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Celebrate Stan Lee for a Good Cause

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L.A’s Golden Apple Comics is holding a two-fer event tonight at 7 p.m. On the one hand, it’s an art tribute titled “Under the Influence” to Stan “The Man” Lee, the de facto father of modern comics, the real father of most of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, and a dude who never made Spider-man consort with the devil. On the other hand, it’s a fundraiser for the Hero Initiative (formerly A.C.T.O.R.), a non-profit that raises money to help the comic creators of yore, many of whom need medical care, financial aid and more.

The tribute will actually have pro comic book artists there to draw you as a superhero in exchange for your donations, so you’re getting a little sumpthin’-sumpthin’ for your kindness. ? Rob

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Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.