Stephen Moffat hits at a harsh truth in explaining why Doctor Who isn’t a woman

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Every time there is a new Doctor Who, people hope it won’t be a white man, but how hard are they really hoping?

Peanuts: It takes a nation of millions to hold Franklin back

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Tweet Here’s a window into comics as social history as Nat Gertler write about this history of Franklin, the black kid in Peanuts which began with a request from a white schoolteacher named Harriet Glickman in 1968: That request earned a personal reply from Schulz, who noted that such ideas had been discussed with fellow […]

Orson Scott Card waves a sullen white flag on gay marriage to thwart ‘Ender’s Game’ boycott

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Tweet Controversial jacket-holding author Orson Scott Card has finally commented on the proposed boycott of ENDER’S GAME, the tentpole SF movie based on his work launching this fall. Card has been on the hot seat over his 2008 comments opposing gay marriage, and his involvement as a board member for the National Organization for Marriage, […]

And finally….from Tumblr to the New Yorker

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Tweet Jack Hunter’s sure-to-be-iconic cover for next week’s New Yorker hits so many notes…it’s what makes The New Yorker the New Yorker. But it was originally submitted via Tumblr for one of art director Francoise Mouly’s cover contests and had a different context. Still…it’s perfect for this moment. Enjoy the weekend with whomever you love, […]

Nice Art: Henry & Glenn celebrate today’s Supreme Court DOMA decision

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Tweet Ed Luce has illustrated the Ghost Wedding of popular couple Henry and Glenn—which would be one step closer to reality today thanks to the Supreme Court if only a) ghost weddings existed and B) the real Henry and Glenn were a couple. Neither is true but today in many states people of every gender […]

The week in women: do we write about gender issues too much?

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Tweet I had about 20 posts in various stages on gender issues this week…let’s put them all into one big roil, complete with shocking personal confessions: § Villain Month is for boys: When the New 52 rolled out two years ago (!?!) it was pointed out that there was a lone female creator: inker Sandra […]

On the Scene: DIY at The Latino Comics Expo

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Tweetby Bob Calhoun It’s a small room in the back of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, but every spot on its three wooden benches is taken, with an overflow crowd standing along the back wall. In the front row, a father sits with his nine-year-old son. The son is holding his very own […]

Gender-shifting superhero may save Hub cartoon channel

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Tweet Hub, a cable channel for kids owned by Discovery and Hasbro, is hoping its new cartoon “SheZow” can turn the channel’s fortunes around. Hub has struggled to gain viewers since its debut in 2010, but it’s betting a 12-year-old boy named “Guy” who transforms into a female superhero, complete with a purple skirt and […]

Denver Conference Tackles Violence in Comics

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TweetThe Rocky Mountain Conference on Comics and Graphic Novels, sponsored by Comic Book Classroom, the same organization that supports the Denver Comic Con, celebrates its first anniversary this year from May 28th-30th and takes on a subject close to the heart of the Denver community, the role and place of violence in comics. The Aurora […]

On the Scene: Sparks Fly at ‘Surely You’re Joking, Dr. Wertham’ Event

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TweetAs the first of several “Comic Book Roundtable” events to be held at the Soho Gallery of Digital Art under the auspices of gallery owner John Ordover and former Marvel editor, author, and educator Danny Fingeroth, this event exploring the life and legacy of Dr. Frederic Wertham was planned for the occasion of Wertham’s 118th […]

Why Seth MacFarlane is not a great satirist

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While it was nice to see the first ever RISD grad hosting the Academy Awards, Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar hosting turn was not really a triumph for humor.

Why aren’t there more black writers in the comics industry?

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Former DC editor and current Comics Alliance editor-in-chief Joe Hughes kicks off Black History Month by baldly stating a shameful fact about the US comics industry::

On The Scene: The Black Comic Book Festival 2013

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The first ever Black Comic Book Festival was held on Saturday January 12, 2013 at The Schomburg Center For Research in Black Culture, located in the heart of Harlem in New York City. The festival, which was presented by The Schomburg Junior Scholars and Dr. Jonathan Gayles, celebrates artists, writers, and fictional characters of African descent. Although I have passed by before, this event was my first introduction to the Schomburg Center which is a part of the New York Library. The show was free and open to anyone.

Batwoman, Kevin Keller etc get GLAAD Award nominations

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Tweet The 2013 GLAAD Award nominees recognizing media for outstanding images of the LGBT community have been unveiled and they are: OUTSTANDING COMIC BOOK Astonishing X-Men by Marjorie Liu (Marvel) Batwoman by W. Haden Blackman, J.H. Williams III (DC Comics) Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Andrew Chambliss, Scott Allie, Jane Espenson, Drew Z. Greenberg (Dark […]

Lena Dunham likes graphic novels?

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Tweet Call her shoujo (girl comics) or call her josei (lady comics), the surprise winner of two Golden Globes last night, zeitgeist idol Lena Dunham has been called the voice of her generation—or at least a voice IN a generation. According to this Vulture piece, she keeps

What the women of Big Bang Theory found in the comics shop

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We didn’t watch last night’s hilarious “Women go to a comics shop” episode of Big Bang Theory, but Scott Johnson did so we wouldn’t have to and the results sound quite ghastly: