Profile for The Mary Sue

avatar

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.

Join us behind the jump for more, and don’t worry: we’ve provided annotations for non-comics readers. You can read all of Mozzocco’s cartoons here, and find out what the dogs of the superhero universe think about the election. Read more…

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 coast of California after an 1814 massacre perpetrated by sea otter hunters from Alaska (those darn sea otter hunters) left the tribe devastated. Franciscan fathers packed all the Nicoleños on a ship and took them to the mainland—all except the Lone Woman, who went back because her baby had been left behind. (In O’Dell’s book it was her brother.) The Lone Woman lived alone on the island for 18 years before being found in 1853 by a rancher and taken to Santa Barbara, where she died seven weeks later of dysentery. Read more…

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 we here at The Mary Sue are supporting it by highlighting eight of our favorite literary horror heroines. All of the books we’ve mentioned here—including one by Gaiman himself, which is only fitting—come with the TMS stamp of approval if you want to participate in the AHR tradition of book-gifting.

As always, this one goes out to the runners-up: Carrie from Carrie, Eli fromLet the Right One In, and the godmother of horror herself, Mary Shelley. Read more…

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 fans and collectors alike ever since, this nostalgic retro doll line is designed to pay homage to both the animated series and its original companion doll line, which was originally marketed from 1985 to 1987,” writes Integrity. Each doll will set you back $125 and they’ll start shipping next month. Take a look at Jerrica Benton, her alter-ego Jem, Synergy, and good ol’ purple-haired Rio (more to come down the road). Read more…

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 San Suu Kyi, and more for her daily outfits.

Though Stella’s costumes occasionally veer into non-historical woman territory—she’s been Elvis Costello, Jan Brady, her best friend, and her school principal, for example—the majority of her inspiration comes from the book 100 Most Important Women of the 20th Century. Read more…

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 brisk October air?

There are plenty of options; you just probably won’t find them in your local costume store. So we at The Mary Sue have assembled our own list of geek girl costume ideas, split evenly between pop culture and history, the latter courtesy of Take Back Halloween, an unparalleled resource for those who A) like kick-ass ladies from history and B) want to know how to dress up as them. Read more…

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. Keep reading »

What Women Want (In Female Video Game Protagonists)

girl gamer

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 open questions posed to the “average power-fantasy-seeking female player”: Keep reading »

“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, he’s considering leaving the country to hide out for a while. (No spoilers for upcoming plot lines!) Read more…

“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 is, if this show doesn’t include perp catching even while heavily pregnant, Midwestern to the core sheriff Marge Gunderson in it, we’re going to have to throw somebody in a wood chipper. Read more…

  • Zergnet: Simply Irresistible

  • HowAboutWe

  • Popular