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This incredible 3D-printed Ant-Man helmet is no small feat

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Inspired by the release of the trailer for Marvel’s Ant-Man, designer Stefanos Anagnostopoulos set out to design a helmet like the one Paul Rudd wears in the film, and to do it in a day. What took him 10 hours to design required a staggering 50 hours to print on 3D prints, but you can’t really argue with the results.

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Comics fan’s cause of death listed as ‘uppercut from Batman’

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When comics fan Stephen Merrill passed away suddenly Feb. 12 at age 31, his family and friends didn’t know the cause of death when it came time to write the obituary. So they made one up: an “uppercut from Batman.”

According to WFTS Tampa Bay, the Lakeland, Florida, newspaper The Ledger won’t publish an obituary without a cause of death, leaving Merrill’s relatives to improvise.

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Deadpool looks for love in surprisingly charming ‘Kiss Me’ video

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By all rights, a video of a guy in a Deadpool costume walking around on Valentine’s Day with a sign that reads “Kiss Me, I’m Deadpool” should have been creepy. However, the affable D-Piddy, who’s starred as the Merc With a Mouth in more than 50 of these videos, is able to make it downright charming.

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Girl who asked DC for more superheroines becomes one herself

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Eleven-year-old Rowan Hansen attracted a lot of attention online last month for her letter asking DC Entertainment to “please do something” about the lack of comics, movies and toys featuring female superheroes. The publisher responded, tweeting, “We agree, we’re working hard to create more superhero fun for girls!.”

However, DC didn’t leave it at that.

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‘Naruto Shippuden’ fan film doesn’t pull any punches

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Christopher C. Cowan and Haile Lee, aka Epic Rival, have debuted a live-action Naruto Shippuden short film called “Dance of War” that sees Tenten and Neji put their skills to the test.

While the cinematography (by Cowan) and choreography (by Brendon Huor) are pretty impressive, it’s the special effects — high quality for a fan project — that really deliver in this nearly eight-minute short.

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In D.C. snowball fight, Captain America was the winter soldier

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Civil War broke out Tuesday in a snow-covered Washington, D.C., with Captain America at the forefront of fight, not over the Superhero Registration Act but rather about … well, that part’s not exactly clear. However, it involved about 100 people, and lots and lots of snowballs.

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Dead man displayed at wake in his Green Lantern costume

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After 50-year-old Renato Garcia found a Green Lantern costume about a month ago among some discarded clothes, he began wearing it around his neighborhood in San Juan, Puerto Rico. When he passed away last week, Garcia’s family and neighbors thought it was only fitting that he continue to be a superhero in death, complete with power ring.

So, they had his embalmed body dressed in the costume and displayed, propped up, at his wake. “I know he would have liked it,” his sister Milagros Garcia said.

Let’s get this out of the way: This story contains photos of a dead body in a Green Lantern uniform leaning in a corner, so be warned.

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Comic-Con International badges go on sale Saturday

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If you had already had plans for Saturday morning, you’ll probably want to change them — at least if you’re hoping to buy badges for Comic-Con International.

Open online registration will begin shortly before 9 a.m. PT, although the EPIC Registration landing page will be accessible starting at 8 a.m. to allow hopefuls to enter their personal registration code and authorize their device or browser to enter the waiting room.

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‘Star Wars’ fan receives Stormtrooper funeral procession

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When lifelong Star Wars fan Gordon Deacon lost his battle last month with cancer, his wife Marilyn decided to send him off in style: with an escort of stormtroopers.

They marched ahead of the horse-drawn funeral carriage today as it made its way to St. Margaret’s Church in Roath, Cardiff, in Wales. Gordon, 58, was also a fan of the Liverpool Football Club, so the horses were adorned with red feathers and the coffin with a Liverpool and Star Wars floral tribute.” Even the mourners were asked to wear red or Star Wars costumes.

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It’s ‘Flash Appreciation Day’ (minus the presidential declaration)

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As you may have guessed by the absence of an early-morning address from the White House, the organizers of the petition to have Feb. 11 declared by President Obama as “Flash Appreciation Day” fell short of their goal. However, it wasn’t for lack of trying.

No, they contend, the blame falls squarely on the Reverse-Flash. It seems the WhiteHouse.gov petition actually received the 10,000 signatures required for consideration, promptly leading to a presidential declaration. However, Reed Beebe of Nothing But Comics writes that the Scarlet Speedster’s arch-nemesis “went back in time and changed history so that none of that happened.  In our altered timeline, the petition still received an impressive amount of signatures (over 700), and a lot of fan support, but just not enough to merit official consideration by the President.”

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Kamala Khan gets her own con—on Tumblr

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For the past week, Kamala Khan fans have been gathering at Kamalacon, a Tumblr celebrating the one-year anniversary of the first issue of Ms. Marvel. I have no idea whether this is a grass-roots thing or some clever guerrilla marketing by Marvel, but it’s fascinating to see the range of fans who have contributed cosplay photos, selfies with their collections, Kamala-themed playlists, and fanart that ranged from sketchbook drawings to animated GIFs to cookies and Funko sculptures. There was even a virtual gift exchange.

Kamalacon kicked off with a series of essays by readers about what Kamala Khan means to them. The first thing that struck me on glancing at them was the diversity of the writers. There’s something universal about Kamala’s story that appeals to many readers, from a Muslim woman who sees parallels to her own life to the white guy who compares it to Quasar to explain what makes Ms. Marvel good and Kamala bad—and makes a good point:

People talk about why they need diversity in comics, and usually it boils down to the importance of representation. But it also just makes better comics. Kamala Khan can tell stories and do things and go place that Wendell Vaughn simply can’t. When a publisher only stocks Wendell Vaughns in their creative toolbox, they’re putting artificial limits on the kinds of stories they can make. They cheat themselves and their audience. As long as Kamala’s on the beat, the industry’s headed in the right direction, however slowly.

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‘Star Wars’ fan builds his own radio-controlled Millennium Falcon

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While it’s unlikely to set any records on the Kessel Run, one Star Wars fan has made a radio-controlled Millennium Falcon that does indeed fly.

What Princess Leia might view as a bucket of bolts is actually a hull crafted by Olivier C out of insulant, expanded polystyrene and attached to a quadcopter, which as the name suggests in propelled by four rotors (it’s not, Olivier points out, a drone). It’s even wired with lights that mimic those on the actual Millennium Falcon.

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3-year-old marks last day of chemo by dressing as Wonder Woman

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Three-year-old Sophia Sandoval of San Antonio, Texas, was diagnosed in May with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor, leading to months of chemotherapy. On Friday, the Wonder Woman fan celebrated her final treatment by dressing up as one of her favorite superheroes, much to the delight of Lynda Carter.

In a photo posted Tuesday on the Jessie Rees Foundation Facebook page and then widely circulated through social media, Sophia strikes a pose while standing in her bed at San Antonio’s Methodist Children’s Hospital holding a sign that reads, “My Last Day of Chemo. It Was Tough But I Was Tougher.”

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Airbrushed 1978 ‘Star Trek’ van could take you to the final frontier

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BoingBoing has stumbled across a vehicle so stellar you can probably see it from space. And it could be yours for just $9,500.

A Canadian man has (reluctantly) listed his sweet 1978 GMC Star Trek van on sale on Craigslist. The van, which is “NOT a vehicle for the shy,” according to the ad, consists of one, large paint job done by artist G.S. Roy.

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Fan has nose cut off, face tattooed so he’ll look like Red Skull

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In a story that seems ripped from the pages of Weekly World News, or maybe just Captain America, we now learn of a comics fan who’s had subdermal implants, tattoos and part of his nose removed in an effort to make himself look like the Red Skull.

Suddenly, that Superman fan who’s undergone numerous plastic surgeries to resemble the Man of Steel doesn’t seem so extreme, does he?

(Fair warning: Actual photos follow.)

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