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July 30, 2014
Pull List: Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel
Alex Brown
July 30, 2014
Concerning Hobbits, On-Screen and Off: Why Jackson and Tolkien Can Peacefully Co-exist
Jeff LaSala
July 30, 2014
Yes, Women Want to Be Thor—So Why is the New Avengers Line-up Cause For Ire?
Emily Asher-Perrin
July 29, 2014
Introduction to the H. P. Lovecraft Reread
Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth
July 25, 2014
Huge New Cast and Bloopers. Highlights from the San Diego Comic Con Game of Thrones Panel
Chris Lough
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Thu
Jul 31 2014 3:12pm

It’s Harry Potter’s Birthday — Let’s Celebrate With Fan Art!

Harry Potter, palnk, seven years

One of my favorite aspects of fandom has always been fan art. And since it’s Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday, it seemed the perfect occasion to flood the gates with gorgeous/moving/hilarious Potter fan art, like you see above. That piece, detailing all seven of Harry’s years is by DeviantArt user palnk.

More treats below!

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 12:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 17 and 18

Harry Potter and the Chamber of the Secrets coverThe Harry Potter Reread has passed through what Americans call a “sophomore year,” which is a useless word, in that it is designed to make it seem as though something was accomplished instead of just saying oh, good work on that second year. Seriously, it means nothing, but it sounds terribly important. (Also, it’s Harry and Rowling’s birthday today, so… cake? Do we have a cake? We should get some cake.)

Which does not detract from the fact that we’ve reached the end of the second book! I knew the first two went by faster than the rest, but this has been a total blur. I’m just sort of stunned and wobbly. Like a newly-freed house-elf? We’ve got two chapters left of The Chamber of Secrets—The Heir of Slytherin and Dobby’s Reward.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 7:00am

J. K. Rowling’s Real Life is More Incredible Than Any Fiction

JK Rowling You know what’s really hard for me? Talking about J. K. Rowling objectively (and on her birthday, too—she’s 49 today). And it’s not just because she wrote one of the most successful book series of all time, teaching millions of children to adore reading in the process. Not just because she has used her well-earned gains to promote so many charitable causes. Not just because the world loves a good rags-to-riches story, and hers is one of the best.

It’s because she described herself as “the biggest failure [she] knew” before she sat down to write one of the most beloved fantasy worlds on paper. It’s because she turned the sorrow over her mother’s death into a tale where a mother’s love for her child ultimately saves the world. It’s because all of the first publishers to read her three chapter sample rejected her book. It’s because failing made Jo Rowling push back hard against depression and poverty to find her very best calling.

It’s because she gave us Harry, Ron and Hermione, and so many of us wouldn’t recognize our childhoods without them.

[Meet in the Astronomy Tower…]

Wed
Jul 30 2014 9:30am

Yes, Women Want to Be Thor—So Why is the New Avengers Line-up Cause For Ire?

Mjolnir, Thor's hammer

Oh, the fury. The rage of fans who rally against change, across the board. There are so many reasons for the anger, too. There’s the academic “I don’t like where my media is going, so this specific move is a harbinger of everything that’s wrong!” There’s the over-concerned “I just think they should be more creative when trying to open up properties to groups that have classically been overlooked.” There’s the brazen “Diversity is just pandering, and if that’s what my favorites stories have become, I’m out of here.”

[What’s wrong with Thor being a woman, again?]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 1:00pm

Life As A Plague Storehouse—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: The Emperor’s Plague

Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: The Emperor's PlagueWith the advanced weaponry the Star Wars universe purports, it’s really no surprise that biological warfare would have been developed and enacted to a certain degree. So… who wants to encounter that as a teenager? You probably guessed it!

It’s the Young Jedi Knights, if you’re still guessing.

That’s right, the whole Diversity Alliance debacle will come to a head right now as the kiddies encounter The Emperor’s Plague! Which sort of sounds like the worst carnival ride ever. We will not be riding in those rusty cars any time soon.

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Sun
Jul 27 2014 2:30pm

Get Ready For Some Winchester Karaoke—Supernatural Party at SDCC!

Supernatural, Demon Dean

Supernatural is ten years old and almost to its 200th episode... so clearly they deserved a Hall H party at SDCC this year! Lets take a look at what they had to share with fans... (Hint: THERE IS GOING TO BE KARAOKE.)

Spoilers for fans who are no caught up to the end of the series—that’s season 9.

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Sun
Jul 27 2014 11:05am

New Teaser for The Flash Shows Barry Allen Ignoring Highway Speed Limits

CW's The flash, Barry Allen

This sonic teaser for CW’s The Flash popped up yesterday, and it shows Barry Allen giving a bored traffic cop a run for his money.

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Sat
Jul 26 2014 1:17pm

Warner Bros. SDCC Panel Delivers Batman v Superman, First Look at Wonder Woman, Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max, and Hobbit 3 with Stephen Colbert!

Batman v Superman

The Warner Brothers panels was buzzing before anything started—while they'd already announced spots for Jupiter Ascending, Mad Max: Fury Road, and the final Hobbit film, everyone was hoping for a peek of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:37pm

Barrowman Forces Cast to Keep Secrets, Superman Might Steal Oliver’s Date, and A Season 3 Preview: Arrow at SDCC!

Arrow, Stephen Amell, John Barrowman

The cast and crew of Arrow were at San Diego Comic Con to get fans revved for season 3! (As though anyone needed the help!) And what did they have in store? Well... I'm allowed to keep you in suspense before a cut.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 6:06pm

What’s Next for Star Wars Books? The SDCC New Dawn Panel is Here!

Asajj Ventress, Star Wars book

Star Wars fans have already been informed the all Star Wars books going forward will fit into the new canon, going along with the television shows and movies, but here is a sample of what's coming up! The Star Wars books panel at SDCC has tie-ins for Star Wars: Rebels and much more.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 4:20pm

iZombie is More Buffy Than Veronica Mars: Rob Thomas Gives Hints at SDCC!

iZombie promo, Rose McIver, Liv Moore

Helmed by Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas, iZombie has been causing its fair share of buzz this year as part of the new CW lineup. Fan were saddened to hear that the pilot, set to screen on preview night, was not making an appearance, but today’s panels had plenty of peeks in store for eager fans.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 10:15pm

What to Expect From Star Wars: Rebels! New Info From the Cast and Crew

Star Wars Rebels

The creative team involved in Star Wars: Rebels came to SDCC this year to talk about what fans could expect from the new television series. And what they've got in store is truly exciting.

[Some highlights]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 8:49pm

TMNT, The Rock, Plus Batman Makes an Indecent Proposal to Christopher Nolan at SDCC Paramount Panel

Megan Fox, TMNT, SDCC 2014

There were trailers, stars, and big reveals galore at the Paramount panel in Hall H this afternoon! San Diego Comic Con brought the big guns as usual, this time with a special appearance by Chris Nolan—who has never before attended a Comic Con.

Megan Fox also proved that she is the SDCC Mascot of Perfectly Weird Faces. As you can see. If we freezeframe the new Turtles movie, it will basically be all this, right?

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 4:15pm

Superman Can Probably Use the Force, So This Picture of Henry Cavill as A Jedi is Right

SuperJedi, Henry Cavill dressed as a Jedi

We sort of wish that Zack Snyder had put a little more effort into finding a suitable Jedi robe for Superman, though. It’s got that horrible shiny, crinkled I-just-got-pulled-out-of-a-plastic-costume-bag look. Come on, Snyder. Cavill’s worth more than that.

Still, whatever it takes to make our crossover dreams come true, right? Does this mean Cavill will be wearing this to the Warner Brothers panel at Comic Con this year?

All of our ongoing San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage can be found here.

Thu
Jul 24 2014 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 15 and 16

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsThe Harry Potter Reread likens itself to the tightrope walker in the traveling circus… but it is probably more of a clown who spins plates on poles. Also a noble profession, but picking a clown face is far more difficult than picking a spangly catsuit. Alas, these are the trials of life.

This week, we’ve got more spiders than Emily will ever be comfortable with (the number she is comfortable with resting firmly at zero), and a reveal of everything wrong the this year’s Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher. It’s chapters 15 and 16 of The Chamber of Secrets—Aragog and The Chamber of Secrets.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 2:15pm

If This is the Plot for Star Wars: Episode VII, I Will Be Sad

Luke Skywalker, return of the jedi, hand

Badass Digest claims to have a leak who has given them information on the plot of Star Wars Episode VII. Take this with a grain of salt, of course, (THE BIGGEST GRAIN) as the details are unconfirmed. But honestly... if it’s real?

I will not be happy.

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 1:00pm

Working at the Spice Mines—Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Jedi Bounty

You know when you have that one friend who is really great, but they hang out with some bad people and kind of get brainwashed into wanting to kill you and your other friends? No? Man, those young Jedi do. And worst of all, that one really cool friend is a giant Wookiee. Not the sort of person you want off your side in a galactic crisis.

But don’t worry because everything will be alright by the end of Jedi Bounty! Sort of? Maybe? At least we’ll get a glimpse of that Diversity Alliance operation. There are drugs involved, so maybe that will smooth things over… actually, considering the effects of spice, probably not.

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Thu
Jul 17 2014 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 13 and 14

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsThe Harry Potter Reread would do the Hokey Pokey and turn itself around, but then it would have to turn back in the other direction—otherwise it wouldn’t feel symmetrical. This is important, honest. Or it could crash into a wall on accident.

This week we’re telling all our secrets to disembodied strangers from the past and meeting politicians with questionable fashion sense. It’s chapters 13 and 14 of The Chamber of Secrets—The Very Secret Diary and Cornelius Fudge.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Tue
Jul 15 2014 2:15pm

Thor is Now A Title, Not A Name, and the New Thor is A Woman!

New Thor

Mjolnir is switching allegiance! It would seem that plain ol’ thunder-god Thor is heading elsewhere within the Marvel Comics universe, and a new Thor is on the way.

[Details, thoughts, armor...]

Mon
Jul 14 2014 1:00pm

Is Anyone Excited to See Dengar? Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Delusions of Grandeur

Star Wars, Young Jedi Knights, Delusions of GrandeurWho wants a we-were-kidnapped-by-Hethrir reunion? The Young Jedi Knights do! And we have to admit, it is kind of fun seeing the gang back together. Even if one of the gang has fallen in with some nasty friends? Wait. We should probably reconsider this… Unless we decide to turn it into some sort of Rebel Without a Cause knockoff? We think Jacen Solo should dress more like James Dean, at the very least.

But it’s Delusions of Grandeur! We’re not entirely sure why it’s essential to use a Han Solo quote for the title of the book, but we like it. Because teenagers have said delusions often. We remember.

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