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They’re Baaaack!: 5 Books for Fans of TV’s Favorite Fake Psychic

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Hey, Psych-O’s, they’re baaaack! Yes, the whole gang (almost) is back tomorrow night on USA in their first made-for-television movie, Psych the Movie. Since going off the air three years ago, there has been talk that Shawn, Gus, Woody, Lassie, Juliet, Chief Vick and Henry would return for a series of one-off TV movies, possibly even a feature film, but until now, it was just talk – until now.  The 2-hour film will have a holiday theme and will still feature all of the quips and pop culture references that made the show famous. Psych premiered on USA Network in 2006 and was the highest basic U.S. cable premiere that year.  The show, a detective procedural comedy about fake psychic detective…

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Mind-bending Plots for Your Midsummer Binge

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When it comes to television, I love to have my mind twisted in weird ways. I want epic, sweeping plots with complicated storytelling that’s just this side of confusing. Time travel? Yes, please. The whole thing was a dream? Bring it on. Which is why I was so excited by the new Doctor Who trailer that premiered at Comic Con:   More creepy aliens! Awesome guest stars! I’m getting goose-bumps just thinking about it. So here are three shows (and one book) with mind-bending plots for your binge-watching pleasure. And no, Lost isn’t among them. Sure, it was awesome, but all those loose threads and polar bears? It might have been too complicated even for me. Doctor Who After years…

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Holy Comic-Con! Cosplayers know no limitations

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New York Comic-Con is this week, which means the Big Apple will soon be flooded with all things geeky (or, as far as we’re concerned, all things awesome). When it started in 1970, Comic-Con was a small gathering of comic book fans who met in San Diego to celebrate the medium they loved. In the past 35 years it has exploded into a world-wide phenomenon, meeting in over 20 cities and attracting Hollywood stars, directors and legends in the comic book world. But regardless of how big Comic-Con has become, it still wouldn’t be possible without the dedicated fans who stand in lines for hours to get autographs, meet actors, or simply get a glimpse someone like Joss Whedon, director…

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Women writers and illustrators soar to new heights in the comic book industry

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So the Mighty Thor—at least on the printed page—is now a woman. Rarely has a gender-bend made as many headlines as this one, with both fans and non-fans alike weighing in with thoughts and opinions on the new Goddess of Thunder. But as a new heroine picks up Thor’s hammer and assumes his powers and duties and Comic-Con comes to New York City, so are more and more women picking up pens and brushes and making their return to the world of comic books—a medium in which they once flourished. “There have always been women in comics,” said Colleen Doran, a writer, artist and cartoonist who has drawn some of the medium’s most famous characters. “It’s very popular to say…

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Oh, to be at Comic-Con! A writer’s lament

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I am not all bitter about being on the East Coast instead of being in San Diego. I did not watch that episode of The Big Bang Theory, envious that they have the opportunity to go to Comic-Con International and inwardly delighted when they are not able to purchase tickets. I will not lament the fact that even if I could go, I do not have four friends to complete my team of Sailor senshi. (I may or may not have straightened my hair be a more authentic Sailor Mars.) For better or worse, people associate Comic-Con with the fervent fan-girling that culminates in cosplaying, long lines for George R.R. Martin’s autograph, the purchase of exorbitantly priced imported DVDs, replica…

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