After my last post, people may have the impression that I don’t appreciate Marston-era Wonder Woman, and I want to be sure that is cleared up. I appreciate Marston’s creation. I appreciate the complexity that he gave the character from the moment he created her. A simpler character most likely would not have endured 75 years and multiple writers and incarnations. I also appreciate that the fundamental principles (including compassion, seeking justice, and pursuing peace) present in her founding exist today. Certainly Marston’s stories rely on some elements that, through repetition, are the core of Wonder Woman, and without these she would be a different
From Academic to Fan The current political climate makes reading classic (i.e. Marston-era) Wonder Woman feel more relevant. To be honest, reading Marston-era Wonder Woman is tough for me. The stories share a formulaic structure and repeat the same themes: Wonder Woman saves America from the Axis of Evil and along the way encounters Steve Trevor so he can remind us that Wonder Woman is beautiful and an object of desire. I feel a much more immediately attached to the Wonder Woman of Azzarello and Chiang’s work and the Wonder Woman of Finch and Finch. Modern Wonder Woman is slicker, more direct, and more complex.
I think I was about 12 years old when I first started thinking about what it meant to be part of a celebrity fandom. I had a pretty major crush on Julian Lennon. (In hindsight I’m pretty sure this crush stemmed from my love of The Beatles and the crushing reality that I couldn’t for some reason legitimately have a crush on John.) A cynical friend of mine said, “Why do you like him so much? It’s not like you’re going to meet him and get married.” She was right, of course, but I hadn’t ever really thought I would meet and marry him. I
In this month’s hangout, we took on the theme of our favorite Geekdoms. What is a geekdom, you say? Well, Rhonda asked the same question and I described it as: Geekdom: A specific subset of a fandom you enjoy about which you have extensive or more than average knowledge. So I enjoy young adult literature and Harry Potter is one of my Geekdoms within that fandom. It is a geekdom because I can geek out on all the minor details of the story and the lore, I know and have an opinion on the major arguments between the fans, and I jump at any chance
Writer and editor Susana Polo from The Mary Sue joins us on the show this week. We have a great conversation about how The Mary Sue came about four years ago, the power of the internet to connect fandoms, and, of course, countless comic book heroes and heroines. In our Gender Sells segment, we talk about Chevy driving, horse owning women, “Tips” from All State, and proof that booth babes don’t help product sales. Give this episode a listen and let us know what you think in the comments! Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda Regina McMenomyRegina is the founder and lead ambassador of The Geek Embassy.