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Fiction, a Gallery Show of Wonderfully Subtle and Strange Portraits of Literary Characters

Modern Eden is showcasing the work of a number of artists all working off of the same idea: painted portraits of fictional characters old and new, from all genres. The portraits are lovely, but since they’re original art, you’ll be reaching deep to get one for yourself. Better to just gaze at them through the internet and sigh longingly. We’ve posted a few here, but there are more than two dozen at Modern Eden’s site.


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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab Let’s Us Know What Neil Gaiman’s Coraline Characters Smell Like

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab have created body and household scents inspired by Hellboy, Fraggle Rock, Labyrinth and more. Their latest pulls from Neil Gaiman’s delightful Coraline. “The Coraline Collection” is based on locations and characters from the book like Miss Spink and Miss Forcible, The Cat, and the Mouse Circus. BPAL writes, “This is a charitable, not-for-profit venture: proceeds from every single bottle go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which works to preserve and protect the First Amendment rights of the comics community.” And you might have noticed, the artwork for the collection was done by Eisner Award and Harvey Award winning cartoonist Vera Brosgol (creator of Anya’s Ghost).

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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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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.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: One Hula Hoop to Rule Them All

That’s either a really big One Ring or a really tiny Sauron. (Neatorama)


Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

Just In Time for Halloween: Creepy Button-Eyed Coraline Makeup Video

I’m not sure how much utility this video has as a makup tutorial, since I don’t speak Italian, but it certainly was cool to watch. Also I hope that’s not just regular old craft glue at the end. It is definitely a step up from the needle and treat the Other Mother usually uses, though.


Today in Depressing

Disney Pulls the Plug on Latest from Henry Selick; Stop-Motion Fans Cry Bitter Tears

It’s a sad day for stop-motion animation. The latest project from Henry Selick, the director behind Coraline, James and the Giant Peach and The Nightmare Before Christmas (no, that wasn’t Tim Burton) has had his latest project canned by Disney.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: An Arya Stark Birthday Cake for A Little Girl Named Arya

Arya’s mom Maya requested this from The Regali Kitchen. (Geeks are Sexy)



Hollywood Is Making Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book & A New The Jungle Book Film

I doubt there was any sort of discussion about these two projects being announced at the same time but I appreciate the coincidence nonetheless. Henry Selick, of Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas fame, is set to direct Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book for Disney. The novel was loosely based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book which also just happens to be getting some new attention in Hollywood right now. Harry Potter screenwriter Steven Kloves will be writing and directing The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. Please let these movies come out at the same time so I can make a double feature out of them. 


Fear is the Mind Killer

What To Do With a Scary Book

I think that’s the most wonderfully sensible treatment of a book that scares you I’ve ever heard of.Neil Gaiman, on a reader’s response to his Coraline.

To see exactly how one young girl sensibly disposed of a scary book with all the reverence and finality that it deserves, click through.