Please welcome to the site our newest ambassador, Katherine Olson. Katherine holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Union Institute & University. She is currently interested in Wonder Woman, feminism, and culture. For The Geek Embassy, she will be writing about comics, looking especially at the Amazon princess and other powerful female characters. Please welcome her to the site and enjoy this glimpse into her transformations through comic book narrative. ~Regina Transformations: From Betty and Veronica to Wonder Woman I grew up in a Betty and Veronica world. The convenience store near the housing projects where I lived stocked only Archie comics, so I read them. Even
Not Another Top-Ten List You can blame Facebook for this one. My friends and I had a lively Facebook discussion about Hugh Jackman, which, subsequently inspired this post. The recent release of Logan got me all nostalgic, thinking back on his universally-lauded performances as Wolverine for the last 17 years. My immediate reaction was to declare Jackman’s performances as the truest representation of a comic book character in film. But then people starting challenging me. What about RDJ? Ryan Reynolds? Chris Evans? Comic book movies have produced some brilliant performances over the years. Who is truly the best at bringing a character from page to screen?
In reality, I’m sure that the Internet ruined comics long before now but this past week was my personal tipping point. In case you’re unaware, these past two weeks were not particularly great for women in comics. The Riri Williams variant cover controversy was bad enough. Then the Mockingbird #8 cover controversy made the Riri scandal look tame by comparison. It’s Comic-Ghazi. Let’s start with Riri. On the Jeff Dekal variant cover of Invincible Iron Man #1 Riri looks like a normal human. The much-maligned J. Scott Campbell variant cover features Riri doing her best impression of Simone Biles in a skintight, low-cut clothing. Why is
Recently at the grad school where I teach, I attended a prospective-student event in which the faculty introduced ourselves by including not where we got our Ph.D.s, but by something much more important: our favorite cartoon characters. The first words out of my mouth were “Wonder Woman,” whose history veiled in mystery Smithsonian Magazine disclosed in their November 2014 issue. I’ve read some great stories in comics, and I received my Ph.D. in no small part due to them. One-third of my comps related to literature. So I reviewed major plots and characters for my oral exams by borrowing and reading Classic Comics (a
I have a collection of nerdy hobbies: Trek, D&D, comics, Shadowrun, sci-fi books, Doctor Who… and I could go on. I rotate between a few at a time; sometimes I let a few sit on the back burner while I go full bore into another one. You should have seen me with Magic: The Gathering back in middle school. Oh man, that was my World of Warcraft back in the old days, the bad days, the all-or-nothin’ days. You know, before cable internet and iPhones. I’m approaching 5 years into my latest obsession: roller derby. (Click the link and watch the dude in the yellow