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.

Belgium: Tintin's adventures in Brussels

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...

Letter from the i editor: Bloody students!

Bloody students, honestly! No sooner did I write that we had approximately 200 entries each in the Cartoonist Idol and iWriter competitions, than another 260+ students came in with entries to hit the deadline. That’s over 500 more columns to read (gulp).

Newspaper cartoonists: Quick on the draw

Forget sharp-tongued gossip columnists – when it comes to taking on the great and the not-so-good, the newspaper cartoonist is king, says Gillian Orr

Letter from the i editor: Discovering new talent

So many of you write to i every day seeking work experience here that it is depressing to report we are booked up with three a week at the Independent/i ’til September 2012-ish.

Rupert Cornwell: Superheroes get a makeover – butcan it save them?

Out of America: Battered by computer games, the internet and the slump, US comic books are seeking a new generation of readers

Thugs break hands of Syria's top cartoonist for Assad lampoon

Syria's most renowned political cartoonist, who recently drew a sketch comparing President Bashar al-Assad to Libya's Muammar Gaddafi, had both his hands broken in an attack yesterday by masked gunmen who dragged the 60-year-old out of his car.

Jeffrey Archer: An unlikely cartoon hero

Jeffrey Archer, who has been the subject of plenty of political send-ups himself, tells Charlotte Cripps why he wants to give his collection to the nation

Kid Acne: Kill your darlings - picture preview

Sheffield is currently celebrating home grown graffiti artist Kid Acne with his debut solo show at the Millennium Gallery in the heart of the city.

DVD: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, Optimum (For rental & retail)

Luc Besson returns with a comic-book caper about an adventuress – Indiana Jones in a bonnet – who chases around Belle Epoque Paris after a pterodactyl and an Egyptian mummy.

Charges laid over Disney's Marvel deal

The boyfriend of a former Walt Disney intern faces insider dealing charges after the US Securities and Exchange Commission accused him of using price-sensitive information to profit from Disney's takeover of the comic book company Marvel in 2009.

Supergods, By Grant Morrison

All good books about superheroes, and the comics and films in which they appear, end up to some extent being memoirs. For people who stay interested long enough to think deeply and write, superheroes are tokens of memory and aspiration; we remember where we were when we first picked up a Spider-Man comic and why it spoke to our needs. Comics provide us with useful metaphors, ways of thinking, points of view.

Alan Moore: Storyteller, By Gary Spencer Millidge

Moore is no ordinary gentleman

Emma Stone didn't know about Spider-Man

Emma Stone didn't know about 'Spider-Man' before signing up to star in it.

The Cap wasn't always so marvellous

The new Captain America film is a hit but, says Giles Brody, the super soldier's last outing provides a cautionary tale

Simon Bond: Cartoonist and illustrator best known for his book ‘101 Uses of a Dead Cat’

Though he had worked as a stand-up comedian, as a dealer in antiquarian prints and paintings, and as a writer and publisher, Simon Bond was best known as a cartoonist and illustrator, notably creating the international bestseller, 101 Uses of a Dead Cat.

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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

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Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

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Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

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