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Hogwarts rises from pages of book in ‘Harry Potter’ stop-motion tribute


As a tribute to author J.K. Rowling, and the magical world of Harry Potter, the stop-motion animators at unPOP built a replica of Hogwarts using pages from The Prisoner of Azkaban.

They worked for more than a month on this charming short film, in which a boy sets aside the novel at bedtime, only for the spires of Hogwarts to rise (as if by magic!) from within, leaving enough paper to create an owl. Presumably Hedwig.

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Comics A.M. | ‘Tintin’ original art fetches $1.2 million at auction

From "The Blue Lotus," by Herge

From “The Blue Lotus,” by Herge

Auctions | A rare drawing of Tintin by Hergé from the 1936 book The Blue Lotus was sold at auction Monday in Hong Kong for $1.2 million. The black-and-white illustration, which depicts Tintin and Snowy being pulled in a rickshaw through the streets of Shanghai, is the only original piece from the book that remains in private hands. [BBC News]

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Japanese officials seize fan’s anime figures over back taxes


Consider this a cautionary tale for collectors: It’s called, “The Guy Who Lost His Precious Anime Figures Because He Didn’t Pay His Taxes.”

Rocket News24 reports that when officials from Sanyo-Onoda City in Japan’s Yamanashi Prefecture were dispatched to collect back taxes from a resident, they didn’t discover any cash or jewelry they could seize. They did, however, find the man’s collection of anime figures.

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Disney Princesses reimagined as hot dogs (Because, why not)

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There are a lot of Disney Princess mashups online, reimagining the popular animated heroines as Adventure Time characters, Batman villains, oil paintings, and on and on. But none of them is as weird, or as potentially delicious, as this one.

On the food website Lucky Peach, Anna Hezel and Gabriella Paiella have transformed hot dogs into Rapunzel, Ariel, Belle and Pocahontas, because … hey, it’s the Internet; you don’t really need a reason.

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Sheriff enlists terminally ill zombie fan to fight walking dead


Spencer Holt’s parents say they “live day by day,” uncertain how long the terminally ill 7-year-old will live. So last week a group of sheriff’s deputies came together to make sure Spencer had a day he’ll never forget.

Living with an incurable form of Mitochondrial disease and struggling with seizures, the smiling Spencer is a fan of zombies and police officers. Inspired by those two loves, and hoping to help lift Spencer’s spirits, Pasco County (Florida) Sheriff Chris Nocco sent an police motorcade to escort Spencer and his family to the Sheriff’s Office. Luckily for everyone, they arrived just as a zombie horde overran the old jail cells.

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iPhone owners prefer Superman, Android users side with Batman


As fierce as the showdown may be next year between Batman and Superman, it pales in comparison to the rivalry between iPhone and Android users. But among smartphone owners, which superhero comes out on top?

Yahoo Research posed that question — OK, and some others as well — to 1,000 smartphone users, evenly split between iOS and Android. Asked which superhero they’d prefer to be, 37 percent chose Superman, with iPhone users leaning more toward the Man of Steel; 25 percent went with Batman, who was more favored by Android owners.

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Guitar Boy is the electric guitar/Game Boy combo we all want


As difficult as it may be to conceive, the same Bit Fix Game Boy Classic modding competition that brought us the Game Boy mini-fridge, aka “Cold Boy,” has also produced … the Guitar Boy. And yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Created by Fibbex, it’s both a working electric guitar and an oversize Game Boy. The latter is run by a Raspberry Pi B+; the A and B buttons on the body are gaming controls as well as volume and tone for the guitar.

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Fan’s 203 ‘Simpsons’ tattoos earn a Guinness World Record


You may remember Michael Baxter, the prison guard from Australia who hoped to land a place in Guinness World Records with the 203 Simpsons characters tattooed on his back. Last week, he did just that.

Guinness has announced the 52-year-old grandfather holds the record for the most tattoos of characters from a single animated series. Because, yes, that’s a thing.

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Franchises collide in this awesome Iron Man-themed lightsaber


It’s difficult to imagine a scenario in which Tony Stark, with his high-tech armor and repulsor beams, would need the elegant weapon of a Jedi Knight, but if it leads to something like this Iron Man-themed lightsaber, then I’m all for it.

Based on the design of Starkiller’s lightsaber from Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, it’s the creation of Custom Saber forum member Eastern57, the red-and-gold weapon features its own miniature arc reactor.

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‘Star Wars’ light covers are a horrifying reminder of Battle of Endor


While I certainly understand the desire to proclaim your fandom from your front door, or to entertain the kids on Halloween, there’s something undeniably disturbing about these Star Wars Porch Light Covers from ThinkGeek.

The helmets of Darth Vader and a Stormtrooper are presented as morbid, glowing trophies mounted on pikes, a warning to Imperial forces that the Rebellion will not — cannot! — be stopped, and that the Snickers Minis are limited to one per trick-or-treater.

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Hulk smash (gender roles): Dad makes daughters a Hulk princess cake


A reddit user’s twin daughters wanted a Hulk princess cake for their fourth birthday, so by gosh that’s exactly what he made them.

It’s not fancy, and it’s probably not going to earn this dad a spot on Food Network, but it has won him a place in our hearts. From the lavender skirt to the purple bodice to the red tiara, it’s undeniably awesome. Or should that be totally awesome?

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World’s largest arcade machine is taller than an elephant


Guinness World Records has declared Jason Camberis’ Arcade Deluxe as the “World’s Largest Arcade Machine,” and, really, who can argue?

A network engineer from Chicago, the 44-year-old Camberis spent two years building the gargantuan machine, which stands 4.41 meters high — or, as Guinness so helpfully offers, “taller than a fully grown African elephant.” The glass track ball is 16 inches in diameter. It’s fully functional, too, loaded with more than 200 classic arcade games; it’s also compatible with all game platforms.

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Amazing ‘Dragon Ball Z’ CG tribute could go Super Saiyan


The Dragon Ball Z CG Tribute Project may not be as well known yet as the Akira Project, but if these animation tests are any indication, it’s going to be amazing.

The work of a team of animators, character and concept artists, modelers and more, it’s precisely what the name suggests: a CG-animated sequence created as a tribute to Akira Toriyama’s manga and anime epic.

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That’s no moon, it’s an enormous, $28,500 ‘Star Wars’ watch


There are a lot of things you can do with 30 grand: Buy a car, whittle away at that college loan, take several European vacations, invest in a savings bond … You could do any of those, sure. Or you could blow it on this limited-edition Star Wars watch from Devon.

Inspired by Darth Vader and an Imperial TIE Fighter, the watch is made of stainless steel, with a black “diamond-like” carbon coating. Hand-constructed, it features TIE Fighter wings as part of the case, and silver screws designed to look like those on Vader’s helmet. What’s more, the crown is finished with the Galactic Empire logo.

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Student turns his wheelchair into world’s best ‘Mad Max’ cosplay


When it comes to Mad Max: Fury Road cosplay, Ben Carpenter‘s has undoubtedly earned a placed in Valhalla.

The 20-year-old engineering student transformed his standing wheelchair into a war rig, and himself into Max Rockatansky, in a nod to a scene from George Miller’s action epic.

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