Daughter of Necessity October 1, 2014 Daughter of Necessity Marie Brennan Tell me, O Muse, of that ingenious heroine... Midway Relics and Dying Breeds September 24, 2014 Midway Relics and Dying Breeds Seanan McGuire Between the roots and the sky. The Golden Apple of Shangri-La September 23, 2014 The Golden Apple of Shangri-La David Barnett A Gideon Smith story. Selfies September 17, 2014 Selfies Lavie Tidhar Smile for the camera.
From The Blog
September 25, 2014
After Paris: Meta, Irony, Narrative, Frames, and The Princess Bride
Jo Walton
September 23, 2014
It’s All About the Benjamins in Sleepy Hollow: “This is War”
Leah Schnelbach
September 23, 2014
The Death of Adulthood in American Culture: Nerd Culture Edition
Lindsay Ellis
September 22, 2014
Five Brilliant Things About Doctor Who “Time Heist”
Paul Cornell
September 19, 2014
“WCKD is Good,” But The Maze Runner is Bad
Natalie Zutter
Showing posts by: Emily Asher-Perrin click to see Emily Asher-Perrin's profile
Mon
Sep 29 2014 12:00pm

Cosplay is Not Killing Comic Con, and Neither are Selfies and “New” Fans

Superman costumes, Comic Con

Denise Dorman, wife of comics illustrator Dave Dorman recently made some waves with a piece she posted on her own blog ComicBookWife.com, which then appeared on Bleeding Cool. She was pointing to a very real problem at current conventions—that creators, writers, and illustrators are no longer making enough money at conventions to justify the expense of going in the first place. Her belief is that a new brand of convention-goer—the sort who worships cosplayers over creative talents—are largely to blame for this issue.

And... no. No, they’re not.

[But what is?]

Fri
Sep 26 2014 9:00am

This Chinese Comic Bootleg of Star Wars is Full of Droid Kissing and Booze

Star Wars Chinese Comic

Ah, the bootleg DVD. In China, this manner of receiving entertainment is all but an enterprise. (I have a particular memory of a friend’s father bringing home a pirated copy of Pirates of the Caribbean from a business trip to China, where the subtitles were clearly from a different film—during their duel, Will Turner accused Jack of never coming home: “All you want to do is go disco disco with your friends!”)

But before that, did you know that there were lianhuanhua? Meaning the equivalent of “linked picture book,” these were an early form of comic in China—many of which were adapted from popular films that the public didn’t have access to.

And you need to look at this Star Wars one.

[Check it.]

Thu
Sep 25 2014 1:40pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11 and 12

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, coverThe Harry Potter Reread is wondering what will happen when wizards discover the wonder of 3D printing and start making their wands that way. They could be any color of the rainbow and much easier for handling! Molded to the users grip! Laying the cores in would be a snap! Science + magic. The future is now.

We now return to your regularly scheduled dose of awkward Christmas presents and extra credit defense lessons. It’s Chapters 11 and 12 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Firebolt and The Patronus.

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.

[Read more]

Thu
Sep 25 2014 10:00am

How Old is the Doctor, Really?

Doctor Who, Peter Capaldi, chalkboard

Fun with math! Sort of.

Throughout the history of Doctor Who, the Time Lord has been known to hand out his age willy-nilly, almost as though he enjoys answering such a typically delicate question. But what is the true number? Can it really be calculated, or must it always be a lie? Who wants to play a numbers game?

[1200, give or take, can’t keep it straight…]

Sun
Sep 21 2014 1:30pm

Robbed A Bank. Robbed A Whole Bank. Doctor Who: “Time Heist”

Doctor Who, Time Heist

You’ve gotta have a heist episode, right?

It’s sort of remarkable that Who has avoided the heist play for this long, but perhaps you just need the right sort of Doctor for it. So, how does a robbery go when time travel is involved?

[Bow tie, embarrassing.]

Thu
Sep 18 2014 3:30pm

Moffat Admits Clara Oswald Was “Not A Participant” in Her Own Story Until Season 8 of Doctor Who

Clara Oswald, Doctor Who, Jena Coleman

Clara Oswald seems to be getting her due this season on Doctor Who, with more agency, her own personal storyline outside her orbit of the Doctor, and a far clearer picture of her character. And it would seem that Steven Moffat is ready to admit that she wasn’t done right by in the previous season, if a recent interview in Doctor Who Magazine is anything to go by...

[Read more]

Thu
Sep 18 2014 2:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 9 and 10

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverThe Harry Potter Reread would learn to knit, but it would probably dream too big and start by trying to make a kraken, and that would probably end in knotted yarn and the destruction of many bottled ships, so… it’s probably just as well that knitting will never be a skill that the reread attempts.

This week we’re going to wonder why anyone would allow children to play sports in a massive thunderstorm and taste our first glass of butterbeer! It’s chapters 9 and 10 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—Grim Defeat and The Marauder’s Map.

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.

[Read more]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 10:00am

Liveblogging Season Six of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Yoda

You know, I really didn’t want to finish this. At all. I think the only way I’m alright with it ending is knowing that Star Wars Rebels is coming, but even so, I’m going to miss these characters. I’m going to miss the prequels. If TCW has given me any great gift, that has to be the biggest of all.

[Read more]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 3:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 7 and 8

Harry Potter and Prisoner of AzkabanThe Harry Potter Reread is going to undergo hypnosis therapy to conquer its fear of tipping over while riding a bike, and magical spoons. These are legitimate concerns, it swears. And hypnosis seems like such a nice way of getting rid of all that worry…

This week there is so much pet abuse! Also the first trip to Hogsmeade for all children lucky enough to attend. (Hint: Not Harry.) We’ve got Chapters 7 and 8 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Boggart in the Wardrobe and Flight of the Fat Lady.

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.

[Read more]

Sat
Sep 6 2014 10:00pm

Much Better to Be A Story—Doctor Who: “Robot of Sherwood”

Doctor Who, Robot of Sherwood

Doctor Who/Robin Hood crossover? This is me making grabby hands as irritatingly as possible. See the grabby hands? Give. Give episode. Give it to me for cuddling.

That’s actually pretty close to my true impression of the episode, as you will see below.

[I have a spoon.]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 11:30am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 5 and 6

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverYou guys. Shucks, thank you for all the congrats last post! Back again, and the missus and I are mostly just shocked that it’s over, whoa that was fast awesome. (And yes, she’s definitely a Potterhead. Along with many other nerdly things. Though she’s more of a Tolkien buff—I am constantly schooled on elvish.)

And now we get to the introduction of my favorite character! And death omens. Which are always great. It’s time for Chapters 5 and 6 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Dementor and Talons and Tea Leaves.

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.

[Read more]

Sat
Aug 23 2014 10:00pm

Coffee or Chips? Doctor Who: “Deep Breath”

Doctor Who, Deep Breath

Doctor Who is finally back and Capaldi is here! Keep a tight hold on the reigns because “Deep Breath” is not pulling any punches. Let’s talk about it below! Spoilers abound!

[Episode summary and thinky-thoughts!]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 3 and 4

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverThe Harry Potter reread is thinking about infusing some liquor to make firewhiskey a reality—but what would it taste like? (Don’t say Fireball, that is wrong.) Does infusing whiskey with Adobo peppers sound like a good idea? With cinnamon or without? How much fun were American wizard speakeasies back during Prohibition?

The plot is thickening in a mysterious manner on the reread! We’re about to take tea with the Minister of Magic and get a peek and the newly minted Firebolt broom line! It’s Chapters 3 and 4 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Knight Bus and The Leaky Cauldron.

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.

[Read more]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 12:00pm

Whatever Happened to the Boy Wonder? Bring Robin Back to the Big Screen

Robin, Dick Grayson, Batman The Animated Series

In 2008, when fans were eager for the final installment of Chris Nolan’s bat trilogy, there was an alleged quote from star Christian Bale, claiming that he would refuse to go to work if Robin showed up in the next film. Of course, he sort of did in the form of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but that hardly counts when he’s an adult and spends practically all of his time on screen not being Robin.

[But why the shyness where the Boy Wonder is concerned?]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 1:00pm

Looking For Spice in All the Wrong Places: Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Crisis at Crystal Reef

Star Wars, Young Jedi Knights, Crisis at Crystal ReefIt’s time for the Very Special Episode of the Young Jedi Knight books. It is also, unfortunately, the final installment of this series. Natalie and I are going to miss looking back on these weirdly formative adventures with all of you. They were a significant part of our childhood, and a funny corner of the Star Wars universe before everything went all… dark and stormy with the New Jedi Order.

So we finish on Crisis at Crystal Reef! Jacen still looks like Jonathan Taylor Thomas on the cover (seriously, what is going on?) and we’re going to be spending some time in the spice mines of Kessel (though he won’t be smashed into anything). People will get trapped in ice caps, but emerge much sooner than Captain America or Aang did in their respective narratives.

[Read more]

Thu
Aug 14 2014 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 1 and 2

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverThe Harry Potter Reread is listening to a howling breeze at the moment, and dearly hopes that this is not a harbinger of bad news or bad sleep or bad company. (Not like the band Bad Company, which is an altogether different subject.)

We are starting the third book! And Harry is becoming a teenager. Which should worry the Dursleys probably more than it actually does. We’ve got the first two chapters of The Prisoner of Azkaban to start—Owl Post and Aunt Marge’s Big Mistake.

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.

[Read More]

Mon
Aug 11 2014 1:00pm

Uncle Lando’s Magical Amusement Park: Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Trouble on Cloud City

Star Wars: Young Jedi KnightsL Tourble on Cloud CityThe fun never ends when your adopted uncle is Lando Calrissian, as evidenced by this… wait. Wait, why does Jacen look like Jonathan Taylor Thomas on the cover of this book? Are we now obligated to watch every episode of Home Improvement? What vile scheme is this?

He really does look exactly like JTT, though. Which might make sense in terms of him being popular when this book came out. But it’s… creepy? Is Jaina based on someone too? Help us out, people.

Anyhow, that was a roundabout way of getting to the reread! Which happens to be the penultimate book, sadly. At least Uncle Lando shows up. It’s time for Trouble on Cloud City!

[Read more]

Thu
Aug 7 2014 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: Rewatching The Chamber of Secrets Film

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets film, Harry, Ginny

Rewatch in the reread time, everyone! Look out!

Now… what of Chris Columbus’ second (and final) foray into the Potter universe? Well, for one, I had forgotten how long it was. A film for the little ones that easily goes for two-and-a-half hours? What world is this? The answer, of course, is a world obsessed with Harry Potter. This film came out after Goblet of Fire was published, and Hogwarts Mania was firmly in the zeitgeist.

The movie is a mixed bag for sure, but it’s better than I remembered. I think it helps having some distance on these babies—now that the hype is no longer present, there’s less riding on these films being the best that they can possibly be.

[Can we panic now?]

Mon
Aug 4 2014 1:00pm

Never Too Late for Your First Space Derby — Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Return to Ord Mantell

Star Wars Young Jedi Knights Return to Ord MantellThere was this guy in the Star Wars EU called Gallandro, who was basically their version of an Old West gunslinger type. Wait, isn’t that Boba Fett already? you may ask. Nah—they needed a more direct knock-off. Fett has a rifle so he can’t draw at high noon.

No, really, Gallandro was known for being a fast draw.

But he and Han had unfortunate run-in and Gallandro didn’t make it out alive. Don’t worry; if you know anything about the EU, you know that everyone’s got kids except Lando. (Lando should have kids. Boo.) And they’re usually girls because there aren’t enough women in Star Wars. Let’s jump into Return to Ord Mantell and find out exactly what is going on with Gallandro’s legacy.

[Read more]

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!

[See more]