New York Comic Con 2014 was the biggest US comic con yet—and one of the most diverse

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With attendance of 151,000, this year’s NYCC is now the biggest reported North American comics convention, surpassing the San Diego Comic Con’s 130,000. According to show runner Lance Fensterman, the increase of 20,000 from last year was due to selling tickets for a full day Thursday, which was previously a half-day “pro day.

I’m told neither number includes pros and exhibitors and ‘industry support” however, so the exact number of numb and yet enthused people wandering the halls of either Comic-Con has not been released. Given the number of lookie-loos who hang around in San Diego, that event would still seem to be the biggest.

Many people wondered how NYCC could be bigger than SDCC when the Javits Center is smaller than the San Diego Convention Center. I’m sure Torsten can give us the exact dimensions, but on most lists I’ve ever seen, the Javits is actually larger than SD Convetion Center. This stat is misleading however.

Today’s Inside Edition to report on Comic-Con harassment

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Oh my! I’ve been waiting for the story of cosplay harassment at cons to get more TMZed. According to the above teaser, tonights’ Inside Edition, which is syndicated nationally, is going to do a story on “the dark side of Comic-Con” which involves inappropriate touching and the usual harassment problems. I doubt this will set […]

Cosplay, Consent and Signs of the Times

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Attendees at this year’s New York Comic Con are accustomed to giant-sized announcements for the latest entertainment, but this year a new sign greets visitors as they wander around the hype-encrusted Javits Center: branded displays proclaiming that “Cosplay is not consent.” The conspicuous sexual harassment policies at New York and a growing number of other […]

Must Read: Women Who Conquered the Comics World

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Lisa Hix of Collectors Weekly sat down with Trina Robbins and runs through a few chapters of Robbins’ Pretty in Ink, her third history of women cartoonists. The result is an immense article that could function on a primer on the history of women cartoonists going back more than 100 years, starting with Rose O’Neil:

What it actually looks like when men are sexualized — NSFW

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“But the men in comics are sexualized too!” they have whined since time began, copletely ignring how boob-windows, brokebacks, boob socks and more are not the same thing as a man with a good physique in a dynamic pose. Well courtesy of Sears (!????!!?!?) and the listing for a UNDER THE BED RESTRAINT GEAR here’s what it actually looks like when a male is sexualized, just for your information.

It was a rotten week to be a woman on the internet

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What a tiring week it has been even though I’m technically on vacation. You are probably sick and tired of reading about the irrational, emotion-based attacks on women who write about pop culture on the internet, specifically video games. Andrew Todd’s Video Games, Misogyny, And Terrorism: A Guide To Assholes pretty much summed it up, […]

Complaints over racist and sexist Vine star at Salt Lake Comic Con

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It was recently revealed to us olds that YouTube and other social media stars are actually more popular with teens than celebs old enough to be funny old aunt/uncle. Some of these stars are but teens themselves, and in the internet era it’s not surprising that video stars untether from network wisdom are very popular. […]

Revealed! Here are your sexualized male superheroes

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Okay, unless the unforeseen happens I swear this is the LAST Beat post about Spider-Woman’s butt. But One of the bingo card arguments trotted out every time there is a kerfuffle of this nature is that “Oh but the men in comics are sexualized too!” which is so not true. I’ve written this a billion […]

Milo Manara speaks (in English) and reaches out to the farms of Oregon and Maine

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Italian fanzine Fumettologica has made an English transcript of their interview with Milo Manara available, and offered it to run at The Beat. And it’s…a thing. Like I’ve been saying all along, Manara is Manara and he can draw all the butts in thew air he wants. However, he trots out every bingo card argument […]

Separated at birth: Milo Manara’s Spider-Woman and Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” — UPDATED

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Yesterday the enduring appeal of the human female rump as an object of sexual desire was reaffirmed in two separate incidents. Rapper Nicki Minaj released a new video called “Anaconda” (NSFW) which has already been viewed some 22 million times. The video features the amply bootied Minaj shaking it in a tiny thong, tiny denim […]

Yale Stewart apologizes after accusations of harassment

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Oh god where to begin. The short version is that Judge Dread artist Ulises Farinas calling out Yale Stewart over what Farinas deemed ill-advised charity efforts then led to Stewart, the artist of the webcomic JL8, being outed as a naked selfie sender, and then apologizing while putting his webcomic on hiatus.

MariNaomi begins Cartoonists of Color Databse

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Cartoonist MariNaomi is starting a database of cartoonists of color (COC) and you can upload your details as explained in the link. There’s a FAQ: What is a Cartoonist of Color? Cartoonists of Color (COC) is a play off of the acronym “POC.” POC stands for “person of color.” A POC is anyone who identifies […]

MUST READ: Genius by Bernadin, Freeman and Richardson

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How is it that a mini series that was conceived six years ago can actually be a stunningly accurate mirror of this week’s events in Ferguson, MO, where the shooting of an unarmed black teen led to days of police action that looked like something out of a Christopher Nolan Batman movie?

Could it be that the issues of race, inequality and violence that Genius deals with are so important that they were just as clear six years ago?

SDCC ’14: Werthamania

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of Fredric Wertham’s influential and notorious Seduction of the Innocent, and Comic Con’s programming schedule includes several panels addressing the book and its core themes.

Eventbrite Research: Younger con attendees 50/50 male to female

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The following game as a press release from Eventbrite, but its groundbreaking nonetheless, as Eventbrite andRob Salkowtz haveteamed to get even more demographics about who is going to conventions and why. And you’ll note the magic 40/60 f/m attendee breakdown is present in congoers over 30 — but among those younger its more like 50/50…proof of the […]

The secret of comics history that people on the internet don’t want you to know!

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I was asked not too long ago what was something I was proud of writing on The Beat, and it’s actually something I didn’t write. This post by political communications specialist Brett Schenker entitled Market Research Says 46.67% of Comic Fans are Female from February, was pretty groundbreaking. Why am I mentioning a six month old post? Well, people continue to quote it when they look for demographic information on comics readership, and it represents a solid benchmark in an area where there is shockingly little research. Schenker’s research via Facebook, which he’s graciously presented here, has been quoted in numerous articles and yesterday it was referenced in this Time.Com piece on the new female Thor. I tweeted it again and it got a whole new set of reactions on twitter from people who hadn’t seen it the first time.