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For One Week, Jack Kirby’s Art Was Exhibited In The Neighborhood Where He Grew Up

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New York City feels like there's a museum on every block. I've lived here my whole life, and I like to think I've spent a good amount of that time as a semi-regular visitor of some of the historical sites and cultural institutions my hometown has to offer, yet I am not remotely close to having seen even a quarter of the museums this city has to offer. Many of them you know -- some are iconic, seemingly enormous, and world renowned, while others are smaller and occasionally temporary, but nonetheless significant. Basically, when it comes to taking in the culture in the largest city in the history of civilization, you do the best you can.

But sometimes you make seeing something a priority. And Prototype Alpha -- the "Pop-Up" museum created by the Jack Kirby Museum and Research Center that was open for seven days only this past week -- was one of those times. Located on Manhattan's Lower East Side, just a few blocks from where the iconic artist was raised, the museum was the first physical presence for the organization, and served as a wonderful testament to a man who is inarguably one of the most important artists New York City produced in the 20th century.

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The ‘Ultimate Nerd Guide To New York City’ Maps Comic-Friendly Destinations


With New York Comic Con 2011 just days away, fans of all stripes are slowly invading Manhattan and the surrounding area. In an effort to perhaps expand a convention visit into a full-on pop culture pilgrimage, Buzzfeed has put together a Google Map stocked with a solid list of locations for the geek-inclined tourists among us to hit while they're in town...

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Link Ink: Michael Kupperman to Tackle Mark Twain Autobio, Martin Sheen Gets His Uncle Ben On and Upper Deck Cuts Up Vintage Comics


Awesome: Tales Designed to Thrizzle creator Michael Kupperman's next project, Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1910-2010, will be out from Fantagraphics soon.

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New Avengers Team Up with FDNY for Free Fire Safety Comic [Preview]


In a special collaboration with the New York City Fire Department, Marvel Comics debuted this week a New Avengers comic book especially designed to teach fire safety to children. The 12-page book was unveiled by Fire Commissioner Salvatore J...

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Travel Posters for Your Favorite Superhero Cities [Art]


I'm a big fan of vintage travel posters. Some lovely prints of classic pieces depicting Africa and the Orient Express hang on my walls, but they might have to give way to a series of elegant travel posters based on some of genre fiction's most famous locales...

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Marvel Comics Announces Their Move to a More Luxurious Locale


Despite increasingly heightened rumors about a DC Comics move to Los Angeles, Marvel Comics just became the first of the Big Two comics companies to announce that they're moving... to 135 West 50th Street, better known as the Sports Illustrated Building, a 60,000-square foot space a few miles away from their current location in New York City...

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The LA Times Hints That DC Comics Could Be LA Bound


Ever since Warner Bros. folded DC Comics into the Diane Nelson-helmed DC Entertainment, fans have wondered if the restructuring would result in the publisher and its many employees being transplanted from New York City to Los Angeles...

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A Tourist’s Guide to Superhero Cities


So you've come to see beautiful New Metrothamork, home of a prominent superhero! Welcome!

Like most people, you've always dreamed of traveling to the city of Awesome-Man to see him fight villains, banter, and romance his on-again-off-again girlfriend...

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Google Maps of ‘DMZ,’ ‘Freakangels’


Novel fans have been mapping the real-life locations of their favorite fictional worlds for a while over at Atlas of Fiction, but it looks like comic book readers are finally starting to jump on the bandwagon with Google Maps of the important locales from the civil war-torn New York City of Brian Wood's "DMZ," and the Whitechapel, London setting for Warren Ellis' steampunk webcomic "Freakangels...

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Spidey is Coming to Town


The New York City subways are like a barometer for the mainstream media. Plastered about the subway car interiors and all over station walls are posters and advertisements for whatever television or movie event you, as a responsible member of society, MUST be watching (read: whichever television or movie event has the best marketing scheme with the most advertising dollars)...

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