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Posts by Sam Maggs

    Sam Maggs — Associate Editor

    Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.

  1. Are Comic Cons Breaking The Law By Not Paying Their Volunteers?

    One IRL lawyer examines the circumstances surrounding our biggest cons.

    Where once we had to drive hours to meet our brethren in third-rate expo centers once a year, cons are now everywhere. And they’re very big business. In order to fuel a machine that big, you need a lot of people working. That’s where the small armies of volunteers that power the con circuit come in… and that’s where the business of cons might be courting serious trouble.

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  2. Weekend Getaway: HarmoKnight

    Featuring games you can finish in one weekend!

    Video Games are wonderful, but they can also be very, very long. Many of us simply don’t have the time to play massive games like Skyrim for hundreds of hours, no matter how badly we want to. That’s why every week, here on our new series Weekend Getaway, we’re going to recommend a great game that you can finish in less than 10 hours, free of spoilers, and discuss it in the comments below. This week’s game is the obscure rhythm platformer HarmoKnight.

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  3. The Mary Sue Interview: Nina Freeman On Developing Her New Game, how do you Do it?

    I could almost envision myself when I was in middle school, packed in a room full of sweaty adolescents, some are aware and others not so much of their bodies gradually going through physiological and cognitive changes. I call this phase the “body limbo” because we are technically stuck in a transitory biological state as our sexual organs mature, drastically causing our bodies to change from the inside and out.

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  4. Our Very Favorite Moments And Cosplay From CoastCon 2015

    One of the Gulf Coast's longest running conventions, CoastCon, is a volunteer-run organization with a focus on community in fandom that's been around for more than 35 years. Many of the attendees at CoastCon have been faithfully coming out for years, and that makes this con feel vastly different from, say, a Wizard World convention.

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  5. What Indiana’s Laws And GenCon’s Response Means For All Of Us

    Corporations are people. It’s what is called ‘legal fiction,’ a conceit that somehow we’ve all been signed on to without having a say in the matter. Of course corporations are not real people, but are allowed to act as such under certain circumstances, warping law, capitalism, and democracy in the process. They have rights without responsibilities, free speech but far more political power than a citizen. It’s a bit like giving a four year old a chainsaw.

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  6. Steven Universe Recap: “Joy Ride”

    For all your aliens-taking-selfies needs; ominous foreshadowing included free of charge.

    It would seem that season 2 will be dividing its time between quirky character antics, Gem history and warfare, and emotional baggage so heavy our lungs will be collectively crushed if we’re not prepared.

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  7. Two-Year-Old IRL Katniss Sets A New Record In Archery And In Our Hearts

    Three-finger respect gesture to you, tiny archer.

    India's Dolly Shivani Cherukuri isn't even three years old yet, but she's already set to win the Hunger Games and the hearts of Panem with her incredible archery skills.

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  8. Watch the Sand Snakes Kick Some Serious Butt in This Game of Thrones S5 Stunt Video

    We're all excited for Game of Thrones' new season—but mostly we're just excited about the Sand Snakes, the awesome new lady warriors from Dorne. In this new stunt video, we get to see them learning how to kick all the asses. We love you, ladies.

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  9. Joy-Crusher of the Day: Captain Marvel Won’t Appear in Age of Ultron

    Sorry, Carol Corps.

    According to Nerdist News "a source close to production" has confirmed to them that our favorite Captain will not be making a cameo in Age of Ultron, which also means that everyone can stop speculating that Aurora Fearnley (the blonde woman currently credited as "Marine" in Ultron) has been cast as Carol. The Nerdist does say that no one they know has yet seen Ultron's post-credits scene, but that it's far more likely to involve Black Panther or Dr. Strange.

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  10. Instagram Bans Photos of Woman’s Period Stains Because Girls Are Gross and Scary Grr

    *Gigantic eye roll.*

    Apparently banning photos of female body hair wasn't quite enough for Instagram; continuing to be terrified and perplexed by the realities of the female body, Instagram has now banned several photos of a woman's period-stained sweatpants. How dare you show share photos of the miracle of life instead of your latte art!

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