We're headed to the beach with this month's must haves, geeks! Prep for the start of Summer fun with solar-powered speakers, a beach-appropriate iPhone case, splash-proof tablet gear, and even an amphibious robotic vehicle for your drinks — which is so necessary when relaxing is in order. Read on for the tech goods to pack before hitting the sand.
Tough and brave, yes, but cute and bubbly? Not usually words we associate with superheroes. In time for your Comic-Con wardrobe, pop culture t-shirt shop We Love Fine's new line of chibi — a term used in anime to mean a small, cute character — t-shirts has just the right amount of sass for the upcoming convention. Add some Black Widow, Iron Man, and the rest of your crime-fighting favorites to your wardrobe when you read on.
Holy innuendo, Batman! Back in the day, comic books were a favored form of child's play, but who were we kidding? Judging from some of their — unintentionally? — suggestive situations, it's no wonder adults collected these cartoons, too. And don't get me started on the sexist lessons being taught here. As Superman enthusiasts will be hitting the theaters this weekend for Man of Steel, check out these inappropriate and sexist vintage comic book moments!
When it comes to fun, playful wedding ideas, a superhero theme is every comic fan's dream come true. Whether you're hoping for simple, subtle touches or all-out comic book mania, we've rounded up creative ideas to help you channel your favorite characters. From real wedding inspiration to affordable Etsy finds, here are 20 festive ways to channel your favorite superheroes on the big day.
We humans are creatures of habit, which is why we won't ever tire of that burrito place around the corner, that coffee shop that serves perfect foam to espresso ratio, and that bar with the best buffalo wings in town. We're proud of our stomping grounds, so what better way to rep our most frequented haunts than with real life and virtual visualizations à la Foursquare?
Two personalized maps based on Foursquare data, one created by data visualization enthusiasts Etch and the other via a collaboration between Foursquare and Samsung, reveal just how much of your city's hottest spots you've conquered.
Etch, "makers of fine data products," makes printed maps of info from Foursquare accounts detailing where you've been and how often. The custom, archival heavyweight posters ($48, plus shipping) are printed with digital presses, and they're even fingerprint and smudge resistant.
Triangle-shaped markers represent where you've checked in on the geolocation app, and the triangle's height denotes how often. Etch offers custom visualizations of Manhattan, San Francisco, and Portland, with plans to expand to more cities, both domestic and international, in the future.
Foursquare, in collaboration with Samsung, launched its own version of personalized maps in the virtual realm. Time Machine creates a fun animation of your Foursquare history, and suggests what places you should visit next.
Time Machine also compiles your history, revealing which type of place you check into most, total number of check-ins, favorite weekend spots, coffee-to-beer ratio, distance covered, and other interesting stats. Share the infographic of your geolocation history via Facebook or Twitter, and show the world where exactly your stomping grounds are.
HBO's hit show Game of Thrones just wrapped up its third season, but you don't need to wait another year to get your fill of pillage, plunder, and politics. There are plenty of other must-read epic fantasy series with the same punch as George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire to dive into once you're finished with the world of Westeros.
We recruited POPSUGAR editors to help compile the ultimate list of geeky reads. And today, in honor of GoT's dramatic season finale, we're highlighting the best multipart fantasy stories, with all the elements of the genre: a large cast of characters, a magical alternative world, and complex, integrated plotlines.
This collection of essential geek reads is far from finished. After you've looked through our recommendations for 14 epic fantasy series every geek must read, tell us which additional novels you'd add to the list, and stay tuned for sci-fi, time-travel, tech, and graphic-novel editions!
What do you get when you mix overdramatic romance novels with Archie comic strips? Romance comics! Before teenage girls and young women could watch an episode of Gossip Girl or go online for all their pressing relationship questions like, "Was I too young for love?" they could pick up one of these juicy love-story-filled comic books for advice and entertainment.
Romance comics had their glory days during the Cold War in the US, from 1947 to 1977, and they tackled everything from marriage, jealousy, betrayal, and heartache. See some of your own love dilemmas — and some thankfully out-of-date ones! — sensationally illustrated on the covers of Sweethearts, My Story, Young Romantics, True Life Romance, My Secret Life, and more. Check out these vintage romance comics!
Alright kiddo, Father's Day is June 16, and if you don't have the perfect present for Dad yet, time is tickin'. If he's always tinkering with a new tech toy, consider a gadget gift full of high-tech geeky features he'll enjoy. In the gallery, we've got futuristic goggles, an adventure suit for iPhones, the highest-definition TV on the market, and much, much more.
Whether he's a renowned Jedi master or a secret Sith Lord, your dad deserves a greeting that reflects his love for you — and galaxies far, far away. Grab one of these Darth Vader-, Yoda-, Fett-themed paper and ecards for Father's Day (which, by the way, is June 16), and tell your pop that you'd follow him to the Dark Side if it came to it.
Strong and smart heroines are finally leading the Marvel charge: first, in an all-female X-Men comic series, and now, in two new prose novels from Marvel and Hyperion Books featuring the power-absorbent Rogue and transforming She-Hulk Jennifer Walters.
In February, Marvel and Hyperion Books announced plans to publish the female-focused fiction, and this month, Rogue Touch ($15) and The She-Hulk Diaries ($15) are finally available for preorder ahead of the titles' June 18 release.
Christine Woodward's Rogue Touch explores the challenges of everyday life and romance for Anna Marie of X-Men. Anna's touch is, of course, deadly, and after accidentally leaving her first boyfriend comatose, she flees her home. She meets a mysterious — but handsome — stranger named James, and the two embark on Bonnie-and-Clyde-esque adventures.
The She-Hulk by Marta Acosta features the Avengers character of the same name, who shares her cousin Bruce Banner's mutant transformative powers. The novel follows Jennifer Walters, as she's known in her nongreen state, and the delicate balance between her corporate-ladder-climbing career by day and justice-avenging, villain-fighting duties by night. There's also the matter of finding love, not exactly easy for a woman prone to, on occasion, becoming very big and very green.
We're excited to dig into the new female-powered superhero fiction — but before the books' June 18 release, preview excerpts from Rogue Touch and The She-Hulk at Marvel, and let us know what you think about the leading ladies of Marvel's new roles.