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.

Screen Talk: Scout's horror

Etan Cohen (not to be confused with Ethan Coen) is one of Hollywood's hottest writers and Ben Stiller's go-to guy for scriptwriting, having worked with the comic actor on Tropic Thunder, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Stiller's latest project, The Incredible Mr Limpet.

Trending: From black holes to bright lights for Hawking

Professor Stephen Hawking CH, CBE, FRS, FRSA has almost half an alphabet's worth of letters after his name, a grasp of theoretical physics and cosmology second to none, 12 honorary degrees and a list of best-selling books that would put Stephenie Meyer to shame.

'Silver Surfer' comic artist, Jean Giraud, dies at 73

Jean Giraud, one of France's leading comics artists, has died at the age of 73 after a long illness.

Michael Shannon

Michael Shannon - Superman's new nemesis slips into the costume

Michael Shannon is evil General Zod in the new Man of Steel. James Mottram meets the actor who wowed critics in Take Shelter

The Blagger's Guide To... Gulliver's Travels

'It is read from the cabinet to the nursery'

Derf Backderf's 'My Friend Dahmer'

A graphic look at Jeffrey Dahmer's high-school life

Dark subject matter in graphic novels is nothing new – but a memoir about a childhood with serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer is up there with the darkest of them.

What's pink and sparkly and new this year?

Pink Sparkly And All Things Nice is among more than 100,000 Britons who changed their name this year.

Michael Glover: An admirable homage, but Ringo's shot at art lacks fire of his fellow Beatles' efforts

He likes Rembrandt and Van Gogh and, like that other on-the-move rock legend Bob Dylan, he started to make art in one or another of those many anonymous hotel bedrooms during those dreary times betweentimes.

Superhero spin on festive classic: 'Batman: Noël'

Batman Noël: Gotham City's caped Scrooge

With his pointy-eared mask, flowing cape, and underpants on full show, Batman could only have been created in the superhero golden age of the 1930s. But, in recent years, the Dark Knight has begun to resemble a character from a Victorian melodrama; an emotionally compromised mansion-dweller who rarely tolerates the company of anyone other than his butler.

Alan Moore taps into the heroic and sexual fantasies of his readers with each eagerly awaited title

'Superheroes are our dreams of ourselves'

Comic books writer Alan Moore tells Laura Sneddon about cultivating a female audience with an erotic odyssey

One of Reeve's cartoons, which he used on his business cards

Tony Reeve: Cartoonist and scriptwriter

Though best known as a cartoonist working for Private Eye, Punch, The Spectator, The Times and TheIndependent, among others, Tony Reeve also wrotefor television, radio andthe stage and was a successful advertising artist,greetings-card designer and children's book illustrator.

Letter from the i editor: A truly happy birthday

Let’s start at the end. This column advocates responsible drinking.

Screen Talk: Service resumed for a super team

Hollywood is abuzz with the news that the film-maker Matthew Vaughn and comic book writer Mark Millar are drawing up plans to work together again.

Tintin

Belgium's comic-book hero is about to hit the big screen in a Steven Spielberg-directed film, but for fans of the boy reporter the story begins here...

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Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

Woman sent to three Nazi death camps describes surviving gas chamber
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Celebrities call on David Cameron to take more Syrian refugees

One young mother tells of torture by Assad regime
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The enemy within

People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
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Homeless Veterans appeal

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Wu-Tang Clan and The Sexual Objects offer fans a chance to own the only copies of their latest albums

Smash hit go under the hammer

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Geeks who rocked the world: Documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry

The geeks who rocked the world

A new documentary looks back at origins of the computer-games industry
Belle & Sebastian interview: Stuart Murdoch reveals how the band is taking a new direction

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea