Pepe the Frog creator wins $15,000 settlement against Infowars

Victory is latest in a string of legal actions by Matt Furie, who is seeking to halt the co-option of his cartoon by the far right Matt Furie, the cartoonist behind the character and online meme Pepe the Frog, has won a $15,000 (12,000) settlement against website Infowars and its creator, the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, over use of the anthropomorphic frog in far-right imagery. Pepe first appeared as a character in 2005 in Furies comic Boys Club, in which the peaceful frog-dude and his animal housemates got up to various college hijinks. His image quickly became a meme on MySpace, and later the anonymous message board 4chan, before it was co-opted by the US alt-right in the early 2010s. …

Watchmen trailer: HBO reveals first look at superhero series

The network hopes to follow the end of Game of Thrones with another blockbuster series, an adaptation of the cult graphic novel The final Game of Thrones episodes might be bringing HBO record ratings but they are also the last gasps of the networks biggest show, leaving a rather worrisome hole in need of filling. While projects within the same universe are in development, HBO is hoping that a swifter replacement might be found in the shape of Watchmen. The graphic novel, previously adapted for the big screen in 2009 by Zack Snyder, has been reimagined for the small screen by Damon Lindelof, whose shows include Lost and The Leftovers. The newly released trailer showcases a dark, anarchic tone and …

White hero, sidekick of color: why Marvel needs to break the cycle

In Captain Marvel, Brie Larsons hero is the latest in a long line of white MCU superheroes backed up by a supportive, underdeveloped character of color Captain Marvel soared into theaters last week, marking the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to feature a female protagonist in the 11 years since its inception. A superhero film featuring a woman who has no love interest, isnt objectified, and is arguably the strongest Avenger feels groundbreaking. Unfortunately, in other ways the film retreads old ground in regards to the dynamic between Carol and Maria. While their relationship is sweet, Captain Marvel is yet another in a long line of MCU films that features a white lead and a sidekick of …