Who Needs a Hero?

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A series of strange conversations prompted me to write this article about heroes: discussions of superheroes, jerks, and yes, even underpants.

Passion and History in ‘She Makes Comics’

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Did you know women readership of comics was equal to men prior to 1950? Yup! Watch the entertaining and informative documentary She Makes Comics for interviews with some of the biggest names of females in comics!

Project Superhero: A Book For Your Young, Comics-Loving Girl

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In this fiction/non-fiction hybrid for pre-teen girls, Jessie’s 8th-grade class embarks on the Superhero Slam, a year-long project to explore heroes and superheroes—culturally, scientifically, and sociologically—culminating in a one-on-one debate for superhero supremacy.

The Cliffs of Insanity: 5 Superhero Plots That Need to Staked Through the Heart

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Welcome to this week’s adventures climbing the cliffs of insanity. It should be a great time to be a geek watching television. Arrow and The Flash crossed over. Gotham ended its initial one with a great episode. We have the Doctor Who Christmas special upcoming. The Walking Dead continues to be a juggernaut. And Preacher might be coming to AMC as a prestige series.

George R. R. Martin Talks About Wild Cards

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Fans who know George R. R. Martin only as the author behind the books that became Game of Thrones may be interested in seeing his much older and continuing superhero-based work, Wild Cards.

GeekMom Video Playlist

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LOTS of entertainment to help you procrastinate! From that crazy German supermarket commercial, to the physics of ice-skates, to zombie romance, to Tom Hiddleson winning a dance battle.

I Am Ms. Marvel

Cover Art by Sara Pichelli © Marvel Comics

So now that it’s here, does Ms. Marvel #1 live up to expectations?

Ex-Patriots: A Novel Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway

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Released on April 23, 2013, and published by Broadway Paperbacks, Ex-Patriots: A Novel is Peter Clines’ follow-up novel to Ex-Heroes: A Novel. GeekMom has an exclusive excerpt. Plus, we are giving away signed copies of Ex-Heroes: A Novel, and Ex-Patriots: A Novel, courtesy of Broadway Paperbacks, to one lucky GeekMom reader.

What It Means to Be Geeky

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Being geeky isn’t a question of subject matter, it’s a question of how involved you are with your passions. The Geekmoms reveal their many and varied passions today!

Book Review: Robot Zombie Frankenstein!

How many of the following does your preschooler find appealing: robots, zombies, monsters, pirates, superheroes, pie? The more of those you say “Yes” to, the more you should take a look at Robot Zombie Frankenstein!

Explosions, Emotions and Excitement Fuel Phoenix Rising

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I love superhero stories, but I’m not big on visual formats like comic books and graphic novels. That’s why I was so excited to review Corrina Lawson’s new novel, Phoenix Rising. It’s a comic book kind of story anchored in novelistic prose, so it’s definitely my kind of read. Aside: After reading the review, check the end of the post to enter a free giveaway

The Tipping Point: Geek Girls, Superheroes, and the DC Comics Reboot

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Want to attract women? Publish good material that doesn’t actively chase them away.–Kurt Busiek, on Twitter, 10/24/2011 I have been a reader of superhero comics since I could read, buying them off the spinner rack for a quarter. My love for them was sealed when I watched (in reruns) the first appearance of Batgirl on the Batman Television show. A girl could fight crime like

My Superhero Son vs. The Bad Guys

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Almost a year ago, I wrote one of my first posts for GeekMom. It was about my then-2-½-year-old son, my sense that he would soon be interested in superheroes, and my worries about how to explain supervillains to him. I wrote: “… How am I supposed to explain good guys like Superman without getting into the evil-doing, world-destroying bad guys? How do I let him

Spotlight On Geek Crafts: Comic Salvage

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I’m a sucker for re-purposing. When I was younger I would take my dad’s beer bottle caps, punch holes in them, and make earrings. When it came time to plan my best friend’s baby shower, I massacred some Little Golden books rather than visit One Stop Party Shoppe. So when Sue at Comic Salvage contacted GeekMom and said “Hey check this out!”, well I couldn’t resist.