She’s tattooed, fond of brews and she’s got some moves. Introducing this week’s Lady Geek of the Week: Leslie Stewart (aka Darling Stewie). She’s a “20 something Northeastern Pennsylvania web designer, super geek girl, , voiceover enthusiast, convention going LARPer, kawaii fashion fanatic, coffee addict, toy collector and meme-obsessed chick.”
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: I’ve always loved design and the Internet, so my passion is primarily geekery plus internet. I love writing, drawing cartoons, and creatively expressing myself on the internet so that’s how was born - my ultra geek cute blog.
In addition to that, my geek passions were fueled by awesome friends. We collaboratively made each other geekier by having anime watching parties, playing D&D, and always talking about geek nonsense. We all started LARPing (live action role playing) together and it was a combination of friends hanging out and being geeks. That’s how I met my awesome boyfriend. It was love at first Elven sight.
Q: Proudest achievement?
A: My current proudest achievement is joining the ranks of Antipode Geek Bellydance and performing at geek/anime conventions across the East Coast. We are scheduled to perform at Genericon in Troy NY March 1-3 - a Super Mario Brothers Bellydance. It’s a super fun group of geek girls who put on creative geek belly dances! I absolutely LOVE bellydancing, and the combination of dance with fangirl geek topics like science fiction (Doctor Who, Firefly), video games (Sonic, Zelda), or anime (Utena, Sailor Moon) makes it that much more fun. Check them out at and , please and thank you. :)
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose, and what would you drink?
A: Probably Louise from Bob’s Burgers, a tiny little maniac after my own heart… We’d drink something with lots of sugar and caffeine in it.
Q: When did you first realize you were “geeky?”
A: Christmas morning 1993 … this was when I received my first Nintendo… and first Mario Brothers game. This was the moment when I first start the conversion to geekdom. As I entered my teenage years, I noticed the other girls were interested in the world of the superficial: shopping, supermodels, and cheesy chick flicks… but my interests included the world of the supernatural and the superhero: cosplay, science fiction, comics and cartoons, and Dungeons and Dragons. Truth be told, I’d take a D20 over a day of shopping any day.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: Keep calm and geek on, Little Stewart.
Q: What would be the title of your memoir?
A: “BRB, Larping: A memoir.”
Need daily, quippy bursts of Stewart? Follow her on Twitter @darlingstewie!
Emma Bauer is a Being Geek Chic Contributor. Clearly, she’s got great taste. She is a PR enthusiast, history scholar, tea drinker, fashion devotee, and of course, aspires to Be Geek Chic.
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