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Ouch! Artist Does 3-D Rendering of the Spider-Woman #1 Cover by Milo Manara

Hey Legion! Jenna here. You guys responded in huge numbers when we posted the variant cover for Spider-Woman #1 by Milo Manara. Some of you defended the artist and his right to work in his style. Some of you were upset with Marvel for the decision to use his work in the first place when they’re trying to reach out to female fans. (I agree with that, by the way.) Like me, some of you tweeted and commented that, cloth doesn’t work like that! One other criticism was that this particular pose isn’t exactly anatomically correct.

I’ve spent the entire week talking about this from an appearance on Nerd Alert to writing pieces and tweeting, when I wasn’t fielding horrible comments on articles about Anita Sarkeesian and lamenting the rampant sexism that we’re facing in the geek community. I was actually blasted on Google+ for daring to run a piece on the fact that women are now almost half of gamers. How dare I? Seriously, what the hell are you afraid of? No one is taking your toys away!

Anyway, our friend Kim Horcher send me this 3-D rendering of the Spider-Woman cover from a Redditor this morning. Whatever you think of it, it looks pretty painful!

Anyone want to weigh in on this week?

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Game of Thrones Game Preview From Telltale Games

Today we got some new information for the point-and-click episodic Game of Thrones video game from Telltale and it looks pretty cool. IGN had an unembeddable video preview, which you can watch here. This is the image they released, which gives us some information about the game.

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The quote above is from Asha Greyjoy (Yara in the show): “Trackers and hunters sworn to Deepwood with clan names like Forrester and Woods. Branch and Bole.” We’ve never met a character from House Forrester, though we know this: They’re from the Wolfswood in the North and sworn to House Glover of Deepwood Motte and Lady Glover sends Forresters as scouts to help Stannis Baratheon travel through Wolfswood to the North. The hashtag #IronFromIce almost certainly points to a Greyjoy as they are the Ironborn.

Telltale’s CEO Dan Connors confirmed to Digital Trends at the Game Developer’s Conference in March that the game series would run concurrently with “A Song of Ice and Fire” and Game of Thrones on HBO. “I think the show provides a timeline, but the world is huge,” Connors told the site. “There’s so much going on and it’s so rich. Every decision that King Joffrey makes impacts so many people. … The show does a great job of interpreting George R.R. Martin’s work, and his work provides a huge dictionary of knowledge about what the franchise is. It’s really a dream to sit down and say, ‘What’s our space in this world? Where are we in this world?’ And the world offers you so much to explore.”

Telltale had no new information on the game for IGN though, simply saying, “We’re unable to confirm any new information about the game. Stay tuned for additional details soon.” Please, oh please let me play as Asha. Please?

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Six Flags Gives Us Female Justice League Members … But They’re Tied Up

Did you ever have that thing where you can’t quite tell how you feel about something? Today DCWomenKickingAss, which is a site I love, posted a trailer for the upcoming Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride at Six Flags Texas and Missouri. What’s awesome about it is that, in the midst of male Justice League members Superman, Batman and Green Lantern, we have female members Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

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I love that! Especially with all the debate about why Wonder Woman still doesn’t have her own film. I’m thrilled to see them. However — and I’m saying this knowing that I’m sensitive to this stuff and may be over-reacting — the two female members of the team are shown tied up or captured. To be fair, so is Green Lantern and The Flash. Look. Story is story. Creative decision are personal. So is my reaction. I have no idea what the entire ride is about and it looks like fun from what I can see. So, why does it bother me so much that it isn’t Wonder Woman and Batman saving Superman, Supergirl and Green Lantern? Because it does. Because of the history of women in comics. Because of everything that is happening around Anita Sarkeesian. I hate being over-sensitive, but I think maybe history as well as recent events mean that it’s justified.

I’d love to start a discussion here. What do you guys think? Does it bother you? Would you never have noticed it if I hadn’t pointed it out? Is it a big deal or nothing to worry about? Let me know your thoughts in the comments after you watch the video below. By the way, I still want to go on the ride.

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Here is the description: “As you explore the interactive Hall of Justice, you’ll be given special 3D glasses and a working stun gun to help you battle Lex Luthor and The Joker. They’ve hacked into BATMAN’s computer and kidnapped the world’s favorite superheroes, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, and GREEN LANTERN. Now you must bust into Lex Corp. to rescue them! Board motion-based vehicles for a wild journey through the Metropolis streets, where you’ll meet up with life-sized animatronics.”

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Pixelated Star Wars Scenes Using Microsoft Paintbrush Will Give You Rad 90s Flashbacks

We have a little over a year left to wait for Star Wars: Episode VII, which opens December 18, 2015. Today we’ve got something cool for you 90s kids. LaughingSquid just posted some pixelated Star Wars scenes created using Microsoft Paintbrush on the Windows 3.1 operating system in the late 1990s.

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Brothers Robert and James Dastoli of Dastoli Digital created a ton of Star Wars paintings and they’re posting one a day on their Tumblr page StarWarsPaintbrush leading up to the December 2015 release. “My brother and I made hundreds and hundreds of pixelated Star Wars pictures using Microsoft Paintbrush on Windows 3.1. We would spend hours working on each of them and many of them have an impressive level of detail and accuracy. Most importantly though, they serve as a charming reminder of the power of our fandom. Originally we made these pictures during the lead-up to ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,’ and now we will be posting a new picture on Tumblr every day during the lead-up to ‘Star Wars Episode VII.'”

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Pretty cool, right? Head over to Laughing Squid for more and check out StarWarsPaintbrush each day to see more!

Agent Carter

Dollhouse Alum Enver Gjokaj Joins Marvel’s Agent Carter

One of the best things about Captain America: The First Avenger was Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. She took no crap, she was smart as a whip and now she’s got her very own midseason ABC drama. Anyone else super excited for this one? Well, now we have yet another reason to watch.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dollhouse alum Enver Gjokaj has just joined the cast. Whedonverse member Gjokaj will play Agent Daniel Sousa and One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray (who wrote a pretty cool graphic novel called “Everlast”) will play Agent Jack Thompson. The two will meet Carter when she joins the pre-SHIELD Strategic Scientific Reserve in New York City.

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The show, which is based on the one shot from Iron Man 3 comes to us from showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas and takes place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. We’ll follow Agent Peggy Carter as she moves up the career ladder as a secret agent. According to the site, “Peace has dealt Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR, Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life — Steve Rogers.”

The eight-episode Agent Carter will take place during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. winter hiatus, airing Tuesdays at 9/8c. Will you be watching?

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TARDIS Public Bathroom at an Outdoor Cafe in England from Doctor Who Fan!

UPDATE: AUGUST 28, 2014 7:00pm PST — After we posted this story, the Warmley Waiting Room tweeted us a few more amazing pictures of the TARDIS bathroom! You can follow them on Twitter @WarmleyWaiting!

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Doctor Who fans! I was scrolling through Geekologie today when I saw something that makes me want to head back to England right now RIGHTNOW! Justin Hoggans of the Warmley Waiting Room in Bristol, England has transformed a TARDIS replica into a public toilet!

Owner Justin Hoggans said: “It’s got everything you need; a toilet, sink, hot and cold water and a hand dryer.” He continued, “We’ve got a doorbell we can press in the cafe that makes the sound go off, so we do it when someone’s having their photograph taken outside – which is quite often. The light is operated off a motion sensor so as someone goes into the toilet, the lights inside and on top of the box go on to indicate the toilet’s in use.”

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Hoggans is reportedly a big fan of the show (ya think?) and clearly needs to come to Los Angeles and make one for me. Anyone else?

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Star Wars Rebels: Watch Zeb Embarrass the Imperials and Three New TV Spots

Star Wars Rebels is almost here and today we have a new three-minute character short called ‘Entanglements’ focusing on Zeb and three TV spots for you from ScreenRant. (Check out the previous two, ‘The Machine in the Ghost’ ‘Art Attack.’)

Zeb, voiced by Steve Blum, is based on the original Ralph McQuarrie design for Chewbacca. He’s the muscle of the group, and he’s not afraid to make the bad guys look stupid, as we learn from a line in the piece. Kanan: “Zeb, are you embarrassing the Imperials again?” Zeb: “Honestly, it’s hard not to.”

Check out the videos below and let us know what you think. Will you be watching? Star Wars Rebels premieres Monday, October 13 on Disney XC.

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My Morning on the Space Plane — Geek Girl Authority’s Audrey Kearns’ Excellent Adventure

As you may know, Legion of Leia has an amazing partnership with our friends over at Geek Girl Authority! Hey, we ladies of sci-fi have to stick together and support each other! Check out this amazing piece from the wonderful Audrey Kearns about her experience on a trip to Dragon Con If you’re going, check out her panel. Info below! 

Every year before I go to Dragon Con, I post this piece. Why? Because IT WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE! Please enjoy this essay about when I shared a flight with some of the biggest sci-fi icons ever. But first…

NOTE: I’m hosting a panel at Dragon Con this year. If you’re going to be there, I’d love to see your pretty face. 5 Truths and a Lie Panel, Saturday, Aug 30, 8:30pm, Hilton Crystal Ballroom. Panel has me, Eddie McClintock, Garrett Wang, Grant Imahara, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington and Hugh Howey. It’s going to be a blast.

Okay, here’s my essay!

I woke up this morning depressed that I was leaving for Dragon Con in Atlanta. I had been excited all week, actually all Summer. It’s Dragon Con, the biggest Sci Fi and Fantasy gathering in the country! I am going for the weekend, my sister and niece are going to come up and meet me in Atlanta—how can I not be excited?!

I was depressed because I do not like flying, I mean really don’t like flying. I get pretty scared on planes. I especially don’t like flying without my husband, plus I just wanted my husband to come enjoy the weekend with me. Nevertheless, I went to the airport and got on the plane. In fact, as I am writing this, I am on the plane to Atlanta experiencing turbulence. They won’t let me get up to get my Ativan but they will give me a glass of wine. It is their fault if I puke!

But I am not going to puke. Want to know why? Because if I do, I will be puking on…

Sean Maher from Firefly. I will be puking in the presence of Jonathan Frakes from Star Trek: TNG, Richard Dean Anderson from MacGyver AND Stargate SG1, Bruce Boxleitner from Babylon 5 and Nichelle Nichols from Star Trek: OS. Somehow, I booked the flight with the celebrities who are appearing at Dragon Con!

You see, I was upgraded for some reason to First Class and now I am surrounded by these amazing Sci Fi icons, plus there is a guy who announces for ESPN College Football sitting in the seat next to me. I can’t think of his name. Before he boarded the plane, I spilled coffee all over his seat and was cleaning it up as he arrived. He wasn’t forgiving. He looked at the seat and without  any form of greeting said, “I’m wearing a white shirt” and sighed. I offered to switch with him but he said no. I don’t think he was experiencing the euphoria of the First Class Cabin like I was. Actually, I just looked over at him, he’s looking a pictures of girls in bikinis on his iPad. Maybe he is feeling some kind of euphoria.

I digress, here is the chronological events of what happened when I boarded. The first person I see is Doctor Simon Tam (Sean Maher) from Firefly and I am tickled inside like when a child gets a surprise ice cream or they get to stay up late or you just told them they are going to Disneyland. You get the picture. My seat is right next to him (with the aisle in between us)! I sit down and immediately start thinking of ways to say, “Hey, can I have a picture with you?” before we have to turn our phones off.

As I get settled in my super cool first class seat, I look up and………Holy Crap! That’s Uhura! UHURA!!!  Nichelle Nichols is coming down the aisle to sit right behind me. I try to secretly take a picture of her but she just looks at me and smiles wide. She looks absolutely radiant and lovely. She is wearing the coolest Star Fleet pendant around her neck.

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I gather myself because I have to talk to her too, right? O my goodness, I sit there trying to gather my courage and I almost harness it but then I look up and see that Commander Riker (Jonathan Frakes) is sitting down and right behind him is Colonel/ General O’Neill (Richard Dean Anderson—you know, MacGyver) and next to him is Captain Sheridan (Bruce Boxleitner). They’re all shaking hands and laughing. This is insane. How is this all happening? I’m on a plane with all these Sci Fi heavy hitters seated all around me. I quickly grab my phone and try to secretly snap a shot of Riker and O’Niell. Unfortunately, after I take the picture I look at the result on my iPhone. O’Niell is all blurry and Riker is glaring at me. He’ll be forever glaring as long as that photo lives.

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I get out my iPad and it is really dark in the cabin. I stand up and look for a light switch, Uhura is standing up behind me playing with the AC vent. She looks at me and says, “On or Off?” about the AC. I reply, “I’m just trying to figure out the light” I sit down and think Fuck! That’s all I could think of to say to her? I have to make this happen! So, I stand up and turn around and say to Uhura:

“What panels are you speaking on this weekend?”

She replies, “Huh?”

“Are you speaking on any panels this weekend at the convention?” I reply, slightly embarrassed.

“I have no idea,” she says laughing.

“O my goodness, that’s hilarious.”

“I don’t know what convention I’m going to. I didn’t even know what city I was going to until this morning.”

And that was the conversation. She does so many conventions, she just goes where she’s told. Love it.

So finally, I turn to Simon Tam (Sean Maher) who is across the aisle from me. I open up with my same stupid “pick-up” line that I used on Uhura.

“What panels are you speaking on this weekend.”

He replies, much like Uhura with “I don’t know.” I laugh. He says “I think I’m doing one a day. I know that Jewel (Staite) is flying down and we are going to do one together.”

Some small chat after that, he politely asks my name, I give him a card and we take a picture. I look like a giddy dweeb in the picture, but I don’t care.

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Sean Maher and Nichelle Nichols couldn’t have been kinder people. So generous, lovely and kind souls. I didn’t get my nerve to talk to Frakes or Anderson. Frakes started watching The Hunger Games on his T.V. and Anderson fell asleep, with his shoes off. So, now as I write this, the plane is on its descent and I have to turn off my iPad. My fear of flying never surfaced because I experienced 5 hours of nerd heaven with some great Sci Fi icons, in the sky no less!!! (I also experienced four glasses of wine). The thought of crashing didn’t occur to me. There are too many important people on this plane! I mean if something happened, Commander Riker would have taken control, MacGyver/O’Niell would patch the damaged electrical system with the screw from my watch and my wedding ring, Uhura would stay in communication with the ground and repeat everything they say, Captain Sheridan would stand and pontificate and Dr. Simon Tam would help all of wounded while looking dreamy.

Couldn’t have been safer!

P.S. I did end up getting a “happier” picture of Jonathan Frakes at the Atlanta Airport.

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ONCE AGAIN! NOTE: I’m hosting a panel at Dragon Con this year. If you’re going to be there, I’d love to see your pretty face. 5 Truths and a Lie Panel, Saturday, Aug 30, 8:30pm, Hilton Crystal Ballroom. Panel has me, Eddie McClintock, Garrett Wang, Grant Imahara, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington and Hugh Howey. It’s going to be a blast.

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Game of Thrones

Which Game of Thrones Character Can’t Be Killed?

Hey everyone! Jenna Busch here. I was lucky enough to be a part of The Young Turk Network‘s Nerd Alert this week with the wonderful Kim Horcher (one of our upcoming Legion of Leia profiles) and Tim Frisch. In this segment, we talked about the statement George R.R. Martin made about it being easier to kill off important characters at this point in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, which Game of Thrones is based on.

As you may recall, Martin had this to say: “The way my books are structured,” he said, “everyone was together, then they all went their separate ways and the story deltas out like that, and now it’s getting to the point where the story is beginning to delta back in, and the viewpoint characters are occasionally meeting up with each other now and being in the same point at the same time, which gives me a lot more flexibility for killing people.”

Check out our discussion about who we think can’t be killed and who shouldn’t be killed. Leave your picks below!

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New Mockingjay Posters: How Badass Does Natalie Dormer Look?

Hey fans of The Hunger Games! Today we have some brand new character posters from the upcoming third film Mockingjay Part 1 from Wired. This film has been doing some gorgeous marketing, and these are no exception. The posters show the rebel warriors who are fighting for freedom from Panem’s District 13. No more spoilers, though the books are definitely worth a read if you haven’t yet.

Here is the site’s character descriptions: “There’s Cressida (Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer), the propaganda documentary director; Gale (Liam Hemsworth), Katniss’ longtime friend and fellow Capitol-hater; Messalla (Evan Ross), Cressida’s assistant; Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Katniss’ bodyguard of sorts; and Castor (Wes Chatham) and Pollux (Elden Henson), who—if their characters follow the book—are brothers and Cressida’s cameramen.”

How badass does Natalie Dormer look? Are you guys excited for November 14, 2014? Let us know below.

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Evan Ross as Messalla

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Liam Hemsworth as Gale

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Wes Chatham as Castor

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