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A Frank Discussion of Game of Thrones‘s Rape Scene And Its Epidemic of Sexual Violence

Since last Sunday, the Internet has been abuzz with talk of Game of Thrones‘ controversial rape scene. We touched on it in our recap and shared with you the responses of the scene’s director, co-writer, and one of its actors, plus A Song of Ice and Fire scribe George R.R. Martin. But we hadn’t written a post specifically on our personal thoughts on scene, because…well, because we have a lot of them. There’s much to unpack about rape culture, storytelling tropes, and the responsibility of fiction. So Jill Pantozzi and Rebecca Pahle, along with Geekosystem’s Victoria McNally, sat down to hash it all out. Below you’ll find our uncensored discussion on the scene and why, specifically, it made us boil with seething, all-encompassing rage.



Young Women Are The Fastest Growing Demographic According To New Comics Retailer Survey

“While many stores report that their children’s comics sections continue to grow, the demographic that seems to be growing the fastest is young women, aged 17–33. Image titles like The Walking Dead, Saga, and Pretty Deadly have gotten their attention, but Wayne Wise reports that at Phantom of the Attic there are “a lot of young women who are really invested in Marvel and DC titles, as well as the Indies. New titles aimed at this group are an important part of this. Books like Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Young Avengers have been particularly successful.’ Data from a reader survey by digital comics vendor Comixology supports what retailers are seeing. Chip Mosher, Comixology’s v-p, communications and marketing, confirmed that 20% of its new customers in the third quarter of 2013 were females ages 17–26.”Shannon O’Leary writing for Publishers Weekly on findings in a recent comics retailer survey.

Previously in Women and Comics


Bloody Good Fun

Game of the Year: Telltale Games’ Super Mario Bros. [Video]

Look, Luigi, your year had to end sometime. Don’t take it personally.

This short by Dorkly brings us the unholy mashup of Super Mario and The Walking Dead. Somehow, this combination strikes me as even more emotionally traumatic than the original. I’d still play it.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Bilbo’s Shire Gel

Well, Tolkien did like to spend a lot of his thinking time in the bath… (Nerd Approved)


And I'll Form the Head!

Best of Hail HYDRA: The New Marvel Meme Sweeping The Internet

According to Know Your Meme, the “Hail HYDRA” meme has been around a while because, well, HYDRA is a Marvel Comics institution. But they cite Twitter user ‏@ReyEstupendo (his Bert & Ernie above) as the first to start the current iteration spawning from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It reminds me of the #TrueDetectiveSeason2 meme which was equally entertaining, but not nearly as nerdy. Anyway, recent events have caused it to completely explode and we’ve captured a measly 21 amusing instances of it we’ve found online.


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Nathan Fillion Pulls A Superhero Movie Damsel Pose With Bruce Campbell


The Walking Dead Season Finale Recap: “A”

The Walking Dead season four is OV-UH. Did everyone get to Terminus safely? Was a cure for zombieism discovered? Did Dale show up wearing Mickey Mouse ears to take everyone to Disneyland? Let’s find out with Geekosystem‘s Victoria.

Last time on The Walking Dead: everyone’s on their way to Terminus, and a few have already made it there. The compound is fairly empty save for lots of flowers and nice ladies offering food, so naturally we’ve all been gripped with a terrifying sense of overwhelming dread.



The Walking Dead Recap, 4×15: “Us”

One more episode before The Walking Dead‘s season finale! Are things looking better for our resident humans after last week’s whopper? Geekosystem’s Victoria has answers.

Last week on The Walking Dead: Tyresse and Carol are chill about Karen now, and Lizzie and Mika went to live on a nice farm upstate where they have plenty of room to run around and chase rabbits, okay? No, don’t ask why I’m crying, it’s not important.



Lizzie and Mika From The Walking Dead Wrote Their Own Theme Song

Or, to be exact, Brighton Sharbino and Kyla Kennedy, the actresses who play Lizzie and Mika, wrote a song about their characters following this week’s somewhat… er… intense episode, The Grove. Be warned: This video has major spoilers.

Can actors writing and performing songs about their characters after major episodes start to be a thing? I want a headthrashing death metal anthem from Teen Wolf‘s Crystal Reed after last Monday.

(via: io9)

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The Walking Dead Recap, 4×14: “The Grove”

According to my Tumblr dash, some stuff went down on last night’s The Walking Dead. Here’s Geekosystem‘s Victoria to hold your hand and walk you through it.

Last time on The Walking Dead: Maggie, Sasha, and Bob are officially a happy family of fun and joy. Daryl and Beth are not so much anymore, and Daryl’s teamed up with a gang of creepy biker-less bikers in her absence. Oh, and also, Carol admitted to killing two people, including Tyreese’s girlfriend, but we’re all preeeeetty sure she’s covering for someone. And there are babies.