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The Mary Sue Interview: The Creators of Webcomic Strong Female Protagonist

Last week we came back from MoCCA bearing an interview with Fiona Staples, and this week we’re bringing you another, with Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag, writer and artist behind the webcomic Strong Female Protagonist. They tell us how their initial idea for SFP was to respond to the misuse of the “strong female protagonist” trope, but that that idea evolved very quickly into an inventive superhero story exploring many of the tropes of modern superhero universes… that just so happens to have a female protagonist.

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The Mary Sue Interviews DC Comics’ Writer Christy Marx

The Mary Sue has interviewed writer Christy Marx before about her creation, Jem and the Holograms. But seeing as how she’s tackling some of our favorites at DC Comics these days, we felt like chatting again. Read on to hear what Marx had to say about the now-defunct Sword of Sorcery title, animation for girls, and what’s coming up in Birds of Prey

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The Mary Sue Exclusive Interview: Olivia Olson, Voice of Marceline the Vampire Queen

What time is it? Interview Time! Abrams Books, in partnership with Cartoon Network, has put out The Adventure Time Encyclopaedia, a definitive companion to the ever-popular television series, and it is worth a look. Written in character by Martin Olson, who voices His Lowness Hunson Abadeer, Lord of the Nightosphere, on the show, the book is a lavishly illustrated guide to the Land of Ooo, featuring work by cartoonists Renee French, Tony Millionaire, Celeste Moreno, Aisleen Romano, and Mahendra Singh, and designed by Sean Tejaratchi. With extensive character notes, commentary from series characters Finn, Jake, and Hunson’s daughter, Marceline, and a wealth of information about the mysterious, post-apocalyptic world, the Encyclopaedia is a tempting treat for fans of the cartoon.

In honor of the book’s release, I had a chat with voice actress (and real-life as well as in-show daughter to Martin Olson) Olivia Olson, who plays Marceline, to talk about bringing life to the undead Vampire Queen, meeting her gender-swapped counterpart, and what it’s like to work with her father.

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The Mary Sue Talks to Greg Rucka About Forever Carlyle and Lazarus

Greg Rucka is a comics writer whose female characters we love to follow, from detective Rene Montoya and Kate Kane (The Question and Batwoman, if you’re nasty) in post-crisis DC comics, Rachel Cole-Alves in Marvel’s Punisher series, and that’s all without mentioning British special operative Tara Chase, Portland PI Dexedrine Parios, or steampunk pirate captain Lady Seneca Sabre. He’s got a new comic series with its first issue out tomorrow, featuring a new improbably named heroine, Forever Carlyle. Rucka sat down with us and some other reporters last week to answer questions about Lazarus. We invite you to read the interview and check out a prelude story and preview pages from Lazarus #1, which will hit physical and digital shelves tomorrow.

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So say we all!

Katee Sackhoff On Riddick, Getting Out of Bed, and Why She’s Not Leaving Sci-Fi Flicks Any Time Soon

Katee Sackhoff (of Battlestar Galactica fame) has been filming the new Riddick movie for what feels like forever. Finally we are getting close to its release, and in getting close to its release we are getting more information about the film, the characters, and (most excitingly, in my book at least) about Sackhoff’s role.

She talked with Collider about her audition experience, her character, her childhood sci-fi heroine, and being one of the most badass women in sci-fi. Some choice quotes under the cut.

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The Mary Sue Interview: Richard Neal of Zeus Comics on Boycotting Orson Scott Card’s Superman Comic

Zeus Comics and Collectibles on a Friday night is a flurry of activity – probably not unlike a busy day at the Daily Planet. Customers buzz in and out of the kaleidoscopic store, brimming over with questions about pre-orders and pull lists. About two weeks ago, the Dallas store became a lightning rod at the forefront of a nationwide debate – but tonight, it’s business as usual.

Behind the counter and at the center of it all is Richard Neal, who for the past 12 years has been owner and operator of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award winning comic shop. With Neal at the helm, Zeus Comics became one of the first stores to decide not to carry the controversial Orson Scott Card written Adventures of Superman – a decision, he explains, that had several elements to consider – but one inevitable conclusion.

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The Mary Sue Interviews Clueless Director Amy Heckerling About Her New Film Vamps!

Vamps is the new horror comedy that reunites the dream team of director Amy Heckerling and actress Alicia Silverstone. It’s on blu-ray and DVD today and The Mary Sue had the opportunity of speaking with the director about the film, her past work, and the industry.

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Game Of Thrones’ Richard Madden Stays True To Character, Alfie Allen Wants To Be Arya

Editor’s Note: Journalist Maria Murriel had the opportunity to attend a press junket with a few of the cast members of HBO’s Game of Thrones recently. Today she shares with us part of her intreviews with Richard Madden (Robb Stark) and Alfie Allen, including why Allen would have loved to play the role of Arya Stark and how Madden sometimes forgets she’s not his real sister. 

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Wise Words

Stephen Colbert’s Interview With Maurice Sendak Is As Awesome As You Heard It Was [Video]

You may have heard about the two-part interview that Stephen Colbert conducted with author/illustrator Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are). You may have also heard that it was pretty awesome, and everything you’ve heard is correct. We’ve posted both parts here, and we invite you to join this highly intellectual discussion on who Sendak really writes for and his opinions on one of the current presidential candidates. If we’d been a fly on the wall for this, we would have buzzed around Maurice Sendak just to see what kind of curmudgeonly reaction he’d have. Part 2 appears after the jump.

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Our Adorable Past

This Was That Time Barbara Walters Interviewed the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles [Video]

An oldie but a goody! Back in 1991, when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were promoting their second live-action movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, the post-adolescent anthropomorphic reptilian martial artists sat down with none other than iconic journalist Barbara Walters, who would later say almost 20 years later: “I do not want to go down in history for interviewing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Would she have felt the same way about interviewing Casey Jones (Elias Koteas)? Pfffft — she would have made him call her “Princess.”

(via Huffington Post)