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The 2014 Eisner Nominations, With All the Ones You Can Read Online for Free or a Dollar

The 2014 Eisner awards have been announced in advance of their San Diego Comic Con-timed ceremony, and they’re full of lots of ladies that we love. From Becky Cloonan and Fiona Staples, to Faith Erin Hicks, Kelly Sue DeConick, and Emma Ríos. Isabel Greenberg has double nominations for her The Encyclopedia of Early Earth, which totally deserves it. Scroll on down to read up on all the nominees, with links to places where you can read previews, first issues, and whole comics online right now.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive

The Mary Sue Exclusive: Mike Maihack’s Cleopatra In Space

The wonderfully talented creator Mike Maihack is back to share with us another exclusive from his upcoming Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice! He previously gave us the preview trailer (and a super awesome TMS Cleo logo!), now check out two pages from the comic…

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Interview

Interview: Scott Snyder discusses Zero Year and Batman Eternal

For years, Scott Snyder has been gathering fans in both the superhero and horror genres. Via DC’s Vertigo line, he’s created the sci-fi horror series The Wake, which brings up old terrors from Earth’s oceans, and the American Vampire saga that features how the New World mutates familiar monsters. Along with this, he’s been hailed for his work on Swamp Thing, Batman and Superman Unchained. Currently in the pages of Batman, he’s redefining the early days and Bruce Wayne’s war on crime in the story Zero Year. Along with this, he’s gearing up to join other creators for the new series Batman Eternal, which will feature new challenges for Gotham City and its heroes in the present day. At Emerald City Comicon, Scott was kind enough to chat about his current and upcoming work on Batman.

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This Makes Sense

Why The New Ms. Marvel Is A Promising Step Forward [Video]

Because we can never talk about the importance of inclusion enough. This recent video from PBS Idea Channel unpacks Kamala Khan’s cultural significance, framing her as a promising step forward for comics (and media at large). Even if you’re not a Ms. Marvel fan, this is a solid sum-up of the effects media representation often has on the real world.

(via Geekosystem)

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Gender Bendery

Today in Indie Comics: Lady Knights and Action Princesses

Haircut panels by Sara Goetter

The tumblrverse tends to get into these creative-concept hiveminds every four-to-six weeks: early this winter it was adorably grotesque monster girls, last month was “murdermaids,” and now, with Game of Thrones season 4 looming on the horizon, it appears the internet is going gaga for women warriors and kick-butt queens and princesses. I am very, very okay with this.

Besides dogbomber’s lady knight generator, which The Mary Sue’s Rebecca Pahle has already covered, a slew of indie web- and short-comics featuring lady knights and action princesses have been going viral or been reintroduced into our collective consciousness. In between binge-watching old Xena: Warrior Princess episodes on Netflix and digging out your childhood copies of The Paper Bag Princess and The Song of the Lioness, here are three webcomics featuring heroic courtly women you should absolutely read and support.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Dragon Egg Cake Fit For A Khaleesi

What happens if you leave it in the oven too long? (via Cake Wrecks)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Han Solo and Batman Riding Atop Swift Wind

We’ll allow it. (via Nerd Approved)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The D&D Map From This Week’s Episode of Community

I’m pretty sure I’ve gone through the Forest of Frustrations in every single campaign I’ve ever played. (via io9)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Devilishly Good Diablo III Cosplay

Holy hell, that’s impressive. Constructed and worn by cosplayer Krizdel Ingreso. (via Fashionably Geek)

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The Mary Sue Exclusive

The Mary Sue Exclusive Trailer – Mike Maihack’s Cleopatra In Space: Target Practice

Mike Maihack, creator of some fun Supergirl/Batgirl art you might recall, has gifted us a special exclusive from his sci-fi epic, Cleopatra in Space. Hit the jump for the trailer premiere of Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, as well as a special The Mary Sue add-on. 

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