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Stories for July 25, 2008

How Does Scorpion Beat Superman?

July 25
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

Straight from the marketing department, according to MK creator, Ed Boon. & I have to say, that is not a great start for creativity, but since it is internet fashion to beat up on MK, I'll leave that alone. & Boon told me, "We've been making MK games since 1992, which is a long time. & At some point around MKIV, we talked about & 'wouldn't it be cool if we made a versus game with one of our competitors?'" & He mentioned Street Fighter and Virtua Fighter, but ... there's a game called Street Fighter, there's a game called Virtua Fighter, and we thought it would be cool." & That would actually be pretty cool. & But I imagine the corporate war that would ensue would be bloodier than anything in the MK universe. & And, according to Boon, that project "never really panned out." &

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Aaron McFarland and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Librarian Serves as Eisner Judge

July 25
By Eva Volin and KPBS Comic-Con News

Most public libraries have as part of their mission the duty to collect popular materials for their patrons. All it takes is a quick walk through any chain bookstore to see that graphic novels are popular. If they weren't, stores wouldn't devote so much shelf space to them and teens wouldn't be sitting in the aisles reading the newest releases. With the increasing popularity of graphic novels, librarians have had to educate themselves on the format, its history, industry trends, publisher idiosyncrasies, binding quality, and more, to make sure we are collecting the right books. By including graphic novels in library collections, librarians are seeing an increase in traffic from teens and twenty-somethings who may have previously felt libraries were no longer relevant to their lives or their interests.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Acarone and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Surprise Appearances: Hugh Jackman and Paris Hilton (But Not Together)

July 25
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Comic-Con News

Last time he came by the Con he treated audiences with a song. This time there was no singing but he snuck in some footage of the new Wolverine movie that looked pretty cool.

Stan Lee and Perry Moore Announce Collaboration on Gay Teen Superhero Story

July 25
By Leng Caloh and KPBS Comic-Con News

Immediately, everyone stood up and cameras started flashing. Comics legend Stan Lee

Matthew Goode on Watchmen at Comic-Con

July 25
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Comic-Con News

He had just flown in and Miramax was piggybacking its

Neil Gaiman on Changes at the Con and Tori Amos

July 25
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Comic-Con News

Comic-Con favorite Neil Gaiman took time at the 2007 convention to reflect on the changes the Con has gone through and about his first introduction to singer Tori Amos. Amos will be at the Image Comics panel Saturday, July 26,11:30-12:30 (Room 6B). & She's there to talk about

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Lcaloh and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Watching the Watchmen Trailer

July 25
By David Serchay and KPBS Comic-Con News

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Birth Control and the Right

July 25
By Steven Garrett and Citizen Voices

But it doesn't stop here, oh no! If it was just the current administration, we could just hope this amendment to law is postponed until after the elections. But it seems that John McCain is also in on this little diatribe. It all started last week when Carly Fiorina, McCain's advisor, brought up the rather valid point that

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

State Budget Impasse Puts Community Clinics Under the Gun

July 25
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

The State of California says it can't afford to make Medi-Cal payments to community clinics until a new budget is approved. Officials say an emergency fund used to cover Medi-Cal costs has run out of money. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Farmers Facing High Healthcare Costs

July 25
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting

About one in three family farmers and ranchers in California don't have access to low-cost group health insurance. A new report from the California Endowment says farmers' out-of-pocket expenses and premiums average more than 88-hundred dollars a year. KPBS Reporter Kenny Goldberg has more.

Citizen Voices

July 25
By Sgarrett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Group Wants Statewide Ban on Plastic Bags

July 25
By Ed Joyce and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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Lieutenant Governor John Garamendi says a detailed report on trash in the ocean is on the right track to toughen state laws to clean-up the state's waterways and beaches. Garamendi was in San Diego this morning to promote a ban on plastic bags. KPBS Environmental Reporter Ed Joyce has more.

San Diego Team Helps Combat Vets Transition Back to Civilian Life

July 25
By Kenny Goldberg and KPBS Public Broadcasting
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It's not easy for people in the armed forces to shift from combat duty back to civilian life. That's particularly true with those who've been injured in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. A special team in San Diego's V-A medical system helps veterans make the transition. KPBS Health Reporter Kenny Goldberg has the story.

Four Extra Lanes Open at Otay Mesa Border Crossing Sunday

July 25
By Amy Isackson and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Sunday afternoon, federal officials will answer a wish many of us have made while stuck in line at the border. Customs and Border Protection officials will open four more lanes to vehicle traffic at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Housing Bill, SEDC Latest, Border Violence

July 25
KPBS Public Broadcasting

Legislation aimed at rescuing the nation's struggling housing industry easily passed the House yesterday, and appears headed for approval by the Senate and President Bush within the next few days. Plus, the head of the Southeastern Economic Development Corp., Carolyn Y. Smith, was forced out of her job after it was revealed that she and other SEDC staffers were giving themselves hidden bonuses. And, reports of murders and kidnappings south of the border are hurting the tourism business in Baja California.

Party Fight. Sony Wins.

July 25
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Comic-Con News

After needlessly crossing the length of downtown -- at the brilliant suggestion of a friend of mine -- we showed up to our first press party of the evening at 9:30 p.m. & The company throwing the party shall remain nameless. & But suffice it to say, I hope their new video game will be better produced than the party they threw last night. & I counted nine people in the bar. & It still makes me hurt inside.

Going Without the Lightning Storm McQueen

July 25
By Aaron McFarland and KPBS Comic-Con News
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I am happy to say that I am officially no longer a die-hard collector.

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Andy Trimlett and KPBS Public Broadcasting

KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Aaron McFarland and KPBS Public Broadcasting

Comic Book Stores: A Niche Within a Niche

July 25
By Beth Accomando and KPBS Comic-Con News
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KPBS Comic-Con News

July 25
By Baccomando and KPBS Public Broadcasting

PBS Ventures into the World of Adult-Friendly 'Toons with 'As the Wrench Turns'

July 25
By Kelli Enger and KPBS Comic-Con News
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The similarities between the radio program and the cartoon are few and far between. The unmistakable voices of Click and Clack are there, but the cartoon follows the guys out of the recording studio and into the Good News Garage on a series of crazy misadventures. Callers have been replaced with wacky Good News mechanics, young PBS producer Beth Totenbag, and ZuZu the dog.

Jeff Soto Brings Storm Clouds to Comic-Con

July 25
By Angela Carone and KPBS Comic-Con News

Soto is based in L.A., and his work falls squarely in the pop surrealism movement, sometimes called lowbrow, most associated with the art magazine