I know that behind every President is a slew of writers working their asses off with little appreciation from the public. That being said, those writers and that POTUS have to be able to agree on some things. Such as, where the line is. And how many times to cross it in the name of comedy.
The American people, deserve that. Everyone lambasts everyone, beyond the pale and then beyond that.
One of my favorite things to watch in recent years has been the White House Correspondent dinner. There’s the Gossip ( Who was invited? THEM???!!!), the clothes ( And THEY wore WHAT??!! to a White House hosted Dinner?!!!) and then there are the jokes. The zingers, the hurls, dips and rib-ticklers of the esteemed guest list. Or this year, the Secret Service. And North Korea ( oooooh take that Jong-Un. Beep Beep, Derrivery of de Punchrine).
Pop quiz time: Name the two things the following movies have in common: “Terms of Endearment, “Steel Magnolias” “Sex and the City: The Movie” and “Beaches.”
- They are all on the “Top 10” or “Top 20” lists from several movie sites of the best Chick Flicks of all time, and
- I couldn’t sit through any of these if you had me tied up Droog-style in a straight jacket.
You know the drill, geek moms, we try and try to fit in and get with the program. We give these saccharine romances and strong-yet-sensitive “himbos” a go, but halfway through the weepy, sappy, whiney, everyone’s dying and hugging, and way, way, waaaaay-too-beautiful women to be having man trouble movies we think “Gerard Butler looked so much better lopping heads off Persians in red skivvies…. lose the polo and Dockers, dude and yell ‘SPARTAAAA!’”
There is a truth we geek moms must face: we have our own definition of “chick flick” and it isn’t heavy on the “chick.” We know what we want — and it all comes from comic books. Yes we are women, and we have our emotional, romantic, motherly cinematic needs, but make no mistake, we get them met through different means, often with body armor, super heroes, alien invasions, capes, death rays and a bat signal.
Therefore, through completely scientific and hormonal means, here are all the elements “experienced” movie critics say make a great “chick flick” easily found in Comic Book/Sci-Fi properties.
After a brief hiatus from all things fashion (with the exception of The Hunger Games’ Katniss edition), we’re back with this triple threat from Batman’s rogue gallery. Hopefully you guys continue to embrace our attempts at this kind of thing.
If you have heroes you’d like to suggest to us, tweet them @ IHOGeek, or leave them on our Facebook wall. Without further ado, I give you the Joker!
I decided to do a set of mini interviews with people I’ve interacted with and have extraordinary backgrounds. Many I’ve met via Facebook and many I’ll meet when I attend SDCC for the first time this July. Next up is crafty geek, Bonnie Burton!
Name: Bonnie Burton
Online handle: @bonniegrrl
Fave Cartoons: Invader Zim, Adventures of Flapjack, Battle of the Planets
Fave Movie: Blade Runner
Fave Book – way too many favorites to pick one! You can check out what I’m reading here though: Bonnie on GoodReads
BB: No matter if you have a job you love or a job to do the things you love, you MUST find the time to feed your creative soul. Life is so short that you should try to pack in as much awesome stuff into your day because you never know if it will be your last. So whenever I feel rundown or tired or frustrated, I remind myself that I have so much fun left to do and I shouldn’t waste time worrying.
I never say no to a writing gig. I always challenge myself artistically. And above all else, I try to make at least one person to laugh every day!
L: One of the biggest things to come out this year is the Womanthology Heroic comic anthology. How do you feel that something that started out as just another idea is something that you were able to contribute to and inspired many aspiring comic creators?
BB: Anytime I can contribute to a project that inspires women to be creative, I’ll do it! It was an honor to be included on the Womanthology project as both an editor and a contributor. Just flipping through the pages of this massively cool anthology I can’t help but be both humbled and inspired myself. There is so much creative talent out there, and I’m excited to see the next wave of female comic book authors and artists take over the world!
L: Since you seem constantly doing something amazingly cool, what kind of projects do you have in the works?
BB: I’m currently working on a few comics and a web series I can’t chat about right this second. But I will be involved with the next installment of Womanthology, as well as relaunching my web series “Ask Bonnie.” I have some book projects I want to get off the ground again too. I’m also on the Vaginal Fantasy Romance Book Club with geek girl icons Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont and Kiala Kazebee. And you can always read my monthly column in SFX magazine where I write about everything from secret societies to tips on flirting with werewolves.
L: I fricking love Vaginal Fantasy. That last book….WOW. Everyone has a science fiction property that means the world to them, be it Star Wars, Back to the Future, or even E.T. What’s yours?
BB: I love a LOT of sci-fi and have favorites for different reasons. But the one film that always centers me, makes me dream and calms me to the core is “Blade Runner.” I watch it every night before bed as a sort of geek girl ritual. It has everything I love — interesting characters, breath-taking cinematography, beautiful soundtrack, stunning costumes and a story that resonates with us all.
L: It also seems like you get to rub elbows with people that seem genuine and fun to be around, no matter the amount of celebrity surrounding them. Is there anyone you still get star struck around?
BB: I try to treat everyone like a rock star, whether they are or not. But there are a few people I have complete smitten crushes on that I’m sure I would say something Liz Lemon would be accident. I’ve been at a loss for words (which is very unlike me) around such legends as Henry Rollins, Anne Rice and Joss Whedon. So one of these days, I’ll be able to talk to them without giving them my best mime impression!
L: I ask this question of everyone, so be honest: If aliens landed in front of you and, in exchange for anything you desire, offered you any position on their planet, what position would you want? I know I’d crap my pants.
BB: President of Social Media Marketing. Let’s face it, they’ll need it if they plan to chat with Earth.
Have I mentioned I LOVE Bonnie?
On April 2nd, Premium YouTube channel Geek & Sundry debuted and features the best of indie geek culture and the internet’s foremost geek voices. Founded by the producers of the hit web series “The Guild”, Geek & Sundry offers a diverse lineup of shows that create a hub for fans of comedy, gaming, comics, music, and literature around the world. Through compelling content and its powerful social media presence, the channel cultivates a thriving community amongst its viewers, allowing them to immerse themselves in nerd culture and connect with each other both online and off. Spearheaded by prominent geek ﬁgureheads, Geek & Sundry features original content by Felicia Day (“The Guild”, “Dr. Horrible”, “Eureka”), Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek”, “The Big Bang Theory”), Veronica Belmont & Tom Merritt (“Sword & Laser”), Paul & Storm (“w00tstock”), and Dark Horse Comics. I had the pleasure of interviewing Sherie Bryant, one of the co-creators and executive producer about what Geek & Sundry has to offer. (more…)
With a fun title that doesn’t quite live up to expectations, Retro Geeks is a Young Adult novel written by Karen Mueller Bryson. Publishing company Short On Time, founded by Bryson herself, aims to write for “Teens on the go!” by providing short, straightforward stories in a concise format, which is the jumping point from where Bryson starts to miss the mark. From a cringe worthy phrases to a corny high five shtick, all coupled with a writing style that makes Stephanie Meyer look like William Shakespeare, Retro Geeks is just a couple hundred pages short of being a mediocre kid-lit story.
“Remember when it wasn’t cool to be a geek? That’s so yesterday! Retro Geeks, chronicles the (mis)adventures of two self-proclaimed geek girls, Molly and Ally, as they attempt to land super-hot dates for their senior prom. The 80s obsessed BFFs attempt a variety of date-finding schemes, including spying on the popular girls for the 411 on fitting in, in their quest for top-tier prom dates.”
Let me state clearly for the record that I detest all things 80s. Upon finishing this book in a little under half an hour, I spent the remaining thirty minutes staring dumbfounded at my Nook and RAGE TYPING to my friends.
Ally and Molly, supposed high school seniors, are written with the mentality of a middle schooler. Just one, though, because there were not enough personality traits to make a complete person. Neither girl felt as if she had a solid personality and there isn’t anything for a reader to identify with in these one dimensional characters shells that were used to get Bryson’s message of “80’s RAWKS” across. Rather than, you know… fully fleshed out characters with real life problems. Bryson’s main focus seemed more on correctly citing the 80’s music and fashion choices of the girls rather than giving them believable and character-centric dialogue. The random use of 80’s pop culture mixed with the BFFs uttering phrases such as, “We really gotta motor!” and “Like, duh!” gave the book an extremely dated feel and reads as merely a transparent attempt at trying too hard to be hip with the jive, man.
Though the protagonists long for acceptance in this cut throat world of classmates, both girls are extremely judgmental of their peers, usually with an elitist attitude that was based on the type of clothes they wear, (“‘You were practically falling all over that hick,’ Molly continued not holding back any of the disdain she felt for Tucker. ‘He’s completely country. He wears Wranglers. And cowboy boots!’ – pg 14) going so far as to try and prove their self worth with hot prom dates, and even takes a Tina Fey-esque turn into Mean Girls territory when the high school starlet and self proclaimed “Queen of Mean” Elisa invites the duo to dine with the popular crowd and schemes that football playing hottie-twins Tank and Hank invites the girls to prom as a joke.
Bryson does a very poor job at telling us what is going on rather than showing us around this world she’s created. At several points, Retro Geeks reads more like a parent’s guide to every high school stereotype than an actual story. There is even a severe lack of description in their appearance, placing the emphasis more on what the girls are wearing rather than any individual physical features Ally and Molly may or may not possess. When I realized that Retro Geeks was actually intended to be marketed towards the Young Adult crowd, I was appalled. Everything about Retro Geeks screams “dumbed down.” With the recent surge back into reading for the YA crowd, strong plot oriented books like Harry Potter and Hunger Games are gaining the spotlight and proving that the YA kids are mature enough to handle the different types of themes thrown at them. Bryson should do a little research and rely on her readers enough to allow them to pick up on context clues and inferences on their own, rather than spoonfeeding every single detail down their throats for fear of missing a look or. Let your audience experience the story and trust in their reading comprehension! Remember the golden rule! Show, don’t tell.
The only positive I can come up with for Retro Geeks is that this book is fairly digestible, at only 93 pages. Though at the same time, how hard is it to edit 93 pages? There are so many instances where Bryson’s grammatical errors manage to detract from the laughable plot that I thought my brain might explode from the sheer ridiculousness of it all. Ofs turned into ifs and ons were ins with commas vomited into places they had no business being. Though Seven Hells forbid that “Siouxsie Sioux” be misspelled. I mean really, can we get at least one reread?
While I wont ruin the surprise if the girls make it out okay in the end, (Hint: They do.) Retro Geeks and the Amazingly Misleading Title ultimately turns into the bastard offspring of throwing the movie Mean Girls and an older YA novel The Great Lakeside High Experiment by Neil R Shelden (seriously, did no one else read this book?) into a blender along with a gallon of pink Baby Sitters Club flavored water. Retro Geeks is a poor attempt at empowering girls to just be themselves through constant categorization and cutting the rest of the population down to hack it. In the end, I don’t feel that Ally or Molly learn a real lesson or grow in any way. Because the moral of the story? Being a geek is simply “how you look” rather than who you are, and looking like a geek is socially unacceptable, so you can change that! But, be yourself and stuff. Take my advice and the wasted hour to heart when I say – save the 7 bucks for something more substantial. Like a vanilla latte. Or a 12 pack of Charmin Ultra. High five?