“During the packed panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the Saga writer noted that while today, Joss Whedon and George R.R. Martin are considered cultural monsters for killing off beloved characters, death used to be a more common feature of popular fiction. One problem, he believes, is that too many characters live in the hands of corporations and are therefore considered too precious to kill. Vaughn feels that takes away one of the things that makes fiction so valuable.”—Brian K. Vaughn And Fiona Staples Reveal What’s Ahead For Saga
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I’m packing for Comic-Con, finalizing my set for w00tstock, getting all kinds of excited for Syfy’s Sharknado 2 party on Friday night, and locking down my character choices for the Welcome to Night Vale / Thrilling Adventure Hour crossover show on Saturday night.
I fold some jeans and put them into my suitcase and think to myself, “this is weird. I don’t feel panicky about Comic-Con at all.”
Dire predictions about jobs being destroyed spread across California in 2012 as voters debated whether to enact the sales and, for those near the top of the income ladder, stiff income tax increases in Proposition 30. Million-dollar-plus earners face a 3 percentage-point increase on each additional dollar.
“It hurts small business and kills jobs,” warned the Sacramento Taxpayers Association, the National Federation of Independent Business/California, and Joel Fox, president of the Small Business Action Committee.
So what happened after voters approved the tax increases, which took effect at the start of 2013?
Last year California added 410,418 jobs, an increase of 2.8 percent over 2012, significantly better than the 1.8 percent national increase in jobs.
A bot that monitors Wikipedia for edits from Russian government IPs recorded a change to the MH17 entry, assigning blame to “Ukrainian soldiers” (a previous edit had blamed it on “terrorists of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic with Buk system missiles, which the terrorists received from the Russian Federation.”
“If media conglomerates as massive as Time Warner and Fox need to get bigger to combat the power of Comcast, what do you suppose that means for the much smaller Web-based services that will be fighting for the necessary bandwidth to survive?”—Comcast is going to destroy the Internet.
You have the illusion of “choice” at your local cinema this week. Which poorly reviewed release will appeal to you most? You could see Diaz and Segel’s Sex Tape and wonder why Hollywood is so perplexed by the cloud, but why would you do that? Don’t be self-abusive, we’re here to help. This is a safe space.
Oh, God, no, you’ve got a ticket to The Purge: Anarchy, too? Sure, that’s your best choice for a wide release this week, but RT still summarizes it as “never as smart or resonant as it tries to be.”
If you’ve got kids, we guess you could go see Planes: Fire and Rescue, the sequel to not-even-a-year-old Planes. RT calls it “flat and formulaic,” though, and shouldn’t we be teaching our children to aspire for more? Dane Cook stars in it, for God’s sake. Pop culture was done with him years ago. The final wide release is Persecuted, which does not have a single positive review. Ban wide releases.
The real take away from this article is that you don’t have to go to the theater this weekend to see a good movie, because there’s so much available on demand or streaming. In fact, if you want to see a good movie, don’t go to the theater, because the films releasing this weekend are all shit.