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6 Things You Didn't Know About Maya Angelou

Although this writer and poet wrote seven volumes of autobiography, there are still some things you may be surprised to learn.

Flintstones Are Alive and Well and Tackling Social Issues in New Comic

When DC Comics rebooted "The Flintstones," few expected it to be a biting social commentary of the age, but guess what?

Kintsugi: What a Broken Bowl Can Teach Us

"One can consider how we might live a kintsugi life, or 'rebirth' finding value in the cracks ... bringing to light the scars that have come from life experiences."

Are There Really Kids' Authors Who Hate Kids?

From Margaret Wise Brown to Beatrix Potter, some children's authors have reputations for disliking kids. Are the rumors true?

75 Years After Her Debut, Wonder Woman Remains Iconic

The superhero's creator imbued her with themes of truth-telling, a powerful matriarchy and even bondage, all pulled from his own unconventional life.

Many Stories Have One of Six 'Beautiful Shapes'

There's so much great fiction out there, but, as it turns out, many of these stories have something in common: their emotional arc.

This Bookstore Sells Only One Book at a Time

The anti-Amazon bookstore in Japan sees maximum pleasure in minimalism.

HowStuffWorks: Chuck Wendig Will Make You a Writer

Chuck Wendig is the author of the Star Wars: Aftermath series. Learn more about Chuck Wendig and his tips on writing in this video from HowStuffWorks.

HowStuffWorks: Unique Storytelling with DC Comics

Comics can do things other mediums can't. Learn more about comics and what makes them unique in this video from HowStuffWorks.

Cartoonist Jack Chick Dies, Having Offended Pretty Much Everyone

He was the man behind those cheaply printed, widely disseminated fire-and-brimstone comics that were intended to scare the hell out of you. And he just passed away.

Wonder Woman Named Honorary U.N. Ambassador

For 75 years, Wonder Woman has been a symbol for strength and empowerment for women. Now the United Nations has made it official.

War Reporting Meets Comic Books in Marvel's 'Madaya Mom'

Since July 2015, residents of the war-torn Syrian city of Madaya have been trapped. Now ABC and Marvel have adapted one mom's struggles into a comic called "Madaya Mom."

Sistine Chapel Art Hides Secret Female Anatomy Symbols, Claims New Analysis

Is one of the world's greatest works of Renaissance art a roadmap to the human reproductive system?

Ridiculous History: Beloved Author Roald Dahl Was Also a Suave British Spy

We know him as the beloved creator of Willy Wonka and the BFG, but Roald Dahl worked as a James Bond-style spy in his early years.

Hold Thy Horses: Shakespeare's First Folio Is Touring the U.S.

The First Folio is pretty much thee book that gave us Shakespeare. And now you may be able to see it for yourself.

Historical Analysis Shows #FoodPorn Predates the Instagram Era

A historical study shows that since 1500, paintings have disproportionately depicted indulgent food not commonly found in everyday meals.

Reading 'Harry Potter' Influences How Americans View Donald Trump

The wizarding novels promote tolerance and oppose authoritarianism. What does that mean for how Potter fans view the Republican presidential candidate?

Exploring the Forgotten Structures of Paris

French photographer Laurent Kronental chronicles the architecturally impressive, sometimes surreal postmodern public housing projects around Paris.

Dear Tony Robbins, THIS Is How You Walk on Hot Coals

Looking to turn your fear into power and walk across hot coals? The BrainStuff crew fills you in on the fiery science behind the feat.

Watch This Artist Turn Water Into Van Gogh Masterpiece

Turkish artist uses ancient technique to make beautiful liquid pictures. Vincent would be proud.

Comic Books Are Thriving — in Print and Digital Forms

If you love comic books, this is a good time to be alive. And now there's no shortage of options for getting them in your hands or on your device.

Google's New Tilt Brush App Makes 3-D Painting a (Virtual) Reality

Could the newly released app mean that the next artistic masterpiece of the 21st century will be a downloadable, immersive and interactive VR experience?

Did the Chinese Invent the Superhero Team?

Way before comic books ever entered the picture, there was a band of Chinese brothers. Seven of them, in fact, each with their own magical power.

Interviewing the Artist Behind the New Black Panther

Long-running comic book characters come to be seen as iconic by fans. How does artist Brian Stelfreeze think of a figure like Black Panther as he creates a visual story?

HowStuffWorks: Black Panther’s Return With Artist Brian Stelfreeze

Black Panther has been an icon of the comic book hero scene since 1966, and now the character is being reimagined by author Ta-Nehisi Coates and Artist Brian Stelfreeze.


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