Marvel Heroes Who Are More Villainous Than The Villains

Marvel made their mark on the comic book industry by creating complex characters with lots of depth and storylines adults would enjoy reading nearly as much as the youngsters.

Some of Marvel's characters are so complex it's hard to decide whether they're the good guys or the bad, or an anti-hero purposely bridging the gap between the two sides.

Take Professor X for instance- he's the founder and leader of the X-Men who is responsible for protecting mutants from mankind (and vice versa) so we naturally think of him as a good guy.

And yet we discover the Prof has a dark side when he tries to psychically murder Magneto and instead combines with him to form the super-killer Onslaught.

Plus, during the Deadly Genesis series, we find out Xavier "used the abduction of the original X-Men by the living island Krakoa as an instrument to discard the first-generation X-Men of 1963".

On the other hand, it's hard to tell if Nick Fury is a hero or villain because he walks a thin line between good and bad and never hesitates to put a bullet in anyone, hero or villain, who stands in his way.

But who could have known he would kill an innocent extraterrestrial being just to catch a villain?

Nick Fury's murder of the Watcher Uatu in the Original Sin series proved he is truly Marvel's most morally ambiguous character, a guy who's not afraid to get dark if it means getting his way.

See 5 Beloved Marvel Heroes With Seriously Villainous Pasts here


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A Stop Motion Short About Our Robotic Morning Routines

Nine-to-fivers sleepily shuffle through their morning routine then commute to work while fighting to stay awake, all so they can sleepwalk through their work day, go home tired and do it all over again.

Maybe we should just stop fighting the robotic nature of the morning routine and add some actual robots to our homes, so we don't have to lift a finger until we're out the front door!

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"Sleepy Steve" is a delightful stop motion short created by animator Meghann Artes that is equal parts Pee Wee's Playhouse, The Jetsons and David Lynch, in other words very fun to watch!

-Via Laughing Squid


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The Law Hawk Is Back To Drop An Anchor Of Justice

Looking for a legal representative who won't bore you to death with their blandness?

Tired of being battered about like a little field mouse when you've got the heart of a bald eagle beating in your chest?

Then you're in the market for someone who is ready to tear justice a new one, you're looking to hire Bryan Wilson, the Texas Law Hawk.

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I know what you're thinking- was that Simon Pegg and Peter Dinklage playing river cops? The answer depends on your level of sobriety...


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You Could Rule the Universe With This Infinity Gauntlet Bracelet

If you're a fan of fine geek jewelry, then you really should check out Etsy seller The Bee Hive, where you can get necklaces, bracelets and earrings all inspired by beloved geek franchises like The Avengers and Supernatural. We're particularly in awe of this charming Infinitiy Gauntlet handchain that could almost certainly help you take over the world, if not the multiverse itself.

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Megaplex Is The Most Insane Mashup Of 80s And 90s Nostalgia Ever

Fans of over-the-top cinema from the 80s and 90s don't stop loving those crazy flicks just because they're all grown up now, they just rewatch their favorite scenes online to relive the glory days.

Many of these iconic scenes came to define the era, serving as a pop culture primer for those sadly deprived of grindhouse culture and midnight movies, but it can be hard to serve up a proper dose of schlock.

So Ben Craw of Smash TV edited together the epic thousand piece movie McNugget meal for your eyeballs that is Megaplex. (NSFW)

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Ben should issue a bonus prize for anyone who can identify every clip used in the making of this crazy supercut, and a super bonus prize for watching the whole thing!

-Via GeekTyrant


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Seinfeld Recreated in Doom

Seinfeld is one of those beloved shows that even 20 years later, fans just won't just let it die. That being said, at least one fan of both Doom and Seinfeld found a way to make it die. Doomworld forum user Doug Keener wanted to combine two things he loves to make the ultimate Doom tribute to the show about nothing.

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Ultimately, the mod is really about nothing too -other than shooting all the characters from the show and listening to a few of their most famous lines before you plug them. If you're wondering why a fan of the show would want to shoot everyone on it, well, that's because it's also a tribute to Doom and you can't play the game without spilling some blood.

Via Polygon


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Modern Manga Art By Ilya Kuvshinov

Manga is no longer a strictly Japanese form of pop art, and the term has come to describe any art drawn in a similar style.

The big eyes, diminutive (and sometimes nonexistant) facial features, exaggerated helmet hair and perfectly chiseled head shapes- these are some of the elements we've come to expect from manga.

And while Russian artist Ilya Kuvshinov isn't radically changing the genre, or reinventing it in any way, his manga portraits prove he has truly mastered the artform.

Ilya's portraits are also just extremely pleasant to stare at, and many feature compelling story elements to draw the viewer into the tale and leave them wanting to know more about each character.

See more Modern Manga By Ilya Kuvshinov here


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What The Sharper Image Catalogs Say About Life In The 1980s

Back in the 1980s The Sharper Image was the most cutting edge store in the mall with a mail order catalog to match, the place to go when you wanted to impress people with your expensive and totally cool stuff.

The Sharper Image sold some of the strangest gadgets, electronics, household goods and furniture the world has ever seen, like this bizarro mannequin named Gregory who “deters crime by his strong, masculine appearance”.

Sharper Image shoppers wanted the newest and flashiest exercise machines in their homes, lots of spacey looking antennas on their cars, and a robotic scale that spoke of pounds lost and gained.

The Sharper Image family had kids who reflected their wastefully wealthy yet totally modern to the max lifestyle, so walking was strictly forbidden.

See What Old Sharper Image Catalogs Tell Us About American Life In The 1980s at mental_floss


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The 6 Most Embarrassing Superhero Costume Updates

Comic book authors are constantly trying to change things up, to keeping long-time readers interested and to give a new generation a way to relate to superheroes who have been around for decades. The backstories change, the characters themselves change, and for visual effects, those iconic costumes get changed. Sometimes the change in costume is too drastic; sometimes it’s just dumb. Like the time Batman died and Commissioner Gordon took on the role, using a huge mecha-suit to give him the strength of a much younger and fitter hero.

Yes, for some reason, old Commissioner Gordon thought that the best way to live up to Batman's legacy was to strap himself into a Japanese cartoon labeled with "GCPD" and pass it off as a Batsuit. It had police lights. It had a diaper. And for some reason, Ultra Super Sentai Mecha BatoMan also came with bunny ears. It's like they held a coloring contest and the top 50 children all got to include one stupid idea in the new Batman suit.

That didn’t last long. There have been other extreme missteps with superhero costume changes, detailed at Cracked in the colorful language you’ve come to expect.


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TV Shows That Were Banned Due To Crazy Controversy

Controversy is to be expected from shows like Family Guy, Game Of Thrones and South Park, but how could shows like Sesame Street and The Price Is Right possibly cause controversy?

Sesame Street was banned in Mississippi in 1970 due to racist attitudes towards the integrated cast of kids, but when an insider leaked the real reason the show was banned the committee had to reverse their decision.

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Screen Rant put together 10 TV Shows Banned Due To Crazy Controversy featuring a few common facts (Seinfeld's Puerto Rican Day Parade episode and the Family Guy abortion episode) and reveals why Bob Barker wasn't invited to The Price Is Right's 40th anniversary episode.

-Via GeekTyrant


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CBS and Paramount Issue Rules for Star Trek Fan Films

Intellectual property owners have to walk a fine line between encouraging fan engagement and protecting their franchise against copyright infringement. The various entities behind the 50-year-old Star Trek franchise have been forgiving up to a point, and that point is Star Trek: Axanar, a full-length fan film that was crowdfunded to the tune of $650,000. CBS and Paramount filed a lawsuit against Axanar’s producers. And now the two companies have released a list of ten guidelines for Star Trek fan films that could help fans avoid a lawsuit. They limit the length, budget, and content of fan films. Actors must be amateurs, although in the real world, the definition of “amateur” could be argued. However, they cannot be paid for their contribution to a Star Trek fan film. And the finished product cannot be sold or even monetized on YouTube.

On the one hand, Axanar is a blatant case of copyright infringement. On the other hand, so are smaller fan films that the franchise tolerates because they feed the fandom and boost interest in Star Trek films. The producers of Axanar have released their response to the new rules.   -via Slashfilm

What do you think of the rules for Star Trek fan fiction? You can select more than one answer.








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New Logo for the Presbyterian Church of Tatooine

The Presbyterian Church in America is a protestant denomination not to be confused with the Presbyterian Church USA. The church government has chosen a new logo, which makes Twitter user Shane Morris think of something else. Grace remains irresistible, as is Boba Fett still unstoppable.*

-via Home Geekonomics

*Theological jokes are hard to write, so cut me some slack.


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The McRoll- A Psychedelic Remix Of Japanese McDonald's Commercials

The McDonald's corporation has always tried to maintain a more “Mainstreet USA” feel here in America, but overseas they represent “fun food” with commercials that reflect that feel.

And no country takes fun food advertising more seriously than Japan, home of Donarudo Makudonarudo (Donald McRonald), the Japanese burger clown.

Donarudo is quirkier and less sappy than his American cousin Ronald, and eight years ago he was driven to the brink of madness when he found himself stuck in a remix video.

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If you feel like driving someone crazy with an internet video don't rickroll them- McRoll them instead!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Man Captures Bee And Forces It To Watch "Bee Movie"

The Bee Movie didn't make animated movie history, nor is it very enjoyable to watch unless you're an insect obsessed child, but what do bees think about having their very own animated film?

They're typically too busy working to watch movies, but when one poor bee found itself trapped in the home of a man who calls himself @whiteandfaded it was forced to give the film a go.

In the interest of fairness @whiteandfaded let his followers on Twitter vote for the fate of the bee, and their decision proved man truly is responsible for bees becoming endangered.

The bee actually seemed to enjoy the film, considering it didn't fly off or sting @whiteandfaded right in his bee-knapping face.

Either that or it was feeling lethargic and giggly after breathing the "air" inside @whiteandfaded's apartment...

See more from Man Captures Bee, Forces It To Watch "Bee Movie" here (contains NSFW language)


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True Tales Of The Bearded Lady And The Dog-Faced Boy

In the off-beat world of the sideshow there are few faces more recognizable than Annie Jones the bearded lady and Jo-Jo the Dog Faced Boy.

Their unique physical characteristics made them superstars in a time when that actually meant something, and their work in the sideshow gave other folks with unusual features hope for the future.

She may not have been the first, but Annie Jones is typically considered the original Bearded Lady because she traveled with P.T. Barnum's exhibition and was photographed so often everyone knew her face.

Annie was with the sideshow for most of her life, but as a child she was kidnapped by a phrenologist who then claimed she was his daughter, until a trial revealed the truth and she was returned to her mother.

Jo-Jo the Dog-Faced Boy was actually Fedor Jeftichew from St. Petersburg, Russia, born with a genetic disorder called hypertrichosis which was passed down from his father.

Fedor became Jo-Jo when he joined Barnum's troupe as a teenager in 1884 but he was no stranger to the circus, since he'd been touring in French circuses with his father for most of his life.

Although his wolfman look added to Barnum's made up backstory that Jo-Jo was a savage child found in a cave, Fedor was actually fluent in three languages and loved to read while not going barking mad for audiences.

-Via Dangerous Minds


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Action Movie Kid Demonstrates How To Draw A U.F.O.

Kids who draw chalk pictures on the driveway know those drawings will only come to life in their imagination...unless you're Action Movie Kid.

He draws far out U.F.O. designs on his driveway and then his wizardly father uses digital effects magic to bring those drawings to life.

But, as his latest video proves, it's easy to get carried away when you have so much imaginative power at your disposal.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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A Collection Of Hilariously Terrible Photoshopped Images

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Failing to create realistic looking composite images in Photoshop is a natural part of the learning curve, as you discover how to use selections, layers and tools to create a believable fake.

But if you decide to share your utter failure of a Photoshop with the internet while claiming the image is legit prepare to be eaten alive by jerky commenters.

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Photoshop is a powerful tool capable of outputting extremely realistic, high resolution images in any size you want, yet bad Photoshoppers somehow manage to turn the mighty Photoshop into a glorified MS Paint.

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But the best thing to do when you're new to Photoshop is soldier on, continually tweaking the tools and exercising your options until you get the incredible visual results you were looking for.

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See 15 Terrible Photoshops That Will Make You Laugh Every Time here


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A New Video Series All About Gender Swapping Famous Movie Scenes

It's surprising how many movies would still be totally watchable, and generally every bit as good, if the genders of the main characters were switched.

Hollywood knows this trick well, and they like to pull it out of their bag when creating a sequel or rebooting a franchise, because it somehow manages to make the story feel fresh again. (Barely NSFW due to language)

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Dani Leonard's new video series "SWAPPED" focuses on remaking iconic movie scenes with a gender flip, and asks the question "How does a story change if you change the hero's gender?"

-Via The Mary Sue


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This Hilarious Video Sums Up Every Japanese RPG Ever

There's a reason Japanese roleplaying games are set apart from the rest- it all starts with a character who doesn't talk, typically with spiky hair and extremely fashionable clothing.

Then we encounter some pointless expositional dialogue while running around a town that's all blocked off for some reason before being railroaded to the tragic event cutscene that begins our quest. And then we get to the naming...

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This expertly pixelated video from CollegeHumor truly encapsulates all the sameness found in Japanese role-playing games, and for some strange reason it really made me want to play Chrono Cross again...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Witcher Hits The Sunny Shores Of San Andreas

The Witcher has killed the biggest monsters, helped restore kingdoms to their former glory and defeated the corrupt to prove he's the most powerful Witcher in history.

So what is Geralt of Rivia going to do now that his days of adventuring are over?

According to this fun video by Maul Cosplay Geralt is heading to the shores of San Andreas to unwind and soak up some rays- Witcher style.

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Maybe Geralt's life as a Witcher was all a dream caused by sun stroke?

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Star Trek II: The Chest of Khan

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When Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan came out, actor Ricardo Montalban was 61 years old. Some people thought that he wore a prosthetic chest during filming. But, no: he was just ripped. Khan had apparently spent all his years on Ceti Alpha V doing push-ups and he had the pecs to prove it.


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What Luke's Been Up To For the Past 20 Years

Luke Skywalker has been holed up like a hermit for how many years? Surely he’s got some stories to tell about what he’s been doing all that time. Important Jedi stuff. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

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Poor lonely Luke. When episode VIII comes around, we probably won’t hear a word about his isolated life on an island on a distant planet. Too boring.  -via Geeks Are Sexy


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The Science of 12 Superheroes Explained

The Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics is a regular publication written by physics students at the University of Leicester in the UK. In it, the authors apply real physics to popular culture, such as exploring the effects of Miley Cyrus coming in like a wrecking ball, how much lembras bread would be necessary to journey through Mordor, and how long vampires need to suck all of the blood out of a human body.

Most recently, the students examined the powers of a dozen popular Marvel and DC superheroes, including Batman, Thor, Batman, and the Silver Surfer. In this symposium, Leah Ashley describes Mystique as "the ultimate mutant." Ashley explains the genetic basis for Mystique's ability to alter her appearance:

Mystique’s ability to change the patterns on her skin as camouflage could be similar to the ability of various cephalopods (such as cuttlefish). These possess chromatophores similar to the melanocytes in humans, however the classes of pigments span a wider range of colours. Some classes also contain nanocrystals that reflect light to create a shine. The chromatophores of cuttlefish are surrounded by muscles that are able to change the cells between punctate and expanded states, based signals from motor centres of the brain based on visual cues [13][14]. This produces a quicker colour-change response than the pigment dispersal mechanism used by vertebrates like the chameleon [15].

The cuttlefish has 6 reflectin genes that relate to its development of iridosmes and effective camouflage [16]. These genes may be part of the additional genes Mystique possesses. The gene PAX7A controls chromatophore development in the Japanese rice fish, and SLC2A15B is important to chromatophore differentiation [17]. SLC2A15 is similar to human SLC2A9, and PAX7A could be related to the human PAX7 gene that regulates muscle tissue formation [17][18]. With considerable mutation in her genome, Mystique may therefore show similar surface properties as the Japanese rice fish.

-via VA Viper


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"Runaway" Russian Robot Causes Traffic Jam

Engineers continue to claim robots that are able to operate autonomously will make human society safer, cleaner and more productive when they help increase our workforce.

But their claims are still largely unsubstantiated, while videos like this one prove autonomous human-assist robots are still in the “menace 2 society” phase of development.

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People are saying Promobot, builders of renegade robots, used this stunt to get free publicity before entering their creation in the TechCrunch Disrupt conference this fall, but this looks like the beginning of a robotic revolution to me...

-Via Laughing Squid


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Boldly Surreal Tattoos Sure To Blow People's Minds

If you're going to get a large tattoo that attracts attention then the least you can do is get some high quality art tattooed on your body, so people have something cool to stare at.

And if you're into designs both beautiful and totally bizarre then you're really gonna dig the strange ink Belarusian tattoo artist Ilya Brezinski is slinging.

Ilya's tattoo works tend to fall into two categories- highly detailed pointilist pieces and bold, inky black silhouette designs, with some designs utilizing both styles to spectacular effect.

See more Surreal Tattoos By Ilya Brezinski here


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Chuck Palahniuk Is Releasing An Adult Coloring Book

Chuck Palahniuk made an impact on the world of popular fiction with his edgy, subversive and sometimes downright disturbing stories.

But now he's heading to a black and white world where few writers have gone before- the world of coloring books.

The book's called Bait: Off-Color Stories For You To Color and features nearly 50 pages of original art by top comic industry talent such as Joëlle Jones, Lee Bermejo, Duncan Fegredo and many more.

Bait will be Chuck's first coloring book and second short story collection all rolled into one odd book full of blank spaces which you can think of as art therapy while you're coloring it all in.

-Via Mashable


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Who's Bad? The World's Fastest Talking Man, That's Who

You may remember John Moschitta, Jr., aka Motormouth, as the Micro Machines Man in those high energy toy commercials and all the other appearances he made in stuff throughout the 1980s.

John is famous for being the World's Fastest Talking Man, and he put his incredible oratory skills to good geeky use, like reciting Michael Jackson's BAD in under 20 seconds during a TV interview in 1987.

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Well, John's version isn't quite as catchy as Michael Jackson's original version, but at least it's a whole lot shorter!

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Fred Armisen Proves He Can Imitate Any Accent In The World

Fred Armisen has proven he's one of the greatest comic actors of all time, and his show Portlandia proves he's also a talented comedy writer, but according to this interview segment from Conan impressions are his specialty.

In fact, the talented Mr. Armisen can imitate any accent in the world with such precision even a native speaker can't tell the difference. Watch and have your world transformed.

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Apparently he's also amazingly good at doing all of New York's accents as well, which he bravely demonstrated for nearly five minutes in front of New Yorkers at a benefit back in 2014.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Fan Recasts Captain America: Civil War For Different Decades

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The fact that Marvel movies like The Avengers and Captain America are coming out in the 2010s instead of the 1990s is mostly just a matter of studios dragging their feet and licenses changing hands.

Many of these movies were proposed and approved in the late 80s, and by the 90s development had begun, which eventually stuttered to a standstill until the 21st century.

Some of us have been wondering which actors would have been cast in the Marvel movies since they were first proposed, so Redditor thamonsta came up with a great idea- decade specific recasts for Captain America: Civil War.

He even took the premise a step further and came up with casts for the 50s (which is off since a few of the included actors weren't famous until the 60s) all the way through the 90s.

My personal fave is the cast from the 1970s- John Ritter as Ant Man and Burt Reynolds as Iron Man- sounds like a cult classic in the making!

See A Marvel Fan Recast Captain America: Civil War Through Different Decades here


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Rey and BB8 at Denver Comic Con

She worked diligently on her Rey costume for Denver Comic Con this weekend. She made her own staff out of plumbing parts. Her boyfriend Ov3rKoalafied "asked her if she would drag me around on a cart if I made a BB8 one. She thought I was joking." He wasn’t joking. While his costume isn’t quite as realistic as hers, it has a cup holder inside and BB8’s lighter extension on the outside. That took a bit of work! But of course, as you can see from the picture, she was the one doing the work at Comic Con. If you were there, you probably noticed them.


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