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  1. Leigh Lahav & HISHE Team Up to Report on the Five Stages of Watching a Marvel Movie

    Undeniably all of us.

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  2. Gotham’s Renee Montoya Talks Comics and Supportive #Gaytham Fans

    Breaker, breaker! Gotham Central called, they want their own show.

    But the real QUESTION is: where the hell did Montoya go to anyway?

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  3. George R.R. Martin Wants to Put the “Craziest” ASoIaF Fan Theory to Rest Once and for All

    All theories must die.

    George R.R. Martin likes to play with his fans sometimes, but in this instance, he's ready to tell the truth.

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  4. Steven Moffat Discusses the Good and the Bad of Online Fandom on the Doctor Who World Tour

    *shakes fist*

    Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat would much rather talk about the awesome things Whovians do than the negativity of online fandom.

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  5. The Percentage of Female NYCC Attendees Has Risen Over 60% In Three Years

    Its packed to the GILLS with --wait, no. Sorry.

    New York Comic Con has only been around since 2006, but each year it gets exponentially bigger. Last year's convention saw 133,000 fans in attendance, as well as 2,500 press members and 9,200 trade professionals. This year, 3-day passes sold out only an hour after they were made available on the ReedPOP site. And if the numbers are any indication, a lot of those passes were probably bought by women.

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  6. 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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  7. Here’s Your Game Of Thrones Reaction Videos For “The Mountain and the Viper”

    You know nothing Jon Snow

    Sometimes stuff happens on Game of Thrones. Ok, stuff happens all the time on Game of Thrones but there have been a few occasions where stuff happens to the extent that books readers filming their friends' reactions to said stuff. For instance, the Red Wedding and Purple Wedding. The audio from the most recent episode, "The Mountain and the Viper," is played here so spoilers, obviously. Also, adult language ahead! Previously in Game of Thrones

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  8. Our Readers’ Free Comic Book Day Pictures!

    Excelsior!

    Ahh, seems just like yesterday that we were at our local comic shops, getting free goodies. Wait...that was yesterday! And as requested, you guys sent us some mighty fine pictures of yourselves, your comics, and your geeklings. Let's get to the good stuff!

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  9. Comic Book Fans, Assemble! The “We Are Comics” Campaign Needs You!

    We Can Be Heroes

    I have a theory about the internet and human decency. In my experience, the longer a period of targeted toxicity continues, the higher the chances that a positive counter-movement of equal or greater force will arise. There's evidence that this theory is about to hold true again -- this time, thankfully, within the comics community. Last night, writer and editor Rachel Edidin started a Tumblr called We Are Comics, which invites anyone -- anyone -- to submit a photo of themselves, a short bio of who they are, and some words on why they think comics are for everyone. The project's still in its infancy, but already, it's proving to be a much-needed boost after a disheartening month.

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  10. Experts Discuss The Psychology of Cult TV Shows

    Consider the Following

    Saturday at WonderCon 2014, a group of psychologists, and one psychologist-in-training, held a panel to discuss why cult TV shows really speak to us geeks. The panel included licensed therapist Josué Cardona (GeekTherapy.com), psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Knight), clinical psychologist and scientist Dr. Janina Scarlet (The Superhero Manual), and Elizabeth Ann (NerdLush.com). The panel had a packed room, with nearly two dozen con-goers occupying standing room in the back due to the lack of seats.

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  11. Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags. The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention). The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or...ah...have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.

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  12. David Goyer Thinks It’s A Mistake To Listen To Comic Book Fans, Jesse Eisenberg Can’t Talk About Man Of Steel 2

    I apologize in advance if this causes you anger.

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  13. This Is The View From Where Superman Saves The World [VIDEO]

    Faster than a speeding bullet!

    CorridorDigital has created a really fun, nerdy video using drone technology and a GoPro camera. They imagine a day in the life of Superman, actually helping people, something which would have made a nice addition to Man of Steel. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  14. Marshmallows to Cure What Ails You: Veronica Mars & Fandoms

    Essay

    I was seventeen when I joined my first fandom. It was 1999, and Rent was kind of a big deal. The second National tour was underway - The Benny Cast to be specific. It definitely felt like the highlight of senior year was going to be their stop through Cleveland. Always a loner, I wasn’t just going to see another show with my parents. I was going to rush (I didn’t really know what that meant), I was going with actual friends who had done it before, and there was promise of a “stage door” visit afterwards. Everything was new and exciting. Fandom feels like a completely different beast in 2014. There’s a lingo to it you have to translate until you really go native. Things like fan fiction and LARPing are probably side-eyed fiercely by newcomers until they fall down their Saarlaac pit of a weekend and suddenly look up on Sunday afternoon and wonder what happened to the last 24 hours. Outside the great personal stories from individual fans, every somebody seems to have an opinion - and they’re rarely good - about fandom. 

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  15. Get “Happy” As These Star Wars Characters Groove To Pharrell Williams [Video]

    TK-421 Why Aren't You At Your Post?

    On the crumbling Tunisian set of Tatooine, no less. Who knew Jawas had moves?

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  16. Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany Answers Tumblr Fan Questions [VIDEO]

    That's What She Said

    I am so happy to be a fan of the fantastic show that is BBC America's Orphan Black because its star, Tatiana Maslany seems like a legitimately awesome woman. Here she is answering questions from fans on tumblr about the series, her experience at the Golden Globes, and more. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  17. Fans Overreacting About Problems With Games Might Be the Biggest Problem With Games [Video]

    I wonder how many angry comments this video got from fans.

    Gamers are probably one of the largest, if not the largest, demographic groups on the Internet. That ability to connect with each other has really helped video games communities grow, but it's also led to some of the most rabid fandom you can find. So everyone just chill for a minute at take a look at why sometimes too much fandom can be a bad thing.

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  18. Someone Made A Ministry Of Magic Website To Mirror The UK’s Official Government Site

    This is just like magic!

    I KNEW IT WAS REAL! 

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  19. Genius Makes Fandom Dreams Come True With Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover [VIDEO]

    Fans Do Cool Things

    I can't even imagine how many hours of work went into this but bravo to you, Youtuber "John Smith." If that's even your real name! Ahem. Seriously though, a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover is never gonna happen, so enjoy this. Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  20. Say Hello To Not Literally’s “I Ship It,” Your New Fandom Anthem

    Fans Do Cool Things

    Sometimes I ship canon pairings in a reasonable and orderly fashion, and other times I...well, I do this.

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