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A look inside Nigeria's very own Comic-Con

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Comic books have some of the most active and involved fans of any medium, and comics conventions are a big part of that. Despite the immense popularity of comics-inspired movies in theaters every year, the majority of published comics don’t sell very many copies—the average number of copies a book at both Marvel and DC, the biggest names in the business, tends to sit at 50,000 or less, with the top 10 clocking in six figures and the rest less than half that. Because of this, comics heavily rely on the support of a small and passionate fanbase. Comic cons are an important part of the industry, and they just don’t happen in San Diego and New York.

Case in point: Nigeria’s Lagos Comic-Con. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly Mailbag: 'Smash Brothers' talkback and a 'Big Brother' counter-theory

This is the Entertainment Geekly Mailbag, where I respond to comments, questions, and angry clarifications. (You can email me at darren_franich@ew.com.) This week: Everyone takes issue with my brutally accurate assertion that Kirby is one of the worst players in Super Smash Brothers.

You sir are right on all accounts except one: Kirby. Is. Awesome. And is my go-to character in Smash Bros. If you’d like me to demonstrate why he should be ranked higher on your character list, Ill happily play a round with you ;)
-theatregeek

I would never dream of insulting anyone’s choice of Go-To Character, because that is a deeply personal decision. Like, your Go-To Character is sort of a weird combination of your favorite baseball player, your mascot, your child and your significant other. READ FULL STORY

Introducing Batman villains to 'Gotham,' one cheesy line at a time

Fox’s new series Gotham has the difficult task of introducing a number of famous and lesser-known Batman villains before they officially don the costume and alter ego. The show’s pilot accomplishes this in its own special way: by hinting at appearances by the Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and the Riddler with some very, very obvious bits of dialogue. For example: “If I want riddles, I’ll read the funny pages.”

With so many possible criminals just waiting in the back alleys of Gotham, the show will have to clock in some overtime in order to showcase them all; if the show lasts for several seasons, the producers may have to resort to Crazy-Quilt and Film Freak. How exactly will the show handle hinting at these and other criminals? Subtle (read: not at all subtle) dialogue clues, of course.

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British Museum to be re-created in 'Minecraft'

Players of the build-what-you-want game Minecraft have specialized in re-creating the locations of famous fictional worlds. From Westeros to Middle-earth, there’s no shortage of well-known locals to explore. So why not create real-world locations?

That’s probably the question the British Museum in London asked before launching a project to have players rebuild the museum and its exhibits, brick by Minecraft brick.

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A history of the ever-changing 'Saturday Night Live' cast

Ever since its second season, when Chevy Chase decided to ditch Saturday Night Live for Hollywood—he was replaced by some guy named Bill Murray—the only constant on NBC’s long-running sketch series has been change.

Some cast members leave to make movies or TV series or joke-punk albums nominally written by their British alter egos. Others quit in protest. Still more are forced out, not because they want to leave but because the show is going through a fraught series of retoolings (see: the ’80s). Or because it has to make room for a new crop of bright young things (see: Chris Parnell, the first time he was let go from SNL). Or because budget cuts mean an across-the-board belt-tightening (see: Chris Parnell, the second time he was let go from SNL). Or because the previous year’s cast was simply too damn big (see: the four featured players from season 39 who won’t be returning when the show does Sept. 27). And every time cast members go, either gently or kicking and screaming, there’s a fresh crop of untested talent waiting to take their places. Just call SNL the hydra of comedy.

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'F-k it, I quit': Reporter quits on live TV to pursue marijuana activism

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Well, that’s one way to make an exit.

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'South Park' criticizes Washington Redskins owner with scathing promo

Cartman, the central character from Comedy Central’s South Park, took on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder in a promo for the 18th season of the animated series. Cartman skewers the team’s recent federal trademark debacle, which was rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on the grounds that the team’s name was “disparaging to Native Americans.” In the promo, it’s Snyder who’s ticked off that Cartman is using the team’s name for his own company. But Cartman has a pretty good comeback for that.

“When I named my company Washington Redskins, it was out of deep appreciation for your team, and your people,” Cartman says in the promo. READ FULL STORY

Entertainment Geekly: 'Super Smash Bros.' was the best and worst thing to happen to Nintendo

Destiny is probably the most important videogame I am never going to play. Bungie’s new massively multiplayer space shooting adventure game resulted in the most successful franchise launch of all time, although every official number released by the videogame industry in the last few years has a “juke the stats” uncertainty. My colleagues wrote everything you need to know about Destiny; suffice it to say thatif you always hoped they would remake Halo with more decorative robo-ninja capes, then Destiny is the game for you, weirdo. READ FULL STORY

Hear three tracks from the all-star 'Here Lies Love' remix album

The Public Theater’s thrilling production of the David Byrne/Fatboy Slim disco musical Here Lies Love—and its remarkable concept album featuring everyone from Florence Welch to Steve Earle to Cyndi Lauperdidn’t seem like they could get any more boogie-down. But the immersive disco musical about the rise and fall of Philippines power couple Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos (which earned an ‘A’ grade in its initial review by senior writer Kyle Anderson last year) is now issuing a remix album featuring these artists and more —including Tori Amos, Sia, and St. Vincent.

All proceeds from the album—which also includes the original cast recording—go directly to Gawad Kalinga, an organization dedicated to typhoon relief and ending poverty in the Philippines for 5 million families by 2024. READ FULL STORY

Scotland's independence vote decided a superhero's fate, for some reason

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On Thursday, Sept. 18, Scottish citizens partook in an historic and pivotal vote that would determine the future of the United Kingdom. This they knew, and so did the rest of the world. However, unbeknownst to most of them, they were also deciding the future of a comic book superhero.

As reported by Comic Book Resources, on Wednesday U.K. comics publisher Eco Comics  unveiled an “All-new, all-Scottish” superhero named Scotsman. (Not making this up.) Unlike Captain America—who actually wears something closer to the Puerto Rican flag as his costume—Scotsman’s sartorial choices proudly reflect the iconography of the Scottish flag. They also less proudly reflect the country’s most widely known contribution to the global wardrobe, the kilt. Scotsman doesn’t really have a kilt—it’s more of a patterned shirttail. Instead, he has pants, which is kind of a shame.

But what makes Scotsman truly notable is Eco’s plans for stories involving him—how some of them will play out hinged on the decision reached by the vote for Scottish independence. See, the publisher has another character, named Englishman (still not making this up) and the vote’s outcome would determine Scotsman’s relationship with his English counterpart.

Now that the Scottish people have decided to remain a part of the United Kingdom, it seems that the two will be staunch friends. Which is a shame, because Scotsman v. Englishman: Dawn of the Ayes is a movie I’d see.

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