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Posted by Rich Johnston

If you can call it that – with the mysterious figures of Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Al Ewing under their masks leading the festivities at Trinity Kitchen last night, all sponsored by ComiXology for their tenth birthday…

Were you there? Can you see yourselves? Can ComiXology’s Chip Mosher wiggle that butt?

The event was heavily comic book influenced, a food court turned into a dance floor, and discounts on the themed drinks for attendees…

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Posted by Rich Johnston

The Ringo Awards were presented at Baltimore Comic-Con last night with Mouse Guard‘s David Petersen as the inaugural keynote presenter at the event.

Winners of the 2017 Mike Wieringo Comic Book Industry Awards are:

Fan Favorites:

Favorite Hero: Cash Wayne (Spectrum)
Favorite Villain: Arlo (unOrdinary)
Favorite New Series: Spectrum
Favorite New Talent: InstantMiso

Jury and Fan Winners:

Best Cover Artist: Frank Cho
Best Series: Vision, Marvel Comics
Best Letterer: Todd Klein
Best Colorist: Laura Martin
Best Humor Comic: I Hate Fairyland, Image Comics
Best Original Graphic Novel: March: Book III, Top Shelf Productions
Best Comic Strip or Panel: Bloom County, Berkeley Breathed, Universal Uclick
Best Single Issue or Story: Emancipation Day,
Mike Wieringo Spirit Award: Future Quest #1, DC Comics
Best Anthology: Love is Love, DC Comics/IDW Publishing
Best Non-fiction Comic Work: March: Book Three, Top Shelf Productions
Best Presentation in Design: Mike Mignola’s Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects: Artist’s Edition Hardcover, IDW Publishing
Best Webcomic: The Red Hook, Dean Haspiel
Best Inker: Sean Murphy
Best Writer: Tom King
Best Artist or Penciller: Fiona Staples
Best Cartoonist (Writer/Artist): Skottie Young

Hero Initiative Awards:
Dick Giordano Humanitarian of the Year Award: Joshua Dysart
Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award: Marv Wolfman

The big surprise might be Emancipation Day, a two-page story by Chad Lambert and Mark McMurray winning Best Story, against DC Universe Rebirth, Faith and Locke & Key.

  • Deadly Hands of Criminal, Image Comics
  • DC Universe Rebirth #1, DC Comics
  • Emancipation Daywww.redistrictedcomics.com
  • Faith #1, Valiant Entertainment
  • Locke & Key: Small World

Skottie Young and Tom King did well, recognised in multiple categories and Frank Cho has something to wave in front of the Wonder Woman office’s faces.

It also appeared to establish the “Fan Favourites” as one susceptible to organised voting with Spectrum, spinoff of the Con Man TV show, co-written by Alan Tudyk and featuring the likeness of him and co-star Nathan Fillion and publishing one issue of the series, grabbed two such awards, after sustained voting from Firebronies or Browncoats…

Also presenting at the awards were Tom Brevoort, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Amy Chu, Walter and Louise Simonson, Terry and Robyn Moore, Kazu Kibuishi and Charlie Kochman, Lora Innes and Thom Zahler, and Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, and Mark Waid.

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Posted by Bill Barnes

Unshelved comic strip for 9/24/2017

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This classic Unshelved strip originally appeared on July 3, 2006.


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Before Keith joined the Garrison, he spent two and a half years living with the foster parents he considered his favorites. They were weird, sure, but they were good people who did their best to raise him and teach him how to take care of himself. Keith had almost nothing but good, if strange, memories of that home.

Fast-forward a few years, and Keith was fighting a war against aliens in space, and had been for over six months by the timehe glanced back at Pidge and her computer mid-battle and saw a wide spread of wanted posters for the people that had the highest bounties in the entire Galra Empire. Pidge had wanted to see if the Galra had figured out what any of them looked like, other than Shiro. Completely by accident, she had found out something else entirely.

"Keith? What's wrong?"

"Can you... translate the name on that poster? The one with the the white-haired guy that looks mostly human?"

"Uh... Noh-Varr. Says he's... Kree. Why?"

"That's my foster dad."


In which Keith spends two and a half years living with a secret agent and an intergalactically-wanted alien, and doesn't realize something is off until he gets to space and sees the wanted posters.

Words: 8237, Chapters: 1/4, Language: English

24 September 2017

Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/IceBlueRose/pseuds/IceBlueRose">IceBlueRose</a>


One small difference in Veronica's actions means that she and Logan get to actually go on their date.

Words: 754, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

23 September 2017

Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/IceBlueRose/pseuds/IceBlueRose">IceBlueRose</a>


Logan knows what it means to find Veronica's bag sitting on the couch of the hotel suite.

Words: 303, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

23 September 2017

Posted by <a rel="author" href="/users/IceBlueRose/pseuds/IceBlueRose">IceBlueRose</a>


Logan sees Veronica working undercover. It leads to some pleasant dreams.

Words: 2548, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English


Posted by Joshua Davison

Luke Cage #5
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With Luke Cage #5, we reach the end of the first story arc of the unbreakable man’s new series.

Kevin Larsen just killed a bunch of Cyril Morgan’s men, and Luke Cage must talk the boy down after this event. Meanwhile, Lenore and Noah Burstein are trying to take Warhawk to a place where they can save his life. Unfortunately, it’s not where Burstein or Warhawk expect.

Cyril Morgan still moves against Cage and Burstein from his estate.

This was the kind of explosive finale that I was hoping for. There is a lot of action, drama, and people making unexpected decisions. The relationship between Luke Cage and Noah Burstein is irreparably changed. Lenore makes some surprise moves. Luke gets to kick some ass. Luke and Kevin Larsen also have a really heavy and touching moment. It’s an all-around solid conclusion.

There are some things that do hold it back. Warhawk must have a Wolverine-style healing factor for all the times he gets stabbed and blown up in this issue. Yes, he and Luke do have enhanced healing, but that didn’t save Kevin’s comrades from similar wounds. They had the same powers.

The reason for Burstein’s faked death isn’t fully explained, and what is implied doesn’t make a lot of sense. He pissed off Morgan, but Morgan doesn’t seem that intimidating. He would have made more sense just to haul ass out of New Orleans or even seek Luke Cage out directly.

The Cage-Burstein relationship is still a little muddled. They didn’t have a great relationship before, and the new series made them closer just to drive them apart again.

Art from Luke Cage #5 by Nelson Blake II
Luke Cage #5 art by Nelson Blake II

There is also a lot of racial and class subtext here that doesn’t get explored enough. The poor black Ninth Ward gang from which Kevin Larsen originates were essentially used as foot soldiers and guinea pigs for Morgan and Burstein respectively. They have to work for the treatments to keep them from going insane, whereas Morgan’s son is given it more freely. Also, (spoiler) Morgan’s son killed Burstein’s wife and never paid for this crime. Even Burstein seems okay with this. However, this is never really dug into, and Morgan’s son is even absolved of this by Luke Cage more or less.

That being said, the grim ending to the tale is fitting. While there are issues, the overall story holds together in a satisfying faction. Seeing Luke hurl an armored car at a mansion is worth cover price alone.

One last problem has gone unmentioned though. Nelson Blake II, usually a fairly detailed and clean artist, left a few panels more vague and undefined. It was a bit distracting. The aforementioned “Luke hurling the armored car” scene, as awesome as it was, wasn’t especially clear in its contents.

Marcio Menyz’s color work holds up and keeps the comic appealing to the eye though.

For all its flaws, Luke Cage #5 provides a damn fine finale to the first arc. It’s fun, dramatic, and moves Luke’s character forward in an interesting manner. I recommend this one and look forward to what writer David F. Walker will do with the Power Man next.

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Posted by Joshua Davison

Captain Phasma #2
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Captain Phasma of the First Order continues her pursuit of Lieutenant Sol Rivas. This leads the Captain to a planet called Luprora. It’s largely uncharted and uninhabited by sentient life, or so the records say.

With dangerous terrain and unknown lifeforms awaiting, the hunt for Rivas has become very complicated. However, it’s better than allowing the lieutenant to report Phasma’s treachery.

Following an explosive first issue, Captain Phasma #2 continues with an intense search and a relentless Phasma. With a hapless and unknowing pilot at her side, Phasma will stop at nothing to kill Rivas.

The book’s tension relies heavily on Phasma herself. She is an intense and frightening character. The lengths she is going to in her mission are boundless. She is a trained hunter and killer, and you almost feel bad for the pilot, whom Phasma is likely ready to kill at a moment’s notice.

Art from Captain Phasma #2 by Marco Checchetto
Captain Phasma #2 art by Marcho Checchetto

The action of the book great too, with a massive, tentacled sea beast becoming the main antagonist of this issue. Phasma fights it in a most brutal style worthy of the soldier she has shown herself to be.

There is an enjoyable discomfort—as weird as that sounds—with every sentient being Phasma meets on her quest. She will not allow anyone to undermine her or threaten her, and she is not the kind to take chances as we’ve seen. She will likely apply a scorched earth strategy to this personal mission, killing everyone she met once Rivas is dead.

Marco Checchetto’s art continues to astonish with another gorgeous issue full of gleaming armor, brilliant alien landscapes, and an imposing Phasma. Color artist Andres Mossa gives the world texture and life with a skillfully-chosen color palette.

Captain Phasma #2 continues the hot streak of the first issue, with writer Kelly Thompson laying down an epic tale for a classic Star Wars character in the making. I highly recommend this issue.

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

Nicole Kelly, a former Miss America contestant who was born without a left forearm, has been putting her master’s degree in broadcasting to use by teaching others about her experience with a new “bionic hand.” Though Kelly rarely wore a prosthetic arm growing up, preferring to instead perform most tasks one-handed, she recently started using the Coapt Complete Control system, a robotic arm that “uses sensors in the arm that work with Kelly’s muscles” and “allows her to control the arm by thinking about what she wants to do.”

She’s decided to document her learning curve on YouTube, so that she can help to normalize the process. “I wanted to show my growth,” she said. “It doesn’t mean that I put on the arm and now magically I changed and I am like everyone else…I want to be able to educate you on my level of capability.”

Kelly previously competed in beauty pageants, eventually becoming Miss Iowa and competing in the 2014 Miss America contest. Though the pageant and its deeply problematic beauty standards have been around since 1921, Kelly was only the second women in its history to have a disability. She told Today, “That was the most attractive thing to me — I can wear a sparkly dress and talk about difference. That is why I did it.”

As awesome as it is that Kelly’s pushing back against ableist ideas of beauty, she undeniably fits conventional beauty standards in a number of ways. However, she certainly doesn’t fit the mainstream narrative about who’s “biohacking” and leading the way in the day-to-day of robotics research, so I’m excited to watch as she progresses.

Here’s Kelly trying to pick up a bottle of juice:

And here’s Kelly practicing brushing her teeth:

I certainly don’t want to downplay how frustrating and difficult it must be for Kelly to adjust to her new hand. It clearly requires tons of practice, and it’s crucial for the people in her life to accommodate her as she works with it, gets annoyed with it, and takes a longer time to complete tasks. It’s unrealistic to expect everyone dealing with an arm like this to be full of good humor all the time, and Kelly’s smiles and can-do attitude don’t make it any less crucial for our society to do a whole lot better by disabled people.

However, I have to appreciate the joy and normalcy in her videos, where she laughs, tries again, gets creative, and explains what makes using the prosthetic arm (or one hand, in her older videos) difficult. Her videos demonstrate how people with disabilities aren’t necessarily tragic or helpless figures, like we so often see in fiction. Instead, they’re going to discuss their bodies with the same infinite variety of approaches we see people use for every other bodied experience. Some of those stories will be tragic; some will be angry; some will be funny; some will be gross; and others – like Kelly’s videos – will be about the humor, struggle, and joy of experimentation and persistence.

(Via Today; image via screengrab)

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23 September 2017

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Veronica loses a bet to Logan and he’s decided to collect. Sequel to Not Your Typical Prank.

Words: 2227, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English


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While LGBT History Month isn’t until October in the U.S., or until February in the U.K., September 23 is International Celebrate Bisexuality Day/Bi Visibility Day! “What we asked people to do,” reads the initial summary of the day, “was find some time on this day to celebrate who they are. That could be lighting a candle, saying a prayer, buying a bi pride flag, getting together with other bisexuals for brunch, having incredible sex, march somewhere, whatever they desired.” Check out the #BiVisibilityDay tag for some A+ jokes, celebratory selfies, and knowledge dropping.

September was originally chosen because it’s Freddie Mercury’s birth month, so let’s also celebrate with this photo of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury:

  • Yuri!!! On Ice is getting its own Funko Pop collection, including Yuri, Yurio, Victor, and Young Victor – flower crown included, obvi. (via Nerdist)
  • Pennywise is either the world’s greatest dancer or its worst, as his routine fits pretty much any song you can set it to. Check out this Twitter account which matches his dance sequence to a bunch of different tunes.
  • Boom! Studios will release a graphic novel that builds on the universe of The Expanse. It’ll be titled The Expanse: Origins and will “take a peek at who our beloved crew was before the Rocinante.” (via SYFY Wire)
  • Over at the AV Club, Clayton Purdom argues that “Rick And Morty’s worst fans don’t deserve Rick And Morty.” Couldn’t agree any more.
  • Things are pretty dire in Mexico City, which has been shaken by its second earthquake in less than a week. Jezebel has reports from the city itself, where it seems that volunteers are being blocked by the police, as well as links where you can donate.
  • Puerto Rico still isn’t receiving the aid it needs after its electricity system was decimated by hurricanes. Have you contacted your representatives yet to demand action and aid for them?

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Posted by Vrai Kaiser

Neo Yokio—an anime-style Netflix miniseries written by the lead singer of Vampire Weekend, steered by the executive producer who was also behind Metalocalypse and Superjail!, and starring Jaden Smith—was released this Thursday to great…well, there were a lot of tweets about it, anyway. The series revolves around Kaz Kaan, an exorcist and member of the “neo riche,” as he battles very relatable concerns like purchasing a tuxedo that’s slightly the wrong shade and having to clear out a dead relative’s house in the Hamptons. Some have defended the series as satire, some have embraced it as camp, and some have settled in to watch the garbage fire secondhand.

This was not a series to be watched alone, so I enlisted fandom academic and acerbic wit (and, full disclosure, my partner) Dorothy Kingswood to help me truck through all six episodes. The experience left us four hours closer to death; hopefully our discussion will shed some light on the baffling fumble of execution that is Neo Yokio.

Vrai Kaiser: Most people are, I think, flocking to watch this on the assumption that it’ll be good MST3K material–the trailer definitely gave off that kind of vibe. The horrible truth, though, is that Neo Yokio quickly stops being fun-stupid and moves right into being exhaustingly stupid.


Dorothy Kingswood: Yeah, I mean, when I turned on Netflix, I was certainly expecting a tamely silly piece of adolescent weeb power fantasy–and that’s said with love. There is nothing inherently wrong with wanting that kind of cheesy, popcorny entertainment. The problems, though, are many and rampant, starting from the Hanna-Barbera-as-Flash cheapo art and continuing on through concept and execution right up to its insistence on attempting to apply the language and theories of progressive thought in a careless and slapdash manner. It wants to make audiences really think, man, but instead wallows in a sea of superficiality, shallowness, and aesthetics that the creators can’t quite bring themselves to let go of, despite their moves towards interrogation.

VK: It’s ostensibly meant to be satire–that’s certainly in the headlines of plenty of reviews I’ve seen, and Ezra Koenig floated it as parody before he allegedly started “caring about the characters,” but it fails pretty crucially from the word “go.” If Jaden Smith’s character is supposed to be representative of the idle, idiotic rich, we should probably be exposed at some point to characters who aren’t the .01% or aiding and abetting same. I believe you called him “Bertie Wooster without the charm.”


DK: He is, he really is. They give him a mean bossy Aunt Agatha who makes him–horrors!–actually perform exorcisms. She’s a clear reference to Wodehouse’s works, but where the goodhearted Bertie essentially wanted to be left alone and allowed to enjoy himself, Kaz is intensely focused upon his externally-validated social standing. Which brings us, I guess, to one of the oddest conventions of Neo Yokio (the location): the Times Square Bachelor Board.


VK: Ah, yes–imagine if those “most eligible bachelor” lists leapt from the pages of magazines to be inexplicably emblazoned on the heart of Times Square. It exists entirely to set up a rivalry with the local blond asshole, but there’s never any real sense of urgency beyond the fact that Draco (not his real name) said a mean thing about Kaz once. The plotting for the series is lax beyond belief, as if Koenig grasped that long-running anime have early establishing shenanigans-based episodes but not that one shouldn’t apply that logic to a show with a six-episode maximum.

All of that is within the realm of camp, though–stupid plotting is a help to mockery if anything, and I’m sure some people will be drawn in by the low-quality animation and that Big Toblerone meme. Plus, it is nice to see animated series with racially diverse casts. It’s just such a shame about, y’know, the rest of it.

DK: The Mean Thing that not-Draco said about Kaz is implied to be a slur, in that the lax, sloppy worldbuilding includes a Hogwarts-lite sort of wave at Once Upon A Time Sorcerors Were an Oppressed Class, You Know, and “ratcatcher” is their “Mudblood.” Also all the magic people have pink, purple, or blue hair, but so does poor, poor Helena St. Tessoro, because something this obviously inspired by 90s anime cannot possibly abide a love interest with boring regular hair, worldbuilding be damned.


VK: Neither of us are really qualified to get too deep into the series’ approach to race, but the show does definitely choose to have an oppressed fantasy underclass rather than dealing with issues even tangentially related to real-world racism. Which might be an attempt to create an aspirational fantasy, but that’s not the vibe I get from the show. It seems to think it’s saying something. So…rather than say anything real, it makes up its own windmills to swing at. It lives in an absolutely wretched bubble, and its homages to anime sometimes cross into straight-up appropriating terms from Japanese culture it doesn’t get. Specifically hikikomori, a thing anime makes jokes about but is…y’know, an actual community of real people suffering from mental illness.

Certainly we CAN say that its approach to women isn’t great. There’s Helena, as you mentioned, who spends most of the series as a strawman and Freshman Who Just Read the Communist Manifesto.

DK: The ill-use of hikikomori goes hand-in-hand with the show’s decision to describe Kaz’s whining over girls breaking up with him as “depression.” Sure, he’s theoretically meant to be a flawed protagonist in a shallow fishbowl world, but that doesn’t really hold water when there are no stakes or consequences, and every realization of his asshattery results in no marked change in his behavior.

The show gives lip service to performative wokeness, but always in aid of getting away with doing the very things it calls out. It’s a sort of Hipster Racism as applied to every other type of oppression the writers have at some point read about. (Homophobia, misogyny, transphobia, classism.)

In anything else, Helena would be insufferable. In this, she is the best character in a bad bunch, simply because she actually modifies her actions and lifestyle in line with her changing beliefs. And that says a lot. (Also, given her later actions, that’s far from a ringing endorsement.)

I hope you weren’t expecting that subtitle to be examined at any future point

VK: A lot of it is easy to shrug off in isolation, I think, particularly the early going: the fact that the show is too dumb to understand the “anime” terms it appropriates, the fact that the protagonist is a bubble-headed rich idiot whose biggest problem in life is his very expensive suit being the wrong color, the fact that most of the female characters are totally unimportant–either they’re idiots, they’re evil, or they’re…whatever the writing was trying to do with Helena. But camp is found, not created, and it’s a lot harder to sink blissfully into the silliness when the show keeps tapping you on the shoulder to Say Something. And then it says things that are completely tone-deaf.

The anime references, for example; mostly they’re eye-rolling and pretty basic. “Hey, it’s the dream sequence from AKIRA!” “Hey, they said tuxedo mask!” But then they decide to parody Ranma ½ (one of Koenig’s favorite anime, apparently), and things go real sideways, real fast.

Now Ranma (a series about a boy who’s cursed to turn into a girl whenever he’s splashed with cold water) is a series that provided a kind of wish-fulfillment role among a certain age group of trans nerds, myself included. But it was hugely problematic in regards to gender essentialism when it was written in the 90s, and it’s only gotten more ugly with age. There is absolutely no way a cis creator could tango with that material in a tasteful way. And this is egregiously bad.

By introducing a shenanigansy plot wherein Kaz’s cis male friend is transformed into a woman, the show opens the door to twenty minutes of walking into horrible stereotypes about trans women, including having the female-identified, loudly male-identifying Lexy use his physical appearance to hit on a lesbian; or having Kaz tell Lexy not to talk because his voice “gives him away.” The latter plays on fears of trans women being subject to mockery or even violence if they can’t pass, and the former plays right into TERF ideology that trans women are “really” just men trying to get with lesbians.

DK: Don’t forget that it uses that male character, Lexy, as the speaker for nearly all of its “feminist” talking points–neatly keeping the voice located within the mouth of a Dude. In a better show, this would mean something, like that Kaz only listens to other men, but in this? He dismisses Lexy just as much as Helena, to no apparent ill effects for their friendship once the magic spell is reversed. (Ah, the good old reset button. Because the writers enjoy both gag-an-episode structures and ongoing arcs, and haven’t figured out where those things might be incompatible.)

VK: And then the episode has the gall to pretend it’s about Kaz being sexist to women and patronizingly tells the viewer that gender is a spectrum, not a binary. Fuck you, Neo Yokio.

….Actually that’s something of a distillation of the show’s problem. It knows how to parrot concepts but absolutely fails to grasp the contexts at play behind them. I mean, that classism.

DK: The classism is baked into the premise; only two people of a lower status are given speaking roles. One is a fawning Bergdorf’s employee whom Kaz calls “Salesclerk” to his face.

The other is a human being Kaz literally owns.

Getting into spoilers, here, but over the course of that same hi-lar-ious transphobia episode, Kaz spends an entire subplot denying a personal servant access to resources that they need in order to function, as they repeatedly plead for him to assist in sustaining their life, because they are unable to disobey his minor whims even for such a dire predicament. This is played for laughs.


VK: For a show that’s ostensibly about the corruption of society and the exploitation of the average person by the elite in the end (I think? It’s possible Eden of the East is one of the shows Neo Yokio would like us to know it has seen), it has absolutely no interest in showing us any kind of actual civil unrest. All the employees of the rich are pleased as punch with their roles (even the human being Kaz definitely owns, whom we have no indication has been paid ever); Helena is the only mouthpiece for anti-capitalist ideology, and she experiences it in an entirely theoretical way.

The show name-drops designer fashion brands endlessly, valorizes the nobility of shallowness, practically drowns the viewer in luxury- and food-porn it can’t actually afford to animate beguilingly, and then pretends like it’s commenting on the excesses of rampant capitalism via a character who is also a billionaire who has never known hardship. This is Reality Bites, 2017 edition.

DK: None of which sits well with the conceit of a demon-hunting show. Because, lest we forget, our hero is ostensibly a magical demon hunter who fights… definitely not season 1 Sailor Moon villains. At all.

That whole plotline sort of fades away after the exorcism of Literal Monster Taylor Swift, presumably at the behest of Spotify.


Sharp satire there, folks.

The demons here seem to be in some way connected to greed or avarice, except that after the halfway point the focus shifts to the ills of Neo Yokio’s castle-in-the-clouds elite. The metaphor collapses in on itself.

And perhaps most uncomfortably of all, the creators choose to represent the destabilization of the social stratification through the elimination of its biggest, dumbest symbol: the Bachelor Board.

By bombing.

This is shown as a positive action.

While Smith was only 3 years old the last time Americans saw NYC landmarks burning and falling, Koenig doesn’t have the excuse of youthful thoughtlessness. Why did he, and everyone else on the production team, believe that mimicking 9/11 of all things was a good idea?


VK: I have no idea what this show thought, at any point. I’m unsure we can prove it did. It’s so breathtakingly stupid in ways that can’t possibly have been on purpose (SEE! Kaz lecturing young women about how Helena is no longer an acceptable role model for them. CRINGE! As Helena evolves into some kind of cis-swapped version of Christian Slater in Heathers. BAFFLE! As Kaz buys ANOTHER ROBOT that may house a human who will never be paid, we just don’t know).

There are probably people who can get down with that, toxically transphobic episode aside. But a show that’s supposedly parodying the wealthy by giving their entire lifestyle a lavish tongue bath really doesn’t work for me at a point where I’m worried about losing medical care and feeding my family. You?


DK: This was four hours of my life I spent, shouting and livetweeting in bursts between being periodically struck dumb by the sheer offensive incompetence of it all. It’s not The Room or Birdemic bad; it’s not even the toxically hopeful foolishness of Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Instead, Neo Yokio is the kind of bad you get sitting in a Gender Studies lecture hall, listening to a dude with a trust fund and a scarf explain Marxism to the professor.

But, you know, they’ve got pastel hair.

Dorothy Kingswood is a queer nerd with a Master’s degree in talking about fans. She’s a bartender by day and a writer by night, or maybe the other way around. Previously, she’s taught English, interned as a copy editor, and dug ditches in summer. You can hear more of her dulcet tones on her podcast, Trash & Treasures, or tweet her @dorothynotgale.

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23 September 2017

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Set after the series finale, not movie compliant

Veronica sleeps over at Logan's and they find a way to deal with the aftershocks of a rough nightmare.

Words: 2644, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English


Josie is best known today as leader of the Pussycats. However, for her first six years of existence, she wasn't a rock star but a sort of Everygirl counterpart to Archie (although they wouldn't appear in the same universe until some time in the Pussycats era). And before Alexander Cabot III became her band's manager, he was Josie's friend and sometimes-boyfriend. However, just as Melody was always a "dumb blonde" (prior to the 2016 reboot attempt, anyway), Alex was always a haughty and often flaky rich guy, as we see in this classic story.

'Glad to, my good man! You've made a very good choice of victims!' )

Posted by Marykate Jasper

UPDATE: The Golden State Warriors, given Trump’s tweet, have announced that they will not visit the White House.

This weekend, Trump did his best to remind us that Jemele Hill’s criticism of him as a white supremacist was entirely accurate. I know we don’t cover a ton of sports here at The Mary Sue, but we do cover social justice – and Trump spent this week attacking a number of professional athletes because they’re black, successful, and opinionated. It’s racist as hell, and it echoes all his resentments of Obama.

First, on a Friday campaign rally in Alabama, Trump went after NFL player Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Kaepernick inspired other athletes to adopt the same silent, powerful method of protest, and he is currently a free agent without a contract (likely because of all the right-wing backlash against his exercise of free speech).

Though Trump didn’t refer to Kaepernick by name, he asked the rally crowd, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now – He’s fired’?”

This is Trump, a man who waffled about condemning a KKK Grand Wizard and called the Charlottesville torch bearers “very fine people.” But Kaepernick? He’s apparently a “son of a bitch” for advocating for racial justice.

Trump also followed up with two tweets today:

Not a day after the rally, Trump went on his typical weekend tweetstorm, and among his many targets was NBA superstar Steph Curry. Curry, a superstar player on the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, had said he would vote against the traditional team trip to the White House – emphasizing that it was still a group decision.

“That’s going to be my vote when I meet with the team, but it is a collective,” he said. “It’s not just about me, it’s not just about KD [Kevin Durant]. It’s about the whole team, and what we were able to accomplish as a team, and the opportunity that historically has been afforded to championship teams. So, we’ll have that conversation and we’ll do it as a group and we’ll have one voice.”

“Obviously,” he continued, “you don’t want to rush your decision on understanding the magnitude of what this means. We have an opportunity to send a statement that hopefully encourages unity, encourages us to just appreciate what it means to be American and stand for something. So, whatever your opinion is on either side … we want to take advantage of this opportunity.”

In response to that mature and thoughtful statement of principled personal opposition, Trump tweeted this:

Luckily, the civilized world went after Trump for his bullshit. Kaepernick’s mom let Trump know that she was fiercely proud of her son, snapping back with the following tweet:

She also gave an amazing interview with Deadspin, where she said, “There are a lot of racist people in that crowd [at his rallies], a lot of people that are just looking for something to get hyped about, and this is the kind of thing he does. It’s like a bully on a playground, I guess. It’s almost what I’ve come to expect from him…In Charlottesville, he would not call out the Nazis, not call out the white supremacists, but he’s calling out these guys who are peacefully kneeling and asking for their country to do better.”

Devin McCourty, a team captain for the New England Patriots, was one of several Patriots players who decided not to visit the White House this past April after they won the Super Bowl. He tweeted the below, and it really sums up both the Curry and Kaepernick situation:

Kaepernick is “disrespectful” for kneeling during the national anthem; Curry is “disrespectful” because he doesn’t want to visit the White House. But Trump calling any principled advocate of racial justice a “son of a bitch”? Weirdly, the “respect” crowd doesn’t seem to care about decency anymore. This is because those calls for “respect” were really calls for silence and deference from non-white athletes.

McCourty is only one of dozens of NFL athletes who’ve criticized Trump for his comments.

Meanwhile, LeBron James responded to Trump’s criticism of Curry with the aptest, most succinct rebuttal:

And of course, the Obamas’ White House photographer had a perfect image for the moment:

It’s heartening that so many people are speaking out against and – pardon the pun – dunking on Trump’s racist, vulgar attacks on these athletes’ free speech. Even the NFL Players’ Assocation, a union which routinely fails its members in troubling ways, issued strong statements in support of Kaepernick and other protesters, calling Trump’s statement “a slap in the face to the civil rights heroes of the past and present” and declaring “this union…will never back down when it comes to protecting the constitutional rights of our players as citizens.”

It’s important that we condemn these comments as the petty, disturbingly authoritarian responses to free speech that they are. A president who can bear no criticism is not a president who respects the Constitution or his constituents, and that needs to be pointed out and condemned.

However, it’s equally important that we call these comments out for what they are: part of a larger pattern of racist, white supremacist resentment that defines Trump’s approach to non-white Americans.

(Via GQ, HuffPost, ESPN, and USA Today; image via Shutterstock)

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Posted by Jude Terror

Every so often, comic book publishers send out previews of upcoming comics without any of the lettering finished. The result, while pretty to look at, leaves readers wondering just what the hell is going on in those pages. Well, wonder no more.

Here at Bleeding Cool, we have combined decades of experience in reading comic books, so we can tell what’s happening, even without the words. Using that knowledge, we’ve lettered these previews ourselves, using our best guess at what the dialog should actually be. We can’t guarantee 100% accuracy- in fact, our accuracy may be much lower than that – but we can guarantee that it’s better than looking at a bunch of unfinished pages.

In this episode of Improbable Previews, we get a sneak peek at Batman #33 by Tom King and Joelle Jones. Will this issue feature a shocking revelation about Dick Grayson?! You betcha! The book will be in stores October 18th, but you can find out what all the fuss about below right now!

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Brian Lake writes for Bleeding Cool from Baltimore Comic-Con:

At the beginning of the panel, writer Mark Waid and editor Tom Brevoort took 15 minutes of questions to engage with the crowd before the rest of the panel came out. One thing that came from this was Mark Waid’s opinion that he has never met someone who is not a fan of Ben Grimm, The Thing from the Fantastic Four. After it was said, he and Breevort scanned the room of over 500 attendees and it seemed as though everyone was in agreement.

The remaining panel arrived at 1:30: writer Greg Pak, writer Charles Soule and artist Ken Lashley. Then Brevoort asked if someone would like to join them on the stage to read a copy of Marvel Legacy #1, a fan dressed as Bishop from the X-Men joined them on stage and silently read the book for the next 30 minutes.


Waid is going back to Captain America for his fourth run on the book with issue 695, with Chris Samnee. The storyline will follow Steve Rogers back as Captain America and will be traveling the US and likely won’t be punching a Nazi in the first issue, but Waid promises it will happen at some point soon. Waid also plans to tell stories in Champions about fighting against racism that ultimately leads to the Champions joining back with the Avengers that they had spun off of.

Greg Pak currently writing Hulk (formally Totally Awesome Hulk), and Weapon X. Pak is enthusiastic to be back to Planet Hulk, however this time it’s the cocky and intelligent Amadeus Cho. Plan for a lot of fantasy and battles featuring art by Greg Land. For Weapon X, be ready for the team mixed of heroes and villains led by Old Man Logan who heads to Santa Marco in South America, where there is a huge anti-mutant campaign going on. They battle mercenaries with American flags tattooed on their faces.

Ken Lashley is currently the artist for X-Men Gold, which his dream job. In his opinion, it’s the holy grail as a fan of classic John Byrne X-Men, and his favorite character in comics is Colossus. Currently, he does both the covers and interiors. He says he has been to the top of the mountain with this job, and after this, he has nothing more to do than retire.

After the panel walked through their books, it turned back to the gentleman, who had just finished reading Marvel Legacy #1. When asked what he thought, Lashley said he had walked away from many of the Marvel books during Secret Empire due to the political overtones. He did like Legacy, and said it should tie up some loose ends on Wakanda and Phoenix.

During Q&A, a fan shared with Mark Waid that he walked away from Marvel five years ago, due to reboots and restarts, he asked how does Legacy fit in. Breevort said many people feel as though Marvel just hadn’t been feeling right in general for many things Marvel. Legacy, in his opinion, is trying to get over the overcorrection over the last few years. Breevort then pulled $6 from his wallet gave it to the fan that asked the question and told him to buy Marvel Legacy #1 and give it a try.

Marvel Two-in-One in December will feature art by Jim Cheung and the book will focus on Johnny Storm, the Human Torch and Ben Grimm, the Thing doing a buddy story adventure series where they go on a search for the rest of the Fantastic Four. There’s no guarantee that you will see the Fantastic Four next year, but this series would likely be a lead-in. Breevort would neither confirm nor deny the return next year of the Fantastic Four but urges fans that would like to see that happen to grab onto this series. Typically they don’t use superstar Jim Cheung for a series that doesn’t lead to something, so stay tuned!

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23 September 2017

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Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 43 secrets from Secret Submission Post #561.
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The first secret from this batch will be posted on September 30th.

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We’ve been celebrating a lot of character anniversaries lately — Batman, Catwoman, Wonder Woman — all 75 years old or more. But today, which is officially Batman Day, DC is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Harley Quinn, a character that was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm for an episode of Batman: The Animated Series (which is also celebrating its 25th anniversary) as just a henchwoman for the Joker.

Harley was supposed to be a one-off character, but between Timm’s classic design and the chemistry between her and the Joker she quickly became a favorite of the show’s writers. She then made the jump to comics and has built up to being one of the most loved and recognized characters in the industry.

Harley Quinn

She made her live-action feature film debut in last summers Suicide Squad as played by Margot Robbie who is expected to reprise the role in upcoming Gotham Sirens and or other Warner Bros. films.

The video features a foreword by co-creator Timm talking about the character. They then through her 25 years of history, from her first television appearance to getting her own comic series and all the various versions of her costumes. It’s interesting in that her costume stayed pretty consistent up through 2010, and then with the New 52, all bets were off. Personally, I will always be a fan of the original.

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

Sage Hyden recently posted an exploration of animation storytelling over at the Just Write YouTube channel. In the video, Hyden argues that the storytelling trends in animated children’s films have undergone a fundamental change – one that’s influenced not only by society’s progress, but also by the transformation of the medium itself.

The original Disney films, Hyden argues, “are brightly colored, musical, public-domain fairytale adaptations…They are also stories that are very conservative – and I don’t mean that in a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ way, only that these movies believe in the idea that things should stay about the way they are. The stories will usually end with the restoration of a previous order. Typically, there’ll even be a shot returning the setting to whatever it looked like in the first scene, because change is bad.”

Most 3D-animated films, on the other hand, take a different approach. “When 3D animation arrived, a new generation of storytellers shook up that formula,” Hyden argues. “They stopped being conservative fairytales, and became liberal allegories…The take-home message of these films is often that society can change, and that an individual can be the instigator of that change. These films are concerned with civilizations, as much as they are with individuals.”

Hyden acknowledges that much of this change is a reflection of society overall, and these newer films “fit the political climate they were born into.” However, he also argues that “one of the underappreciated factors is the medium change itself.”

From there, Hyden looks at how the mechanics of 3D animation, such as modeling, are partly responsible for the change in storytelling. I personally think this might be too strong a cause-effect argument, but it definitely got me thinking about the way that medium can influence narrative. There’s plenty of truth to the idea that computer animation has made it easier for animators to tell stories about entire societies, rather than about individuals, and it had me curious about other ways the new production process could affect which stories animators are most excited to tell.

What do you all think, though? Is this a change that we can see throughout our all-ages storytelling, regardless of medium? Or has the change hit animation most noticeably?

(Via io9; featured image via YouTube thumbnail)

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Posted by Rich Johnston

From Baltimore Comic-Con, Frank Cho has discovered he has a new fan of his work on Wonder Woman, which should stand him in good stead ahead of his planned Wonder Woman graphic novel:

Frank Cho told Lynda Carter and other attendees that she was the original model for many of the women that Cho draws.

Always nice to see you flying the flag, Frank!

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"I think I’m known for writing a certain kind of X-book, after DEATH OF WOLVERINE, DEATH OF X and IVX. ASTONISHING X-MEN is no exception. If people want consequences, they’ll get ‘em." - Charles Soule

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Jason Borelli went to Heroes & Villains Fan Fest New York 2017. Here’s what he discovered.

Last year, I found out about the Heroes & Villains Fan Fest chain, and I ventured out to Secaucus, NJ to check it out. I wound up having fun hitting panels, finding out Caity Lotz is really into hats, and seeing David Ramsey’s impressive biceps up close.

This year, the guest lineup would be stacked with actors from Arrow, The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, along with Gotham, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., iZombie, and Supergirl. Given that one of the co-creators of the show is Stephen Amell (the Green Arrow himself), it was not a surprise that I had a good time over the past weekend — albeit with a few hiccups.

I went both days without getting a sketch (my main con weakness), as most of the artists present sold prints and other merchandise. There were tattoo artists operating, but I’d rather have art in my sketchbook, than on my skin. My camera died on me both days, so I had to juggle between my phone and iPad, neither of which would serve as a Plan A.

Finally, between my agita over meeting people I’ve seen and read about and my limited budget, I was only able to get a picture and autograph from one guest: Robin Lord Taylor from Gotham. Most of that stemmed from chancing into his area when it wasn’t crowded, though he was drawing sizable crowds all day. I like his take on Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin, because it’s a fun direction for the character beyond the aristocratic canon and Danny DeVito’s ghoulish version from Batman Returns, and it fits the “take no prisoners” style of the show.

Taylor was present for the Gotham panel, along with Maggie Geha (Ivy Pepper) and two holdovers from last year’s show: David Mazouz (Bruce Wayne) and Drew Powell (Butch Gilzean), both of whom will be facing new challenges for their characters: Bruce goes all masked vigilante years ahead of canon, and Butch transitions into Solomon Grundy.

Immediately, I discovered that Taylor is short — either that, or Mazouz is tall for his age. Also, I forgot about the panel from last year’s show that his first name is pronounced “Dah-VEED.” He joked about being terrified at the new direction of his character, though he seemed excited at the prospect, including trying to figure out what to sound like underneath a mask. Also, he would be up for playing Robin on the big screen. The exact quote: “Damien Wayne, he’s a butthole! I really want to play a butthole!” As for Powell? It turns out his son likes his father playing Grundy, and the actor joked about the others having their own action figures (or playing characters that lead to toys).

The quartet talked about filming in New York, the scariness of Scarecrow’s costume in the upcoming season (it was thought that it was made to smell foul, but that turned out to be a dead mouse where it was kept), and Geha joining the series last season. She called the cast “the biggest, happiest, most funny family ever.” The panel ended with a “waddle-off,” as Taylor judged the other actors’ interpretations of Penguin’s signature walk, with Mazouz getting the most love from the crowd.

The main event on Saturday was the panel focusing on John Barrowman. I confess not to know him outside his roles as Captain Jack Harkness and Malcolm Merlyn. While he didn’t dress as flamboyantly as he has in past shows (arriving in a t-shirt and jeans), Barrowman put on a show from the very start, dancing for the crowd, grinding on the sign language interpreter, and going back and forth with his assistant Kelsey.

He talked about turning 50 and shaving his head, and that his natural hair color is “Neal McDonough white,” referencing his partner-in-crime from the prior season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. In addition to his life on and off-camera, Barrowman brought up the Torchwood comic that he writes with his sister Carole, teasing about how Jack Harkness would eventually the Face of Boe, which was hinted at on Doctor Who in 2007.

Another tidbit I learned: the two pronunciations of Ra’s al Guhl are valid, with “Raysh” is respectful and “Rahs” being anything but. Speaking of Arrow, Barrowman confirmed that Malcolm Merlyn was still dead, and that there are no plans to bring him back on Arrow.

In 2016, I wrote about his wish to have played “Captain America or Captain America’s boyfriend.” At this year’s convention, he told the audience about wanting to be in a Star Wars movie, because he grew up on the original trilogy and still has merchandise from back then.

And in true Barrowman fashion, he said the phrase, “hung like a donkey,” got a kick out of the interpreter translating it, and wound up using that as a running gag. That was funny, mostly due to how the interpreter and her replacement “said” that, but I found out later that wasn’t the first time Barrowman had done that.

Still, if you’re at a show where he is headlining a panel, you need to see him, even if you’re not familiar with Doctor Who, Torchwood, or the CW shows. Not many people can keep up the energy for close to an hour before closing by singing ‘Copacabana’.

The show’s second day was as hectic as the first. I didn’t get a seat for Stephen Amell’s panel. While the stage for the panels was set out in the open on the convention floor where you can hear it happen, I could see how buying upgraded admission would come be worth it, as those people got seats in the front.

I managed to catch the tail end of artist Rob Prior’s performance; I say performance I because he painted Rocky Balboa on stage as Metallica blared from the speakers, and Prior was clearly into the music as he worked. He did the same thing on a smaller scale the previous day at his booth, painting all four heroes from Defenders.

For me, the main Sunday panel covered The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, featuring Candice Patton (Iris West), Robbie Amell (Ronnie Raymond), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance), Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/Atom), and Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon), the latter being added in the days leading to the convention. Over the weekend, they had no shortage of admiring fans. Routh met somebody who was born on the day Superman Returns was released, while Patton received Dallas Cowboys gear for her dog and Lotz was visited by a young fan whose cancer was in remission.

The stars kept the energy up for the full hour, as they hyped their respective series. Amell also took part, though there are no plans to bring his character back. He had not come to Heroes & Villains alone, as his wife Italia Ricci (Silver Banshee on Supergirl) made the trip. He had fun complaining about Ronnie’s death, as well as his appearance on Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Valdes’s childhood incident of eating cereal soaked in milk became a running joke, as well. As corny as it sounds, it felt like the Arrowverse actors are a happy family.

The other big event on Sunday was the cosplay contest. As you would expect, there was a good chunk of fans in costume. I got a taste of the familiar and unexpected. For instance, at every major show I visit, I always see somebody playing Traflanger Law from One Piece. On the other hand, somebody came as Ego the Living Planet. It wasn’t the version played by Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but somebody costumed in a rough planet-like shape with a face. There was also a cart involved, which was a nice touch.

I also saw a lady dressed as the Enterprise, and one guy dressed as the musician Slash as a Flash, which was nicely offbeat. Fans of all ages dressed up, with two toddlers entering the contest as Flash and Scorpion from Mortal Kombat. That’s not the most kid-friendly inspiration, but his “handler” could tell people another fighter performed a “babality” on him.

The most unnerving cosplay had to be the couple dressed as Pennywises. Yes, that’s plural, representing the sinister clowns from both versions of It (the miniseries and the recently released film). They won the villains portion of the contest with ease, and the emcee seemingly did not want to award them out of fear. Whether she was that unnerved, or playing up clown phobia, she did a good job. In the kids’ portion, a young Predator pulled off the win over Finally, a Starfire beat out Slash/Flash and a Green Lantern/Green Arrow duo.

As fans gear up for New York Comic Con, Heroes & Villains Fan Fest New York proved to be a good warmup, as well as a fun convention in its own right. Although light on the comic creators seen in other shows, it offers the most bang for the buck for fans of the genre.

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

After dedicating the facility back in May of 2016, yesterday NASA opened the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility (CRF) at Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Johnson, whose life was one of the inspirations for Hidden Figures, worked as a “human computer” at Langley in the 1960s, calculating the trajectories for the first US space flights, including John Glenn’s orbital mission and the Apollo 11 lunar landing.

According to NASA’s fact sheet, the $23-million facility consolidates more than 30 server rooms into a state-of-the-art, energy-saving structure. This CRF will “enable innovative research and development supporting NASA’s air mobility and space exploration missions” and “advance[] Langley’s capabilities in modeling and simulation, big data, and analysis” – a fitting tribute to Johnson’s own achievements, and to the achievements of other women who powered NASA, like Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, who are also honored on the walls of the facility.

In a pre-recorded video interview, Johnson answered a number of questions about the honor. Asked what she thought about NASA naming a building after her, she laughed, “You want my honest answer? I think they’re crazy.”

Continuing more earnestly, she urged, “But give credit to everybody who helped. I didn’t do anything alone but try to go to the root of the question, and succeeded there.”

In the rest of the video, Johnson emphasized two of her favorite pieces of advice: like what you do, and do it to the best of your ability. “Do your best,” she advised young engineers, “but like it! Like what you do, and then you will do your best.”

My favorite part of the video has to be near the end, when you can still see Johnson’s wonder and curiosity as she remembers her groundbreaking calculations. She looks off into the distance as she talks about work and the stars. “I liked work,” Johnson said. “I liked the stars, and the stories we were telling. And it was a joy to contribute to the literature that was going to be coming out. But little did I think it would go this far.”

I dare anyone to watch her, at 99 years old, talk about space and math that way and tell me STEM is some sort of boy’s trade.

One of Johnson’s interviewers suggested that, perhaps, the trajectories that finally get humanity to Mars may be calculated in the Johnson CRF – and that’s the future I like to think they’ll create here. Here’s hoping one generation of black women engineers, who brought us to the moon, inspires the next generation to reach Mars.

(Via The Guardian and NASA; featured image via YouTube thumbnail)

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Brian Lake is wandering around Baltimore Comic-Con 2017 for Bleeding Cool, and no one seems to be stopping him.

Day 1 of Baltimore Comic-Con has just started, a lot of great things to see. One of my first stops was the Aftershock Table, they offer many of their variants and trades at great prices. Some of the options to look for are the variants for Babyteeth #1 by Donny Cates, they had multiple variants, including the lenticular cover both raw and graded. In addition, they had the Garth Ennis Dreaming Eagles signed NYCC edition limited to 200 for $50. Periodically at they show, they will also have creators at their booth signing, as well.

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Posted by Jude Terror

John Barrowman revealed a new character created for the Torchwood comic published by Titan Comics: Sladen, named for the actress who played Sarah Jane Smith in the Doctor Who universe.

Earlier this week, Barrowman teased the new character for the comic, which he co-writes with sister Carole Barrowman, in a Facebook video:

And now he’s revealed who that character is: Sladen.

The Barrowmans said in a press release from Titan Comics:

“We are very excited to bring this new character Sladen to the world of Torchwood. You all know both Carole and I were great fans of the wonderful Elisabeth Sladen who played Sarah Jane Smith and what a better way to pay homage to her and create a character with her last name. Elisabeth Sladen / Sarah Jane Smith was the mother of our ship on Doctor Who and now Sladen lives in Torchwood.”

Elisabeth Sladen died suddenly in 2011 after battling pancreatic cancer.

Sladen will make her debut in Torchwood: The Culling #1, with artist Neil Edwards, in stores on October 18.

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Summary: When we last saw Captain Jack, Gwen, and the rest of the new Torchwood team, they had just defeated an alien invasion in the Arctic… but missed a mysterious pod, buried under the ice, that held a seemingly familiar face. Now Captain Jack must battle his worst nightmare… or greatest daydream!

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Posted by Rich Johnston

From Thought Bubble 2017, the full presentation (pretty much) from Black Crown, the new imprint from IDW run by Shelly Bond. Featuring Rob Davis, David Barnett, Martin Simmonds, Aditya Bidikar, Will Potter, Carl Puttnam, and Shelly Bond:

Check out more of our Thought Bubble 2017 coverage here.

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Saturday, November 18th is the date for this year’s Local Comic Shop Day, in which participating retailers get the chance sell exclusive, high-end collectable comics and related items. Black Mask has always had a strong presence on this day, and as we found 15 items from other publishers, Black Mask Comics has a whole five of them — and it doesn’t stop there.

Here are the big five.


4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK – LCSD Exclusive Hardcover
4 KIDS WALK INTO A BANK is the darkly comedic story of four burgeoning child criminals and their elaborate plans.
When a group of bumbling criminals show up in her father’s life looking to pull one last job, young Paige has two choices – let her father get caught up in their criminal hijinks or enlist her three best friends to do the job first. Paige picks the bad one.
Collects the 5-issue mini-series. 208 pages.

BLACK – LCSD Exclusive Hardcover
In a world that already hates and fears them – what if only Black people had superpowers.
After miraculously surviving being gunned down by police, a young man learns that he is part of the biggest lie in history. Now he must decide whether it’s safer to keep it a secret or if the truth will set him free.
Collects the 6-issue mini-series. 160 pages.

YOUNG TERRORISTS – LCSD Exclusive Hardcover
$29.99 [limited to 999]
A young heiress discovers her father is part of a tyrannical new world order. She vows to burn his whole empire down.
From the creators of CALEXIT.
Collects parts 1 and 2 plus the FCBD special. 224 pages.

LCSD CALEXIT “Mulholland Resistance” bandana
Join the resistance with this black bandana inspired by the flag of The Mulholland Resistance, Zora’s band of black masked revolutionaries in CALEXIT!

** LCSD Exclusive: DIY Lenticular Hardcover Options for BLACK and YOUNG TERRORISTS **
Black Mask is running a special, opt-in bonus for LCSD shops while supplies last.

Shops that order the BLACK LCSD Hardcover and YOUNG TERRORISTS LCSD Hardcover from Diamond Distribution can request lenticular cover cards for the books they receive. (The lenticular cards ship direct from Black Mask.)

* “Lenticular Covers” are adhesive cards affixed to comic book covers for a unique animated effect. *

Black Mask’s LCSD lenticular cards come with adhesive backs, making it easy for shops or readers to affix the card to their book for a DIY lenticular cover or keep it separate as a special collectible sticker.

Both the BLACK and YOUNG TERRORISTS lenticular cards are illustrated by Amancay Nahuelpan (CALEXIT, Young Terrorists). Ask your shop to contact Black Mask, these lenticular cards are only available while supplies last.

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23 September 2017

'“Curse Words” in particular was born from the idea that I wanted to do something with no restrictions on either the writing or art side, to best take advantage of Ryan’s unique storytelling abilities. Magic fit the bill in a big way, and from my initial pitch to Ryan (“So, I have this idea about a wizard who’s kind of a dick…”) the book came to be.' - Charles Soule

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Posted by Rich Johnston

We were stymied earlier by big lines, but here’s another walk around Thought Bubble 2017 in Leeds today, through the ComiXology Marquee, the Victoria Hall and Leeds Town Hall Marquee – you can see the Cookridge Street walk through and the lines to all the others as well.

So if you couldn’t be At Thought Bubble, here’s the next best thing. Next year maybe? You really want to get in on this…

And here’s the earlier queue-bound walk around to get the geography of the place.

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Thought Bubble is on at Leeds and I just made my way around the ComiXology 10th Anniversary marquee (check the videos). And Roger Langridge is one of my favourite comic book creators in the business, creating incredible work over the last three decades I’ve known him or about him. He always comes up with incredible designs, and I think he’s been criminally underserved by the comics industry.

But even I wasn’t expecting to find Langridge drawing the Swedish Chef from The Muppet Ahow if he were a Vorlon from Babylon 5.

Could we get the whol station as Muppets, Roger? Gonzo as Lando Molari? Miss Piggy as Delenn? Fozzie as G’kar?

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Rock star and comic book creator Gerard Way began signing his comics and other items at Thought Bubble in Leeds today, taking a corner in the Victoria Hall. He took a break at lunch but on his return the line had grown to such immensity it had to be capped. But I can’t see him getting through even a third of it, as it snakeS around the back corridors of the Hall and then out and down the stone steps and around the streets of Leeds. Take a look, and feel for those the further and further back it goes…

And this is how the smart folk at Thought Bubble lined up the other creators at the show from the Young Animal imprint. Gerard Way lines them up, then Nick Derrington, Jody Houser, Tommy Lee Edwards and more knock them out of the park…

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Thankfully the rains from yesterday held off today, as Thought Bubble opened, spread out across halls and marquees in the city centre of Leeds. I just walked around them all… but the current morning lines meant I only walked through one… still, the Radisson Blu hotel wi-fi next to one of the marquees meant I could upload this little morning stroll in record time. And now it’s time to get back out there and see what I can find…

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Posted by Rich Johnston

From the people lining up outside the marquee for Mondo posters, to the Radisson Blu stuffed to the rafters, to the Juve Cube heavy metal bands-and-2000AD artists drawing on walls, this was the night before Thought Bubble 2017 in rainy-but-beautiful Leeds. Were you there? If there’s no photographic evidence of your presence, are you sure? Si Spurrier in photo pose next to BKV, ComiXology’s Chip Mosher getting some salad from the bar and Frazer Irving having his genitalia drawn by other comic artists. Why, what did you get up to?

The show starts in 45 minutes and I need to put my socks on. Literally. Say hi if you see me at the show…


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