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Alter Ego

Curious about the people behind that mech armor and those cute anime ponytails? Here’s a neat slideshow with commentary for Alter Ego: Avatars and Their Creators a photography book of people side-by-side with their avatars. (Thanks to jane at gamegirladvance).

Now even more pissed

It’s been a little over a year since Girls Read Comics And Boy Are They Pissed began and in honor of the occasion, Karen’s committing a whole new pissed analysis to the portrayal of characters who aren’t white, heterosexual, able-bodied or young, starting with Onyx.


A piece that’s a few years old but still pretty entertaining, The Complex and Terrifying Reality of Star Wars Fandom: “There is a diabolical twist to Star Wars fandom, you see, that defies comprehension, and yet is the life-blood of all Star Wars fans. It is this: Star […]

Pullman Backlash

Some snark, and more importantly, alternate recommendations, in response to the news that Philip Pullman’s Northern Lights is supposedly the best children’s book in the last 70 years.

Abyssal Creatures

Fascinated by the ocean’s abyss? There’s a gallery of mysterious wonder and beauty–and even more mysterious occasional cuteness–at the website for Claire Nouvian’s new book about abyssal species. (Link updated, Oct. 2013)