Geekymerch)

A strong, self-absorbed female protagonist pushes the boundaries of spacetime

Leigh Alexander talks to Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan O’Malley about his new book, Seconds, and moving on to a new character–one for whom the imagined burdens of middle age loom large.

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The Dummies' Guide To Cosplay Photography in 2014

Andy Ihnatko’s golden rule about photographing cosplayers: You must never do anything that makes the cosplayer wish you hadn’t taken that photo. Read the rest

Have you ever had sex in your Comic-Con costume?

(Sigh) "Jimmy Kimmel Pedestrian Question: Have you ever had sex in your Comic-Con costume?" (Christ, what an asshole.)