Kicking off April’s Lady Geeks is Jill Pantozzi (@TheNerdyBird), a lady with a huge amount of geek cred. For starters, Pantozzi keeps a personal blog over at Has Boobs, Reads Comics. On her blog, she’s interviewed the likes Arthur Levine, co-editor of our beloved Harry Potter series, and Helen Slater, “Supergirl” actress from the ‘80s, just to name a few.
Pantozzi also provides witty commentary on topics such as the evolution of Neville Longbottom, the less-than-stellar debut of Spiderman on Broadway, and connections between Jurassic Park and Justice League.
Impressed yet? Did I mention Pantozzi was profiled on National Geographic’s Comic Store Heroes, a comic book documentary centered on NYC’s Midtown Comics? Yeah.
Oh, and we can’t forget to mention yesterday’s big news. Pantozzi and a plethora of other cool ladies’ 2012 anthology Chicks Dig Comics was nominated for a Hugo Award yesterday.
Finally, Pantozzi’s the Associate Editor of The Mary Sue, the blog we know and love as “A Guide to Girl Geek Culture.” Ps: Don’t read The Mary Sue? Give yourself a quick slap on the wrist and head over there now! Or, perhaps after you read Pantozzi’s interview with Being Geek Chic…
Q: What has led you to your passion?
A: I almost feel as if I was destined for this path from birth. We can blame my mom for starting me off with the original Star Trek when I was very young but I always had an affinity toward geeky pursuits. Originally I was headed toward a regular, boring journalism career then I found out I could write about Doctor Who and comics for a living and I was sold!
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: I would choose Batman and we would drink tea. Early Grey specifically.
Q: What would you tell you 13-year-old self?
A: Man, thirteen was a rough time. I’d tell myself to try and stop caring what others think of me and to stop worrying about rejection and take more chances. I probably wouldn’t listen, though, because what 13-year-old does. Oh, and I’d also tell myself to shave my head in a few years just to see what it’s like.
Q: Best cure for writer’s block?
A: Definitely step away from the computer. Oddly enough, staring at a blank screen doesn’t help. Basically, just get your mind off of whatever you’re writing about - watch or read something completely different, talk with a friend, and don’t dwell on it. Return for a fresh start later.
Q: What would be the title of your memoir?
A: Cats, Dragons, and Batman! Oh My!
Wonder Woman or Ms. Marvel?
Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings?
Crud. Lord of the Rings.
Facebook or Twitter?
Cat lady or dog lover?
Crazy cat lady, more like.
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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