Gilbert Hernandez's limited-edition Harbringer cover, to benefit CBLDF (#SDCC)


Going to San Diego Comic Con? Be sure and drop by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's booth (#1920) to pick up this special Harbringer issue with a Gilbert Hernandez cover (see the full art here, exclusive to Boing Boing!), with proceeds to support the CBLDF's excellent anti-censorship work.

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Terry Pratchett can't attend Discworld convention


For the first time in his long and storied career, Terry Pratchett has canceled a UK appearance, due to his failing health.

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Edward Snowden to speak at HOPE X NYC


As if there weren't enough reasons to attend HOPE X in NYC this month, now there's a series of killer whistleblower presentations.

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Cory coming to SLC and PDX


I'm heading to Salt Lake City this week for Westercon, followed by an appearance at the SLC Library on Monday. Next week, I'll be in PDX for three library gigs: Beaverton, Tigard, and Hillsboro. See you there!

Steampunk spring-heeled jack stiltwalker


Spotted yesterday at the Swecon Steampunkfestival in Gavle, Sweden: a magnificent steampunk spring-heeled jack cosplayer whose stilts were the hit of the show.

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TwentyWonder is a carnival of the mind: 6/28/14 in Los Angeles

20TwentyWonder was forged from the explosive alchemy of the Hodgson Brothers’ (Jim Hodgson-Artist, Joel Hodgson MST 3000) early Superball gatherings which began in 1996. SuperBall was the grand shapeshifting expo of art, music, dance, food, comedy, and humanity that would become a template for modern gatherings like TEDx, Mindshare, Everything Is, and even mashups of music and comedy like Festival Supreme. It was a party that began in the backyard of a rented house in Burbank and became an annual event, a Super-Party, a highly-anticipated creative collaboration that drew gifted, industrious people from all over Los Angeles and far beyond. Five years ago, when Jim Hodgson became the director of DSALA (Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles), SuperBall was re-invented, reimagined, and reborn as TwentyWonder. TwentyWonder’s mission is to celebrate the amazing things that happen when people and ideas from many different cultures and disciplines converge.

There are plenty of ways to contribute to the cause at this amazing event. Boing Boing friend Tim Biskup and Ego Killers are drawing caricatures of TwentyWonder guests throughout the night. $20 for a "mean" portrait and $40 for a "sweet" portrait. And with a nod to Willy Wonka, you can buy chocolate TwentyWonder Bars with golden tickets hidden inside. Prizes include tickets to Mexican Masked wrestling or Nine Inch Nails at the Hollywood Bowl. Also: On the website is an opportunity to donate to the Ambassadors Fund which makes it possible with people with Down Syndrome to attend TwentyWonder who would not be able to attend otherwise.

To get an idea of what this about, go to the TwentyWonder website. All of the proceeds from the evening will benefit Down Syndrome Association of Los Angeles (DSALA).

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Doubleclicks cover TROGDOR

The Doubleclicks, our favorite nerdrocking cello heroes, have released an inspired cover of the Trogdor the Burninator themesong from Homestar Runner. The video features beautiful firespinning, though it's not clear whether they'll be bringing the firespinner with them when they tour the USA (kicks off tonight in PDX and finishes up at Gencon!).

Live hangout today to kick off Banned Books Week announcement


I'm doing a live Google Hangout today at 1PM Eastern/10AM Pacific/6PM UK to kick off the announcement of Banned Books Week, which will focus on comics and graphic novels this year. I'm going to be speaking with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's Charles Brownstein, and other speakers include Nanette Perez (Program Officer of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom(, Dave Gladney (Director of Communications Technology from the Association of American Publishers) and Michael O'Neill (National Coalition Against Censorship).

NYC comics megasigning tonight with Pope, Haspiel, Bertozzi and Miskiewicz


Tonight at Forbidden Planet NYC, a megasigning with Paul Pope, Dean Haspiel, Nick Bertozzi and Chris Miskiewicz. Kicks off at 1830h -- what a lineup!

Interviewing Leila Johnston about Hack Circus


My latest Guardian column is an interview with Leila Johnston about her Hack Circus project, which includes a conference, a podcast and a print magazine, all with a nearly indefinable ethic of independence and art for its own sake.

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Cory coming to SLC, PDX

I'm about to hit the road again, starting in Salt Lake City, where I'll be a Guest of Honor at Westercon (Jul 3-6), and will follow it up with an appearance at the SLC library (Jul 7); then I'm doing a three-day library tour around PDX, with stops in Beaverton (Jul 8), Tigard (Jul 9) and Hillsboro (July 10) (here's a complete list of my scheduled upcoming public events).

FOIA Machine party in San Francisco

Alan sez, "The Center for Investigative Reporting's 'FOIA Machine' is hosting an Open Beta launch event Wednesday, June 25 at Mother Jones's San Francisco office. This was one of the stretch goals from their successful Kickstarter but the event is open to anyone who pre-registers. There will also be a livestreamed roundtable discussion centered on investigative journalism." Cory 1

NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake to appear at HOPE NYC

2600's Emmanuel Goldstein writes, "This summer's HOPE X conference has added another major whistleblower to its schedule: Thomas Drake, who was charged under the Espionage Act in 2010 after revealing waste, fraud, and abuse at the NSA. The government would later drop these charges, after ruining Drake's career and dragging his name through the mud. Drake was one of the opponents of the NSA's Trailblazer program in 2002, which wound up costing billions of taxpayer dollars and would have been a huge violation of privacy, had it not been cancelled in 2006. It wouldn't be the last such program, and Drake wouldn't be the last whistleblower. HOPE X takes place July 18-20 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. More info at xxx.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.xxx or x.hope.net."

Tomorrow: Berlin sunrise mass whistle-in to commemorate Snowden leaks


A reader writes, "Just after sunrise on June 5, the NK Projekt in Berlin is leading a massive whistle-blowing session to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden's own whistle blowing activities."

(Image: I want you to blow the whistle, Mike, CC-BY-SA)

Call for Speakers: Copycamp Warsaw, with Birgitta Jónsdóttir and Cory

Marta writes, "This is an open call for 10-minute presentations at the 3rd International CopyCamp Conference (November 6-7, 2014 in Warsaw, Poland), devoted to social impacts of copyright. This year, we'll have two special guests: Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a poet and member of the Icelandic parliament, Internet activist, freedom of information and freedom of speech defender and Cory Doctorow, the co-editor of this website."

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