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Watch The Racialicious/Racebending Panel From San Diego Comic-Con!

By Arturo R. García

Big thanks to our friends at Racebending for sharing this with us – it’s our panel from San Diego Comic-Con, “Diversity and Fandom 102: How You Can Make A Difference,” in its’ entirety. From left to right, our panelists were:

  • Racebending’s Michael Le served as moderator
  • Actor Dante Basco (Avatar: The Last Airbender)
  • Showrunner/writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman)
  • Author Malinda Lo (Huntress)
  • Professor Henry Jenkins from the University of Southern California (CivicPaths Project)
  • Phil Yu, from AngryAsianMan
  • And that’s yours truly at the far end in the tie, looking slightly flustered at being among such a group of sharp folks.

And don’t forget, if you’re in the NYC area this weekend, Latoya and Andrea will be hosting a meet-up Sunday, Oct. 16, at Jing Fong in Manhattan, at noon. Enjoy the vid!

The Extra-Large Racialicious Guide To San Diego Comic-Con 2011, Part II

By Arturo R. García

If you saw Part I yesterday, you saw that the Black Panel, traditionally held on Saturdays, had made its’ way to the Friday morning line-up. Luckily, more panels have stepped up to fill the POC void on Saturday, and Sunday looks to be book-ended by some interesting stuff. Not that we’re too biased. The line-up is under the cut.
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Racialicious & Racebending Are Teaming Up At San Diego Comic-Con!

By Arturo R. García

This year, Racialicious won’t just be covering San Diego Comic-Con, we’ll be part of the action. I’m proud to announce that The R is partnering with Racebending to present a panel of our own:

Diversity & Fandom 102: How You Can Make A Difference
In the wake of campaigns like Racebending.com’s protests and the rise of safe spaces like Racialicious.com, fans, consumers and creators from underrepresented groups have more outlets for speaking up. This panel explores how can we take those voices and add them to the conversations we need to have with geeky business interests and our own fan communities!
Where: Room 24ABC
When: Sunday, July 24, 10 – 11 a.m.

Our moderator will be Racebending’s Mike Le, who I interviewed at last year’s event:

Also, I’m honored to say I’ll be sitting on the panel along some pretty impressive company from around the media spectrum. The full line-up, and how you can participate, is under the cut.
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Ten Reasons Why Steampunks (And Everyone Else) Should Watch Avatar: The Last Airbender

By Guest Contributor Ay-leen the Peacemaker, cross-posted from Beyond Victoriana

Avatar: The Last Airbender (A:TLA) is easily one of the best US-created animated shows in the last ten years, and not just because I consider it a great example of Asian-inspired steampunk (though it helps). In terms of steam-worthiness, A:TLA not only creates what Asian steampunk could look like, but it places its steampunk technology within a cultural and political setting that speaks about technological development’s relationship with empire-building and the ramifications of global warfare.

Pretty complex for a children’s show that aired on Nickelodeon. But its depth of storytelling, detailed world-building, and strong characterization attests to its wild popularity across all age groups.

There are other assessments of the world of Avatar: the Last Airbender (A:TLA)–particularly Jha Goh’s article on “Kyriarchy in Avatar: The Last Airbender – Perpetuating & Challenging Oppression & Imperialism” and the Tor.com roundtable re-watch–so I highly suggest you go to them for a more highly detailed reading of the series as a whole. So instead, I’ll answer the question: Why do I think steampunks should watch Avatar: The Last Airbender? Warning: spoilers for the series after the jump.

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