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Wolverine’s claws from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ are for sale

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Although 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand is likely nobody’s favorite installment of the franchise, there are plenty of fans who’d like to get their hands on at least one piece of memorabilia from the Fox film: Wolverine’s adamantium claws. And on Tuesday they’ll get their chance.

The 10.5-inche resin blades used by star Hugh Jackman are expected to go for as much as $23,550 (£15,000) at the biannual pop culture sale held in London by Christie’s auction house.

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Nate Simpson announces he’s finished ‘Nonplayer’ #2

nonplayerthumbMore than three and a half years after the release of Nonplayer #1, creator Nate Simpson has announced he’s finally completed the second issue of the acclaimed sci-fi/fantasy comic.

“If you’re a member of the comics press and I promised you any kind of exclusive upon the occasion of Nonplayer 2’s release, could you DM me?” the artist wrote on Twitter. “Which is a roundabout way of saying Nonplayer 2 is DONE. Woohoo! I’m going to sleep in till 6am for a WHOLE WEEK in celebration!”

Debuting in April 2011 from Image Comics, Nonplayer introduced Dana Stevens, a young woman who retreats from her dull life into the digital-fantasy realm of Jarvath, where she’s a fearless warrior. Soon, however, her video-game adventures begin to intersect with the real world.

That first issue drew widespread attention, earning Simpson, a video-game designer, the Russ Manning award for most promising newcomer. Warner Bros. was also quick to option the film rights.

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Penguin Judge Dredd is the law … the cute and cuddly law

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I know very little about Judge Dredd lore, but I’d like to imagine Antarctic City isn’t kept safe by Polar Judges but rather adorable little penguins, armed and outfitted with the signature helmet, badge and epaulettes. You know, like this Judge Dredd Cosplay Penguin PVC statuette from Blind Mouse Toys.

Designed by Daniel Balmforth and Steve Scholz, and sculpted and painted by Joe Amaro, the 11.5-centimeter (about 4.5 inches) statuette comes with “comic-accurate costume,” removable Lawgiver and non-removable helmet. And it can be yours fr $40.

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ComiXology returns with ’12 Days of Free Comics’

the wake1ComiXology is back this year with its own take on an Advent calendar, the third annual “12 Days of Free Comics.”

Each day through Dec. 22, the company will offer a digital comic for free, beginning today with The Wake #1 by Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy (it may be a holiday tradition for Snyder as well, as last year’s event kicked off with Batman #13).

What’s more, each comic can be gifted to friends, family members or co-workers. However, each day’s selection is available for download only until 11 p.m. ET (a slight change from last year, when you had 24 hours).

“It’s been an outstanding year for us at comiXology, and we want every comic fan to help us celebrate with our third annual 12 Days of Free Comics,” CEO David Steinberger said in a statement. “It’s you, the comics fan, that push us every day to create an even brighter future for comics, graphic novels and manga worldwide. These comics are for you!”

Sign up for alerts, or keep eye on the comiXology Tumblr or blog for each day’s offering.

With tattoos of 203 ‘Simpsons’ characters, man aims for record

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A 52-year-old prison guard from Australia is counting on the 203 Simpsons characters tattooed on his back to earn him a place in Guinness World Records.

According to the Daily Mail, Michael Baxter has spent 130 hours and more than $9,900 in the past years to have Springfield’s residents, and even some of its landmarks, inked on his body. There’s the power plant on his right shoulder, Moe’s Tavern on his left, and anchorman Kent Brockman venturing south of his waistband.

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This ‘Wonder Woman’ theme cover will make a hawk a dove

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I’m not sure why, four years after its release, this cover of the Wonder Woman TV theme song is making the rounds, but I’m incredibly happy it is. Performed by the Ontario band The Bombsters, it’s delightfully earnest, and the perfect way to end a cold and dreary day.

And, yes, the drummer is wearing a Batman-like mask, but it’s not only for this video. That’s Mr. Somebody, who … apparently wears a mask during performances. I dunno. Fun little drum solo, though.

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There’s more to this Silver Surfer tribute than meets the eye

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As difficult as it may be to believe, this tribute to Ron Lim’s cover for Silver Surfer #20 isn’t an illustration. It’s a photograph of a model wearing body paint, applied by makeup artist Cris Alex and shot using strong light to make it appear flat. It’s only upon closer inspection, when you can make out details like eyelashes, whiskers and nails that it becomes clear the Herald of Galactus is an actual person.

Alex, who’s resume includes movies, television shows and music videos, also provides behind-the-scenes photos, where the shadows and contours are apparent, and the glaring model is a little alarming.

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U.K. theme park could boast ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Sherlock’ attractions

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A planned $3.14 billion U.K. theme park and resort could include attractions based on hit television series like Doctor Who and Sherlock through a new agreement with BBC Worldwide.

Developed by London Resort Company Holdings and supported by Paramount Pictures, the 900-acre London Paramount entertainment resort is set to open in 2020 in Dartford, southeast of London. It’s expected to attract 15 million visitors a year with its 2,000-seat theater, hotels and more than 50 rides and attractions, some of which will be inspired by such Paramount properties as Star Trek and Mission: Impossible.

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That’s magic? ‘Phonogram’ comes to life in ‘Wolf Like Me’ short

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Kid-With-Knife is set loose in this pretty faithful adaptation by Trinity Players of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s Phonogram: The Singles Club #7, backed of course by TV on the Radio’s “Wolf Like Me.”

The short is described as a “video extract” and “the start of ‘Wolf Like Me,'” suggesting there’s more to it, somewhere; the video ends before the full story plays out.

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Joshua Dysart heading to Kurdistan for UN project

joshua dysartUnknown Soldier writer Joshua Dysart has announced he’ll be traveling to the troubled Kurdistan region of Iraq to conduct research for a project he’s planning with the United Nations World Food Programme.

“We’ve been plotting to tell some stories about the complexity and necessity of feeding the world’s displaced people in an engaging way,” Dysart writes on his website. “Now we’re finally getting started and soon I’ll be leaving for northern Iraq. There, I’ll begin researching the current situation facing Kurdish refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict and the violent push of the Islamic State.”

The writer spent a month in Acholiland, Uganda, in 2007 to research Unknown Soldier, his Eisner-nominated Vertigo series that recast the classic DC Comics character as Moses Lwanga, a physician who returns to his native country to help the refugees caught up in the Lord’s Resistance Army insurgency.

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‘Batkid Begins’ documentary to premiere at Slamdance

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Batkid Begins: The Wish Heard Around the World will have its world premiere in January at the Slamdance Film Festival.

The crowdfunded documentary chronicles the events behind the scenes on Nov. 15, 2013, when San Francisco was transformed into Gotham City to fulfill the wish of 5-year-0ld leukemia patient Miles Scott to be Batman. Although the Make-A-Wish Foundation expected a few hundred people to turn out to cheer on Batkid as he and Batman captured Penguin and the Riddler, the celebration drew an estimated 14,500 in the city alone. The event also captured the attention of people around the world, as more than a billion used social media to encourage Batkid; President Obama even used Vine to deliver a special message to Miles.

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The Joker’s wild in these wonderful cosplay photos

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These incredible photos of cosplayer Dark Incognito as a female Joker — rather than Harley Quinn or Duela Dent — makes me wish DC Comics has used the New 52 as an opportunity to introduce a Clown Princess of Crime. The shakeup to the decades-old dynamic with Batman could’ve been fascinating.

Check out some of the photos below, and even more in the galleries of Dark Incognito and photographer Akami.

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Spider-Man struggles with life in Cairo in amazing photo series

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With a metro population of 20 million, Cairo suffers from all the traffic, pollution and noise problems you’d expect from the wold’s 10th-largest urban area. Even lifelong residents can find daily life in the city’s crowded streets to be a struggle. But how would a superhero fare in Egypt’s capital?

That’s what 20-year-old Hossam Atef set out to discover in a series of photographs depicting Spider-Man — actually, 21-year-old chef Atef Saad — as he experiences a normal day in Cairo, running to catch an overcrowded bus, finding a place to sit on the Metro and driving a tuk-tuk, among other activities.

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Iconic Winnie-the-Pooh drawing sells for record price

poohsticksOne of the most famous illustrations of Winnie-the-Pooh sold at auction today in London for a record $490,470, more than three times initial estimates.

According to Agence France-Presse, E.H. Shepard’s ink drawing of Pooh playing Poohsticks with Piglet and Christopher Robin broke the world record for any book illustration sold by Sotheby’s auction house. A pencil drawing of the same scene went fore more than $92,000 last year.

Related: Polish town rejects “half-naked” Pooh as playground mascot

The piece was first published in 1928 in A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner, serving both as an illustration for Chapter 6 — “In which Pooh invents a new game and Eeyore joins in” — and as the frontispiece.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ gets Honest Trailers treatment

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Although the narrator concedes, “We’re really reaching here, this was a fun movie,” Screen Junkies still finds a lot to lampoon in the “Honest Trailer” for Guardians of the Galaxy, much of it centering on the relative obscurity of the characters — and their similarities to other Marvel heroes.

However, there’s still plenty of room to take jabs at plot holes, the “space mumbo-jumbo” and the allegiances of the various multicolored aliens. “But if you get confused,” the narrator offers, “just remember, the hero is still the white guy.” It also serves as a pretty funny tribute to “the swagger” of Marvel Studios as it “trolls the world with balls-out middle fingers to the audience they know they have in the palm of their hands.”

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