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The Mary Sue Exclusive & Interview: Stēla’s Radical New Magical Girl Comic Chaos Arena: Crystal Fighters

Sailor Moon meets Street Fighter.

Love reading comics but don't have the time to run down to your local? Stēla is a brand-new app that delivers awesome comics right to your mobile device - and one of the comics launching today is right up The Mary Sue's alley. In Crystal Fighters: Chaos Arena, we meet the toughest gang of video game magical girls ever - and I got to speak with the comic's creators, Tyler and Jen Bartel.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive Cover Reveal: C. A. Higgins’ Feminist Sci-Fi Novel Lightless

All aboard the Ananke.

C. A. Higgins' Lightless was released this fall and quickly became one of my favorite sci-fi books of all time. Written by a woman with a BA in Physics, the story follows Althea, a computer scientist aboard the most unique ship in the solar system - a ship that finds itself under attack from terrorists. Now, Lightless is coming out in paperback, and we have the exclusive cover reveal.

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Interview: Marissa Meyer on Winter‘s Woman of Color Snow White & YA Representation

The Lunar Chronicles concludes today, Lunartics.

So many of us have fallen in love with Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series, a unique and empowering take on our favorite fairy tales. Today marks the release of the final book in the quadrilogy, Winter, and we spoke with Meyer about her WoC Snow White, representation in YA, and more.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive Comic: All Our Hopes And Dreams For The ReBoot Reboot


ReBoot is coming back to TV, and a girl can dream, right?

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Penny Dreadful Review: “And Hell Itself My Only Foe”

In which the wolfman hits the fan.

It's already the penultimate episode of Penny Dreadful season two (time flies when you're being chased by satanic witches!), and things are not going great for our lil' scooby gang.

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Penny Dreadful Review: “Memento Mori”

In which Nice Guy John Clare takes it up a notch.

Honestly, what just happened?

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23 Games from E3 2015 with Badass Playable Female Characters

Keep talking and take my money.

E3 2015 was one of the best years for playable female characters in recent memory - especially after the bleak, sad stubbly white dude landscape of 2014. This year's conferences gave us lady protagonists that were not only the traditional elves and clerics, but also engineers, astronauts, tanks, and more. Here are twenty-three games straight from E3 with kick-ass women we can't wait to play.

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Things We Saw Today: Miles Morales Is the New Official Marvel Comics Universe Spider-Man

We don't know much about what's happening after Marvel's Secret Wars, but we do know that their main Spider-Man will no longer be Peter Parker - it's going to be Miles Morales. The comic will be drawn by Sara Pichelli, and written by Brian Michael Bendis, who told The New York Daily News, "Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else." Now, if only the Cinematic Universe could keep up.

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Prayer Circle for the Carol Corps: Kelly Sue DeConnick Is Leaving Captain Marvel


HeroesCon is taking place this weekend in Charlotte, but it brings with it some tragic news for fans of the current Carol Danvers: comics queen Kelly Sue DeConnick will be ending her run on the series after Marvel's Secret Wars event.

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13 Father’s Day Cards For Your Favorite Video Game Dads

Or least-favorite, depending on your threshold for bad parenting.

I got the gaming bug from my dad, who used to sit three-year-old me on his lap while he played Myst and Doom - which, in hindsight, may not have been the best plan, but hey. So what better way to celebrate Father's Day than with a collection of cards (lovingly made by myself and my fellow Weekend Editor, Becky Chambers) dedicated to our fave, most-devoted in-game dads?

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Chris Pratt Explains the Science of Jurassic World and Dino Dung


Chris Pratt joins the host of VSauce to get real about the science of Jurassic World, along with palaeontologist Jack Horner. I mean, did you know dino poop still smells even after all this time? I didn't, but now I don't know how I ever lived without that information.

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Things We Saw Today: The First All-Female Transformers Combiner is…

What's in a name? Six other autobots, obviously.

In an interview with USA Today, writer Mairghread Scott revealed Victorion, the first all-female Transformers combiner! She'll debut next month inIDW’s Combiner Hunters one-shot. (via Kotaku)

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A Visual Guide to Exactly How Big the Relationship Age Gaps Are in Hollywood Films


There's been a lot of talk lately (and rightfully so) about the significant age gaps between couples in movies. We even talked at length about why it's so problematically portrayed and normalized in Hollywood films.

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Penny Dreadful Review: “Little Scorpion”

In which Vanessa and Ethan play house.

Did you think that just because I was leaving The Mary Sue I was going to abandon you in the middle of a season of Penny Dreadful? Well think again, because someone has to call out Nice Guy John Clare on the internet, and that person is darn well going to be me.

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The Mary Sue Exclusive Comic: Motivating Female Characters Is Hard, You Guys

If you really think sexual assault is necessary to motivate or precipitate hostility towards a character, maybe you're not doing writing right.

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Meet Me at the Bar: A Heartfelt Farewell from One of Your TMS Editors

I have been, and always shall be, your friend.

Well friends, it's that time. Today's my last day at The Mary Sue.

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Spaced Newbie Recap: “Gone”

This has to be the best episode of Spaced, if we’ve basing it solely on sheer ingenuity. It’s inventive in its storytelling method, rich in its characterization of Tim and Daisy, and a hell of a lot fun, taking a silly pastime and making it a cornerstone for the episode itself.

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Elizabeth Banks Might Direct the Film Adaptation of YA Hit Red Queen

Ladies directing YA about ladies written by ladies is the kind of story with which I like to start the day.

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Giveaway: Espionage Cosmetics’ Bitch Planet And Sex Criminals Nail Wraps

Get some DeConnick/Fraction all over your hands.

Espionage Cosmetics just released their latest comic collaboration with Bitch Planet and Sex Criminals - and you could win a full set of their new nail wraps!

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The Mary Sue Interview: Syfy’s Dark Matter Brings The Badass Ladies In Force

Serialized sci-fi with humor, great characters, and awesome women? Yes please.

The second I stepped into showrunner and co-creator Joseph Mallozzi's office and saw the big Cowboy Bebop poster tacked to his wall, I knew that everything was going to be okay. "I love the fact that it has a beginning, a middle, and an end," he said of the classic anime, "which is basically what I wanted for [Dark Matter]."

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