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  1. Does Pop Culture Even Have to Be Made Up of Stuff That’s Popular?

    9/10 B movies don't think so.

    Pop culture—or parts of it, anyway—is kind of what we do here at The Mary Sue (and for that we need you, as this video points out), so take a few minutes to watch PBS Idea Channel expertly deconstruct just what makes up pop culture and what role each of us plays in it. As we nerds and geeks know all too well, pop culture isn't always made up of things that are strictly numerically popular.

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  2. How Many Of These LEGO-Ified Movie Characters Can You Identify?

    Hip to be square.

    With their Movie Quiz series, Stunlock Studios' Rickard Stensby and Helen Stensby of SuckMyBrick invite everyone who might have a little time to kill while they're toiling away at their boring office job to put their years sitting in front of screens to use by identifying some LEGOized movie characters. Most are pretty easy, but I was stumped by a few. How many did you get?

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  3. “Icon” Art Show Illustrates the Essence of Pop Culture Classics Jurassic Park, Big, and More

    It Belongs in a Museum!

    Starting at Los Angeles' Gallery 1988 West this Saturday, June 14th, "Icons" showcases the work of Dan Kuhlken and Nathan Goldman, collectively known as DKNG. The technical talk is that "icon" refers to the object in a show or movie that distills its essence—like the DeLorean in Back to the Future, or the barge for Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. The non-technical talk is that this series of art is really damn pretty, and more people need to do Beavis & Butt-head illustrations.

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  4. 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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  5. For Every Good Guy, There’s A Bad Guy: Arch Nemeses Of Pop-Culture

    Why Not Do It With Some Style?

    If you live near Los Angeles, California you may want to make a trip to the Hero Complex Gallery. On display in their new "Arch Nemesis" show are images from various artists depicting great rivalries from pop-culture. Take a look at heroes, villains, and some individuals with more murky motivations from Star Wars, comics, Arrested Development, and more!

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  6. Fully Embrace Pop Culture With These Sweet Map Art Prints

    If you tell your parents or significant other that you "finally cleared out all the quests in the Gap of Rohan in the Rise of Isengard expansion" in The Lord of the Rings Online or that you "achieved 100% map completion on Tyria" in Guild Wars 2, chances are, they're not going to appreciate your hard-won endeavor. But what if the places you explored and conquered in those digital realms were matted and framed on your wall in the real world, rendered as maps of fine art? That's what City Prints does. If it's framed on a wall, it's legit, right?

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  7. Fernando Degrossi Mashes Up Pop Culture and Pop Art

    eye candy

    It's Wednesday. Lets all relax with some pop culture mashups from Fernando Degrossi, who draws from modern and classic film, music, iconic propaganda and art. A later slide is possibly NSFW due to some sideboob, but on a related note, if Princess Leia wound up at the Bates Motel, I feel like Psycho would have been a lot different. And would have involved a lot more blaster fire.

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  8. Bottleneck Gallery Shows Us Pop-Culture’s Gizmos & Gadgets

    It Goes Ding When There's Stuff

    The Bottleneck Gallery presents its first show of 2013, Gizmos & Gadgets. "We are constantly reminded by popular culture that in a time of great need, there is nothing better to have at your side than something conjured up by man," they write. "Bottleneck’s newest show focuses on the material items made popular by your favorite movies, television shows and books." The show opens this Friday, January 18, in Brooklyn, NY but you can purchase the items that haven't sold out starting noon the following day online. A portion of the proceeds earned from sales, as well as a few ebay auctions, will go to benefit the Humane Society.

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  9. Silhouettes Of Pop-Culture Duos Stare Each Other Down

    eye candy

    Artist Isabel Talsma has a way with silhouettes but something special happens when two figures from a particular story are squared against each other. Some are enemies, some friends, while some love each other a great deal. See who else she's paired up. (via Isabel Talsma on Etsy)

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  10. New Art Show Highlights Both Factual and Fictional Women

    Today in Boobs

    The Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, Minnesota is currently holding a gallery show titled "Girls: Fact & Fiction." It features art depicting women from some of our favorite fiction as well as those we adore from real life. Over 100 artists are involved and we couldn't resist giving you a sampling here. You'll probably want to buy one or two or ten. (via Dance With Zombies)

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