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  1. The Mary Sue’s 25 Must-See Panels At San Diego Comic-Con 2014

    Here's our staff recommendations for the must-see panels at Comic-Con 2014.

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  2. GLAAD Report Predictably Dour on Representation of LGBTQ Characters in Mainstream Film

    Oh, Hollywood.

    The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have released their 2014 Studio Responsibility Index, finding that of the more than one hundred films released in 2013 by seven of the biggest mainstream movie studios in America, a mere seventeen contained any LGBTQ characters, even when counting the most minor of roles.

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  3. We Need All Voices in Comics (Or I Started the #FireRickRemender Hashtag and I’m Only Kind of Sorry About It)

    Republished with permission.

    Wednesday evening, following my first read of Rick Remender’s Captain America #22, I posted a series of entries to my blog reiterating my distaste for his work, and my renewed (and long-held) belief that he should no longer be writing it. I am genuinely sorry for any personal affront my actions may have caused. What I am not sorry for is everything that came afterward.

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  4. Hijab-Wearing Superhero Fan Draws Herself As Various Comic Book Characters

    And it was good.

    "I am a Muslim girl (who wears a hijab) and I prefer to wear long/loose things that go below the butt" writes Tumblrer Nora. So when Nora participates in the Draw Yourself Challenge, those are the duds her chosen superheroes wear as well. The result is pretty dang nifty. It might be a day early to start flipping one's lid over America-related stuff, but that flag hijab makes me want to do a dance.

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  5. Empathy and Megan Wallaby: Exploring One of Welcome to Night Vale’s Greatest Strengths

    Hello, listeners!

    Welcome to Night Vale draws from the weirder elements of The Twilight Zone, the sinister elements of Lovecraft, and the dark humor of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, but there are also oddly progressive aspects to its eponymous fictional town that we don’t always get to see in the real world. Like the townspeople's attitude toward the Apache Tracker, and the relationship between Cecil and Carlos. And then there's Megan Wallaby.

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  6. We All Benefit From Better Representation

    C'mon, people, it's not rocket science.

    It's 2014, and I keep asking myself: Why aren't we farther than this? I don't just mean the lack of space colonization, sarcastic robots, and hoverboards that films promised me would be here by now. I mean representation in pop culture and storytelling. Seems we should be better about that, especially when the explanations for why we're not all sound pretty crap.

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  7. Why You Should Watch Defiance, The Heir to Battlestar Galactica

    Essay

    June 19 marks the return of Defiance, the Syfy drama about a future Earth in which humans and various races of alien must cohabitate. In spite of being a moderate ratings success in its first season, Defiance has failed to garner the kind of critical attention it deserves. By which I mean: The people I love who love sci-fi still aren’t watching this show, and it makes me sad. It’s especially heartbreaking to see the Warehouse 13 fandom donning black armbands in preparation for the last episode and wanting to shout “Guys! There’s a place for you! And HG Wells is there and everything!” Since you have just enough time to catch up on season one, I’m here to tell you why Defiance is the new face of smart sci-fi. Just imagine I’ve got you cornered in a bar and am in that specific stage of drunk where you just want to explain how great something is.

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  8. New Study Explores Representation in Gaming and Surprise! There Are a Lot of White Dudes

    I'm a dude, he's a dude, she's a dude, we're all dudes!

    Today in "stuff we already know because we have eyeballs," a new study by a recent graduate of Ithaca College took a look at 50 highly-rated games to map the racial and gender representation of video game characters. You can probably guess what conclusion he came to—a whole heaping bunch of hyper-aggressive, white male protagonists.

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  9. Laverne Cox Gets Her Time Magazine Cover, Talks Representation and Growing Up Transgender

    Five by Five

    "[For trans kids in middle and high school now] there’s a way to connect through the Internet that I didn’t have. So you can connect with people who are like you, who may be in another part of the country. That didn’t exist when I was a kid. I think there are more media representations that young trans people can look to and say, that’s me, in an affirming way. There’s just so many resources out there now that it makes you feel like you’re less alone and gives some sort of sense of, okay, this is who I am and this is what I’m going through, as opposed to being ‘What the f*** is wrong with me?’ That was what I grew up with. — I'm imagining the TIME magazine editors scrambling in the wake of their controversial omission of transgender actress Laverne Cox from their 100 Most Influential People list. "Holy crap, what can we do? Should we put her on the cover?" Maybe I'm being cynical and their decision wasn't motivated by PR, but whatever the reason we got this great interview, not to mention a highly visible cover story on the transgender rights movement, so I'll take it. Behind the cut: Laverne Cox-related news of a different sort.

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  10. Things We Saw Today: Adorable Totoro Couples Cosplay

    Things We Saw Today

    "I want to cosplay Totoro at Sakura-Con!" "No, I want to cosplay Totoro!" Why not both? (photo by David Ngo, via Fashionably Geek)

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