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DragonCon speaks out against Georgia’s ‘religious freedom’ bill

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Organizers of the Atlanta-based DragonCon announced Thursday they’re lobbying Georgia lawmakers to stop a so-called “religious freedom” bill similar to one signed into law last week in Indiana.

“We have great faith that our state’s leaders and legislators will, eventually, do the right thing for all Georgians,” organizers wrote in a statement. “Legislation that hurts one of us, hurts us all.”

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How to become Batman (Step 1: Be filthy rich)

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It took a lot for Bruce Wayne to become Batman: a lot of money, a lot of training and a lot of determination (or, y’know, obsessiveness; potato, po-tah-to). However, if you’re not the sole heir to a multimillion-dollar fortune — at least $682 million of that would go toward the mansion, Batmobile, gadgets and, yes, butler — you can at least become Batman-like.

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‘Star Wars’ arms race heats up with radio-controlled Star Destroyer

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Clearly there’s a rapidly escalating arms race under way in a galaxy far, far away. Within a matter of weeks, we’ve gone Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor custom quadcopters to a speeder bike and, now, an Imperial Star Destroyer.

The creation Olivier C, who previously built the radio-controlled Millennium Falcon and TIE Interceptor, the symbol of the Empire casts a menacing shadow, even if it’s made largely of foam.

But what’s next, a Death Star? This madness won’t end until someone destroys a planet.

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President Obama talks comic books in latest mass email

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If you’re a Barack Obama supporter, you’ve probably gotten a lot of emails from him, from his campaign and from his administration over the years. Like, a lot. Even the most ardent Obama boosters may have tuned them out.

Yet one that arrived today is certainly worth noting, as the president speaks directly about his comic book fandom:

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Empire gets its due in epic ’80s anime-style ‘Star Wars’ fan film

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Just as we spotlight one impressive display of Star Wars fandom, another one surfaces in the form of “Star Wars: TIE Fighter,” a four-year labor of love by animator Paul Johnson.

A two-minute version has floated around for the past couple of years, but now Johnson has released the completed ’80s anime-inspired short film that depicts an epic space battle from the perspective of the Empire.

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WonderCon cancels ‘Fan Fic Theatre’ after online complaints

wondercon anaheimWonderCon Anaheim has canceled “Fan Fic Theatre” following backlash on social media from some who thought the panel was intended to ridicule fan fiction.

The planned April 3 presentation was to feature host Chris Gore and other comedians reading “aloud the weirdest and wildest fan fiction found on the Internet,” a description that was met with a barrage of angry tweets and blog posts over the past several days.

“Hey WonderCon, mocking fanfiction isn’t mocking words on a page,” one person tweeted. “It’s mocking the people who wrote it. You know … BULLYING?” Another wrote, “If you wish to have a panel on fanfiction, it should be to celebrate not mock it. Fanfic is a vital part of fan culture.”

However, both WonderCon organizers and Gore stressed that the purpose of “Fan Fic Theatre” was never to mock the authors or their work.

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Jason Chu raps about his love of comics in inspirational ‘Marvels’

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Rapper Jason Chu has released the video for “Marvels,” his new song about his childhood love of superhero comics, his gradual disillusionment with them, and his eventual rediscovery as an adult.

“I started reading comics because they looked tight,” Chu says, “stopped believing in them because of real life. Picked them up again because I chose to believe, the world could be more than what I see around me.”

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Watch ‘Big Hero 6’s’ Baymax & GoGo face off in ‘Street Fighter IV’

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Considering the care with which Disney is managing Big Hero 6, we’re unlikely to see characters from the Oscar-winning animated movie appear in a traditional fighting game. However, if you were curious how a San Fransokyo tournament might play out, this video gives an idea.

Modder Salim transformed Zangief into Baymax and Cammy into GoGo Tomago, pitting them against each other in Capcom’s Ultra Street Fighter IV. It’s pretty impressive handiwork, as you can see in further detail from the Baymax skin below.

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‘Iron Man’s’ Robert Downey Jr. presents boy with real bionic arm

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When it came time for 7-year-old Alex, who was born with a partially developed right arm, to be presented with a 3D-printed bionic limb developed by Albert Manero, Robert Downey Jr. wanted in on the action.

Dressed as bionics expert Tony Stark, the star greeted the young superhero fan in a hotel room, where Downey compared his Iron Man gauntlet to Alex’s new arm. “You know who that is?” a Alex is asked in the video below. When Alex responds “Iron Man,” the actor can barely contain his joy.

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See how Boba Fett escaped the sarlacc in this ‘Star Wars’ fan film

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If you didn’t quite buy that LEGO diorama explanation for how Boba Fett escaped the Great Pit of Carkoon (something to do with a Jawa distillery?), perhaps you’ll find the fan film “Star Wars: Beyond the Dune Sea” more convincing.

Written and directed by Oliver Thompson, the nine-minute short is at turns surreal — the talking disembodied head of a protocol droid? — and obviously low-budget, but clearly made with love for the characters and the Star Wars universe.

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George Lucas pops by Midtown to buy ‘Star Wars’ comics

George Lucas surprises customers and staff at Midtown Comics in Times Square when he stopped by Monday to catch up on a little reading.

“He was only in for about 15 minutes, his driver was waiting outside,” an unidentified store employee told Page Six. “Fans were pretty excited to see him and he signed a comic book. He was saying he hadn’t read any of the new Star Wars comics.”

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Comics A.M. | Do kids still actually read comic strips?

Big Nate Goes For Broke

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Comic strips | Prompted by the insult-filled message left by an 8-year-old for the newspaper editor who dropped his favorite comics, Michael Cavna asks Big Nate creator Lincoln Peirce whether kids are still even reading comic strips in high numbers. His answer, at least in part: “I’m a firm believer that kids will ALWAYS want their comics…but they’ll want them in whatever formats are the newest and shiniest. So: Yes, kids are still reading plenty of comics. They’re just not reading them in their daily newspapers.” It kicks off an interesting, if brief, discussion with a cartoonist who’s found a great deal of success reaching young readers. Related: Christopher Caldwell looks back on Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes. [The Washington Post]

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Take your relationship to next level with ‘Zelda’ chest, ring box

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Hey! Listen! If you have ideas about proposing to taht gamer in your life, you’d probably score serious points by doing it with this Legend of Zelda-inspired treasure chest, complete with Red Rupee engagement-ring box.

Created by IndyFurniture, the handmade 12-inch by 9-inch by 10-inch chest includes interior lights, and makes an “iconic sound” when opened. It costs $200, so you have to make really sure this person is the Link or Zelda for you.

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Boy, 8, unleashes hell on newspaper for axing his favorite comics

From Sunday's "Peanuts" reprint, appropriately enough

From Sunday’s “Peanuts” reprint, appropriately enough

As anyone who’s ever worked at a newspaper can attest, readers don’t react well to changes to the comics section, which is a major reason why so many strips trudge on, zombie-like, long after the spark of life left them. So when financial or space constraints force editors to eliminate some old favorites, they expect complaints — although not necessarily a profanity-laced tirade from an 8-year-old.

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Makeup artist transforms people into living comic book heroes

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A self-trained makeup artist, Lianne Moseley of Calgary makes her living working with brides and models. However, she recently expanded her repertoire to include transforming people into superheroes who look as if they’ve stepped right off the comic book page.

“When I first did Archer, I posted it on my Facebook page and my friends liked it but I didn’t have a big following but my brother really liked it and he posted it on Reddit,” Moseley, a comics fan herself, tells CTV News. “Just last night Ashton Kutcher shared an article on my work on his Facebook page.”

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