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Occupy Wall Street

For great justice

Gail Simone Shows Us The 99% Of The DC Universe With New Politically-Charged Comic Title

Gail Simone was teasing a new project on Twitter yesterday but I’m sure no one guessed this one correctly. Simone and Freddie Williams II will produce, The Movement, focusing on the 99% of the DC Universe while Art Baltazar, Franco, and Ig Guara will team  to represent the more affluent 1% in The Green Team. Sound familiar?

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Handpainted Zelda Heels

Esty user Magicbeanbuyer created these for herself but is now taking orders. And yes, they come in flats too! (via So Geek Chic)

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Meanwhile...

How to Get a Female Cartoonist on the News, Or At Least on Al Jazeera

Molly Crabapple is an artist and political cartoonist (and the founder of the loose international network of Dr Sketchy’s Anti Art School, a mix of burlesque and life drawing with some decidedly geeky interests like Sandman and Transmetropolitan) who’s drawn for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Playgirl, as well as Marvel (in Strange Tales 2 and Girl Comics) and DC (with her steampunk graphic novel Puppet Makers). Yesterday she joined protesters in Manhattan’s financial district in a protest commemorating the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the Zuccotti Park encampment. She was among the more than one hundred people arrested, and naturally made sure she livetweeted the whole process, joining the small ranks of female cartoonists who’ve managed to bring notice to the movement through their art and actions. She was released last night. You can read her tweets here.

Almost Totally Excellent

Charges Dropped Against Occupy Oakland Journalist Susie Cagle

There’s an update in the story of cartoonist/journalist Susie Cagle and her arrest while covering Occupy Oakland. Charges have been dropped but it certainly wasn’t easy and it wasn’t through any doing of her own. You can bet the artist has not given up reporting about the entire affair. 

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V For Vendetta Creators Are Proud The Guy Fawkes Mask Has Become A Protest Symbol

Some celebrities wear a Guy Fawkes mask at comic book conventions to walk the floor unnoticed, some people wear it as a costume but the mask made popular by Alan Moore and David Lloyd in their 1980 comic series V for Vendetta has also become a symbol for the masses, something the creators are particularly proud of. 

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Consider the Following

Why The Dark Knight Rises Didn’t Film Occupy Wallstreet

The wisdom of Christopher Nolan and his incredible team was that, while it seemed like a good idea to give [the protestors] an opportunity for work, to give them money, it would send a terrible message. At the end of the day, we’re making a movie. What’s happening down there is more important than that. To co-opt what’s happening there and around the country… we didn’t want to trivialize it. It was more important to respect what they’re doing than to do anything that could potentially trivialize the political situation downtown.Matthew Modine, who will appear as a villainous politician so far known only as Nixon in The Dark Knight Rises.

This is not just interesting because it’s an actual explanation about the sometimes very political stances that art can take, and the concerns that can arise when those stances are miscommunicated. It’s also interesting because it seems to indicate that the debunked rumor that The Dark Knight Rises was going to film in/around/with Occupy Wallstreet protesters during the New York City portion of their shoot was not complete fan speculation, as I had assumed, and actually based on a kernel of truth: Nolan and crew really were considering showing support for the movement by gainfully employing protesters.

Previously in Nerds and Occupy Wallstreet

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Dobie Gets Nails Painted by Little Girl

Awwwww: That doberman looks like Batman! And my ovaries just exploded. (via The Daily What)

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Today in Depressing

Susie Cagle Gives Personal Account of Occupy Oakland Arrest And It’s Not Pretty

Cartoonist/journalist Susie Cagle drew the illustration above at Occupy Oakland, one of the California branches of the Occupy Wall Street movement. It depicts the Frank Ogawa/Oscar Grant camp 12 hours or so before it was raided. Cagle’s objective as a journalist is to cover Occupy Oakland in an illustrated history but this is the only piece she’s been able to post on her website since she was tear gassed one night and arrested on another. She’s now posted an article giving her personal account of her handling by the Oakland Police and let’s just say, it won’t win them any service awards.

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Olden Lore

It’s Guy Fawkes Day! So, What Does the Mask Really Stand For?

If there was ever an image from the Occupy Wall Street protests that was the most recognizable by geeks — of both the comic and history varieties — it’s the Guy Fawkes mask. Today, November 5, marks the annual celebration that originated in England, Guy Fawkes Day, when on this date in 1605, Fawkes and a group of conspirators hatched a plot to blow up the House of Lords and assassinate King James I. Some interpret this as a statement of the regular person — the 99%, if you will — taking a violent stand against the ruling establishment. Okay, easy to see the comparisons. Until you find out that Fawkes wanted to return England to Catholic rule by killing the Protestant king.

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Breaking

Cartoonist/Journalist Susie Cagle Arrested At Occupy Oakland

Cartoonist and freelance journalist Susie Cagle set out to cover the Occupy Oakland protests three weeks ago with official press credentials in order to make an illustrated history of the event. While documenting some of the happenings last month, she was tear gassed and her story spread far and wide. Late Wednesday/early Thursday, Cagle was arrested with her press badge in full view. 

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