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Literature News: Top 10 Obscure Works, Mythopoeic Winners, SF History

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Television News: Fall Hits & Misses, New “Dollhouse” Pilot, “Virtuality” Exposed

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Behind the Scenes of Coraline

Months and months ago, some early footage of the Coraline stop-motion movie was released online to much cheering from Coraline and Neil Gaiman fans:

Now Focus Features has just released new behind-the-scenes featurettes (thanks SciFi Wire!) about the movie, which just serves to make us want to watch it even more. Sheesh! The premiere is still many months away. Until then, we’ll just have to watch these over and over.

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Movie News: Coraline Almost Done; Watchmen Images Released; Fantasy Movie Bands

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Rise of the Mushroom Kingdom

I was around 8 years old when I got my first Nintendo.  Original Nintendo, thank you very much.  (And I still have it.)  Like most people who played the original console, I spent a lot of hours playing Mario Bros.  Down the years, as new consoles that were super and 64 bit and cube-shaped and […]

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A Critique of Muslim Women in Comics — AK Comics’ Jalia and Aya

“Jalila: Protector of The City of All Faiths” and “Aya: Princess of Darkness” appear in AK Comics, founded by Dr. Ayman Kandeel. Not to sound too negative in my introduction of these female super-heroines, but the images and roles of women in Kandeel’s comics are not an improvement from what we typically see in mainstream American comic books. These characters represent an unimaginative redux of unrealistically curvaceous and buxom super-heroines who look like clones of Wonder Woman and Catwoman.

Unlike “The 99,” the writers and artists for AK Comics seem to be more concerned with drawing voluptuous women rather than focusing on character development and original storylines. By bringing their characters into the spotlight, we can learn how incredibly significant it is to battle sexism and racism in comic books as well as how we can create a much-needed dialogue and understanding between the Muslim world and the non-Muslim world.

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Television News: Dinosaurs on BBC America, Vampires without Condoms, and the Sexy Middleman

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Half Blood Prince Trailer

I’m sure most die-hard fans have already noticed that the official trailer for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is out. For those of you less keyed in to these things, check it out here.

What I love about this trailer is that it’s more like a horror movie teaser than a kids movie one. Obviously the books and films grew up with Harry, but this thing is actively creepy and scary. That kid playing young Tom? Ack. If they can sustain that level of creepy and wrong throughout the scene I will be very impressed.

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Time Lapse Videography

I’m completely fascinated by this video of artist Dan Dos Santos painting the cover illustration for Warbreaker. The video covers line drawing to finished product (sped up, of course, as the vid is only 5 minutes long). The process is amazing to me. And from looking at the finished image, I wouldn’t have guessed that the colors went on in that order.

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When Slashfic Becomes Manifest In Real Life

Just because I know many of you out there are Stargate fans and ever more of you enjoy reading slash (yes, I see you) I thought this video might be of interest. It’s from San Diego Comicon and includes a beautiful moment when Ben Browder and Michael Shanks share a kiss.