Suffrajitsu: Feminist Action/Adventure in 1914

Issue #1 of the alt. history action/adventure graphic novel trilogy Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons is now available via and comiXology! » 1/28/15 11:18am 1/28/15 11:18am

Action and adventure in "Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons"

The new graphic novel trilogy Suffrajitsu: Mrs. Pankhurst's Amazons is now available for pre-order via and the first issue will be released via the Kindle app and comiXology on Jan. 28: » 1/14/15 1:08pm 1/14/15 1:08pm

Why am I suddenly back in the greys?

I've been "approved" for about a year and I have hundreds of followers according the the little Kinja box, so why are my io9 thread posts suddenly greyed out? It started about three days ago. » 11/20/14 3:29pm 11/20/14 3:29pm

Hmm - English gent, check; boxing, check; jujitsu, check; walking stick fighting (in the very last shot), check; is Gotham's Alfred Pennyworth a practitioner of Bartitsu? » 11/20/14 12:24pm 11/20/14 12:24pm

Was This The Original "Vulcan Nerve Pinch"? (1921-1970s)

Actor Leonard Nimoy famously invented the Vulcan nerve pinch as a more dignified, in-character alternative to "kayoing" one of Spock's on-screen adversaries. The idea of squeezing a nerve in the neck to immobilize an opponent, however, dates back at least as far as the pop-culture of the 1920s. » 11/20/14 1:59pm 11/20/14 1:59pm

Parks and Recreation is a great example of the documentary "style" (breaking the fourth wall, etc.) applied to fiction in a way that doesn't raise hackles. » 11/18/14 5:27pm 11/18/14 5:27pm

The Great British Flying Saucer Hoax (1967)

On September 4th, 1967, six silver saucer-shaped objects, emitting a strange, sour odor and loud, high-pitched beeping sounds, were discovered spread in an equidistant line across England. » 11/18/14 1:35pm 11/18/14 1:35pm

I was an active wrestler and martial artist for decades and had the luck of the devil avoiding injuries, but my left ear is very mildly cauliflowered. It's not really visible, but it's obvious to the touch. » 11/17/14 2:04pm 11/17/14 2:04pm

Universal did classic renditions of Hunchback of Notre Dame and Phantom of the Opera - even though Quasimodo and Erik are only sorta "monsters", their stories would lend themselves to the modern action movie treatment. » 11/16/14 2:54pm 11/16/14 2:54pm

The (Un-)Natural History of Man-Made Unicorns

Unicorns are mythical, except when they're real. During 1906, the 1930s and the 1980s, living unicorns - their signature single horns cultivated by humans, rather than by either magic or genetic anomalies - both walked the earth and hit the news. » 11/15/14 2:52pm 11/15/14 2:52pm

7-Year Old Superhero "Red Lightning" Saves ​the Seattle Sound

Seattle, WA: Famous superhero Red Lightning today rescued the Seattle Sound from his arch-nemesis, the villainous pop-star Bobby Poppins. Red Lightning was assisted by his sidekick, the mysterious Dragon, and their friends from the Make-A-Wish Foundation. » 11/14/14 10:20pm 11/14/14 10:20pm

This stunt reminds me of the moment in history when strongman Eugen Sandow was booked to wrestle a "ferocious lion" as a promo. stunt for a circus. » 11/14/14 12:46pm 11/14/14 12:46pm