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WARNING - MASSIVE spoilers for ASM #700 within!

After 50 years of spinning webs and catching a who’s who of criminals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game.

But Spider-Man is still slinging from building to building — reborn, refreshed and revived with a new sense of the old maxim that Ben Parker taught his then-fledgling nephew that “with great power, comes great responsibility.”

Writer Dan Slott, who’s been penning Spidey adventures for the better part of the last 100 issues for Marvel Entertainment, said the culmination of the story is a new, dramatically different direction for the Steve Ditko and Stan Lee-created hero.

“This is an epic turn,” Slott said. “I’ve been writing Spider-Man for 70-plus issues. Every now and then, you have to shake it up. … The reason Spider-Man is one of the longest running characters is they always find a way to keep it fresh. Something to shake up the mix.”

And in the pages of issue 700, out Wednesday, it’s not just shaken up, it’s turned head over heels, spun in circles, kicked sky high and cracked wide open.

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Victoria Jackson's notorious anti-gay views are usually no laughing matter, but one veteran comedian is offering up a hilarious spoof that skewers the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member's homophobic rants.

Julie Brown, who starred in MTV's "Just Say Julie," casts herself as the Tea Party "spokesmodel" in this quasi-musical clip, in which she sings a prayer to the parents of gay children while urging viewers to vote for Mitt Romney.

Fans who recall Brown's hysterical 1992 Madonna spoof, "Medusa: Dare To Be Truthful," will note the Material Girl also gets a wink from the star yet again in the new clip.

Classic

She was working the phones for Obama the other day; flawless lady.

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...And Scott Snyder Fires Back!



After Rob Liefeld's very public break-up with DC Comics this week the meltdown continues as the creator of Deadpool conducted a battle of words via Twitter with Swamp Thing and Batman comic book writer, Scott Snyder.

Earlier this week Liefeld announced via Twitter that he was leaving DC Comics. The 2012 September zero issues for all three of titles; “Deathstroke”, “Grifter” and “Savage Hawkman” would be his last for the company




“Reasons are the same as everyone’s that you hear. I lasted a few months longer than I thought possible… Massive indecision, last minute and I mean LAST minute changes that alter everything. Editor pissing contests"

He then wrote a much more detailed account of the issues that he faced while working at DC Comics (detailed in this post). But wait, there's more! The train wreck just keeps chugging along as Scott Snyder contacted Liefeld via private messages on Twitter, and then the two took the battle public.

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Good luck finding work, Rob!

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Crazy 4 Cult NY 2012

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Crazy 4 Cult: New York, a gallery show featuring over 200 artists and their classic cult movie inspired artwork, opens on Thursday, August 9, 2012 at a Gallery 1988 pop-up store in New York at 64 Gansevoort St. in the Meat Packing District. It runs until Saturday September 1, 2012. The show has attracted thousands of visitors since its inception in 2006, and has been the subject of an international coffee book. This will be the show's first time outside of California, so make sure to show it some love, fellow New Yorkers!

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There are a few more images at the Sources

Apr. 11th, 2012

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Comedian Jon Lovitz toasted the power of Twitter Tuesday after his twitpics led to the suspension of three teen bullies from a middle school in Northridge, Calif.  Lovitz had taken up the cause of a childhood friend and his daughter, who found anti-semitic graffiti and feces on their doorstep when they woke up on Tuesday, Apr. 3.



"Some coward & idiot left this on a friend's doorstep, yesterday," tweeted Lovitz the day afterward. "This is an insult to all of us."


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Gay Bearrorist
Over at ranker.com, Eric Diaz has listed The 10 Most Important Gay Moments in Comic Book History.

I think what's interesting is that if you look at the list in a timeline, you'll see the stereotypes start to fade away over time. Sure, a lot of the early attempts to portray gay characters had to resort to extreme stereotypes (am I the only one that found Rawhide Kid funny?) or "after school special" type episodes. I'm actually more bothered by the latter. It's as if authors were saying "Okay. We have to stop the fun and talk about something terribly serious: Homosexuality.


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If you're not reading Batwoman and haven't read Gotham Central, you should do your best to rectify that immediately.
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Natalie Pack, a 22-year-old woman who plans to attend medical school, was crowned Miss California USA 2012 Sunday night in a pageant at McCallum Theatre.

Moments after the diamond-studded tiara was placed upon her head, Pack was surrounded by admirers and photographers, and was asked how she felt.

“Surreal,'' Pack said, as she flashed a radiant smile.

For Pack, a 6-foot-tall candidate who likes bicycling, motorcycling and oil painting, and competed as Miss Hoag Hospital, the crowning capped a weekend long journey with more than 400 other contestants for Miss California USA titles.

The runner-up in the event that played to a full house was Miss Malibu, Brie Gabrielle.

Brian Worley, who was one of the judges, a co-owner of YourBASH!, said 278 young women competed for this title. The others in the group of 400 participated in Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA 2012 crowns.

“I think the judges did an amazing job narrowing the final candidates down,” Worley said. “Our finalists are very impressive.”

Miss LA Native Frankie Vegas described the new Miss California USA 2012 as a great person. “She's whole-hearted, honest — real,” Vegas said. “She's got the qualities to represent California well.”



Jenelle Hutcherson (left) and Mollie Thomas (right)
Two contestants in the Miss California USA competition over the weekend may not have taken home the crown or topped the ranks but they left with a significant place in the competition's history.

Jenelle Hutcherson, 26, of Long Beach, and Mollie Thomas, 19, of West Hollywood, were the first openly gay contestants in the 60 years of the state pageant, whose winner will go on to compete in Miss USA, the national pageant.



Natalie appeared in ANTM Cycle 12 alongside ONTD and 4chan favorite Allison "Creepy Chan" Harvard.  She finished in sixth place and rumors persist about an unaired screaming match between Natalie and host Tyra Banks that occurred during her elimination judging.  WHO'S LAUGHING NOW, TYRANT?  And yes, we all know that haggard old beast hates pageant girls but whatevs, I still want to see that fight.

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Posts have appeared on a Facebook page belonging to MMG - Model Management Group USA & Canada regarding disqualified America's Next Top Model All-Stars contestant Anglea Preston's supposedly canceled press conference.

"There are false reports that Angelea Preston will hold a news conference to discuss why she was disqualified from the All Star Season of America's Next top Model. Those reports were made to the press came from an unauthorized source. Angelea will discuss this matter at an appropriate time and place. Although Angelea is currently a freelance model and some sought to personally benefit from this situation, MMG will be representing Angelea on this matter and is currently exploring all appropriate avenues and remedies before any new information is released. MMG or Angelea will be the only official sources for information on this matter.

Angelea Preston was not disqualified for leaking or posting any information on any social media site. Also, no one should believe at this point any of the speculative reasons that have been posted on any site or by source. Information will be released at the appropriate time and the public can decide at that point how they feel about CW's decision."


Also, what the hell is this?


This whole thing is a mess, tbh. lol @ Tyrant remaining mum, tho.
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RUPAUL’S DRAG U IS COMING BACK TO SCHOOL YOU: DO YOU KNOW YOUR ABC’S OF DRAG U?

Summer’s coming, but that doesn’t mean that school is necessarily over, kids. Actually this summer, school is gonna be ovaaaaahhhh when RuPaul’s Drag U returns to educate a whole new batch of real lady pupils who are in dire need of some fab drag-u-losity in their lives.

Returning on June 20th, RuPaul and her prancing professors of drag divadom (including Dean of Drag Lady Bunny) will commence to teach the children well all summer long! And they’ve lined up a fierce batch of your favorite Drag Race alumni and superstar guest judges for your educa-tainment!

New drag professors this year include past Drag Race champs Bebe Zahara Benet and Tyra Sanchez, as well as Season 3 starlets Manila Luzon, Carmen Carrera and Mariah! Past professors Jujubee, Morgan McMichaels, Ongina, Pandora Boxx, Shannel and Raven will also serve staff realness.

And among the roster of visiting professors/guest judges you’ll find legends like Shirley Jones, Candis Cayne, Molly Ringwald, Carnie Wilson, Lynda Carter (Wondrous!), Charo, Glee‘s Dot Jones (see above) and other stunners! Can you handle it?


Let’s hope. And to get ready, please watch the quick Cliff-Notes-esque preview of the Season 2 season below!

 

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Amazon's Homophobia Is Showing Again...

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Too hot for Kindle? Amazon pulls yaoi from Kindle store

Yaoi manga is a niche genre, but like all niche genres, it has a devoted following. Yaoi readers gobble up the books like romance fans read Harlequin novels, which is not surprising as they are basically the same thing, except that yaoi 1) is manga, 2) is a love story between two men, and 3) often includes lots of sex.

Below: One of the titles pulled from the Kindle store.
It’s hard to know whether number 2 or 3 above is responsible, but Amazon has instructed at least one publisher to remove its yaoi books from the Kindle store, while allowing considerably more explicit male-female titles to remain. Digital Manga Publishing, which puts out several lines of yaoi, ranging from the fairly tame June imprint to the pretty steamy 801, posted this notice on its blog yesterday:

Recently Amazon has become more strict in enforcing their content requirements for ebooks. Several DMP books that have been available online since 2009 are getting the axe, beginning with our 801 Media titles like Weekend Lovers and King of Debt. However, in the last few days the issue has spread to the June imprint by Amazon’s refusal of The Selfish Demon King, and the removal of The Color of Love from the Kindle store. We fear that Amazon may target more of our books for removal so we’re warning all Amazon Kindle store users that providing you with our content may become more difficult in the future. However, if you purchase our ebooks before Amazon decides to remove it from their store you will still be able to access the book from your account.

All the books mentioned are already gone from the Kindle store, and several are missing from Amazon’s print book selection as well.

I looked at the linked content requirements and didn’t see anything addressing explicit sex, but someone at Amazon’s yaoi forum pulled this out of their guidelines:

“Pornography
Pornography and hard-core material that depicts graphic sexual acts.

Offensive Material
What we deem offensive is probably about what you would expect. Amazon Digital Services, Inc. reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of Titles sold on our site.”


I’m going to confess right here that I haven’t read any of the manga we are discussing. It’s just not my thing. But fortunately, lots of other people do read them. Here’s Julie Opipari, a longtime manga reader, writing about one of the pulled manga, The Color of Love:

The sex, like the rest of The Color of Love, was understated and almost gentle as the couples expressed their deep affections for each other. While there are panels of entwined couples, there’s hardly even a fleeting glimpse of muscled buttocks here. Drats.

In fact, all the reviews I checked described the book as more sweet than sexy, which raises the question:
If this story had been about a man and a woman, would it have been removed from the store?

A quick search suggests that the answer is “no."

Titles currently available on Kindle include Christmas Creampie, a graphic novel in which “horny Whoreville hussies show a frustrated dildo shop owner the true meaning of Christmas,” and Little Lorna in Resort Sports (I’m not even going to link to this one), in which Little Lorna, who is spunky, sexy, but “not too bright,” goes on vacation to Mexico with her Uncle Bob; “nudity, spanking, and sexy humor” result.

So apparently a sweet love story between two men is unacceptable, but an orgy in a dildo shop is OK.
 
At least one other publisher is affected: Some Yaoi Press titles were removed, and publisher Yamila Abraham was told to tone down the images accompanying their prose titles.

Above: One of the titles not pulled from the Kindle store.

Digital is probably the biggest publisher of BL (boys love) manga on the Kindle, but there is another: Animate U.S.A., a Japanese company that publishes yaoi exclusively on the Kindle — there are no print editions. The publisher sends me regular press releases, and all the titles I checked are still available, although I believe Animate’s books are pretty explicit.

So what’s going on? If previous experience is any guide, the Internet will be rising up today, and it should be an interesting show. Hopefully at the end of it, Amazon will restore the deleted titles, but this episode points up once again the problems with centralized distribution, as well as raising another troubling question: Why does this only seem to happen with gay material?

Source: Robot 6 and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund twitter.

Anyone who’d like to send their thoughts to Amazon/Kindle can do so at: kindle-feedback@amazon.com

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