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  1. Entertainment

    Comics to Read After Last Night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode “End of the Beginning”

    S.H.I.E.L.D. dribbled out another episode last night after yet another brief hiatus. Besides a loose tie-in with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, there were a few usable references to the existing Marvel universe. Here are the comics you should check out after watching the episode.

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  2. Entertainment

    Comics to Read After Last Night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode “Yes Men”

    Lady Sif and Lorelei showed up on SHIELD last night to kick ass and take names. If you're not as familiar with Lorelei as you'd like to be we have some comic book recommendations for you.

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  3. Entertainment

    Comics to Read After Last Night’s S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode “T.R.A.C.K.S.”

    SHIELD is back from a pretty long hiatus to remind us that it's still around, and to prove that Joss Whedon loves trains. If you watched the episode, read our comic book recommendations. If you didn't watch the episode, maybe wait. There's a pretty big spoiler.

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  4. Entertainment

    Comics to Read after Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Episode 7 “The Hub”

    Next week's SHIELD promises to be an interesting one, because it's going to deal with the aftermath of Thor: The Dark World. This week introduced characters from the comics universe, Victoria Hand and Jasper Sitwell, and we've got some comic recommendations for you to expand your knowledge.

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  5. Entertainment

    Watch Your Favorite Heroes Get Psychoanalyzed, Starting With the Punisher [Video]

    You know who really needs some kind of serious therapy? Frank Castle. I mean, geez, grief is real painful and we're sorry your family got murdered, but you are kind of overdoing it with the vengeance thing. Luckily this new Youtube series called "Hero Therapy" gives us a glimpse into the mind of Frank's damaged psyche with actual psychologist Dr. Larry Lewis.

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  6. Entertainment

    Rejoice, Disillusioned White Dudes! Fight Club’s Getting a Graphic Novel Sequel

    If the Star Wars prequels taught us anything, it's that people love it when their favorite film universes get rebooted with annoying tiny kids in them, right? Of course they do! That's probably why Chuck Palahniuk recently revealed that he'll be returning to his 1996 novel Fight Club to tell the story of Jack and Marla's son -- but from the point of view of Tyler Durden. Yay?

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  7. Entertainment

    Artist Accidentally Destroys Rare Comics for Sculpture, Including Avengers #1

    Before going away to college, I cut up a few issues of Amazing Spider-Man and plastered them on my mini-fridge. Together the issues may have been worth $5, and I got a neat looking fridge out of it. Artist Andrew Vickers did something similar. He made a papier-mâché sculpture out of some old comics. Comics like Avengers #1 and other rare titles worth about $30,000. He's not even sorry.

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  8. Science

    TED-Ed Takes A Look At How Disappointing Super Powers Would Be In Real Life

    TED-Ed has offered short, entertaining takes on a wide variety of actual science in its brief existence, and we've been consistently delighted by the program's cartoon explanations of everything from the Big Bang to dinosaur feathers. Over the weekend, though, TED-Ed expanded its purview and blew our minds with seven great videos exploring how common comic book superpowers -- real classics like flight, super speed, and super strength -- would operate in the real world. The disappointing answer? Not very well, as the offering on super strength demonstrates here.

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  9. Entertainment

    ComiXology Pulls Even More Comics From Their iOS App to Appease Their Apple Overlords

    Not more than a month after comiXology faced criticism for preemptively removing a installment of the critically acclaimed series Saga from their iOS app to comply with Apple App Store policies, they've now rejected 56 other titles, including a few that were revisited and approved last month. To put it lightly, this bums us out real bad.

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  10. Entertainment

    Joss Whedon Hints at Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver in Avengers 2

    Here I was thinking that red carpet Hollywood premieres and the like were boring affairs for those watching from home. The one for Iron Man 3, which was yesterday, has suddenly turned that all around for me. See, in an interview with Yahoo! Movies, Joss Whedon dropped a huge hint about the possible appearance of a certain brother and sister in Avengers 2. Yeah, he's pretty much definitely referring to Wanda and Pietro Maximoff -- Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver.

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  11. Entertainment

    Shut Up And Take (Less Of) My Money: Everything In The Fantagraphics Catalog Is 20% Off Right Now

    Are you taking a break from conspicuous consumption following the traditional holiday purchase-palooza? If so, you are doing it wrong. That's because Fantagraphics comics is offering a 20% discount on everything in its catalog for the next couple of days. EVERYTHING. That's 20% off everyLove and Rockets collection, 20% off Johnny Ryan's newest Prison Pit book, 20% off the publisher's fantastic hardbound collections of Walt Kelly's genre-defining Pogo strips. At the risk of belaboring the point, there are things you simply need in a well-rounded comic book collection here, and for the next few days, they are all significantly cheaper. Keep reading for some of our picks of things you may want to add to our collection of classy comics while they're on the cheap side. If this seems like a shameless plug, it totally is, but it's a shameless plug for one of my favorite publishers, and one that is doing more to preserve the too-often overlooked history of the medium than anyone else today. I apologize for nothing.

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  12. Weird

    Mourn Hostess Properly With These 11 Hilarious Marvel Comics Advertisements

    Whether it's due to crippling mismanagement or labor strikes, the fact of the matter is that Hostess is winding down its operations. Their brands are for sale, which could mean we'll see Twinkies once again produced outside of Canada, but the company as it exists in the United States is going away. Back in the day, the company took out a series of hilarious advertisements within the pages of Marvel Comics, and we've collected our 11 favorite ads to pay our respects. Hit the jump to check them out.

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  13. Weird

    Michigan-Based Batman Arrested Again, Probably Not the Hero Anyone Needs

    Batman just can't catch a break. Not only does the comic book figure have real-life imitators, they seem to constantly be getting themselves in trouble. Mark Wayne Williams, dressed in a Batman outfit, was arrested this weekend after refusing to leave the scene of a crime. This is the second incident where Williams has been arrested in his Batman duds, so it might be time to hang up the cape.

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  14. Entertainment

    Did LEGO Just Out the Plots of Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel?

    A new series of super hero-themed LEGO sets based on recent and upcoming comic book films may have just confirmed, if not revealed, key plot points from Marvel's next movie, Iron Man 3, and Zach Snyder's upcoming take on Superman, Man of Steel. A list of upcoming LEGO sets, on track to come out in 2013, feature Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Superman. Though some of the sets clearly have no relationship their film counterparts, (there's a Batman-themed set called "Aquaman on Ice.") the Iron Man and Superman-themed sets match up with rumored details about Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. For the record, the rest of this post may contain relatively detailed spoilers about Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel. Proceed at your own risk.

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  15. Entertainment

    Looking At Superheroes Makes Comic Fans Stronger, More Satisfied With Their Physiques

    It turns out that reading comic books can be beneficial for the male psyche, making men perform better on tests of strength and even improving the body images of comic book fans. So take that, every guidance counselor, ever! A study conducted by researchers at the University of Buffalo found that, after seeing images of superheroes like Spider-Man and Batman, men performed better on a test of grip strength than they did without seeing the pictures.

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