io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011Photograph by Cédric Delsaux. More of these real-world/Star Wars mash-ups can be seen here.

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011This orphaned baby bat is the cutest thing you'll see all day

If you're eating pancakes right now, don't even bother pouring on the syrup. This is the sweetest thing you'll see all day, nay, all week. This is the tale of Lil' Drac, an orphaned short-tailed fruit bat who was raised by the folks at Bat World Sanctuary. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011In 1992, Stan Lee gave Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld 20 minutes to invent a superhero

As part of his 1992 Comic Book Greats VHS series — which featured (deep breath) such luminaries as Todd McFarlane, Rob Liefeld, Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio, Will Eisner, the Romitas, Sergio Aragones, and Jack Davis and Harvey Kurtzman — Smiling Stan Lee asked Rob "X-Force" Liefeld and Todd "Spawn" McFarlane to invent a superhero in a hot second. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011On Saturday Morning Cartoons, Emma & Cyclops get intimate on X-Men…and a 16-bit Twilight !

Last week's episode of Ben 10: Ultimate Alien is continued, Generator Rex stars on a Spanish soap opera, and more this week on Saturday Morning Cartoons. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011Hobo Lobo is a gorgeous, three-dimensional webcomic about the Pied Piper

Innovation isn't always a good thing in comics; just look at the atrocity that is the motion comic. But sometimes, a little technology can have a surprising and even old-fashioned effect, More »


io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011Ride out the apocalypse in this luxury Adirondack bunker

Forget Hershel's farm. When the first signs of the apocalypse hit, you'll want to hightail it to upstate New York, where this serene cottage sits atop a Cold War-era missile silo. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011Watching George Takei talk about McDonald's for two minutes is arrestingly hypnotic

Have you ever pondered, "Gee, self. I really wonder if today's the day I get to see noted actor George Takei discuss McDonald's promotional opportunities circa 1993." Well, brace yourself, for today is that day. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011Perhaps the most unnecessarily complex mecha transformation in anime history

In this scene from the movie Starbirds - which was a mish-mash of episodes of the 1980s Japanese cartoon Tōshō Daimos - the formation of a giant robot requires a zip line, aggressive sloganeering, an entire hidden bridge, near-death experiences, and some interpretative dance for good measure. In the future, a bizarre strain of amnesia has seemingly drained humans of the cognitive capacity to make keys. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011What's the symbolic significance of this new Dark Knight Rises poster?

A new teaser image for The Dark Knight Rises was just released this afternoon. Did Bane break the Bat? Or was his melon just too damn big for his Wayne Industries Official Reproduction Bat-Hat™? More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011How to pretend you're aboard the Starship Enterprise (from the safety of your home)

Want to transform your bedroom into deep space? YouTuber CrysKnife007 has looped the most soothing noise in the universe for an entire day: My favorite ambient noise from the whole series is the engine idling noise in TNG. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011New Amazing Spider-Man poster shows off Spidey's arachnid shadow

In the world of superhero posters, when it rains, it pours. The poster for The Amazing Spider-Man recently showed up on Superhero Hype. As you can see from the above illustration, Andrew Garfield's haircut casts a strange darkness. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011The Milky Way, as seen from a Chilean petroglyph valley

Photographer Stéphane Guisard - whose photography of Chile's Atacama desert we've featured previously (1, 2) has captured some gee-whiz time-lapse shots of the Milky Way framed by the Hierbas Buenas petroglyph site. More »

io9 Roundup: December 11, 2011Ötzi the iceman died on a suspiciously full stomach

Ötzi is the name given to the 5,300-year-old body found in the mountains between Italy and Switzerland. Archaeologists had long thought Ötzi had been murdered in the Alps, perhaps after a long chase...but his stomach tells a different story. More »