Nerd-cushions from vintage kids' sheets

Etsy seller AlienCoutureUK creates wonderful, nostalgic nerd-cushions out of recycled vintage children's sheets: Marvel superheroes, Pacman, Fett/Vader, R2-D2 and ET.

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R2-D2 yoga pants


They're $40 from Thinkgeek, perfect for doing Downward Facing Droid and Bot's Pose. Also Happy Android. 95% cotton/5% spandex, machine washable, sizes S-3XL.

Lev Grossman's The Magician's Land

Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land concludes his genre-bending, brilliant, acerbic rethinking of the entire high fantasy genre, and does so with enormous style and skill. It’s easy to take cheap shots at the thrice-brewed tea of Tolkien, but Grossman’s moves are subtle, filled with understanding and affection, and offer no mercy to cherished illusions.

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Steampunk/singularity mashup: Sun of Suns is now a graphic novel


Karl Schroeder's 2006 novel (review) set a new bar for imaginative worldbuilding and exciting adventure sf.

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Romantic Han and Leia mugs


These "I Love You"/"I Know" Han/Leia mugs are $34 from Mugoos on Etsy; they're a great wedding/anniversary gift idea. (via Geekymerch)

Even nerdier bowties


The Speicher Tie Company enhances your bowtie's nerdiness with the periodic table of elements, the oxytocin molecule, and more! (via Geekymerch)

Haunted Mansion tightrope walker paper silhouettes


Etsy seller The Shadow Studio makes hand-cut paper silhouettes including this fabulous Haunted Mansion stretch-gallery tightrope walker.

The Shadow Hero: giving an origin story to comics' first Asian-American superhero

Gene Luen Yang has made comics history with his graphic novels about race and identity, now, with Sonny Liew, he goes back in time to reinvent the first Asian superhero in the history of comics. Cory Doctorow reviews The Shadow Hero and presents an exclusive excerpt.

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CBLDF presents: Liberty!


Every year, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund taps the greatest creators in the business for a highly collectible "annual" full of one-off art and stories celebrating freedom in all its guises. Now, a beautiful hardcover volume collects all these piece from 2008-2012, and it's a strong and bracing tonic.

The book runs 216 pages, and features a who's-who of the greatest names in modern and golden-age comics, from Sergio Argones to Kathryn Immonen, from Mike Mignola to Neil Gaiman.

The stories, most running 1-2 pages, are perfect little bombs of delightful, uncompromising, transgressive material, celebrating sex and sexuality, free thought and freedom of religion, free speech and free inquiry. Sales of the book support the CBLDF, whose work I'm proud to support with donations of both money and time.

LIBERTY is 216 pages total and includes several rare works, such as a The Walking Dead tale by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard, 100 Words by Neil Gaiman and Jim Lee, Criminal by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips, The Boys by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, plus stories from Geoff Johns, Mark Millar, J.H. Williams III, Terry Moore, Howard Chaykin, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood, Stuart Immonen, Kathryn Immonen, Mike Allred, Darwyn Cooke, Paul Pope, and dozens more! LIBERTY also includes incredible illustrations from Frank Miller, Jeff Smith, Tim Sale, John Romita Jr., Mike Mignola, and many more! All proceeds from this collection benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s work protecting the freedom to read!

“This book is bursting with incredible stories and art from some of the finest people working in the field. CBLDF’s Liberty collection is perfect for comics aficionados because it has so many of their favorite creators in there,” said Charles Brownstein, Executive Director at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. “It’s also a terrific book for fans and retailers to give to the new readers flocking to comics right now as a sampler of all the incredible talent the medium has to offer. Best of all, it helps CBLDF pay for our important work on behalf of readers, retailers and creators everywhere.”

CBLDF Presents: Liberty

Coffin Hill: horror comic that mixes HP Lovecraft with black eyeliner

Coffin Hill is a horror story in graphic novel form that’s somewhere between HP Lovecraft and Bauhaus: a genuinely scary and brilliantly told tale that’s not afraid to show us its black eyeliner and ill-advised teenaged hair. Cory Doctorow reviews the first Coffin Hill collection.

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Star Trek Mirror Mirror beach towel


The Star Trek Mirror Mirror beach towel ($20) features Juan Ortiz's retro-art celebrating one of the greatest classic Star Trek episodes, and the origin of the evil-twin/goatee trope.

Sandman Slim: Richard Kadrey's "Kill the Dead" in paperback


Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim are some of the best supernatural thrillers being written today.

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Empress of the Sun: return to Ian McDonald's wonderful Everness

Ian McDonald’s Everness young adult books are everything you want in YA: adventure, romance, wild ideas and tense victories that make you pump your fist at the sky. In Empress of the Sun, McDonald takes the series up about four notches and show’s the sky’s the limit. Cory Doctorow raves about Empress of the Sun.

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Gradient fill tights


Coal

BZR's Gradient Tights ($30) are a striking variation on the patterned tights trend, with beautiful shading that is like a photoshop filter for your legs.

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Paper sculptures and jewelry from discarded books


Book Art Necklace

These paper sculptures made from discarded books are the creation of Malena Valcarcel, whose work includes beautiful sculptures and wonderful, bookish jewelry.

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