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With an Aquaman board, this surfer rules the seven seas

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Aquaman has spent the better part of three decades as the butt of jokes, but the tide seems about to turn with the character’s appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and subsequent Warner Bros. films. Perhaps hoping to catch that wave, one Redditor created his own trident surfboard to go with his orange-and-gold Aquaman attire.

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Supreme Court nominee sold his comics to pay for law school

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Few would argue that Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, isn’t qualified for the job. After all, he served as a clerk to Justice William Brennan, worked as a federal prosecutor, and now sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. And, it turns out, he’s a one-time comic book fan.

“He put himself through Harvard Law School by working as a tutor, by stocking shoes in a shoe store, and in what is always a painful moment for any young man, by selling is comic book collection,” Obama said this morning during a Rose Garden ceremony announcing Garland’s nomination. “It’s tough. Been there.”

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Li’l Spider-Man learns a valuable lesson: Don’t sneeze into the mask

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Despite facing regular threats from such deadly foes as Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus and the Lizard, you have to imagine it’s the everyday concerns that trouble Spider-Man most. Like, where to get his costumes cleaned without giving away is identity, or what to do when he has to sneeze while wearing the mask.

It’s the latter problem that defeats the pint-sized Spider-Man in this video before he can even swing into action. Laughed at by the very citizens he planned to protect, the littlest wall-crawler can only pull at his mask and whimper. Spider-Man no more …

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Student builds 21.6-foot wooden ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn’

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We’ve seen giant-robot devotees in China construct life-size Transformers out of car parts, but now one college student has built an enormous Gundam from wood.

The 21.6-foot replica of the titular mecha from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn is a year-long project undertaken in Shandong Province, in eastern China, by a graduate of the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute.

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Batman fan turns a spare room into his own Batcave

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When Batman fan Darren Wilson wanted somewhere to display his $21,000 collection of comics memorabilia, he looked no further than a spare room in his house. However, he didn’t just leave it as any old room.

The 46-year-old sculptor devoted evenings and weekends for the better part of 18 months transforming the space into his own version of the Batcave, complete with papier-mâché stalactites and a faux water pipe running through his “subterranean” lair.

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Terrific ‘Star Wars’ snow sculpture is ‘an evil Mount Rushmore’

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Photos by Rebekah Ford

When nearly 18 inches of snow fell earlier this week on Rochester, New York, Rebekah Ford didn’t complain. Instead, she built a monument to the villains of Star Wars.

Carving a snow bank into a sculpture that one person likened to “an evil Mount Rushmore,” Ford paid tribute to Darth Vader, Kylo Ren and a Stormtrooper. “When Rochester gives you snow,” she wrote, “JOIN THE DARK SIDE.”

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Rare Spider-Man comic sells at auction for record price

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A rare near-mint copy of Marvel’s Amazing Fantasy #15, featuring the 1962 debut of Spider-Man, sold at auction Thursday for $454,100.

Heritage Auctions said that’s the most ever paid at public auction for a Spider-Man comic (as The Associated Press notes, a near-mint copy of the same comic reportedly fetched $1.1 million in a private sale in 2011).

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Petitions call for Deadpool statue in ‘the town that rhymes with fun’ [Updated]

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Wade Wilson may not be the hero Regina deserves, but he’s the one it wants right now. Or something like that.

A resident of the capital of Saskatchewan has launched not one but two online petitions urging Regina City Council to erect a statue honoring Deadpool. You see, in the blockbuster Ryan Reynolds film, the Merc With a Mouth says, “I’m Wade Wilson from Regina, Saskatchewan. Regina, the town that rhymes with fun.”

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Kitty cosplay: Meet Deadpool … er, Catpool, the Merc With a Meow

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It was inevitable that the Internet’s raison d’être (funny cat photos) would cross paths with our current obsession (Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool), but we’re just glad we were around to witness it. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce … Catpool.

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Thor and Black Widow top movie fans’ Valentine’s Day choices

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Thor and Black Widow aren’t merely among Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, they’re also among its Most Dateable.

That’s according to a new Fandango survey, which asked more than 1,000 movie fans which classic and contemporary film characters they’d want as their date for Valentine’s Day. To Tony Stark’s chagrin, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Chris Hemsworth’s Thor from Avengers: Age of Ultron were the top contemporary picks.

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This massive LEGO SHIELD Helicarrier would make Nick Fury jealous

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Last year LEGO released a 2,996-piece Marvel Super Heroes S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier playset that, while undeniably impressive, fell a bit short when came to the scale of the microfigures and jets compared to the flying fortress itself. However, a group of brick enthusiasts in Taiwan have tackled that problem head on by building their own massive Helicarrier.

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Dream of a galaxy far, far away with a Poe Dameron body pillow

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Considering the sheer volume of fan art, fan fiction and memes devoted to Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, whether by himself or with Finn (“Pinn” or “Foe,” as they’re known), it probably shouldn’t be surprising that Oscar Isaac’s X-wing pilot has inspired his own body pillows. Should it?

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This massive ‘Star Wars’ Star Destroyer hides a gaming PC

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The Venator-class Star Destroyer was the Galactic Republic attack cruiser of the Clone Wars era, but there’s no reason it couldn’t be more than that. Like, say, a spectacular custom case for a gaming PC.

Built from scratch by modder Sander van der Velden — this is no mere repurposed Star Wars model! — “YAZI” hides within its massive hull a working computer. He sketched out the vessel before creating a 3D model and then diving into the actual build. For all of the little pieces he couldn’t make for hand, he purchased a 3D printer that was up for the task.

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ trailer gets the LEGO remake it deserves

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Bucky Barnes never looked as adorably brooding as he does in this shot-for-shot animated LEGO recreation of the trailer for Captain America: Civil War. Who’d have guessed a minifigure could emote so much pain and regret, or display such stubble?

It’s produced by the brothers behind the YouTube channel JimA73, who clearly devoted a lot of time to the project, replicating the trailer’s settings — the staircase sequence alone! — and even adding lighting effects and moving mouths. It’s pretty terrific.

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‘Star Wars’ fans tie the knot at ‘The Force Awakens’ LA opening

 

R2-D2 served as ring-bearer at a Star Wars-themed wedding held at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood before the premiere last night of The Force Awakens.

Caroline Ritter and Andrew Porters flew from Australia to Los Angeles earlier this month to camp with other fans outside the historic theater ahead of opening night, a decades-long tradition for the franchise faithful. The couple had made the pilgrimage twice before.

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