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It is a gift!

The Mary Sue’s Holiday Gift Guide: Geek Chic Clothing

In our previous two 2013 holiday gift guides, we recommended some great art and a slew of interesting books. Now it’s time to dress up your loved ones in fabulous geek chic! We’ve got new licensed merchandise to show you, featured artists’ items, superhero duds, and more!


Elsewhere on the internet

Black Canary Goes to a Concert, a Kate Beaton Story

We thought you’d like to know that Hark! A Vagrant updated, and that it’s a comic about what happens when Black Canary trails a crook into a concert and discovers a new musical calling.

Previously in Hark! A Vagrant


Power Grid

40 Webcomics You Need to Read

Comics are wonderful, visual ways of getting a story across, and it goes without saying that we at The Mary Sue love them. But as wonderful as they are, grabbing issue after issue can add up. And yet the desire for more comics persists. Luckily there are plenty of creative, engaging, funny, complex—and free!—stories and gag strips out there for those of us who need our dose of sequential art. You just have to know where to look. Enter the Internet.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: First Thor Poster

“It’s rare that you have a poster that is just Chris Hemsworth shooting on the set,” said Marvel president of production Kevin Feige. “But he just looks like Thor. We just put in some lightning, and he’s got his hammer and you’re there.” Duh, because Hemsworth IS Thor. (via USA Today)


Our Adorable Past

Scientific Sleuthery Confirms the Identity of Richard III’s Remains

DNA tests have confirmed “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the remains found last year underneath a parking lot in Leicester do in fact belong to Richard III, the notorious hunchback/(possible) nephew-killer and last English king to die in battle. He was also the subject of Shakespeare’s Richard III and, more amusingly (not that Richard III didn’t have its moments), a pair of Kate Beaton history comics.


Warning: May Contain Feelings

Hark! A Vagrant’s Holiday Comic: “Something Nice” is Very Nice Indeed

Kate Beaton‘s updates are all the more precious for being rare and uniformly of a quality that puts a lump in my throat and makes me want to go hug every parent and every adult child in the world. Go read the rest of the comic here.

Previously in Kate Beaton


The Mary Sue

Giveaway: Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant Calendars

The month of December means one thing for everybody, regardless of what particular end of the year holiday they celebrate. Namely, that’s it’s the end of the year, and everybody’s got to get a new calendar and start teaching their muscle memory how to write the date again. You should all be comforted to know that The Mary Sue is here for you in these troubling times. Starting today, you’re going to have a chance to win one of four Hark! A Vagrant 2013 calendars featuring the art of Kate Beaton. We’ve got two copies of Drawn and Quarterly’s There She Blows and Beethoven Birthday Party for folks in North America. Read on for some sample pics and entering info!


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Shakespearean Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Illustrated by Some of Our Favorite Ladies (And Others)

What, do you need some kind of explanation? Ryan North (who you might know from Dinosaur Comics) has just started up a Kickstarter for To Be or Not To Be, a choose-your-own-adventure version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet where you can play as Hamlet, Old Hamlet, or Ophelia. It’s already funded, with all profits from the sale of the published books going to charity.

But we thought you’d like to know about it anyway, so you can get in on those sweet rewards, because of the talent behind the book’s illustrations. You see, the more it gets funded, the more illustrations it will have, and the more art we’ll get to see by ladies like Carly Mondardo, Danielle Corsetto, Emily Partridge, Jess Fink, Kate Beaton, Meredith Gran, and Noelle Stevenson. Also come on, you can play as Ophelia.

(via everywhere.)


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: RIP Nyan Cat

Marty, the feline upon whom Nyan Cat is based, passed away last night. As a friend of mine said: “He is with Ceiling Cat now.” (Geekosystem)


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: A Real Weasley Family Clock

Here is an actual, working clock based on the Weasley’s Whereabouts Clock from the Harry Potter series. Read all about how it was made on (via The Group That Shall Not Be Named)