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Jim Starlin Responds to Trump’s Campaign Use of Thanos

Jim Starlin, the creator of Thanos, has responded to the Trump campaign’s use of the character in an ad:

Seeing that pompous fool using my creation to stroke his infantile ego, it finally struck me that the leader of my country and the free world actually enjoys comparing himself to a mass murderer.

The scene, used from Avengers: Endgame, has President Trump as Thanos “snapping out” Democrats declaring himself inevitable. In the movie, he does this before being defeated by the good guys.

Starlin, who created the character in 1973 was not happy with the use of the character.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, Starlin said:

After my initial feeling of being violated, seeing that pompous fool using my creation to stroke his infantile ego, it finally struck me that the leader of my country and the free world actually enjoys comparing himself to a mass murderer. How sick is that? These are sad and strange times we are going through. Fortunately, all things, even national nightmares, eventually come to an end.

Last month, Marvel sent a cease and desist letter to NYC Council Member Ben Kallos for his use of Marvel characters in a fundraising email. The company’s Deputy Chief Counsel asked that Marvel’s “character not be used for political purposes or to support political campaigns.” It’s unknown if the company will send a similar letter to the Trump reelection campaign. Marvel’s head Isaac Perlmutter is one of Trump’s largest donors and is a shadow advisor for the administration. We’ve asked the company for comment and will follow up with any updates.

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Get Out and Vote Today!

Today, Tuesday, November 5 is the US election and we’re encouraging everyone to get out and vote if you haven’t done so already. There’s numerous state races, local races, ballot initiatives, bonds, and more to vote on. Every elected position impacts you and this is your chance to voice your opinion and have a say as to who represents you.

If you need to find your polling place or what’s on your local ballot Vote 411 can help.

Most importantly, get out and vote this Tuesday!

U.S. Senate Candidate Jaime Harrison Embraces Comics in His First Campaign Video

Jaime Harrison is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in South Carolina. In his first campaign video entitled “Character” Harrison talks about comics and uses panel visuals to tell his story.

In the 3 minute video, he recounts how comics were how he learned to read before going in to his “origin story.”

The video uses comic panels, and other visual styles, to tell his personal history and then go after his possible opponent Senator Lindsay Graham.

It’s an amazing use of comic visuals to tell a personal story.

Sen. Corey Booker Quotes Training Day and Challenges folks to Donkey Kong and Q*Bert at Campaign Stop

With a slow generational shift occurring when it comes to our politicians, the pop culture references will flow more and more out of them.

While at a campaign stop during his run for President at the bar-cade Electric Avenue in Manchester, NH, Senator Corey Booker paraphrased a quote from the film Training Day and then challenged everyone in the room to Q*Bert and Donkey Kong as well as anyone in the Senate to play him int he games.

Donkey Kong ain’t got nothing on me.

Corey Booker

Below is the clip from Training Day as well as Tweets from the event.

Get Out and Vote Today!

Today, Tuesday, November 6 is the US election and we’re encouraging everyone to get out and vote if you haven’t done so already. We know this is an election where emotions are running high and it’s really not an exageration to say this is the most important election of our lifetime so far. There’s numerous Federal and State races, but don’t forget the local races, ballot initiatives, bonds, and more to vote on. Some of these may set the direction of the country even more than the President! Every elected position impacts you and this is your chance to voice your opinion and have a say as to who represents you.

You still have a lot of time to figure out everything you’ll be voting for and Local Vote has a handy website to find out what you need to know in voter guides. If you need to find your polling place or what’s on your local ballot Vote 411 can help.

Most importantly, get out and vote this Tuesday!

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NYCC 2018: Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Talks Comic Conventions and Politics

Conventions are becoming a regular location for folks to get political. This year’s San Diego Comic-Con saw numerous groups registering voters. So, how odd would it to see a Presidential candidate at one? New York Comic Con had a visit from 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang, a first.

Andrew’s platform is centered around the idea of providing a “Freedom Dividend” – a form of universal basic income (UBI) – to every American adult. It’s a concept that’s been seen in pop culture like Star Trek and The Expanse.

Andrew has been endorsed by technology futurists like Y Combinator founder, Sam Altman, as well as labor leaders like former head of the SEIU, Andy Stern.

He’s a big sci-fi and comics fan (particularly of Star Trek and the Marvel Universe) and is heading to the convention this week to meet the attendees and build support.

Listen in and find out what it’s like to campaign at a comic convention and what we can learn from comics.

You can learn more at Yang 2020.

NYCC 2018: Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Meets Convention Goers

Conventions are becoming a regular location for folks to get political. San Diego Comic-Con saw numerous groups registering voters. Congressman John Lewis has been to numerous conventions to promote his graphic novel March. New York Comic Con is getting a visit from 2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang who will be located at booth #2010

Andrew’s Platformis centered around the idea of providing a “Freedom Dividend” – a form of universal basic income (UBI) – to every American adult. It’s a concept that’s been seen in pop culture like Star Trek and The Expanse.

Andrew has been endorsed by technology futurists like Y Combinator founder, Sam Altman, as well as labor leaders like former head of the SEIU, Andy Stern.

Andrew is a big sci-fi and comics fan (particularly of Star Trek and the Marvel Universe) and is heading to the convention this week to meet the attendees and build support.

Voter Registration Taking Place at Black Panther Screenings

For a long time I’ve questioned why organizations haven’t held voter registration drives at geek events like conventions.

One organization seems to have heard my screams as Electoral Justice Project has launched #WakandaTheVote which is allowing those seeing Black Panther to register to vote.

Founded by Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd and Rukia Lumumba, the organization’s goal is to register as many voters as they can at theaters.

Reed said:

This weekend we wanted to meet our people in Wakanda. We know that for some it’s a superhero world, but we know that the world we deserve is still waiting to be built — and we want to build it! This upcoming spring and November 2018 midterm elections are an important step in building that new world, and we want to take every opportunity to engage our communities in the conversation of electoral justice. We will be registering people to vote at movie theaters across the country so that we can #wakandathevote at the ballot box.

Over 1,000 individuals responded to the organizations call for help. The organization is focused on educating and motivating Black voters as well as launching an “intensive campaign manager institute” in the spring called Electoral Justice League.

Can’t make a screening and need to register to vote? Text WAKANDA to 91990. You can also register to vote with the handy widget on the right side of our site.

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