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The Ragamuffin Speaks: The Foetid Boil of Fan Entitlement

When the revolution comes entitled fanboys will be first against the wall, but not before complaining that the revolution contradicts an established part of continuity and questioning why a limited series hasn’t been produced to explain the discrepancy. Fan entitlement … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: Let’s Do Away with Cosplay’s Two Friends

Cosplay. Cosplay is awesome. Over my last eight years or so of attending UK conventions I’ve seen cosplay grow from a fairly obscure hobby enjoyed by a few dedicated fans to a huge phenomenon that has become an integral part … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: The Inevitable Pull Of Fandom

“What should I write my column about, Aaron?” Aaron is my ten year old son, he doesn’t hesitate in replying that I should write about Star Wars: The Old Republic. You see, The Old Republic, or SW:TOR, as it’s known, … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: Nuggets Are Not The Only Fruit

Imagine, if you will, that a man walks into KFC in search of a beef burger. They do not serve beef burgers there, he’s informed that they do sell beefburgers at the McDonald’s across the road, but he insists that … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: Digital Comics Float Up the Amazon

The big news in the world of comics this week is the acquisition of digital comic distributor ComiXology by the online book (and everything else) seller Amazon. In the early days of digital comics…well, some would argue that we’re still … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: Where Do We Go from Here?

I attended a few comic conventions when I was young, I went to UKCAC in the early nineties, I went to one at Alexandra Palace around the same time and met Jim Lee, and then after I dropped out of … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: Being a Model Convention-Goer

With the biggest comic con in the UK fast approaching I thought I’d write a bit about con etiquette this week. However, I’m not writing this from the point of view as a con attendee…so there’ll be no patronising exhortations … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: Comics Aren’t Movies

I know this sounds obvious. I mean, it’s stunningly obvious. It’s like saying, “apples aren’t oranges.” Yet, it still needs to be said – comics aren’t movies. I hear comics being compared to and talked about as if they’re movies … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: Fandom’s Insidious Desire For Utopianism In Fiction

Insidious (adjective) – operating or proceeding in an inconspicuous or seemingly harmless way but actually with grave effect. The particular space in fandom that I tend to inhabit the most (that being tumblr) has a large crossover with the social … Continue reading

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The Ragamuffin Speaks: The Best of 2013

Greeting and salutations! I am comic book creator Ian Sharman and this is The Ragamuffin Speaks! The wonderful people here at Fandom Wanderers offered this column a new home after the sad demise of Comics Crux, so I’d like to … Continue reading

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