For the first time in years, I’m not going to Comic-Con. I made my decision almost immediately after last year’s Con, and it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought to resist the pull of the membership presale earlier this year. Once upon a time, I thought that if I prepared, learned the ropes and the tricks, and just went with the flow of the weekend, I was guaranteed a good time. But I didn’t have a good time last year. It had it’s moments, like cons always do, but the stress outweighed the fun, and what’s the point of that?
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.
Back in the days when Lucy was still coming up with hare-brained schemes to get into Ricky’s shows, it was considered scandalous to show a married couple sharing the same bed on TV. In modern culture, with thinly-disguised soft-core porn making up a large percentage of HBO and Showtime programming, eyebrows are far more likely to go up at depictions of adults who demonstrate little to no interest in sex, and unfortunately for those who find sex as appealing as licking drywall, popular culture has sent a clear message: “Sex is normal – you are not.”
Webcomic creator Joel Watson recently sat down with me via Skype to chat about his geek origins, life as a full-time webcomic artist, whether HijiNKS Ensue should be adapted for TV, and how he intends to expose his daughter to the geek life.
Here it is, the penultimate episode on Gabby’s journey to meet her idol. In which she arrives at her Aunt Fanny’s house in San Diego somewhat the worse for wear, and has to overcome her aunt’s geek prejudices in order to survive the night. Will she make it? Will she meet Josh Wheaton? Will she overcome all obstacles in her path? Find out next time, in the final episode: Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies.
In “The Dead Pool” Castle and Beckett investigate the death of a college swimmer primed for the Olympics, though the course of the case suggests that their squeaky-clean pool boy might have gotten in too deep with the wrong fish.
One good thing came out of the ridiculous New York Times review of Game of Thrones – it made me realize just how much I want to go to Geek Girl Con in October to spend time with like-minded women. In celebration of that, I set out to make a list of Top 10 Pop Culture Geek Girls.
And got stuck at 4.
Growing up, I always thought I was the only person who took the lessons of the all-knowing T.V. as gospel due to lack of personal experience. Until I read Danielle Turchiano’s self-published memoir My Life, Made Possible By Pop Culture, and found a life that was eerily similar to mine, though it took place on the opposite end of the country.
This week’s Castle took the titular novelist and his muse into the seedy world of jury selection. Just kidding. But there was plenty of law, and very little order.
For months I kept picking Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs off the shelf of my local Barnes & Noble because it has a funny title and an eye-catching cover, but since two of the three items in the title were of no interest to me, I always put it back. Smash cut to my non-fiction book proposal class, and one of my classmates who raved about Chuck Klosterman, and this book in particular, which she explained is a collection of essays on pop culture.