Nov 22

All New Captain America #1 Stephen Colbert Variant

All New Captain America #1 Stephen Colbert Variant

As originally announced on “The Colbert Report” on July 16th, 2014, Sam Wilson aka “The Falcon” is taking over the role of Captain America, after Steve Rogers was drained of the Super Soldier Serum that gave him his strength, speed and endurance, leaving him unable to wield the shield.

And sadly for Stephen Colbert, despite having Captain American’s shield hanging on the wall of “The Colbert Report” set, he was not chosen to become the new Captain America. Instead, Marvel commissioned one of their artists, Kris Anka, to design an image of Stephen as Falcon to be used as a variant cover for the “All New Captain” to be released on November 12th, 2014.

Nov 05

‘Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics’ by Sophia A. McClennen and Remy Maisel

Friends of the Hub, Sophia McClennen and Remy Maisel have co-authored a new book, “Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics“.

Is Satire Saving Our Nation Does satire strengthen or weaken public perceptions of politics? While political satire is nothing new, talk shows and news parody shows have taken this form of entertainment to new—and arguably powerful—heights. As the social media-savvy millennial generation enters the voting pool, they continue to redefine notions of engaged citizenship and activism. Referencing scholarship on the state of democracy and media, McClennen and Maisel examine the critical potential of satire and the satirists most prominent in the nation today. They show us that one thing is certain: post-9/11 satire exercises tremendous influence on public opinion and is shaping a new version of US democracy.


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Jan 09

Stephen Colbert featured in ‘TIME Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance’

TIME Secrets of Genius

James Poniewozik details the nation of Stephen Colbert ‘genius’ in the creation and evolution of “Stephen Colbert” the character, in ‘TIME Secrets of Genius: Discovering the Nature of Brilliance’. A preview of the chapter “WHAT’S SO FUNNY? Truth in Art?” is available on Amazon.

TIME profiles history’s most gifted and inventive humans and explores the work of scientists who are using advanced technologies in their attempts to isolate and quantify the nature of genius itself. We’ll explore the tantalizing questions surrounding human brilliance: Is genius the product of nature-or nurture? Is there a genetics of genius? Can science find new ways to enhance our intellectual and creative powers? How are child prodigies shaped? Is there a link between genius and mental instability? And can the experience of those with brain injuries open new windows into the nature of genius?

For those interested in the topic and nature of ‘genius’, I would also highly recommended reading Darrin McMahon’s ‘Divine Fury: A History of Genius’ which gives a detailed and extensively researched history of the idea of genius in the Western world.

(Thank you to StephenSmile64 for the Tip!)

May 25

MGM Buys Ben Karlin’s ‘Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me’

Things I've Learned from Women Who've Dumped Me

MGM has acquired screen rights to ‘Things I’ve Learned From Women Who’ve Dumped Me’, the best-selling humor anthology edited by Ben Karlin. Script will be written by Kyle Pennekamp & Scott Turpel, who scripted the upcoming ‘Get A Job’. Karlin is the Emmy-winning former executive producer of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. In the book, he drew on his own experiences and those of many other men to share that shame walk that has happened to every guy: getting dumped and trying to get over the humiliation.

The film will be produced by Karlin and Kevin Misher, who will cull the Dumped book for the ingredients to a male-oriented comedy.


Nov 24

America Again: Re-Becoming the Greatness We Never Weren’t: Book Discussion

Hello, Hubsters . . .

And members of the great and always re-becoming greater Colbert Nation. About two months ago, we celebrated the release of the newest manifesto from our leader, Mr. Stephen Colbert. By now, I am sure you all own and have studied this majestic work and its red, white, and blueprint. Inquiring minds want to know what you think! STEPHEN wants to know what you think. As he pointed out, he “is a humble man,” and a little ego-feeding is in order.


America Again book cover

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Nov 03

‘Totally MAD: 60 Years of Humor, Satire, Stupidity and Stupidity’ with Introduction by Stephen Colbert and Eric Drysdale.

Stephen Colbert in Totally Mad

Totally MAD (originally titled The New American Cookbook until cooler heads prevailed) is the ultimate collection of MAD’s most idiotic material, including such classics as Spy vs. Spy, The MAD Fold-in, A MAD Look At…, The Lighter Side of, Horrifying Clichés and The Shadow Knows, plus modern MAD classics including The MAD Strip Club and The Fundalini Pages.

Whether you grew up with MAD in the 50s, 60s, or 70s, reading it with a flashlight under the covers so your parents wouldn’t catch you, or in the 80s, 90s and beyond, reading it while watching the MADtv sketch comedy show or the more recent animated series on the Cartoon Network, this book will bring back fond memories and also provide a great introduction to MAD for new readers. Then again, maybe not.

Includes “The Soul of MAD,” 12 classic cover prints, ten featuring Alfred E. Neuman, MAD’s gap-toothed grinning idiot mascot. These beautiful reproductions are suitable for framing or wrapping fish.

Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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Oct 06

Designing ‘America Again’ Teaser from ‘Doyle Partners’.

The folks over at the New York design firm ‘Doyle Partners’ have had the wonderful pleasure of designing both ‘I Am America’ and ‘America Again’. In honour of the ‘America Again’ release week, Ben Tousley has sent us in this wonderful teaser video the team created to celebrate its release.