All through November, we will be covering the best ways to be spend time together, whether it’s playing a board game rife with betrayal, or cooking up something delicious. With that in mind, a lot of us work at Sub Cultured, but don’t know much about each other since we are spread out across the United States, so we devised a fun way to learn about one another!
Our first “Meet the Staff” features one of the founding members Sub Cultured, Leia Calderon, interviewed by myself, Jeremy Harris.
JH: Start us off with some basic stats! Who are you, where are you from, what’s your job class, what do you want to be doing?
LC: I’m a regular person living in Dallas, Texas for the foreseeable future. I’m in love with my day job of managing a comic store, but when I play video games with job classes, I always choose the mage!! Or the girl character, which is usually the same thing, haha. In tabletops, I tend to choose healing classes like clerics, or things I can do funny things with like bards! As far as what I want to be doing…I’m pretty content being in the comics industry, so I would like to definitely do that in some shape, way, or form, be it behind the counter, or maybe penning my own in the future.
JH: Favorite comic?
LC: Right now? Comics come out every Wednesday, so I always have a new favorite. Um, I’m really digging Jason Aaron’s take on Doctor Strange, I LOVE Patrick Gleason’s Robin: Son of Batman, and basically anything James Tynion IV writes for DC. Indie stuff, there’s so much! Obviously big stuff like Saga and Sex Criminals, and I’m dying for everyone to read Monstress from Marjorie Liu! If you mean, like, books I can’t live without type of favorites, um, Locke & Key, Maus, or the manga NANA and Boys Over Flowers. SO MANY!!!
JH: What is it you do for/contribute to Sub Cultured?
LC: I do a lot of back end type stuff, like handling some of our social media, editing articles, and I am a co-writer on our YouTube series, Game of Theories. When I can, I write about stuff in the comics industry.
JH: Were you always comfortable with who you are, geek wise?
LC: NO! I was always called a bookworm like it was a bad thing, and for some reason, perhaps because I was teased at school for my name and looks, I never talked about the video games I played until I was a teenager. After the age of 16, all of my fucks went out the window and I embraced who I was fully.
JH: Snape, good guy or bad guy, why?
LC: I think Snape had the potential to be a good guy, but he was a selfish bully with only his own interests at heart, so ultimately, while I do think his heart might have had good bits in it…I would definitely have to put him in the bad guy territory with Dumbledore.
JH: What is your favorite kind of mythical creature from any mythology?
LC: Dragons. There’s so much lore about them, and the thought that they COULD be telepathic, and in a range of jewel tones or earthy tones, depending on the book, and their eggs being beautiful or burning your hands, they’re just the best. Plus, they FLY, and if it’s able to grow big enough you get to ride it, and be partners with it. How could you not love the thought of dragons?
LC: Not as many as you might think. My experiences are mostly annoyance at my name being mispronounced, and the occasional high five at its geeky nature!
JH: In the whole world of geeky culture if you could only ever watch, read, enjoy one one property what would it be and why? This doesn’t have to be your favorite.
LC: Oh, it’s either Star Wars (pre-EU erasure), or Orson Scott Card’s Ender Verse. Both are so rich in detail, and while Star Wars has much more in its backlog, the Ender Saga made such a profound impact on my life, it’s kind of hard to imagine life before it, even if the author is a bigot of the highest degree. It’s really difficult to choose just one, but I mean, OBVIOUSLY STAR WARS, if I only have to choose one. It has my namesake, so I gotta be biased.
JH: Without spoilers what are your hopes for Episode VII?
LC: I just want to see Star Wars made with love. I want to feel magic in my blood, tingles down my spine, tears in my eyes from pure, unadulterated joy. If the trailers are anything to go by, I don’t think I’ll be disappointed.
JH: Is there a superpower you wish you had? Any particular reason why?
LC: Telekinesis. Although my love for her has waned in recent years, Jean Grey was my favorite X-Men character, and while I disliked so much of her storyline, her mastery of the power made quite the impression on me in my formative years. I’ve no doubt I would use it to mess with people from time to time, but I’m pretty sure I’d utilize it in the laziest of ways like flipping the pages of a book when I’m not attempting to save people.
JH: How do you find it being a woman in the pretty typically male dominated and sexist geek culture?
LC: It’s gotten SO MUCH BETTER. I think as recently as five years ago, it was still very misogynistic, including my work place. There was a lot of challenging sort of exchanges from men to prove myself, but I don’t have to prove myself to anyone, and I truly believe comics and video games and stuff are for everyone. Overall, it’s only getting better, and more accepting.
JH: How would you use your experiences to help other women in and with the culture?
LC: I do what I can by trying to provide a safe space for us. I guess, as long as it’s obvious we can band together and face what adversity there is, we can help change things for the better. No one has to be alone, you guys!
JH: What’s the most personal thing you’re willing to divulge in this very public interview?
LC: Um, I am utterly terrified of severe thunderstorms. The mere mention or hint of possible tornadic activity just sends my anxiety into overdrive and I panic, haha.
JH: What alternate universe would you prefer to live in?
LC: Middle Earth. Anything could happen there.
JH: What’s the “best” fictional language?
LC: QUENYA! It’s the speech of the Valar, and the elves that answered the summons of Oromë in Silmarillion. Quenya was, like, Middle Earth’s version of Latin in that it wasn’t spoken as much and a lot of the more familiar dialects of Elvish, like Sindarin, were derived from it. Fun fact, Elvenkind is referred to as Quendi, haha! Aw, and I just…I remember reading it as a teen and loving the idea that it was spoken both through word and through gesture. I don’t know, I guess I always felt it was kind of romantic, a language of the angelic like Valar.
JH: Have you been to a Wawa? If not get on that. Fly to one if you have to.
LC: What the HELL is a Wawa?? Is it….a person?!
JH: If people were inclined to find you on the internet, where can they look?
LC: I am everywhere as ladyvader99. Like, for real, I’d be very surprised if you stumbled across a ladyvader99 that was not me.
Thanks for reading, and keep an eye on the site for our other interviews…I’m next!
25% Match | 75% Enemy
70, Male?, Point Pleasant, WV
MY SELF SUMMARY:
What am I doing with my life:
SHRIEKAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHNYANG, SHREEEEEEEEMA, OMNAYOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
(tapping into phone lines, guessing games, destroying bridges)
I’m really good at:
(tapping into phone lines, harassing horny teenagers in woods, guessing games, destroying bridges)
Favorite books, movies, shows, music, and food:
(likes soft lips, rotary phones, sinks, Ordnance Works, Debra Messing, mothman digest, open windows, silos, porch lights, chapstick,
(soft lips, rotary phones, open windows,
porch lights, chapstick, Debra Messing)
This post contains minor spoilers from HBO’s Game of Thrones, but no book spoilers.
Game of Thrones has some of the most beautiful costuming I have ever seen. Each outfit tells the story of the character and the characters’ wardrobes evolve as their stories do.
Sansa Stark is a character who has transformed tremendously through the first four seasons of Game of Thrones. In the beginning, Sansa is a young girl, full of dreams and naivety, but by season four, she has learned to play the political games in King’s Landing. She’s a somewhat controversial character among fans, especially since she begins the series as an annoying, bratty teenager. Through the seasons, she learns quickly that her former dreams for the future are simply fantasy and she must adapt. Her wardrobe reflects her constantly changing status and the careful way she must portray herself to survive. For more on Sansa’s sartorial symbolism, this article is definitely worth a read (but beware spoilers!).
I interpreted four of Sansa’s looks into modern outfits. With each look, I’ll also analyze Sansa’s state and what her wardrobe reveals about her own struggles.
In the very beginning, Sansa is very much a young lady from Winterfell. She wears her hair the Northern way, had hopes of knights and romance, and wears clothing that is utilitarian, not frivolous. She dresses in simple dresses with warm detailing to protect her from the chill of Winterfell. At this point in the series, her clothing reflects her homeland. The Hound teases Sansa early on by calling her a “pretty talking bird, repeating all the pretty little words they taught [her] to recite.”To bring this look to life, I chose a simple boho-style dress with a floral print, reminiscent of the floral design on Sansa’s gown. To accessorize, boots and a faux fur vest are ladylike while still hinting at a colder climate. This outfit is inspired by nature, so top the look off with a replica of Sansa’s own dragonfly necklace.
In King’s Landing, Sansa learns that words are her armor. She chooses her words and appearance carefully, blending in at first by choice and then by necessity. Her clothing and hairstyles become more ornate — she is seen wearing this beautiful purple gown several times. At this point, Sansa is becoming disenchanted with reality, quickly realizing that “There are no heroes… In life, the monsters win.”
To reflect the ornateness of the dresses Sansa wears in King’s Landing, I chose a delicate plum dress with lace and chiffon detailing. Accessorize with subtle wolf jewelry as an ode to the Stark family and a reminder to keep your family close to your heart. A braided updo ties the look together as an homage to the elaborate braided styles of King’s Landing.
Who is your favorite Game of Thrones character?
Whether it’s Klingon, Elvish, or Gallifreyan, fictional languages are firmly cemented in nerd culture. Learning to read, write, and speak these languages is a huge undertaking, but can be incredibly rewarding.
When Game of Thrones was developed for television, linguist David J. Peterson was hired to create the language of Dothraki. That means Dothraki has grammar, pronunciation, and cultural ties, just like real languages. The amount of thought and depth that Dothraki has is simply impressive, especially since a small number of scenes involve extensive Dothraki dialogue.
If the Dothraki that appeared in the show wasn’t enough, now you can learn exactly what Daenerys and Drogo were saying. Living Language has created Living Langauge Dothraki, a complete language course written by David J. Peterson himself. The course includes a written and audio component. The booklet explains basic pronunciation and grammatical structure as well as cultural notes, while the audio disc includes every Dothraki word or phrase inside the booklet. In addition, the booklet includes dialogue practice and exercises. There is also a website with even more content, flashcards, and games, and even an iOS app to take your practice on-the-go.
As someone who has studied a language before, I found the course to be surprisingly robust. It is clear that each phrase, word, and syllable was carefully considered by Peterson, and the effort is evident in this course. Although Dothraki is a fictional language, the course treats it the same as a real language, going much further than simply offering vocabulary terms. In fact, the Dothraki displayed in the television adaption is not indicative of how much Peterson developed to reach the few phrases in the show; Dothraki is a complete language. If you wanted to gain a conversational understanding of Dothraki, Living Language Dothraki could definitely make that goal a reality.
Simply put, I was sincerely impressed by the quality and extensiveness of Living Language Dothraki. I would highly recommend the course to any fan of Game of Thrones or A Song of Ice and Fire, especially those who love to immerse themselves in the world.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Living Language Dothraki by winning a Twitter contest from Game of Thrones. All thoughts are my own.
Happy Cyber Monday! Winter is indeed coming so stay cozy and safe inside and check out these perfect Game of Thrones gift ideas (and pick up one or two for yourselves!)
For the chefs in your life, pick up this amazing cookbook that was created by the people at Inn at the Crossroads with easy to follow recipes based on many of the mouth-watering meals which Martin describes in flavorful detail in the book series. We recommend the white beans and bacon and Sansa’s favorite lemon cakes.
What better way to throw down for the king in the north against the dragons than with this soft and cozy hoodie? There are sweatshirts for Targaryen, Stark, Baratheon, Greyjoy, Lannister, and for the boys in the Night’s Watch.
We’re kind of obsessed with this scarf. From the colors to the egalitarian approach of representing all the most mentioned houses. If you need a gift for a fan but don’t know their true alliance, this infinity scarf is perfect.
Set comes with over 425 prose magnets. Delight your household by piecing together your favorite quotes or have Hodor throw Joffrey off the edge of the wall right on your refrigerator.
Help your loved ones fight the cold and try to remember their duty on those boozy winter nights with this personalized flask!
Speaking of booze, you can’t possibly go wrong with gifting a bottle of Ommegang’s limited edition Game of Thrones Beers. Through the brewery’s site you can find a distributor near you that carries one of the signature brews, with different styles for every connisseur.
Maybe not the most exciting gift, but as a little stocking stuffer we couldn’t get over how much more fun a game of war would be with this playing card deck.
For the book readers in your life who just have to know everything… well, we’re not promising this has all the answers, but with some fleshing out of history and gorgeous artwork, this book is perfect for the most dedicated fan.
We realize that not every fan has read the books, but this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t also get a great book that expands their universe!
Give a little stocking stuffer to your significant other this season with these eternal true love key rings and keep them close to your heart. Or pocket.
Funko Pop now has a huge line of vinyl toys of your favorite Game of Thrones characters, but we just love these cute little dragons. Buy the set and give one to each of your best fan friends!
13) House Ornaments
Basically if something could be slapped with a Game of Thrones house sigil, it has been and you can find it online. Call it rule #makingthe8. These have been some of our favorite gifts to buy as well as receive. What will you be getting your friends and family this holiday season?
I’m what most people would consider a “filthy casual” when it comes to games, and I’m totally cool with that. My favorite games can be dropped and picked back up with ease, have a short story line (or none at all), and are simple to learn. Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., Left 4 Dead, Nintendogs… the kinds of games I like to play are cemented in the “casual gamer” camp.
When Nintendo’s Tomodachi Life for the 3DS was released, I heard reviews that it was like a weirder version of Animal Crossing, and I was immediately intrigued. To me, it’s more like The Sims meets Animal Crossing — with a lot of Nintendo wackiness thrown in.
To call it a game is a stretch — it’s more like a visual novel in choose-your-own adventure format, with a few mini-games and customization options thrown in. Even after playing Tomodachi Life daily for several months, it’s still hard for me to categorize. Let’s delve into the weirdness.
Quirky, Open-Ended Gameplay
The quirkiness starts right away — the islanders refer to you as [your Mii’s name]’s look-alike. So you’re sort of the deity of the island as well as a friend to the islanders, and you interact with them directly by feeding, clothing, and playing games with your islanders. Are you a God? Can your islanders feed themselves or do they rely on you for everything? We just don’t know.
Because all the characters are Miis, you can import Miis that others have created or make anyone you want to be an islander. My island is populated with characters from Madoka Magica, Adventure Time, and Rupaul’s Drag Race, among others. While there are limited personality types for Miis, they are pretty spot-on, and some of the stuff your favorite characters do and say is hilarious. You can also give each Mii a unique voice and items to give them a little more personality.
The main gameplay in Tomodachi Life comes from either solving islander problems, playing mini games, or unlocking events. Islander problems are anything from “I’m hungry!” to “Do you think so-and-so wants to be my sweetheart?” Mini games in Tomodachi Life are simple, but enjoyable: matching games, questions about your islanders, and simple item quizzes. Events happen whenever your islanders reach a new life stage, like marriage or having a baby.
Ron Swanson marries Cooking Mama, and JonTron and Madoka had a baby!
Aside from that, there are lots of other ways to stay amused: collecting all the items in-game, which rotate daily and seasonally; watching Mii news; discovering your islanders’ favorite and least favorite foods; watching your Miis give a concert; sending travelers to other Tomodachi Life games; taking photographs of your Miis; or simply observing your islanders’ shenanigans. It sounds simple, but there’s so much to do and each gamer could have a totally different experience with their island.
A little nosy, but not rude!
My favorite part about Tomodachi Life is that you aren’t penalized for playing sporadically or in short bursts. If you take a break from Animal Crossing, suddenly your town is covered in weeds and your villagers are furious with you. In other games, it’s hard to remember what you were doing and how to progress. In Tomodachi Life, though, your islanders are totally cool with you leaving for a few days… or weeks… or months. Then, once you do have time to play, you can play as much or as little as you want. Only have 10 minutes? Cool! Feed your islanders, fix a few problems, then log off for the night. As far as games go, it couldn’t be more forgiving if you are an extremely casual gamer.
Some of my favorite moments so far: Threatening Stan Lee, flirty RuPaul with a crush on Kanye.
The downside for people like myself who enjoy games like The Sims is that you can’t really control the “story” of Tomodachi Life. For example, if someone has a crush on someone else, you can tell them it’s a terrible idea to pursue it, but you can’t manipulate the game much further than that. I’ve been trying to get my Mii to date my IRL-partner’s Mii for months, and they are still just best friends. For the control freaks among us, this game might not be what you are looking for. But if you’re a little more chill about the fate of your islanders, then it’s plenty of fun.
Marceline and PB marry (in my dreams), and Madoka and I have a makeup party.
Another weird thing is that Tomodachi Life doesn’t allow for same-sex relationships. Nintendo has announced that this will be rectified in a sequel, but there’s an okay work-around currently. A Mii can have any appearance and clothing, regardless of intended gender, so if you have an OTP you really want to recreate in Tomodachi Life, just make one of them the opposite gender. I hope in future games, there’s an option to have attraction to men, women, both, or neither, or maybe even some other gender identities, but I’m not too hopeful that it will go beyond gay and straight.
Perfect for the Casual Gamer in Your Life
Despite the relatively simple gameplay, Tomodachi Life has me hooked. From watching someone skyrocket to the moon when eating their all-time favorite food (an apple?!) to discovering that three different islanders have a crush on your least-favorite Mii, watching your Miis interact is highly amusing. If you like open-ended games like The Sims and Animal Crossing and adore weirdness, or you are looking for a game you can play in short bursts, then Tomodachi Life is the perfect game for you.
Love confessions and Wii U gaming.
More Tomodachi Life Resources:
- Vinnie from Vinesauce streams Tomodachi Life regularly, and the results are hilarious.
- Tomodachi Life QR Codes is a great source to share or import Miis.
- My personal Mii QR code, in case you want me in your game!