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...

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Pretty much the number one conversation in comic-dom the past few days has been Grant Morrison's comments about the end of Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's 1988 graphic novel "The Killing Joke". In an interview with Kevin Smith, Morrison said:

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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...

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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.

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By Matt D. Wilson

Each week, Matt Wilson, co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and author of the Supervillain Field Manual, examines a major comic news item and picks a few winners and one loser among the week's comic book releases.

I've never really subscribed to the old saying that any publicity is good publicity. Anthony Weiner's political career should be evidence enough of that. But some people...some people sure do know how polish up a PR turd. Nobody seems to be better at it than Mark Millar.

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SPOILERS FOR "MAN OF STEEL" AND DC COMICS "JUSTICE LEAGUE" #22; TURN AWAY NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW.

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As a response to a call to boycott the movie adaptation of his classic sci-fi novel "Ender's Game," author Orson Scott Card -- known opponent of gay marriage -- released the following statement to EW:

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The world of comics publishing was shaken at the end of June when it was announced that Boom! Studios had acquired Archaia Entertainment, merging two of the most respected indie companies into a single entity.  And while from a certain perspective, this seemed like a natural pairing – two titans of the small press teaming up to take on the world – it also raised some concerns among readers, creators, and press.

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By Kevin M. Brettauer

The watchman, he lay dreaming
The damage had been done
He dreamed the Titanic was sinking
And he tried to tell someone.
- Bob Dylan, “Tempest”

The works of the recently deceased Richard Matheson, who passed away at the age of 87 on June 23rd, were infectious.

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Remember last month when the Internet blew up amidst learning about the death of a famous member of the Bat-family of comic books? Well...maybe that wasn't so much of a thing after all. Read on for SPOILERS.

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By Steven Smith

Salutations friends. We just got back from Denver Comic Con and boy are my eyes dry. Damn Denver, is there any moisture or is just on those mountain thingys, wossname, look like big rocks? Whatever.

Denver Con was a rip roaring time. The Geek team did our geek thing, getting magnificent interviews, fun geek footage, and we learned some things. One, Felicia Day is the greatest (we knew that but she proved it again), J. August Richards couldn’t be more tight lipped about who he’s playing in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (not to say we didn’t try), and we all want to be best friends with Phil Lamarr (I mean, who doesn’t?) Read More...

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***Spoilers*** A couple of weeks ago, DC Comics released Justice League Of America #4.  In that issue, Catwoman is captured, tied to a chair, and shot through the head at point-blank range.  The issue ends with her body lying on the floor, in a pool of blood.

What I found troubling about this wasn't the death of an iconic character – I have no objection to creators killing off characters, and history shows that pretty much no one in comics stays dead for long – it's that it revolves around the humiliation and dehumanization of a woman.  Catwoman has no specific service to the story except as a prop: to be bait for Batman, bound and killed, graphically, on-panel.  This isn't just the usual portrayal of Catwoman as simple sex object – she is literally an object, a device with no power and no motive, existing merely to advance the story. Read More...

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My older brother often tormented me with scary movie marathons. Thanks to Chucky, Barbie and Co. lived in a heavily guarded toy box at night. And Critters? Don’t even get me started on the nightmares those fur balls caused. Then we watched Gremlins and the joke was on him... I loved it. How could I not love a movie that starred the sweetest thing in the world: a Mogwai? Gizmo became my ultimate ideal of a pet; and as much as a begged… I sadly never received one for any major holiday or birthday; (no) thanks, MOM. Years later I’m still grasping onto the hope that I’d stumble upon one in some major city’s Chinatown, but I’m not holding my breath. Because thankfully, my family acquired what could be Gizmo’s second cousin, and I later got a permanent reminder of my childhood dream. Read More...

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By Matt D. Wilson

Each week, Matt Wilson, co-host of the War Rocket Ajax podcast and author of The Supervillain Handbook, examines at a major comic news item and picks a few winners and one loser among the week's comic book releases.

Last week, ComiXology made an announcement that it had rejected from and was going to be taking down some of the comics already available in its iOS app because they violated Apple's App Store guidelines for content. You can see a list of the books that got removed here.

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By Steven Smith

Spoilers ahead for "Star Trek Into Darkness"!

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