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Seduction of the Cynical: Could Comic Books Damage Young Boys?


The American Psychological Association's annual convention went retro this year, when a speaker mentioned that comic books may have a negative effect on the young boys of today. According to Dr. Sharon Lamb, emulating many modern comic book heroes is a bad bet for young men...

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Five Reasons to Date a Supervillain (And Not a Superhero)


In general, it's the comic book heroes who are held up as romantic prospects. Their noble quests, taut abs, and forthright expressions make them the most eligible non-vampire fictional characters. They also have personal lives designed to garner sympathy; they'll relate on-panel to relatives, friends, partners or just people in the street in ways that show us that beneath their rough exterior, they're good people. If only someone could reach them! Add to this the inevitable holiday issues in which they give presents to orphans or save puppies, and readers will ignore the much more romantically suitable element of the average comic book: Supervillains.

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F#&% Yeah Comic Relationships: A Tumblr For Love


With all the death, destruction, heartbreak, misery, and Nazi gorillas of modern comics, it's nice to see certain blogs which focus on the sweeter aspects of comic books. They keep us from forgetting that there's a lot of fun stuff mixed in with the sturm und drang...

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Forget a Hulk Movie: Make a She-Hulk TV Series


In the past decade, we've seen that comic book movies, even relatively obscure comic book movies, have the ability to transcend their genre and be very impressive films, while making boatloads of sweet, sweet money for their creators


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Great Rao! Find Out Your Favorite Comic Book Character’s Religion


Generally you don't hear much about comic book characters' religions, unless it's a holiday special or they're making the sign of the cross over a man they just killed. Which makes sense. Religion can be a divisive issue, and listening to a sermon doesn't rank high on what we like to see comic book characters doing


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Grant Morrison Documentary Gets a Name and a New Trailer [Video]


A documentary about Grant Morrison has gained a distributor, and comic book fans have gained one more thing to be excited about. The documentary is entitled "Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods"; a good title that hints at not only Morrison's reputation as the ecstatic mystic of the comic book world but the awe he inspires in the vast majority of comic book fans...

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The Forbes Fictional Fifteen: The Richest Characters in Comics


Comic books give a lot of clues about exactly how rich their very richest citizens are. There are casual references to buying an island just for a quiet place to stay, buying a hotel so a lady friend can have a swim in a fountain, and of course, Kevlar doesn't come cheap...

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