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Comics A.M. | Oregon paper pulls ‘Non Sequitur’ cartoon; Daniel Clowes honored by fellow artists

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Non Sequitur

Comic Strips | The Portland Oregonian pulled three Non Sequitur strips that made fun of the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge after one of the occupiers was killed. “The strip, which had been making fun of such groups, seemed jarring and in poor taste given that someone now was dead,” said Oregonian editor Mark Katches. “That decision has yielded a grand total of two reader complaints.” Cartoonist Whitey Miller said he did not know the strips were being pulled and replaced with older ones. “This is the first I’ve heard about it,” he said. “Not controversial to my knowledge.” [Willamette Week]

Creators | Set aside some time this weekend to read Robert Ito’s in-depth profile of Daniel Clowes, which covers his life and career from his childhood through his most recent work, Patience. The piece is illustrated with drawings by prominent cartoonists such as Seth, Rutu Modan, and Richard Sala, as well as photos by Ian Allen. [California Sunday]

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‘Dragon Ball’ fans want planet Kepler-22b renamed Namek

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As exciting as the existence of a potentially habitable planet outside of our solar system may be, its official designation, Kepler-22b, leaves a little something to be desired. It lacks … pizzazz. However, one Dragon Ball fan hopes to change that.

Lou Earley of Iowa this week launched a Change.org petition for the International Astronomical Union to change the planet’s name from Kepler-22b to Namek, the home world of Piccolo in Akira Toriyama’s hit Dragon Ball manga and anime franchises. He notes that the two planets even bear a certain resemblance to each other.

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NASA Federal Credit Union announces Star Trek-themed credit cards

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Want to boldly go where no man’s gone before? Well, we might not be able to yet but the people working on the issue are here to help you pay your way while grounded on Earth.

The NASA Federal Credit Union has teamed with CBS Consumer Products to launch a new line of Star Trek-themed credit cards available in four distinct styles: Starfleet Command, the Captain’s Card, Starfleet Academy Alumni and the United Federation of Planets.

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Pluto’s big moon may give nods to ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Star Wars,’ more

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Now that the New Horizons mission has provided NASA with the most detailed images yet of Pluto and its largest moon Charon, it’s time for scientists to put names to the previously unknown surface features. And things have gotten pretty nerdy.

Maps the New Horizons team will submit to the International Astronomical Union for approval include nods to mythology, naturally. But there are also shout-outs to Star Trek, Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Firefly, Alien and H.P. Lovecraft.

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NASA discovers the Planet Oa!

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Okay, maybe not. But someone at the space agency is a comic-book nerd — go figure! — the stunning image of the day on the NASA website is accompanied by the headline “A Green Ring Fit for a Superhero.” It’s a shot from the Spitzer Space Telescope of a glowing emerald nebula “reminiscent of the glowing ring wielded by the superhero Green Lantern.” The description goes on to name check the Guardians of Oa, power rings and the Green Lantern Corps. Visit the NASA website to enjoy the image at full size.


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