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Why the “Space Racist” Trope Is Bad for Women of Color

Victorian soldiers hopping aboard an alien spacecraft to live on Mars amongst walking, talking lizards? A perfectly plausible scenario in the eyes of Doctor Who writer Mark Gatiss. One of those Victorian soldiers just happening to be a black man? Hmm. Better send an email to your coworkers doubting the casting because, to quote Gatiss: "I don't think we can do this ... there weren't any black soldiers in Victoria's army."

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Not Just for Kids: Important Life Lessons Learned From Cartoon Characters

Here are some important life lessons one might learn from cartoons. Some of these are serious, others not so much. You decide. The power is yours!

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Let’s Talk About These Cartoons That Time Forgot

You're not hallucinating ... it was real! My top five favorites and more!

Here are some of my own cartoon half-memories, and in the comments, I'd love to hear some of your own!

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Things We Saw Today: Patton Chen’s Figure Skating Recreations of Yuri!!! on Ice Routines

Patton Chen, a Chinese figure skater and a big fan of the anime Yuri!!! On Ice, has been recreating routines from the show and putting them on his YouTube channel.

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Things We Saw Today: The Handmaid’s Tale‘s NYCC Ads Are For Women’s Eyes Only

Well, or anyone else who might be in the women's bathroom.

Whoever's in charge of the marketing campaign for Hulu's adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale made another cool choice this weekend by putting this graffiti in the women's bathrooms at New York Comic Con.

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Can We Cool It With The “Women Disguised as Men” Trope Already?

Sincerely, your tired non-binary author.

My representation-starved heart can't keep getting its hopes up like this.

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Making the Dream Team: 9 Bad-Ass Ladies Who Were the Only Woman in Their Sci-Fi/Fantasy Stories

In sci-fi and fantasy, I've noticed that the Smurfette Principle often combines with Trinity Syndrome. That is to say, usually the lone Smurfette will also be super bad-ass. What would it be like if all of these women teamed up together for the ultimate crossover dream team?

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Things We Saw Today: Petition for Squirrel Girl to Get Her Own Netflix Show

Could Squirrel Girl be the next Marvel superhero with a Netflix show? One fan thinks so, and they've started a petition to try and get it off the ground--even adding that they think writer and producer Jane Espenson would be the perfect choice to serve as showrunner. I will never say no to more Squirrel Girl in every medium possible.

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Netflix Plans to Reboot Voltron, Plus Launch Guillermo del Toro’s New Animated Series Trollhunters

Netflix plans to host some upcoming projects from DreamWorks Animation, such as a reboot of the '80s cartoon Voltron in which a team of humans power a massive mech, as well as a new animated series helmed by Guillermo del Toro called Trollhunters.

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How Pacific Rim Should Have Ended, Now With Bonus Voltrons [Video]

The one thing Pacific Rim was really missing? Vacuum attachment arms.

I feel deep in my heart that Pacific Rim is a totally amazing blockbuster movie, but I'll admit that there are a lot of points where you have to willingly suspend your disbelief. Naturally, Youtube animated channel How It Should Have Ended went ahead and poked at those points with a giant robot sword. Several giant robot swords, actually.

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Hillary White Paints Pop Culture into the Old Masters

Our Adorable Past

Hillary White's DeviantArt gallery is full of handpainted portraits of popculture figures as if they were the original subjects of artists like Francois-Xavier Fabre, Frans Hals, Anthony Van Dyck, Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, and John Singer Sargent. Most of them are for sale. We thought you might be interested in that sort of thing.

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Red Bull Releases Ridiculous Rube-Goldberg-esque Kluge

Red Bull did another sports thing! This is The Athlete Machine, a collection of Rube Goldberg devices connected by a series of impressive feats of derring-do performed by what we assume are well known extreme sports athletes. After Felix Baumgartner's jump from space, it seems Red Bull figured the best way to top something huge is by linking smaller, slightly less awesome things together into a sort of extreme sports Voltron.

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DreamWorks Acquires Classic Media, Awesome Stuff On The Way (Trust Us)

Allow Us To Explain

DreamWorks Animation, the folks who brought us Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon, have just acquired the privately owned animation studio, Classic Media. Why should you care? Classic Media owns the motherload of awesome cartoon and comic properties. And all it cost them was $155 million in cash. Hit the jump to find out what characters from your childhood we'll likely be seeing again very soon. 

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Hillary White Puts Pop Culture in Classic Art

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We look at a lot of pop culture mashups here, but there's just something about the mashups of illustrator Hillary White, probably because they show a clear knowledge of art history and technique. And then they use that knowledge to put Muppets, Star Wars, Voltron, and Silent Hill characters and more in famous paintings, like Domenichino's The Maiden and the Unicorn.

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Voltron Would Just Never Work in Real Life As Long As Pidge Is Involved [Video]

And I'll Form the Head!

Voltron is seriously having a moment, you guys. A few days ago, we showed you a super dramatic, emotionally-charged Voltron fan film. This comedy short by Awkward Spaceship is not that, but it does deal with the human feelings behind the robot lion limbs -- the annoying ones. Damnit, Pidge ... (via Geeks Are Sexy)

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This Is How the Mighty Fall: Not With a Roar But With One Small Last Breath

The Human Machine

I'll admit to not having much experience with the particular fandom (I won't mention it specifically here, because I think the slow reveal is actually one of the movie's strengths) this fan movie is based in, other than watching it a few times on Toonami while I was waiting for Batman: The Animated Series to come on. But anyone who's willing to take it's concept and crank the dial up to Battlestar Galactica levels of space opera realism gets my endorsement. (via Forever Geek.)

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Things We Saw Today: Meowtron

Things We Saw Today

And there's your Voltron-Made-Out-of-Cats that you've always wanted! (That's so meow-ta.) (At Neatorama)

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Fine, Fine, Fine: A Voltron Movie Is Officially Happening

And I'll Form the Head!

One of the red-headed stepchildren of the Transformers has stamped its feet and held its breath enough to get its own movie. Yesterday, it was announced that a live-action Voltron movie was officially in the works, just a month after the successful debut of its rebooted TV series on Nicktoons. So, get ready for an onslaught of mechanical lion things. Gobots, you can stay in the corner and hang out for a while.

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New Voltron Clip Shows A Very, Very Familiar Transformation

And I'll Form the Head!

The new Voltron Force transforms in a whirl of passable 3-D animation, deplorable 2-D animation, hilarious Techno Babble, and one (admittedly) unexpected and lonely subversion. You know, I don't care if it's canonical, there is just something inherently silly about being roared at by a robot's toes. (via Comics Alliance.)

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Nickelodeon Rebooting Voltron, Promoting It With Horrible Rap Song [Video]

And I'll Form the Head!

I'll bet you had no idea that Nickelodeon was rebooting Voltron, the other-other 1980s cartoon about robots (that wasn't Transformers or GoBots). Neither did we. But it is debuting on NickToons on June 16. Excited? No? Well, maybe their promotional rap video, "Let's Voltron!" will get you in the spirit! It's not really about Voltron, but it's by SwizzBeatz! Though judging by the video, it's geared towards adolescent boys who draw Voltron in their notebooks and probably write fanfiction about it during social studies (Keith + Allura = 4eva). And exactly one old lady, who may or may not be just another adolescent boy in an old lady costume. So, want to spend the next 43 seconds of your life wondering where the last 43 seconds of your life went? The video is after the jump!

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