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Comic book and graphic novel fans are taking to the streets this weekend for New York’s annual Comic Con festival. Over the past decade comic books have introduced an increasing number openly gay and lesbian characters, including Batwoman (Kathy Kane), the Green Lantern (Alan Scott), the Avenger’s Lightspeed (Julie Power), and many many more. Check out a few favorites from “the world of gay super heroes,” along with some spoilers, in OUT.
Patti Smith’s Chats About ‘Just Kids’ Screenplay
Iconic artist and performer Patti Smith recently chatted with EW about the screenplay adaptation of her 2010 bestselling memoir Just Kids, voicing that she could see Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Rob Pattinson playing her and Robbert Mapplethorne in the film.
Smith, a self-professed movies fan, also said that writing the screenplay was harder to do with her packed touring schedule behind her newest album Banga, but that anyone who snags the coveted roles of her and Mapplethorpe have to be unknown names…
As for newer actresses she loves, besides Stewart?
See more of what Smith had to say here.
One Pussy Rioter Released; Two Remain in Jail
On Wednesday one of the three Pussy Riot band members, Yekaterina Samutsevich, had her two-year sentence suspended by the Moscow City Court. BBC reports that the release was issued after Samutsevich’s lawyer argued that she “had been thrown out of the cathedral by guards before she could remove her guitar from its case for the band’s punk prayer.” The other two band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, will serve the two year sentence. [Velvetpark]
National Book Award Finalists Announced
This week the National Book Foundation announced the 2012 National Book Award Finalists. Among the many finalists are authors Junot Díaz (Fiction), Dave Eggers (Fiction), Katherine Boo (Nonfiction), David Ferry (Poetry), and queer author Eliot Schrefer (YA). A congratulations goes out to all of this year’s authors. See the full list of finalists here.
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