How others really see us, via The Huffington Post

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Man, you think the comics world is hot shit, and then you see this headline at HuffPo: 70-Year-Old Woman Auctions Off $1 Million Worth Of Comics. Which means Maggie Thompson is selling her comics. Thompson, 70, has been collecting comic books since she was a girl in the 1940s. She married another comic book collector, […]

Fangasm wrap-up: can we just retire the words “nerd” and “geek” for a while?

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Fangasm, the reality show about nerds and their amazing lives, ended its run this week with a two hour season finale. I have to confess I’ve only seen the first two episodes because life has been so hectic and we had to catch up with the Ultimate Fighter first. I’ll have a marathon at some […]

New York Comic-Con 2013: creepy camera crews, Arizona’s big cans, and harassment

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While stock is still being taken of the record crowd at this year’s New York Comic-Con—a crowd by and large peaceful and fun loving, and if my eyeball guess was right, perhaps 50% under the age of 21—it may be seen as a watershed for the continuing issue of harassment at cons. The issue of […]

PalmConGate envelops all in its path

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It started, as we noted the other day, when Allie Conti, a writer for Vice, The Atlantic and New Times in Florida, wrote a review of a small local con and deemed it “depressing”. More than 200 commenters disagreed, calling for everything from Conti to be fired or perhaps kill herself to the New Times […]

Graphic Policy: Facebook Fandom Spotlight: The Comic Company Employees!

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by Brett Schenker — It’s Monday, which means it’s a new edition of Facebook Fandom Spotlight, where I break down the demographics of a particular group of fans. For this week I attempt to figure out who exactly is creating and delivering us out comic books. That’s right, I attempt to break down those employed in the comic book industry. We’ll compare this group to the greater comic fandom.

More on the Facebook demographics that reveal a surprising number of female comics fans

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By Brett Schenker Two years and some months ago, I posted the first study of what Facebook told us about comic book fans. 45 or so posts later on the subject, I’m still gathering data with various breakdowns of not just comic fans but other fandoms as well. At Small Press Expo, I talked with […]

Facebook stats: 40% of comics fans are women

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In all the gender controversies rattling the comics world, one of the most frequently cited paradoxes is that although research such as DC’s 2011 reader survey showed only 7% of comics readers were female, yet when you walk around any comicksy event you see a lot more than 7% women. Women make up a lot of tweeters, tumblrs, and cosplayers and cartoonists. Why this disparity?

Finally! A TV Show about Cosplay

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Given the popularity of “Face Off”, the SFX makeup competition show, it was only a matter of time before Cosplay got tome TV time—it’s colorful and obsessive and the people who do it are often very attractive. So SyFy will addHeroes of Cosplay to their lineup following Face Off—it debuts on August 13, right after […]

SDCC ’13 wrap-up: Haters, be quiet

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By Megan Byrd In the weeks and months leading up to the annual spectacle known as “San Diego Comic Con”, dread of this event is expressed as frequently as anticipation by attendees, professionals, and fans staying home. The cost, the planning, the con crud; these are a few of fandom’s least favorite things, and they […]

SDCC ’13: The Gender in Comic Books Panel

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Christina Blanch brought together a very diverse group for the ‘Genders in Comics’ panel today at the convention. Who better to moderate this panel than the lecturer of the ‘Gender Through Comics’ free online class through Canvas Network? I asked her before the panel if we can expect another class and she said definitely.

Who Would Win? Star Trek vs. The Empire

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Last week, I came across this image on Google Plus, and a lengthy (200+, multiple days) discussion ensued.   Who would win?  The USS Enterprise, or an Imperial Star Destroyer? Well, in the sake of universal peace among two very disparate yet similar geek tribes (or possibly a flame war for the ages), I will endeavor […]

Nerdworld reacts with grief, shock to deleted Benedict Cumberbatch shower scene in Star Trek

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Tumblr, Twitter and what was left of LiveJournal reacted with shock and then outrage this morning as news of a deleted shower scene starring Benedict Cumberbatch in the new Star Trek film was revealed. Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams made the shocking revelation on the Conan O’Brien show, and showed a brief clip […]

Kindle and WB team up for legal, profitable fanfic

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Well my inbox this morning was stuffed with people telling me how big an announcement this is: Basically, Amazon has licensed Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries from WB’s Alloy division, and will allow people to write legal fan fiction based on these properties and sell the result on Kindles. The profits will […]

On the Scene: Long Beach Comics Expo Photo Extravaganza

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The semi-annual Long Beach Comics Expo landed on May 11th with a substantial line-up of guests and also some smart choices in programming. Guests included Rich Avons, Joe Benitez, Brian Buccellato, Ale Garza, Joel Gomez, Ray-Anthony Height, Vince Hernandez, Drew Johnson, David Mack, Frank Mastromauro, Dustin Nguyen, Nei Ruffino and more, showing a strong representation in […]

Matt Fraction Says Iron Man 3 is as Big as The Avengers!

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Matt Fraction skyped in to celebrate Iron Man’s 50th anniversary at a Comic Book Round Table event held at John Ordover’s Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York on Wednesday night, and provided some heartfelt insights into the way in which the armored playboy has drastically changed Fraction’s own life. Along the way, he […]

Why Maggott Isn’t the Worst X-Men Character of All Time

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A few days ago Brett White wrote a passioned defence of teen hearthrob X-Men character Maggott on CBR. Many would mock him for such a claim, and poke him with brightly painted sticks – but no! Put down those ribbon sticks. Maggott is a character worth defending, and I’m going to give some of my own […]