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Flame Con Ditches Prop Guns to Honor Orlando Shooting

Scene from Flame-con/Image: CC/istolethetv/Flickr

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Great choices at Flame Con, the new addition of Spider-Gwen, and more in today’s Daily Blunt.

Flame Con — NYC’s first comic book convention catering to the LGBTQ community — is only two years old, but it is already establishing itself as a significant, totally unique experience for fans and artists alike. At this year’s event, organizers paid their respects to the recent Orlando nightclub shooting by asking cosplayers to leave their prop guns at home. While some attendees were caught off guard by the policy, Flame Con soothed spirits by providing extra props to pose with near their step-and-repeat, including a tentacle and a rubber chicken. As one organizer observed, in response to the handful of complaints: “There’s no second amendment right to toy guns.”

Speaking of comics, breakout fan favorite Spider-Gwen — a character from a parallel universe in which Gwen Stacy gets the radioactive spider-bite, and Peter Parker dies at the hands of the Green Goblin — is making the leap into the existing universe of Disney’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated series. Gwen will be one of many spider-powered characters to appear in the upcoming episodes, including Miles Morales, who was introduced as a replacement for Parker in 2011 and made waves among those who were unable to fathom a Spidey of black and Hispanic descent. This run of episodes will make its Disney XD debut on August 27.

As gossip swirls in anticipation of the newest version “Rocky Horror Picture Show,” OUT Magazine has gone straight to Dr. Frank-N-Furter herself for a reality check. “Frank-N-Furter is an alien from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania,” observed Cox, who will be appearing in the coveted role this October. “This is not vérité. It’s a fantasy.” She also issued an important memo for those who’ve taken umbrage with the musical’s frequent conflation of terms like “transvestite” and “transsexual,” pointing out that in the decade the musical was written, these granular distinctions had yet to be drawn, even by that era’s prominent trans activists. Quoth the good Doctor: “Yes, transvestite is an antiquated term. I think it’s possible to have a conversation about how language evolves. We can do that, and we can also enjoy ‘Rocky Horror’ in 2016.”

With last weekend’s double-release of a video album experience as well as a proper LP followup to 2012’s Channel Orange, Frank Ocean is back on everyone’s radar (including Adele, who’s been using her star-power to convince everyone to buy Blonde). If you’d like to track some of his influences, Ocean has also shared a voluminous list of his favorite films, chock ablock with classics by Lynch, Kubrick, Jodorowski, and Tarantino. While at a glance the list seems tremendously cerebral and serious, the musician’s playfulness reveals itself in selections like “Ed Wood” and “The Royal Tenenbaums.” It’s a great list to chew through in the final days of summer, with plenty left over to spill into fall. In the meantime, Ocean has finally made sure our life between screenings won’t lack for a killer soundtrack.