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  1. Extreme Pogo Sticking Now a Thing the Youth Are Doing [Video]

    But I'm still making peace with parkour!

    I must be getting old/less awesome, because I was not aware that there was such a thing as "extreme pogo." If you're similarly unhip, then allow this short film from Xpogo to educate you. I'm not up on my slang, but I'm guessing a cooligan is a cool hooligan? Or a cool kid in a cardigan? Probably that last one.

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  2. Shut Up And Take (Less Of) My Money: Everything In The Fantagraphics Catalog Is 20% Off Right Now

    Are you taking a break from conspicuous consumption following the traditional holiday purchase-palooza? If so, you are doing it wrong. That's because Fantagraphics comics is offering a 20% discount on everything in its catalog for the next couple of days. EVERYTHING. That's 20% off everyLove and Rockets collection, 20% off Johnny Ryan's newest Prison Pit book, 20% off the publisher's fantastic hardbound collections of Walt Kelly's genre-defining Pogo strips. At the risk of belaboring the point, there are things you simply need in a well-rounded comic book collection here, and for the next few days, they are all significantly cheaper. Keep reading for some of our picks of things you may want to add to our collection of classy comics while they're on the cheap side. If this seems like a shameless plug, it totally is, but it's a shameless plug for one of my favorite publishers, and one that is doing more to preserve the too-often overlooked history of the medium than anyone else today. I apologize for nothing.

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  3. The Lord of the Rings Remixed for Clubbin’ [Video]

    Remixer Pogo took his electronic talents to The Lord of the Rings and used clips of dialogue and sound from the movie to create the above track, "Murmurs of Middle-Earth."

    (via io9)

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  4. The Glory Days of the Newspaper Comic: A Retrospective

    As newspapers continue to meet the fate of the Rochester Times-Union, which was folded into the D&C in 1997, the fate of newspaper comics is uncertain, but guessable. Their entertainment value had already been supplanted before the Internet eviscerated their delivery mechanism. But the Internet may also be the cartoon's salvation - from Dilbert (likely the first and last major cartoon to jump from the Internet to newsprint) to XKCD to Penny Arcade to Cyanide and Happiness, cartoons are flourishing online.

    We come here not to praise the new cartoon, however, but to eulogize its predecessor. We've culled (primarily from the copy of The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics I bought on Alibris a few years back) a selection of classic comics, with commentary about the cartoon, the newspaper and the time period, hoping to give a sense of the world in which these remarkable and often artistic pieces appeared. This is by no means a comprehensive, academic study - just a taste of what was created in the first half of the 20th Century, before you were likely to have been paying attention:

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