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Scholastic

The Mary Sue Exclusive

The Mary Sue Exclusive Trailer – Mike Maihack’s Cleopatra In Space: Target Practice

Mike Maihack, creator of some fun Supergirl/Batgirl art you might recall, has gifted us a special exclusive from his sci-fi epic, Cleopatra in Space. Hit the jump for the trailer premiere of Cleopatra in Space: Target Practice, as well as a special The Mary Sue add-on. 

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This is just like magic!

Goblet of Fire and Order of the Phoenix Get Gorgeous New 15th Anniversary Covers

Kazu Kibuishi‘s two newest anniversary covers for the Harry Potter series have just come out, and we are very excited. The Order of the Phoenix cover is under the cut.

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This is just like magic!

Here’s Our First Look at the New U.S. Cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Scholastic announced that they’d be redoing the covers of their paperback editions of Harry Potter in February, and they’ve been slowly rolling out the new illustrations from comics artist Kazu Kibuishi. This week, they revealed the cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, prominently featuring the Burrow! You can check out Kibuishi’s cover for Sorcerer’s Stone here, and if you still love the Mary GrandPré covers, fear not. They’ll still be gracing the hardcover editions.

There's An Apparate For That

State of the Union Address Left out the Bit Where We’re Getting New Harry Potter Cover Art

Now, don’t get your howler stationary out just yet. Kazu Kibuishi‘s lovely illustrations aren’t going to be replacing Mary GrandPré‘s iconic dust jackets on the US hardcover editions of the Harry Potter books. They’re going on the 15th anniversary paperbacks, which will begin their release with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone this fall. Which I note is still going to be called “Sorcerer” and not “Philosopher” because sigh.

Said Kibuishi of the opportunity to illustrate Harry Potter:

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This is just like magic!

J.K. Rowling Starts A Harry Potter Reading Club For Kids; Are We Too Old For This?

As Harry Potter fans worldwide know, today is J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthday! In order to celebrate, Rowling has announced a Harry Potter Reading Club hosted by Scholastic, which will culminate in a live webcast with the author on October 11th, 2012 that will allow kids to ask her questions, the first event of its kind since 2007. So, uh, are we too old for this?

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Natural Disasters

Good Message For the Kids: Teach Girls to Survive Zits, Teach Boys to Survive Frostbite

So, we’re not going to get too outraged over this because it’s ridiculous. But let this be a guide to what not to buy the grade-schooler in your life. Ryan North at What Are the Haps came across these books in a bookstore — in the year 2012 — and provided a list of the chapters contained within both the “Girls Only” edition as well as the “Boys Only” one. If you’re thinking that both books provide children of both genders useful survival skills in the face of actual emergencies … you are about half correct. Unless you consider “becoming rich” an emergency. (Spoiler: “How to Survive Becoming Rich” is in the girls’ book. Good to know the author has faith that girls can become rich, but only in a way that causes them severe psychological problems.)

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BAD IDEAS FROM SMART PEOPLE

Marvel Comics Listed As A SOPA Supporter

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), or Protect-IP Act as it’s called in the House of Representatives, has been the talk of the internet-town (and regular towns) for  months. Once everyone realized the implications this particular bill, they got extremely nervous and concerned phone calls and letters started pouring into Washington. The matter is still waiting to be settled when Congress returns from their winter recess but a list has surfaced showing particular companies who are in support of the controversial bill. And one of them is Marvel Entertainment. 

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