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Posts Tagged ‘New York Comic Con’

Reviewer Applauds Marvel Comics Muslim Superhero

MsMarvelHere’s an intriguing media juxtaposition. The Wesleyan Argus, powered by undergrads at Connecticut’s Wesleyan University, is “the country’s oldest twice-weekly printed college newspaper.” It’s been around since 1868.

The paper was named after a hundred-eyed giant from Greek mythology and this week, via contributing writer Billy Donnelly, it casts an approving glance in the direction of a pop culture artifact that would have been unthinkable for most of the newspaper’s span: a teenage Muslim comic book superhero. The character of Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, first announced at last fall’s edition of New York Comic Con, gets a big thumbs up from Donnelly:

A seasoned comic book writer known for her work on the Vertigo Comics series Air and her novel Alif the Unseen, [G. Willow] Wilson is herself Muslim, and clearly knows how to construct complex characters. Though initial descriptions of Kamala’s life in interviews made me concerned that the characters would be strictly adhering to flat Muslim stereotypes, these concerns were mitigated after the first three pages.

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Man Banter Makes Misogynistic Waves at Comic Con

ManBanterFacebookComicConAt press time, the official Twitter account @ManBanterSucks is not coming up and the Facebook page /ManBanter no longer registers either. Following a rancid Sunday at New York Comic Con for the show that bills itself as “The Most Unapologetic Man Show in the history of Public Access TV!”

The host of Man Banter is Mike Babchik. The program’s Facebook page listed it as airing on Bronx Net channel 68 Cablevision/Fios 34. But that may change in the wake of this weekend’s shenanigans, as relayed by Boing Boing ’s Rob Beschizza. Here for example is how it went down between the show’s crew and cosplayer Bethany Maddock:

The very first question that pops out of his mouth was “So, does your costume help you get laid?” It’s at that point where all my con creeper stories I’ve read on Tumblr and heard through my friends, kicked in. I ended the interview immediately.

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A Comic Con-founding Social Media Move

NYComicConLogoBy now, you may have heard about a misguided bit of high-tech media registration business that went down at New York Comic Con on Thursday and into the early hours of Friday, before being wisely suspended. We could summarize, but in this case we’ll let Jill Scharr, a writer for Tom’s Guide US, tell you exactly what it felt like:

Many people, including this reporter, activated their Comic Con badges using a social media account and were surprised yesterday to find posts to their Twitter feeds that they themselves hadn’t written. Examples included “Best four days of my life!” or “Getting my daily dose of #NYCC!” with an attached link to NYCC’s Facebook page.

Other users found unauthorized posts to their Facebook pages from Comic Con.

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