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Does the Academy Hate Geeks? A Brief History of Oscar Snubs

The Oscar Nominations are out and the Golden Globes have come and gone. And while I should be delighted that Jennifer Lawrence took home the Globe for her stellar performance in Silver Linings Playbook, I can’t help but feel a sense of bitterness every time awards season gets underway. Why? Because geek movies are so consistently snubbed, it’s almost as if they’re cursed.

Ok, so they’re probably not cursed. After all, that would be ridiculous. (Just ask Leonardo DiCaprio.) History shows us that the Academy has little to no appreciation for geek-centric films. Here’s a list of notable Academy Award snubs for context:

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Excelsior!

What Better Way To Propose Than With Iron Man’s Heart? [VIDEO]

Ok, that title may sound slightly gory but trust me, this is great. YouTube user Eddie Zarick has a tendency toward tinkering. So much so that his girlfriend took to calling him Iron Man. So when it was time to propose, he paired both things together and created a replica of Tony Stark’s arc reactor that doubled as an engagement ring holder! I guess the only thing cooler would be if Zarick actually had the arc reactor where Stark does but we’re glad his ticker is working just fine on its own.

(via Geeks Are Sexy)

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Custom TARDIS Engagement Ring Box [VIDEO]

We’ve seen a TARDIS engagement ring box before but this one lights up! Paul Pape Designs creates custom wedding items like favors and cake toppers but recently created not one, but two TARDISes for folks to propose with. The prices for such a custom job range from between $300-$800 depending on how complex you decide to go. Something tells me the one after the jump cost a bit more than the one in this video. Check it out. 

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And All Was Right With the World

Jemma Salume Wins Best Commentary On The Latest “Fake Geek Girl” Controversy

I won’t say this comic from Jemma Salume is better than the one we posted last week from Meghan Danger, but it wins for illustrating exactly what artist Tony Harris seemed to be accusing certain cosplayers of in his recent Facebook rant. In the most literal, comedic way possible. Hit the jump to find out what happens when this “Fake Geek Girl” preys on the unsuspecting, “Super Mang” reading dude at VeldtCon. 

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No “Fake Geek Girl” Shall Escape His Sight (Apparently)

It’s been an interesting week in geekdom. If you missed the most recent kerfuffle, you can catch up here. Luckily, tumblr user sailorsway (aka Meghan Danger) has created a delightful two-panel comic strip that explains why some of us ladies are frustrated. Here’s how the conversation goes between two men when a Green Lantern t-shirt is spotted. Now hit the jump to see what happens when it’s a woman wearing the shirt.

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Elsewhere on the internet

Nerdy Ceramics For Everyday Living

Etsy user LennyMud has an interesting profile. “Lenny is the name of my studio cat. I make the pots and Lenny breaks them: this way I never run out of shelf space. Lenny is not for sale. Probably not. I know my shop name makes me sound like a 50 year old man who smokes cigars, but I am a female who is sometimes told that she looks ten years younger than her real age. (My husband says the nicest things in the dark. When he’s drunk.) I am the mother to two adorable children that I like to call The Spawn.” If that’s not enough to get you to purchase her wares, I don’t know what is. Take a look at her ceramics from Star Wars, pop-culture, and beyond!

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Here Be Dragons

My First Trip To Dragon*Con Or, That Time I Fell Into Cosplay Quicksand

As a person who attends several pop-culture conventions a year, it’s been my yearly goal to try and attend at least one show I haven’t been to before. I already did that twice this year with Emerald City Comicon and GeekGirlCon but I figured, what the heck, why not make it a trilogy? So I went to Dragon*Con in Atlanta, Georgia. I’d heard it was crazy. I’d heard it was cosplay central. I wasn’t prepared for either. Read on for details about the trip as well as tons of photos!

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Excelsior!

Announcing We Love Fine’s Marvel Villains Design Contest Winners!

Hey, remember that Marvel Villains design contest I was chosen to judge along with Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston? The results are in! And guess what? Eighty percent of the winners were women!

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Shameless Self-Promotion

A Friendly Chat About National Geographic’s Comic Store Heroes

It’s being billed as a subsititue for those who can’t make it to Comic-Con this year. National Geographic Channel’s Comic Store Heroes follows three staffers of Midtown Comics in New York as well as their customers and every day comic book fans, on their road to New York Comic Con. The comparison is evident – is this another Comic Book Men? Thor Parker, the Social Marketing and Events Director for Midtown, and I are here to tell you “no.” Why am I joining in the conversation? I’m one of the fans featured in the special airing tomorrow, July 13, on the National Geographic Channel. Hit the jump to hear what Parker and I have to say about the special, the evolution of geek culture, the comparisons with CBM, and lots more! 

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It Belongs in a Museum!

Stained Glass Creations Make Your Favorite Nerd Characters And Symbols Shine

We’ve seen some beautiful stained glass work from geeks before but artist Judy Mascolo is a true master. Hit the jump for her glass work from the world of comics, video games, sci-fi, and more! 

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