Sep 282014
 

Sometimes, you just need a little bit of fantasy in your life to spice up the banality of the everyday. But sometimes, a little hit of pixie dust can be a tough, and dangerous trip. For this week’s Give It a Shot–you know, that column where we writers wax poetic about things that we just love and highly recommend — we’re going to take a quick look at a fantasy novel that deserves a chance: Tad William’s The War of the Flowers.

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Don’t let the name fool you–there’s all sorts of political scandal and struggle, orphans, washed-up rockstars, and fairies hellbent on world-destruction–to keep you hungry to read more.

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Sep 212014
 

I believe that brevity is the soul of wit. Sure, there is something to be said about webcomics crafted over years of dedication and growth… However, there is also something incredibly impressive about a short and sweet story that packs a powerful punch. Princess Princess is the perfect example of how a strong, short story — combined with charming art, and an upbeat plot that harkens back to nostalgic “girl power” themes–can leave a lasting impression.

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And it doesn’t hurt that it also has like everything anyone clamoring for more diversity in fiction can ask for.

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Sep 152014
 

earthsong ch coverDo you love fantasy worlds, but find that every story has the same kind of elves, dwarves, and orcs that are all, well, male?  Earthsong is a fantasy webcomic/graphic novel series written and illustrated by Crystal Yates with a keen emphasis on diverse and largely female-driven plot involving magic and universe-saving. Those that are fans of the newcomer’s self-discovery plot with the addition of lore and humor will enjoy Earthsong. Crystal Yates has diligently updated it as many Mondays as she could since 2004, and it now boasts 13 Chapters to read-through and a reliable schedule to follow. Earthsong also regularly ranks pretty high – #22 this week in fact –  on TopWebcomics, and has an established readership.

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Sep 142014
 

It’s like the New Coke…

New 3DS and New 3DS XL

Look out Nintendo fans, we’ve got another 3DS model coming, but this one is no aesthetic change or budget model, we have an “all new” 3DS. Find out what the Inverseman thinks tonight!

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Sep 142014
 

Welcome back to Give It a Shot! This week, we’re going to be talking about one of the few artists that embodies both old school class and new school values and philosophy. Just unknown enough to give you some hipster creed but well known enough that you can find her fans scattered around the world. If 1920s retro blended with a monochrome-future is wrong, then there are plenty of people who don’t want to be right. That artist is none other than Kanas City native Janelle Monáe.

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Sep 112014
 

Guyinthe3rdrow: Wait a minute…I recognize this room. We’re back for another round of Objection! aren’t we?

Elessar: Damn that chloroform wore off quick huh? I mean…there’s no recovering from that is there?

Guyinthe3rdrow: Not really. On the plus side, it’s not like that’s the most incriminating thing either of us has been caught on tape for. Anyway, before we dig our graves even further, welcome to another week of Objection! I’m Guyinthe3rdRow, and with me is Elessar

Elessar: Yes I am and I promise to at least try and say something more horrifying than that in this article. Well, we’ve certainly got an interesting topic for that as discussion/debate goes.

Guyinthe3rdrow: With his upcoming, and somewhat headscratching new movie up for release soon…We Need to Talk About Kevin (…Smith, naturally).

"Yes, Kevin. You."

Yes, Kevin. You.

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