“Cosplay Massage”: Too dirty for family conventions

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A licensed massage therapist/cosplayer named Amber is concerned by some Wizard shows where something called cosplay massage has been exhibiting, something she feels is unsuitable for a family convention. and it’s not just skimpy costumes. Its the element of fantasy entering into a therapeutic service.

Sexism is over!

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Kate Beaton shows us how to celebrate with her Strong Female Characters®.

Crazy 8 Press publishing collective to publish David, Friedman, more

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As the business is changing, creators are getting creative about the business and finding new revenue streams. One such venture is Crazy 8 Press. Six noted SF writers—Peter David, Michael Jan Friedman, Robert Greenberger, Glenn Hauman, Aaron Rosenberg, and Howard Weinstein—are banding together to start their own online publishing cooperative and sell direct to readers. Books will be offered on a bimonthly basis to start, with greater frequency to come. Interested readers can sign up for the newsletter at the above link.

ALA news: Library wins $20,000 in graphic novels

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LeVette Fuller from Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana is the lucky winner of more than $20,000 for here library in the Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway. The prize was announced at this weekends American LIbrary Association. A video was made of the winner, above. Nearly 1500 librarians entered the contest.

CCI: SD announced 2011 Film Festival lineup

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The Comic-Con film festival has become an increasingly important part of the show, with a variety of premieres in the fiction and non-fictin categories. Of note are screenings of comics-related documentaries Superheroes, Comic Books Go to War, My Comic Shop DocumentARy, and To Romero With Love. Complete list follows:

Who is the JLA’s mystery tumbler woman?

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The DC reveals continue apace. Over the weekend, a beverage glass manufacturer Facebooked an image of their San Diego exclusive: a JLA tumbler that seems to reveal all 15 members of the nü JLA
Identified thus far: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Deadman, Atom, Element Woman, Firestorm, Green Arrow, Hawkman, and Mera. Element Woman is a new Jim Lee designed character from Flashpoint. However, the identity of the 15th character, a seemingly blonde woman on the right, remains a mystery.

Remembering Gene Colan

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Over the weekend, remembrances, and tributes continued to flow for Gene “The Dean” Colan, who died on Thursday.

The most complete obituary we have is Tom Field’s at TCJ, which cover his entire career, the triumphs, the problems with editors, and the artist’s early embrace of the internet. While beloved of some writers and editors, Colan’s style was not a natural for Marvel:

Green Lantern may still get a sequel

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In for a penny in for a pound: Despite bad reviews, and a 66 percent decline at the box office this weekend, Warner Bros. is still planning a sequel to Green Lantern, THR reports. A WB spokesman admits that the studio was “somewhat disappointed” with the box office, but they still believe in it as a franchise.

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits — 6/27/11

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This is practically all kibbles and legal bits, but that seems to be where things are going.

The week in preview

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It’s been a furious few weeks of action here at Stately Beat Manor and around the comics intertubes as everyone scrambles to cover the DC Relaunch and What It Means. I’ve been as obsessed as anyone, although some of the fruits of my labor have yet to be posted. And of course, San Diego Comic-Con is just around the corner (less than four weeks) so things are about to get even busier and even crazier is such a thing is possible.

And it is.