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Superheroes Endorse Political Candidates In Cute Crayon Drawings (No, Really)

Writer J. Caleb Mozzocco draws cartoons of himself asking superheroes about their political endorsements. Some of them, like Wonder Woman, didn’t really feel the need to give indepth answers, but I particularly like the level to which Batman appears to have considered his decision.
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The Mary Sue / November 6, 2012

Archaeologist Finds The Cave Of The Lone Woman AKA Karana From “Island Of The Blue Dolphins”

Wow. This takes me back. Navy archaeologist Steve Schwartz has found the cave of the Lone Woman of San Nicolas island—a.k.a. the woman who inspired Scott O’Dell‘s YA classic Island of the Blue Dolphins, one of my favorite books growing up.
The woman was a member of the Nicoleño tribe, which had to leave its island home off the…

The Mary Sue / November 4, 2012

8 Favorite Literary Horror Heroines

Halloween’s about dressing up and eating candy (and, for many adults, getting incredibly drunk). But that doesn’t have to be all it’s about. Back in 2010 Neil Gaiman suggested a new Halloween tradition of giving away a scary book to a friend on that most spooky of holidays. Since then that basic idea has evolved into All Hallow’s Read, and…

The Mary Sue / October 31, 2012

Can Jem And The Holograms Make A Truly Outrageous Comeback With New Dolls From Hasbro?

Jem, the larger, cooler Barbie. At least to me she was. That’s why I’m so excited for this news. Hasbro has made a deal with Integrity Toys for a modern day line of Jem and the Hologram dolls. “Inspired by the TRULY OUTRAGEOUS characters created by Hasbro over two decades ago and cherished by fa…

The Mary Sue / October 28, 2012

8-Year-Old Girl Gets Head Start On Cosplay, Goes To School As Different Historical Figure Almost Every Day

Omaha, Nebraska third grader Stella Ehrhart is my new hero. Since the second day of second grade, Stella, age eight, has gone to school dressed as a different person—sometimes fictional, mostly historical—almost every day. Her first costume was Laura Ingalls Wilder; since then she’s channeled Joan Baez, Queen Elizabeth, Billie Holiday, Georgia O’Keefe, Burmese opposition leader Aung…

The Mary Sue / October 20, 2012

10 Awesome Ladies To Dress Up As This Halloween

Shopping for a Halloween costume can be a somewhat disheartening experience for a woman. There’s the sexy nurse, the sexy pirate, the sexy Chewbacca (oh yes, it exists). But what if all you really want to do is dress up as an awesome lady, and not necessarily in a way that exposes your skin to the…

The Mary Sue / October 14, 2012

10 Good Guys Who Are Major-League Jerks

Sometimes good guys are actually “good” guys. They treat people well, they help old ladies across the street, their good intentions are matched by their positive (not necessarily chipper or anything, but at leastnice) personality.

And sometimes good guys are just jerks.

The Mary Sue / October 10, 2012

What Women Want (In Female Video Game Protagonists)

The Escapist’s Shamus Young recently penned a thoughtful article about Anita Sarkeesian’sTropes vs. Women in Video Games series, and how he believes the lack of female protagonists in games is a more pressing concern than the portrayal of secondary characters. There are plenty of points there worthy of discussion, but what particularly caught my eye was a series of…

The Mary Sue / October 6, 2012

“Games Of Thrones”‘ George R.R. Martin Is Planning To Hide After A Specific Episode Next Season

You know when that thing happened to Ned Stark in Season 1 of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and everyone who hadn’t read the book (and some who had) completely freaked out? There’s more stuff like that to come and A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin is kind of scared about how you’ll react. So scared, in fact,…

The Mary Sue / September 29, 2012

“Fargo” To Become A TV Series, Better Include Marge Gunderson If It Knows What’s Good For It

According to Deadline, television channel FX has closed a deal with the Coen Brothers to develop and hourlong series “loosely based” on their 1996 movie “Fargo,” which defined “dark comedy” for me at an early age. The Coens will be executive producing the project along with Noah Hawley, who will be writing.
But all we’ve got to say…

The Mary Sue / September 25, 2012

Nintendo’s New 3DS Campaign Aims For Female Gamers With Gabrielle Douglas And Other Stars

What do All-Around Olympian gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, “Glee”‘s Diana Agron, and “Modern Family”‘s Sarah Hyland have in common? They’re just a a few of the celebrity names to appear in Nintendo‘s new female-targeted ad campaign for their 3DS and 3DSXL hand-held systems. The campaign, called “Play As You Are” is using talented, visible women to draw in players who might…

The Mary Sue / September 23, 2012

Wikipedia, Your Gender Bias Is Showing

Women of the Internet, start your editing engines. If it’s one thing we’ve learned recently from go-to Web info source Wikipedia, it’s that what the user-edited encyclopedia could use more of is you.
Researcher Santiago Oritz has developed Wikipedia Gender, “an interactive visualization that shows which articles have more male or female editors”. The graph…

The Mary Sue / September 18, 2012

The Adorable Kid From “Charlie & The Chocolate Factory” Is Going To Play Norman Bates

Freddie Highmore, whose adorable mug you may remember from “Finding Neverland” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” has just secured a role in A&E’s “Psycho” prequel. The actor will be playing Norman Bates.
We previously heard not only was this prequel, called “Bates Motel,” actually happening, but they were already far into the casting stage. Vera Farmiga is set to…

The Mary Sue / September 16, 2012

Amy Mebberson Shows That Disney Characters Can Wear High-Fashion

Amy Mebberson is a frequent staple of our Things We Saw Today posts, an artist who not only uses her spare time to create adorable Disney and Muppets crossover art, but who draws a lot of Disney stuff professionally, from being the regular cover artist for Boom! Studios’ Muppets, Pixar, Darkwing Duck and other Disney titles, to her current stint a…

The Mary Sue / September 9, 2012

RIP Jerry Nelson, “Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street,” “Fraggle Rock” Veteran

You might not recognize Jerry Nelson‘s name, but you’re probably more familiar with “Sesame Street”’s the Count, Amazing Mumford and Snuffalupagus, or Statler (half of the heckling duo of Statler and Waldorf), Floyd Pepper (the mustachioed guitar player in the Muppet Show house band), Lew Zealand (that guy who chucks fish), Gobo Fraggle, Robin the Frog,…

The Mary Sue / August 25, 2012

Double Standard Central: Everyone Needs To Stop Freaking Out About The Kristen Stewart Thing

I don’t really need to tell you what’s going on with Kristen Stewart right now. If you have an Internet connection, you know. She cheated on “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, the married director of “Snow White and the Huntsman.” The scandal has given birth to a plethora of gossip rag covers, a few awkward TV interviews and speculatio…

The Mary Sue / August 20, 2012

Probably The Most Appropriately Made Portrait Of Daenerys Targaryen

Why is Fay Helfer‘s art so appropriate for Daenerys? Well, it has to do with how she produced those dark flowing lines: with fire. She uses a heated tip to burn her lines into wood, just like those hobby kits that your parents would never buy you when you were a kid because they were covered…

The Mary Sue / August 18, 2012

Vintage Photos Of Stylish, Norm Challenging, Tattooed Women

Although women have achieved a certain level of freedom to decorate their bodies as they wish in modern society, the scandal of getting a tattoo or a piercing wasn’t always limited to unruly teens going against their parents’ wishes. At best, the subject of strange glances on the street, and at worst, the subject of ridicule, tattooed…

The Mary Sue / August 13, 2012

Bobak Ferdowsi, NASA’s “Mohawk Guy,” Is The Best At Being A Meme

A lot of great things have come from Curiosity’s mission on mars: Further recognition of human ingenuity, the promise of a better understanding of our universe, some adorable fanart. And then there’s Bobak. Flight director Bobak Ferdowsi, seen above sporting a mohawk and a smile that’ll make your knees buckle, is practically the new Ridiculously Photogenic Guy he ha…

The Mary Sue / August 12, 2012

People Upset By The Appearance Of Olympic Athletes, Set Straight By The Athletes Themselves

Last week we posted about our rage over the utterly ridiculous (and unfounded) complaints circulating the web over Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas‘ hair. As we wrote it we were kind of secretly hoping that we were blowing it out of proportion, that it was a small enough story that it would never get back to Douglas herself. No…

The Mary Sue / August 7, 2012