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Arts give us a way to explore our lives and the lives of others, whether it's on canvas, on-stage or on a page.

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

By Chris Opfer

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.

By Laurie L. Dove

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

By Kate Kershner

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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.

By Christian Sager

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

By Kathryn Whitbourne

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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.

By Christian Sager

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

By Christopher Hassiotis

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.

By Robert Lamb

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?

By Holly Frey

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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.

Rembrandt may not be able to create his masterful paintings anymore, but computers can.

By Jonathan Strickland

When the world's finest superheroes quarrel, it affects us all. What's caused the Caped Crusader and the Big Blue Boy Scout to face off in the past?

By Christian Sager

Since DC Comics's "New 52" reboot, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been the creative minds captaining the Bat-ship. With issue 51, that streak comes to an end.

By Bryan Young

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You like comics? We have suggestions, courtesy of the upcoming Dwayne McDuffie Award, and they feature way more than just dudes in capes and tights.

By Christian Sager

HowStuffWorks Now talks to the artists behind the wildly popular books and wonders if the future could hold an "Anarchist Coloring Book."

By Christian Sager

All 11 of the circus's touring elephants are headed for a Florida retirement in May.

By Julia Layton

The circus can provide great fun and entertainment, but occasionally serious tragedies occur under the big top. These disasters were nothing short of catastrophic.

By Kate Kershner

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Circuses are largely about the awesome animals, but have you ever thought deeper about their history within the industry?

By Kate Kershner

Circus acts may seem effortless, but that's because lot goes on behind the scenes to ensure the performers' safety. These precautions help make the circus as magical and wondrous as ever.

By Kate Kershner

The idea of a "traditional" circus may seem weird, but over the years we've certainly seen innovation within the industry. Not all circuses rely on clowns and elephants to keep their offbeat audiences intrigued.

By Kate Kershner

The circus is an institution steeped in a tradition of stunning feats and amazing animals. While some circus acts have fallen by the wayside, these are in the ring for the long haul.

By Kate Kershner

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Some sideshow performers were such a hit that they became regular celebrities. These five entertainers used their conditions to their advantage and reached sideshow superstardom.

By Kate Kershner

In the sideshows of yore, people with rare medical conditions took to the stage to display their bodies to ogling spectators. Their disabilities were touted as amazing "oddities," but what's the real science behind the show?

By Kate Kershner