Weekend Hangover: From Doctor Who to Fart Odors, 18 Stories You Might Have Missed

Monday, July 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

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Ian McKellen as a 93 year-old Sherlock Holmes may see long life as a benidiction, but we have to wonder if he still wants to cum a batch. This was but one of the weekend thread stories you might have missed, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair, and now it's time for the rest. Tipsters this week include skrag2112, Gallen_Dugall, Citrus King, CobraCommander, NOT.DrAbraxas, brownkidd, Anyone00, scockery, DrAbraxas, SlyDante777, fury_cartoon, donnaryoko,andre_morelo

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I READ YOUR FANFIC! "Voltron's Hunk and Pidge Swap Genders" Part 1

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

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If you want to submit fan fiction for me to read, please send it - or a link to it - to toplessrobot-at-gmail-dot-com with subject line "Read my Fanfic!"

Title: "Voltron's Hunk and Pidge Swap Genders" by 363511

Logline: Hunk wants to have sex with his underage male friend, who turns out to actually be a girl on her first period. But he's afraid to get her pregnant, so he goes to see the witch Haggar, who will know what to do. And then Lotor interferes...

Acts Involved: Masturbation, menstruation, gender-swapping, imagined oral sex, pedophilia thoughts, rape threats.

Participants: Pidge, Hunk, Haggar, Lotor, Cossack

The live reading...

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8 Ways Bronies Are Just Like Anime Fans, as Seen in the New Documentary A Brony Tale

Friday, July 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

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One group likes a cartoon about brightly colored ponies with distinctive personalities. The other has a broad interest in animation and comics from Japan. Still, Bronies and anime fans are more similar than you might think. Both occupy relatively small pockets within the greater nerd universe; they may turn up at general events like San Diego Comic-Con, but they have their own conventions and their own way of expressing community. (Those MLP t-shirts that read "20% Cooler" and at least 50% of the costumes at Anime Expo won't make sense to people outside of the scenes.) On top of that, both Bronies and anime fans also face challenges and stereotypes that might not affect other so-called geeks. In fact, sometimes, they're misjudged by their own.

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Star Wars Rebels Introduces Agent Kallus. You'll Never Guess Whose Side He's on

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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In the grand tradition of Savage Oppress and Elan Sleazebaggano, it's a new Star Wars character whose named describes who he is exactly. But hey, colorblind casting! David Oyelowo proves that race is no issue to excelling in the Empire - only mastery of a sinister English accent matters.

If he ends up straight-up murdering Freddie Prinze Jr.'s character at the end of the series, I think I'd be very satisfied with that. Then again, maybe Freddie will surprise me like Ahsoka.

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Playmates Redoes What NECA Did Better, With B/W TMNT Exclusive Figure

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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Yes, one of this year's Playmates SDCC exclusive figures is a black-and-white Raphael, in the style of the original comics.

"What is this, 2008?" replied NECA, in my imagination.

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"Hey, considering most of our toys look like they come from the '90s, that's progress!" responds a smartass Playmates person, also existing entirely in my own head.

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EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE: "Ambiguously Gay Duo" Action Figures and Tin Tote Coming to Comic-Con!

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

On the heels of our premiere announcement of the SDCC-exclusive Monitor Mate, we have another excellent Ace and Gary item to reveal!

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Saturday Night Live The Ambiguously Gay Duo and Bighead 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures in Tin Tote - Convention Exclusive

Inspired by Saturday Night Live's "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" cartoon, this gift set includes an awesome tin tote and three action figures of key characters from the series! The colorful, collectible 8 5/8-inch wide x 7-inch tall x 4-inch deep tote showcases series-true artwork on all sides, including images of Ace and Gary flying, Bighead on his throne, and "The Ambiguously Gay Duo" logo. Inside the metal tote you'll find three very cool 3 3/4-inch scale action figures of "superheroes" Ace and Gary, and the duo's arch-nemesis, Bighead. Appearing just as they do in the cartoon, they feature articulation at the neck, shoulders, and hips so you can reenact your favorite scenes.

Available at San Diego Comic-Con at the Entertainment Earth booth, #2343, $59.99

Determined to Ruin Lego, Greenpeace Video Depicts Emmet, Wyldstyle, Puppies, Santa Drowning in Oil

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 3:00 pm

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Yeah, I'm thinking this is going to backfire, big-time.

Regardless of the politics of environmentalism, which I'm not really looking to debate beyond suggesting that Shell does not literally go around drowning people and their puppies, depicting the nasty death of two of this year's most well-liked kids-movie heroes - as a slowed-down, "tragic" version of their peppy, positive theme song plays - is a shitty thing to do just to get people to protest Lego's ties to Shell oil. Plus, how much of that evil Lego did you have to buy to make this anti-Lego comnmercial?

The video's YouTube description says: "Children's imaginations are an unspoilt wilderness. Help us stop Shell polluting them by telling LEGO to stop selling Shell-branded bricks and kits today." Yeah, unspoilt till you just murdered two of their heroes. Hey, I'd like my banks to be better regulated - maybe I'll just rip the head off a My Little Pony plush to make that point. Hasbro probably uses a bank too, right?

UPDATE: Lego doesn't even sell Shell-branded bricks any more. They replaced them a while back with the fictional Octan company...run in the movie by the evil Lord Business. Though it does seem they re-upped recently, so maybe more are coming. (h/t EvilMonkeyPope in comments)

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Rocks in My Pockets: Animated Feature About Sanity, From Director Who Was in a Soviet Asylum

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm

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I always enjoy finding an animated feature that breaks the mold of what the U.S. rigidly thinks cartoons must be, and Rocks in My Pockets, which opens September in New York and LA with a national rollout to follow, certainly fits that bill. A "comedy about depression," it uses hand-drawn surrealism mixed with stop-motion to create a dreamlike portrait of five women in Latvian filmmaker Signe Baumane's family, and their various struggles with mental illness. But it's no downer drama - the journey into madness takes the viewer there as well, with all sorts of strange sights and sounds.

Nothing cynical or snarky to say here, folks. Watch the trailer and you'll see why I'm just plain ol' looking forward to it.

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See Batman Scream-Sing a Dethklok Tune in This Fan-Animated Music Video

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 11:30 am

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The Metalocalypse band's "Face Fisted" works surprisingly well for the Dark Knight, seen here sleeping with multiple women, beating perps to death with his buttocks, and obscenely insulting every other hero who crosses his path. All in an unholy death-rasp that would make Christian Bale say, "Man, watch that sore throat, bro!" Assuming he says stuff like "bro." As he's English, that may not be the case.

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The 20 Best Cosplays We Saw at Anime Expo 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

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By Saturday, Anime Expo had sold out Los Angeles Convention Center, bringing in about 85,000 people. The tightly packed quarters, long lines and July heat didn't deter cosplayers: they made it through the holiday weekend in armor, super high heels, body paint and oversized wigs. They stood for long stretches of time as attendees rushed towards them with camera flashes blazing. Honestly, I don't know how cosplayers hang in there for four days.

With so many people at AX, the cosplayers were a diverse lot. Many chose to represent recent anime series like Kill la Kill and Attack on Titan. Some of the old hits faded away this year, though; I can't remember seeing anyone wearing a Bleach costume and those used to be ubiquitous at anime events. Sailor Moon had a big resurgence, thanks in part to Sailor Moon Crystal, which premiered this weekend. Video games like League of Legends and Assassin's Creed were popular choices. Alternate versions of established characters from anime, U.S. comics and video games were popular too. Here's a rundown of the 20 coolest cosplays we saw at the convention this year.


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