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Oh Thank God: Spider-Woman Rocks A Great New Look, Courtesy Of Kris Anka

As everyone knows, Spider-Man's costume is the best; a true masterpiece of design. The webbing, the colors, the chevron belt, the split arms, the wide-eyed mask; it's all perfect. Steve Ditko smashed it out of the park. It's also inspired some amazing costumes, like the black Spider-Man costume designed by Mike Zeck in 1984 (reportedly based on a suggestion by fan Randy Schueller), and this year's Spider-Gwen costume by Robbi Rodriguez.

And then there's Spider-Woman. Her costume was designed in 1972 by Marie Severin, and it hasn't really changed since -- and I hate it almost as much as I love Spider-Man's costume. It's ugly, tacky, and it doesn't match the personality of Jessica Drew, the woman behind the mask. So I'm delighted that artist Kris Anka has given Jess a new set of togs that look chic, modern, and appropriate to her character.

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Credit: Farmers Museum
Credit: Farmers Museum

A Christmas Carol Offered At Farmers Museum

You've probably seen the Charles Dickens' classic tale, "A Christmas Carol" in one form or another.  Maybe you saw one of the many film renditions?

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Cool Toys To Put On Your Holiday Shopping List

By Liz Hill: Oneonta's Townsquare Media Intern

Are you looking for great holiday gift ideas for your 8 to 12-year old?  I've been exploring and would like to share some cool toy ideas with you...

For the boy or girl in your life who is obsessed with Minecraft, do I have a treat for you

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Category: Articles, Opinion
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Credit: mishooo, Thinkstock

The Best Holiday Tunes Ever

By Liz Hill, Oneonta's Townsquare Media Intern

Looking for some great holiday music this year? Well look no further then right here. I have my own personal Awesome Christmas Mix Volume I:

  1. Run Run Rudolph: Chuck Berry
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Alberto E. Rodriguez Getty Images

Top 5 Favorite Christmas Pop Songs [Videos]

Christmas songs can really get you grooving, especially when top pop stars record them.  I have come up with my list of Top 5 Favorite Christmas Pop Songs.  Each one of these songs gets me singing and in the holiday mood.

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On Imperfect Allies, And Why ‘Batgirl’ Still Deserves Our Support

On Monday I reported on the controversy surrounding the most recent issue of Batgirl, issue #37, and the hurt it caused readers with the presentation of a character who played into transphobic tropes. On Tuesday we ran a piece by activist J. Skyler that further placed the story in the broader cultural context of transphobic media. In both cases, our hope was to showcase and respect the opinions of the critics and put their voices ahead of those of the authors or any defensive fans. These are critics who are often marginalized and shouted down; what they had to say about this controversy is important and must be recognized and listened to.

As I also mentioned on Monday, Batgirl is a book at the vanguard of a movement towards genre stories for young, progressive, predominantly female readers -- a more modern and diverse readership than the one traditionally associated with the superhero genre. Because of this, and because the creators apologized for their mistakes, I think Batgirl still deserves support. Issue #37 damaged the book's image and reputation, but it remains one of the best and most important superhero books being published today.

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Uyen Le ThinkStock

Cats vs Christmas Trees Who Wins [Video]

There is something missing on my tree and under my tree, all because of my crazy cats!

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Toy Review: DC Collectibles Batman: The Animated Series, Wave 1

Though 'Batman: The Animated Series' had its share of action figures back when it was on the air, the collectibles could hardly be considered more than children's toys. This year, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Batman, DC Collectibles went back to the animated well for a new series of figures based on the now classic Bruce Timm designs.

Incorporating characters from the original 'Batman: The Animated Series' as well as the under-appreciated 'The New Batman Adventures', the figure line's aesthetic (more articulation and accessories, as well as a higher price point) is geared towards the adult collector. This series is aimed directly at those who spent their afternoons after school patiently waiting to see the latest episode, and who are now old enough to have disposable income.

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Mega Man Morality: The Debate About Forgiveness, Ethics And The Nature Of The Soul (Seriously)

Back when it first started up, I wrote a review of Archie's Mega Man comic where I called it "the smartest superhero comic on the stands," mostly because of the way that it took on some pretty serious ideas without detracting from the accessible, all-ages adventure that made it such a fun read. That bit in the first arc where Mega Man starts to withdraw from his family, becoming cold and, well, robotic because of the psychological toll of destroying other robots like himself is still one of my favorite scenes in comics from the past few years.

Forty issues later, I can still stand by that statement. Mega Man hasn't just continued building one of the most enjoyably action-packed stories around the bare-bones plot of "go right, shoot robots" that it got from the video games, it's also having conversations about ethics, forgiveness and what it means to love someone that nobody else in comics is coming close to. And it's great.

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Credit: Jupiterimages, Thinkstock

Is Yours Real Or Fake?

By Liz Hill: Townsquare Media Oneonta Intern

Over the years, artificial Christmas trees have gained a lot of popularity nationwide. With the options ranging from realistic green pine to hot pink fluff, why is the real tree tradition dying?

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