EAT LIKE A TRAINER

If Pokémon has taught us anything, it’s this: candy makes life better. Now, we somehow intuitively knew that when we were kids, but all the parents and teachers (and dentists) kept trying to dissuade us. So we’re filling this Pokémon Poké Ball Lunch Case with Skittles.

No, okay. We’re NOT filing our Pokémon Poké Ball Lunch Case with Skittles (or M&Ms). We’re filling it with a sandwich and an apple and some carrot sticks a juice box for a healthy lunch, because we want to grow up to be big strong trainers. You can’t win at the Gym if you’re not fit, right? We’re going to carry our little Poké Ball Lunch Case by its integrated handle, and we promise we won’t try to throw it at any squirrels on the way home. Much.

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Kitchen Nightmares!

On a dark, haunted night, a Russian oligarch dares a circle of international chefs to play the samurai game of 100 Candles--where each storyteller spins a terrifying tale of ghosts, demons and unspeakable beings--and prays to survive the challenge.

Inspired by the Japanese Edo period game of Hyakumonogatari Kaidankai, Hungry Ghosts reimagines the classic stories of yokai, yorei, and obake, all tainted with the common thread of food.

First course: With bad consequence, a ramen chef refuses to help a beggar, and a band of pirates get more (and less) than they were bargaining for after their encounter with a drowning woman turns ghastly.

Hungry Ghosts is cooked up by the infamous author and chef, Anthony Bourdain (Kitchen Confidential, Emmy-Award winning TV star of Parts Unknown) and acclaimed novelist Joel Rose (Kill, Kill, Faster, Faster, back again from their New York Times #1 best seller, Get Jiro!). Joining them this issue are stellar artists Alberto Ponticelli and Vanesa Del Rey, with amazing color by Jose Villarrubia, and a drop-dead cover by Paul Pope

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Star Trek TNG Skant Uniform

The first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation had some offbeat costume concepts. Oh, that’s right. Jumpsuits are the future. Really? We’re super glad they moved away from that. (If they hadn’t, we’d never have the Picard Maneuver, plus going to the bathroom while cosplaying would be much more difficult.) Oh, and remember the skant? It’s baaaacccckkkk!

Deadpool Is Love T-Shirt

Deadpool’s relationship status is… well, “complicated” doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface, but thanks for trying, Facebook. He’s best characterized as a pansexual, having married the succubus Shiklah, flirted with Thor, and been in love with the cosmic-entity Death. (You have to admit: Thor’s hair IS fabulous.) 

NASA Astronaut Boot Plush Slippers

You know, we hadn’t ever thought about it, but astronauts live out of their vehicles, don’t they? Their vehicles just happen to be worth billions of dollars and not so much listed in the Kelly Blue Book. What’s the current trade-in value on a shuttle anyhow? High mileage but kept in pristine condition.