What's The Most Bizarre And Inexplicable Offshoot Of A Major Franchise?

Sometimes, when a property becomes ridiculously mega-popular, it starts generating spin-offs and alternate versions at such a crazy rate that something truly bonkers comes out. But what's the most crap-your-pants crazy thing to come out as a sideline to something with huge mainstream popularity? » 9/18/14 2:11pm 9 minutes ago

Terry Gilliam's Work Is Way More Influential Than You Probably Realized

Terry Gilliam isn't just one of the weirdest directors ever to reach mainstream attention. Or one of the most prolific Monty Python alumni. He's also an incredibly influential director, who doesn't get the props he deserves. We talked to a bunch of people, including Looper director Rian Johnson, about Gilliam's… » 9/18/14 1:11pm Today 1:11pm

Our Planet Dances In The Fire Of The Solar Wind

The dancing lights of an aurora can be awe-inspiring down here on Earth, but when seen from the International Space Station they take on a magical quality. Astronaut Alex Gerst describes it as swimming through a living ocean of glow; I'm just happy they send us photographs. » 9/18/14 3:38pm Today 3:38pm

10 Stupid Arguments People Use To Defend Comic Book Sexism

Every time someone brings up the problem of sexism of the comics industry, there are always a few people who are oddly incensed. "It's bullshit! A double standard! You're the one with the issues!" they yell. They're wrong on all counts. Here's some helpful logic that proves why. » 9/18/14 11:50am Today 11:50am

The World's Population Is Unlikely To Stabilize This Century

Contrary to previous projections, it now appears that the world's population is unlikely to stop growing this century. There's at least an 80% chance that between 9.6 and 12.3 billion humans will inhabit the Earth by 2100 — and much of this increase will happen in Africa. » 9/18/14 11:40am Today 11:40am

Stephen Colbert Cosplayed At Comic-Con To Pitch His Creepy Hawkcat Film

When will Stephen Colbert get his own superhero movie? On last night's Colbert Report, the comedian revealed that he secretly walked the floor of San Diego Comic-Con while dressed as Prince Hawkcat, the greatest superhero no one has heard of. He even set up a booth to pitch his Prince Hawkcat movie. » 9/18/14 11:32am Today 11:32am

80's/90's Game of Thrones is just as good in the flesh

Moshi Studio's excellent take on Game of Thrones fan art wowed us last year - but this set of Cosplayers at the last two Dragon Cons have taken the excellent idea from that art and made it real, and the results are smashing. » 9/18/14 1:47pm Today 1:47pm

Paul Pope's Battling Boy Universe Expands: Meet The Heroic Aurora West!

Paul Pope's Battling Boy graphic novel was one of the best things to happen to superhero comics in the past year. And it left us wondering about Aurora West, the daughter of slain hero Haggard West. Now a sequel, the Rise of Aurora West, tells her story, and we've got an exclusive book trailer. » 9/18/14 10:38am Today 10:38am

Get 1 TB of Military Grade Online Backup For $19 From iDrive

Cloud backup has become essential for everyone. However, the more devices you have, the more complicated it gets. iDrive is different, making multi-device backup and syncing dead simple. Now, io9 readers can grab 1 year of iDrive's 1 TB cloud backup plan for $19. An absurdly good deal, if I do say so myself. » 9/16/14 9:44pm Tuesday 9:44pm