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Posted by Patrick George

I Ripped Sick Charger SRT8 Wedding Burnouts For America

I'll be the first to admit that working for Jalopnik carries certain perks, like getting to do sick Dodge Charger SRT8 burnouts to celebrate your wedding.


Comic Issues #167 – WonderCon 2014

Apr. 23rd, 2014 01:00 pm
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Posted by Anthony Silva

While some of the crew were in the magical kingdom of Anaheim Anthony, Elizabeth, and Leland from Movie Issues sat down with some of the people they’ve been talking about for months and years on the podcast.  Tucked away in the dark corner of WonderCon our heroes and heroine combine forces with Bernie and Lauren Bregman of Nerds Like Us and Birds of Play/Castle Corsetry, the mastermind behind The Blue Beetle: Ted Kord Returns, Donald McKinney, and our favorite band geeks Neil Segura and Ray Mendivil of the comic Forever Freshman to bring to you only the best in geekery that WonderCon can offer.

Tune in as we learn all about these amazing people and what they’re doing to improve this nerdy world we live in.

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Brilliant but Cancelled

Apr. 23rd, 2014 02:00 pm
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Posted by Hayden Yale

Whilst reading about the recent re-imagining of Fargo as a TV series, I discovered that the new FX show isn’t the first time that the 1996 film has been turned into a TV show. A Fargo pilot was filmed in … Continue reading

Batman 75 Variant Covers Coming July

Apr. 21st, 2014 02:15 pm
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Posted by Alex Giles


Unless you have been living under a rock or have stumbled onto this site by mistake (why are you here?), you will be well aware that year 2014 is the 75th annivesary of the man that is called both Bruce Wayne and Batman. As a mark of honor DC Comics is proclaiming 2014 the "Year of the Bat".


With many things going on for this year of the bat, some already announced and many more to still come,  July 2014 is going to be ‘Batman Variant Cover Month’ where select DC Comics will have a Batman 75 variant covers with a wide range of artists as announced by New York Daily News. It’s not known what covers they will work on but already the names of Kevin Nowlan, Klaus Janson, Jim Steranko, Walt Simonson, Graham Nolan, Cliff Chiang, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Dan Jurgens, Mike Kaluta have been released with more to come.


Most of this year DC Comics have had a variety of monthly themes from Scribblenauts in January to Steampunk for February, March was Robot Chicken month and this month being the MAD theme month.


The full list of comic books that will feature Batman 75 variant covers will be:


EARTH 2 #25


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Spybot Search & Destroy 2014.04.23

Apr. 23rd, 2014 02:13 pm
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Posted by hayc59

+ GetSavin + Firseria
++ Win32.Agent.Fireshot
+ AirAdInstaller.SoftwareUpdater + UpToDown
++ PornoAssist + Win32.Bifrost
Total: 2599264 fingerprints in 809329 rules for 7270 products

WinPatrol v30.9.2014

Apr. 23rd, 2014 01:57 pm
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Posted by hayc59

WinPatrol v30.9.2014 Released
Date: April 22nd 2014

As promised I've focused on making WinPatrol easier and more powerful in 2014 with monthly updates. This version now includes Windows tooltips to provide a consistent, helpful interface.
In the past, I've avoided tooltips because I knew it would make WinPatrol larger, taking more space in memory. That's how much effort ase put into making WinPatrol as optimized as possible. It also presents an...

WinPatrol v30.9.2014
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Posted by Brigid Alverson

Comics A.M. | ‘Fun Home’ dispute part of larger battle in S.C.

Politics | Framing the controversy as part of a larger political battle between South Carolina’s lawmakers and its public universities, The Washington Post wades into the ongoing saga surrounding the House of Representatives’ vote to reduce funding to two schools after they selected gay-themed books for their summer reading programs. The newspaper uses as its […]
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At Katie Cook's WonderCon spotlight panel the writer/artist spoke about her work on "My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic," "Star Wars" and more.
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Posted by Maren Williams

amazonsmileDo you have an Amazon habit? Now your purchases from the retail giant can benefit CBLDF! We’re now part of AmazonSmile, a program that gives 0.5% of the purchase price for items you’d buy anyway to eligible charities like CBLDF.

To send funds our way, all you have to do is start your Amazon shopping from smile.amazon.com with Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Inc as your designated charity — you’ll be prompted to set that up the first time you visit the URL. You can still use your same Amazon account, and you can search the site and navigate to wishlists and registries just like normal. Unfortunately, though, you can’t see which items are eligible for donation in search results; for that you have to look on the individual product page right above the “Add to Cart” button or under the price. (Purchases made from your Kindle or through Amazon apps won’t count.)

So, change your Amazon bookmark to smile.amazon.com, and remember to start from that page the next time you get a hankering for 36 packages of ramen! We’ll also be putting a link here in the slideshow at the top of the CBLDF homepage, so you can just click through from our site if you prefer. For more on the AmazonSmile program, check out the FAQ and/or the full details.

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Inc

We need your help to keep fighting for the right to read! Help support CBLDF’s important First Amendment work by visiting the Rewards Zonemaking a donation, or becoming a member of CBLDF!

Contributing Editor Maren Williams is a reference librarian who enjoys free speech and rescue dogs.

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Posted by Andrew Liszewski

Mother Nature has already mastered the art of camouflage, so it only makes sense that we steal her ideas when it comes to the art of hiding. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a remarkable new material "inspired" by chameleons, which can change shape and color under different lighting conditions.


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Posted by Scott Beggs

"Required Reading: Subtitled Movie Love and Going Up to 11" was originally published on Film School Rejects for our wonderful readers to enjoy. It is not intended to be reproduced on other websites. If you aren't reading this in your favorite RSS reader or on Film School Rejects, you're being bamboozled. We hope you'll come find us and enjoy the best articles about movies, television and culture right from the source.

This is Spinal Tap - These Go to 11


The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere.

There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya?

Why U.S. Audiences Are More Comfortable With Subtitles Than Ever” — Scott Foundas at Variety chronicles the rising familiarity with foreign-born directors and multiple languages showing up in Hollywood movies. It’s less about the collective psyche of Americans, and more about studios coming to terms with the fact that we’re mostly not idiots who can’t read good and want to learn to do other things good, too. The main lesson is that if you make a subtitled movie, and it makes a billion dollars, studios stop caring about subtitles all that much.

“Right the First Time” — Pinging off of Showgirls now being reconsidered as a misunderstood masterpiece of satire, Sam Adams at CriticWire asks the survey crowd about movies that everyone judged correctly the first time around. Heaven’s Gate gets beat up on for some reason.

Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein on the indispensability of This Is Spinal Tap” — Will Harris at The Dissolve guides the Portlandia pair in licking the mockumentary par excellence’s love pump.

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Posted by Samuel Zimmerman

Currently signed to the long-standing and legendary Epitaph Records, The Menzingers are a no-frills punk band from Pennsylvania currently garnering plenty of well-deserved acclaim. With a new record, RENTED WORLD, out this week, the band has debuted a legitimately hilarious video for first single, “I Don’t Want to be An Asshole Anymore.” Applying the song’s […]
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Posted by Cain Rodriguez

Doug Liman’s first feature-length directorial outing in four years, the Tom Cruise-starring sci-fi blockbuster “Edge of Tomorrow,” sees release later this year and the “Bourne Identity” director isn’t wasting time in lining up a follow-up gig. THR reports Liman is being courted by Warner Bros. to helm an adaptation of the forthcoming children’s novel “Railhead.” Set for release in Fall 2015 and written by Philip Reeve, the book “is set in a futuristic world where trains run through space via portals. The main character is a petty theif hired to steal an object that happens to be more important than he was led to believe, setting off an adventure that could change the course of the galaxy.” Hopefully, “Railhead” turns out better than Liman’s last attempt at a YA novel, 2008’s “Jumper.”
Though he’s not a critical darling, “Underworld” director Len Wiseman is still a studio favorite and Variety reports he’s found another job. David Ellison’s Skydance Productions – the tentpole...

Trigger warnings in higher education

Apr. 23rd, 2014 09:44 am
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I've been meaning to post about this for a while. [personal profile] cereta just made a post which reminded me. Apparently offering trigger warnings in higher education is a trend:






Now, there are circumstances in which I think trigger warnings would be a basic courtesy: if you are about to show a film with graphic content which students might not be expecting.

But from the standpoint of a historian I think that warnings for any given historical subject would basically approximate the warnings for human existence itself: racism, sexism, colonialism, slavery, religious bigotry, war, disease, child abuse, grinding poverty, exploitation, suffering, death, etc. However innocuous a subject you might be able to imagine - "Jane Austen's world," for instance, which included just about all of the above.

For that reason I found Oberlin's previous - now removed - policy on trigger warnings a little bit chilling:
• Remove triggering material when it does not contribute directly to the course learning goals.
• Sometimes a work is too important to avoid. For example, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is a triumph of literature that everyone in the world should read. However, it may trigger readers who have experienced racism, colonialism, religious persecution, violence, suicide, and more. Here are some steps you, as a professor, can take so that your class can examine this source in the most productive and safe manner possible:
• Issue a trigger warning. A trigger warning is a statement that warns people of a potential trigger, so that they can prepare for or choose to avoid the trigger. Issuing a trigger warning will also show students that you care about their safety...
• Tell students why you have chosen to include this material, even though you know it is triggering. For example:
“…We are reading this work in spite of the author’s racist frameworks because his work was foundational to establishing the field of anthropology, and because I think together we can challenge, deconstruct, and learn from his mistakes.”
“…This documentary challenges heterosexism in an important way. It is vital to discuss this issue. I think watching and discussing this documentary will help us become better at challenging heterosexism ourselves.”
• Strongly consider developing a policy to make triggering material optional or offering students an alterative assignment using different materials. When possible, help students avoid having to choose between their academic success and their own wellbeing.

Why is it worth studying history? That's a good question and well worth discussing with undergraduates. But I strongly refuse the idea that one should have to justify to students the reasons for not sweeping (tw: sexism) "man's inhumanity to man" under the carpet.

I wonder whether Oberlin's sweeping policy was a result of concerns about legal liability more than anything else? Or perhaps I'm being ungenerous.
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Posted by Eric Ravenscraft

Blood Alcohol Finder Estimates Your BAC Over Time Based on Your Drinks

Android: Without a breathalyzer, it's not exactly easy to gauge what your blood alcohol content is. Blood Alcohol Finder helps you get in the ballpark, though, by estimating your BAC levels based on your size, gender, and amount you've been drinking over time.


Salt Lake CIty’s FanX drew 100,000

Apr. 23rd, 2014 02:00 pm
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Posted by Heidi MacDonald

Well it’s seems the Salt Lake City con hits its goal with 100,00 attendees, according to a press release. That would make it the third biggest show in the US. Show Runner Dan Farr is very bullish on the show:

“I still feel really strongly that we haven’t even tapped but a small percentage of the potential market of attendees that would have a good time here,” he said. “People can see ads or they can see messages on Facebook or they can see billboards or whatever it may be, but until they really experience it, you have a hard time really knowing what an event is like. Once you have more people experience it, they’re going to tell more of their friends … what they missed out on.”

Salt City’s first con was held last fall, and this was a second show on the schedule. The next one in September will add even more space and expand to the rest of the downtown area. The event had a big focus on nerdlebirties—Star Trek, Nathan Fillion, Karl Urban—and it seems to have delivered a great experience for fans.

Last year’s show has a lot of crowding and fire marshall problems, but those were solved this time out:

Greg Gage, who manned the booth for his Sugar House store, Black Cat Comics, loved seeing how happy everyone was. He remembers how, during the first Salt Lake Comic Con, some people had to wait three hours to get into the building, and were met with discouragingly dense crowds once they did.

But this year, the organizers doubled the floor space and, as far as Gage saw, managed the lines much better this time compared to last.

“People could move in and out, there were no traffic jams of cattle like in September,” Gage said. “They came in and were a little more ready to have fun.”

Last year’s event drew either 50,000 or 80,000—both numbers were reported—so this is a big leap> and yes, I heard from a few folks who thought the 100K number was a bit inflated. I reached out to Farr to find out how they counted attendees, and will report any response. Some shows count one ticket as one person, some one ticket on one day as a person, so it varies.

But…what ya gonna do? There isn’t a Better Business Bureau to monitor comic-cons. Inflated attendance has been part of the game for a long time, and with cons becoming big business, numbers are going to get more spectacular…and with that should come greater scrutiny. Looking at the above video and photos of the show it certainly looks crowded and fun, but not necessarily 100,000 strong. I don’t mean to throw shade on what was obviously a good time for everybody, but I’ve talked to many many show runners and been to many many cons. I’ve been talking to the SD folks and the ReedPOP people for years, and the show growth they’ve gradually reported seemed to jibe with what people experienced on the ground.

However many people attended the show, it’s clear that Salt Lake City is a great market for a comic-con.




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Posted by Heidi MacDonald

While writing the previous item, I played around with the Kickstarter stat page, to see how comics are doing—and they are doing very well! While comics crowdfunding projects have the second lowest number of projects—3,944. one tenth that of the top category, film and video with 34,985—they have the fourth highest success rate! Here’s the top four:

Dance — 1,856 projects 70.35% funded
Theater — 5,933 projects 64.37% funded
Music – 28,939 projects 55.24% funded
Comics — 3,944 projects 49.64% funded

Other states: Comics have raised $27.40 million in total dollars, $24.31 million going towards successful projects, $2.06 million to unsuccessful ones.

These stats are about the same as the last time we looked at this, so I think you could say this is a pretty stable pattern by now.

You can play around with all the other stats on the page (Todd? Torsten?) involving money levels and more. For instance here’s a tough one: there are 18 comics projects that made it to the last percentile — 80-99% funded— but still missed out. Close but no vape pen!

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Posted by Heidi MacDonald


This went out last week but I haven’t seen it noted too much in comics circles: Kickstarter has added subcategories to the various main categories for projects. 94 subcategories were added, to aid both creators and backers in finding suitable projects.

There are five subcategories in comics:

Comic Books
Graphic Novels

You can access the new categories by going here and clicking on comics.

Clicking around, I found 15 anthologies, 19 comic books, 10 events, 19 graphic novels and 10 webcomics. This only reflects the projects tat have been categorized however, as there are dozens of currents comics Kickstarters running, including the successful Study Group one I nabbed the illo from.

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Posted by Kate

There’s a lot going down with the werewolves on The Originals these days, and actor Chase Coleman talked to HitFix about how his character Oliver feels about recent developments: He’s extremely passionate, he has a lot of emotion, he has a lot of anger and rage he has built up over the years for his […]
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Posted by Luke Y. Thompson

Number 1: Furry's a Jolly Good Fellow.

WonderCon used to be the wholly reasonable, doable, manageable, less-crowded version of San Diego Comic Con...but that's gradually going away as more and more people figure it out. Yes, you can still get into some panels easily, and yeah, parking nearby is quite attainable if you're an hour early...and yes, most of the exclusive clips of movies shown here have been shown at prior festivals (seriously...how many people out there were STILL surprised that the new Godzilla has more than one monster in it? More than you'd think).

I took a few pictures. I thought you might like to see them.

Continue reading "WonderCon in 20 Photos: The Great, the Genius and the Disturbing" >
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Posted by Katharine Trendacosta

Just How Many Major Characters Will Die In Walking Dead Season 5?

Lou Ferrigno's going to play the Hulk one more time! Could Star Wars return to being a summer-movie franchise? Bill Paxton wants to join the Avatar sequels. And a familiar face could be joining The Amazing Spider-Man 3. There's a report from someone who saw an hour of How To Train Your Dragon 2. Spoilers now!



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