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Time Warner Lawyers Vs Harry Popper Condoms

Time Warner’s fabled legions of litigators are suing a Swiss condom maker, saying the Magic X “Harry Popper” brand of birth control infringes on the corporation’s multi-billion dollar “Harry Potter” franchise.  The Cantonal Court in Schwz, Switzerland is set to rule on whether or not to ban the products next week. The Telegraph is reporting: [...]

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Military Goes Manga

The United States military has just published “Our Alliance – A Lasting Partnership”, an on-line manga to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the American/Japanese security treaty. The event also coincides with the 65th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. AOL News is reporting: The U.S. military chose the manga format because it’s “a very [...]

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Newsweek Profiles Lily Renée

Pioneering comic book artist Lily Renée, who’s illustrations graced many Fiction House titles in the forties, has been profiled in Newseek magazine. One of very few women that made it above secretarial positions in the golden age era comic book field, Renée’s work is receiving attention thanks to Trina Robbins’ dogged detective work tracking the [...]

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New Comics Stamps From USPS

The United States Postal Service will unveil a new series of comics character stamps on Friday.  The 44 centers will feature Beetle Bailey, Calvin and Hobbes, Archie, Dennis The Menace and  Garfield. Titled the Sunday Funnies Stamps, the collection adds to the postal service’s 1995 Comic Strip Classics commemorative set that celebrated the 100th anniversary [...]

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Real Life Super Heroes Get Organized

While comic book fandom loves to read the occasional news item about real people putting on costumes and fighting crime, the reality is that the movement is growing (and getting organized). The Real Life Super Heroes Project offers news, community and products geared to the needs of street vigilantes. Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, a group calling [...]

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Harvey Pekar dead at age 70

Sad news today as it was learned that comic book legend Harvey Pekar, creator of American Splendor and inspiration for the movie of the same name, passed away at age 70.

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Superheroes Get Plastered For Charity

The Fourth Annual Superhero Crawl bellies up to over twenty bars in Reno Nevada tonight. The event, organized the the Drunken Justice League, is expected to draw scores of participants decked out in superhero togs, and raise money for DonorsChoose.org. Crowd favorites include The Ambiguously Gay Duo, Doc Octo-Mom, Male Drag Wonder Woman, Bluntman & Chronic, [...]

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Manga Peepers Hit US

The Asian fad for circle lenses, the oversized contacts that make the wearers’ irises appear as large as those of a character in Japanese comic books, has landed in the United States, thanks to a recent video by Lady Gaga. The lenses are easily available on-line but American optometrists are expressing concern that they might [...]

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Supes Does Dallas

The 1966 Broadway musical, “It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane… It’s Superman” has been revived by The Dallas Theater Center.  The creators of the original musical, along with the Center’s theater director Kevin Moriarty, have stripped away the jokey veneer and have set their sites on competing with the upcoming “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” on [...]

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Cartoon Criticism of iPhone May Cost Best Buy Employee His Job

A suspended-and-possibly-soon-to-be-fired Best Buy employee may lose his job over a funny and foul-mouthed cartoon posted on YouTube which mocks the new iPhone and the cult of Apple.

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