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I was reading G4's The Feed blog today (which I highly recommend, by the way), when I saw that G4 was strutting about and patting itself on the back for obtaining the exclusive rights to re-broadcast the brilliant-but-cancelled TV show Arrested Development. (Their less than modest press release reads: "Who Has Arrested Development? WE HAVE ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT.")

Now for those of you who don't know G4, it's a cable channel that slants towards gamers and tech junkies, and it deserves more attention, so I thought, "good for G4!" After all, Arrested Development is a terrific show, G4's a terrific channel, so it's a match made in nerdy heaven. That is, until I saw that noted dream-killer Microsoft has burst the little station's bubble. According to BusinessWeek, the media giant is airing the show online FOR FREE through its MSN Video Service. Sorry G4! Oh well, at least the move edges Microsoft a little more toward cool.

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The Origins of 36 Marvel Characters, Illustrated
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No matter what their powers, every super hero has an origin story, from Spider-Man’s radioactive bite to Iron Man’s life-threatening chest shrapnel. In their latest poster, the designers at Pop Chart Lab have taken their infographic savvy to the Marvel Universe, charting the heroic origins of 36 different Marvel characters through miniature, minimalist comics.

Without using any words, they’ve managed to illustrate Bucky Barnes's plane explosion and subsequent transformation into the Winter Soldier, Jessica Jones’s car crash, the death of the Punisher’s family, and other classic stories from the major Marvel canon while paying tribute to the comic book form.

Explore the poster below, and see a zoomable version on Pop Chart Lab’s website.

A poster featuring 36 minimalist illustrations of superhero origin stories.
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Keep your eyes open for future Marvel-Pop Chart crossovers. The Marvel Origins: A Sequential Compendium poster is “the first release of what we hope to be a marvelous partnership,” as Pop Chart Lab’s Galvin Chow puts it. Prints are available for pre-order starting at $37 and are scheduled to start shipping on March 8.

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