Apr. 4th, 2017

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"Midnighter and Apollo is the book we need right now. Comics’ most iconic queer couple face down a new enemy and show us that we can never give in to fear, hatred, and evil—and they do it with their own brand of action-movie wit and punching." -- Steve Orlando

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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

So British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50 last week, officially notifying the EU that Britain wishes to leave, and to say the wheels are coming off that cart faster than even I had thought possible is understating it. Little things like Spain being likely to play hardball over Gibraltar ("But who could have seen THAT coming?" wail the Brexiters. "We did, and warned you about it", say the Remainers with a sigh) and not helped by Michael Howard, one of our "elder statesmen", immediately ranting on about how Britain would be prepared to go to war over Gibraltar (Wanna bet?).

Internet privacy in the US took a major body blow, with ISP's now able to sell your data to third parties without any need to check with you about who those third parties might be. Several of the more right wing websites are appalled at this, since it means that something the man they helped vote into office might now impact on THEM! (Shock horror), though in a delicious move, a number of parties are now seeking to buy data about the Congress members who voted on those laws, and we'll just have to see what comes of some of THAT data being revealed.

And as appreciators of the visual medium, scans_daily extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Gilbert Baker, who died at the weekend. The self-styled "Gay Betsy Ross" was the man who designed the Gay Pride Rainbow flag in 1978 at the behest of Harvey Milk.

In more happier news...

Grenoble has become the first city in Europe to ban outdoor advertising, and replace it with community noticeboards and trees

It's been confirmed that Bill Potts, the 12th Doctor's new companion (played by Pearl Mackie) making her debut in a little under two weeks time when Series 10 launches, is gay. Aside from the rather special case of Captain Jack (Who hails from a distant future where being omnisexual is the norm) she is the first confirmed LGBTQ companion in the shows history. Go Bill! :)

And I'm delighted to report that I'm the happy owner of the new Marvel Legends Build-A-Figure from the X-Men wave; WARLOCK! :D

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