New Spider-Man will have mechanical webshooters

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Poor Emma Stone. As lovely and charming as she is, she did not know that by answering some nerdy question on the red carpet she was stepping into a hotbed of fannish research. While everyone went all Zapruder inspecting the bulges on Andrew Garfield’s wrists in the recently released look at him in Spider-garb, she innocently answered the burning question:

Never forget

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Obviously, DC doesn’t want to risk losing the dollars of its core audience in the hopes of gaining a broader selection of readers. What if those new readers don’t come? Hey, that’s a serious and valid question. Money isn’t exactly pouring in. Taking a risk is scary when a comic selling 25,000 copies is considered a solid book. And so…you do nothing. You make awkward jokes when fans ask questions at cons. You put minority characters who rarely appear in big pose down images as if they are an integral part of the story. You hope to keep complaints from both sides to a very low rumbling.

Nice art: The X-Men family tree by Joe Stone

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A fine infographic chart which, if not for the initiated, still lays out mutant heredity in an elegant way.

Mixed media: Lego Angry Birds

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Despite the fact that popular apps on iPhones can read our private data and sell them to the highest bidder, we just can’t get enough of such time-voids as Angry Birds. And now we can look upon them in Lego form and feel even more sated.

Paul Duffield on motion comics

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FREAKANGELS artist Paul Duffield, who has a background in animation, shares some informed thoughts on motion comics proving that there is more you can say about the hybrid form than “Yuck.” However, there is a conceptual problem, he says.

A Comic-Con comes to India

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According to this article, India is getting its first comic-con, a two-day affair to be held next month in New Delhi, and called…Comic-Con India:

Beautiful superhero stars at the Golden Globes: Emma Stone, Christian Bale etc.

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Last night’s Golden Globes held no wins for any comics-themed material, but lots of stars of comic book movies were out, providing a stunning parade of nerdlebrity pulchritude.

Separated at birth?

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“Your feeble skills are no match for the dark side!” — Patriots coach Bill Belicheck channels his inner Palpatine.

Coming Attactions: January 2011

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So, this month is a bit light. There are always some significant titles every month, so here’s the list for January.