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If you owned a trendy boutique and found yourself in a PR drought, how would you get back in the spotlight? Create a new fall line? Buy a city? Nah. You sue for it.

The LA Times reports today on the lawsuit Kitson has filed against US Weekly. The celebrity magazine is accused of intentionally excluding photos and mentions of the L.A. shop. This sin of omission is costing Kitson $10,000 per week, says founder Fraser Ross.

Earlier this year, Ross sued the magazine's parent company after top editor Ken Baker allegedly failed to pay for a charity event held at Kitson. So this might not be as crazy as it sounds. Regardless, the spotlight is back.

If you or your organization is preparing a suit alleging a lack of coverage in this fine publication, we can work something out. Why do you think we include that Suggest a Topic/Link button up top?

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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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