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All the San Diego Comic-Con Panels We Wish We Could Go To

San Diego Comic-Con, kicking off tomorrow and running through this Sunday, is four days of condensed joyful, nerdy madness. None of The Mary Sue team will be attending the con (no one’s sadder about it than us), but if we were to be magically whisked away to nerd Mecca, here are some—OK, a lot—of the panels we wish we could stand in line for hours to attend.

You going to any of them? Feel free to drop us a comment telling us what we missed. Feel free to gloat a little, too. That’s what we’d do in your place.

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13 Independent Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies You Need To Watch

When it comes to film, we write about the big dogs a lot here at The Mary Sue. Your Marvel and DC movies. Your Stars Trek and Wars. Whatever fairy tales are being rebooted by major studios at any given time.

And those are (or can be) good. Great, even. But there’s a special place in my heart for indie movies, and there always has been. Independent moviemakers have more leeway to do interesting, creative things than their studio counterparts. To that end, here are my suggestions for 15 Independent Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies You Need To Watch. (I’ve noted which are on Netflix Instant, because if you’re a fellow movie nerd I’ve got your back.)

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10 of the Most Hardcore, Eyepatch Wearing Characters in Geekdom

Eyepatches have a long history of showing up on all sorts of characters, and most of the time they just make said character look even more badass. Sometimes we meet the character and they already have the eyepatch, and sometimes we are unbelievably horrified when a character who we’ve grown to love over the course of seven however many seasons loses an eye. As it turns out, there are a lot of characters in geekdom with eyepatches, many of whom are just cool, if not cooler, without their depth perception. Surprisingly, we couldn’t find a single pirate contender for our list, but we certainly encountered enough examples of the eyepatch of power to make up for it.

Lets hear it for the runners up on this list: Doctor Who’s Madam Kovarian, King Lear’s Gloucester, and all the other characters who lost both eyes, and didn’t make our list. (Be warned, there are spoilers ahead. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, and Venture Bros. fans, navigate with care.) Now feast your eyes on our list of amazing, eyepatch clad characters.

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9 Female Characters We Wish We’d Been More Like In High School

Being a teenager can really suck. You’re at the cusp of having to make major life decisions about college and possibly moving away from home. There’s the stress of school and various personal and social milestones. Hormones are zinging around everywhere. And for eight hours a day, five days a week you’re crammed together with tons of other people going through the same thing.

Some people handle it more gracefully than others, though. Well, some fictional characters do, anyway. To that end, here are 9 Female Characters We Wish We’d Been More Like In High School. Sometimes it’s their attitude we admire, other times it’s their resilience or their morals or just the circumstances of their lives. Regardless, these are some pretty awesome teens.

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The 7 Geekiest Moments Of The Academy Awards

Did you watch the Oscars last night? Here’s our take on the 7 geekiest moments of the show.

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8 Romanceless Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Valentine’s Day

Depending on whom you ask, tomorrow might be Valentine’s Day, Singles Awareness Day, or Day-Before-Discount-Candy-At-Duane-Reade Day. Like it or not, romance is a big deal tomorrow, at least if you’re in the States. And to, er, celebrate, I decided to write about movies and TV shows that don’t have any romance. Sadly, there aren’t as many of them as you might think.

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Our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes the joy—or stress, depending on how you look at it—of giftgiving. If you’re not quite sure about that perfect gift for your parent/sibling/friend/significant other/etc., you might find yourself tempted to resort to the dreaded gift card. But, dear reader, we believe in you. We know that you have it in you to do better. But everyone needs a little help, and that’s where our Holiday Gift Guide comes into play.

Whether the giftee in question is a comics geek, a film geek, an animation geek, whatever—there’s something to be found for them on this list. You can thank us later.

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8 Things We’re Thankful For

Bear with us, non-American readers: Thanksgiving is tomorrow, at least in the U.S., and it’s made us at The Mary Sue contemplate the variety of things from this year we’re thankful for.

From comics to movies to cosplay and other con-related fun, here’s just a sample of what has made us happy to be geeks in 2012. Getting a bit sappy for a moment, this list is dedicated to the thing we’re most thankful for: Our readers. Well, second most thankful. There’s Batman, after all.

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8 Favorite Literary Horror Heroines

Halloween’s about dressing up and eating candy (and, for many adults, getting incredibly drunk). But that doesn’t have to be all it’s about. Back in 2010 Neil Gaiman suggested a new Halloween tradition of giving away a scary book to a friend on that most spooky of holidays. Since then that basic idea has evolved into All Hallow’s Read, and we here at The Mary Sue are supporting it by highlighting eight of our favorite literary horror heroines. All of the books we’ve mentioned here—including one by Gaiman himself, which is only fitting—come with the TMS stamp of approval if you want to participate in the AHR tradition of book-gifting.

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8 Great Monster Hunters

Depending on which universe you live in, monster hunting can be lucrative business. Or not so lucrative, as the Ghostbusters have discovered from time to time. Monsters are, well, monstrous, and not many people can claim affection for them. So what’s a person to do? Kill them, of course! Some of the hunters we’ve included on this list work for an organization and/or get paid for their trouble, but most hunt down creatures of the night for revenge, for fun, or for some combination of both.

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