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  1. I Went To The Mary Sue’s NYCC Panel And This Is What I Saw

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    We were too busy doing our panel to record our panel at New York Comic Con this weekend, so we reached out to a friend of the blog (this isn't the first time he's written for us, but, well, it's been a while) to provide us with recap. So if you weren't there, here's what happened! Buh-gow! This past weekend, The Mary Sue hosted its first-ever panel discussion; in it, a group of six fans and creators talked about diversity in media, finding a character you can identify with, and what makes the X-Men so fabulous.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Once Upon a Time’s Tinker Bell

    Things We Saw Today

    Looks like ABC's Once Upon a Time is sticking close to Tinker Bell's classic Disney look for Season 3. At least outside of Storybrooke. But what is up with Regina? (via TV Guide, Blastr)

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  3. 17-Year-Old Coder Creates Software to Save You From Spoilers

    We've had many screaming matches polite discussions about spoilers here in the Geekosystem office, but this is probably something everyone can agree is a good thing. A 17-year-old coder named Jennie Lamere has created software that filters your Twitter feed for discussion of shows you don't want spoiled. Lamere created the software at a competition where she was the only woman who presented a project, and -- spoiler alert -- she took the grand prize.

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  4. Watch our Managing Editor on a Women in Games Panel at PAX East!‬ [VIDEO]

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    Anja Keister, Shoshana Kessock, Iris Explosion, Stella Chuu, and our very own Susana Polo brought their knowledge of the lady gamers' experience to this past weekend's PAX East for the panel "You Game Like a Girl: Tales of Trolls & White Knights." Lucky for those of you who couldn't attend the con, the panel was taped for a thing called the Internet, since technology is awesome like that. Check it out under the cut; the relevant bit starts at approximately the 03:05:02 mark.

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  5. 10 Female Characters I Almost Named My Daughter After, and One I Did

    My wife is pregnant with our first child, a daughter, and she's due any day now. Every time my phone rings I assume it's her calling to tell me she's gone into labor, but so far it hasn't happened. We talked a lot about names, and because I'm a nerd I pitched the idea of naming our daughter after a lot of different female characters from books, movies, television, and games. I'm writing this in advance, with the plan for this to go up when I have to leave when the baby comes. If you're reading this, I am panicking.

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  6. A First Look at Geekosystem’s Soon-to-Launch Sister Site, The Mary Sue

    We're just about two weeks from the launch of TheMarySue.com, an entertainment/news site for the the geeky girl, from the ones who love The Lord of the Rings but have never actually read the books, to the ones who want to know which movie stars are going to be at Comic Con, to those planning out their Minecraft cross stitch samplers.  (Just me?) We are planning a February 28th launch, so we're not quite ready yet, but I wanted to share one part of it that we're particularly proud of: our logo. I knew, going into the site design on The Mary Sue, that it would be very, very important to get the look of the site right.  (In fact, I believe my exact first words on the matter were "It can't be pink.") The first thing we tackled was, naturally, the logo.  "How about a generic girl geek?  The every-geekwo-man!"  Well, that sounded great until we sat down to try and decide how to depict a generic and obvious but inclusive girl geek without diving headfirst into stereotype.  Do you give her glasses?  A book?  A certain air of social unease? Harder than it sounds.

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