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Today I discovered Raising Dion. It's about a single mother of color, who does not have superpowers, raising a son who does. Gorgeous art, adorable characterization, attentive ethics, really cool power use, positive family values -- all stuff I love. You can download a free PDF of the first issue, or buy a print-on-demand hardcopy here. Regrettably I could not find a plain donation button, but the hardcopy is only $4 so that should fit most budgets. If you want to support them more, you could always buy extras for some friends.

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 Here's an interview about the excellent animated short "Get a Horse."  The bit I want to highlight is where they couldn't find a clip of Walt Disney saying the word "red" so they spliced it together out of phonemes spoken in other words.  This is a crucial step necessary to the evolution of technology which reduces and eventually removes the need for actors: the ability to create a 'library' of appearance, motion, and sound which users can employ to compose performances.  It's a very popular way to make entertainment in the future.
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Yep.  What she said

It took me about 355 pages to reach one boob window.  (Dvorak uses her body as a distraction.)  I don't think anyone's running around in a bathing suit, though.  Jumpsuits are quite popular, and standard uniform for Kraken.  To be fair, I have a whole handful of soups who go nude, including at least a few in human form.
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Marvel is picking up Red Wolf again.  It's representation, but far from ideal.  I've listed my Native American superheroes here.
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... is this right here.  Not the powers, but being adopted by loving parents who raise him well.  <3  

But there's one more thing people don't understand about Superman, because most humans think like humans.  They don't understand what it's like to be invulnerable when everyone around you ISN'T.  So that's how you hurt someone who can't be injured.  You go after the ones around them.  Which is exactly what supervillains do best, and the core of some of Superman's best stories in history.

"Die Faltenlilien"  is one of my takes on this kind of dilemma. 
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 "The Expanse" is a new SyFy show slated for later this year.  I am favorably intrigued by the gender and ethnic diversity.  The article also rightly points out that we don't see many near-future SF shows, so that's promising.
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This looks like fun.  I'm definitely interested in watching it.

I just wish other people would mix up their ethnic characters a bit more.  There's a really heavy trend toward linking superpowers with ethnicity.  Sure, do that, roots matter.  But do some other stuff too.  African-descended characters often have primal powers such as animal traits.  I have Lakia, who has a tail and Neural Blast.  I even have a soup who actually IS an African elephant, Hercules.  But I've also got Boss White (Telepathy), Danso (Superpower Manipulation), Dazzlecat (Shapeshifting: Ocelot Form), Jolt (Control Electricity), Fiddlesticks (Super-Speed), Gallium Gal (Liquid Metal Form), the Gingerbread Man (Teleportation), Lieutenant Brown (Regeneration), the Muffler (Power Nullification & Empathy), and Saraphina Dreux (Soul Powers).
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These are the rules for the Coyote & Roadrunner cartoons.

Except, you know, I always preferred the Roadrunner.  He had the better skill at reality manipulation.

And of course, we also have Southwest tribal stories about Coyote to thank for the whole series.  There really is, I swear, a line in the original folklore that translates to, "and Coyote was squashed flatter than a grass mat!"
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Fireworks can upset veterans who have PTSD. The same can happen to other trauma survivors, people with anxiety, anyone with a low startle reflex, etc. Know how to help someone with PTSD or panic attack. Here are some concrete ways to say "thank you for your service" with more than just words ...

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"Coda" is a beautiful short film about a lost soul and Death. 

The story, of course, is familiar to me.  People die and think they're not done yet so they wander off and/or drag their feet, then somebody has to trundle along behind to find them.

So I noticed a lot of other lovely little details.  The crowd scenes have women and people of color.  Yay!  The delicate use of light and shadow.  Outlines of leaves.  The exquisite control of Death's cloak.  <3
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This article explores what happens when two emotions mix.  A key benefit of the movie Inside Out is that it encourage people to think and talk about feelings!  So. Much. Win.
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Enjoy some dolls with disabilities.  My favorites include the birthmark girl and the ASL Deaf girl.  :D  Dolls are available in a wide range of features including not just the disabilities but also skin tone, hair color/style, etc.
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Apparently the misogynist fucks at Hasbro decided to genderswap all the dinosaurs from Jurassic World

Maybe we should swap them back.  You know, paint a tiny cloaca on each figure to emphasize their true sex as advertised in the movie.  Or put little pink bikini tops on them.  Bows on their heads.  Indomitus Rex clearly needs her own pair of ass-kicking, fuck-me-red high heels.

I can only conclude they're afraid of female anything  with that much teeth.
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I'm really looking forward to the movie Inside Out.  This article talks briefly about how the core emotions were chosen.  Not mentioned is the fact that those five (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust) appear on most of the major lists of universal emotions.  They're well chosen.

Look at the trailer in the article.  All of the mother's headvoices are female and wear the same style of glasses as her outside body, even though the inside bodies are very different in shape and personality.  So too, the father's emotions are all male and have the same mustache.  Conversely, Riley's emotions are different.  Fear and Anger are male; Joy, Sadness, and Disgust are female.  Only Sadness wears glasses.  Anger is certainly thought of as a masculine trait.  Sadness and Disgust are more typically thought of as feminine.  The glasses probably relate to overlapping concepts of fat-nerdy-miserable.  Anyhow, the inside of Riley's head is more diverse than either of her parents, in multiple ways.  That's interesting.

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