Fans v Pros: You’re Doing it Wrong

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The Captain America Loves Hydra kerfuffle survived a three day holiday weekend filled with barbecues and hotdogs. I was a little surprised, but not entirely, because the whole matter (described here and here) touched all the nerves on an already uneasy populace. The incident ignited an ideological brush fire over identity, diversity in the comics […]

Nerdlebrity Babylon: Extreme fan bites Norman Reedus at Walker Stalker Con

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Fan favorite nerdlebrity Norman Reedus has become an icon as the zombie-stompin’ Daryl Dixon on The Walking Dead. But despite his amazing survival skills he was not able to repel a real bite attack by one of his greatest fans.

Eventbrite Survey: conventions have achieved gender parity but some still feel unwelcome

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EventBrite, the ticketing agency, caused a lot of talk last year when they released the results of the first survey of convention attendees with breakdowns on gender, spending and more. They’ve done another survey this year, and the results are even more detailed. Rob Salkowitz has done a round-up over at ICv2 but the Beat […]

Because-Play: Parents Organize A Friendly Neighborhood Costume Parade To Support A Young Girl Who Wants To Be Spider-Man

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Ellie Evangelista is a four-year-old Spider-Man fan. She wears the pajamas. She plays with the toys. She watches the cartoons with her mother. She wants to be Spider-Man. But that changed when the boys at her pre-K school told her she couldn’t be Spider-Man, because Spider-Man is only for boys. Her teachers did correct the boys, […]

Updated Facebook demographics show male/female comics likers approaching parity

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Brett Schenker, whose research into Facebook comics demographics created a benchmkar fo what turned out to be The Year of the Women, has taken a look at age and sex breakdowns for comics from 2013-2015. In January, Schenker reported a record 32 million Facebook fans for comics, a 4 million rise like due to “the massive jump in Marvel’s page due to their consolidating various pages into one.”

19 hospitalized in poison gas attack at furry convention

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That is certainly not a headline I ever thought I would write. Thousands of people attending MidWest Furfest, a large gathering of Furry enthusiasts, were forced to evacuate the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel when chlorine gas was found on the 9th floor of the hotel. 19 people were hospitalized, complaining of dizziness, while investigators found […]

The Bendis Board goes bye-bye and so does a slice of comics history

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On Friday, the long running—22 years!—Brian Bendis message board shut down with the above message, and al of its archives went with it. The Bendis Board was especially busy in the golden age of the message board (1998-2004) and hosted forums for many comics pros, including Gail Simone, David Mack, Kelly Sue DeConnick. I guess […]

Shocking Russian dash cam video captures furry beatdown

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I’m addicted to Russian dashboard camera videos. The best ones have loud Russian disco playing, but they are pretty much all good, revealing a sullen post-modern, post GTA world of grey skies (occasionally streaked by shocking meteors), endless snow, brutalist architecture and of course, bad driving. Why Russians love dashcams so much isn’t quite clear […]