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Excelsior!: Ever Upward

This Monday, we lost one of the most influential creators in modern media, Stanley "Stan Lee" Lieber. The co-creator of such characters as (with Jack Kirby) the Fantastic Four, Hulk, Thor (and Larry Lieber), Iron Man (and Larry Lieber), X-Men, and Black Panther; Daredevil (with Bill Everett); Doctor Strange and, of course, Spider-Man (with Steve Ditko), it's hard to overstate how much he and his collaborators changed the face of comics and the cultural landscape.

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What’s your narrative comfort food?

When the world’s got you down, there are a few things you can do. You can fight back, for sure, but whether you’re trying to keep up your strength or simply survive, it’s also important that you take care of yourself. And of course, when we’re looking for a break from the world, we turn to stories. 

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Win 1 of 5 season passes for SILVERWOOD!

We're giving away FIVE season passes of our brand new horror serial, Silverwood!

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An Optimistic Apocalypse

There’s something reassuring in stories about the end of the world. Not the end of the world itself—that part’s usually a serious bummer. But as long as the story doesn’t end there, it means that, somehow, someone survives.

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It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door.

This coming Saturday is Hobbit Day, as both Bilbo and Frodo Bagginses were born on September 22nd (of course, in different years). This has us thinking about how Tolkien's fantasy races have influenced writers and storytellers for decades, for better or for worse. (Probably both.)

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Join Us for a killer Serial Event

We’ve got exciting news for you today about an upcoming Serial Box event that’s unlike anything we’ve done before: one day, ten episodes, one strange, spooky story.

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Boldly partying where no one has partied before.

On this date in 1977, NASA launched the Voyager 1 space probe. Counterintuitively, Voyager 1 launched sixteen days after Voyager 2, but the two probes have close enough birthdays, all things considered, for us to think of them as twins.

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A Happy Ending is Never Simple

We love refreshing takes on well-worn formulas, and these two movies are leading the charge where the rom-com is concerned.

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The pen is mightier—and so much sharper—than the sword

Today would’ve been Dorothy Parker’s 125th birthday, and though the internet did not exist during her lifetime, listicle scribes sustain her legacy every August 22nd by collecting the acid-sharp literary barbs for which Parker was so famous.

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Can you ever return to Pooh Corner? 💗 🍯

We wrote a few weeks ago about the glut of sequels, prequels, spinoffs, and reboots at the movies and on TV these days, but this weekend’s film line-up reminded us of another category: the live-action adaptation of an animation classic.

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Is there life on Mars? 🦑

This week, we’re thinking about science and science fiction, and how the two can feed into each other in excellent ways.

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Did you see that Iron Man dog? 😍

Hi readers, Every year, San Diego Comic Con brings a tidal wave of movie and TV announcements, and don’t worry, we’re not going to inundate you further. You can see any trailers you missed here, but we want to look at something different: not the movies and comics being announced and teased, but the full-fledged storytelling happening at Comic Con itself. As Andrew Liptak at The Verge wrote, “By now, San Diego Comic-Con is far more than a series of reveals for high-profile film and television projects and a giant, geek flea market. Over the years, it’s increasingly become home to immersive pop-up activations that bring to life a tiny sliver of a world for fans.” You can read a round-up of all these immersive off-sites here. Sure, these pop-ups are advertisements—isn’t all of Comic Con, when you think about it?—but they’re also very cool ways of approaching storytelling. Liptak wrote about an “activation” promoting The History Channel’s new scripted...Read More >

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