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'Applications', The Tale of a Guy, a Phone, and a Dating App: Part 6

Here's Part 6 of our weekly comic Applications, by Josh Trujillo and Dave Valeza.

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Latest 'Avengers' Trailer Features Samsung Product Placement, Easter Egg Clues to Future Films: VIDEO

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Yesterday Afternoon Samsung dropped a slightly recut version of Marvel’s upcoming superhero movie Avengers: Age of Ultron. For the most part, the content of the trailer is just a slight reshuffling of scenes that were revealed last month in a leaked promotional ad. There are, however, a few key differences in Samsung’s version of the trailer. Earlier this summer Samsung and Marvel announced that they would be partnering with one another to “bring [Samsung’s] industry-leading mobile display technology to life.” That sponsorship is clear all throughout the trailer that, if you look closely, is filled with Samsung Galaxy phones, tablets, and even a conveniently placed Samsung store.

Black pantherIn terms of actual superhero reveals, the most interesting things to se are actually in the blink-and-you’ll miss it flip animation that Marvel uses as its title cards. Still shots of the animation depict Captain Marvel, Dr. Strange, and a missile emblazoned with the Black Panther’s signature logo.

Last month Marvel CEO Kevin Feige announced Marvel’s roster of films for its Phase 3 rollout of superhero flicks to be released in the coming years. While it’s unlikely that these will make appearance in Age of Ultron, these could very well be hints of what the movie’s easter-egg post credit scene could have in store for fans.

Check out the latest extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron AFTER THE JUMP...

 

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'Applications', The Tale of a Guy, a Phone, and a Dating App: Part 5

Here's Part 5 of our weekly comic Applications, by Josh Trujillo and Dave Valeza.

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To start from the beginning of the series, click HERE.

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For Part 6, click HERE.


Flame Con, NYC's First LGBTQ Comic Con, Planned: VIDEO

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Geeks OUT, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusiveness in the geek community, is planning a first-of-its-kind LGBTQ Comic Con in NYC called Flame Con and launched a crowdfunding drive today to rent a venue and pay for the convention.

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We love pop culture, and there's a lot happening now in comics, TV and movies that seems to be catering to non-straight tastes. From Orphan Black to Dragon Age to Arrow to Gone Home, there are queer characters and call-outs...subplots and inclusive themes. Sweaty workouts. Girls kissing. Gay gaming options. The entire world of fanfic... Still, enjoyable stories and ideas that are explicitly queer are rare, and often controversial. We've been enjoying queer winks and nods since the dawn of literature. We want to enjoy stories that don't rely on subtext and innuendo to create believable, honest portrayals of LGBTQ experiences. So, let's have a con that just puts it out there! You won't have to scan the floor for a rainbow flag just to find a queer-friendly artist. You won't have to sift through tables and tables of comics just to find a story with two boys or two girls kissing. Think of it: All the amazing queer art you always hope you can find at a big con, ALL IN ONE PLACE!

Check out their video, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Applications', The Tale of a Guy, a Phone, and a Dating App: Part 4

Here's Part 4 of our weekly comic Applications, by Josh Trujillo and Dave Valeza.

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To start from the beginning of the series, click HERE.

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For Part 5, click HERE.


Is An LGBT Superhero Film Far Off?

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Comic book fans had lots to rejoice about yesterday when Marvel Studios announced its upcoming slate of new films. In addition to sequels for the critically and commercially successful Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy films, Marvel is making history with its first film led by a black superhero, Black Panther, and its first anchored by a female, Captain Marvel.

ThorIt’s just the latest move coming out of comic book culture, where publishers have been redefining mainstream heroes as a more diverse bunch. Many of the familiar (straight, white, male) characters — most of which got their start decades ago — are being joined by a growing number of heroes that reflect a richer representation. In addition to the female Captain Marvel, Marvel’s also recently started publishing series focusing on a female Thor, a black Captain America and a wildly successful book based on a Muslim American teenager, Ms. Marvel.

This surge in inclusivity extends to LGBT characters as well. From lesbian crimefighter Batwoman to young mutant Benjamin Deeds, there’s a growing number of queer mainstream characters that could become the next Batman, Wolverine or the Flash, conquering the box office or leading a television series.

“As pop culture goes, it's never been hotter to be a geek,” wrote Jono Jarrett, a founding board member of GeeksOUT, an organization dedicated to promoting LGBT inclusiveness in the geek community. “Politically, across the world queer visibility and acceptance are on the rise—or where it's not, it's being challenged like never before.”

With this momentum on and off the page, could it be long before we see an LGBT superhero take the spotlight on the large or small screen?

Learn more about the state of queer characters in comic books today, AFTER THE JUMP

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