It’s that time of year where many people find themselves shopping outside their comfort zones in order to get the perfect (or at least acceptable) gift for that one nerdy friend. Whether it’s a coworker you got assigned for Secret Santa, a grandchild who won’t stop talking about… something (you’re not sure what), or one of your best friends that’s just really into a different fandom, nerds are everywhere. And now you have to figure out exactly what they want. Don’t worry. It’s not as scary as it seems. Let’s talk about the different types of fandoms, and the DOs and DON’Ts of each. Fandom: TV SHOWS/MOVIES You know what?
Do me a favor and take a look at this screen for a second. No tricks, promise. What do you see? A fancy banner for the site, a couple other linked articles, maybe a picture. Ok, fair enough. But what else do you see, covering most of the page? Words. Sometimes it’s hard to stop and notice them. A stop sign is recognized by the red octagon, a company by its mascot, a bar by the neon and cigarette smoke. Words often get overlooked, even when their presence is important. Lyrics are drowned out by a song’s overpowering beat, a book gets adapted into a
Earlier this year, I started taking sewing lessons. The first day of class, our instructor asked us to give a brief introduction and describe why we decided to learn how to sew. The answers were varied. Some where there to learn how to make clothes for themselves. Many expressed a desire to make clothes that properly fit them well when off the rack clothes so quickly and easily failed to. One woman quilted but didn’t know how to assemble a garment or follow a pattern. One was a high school teacher who wanted the skills to make her more marketable. Apparently, it’s really hard to
The internet has given us a great many things since its advent. Videos of furry animals, convenient online shopping mediums, and plenty of games that produce enough salt to stock the shelves of every major and minor grocer this side of the prime meridian. However, the medium of comic books and stories has flourished since we first connected to the information superhighway, spawning countless tales and ‘toons that have persisted for several years thanks to adoring fanbases. For some of these long-running works, it’s a sense of humor or endearing characters or engaging storyline that fastens its claws into readers. For others, it’s a realism
I do a lot of socializing on social media – it became pretty important to me once I started working mostly from home. But I’ve had a hard time with many of my usual platforms because of different trends I’m seeing, not the least of which is too much re-sharing of posts. Sometimes I feel like everything is on repeat on social media. That’s usually when I boot up Instagram. I’ve worked hard at limiting the accounts I follow on Instagram. For me, it’s a smaller network and one I’ve designed to help me feel inspired. So, I thought I would share five accounts that
We’ve got a great show for you this week! Alison “Mu” Jones joins us to discuss art, gaming, and role playing. We discuss Alison’s comic about spectrum slide in great detail during the show. Make sure to check it out. We WRaP about our current geeky passions in what we’re Watching, Reading, and Playing. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the show! Let us know what you think in the comments! Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda Regina McMenomyRegina is a gamer, writer, teacher, and podcaster living in the Pacific Northwest. She completed her Ph.D. in 2011 from Washington State University in Vancouver and continues to teach there part
Regina is taking some much needed time off so Ryan and I enjoy talking to Nicole Hazen, gamer, artist, and comic book fan. This is one of those conversations that lights on a new topic at every turn and we just didn’t have enough time to cover it all. Ryan and I WRaP about our geeky stuff and I finally play Portal 2. Art Links ProCreate Paper Nomad Brush Wacom Bamboo Jot The Pencil Games Titanfall by EA Stanley Parable by Galactic Cafe Comics “Tomb Raider“, Dark Horse Comics Watching “Leverage“, TNT “Star Trek: Enterprise“, SyFy “House of Cards“, Netflix Reading “Gone Girl” by Gillian