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A Musical Celebration of Bestselling Author Chuck Palahniuk’s New Novella

A Musical Celebration of Bestselling Author Chuck Palahniuk’s New Novella

By the Bushwick Book Club

October 30, 2017) Bestselling author Chuck Palahniuk has written 14 novels, sold more than 5 million books in the United States, written a New York Times bestselling graphic novel and an acclaimed coloring book and had multiple books adapted for film—and now Palahniuk‘s prose will be inspiring musical performances across the country. This fall, the Bushwick Book Club will present three shows in celebration of and inspired by Palahniuk’s latest book LEGACY: AN OFF-COLOR NOVELLA FOR YOU TO COLOR. The novella, featuring colorable illustrations by Steve Morris and Mike Norton, is on sale from Dark Horse Books on November 7 and performances for LEGACY will be held in Brooklyn, Portland an...

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Moffat vs Davies: The Doctor Who Face-Off

Doctor Who fandom is a very strange, varied, and fervent lot. You have your old-school fans who look upon the new series and its fandom as trendy knockoffs and posers. You have your new fans that started with Tennant or Smith, and have never seen so much as a single episode of the original series. You have fans that love both, and fans that viciously tear apart characters and creators aside from their own personal favourites. Myself, I’m aware of the flaws in the series, the sometimes stilted storytelling and cheap effects of the classics and the weird pacing and oft-too intense focus on romance in the new series, but love the show for all of its flaws and and successes...

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Dr. Pym or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Ride the Marvel Hype Train

“I’d ask ridiculous questions all the time. Peyton Reed, he just kept saying, ‘Dude, just do it.’ But I’d say, ‘I don’t understand. Does the mask go up this way or this way?’ And there’s a visual effects guy there and I want an answer. They got so tired of my questions: ‘So I don’t understand — If I was just over there, how did I get over here so quick?’ Reed would be like, ‘Cannavale, it’s a superhero movie, dude. Just do it!’ But I’d say, ‘Yeah, but do I have superhuman speed, because I was just three blocks away and now I’m here and I’m not even out of breath. Should I be out of breath?’ He’d be like, ‘Dude, it’s not ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being.’ It’s just [frick]ing ‘Ant-Man’. Just say the line.’ Then it just became a joke. I had a blast. We laughed so much on that thing...

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Defending the Batgirl Cover

As of the time this is published, indeed as of the time that
I write this, I already know it’s too late. The artist of the cover to Batgirl
#41, under pressure from a mob of neo-Puritanical zealots, has requested that
DC not use his artwork for Batgirl #41. I no longer have a dog in this fight,
but I refuse to give up completely.

To Mr. Rafael Albuquerque: your cover was fantastic. It upset
some people, and that’s okay. It was supposed to. It was art, and art is often
upsetting. And pleasing. And evocative, scary, titillating. And inspiring. And
when it comes to Batgirl, it was inspiring.
Not because, as some complete numpties have suggested,
because I as the reader was supposed to identify with the Joker and feel a
sense of power over Batgirl...
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Love it or hate it, why people should shut up about Big Bang Theory being “offensive to nerds”

This entry just might be the closest thing to “inflammatory” I’ve written.

Let’s get this out right now: I love the Big Bang Theory. Most of my “nerd” friends love the show. It’s a show.  All of us have the good sense to suspend our disbelief and disassociate ourselves from the exaggerated characters, because at the end of the day, they are exactly that: caricatures.  When I was growing up in a standard middle class family, we didn’t bitch about “Rosanne’s” white-trashiness.  I didn’t hear about talk radio personalities or psychiatrists raving about the neurosis of “Doctors Frasier and Niles Crane”.  No journalists were ranting about “questioning journalistic integrity” of Murphy Brown and the crew at FYI: we still embraced the characters. Quirks and all...

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