Author: Charles Battersby

NY Comic Con Goes On With COVID Waning, Without Major Companies

Over the last 20years it has been a joke at Comic Con that the comics themselves were becoming increasingly irrelevant. Movies, TV shows, and video games adapted from comic books have made the print comics a mere side hustle for superheroes. The New York Comic Con reached the apex of this absurdity when none of the major comic book companies had any presence at all on the show floor of the convention center. Continue Reading at

Review: ‘A Woman’s Work: The NFL’s Cheerleader Problem’

Tonight on PBS they’re running a documentary on NFL Cheerleaders. I caught this at the Tribeca Film Festival last year. Here’s my review:

Being a “professional cheerleader” isn’t quite what people think it is. The job comes with fame, social status, and a great outfit. But “wealth” isn’t part of the package. NFL cheerleaders have filed several lawsuits claiming they were underpaid for their work, and “A Woman’s Work” chronicles several of these suits, and the women behind them. Continue Reading at

Charles [Charli] Battersby is a Game Designer, Journalist, and actor.

I recently wrote an Interactive Fiction video game for Choice of Games. You can play a free demo of Kidnapped: A Royal Birthday HERE.

I am also known for my plays The Astonishing Adventures of All-American Girl & The Scarlet Skunkand That Cute Radioactive Couple.

I am also  the screenwriter and co-creator of the animated webseries The Storyteller: Fallout.

I have written for sites including Chelsea Community, Complex, and Joystiq.

My latest game mod: “Fallout: Brotherhood”

I wrote most of the dialog and Narrative Design for this Fallout 4 mod by Shoddycast. It features voicework by Mark Meer (Commander Shepard from “Mass Effect”). Here’s a trailer (Yes, that’s my voice as the Brotherhood Commander).

“The long-awaited Fallout: Brotherhood mod for Fallout 4! Fallout: Brotherhood is an interactive lore mod starring Mass Effect’s Mark Meer as Roger Maxson, the legendary founder of the Brotherhood of Steel. Return to the memory den as the Sole Survivor and help the Storyteller uncover what happened at the Mariposa Military Base in the days leading up to the Great War on October 23rd, 2077.”

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In Darkness & Daylight, Guardian Angels’ Chelsea Patrol Sees Little Action, Much Interest

Here’s an article I wrote about the time I went on patrol with the Guardian angels!

It’s the sunny Saturday afternoon of Oct. 10, and Chelsea is filled with people enjoying the kind of warm fall day we’ll be seeing less and less of. What’s more, with COVID-19 restrictions loosening, there are plenty of shoppers and pedestrians on the street at this time of day. This isn’t what I thought “Patrolling for Crime” would look like. Continue Reading at

For Communities Cut Off From COVID-Cancelled Cons, a Response with Global Reach

An article I wrote about “Virtual Cons” in the video game industry: “Among the fringe benefits of being a journalist in New York City is the opportunity to attend industry conventions, with full access to things the general public doesn’t get to experience. My last con was February 2020’s Toy Fair, at the Javits Center. Most of the companies I spoke to said they expected a slight delay, about two months, in getting their products to market, due to some virus that was affecting parts of China at the time. In that same week, there was a Boston-based video game convention called the Penny Arcade Expo [PAX] East, which was 2020’s last big convention targeted at the gaming and comic subcultures. Soon after, there was cascade of canceled cons in March, then April, and May. Continue reading at Chelsea Community News.”