New York Comic Con kicked off on Thursday, attracting comics and pop-culture fanatics from around the globe to the Javits Center on the west side of Manhattan for celebrities and cosplay. Oh, and comics. Here's a selection of the 10 most subversive comics we spotted at NYCC.
Mr. White goes to Washington
If you're still hitting the gym at this point of January, we salute your dedication to healthy living for 2014. But if you've given up on reenacting the Tour De France on an indoor cycle while listening to Katy Perry, here's a look at what's going on this week.
Last week NBA player Jason Collins came out as gay -- spectacularly, in the pages of Sports Illustrated. He did so not because he had been arrested in a men's room or outed by a news site, but because, as he told SI, he wanted to "start the conversation" that would make it easier for young gay athle ... More >>
Last night, police officer Kevin Brennan was shot in the head in the Bushwick Houses in Brooklyn after he and his partners responded to a report of shots fired. Doctors at Bellevue Hospital successfully removed the bullet from the base of Brennan's skull, and as of last night, he was reported to be ... More >>
In today's why-can't-we-all-get-along news, we wanted to give a quick shout-out to NY Peace Week, which runs until Jan. 22nd in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of non-violence. They have an important message and all, but we wanted to first get to the news that we think would grab your a ... More >>
Jimmy Castor was a smart aleck; a wise guy; a clean shit-talker with so much joie de vivre you had to laugh even when his truth-telling smacked you upside the head. So when he died this past Martin Luther King Jr. Day at 71 near his home outside of Las Vegas, far away from the streets of Harlem he o ... More >>
Today is day we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. in the United States, one of the single individuals to do the most of anyone in advancing the cause of civil rights in our nation during the twentieth century. It's worth remembering King's time in New York -- specifically two events, which both relate ... More >>
WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show did a segment on "The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" on its Martin Luther King, Jr. day show this morning. Audio of the segment is embedded below. Our segment looked at the silly side of "power lists," and at the serious side of some of those we included on our pow ... More >>
You know how the cold has kind of made things difficult for Occupy Wall Street to keep things going here in New York City? That and all the evictions and stuff. Well, some of the organizers (generally, they don't like that word, but they are organizing this event!), are hoping to reinvigorate the lo ... More >>
A total of 74 people were arrested yesterday as Occupy Wall Street protesters marched from Zuccotti Park to Times Square. 24 people were arrested and charged with criminal trespass at a LaGuardia Pl. Citibank. Witnesses and protesters say some of those arrested were trying to close their acco ... More >>
Paul Schindler of Gay City News has put together a great scorecard of how everyone stands on gay marriage in the state Senate, which is where the issue will be decided. Senator Tom Duane's bill needs 32 votes. Currently, 26 Democrats and zero Republicans publicly support it. Those Log Cabin Republ ... More >>
All hail A Thousands Suns, the finest dystopian fusion a major label can buy
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 30, 1970, Vol. XV, No. 31 Rip-offs and revival By Don Heckman Summer rock festivals. Hippie capitalists. Rip-offs. Exploitation of the "rock community." Not exactly the kind of year anyone expected after the good vibes of Woodstoc ... More >>
Forty-seven years ago today the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "I Have a Dream" speech. So naturally the Tea Party reserved that real estate this Saturday with king clown Glenn Beck playing ringleader, hosting his ludicrous "Restoring Honor" rally. As white people flood the Li ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. June 13, 1968, Vol. XIII, No. 35 Two Minutes to Midnight: The Very Last Hurrah by Pete Hamill LOS ANGELES -- It was, of course, two minutes to midnight an the Embassy Room of the Ambassador Hotel was rowdy with triumph. Red and blue ba ... More >>
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. April 20, 1967, Vol. XII, No. 27 Huge Peace March Spans Wide Social Spectrum By Don McNeill and Leticia Kent The theme of the demonstration was "The Bread is Rising" -- a slogan that dates from the French Revolution. And the April 15 S ... More >>
Yesterday, the Bronx News Network reports, a memorial "Walk for Peace to End Gun and Youth Violence" was held in honor of Martin Luther King in The Bronx; Pedro Espada was there, marching behind a banner that bore the likenesses of Dr. King and himself. The march ended at First Union Baptist Church ... More >>
Award-winning author Neil Gaiman narrating Peter and the Wolf for The Knickerbocker Chamber Orchestra, in his first appearance as an engaged person. Saturday at 7, at the World Financial Center, for free.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. July 14, 1966, Vol. XI, No. 39 The Apocryphal Teeny Bopper By Howard Smith and Jack Newfield A 13-year-old blonde-on-blonde named Cher Zimmerman, dressed in flowered bell-bottomed pants and a fur vest over her knish-size breasts, com ... More >>
A call to symbolic arms, and other concerns
Odetta Memorial Service Riverside Memorial Church Tuesday, February 24 "Odetta all by herself was a stimulus package," declared Reverend James Forbes, senior minister emeritus of the gorgeous, cavernous Riverside Memorial Church, at about the four-hour mark of the gala tribute to the titanic fol ... More >>
A new play inspired by the FBI's investigation of MLK
Give the guy a street, already
Steal a car, and hit the discounted slopes
Dream, dream, dream at these two events
Battling art's blind spot
According to a press release from Mayor Bloomberg's office, the 17-member congestion pricing panel —3 appointees each from Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, the City Council, Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and one each from the Senate Minority Leader Malcolm Smith a ... More >>
Harlem condos offer African roots, and not everyone is happy about it
If you showed up to last night's public hearing on Atlantic Yards looking for enlightment on the pros and cons of the mammoth, 22-acre, eight-million-square-foot, 60-stories-at-its-tallest development that Metrotech developer and New Jersey Nets owner Bruce Ratner has planned for the northern edge o ... More >>
Presidential analyst Justin A. Frank makes a housecall on SOTU
No Blood for Oil, and Other Fashion Statements
The Democratic Candidate Triggered Voters to Just Say No
The Making of a Schoolyard Sex Offender
Recently, a Judge Threw Out a Case in Which the Defendant Cursed at a Police Officer. Ever Felt the Urge?
Only a Dream a Nonviolent Army?