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Jon has a cow, and other fun fannish stuff October 5, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Fandom, News Roundup.
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So the Jon-Stewart-went-and-bought-a-farm news has officially blossomed, right? There’s no context on the image, so maybe it’s just a random picture of Jon with a cow, but I’m really hoping that’s a picture of Jon with his cow.

Alison Bechdel talks to NPR about the Fun Home musical, gay stuff in general, and how she would like us to switch from calling it “the Bechdel test” to “the Bechdel-Wallace test” (since it was Liz Wallace who came up with the original criteria). I’m down with that. There are a bunch of song clips from the musical included, and, wow, even an excerpt from “Ring of Keys” was seriously feelings-inducing. Gonna look this up now.

(I originally typed that first sentence as “Alison Bechdel talks to NPC.” And if you think about it, Terry Gross is kind of an NPC for the RPG of life….)

Mahō Shōjo Ikusei Keikaku Magical Girl Survival Novels Get Anime.” Going by the description, it’s basically Battle Royale or The Hunger Games, but the magical-girl version. I am so here for this.

“Marvel and DC are consistently considered the mainstream, but they are routinely beat out in pure sales and popularity by webcomics, manga and graphic novels including Telgemeier’s Smile and Drama (both with more copies in print than Star Wars #1, and at a higher retail price). Homestuck is a webcomic that was, at least at one point, getting 600,000 unique visitors per day, and Randall Munroe’s XKCD was reportedly pulling in between 60 and 70 million hits a month at times. The last pamphlet comic prior to Star Wars #1 to sell one million copies was a Pokemon manga from 1999.”

Hello Barbie is by far the most advanced to date in a new generation of A.I. toys whose makers share the aspiration of Geppetto: to persuade children that their toys are alive — or, at any rate, are something more than inanimate.” She’s wifi-enabled. She’s Siri with a face (and a bunch of, from the sound of it, reasonably feminism-conscious and child-oriented programmers). This is really cool.

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