Even in a normal year, this double win would be worth talking about. But this year’s Fan Writer shortlist was interesting in itself, showing a drastic change from the category’s five-decade love affair with a predominantly male demographic of fanzine writers.
One of the most surprising things I learned at WorldCon is that plenty of attendees are still resistant to the idea of Internet fandom. Many seemed borderline unaware of the vibrant community of fans making friends on Twitter all around them, and viewed blogging as a way to shout hopelessly into the void.
To the tens of thousands of Doctor Who and Star Trek fans who have been using the Internet for decades, or to the Millennials whose only fandom experience is online, this stolidly anti-Internet attitude comes across as downright surreal. This year’s Fan Writer shortlist was a welcome sign that at long last, the sci-fi establishment has been dragged into the present day.
Four days after it was first posted to GoFundMe, “Support Officer Darren Wilson” has raised over $129,000, all of which will go directly to Wilson and his family. Wilson is on paid administrative leave from his job, and has not been arrested or charged with any crime. The KKK has a separate fundraiser running for the officer.
The other two main fundraising pages coming out of Ferguson are the Michael Brown Memorial Fund and #FeedFerguson, whose proceeds go to local food banks. #FeedFerguson has now raised $144,000, and the memorial fund is up to $114,000 after seven days online.
vagina’s are able to stretch wide enough to give birth to a fucking baby and then return to it’s original size but of course being penetrated by that grass blade you call a penis is what’s going to make it “loose”
Uhh. The baby doesnt come out of where the penis goes in…
stay in school y’all
i hate to be the bearer of bad news but the vagina and the vagina are, in fact, the same thing
Ok I'm asking this anon because I feel like a total dumbass right now. Like, I'm pretty sure I would have given BBP my address if I got an email survey, but I don't remember getting a survey. But maybe I did and I just don't remember?? And so I went to Kickstarter and clicked all over everything but I couldn't find ANYWHERE to enter my address. Like, one of the update emails did say you can come back and edit your address on Kickstarter if you move, but where??? How??? So, any advice here?
Hi! The most likely explanation is that your address survey email wound up in your spam filter. The other possibility is that you didn’t order A Hero at the End of the World? If you only ordered one of the other two books in print format, then you won’t receive an address survey until we’re closer to their release dates.
You can just message us your address if you can’t find the form! If you message us on Kickstarter using your backer account, then we can verify who it is and just enter the address into our own records. Actually, if you check your messages then you should already have one from us — I individually messaged everyone who hadn’t filled in their form yet.
However, according to Kickstarter’s FAQs, if you’ve been sent a survey but haven’t yet filled it in, then when you log on to the site a yellow notification bar should appear at the top of the page. Also if you check the reward tier you selected, there should be a button labeled “Your Response,” which links through to your survey.
There’s a new Spider-Woman variant cover that is, er…. less than good. But(t) we had fun with it, anyway.
Hit the link for the rest (as well as for actual, serious commentary on the cover).
So. Wrote this up today. Later on, professional comic artist Vasilis Lolos decided to comment on the post, then called himself a troll and was obviously just there to start some trouble (a no-no on The Mary Sue comment policy), so I banned him.
Then he signed up for another Disqus account to say some more.
All of his comments are still on the post except for one where he linked off to some adult comic art and this second-account one.
and you once said i wish you dead you sinner, i’ll never be more than a wolf at your door for dinner, and if i see you ‘round like a ghost in my town, you liar, i’ll leave with your head oh i’ll leave you for dead, sire.
“Years ago I learned a very cool thing about Robin Williams, and I couldn’t watch a movie of his afterward without thinking of it. I never actually booked Robin Williams for an event, but I came close enough that his office sent over his rider. For those outside of the entertainment industry, a rider lists out an artist’s specific personal and technical needs for hosting them for an event, anything from bottled water and their green room to sound and lighting requirements. You can learn a lot about a person from their rider. This is where rocks bands list their requirement for green M&Ms (which is actually a surprisingly smart thing to do). This is also where a famous environmentalist requires a large gas-guzzling private jet to fly to the event city, but then requires an electric or hybrid car to take said environmentalist to the event venue when in view of the public.
When I got Robin Williams’ rider, I was very surprised by what I found. He actually had a requirement that for every single event or film he did, the company hiring him also had to hire a certain number of homeless people and put them to work. I never watched a Robin Williams movie the same way after that. I’m sure that on his own time and with his own money, he was working with these people in need, but he’d also decided to use his clout as an entertainer to make sure that production companies and event planners also learned the value of giving people a chance to work their way back. I wonder how many production companies continued the practice into their next non-Robin Williams project, as well as how many people got a chance at a job and the pride of earning an income, even temporarily, from his actions. He was a great multiplier of his impact. Let’s hope that impact lives on without him. Thanks, Robin Williams- not just for laughs, but also for a cool example.”—Brian Lord.org (via tariella)