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Shazam! Rebooted Comic Heroine Is A ‘Marvel’ – NPR

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Consider the ways you could misstep in updating a classic comic-book superhero. Now imagine that your protagonist is A) female, B) 16, C) a Pakistani-American and, oh yeah, D) Muslim. Could there be a tougher assignment? If you avoid gross errors in depicting halal meat or headscarves, you might lurch in the other direction and fail to endow the heroine with any meaningful cultural signifiers at all. And then there’s…

Barbie Stumbles Badly, And Mattel’s Sales Fall – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Barbie’s slump has gotten ugly. Sales of Mattel Inc.’s iconic fashion doll fell a staggering 21% in the third quarter, contributing to a 22% drop in profits and an 8% decline in sales for the toy maker. Barbie is reeling, with sales falling double-digits in each of the past four quarters. The 55-year-old doll has fallen out of favor with…

Shazam! Rebooted Comic Heroine Is A ‘Marvel’ – NPR

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Consider the ways you could misstep in updating a classic comic-book superhero. Now imagine that your protagonist is A) female, B) 16, C) a Pakistani-American and, oh yeah, D) Muslim. Could there be a tougher assignment? If you avoid gross errors in depicting halal meat or headscarves, you might lurch in the other direction and fail to endow the heroine with any meaningful cultural signifiers at all. And then there’s…

Signs going up at North Carolina State Fair amidst concerns over Ebola scare … – WTVD-TV

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gates at the State Fair will open Thursday, but the Ebola scare and the deadly E. coli outbreak in North Carolina a few years ago is raising some concerns about health safety. CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON EBOLA. Fair officials say Ebola is on their minds. Staff, though, will not be screening folks as they come in and inquire about recent travel. It is also the beginning of flu season…

JK Rowling, Lego and DC Comics movies on the way – USA TODAY

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Lego minfigure Batman (voiced by Will Arnett) in a scene from the animated motion picture “The Lego Movie.”(Photo: Warner Bros. Pictures) Look out for much more in theaters in the years ahead from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, the Lego franchise and DC Comics. Warner Bros. studios confirmed three more Lego movies, three original screen works from Rowling and plans to release 10 superhero pictures from DC Entertainment following an…

7 weirdest Arizona State Fair foods 2014 – azcentral

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

A hot dog, inside a hollowed dill pickle, battered and deep-fried. Pick-o-Pete’s calls that a pickle dog. I call it amazing. This is huge, the hot dog thick and juicy and the dill pickle, though hollowed, substantial, all fried in crispy golden breading. Don’t be scared of the dill pickle — it’s got the tang of eating a hot dog with relish, and a dab of mustard takes the whole…

The Comic Book World Is Getting Safer for Women, But the Gaming World Isn’t – TIME

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Comic Con attendee poses during the 2014 New York Comic Con at Jacob Javitz Center on October 12, 2014 in New York City. Daniel Zuchnik—Getty Images Feminist gamers are still getting death threats even as comic conventions are adopting anti-sexual harassment policies More The Rise of Fangirls at Comic-Con Comic-Con Women Protest Sexual Harassment Marvel Comics Writers Explain Why They’re Making Thor a Woman Correction appended: Oct. 15, 2014….

Our opening-day guide to the NC State Fair – News & Observer

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

Local/State Our opening-day guide to the NC State Fair

The Comic Book World Is Getting Safer for Women, But the Gaming World Isn’t – TIME

Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Comic Con attendee poses during the 2014 New York Comic Con at Jacob Javitz Center on October 12, 2014 in New York City. Daniel Zuchnik—Getty Images Feminist gamers are still getting death threats even as comic conventions are adopting anti-sexual harassment policies More The Rise of Fangirls at Comic-Con Comic-Con Women Protest Sexual Harassment Marvel Comics Writers Explain Why They’re Making Thor a Woman Correction appended: Oct. 15, 2014….

New for 2014 Holidays: Will Motorized Pets Delight Holiday Toy Shoppers? – Wall Street Journal

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Woof, woof… whirrrr? Powered by voice-recognition programming, optical sensors and infrared beams, toy pets this season are looking and behaving closer to the real thing. The new introductions, hitting shelves now in advance of the holiday shopping frenzy, span beyond predictable fuzzy kittens with more critter varieties—whether sleek,…

Robert Downey Jr.’s next comic book movie will take Marvel to the point of no … – USA TODAY

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

(Marvel Comics) There was huge comic book movie news on Monday, when Variety broke that Robert Downey Jr., would reprise his role as Tony Stark and Iron Man in Captain America 3. But Downey won’t be the hero in this film, instead presenting himself as an antagonist to Chris Evans’ Captain America. The news of Downey’s involvement in Captain America 3 also revealed that the plot would pick up Marvel’s…

New York Comic-Con 2014 Cosplay Blowout – IGN

Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

By Chris Carle This year was the biggest ever for New York Comic-Con, and even more folks than ever showed up at the Javits Center decked out as their favorite characters. From standbys like Superman and Wolverine to newcomers like Olaf the snowman (Frozen), this year’s Con was swarming with costumes–some of the best we’ve seen yet at the event. Groot, Ice Man, an awesome Little Sister/Big Brother combo, Batmen…

Marvel Teases "Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies" Comic – IGN

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

By Jesse Schedeen It seems Marvel has plans to revisit even more of their past event comics next summer. In the wake of last week’s Secret Wars announcement and yesterday’s teaser for some sort of Civil War revival, Marvel has now released a teaser image that promises a bizarre mash-up for the Age of Ultron and Marvel Zombies universes. Like Civil War, Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies has no…

Judge upholds concealed-gun ban at NC State Fair – News & Observer

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Local/State Gay couples in NC seek legal adoption as marriages continue

Marvel Cancels ‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Book Series Before Fox 2015 Movie Launch – Deadline.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s the old saying? With friends like these … Marvel announced at NY Comic-Con that it has cancelled (or apparently put on a looong hiatus) any further Fantastic Four comic books. This comes just ahead of 20th Century Fox’s launch of another film property based on the comic book next year. Why? We had heard that Marvel wanted to use the Fantastic Four characters in future Avengers films, so it…

Marvel’s ‘Civil War’: 5 Things You Should Know – Variety

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

With their super powers and skin-tight costumes, superheroes are meant to be a little, well, unbelievable. Now Disney’s Marvel wants to make movie fans accept them as if they had to live with real-world consequences. By announcing its intention to launch a Hollywood take on “Civil War,” the seven-issue miniseries Marvel’s comics-publishing unit let loose in 2006 and 2007, Disney will have to hope comic-book fans like their out-of-this-world heroics…

Barbie’s first ever Dreamhouse from 1962 revealed to be a tiny studio – Daily Mail

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline Published: 17:04 EST, 13 October 2014 | Updated: 17:14 EST, 13 October 2014 View comments Barbie has come a long way since she first appeared on the scene with dark hair and lily-white skin in 1959, and her Dreamhouse has too.  The doll’s very first abode, designed in 1962 by Barbie’s creator Ruth Handler, was a tiny yellow-walled apartment decked out with minimalist furnishings…

NYCC: IGN’s Best of New York Comic-Con 2014 – IGN – IGN

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

By IGN’s NYCC Team New York Comic-Con is over, and the event gave a lot of amazing first-looks. Games, TV, movies, and comics shared an impressive presence, and there’s a lot to love in all of these mediums in the next year. Check out IGN’s best of New York Comic-Con right here. ‘); } }; // only use the determined w/h if non-zero; helps with divs that start hidden if…

Marvel Cancels ‘Fantastic Four’ Comic Book Series Before Fox 2015 Movie Launch – Deadline.com

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What’s the old saying? With friends like these … Marvel announced at NY Comic-Con that it has cancelled (or apparently put on a looong hiatus) any further Fantastic Four comic books. This comes just ahead of 20th Century Fox’s launch of another film property based on the comic book next year. Why? We had heard that Marvel wanted to use the Fantastic Four characters in future Avengers films, so it…

Downey Joins "Captain America 3," Marvel to Kick Off Cinematic "Civil War" – Comic Book Resources

Posted: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

After months of rumors on whether Robert Downey, Jr. would live on as Tony Stark past “Avengers 3,” it appears the actor will be back as the Armored Avenger. And this time, he’s going to war. Recently teasing his desire to work out a deal with Marvel Studios for a fourth “Iron Man” film,…