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Nikki Cook, one of Bust's favorite ladies in comics, has a new book out this week. She worked on DMZ #41 with Brian Wood. It's a stand-alone issue, focusing on what happens to Zee, one of the book's lead characters, when she ventures outside the protected section of a war-torn Manhattan. Nikki did a guest spot, filling in for the book's regular artists, and she took some time to talk about it with Bust before it came out. Read on! How did you get started doing comics? I went to school for comics, actually.

Amazon.com apparently hasn't gotten the memo that the culture wars are dead. They've stripped the sales rankings--and therefore, the search ratings--of books that deal with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues, as well as feminist books like Full Frontal Feminism. It affects the search rankings for books. For small authors who depend on Amazon reviews and sales rankings, this is disastrous. Of course, it's also terrible for freedom of expression.

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For this week's Ms Friday, it seems appropriate to use a disgruntled New School grad. Susana graduated from Parsons, the New School for Design, last spring. She booked it straight out of the city and set up her sexy new life in Savannah Georgia, home of the Girl Scouts. Susana is getting her master's at SCAD, helping run the Savannah branch of Dr.

Laurie posted a while back about the US version of this ad for the Schick Quattro, which is currently airing on TV. I don't know whether this British version of the ad is airing in the UK or if it's just intended as a hilllaaarrrious viral video, but I can tell you one thing: while it is more outrageous in it's cutesy double entendres (watch for the 'tulips on a mound' bit), I find it even more irritating than the more docile US version. This ad is aimed at women, but who is amused by these dumb jokes? 'Some bushes are bigger than others', the hairless pussy at the end, nyuk nyuk nyuk.

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(Not to mention cute NYPD detectives) The New School protest/occupation is happening right across the street from the BUST office, so we've been out on the fire escape watching! (Those of us who can get through the police barricade, that is). But unfortunately the cops started yelling at us so we had to go back inside and just watch from the windows. Luckily I took plenty of pictures on my phone, which you can go look at if the slideshow isn't working for you.P.S.

In the world of iTunes and BitTorrents, it's nice to give local records stores some recognition. Enter Record Store Day . On April 18, over 1000 indie record shops across the U.S. will participate with appearances by all sorts of awesome bands.

More good news, marriage rights-wise. We all know that last week Iowa granted same-sex couples the right to marry. Now, Vermont has legalized gay marriage - the state legislature voted to override Governor Jim Douglas'; veto of the bill they had approved. Also, the District of Columbia is going to start recognizing gay marriages from other states as legal. Hopefully more states will follow suit. But I'm cautious about my optimism on an issue this divisive.

Embedded video from CNN Video I would like to be able to say that this was a parody from The Onion or something - but no. It's from CNN. This is government censorship at its finest (and most hilarious). Apparently Colorado denied this woman's request for a pro-vegan license plate because they thought ''ILVTOFU'' could be, ahem, misinterpreted.
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