J.K. Rowling just wrote a new story about the Singing Sorceress from ‘Harry Potter’

J.K. Rowling’s fascination with the wizarding world is still alive and well. She recently released a new biography on a minor character from the books, someone you’ve very likely forgotten about.

She was mentioned in three Harry Potter books, but we knew nothing about her—until now.

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Yowapeda is the most unlikely shounen anime hit of the summer—for reasons you’d never expect.
While Sakamichi is clearly a self-insert-character, the storyline of Yowapeda wasn’t originally intended to be that way. In fact, Watanabe had originally envisioned the story to be about a girl. In a hand-drawn section of the manga, scanlated by fans, Watanabe describes his initial idea for the series: ”How about a love story? At a school or something. With this guy that cries… and with a female protagonist?”
As you might expect, this didn’t go over well with the editors of Weekly Shounen Champion, i.e. a boys' manga publication. 

Screengrab via Manga Here
So, no quirky sports-loving anime fangirl heroine for us. Sigh. Still, Yowapeda has used its nerdy charm to good advantage….
There’s even an entire Tumblr, transbikes, devoted to showcasing Yowapeda “trans headcanons,” or people’s ideas about the existence of transgender characters in the series. Given the lackluster track record that anime has when it comes to actual trans representation, it’s fascinating to see a growing number of fanbases attempting to create transgender representation where none exists.
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Yowapeda is the most unlikely shounen anime hit of the summer—for reasons you’d never expect.

While Sakamichi is clearly a self-insert-character, the storyline of Yowapeda wasn’t originally intended to be that way. In fact, Watanabe had originally envisioned the story to be about a girl. In a hand-drawn section of the manga, scanlated by fans, Watanabe describes his initial idea for the series: ”How about a love story? At a school or something. With this guy that cries… and with a female protagonist?”

As you might expect, this didn’t go over well with the editors of Weekly Shounen Champion, i.e. a boys' manga publication. 

Screengrab via Manga Here

So, no quirky sports-loving anime fangirl heroine for us. Sigh. Still, Yowapeda has used its nerdy charm to good advantage….

There’s even an entire Tumblr, transbikes, devoted to showcasing Yowapeda “trans headcanons,” or people’s ideas about the existence of transgender characters in the series. Given the lackluster track record that anime has when it comes to actual trans representation, it’s fascinating to see a growing number of fanbases attempting to create transgender representation where none exists.

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Let us take you through the glorious timeline of the A.V. nerd.

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Cowboy Bebop, “Honky Tonk Women”

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Cowboy Bebop, “Honky Tonk Women”

These leaked pictures of Stormtrooper helmets are fucking awesome

Indierevolver.com shared the images online for the first time on Thursday. The first image is clearly for modernized version of a stock-issue Stormtrooper helmet. Consensus seems to be that the second image is an updated Snowtrooper helmet.

The helmet designs jive with the information that website Making Star Wars shared on June 17. They also mesh conceptually with what J.J. Abrams did with with the U.S.S. Enterprise in his Star Trek reboot. The new designs are modernized and slick, and their identities are unmistakable.

Between these images and the picture of Mark Hamill rocking the Jedi beard, this has been a damned good week for Star Wars fans.

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The most pristine copy of Superman's debut in existence is selling on Ebay

…and the bidding is currently up to $1.75 million.

There are about 100 Action Comics No.1’s still in existence. So what makes this one so special? It’s the grading given by the Comics Guaranty Company, a third-party comics grading service. This particular book sits with a 9.0 out of 10 rating. There is only one other 9.0 rated Action Comics No. 1 out there in the wild. But according to the eBay page, at least, this one’s the best.

The comic has “perfect white pages”—hard to fathom considering it was published in 1938.

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How Tina Belcher became everyone’s favorite awkward teen hero
Tina’s relatability is not widespread, but specific to a younger generation. That’s not to say that older people don’t find the show funny, too, but the brusque sincerity Tina possesses rings distinctively true for millennials, a group too often characterized as wild and artificial. Consider that a poll from last year found Bob’s Burgers viewers to be among the poorest; it’s not hard to understand why a bunch of low-income twentysomethings would flock to a show that portrays a struggling family with all different types of personalities, one of whom is a daughter that internalizes those struggles and that of her adolescence in a way which looks remarkably familiar.  




Furthermore, Tina isn’t just a millennial paragon, she’s a paragon of millennial femininity. Her awkward, budding sexuality isn’t just funny and relatable, it’s essential. 
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How Tina Belcher became everyone’s favorite awkward teen hero

Tina’s relatability is not widespread, but specific to a younger generation. That’s not to say that older people don’t find the show funny, too, but the brusque sincerity Tina possesses rings distinctively true for millennials, a group too often characterized as wild and artificial. Consider that a poll from last year found Bob’s Burgers viewers to be among the poorest; it’s not hard to understand why a bunch of low-income twentysomethings would flock to a show that portrays a struggling family with all different types of personalities, one of whom is a daughter that internalizes those struggles and that of her adolescence in a way which looks remarkably familiar. 

Furthermore, Tina isn’t just a millennial paragon, she’s a paragon of millennial femininity. Her awkward, budding sexuality isn’t just funny and relatable, it’s essential.

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Oh, Liveleak, all our lives are better because of you. Well. Maybe not this guy’s.