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Oh Hollywood

Conan O’Brien Announces San Diego Comic-Con Residency In 2015 As Hotel Requests Begin For 2014

If you’re one of those fans who thinks Comic-Con International: San Diego has gotten “too Hollywood,” brace yourselves – Conan O’Brien is coming, and not just for a panel appearance. The host has secured a theater venue for next year’s SDCC, giving many a first glimpse at the official convention dates for 2015 and also a huge frakking headache. Speaking of headaches, SDCC hotels go on sale today, are you ready?

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Avant-Garde Watercolor Wonder Woman

Does this count as cubism? It’s been a long time since Art Appreciation for Non-Majors. (via So Geek Chic, artwork by Adam Lister)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Lego Movie Nail Art

Okay, the mini-fig faces are cool, but the thumb and pinky take the cake. (via When Geeks Wed)

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The Mary Sue Exclusive

[UPDATED] Fan Expo Canada’s “Cuddle a Cosplayer” Controversy and Ignorance Of Convention Harassment

Fan Expo Canada is presenting Toronto Comicon this weekend, March 7-9. Celebrity guests in attendance this year include Eliza Dushku, Tatiana Maslany, Sean Astin, and more. But if you’re a cosplayer headed to the show, you might need to keep an especially close eye on your fellow attendees. Why? Because an email blast sent out by the convention proposed physical contact with cosplayers as a way to sell tickets.

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This Makes Sense

New York Comic Con Will Be Happening Twice This Year

If one New York Comic Con wasn’t enough for you, you’re in luck! Especially if you like comic books.

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Pros and Cons

Want To Attend Every Day Of SDCC This Year? Get Ready To Work For It.

Comic-Con International has made a rather significant change to their badge sales for this year’s big San Diego show. You can no longer buy 4-day badges. But you can still go all four days, plus preview night. Probably. Hopefully.

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Consider the Following

Scott Lobdell Outs Self as Comic Con Panel Sexual Harasser

Two days ago cartoonist and comics professional MariNaomi published a piece on xoJane entitled “It Happened to Me: I Was Sexually Harassed Onstage at a Comic Convention Panel.” In it she describes a truly awful experience: accepting an opportunity to speak on a panel about queer comics, and enduring another panelist with a “bigger” career in the industry than her questioning her bisexuality, expressing a distracting sexual attraction to her, and offering a veiled sexual proposition, all during the course of the panel. MariNaomi chose to anonymize the identity of her harasser with the initials DB, but Scott Lobdell, writer of the New 52 titles Red Hood and the Outlaws, Teen Titans, Superboy, and Superman, today stepped forward to identify himself and apologize.

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It is known

Natalie Dormer Praises Game of Thrones Cosplayers

Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer is a newbie to the fan convention scene (I was there for her first appearance!). That being said, her initial interaction with fandom could have gone in one direction or the other. Thankfully, she had a great experience. See what she had to say about her interactions with Margaery cosplayers and her own costume encounters from the HBO series. 

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Awwwwww

Kids Talking About Cosplay Is, Predictably, Adorable [VIDEO]

Yes, it’s true, The Mary Sue loves it when kids cosplay. It’s even better when they talk about it.

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Pros and Cons

NYCC’s Gonna Track Us All With New RFID Equipped Badges

Okay, so it may not be the big deal that San Diego Comic Con is, but The Mary Sue’s biggest hometown con, New York Comic Con, has a special place in our hearts. It’s also approaching with a speed that has caused only a few moments of panic so far (stay tuned in the next few weeks for info on our meetup and our panel), and with an approaching con comes the shipping of badges. NYCC has a new trick up its sleeve to combat both overcrowding and counterfeit or scalped badges (notorious problems for the event): RFID tags. They’re also planning on using the badges to monitor traffic flow. In other words, if having your location within the Javits Center tracked creeps you out, you might want to read the instructions that come with your badge very carefully.

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