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25 Scenes from New York Comic Con 2012

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Last week, more than 100,000 nerds gathered at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City to celebrate all things geek in comics, movies, anime, books, and TV. Here's a glimpse of what it was like. Photos by LoquaciousMuse.


Just a dinosaur. Walking around the Con. Buying some wares. The usual.

The Geek Chic gatekeeper. We need all of these weapons.


No Comic Con is complete without Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles decor.


The cast of Dirty Work gets together for a panel on out-of-the-box production company Fourth Wall Studios.


At his session, Kevin Smith encouraged audience members to make their own podcasts and not let fear or self-doubt stand in the way.


And you thought Hello Kitty was all sugar, no spice.

Two lovely ladies cosplaying as The Hunger Games' Katniss and Peeta.


Have you hugged a stormtrooper today? (Sometimes they bite.)

Two of many gender-reversed Harley and Jokers at the Con.


What a group! Comic Con: The only place where you'll see characters from Borderlands 2, henchmen from The Venture Bros and that creepy clown from Twisted Metal. hanging out.

Captain America salutes us. We swoon a little. It's embarrassing for everyone.

One of Bioshock's Little Sisters come to life.


Here's a horse, kicking Korra and Chun-Li's butts in Just Dance.

Slender Man is freaking absolutely everyone out.


Hottest thing at the Con: "Gangnam Style" flash mobs...


... complete with Joker breakdancing.

Excellent Bellatrix and Lord Voldemort cosplay. Anyone dressed as Harry Potter stayed far away from these two!

How did this lady—who is dressed up a character from the Silent Hill video game—see?

Adorable baby Sokka and older sister Toph. (And check out that excellent Little Mermaid in the background!)


Two villainous worlds collide (Resident Evil and Silent Hill, to be exact).

Captain Planet!


It's nice to see Artist's Alley so crowded.

She should be running away from this dangerous looking Terminator. Instead, she wants a picture.

Robin admires his purchase.


X-Men playing an Avengers game. Only at Comic Con.

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Watch a Rogue Pet Dog Interrupt a Russian News Anchor on Air
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Last week, a Russian news broadcast briefly went to the dogs after its host was startled by a surprise co-anchor: a friendly black canine that wandered on set, announced its presence with a loud bark, and climbed onto her desk.

 

As TODAY reports, Mir24 TV anchor Ilona Linarte went off script for a few minutes, telling viewers "I've got a dog here. What is this dog doing in the studio?" After the initial shock wore off, she gave her furry guest a tepid welcome, patting its head as she gently pushed it off the desk. ("I actually prefer cats,'' Linarte remarked. "I'm a cat lady.")

Linarte’s query was answered when the TV station announced that the dog had accompanied another show’s guest on set, and somehow got loose. That said, rogue animals have a proud tradition of crashing live news broadcasts around the world, so we’re assuming this won’t be the last time a news anchor is upstaged by an adorable guest star (some of which have better hair than them).

[h/t TODAY]

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Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0
SpaceX Is Sending Two Private Citizens Around the Moon
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Falcon Heavy and Dragon. Image credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons // CC0 1.0

Two members of the public are set to take an historic trip around the Moon, according to an announcement from SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. As The Verge reports, the anonymous private citizens have already placed substantial deposits on the commercial space flight.

The private spacecraft company SpaceX revealed on Monday that the Falcon Heavy rocket will be launching with its Crew Dragon spacecraft in late 2018. The mission will consist of a circumnavigation of the Moon, passing over the body’s surface before traveling farther into space and returning to Earth. In total, the trip will cover 300,000 to 400,000 miles and take a week to complete.

A noteworthy part of the plan is the human cargo that will be on board. Instead of professional astronauts, the craft will carry two paying customers into space. The passengers, who’ve yet to be named, will both need to pass several fitness tests before they're permitted to make the journey. According to The Verge, Musk said the customers are “very serious” and that the cost of the trip is “comparable” to that of a crewed mission to the International Space Station. The goal for SpaceX is to eventually send one or two commercial flights into space each year, which could account for 10 to 20 percent of the company’s earnings.

[h/t The Verge]

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