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Ask Chris #222: This City Hates You

Ask Chris art by Erica Henderson

Q: Can a setting, location, or place actually be "a character," as people often say about Gotham City or Bioshock's Rapture, and if so, what exactly does that mean? -- @Jon_Ore

A: Technically, no. No matter how well-developed or intriguing a setting is, no matter how many good stories have been set there or how characters and creators have talked about it, it's still just that: A setting. The action and development, even if they're a reaction to the setting or have effects on the setting, are all things that happen to characters. The setting just provides the backdrop.

Practically, though, they can be close enough that for all intents and purposes, they might as well be characters, with everything that comes with it.

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Planet Comicon 2014 Comic Creator Photos

Planet Comicon 2014 Photos
John Parker

Kansas City's Planet Comicon has steadily grown into what may be the biggest comics and pop culture convention in the Midwest. After spending several years in the Overland Park Convention Center, a mid-sized facility in a suburb of Kansas City, last year Planet Comicon moved to Bartle Hall, a much bigger facility in the heart of downtown. This year, the convention doubled in floorspace, drew cosplayers likes flies to vinegar, and brought in a litany of television and pop culture stars, including legendary rapper Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, pretty much the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the puffy one himself, Sir William Freaking Shatner.

But this site is called ComicsAlliance, and what we really care about are the comics and the creators who make them. Click onwards for a sometimes-blurry Blackberry camera gallery of guests, friends, and artist alley residents of one of the fastest-growing cons in the country.

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‘The Shade’ Takes Darwyn Cooke & J. Bone to Times Past [Preview]


Spinning off from Starman, the James Robinson and Tony Harris' DC Comics magnum opus of the 1990s, The Shade is a twelve-issue miniseries that revisits figures from the titular immortal's past in a globe-spanning adventure that seeks to resolve a conspiracy to murder the former villain...

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Ask Chris #76: Batman’s Halloween Costume


Normally, ComicsAlliance Senior Writer Chris Sims answers comics and comics culture questions from our readers every week, but as Halloween approaches, things are about to get terrifying! This month, Chris answers your spoooooooky questions...

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James Robinson Casts Light On The Master Of Darkness In ‘The Shade’ #1 [Preview]


Although DC Comics has completed its rollout of the initial series of its bold New 52 initiative, there is one as yet unreleased #1 issue that for some longtime DC fans is more exciting than any of the publisher's heavily hyped relaunches...

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Ask Chris #61: Southern Fried Super-Heroes


Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's every week, Senior Writer Chris Sims puts his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions...

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Ask Chris #6: Urban Fantasy and the ’90s


Here at ComicsAlliance, we value our readership and are always open to what the masses of Internet readers have to say. That's why we've given Senior Writer Chris Sims the punishment pleasure of stepping into the grand tradition of the Answer Man as he responds to your reader questions...

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Link Ink — Spidey Tattoo, Starman, Bottle of Awesome


-- Talk about fandom: ­ GeekStir posted this photo of a chest tattoo of a tattered Spidey costume, which took over 150 hours to complete. (Newsarama)

-- Thanks to DC's The Source, we have a much-anticipated preview of writer James Robinson and artist Tony Harris third "Starman Omnibus. (T...

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