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  1. Comic-Con Interviews: The Cast & Creators of The Boxtrolls “Couldn’t Make Film Another Way”

    At San Diego Comic-Con, we caught up with LAIKA CEO Travis Knight, as well as directors Anthony Stacchi and Graham Annable, and stars Elle Fanning, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, and Sir Ben Kingsley to talk about the surprising and inventive process behind The Boxtrolls and LAIKA's LGBTQ representation.

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  2. Brilliant Kiddie Cosplay Is Straight From the Pages of Coraline

    Things to Do With Your Kids

    This kid Alice is some kind of cosplay prodigy. She even has the 'tude down pat! An additional pic is behind the cut; you can see more at the Tumblr of photographer KellyIsNice.

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

    eye candy

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

    this exists

    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). Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  5. 8 Romanceless Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Valentine’s Day

    Power Grid

    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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  6. 8 Favorite Literary Horror Heroines

    Power Grid

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

    Things We Saw Today

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

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

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    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.

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

    Today in Depressing

    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.

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

    Things We Saw Today

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

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  11. 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. 

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  12. What To Do With a Scary Book

    Fear is the Mind Killer

    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.

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  13. 10 Hoopy Froods Who Really Know Where Their Towel Is

    Power Grid

    On Towel Day, all of Douglas Adams' fans are encouraged to carry a towel around with them, or to at least know where their towel is, following the great tradition of hitchhiking, traveling, managing, and adventuring laid out in his work. Naturally, this got us to thinking about all the hoopy (really together) froods (really amazingly together people) that we know in fiction that really know where their towels are. You know, the characters who you could drop off anywhere and anywhen in the space time continuum, and come back in an hour and they'd already be lounging in perfect confidence and opulence, and knocking back something highly alcoholic, on their towel (or towel equivalent). Because anyone who can hitch the length and breadth of the galaxy, rough it, slum it, struggle against terrible odds, win through, and still knows where their towel is, is clearly a person to be reckoned with.

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  14. The 10 Worst Mothers In Geekdom

    Power Grid

    No! Don't get angry! Bear with us! Last year, we totally did up a grid of the Greatest Mothers in Geekdom, with Martha Kent, Aunt Beru, Sarah Connor, Molly Weasley, and other loving, kickass ladies that did a great job of raising kids. And then my mom asked me, very nicely, if maybe next year I could do a grid of terrible mothers, so that she wouldn't feel inferior in comparison.

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  15. The 82nd Oscars: Geeky Movies Have Had A Good Year

    2009 was a good year for geek movies.  Of course, there were a few notable exceptions, but we are a culture that can occasionally embrace such duds as secret cinema gold, and usually forget the rest.  Usually. Yesterday's announcement of the 82nd Academy Awards nominees shows that Hollywood has also noticed that Science Fiction, animation, and, um, Quentin Tarantino stepped up to the plate and slammed out quite a few home runs this year. This year's awards ceremony includes the 2nd animated nominee for best picture in history, the first Wallace and Gromit movie since 2005, and... Well, we'll be honest with you.  Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was nominated for an award.  But its just Sound Mixing!  Nobody even knows the difference between that and Sound Editing.  The rest is much more exciting, we promise.  Follow the jump for the things we are most excited about in this year's Academy Awards. 

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