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Jul. 25th, 2014 04:31 pm
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On SysAdmin Day, the OTW wants to salute the work of systems administrators everywhere for the hard (and sometimes thankless) work that they do. Celebrated for the first time in 2000, SysAdmin Day takes place on the last Friday in July.

We also want to highlight and thank our own staff for the work they do to support the OTW and our projects. For example, our Systems Committee maintains: the infrastructure that runs Archive, the site for Open Doors, the platforms that host both Transformative Works & Cultures and the Fanhackers blog. They’re also the committee that makes sure Fanlore's servers are running properly.

Internally, Systems also maintains: the servers that host our email, internal documents, and volunteer records. They also research what our tech needs are likely to be in coming years.

As you can see, they always have a lot to do! So, thank you, Systems monkeys, for your work 365 days each year! <3

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As part of our plan to boost peoples’ signals during San Diego Comic-Con, we plan to run at least one or two mini-profiles a day, starting with a look at two popular cartoonists.


Keith Knight

Where You Can Find Him: Booth K-15 in the Small Press section.
Where You Can Find Him Online: His personal site; his Patreon site.
What’s The Story?: Knight, a longtime SDCC exhibitor — his first con was in 1993 — who has hosted panels at the event in past years, is here promoting Knight Takes Queen, the second collection of stories from his daily Knight Life strip.

“This was a long time coming,” Knight said of the collection. “I’ve got probably 1,000 strips that I can put into books. I’m psyched to get it out, because people have been asking for it. It basically takes it through the time when my wife was pregnant with my first child until just after his birth.”

How has the convention landscape changed during the years he’s taken part in the con?: “It’s certainly is a big change from when I started coming in ’93. In ’93 it was just all 53-year-old white men. But it really started to diversify thoughout the 2000s, and hit this kind of crazy crescendo. Instead of it becoming sort of a weird side thing, and now it’s really mainstream. Honestly, the crowd can be more diverse than the comics itself, which is kind of interesting. But attempts are being made; Captain America’s black again, and Thor’s gonna be a woman. What’s interesting to me is, this is the first time I’ve seen a lot of discussion of sexual harassment of women in cosplay outfits or just being here at Comic-Con was brought up. I’m glad that kind of stuff is on the table, because it’s all been simmering under the surface.”


C. Spike Trotman

Where You Can Find Her: Booth 1330 with Black Label Comics
Where You Can Find Her Online: Iron Circus Comics website.
What’s The Story?: Trotman is promoting The Sleep Of Reason, a 26-story horror anthology featuring 34 different creators she says will have “no predictable endings” and none of the usual kinds of “scary” antagonists.

“I kind of got tired of things that feature supernatural creatures masquerading as horror,” she explains. “I personally don’t find things featuring zombies, werewolves, and vampires scary anymore because everybody already knows the rules. If a zombie shows up in a story, you know what you have to do to get rid of it. If a werewolf shows up, you know the rules it’s operating under. To me, the essence of fear is not understanding and being helpless in a situation. That’s why I don’t have things like zombies and vampires in The Sleep of Reason, because if I did have them, you would know how to take care of them.”

On the expanding audience for anthologies: “I think there has kind of been a mushrooms after the rain effect when it comes to anthologies. A lot of young creators, I’ve found, are putting together anthologies amongst themselves to kind of get their work out there, because the strength of the anthology, in my opinion, is [that] people will buy it for a creator they know is in there and they already like. But as a result, they’re exposed to maybe 10 or 15 other creators that they had no idea existed, and have great potential of becoming a fan of those creators. And I think people understand that, especially on the creators’ side, they understand that. So when they put together these projects, they’re kind of drawing from one another’s audiences and readerships with the hope that there can be kind of a swapping of fans — or at least growing their own fanbase by tapping into another person’s fanbase.”

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OTW Fannews: On fanfiction

Jul. 24th, 2014 04:55 pm
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  • Blogger Christopher Olah took a look at some statistics. "In the following post, we will visualize the Harry Potter, Naruto and Twilight fandoms on We will also use Google’s PageRank algorithm to rank stories, and perform collaborative filtering to make story recommendations to top users." The post includes a look at languages, ships, slash and more.
  • ParentDish advised parents about fanfic reading and writing. "On the plus side, I am thrilled my daughter, who has never been a fan of books, is suddenly carrying stories with her everywhere - she can even read them on her iPhone - and has an insatiable thirst for words she never had before. She has even let me read a few chapters myself (with the caveat: 'Don't worry, Mum, this isn't actually based on anything I've done... yet') and she is a gifted story teller. And as has over 1000 story downloads per day and with a whopping 25 million users, she is far from alone."
  • NY Mag decided to look for how fanficcers were responding to the World Cup. "Does all of this have you so intrigued? Yes? Well, brace yourself for another enthusiastic subset of World Cup erotica: the One Direction fan-fic crossover. Here’s a book that imagines two of the band members as rival soccer players at FIFA 2014 as well as lovers in bed. Here’s a shorter one about an abandoned blow job. And fear not — no matter where you turn for your World Cup smut — there will always be ball jokes."
  • Women of China took a broader look at slash in China. "With the rise of Sina Weibo and Wechat, two major instant messaging platforms in China, tanbi is no longer the cult genre it was a decade ago. There has been a growing number of girls, or fojoshi (a Japanese term for girls who endorse male homosexual love), who have started to write fan fiction that moves tanbi into the world of mainstream literature. A recent work pairs two X-men, Magneto and Professor X, powerful opponents who care about each other, at least in the Hollywood megahit X-Men: Days of Future Past. 'There are so many fojoshi that it's almost a selling point now,' Yang, the researcher says."

Does your favorite fanfiction have a page on Fanlore? If not, start one! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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July 24th, 2014next

July 24th, 2014: Kanye West, this comic is to thank you for naming your child after me.

HEY GUESS WHAT?? The final issue of The Midas Flesh is out now! You can read a preview here, and catch up with all you missed at!

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As a supplement to our two-part San Diego Comic-Con preview, enjoy this look at some of the creators of color who’ll be at the convention — some in panels, some on the floor, but all should be on your radar after the weekend.

Erika Alexander and Tony Puryear

Where You Can Find Them: The Writer’s Journey, Breaking into Comics and Hollywood Scriptwriting at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Room 32AB. Alexander will be part of Michael Davis’ Black Panel at 10 a.m. on Friday in Room 5AB. Both Alexander and Puryear will be signing for Dark Horse Comics at Booth 2615 on Friday from 3 to 4 p.m.
Where You Can Find Them Online: Concrete Park website and Twitter feed.
What’s The Story?: Racializens probably don’t need an introduction to Alexander, a TV veteran (The Cosby Show, Living Single) who also shared the story behind her decidedly more diverse Mad Men idea, Mad Men: Uptown Saturday Night, with us last April. Meanwhile, Puryear is the screenwriter behind the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Eraser and is coming off an appearance in the documentary Brave New Souls: Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers of the 21st Century. The duo is at the con this year promoting Concrete Road, their dystopian sci-fi story. The first arc was selected to be part of last year’s edition of the Best American Comics anthology, with a new Park mini-series debuting on Oct. 5, and a hardcover collecting their featured work in Dark Horse Presents scheduled for an October release.

Cathy Camper

Where You Can Find Her: Technically, you can’t; Camper will not be at the convention in person. But her publisher, Chronicle Books, will be handing out advanced readers’ copies of Lowriders In Space, her collaboration with artist Raul III and editor Ginee Seo, at booth 1506. The 112-page graphic novel will be formally released on Nov. 4.
Where You Can Find Her Online: Lowriders In Space Facebook page
In Her Words: “I wrote Lowriders in Space because as an Arab-American, I was fed up with the inability of mainstream comics and books to represent the diversity of kids I serve today as a kid’s librarian, kids who like me, don’t see themselves in books,” Camper told Racialicious via email. “Raul III told me, ‘This is the book I wanted to read as a child,’ and he was passionate to create it for the same reasons I was.”

Dani Dixon

Where You Can Find Her: Insights for Independent Creators at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Room 32AB.
Where You Can Find Her Online: Her personal site; her Twitter feed.
What’s the story?: Dixon has created two comics series: 13 (about a world where every 13-year-old child has superpowers — but only for one year) and the Midwestern manga story M.I.S.//ing, through her own publishing house, Tumble Creek Press.

Ulises Farinas

Where You Can Find Him: Signing autographs for IDW Publishing at Booth 2643 Thursday at noon.
Where You Can Find Him Online: His personal site; Farinas is also a contributor for The Idol Box, focusing on race and pop culture
What’s the story?: Farinas is the artist for IDW’s Judge Dredd: Mega-City 2, in which the antihero is reassigned to mete out justice in a metropolis that spans the entire U.S. West Coast. Farinas’ ultra-detailed style won him critical praise from both IGN (“the absolute best thing about this comic is the artwork”) and Comic Book Therapy (“Farinas’ style fits this madcap story perfectly”). Farinas’ work has also been featured in Comics Alliance, Complex, the New York Times and Wired.

Jonathan Gayles

Where You Can Find Him: Screening of White Scripts and Black Supermen: Black Masculinities In Comic-Books, Friday at 7:40 p.m. in Hall 2 at the Marriott Marquis & Marina, 333 W Harbor Dr. (down the street from the convention, literally).
Where You Can Find Him Online: and Facebook page; his Twitter feed.
What’s the story?: Gayles’ examination of the comics industry’s depiction of Black men, ranging from Black Panther to Luke Cage to the Milestone Universe, has made its way through the festival circuit since premiering four years ago, but this will be its first screening at SDCC.

Sloane Leong

Where You Can Find Her: Color Design in Comics at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Room 32AB and Image Comics’ “I is for Innovation” panel on Sunday at 2 p.m., Room 7AB
Where You Can Find Her Online: Her personal site; her Twitter feed.
What’s the story?: Leong enters the convention on the heels of the unveiling of From Under Mountains, a fantasy series scheduled to be released next year, featuring her art alongside writing by co-creators Marian Churchland and Claire Gibson. The story is set in the fictional kingdom of Akhara, and will feature a cast of characters almost entirely comprised of people of color.

“For one it feels like a strange betrayal not to include people like myself in the stories I’m telling and it also feels irresponsible not to challenge our culture’s status quo of all white everything,” Leong told Comics Alliance. “A lot of artists I feel don’t want to broach this issue in their work because they feel their work will be ‘othered’ and ignored and I feel like that too, but at the same time I feel encouraged by that. Someone could make amazing work and still not say anything of any consequence about the world they live and thats fine but for me that’s not really an option.”

Ajuan Mance

Where You Can Find Her: Currently scheduling a signing; see her Twitter feed for more information. Also, look for the afropick/barcode 8-Rock logo at the free tables in the Sails Pavillion.
Where You Can Find Her Online: Her personal site.
What’s the story?: Mance is currently promoting 1001 Black Men, an online sketchbook chronicling her encounters with Black men around the Bay Area, where she works. The gentleman pictured here, for instance, is No. 741:

I passed this guy a few weeks ago, at the San Francisco Public Library. I’d gone over to pick up the three pieces of art I’d shown as part of The Black Woman is God exhibit, curated by Karen Seneferu. It was the second incarnation of an exhibit that was at the African American Art and Culture Complex last summer. Like me he was heading toward the African American Center at the library and I watched with a little bit of envy as he disappeared into the stacks near the exhibit area.

Mance is also a zine creator, with her works including A Blues for Black Santa, Black Satyr, and The Little Book of Big Black Bears.

Eric Dean Seaton

Where You Can Find Him: Table P-13 in the Small Press Pavillion
Where You Can Find Him Online: Legend of the Mantamaji website and Facebook page; his Twitter feed.
What’s The Story?: Seaton, a veteran television director — he’s helmed 160 episodes of more than 32 different series — is promoting Legend of the Mantamaji, an urban fantasy set to be released this October. The story centers on attorney Elijah Alexander, who comes to find out he’s the last of the Mantamaji, a group of protectors with roots dating back 3,000 years. It’s also notable that the book will feature lettering by Deron Bennett, who was nominated for an Eisner Award two years ago for his work on titles like Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s Tale of Sand and Helldorado, among others.

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Where You Can Find Them: See below
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Thanks to Kendra, as ever, for covering Part I of the weekend. As usual, you can find our panel coverage on Twitter through her account, the R official feed and my own personal account.

Just like last year, we’ll be compiling our individual panels on Storify and posting them next week. For now, though, let’s look at the second half of the con!


Diversity in Genre Lit (10 a.m., Room 7AB)

Gene Luen Yang figures to have maybe the most momentum going into this discussion of creating diverse worlds in their work, since he’s coming off the release of The Shadow Hero, his new comic with illustrator Sonny Liew and letterer Janice Chiang. Joining him on the panel are Josephine Angelini (Trial by Fire), Adele Griffin (The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone), Lydia Kang (Control), Sherri L. Smith (Orleans) and the producer of the dearly-departed Young Justice animated series, Greg Weisman (Spirits of Ash and Foam: A Rain of the Ghosts Novel).

Avatar the Last Airbender: Legend and Legacy (10:30 a.m, Room 24ABC)

Well this could be awkward: Yang, who has written the comic-book adaptation of the popular animated series, is also booked for this get-together for fans.

Fantastic Females: Heroines in Paranormal Fantasy (10:30 a.m., Room 8)

While Marjorie Liu has made a name for herself for her work for Marvel Comics, she’s also a best-selling fantasy author. Her latest work, Labyrinth of Stars, was published earlier this year. In this panel, she’s joined by Deborah Harkness (the All Souls trilogy), S.J. Harper, (Reckoning), Tonya Hurley (the Blessed series), and the duo known as Christina Lauren (Reckoning, the Wild Seasons series).

Spotlight on Bryan Lee O’Malley (12 p.m., Room 28DE)

The creator of the Scott Pilgrim comics series previews his latest work, Seconds, a stand-alone graphic novel about a girl who gets more than one magical second chance, and the consequences of that kind of luck.

Kodansha Comics (12:30 p.m., Room 8)

Fans of Attack on Titan — the manga powerhouse that has spawned not only separate manga adaptations but a video game and a movie set for release next summer — will want to hone in on this one.

Comics Arts Conference Session #12: Poster Session (2 p.m., Room 26AB)

There’s quite a number of presentations scheduled for this 90-minute session, but here’s two that caught our eye:

  • Allen Thomas (University of Central Arkansas) and Mara Whiteside (University of Central Arkansas) examine the relationship between readers and minority comic book characters, namely the connection a reader feels to a particular character, and discuss the future direction of comic books in regards to minority representation.
  • J. Scott McKinnon (Henderson State University) identifies the factors that contribute to ethnic minority characters either succeeding or failing, examining online discussions, reviews, and published articles.
  • Jake Talley (San Diego State University) compares the female and minority populations in the Marvel and DC universes at various points in their histories to illustrate how their race and gender makeups have evolved over time, and compares the Big Two with younger publishers to see if the lack of decades of continuity produces a more representative character population.

30 Years of Usagi Yojimbo! (3 p.m., Room 28DE)

Everybody’s favorite samurai rabbit is back after a two-year hiatus, and creator Stan Sakai is back to shed some light on Senso, the upcoming six-issue miniseries that promises to serve as the character’s personal Dark Knight Returns.

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Spotlight on Willie Ito (3 p.m., Room 9)

The San Francisco native went from spending part of his childhood in a Japanese internment camp during World War II to a 60-year career as an animator that saw him work on everything from Lady and the Tramp to The Flintstones to the seminal Bugs Bunny animated story What’s Opera, Doc?

Drawing in a [+SM]Art Way: A Hands-on Workshop (5 p.m., Room 30CDE)

What does it say about the comics industry when maybe the most creative title of the whole weekend is from an academic panel? In this panel, Dr. Wei Xu will expand on his work in Drawing in the Digital Age, in which the mathematician and artist describes what he calls the “ABC Method” of working in both 2D and 3D art.

Best and Worst Manga of 2014 (7 p.m., Room 23)

The great Deb Aoki and David Brothers share their cheers and jeers in this panel, along with their picks for underrated books you should pick up.

Gays in Comics XXVII: Prism Comics Mixer and Auction (7 p.m., Room 6A)

In a year where marriage equality has picked up momentum across several states in the U.S., this year’s benefit event for the LGBT advocacy group Prism Comics should have an extra-celebratory air.


Teen Titans Go! Video Presentation and Q&A (11:45 a.m., Room 6BCF)

Okay, so the panel itself looks like it’ll be the usual preview for the upcoming season of the newest incarnation of the DC Entertainment comics series. But the highlight might end up being the appearance of Puffy AmiYumi, the Japanese pop duo behind the ultra-catchy theme song.

Comics Arts Conference Session #14: Strips and Pin-Ups, Race and Politics (12 p.m., Room 26AB)

Only three presentations scheduled for this session, and two of them look intriguing:

  • Melissa Loucks (University of Florida) reminds us of the work comic strips do toward thwarting the distortions and suppressions of the dominant civil rights narrative, looking at the work of Oliver Harrington, George Herriman, and Jackie Ormes.
  • Dwain C. Pruitt (University of Louisville) considers the roles that Matt Baker’s race and sexual orientation may have played in his work and in his most celebrated contribution, the “Baker Girl,” asserting that Baker’s work was shaped by the unique African-American expressive and visual culture of 1930s-1950s Harlem.

Comics Arts Conference Session #15: Comics of Future/Past: Constructing Race, Space and Identity Through the Visualization of the EthnoSurreal (1:30 p.m., Room 26AB)

And speaking of intriguing, check out the description for these three presentation:

Recently, Afrofuturism has been making a global resurgence. Creators in all media forms have been producing speculative narratives that challenge the status quo, remix historical perceptions, and situate the black body as subject. John Jennings (University at Buffalo, SUNY), Stanford Carpenter (Institute for Comics Studies), Regina Bradley (Kennesaw State University), and Jeremy Love (Bayou) ask if the term Afrofuturism still remains the proper designation for invoking ideas of race and cultural production, examining the new notion of the “EthnoSurreal” and how it is comprised of the EthnoGothic and EthnoFuturism. This panel will also tackle the articulation of how these designations are defined and how they can possibly challenge and reimagine ideas around socially constructed ideas regarding racial identity, its visualization, and its consumption through the comics medium.

Superheroines! Power, Responsibility, and Representation (1:30 p.m., Room 23ABC)

Our colleagues at Racebending host this all-female discussion centering on “women in the superhero world.” Marjorie Liu will be on this panel, as will Batman and Earth 2 writer Marguerite Bennett, writer and illustrator Joanna Estep (Bold Riley), cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks, clinical psychologist and podcaster Dr. Andrea Letamendi and artist and animator Jules Rivera.

Fund My Comic (2 p.m., Room 29A)

DC comics mainstay Jamal Igle will be part of this how-to talk on crowdfunding and self-publishing, following his success fundraising on Kickstarter for Molly Danger.

The Battle for Multicultural Heroes (4 p.m., Room 28DE)

Letamendi returns to join panelists Linda Le and Andre Meadows along with host Tony Kim in the second edition of the panel. Interesting to note last year that, while the discussion did a good job covering what you’d call Race 101, none of the panelists expressed any familiarity with Racebending or sites that cover social justice issues in general, aside from Angry Asian Man. This year, Kim said he attempted to contact Racebending, to no avail.

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Instead of a dev chat this weekend, I'm planning on doing some DW work on Sunday morning my time for a while. I welcome anybody who's interested to hop on IRC for some low-key proximal (chronologically) hack time.

There is no real schedule or plan: you can and should work on whatever you want, whether it be code, docs, support requests, styles, design, or even just hanging out and not doing any project if you just want to be social. Although I don't intend to spend a lot of time chatting (it's hacking time for me!) but I will be around for questions.

Date: Sunday 2014-07-27
Time: ~9AM PDT / 1600 UTC

Hope to see some of you there!

OTW Fannews: Perspectives on fandom

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  • Chart Attack featured the feminist comedy These Aren’t the Droids. "This little comic gem is a rebel song in the plainest sense: the future was designed by teenage guys, it looks like a permanent comic-con, and that's not a future that Neko Case or Kelly Hogan (or I for that matter) really want to live in. Instead, they proffer a more humane, more feminist version of tomorrow: guns that shoot feelings! A fundamental appreciation of literacy (but fewer shades of grey)! Everbody'd have more hair!"
  • The Chicago Tribune looked at the evolution of TV recaps. "'To me, it's less critical analysis and more fandom, which is OK,' said Steve Jones, communications professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 'I think it's great that these sites help people get more deeply into stories and be more attentive to what (the shows) are saying. But how much of this goes beyond drilling down into particular episodes and broadens out into larger issues? If you look at the rise of popular criticism since World War II, the trajectory had been an engagement with larger social issues with relation to popular culture. I don't see recappers doing that now.'"
  • The Trades ran a review of Harry Potter fan film The Greater Good. "Overall, Justin Zagri, who wrote, directed, and edited the film, did an amazing job. His version of a scene I’m sure many Potterheads have dreamed about is spot on. He has a distinct knack for intense writing that enthralls the viewer. When the scene literally comes to fisticuffs, I hissed aloud feeling a wave of a sad sort of anger at the characters. As I mentioned earlier, the movie is 17 minutes long. I assumed I would spend the entirety checking the time and wishing for it to move along. Instead, when the credits started to roll, my jaw dropped open that it was already over! More, I demanded, of my poor Youtube app. How dare it disappoint me so!"
  • Entertainment Weekly was one of several sites promoting the new mtvU's Fandom Awards. The event will take place at San Diego Comic Con and MTV and its college network will broadcast a special on the awards on July 27. The awards consist of five categories with bracket voting being done online by fans.

What things springing from fandom have you seen? Write about them on Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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It’s that time of year again! Arturo and I are headed out to Nerd Summer Camp –also known as San Diego Comic Con– on behalf of the R. From July 24-27 we’ll be live-tweeting panels, writing recaps, interviewing creators, and getting up to all sorts of general shenanigans. You may remember that Art posted last week, asking for creators of colour to get in touch. That still applies– we want to hear from you and provide as much signal boosting as possible.

In the meantime, we’ve got our panel recommendations for Thursday and Friday listed below.  You’ll be able to find panel coverage and more from the con on twitter this week via @Racialicious, @aboynamedart, and @wriglied.


Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature (11am; Room 5AB)

With both Marie Lu and Jim Butcher, this panel is a bit of a catch 22. You can go and here Lu (who is Chinese-American) talk about her great YA Legends series, but you’re also going to have to hear Butcher talk about the Dresden Files which –with his white-washing of Chicago and choie of naming a character ‘Injun Joe’– hasn’t always gone so well. The panel also features Dr. David Brin (Hugo, Locus and Nebula Award-winning author of the Uplift trilogy), Rachel Caine(NY Times bestselling author of the Morganville Vampires series), Jason Hough (NY Times bestselling author of The Darwin Elevator series), and Jonathan Maberry (NY Times bestselling author of the Joe Ledger series) discuss writing science fiction and fantasy novels and their adaptation to TV and movies.

Masters of the Web: Comic Book Movies (11:30am, Room 24ABC)

We love Manu Bennett, who just got done with a stint on the CW’s Arrow, which is our sole reason for reccing this panel on upcoming major comic book movies. Also features: John Campea(AMC Movie Talk), Jeremy Jahns (YouTube film critic), Tiffany Smith (DC All Access),Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis (Schmoes Know), and Jon Schnepp (AMC Movie Talk).

Dreamworks Animation (11:30am, Hall H)

Dreamworks hasn’t announced any details about their huge Hall H panel, but I’m hoping they serve up a few more details or some more footage for their new animated feature starring Rhianna:

This may not be worth waiting in the Hall H line, but definitely keep an ear to the internet that afternoon.

Female Heroes, Then and Now (1:00pm, Room 32AB)

The number of panels focusing on sexism, gender, and sexuality this year is promising. One of the first here doesn’t seem to be particularly diverse, but does promise an indepth discussion on sexism, science fiction, comics, and geek culture with Heartbreakers creators Anina Bennett andPaul Guinan, along with friends Jimmy Palmiotti (Painkiller Jane), Kiala Kazebee(Vaginal Fantasy), Allison Baker (Monkeybrain Comics), and Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite).

Comedy Central: Key & Peele and Introducing Moonbeam City! (1:30pm, Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront)

Key & Peele at Comic-Con! Stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peelebe will  the upcoming season of their show (of the same name) on Comedy Central, their new animated show Moonbeam City and their unique point of view, born from “their shared background and experiences growing up biracial in a not quite post-racial world”.

Beyond Clichés: Creating Awesome Female Characters for Film, TV, Comics, Video Games, and Novels (2pm, Room 28DE)

A necessary panel, because clearly creating female characters is hard. This panel promises discussion on the future of female character creation for film, TV, comics, video games, and novels and examine the traps of common tropes, clichés, and stereotypes, while discussing how content creators can create wonderful, relatable, and realistic female characters with moderator Michele Brittany (West Coast Bleeding Cool News correspondent), Neo Edmund (Red Riding-Werewolf Huntress, Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters), Charlotte Fullerton (My Little Pony, Ben 10 Omniverse), Clare Kramer(Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Geek Nation), Marv Wolfman (Teen Titans, creator of countless comic book characters), Andrew Robinson (Kaijudo Rise of the Duel Masters, Rescue Bots), and Mairghread Scott (Transformers Prime, Rescue Bots).


The Art of Big Hero Six (2pm, Room 7AB)


Big Hero Six marks the first animated feature from the melded Disney/Marvel conglomerate. Based on a Marvel comic that debuted in 1998, the film is a cute looking, if slightly white-washed, classic tale of a boy and his robot in the fictional city of San Fransokyo. The panel features Walt Disney Animation Studios presents director Don Hall, producer Roy Conli, production designer Paul Felix and character designer Shiyoon Kim who will share the visual development of Big Hero 6.

Greendale Forever: TV Guide Magazine’s Tribute to Community (2:15pm, Ballroom 20)

I feel as if I’m one of the few people who have no need for a sixth season of this show, and definitely not on Yahoo, but here we are. If you still care about what’s happening at Greendale, this panel is probably for you– even if site favourites Troy and Abed are noticeably absent.

Instead we get Community creator Dan Harmon, executive producer Chris McKenna, and cast members Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Dino Stamatopoulos.

The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con: Positive Portrayals of Women in Pop Culture (3pm, Room 7AB)

So many panels on female characters and women, so few panels on race and diversity. (Oops, did I say that?) This panel discusses powerful women in pop culture and features Action Flick Chick Katrina Hill (Action Movie Freak) has assembled a team of women and men dangerous in their own right: Lesley Aletter (professional stuntwoman), Jenna Busch (Legion of Leia founder), Adrienne Curry (host/model/Tolkien enthusiast), Jane Espenson(Husbands), Alan Sizzler Kistler (, Bryan Q. Miller ( Batgirl), and Jennifer K. Stuller (Ink-Stained Amazon).

The Writer’s Journey: Breaking into Comic Book and Hollywood Scriptwriting (3pm, Room 32AB)

I highlight these “how-to” panels not for their merits of diversity (but let’s give a major shoutout to panelist and Friend of the Blog, Erika Alexander) but because they do provide good practical and realistic advice from professional writers about getting into the industry. Thursday’s features Brandon M. Easton (ThunderCats [2011], Transformers: Rescue Bots), Geoffrey Thorne (TNT’s Leverage, Ben 10), Jonathan Callan(Ben 10, Generator Rex), animation showrunner Charlotte Fullerton (Ben 10: Omniverse), veteran screenwriter Tony Puryear (the Schwarzenegger film Eraser), and actress/writer Erika Alexander (Maxine Shaw from Living Single and co-creator/co-writer of Concrete Park, a graphic novel from Dark Horse) dishing all the inside dirt.

Breaking Barriers: Transgender Trends in Popular Culture (5pm, room 28DE)

Our first LGBTQ panel of the year includes Tara Madison Avery (Dirtheads, Gooch, Prism Comics) present panelistsDylan Edwards (Transposes), Melanie Gillman (As the Crow Flies), J. D. Saxon (Mahou Shounen Fight!), Elizabeth Lain (F*** the Limits!: The 30-Day Art Project, This Is Where),Ashley Love (Trans Forming Media, journalist, transsexual advocate), and Comic-Con special guest, famed comics historian Michelle Nolan (Love on the Racks: A History of American Romance Comics). They’ll be discussing everything from coming out and transition to navigating gender politics in a world still struggling to understand, cartoonists, writers, and filmmakers are investing their work with unique personal experiences as their characters learn to live and love in new and unexpected ways.

LGBT Geek Year in Review (6pm, Room 28DE)

It’s a shame that so many of the panels I find the most interesting are so late in the day! I’m hoping I have the energy to get to this year in review panel with LGBT activist and columnist P. Kristen Enos (Active Voice, Creatures of Grace) leads a discussion with Diane Anderson-Minshall (The Advocate), Trish Bendix (, Matt Kane (GLAAD), and Sean Z. Maker (Bent-Con).

Showtime: Penny Dreadful (6pm, Ballroom 20)

I’m not gonna lie– the idea of Aisha Tyler moderating the Penny Dreadful panel threw me for a loop. It’s a left field decision that I love, even if I don’t quite understand it. Anyway, it’s enough to get the show’s panel on our list despite it’s rather white cast. (However, the show itself is masterfully done and Eva Green is upsettingly good, if you’re looking for a quick watch this August). Tyler will moderate show stars Josh Hartnett(Ethan Chandler), Reeve Carney (Dorian Gray), and Harry Treadaway (Victor Frankenstein

Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining (7pm, Room 23ABC)

I’ve been to this panel twice at NYCC, so won’t be attending again but do fully encourage that you go see Patrick Reed’s hip-hop panel. Guests haven’t been announced yet, but in the past he’s had names like Jean Grae and Run of Run DMC joining him on stage, so it’s likely to be worth checking out.



Gender in Comics (10am, Room 4)

This panel focuses as much on gender within the books as the business side of the industry. Panelists include comics editor Janelle Asselin, senior editor Andy Khouri, BOOM! Studios editor Dafna Pleban, comics writer James Tynion IV (The Woods), Image comics director of trade book sales Jennifer de Guzman, and WIRED writer Laura Hudson and IDW publishing editor Sarah Gaydos.

The Black Panel (10am, Room 5AB)

So this would pretty much be the panel of the con to be at. Arturo covers the panel every year, and this year we’ll be tag teaming for a supersized panel with Orlando Jones (Sleepy Hollow, MAD TV), Ne-Yo (actor, artist, writer, singer, etc.), J. August Richards (Angel, Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Kevin Grevioux (I, Frankenstein; Underworld), Cree Summer (Batman Beyond, Rugrats, A Different World), and Erika Alexander (Living Single, Concrete Park). The Black Panel is produced by Tatiana El Khouri and hosted by its founder, Michael Davis.


Writing for TV: From First Draft to Getting Staffed (10:30am, 24ABC)

I attended this howto panel last year and found it well run, informative, and extremely entertaining. Karen Horne is the VP of NBC programming talent development and inclusion, and she’s joined by Spiro Skentzos (Grimm), Keto Shimizu (Arrow), David Schulner (Emerald City), and David Slack (Person of Interest) to talk about breaking into TV writing with a large Q&A session at the end.

Nickelodeon: Legend of Korra: Book 3 (11:15am, Ballroom 20)

I’ve never seen an episode of Avatar or Korra, but people tell me it’s a thing I should be watching. Join Executive producer and creator team Bryan Konietzko and Mike DiMartino and Janet Varney(Korra), David Faustino (Mako), P. J. Byrne (Bolin), Seychelle Gabriel (Asami), John Michael Higgins (Varrick) and Mindy Sterling (Lin Beifong) for this panel which includes an exclusive sneak peek screening of a new episode for Book 3, “Change.” Moderated by Megan Casey (VP of current series for Nickelodeon).

Milestone @ 21 (11:30am, Room 5AB)

Come for the Black Panel, stay for Milestone! They’re in the same room, back to back, so you’ve really got no excuse not to come. The Milestone @ 21 panel is produced by Reggie Hudlin (Django Unchained, Django/Zorro) and hosted by Phil LaMarr (Static Shock, Mad TV) and features Denys Cowan, (Django Unchained, Green Arrow), Derek Dingle (Black Enterprise magazine), and Michael Davis (The Hidden Beach).

Game of Thrones Panel and Q&A (1:40pm, Hall H)

Not to drop any spoilers for the non-book initiated, but the following seasons should introduce the rest of the the now-deceased Oberyn Martell’s family. I’m hoping, if not absolutely expecting, that Friday’s panel might bring some Dornish casting announcements  of a POC variety. If not, you’ll still get a full panel of GoT stars, including Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Baratheon, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, Rory McCann as Sandor Clegane (“The Hound”), Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell, Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark, and Maisie Williams as Arya Stark.


The Witty Women of Steampunk (2:30pm, 24ABC)

Friend of the Blog Ay-leen the Peacemaker (editor for and Tor Books) joins Anina Bennett (Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel), Claire Hummel (Bioshock: Infinite), Robin Blackburn (The League of S.T.E.A.M.), Sarah Hunter (Steampunk model/performer),Sheyne Fleischer ( The League of S.T.E.A.M.), and moderator Dina Kampmeyer (Lady Steam Designs) to discuss a steampunk reimagining a history that never was. They’ll explore multiculturalism, science, sexuality, class politics, and much more.

Big Ideas for Movies: Crossing Borders with Mexican Animation (3pm, Room 23ABC)

If I’m reading correctly, this is a pretty packed panel. The creators and talent behind the new 3D animated film El Americano 3D are teaming up to bring the new face of Mexican animation to Comic Con. The panel features Mexican filmmaker Ricardo Arnaiz and his producing partnersEdward James Olmos (Battlestar Galactica), Phil Roman (The Simpsons), Verónica Arceo,Alex Flores, Gerry Cardoso, and Michael D. Olmos. Also joining them include the voice talent,Rico Rodriguez(Modern Family), Raul Garcia (Aladdin), Mike Kunkel (Tarzan), and Richard Pursel(SpongeBob Squarepants) and the voices of Gabriel Iglesias (The Fluffy Movie), Cheech Marin (Cheech and Chong), Kate del Castillo (Under the Same Moon), Erik Estrada (CHIPs), and Lisa Kudrow (Friends), among many others.

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By Guest Contributor Keith Chow, cross-posted from The Nerds Of Color

Earlier this week, Lucasfilm announced the addition of two more actors to the cast of Star Wars Episode VII. We do not yet know who the two relatively unknown actors — Pip Anderson, who’s British, and Crystal Clarke, who’s African American — will play in the movie, but I’m guessing their roles must be substantial enough to warrant a press release about their casting. If their characters are indeed prominent, Clarke will join John Boyega and Lupita Nyong’o in making this “the blackest Star Wars ever.”

Still, every time breaking Star Wars casting news comes across my feed, there’s always one name that I hope to see in the headlines:Ming-Na Wen.

Talk about nerd cred, other than Ming-Na, Joy Luck Club also starred Tamlyn Tomita (Karate Kid II), Lauren Tom (Futurama), and Rosalind Chao (Star Trek: TNG).

For those not in the know, Ming-Na is one of the most prominent Asian American actresses in Hollywood today. Though she has been acting since the mid-80s, her career took off in 1993 when she was cast in the lead role of June in Wayne Wang’s adaptation of the Amy Tan novel, The Joy Luck Club.

Wen also spent over five seasons as part of the main cast of ER as Dr. Chen when the show was at the height of its powers on NBC. In addition to these mainstream roles, her geek cred runs deep as well.

She followed her star-making turn in Joy Luck Club by playing Chun Li in 1994′s live-action adaptation of Street Fighter. In 2001, Wen voiced Dr. Aki Ross, the lead character in the big screen CG-animated Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. And on television, Ming-Na provided the voice of Detective Yin on the Kids’ WB animated The Batman series and starred for two seasons on SyFy’s Stargate Universe. She even had a small role in the 2009 superhero flick Push — alongside future Captain America, and until recently, fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Chris Evans.

Despite this long and impressive filmography, the two roles that have led to Ming-Na’s icon status among us Nerds of Color — and the rest of the world, for that matter — are as a Disney Princess and as a Marvel superhero.

Her turn as the legendary Chinese heroine Fa Mulan in 1998 was a big deal. Not only is Mulan the only animated Disney film set in China, its voice cast of predominantly Asian American actors is still pretty impressive 16 years later 1. Though Mulan has never been depicted as a princess in any Chinese telling of the legend, Disney nevertheless inducted the character into their heavily branded — and super popular — Disney Princesses line, making her one of the very few non-white Princesses to be “coronated,” and therefore one of the very few Asian dolls in the toy aisle.

Last year, Ming-Na officially joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — Disney’s other mega-franchise — when she was cast as Agent May on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. And while I admit that I haven’t been the show’s biggest fan2, it was never because of any issue with the character of Melinda May. (My main problems withS.H.I.E.L.D. were always its Whedon-y bits).

In fact, she was one of the few bright spots on the show for me (this mini-Joy Luck Club reunion, for starters) and her relationship with Coulson is actually interesting. Hopefully, the showrunners give her more to do in Season Two than stand around and glower.

Though, admittedly, she’s REALLY good at standing around and glowering.

While she was promoting the premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Ming-Na revealed that there was yet one more Disney franchise she wanted to be a part of: Star Wars.

Though her interview with Access Hollywood made all the rounds back in October, those of us who had been following her career since Joy Luck Club already knew about her preference for that galaxy far, far away. I think it was in a feature in the now defunct A Magazine where I first learned about her Star Wars fandom and her desire to be in one of the films.

Not sure if this was the issue, but I’m pretty sure the issue came out around the time the prequels were being shot. Unfortunately, the magazine existed before the internet and not even Google can track down the article. But trust me, Ming-Na’s Star Wars fandom runs deep, and in the mid-90s, she was all about being in a Star Wars movie. Up to that point, I had no idea that the actress from Joy Luck Club was a fangirl!

Despite the pleas to be in one, George Lucas wasn’t swayed enough to cast her in any of his movies. I guess in Lucas’ Star Wars universe, the only Asians we ever get to see are:

One of Jabba’s dancers in the Special Edition of Return of the Jedi

… Uh, Lando’s co-pilot on the Millennium Falcon, Nien Nunb …

… And the Nemoidians in Episodes I-III.

Also, Amidala in all kinds of Orientalist costumes and makeup.

That’s it. That’s the list.

The one time Lucas actually did cast a real live Asian for a role, he cast Bai Ling instead3 of Ming-Na (and subsequently sent that scene to the cutting room floor).

Also, peep the diversity in that deleted scene. By cutting it, all the black and brown people in Star Wars was reduced by 95%!

When Episode III came and went in 2005, no one expected there to be more Star Wars films, and Ming-Na’s dream to be in one went the way of the Jedi after Order 66. But now that Disney has swooped in to resuscitate the franchise, it is the perfect opportunity to let Mulan wield a lightsaber!

Even if she isn’t cast in J.J. Abrams’ Episode VII — or Rian Johnson’s Episodes VIII and IX, for that matter — Disney has already announced that they will be doing standalone Star Wars movies outside the main sequel trilogy. With a new Star Wars movie coming out every year from now to eternity, why not throw a bone to one of the Magic Kingdom’s most loyal subjects?

Not only would it be a dream fulfilled for one of nerdom’s own, but it would be an historic occasion. To win the Disney triple crown of being an official  Disney Princess, a Marvel superhero, and a Jedi? Hell, that’s gotta be bigger than the EGOT!

So just like the time I called on Marvel to cast an Asian Americanactor to play Iron Fist, I am once again calling on Disney to do the right thing and cast Ming-Na Wen in a Star Wars movie!

  1. Still not sure how or why Donny Osmond provided Shang’s singing voice, though. Either way, here’s hoping Disney doesn’t neglect to cast Asian American actors to voice the characters in the upcoming Big Hero 6 movie. 
  2. I will say, though, that the post-Winter Soldier episodes did eventually get better. 
  3. Is she even real life? 

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At one point, another officer is seen taking a cell phone and a pack of cigarettes from the 43-year-old Garner’s pants.

Even after the arrival of an EMT four minutes into the video, no medical aid is provided to Garner. He’s instead just loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled off.

Cops say he was pronounced dead a short time later after arriving at a Staten Island hospital.

NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo, caught on another video putting Garner in a chokehold, is shown standing a few feet away and chatting amiably with a uniformed colleague.

Near the end of the clip, he gives a satiric wave to the person shooting the second video.

Pantaleo, an eight-year veteran, was placed on modified duty Saturday as cops and the Staten Island district attorney investigated the case.

Pantaleo was stripped of his gun and his shield and assigned to work desk duty. The police union immediately denounced the move as “knee-jerk” and “completely unwarranted.”

New York Daily News

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OTW Fannews: Fandom Misunderstandings

Jul. 20th, 2014 05:28 pm
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  • Attack of the Fanboy put a spotlight on gender segregation in gaming tournaments. "Keeping a few tournaments specifically aimed at females is not an ideal situation, but it does allow a woefully underrepresented part of the population a chance to compete on a professional level. To use the IeSF’s own justification for the initial segregation, many major sports use this method as well. Technically women are allowed in the NBA, but due to various reasons none have been placed on a team. That is why the WNBA exists, to allow a group who would be left out, a chance to compete professionally."
  • While some companies recognize their sport is 'for girls', at The Globe and Mail, Amberly McAteer discussed how many just don't get it. "It’s not just professional baseball that thinks women need extra motivation to support the home team. An official women’s T-shirt from the Pittsburgh Penguins went viral on Twitter because it declared that the wearer 'wants the stick' and loves to 'puck.' Because, of course, women are sex objects. Thanks for your sexist contribution, hockey. The Jays Shop, too, carries mildly insulting women’s gear: sequined tanks, 'meet you in the dugout' deep-vees. The only jerseys available in women’s sizes are indeed the players widely believed to be 'cute,' while the men’s section offers exponentially more."
  • A theater company in Charleston, South Carolina created a play about "the dark side of Twilight fandom". "'Kate & Sam Are Not Breaking Up' is a darkly humorous send-up of Twihard culture and celebrity obsession, with a side of gunplay and a dash of Stephen King's Misery thrown in...The lights come up on Kate and Sam waking from unconsciousness, bound and helpless in the apartment of a crazed superfan named Bill (Andre Hinds). It quickly becomes clear that Bill wants tween America's favorite couple to get back together, and he won't let them go until they do. But the situation really goes to hell when 15-year-old Becky...moderator of the fansite, shows up and starts laying down the law."
  • A CNN report on manga brought about a heated reaction from fans as well as The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. "As Japan prepares to implement a new law which bans the possession of child pornography but exempts manga and anime, CNN released an over-the-top sensationalist video report this week that demonstrates a profound lack of knowledge about the formats. Much of the report by Tokyo correspondent Will Ripley is devoted to undercover footage of an Akihabara manga shop, which Ripley calls 'a place that caters to young people.' (In fact manga is read by people of all ages.) Over mostly-blurred footage, Ripley describes “magazines and videos so graphic, so sexually explicit, we turned our undercover cameras off.' least one of those blurred-out covers that was too much for CNN’s delicate cameras actually wasn’t pornographic at all.”

What troubling fandom issues have you come across? Write about them on Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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OTW Legal at San Diego Comic-Con

Jul. 19th, 2014 04:16 pm
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San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) the world-famous, multi-fandom convention is about to kick off and the OTW will be there!

The Organization for Transformative Works, together with deviantART, will be hosting a panel titled “Comic-Con How-To: Fans, Love, and the Law” on Saturday, 26 July. The speakers will be Betsy Rosenblatt and Heidi Tandy from OTW Legal, and Josh Wattles from deviantART. They’ll be discussing the legal issues surrounding fanworks, so bring your questions about fair use, cease and desist letters, and any other legal issues that have come up in your fannish activities.

The panel will take place in Room 2 from 3:30-4:30.

For those interested in the Comic-Con schedule description:

"Fan art, fanfic, and fan video are delightful passions and like all such things, if they go too far, someone might get angry. DeviantART and the Organization for Transformative Works, together holding the largest collection of fanworks in the universe based on any intellectual property within any media, will bring out their lawyers to explain how you can go to sleep at night, dream the dream of fans, and never have to hide under the bed. “Lawyer Up” with Betsy Rosenblatt and Heidi Tandy from OTW Legal and Josh Wattles from deviantART."

For fans not at SDCC this year, the OTW Legal Committee is always open to your questions, so feel free to contact them.

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In a few minutes we'll be starting a meeting in #dreamwidth-dev! Please drop by if you're around and chat with us!

If you aren't able to make today's meeting, the next meeting will be on Saturday, August 2, at 12 pm EDT.

Update: Here's a list of topics we discussed today:

  • moving chat meetings to every other week, and having social hack time on alternate weeks
  • new mobile styles: current status, and what needs to be done (helpers welcome)
  • Github Issues: still working on getting tags and teams into shape
  • project tracking for non-development projects (e.g. documentation) and non-public projects (security issues)
  • general tracking of larger developer projects (using milestones for this)

And a partial list of topics to follow up with next time:

  • revisit scheduling if needed; was social hack time productive?
  • specific "what are we working on" discussion/issues (chat? blogs? other?)
  • revisit new mobile styles / Github Issues to discuss progress

In attendance were myself, deborahGU, Afuna, alierak, zorkian, and Sophira.

Raw chat log under the cut. )

OTW Fannews: Legal Confusion

Jul. 18th, 2014 05:17 pm
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  • The Washington Post was one of many media outlets covering the U.S. Trademark Office's decision to cancel the Redskins trademark registration. "The 99-page decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board said the team’s name and logo are disparaging. It dilutes the Redskins’ legal protection against infringement and hinders the team’s ability to block counterfeit merchandise from entering the country. But its effect is largely symbolic. The ruling cannot stop the team from selling T-shirts, beer glasses and license-plate holders with the moniker or keep the team from trying to defend itself against others who try to profit from the logo."
  • The Wisconsin State Law Library pointed to a book about trademarks and fan-created content in the wake of the Klinger v. Conan Doyle Estate decision. The book in question is about trademarks and fan-created content from the perspective of trademark owners which doesn’t really acknowledge fans’ rights to make fair uses— but instead is about “tolerating” use. It’s an older work, and an example of the way that trademark owners used to assume that they were always the ones who got to decide how their works would be received.
  • io9 put a spotlight on a study about filk. "Women in the filk community are more likely than men to create original melodies to accompany their lyrics, while women are only somewhat more likely to borrow from others' lyrics than are men. Because filk is often viewed as an imitative culture, the tendency of women to depart from that ethos in creating their own melodies seems significant...female respondents were much more likely to define fair use as not profiting from others' work, and somewhat more likely to define it as giving credit to the original author and making private as opposed to public use of a protected work."
  • The YALSA blog posted about Fandom and Fair Use but made some problematic claims. For example, it does not actually discuss what fair use is and provides questionable examples. Crunchyroll claims to be fully licensed and even Disney has now embraced user-generated content. Instead what the YALSA post demonstrates is an example of copyright confusion: people think that some things aren’t “allowed” when in fact either fair use law or licensing is on their side.

What confusing legal fandom issues have you come across? Write about them on Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

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The Falcon is going to be the new Captain America! Great! But then what?

Oh, you expected this to stick? History says otherwise. But there’s a potential problem ahead.

SPOILERS under the cut

Teaser image featuring (l-r): Havok, the character formerly known as Thor, Sam Wilson as Captain America, the Hulk, and Steve Rogers.

It’s not surprising that Marvel would use the stage of the Colbert Report to announce that Sam Wilson would be the protagonist in a new Cap comic starting this November. As Newsarama pointed out, the company had been suggesting the change was in the works, stemming from a story in which the Captain of record, Steve Rogers, lost the Super-Soldier syrum keeping him youthful.

So in going on the Report, Marvel was banking that his audience — which, one would suggest, includes people who aren’t following the book but are pro-diversity as a matter of habit — would take it as a positive surprise. The announcement could have been handled differently on another show: Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, for example, would have been able to better explain the significance of the move, but she might also have pointed out that the company also acted like Rogers’ “death” just seven years ago was going to stick, or that Marvel has already seen a Black Captain America in Isaiah Bradley from the Truth: Red, White & Black miniseries. Thus, avoiding actual journalists and announcing Wilson’s new role in the safe embrace of Colbert’s “truthiness” was the smartest play.

The company used the similarly friendly confines of The View to announce that an unidentified cis-woman character would be written to take up the mantle of Thor, giving Marvel Entertainment, Inc. a pair of feel-good stories for its comics division, and a chance to see “fans” at ComicsAlliance’s Facebook page reacting to the news of this latest Black Cap as gracefully as the townspeople in Blazing Saddles:

(l-r) Chris Evans as Captain America and Chris Hemsworth as Thor in a still from “Avengers: Age Of Ultron.” Image via

Of course, when it comes to Marvel, the movie tail wags the comics dog; in between the announcements regarding Wilson and the new Thor, the first still photos from Age of Ultron were released, featuring Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth reprising their respective roles from Joss Whedon’s first go-round.

So unless we start seeing pictures of Anthony Mackie rocking the shield in the third Cap movie, or, say, Katee Sackhoff wielding Mjolnir, the best way to approach these new adventures is as a bridge between now and the release of Age of Ultron next summer. Or did readers of The Superior Spider-Man go into the second Spider-Man movie expecting Andrew Garfield to recite dialogue written for Alfred Molina?

But let’s consider this image of some of the heroes featured in Marvel’s “Avengers NOW” branding:

Image via Entertainment Weekly.

You can see Marvel at least trying to liven up its primary team lineup for the next few months. These “Avengers Of The Next Financial Quarter” look like they will include the Inhuman queen Medusa, the Winter Soldier, a new Deathlok (benefitting, perhaps, from Agents of SHIELD) and the reimagined Captain and Thor, among others. It’s certainly a more inviting sell than Steven Moffat’s attitude regarding the casting in Doctor Who.

It’s less encouraging, however, to discover that the writer entrusted with telling Wilson’s new stories as Captain America is Rick Remender. You might remember Remender from his rather ham-handed approach to race in the pages of Uncanny Avengers last year, and for some of his responses to critiques of that work:

Only in comics, apparently, does telling people to “drown themselves” in urine qualify someone for a promotion. But Remender also found himself in hot water with fans less than a month ago, in a scene involving Wilson that had some Falcon supporters briefly calling for him to be fired.

In Captain America #22, we see a flashback in which Wilson entertains a visit from Jet Black, the reformed daughter of supervillain Arnim Zola. Because she was raised in an alternate dimension, Jet aged more rapidly than a woman from “our” Earth. Since her previous depiction led some readers to speculate that she was still a teenager, Remender writes a line for her where she can announce that she’s at least 23 years old:

You will also note that Wilson is seen begging off from drinking more, only for Jet to encourage him to keep drinking before making an advance toward him:

The “punchline” is the strong indication that Wilson and Jet have already slept together by the time he can remember what happened:

Who knows if they actually had sex and then put their underwear back on, of course. But it’s okay, because even if Jet was evil once, she TOTES wanted him:

Remender was accused of effectively writing Wilson into committing sexual assault against a minor before the furor was corrected on Tumblr. But even allowing for Jet stating otherwise, the scene comes off really awkwardly; the thought of waking up not knowing if you’ve had sex with someone isn’t something a lot of people can brush off with a make-up kiss.

The scene stirred up memories of a 2009 issue of Amazing Spider-Man in which writer Fred Van Lente suggested rather heavily that one of Spidey’s rogues, The Chameleon, had sex with Peter Parker’s roommate while disguised as Parker, which can — under British law, at least — be considered rape. After first telling a fan that he believed rape “requires force or the threat of force,” Van Lente quickly back-tracked, saying the two characters only made out. So, even if Remender has a reveal planned saying Jet and Falcon never had sex at all, his attempt to kickstart a relationship between them lacked nuance, to say the least.

Sam Wilson as Captain America. Image via Comic Book Resources.

And so this is the writer — tone-deaf on race, seemingly behind the times on matters of sex and consent — who has been entrusted with telling the story of the latest Black Captain America, however long they’re scheduled to run. Besides the fact that stories starring interim superheroes can be enjoyable in their own right (Dick Grayson’s tenures as Batman, Superior Spider-Man and the adventures of Beta Ray Bill come to mind), Marvel has to know that having Sam Wilson carry a mantle so deeply associated with depictions of patriotism opens up the door to the kind of tales that can go beyond the realm of heroics and explore some of those associations.

How would Wilson react to Marvel-Americans who don’t want a Black man as Captain America? How would this change the dynamic between himself and his Black teammates in the underrated Mighty Avengers book? Would Sam see an opportunity to use the platform to make broader statements about race? Would he take it? As we’ve said before, Remender’s work flows best when he sticks to straight-ahead superheroics, and that shouldn’t change in this new book.

But after creating a chance to do more — not to mention the chance to hire a POC writer for a high-profile book — Marvel is sending the signal that this is just a placeholder. So, as high as Sam Wilson might fly in his latest role, it’s not hard to shake the feeling that we’ll be left with plenty of sky left to cover.

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In honor — or disbelief — of the fact that apparently people still watched “24″ this year, let’s remember Arturo’s struggle to grasp how this show can still have any fans after the turgid intercalary chapter in 2008 that saw Jack Bauer go to Africa.

By Special Correspondent Arturo R. García

… No, really, people watch this show every week? No wonder the Bush presidency lasted two terms.

24: Redemption is both set-up and appetizer for the show’s incomprehensible fanbase, setting the table three years after the surely cataclysmic sixth season, which left Super Agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) on the lam and out of a job, what with his beloved Counter Terrorism Unit being disbanded.

As we begin this two-hour slice of Jack’s traumatic life, the former Republican role model is moonlighting in the fictional African country of Singala, helping out an old special ops buddy (Robert Carlyle) building a school/living shelter somewhere near the country’s border. Where these kids’ parents are, why this school is not co-ed, or staffed by anybody who’s not white, is never explained. The only other person at the camp is a slimy, United Nations worker. Of course the UN guy is French, and verbally fahrts in Jack’s general direction.

But never mind the kids or their harsh socio-political realities, Jack is emotional, man!

He’s depressed about how Season 6 went down, and beset upon by an Annoying Liberal U.S. Bureaucrat (Gil Bellows) serving a subpoena for Jack to testify to Congress regarding “human rights violations.” If we’re talking about the rest of this series, can we move to upgrade the charges to Crimes Against Humanity?

(By the way, we know Bellows is playing a Liberal because he wears dorky glasses and complains about the heat. An Annoying Republican Bureaucrat would have hiked his way across the jungle, carrying the subpoena like Christopher Walken did the watch in Pulp Fiction.)

Jack’s mellow gets harshed even further by a seemingly out-of-nowhere coup organized by the People’s Freedom Army, led by the evil Gen. Benjamin Juma (an under-used Tony Todd) and his #1, Col. Ike Dubaku (Hakeem Kae-Kazim). You know they’re important characters because they’re not featured in a single publicity still Fox released for the movie. Though Juma and Dubaku decry the Singalan government as working for their “white masters” in the U.S., we learn the PFA is in fact being funded by evil American Jonas Hodge (Jon Voight).

In shepherding the schoolchildren to the rapidly-closing U.S. Embassy, Jack has what you could call an off day: 10 kills in just under two hours, as they make their way to asylum before the embassy is evacuated under orders of lame-duck President Noah Daniels (Powers Boothe). The fall of Singala, and Jack’s and the kids’ final march to safety, plays out alongside the inauguration of Daniels’ successor, the “idealistic” Allison Taylor. In order to get the kids on the last helicopter to safety, Jack is forced to forego his “What, me, accountable?” philosophy and turn himself in for testimony.

On the “real world” side of things, the program featured a commercial for Malaria No More and referred viewers to a documentary on child soldiers on its official website. And it’s encouraging, I suppose, that writer Howard Gordon didn’t attempt to give Redemption a “feel-good” ending: you know, Jack killing Juma and Dubaku with both arms tied behind his back (don’t laugh; he killed Dubaku’s brother in that condition) and making Africa safe for Hot Topic and horrible NBA expansion teams. And Juma and Dubaku might get to become true Big Bads along with Hodge when the show resumes in January. But if that’s the best thing to come out of this two-hour informercial for Real Americanism, then … like I said earlier, people watch this every week?

Take me back, Tim Kring, all is forgiven!

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