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Can Appearances Be This Misleading? IDW, Aubrey Sitterson, and the Cancellation of Scarlett’s Strike Force

Back in September, we reported on a situation involving comics publisher IDW, comics writer Aubrey Sitterson, and the right-wing harassment campaign responsible for putting Sitterson's work on the G.I. Joe line of comics in jeopardy. That situation seems to have carried over, affecting a female-led G.I. Joe book that is supposed to be coming out soon. One that's already been cancelled thanks to "poor sales."

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IDW Actually Considering Taking Action Against Writer…Based On the Whims of Right-Wing Harassers

You know what's hilarious? People who argue that their racist, sexist, and homophobic views are "free speech" and should totally be tolerated, only to whine and complain when someone expresses an actual opinion (racism, sexism, and homophobia are not defensible "opinions," they are hatred) they don't like. Suddenly, it's okay to be offended. So long as you're not the member of an actually marginalized group.

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Remember When The “Barbie Liberation Organization” Switched Barbie and G.I. Joe’s Voice Boxes?

In 1993, a group of artists and activists vaulted into the media spotlight after they performed "operations" on dozens of Barbie and G.I. Joe dolls, switching the voice boxes and returning the dolls to stores. Girls playing with their Teen Talk Barbies found the dolls saying phrases like "Vengeance is mine" and "Eat lead, Cobra!"

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Hasbro Cinematic Universe Promises “Female Empowerment,” Brings on Impressive Team of Writers

Featuring Captain Marvel, Luke Cage, and Black Panther alums!

If you'd asked me yesterday for my thoughts on the Hasbro Cinematic Universe, Hasbro and Paramount's planned series of feature-length ads films featuring the G.I. Joe, Micronauts, Visionaries, M.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand), and ROM: SpaceKnight brands, I probably would have been highly dubious.

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Things We Saw Today: Same Bat Tights; Same Bat Chenille

Holey Bat-tights?

OK, so they're not chenille, but these sure are Bat-tights from Hot Topic, and I can't resist a good textile pun. (via Fashion Tips From Comic Strips)

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The Cosplay of C2E2 2014!

Today in Awesome

Did you get to the Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo this weekend? Well, neither did we. Fortunately, the internet has provided all the C2E2 cosplay that we could ever want to look at. So let's look at it!

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Community Report Season 5 Episode 11 “G.I. Jeff”

Imaginary Britta is right, and only imaginary Britta.

Community was back this week after a one week hiatus, and it was worth the wait. They did another animated episode, and this one was an incredible G.I. Joe homage. It mixed hilarious, loving critique on classic cartoon shows (did Cobra really walk around saying "Cobra" like they're Pokémon?) with some pretty great metaphors for growing up.

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Episode 24 of The Geekosystem Podcast “Expletive Not Deleted” Is Here!

Wherein we really earn our iTunes "Explicit" label.

On this week's podcast, we try to carry on without Victoria to talk about RiffTrax, Fateful Findings, and we swear a bunch to talk about why people don't swear on The Walking Dead and most other television. Of course, we also have your Editors' Picks for this week.

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Get Back To Basics With This Pop Culture Alphabet


This charming series is the work of Jeff Victor, whose art we've featured previously. If you have young ones this might benefit -- or an empty spot on your grown-up wall -- he's got a poster print available for sale. The V, W, and X panel makes for an interesting discussion piece on the signature outfits of female characters, wouldn't you say?

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Cobra Commander, Drop the Bass! Here’s a G.I. Joe Rap About Cobra

It's the first track off an entire Cobra album, and we're so happy right now.

Meet Wordburglar. He's put together an album of G.I. Joe/Cobra-themed rap songs called Welcome to Cobra Island. The first single is called "Rap Viper," and it's pretty great. It tells the story of Cobra's in-house rapper, because of course they have an in-house rapper. Well done, Wordburglar. We're looking forward to the album.

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Want To Live At G.I. Joe Headquarters? You’ll Have To Move to Staten Island [Infographic]

General Hawk just got a lot less cooler.

Normally we love it when Movoto calculates where and how expensive our favorite fictional real estate will be. Except this time around, they're totally compromising government secrets -- don't publish the exact location of the G.I. Joe command center, guys! What if Cobra Commander finds out?

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation Meets The Artist in This Trailer

The trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation doesn't exactly fill me with joy, but I suppose a G.I. Joe movie is better than no G.I. Joe movie. To make the world a better place to live in, if only for three minutes, YouTube user Kidd Jahmann recut the trailer to make it look like Retaliation is more like The Artist than the first G.I. Joe movie. It probably won't help the final product any, but at least it makes the trailer watchable.

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Hollywood Is Still Developing Hasbro’s Hungry Hungry Hippos, Monopoly Into Films

Oh Hollywood

Yes, I created a meme just for this story. Deal with it. 

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Hollywood Weirdness of the Day: Imminent G.I. Joe Sequel Pushed Back Nine Months

Oh Hollywood

We haven't done a lot of coverage of G.I. Joe: Retaliation here, for a number of reasons. None of the editors are huge fans of G.I. Joe, so it's difficult to write about it with knowledge. The first movie... uh... was not considered to be that great. And while I found the trailer really amusing, with its transparent excitement over having Bruce Willis in the movie, it wasn't amusing enough to get me interested in the movie. But now G.I. Joe: Retaliation has done something really interesting, really inexplicable, and quite possibly really stupid. Yesterday, Retaliation was one month and five days from release. Today, it is ten months and four days from release.

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Interview: Christy Marx, Creator of Jem and the Holograms


Christy Marx has made a name for herself in the writing field. Working on animated series from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to G.I. Joe, video games, comics and more, Ms. Marx proves to be both a talented writer and visionary. Winner of the AWC-WGA Animation Writing Award, affiliated member of Women in Animation, author of her own ‘how-to’ book Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games as well as guest lecturer and workshop instructor on several occasions, Marx’s list of achievements seems endless. As some should know, Marx’s greatest and best known achievement has been being the creator/writer of the popular 80’s animated series Jem and the Holograms. Since its recent re-airing on The Hub, speculation of a possible Jem reboot and movie have surfaced. In order to put some of these rumors to rest it was only right to go to the source: Christy herself. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for The Mary Sue including her affinity for comics, her take on working on Jem and the Holograms, if Hasbro will ever turn it into a movie and some wise words of wisdom to you budding writers. Theresa Romano: How did the concept of Jem and the Holograms come about? Was it a collaborative effort with Hasbro, or was it solely your creation?

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Could Bruce Willis Possibly Make G.I. Joe 2: Retaliation Watchable?

Consider the Following

According to Deadline, he's getting a chance at it:
Bruce Willis is negotiating to play the original G.I. Joe, Joe Colton in Paramount's G.I. Joe: Retaliation. This courtship has been going on for about six weeks or more... Paramount was chasing [Willis] for the Colton role way back on July 1.
I mean, it's not like anyone has regrets about being in the first G.I. Joe, right?

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Adrianne Palicki Will Play Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe 2

Great Hera!

Now that Adrianne Palicki has some free time after the Wonder Woman series was passed over, she's already lined up another kickass lady to play -- she's officially signed on to play Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes. Is this a sequel no one really asked for? Yes. But is this a potentially fun role in a crazy, silly romp of a flick? Sure!

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Public Service Announcement: Free Comic Book Day is In Two Weeks!

This is just your friendly reminder to start planning, because Free Comic Book Day is in two weeks! If you don't know what Free Comic Book Day is, dwell in anguish no more:

Free Comic Book Day is the yearly date when you can show up at any participating store (usually one of the closest ones to you) and grab more than thirty comic issues for absolutely free. Yes, they're put out by a great swath of the industry's publishers. Yes, you can have as many as you want, as long as you don't take more than one of the same title. Yes, it is awesome.

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