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The Late Movies: Fun with Slow Motion

It's getting easier to film things in extreme slow motion. My buddy Pat is a Hollywood camera tech who frequently has fancy high-end camera packages lying around his house -- so, theoretically, we could get drunk and film ourselves jumping off his roof at 10,000 frames/second any old time. (But I'm glad we haven't. On a related note: I have never broken a bone.) This new availability of extreme-slow-motion-capable cameras is the reason that all sorts of silly things shot in slo-mo are showing up on YouTube -- things that would've been far too expensive, and pointless, to shoot back in the days of film. Here are some!

One of the least flattering things you can do in slow-motion? Sneeze.

A lighter flicking to life looks like a miniature fireball erupting. Cooooool.

Chipmunks: cute at any speed.

People being shot with a cupcake cannon. Which exists, apparently.

A ladybug takes off at 7000 frames per second. They have really complex wings.

Popcorn popping.

The obligatory but always-impressive water balloon being popped.

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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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