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Garfield Fights Crime With Sloth, Gluttony and Cuteness

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Even though I take my share of shots at the graveyard that is the newspaper funnies page, thanks to the lively wit of The Comics Curmudgeon, I'm often reminded that a few cute strips defy logic by retaining some semblance of reader appeal. I hate to admit this, because it reminds me of my

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The Most Bizarre Superpowers In Comics

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This week, the first volume of "Chew," the current indie darling from writer John Layman and artist Rob Guillory, comes out in trade paperback, and we can't recommend it highly enough!

If you haven't read it, the story follows the adventures of an FDA inspector called Tony Chu, who, as a "cibopath," gets psychic impressions from the food he eats, which has led him to be the World's Greatest Cannibal Detective. This is a brilliant high concept and a truly unique super-pow

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Roasting Old Chestnuts: Our Favorite Comic Book Cliches

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Like every other form of entertainment, comic books are full of cliches. The key difference? Spending a few decades as a marginalized art form has lent super-hero comics its own unique blend of old saws, and from the requisite fight between heroes that leads to a team-up to the alarming propensity for super-hero girlfriends to wind up in refriger

Superhero War Photos: Where Comics and History Collide

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Yes, superheroes have a rich history in the of wars own invented universes (Secret, Civil) as well as real-life conflicts like WWII and Vietnam, where heroes like Captain America and the Punisher showed up to lend a hand in the pages of their comics.

Photographer and illustrator Agan Harahap continues this tradition with a series o

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Shopping for Superhero Swag on Etsy

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Warren Ellis recently solicited a list of awesome Etsy stuff from his readers, and while it was hella fun to browse, it was also as diverse as you'd imagine from Ellis fans -- running the gamut from steampunk to WTF and back again. I decided to get a little more specific, and went searching for the coolest handmade superhero

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5 Comic Book Halloween Costumes That Won’t Objectify Women (And 5 That Will Objectify Men!)

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Halloween is less than a month away now, meaning that those of you who've yet to start thinking about a costume are getting ever closer to achieving that dreaded status of "waiting until the last moment

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Superhero Facebook Status Updates — Super-Social Networking

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These days, everyone in the world seems to be on Facebook, including our bosses, parents, and the people we hated in high school. So what would it be like if superheroes like Batman, Spider-Man and Superman were updating their statuses, taking quizzes, and commenting on each other's profiles like the rest of us? Chris Sims of the Invincible Super-Blog t

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Superhero Predictive Text: What Google Thinks About Comics

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There's a lot of fun to be had with Google predictive text, where you start typing something into the Google search bar, and it tries to guess the full phrase the searches of millions of other people. Now, this can be very helpful when you're typing in a very common phrase like, say, the old Spider-Man axiom "Wi

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Where Are All the New Superhero Comic Book Ideas?

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Mania has a great interview up with comics writer Alan Moore, which discusses his work on books like "Marvelman" and "Watchmen," and quickly becomes an indictment of the lack of new ideas in modern superhero comics:
I was noticing that DC seems to have based one of its latest crossovers in Green Lantern based on a couple of eight-page stories that I did 25 or 30 years ago. I would have thought that would seem kind of desperate and humiliating, When I have said in interviews that it doesn't look like the

Webcomic Inserts Superheroes in the First ‘Peanuts’ Strip

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The webcomic "Let's Be Friends Again" -- not be confused with the adorable animal friendship site "Let's Be Friends" -- recently posted an homage to "Peanuts" by Charles Schultz that echoes its very first strip nearly line for lin

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