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Unfridged: Female comic characters break out, break the rules and (hopefully) break the box office

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*mild spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2*

In a movie that features a  killer arrow controlled by whistling, an impossibly cute dancing tree branch AND Chris Pratt’s abs, would you believe it if I told you the best scene is two sisters working out their relationship issues? There’s a LOT going on in James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 (a little too much in my opinion), but in the midst of Kurt Russel getting his groove back and the most spectacular Viking funeral fireworks you’ve ever seen, there’s also the story of Gomora and Nebula – a story with humor, action and heart, a story that arcs from betrayal and hatred to empathy and understanding – and all without the “trying so hard” vibe that weighs down some of the movie’s other side plots. A week after seeing the film, the moments they shared are the ones that have stuck with me.

Zoe Saldana’s Gomora and Karen Gillan’s Nebula are just two examples of the richly expanding world of female comic characters being brought to our screens in the last few years. And even for someone like myself, who’s not really familiar with comics outside of their onscreen adaptations, it’s been a refreshing change from the way female characters were interpreted in the past. As a kid I remember loving Michelle Pfeiffer’s weird and creepy take on Catwoman, but also thinking that for the most part, she was there to slink around in a skintight leather suit. And beyond that, who else was there really? The damsels of course – the lovely ladies who needed rescuing or help catching the baddie or upside-down kissing from the guy in tights. Or even sadder, the ones who get violent death, ala fridging , as their fate, all so our hero can get to have lots of feels as he exacts his bloody revenge.

While I’d never blame sexist tropes entirely for my indifference to the comic world (two of my favorite genres – action movies and scifi – also have them in spades), I do think that lack of a badass heroine was part of what kept me away. I needed my Ripley, my Scully, my Sarah Conner getting ripped in preparation for the apocalypse. And then, in November of 2015, she arrived in my Netflix list in the form of one Jessica Jones. In so many ways, Jessica is the antithesis of everything that came before her – sarcastic, powerful and unapologetic, and when it comes to sex, there’s certainly no slinking around. Jessica Jones was my gateway into the Marvel universe, and since that show’s premiere, I’ve been surprised to find myself also enjoying Luke Cage and Daredevil.

And that’s what these excellent female characters, like Jessica, Gomora and Nebula, have the power to do – attract new fans, represent new points of view and hit refresh on some conceits that are getting…well, a bit dusty (bad/absent father figure? hmmm I wonder if you might grow up to want to avenge injustice….) With early Wonder Woman buzz pointing to potential critical and commercial success, I think it’s safe to hope that women in comics have left the fridge behind for good and are standing side by side with their male counterparts, on their way to save the world.

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UNIVERSAL BASIC GUYS AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON

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UNIVERSAL BASIC GUYS PREMIERES SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8TH, IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE FOX NFL DOUBLEHEADER (8:00-8:30 PM ET/5:00-5:30 PM PT, LIVE TO ALL TIME ZONES).

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Multiple entry periods beginning 7/26/24 & ending 7/28/24 at 2:00 pm PT. Open only to participants who are 13+ years of age and present in the general public areas near San Diego Comic-Con during the Promotion Period. Minors must have parent/legal guardian permission. All prizing to be awarded in the form of a digital gift card. See Official Rules for complete details: https://bit.ly/UBGuy. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Fox Broadcasting Company, LLC

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10 Ways to Keep Cool at San Diego Comic-Con: Beat the Heat Like a Pro!

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San Diego Comic-Con is one of the hottest events of the year, both figuratively and literally! As you navigate the bustling halls and outdoor events, staying cool becomes a top priority. Here are ten surefire ways to beat the heat and enjoy your Comic-Con experience to the fullest.

1. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Water is your best friend! Bring a reusable water bottle and refill it often. Dehydration can sneak up on you in crowded and air-conditioned spaces. #StayHydrated #ComicConSurvival

2. Dress Smart

Opt for light, breathable fabrics. Cotton and moisture-wicking materials can make a huge difference. Don’t forget a hat and sunglasses for outdoor events! #CoolCosplay #ComicConFashion

3. Plan Indoor Breaks

Schedule time in your day to hit indoor panels or exhibits. The AC will give you a much-needed break from the heat. #ComicConPlanning #IndoorCool

4. Use Cooling Accessories

Cooling towels, portable fans, and misting sprays are lifesavers. These small items can make a big difference when you’re waiting in line or exploring the outdoor areas. #CoolGadgets #ComicConEssentials

5. Seek Out Shaded Areas

Find shaded spots for a quick rest, especially if you’re spending time outside. The shade can offer a noticeable temperature drop. #ShadeHacks #SurvivingComicCon

6. Enjoy Some Ice Cream

Nothing beats the heat like a refreshing ice cream or a cool drink. San Diego has plenty of options, from food trucks to nearby cafes. #CoolTreats #SDCCSnacks

7. Wear Comfortable Shoes

Blisters and sore feet can make the heat feel even worse. Choose comfortable, breathable shoes to keep your feet happy. #ComicConComfort #ShoeGame

8. Visit Cooling Stations

Many outdoor events have cooling stations with fans and misters. Take advantage of these spots to lower your body temperature. #CoolingStations #ComicConTips

9. Avoid Peak Sun Hours

Try to minimize outdoor activities between 11 AM and 3 PM when the sun is at its strongest. Plan your outdoor excursions for the morning or late afternoon. #SunSafety #ComicConTiming

10. Stay in the Loop

Keep an eye on social media for real-time updates on cool spots and special events. Follow the official Comic-Con accounts and popular influencers for tips. #ComicConTips #StayCool

Attending San Diego Comic-Con can be an unforgettable experience if you’re prepared to handle the heat. Follow these tips, stay cool, and make the most of your Comic-Con adventure!

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Got any more cool tips for Comic-Con? Share them in the comments or tag us on social media! #SDCC2024 #ComicConSurvival #BeatTheHeat

By following these strategies, you’ll be ready to enjoy every moment of Comic-Con without overheating. Stay cool, stay hydrated, and most importantly, have fun!

Don’t forget to share this post with your friends heading to Comic-Con! #ComicConHacks #SummerSurvival

For more cool tips and Comic-Con news, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @thatsmye #ComicConFans #SDCC2024

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The HISTORY Channel’s “The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch” To Make Panel Debut at San Diego Comic-Con

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“The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch,” a hit nonfiction series on the HISTORY Channel, is making its debut at San Diego Comic-Con with an exclusive panel. The panel will feature aerospace engineer, astrophysicist, and lead scientist Dr. Travis Taylor; Defense Intelligence Senior Executive (Retired) Jay Stratton; and others. The series follows current ranch owner Brandon Fugal and an accredited team of scientists, researchers, and experts as they conduct carefully curated scientific experiments, daring drilling and drone exercises, and more to uncover what’s taking place on the anomalous 512-acre hotspot of high strangeness and UAP-related activity. New episodes currently air on Tuesdays at 9/8c, with the two-hour season five finale airing on Tuesday, July 23 at 9/8c.

HISTORY’s “THE SECRET OF SKINWALKER RANCH” PANEL – Thursday, July 25 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Hilton San Diego Bayfront (Indigo Ballroom)

Can You Keep A Secret? Unveiling the Secrets of Skinwalker Ranch – Ever seen a UAP? Or witnessed something strange and unusual that you couldn’t explain? Join the experts from The HISTORY® Channel’s hit series The Secret of Skinwalker Ranch, including astrophysicist and lead scientist Dr. Travis Taylor and others, for a dynamic panel discussing the motivations, inclinations and secret findings currently taking place at one of the most infamous UAP and paranormal hotspots to ever exist. The moderator will be Matt Zoller Seitz (New York Magazine/Vulture). Cast subject to change.

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