#28DaysofBlackCosplay: Nerds, Black History Month, and Pure Joy Collide

Alanna Mode, Sean’s PhotographyWhen some people think of cosplayers—the enthusiastic fans of comics, movies, and TV shows who show up at conventions decked out in incredibly detailed recreations of their favorite characters’ looks—they tend to think of nerdy white guys in haphazardly put together ensembles. As anyone who’s ever spent any time at a large…

via #28DaysOfBlackCosplay is the intersection of Black History Month, nerdiness, and high fashion — Fusion

Weekly Link Roundup: 1/6/2015

I have been sadly remiss about this, sorry! So much has happened since our last roundup, and there’s absolutely no way I can remotely begin to cover everything, but here are some of my favorite interesting pieces from the past couple of weeks, including sad/absurd news, food for thought, and more.

  1. When and how does “adulthood” begin? “All of a sudden you’re out in the world, and you have this insane array of options, but you don’t know which you should take. There’s all these things your mom and dad told you, presumably, and yet you’re living like a feral wolf, who doesn’t have toilet paper, who’s using Arby’s napkins instead.”
  2. Meta linkspam: Longreads’ Best of 2015

  3. On constructing feminist identity (or not) through “offense”
  4. Tamir Rice and the value of life: “Take a moment and time yourself giving three commands, imagining a response from Tamir and making the decision to shoot. Maybe it can be done in less than two seconds. But to my mind, it strains credulity.”
  5. Anti-muslim actions spread to Sikh communities as well
  6. Keith Chow bites back at self-hating radio host who claims the idea of an Asian-American superhero is impossible.
  7. “The social pressure on people of color to keep the peace, not get mad, just make sure everyone keeps having a nice time…can be overwhelming, bearing down on us in so many situations we do not see coming and therefore cannot avoid. What does our dignity matter, what do our feelings amount to, when we could embarrass white people we care about?”
  8. Cliven Bundy et al. defending their right to owe more than $1 million to taxpayers: why the local militia has taken over federal property and why the double-standard in police response to this situation, versus situations involving POC, is so absurd it’s almost laughable

Things That Make and Break Avengers: Age of Ultron

*very, very minor spoilers, mainly of aesthetic details

Avengers: Age of Ultron was full of campy goodness…These are moments which might detract from, or really add to, your movie experience, depending on your expectations and mindset:

  1. Cap’s concealer / Nat’s eyebrow powder / everyone’s makeup, really
  2. Ultron’s ass (sports-car curves, yes!)CAOxhh2UMAIWWvG
  3. Ultron’s undulating and somehow…sensuous lips…

    Photo from Entertainment Weekly
    Photo from Entertainment Weekly
  4. Wet Thor in a dramatic cave

    CAVE OF FEELINGS
    CAVE OF FEELINGS
  5. Sad droopy Bruce-face
  6. Quicksilver’s Adidas endorsement deal

    Image from thedropdate.com
    Wheeee zoom zoom | Image from thedropdate.com
  7. The twins’ Cold War accents (unidentifiable Slavic vagueness!)
  8. Awareness of how brilliantly campy this movie will seem in 5-10 years
  9. Cap’s biggest fear is not knowing the foxtrot, maybe
  10. Keeping track of property damage costs (Avengers insurance??)
  11. Recognizing Running Man filming locations when the Avengers are in Seoul
  12. Every time Bruce gasps THE INTERNET (“he’s hiding in THE INTERNET”)
  13. SCIENCE BRO MONTAGE ft. Bruce and Tony (*swipe* *calculate* *high-five*!

    Avengers dick-size contest ft. Thor's hammer
    Avengers dick-size contest ft. Thor’s hammer and Cap’s forearms
Gratuitous beautiful Quicksilver promo because I can
Gratuitous beautiful Quicksilver promo because I can