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  1. Things We Saw Today: Tiny Captain Marvel Cosplay

    Parenting done right.

    Photographer Yaro Jane dressed her daughter up as Captain Marvel, and the resulting photos have been approved by both Kelly Sue DeConnick and Gail Simone. Killer.

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  2. A Brief History of Fandom, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Being a Fan

    (The) Doctor (and a) Strange Love

    In the beginning, I was not a fan. I liked stuff - Firefly, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings - but the tween who freaked over Bon Jovi and baseball grew up and moved out. I knew about fans; I married a classic Trekkie, who memorizes music cues and can name an episode by its first five seconds, and who first went to Comic-Con in 1972. But I thought, as so many do, that fandom was the domain of man-children with a less than firm grasp on reality. Then I met the Doctor.

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  3. Lev Grossman’s The Magicians and the Mainstreaming of Fan Culture

    This is just like magic!

    A few weeks ago, the Syfy network announced their plans to adapt Lev Grossman's fantasy trilogy, The Magicians, into an hourlong drama series. The small handful of blogs and online news outlets who covered the story labelled the project "Harry Potter for adults," or else slapped it with a somewhat derisive-sounding "Young Adult fantasy" label. On the surface, it's easy to see how people can mistake The Magicians for any number of other "young people discovering they're mystically special" narrative, but it's a description that is, nevertheless, inaccurate. Now I'm not crazy. I know a story about a group of young adults who attend a magic school and then go traipsing around an alternate universe which can be accessed via an interstitial forest sounds a lot like "Harry Potter/Narnia for adults." But what that description betrays is a failure to understand that Grossman's series isn't a rip-off of either story, but is instead something newer and stranger than that. 

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  4. Nerd Semantics Cross Language Barriers With Yaoi, Slash, & Otaku

    Essay

    Words change, and words get used different ways in different places. Ask someone from the United States what word they use to refer to carbonated beverages, and you will hear at least two different answers. Sometimes three or more. English borrows words all the time from different languages, too. In anime and manga fandom, the words involved tend to be borrowed from Japanese. Words like otaku, words like yaoi.

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  5. X-Men Stars Michael Fassbender & James McAvoy View Fan Art Gallery While Hugh Jackman Reads Slash [VIDEO]

    Romance

    Actors finding out about the stuff fans do on the internet in their spare time is one of my favorite things. The latest example: Days of Future Past stars Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy appearing on The Graham Norton Show, along with Hugh Jackman, and getting a crash course is slash. Previously in X-Men

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  6. The Dudes of X-Men: Days of Future Past Dance And Admire Slash Fan Art Together

    Um... M-Preg warning.

    Ever wonder if your favorite stars peruse their tag on Tumblr, stumbling across all the fan art and fanfic we've made? Well last night on The Graham Norton Show, X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy were treated to the best selections of slash fic and art the internet has to offer.

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  7. Attention All Roleplayers, Fanfic Authors, and Simmers: Drop What You’re Doing And Play Storium

    Review

    I’m no stranger to group storytelling. In high school, I wrote fanfic with a friend, swapping a spiral-bound notebook back and forth. During that same time I was working at a renaissance faire and my inbox overflowed with email threads of in-character letters. When I was in college, I was an active participant in a Star Trek sim. My World of Warcraft guild forums had a section dedicated to roleplaying. And in recent years, after I moved countries, my previously-local friends and I went through a short period of playing Parsely and Dungeons & Dragons via Google Hangouts. So believe me when I say — if you like to roleplay, if you like collaborative storytelling, if you have gaming friends you can’t meet in person, Storium is what you’ve been looking for. 

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  8. Several Women Arrested For Writing Fanfic In China

    Suddenly

    Quick! Hide your fic! 

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  9. China Isn’t Having Any of Your Science Bros., They’ve Arrested 20 Slash Fanfiction Writers

    Team China: Imagination Police.

    I'm no huge proponent of fanfiction, but arresting people is taking it a bit far, China. Well, for China, it really isn't. Their Internet and media in generally are broadly censored, but a new report suggests that the country's police have arrested at least 20 people for writing romantic tales starring their favorite fictional male characters.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: A Fresh Batch of Star Trek: The Next Generation Easter Eggs

    Things We Saw Today

    What? What else were you expecting? (photo credit unknown; via That's Nerdalicious!)

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