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Sexuality & Race: One DC Comics Creator’s Take On Wonder Woman

Comic Book Resources has a new feature they’re calling “The Color Barrier.” In their latest installment, they spoke with DC Comics writer/artist Phil Jimenez. We already knew he was a good person to talk to about representation in geek media, it’s why we invited him to sit on our New York Comic Con panel last year, but this time he’s speaking about Wonder Woman specifically.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Join Us Tonight As We Live-Tweet The Oscars!

Our assistant editor Rebecca Pahle (not pictured) will be socially mediaizing tonight’s ceremonies. Follow us at @TheMarySue to get in on the shenanigans.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Batman Beyond Hoodie

This Batman Beyond hoodie by Poland deviantart user envylicious is prettttty awesome. Sadly, bidding has ended on this one but perhaps there will be more?

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Warning: May Contain Feelings

Ellen Page Comes Out In Moving Speech at Human Rights Campaign Event

Ellen Page, actress in many movies including Juno, Inception, and X-Men: Days of Future Past, spoke at the Human Rights Campaign’s Time to Thrive event last night, and in the midst of her excellent speech in support of the work they do, she announced that she is gay.  Much love and support to her – and check out the video to hear her inspiring words for yourself.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Patrick Stewart Explains How to Moo

Apparently NPR has a show called How To Do Everything, and apparently Patrick Stewart was on it, and apparently he explained how to moo in various English and American accents. Happy New Year. (Pajiba)

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Marceline the Munny Queen

A sweet Marceline figure from Etsy user SciurusCustoms. They’ve also got a Korra and a few other nerdy munnies you might dig. 

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

DiDio Attempts to Explain DC’s Marriage Ban; Will Scrap Last Williams/Blackman Batwoman Issues?

DC Comics’ PR has taken multiple hits this week, and this weekend is a major convention, so you know what that means: DC higher ups giving unsatisfying responses to fan outcry at Baltimore Comic Con. Specifically, we’re talking about Dan DiDio saying that superheroes should never have happy personal lives, Aquaman and Mera aren’t married, and that a new writer will be taking over Batwoman with issue #25.

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Today in things that make us scream incoherently

Creative Team Walks Off Batwoman, Citing DC’s Refusal to Allow Characters to Marry

J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman announced late last night that, after having given the matter much thought, they have decided that they can no longer work under their current state of editorial interference, and will be walking off DC’s Batwoman title as of issue #26. Batwoman, a perrennial GLAAD award nominee, is also the first superhero title at Marvel or DC to feature a lesbian character in the lead. Williams and Blackman have said they were upset at long outlined and communicated plot events being overturned by editorial at the last minute, but the one that bothered them most was DC prohibiting them from ever allowing series lead Kate Kane to marry her fiancée Maggie Sawyer.

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Good News Everyone!

Orange is the New Black Has More Successful Debut Than Arrested Development

Orange is the New Black crossed my radar very close to its release, less than three days before its entire season premiered on Netflix, and for somebody whose job it is to keep tabs on this kind of thing, that was unusual and spoke of a lackluster PR campaign. It sounded like the beginning of an old story: a creator determined to bring the diverse stories of a group of black, brown, gay, trans*, old (and other adjectives that make them a hard sell to studios) women to the small screen, manages to get a show into production at an unorthodox outlet, show is great but due to lack of confidence in the concept nobody ever hears about it except folks who are starving for those stories in the first place for very personal reasons.

So imagine my surprise when Netflix announces that in the “opening week” of Orange is the New Black the show accrued more viewers, for more hours, than the fourth season of Arrested Development.

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Thank You?

Orson Scott Card Responds to Call for Ender’s Game Boycott

This is not a good year to be a company whose high-profile Orson Scott Card-affiliated project is coming to fruition. And this past month was not particularly a good one for folks who’ve been on the board of the U.S.’s biggest national anti-marriage equality lobbying group since 2009. The ethics of enjoying content related to or produced by someone who shares political views you are opposed can be uncomfortable enough without the added conflict of active participation and monetary support at very senior and organized levels of a powerful organization working at cross purposes to your political views. Summit Entertainment has been rumored to already be nervous about the backlash against its summer blockbuster Ender’s Game, based on Card’s seminal YA science fiction novel of the same name, and it’s hard not to see some studio pressure behind Card’s response (it cannot be called an apology) to well worded calls for a boycott of the movie.

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