• Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (8)

    Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (8)

    The Major, or Motoko Kusanagi, is the protagonist of each incarnation of the Ghost in the Shell manga-anime-merchadise franchise. If you care to google, “Motoko Kusanagi is“ autocompletes to “a man” and “is hot,” then “in bed with a boy” and “in bed.” For a science-fiction philosophy character named for her military position, we (the audience — although I

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  • Fan Expo Con Diary: Days 2 and 3

    Fan Expo Con Diary: Days 2 and 3

    Day 2 of my Fan Expo 2014 experience was the busiest, and also pretty amazing now that I’ve slept enough to look back fondly on my hours in the convention center. It started early, with a 6 am wake-up call and a nap on the subway, as I endeavoured to snag a good seat at

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  • The DC Daily Planet: Crisis Not Averted

    The DC Daily Planet: Crisis Not Averted

    Happy Friday, caped crusaders! I don’t know about you, but this week has been all uphill over here. Fortunately, it’s almost over, and we can all party for the weekend! My place at 8, bring margaritas, okay?

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  • Ghost in the Shell the Live: Our Fancasting

    Ghost in the Shell the Live: Our Fancasting

    I hate the idea of a liveaction Ghost in the Shell! It has no business being live or using human actors; it’s about augmented bodies of the future. They don’t exist yet, so they can’t be filmed — and if they did the concept art would have to push things further. It’s science fiction. Centre of

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  • Comic Variant Covers: A Brief Guide

    Comic Variant Covers: A Brief Guide

    So you’re browsing Twitter or your favorite artist’s Tumblr, and suddenly you come across cover artwork that is breathtaking. But somehow, three months later, this comic is no where to be seen on the shelf. Did it sell out before you got to your local comic shop? Did your store get a sub-standard cover while

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  • Zine-Sized Review: Not-So-Butch

    Zine-Sized Review: Not-So-Butch

    Not-so-butch MariNaomi Self-published minicomic 2011 On my last trip to the local comic bookstore I picked up my normal random stack of zines among the anthologies and graphic novels I had saved up to buy. In this most recent collection of tiny comics was MariNaomi’s Not-so-butch. In the store I had considered buying her larger

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  • From Scouts to Superheroes: My Manga Journey

    From Scouts to Superheroes: My Manga Journey

    Our middle school years are ones we either look back on fondly, cringe away from, or hold with some combination of both. For me, the blurry memories of prepubescence are a mix of both, but they also marked my initiation into the world of manga.

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  • Fan Expo Con Diary: Day 1

    There’s nothing like seeing a Stormtrooper in your subway car to wake one up on a muggy Friday morning. Even as Toronto residents poured out of the city for Labour Day weekend, Fan Expo Canada pulled thousands into the Metro Toronto Convention Centre for four days of panels and celebrities from comics, science-fiction/fantasy, anime, and

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  • Queer Comics Panel At BCC

    Whether you’re representing women or LGBTQ or any other minority  in comics, there’s a lot of similarity in the issues. The Queer Comics panel at Boston Comic Con covered lots of ground including the progress being made in the mainstream, writing characters you don’t know, and encouraging more characters. 

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  • Incredible Indie Tuesday: Interviews Bonanza!

    Incredible Indie Tuesday: Interviews Bonanza!

    Lumberjanes Creators Talk Friendship, Girlhood and Social Media Recently upgraded from a miniseries to an on-going, Lumberjanes from BOOM! Studios has generated a lot of buzz in the comics world.  Creators  Grace Ellis, Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Watter spoke to ComicsAlliance about how Lumberjanes came to be, the upswelling of support for the book from social

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  • The Windy City Special: Batman Eternal #19-20

    The Windy City Special: Batman Eternal #19-20

    #19 – Breaking Bat Story by Scott Snyder & James Tynion IV Script by Tim Seeley Consulting writers: John Layman & Ray Fawkes Art by Emanuel Simeoni After a number of mediocre issues, it’s beginning to feel like this story is back on track. Or maybe it’s just that I care about these subplots more

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  • The #WWACComicClub talks Y the Last Man

    The #WWACComicClub talks Y the Last Man

    On the first Monday of every month we meet up on Twitter for the #WWACComicClub. Last week we discussed Y The Last Man Volume 1: Unmanned by Brian K Vaughan and Pia Guerra .

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  • “Oh Japan”: Let’s Talk About Criminalising Anime

    “Oh Japan”: Let’s Talk About Criminalising Anime

    ITS DEAD NASTY BUT ITS LEGAL, DO YOU GET IT??? When I’d read Chobits in the Upper Sixth common room, my friends would call it “your porno”. I was like “uuh, NO”, because I was committed to being more beatnik than thou and knowing that, scoff, obviously not all (or even most or even nearly most or

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  • Dragon Con Dispatches: Saturday – Monday

    Dragon Con Dispatches: Saturday – Monday

    If you’re just joining us,  Labor Day Weekend was Dragon Con — the biggest sci-fi/fantasy/comics/multimedia comics convention in the south, celebrating its 27th year in 2014.  It’s in many ways comparable to a SDCC of the South, but without the Hollywood interference messing with the signal to noise ratio. It boasts guests from every nerdy

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  • Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (7) (NSFW)

    Ghost in the Shell: The Major’s Body (7) (NSFW)

    The Major, or Motoko Kusanagi, is the protagonist of each incarnation of the Ghost in the Shell manga-anime-merchadise franchise. If you care to google, “Motoko Kusanagi is“ autocompletes to “a man” and “is hot,” then “in bed with a boy” and “in bed.” For a science-fiction philosophy character named for her military position, we (the audience — although I

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  • Product Review: Arda Wigs Over Dreadlocks

    Product Review: Arda Wigs Over Dreadlocks

    It’s a wig review! Arda Wigs Cosplay Wigs I mentioned way back in Cosplaying While Black: The Expense of Representing that I tend to cosplay only characters of color, to show that I appreciate creators making characters of my race, but that I was having a hard time doing so because my everyday hair is 4′ long

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