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Angouleme Festival Faces Criticism Over Fake Awards

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The Angoulême International Comics Festival, once one of the most respected comic convention in the world, faces criticism for issuing a series of fake awards at its 2016 ceremony this past weekend. The festival, which dates back to 1974, already came under fire earlier in the year when the longlist for the Grand Prix de la ville d'Angoulême lifetime achievement award contained zero women in its thirty person longlist.

Angoulême’s response to the earlier criticism was to do away with the longlist and open up voting to any creator that voters thought deserving of the award, but the presentation ceremony brought fresh controversy. Apparently in an attempt at humour, the festival announced a list of winners, and then in a scene straight from a bad high school comedy, declared it was all a prank, and announced the “real” winners.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Wizard World New Orleans

Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics were definitely on display this weekend at Wizard World New Orleans, and we were there to check out the show, and capture some of the stellar cosplay on display.

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The Walking Dead Experience Tests Your Zombie Mettle at Walker Stalker Con

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Have you ever had to stick your hand in a mostly-dead guy's stomach to find the key that will unlock a helpless woman chained up in the corner of a trailer? It's certainly a feeling I've never experienced before. How about being locked in a jail cell just inches away from the grasp of an undead businessman who hopes you'll be the main course for his last meal? Personally, I try to avoid jail cells as much as possible, but when there are zombies inside, that's doubly true. I guess I tend to stay away from zombies in general, but it's pretty hard to avoid them when you're right in the thick of things at the very start of the outbreak.

The Walking Dead Experience, the Kickstarted escape challenge touring with Walker Stalker Con, drops you into the start of a zombie outbreak with little warning. We all like to joke and hypothesize about what roles we'd fill if an actual zombie outbreak occurred, but the Experience actually lets you live out that morbid fantasy... to a degree. Zombies aren't real, so the threat of losing your life isn't there, but that doesn't mean the creative team behind the 20-minute adventure didn't try their hardest to make you feel like every breath you took might just be your last.

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Weekender: Thought Bubble Debuts, Youth in Decline, and Copious Male Nudity

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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Weekender: Rosy Press, Red Road, And The Animation Escape Hatch

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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Weekender: Red Virgin, Harlowe Vanished, And A Secret Convergence

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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Weekender: Art Attack on Titan, Rabbit Thoughts, And Million Dollar Tintin

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair --- it's time to catch up on that greatest of all mediums: comics! What's been going on this week? NYCC has fallen upon us all like a giant comfy pillow filled with news, so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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Marvel Pin Packs Return for NYCC and That’s Going to be a Problem

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At San Diego Comic-Con this past summer, Marvel unveiled its first ever collectible pins. Given the Disney connection, it was only a matter of time after Marvel was acquired by the Mouse House that it too would offer its own versions of the tradable pins that had been a mainstay for Disney fans for over 15 years. Yes, pins were at Disney well before the year 2000, but the pin trading collective really only got its start during the Millennium Celebration at Disney World. Pin trading had also found its way to other geeky conventions, like PAX, where it's been steadily expanding, but now that comic cons are getting in on the fun, there's almost nowhere you can go to escape.

I promised myself (and ComicsAlliance EiC Andrew Wheeler) that I wouldn't fall prey to pin collecting now that Marvel was in on the action. I bought a few sets at SDCC, but one set was for friends who couldn't make it, and the others I thought I'd pick up for my wife. She's only ever looked at them, as they've become part of my own collection now. I have become the thing I said I never would; I am a pin collector now. I thought maybe I'd only have to deal with my addiction once a year at SDCC, but Marvel's announced a new collection of pins to debut exclusively at New York Comic Con this coming week, and that's going to be a whole new problem for me.

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Foursquare And ReedPOP Join Forces For A Geek’s Guide to New York Comic-Con

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This week marks the arrival of thousands of cosplayers, fans, and gamma ray-fueled heroes in New York City for New York Super Week --- starting today --- and the 10th annual New York Comic Con. The city will undoubtedly be sprawling with enthusiasts of every fandom, but NYCC and Super Week festivities aside, New York is already a treasure trove of geeky gems.

To help guide you through Gotham’s geek-friendly hangouts, the folks at Foursquare and ReedPOP have joined forces to create the Ultimate Geek Guide to New York --- an infographic map that highlights some nerd-tastic, comic-centric hidden gems, stores, bars, restaurants, and museums to visit during the week’s festivities.

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Weekender: Garage, Platinum End, Countershot Press, and Unicorns!

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The week’s over! You did it again, and in exemplary style. But while you’ve been off working and living and doing all those things that humans do, what have you missed in the world of comics? With Weekender, ComicsAlliance is here to give you a heads-up on some of the stories that you might have overlooked, and to showcase some great writing on comics for you to enjoy over a deep-fried Mars bar this weekend.

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