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Escapist Friction: Is the ‘Iron Man 2′ Toy Helmet a Secret Ultron Clue?


You know what I like about insane movie rumors? They're fun. Yeah, sometimes plausible dirt requires debunking, but by and large, insane movie rumors usually serve as nothing more than fleeting conversation starters for sensible fans

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Escapist Friction: Wait to Pirate Comics Until After I Buy an iPad, Please


Screen captures, man. Aren't they just the dickens? According to an article by Comic Book Resources' JK Parkin, Apple's iPad makes the rascally practice of capturing images easy and it could possibly help streamline digital piracy for those with the inclination to do so.

It's good information for readers and publishers to have, but the tech isn't inherently

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Escapist Friction: Nintendos DSi XL’s Digital Reader Potential


Nintendo's massive DSi XL has been making the rounds in Japan since November, but in light of its upcoming Q1 release in North America and Europe, it's a good time to examine its potential beyond allowing gamers (myself included) to get a better look at their Pokémon.

Shots demonstrating the device's new scale (which I've modified using some Scott Pilgrim content) show off its theoretical

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Escapist Friction: Creating Comics on the iPad Is Likely Still a Matter of Time


As excited as many are for Apple's upcoming iPad release, a slide during Apple's unveiling got me thinking about the device's merits as not only a medium for consuming entertainment, but also as a platform for creation.

With a screen size and resolution seemingly suited for the task at hand, what's really essential for future creator use is an application that either ports existing industry standard software (Adobe Photoshop, Manga Studio EX, etc.) or augments curr

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Escapist Friction: How Much Better Will 2010′s Super Hero Movies Be Than 2009′s?


As 2009 draws to a close, we've been busy filling you in on our picks for this year's (and this decade's) best and worst comics, but what of the past 12 months' cinematic adaptations? Wired's Underwire blog had a few th

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Escapist Friction: Was The Red Hood Born To Be Bad — Or Rad?


Of all the guys crusading in capes, Batman has arguably the most famous and recognizable rogues gallery in comics. The Joker, Two Face, Mister Freeze, Poison Ivy, Penguin, The Riddler - the list goes on and on

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Escapist Friction: Where Is Marvel’s Halloween Special?


Despite the so-called "Big Two" going toe-to-toe every Christmas season with their respective holiday specials, this year marks another win for DC as they beat Marvel in the Halloween department with the release of "DC Universe: Halloween Special 2009

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Escapist Friction: Good Ol’ Fashioned Comic Book Subscriptions Still Exist


Back in the good old days (or bad old days, depending on your outlook), it was all any comic reader could do to keep from fantasizing about clipping subscription cards from their funnybooks and sending away for every title a publisher offered

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Library Comic Strip ‘Unshelved’ Understands Mangaphobes


Given its main protagonist's affection for all manner of sequential art, Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum's public library-based webcomic "Unshelved" often dips into the world of contemporary comic culture topics with the kind of snark needed to snap a lot of people out of their preconception funks. After all, reading issues are library issues and few m

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‘Hi And Lois’ Dangles Precariously From Relevance As It Bags On Webcomics


Ah, the traditional newspaper funnies page, last bastion for shortsighted sterile gags and out-of-touch social commentary. Sure, there are a few strips that retain some semblance of edge and near-relevance, but there's a reason today's youth has jumped ship to the far superior Webcomic offerings on the Interwebs

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