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Inside Starfighter, the Internet’s sexiest webcomic

Before she had a cult following and a major Kickstarter success on her hands, Michelle Palumbo, better known to the Internet as hamletmachine, was a yaoi fan—a reader of Japanese comics focusing on erotic, often explicit gay male relationships.

So when she set out to create a story of her own on a whim, she turned to yaoi for inspiration. The result is the hit webcomic Starfighter, a gorgeous, searing space opera oozing with sex, politics, and maybe even love.

Meet Cain, the cocky top fighter pilot, and his new rookie navigator Abel. Their rocky partnership will involve sweaty nights and angsty mornings-after—exactly what we want most in our epic male/male romances.

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Who knew Toy Story is Magic? The Brony who made this awesome animated mashup

Buzz and Woody have undergone many transformations since they first stepped onto the screen in 1995’s Toy Storybut their transformation into ponies at the hands of fanartist Pandramodo is one of our favorites yet.

Pandramodo has taken one of the classic scenes from Toy Story and turned it into a flash animation featuring the cowboy/astronaut duo as adorable characters from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.  

Who knew that Woody would make such a perfect Applejack, or that Buzz would make a great Rainbow Dash?

Turns out they heck of a great pair, in or out of the saddle.

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4chan hilariously derailed Tom Hardy’s AMA, and here’s why
It will go down as one of Reddit’s worst celebrity AMAs (“ask me anything”) in history—and you can thank 4chan.
The AMA, which launched Wednesday afternoon, featured director Steven Knight and actor Tom Hardy, best known for his role as Bane in the 2012 blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.
/Tv/ could not resist asking Hardy about the “You’re a big guy.” “For you.” scene from The Dark Knight Rises. The following are some of the questions he and Knight answered unaware that they were from some 4chan pranksters.

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4chan hilariously derailed Tom Hardy’s AMA, and here’s why

It will go down as one of Reddit’s worst celebrity AMAs (“ask me anything”) in history—and you can thank 4chan.

The AMA, which launched Wednesday afternoon, featured director Steven Knight and actor Tom Hardy, best known for his role as Bane in the 2012 blockbuster The Dark Knight Rises.

/Tv/ could not resist asking Hardy about the “You’re a big guy.” “For you.” scene from The Dark Knight Rises. The following are some of the questions he and Knight answered unaware that they were from some 4chan pranksters.

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"RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!!" — Avril Lavigne denies accusations that her new music video exploits Japanese culture.

Featuring four expressionless Japanese backup dancers, a watered-down Kyary Pamyu Pamyu aesthetic and liberal (and nonsensical) use of the word “kawaii,” the song and video have been widely criticized for being an embarrassing example of racial and cultural exploitation.

It only took a few hours for Lavigne to respond on Facebook and Twitter, with a message that began, “RACIST??? LOLOLOL!!!”

The video was pulled from YouTube hours after it posted amid a high volume of negative comments, but it now appears to be viewable on Vevo’s YouTube channel. It’s pretty clear from her reactions on social media that Lavigne doesn’t really understand why people are accusing the video of being racist—or, perhaps, that she is pretending not to understand. “I love Japanese culture,” is the same defense offered by every tweenage Japanophile in the Western world, and it doesn’t actually preclude racial insensitivity or cultural appropriation.

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The girl’s parents were informed of the situation. Shouldn’t it ultimately be their responsibility?"

- Sac Anime director Dan Houck’s response to the question I posed to him: “in addition to protecting the child and alerting her parents, why did Sac Anime not alert BABSCon staff that there was a reported predator at their con so they could prevent him from harming any one else?

11-year-old girl allegedly harassed and stalked at a Brony con; was it the responsibility of this anime con staff to do more?

What do you do when a child comes to you begging for help, claiming she’s being stalked by a stranger?

The response to that exact scenario by one group of convention staffers this weekend has enraged and polarized a fandom, driven one person offline in a wave of harassment, and led to a clash between two regional conventions.

It has not, however, led to any consequences for the man who may have been stalking and harassing an 11-year-old girl while dressed as a Brony.

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"Fangirl" is not an insult.

“I like fangirls how I like my coffee. I hate coffee.” Three days after being spotted on a T-shrt for sale at WonderCon, this idiotic slogan is still making waves in the geek community.

Why? Well, for one thing, it seems like a perfect example of the hostile environment women have to deal with when they attend conventions. However, the T-shirt’s manufacturer, Tankhead Custom Tees, has just come forward to explain why the shirt isn’t sexist.

“the fangirl/fanboy shirts can best be explained like this: fangirls/boys =/= fans. Fans are people who like and genuinely respect a fandom, and it’s creators. Fangirls/boys are like those creepy fedora wearing neckbearded bronies, or hetalia fanfiction shippers, who make us all collectively cringe in pain at what they do to the things we love.

No one should ever defend these kinds of people. Seriously, they make the rest of us look bad.”

So, just to be clear here, the shirt isn’t insulting toward all women, just the ones who are the wrong kind of fan. And that’s totally not a gendered insult because bronies (i.e. male fans of a media source that’s traditionally aimed at girls) are repulsive as well. Right?

The idea that it’s OK to be disgusted by certain types of fan is pretty widespread in geek culture, and it’s ridiculous to suggest that this habit isn’t connected to sexist prejudice. In the nonsensical social strata of geekdom, “serious” sci-fi literature fans are somewhere at the top, Trekkies and comic book nerds are somewhere around the middle, and anything women are interested in is invariably right down at the bottom. Popular examples: Supernatural, YA novels with female protagonists, fanfiction, shoujo anime, and pretty much anything that’s popular on Tumblr.

It’s no coincidence that “fangirl” is most commonly used to describe women who read and write fanfiction. By the logic of people who use fangirl as a pejorative term, fans who spend hours reading and collecting superhero comics are at the cool, respectable end of the geek scale, while “fangirls”  who write tens of thousands of words of superhero fanfic are embarrassing weirdos. In other words, if you conform to the old-fashioned, male-dominated form of fandom then you’re fine, but if you prefer to join the subculture that was primarily founded on the work of female fans, then it’s acceptable to publicly mock you at an event like WonderCon.

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