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An E4 show called Beauty and the Geek, used to be a guilty pleasure of mine. Guilty because while I enjoyed the spectacle of paired-up strangers bringing out the best in one another other, I didn't enjoy the reductive labelling or the sexist gender division whereby the "geek" was always a man and the "beauty" was always a woman.

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The best-selling books, hottest cinema tickets and most desirable gadgets have one thing in common – they have a high nerd count. Alice-Azania Jarvis offers a spotter's guide to the geeky species that is inheriting the earth.

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As an endless stream of often-absurd observations apropos of nothing much, Twitter might have appealed to the Surrealists of 1920s Paris. Now, film director Tim Burton has adapted their favourite parlour game in an experiment to create a script using lines posted as tweets.

Bart Simpson, scourge of 'No 1 network for racists'

Used to hectoring real-life public figures for views he considers unpatriotic, right-wing US television presenter Bill O'Reilly has expanded his range of targets to include America's most beloved family, the Simpsons. The host was not amused when the popular cartoon included a scene in which a Fox News helicopter is shown bearing the slogan "Not racist, but #1 with racists".

Les Gibbard

Les Gibbard (obituary, 23 October) was a friend, esteemed for his old fashioned niceness, good humour and lack of malice or sharp professional elbows, writes Edward Pearce.

Out with specs, in with skinny jeans – Clark Kent has a super new look

After years of chasing Lois Lane and changing in a phone box, Superman is being hipsterised. In the latest iteration of how Clark Kent, originally from the planet Krypton, swoops to the rescue of a crime-afflicted metropolis, he wears a hoodie and skinny jeans.

Comic icon: Jim Lee

One of the comics industry’s most successful artists and the co-publisher of DC Comics, the acclaimed Jim Lee, will see his work available in a special hardback collection with over 500 full-colour illustrations and pencil sketches.

Les Gibbard: Artist held to be one of the finest political cartoonists of his generation

Les Gibbard was one of the most distinguished political cartoonists of his generation.

Les Gibbard, 1945-2010: Charming cartoonist with a razor-sharp nib

Les Gibbard, the cartoonist and illustrator who worked for The Independent on Sunday, died last week at the age of 64 after what should have been a routine knee-replacement operation. Peter Schrank, this paper's political cartoonist, for whom Gibbard would stand in on holiday duty, said: "His style was economical and understated. He wasn't savage, his cartoons were usually charming, which makes the point twice as effectively."

'Comic book nerd' to direct new Superman adventure

After Christopher Nolan's success at rejuvenating the Batman movies, fans of the Superman series reacted with understandable glee when it emerged that he was in line to produce a new film about the caped hero. Yesterday they discovered he will be joined by a director lauded for his comic book adaptations, Zach Snyder.

'Draw Mohammed Day' cartoonist goes into hiding after FBI tip-off

A cartoonist who created a religious storm with a tongue-in-cheek encouragement to draw images of the Muslim Prophet Mohamed has gone into hiding after a threat to her safety.

DVD: The Simpsons: Season 13 (12)

With endless TV airtime, buying a DVD of The Simpsons hardly feels like an essential purchase, especially with the 13th season being from 2001-2.

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Diary: Hi-tech search for hound

A shaggy dog story from the pages of Facebook. Late on Monday evening, Sheridan Smith lost her dog: Enid, a cuddly Shar Pei with ear trouble, who went missing somewhere in the Crouch End area. Enid's "distraught" owner – former squeeze of James Corden; former star of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps ; current star of the West End musical Legally Blonde, in which she plays a chihuahua-loving legal student – promptly established a Facebook group devoted to finding her. Soon Smith's fans were on the case, Enid was the talk of Theatreland, and by yesterday morning Radio 1 had issued a plea for her safe return. Around lunchtime, a breakthrough: Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden tweeted that the dog had been sighted, close to Gregg's bakery "by the park entrance". What happened next isn't clear, but by 3pm, it emerged that Enid had made her way to Battersea Dogs Home – where she was finally reunited with her owner. In the words of Smith's Facebook fan Doreen Formby, "love a happy ending :)"

Album: Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins, Unearthing (Lex)

Unearthing began life as a 2006 essay by Watchmen author and comics genius Alan Moore, and has now, with the help of Warp offshoot Lex, developed into "a work of psychogeography" in multi-media form, incorporating photography and a musical backing provided by alt-hip-hop duo Crook & Flail with contributions from Faith No More's Mike Patton, Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, Godflesh's Justin Broadrick and drummer Zach Hill.

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