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Review: Definitely Collect Guardians of the Galaxy: Collect Them All

Corinne Duyvis nails it.

In Corinne Duyvis’ new book, Guardians of the Galaxy: Collect Them All, we get to look at a galaxy that’s suddenly full of Groots, leaving our favorite tree-man wondering who exactly he really is. But how do we get started on this wild ride?

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Author Megan Whalen Turner Talks Fantasy, Inspiration, and Her New Queen’s Thief Novel: Thick As Thieves

We had a chat with Megan Whalen Turner about Thick as Thieves as well as the full Queen's Thief saga.

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Meet the Women on the Front Lines of Comics’ Queer Revolution

A sitrep from the War on Heteronormativity.

Queer women now have an obvious and growing place in comics, both on the page and in the industry. What is that place though? How are we making it and how far do we still have to go? Several queer creators and other women in the comics industry gave me their perspectives on the issue.

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Inside the Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Magic Wands, Chocolate Frogs, and Dreams Come True

I may run out of exclamation marks for this one.

Okay, like many of you, I’ve been a fan of Harry Potter since the books were first coming out. I stood in the midnight lines. I read hundreds of fanfics. I spent hours considering the texts and subtexts of every chapter. I was PUMPED to go to a Harry Potter theme park. I was also ready to be disappointed. I had no idea what I was getting into.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 8, The Lights in Radon Canyon

Yay! Carlos is back…a little.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 7, “History Week”

Will poking around in the past give us answers or just more questions? It’s Night Vale! What do you think?

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 6, “The Drawbridge”

Who wouldn’t want a drawbridge? STEVE CARLSBERG?!

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 5, “The Shape in Grove Park”

Let’s talk about something that we, well, can’t talk about.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 4, “PTA Meeting”

Episode four starts by taking us right into the thick of things. Last night there was a PTA meeting that ended in bloodshed because a portal in space and time suddenly opened and released a bunch of deadly pteranodons. They mainly attacked women with glasses, which makes me think of Far Side comics. Did you ever notice how Gary Larson drew every kind of female character with glasses? Does anyone remember Far Side? Moving on...

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: Episode 3, “Station Management”

Night Vale is a place where even the most terrifying creatures are treated as mundane. So … what does it take to scare Cecil?

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Girl Crushes, Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush,” And the Need For More Explicitly LGBTQ+ Songs

Good for crushing on, or just crushing?

Well, I’ve never given my radio the side-eye for nearly four solid minutes before.

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: “Glow Cloud”

Get ready to understand a lot of memes with this one folks. It’s time to start hailing the Glow Cloud!

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Welcome to Night Vale Recap: “Pilot”

“A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcome to Night Vale.”

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Welcome to Welcome to Night Vale

Recaps are coming.

If you’re an internet geek but not into podcasts you might have wondered at some point, “What the hell is Night Vale and why is its fandom so weird?” Well, wonder no more! Welcome to Night Vale recaps are coming to The Mary Sue!

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Tropes of Love: Gender Roles in Romance Novels

I’ve always felt a strange fascination with romance novels. There’s no genre that the general public will associate with bad books faster than romance, with their bawdy covers and superficial plotlines. Of course, that’s an enormous generalization. In truth, romance has its good and bad books just like any other genre. Some are brilliant and some will make you feel ill.

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See the Horror You Can Only Hear! The Night Vale Live Show Experience

A dark night. Shrieks of savage joy. Blood-stained pockets and flower-crowned boy scouts. Welcome to the Night Vale live show.

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Watch Out! She’s Got Science!: On the Portrayal of Female Scientists in Media

We all know there’s a problem out there when it comes to women and science. Girls are discouraged from learning about science, and women are harassed out of scientific careers. In fact, the general public doesn’t even think of women when they think of scientists. But just what kind of role models do we have out there for a world that desperately needs more female scientists?

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