Catch up on all the trailers from this year’s Comic-Con

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San Diego Comic-Con wraps up today, and with it came a huge number of trailers for films and shows coming out in the next year. While Marvel undoubtably stole the show with its big Hall H announcements, the event’s trailers belonged almost entirely to the world of television.

There were some notable absences this year: Warner Bros. opted to skip the show, meaning we didn’t get looks at projects like the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 or Dune, and while Marvel did show off some footage from Black Widow, that didn’t make its way online (We’ll probably see something at its upcoming D23 Expo.) There were some other conspicuous absences: CBS didn’t show off a trailer for the third season of Star Trek: Discovery, for example.

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This limited edition all-black speaker displays animated lyrics

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Japanese company COTODAMA has teamed up with luxury brand Saint Laurent for a limited edition, all-black version of its Lyric Speaker Canvas that is only available to buy in the fashion house’s Rive Droite stores. COTODAMA makes two kinds of lyric speakers, both of which display a song’s lyrics while music is playing.

COTODAMA’s Lyric Speaker Canvas first came out last year and has a silver and black design. The silver back board is the actual speaker, while the black front board is the screen that displays song lyrics. It’s one unit, but looks like two pieces, and is meant to evoke the idea of vinyl record jackets leaned up against your wall. The size is a bit bigger than an actual record sleeve, but not by much. The Lyric Speaker…

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Moonrise looks to the space race to find out what we can learn about returning to the Moon

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There are a ton of podcasts out there, but finding the right one can be difficult. In our new column Pod Hunters, we cover what we’ve been listening to that we can’t stop thinking about.

With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission taking place this weekend, there has been plenty of retrospectives and examinations on the impact of the space race and the lunar missions. In addition to a flood of books and documentaries, there are a handful of podcasts as well. One of those new podcasts is The Washington Post’s Moonrise, hosted by Lillian Cunningham.

Cunningham is the creator of a couple of other excellent podcasts — Constitutional, about the stories behind the US Constitution, and Presid`ential, in which she spent each episode…

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Don’t hold your breath for the moon

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In the house in which I grew up, a single framed newspaper front page loomed over us. “MAN ON MOON“, it declared jubilantly, in an enormous, suitably momentous typeface. Subheadings included “‘It’s very pretty up here … a fine, soft surface’” and, of course, “A giant leap for mankind.” One leap forward, three steps back. […]

Watch Simon Stålenhag’s art come to life in this fantastic fan-animated film

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Three futuristic towers against a rainy sky

Art: Simon Stålenhag

Simon Stålenhag has earned a considerable following for his fantastic retro-futuristic artwork in recent years, One fan has taken it upon themselves to animate his world in a brief fan film, bringing it to life in an eerie short video.

The video comes from an artist named Ilya Plotnikov, which puts some motion to the art from Stålenhag’s narrative art book The Electric State, which he Kickstarted in 2017, and set to music that Stålenhag composed and released online. The film doesn’t exactly convey the entire story, but it does perfectly capture the vibe of the world in the book.

The story is set in an alternate 1990s, following a runaway teenager and her toy robot as they embark on a road trip across a post-apocalyptic United States….

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How to make digital copies of your VHS tapes

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There are countless ways to remind your family members that you love them. Preserving your home movies, entombed in rapidly-decaying VHS tapes, by converting them into digital files is a thoughtful (and often tear-jerking) way to do that. It’s one of those gifts that’s appropriate at any time in the year, whether you’re celebrating Father’s or Mother’s Day, a birthday, or any other occasion.

If you want to digitize your home movies, you have a few options to choose from. If you don’t have time to do it yourself, or if you need a specialist who can handle brittle, decades-old reel-to-reel tapes, the easiest way is to send your precious tapes to a service that can do it for you. This isn’t the most cost-effective method, though.

If you do…

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198X is about the transformational escapism of 80’s arcades

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It can be difficult to find time to finish a video game, especially if you only have a few hours a week to play. In our biweekly column Short Play we suggest video games that can be started and finished in a weekend.

We live in a time where an abundance of media is nostalgic for the 1980s. Some of these works are steeped in specific cultural references to the period, like Ready Player One, which used viewers’ positive feelings about the time as a sort of crutch to get them to feel good about the work itself. Others, like the art in Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop or the film It Follows, play on this nostalgia to twist it into something else. 198X is more the latter than the former. It’s effectively an interactive movie, one where…

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NOS4A2 will return for a second season on AMC

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AMC’s NOS4A2, based on the 2013 horror novel by Joe Hill will be returning for a second, 10-episode season, as announced at the show’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.

While AMC didn’t announced a release date (the first season has yet to even finish airing), the second season will continue to adapt the rest of Hill’s novel whenever it does hit screens, presumably sometime next year.

“I am so excited for the opportunity to bring the rest of Joe Hill’s amazing novel to television. Joe’s imagination is unparalleled,” said showrunner and executive producer Jami O’Brien. “I love the characters and the world, and our colleagues at AMC have been wonderful partners. I’m grateful to be playing in the NOS4A2 sandbox.”

NOS4A2 stars Ashleigh Cummings as…

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The snail cosmology of medieval manuscripts

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We’re no strangers to the delights of the rude drawings that monks doodled in the margins of medieval manuscripts around here (1, 2, 3), but University of Bonn medievialist Erik Wade’s epic Twitter thread on the astonishing variety of snail-doodles is genuinely next-level.

Whether it’s the snail-gods that snail-monks pray to, or the snail jousting tourneys, the lives of these molluscs was rich and complex: from the snail/human friendships to the lost art of nude snail-riding.

(via Super Punch)

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A father knitted his baby’s first year of sleep pattern data into a blanket

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Seung Lee has created a tangible, very soft representation of his baby’s first year of sleep patterns in the form of a knitted blanket. Lee collected the sleep data by manually logging it with the Baby Connect app, and used JavaScript and Python to convert the data to visualize the knitting pattern. He then built a browser-based HTML/Javascript tool that kept track of the stitch colors and allowed him to reference it wherever he was knitting from. The result is The Sleep Blanket, a beautiful keepsake that tells the story of the baby and parents’ first year together.

The 42 x 45-inch blanket is comprised of 185,000 stitches and took Lee more than three months to complete. With each row representing a single day, the top row marks the day…

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Doom Patrol gets new season, and will stream simultaneously on HBO Max and DC Universe

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At San Diego Comic-Con last night, DC Universe made a slew of programming announcements for its slate of original content, including that it was renewing its live-action TV series Doom Patrol in a partnership with WarnerMedia’s forthcoming streaming service HBO Max.

WarnerMedia largely skipped San Diego Comic-Con this year, opting not to bring news or previews for some of its big projects, like Wonder Woman 1984 or Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of Dune. Instead, DC Universe revealed that Doom Patrol’s second season will debut simultaneously on DC Universe and HBO Max sometime next year, and that HBO Max will carry the show’s first season when the platform launches next spring.

WarnerMedia announced the platform earlier this month,…

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A 3D papercraft Haunted Mansion board game to print and assemble

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Escape from the Haunted Mansion is a massive, ambitious free papercraft project to download, print, mount on coreboard, cut out, assemble and play. I have no idea if the gameplay is any good, but the model is freaking gorgeous. It’s from the good folks at Disney Experience, who have a wealth of papercraft Disney projects and other fan media for you to play with. (via Metafilter)

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7 high-tech vaporizers on sale for up to 65% off

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Vape technology has been around long enough that vapers are starting to get picky about their gear. Luckily, so are we. From disposable models to cutting-edge touchscreen atomizers, there’s a vaporizer in this roundup to suit every taste.

Hera 2 – World’s Most Advanced Dual-Use Vaporizer

Choose between dry herb or oil extraction modes – not to mention 100 different temperature settings – by way of a VUI touchscreen on this sleek little number. Hera 2 – World’s Most Advanced Dual-Use Vaporizer is on sale for $126.99, down 36% from the retail price.

Limited Edition Platinum Chong Essential Oil Vaporizer

The Cloud Tornado Atomizer makes for super-quick and precise heating of your favorite oils, and you can get the satisfaction of watching the vapor build-up through the transparent mouthpiece. Pick up the Limited Edition Platinum Chong Essential Oil Vaporizer for $44.99, a full 30% off the MSRP.

RT4200 Digital Classic Vape Pipe

The classic pipe shape is distinctive, but this vaporizer doesn’t rest on its retro laurels. The isolation airflow tech on the RT4200 makes every hit as smooth as the last, and you can save your temperature settings with a handy memory function. Grab the RT4200 Digital Classic Vape Pipe for $79, 65% off the list price.

Hippie Bee Vaporizer

Easy and ergonomic to use, this vaporizer fits snugly in the palm of your hand and features a leakproof construction that maximizes airflow. The Hippie Bee Vaporizer is now $29.99 (25% off), and the company makes a donation to the New York Bee Sanctuary with every unit sold. Read the rest

Future Marvel projects will include the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Captain Marvel 2

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Marvel President Kevin Feige just unveiled a packed slate of projects that represent the next phase of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, including sequels, original projects, and television shows, but he also announced that they’ve got plenty more to come beyond 2021, including sequels to Black Panther and Captain Marvel, as well as with other properties, like the X-Men and Fantastic Four.

At the end of Marvel’s Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con, Feige announced that Black Panther 2, Blade, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Fantastic Four, and Mutants are all happening — they just don’t have dates confirmed yet.

It’s not a huge surprise that Disney has long-term plans for the Marvel franchise — in May, it announced slots…

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