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Every year after I return from San Diego Comic Con, I have friends (or anyone I talk to about the con) ask about cosplay. I reply that I don’t cosplay (or dress up in costume), but I do appreciate the time and energy it takes for people to cosplay.

It’s easy to see all of those photos on social media, or to know someone else who goes to cosplay, but there’s so much more to cons than the cosplay.

However, cosplay is at the heart of many cons and SDCC makes a point to highlight all of the wonderful creations with the help of Her Universe, and a haute couture fashion show.

Just outside of the con on Thursday evening (on July 20), Her Universe highlights over twenty fashion designers and their works that match high fashion with fandom.

What I saw during this show was awe-inspiring and breathtaking in equal measure.

As someone who has a passing interest in high fashion (I do love Project Runway, but don’t normally follow too much from the inner workings of fashion houses), the show is a perfect way to think about the art of creating clothes and someone’s love of fandom.

Each artist creates one piece of high fashion based off one fandom and the audience helps to determine a winner (or winners) who will help design some ready-to-wear fashion for Her Universe next year.

Beyond just the idea of this high fashion show, Her Universe is working hard to make it possible for fandom to be fashionable and wearable. I remember as a kid that the only way to wear your fandom was in t-shirts, but now it’s possible to have a dress with Princess Mononoke inspired forests, just as it’s possible to wear an Outlander wrap jacket.

Fashionable ways to show your love for fandom has increased and between the Her Universe Fashion Show and their work to make fandom cute, there are more ways to show your love for fandom at a con. Cosplay is one way, cute shirts, skirts and dresses are another.

To see more fashionable fandom wear, check out Her Universe.

Photo Credit: rozofla

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TV Ratings

Last night on the major networks featured fall finales galore as the networks prepare for their holiday breaks.

Here is how all of the Thursday night dramas fared in the overall ratings:

8 PM Shows:
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) [NEW] – 8.5 million
Bones (FOX) [NEW] – 5.2 million
Heroes Reborn (NBC) [NEW] – 3.7 million
The Vampire Diaries (The CW) [NEW] – 1.2 million

9 PM Shows:
Scandal (ABC) [NEW] – 8.1 million
The Blacklist (NBC) [NEW] – 6.8 million
Sleepy Hollow (FOX) [NEW] – 2.8 million
The Originals (The CW) [NEW] – 824,000 viewers

10 PM Shows:
How to Get Away With Murder (ABC) [NEW] – 7.1 million
Elementary (CBS) [NEW] – 6 million
The Player (NBC) [NEW] – 3.4 million

What did you watch on TV last night? Please share.

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Need a great Christmas gift for that TV fan in your life?

Well, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation just might have what you are looking for – as long as you can win their holiday auction that is.

Among the auction items that are available for bid are as follows:

Tickets to Season 6 Premier Party of HBO’s True Blood
Tickets to 2013 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards
Lunch in Santa Monica, CA with ABC’s Private Practice actress KaDee Strickland and director Ed Ornelas
Personal session with Cartoon Network VP Casting and Talent Development
Red Carpet VIP Package for the College Television Awards Dinner and Gala
Cast Signed TNT’s Leverage messenger bag with built-in electronics charger
Sons of Anarchy autographed helmet
Signed Primetime Emmys T-shirt
Big Bang Theory Bazinga and Soft Kitty swag bags
Falling Skies signed poster and comic book
Cartoon Network tote and show swag
Rookie Blue signed poster and DVD sets
Malibu Country autographed script
Porky the Pig Voicemail message created exclusively by Bob Bergen
I Love Lucy mint Hamilton Collection plates

The bidding opened on December 3 and will run through December 13. You can learn more about the Holiday Auction right here.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation is the charitable arm of the Television Academy and all auction proceeds will support its education and archival programs. Bid on these and many other items benefitting the Television Academy Foundation’s scholarship, educational outreach and preservation efforts hosted by eBay Giving Works.

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Big Machine Records will release the soundtrack for the new ABC hit drama Nashville on December 11, featuring new music from the cast, which includes Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten, Jonathan Jackson, Clare Bowen and Sam Palladio.

In conjunction with the label’s exclusive music partnership with ABC Studios, Big Machine Records released the first official single, “Telescope,” to country radio a mere three weeks ago. Sung by Hayden Panettiere (aka Juliette Barnes), the debut single is already Top 40-and-rising and has contributed nearly 50,000 to the total sales.

Award-winning producers T Bone Burnett, Dann Huff and Michael Knox have worked together to showcase the original content on both the show and soundtrack, respectively.

Here is the list of songs that will be featured on the soundtrack:

1. “Buried Under” Performed by Connie Britton/ Written by Chris Destefano, Natalie Hemby
2. “If I Didn’t Know Better” Performed by Sam Palladio, Clare Bowen / Written by Arum Rae, John Paul White
3. “Undermine” Performed by Hayden Panettiere, Charles Esten / Written by Trent Dabbs, Kacey Musgraves
4. “Sideshow” Performed by Charles Esten / Written by Aaron Scherz, Brad Tursi
5. “Wrong Song” Performed by Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere / Written by Marv Green, Sonya Isaacs, Jimmy Yeary
6. “No One Will Ever Love You” Performed by Connie Britton, Charles Esten / Written by Steve McEwan, John Paul White
7. “Twist Of Barbwire” Performed by Jonathan Jackson / Written by Elvis Costello
8. “Love Like Mine” Performed by Hayden Panettiere / Written by Kelly Archer, Emily Shackleton, Justin Weaver
9. “Telescope” Performed by Lennon Stella, Maisy Stella / Written by Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsay
10. “When The Right One Comes Along” Performed by Clare Bowen, Sam Palladio / Written by Georgia Middleman, Justin Davis, Sarah Zimmermann
11. “Telescope (Radio Mix)” Performed by Hayden Panettiere / Written by Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsay

Since the soundtrack will be released on December 11, it’ll make a great stocking stuffer so add it to your Christmas shopping list.

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The following comes straight form a press release:

CafePress Inc., the World’s Customization Engine, today announces its new partnership with BBC Worldwide Americas to bring exceptional Doctor Who-branded apparel and gifts to fans in North America via CafePress’ e-commerce store. With the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who approaching in November 2013 as well as the premiere of the new season that premiered September 1st on BBC AMERICA, fan interest in the show has never been higher. Doctor Who recently was on the cover of Entertainment Weekly, making it the first British TV series to earn the cover. This partnership, which will extend through December 2014, will give eager Doctor Who fans a chance to show and share their love for the iconic brand.

As part of this new partnership, CafePress and BBC Worldwide Americas will bring unique Doctor Who items featuring some of the show’s most popular characters, images and themes. Products available for purchase will range from “Bow Ties are Cool” (in honor of Matt Smith‘s portrayal as the Eleventh Doctor) and Cybermen t-shirts to TARDIS hoodies. Through this partnership, new designs will be released regularly to celebrate constantly evolving Doctor Who phenomena as well as milestones for the show. Fans will also have the print-on-demand option, where they can order the size, color, fashion body and graphic to suit their taste.

Doctor Who fans span several generations and we’re genuinely excited to be part of this phenomenon and make this shop available to such loyal and passionate supporters,” says Marc Cowlin, Director of Marketing at CafePress. “Whovians can prepare themselves to celebrate the pending 50th Anniversary of the show with truly unique gear.”

The international iconic brand and television hit Doctor Who is the longest-running sci-fi series in the world and continues to earn critical acclaim as BBC AMERICA’s highest rated series. From award-winning lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, The Adventures of Tintin) and starring Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, Doctor Who was the #1 downloaded series on the iTunes store for 2011 in North America and has been featured on NBC’s Today Show, CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and G4’s Attack of the Show. Matt Smith and the cast came to San Diego Comic-Con 2012 for the second year in a row, filling Hall H with over 6,500 fans for an exciting panel that offered hints to the upcoming seventh season premiere.

For more information, and to shop for Doctor Who merchandise, visit CafePress.

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It’s December 1 and that means the big countdown to Christmas has started. You have 24 shopping days left to get just the right gift for your friends, family, co-workers, et al.

With that thought in mind, I wanted to provide a list of just a few cool online resources where geeks go to shop. Take a look at what these locations have available, as you just might find some cool, unique gifts for the upcoming holiday.


Nextag provides electronics, jewelry, art supplies, computers, home and garden supplies, clothing and accessories and much more. The best part of their site is searching for TV related items for shows like Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, Glee, Once Upon a Time and even 80’s classic MacGyver. Check it out here.

The folks over at Ript Apparel have cool graphic tees and cheap limited edition t-shirts available for all kinds of genres. You can purchase their special daily t-shirts or visit their “Graveyard” section that features over 40 pages of unique t-shirts. You can visit them here.

Do you know someone who loves superheroes? Well, the Superhero Stuff is the perfect place to shop for them. You can get your hands on t-shirts, hats, hoodies, buckles, jewelry, figurines and much more. They can be found here.

The product line over at Her Universe just increased recently, adding to its collection new items honoring the TV shows Warehouse 13, Eureka and Battlestar Galactica as well as adding to its Star Wars collection. To find just the right fashionable apparel for the female sci-fi/genre fan, visit them here.

Lastly, for all you Doctor Who fans of the female persuasion (or for you guys who want to make your fellow lady Doctor Who fans happy), check out this cool book: “Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It

Here is the official description of the book: “A host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses come together to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, discuss their inventive involvement with the show’s fandom and examine why they adore the series. These essays will delight male and female readers alike by delving into the extraordinary aspects of being a female Doctor Who enthusiast. Essays include Carole Barrowman discussing what it was like to grow up with her brother John (including the fact that he’s still afraid of shop-window dummies), columnist Jackie Jenkins providing a Bridget Jones’ Diary-style memoir of working on Doctor Who Magazine, novelist Lloyd Rose analyzing Rose’s changes between the ninth and tenth Doctors and much more. Other contributors include Elizabeth Bear (Jenny Casey), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Jody Lynn Nye (Mythology series), Kate Orman (Seeing I), and Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan’s Tales). Also featured is a comic from the Torchwood Babiez creators, plus interviews with Doctor Who companions India Fisher (Charley) and Sophie Aldred (Ace).

You can find the book at Amazon here.

Happy Shopping!

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Ashley Eckstein in Warehouse 13 Tee

Are you looking for a great gift for the fangirl in your life? Are you a fangirl looking for a great gift for yourself?

If you answered yes to either of those questions, you need to make sure to visit Her Universe starting on November 28 for a new round of female sci-fi genre fashionable apparel that is being launched by actress and founder of Her Universe, Ashley Eckstein.

The new items include apparel representing Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Warehouse 13 and Eureka. In addition to these items, Eckstein is offering a FREE Limited Edition Star Wars holiday pin of everyone’s favorite Jedi Master, Yoda. For the first 500 orders placed at Her Universe, shoppers will receive this pin along with a signed card from Eckstein herself. For orders of $40.00 or more, Her Universe customers will receive FREE SHIPPING as well.

Available for the first time this holiday season is a new thermal hoodie design with original art by Star Wars artist, Cat Staggs. Also from the beloved Star Wars franchise is a regal sterling silver plated Jedi charm to add to the already popular Star Wars charm bracelet. Other new items include a Battlestar Galactica pajama set and a stunning, sterling silver plated Battlestar Galactica necklace featuring Admiral Adama’s senior pilot wings; an ultra-soft Warehouse 13 logo burnout t-shirt and a holiday tote bag featuring the cast of Eureka in animated form with exclusive art from the holiday episode of Eureka.

Again all of these new items will be available to order on the Her Universe website starting on November 28.

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