Want To Start A Webcomic? Here's The Best Advice Around

Starting a webcomic has never been easier, but it can still be a bit intimidating. Fortunately, if you're looking for advice, there are plenty of comics professionals who've shared their experience, in the form of books, sites, and webcomics. Here are all the resources that will help you get started. » 2/24/15 12:00pm 2/24/15 12:00pm

We're in a Technological Arms Race with Bears for Our Food

It's almost impossible to secure yourself against a food raid from bears. That's because these giant mammals are clever tool users, and they share their tech knowledge with other bears nearby. As a result, bear-proofing technology rarely works for more than a couple of decades before every bear knows how to crack it. » 1/28/15 3:29pm 1/28/15 3:29pm

A Step By Step Guide To Converting Your Friends To Fandom

We always want to share the things we love with our friends, coworkers and family members — that's human nature. And it's a generous impulse, the desire to share. But how can you introduce your most beloved TV shows, movies, comics and books to people without turning them off? Here's a step-by-step guide. » 10/17/14 1:43pm 10/17/14 1:43pm

The Supervillain's Guide To Fashion (And World Domination)

Being a supervillain is hard. You've got to have a plan for ultimate power, gather an army/cabal of geniuses, and find time to taunt your goody-goody nemesis. Plus, it is imperative that your outfit accurately telegraph your power. We've put together an easy-to-follow guide for the supervillain fashion victim. » 10/03/14 11:29am 10/03/14 11:29am

Cosplay 1.01 - A Beginner's Introduction To Cosplay

Things have changed since I discovered cosplay, and along the way I've made many amazing friends through this craft who've helped me learn and grow. But for someone new to the community, cosplay can be very intimidating and attending a convention feels a little too reminiscent of Frodo's journey through Mordor. So… » 9/09/14 10:38am 9/09/14 10:38am

How to Self-Publish a Book

Twenty years ago, if you were a new author interested in getting your book published, you had to shop it around with publishers and hope that someone, eventually, might not reject you. But nowadays you can choose to self-publish anything you'd like. Here's how. » 7/25/14 6:32pm 7/25/14 6:32pm

​How To Beat 400 Games In 4.5 Years

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In January of 2010, I decided to change my outlook on how I manage my gaming time, how I collect games, and how I contend with the nemesis that so many gamers share: the dreaded backlog. » 7/18/14 3:31pm 7/18/14 3:31pm

How To: Make geometric models out of straws and coffee stirrers

Over at Make Magazine, Iann Gonsher shares this remarkably simple (not to mention totally free, if you count your latte as admission) method for building cool geometric models. "The baristas don’t tend to mind," he writes, "especially if you tip generously." » 10/15/13 2:20pm 10/15/13 2:20pm

How to swallow a sword

Sword swallowers are often thought of as magicians or illusionists. Although there are plenty of arcane skills they have to learn, there's no real 'trick' to their work. They don't use blades that collapse down, or insert them down the collar of their shirt or use smoke and mirrors. They just swallow a sword. » 8/17/11 7:00am 8/17/11 7:00am

The Science of Moonshine (And How To Make It)

Let me start this article by saying; Oh my god, people die from this. People burn their houses down. People explode themselves. People poison themselves. Learn from this article. Use it to inform your upcoming scifi novel about space speakeasies during space prohibition. (Oh, it'll happen.) But don't actually do this. » 6/08/11 8:30am 6/08/11 8:30am

Everything you need to get into space and land safely again

So, you want to take a short trip into space? Seems easy enough – hop in your rocket, aim it at space and lift off, right? If you want to survive, it will take a little more planning than that. Luckily, we're here to help. » 4/12/11 2:36pm 4/12/11 2:36pm

How to survive a zombie apocalypse during the holidays: A video…

It's good to be prepared for all contingencies — so here's a holiday zombie survival guide! From the great minds at Team Unicorn. » 12/23/10 10:16am 12/23/10 10:16am

How to Stop the Government From Tracking Your Location (Illegally!)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just decided that it was legal for the police to put a GPS tracking device on your car, sitting in your driveway, on your property. Here's how to protect yourself. » 8/26/10 4:05pm 8/26/10 4:05pm

The io9 guide to selling your collectibles online in a bad economy

Chances are, your rare toys, comics and other collectibles aren't just awesome — they're worth serious cash. But how can you get what they're worth in such a lousy economy? Don't panic: We've collected surefire shwag-selling tips from top sellers. » 8/13/10 3:31pm 8/13/10 3:31pm

How to write the next great alien language

Constructing an entire alien language is the most challenging task in all of speculative fiction, and there are two examples that tower above the rest: J.R.R. Tolkien's Elvish and Marc Okrand's Klingon. We'll show you how to outdo even them. » 7/15/10 2:40pm 7/15/10 2:40pm

Make your own Back To The Future sneakers with "power laces"

Blake Blevin writes in to say that she's created the ultimate geek sneaker: The power-lacers from Back to the Future II. Want to make some? There's a how-to over at Instructables. » 7/06/10 8:30am 7/06/10 8:30am

Tips from professional artists on the 5 things you need in your digital…

You want to start doing art and design work on your computer, but what are the tools you need? We got professional Hollywood concept artists to tell us - and their answers won't drain your wallet too much. » 6/20/10 4:01pm 6/20/10 4:01pm

How to create airships afire with sunset on a distant world

This gorgeous image was created using Photoshop and just a few hours of time. Want to know what steps were required for concept artist Nacho Yague to go from a blank page to this? Watch his tutorial. » 6/16/10 2:46pm 6/16/10 2:46pm

iPad Wizardry: Jim Lee Sketches Wonder Woman

The blockbuster DC Comics artist — and copublisher — gives a lesson on color, composition, and awesomeness with this step-by-step tutorial on how to build an Amazon using Apple's latest toy and your fingers » 4/07/10 4:30pm 4/07/10 4:30pm