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The Best Comic Books Of 2014

The last twelve months offered comic book readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies, and the return of old favorites to the emergence of exciting new talent. It was a busy and productive year for the industry, and one we’re pleased to celebrate with what we’re certain will be an uncontroversial, unenumerated list of awards that will prompt only resounding agreement and unbroken fellowship amongst our readers in the comments below.

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‘Star Wars’ #1 Advance Review: Jason Aaron & John Cassaday Offer A New Hope For Lapsed Fans

Star Wars and Marvel Comics have a long history. A Marvel adaptation of the original sci-fi-fantasy film appeared in April 1977, a month before A New Hope dominated multiplexes in May of the same year. The success of the film as well as the comics led to a volume of over 100 issues over a nine-year span, featuring stories about what happened to the heroes of the Rebellion between their big screen adventures.

Following Marvel parent Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm, this week sees the return of the Star Wars Universe to the Marvel banner, with a new ongoing series from Jason Aaron and John Cassaday launching on Wednesday. It's a strong debut from an A-list creative team who manages to capture the feel of George Lucas's film A New Hope while still taking advantage of the entirety of the Saga.

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Why Marvel Studios Succeeds (And How It Will Fail If It Doesn’t Diversify)

Guardians Of The Galaxy just enjoyed a very successful weekend at movie theaters, taking home around $94m, far in excess of expectations. The movie also stands at 92% positive reviews on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, joining all previous Marvel Studios movies in receiving predominantly favorable notices.

Marvel Studios is doing very well. In six years and ten movies, it has avoided both critical and commercial disasters, and frustrated naysayers who hailed the demise of the superhero movie at every step. Marvel's rivals at Fox, Sony Columbia, and Warner Bros, have enjoyed commercial success as well -- but not with the acclaim, consistency, or proliferation of Marvel. So how does Marvel do it, and can they keep doing it?

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Mother Really Knows Best

We remember that phrase, "Father Knows Best", mainly because it was a hit TV show in the 1950s. Come on, let's face it, mother really knows best. With Mother's Day this Sunday, I thought I'd share some words of wisdom that we've all heard our mom's say.

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Easter: A Family Holiday

As a child I always looked forward to Easter Sunday.  My parents always found interesting ideas to entertain me and my siblings.

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‘USA TODAY’ Costs Twice As Much Today [OPINION]

One of my favorite Friday pastimes is picking up the weekend edition of "USA TODAY" for leisurely weekend reading. I love USA TODAY...the pie charts, colorful USA weather map, the page with stories from all 50 states, the sports...yata, yata, yata. And today when I went to pay for it, the price doubled! The price at the newsstand has been $1.00 ever since I can remember, but today they raised it to $2.00. Check out more of my outrage.

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A Modern Day Problem For Modern Day Parents [VIDEO]

The NBC Today Show aired a segment on teen Sexting recently and focused on how it has changed the relationship of parenting.

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Washington: Drinking and Walking is As Dangerous as Drinking and Driving

by Bill Keeler

Either people are really bored in Washington or they’re trying to create the perfect society where nobody ever gets injured.

This week, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx released fatality figures that support the fact that drinking and driving and drinking and walking are equally dangerous

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5 Trivia Facts That You May Not’ve Ever Known About Disco

You grew up in the 70's. You lived it to it's fullest from your platform shoes to the bell bottoms and all the way up to your headband and the psychedlic thoughts that swam around in your head underneath. You may think you know everything there is to know, but here's some facts about the Disco music and those that played it that you might not've known... Till Now.

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Grilling Tips For The Fourth Of July [VIDEO]

With the fourth of July holiday coming up, we all probably will have a few rounds at the grill. Seeing that I host a request hour called "Greg's Grill", weekdays at noon on Big Frog 104, I thought I should be able to offer some grilling tips.

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