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Two arrested in apparent threat to Pokémon World Championships

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Two Iowa men who traveled to Boston to play in the Pokémon World Championships were arrested Saturday on firearms charges after police, alerted that the pair had made “threats of violence over social media,” discovered guns and ammunition in their car.

James Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, were invited to play in the “masters division” of the championships, held over the weekend at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston. On Wednesday, Stumbo allegedly posted a photo (below) of two guns on the trunk of a car to the Mayhem Pokemon Crew Facebook page, with the message, “Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!” When another poster wished them “Good luck,” Stumbo responded, “With killing the competition?”

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Ms. Marvel’ win, but many ‘No Awards’ given at Hugo Awards

Ms._Marvel_Vol_3_2_Molina_Variant_TextlessAmid heated controversy, the Hugo Awards ceremony went down on Saturday evening. The year has garnered a lot of press attention due to the Sad Puppy/Rabid Puppy campaigns launched by some who thought certain creators and works were being overlooked in favor of “liberal bias.” As the Hugos have an open nomination process, the result was that several categories were completely dominated by works put forth in the Sad Puppy’s slate. (Read some great in depth analysis of the who, what, how, and why of all this over at Wired and ICv2.)

However, voters appeared to reject the Puppies’ plan, as five categories that were identical to the group’s nominations slate –Best Novella, Short Story, Related Work, Editor Short Form, and Editor Long Form — ended up being given “No Award.” According to their official website, that number matches the amount of No Awards given out in the entire history of the Hugo Awards, and the first time any have been given since 1977. According to i09.com’s full live blog of the event, the applause at each No Award announcement was uproarious.

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Iron Maiden’s Mascot Eddie fights through video game history in new music video

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Metal rockers and icons Iron Maiden have been melting faces for 40 years, which happens to be just about as long as arcade games. Noticing the similar timelines, Maiden decided to celebrate the history of digital gaming in the music video for their first new single in five years, “Speed of Light”.

In the clip, the band’s loyal mascot, Eddie, takes a journey through video game history in order to complete a sacrificial offering to, presumably, the Gods of Rock and Roll. He battles his way through four worlds created in the style of four different decades of gaming. From a pixelated climbing game akin to Donkey Kong to a classic side-scrolling action shooter, Eddie takes on baddies of all sorts to reach the heart at the end of each level. After taking down The Beast himself in a Mortal Kombat styled fight, he gets behind the gun in a first-person shooter to beat the final boss.

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Shelf Porn | Graphic novels and more from Cambridge, UK

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Hello and welcome to Shelf Porn, your look at one fan’s collection. Today’s shelves come from David on Cambridge, UK, who shows us his collection of action figures, graphic novels, toys, art and more.

If you’d like to see your collection here, you can find instructions on how to submit it at the end of this post.

And now here’s David …

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Bullied girl gets a new hope from fellow ‘Star Wars’ fans

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When eight-year-old Layla Murphy began to get bullied for her love of “Star Wars,” the 501st Legion used the Force to show her a new hope by gathering together and showing her support (via CNN).

The trouble started when Layla, who lives in Norfolk, Virginia, transferred schools. According to her mother Nicolette Molina, the girls at the new school teased Layla’s love of “Star Wars” and told her it was for boys. “Layla started coming home more quiet and less of herself, and started asking not to wear her shirts or R2-D2 jacket,” Molina explained. “She was asked if she was turning into a boy.”

The 501st Legion came to the rescue after photos of her at a fan convention with “Star Wars” fan Jason Tuttle, a member of the group, surfaced online. Tuttle took to the group’s Facebook page to encourage Layla and sent her patches, stickers and trading cards to show her support.

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The Fifth Color | A Loki at the end of the universe

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Serialized stories can lead to a lot of stagnation. There’s only so much growth permitted for long-running characters before they escape their original purpose and risk losing those fans who fell in love with them the way they were.

After 53 years, I’d argue Spider-Man has actually regressed some, to keep his original operation. Editorial believes having Peter Parker as a married man ages him too much and limits him as a traditional superhero, so we remove some bits and try on new ones, because he has to go somewhere. Growth is longevity, after all, and changing with the times ensures a character reaches that 53rd anniversary. Aged too far, a character becomes someone else entirely and risks losing readers who miss the “old” interpretation.

Change is such a tricky thing that, when done well, should be celebrated. With that in mind, hooray for Loki!

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Real-life Superboy: 4-year-old Kal-El helps save family from crash

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A 4-year-old in Trinidad is being celebrated as Superboy for helping to save his mother and aunt after their car drove off a cliff. His name? Kal-El Alleyne, suitably enough.

Trinidad and Tobago’s CCN TV6 reports the family was on their way to Maracas on Tuesday when their car skidded, and Kal-El’s mother Amanda Graham swerved to avoid oncoming traffic, sending the vehicle into a ravine and throwing all three occupants through the back window.

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Kidrobot returns to Springfield with new ‘Simpsons’ figures

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Kidrobot is teaming with artists Ron English and Kenny Scharf — certainly no strangers to Springfield! — to release three new Simpsons vinyl figures.

English and Scharf famously appeared, alongside Robbie Conal and Shepard Fairey, in the 2012 Simpsons episode “Exit Through the Kwik-E-Mart, a nod to the Banksy documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop.

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This elegant wedding cake hides a superheroic secret

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Kia Parsons wanted a traditional wedding cake, with sophisticated flowers and beads. However, her husband-to-be Billy Bunning envisioned something more playful that would reflect his love of comic books. Their compromise is pretty inspired.

Designed by Julia Baker of Tier By Tier in Milton Keynes, England, the beautiful four-tiered cake is all business up front, precisely how Parsons imagined. But in the back? Fondant curtains are pulled back to reveal tiers representing Iron Man, Batman, Spider-Man and Captain America.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Naruto’ creator’s next project will be a sci-fi manga

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Creators | Masashi Kishimoto says he’s done with Naruto and his friends, now that the manga has ended its 15-year run, and he’s also not eager to return to the grind of a weekly series. However, that doesn’t mean he’s putting away his pen and ink. On the contrary, he has already created character designs for a new sci-fi series, and he’s interested in working with the digital magazine Shonen Jump Plus, which would be more flexible with regard to the story’s length and schedule. “Since Naruto was a bigger hit than I could ever imagine,” he said, “I’d like to aim for the next hit. I don’t know when I can announce the next manga, but because I plan on challenging myself to surpass Naruto, please wait for it.” [Kotaku]

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‘Attack on Titan’ game soars and slashes in first screenshots

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Koei Tecmo has debuted the first screenshots from Attack on Titan, the “tactical hunting game” for PlayStation based on Hajime Isayama’s hit manga.

The images arrive courtesy of the Japanese magazine Famitsu, which reveals that 50 percent of the game is complete. According to Koei Tecmo executives Hisashi Koinuma and Tomoyuki Kitamura, much of the focus has been on making flight, through the manga’s signature 3D maneuver gear, as fun as possible, with the controls rewarding both newcomers and skilled gamers.

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Funko takes Lola for a spin with ‘Agents of SHIELD’ Pop! Ride

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While we know we’re not supposed to touch Lola, Funko is making it tough to resist with this upcoming addition to its Pop! Rides line.

Arriving in October, the new Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. collectible features Director Phil Coulson with his prized possession, the high-flying, flamethrowing 1962 Chevrolet Corvette better known as Lola. And, yes, Director Coulson, we realize Lola’s not just a collectible.

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Han fired up first: ‘Star Wars’ bongs will have you feeling the Force

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If there were anywhere in a galaxy far, far away where weed was being smoked, it was probably the Mos Eisley cantina. Or Jabba the Hutt’s pleasure barge — oh, and anywhere depicted in the Star Wars Holiday Special. OK, there are a lot of possibilities, but wherever they were sparking up, they were likely using something a lot like these lightsaber and blaster bongs.

Custom-made by Ninja Glass, they’re described as “fully functional,” although I’m pretty sure they’re useless in a fight against the Empire. In this case, it means the battery-powered lightsabers feature LED lights, a sound card and motion detector — and you can smoke out of them.

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Grumpy Old Fan | A World’s Finest feast from DC in November

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Whether you call it “Divergence” or “DC You,” November represents the sixth month of DC Comics’ line-wide retooling. In just about three months it’ll be time to start taking stock of what worked and what didn’t, but for now we’re looking at what’s new and/or shiny.

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At the head of the line is a certain Bat-sequel. The hype surrounding Dark Knight III: The Master Race is understandable considering the shelf life of The Dark Knight Returns. It and its follow-up are two of DC’s most evergreen reprints, and DK3 will no doubt join them in the Valhalla of immortal collected editions.

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Should you use ‘Latino’ or ‘Hispanic’? This comic may help

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If you think the terms “Latino” and “Hispanic” are interchangeable, well, you’re wrong. But artist Terry Blas is there to help with an informative — and entertaining — comic on Vox called “You Say Latino.” Using humor and elements from his own background, Blas offers a quick-and-easy lesson in language, culture and geography.

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