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Five Things to Remember About New York Comic Con

Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

It's happening, you guys! New York Comic Con has arrived, and contributor Theresa Romano has a rundown of five Very Important Things you should keep in mind while you peruse the wares, the crowds, and, well, the germs.

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NYCC Entertainment Guests Announced… Including Chad Michael Murray?

Vital Information for Your Everyday Life

With San Diego Comic Con well in the summer’s past, it’s the east coast’s turn to unleash its urban geeks. For most comic conventions, everyone anticipates which celebrities of nerd-dom will ultimately show up at one of these conventions to promote his or her new project. The New York City Comic Con is still a month away (Oct. 13-16), but some interesting and surprising guests have been announced (with more hopefuls to still be added to the guest list), including: Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill, Jay & Silent Bob (Kevin Smith/Jason Mewes), actor Jason Momoa from this summer’s Conan the Barbarian, director John Landis, actress Rose McGowan, actor Stephan Lang, actor Kevin Sorbo of Hercules, Lou “the one and only Hulk” Ferrigno and -- if you thought it couldn’t get any more random -- actor Chad Michael Murray(?)

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10 Best Non-Human Females (And Their Capacity To Love)

Fashion for Nonhumans

This list of the best non-human females (and their capacity to love) has been quite a tedious task. The term “non-human female” is quite broad, and I bet a lot of you are asking yourself where the female aliens are on this list. Why not call them the best female robots? The answer is not that simple. The Mary Sue staff and myself agreed to establish a rudimentary basis for this list: the non-human females can not have reproductive abilities (so that pretty much cancels out a majority of our favorite martian ladies). Which is to say, these female characters have gender, but no sex. That is, sex as a noun, not a verb. Their gender has been pressed upon them by their creator or the viewer regardless of the fact that they are completely asexual beings and, in fact, don't reproduce (though it hasn't stopped us from giving them genders and love interests). Which allows us to take a very interesting look at what characteristics, over the years, we've felt would identify a robot as female, and what roles we thought those "female" robots were suitable for.

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Interview: Christy Marx, Creator of Jem and the Holograms

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Christy Marx has made a name for herself in the writing field. Working on animated series from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to G.I. Joe, video games, comics and more, Ms. Marx proves to be both a talented writer and visionary. Winner of the AWC-WGA Animation Writing Award, affiliated member of Women in Animation, author of her own ‘how-to’ book Writing for Animation, Comics, and Games as well as guest lecturer and workshop instructor on several occasions, Marx’s list of achievements seems endless. As some should know, Marx’s greatest and best known achievement has been being the creator/writer of the popular 80’s animated series Jem and the Holograms. Since its recent re-airing on The Hub, speculation of a possible Jem reboot and movie have surfaced. In order to put some of these rumors to rest it was only right to go to the source: Christy herself. She was kind enough to answer a few questions for The Mary Sue including her affinity for comics, her take on working on Jem and the Holograms, if Hasbro will ever turn it into a movie and some wise words of wisdom to you budding writers. Theresa Romano: How did the concept of Jem and the Holograms come about? Was it a collaborative effort with Hasbro, or was it solely your creation?

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13 of the Best Old-School Girl Toys

where does he get those wonderful toys

Girl toys. No matter how much we considered ourselves tomboys in our youth, there were some toys that were marketed to us that we just couldn’t help but want. At the time we didn’t know, but we weren’t sold on the mainstream “girly toys” (Barbie being the most obvious), but some may have caught our attention. Sure, I myself wore baseball caps to the side and thoroughly enjoyed playing handy-woman with my Cool Tools, but, there may have been a pink doll or two that I stored at the bottom of my toy chest, safely tucked away from prying eyes. Behold, in no particular order, a list of some of the coolest girl toys of the 80‘s, 90‘s that us girls - and some boys - enjoyed with great zeal, and possibly not in the the way the manufacturers intended. And, of course, there are many other toys out there that you may not find on the list, but please feel free to let us know the ones you loved! Tell us your most girly secrets; we won’t judge.

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New ThunderCats Art Revealed, Panthro Sings on Jimmy Fallon

Cartoon Network’s ThunderCats reboot won’t grace our television screens until late July, but, there has been an epidemic of ThunderCats mania clawing its way through geekdom. With a sneak-peek of character designs surfacing online, an impressive list of the show’s voice actors popping up and a very rare appearance by everyone’s favorite nunchuck-wielding ThunderCat Panthro performing his cabaret number on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon this week, people can’t seem to wait for this memorable 80s cartoon to make its long overdue comeback.

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6 Stop Motion Films to Get Animated About

where does he get those wonderful toys

Stop motion animation has taken a back seat due to today’s animated medium of choice: 3D, a phenomenon that has taken the film industry by storm. Besides the stop motion films of Tim Burton and the classic Rankin/Bass holiday specials we all know and love, stop motion animation has been a unique storytelling platform for artists around the world for decades. Little known or underrated stop motion artists have experimented with the use of puppets and their ability to bring the inanimate to life. Whether you’ve heard of some of these short films from a film course, just happen to enjoy the magic of the craft and are obsessed with some of these films, or never even saw some of these, there are many more films that are just as innovative and creative. Let us know some of your favorites!

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The 15 Most Awesome Fictional Kids’ Rooms

Just What You've Always Wanted

When all else fails, a kid can count on one thing to always be there for them: their room. Through painstaking research and innumerable screen grabs, a list of the ultimate kid rooms has been compiled -- all taken from various television sitcoms, cartoons and movies (mostly from the '90s). Some rooms are extravagant in appearance and capability, while others are more simplistic, yet timeless. Let us know if your favorite rooms of yesteryear made the list... or didn’t.

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The Fall of Cartoon Network

Essay

Have you noticed anything different about the programming on Cartoon Network? How about the fact that there’s a dramatic decrease in actual good, quality cartoons? Before we get right down to the problem, I would like you to jump into my time machine, back to 1994 when Cartoon Network Studios was born. I’m not going to bore you with too many details, but what made Cartoon Network so great was its original programming -- overseen by the president of the network, Jim Samples. The What-A-Cartoon! Show premiered in 1995 and showcased a slew of new cartoon ideas, many of which eventually got their own series including Dexter’s Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, The Powerpuff Girls, Courage the Cowardly Dog, and so on.

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7 Disturbing Books Someone Probably Made You Read

Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

Whether you had to read any of these unnerving books in school, or they were recommended by a friend, chances are as geeks we came across quite a few of them, and probably when we were just a little too young for them. Contributor Theresa Romano dissects a few, each with unique ability to brand a level of discomfort into our hearts, but still memorable favorites. Yes, there are spoilers for all books concerned.

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