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  1. Tech Weekly: Light-Bulb Moments

    Every project in our Technology category starts with a bright idea. This week we saw everything from a quirky bike/car hybrid to a levitating light bulb. Eureka!

    Flyte: Levitating Light

    At the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Nikola Tesla demonstrated wireless power by illuminating light bulbs from across a stage. The audience there probably felt the same way we did when we first saw Flyte. Making use of both magnetic levitation and inductive power, Flyte is a levitating light. Just plug in the base, set the shatterproof light bulb in place, and bask in the light of the coolest lamp you've ever seen.

    Orbit1: A Tabletop Electroplater Turns Your Ideas into Gold

    Even the coolest thing is generally cooler if it's covered in metal. But electroplating — coating objects with metal — is usually an expensive and tedious process. Orbit1, a home electroplating device, aims to change that. Now between the device and the included app, you can coat anything you can imagine in gold. Even Batman's head.

    The Palette: 3D Printing Evolved

    Imagine how boring a rainbow would be if it were only a single color. That's what you get with pretty much every 3D printer on the market nowadays, since they're designed to use a single filament. The Palette is a device that allows you to print with up to four different color filaments for incredible multicolor prints. The best part is it works with pretty much every 3D printer on the market.

    Virtue Pedalist

    Cars are bulky, hard to park, and actually overkill for most city-dwellers. On the flip side, bikes leave you exposed to the elements, and pedaling long distances can be exhausting. The Virtue Pedalist is a vehicle that takes the good parts of each and jams them together. Comfort, cargo space, and room for a passenger, all without fuel, insurance, or even a license.

    Lorian Burner - The adjustable adaptable racing drone

    Flying drones is fun, but flying drones very fast, competitively, is the ultimate adrenaline rush. Seriously, drone racing is a thing now, but you need the right drone for it. The Lorian Burner is a first-of-its-kind compact racing drone. It features adjustable propellor tilt for style and speed, a convertible arm to turn it from a quad-copter into a hex-copter, and carbon fiber construction for when you totally crash it into the side of a parked car.

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  2. Congratulations to the Eisner Award Nominees

    Every year at the San Diego International Comic-Con, the Eisner Awards are distributed to recognize creative achievement in the comics industry. Named for comic writer and artist Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit and the man responsible for popularizing the term "graphic novel," the awards are the comic industry's equivalent of the Oscars. Yesterday the 2015 nominations were announced, and we were stoked to see a wide range of familiar creators on the list.

    Our sincerest congratulations to the nominees:

    Failing Sky, by Dax Tran-Caffee

    "I wanted to make a piece of art that would be the change I wanted to see in the world," says Dax Tran-Caffee. Failing Sky, a web-based indie graphic novel with giant robots, which Tran-Caffee partially describes as "a memoir, a failed sailor, a genderqueer Nancy Drew, giant robots" is the result of that effort. Failing Sky has been nominated in the Best Digital/Web Comic category.

    In the Dark: A Horror Anthology, edited by Rachel Deering

    In The Dark is an exploration of all the frightful things that go bump in the night. With over 20 all-new, original horror stories, this collection features the work of an incredible roster of writers and artists. In The Dark has been nominated in the Best Anthology category.

    Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, edited by Josh O’Neill, Andrew Carl, & Chris Stevens (Locust Moon)

    Over 100 years ago, Winsor McCay created a full-page weekly comic strip titled Little Nemo in Slumberland. His pioneering work has been celebrated ever since. Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream is an anthology featuring the work of some of the world's finest contemporary cartoonists, as they weave a new dream world for Nemo, and pay tribute to McCay in the process. Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream has been nominated in the Best Anthology and Best Publication Design categories.

    The Leaning Girl, by Benoît Peeters & François Schuiten (Alaxis Press)

    The Obscure Cities is a French graphic novel series set on a counter-Earth, started in the early 1980s. The publisher responsible for the English translations stopped issuing new editions in 2002, leaving three graphic novels and at least five other books in the series without translation. The Leaning Girl is book six in The Obscure Cities series, and Steve Smith of Alaxis Press spent months translating this story of a 13-year-old girl who lives life at a 30 degree angle after an amusement park accident. The Leaning Girl has been nominated in the Best U.S. Edition of International Material
, and Best Penciller/Inker (François Schuiten) categories.

    Fantagraphics

    At the end of 2013, Fantagraphics ran a project to fund its 2014 publishing season. As a publisher of alternative comics, classic comic strip anthologies, graphic novels, and more, Fantagraphics is deeply rooted in the comic community and they saw a tremendous outpouring of support. We were delighted to see that Fantagraphics received 15 total nomination for various books in various categories.

    Congratulations once again to all of the nominees. We'll be rooting for you come July!

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