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  1. Exploring Lesbian-Themed Comic Extravaganza Girls Love Festival 12

    In almost any large western convention’s Artists Alley, tucked away here and there in between the series parody bookmarks and postcards, the slash pictures and color posters of “cute male couple on TV du jour,” you can find comic artists doing actual comics. These comics are often some of the most interesting finds at a […]

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  2. Sexist Ad on Polygon Causes Uproar—But Is It For The Right Reasons?

    I saw this tweet earlier this morning. Whether or not it is legitimate, I do not know (which is all kinds of depressing unto itself), but what really bothered me were the responses.

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  3. American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Edward Mordrake, Part 1″

    What weird facial hair will Wes Bentley have next?

    What better way to kick of the annual two-part American Horror Story Halloween episode than with an allusion to Halloween? Everyone's favorite homicidal clown makes his first appearance in this episode standing ominously next to a sidewalk, much as Michael Myers did in the 1978 horror classic.

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  4. The Walking Dead Recap: “Strangers”

    GROSS AUGH

    You know when you watch a little kid blow up a balloon, and they keep blowing more and more and more air into it? You know that balloon is about to pop at any moment, so as you watch the kid blow up the balloon you sort of hold your breath and wait for the inevitable pop? That’s kind of how the latest episode of The Walking Dead went for me.

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  5. Review: Espionage Cosmetics’ Neat, Nerdy Nail Wraps

    "Harlequin" design for not-getting-sued purposes.

    Espionage Cosmetics has an amazing line of nail art wraps called Nailed It! that have been seen on geeks of all shapes, sizes, and genders. These things come in all manner of geektastic designs: nebulas, circuit boards, cat faces, chainmail. Being the obsessive Batman fan that I am, I chose the "Harlequinn" set to test. So, join us as my friend, The General, and I attempt to pretty up my digits.

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  6. The Book of Life and the Importance of Death in Children’s Movies

    Spoilers for... everything.

    By all accounts, The Book of Life is going to be something special. Whether it proves to be a good movie or a mediocre one (my money’s on the former), it already stands out for its representation of Mexican culture, distinct art direction, and stop motion-esque CGI animation. Perhaps what is most striking about The Book of Life, though, is its direct approach to death.

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  7. 2014′s GeekGirlCon Was a Much-Needed Home For Diverse Geeks

    When I got back from my fourth GeekGirlCon, held this past weekend in Seattle, I couldn't help but feel a little lonely. While other Canadians were celebrating Thanksgiving, I was spending time with, in a way, my other family. The one that I've seen once a year for the last four years since the GGC started. My people.

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  8. American Horror Story: Freak Show Recap: “Massacres and Matinees”

    Cut it out with the evil clown already. *shudder*

    When we last left the hardscrabble sideshow veterans of Freak Show, they were hacking up a killed police officer's body with an apparent lack of concern for any possible consequences. Oh, American Horror Story.

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  9. The Art of the Villain Backstory (and Why Dracula Untold Fails)

    “Son of the devil” my ass.

    Villainous backstories are an... imprecise science. When done well they can imbue a previously simplistic baddie with depth and challenge conventional morality. When done poorly, however, they are frustrating, self-pitying, and utterly off the mark.

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  10. Review: Gail Simone’s Leaving Megalopolis and (the Blessed Lack of) Sexual Violence

    In Gail we trust.

    Leaving Megalopolis manages to be a story of heroes gone bad with bloody ultra-violence... without doing the things that make me crazy and drive me away from those kinds of stories.

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