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

More Than Just LGBTQ Superheroes

Four years ago, the idea of a comic book convention tailored to the LGBTQ community was a new concept. Flame Con, as it was called, was an optimistic little affair held in Brooklyn at the flamboyant Grand Prospect Hall. This month saw … Continue reading

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Flying High with Cheer New York, at the NYC Pride March

At the stroke of noon on Sunday, June 2, Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” boomed out on the corner of 37th Ave. and 89th St. in Queens. It was a sound check for Queens Pride. New York City was just … Continue reading

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India’s Openly Gay Prince Joins NYC For WorldPride, Human Rights Conference

With WorldPride, the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and the usual frenzy of Pride month celebrations sweeping over New York City this week, LGBTQ pilgrims are coming in from around the globe, to be part of this truly unique … Continue reading

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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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