Here's the NYPD Arresting an Audience Member Mid-Comedy Show, Then Heckling the Comedian

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A bemused Adam Newman, onstage, as the NYPD arrests an audience member
As a general rule, the worst thing that can happen during a comedy set is realizing you've accidentally stumbled into some kind of hellish Dane Cook/Daniel Tosh marathon. But it could be worse! You could, for example, be sitting in a comedy show around midnight at the Upright Citizens Brigade's Chelsea theater when four members of New York's finest come in, fish you out of the audience, and arrest you. That's what looks to have happened this past Saturday night, during a UCB variety show called Underground Americana. The comedian onstage, Adam Newman, says he watched officers come in with flashlights and immediately handcuff a guy sitting to the left side of the stage. When Newman asked what was going on, an NYPD officer advised him to "shut the fuck up."

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Grilling Mimi Pond About Her New Graphic Novel, Over Easy

Panels from Over Easy.
Cartoonist Mimi Pond's history with the Voice goes back to the early '80s, when she drew a page regularly for Mary Peacock's fashion section. Pond soon became a best-selling humorist with her book The Valley Girl's Guide to Life. In the meantime, she wrote for television, writing for Pee-Wee's Playhouse and the first episode of The Simpsons, "Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire."

Her first graphic novel, Over Easy, is a clever, warm-hearted look back at her time as an art-school dropout-turned-waitress in an idiosyncratic Oakland diner, as California hippieism was giving way to disco and punk.

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Behind the Costumes at New York Comic Con: Sherlock and Smaug

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Tatiana Craine
Smaug the dragon and Sherlock Holmes at New York Comic Con.
It's said that you're never more than three feet away from a spider. At Comic Con, you're never more than three feet away from Spiderman... or the Doctor, or Beetlejuice.

From coast to coast, conventions are the perfect excuse to dress up in disguises on an occasion that's not Halloween. This year at New York Comic Con, thousands of people have dressed up as characters from their favorite movies, television shows, comics, manga, and more.

Some folks throw on a few things they had around the house to become their alter-egos for the day, and even more invest countless hours on their transformations for the celebration of all things geek-chic.

Comic Con goers Tiffany Knight and Andrea Duffy gave Village Voice the lowdown on exactly what goes into making Comic Con one of the ultimate places to see and be seen -- in costume, that is.

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Popping the Question at New York Comic Con: A Love Story in Six Photos

Tatiana Craine
Love is in the air at New York Comic Con
It's a fact: conventions bring people together. This year, there are over 100,000 people at New York Comic Con cramming into the Javits Center to pour over vintage comics, show off their costumes, or catch a few panels among tons of other things. However, on the first official day of the Con, two people were brought way, way closer together than anyone else in the crowd.

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Bowery Boys Webcomic Explores Gangland New York in 19th Century

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Courtesy of Cory Levine, Ian Bertram
Bowery Boys is a webcomic exploring life Antebellum New York through the experiences of one of the city's most notorious gangs, the self-same Bowery Boys. Every week artists and veteran comics guys Cory Levine and Ian Bertram release three panels, each furthering the story of union organizer William McGovern and his son Nikolaus, who makes his way to adulthood on the mean streets of 1850s New York. See our interview with the comic's creators after the jump.

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Captain America and Iron Man Wed At NYC Comic Bookstore (Actually, Jason and Scott from Ohio)

Ohio couple Jason Welker and Scott Everhart wed at Midtown Comics
It was a wedding for the books -- comic books that is. Ohio couple Jason Welker and Scott Everhart married at Midtown Comics this morning.

The couple's nuptials were a part of a contest put on by the comic bookstore chain, which offered fans the chance to get married alongside Marvel's gay superhero Northstar.

The marriage between Northstar and his longtime partner Kyle is the first same-sex union in comic book history, and takes place in none other than New York City in Astonishing X-Men issue #51.

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Jules Feiffer, Former Voice Cartoonist, Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

Jules Feiffer, the cartooning legend who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1986 for his work at the Voice (and many other kudos over the years!), will receive another prestigious accolade in April: the 2012 John Fischetti Lifetime Achievement Award, given by Columbia College Chicago.

Feiffer is also an Obie-winning playwright, celebrated screenwriter, and the first cartoonist commissioned by the New York Times' for its op-ed page. He has taught at colleges across the U.S., and now calls Southampton home.

Runnin' Scared took a sec to catch up with Feiffer and chat about his win, changes in the cartoon world, and his current projects: Hint -- a graphic novel is in the works!

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'Stand Up for Heroes' Benefit Kicks Off Eighth Year of the New York Comedy Festival

The New York Comedy Festival has arrived. The festival turns eight this year, and will hopefully celebrate with humor children of that age can't understand. While always a showcase for chuckles, the first day of the festival has a higher purpose: supporting injured soldiers through the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

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Unfunny Tea Party Comedian Writes For Andrew Breitbart's Sites

We could only make it about a minute into this thing, but perhaps you'll have better luck? The Tea Party apparently has comedians now, including this guy Eric Golub. Sample quote: "The left should love Sarah Palin. She has a beautiful, adorable special needs child... For that reason alone, the left should worship Sarah Palin and adopt her as one of their own. Because the leftist haters are an entire political ideology of special needs children." ...Ha. Who is he, though?

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Marv Wolfman on What's Got To Die For a New DC World To Live

Crisis 7.jpgArt by the great George Perez, courtesy of DC Comics.
Killing off redundant Kryptonians.
With D.C. Comics launching the new 52 this week, with "rebooted" versions of all their best-known heroes, the Voice though it was high time to hear from Marv Wolfman, the legendary writer and editor who created Blade, the Teen Titans and, of course, Crisis on Infinite Earths.

Crisis, the epic 1985 12-part "maxi-series," was intended as the comic book of equivalent of Noah's flood. At a time before massive summer crossovers and "retcons" had become comic book staples, it hit hard, using the deaths of major characters like Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and the Flash* to usher in a new world cleansed of 50 years of continuity breaches. It worked: The DCU ever since has been divided among those who care about such things into the pre- and post-Crisis worlds.

Wolfman spoke with the Voice about why he hasn't read the Crisis sequels, "event fatigue" in the comic book world, and the trouble with continuity: it "holds the best writer hostage of the worst."

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