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Cosplay, Comic Con and hopes for a culture war detente

Today’s fans could be tomorrow’s creators — or at the very least, will influence them. The black nerds of the Comicidal Podcast looked at a once-obscure band of Justice League of America supervillains called the Royal Flush Gang and thought, “Black people play spades more than they do poker.” And, no, the previously offensive racial dimension of the term is not lost upon them either. Instead, they take ownership and empowerment of it themselves. And thus, they debuted a group called the Spades Gang — Ace, King, Queen (the latter two gender-flipped), Deuce and two Jokers — at New York Comic Con.

Robert A. George

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