SDCC 2014

From Ursula to Jon Snow: our favorite cosplay of Comic-Con 2014

Tens of thousands of people descend on San Diego for Comic-Con each year, making it the perfect place for cosplayers to show off some of their best outfits. It’s hard not to be almost-constantly wowed by the costume work while walking around the convention floor, but some outfits stood well above the rest in terms of accuracy, attention to detail, or just sheer awesomeness.

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Read an excerpt from Haruki Murakami's new novel

Haruki Murakami has time and again proven himself as one of today's fiction greats, effortlessly jumping between the subtle and real and the strange and surreal over the course of novels and even chapters. His latest novel comes out in English on August 12th — a quick turnaround by translator Philip Gabriel, as the novel was only released in Japanese back in April 2013. Titled Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, the new novel is said to blend in the type of dreamlike elements that Murakami fans have come to expect from his longer stories. If you can't wait two weeks to start reading, a good long excerpt is available over at Slate.

"So you believe in logic, do you?" Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki

Editorial

I torrented 'The Expendables 3' and I'm still going to see it in theaters

The Expendables 3 comes out August 15th in thousands of theaters across America. I watched it Friday afternoon on my MacBook Air on a packed train from New York City to middle-of-nowhere Connecticut. I watched it again on the ride back. And I'm already counting down the days until I can see it in IMAX.

Last week, torrent sites lit up with a high-quality Expendables 3 screener, which almost never happens before a big movie's release date. Much hand-wringing ensued: Will the leak kill...


InterviewSDCC 2014

Returning to 'Sin City': a chat with Frank Miller

Ever the controversial figure, Frank Miller is nevertheless one of the greats. As one of many notable comics creators who shot to prominence in the 1980s and ‘90s, Miller’s work on such characters as Batman and Daredevil helped define a generation of comic readers. But he’s seen his share of deserved criticism over the course of his career — graphic novels like Sin City and 300, while stylish and influential, have been derided for their...

John Oliver, Buzz Aldrin, and Patrick Stewart plead for rescue of lost Russian space-geckos

There are a lot of international crises at the moment, but no one that can bring humanity together like the story of Russia' s gecko sex experiment that became lost in space. The experiment was supposed to monitor the sex lives of geckos inside a satellite, but last week Russia was reported to have lost contact with it — leaving the geckos adrift. On his show this weekend, John Oliver took a break from some of the more serious subjects that he...

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