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A Zune ad worth seeing (...and one that isn't)

While I'm a true and tried Apple user, I've been eyeing the Microsoft Zune with curiosity—not so much because I want one, but because I'm dying to know how the supposed "iPod killer" plans on positioning itself. In any case, I've stumbled onto two ads recently, one of which I find thoroughly endearing, and the other completely disturbing. Here's the one that's too cute not to post.
It's done in a total Tim Burton style, and uses delicious music from M. Ward. I'm not sure whether people who are unfamiliar with the product know about the sharing tunes function (you can supposedly beam your favorite songs over to friends' Zune for them to listen to), but the concept's nicely illustrated if you know about it aforehand.

Of course, the ad that I find a lot less likable is this one. It also plays off the sharing function, though it involves a cartoon lion constantly mauling his friend. I'm guessing if the Zune goes in this direction, they'll have a far more limited audience. Links via Adfreak.
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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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