Capes and Baskets: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us About Superheroes

Capes & Baskets: Wizard World Portland 2017 Panel!

I’m happy to share that the panel we debuted at Geek Girl Con 2016, Capes & Baskets: What Fairy Tales Can Teach Us About Superheroes, is going to be a panel at Wizard World Portland 2017!

Fairy Tales and Superheroes

Have you ever wondered how Harley Quinn and Snow White are the same? What about Jessica jones and Rapunzel? Bring your favorite superhero and favorite fairy tale to the panel and see what connections you can make!

Everywhere you look, in every form of pop culture, at the movies, on broadcast TV, and on Netflix, everything’s coming up superheroes. Storytelling has always been about explaining the world; it is how humankind reaches out and understands that the struggles we face are often shared experiences.

How does our current fascination with superheroes relate to storytelling approaches of the past? Can fairy tales and morality tales help us understand the current fascination with superheroes? Come listen to an enlivening discussion about how everything old is new again and superpowered to boot.


Regina McMenomy, Ph.D.

Regina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy. Studying and writing about geeks and geek culture is Regina’s favorite thing to do when she’s not reading student papers, dancing an excessive amount of calories away, or chasing after her daughter. Inclined towards social and mobile gaming, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday, she hopes to actually take part in a D&D campaign so she can officially “roll” a character and role play her as a devious, highly intelligent mischief maker, which would be nothing like she is in real life.

Dante Buccieri


Isabela Oliveira

Isabela is a renaissance geek, in the sense that she knows a little about a whole lot of things. She is always looking for the next great TV show to marathon and for the next exciting thing to learn and write about. In her spare time, she writes and manages social media for The Geek Embassy and works to dismantle the patriarchy in Vancouver, Washington.

Jennifer Leaver

Jennifer Leaver is a professor of psychology at Miramar College in San Diego, California. Jennifer uses popular culture in many of her classes and often discusses fairy tales in terms of how the archetypes continue to play out in modern life. When she’s not teaching or grading papers, she’s spending time at the beach with her pup, OscarNerdDog.

When and Where

Come see us at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 18th in room C123 at the Oregon Convention Center! The con is coming up fast– we hope to see some of you there!

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