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Friday, Jul 23, 2010
What happens when a notoriously hateful religious group takes their act to Comic-Con? Dozens of clever counter-protest signs from the Comic-Con crowd.

Fred Phelps’ notorious Westboro Baptist Church, the folks who bring their hateful signs and protests to events like military funerals, decided that they were going to take their act to Comic-Con this year. The result: exactly four Westboro protesters showed up while hundreds of Comic-Con attendees bearing dozens of hilarious signs showed up in counter-protest. See all the pics at Comics Alliance.



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Friday, Jun 11, 2010
Sue Storm, the Fantastic Four's Invisible Woman

Sue Storm, the Fantastic Four’s Invisible Woman


I always just assumed an invisibility cloak was something relegated to Marvel Comic’s The Hood, the Fantastic Four’s Sue Storm, the Invisible Woman or some Tony Stark Iron Man development. Apparently the technology of comic books is not so far from scientific developments in today’s real world.


Anil Ananthaswamy posted a piece on the New Scientist website this week about advancements in what innovators term “optical camouflage technology”. Researchers at Duke, UC Berkeley and University of St. Andrews are hard at work are using “metamaterials”, or materials with strong electromagnetic properties with a negative refraction index. From what I’ve read in the linked reports on the New Scientist piece, light does not reflect or refract but instead bends around these materials rendering them “invisible” to our visible spectrum. Wait a second, this sound like something from TV’s Lost!


However, we are still far from Reed Richards and the Fantastic Four. Today’s cloaking technology works primarily on 2D objects. As Ananthaswamy explains, “[the] first cloak could only hide two-dimensional objects viewed from specific directions – and only if they were ‘viewed using one particular microwave frequency. Producing a cloak to hide objects from visible light, which has a wavelength several orders of magnitude smaller than microwaves – let alone cloaking objects when viewed from any direction – seemed a more remote possibility”.


As New Scientist reports, 3D cloaking is currently the project that scientists at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany are working on. If comic books are any indication of scientific advancements of the future, I expect Pym Particles that allow humans to radically alter their size to be developed by 2020.


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A playfully weird take on classic tarot images, this project reinvents divination cards with such images as “The Molar Beetle” and the “Znakir of Thrax”.
“I describe my pictures as key frames or storyboards for some sort of bizarre movie,” says artist Ellis Nadler. “Or perhaps as stage sets for an opera I shall write some day.” I would love to see a full deck of these evocative cards in real-life. Imagine the strange fortunes people would tell. [via A Journey Round My Skull]


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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

After reading all Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels to date and devouring the first two seasons of HBO’s True Blood, you may be left wondering, “What’s next?” Thankfully IDW Publishing, the comic book publisher specializing in licensed properties like Angel, Transformers, G.I. Joe and The A-Team, is bringing True Blood to the graphic medium in a six issue mini-series starting this summer.


The comic is a new partnership between IDW and HBO and appears to be more reflective of the television series than the novels with character art influenced by the show’s actors. The IDW website hints at a more adult-oriented audience, saying, “The first six-issue True Blood comic series offers the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor and intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for.”


The comic has very close ties to the HBO series as the plot was developed by Oscar-winning show creator Alan Ball (American Beauty, Six Feet Under) and will be written by series writers Elisabeth Finch and Kate Barnow in conjunction with co-writers David Tischman and Mariah Huehner. David Messina (Angel: The Curse, Star Trek: Countdown) is responsible for art duties and his personal blog, Spider Behind the Mirror, offers fans lots of preview illustrations. Additionally, IDW recently posted a sneak peek of issue #1 on the True Blood Facebook page.


True Blood #1 arrives in July.


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Monday, May 17, 2010

Do you ever lie awake at night, amongst a room cluttered with Black Flag, Misfits, and Samhain posters, wondering what it would be like if Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig were, you know, really close and intimate? Fortunately I’m not the only one because Tom Neely and alt-comix/art crew Igloo Tornado present Henry and Glenn Forever, a new mini-comic billed as “the love story to end all love stories.”


The book showcases 64 pages of Henry and Glenn as the sensitive and tender companions we have been hoping they were. Oh yeah, John Hall and Darryl Oates are Henry and Glenn’s satan-worshipping evil next-door neighbors. Henry and Glenn Forever is a Cantankerous Titles release available for purchase (only $4!) from Microcosm Publishing.


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