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Orson Scott Card

Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Princess Dalek

We’ve seen Princess Vader, now it’s time to meet Princess Dalek. EXTERMI-AWWWWW. (via Fashionably Geek

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Grumpy Catbus

Timothy Doyle created this memetic Miyazaki mashup masterpiece for an upcoming Lil Bub gallery show at Spoke Art. (io9)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Hey, People at SDCC. Buy Us Some Direwolf Plushies.

Yes, but do any of these SDCC-exclusive stuffed direwolves [Game of Thrones season three finale spoiler] have a detachable head? Head to io9 for Factory Entertainment’s three-eyed-crow and dragon egg plushies.

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UPDATED: Lionsgate Attempts To Distance Themselves From Orson Scott Card Before Ender’s Game Hits Theaters

Lionsgate has issued an official statement to distance themselves from Orson Scott Card, the creator whose book their new movie Ender’s Game is based on. 

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Thank You?

Orson Scott Card Responds to Call for Ender’s Game Boycott

This is not a good year to be a company whose high-profile Orson Scott Card-affiliated project is coming to fruition. And this past month was not particularly a good one for folks who’ve been on the board of the U.S.’s biggest national anti-marriage equality lobbying group since 2009. The ethics of enjoying content related to or produced by someone who shares political views you are opposed can be uncomfortable enough without the added conflict of active participation and monetary support at very senior and organized levels of a powerful organization working at cross purposes to your political views. Summit Entertainment has been rumored to already be nervous about the backlash against its summer blockbuster Ender’s Game, based on Card’s seminal YA science fiction novel of the same name, and it’s hard not to see some studio pressure behind Card’s response (it cannot be called an apology) to well worded calls for a boycott of the movie.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Dorothy, Meet Iron Man. Iron Man, Meet Dorothy.

It took me a second to get the pun. By the always-amazing James Hance, via /Film.

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Allow Us To Explain

DC Comics Pulls The Plug On Executive Column After Too Many Tough Questions From Fans

DC Comics has been criticized before for their public relations responses (or non-responses, as the case may be) and a recent move has raised eyebrows yet again. Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase were contributing to a monthly column to Comic Book Resources in which they answered questions from both the journalists working for CBR and fans. But in its latest installment the website announced DC would no longer be participating. And guess what? The Orson Scott Card controversy and other “tough questions” played a part.

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Faster than a speeding bullet!

Artist Chris Sprouse Leaves Orson Scott Card-Penned Superman Story

DC hiring Orson Scott Card as one of the writers in a digital-first anthology of Superman stories is proving the controversy that won’t die, not simply because fans who appreciate the conflict between the themes associated with Superman as a character and the views that Card openly and publicly espouses about the basic rights of the LGBTQ community, along with the actions he’s taken to make those views into actual legislation, are being vocal about their disappointment regarding the choice. It’s still making news because actual members of the comic book community are doing things like refusing to stock the issue when it eventually comes to print, and movie executives are getting nervous about their blockbusters.

But while the retailer is still a big part of the comics community, you couldn’t call them as central to the industry as the artists who draw the books in the first place, and it’s now, according to USA Today, that the artist on Card’s Superman book has walked off the project, citing the negative attention that its drawn.

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Interview

The Mary Sue Interview: Richard Neal of Zeus Comics on Boycotting Orson Scott Card’s Superman Comic

Zeus Comics and Collectibles on a Friday night is a flurry of activity – probably not unlike a busy day at the Daily Planet. Customers buzz in and out of the kaleidoscopic store, brimming over with questions about pre-orders and pull lists. About two weeks ago, the Dallas store became a lightning rod at the forefront of a nationwide debate – but tonight, it’s business as usual.

Behind the counter and at the center of it all is Richard Neal, who for the past 12 years has been owner and operator of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award winning comic shop. With Neal at the helm, Zeus Comics became one of the first stores to decide not to carry the controversial Orson Scott Card written Adventures of Superman – a decision, he explains, that had several elements to consider – but one inevitable conclusion.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Argo-Vengers Are Here to Save the Day

Argo-Vengers, directed by Daredevil. Head to TheFW for more Oscar Movie Mashups We Want to See.

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