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Whoops: SELF Magazine Criticizes Cancer Survivor Running Marathon In Tutus She Sells For Charity

Marathon runner Monika Allen was overjoyed to find out SELF magazine wanted to use an image of her from a recent race. After all, it would help get attention for her sale of tutus, the proceeds of which go to Girls on the Run, a charity aimed at promoting exercise and confidence for young girls. But then the magazine was published and she realized the clipping featuring her likeness wasn’t a positive mention at all.

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The Scarlet Pimpernel and What Superheroes Owe to Baroness Emma Orczy

You’d think after discovering that Alexandre Dumas was multiracial years ago, I’d have learned to assume less about the writers of historical adventure novels, but I had no idea that The Scarlet Pimpernel was written by a woman. Or narrated by a woman! They left that out of the Broadway show and illustrated book retelling of the Looney Tunes adaptation that were, uh, my only experiences of the story as a kid.

Here’s to reading the original!

Previously in Badass Women in History

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Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

Superhero Origin Stories Are Less Tragic When Their Parents are Jerks

To be fair, Batman’s origin here doesn’t just have to do with the disposition of his father, but I think we’d also feel less bad for him if his parents were the sort of people you wouldn’t want to share a restaurant with.

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – The Flash Legacy!

This week, CW released photos of actor Grant Gustin in his costume as the Flash, the scarlet speedster superhero soon to star in his own live-action series. You’re all likely chatting about what you think about the suit and whether it looks like a cool, sleek costume or something that is sure to chafe a man regularly running faster than sound. In any event, it seemed like a good idea to look at the character’s comic book counterparts.

But we can’t just talk about Barry Allen, the version of the Flash who will star in the live-action show. Barry’s great, but he’s just one part of a long legacy of lightning-themed champions of justice. So let’s look at the history of the heroes called Flash (and some related characters).

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Even More Sad Pop Culture Cuties

JSalvador’s sad pop culture drawings have been around for a good long while, but I can’t get enough of the tragicomedy of them. You can find lots and lots of prints and other sad tiny art at his Etsy shop.

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Why Not Do It With Some Style?

“Half Assed Cosplay Ideas” Tumblr Illustrates Comic Book Cosplay for Lazy People

Some cosplayers sink hundreds upon hundreds of dollars, and/or hundreds upon hundreds of hours, into creating that perfect costume. Artist Patrick Dean is not one of those people. Or he wouldn’t be, if he did cosplay. A self-described “cheapskate,” Dean created the Tumblr My Half Assed Cosplay Ideas for his cheat-sheet illustrations of how a theoretical cosplayer version of himself would dress as various superheroes using things he (mostly) already has around the house.

I want someone to do a version of this for sci-fi action heroines now. Alas, I have not the drawing skills. Anyone? Bueller?

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The Mary Sue

The Mary Sue’s Most Looked At Posts of 2013

On Tuesday we showed you our most commented on articles of 2013. It was a post full of the most contentious subjects in geekdom today: online and convention harassment, white washing, and, of course, the casting of Wonder Woman in a major movie adaptation.

But chatter is only one way to know that a post grabbed a lot of attention. There’s also views! So here are our 2013 posts that were seen by the most eyeballs. Your eyeballs.

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Fans Do Cool Things

These Frozen, Superhero Paper Snowflakes Aren’t Even Fair

How?!

The Frozen snowflakes behind the cut, created for Oh My Disney are by Kit Cameo, whose amazing snowflakes we’ve featured before. Comic Book Resources’ Sonia Harris is responsible for the superhero designs, and while they’re less intricate than the Frozen ‘flakes, that means you have a better chance of being able to make them for yourself. To that end: Look! Designs that you can print out!

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We Can Be Heroes

The Bay Area Adds To Batkid-Mania With Their Very Own Wonder Girl

You remember the fun San Francisco (and everyone else) had with Batkid, right? Well the Bay area town of Vallejo recently celebrated another young individual by turning them into a superhero for a day. Everyone, say hello to Monika Romo, aka Wonder Girl. 

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Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.

Agent of S.T.Y.L.E.: Wonder Woman in Television

Greetings, people of Earth. This is the beginning of a regular column wherein I will discuss the history and evolution behind various costumes and designs in superhero comics and other fun media. I’ll also be throwing in my own opinions, which you can take or leave certainly since we all have different tastes. To kick things off, I thought it would be fun to talk about a lady first introduced in 1941: Wonder Woman AKA Diana Prince AKA Princess Diana of Themyscira, the Paradise Island. We now know for sure that Gal Gadot will be playing her in the as-yet-untitled sequel to Man of Steel that really seems like it should be titled Hey, We’re Almost the Justice League.

There’s a lot of debate going on about how Wonder Woman should be portrayed. So to add food for thought, this time we look at how the amazing Amazon has been portrayed in live-action shows, with a couple of honorable mentions from comics and animation.

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