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Playwright/ Video Game Journalist/ Theatre Critic/ Actor New York City · charlesbattersby.com

Slime, Surprises, and a 60-Year-Old Barbie

The tragedy of the annual Toy Fair New York is that most people can’t go. The Jacob Javits Center is crammed full of the coming year’s hottest toys, games, and dolls but the only people who can play with them … Continue reading

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Yowie! Anime NYC Returns

The stereotypes of anime fans range from the anti-social, obsessive otaku with his collection of Gundam models to the giggling teenage Sailor Moon cosplayer. To be sure, both of these could be found at the second edition of Anime NYC … Continue reading

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In Deeply Blue New York, a Midterm Battle to Darken the Hue

Republicans can point out that, under Trump, the economy has seen the longest bull market in history. Meanwhile, a “cultural bull market” of steady social progress has come to an end. With the executive branch in Republican hands for two … Continue reading

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Off-Site Kryptonite: New York Comic Con’s ‘Spaced-Out’ West Side Subplot

It was just a few hours into the first day at New York Comic Con (NYCC; Oct. 4-7). A cheerful PR woman at a booth told me that Thursday at this year’s con was a little more crowded than usual. “But it’s … Continue reading

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Renegades to Role Models: RuPaul’s DragCon Expands its Reach

Drag was once on the fringe of society. Gender rebels performed their cutting-edge material in nightclubs and cabarets that most citizens never knew existed. Now drag culture is mainstream enough to warrant an industry convention that fills half of the … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Museums Provide Perfect Selfies, Promote Insta-Fame

If you can get enough loyal followers to follow your social media feed, and let businesses know that you’re willing to tag their product in your posts, then you’ve got it made as a highly-paid social media “Influencer.” But how … Continue reading

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Drag, Trans, Next Gen Artists Share the Stage at Wigstock 2.HO

There’s nothing worse than middle-aged New Yorkers complaining about how the city has changed since the “good old days” — but it’s wonderful when cranky old coots get up and actually do something to recreate the lost wonders of the … Continue reading

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