4 items from 2014
Every year, one event rocks New York to its very core in a way that is so profound and so special that it grows in audience attendance every fall when it rolls along. That event, of course, is the hugely popular New York Comic Con and thousands of faithful pop culture fans and cosplayers flock to the Big Apple to partake in the annual celebration. It is an event that draws in crowds from all over the world and features many individuals and companies showing off their latest products in the hopes that those who come to the convention will purchase whatever they’re selling. But Nycc isn’t just about pushing merchandise and entertainment, it is about togetherness and every October, geeks come to New York and they conquer.
If you are unfamiliar with Nycc, then it’s pretty simple. It is a comic book, movie, TV, video game »
- Randall Unger
The following is an excerpt from Randall Munroe's new book, What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, out September 2. New York–Style Time Machine Q. I assume when you travel back in time you end up at the same spot on the Earth’s surface. At least, that’s how it worked in the Back to the Future movies. If so, what would it be like if you traveled back in time, starting in Times Square, New York, 1,000 years? 10,000 years? 100,000 years? 1,000,000 years? 1,000,000,000 years? What about forward in time 1,000,000 years? —Mark Dettling1,000 years back Manhattan has been continuously inhabited for the past 3,000 years, and was first settled by humans perhaps 9,000 years ago. In the 1600s, when Europeans arrived, the area was inhabited by the Lenape people . The Lenape were a loose confederation of tribes who lived in what is now Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, »
- Randall Munroe
For scientists, the price of progress is specialization. When the goal of any researcher is to lay claim to a tiny niche in a crowded discipline, it’s hard for laypeople to find answers to the really important interdisciplinary questions. Questions like, "Is it possible to build a jetpack using downward-firing machine guns?” Fortunately, such people can turn to Randall Munroe, the author of the Xkcd comic strip loved by fans of internet culture. »
- Ed Ballard
One of the rising stars in comics didn’t get her start pencilling fill-in issues of Uncanny X-Men or Birds of Prey, but through Tumblr and a self-published webcomic. Webcomics have become a bigger deal over the past decade. Even some cartoonists like Randall Munroe of xkcd and Kate Beaton of Hark! A Vagrant have made a living through their webcomics. Without constraints of a publishing company or editor, webcomics are a place where unique voices can be heard, and topics considered to be taboo can be discussed. One of these unique voices is writer/artist Kate Leth, who is the creator of autobiographical webcomic Kate Or Die! She is a Halifax, Nova Scotia native and works at the Strange Adventures comics store. However, Kate or Die! is about much more than working in comics retail.
One of the best things about Kate or Die! is its wide variety of »
- Logan Dalton
4 items from 2014
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