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‘Iron Man’s’ Robert Downey Jr. presents boy with real bionic arm

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When it came time for 7-year-old Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm, to be presented with a 3D-printed bionic limb developed by Albert Manero, Robert Downey Jr. wanted in on the action.

Dressed as bionics expert Tony Stark, the star greeted the young superhero fan in a hotel room, where Downey compared his Iron Man gauntlet to Alex’s new arm. “You know who that is?” a Alex is asked in the video below. When Alex responds “Iron Man,” the actor can barely contain his joy.

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See how Boba Fett escaped the sarlacc in this ‘Star Wars’ fan film

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If you didn’t quite buy that LEGO diorama explanation for how Boba Fett escaped the Great Pit of Carkoon (something to do with a Jawa distillery?), perhaps you’ll find the fan film “Star Wars: Beyond the Dune Sea” more convincing.

Written and directed by Oliver Thompson, the nine-minute short is at turns surreal — the talking disembodied head of a protocol droid? — and obviously low-budget, but clearly made with love for the characters and the Star Wars universe.

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George Lucas pops by Midtown to buy ‘Star Wars’ comics

George Lucas surprises customers and staff at Midtown Comics in Times Square when he stopped by Monday to catch up on a little reading.

“He was only in for about 15 minutes, his driver was waiting outside,” an unidentified store employee told Page Six. “Fans were pretty excited to see him and he signed a comic book. He was saying he hadn’t read any of the new Star Wars comics.”

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Comics A.M. | Do kids still actually read comic strips?

Big Nate Goes For Broke

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Comic strips | Prompted by the insult-filled message left by an 8-year-old for the newspaper editor who dropped his favorite comics, Michael Cavna asks Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce whether kids are still even reading comic strips in high numbers. His answer, at least in part: “I’m a firm believer that kids will ALWAYS want their comics…but they’ll want them in whatever formats are the newest and shiniest. So: Yes, kids are still reading plenty of comics. They’re just not reading them in their daily newspapers.” It kicks off an interesting, if brief, discussion with a cartoonist who’s found a great deal of success reaching young readers. Related: Christopher Caldwell looks back on Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. [The Washington Post]

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Take your relationship to next level with ‘Zelda’ chest, ring box

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Hey! Listen! If you have ideas about proposing to taht gamer in your life, you’d probably score serious points by doing it with this Legend of Zelda-inspired treasure chest, complete with Red Rupee engagement-ring box.

Created by IndyFurniture, the handmade 12-inch by 9-inch by 10-inch chest includes interior lights, and makes an “iconic sound” when opened. It costs $200, so you have to make really sure this person is the Link or Zelda for you.

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Boy, 8, unleashes hell on newspaper for axing his favorite comics

From Sunday's "Peanuts" reprint, appropriately enough

From Sunday’s “Peanuts” reprint, appropriately enough

As anyone who’s ever worked at a newspaper can attest, readers don’t react well to changes to the comics section, which is a major reason why so many strips trudge on, zombie-like, long after the spark of life left them. So when financial or space constraints force editors to eliminate some old favorites, they expect complaints — although not necessarily a profanity-laced tirade from an 8-year-old.

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Makeup artist transforms people into living comic book heroes

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A self-trained makeup artist, Lianne Moseley of Calgary makes her living working with brides and models. However, she recently expanded her repertoire to include transforming people into superheroes who look as if they’ve stepped right off the comic book page.

“When I first did Archer, I posted it on my Facebook page and my friends liked it but I didn’t have a big following but my brother really liked it and he posted it on Reddit,” Moseley, a comics fan herself, tells CTV News. “Just last night Ashton Kutcher shared an article on my work on his Facebook page.”

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Comic-Con International encourages fans to #BeTheCheerio during maddening online registration

comic-con-signAs promised, the online floodgates opened this morning to get tickets to Comic-Con International in San Diego. And while the past several years have often seen anger-inducing hoops to winning a chance at attending America’s biggest pop culture event pop up, the show seems to be locked in to a workable — if still flooded — system for its 2015 outing.

With the show’s Open Online Registration window being the chief way to gain access to Comic-Con one day at a time, hopeful attendees are refreshing browser windows loaded to the EPIC Registration page and checking both the SDCC Twitter account and the #SDCCOOR hashtag.

But amidst the typical outcry over frustrating load times and missed opportunities, many have also picked up the banner of the positive accentuating hashtag #BeTheCheerio. Seemingly originating from SDCC blogger An Englishman In San Diego, the phrase is meant to keep hopeful attendees’ eyes focused on the prize. As you wait to see if you made it in, check out some of our favorite Twitter responses to this year’s madness below the jump.

[Update: As we note below, the show sold out of badges in one hour, besting the previous year’s record by nearly 30 minutes.]

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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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via Reuters

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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