Arts and Entertainment Once more unto the beach: E4's opening episode of 'Geeks' travelled to Marbella

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.

Marvel Vs. Capcom Origins coming next month

Price and date confirmed for Capcom's brawler compilation.
An outstanding comic-book artist - and a noted teacher of young talent: Kubert in New Jersey in 2006

Joe Kubert: Prolific comic-book artist whose work captured the chaotic, dirty business of war

It was the gritty strength of his drawing, simple and emotional, with an unfinished feel, that made Joe Kubert, who has died aged 85, the outstanding comic-book war artist.

This year sees the tenth anniversary of Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer first staking its claim to cult status on British TV.

Page 3 Profile: Joss Whedon, film director

The world's biggest comic book geek?

The Avengers

Whedon to direct Avengers sequel

Joss Whedon has been hired again as boss of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and their superhero pals for a sequel to The Avengers.

A woman is comforted outside the cinema

Aurora Massacre: Family and friends pay tribute to victims as details emerge of those that died

The heartbreaking details of the people who perished in Thursday night’s massacre at the screening of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, Colorado are beginning to emerge, as families and friends pay tribute to lost loved ones.

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight Rises

Batman suit named top superhero outfit

Batman's rubber body suit has been named the greatest superhero outfit.

Comic-Con wraps after four days of pop-art indulgence

This year's 43rd annual Comic-Con festival may be over but die-hard fans of the pop-culture celebration already have their minds on next year's show.

'Green Mile' actor Michael Clarke Duncan hospitalised

"The Green Mile" actor Michael Clarke Duncan has been hospitalised in Los Angeles, a spokeswoman for his reality TV star girlfriend said on Friday.

Comic strip for intellectuals: Gaiman announces surprise Sandman prequel

Neil Gaiman, the comic book writer, novelist and screenwriter, is to return to the series that helped launch his career with a new edition of The Sandman in time for the celebrated work’s 25th anniversary. 

The Blagger's Guide To: Tove Jansson

Dark twists, insanity, obsession ... and not a Moomin in sight

DVD & Blu-ray: Bored to Death: Season 2 (15)

Ted Danson, quite possibly America's greatest TV actor, steals every scene as the lascivious publisher George Christopher in this delightful HBO comedy.

Tom Sutcliffe: From William Hogarth to Martin Amis, it's hard to resist an amoral monster

My question this week: which did Hogarth enjoy drawing more – Gin Lane or Beer Street? Or to put it a different way, which panel do you think he drew first?

Max Payne 3 back story revealed in graphic novel series

You’ve finished the game, unlocked the trophies and conquered the online... Now read the comic book.

The Sketch: Ed Miliband looks like a leader, then the face gives him away

At one point of confusion, Miliband asked for a moment to 're-figure my memory on this'

Green Lantern unmasked... and outed

More than 70 years after he was introduced, comicbook superhero the Green Lantern has been outed as fearless, honest and gay.

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Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
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Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
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Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
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Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
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Holocaust Memorial Day

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Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness