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Emmet Asher-Perrin

Okay, Do Superheroes Bone or Not?

If you’ve been avoiding the discourse over on superhero Twitter lately (which I understand and applaud you for), you may have missed the latest dust up around a cut scene in the upcoming third season of the Harley Quinn animated series, and the resultant resurfacing of the age-old question: Do heroes do that?

And before we get bogged down in colorful euphemisms: Yes, we’re talking about sex.

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Can Loki Overcome the MCU’s Comics Problem?

The big comics houses, Marvel and DC, have been going for the better part of a century, and through it all, they’ve kept a large portion of their character rosters open and available for new adventures. There have been on-going tales for the Avengers, and the Justice League, and all their adjacent friends for decades. So how do you keep these stories fresh and interesting while moving these beloved characters forward?

Here’s the problem: You don’t. And now that more of these heroes have made the jump over to the big screen, their film equivalents are showing the same strain, particularly in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—and Avengers: Endgame caused a problem.


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Here Are the Winners of the 2020 Nebula Awards

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) have just announced the winners for the 2020 Nebula Awards.

This year’s awards were presented in a virtual ceremony hosted by writer and performer Aydrea Walden, and including presenters Tobias S. Buckell, Jeffe Kennedy, Nisi Shawl, Carrie Patel, Mallory O’Meara, Mark Oshiro, Troy L. Wiggins, and Adam Savage. The awards ceremony took place during the 2021 Nebula Conference Online, which is open to SFWA members and nonmembers.

Congratulations to all the finalists and winners! You can find the complete list below, with winners bolded.

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These Are the Embarrassing Star Wars Scrapbooks I Made as a Teen

The thing about being a teenage nerd is… you do a lot of awkward stuff. This is not so much because you’re a nerd, but because you’re a teenager and teenagers are generally awkward, unfinished human beings. In my case, I devoted a downright silly amount of time to Leslie Knope-esque scrapbooks and collages of things I loved. For history’s sake, of course. Action figures were never an obsession of mine, but if it was on paper? That made it into a dearly important record.

And I had clippings, folders, and binders for the Star Wars prequels, friends.

You wanna see them, don’t you?

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We Need to Talk About Bucky Barnes’ Awful Date in Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Okay, so The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is over now. And it did some things well, and it tried to do some things well, and it did certain things terribly while wholeheartedly believing that it did them well. This is the nature of the Beast—the “beast” in this case being the MCU and pretty much every other franchise owned by a megacorp like Disney.

But now that it’s over, I have a bone to pick with James Buchanan Barnes, and everybody’s gonna hear about it.

Some spoilers ahead.

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The Year Nerd Culture Took Over the Mainstream

In the transcendental year of 1999, it became clear to me that I was extremely cool.

No, that’s a lie, please don’t take that declaration even remotely seriously. I was twelve and thirteen years old in 1999, and no new teenager understands coolness on a base level, much less feels that coolness in their still-growing bones. The effortlessness of cool is not something that any tween can hope to emulate, the style inherent in the word “cool” has not yet developed by that age. So I was not cool. But there are now two solid decades between me and that year, and on reflection, I’ve realized something momentous:

1999 was the year when I got a glimpse of my future. And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one.

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