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Tilda Swinton Was Cast in Doctor Strange Due to China

While many were discussing the “white wash” casting of Tilda Swinton as the Doctor Strange character the Ancient One, the first thought I went to as a politico was the use of Tibet in the film and how that’d play in China. The use of the land in any film you’d want to play in China brings with it political bombs that are best left alone.

For those that don’t know there’s issues around Tibetan sovereignty and who should/does run the region.

Marvel has been making moves into China when it comes to their films and comics, changing Iron Man 3 in hopes of the film playing better and sending permanent staff to the country too. They are clearly making plays in the country, and as such wouldn’t want to do anything to risk angering what is a major market.

And it looks like my hunch was correct.

Doctor Strange scriptwriter C Robert Cargill appeared on YouTube podcast Double Toasted where he described the no win situation of the casting. Screen Rant transcribed it as:

The Ancient One was a racist stereotype who comes from a region of the world that is in a very weird political place. He originates from Tibet, so if you acknowledge that Tibet is a place and that he’s Tibetan, you risk alienating one billion people who think that that’s bullshit and risk the Chinese government going, “Hey, you know one of the biggest film-watching countries in the world? We’re not going to show your movie because you decided to get political.” If we decide to go the other way and cater to China in particular and have him be in Tibet – if you think it’s a good idea to cast a Chinese actress as a Tibetan character, you are out of your damn fool mind and have no idea what the f-ck you’re talking about.

It’s an interesting interview, though you’ll have to not hurt yourself from eye rolling every time “SJW” is said.

If true, this is also a good lesson that there is more than American politics and audiences at play when it comes to films and casting.

When actress Tilda Swinton was asked directly about the casting, she said:

The script that I was presented with did not feature an Asian man for me to play, so that was never a question when I was being asked to do it. It all will be revealed when you see the film, I think. There are very great reasons for us to feel very settled and confident with the decisions that were made.

Alpha Acquires U17.com in Biggest Acquisition deal in Chinese Animation History

Alpha Animation and Culture Company LTD.Alpha Animation and Culture Company LTD., parent company of Auldey Toys North America who distributes Sky Rover Voice Command Helicopter, Wave Racers, and produces the children’s animated TV show Super Wings, have acquired 100% shares of U17.com, China’s premier platform for original comics and animations.

Alpha, one of the largest animation and entertainment businesses in China, has years of experience in operating and creating value from animation. U17.com, the largest online platform in China for the creation and publication of Internet comics, is committed to converting animations, films, games, and other full-fledged entertainment products on its platform through this partnership.

257861The transaction will incorporate U17.com into Alpha’s Anime, Comic, and Games (ACG) platform, which is expected to become the growth engine for Alpha’s “pan-entertainment” ecosystem. The marriage of the two companies, valued at RMB 904 million (about $141.2 million US), will be the largest merger and acquisition deal in the Chinese animation history.

The U17.com website brings an average of 40 million hits a day and it has close to 7 million registered users and over 40,000 comics created by 20,000 cartoonists.

U17.com unveiled Plan U, the business plan for its next phase of development. Plan U will include the ambitious target of increasing the number of professional comics and cartoonists on the platform by tenfold; and, more importantly, U17.com’s plan to introduce a much-improved revenue sharing scheme to its considerable base of freelance authors, who may see their income from their creations doubled, tripled, or more.

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It’s a new week, and graphic novel turned musical Fun Home did well at the Tony Awards last night! Stick around for a wrap up of what they won, and more today!

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The Outhousers – Lawyers Pay Big Bucks to Garth Ancier for False Claims in Bryan Singer Sex Lawsuit – And there’s reasons we didn’t report on this….

CBLDF – Chinese Cartoonist Struggles to Survive in Exile – Interesting read.

Lowell Sun – Documentary seeks to find the inspiration for the ‘Archie’ characters – This sounds good.

NJ.com – Lucas: It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s superheroes in sports – Two worlds colliding!

McPherson Sentinel – Comic books focus of summer class – I want to take these types of classes!


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Talking Comics – Airboy #1

CBR – Batman Beyond #1

CBR – The Omega Men #1

CBR – Secret Wars #3

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It’s new comic day tomorrow? Do you know what you’re planning on getting? If you’re undecided, you can check out our picks later this morning!

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Kotaku – Was PAX East’s Diversity Lounge A Success? I Asked People Who Went – It’d be great to see more of these at conventions.

GamePolitics – AbleGamers Raises Over $33K at PAX East 2014 – Great organization. Great to see this!

Kotaku – This Avengers Bruce Banner Figure Isn’t Always Angry – Really nice looking figure.

The Mary Sue – Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey – Good to hear retailers are backing up our stats!

Kotaku – Miyazaki Films Would Be Just As Pretty With Pixel Art – Very cool.

Bleeding Cool – BBC Sherlock Manga Getting An Official English Translation Shortly – Cool!

The Mary Sue – Several Women Arrested For Writing Fanfic In China – Huh.

CBR – ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Will Aim For Tone of Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man’ – Hrm, could be interesting.

The Beat – Saga, Foglio Nominated for Hugo Awards – Congrats!

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Liverpool Sound and Vision – Aquaman, The Trench. Volume One

CBR – Superior Spider-Man #31

CBR – Thor: God of Thunder #21

Talking Comics – Wonder Woman #30

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It’s a new week as we hurdle towards the new year. What’s folks favorites reads, highlights for comics this year?

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Kansas City Star – With graphic novel, Algerian war gets a KC artist’s interpretationI think I need to check this book out.

Bleeding Cool – DC Comics Looking For A New Editor And Two Assistant Editors For New York OfficesIf you get the job, hook us up with tips!

Bleeding Cool – V For Vendetta Screened On TV In China While Jackie Chan Suggests Protest Rights Are RestrictedInteresting.


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Flickering Myth – Avengers #1

ScienceFiction – Batman #15

Talking Comics – Cable and X-Force #1

Bleeding Cool – Change #1

Talking Comics – Change #1

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The weekend is almost here and New York Comic Con is right around the corner!

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GamePolitics – Maine GOP Attacks State Senate Candidate for Playing World of WarcraftWhat dicks. Well there goes an entire generation from being able to run for public office.

NorthJersey.com – Museum of Chinese in America exhibit explores relationship between Asian-Americans and comicsThat’d be a complicated and racist one.

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CBR – Avengers Vs. X-Men #12

Paste Magazine – Comic Book & Graphic Novel Round Up 10/4/12

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Hopefully post earthquake and hurricane you’re all ok.  It’s a big week, with the launch of the new DC universe, how many are actually excited?  Ken and I did our latest radio show last night.  You can give a listen here.  While you do that, here’s the news you might have missed.

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Kotaku – Sunday Comics – Each week Kotaku brings some great web comics.

TechCrunch – Disney Inks Deal with Greenbox, Chinese eCommerce Is Taking Off – Could we see Marvel licenses coming soon? I think a billion people getting to know Marvel comics more might help with sales.

Con Coverage:

CBR – Fan Expo: A Pint O’ CB

MTV Geek – FanExpo Canada Interview: Fred Van Lente and Kyle Hotz Bring “Destroyers” To Marvel

Newsarama – Fan Expo ’11: MARVEL: NEXT BIG THING Panel (New CrossGen)

CBR – Fan Expo: DC’s Bold New 52

MTV Geek – FanExpo Canada 2011: James Robinson Spotlight Panel Recap

Digital Journal – Fan Expo 2011 descends on Toronto

VG Chartz – PAX Prime 2011 Hands-On: X-Men: Destiny

MTV Geek – FanExpo Canada 2011: Marvel’s Fear Itself Panel Recap

CBR – Fan Expo: Pak & Van Lente Upgrade “Alpha Flight” to an Ongoing

CBR – Fan Expo: Van Lente Does the Monster Mash With “Destroyers”

Search Engine Baidu Runs Into Copyright Issues

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BaiduChinese search engine Baidu is running into issues as it expands it’s services outside of the Chinese borders.  The search engine includes a file-sharing service where users can upload and download files.  Japanese publishing firms have decided to set their sites on Baidu.jp which has some manga titles available through the file-sharing service.

Publisher Kodansha is demanding Baidu remove the items or face legal action.  Baidu has said it is verifying and deleting any material that violates local copyright law.  The company says the uploads violate their terms of service.

This isn’t the first time Baidu has run into problems.  Chinese net censors blocked access to the service after it was discovered you could access and download pornographic material.  China is a bit strict about accessing that content, among other things.

Transformers Cyberton Con

Official Press Release


The Largest Official Gathering of TRANSFORMERS Fans Starts Today at Landmark Brand Expo in Shanghai

Pawtucket, RI – July 30, 2010 – Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE: HAS) is kicking off the start of the first ever official TRANSFORMERS fan convention to be held in Asia, “TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Con,” at the East Asia Exhibition Hall at the Shanghai World Expo. Building on the tremendous momentum and enthusiasm for Hasbro’s popular brand around the world, the Company is presenting an extensive collection of historical TRANSFORMERS items from throughout the brand’s 26 year history.  In a visually stunning exhibit, Hasbro is welcoming fans to experience a wide variety of offerings from the brand’s current toy line and entertainment.

This “history corridor” will be featured in the central section of the expansive TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Convention footprint within the East Asia Exhibition Hall at the Shanghai World Expo.  Within the corridor, visitors and fans can see the chronological progression of the TRANSFORMERS brand beginning with the classic “Generation 1” era.  As fans proceed through they will be able to view extensive artwork and information about characters and stories from different eras of the brand from BEAST WARS to the most recent entertainment blockbuster movies and current HUNT FOR THE DECEPTICONS promotion.

“The first ever ‘TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Convention’ in Shanghai is a testament to the global phenomenon that Hasbro’s TRANSFORMERS brand has become over its twenty-six year history,” said John Frascotti, Global Chief Marketing Officer Hasbro, Inc.  “We’re thrilled to welcome tens of thousands of fans to this unprecedented convention to celebrate the stories, characters, art, action figures and entertainment surrounding the TRANSFORMERS franchise.”

In addition to the historical retrospective, the first “TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Convention” will feature a wide variety of displays, interactive experiences and special events.  TRANSFORMERS brand leaders and designers from Hasbro’s global headquarters in Pawtucket, Rhode Island will also be in attendance to meet with fans and attend special events and panel discussions.  In all, over two thousand TRANSFORMERS action figures will be on display and the retrospective will feature TRANSFORMERS artwork including figure designs, cartoon animation and comics.  Some artwork featured will have been previously unreleased prior to the convention.

In addition to expert panels and the historical retrospective, special events and exhibits will include:

  • An opening ceremony where Hasbro will unveil a 23-foot tall BUMBLEBEE character statue, one of the largest TRANSFORMERS statues ever, made for the TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Convention.
  • A “grafitti wall” featuring TRANSFORMERS characters in the Shanghai East Asia Exhibition Hall.
  • Demonstrations of the recently released Transformers: War for Cybertron video game from Activision.
  • TRANSFORMERS drawing classes for attendees (at select times).
  • Three-dimensional action figure dioramas capturing scenes from popular TRANSFORMERS entertainment including the blockbuster movies and 1980’s animated series.
  • TRANSFORMERS Challenge competitions testing attendees skills at converting TRANSFORMERS action figures from “robot” to “vehicle” modes.

The TRANSFORMERS Cybertron Convention starts today, Friday, July 30 and ends on Tuesday, August 3. For more information about the convention, fans can visit http://ad.sh.sohu.com/transformers//index.html.  For more information about the TRANSFORMERS brand, fans can visit www.TRANSFORMERS.com.

Hasbro, Inc. (NYSE:HAS) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, NERF, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com © 2010 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Secret Warriors #17

Sitwell – China… well, let’s see… it’s essentially operating with a two class system that was erected under a socialist regime, but is now propped up by a  neo-capitalist economic class.  It’s also burdened by overpopulation and a rapidly growing senior class which is poised to undo much of the financial growth achieved in recent years.  In my opinion, the situation is somewhat precarious… sketchy.

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