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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

It’s a kind of a double dose of Monday Cute today and let’s be honest: we could all use it.

San Diego Comic Con went down over the weekend, and in addition to giving us—and especially the fans in attendance—some incredible glimpses at what’s to come for our favorite franchises, it gave everyone a fun excuse to throw on some cosplay and maybe meet some of their favorite people. That’s exactly what happened for a young Wonder Woman cosplayer who got to talk to Gal Gadot herself, which clearly meant a lot to her.

In the video above, you can see her tear up while she talks to Gadot, and who comforted her, saying, “There’s no reason to cry, all right. Here we are together.” It’s hard to make out the rest of their conversation, but it’s pretty easy to see what’s going on just by the visual, as Gadot takes the girl’s hands to chat with her.

On Facebook, Christine Keller, the girl’s mother, wrote, “These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people. What a great role model and genuine, nice person. My daughter will always remember this moment for the rest of her life. Thank you, Gal Gadot!” Not only was Wonder Woman a critical and box office success, but the movie and character mean so much more than that to so many people.

(via Yahoo, image: screengrab)

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San Diego Comic Con was AMAZING: I met so many great and interesting readers, got to meet some people that I really admire, and won two (TWO!) Eisner Awards, for my work on Squirrel Girl and Jughead! IT WAS PRETTY AMAZING!!

– Ryan

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Posted by Rich Johnston

Octavio Karbank writes,

If you’re an anime aficionado, then odds are good you’re already well-aware of the streaming service known as Crunchyroll. Catering to the needs of every anime-loving fan, Crunchyroll offers a huge amount of titles. From the well-known and popular shows like Dragon Ball Z to obscure and offbeat anime like A Centaur’s Life, they make sure to stock their video library full of content for fans of all tastes.

As for the panel itself at this year’s San Diego Comic Con, perhaps it was the lack of air conditioning or due to the fact that it was late in the day, but the Crunchyroll panel seemed somewhat lackluster in its presentation. Sure, anime fans had filled up the room to the gills, many of which hoping for some juicy bits of TV gossip. Alas, they were left heavy-hearted, as Crunchyroll went a different route.

Rather, the panel focused more on some of the recent shows that are currently playing on the streaming app. Most notably, shows like Restaurant to Another World. There was also discussion of the new show The Reflection, which had involved Stan Lee teaming up with Crunchyroll. The show itself is about an event that suddenly gives a large portion of the planet’s population super powers. Yet there seem to be more villains than heroes, meaning the superheroes of the world need to step up and defend the every man.

Finally, Crunchyroll revealed they would be having their own convention, appropriately titled Crunchyroll Expo; taking place in Santa Clara, California on August 25-27. It’ll have plenty of anime and manga-related guests and tickets are currently on sale.

If anything was learned from the panel, it was the reaffirmation that if you were looking to find a bunch of anime, then you’d be well advised to check Crunchyroll out!

Crunchyroll Panel At San Diego Comic-Con Launches Their Own Show – Crunchyroll Expo

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Posted by Ray Flook

From Bleeding Cool reporter Will Romine:

I just got out of the Hall H “talk-back” panel. Like any successful organization, Comic Con International solicits feedback from their attendees. This year, attendee criticism focused on Hall H line management on Saturday.

Hall H is the 6,000 capacity room which hosts some of San Diego Comic Con’s most talked-about panels. I’ve been going to SDCC for the past 8 years and have seen the demand for Hall H access explode. I remember lining up at 6:00am on Saturday morning to get in for a 11:00 am panel. At the time, I thought it was a bit excessive. How naive I was. SDCC 2017 attendees at the talkback panel reported lining up Thursday night to guarantee Saturday entry into Hall H.

Hall H will never expand to accommodate demand, but several adjustments in recent years have at least systematised and legitimised the waiting process and saved folks from a night’s slumber on hard asphalt. In 2014, Comic Con International introduced line wristbands. The wristband system ensured that those lining up the night before could get a wristband and ensure a seat in Hall H for the following morning.

This year, Comic Con security started handing out wristbands at 8:30pm. Those who got a wristband could go back to their hotels and get a full night sleep before returning in the morning. In theory.

When Saturday morning rolled around, many attendees found that the number of wristbands issued exceeded the capacity of Hall H. Stalwart Hall H denizens who gave up their Friday for a chance at Hall H came up short. The cause? As many as 400 people entered into Hall H with counterfeit wristbands. Four hundred people who planned their entire year around attending marquee presentations from Warner Brothers and Marvel Studios were left wanting.

As compensation, Comic Con International Director of Programming Eddie Ibrahim promised the shut out attendees 4 day passes for SDCC 2018.

In 2016, Comic Con International fought counterfeiters by introducing RFID badges. These new badges created an additional level of sophistication and seems to have frustrated counterfeiting efforts. At the SDCC talkback panel, several of the slighted attendees suggested RFID capabilities be added to the wristbands. Comic Con International President John Rogers agreed with the need to enhance Hall H line integrity. Might we see this security upgrade for 2018?

Did Hundreds Really Counterfeit Hall H Wristbands At San Diego Comic-Con 2017?

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Jul. 24th, 2017 09:08 am
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Jul. 24th, 2017 09:01 am
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I slept last night, but it wasn't great. A big part of that was cramps. Scott's still in bed. I don't know if I woke him when my alarm went off. I got it off in about two seconds, but who knows? That would wake me, but he often doesn't wake for my weekend medication alarms which have a similar duration. Scott came to bed about 4:30. I woke up about then because I really needed the bathroom and was just getting up when he went in there. Which, well, isn't that how it always works?

I managed to use the c-pap all night, though.

I'm a little cranky that, although he stayed up past when it was done drying, he didn't bring up the laundry. I really don't want to face the stairs right now, but that is my only source of clean clothing unless I'm willing to wake Scott.

My month to date word count is 21752. That's the highest for any month so far this year, even if I write nothing else whatsoever. Yesterday, I added about 1300 words to my Captive Audience fic and then realized I may need to make a major alteration in the setting. I'm hoping not, though. Today's writing will mostly be tweaks to the second of my Pod Together stories to try to make the rhythm of certain passages work better for the person doing the podfic.

We were surprised when we went downtown to the library yesterday afternoon-- Apparently Art Fair now includes Sunday. For as long as I can remember, Sunday was tear down and clean up, but one of the employees at the library told me that Sunday's been part of actual Art Fair for a couple of years now.

We stopped by the science and nature center to do some Ingress, and we took back the portals that someone from the other side had captured. We had planned to go into the woods to reinforce the two portals there, but we decided against it because of the risk of ticks. The other portals are all accessible from places that should be much lower risk for ticks (close cropped grass or asphalt). We'll hope no one knocks out those two portals for a while. It can be done from the street because high level bursters have a pretty extensive reach. The portals just can't be captured from there because one has to be much closer in order to place resonators and mods.

I told Scott that we should hope for the other side coming by frequently. He's close to leveling up, and recapturing a portal is worth a fair number of points.

Orphan Black 5.07.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon reminds us that the 2017-18 school year is coming, and [tumblr.com profile] positivelypt has a post up with links to wishlists for underserved classrooms. You can check out the list, give, and reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] globalsextrendsproject, who are working on an independent research projected aimed at establishing whether there are global trends in stimuli for sexual arousal and the content of sexual fantasies. You can read more and reblog here or fill out the form here. I took a quick breeze through the form and it's primarily short-answer rather than multiple choice, once you get past the demographic stuff.


[tumblr.com profile] stabulous has a post up about Welcome Blanket, a project initiated by the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and anti-Trump craftivists. They are asking people to send handmade blankets to be exhibited at the Smart and afterwards distributed to refugees and immigrants arriving in the US. The hope is to create 3200 blankets to equal the length of the wall Trump wants to build across the US-Mexico border. You can read more at the link above, and find out how to participate at the official site, which includes activism resources whether you want to actually send in a blanket or not.

News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Creative Commons, which is offering grants of up to USD$1000 for small projects ("Salons, campaigns, translations, e-books, printing, collaborations, and more") which grow the global commons. They want help increasing discovery, collaboration, and advocacy towards their mission. You can read more and apply for a grant here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] dr-kara's new comic available on ComixOlogy, [Super]Natural Attraction! Kara is well-known to me as a groovy artist who does cool stuff so while I haven't read this yet I wholeheartedly recommend her work. She has a rebloggable post about it here and you can buy and read it here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

Birds, for all their strange habits and quirks, seem pretty chill. At least I think so. This bird, though? Chill as heck. Like, doesn’t even want to trifle with someone or something that doesn’t want to hang. That’s cool, man.

I mean, look at it. It opens the little box thing and finds a little kitty. The kitty bops the bird on the head, and without a moment’s hesitation, the bird closes the box again, like it’s saying, “Cool, alright, later, furball.” If these two are in some kind of sitcom, I feel the need to know all about it. Like, immediately.

Okay, truth be told, when I first looked at the thumbnail for this video, I thought the box was one of those Ableton controllers that DJs and music producers use to mix music and sounds. From there, I figured this would be a pretty sweet video of a bird mixing some music or something. I was ready to make a “better than the Chainsmokers” joke, too. (I mean, it still technically is, so, there’s that.)

Anyway, now I’ll be thinking about what a collab between the Chainsmokers and this birb would sound like. What would it be called? “The Chainsmokers (feat. Birby) – (Don’t) Box Me Up,” of course.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:56 am
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Lois McMaster Bujold says, here:


I am pleased to report that I have finished the first draft of a new Penric & Desdemona novella. (For that peculiar value of "finished" that means, "still dinking till it's pulled from the writer's twitchy hands.")

Title will be "Penric's Fox"

Length, at this moment, is around 37,400 words. It is more-or-less a sequel to "Penric and the Shaman", taking place about eight or nine months after that story.

Final editing and formatting, arranging for cover art to send it out into the world nicely dressed, etc., will take some unknown amount of time and eyeball-endurance, but e-pub will likely happen in August.

My computer file tells me I started typing the opening on March 3rd, but of course there was lead-up to that. It is, in general, hard to tell or remember when a project segues over from "notion" to "planning", although the notion had been with me for some time. Story notions are like a collection of vaguely related objects rattling around in a box; planning starts when some key object that connects them all drops in, and things suddenly get interesting.

Ta, L.

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Nine toys my generation* survived.
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