SDCC and gender: Bechdel Testing Comic-Con

Dave writes, "This year, for its annual Comic-Con issue, San Diego Citybeat views the convention through the lens of the Bechdel Test. The altweekly is free on stands throughout the city."

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SDCC: Map of San Diego's surveillance network


Dave Maass sez, "If you're going to San Diego Comic-Con, you might want to dodge the cameras on this map if you're not in costume."

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EFF's guide to San Diego Comic-Con


Dave from EFF sez, "Scorpion, Person of Interest and transformative art are among the highlights we're looking forward to most at San Diego Comic-Con this year. You can also meet up with me (Dave Maass) at the Alaska Robotics table 2 - 3 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday."

The EFF Guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2014

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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Tiny pink Stormtrooper


Stephanie sent this pic of a tiny pink Stormtrooper cosplayer to Fashionably Geek. They say it was a little girl in there, but that seems to be citing facts not in evidence. In any event, this kid is hella cute.

Little Girl Proves Stormtroopers Look Good In Pink [Cosplay] [Amy Ratcliffe/Fashionably Geek]

(via Wil Wheaton)

What EFF learned at Comic-Con


Dave Maass from the Electronic Frontier Foundation attended San Diego Comic-Con and wrote this report called "What We Learned at San Diego Comic-Con," with a roundup of the ways that comics geeks and civil liberties geeks are coming together. As he says, it covers "A hacker video game, Person of Interest's strong language for the NSA and the Jayne Hat controversy."

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ComicMix Pro: services for indie comics creators


I ran into ComicMix's Glenn Haumann yesterday at Comic-Con and he told me about ComicMix Pro: a set of professional services for indie comics creators who want to focus on making comics. It sounds like a great idea -- the set of all people who make comics I want to read is bigger than the set of all people who make comics I want to read who know how to manage printing and distribution.

ComicMix Pro Services will advise you on how you can improve your efforts and secure the professional assistance you need. We cover every aspect of the creative and business process and customize our efforts and fees to meet your specific goals, including:

* Editorial Services
* Production, Printing & Distribution
* Marketing and Promotion
* Intellectual Property Services
* Funding Services
* Custom Comics Creation

ComicMix Pro Services

Nerdy waistcoats


Spotted at Comic-Con: EvaVanecek's wonderful handmade Star Trek men's waistcoats, which are a steal at $80, and are nicely tailored too (I tried one on). She also does Marvel Superheroes, and has a line of tuxedo vests, including Star Wars and others.

Star Trek pattern men's vests with buttons for closure

Creature from the Black Lagoon as outlaw biker tee


Spotted at Comic-Con: Ben Von Strawn's "The Creatcha" tees, which sport a version of the Creature from the Black Lagoon in biker drag and a coal-scuttle helmet.

Ben Von Strawn The Creatcha T-Shirt

Cosplayer in a realistic Ron Jeremy mask


By far the most uncanny and arresting cosplayer I've seen at any Comic-Con was this young woman in an incredibly realistic latex Ron Jeremy mask, from Hyperflesh. I mean, wow.

Ron Jeremy Mask

Frankenstein rat-racer tee glows in the dark


Spotted at Comic-Con: Captainyolk's Big-Daddy-Roth-alike Frankstein-in-a-rat-racer tee. Glows in the dark! $25 on Etsy.

Frankenstein Hot Rod Glow in the Dark Tee Shirt

Texas: the America of America tee


Spotted at Comic-Con: Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal's "Texas: The America of America" tee. Don't mess with it. $19, designed by Shawn Coss.

Texas shirt

Cthulhu bandannas


Spotted at Comic-Con: Arkham Bazaar's do-rags for great-old-one cultists. They look great in person, a real double-take on the classic elaborated bandanna design. Subtle, like all things cthulhoid. $10, comes in red, black, or Cthluhu green.

Cthulhu Bandanna

Physics comics for kids, with classroom guides


Spotted at Comic-Con: Spectra, a series of well-done, smart comics about physics from the nonprofit American Physical Society. The art is great, the content is great, and leads to good, illuminating experiments you can do with household objects. They're free downloads, along with supplementary classroom materials, and you order signed hardcopies, too.

Spectra: Comic Books

EFF's guide to Comic-Con

Headed to San Diego? The EFF Guide to San Diego Comic-Con is a thorough guide to where to go to hear about comics and free expression, meet friends of the EFF, learn about surveillance and privacy, and find like-minded civil liberties comic geeks. Cory 1