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In ‘The Walking Bread,’ even the survivors are toast

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As a fan of both bread and AMC’s The Walking Dead — the series lost me last season, but drew me back with the second half of this one — I’m sorry that I didn’t stumble across this project by Mark Nathan Willetts sooner: In “The Walking Bread,” the Nottingham, England, artist recreates scenes from the hit television drama using “everyday slices of bread, whilst jam, cocktail sticks and a few other buffet-related items,” plus some dramatic lighting.

And so we’re treated to Willett’s interpretation of such scenes as the first appearance of Michonne in the Season 2 finale, Carl’s narrow escape from the mud-mired walker in “Judge, Jury, Executioner,” and The Governor’s quiet moment with his “trophies.”

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First look at ‘Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N.’ exhibition

Thor’s Cosmic Observatory at "Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N" at Discovery Times Square

Thor’s Cosmic Observatory at “Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N” at Discovery Times Square

The first official renderings have been revealed for Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Discovery Times Square, the upcoming interactive exhibition that brings visitors into the Marvel Cinematic Universe..

Presented with Victory Hill Exhibitions and Marvel, in collaboration with NASA and the National Academy of Sciences, the exhibit is designed to bring to life the science behind the superheroes: Visitors are recruited into S.H.I.E.L.D. and granted access to the headquarters of S.T.A.T.I.O.N. — Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network — and its classified files exploring the history and scientific origins of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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Incredible Hulk breaks out in Nike’s new World Cup ad

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As I don’t follow soccer, I recognize only a few of the faces in “Winner Stays,” a four minute-plus ad — heck, it’s a short film — that’s debuted as part of Nike’s promotional campaign for the 2014 World Cup, but I don’t need any team rosters to pick out one of the players: the Incredible Hulk, who makes an appearance at about 2:30.

Now why does Marvel’s Green Goliath have a cameo? You’re asking the wrong guy — hey, I have trouble following the commercial’s plot — but Blastr suggests it’s a case of mistaken identity, as Brazilian player Givanildo Vieira de Souza, aka Hulk, is called in, but the emerald giant appears instead. Watch the full ad below.

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Which states are the nerdiest? You may be surprised

Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience

Salt Lake Comic Con FanXperience

I’ve never given any thought to which state might be considered the “nerdiest,” but if pressed I may have guessed California, with Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Comic-Con International, or Massachusetts, because of MIT and Harvard. However, it turns out I would’ve been way off.

Estately, the real estate blog that recently ranked the states most likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, has now turned its attention to the nerdiest states in America, and — surprise! — Utah comes out on top. I guess that helps explain why Salt Lake Comic Con and its FanXperience spinoff pull in such large crowds.

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Your move, Peter Parker: Man creates working web-shooter

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Countless children, and more than a few adults, have played with toy versions of Spider-Man’s web-shooters, the kind that shoot water or Silly String or short strips of nylon rope. However, it’s never quite like the “actual” thing, or so I’m guessing (come on, in some cases you’re essentially strapping a squirt gun to your wrist).

Enter Patrick Priebe, described by Gizmag as a “German laser weapons hobbyist” — everybody needs a hobby, right? — who has crafted his own real-life web-shooter. Only instead of web fluid, it shoots a brass-tipped mini-harpoon at the end of a length of fishing line. As you can see, it’s pretty impressive, with a triggering mechanism beneath the glove and even an aiming laser. But Priebe doesn’t stop there: He’s also created a wrist-mounted burning laser and a Cyclops-inspired visor … with burning lasers, naturally. Check and mate, Peter Parker!

Check them out in action in the videos below.

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Houston bar aims for different crowd with comics, video games

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With a name that gives a nod to a 19th-century physicist and a sign that features an olive within an atom, it’s a safe bet that Houston’s new Neil’s Bahr isn’t your run-of-the-mill drinking establishment.

Instead, Eater reports, it’s a bar where patrons can browse the comic book library, read sci-fi novels in the comfy lounge or play Super Nintendo and vintage arcade games.

“I’ve always wanted a geeky bar where people can watch The Simpsons or Star Wars on TV, a very hole-in-the-wall place,” owner Neil Fernandez told the website. He also has Industry Night Tuesday, which caters to bar and restaurant employees, and soon plans to launch trivia and cabaret/karaoke nights. Fernandez is even considering going “full-blown nerd” with Magic: The Gathering.

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Batkid throws out first pitch at Giants home opener

Already off to a 5-2 start, the San Francisco Giants received an extra boost at their home opener Tuesday afternoon: SF’s own Batkid threw out the first pitch.


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Comic Sans, that most reviled of fonts, gets a makeover

comic neueComic Sans, the near-universally reviled font inspired by the lettering of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen, has received a facelift, courtesy of designer Craig Rozynski.

“Comic Sans wasn’t designed to be the world’s most ubiquitous casual typeface,” he explains in his introduction of the updated version. “Comic Neue aspires to be the casual script choice for everyone including the typographically savvy. The squashed, wonky, and weird glyphs of Comic Sans have been beaten into shape while maintaining the honesty that made Comic Sans so popular.”

The font of choice for office co-workers, dormitory resident advisers and owners of lost pets across the globe, Comic Sans was developed in 1994 by Vincent Connare at Microsoft as an alternative to the Times New Roman that was used in a beta version of Microsoft Bob. He never intended the font to be utilized beyond that, and certainly never imagined it would become so widely used and abused.

With Comic Neue, Rozynski set out to rescue the battered font. “A few years ago, seeing Comic Sans yet again getting a good bashing online I wondered, could it be saved?” he told Creative Review. “Could Comic Sans be given a make-over? The first ever sympathy font? A joke at first (maybe it still is), but one that I began taking seriously enough to have a go at.”

Rozynski has released Comic Neue into the public domain; you can download it for free here.

‘Cardboard Tony Stark’ creates full-size Iron Man suit

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When 20-year-old Taiwanese artist Xhongkai Xiang boasts, “I am the cardboard Tony Stark,” it’s difficult to argue with him. Sure, Stark is a billionaire playboy who fights evil alongside a gamma-irradiated monster and a god, but Xiang has a full-size Iron Man suit … created entirely out of cardboard.

“Tony Stark’s suit cost almost $1 billion,” he says in the video below. “But mine cost almost zero.”

Xiang spent nearly a year constructing the armor in his free time, “because I have many, many things to do.” Some of those things are likely other amazing cardboard constructions, a dragon, Optimus Prime, and a bird and lizard that look real. He also made an Alien out of drinking straws.

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Evian TV spot introduces the world to the Amazing Spider-Baby

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If you were surprised by that promotional campaign by Sony Pictures and the United States Postal Service featuring Stan Lee and Spider-Man, you may want to sit down for this one: Evian stakes out its own Amazing Spider-Man 2 tie-in with a commercial that introduces the world to Spider-Baby, a web-slinging, rope-skipping, dancing infant-sized mirror version of the wall-crawler. The TV spot is either inspired, or completely insane, I can’t decide.

Titled “The Amazing Baby & Me 2,” it’s the latest commercial in Evian’s “Live Young” campaign (aka the baby series).

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England’s Wolverhampton Station becomes Wolverine Station (for today)

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On a day rife with fake announcements and Photoshoppery, this April Fool’s Day prank is real (or, rather, “real”): Wolverhampton Station, in England’s West Midlands, has been renamed Wolverine Station, if only for today. It’s a stunt orchestrated by Virgin Trains and Fox to promote X-Men: Days of Future Past.

London24 explains that the station’s 65 signs underwent the change, which was even reflected in the departure board at London’s Euston Station. Other signs (below) warned travelers about the potential threat posed by mutants. (Local radio station BBC WM even got in on the action, tweeting its opposition with a poster that reads “Mutant And Proud.”)

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Hugh Jackman asks ‘Who Am I?’ in ‘Wolverine: The Musical’

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Given the wounds, both figuratively and literally, left by Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, it will probably be a while before anyone invests in another big-budget superhero musical. However, after watching this video of Tony winner Hugh Jackman singing about his Wolverine identity crisis — to the tune of “Who Am I?” from Les Miserables, naturally — on BBC Radio’s Matt Edmondson Show, I’m willing to pitch in on a Kickstarter campaign for Wolverine: The Musical.

And if that’s a success, we’ll move on to Anne Hathaway singing something about when the tigers come at night from Catwoman: The Musical

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Photographer documents real-life superheroes in portrait series

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Superhero comics are typically about good versus evil, and a growing number of people are taking those lessons to heart — and to the streets — as honest-to-goodness superheroes. Los Angeles photographer Dean Bradshaw has captured some of them in a new series titled “Real Life Superheroes.”

This photo set features heroes like Nevada’s We The People (above) and 18 others, many of whom are based in California. Eighteen of these are new creations dreamed up by the hero, with only one — Chicago’s Moon Knight — taking his name and design from an existing character. Here’s a selection of some of the portraits, but visit Bradshaw’s site to see all of them.

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In zombie apocalypse, New Jersey will be fast food

The Walking Dead #16

The Walking Dead #16

Robert Kirkman established more than a decade ago in The Walking Dead that no one is safe in a zombie apocalypse. It turns out, however, that when it comes to survival, location may be everything. And for those located in New Jersey … well, it’s been nice knowing you.

In its new ranking of the United States, real estate website Estately determines the Garden State is the least likely to survive a zombie apocalypse, followed by Mississippi, the District of Columbia, New York and  Georgia. My money would’ve been on the most obese states, in which case Mississippi would again be doomed. (Our condolences.)

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‘Walking Dead’ tribute beer is made with (gulp) actual brains

dock street brewing coConsidering we established long ago that Soylent Green is — spoilers! — people, it should come as no real surprise that a new Walking Dead tribute beer contains brains, right? Goat brains, to specific.

All right, maybe it’s a little surprising.

On Sunday, Dock Street Brewing Co. in Philadelphia will debut Dock Street Walker, an American Pale Stout brewed with wheat, oats, flaked barley, organic cranberry and — wait for it, wait for it — smoked goat brains.

“In true walker fashion, don’t be surprised if its head doesn’t hang around forever,” the microbrewery jokes.

“Gourmet mushrooms and potentially hallucinogenic herbs are one thing, but smoked brains … really?” the Dock Street website reads. “Believe it or not, much of the world considers brain to be a true delicacy. Think Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, but not ridiculous. Many also believe that using every part of the animal not only increases and encourages sustainability, but also honors the animal’s life and death.”

The beer’s unveiling on Sunday coincides with the season finale of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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