Geek and Sundry, aka Hollywood Jane Abuses Parentheses in the Name of Nerdery

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April 3, 2012

My phone wouldn’t stop buzzing yesterday after Felicia Day (Buffy, The Guild, Dollhouse, Eureka) retweeted my exclamatory blurb for her newest project: the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel. Specifically, I urged people to “watch @feliciaday make a fireplace poker with a real live blacksmith!” which spawned several good-natured jokes about undead blacksmiths or pokers made from blacksmith bits, and a surprising stream of retweets.

But 140 characters is barely a sentence, so I thought I’d go ahead and share a slightly more detailed reaction to all the nerdy programming that debuted.

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Beyond One Con Glory

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November 4, 2011

Once upon a time, Sarah Kuhn belonged to a “nerd collective” that put out a .pdf zine with a geek focus: Grok. For each issue, the collective came up with a theme, and everyone wrote a piece around that topic. And from the theme of Pon Farr Kuhn’s geeky romance novella, One Con Glory, sprang into existence.

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Life as Graphic Designer to the Geeks

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October 17, 2011

This was the genesis for artist and graphic designer Adam Levermore’s original ‘Life in Roburbia’ series, the first print of which (‘At the Roburbia Cafe’) becomes available today. Levermore has become well known in the pop-culture community for his Serenity travel posters and Battlestar Galactica propaganda poster set from Quantum Mechanix, as well as other officially licensed tie-in art. For the first time, he has decided to play in his own universe.

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The Awesome That Was Geek Girl Con

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October 10, 2011

The First Annual Geek Girl Con was a lovely sight to behold, both figuratively and literally (some awesome cosplay!). Totally low-key and mellow, with a wonderful sense of camaraderie and community. Everyone seemed very comfortable with themselves and each other. There was a definite sense of intelligence in the air; great, detailed discussions about representation in television, novels, and comics took place in every room.

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Geek Girl Con Scavenger Hunt

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October 4, 2011

Sometimes, the convention scene is stressful. There’s not enough time to do everything, or see everything, or hear everything. As I was considering some of my favorite things about con, the one that went to the top of the list is the opportunity to interact with other people who feel the way I do about geeky things. That got me thinking about ways to make that happen, and I came up with a little scavenger hunt, guaranteed to allow the so-inclined to geek it up.

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Fun Times on the West Coast

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September 17, 2011

I’ve got some events and deadlines coming up in the next couple of months, so it’s crunch time. First, at the start of October I’ll be headed to Seattle for Geek Girl Con with my friend Clare. I’m pretty excited about this, especially since I had a rather disappointing time at Comic-Con this year. It’s also my last big ticketed event until I get a new job.

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A Eureka Moment

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May 26, 2011

Writer-producer and fellow geek Amy Berg got her start writing for SNICK’s Kenan & Kel, and went on to write for such shows as Boomtown, Threshold, and The 4400. Currently she is a writer and co-executive producer for SyFy’s Eureka, the show about Jack Carter, the sheriff of “a little town with a big secret.” Ms. Berg graciously took time out of her schedule to answer a few questions I had about writing genre, shipping, and the alternate timeline that turned the town of Eureka upside-down.

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Say Goodnight, Burbank

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May 6, 2011

Now Goodnight Burbank, the show that takes a look behind the scenes of a low-budget local news station, is a half-hour star-studded production distributed on Hulu. Creator and star Hayden Black was good enough to take a few minutes out of plotting world domination to answer a few questions I had about the show and riding the wave of success.

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