The Most Essential Piece Of Writing Advice Ever, From Brian K. Vaughan

Author Brian K. Vaughan took over the Panel Syndicate Twitter feed yesterday to answer questions. He shared info on his past and upcoming projects (including a "Y for yes" on whether there's been movement on that Y: The Last Man adaptation!!), but he also dispensed a wise bit of writing advice. » 3/26/15 4:00pm 24 minutes ago

Hilarious TV Ads From The Dawn Of The Home Computer Era

The computer revolution didn't come into people's homes overnight. There was a long period when the public was still discovering all the things they could do if they owned a computer — and this led to some truly outrageous TV ads. Check out the most hilarious and creative classic home computer ads ever made. » 3/26/15 3:29pm 55 minutes ago

My hopes and speculation for the post-Secret Wars Marvel universe

I'm a massive Marvel fan, and with the complete "All New All Different Avengers" revealed, including the creative team of Mark Waid and Mahmud Asrar, it's clearly time to look past Secret Wars and make some educated guesses and wild speculation. And a few of my personal hopes and fears to go with it! » 3/26/15 6:02pm Today 6:02pm

Economists Who Study Science Fiction Will See Science More Realistically

There are definitely plenty of economists who love science fiction — Paul Krugman comes to mind immediately. But economics could still benefit from more attention to the genre, argues economist Ha-Joon Chang from Cambridge University. But Chang's reasons for recommending SF might be a bit surprising. » 3/26/15 1:59pm Today 1:59pm

One perfect issue: Astro City 1/2

I can do an entire posting of nothing but why Astro City is the best super-hero comic out there. It's the history you feel of a universe that seems so long-lasting. It's the "man on the street" perspective. It's the fun of the stories and how they make you feel like these are characters around for decades. But to me,… » 3/26/15 4:29pm Today 4:29pm

Trying To Stop Words From Changing Their Meanings Is "Literally" Useless

Lately, it seems that there are few words in the English language that stir up as much semantic ire as "literally" does. As more and more people have been using "literally" to mean "really," some English speakers fret that the meaning of the word will change. But the truth is that it would hardly be the first. » 3/26/15 1:10pm Today 1:10pm

Of Course The Origins Of The Term "Serial Killer" Are Gruesome

Unsurprisingly, the two men credited with coming up with the term "serial killer" worked, together and separately, on some of the FBI's most gruesome cases: John Douglas and Robert K. Ressler. Their careers were so extraordinary they influenced pop culture, and at least one Oscar-winning film. » 3/26/15 3:42pm Today 3:42pm

8 Things People Say In Interviews That Usually Mean A Movie Will Suck

We constantly get our hopes up for upcoming movies... and then they let us down. It's easy to get sucked into the hype cycle, as people talk up their projects — but sometimes, you can tell just from the way people talk about a film that it's probably not going to work. Here are eight key phrases that usually indicate… » 3/26/15 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

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With fresh ingredients and easy-to-follow recipes delivered to your home weekly, Blue Apron cuts down on meal-planning drudgery and focuses on the fun and flavor of home cooking. Even better, Blue Apron is offering io9 readers the first week - three meals for two people – for just $30, half off the regular price. » 3/19/15 9:48am 3/19/15 9:48am

8 Things People Say In Interviews That Usually Mean A Movie Will Suck

We constantly get our hopes up for upcoming movies... and then they let us down. It's easy to get sucked into the hype cycle, as people talk up their projects — but sometimes, you can tell just from the way people talk about a film that it's probably not going to work. Here are eight key phrases that usually indicate… » 3/26/15 12:00pm Today 12:00pm