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Megacon Review

My feet still hurt and I’ve been back a full day now. But oh was it worth it! I had so much fun during the con…insanely stupid and unnecessary drama unfolded in the after hours part of the trip, but I won’t bore you guys with those details. Especially since I am trying to ignore them as best I can.

First and foremost for my excitable news…I met Tom Felton! Well, met is probably a strong word, we hardly had a conversation or anything, but me and some friends and the Eagle Scout did take a picture with him! A few weird fangirl tidbits: He smells great. I have no idea what he wears but it’s nice. His shirt (I got to put my arm around him) was very soft, couldn’t tell what the fabric was made of but I did wonder about it. Most importantly, I managed to not squee and mumble out a very excitable “it was nice meeting you” and he actually responded to that…can’t for the life of me remember what it he said, we were ushered from the picture area very quickly, but I heard a response. Is it weird I forgot how English he was going to be? Last thing I saw him in had him doing a very convincing American accent. Anyway, so that was fun and pretty crazy.

I also bought way too much stuff…or should I say the Eagle Scout bought way too much stuff for the both of us. I am now the proud owner of a Sword of Gryffindor because apparently I was in desperate need of a sword. I also have my very own Gryffindor robes, and a Spider Gwen hooded dress. We got quite a few really awesome pieces of art as well and an amazingly drawn deck of cards where the suits were changed to the four elements from ATLA. It also has really great pictures of lots of characters from the show. The Jokers are the foaming mouth guy and the cabbage man…which is just gold. We are most definitely broke now and I feel it was worth it.

The absolute best part though was all the awesome cosplayers we saw. If it weren’t for the epic swag and celebs you can meet at a con I would literally go, find a great place to sit and just watch people walk around. Actually, I spent a decent bit of Sunday just sitting and enjoying all the cosplayers that passed by me. In fact, I got so many pictures I’m going to upload all of them on my computer and just give you pictures from Megacon. But that probably won’t be up until tomorrow since I have lots of laundry and stuff to do tonight.

Sigh…after such a geektastic weekend it’s really hard to return to the regular world. I miss everyone getting my references already. Anyway, that’s all the gushing I’ll do today. Look for those pictures tomorrow. Happy Memorial Day guys and as always, thanks for reading.

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Years From Now- Shel Silverstein

Although I cannot see your face
As you flip these poems awhile,
Somewhere from some far-off place
I hear you laughing—and I smile.

This poem is the epitome of what good poems and good books make you feel. This is the epitome of what it’s like to find someone who loves the same books or poems you do. I wish I could find an abundance of words to describe better why I love this poem so much, but there is really no better way to say it. This is the connection between every book and poetry lover. Every fangirl and boy, every gamer, every comic book geek…this is the feeling that consumes you when you wear that Ravenclaw scarf, or Tardis dress, or Flash shirt, or slip a subtle reference into conversation and someone…maybe someone across the room, someone you’ve never seen or spoken to before nods in approval or compliments your outfit. This is why you can have the most comfortable conversation with a complete stranger on a bus when any other day of the week you’d just be hoping to disappear into the crowd or very far away from the crowd. When you have these moments, these things that you all appreciate together, suddenly you sense how not alone you are, how much of a community you have, even if you never seen it’s members. Suddenly, you can feel the thousands or millions of people watching just like you, laughing and crying and gasping all together, all at once, even if you’re oceans apart. This poem makes me smile because I know this feeling so very well, and I am glad to share it with everyone who’s ever felt it before.

P.S. Tomorrow we hit Z! can you believe we’ve made it to the end? I’ll be sad to see the challenge go, but I wanted to thank everyone who’s been following along and I wanted to do it here since tomorrow will cover several books and you won’t want a post script by the end of it. It’s been a wonderful April with you guys. I’ve had some great conversations and found some really interesting bloggers from this, so it really has been a pleasure. I was glad to have you all with me. Thanks for reading.

 

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Xena and Other Strong Females

One of the reasons I love being a geek is that in comics and sci-fi shows and all throughout Joss Whedon’s work, there are plenty of strong female role models for young girls and boys to look up to. Unlike Barbie, they aren’t perfect, but they are a strong and diverse bunch who definitely deserve recognition.

Barbara Gordon- The girl has no super powers, and as Commissioner Gordon’s daughter it might have been easy for her to be overshadowed by the men of Gotham, but Barbara was having none of that. After finding out that Bruce Wayne was Batman, she confronted him and told him she wanted to be like him. Thus Batgirl was born. Later on, after being shot by Joker and paralyzed she became Oracle, formed her own team called Birds of Prey (an all woman team, I might add) because her work with Batman wasn’t enough. This girl had all sorts of hell thrown at her, from the loss of her mother to her own paralysis and she never let it stop her. Not to mention, in an alternate universe where she was not paralyzed, she took over her father’s position as Commissioner.

Bellatrix Lestrange- Strong and insane, Bellatrix was one of the most hated villains of the Harry potter series, and I know there will be questions as to why she is here and Hermione Granger, or Minerva McGonagall, or even Nymphadora Tonks are not on this list. Well, while all three of those women do deserve their own credits, they get them…a lot. There are countless groups and blog posts and even articles expressing adoration for those wonderful and strong ladies, but just because she’s insane and evil does not mean Bellatrix does not deserve accolades of her own. This woman was so strong two people at once had to take her on before Molly took her down. She was fiercely loyal (granted, it was to a sociopath, but loyalty is loyalty none-the-less). She was one of the only Death Eaters to flat out claim the title, knowing full well it could have gotten her a one way ticket to the a make out session with some Dementors. Bellatrix married purely because it was her family’s wish and it was the right thing to do in Pureblood Wizarding society, but when her husband died she hardly batted an eye, earning herself the spot of right hand to big baddy himself.

Gwen Stacy *this section might contain spoilers*- Another lady from the comic book world who doesn’t actually possess powers, but stands out all on her own. Now, as the first love of Peter Parker, Gwen could have become nothing more than eye candy and a love interest to fill space, but she surpassed all of that with her immense genius. Her brain was truly a force to be reckoned with, something Peter found he could not outwit at times. at the time of her death, she had been well on her way to becoming a scientist. She was loyal, kind and intelligent and has always been one of my favorite women in comics.

Harley Quinn- Another bad girl who is oh so good at what she does. Let us never forget the woman used to be a therapist. She met the Joker while trying to help him deal with his issues, but his mind was fascinating in a twisted sort way and she fell in love with him, growing to share his crazed outlook on the world. You might ask how this makes her strong, well, the woman has caused more death and destruction than any other fictional female I know, and she does it all with a smile on her face and her man at her side.

Lara Croft- Now, this woman might come under scrutiny from other ladies, for being ridiculously curvaceous and running around in skin-tight pants and crop tops, but lets take a moment to truly understand what Lara does. The woman has several video games and two movies! She is strong, need no man to tie her down, is an exceptionally talented fighter and does it all without messing up that braid. Alright, so she’s obviously created with looks to reel in the horny teenage boys, but come on, that’s marketing. More importantly, she’s her own woman, and there are women out there who are strong and happen to also have big boobs, so it’s not completely unrealistic. i mean, should they not be represented just because horny teens will ogle a video game girl with the same build?

Princess Leia- She will always have a special place in my heart. She was one of the first strong female characters I ever watched. The kind of princess that made me finally believe I could be a princess. I mean, sure Mulan technically was called a princess by Disney later, but the girl was no royal. There was also Belle, but she was a kind and polite and I was clumsy and rough. Then I saw Leia…the type of girl I wanted to be, tough, a bit crass, no time for politics and no time to sit around waiting to be rescued. She was sassy, she was strong, she was…a princess, my kind of princess who took no crap from scruffy looking nerf herders and was always willing to take up arms and fight alongside the soldiers risking their lives for her.

Regina the Evil Queen- She’s a newer woman to look up to. This not so evil Queen took power where none was given, she cursed a land to get revenge, she fought hard and did bad things to protect her son. She is a wonderful example of someone who is neither hero nor villain. She lost the love her life and swore revenge, she took over a kingdom, and when that wasn’t revenge enough she threw everyone into a new world and took over that too. When none of that gave her what she wanted, she tried being a better person…she’s fought heroes and villains alike and all the while she struggles against her own inner demons. The woman is strong in more ways than one.

Xena- I could hardly have this list without her. The Amazon woman is as much a symbol of strong females as Wonder Woman is. One reason I loved her so much was even her sidekick was female. I mean technically she was her friend, and I’ve heard questions that people thought possible lover as well, but you all know what I mean. The best part about this warrior woman was that she was on a quest for redemption, saving people who needed saving and fighting for those who could not fight for themselves, trying to make amends for her past sins tormenting people just like those she was fighting for during the show. she was honest and struggled to figure out just what the ‘greater good” was, and that’s why she deserves praise.

Zoe Washburne- She was married, and the right hand to a male captain, but I think anyone who’s ever seen Firefly knows she was the real brains of all operations. Her opinion was valued highly by her captain, and she was the muscle in her marriage. She was sassy, sarcastic, kind and blunt, and is to date one of my all time favorite characters. She was a soldier and an outlaw, a friend and lover. She was the most well-rounded female character I’ve seen in a while. A fully realized look at what it truly means to be a woman. Zoe was a character I could look up to for more than one reason. She was the kind of woman I would love to be, and she looked like me, which helped my young mind truly see her as someone I could hope to become.

The best thing about the women of geek culture is they are all so different, there is someone for every girl to look up to. There is hardly a one of them who is useless or weak and they show girls that they can be strong and kind, that they can be the hero of their own stories.

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Universes

Not like the great big cosmos out there in space…that’s nerd stuff and I can’t even begin to explain to you how little I know about space. No, when I say universes I mean as they pertain to books, movies and comics. In the case of geek culture, universes are much less complicated than the thing that NASA deals with.

Okay, so Universes come into play a lot in comics. First there are major universes, like Marvel or DC, then there are the universes within those universes. Most super heroes have had many different versions of themselves running around and have died and come back to life many times over. Each universe has a name and usually when discussing that universe or a specific version of a super hero, since the one I know the most about is Spiderman, we’ll use him as an example, the universe is said in front of the hero’s name.

In Ultimate Spiderman, the universe is called the Ultimate Universe and is a very big one, Peter Parker sacrificed himself in some epic battle and the new Spiderkid on the block is Miles Morales who is black and Hispanic. However, in Superior Spiderman Doctor Octopus is now in the body of Peter Parker and Pater Parker, in the body of the not so good Doctor, is dead. There is also the Amazing Spiderman Universe, there was also Spiderman 2099…lot’s of different versions of Spiderman running around in alternate universes. So depending on the universe different things can be happening, which is why it’s important to know which one you are discussing when someone brings it up.

Now for books this idea is much more simplistic. There is only one universe, unless your book has been turned into a movie, in which case you have book universe and movie universe. People will definitely differentiate seeing as in the movie it never happens exactly as it did in the book. More over, sometime nothing happened like it did in the book in which case book fans will treat them like they don’t even relate to each other.

See? Our universes are not nearly as complex as…our universe. I bet now you understand why people are always talking about the Avengers movie being a mix of universes. Though I, personally, believe the Marvel movies should be considered their own universe, as should DC movies because they usually try to mix the universes and that makes something new…how many times did I say universe in this post?

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