Happy Star Wars day, everybody! Throw on your robes and fire up your podracers, today we’re celebrating one of the biggest franchises in geek and pop culture. Well, maybe you are. I’ve got other priorities this holiday. And to tell you the truth, I’m just not much of a Star Wars fan anymore. No, I’m not turning over my nerd card, quit it. So here, on this special day for so many people, let me tell you why and how I fell out of love with one of the largest franchises in sci-fi history. A long time ago… That’s not to say I hate theRead More →

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The (Fandom) Elephant in the Room Since The Last Jedi debuted in theaters last month, Star Wars fan reactions predictably split right down the middle.  Some fans welcomed the new lore with open arms while others openly despised it.  I fancy myself a fairly reasonable person. (However, I stand firmly against so-called Hawaiian pizza and that’s final).  I understand that folks dislike movies for many reasons: cheesy dialogue, terrible plot and/or pacing, shoddy cinematography, etc.  Sometimes you can’t even put your finger on it, but you know that you disliked it.  These reasons, for me, are easily digestible.  What I fail to understand are fans who harshlyRead More →

Hey collectors out there!  Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. “What do you actually DO with all that stuff?!  If you’re not actively using it, then sell it, donate it, or throw it away!” What about this one? “You said a few boxes of books.  Ten is not “a few.”  No, I don’t care that it used to be twenty boxes.” Or this classic. “The only thing you’re collecting is dust!” Collections: the bane of our loved ones’ collective existence.  Whether in preparation for a move or just taking up space in your mom’s linen closet, collections become burdens for everyone.  Yet, every time we sayRead More →

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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 differentRead More →

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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.Read More →

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. IRead More →

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 chanceRead More →

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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.Read More →

This week we discuss fan culture on a popular tv show: Castle starring Nathan Fillion. Check out a great conversation about the power of fan culture and some kick ass female heroes! Until next time, game on! Regina & Rhonda Regina McMenomyRegina 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 mobile and social gaming online, Regina also loves a good round of 7 Wonders, Qwirkle, Small World, or Lords of Waterdeep. Someday,Read More →