The Top 5 Webcomics You Missed This Week!From pirates on the open seas back down to a sewage line in Rome, New York, webcomics were not only all over the map this week but they went to the farthest reaches of space as well!

Read More...

Kleefeld's FanthropologyLet me share with you three of my favorite series.

My first real fannish interest was the Fantastic Four, particularly the comic book. Despite not liking the first FF story I'd read as a young child, I got an issue for my eleventh birthday and was just absolutely riveted. The characters were so engaging and relatable to me. I loved the dynamic of this sort-of-made-up-family going off and exploring the unknown reaches of another universe. So much so that when one of the lead characters "died" at the end of the twenty-some pages, I just had to find out what happened next! I went on to collect the entire series, going all the way back to the very first issue from 1961, and later put together a Fantastic Four fan site.

Read More...

Top 5 Webcomics You Missed This Week!

We start and end this week's webcomics list with fairies, who bookend two newbie superheroes and a small lizard that kicks Scottish tail!

Read More...

Kleefeld's FanthropologyFor the past five years or so, the name of Herbert Chavez has popped into my view on a roughly annual basis, and it's always in the exact same context. He's the gent from Calamba City, Philippines who's undergone multiple plastic surgeries to look as much as possible like Superman.

The mainstream articles almost always read exactly the same, regardless of the outlet or the year, so I won't belabor all the details here, but the short version is that he really, really, really likes DC Comics' Superman and struck a deal with a local plastic surgeon to get these procedures done for free in exchange for doing promotion work for him. My guess is that each spate of articles is prompted by a new procedure having gone well. Read More...

Top 5 Webcomics You Missed This Week!From the explosive to the sublime, this week's webcomics run the gamut of genres, subjects, and decision points! All worth checking out -- all for different reasons!

Read More...

Kleefeld's Fanthropology

This week, we're going to turn things over to Peter A. David. Back in 2011, he wrote up a Fan/Pro Bill of Rights to try to verbally express the normally tacit agreements fans and professionals have with one another. With his permission, we're reprinting it here, because sometimes folks need a reminder on just what they're "promised" when they pick up a book or watch a movie... Read More...

Kleefeld's FanthropologyWhen I was growing up, I could not for the life of me understand sports fandom. I wasn't terribly athletic, so despite some bouts with Little League and intermural basketball and the like, I didn't have a lot of interest in sports in the first place. But having played a number of them, both in local leagues and in gym class, I understood the basic rules and techniques in the games, so my lack of understanding sports fandom didn't come from a lack of understanding the games themselves.

Usain BoltWhat I didn't understand was why anyone would be a fan of an entire team, year after year for decades on end. I could see being a fan of an individual player; not having much ability myself, it was easy to look at and appreciate the ease with which professional athletes could accomplish what I could not. I could understand seeing how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky-hook was impressive and worth garnering a fans' attention. The Olympics made a lot more sense to me by that standard than professional sports; I can see why people are just as happy to cheer on Usain Bolt as Gabby Douglas.

By contrast, following an entire sports team failed to resonate for me. While some of the individual players might be worth sustained interest, or even some coaches, the members of any given sports team change on an almost ongoing basis. Why would I support the Cleveland Indians for a decade, when the entire roster would change over several times? It would be an entirely different team, consisting of entirely different players from when I first started watching. Read More...

Top 5 Webcomics You Missed This Week!

NSFW: this post contains content that may not be suitable for all audiences.

This week in webcomics, it's all about education! We're learning about social media, birth control, webcomic marketing and, er... hippie buffalo spirit guides.

5. Connie to the Wonnie: Yelling on Twitter!Connie to the Wonnie

Connie Sun has been running her daily comic diary for a couple years now, but thanks to Tom Spurgeon, she's only recently come to some realizations about social media. It's not so much her own revelation that's worth noting here, but rather the idea that not everyone sees social media in the same way, and it's worth pointing out that other people use the media differently. Stepping outside your own worldview, even with regards to how to use social media, is worth sharing. Read More...

Top 5 Webcomics You Missed This Week!

We open and close this week with some deaths, but they're both treated VERY differently. We've also got a debut, a familial fight, and a pair of webcomics by some old school comic book artists! Also, Steve Perry! (Wait, isn't that seven webcomics?)

Read More...

Kleefeld's Fanthropology

Several years ago, in the days before GPS, my father was driving through a very rural section of Ohio and found himself rather lost. He was in danger of being late for an engagement, so he swallowed his pride and asked for directions from the one attendant at the one gas station he could find. The attendant, in all earnestness and sincerity started...

Read More...

Top 5 Webcomics You Missed This Week!

We start and end this week's list with some extreme reactions. In between are some quieter, but no less significant, moments.

Read More...

Kleefeld's Fanthropology!

If you visited YouTube this week, you may have noticed that they've changed their logo a bit. They've added a "Geek Week" tag on the end of it. Between August 4-10, they're spotlighting a number of geek themed channels, with each day focusing a little more narrowly on a more particular theme. Monday was "Global Geekery" looking at international videos, "Braniac Tuesday" highlighted science related pieces, and so on. Further, YouTube went out of their way to film a series of three-ish minute videos introducing each day's motif, using a variety of hosts who have their own fairly popular YouTube channels.

Read More...

Top 5 vWebcomics You Missed This Week!

While we were able to keep to a single theme last week, this week's Top 5 Webcomics are a bit all over the place! We've got new stories, potty humor, real life burglaries and more!

Read More...

Top 5 Webcomics You Missed This Week

It's anniversary week apparently, as several webcomics hit some notable publishing milestones over the past seven days! Here's who's celebrating...

Read More...

Kleefeld's Fanthropology

I've actively avoided the "fake geek girl" discussion so far for a few reasons. First, it's asinine. Who the drok do you think you are to question anyone's interest in any fandom? That someone even feels the need to openly denounce the legitimacy of another's fannishness says more about the accuser than the accused, so you accusers would do best to shut the frak up.

Read More...

Top Categories

©2014 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. MTV and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.