It’s shopping time. Gifting time. Which means it’s wrapping time. But you know what’s a thing that actually happens at least once per year at my house? Someone gets the wrong gift. Why? No gift tags. Well, not this year.
I love when the Doctor reveals that he knows the real name of a character from our shared cultural experiences. See Santa AKA Jeff. What a great line. Doctor Who writers are the best at it.
Need some Happy Wholidays wrapping paper? You can download last year’s Happy Wholidays paper right here. Print. Wrap. Smile. Repeat. And if you want to use that cute glittery star on your packages, just go to your Dollar Store - you can find 3 for $1.
Happy Wholidays my friends! Remember, it’s not always the most expensive or most fancy or most high tech gift that counts. Sometimes, it really is the thought.
Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors, the chill in the air, pumpkin spiced beverages, Oktoberfest beers, and that wholly American pastime: football.
Now, you may be saying “wha?! Mollie likes football?” No, actually I don’t. But, for me, football season brings something glorious; 4 solid hours of uninterrupted TV binging each week while my fiancee is blissfully occupied. That’s why I’m so glad to be a Whovian. The beauty of Doctor Who is that by the time you’ve traveled to Tranzalore with Clara you’ve practically forgotten what it was like to be chased by mannequins with Rose (or go back to the Stone Age with Susan). There are all sorts of things you can miss on your 1st, 2nd and even 3rd viewing - here are just a few reasons to re-watch this fall while we wait for the 50th Anniversary.
The Doctor is Chaos on Wheels…
Scratch that…3 wheels and a block. I mean…he stole Queen Elizabeth’s V Card!
Pre-Martha Martha shows up in “Doomsday,” the Doctor held the kite that Benjamin Franklin used to discover electricity, he got his brown jacket from Janis Joplin, and he’s on a bowling team with Virginia Woolfe. And (my favorite)…
At the end of the “The Shakespeare Code,” Queen Elizabeth vehemently chases the Doctor down the street but we don’t find out why until “The End of Time.” After the Doctor confesses that he had been married to Good Queen Bess, he says “Let me tell you, her nickname is no longer… *hem*cough*.” You don’t have to read too deeply between the lines to figure out he’s referring to “The Virgin Queen” – and that she ain’t one no more.
The Show is Wicked Smart…
Having a main character who regenerates and not having to worry about the continuity of events is genius in terms of having a show with staying power. In a world of shows that don’t even pretend to be anything but mind numbing or that constantly insult our intelligence, Doctor Who’s quick and witty dialogue is refreshing. But not only is the Doctor smart in the “go off on a tangent using only technical jargon” sort of way; it’s smart in an enlightening sort of way.
“The good things don’t always soften the bad, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” - The Eleventh Doctor, Vincent and the Doctor
It Gives you the Warm Fuzzies…
Whether you’re having a stellar day or a shitty day, it’s never a bad thing have some of the Doctor’s undying faith in the goodness of the human race rub off on you.
“Go forward in all of your beliefs, and prove to me that I am not mistaken in mine.” - The First Doctor, The Dalek Invasion of Earth
Miss Mollie Estelle is a smart cookie and you really don’t want to take her on when it comes to crossword puzzles. She is addicted to thinking, reading, fashion, friends, nail polish and french fries. She puts pens in her boots and, in search of the world, carries a big purse. She has been a devoted reader of BGC since its birth, and is constantly working at Being Geek Chic. You can follow her on Twitter: @mollieestelle
Introducing this week’s Lady Geek: Mandie Brasington. She’s a super talented comic artist studying at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where she’s working toward her BFA in Comic Arts. Head over to her portfolio to check out her sometimes whimsical, sometimes heart-wrenching, always engaging comics.
We snagged this from her artist’s statement:
“Within my comics I focus on a female perspective and how it relates to an environment. My work takes mundane, commonplace situations and focuses on the emotional states of the characters within the narrative. My stories are subtle and emotive with a disconcerting undertone. They ask the reader to examine the imagery to find what is so distressing about the work.”
Read on to dive into BGC’s interview with this comic chick. Carpe Comics!
Q: How has your process as an artist evolved over the years?
A: In form my process has changed a lot over the years. I started out as a painter, sculptor, performance artist, anything to really get at the concepts I wanted to work with. Form really didn’t matter to me. And in a way it still doesn’t. I work primarily in the comic medium because it reaches a different community, a broader one. You could talk about an issue in have it be heard in a much more grass-roots type fashion than what you would achieve in a gallery situation. I really love the removal of the guiding force of the institution telling the viewer what is good, what is Art and what isn’t. That is what has struck me about comics and the convention scene.
Q: A little bird told BGC that you are involved with a cartoonist club at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with Leigh Luna (a previous Lady Geek of the Week!). Can you tell us more?
A: I am the current President of The Dead Cartoonist Society, or DCS, at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. We are open to all comic enthusiasts at the school, so we are not a gender specific group. That being said, the majority of our members are women. DCS is the latest incarnation of the comic club that has been at MCAD since the 90s, so while I did not found it I have reorganized it after it had died its latest mini death.
As a club, we hold communal work time and critique nights as well as play silly round of exquisite corpse and do jam comics (trade off drawing a comic, panel by panel, with another artist). We also put out a periodic anthology of awesome student work, the latest of which, Gutter Space, will be debuted at the Indie Con Autoptic in Minneapolis in August.
Q: You can choose one superpower. What is it?
A: The ability to always pay me rent. :) If not, I demand to be a super saiyan!
Q: If you could take any fictional character out for a drink, whom would you choose and what would you drink?
A: I would have to take The Doctor. Any incarnation after the time where we could talk about that event. Or anything else really. The Doctor is some one you could have a real exciting conversation with about anything in the universe. As for what I would drink, something local. Coffee if they have a good cup.
Q: What would you tell your 13-year-old self?
A: Read Love and Rockets. It’ll help.
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.
Follow her on twitter: @emmalynnbauer
About a month ago, I told you why you should start reading comics. Perhaps that was just what you needed to get started and to jump into the fold. But maybe you’re still feeling a bit hesitant, and you could use some additional direction. Or better yet, a list of recommendations.
If that’s you, here are a handful of comics that you should start reading today, conveniently organized based on some things that you might be digging these days:
This series is made up of a couple of critically acclaimed, self-published short stories, The Mire and Wolves. They won’t take you long to read, but they’re definitely worth checking out. The backdrop is fantasy-inspired, but the real draw of these stories is the human journey at their core.
Many recent animated films have tested or expanded the conventions of the typical prince and princess relationship – Tangled, Brave, and more. Princeless feels just like one of those great animated films in comic form, but goes even further to break the old convention of the princess as a helpless damsel to be saved and won. The early issues do a great job building the world and setting a tone that matches those timeless adventures we’ve all seen on the screen so many times.
There are many classic Superman stories you’d be well served to check out prior to Clark Kent’s next film outing, including many that I’m still working through myself. Might I recommend starting with a trio of issues from the Superman Adventures series, which is grounded in the universe and stylings of the Superman Animated Series of the late ‘90s? The issues above offer colorful and fun introductions to Superman, Supergirl, their home planets Krypton and Argo, and many iconic baddies too.
Atomic Robo stars a butt-kicking robot (built by Nikola Tesla) whose adventures take place in numerous different time periods and feature Nazis, monsters, dinosaurs and more. Can you see the parallels to your favorite Time Lord already? In any case, each Atomic Robo story arc tells a standalone story within a handful of issues, so it’s a great place to dive in for some swashbuckling sci-fi action.
Invincible Iron Man Annual #1.1, #1.2 and #1.3
So why not check out a couple original comics stories that laid the groundwork for Tony Stark’s latest silver screen antics? Iron Man: Extremis is the Iron Man story with the most direct relationship to the latest film. Along with that, we’ve got a three-issue Iron Man arc that doesn’t actually feature Iron Man at all, instead putting the spotlight on the Mandarin. While diehard comics fans have been split on the portrayal of Mandarin in Iron Man 3, this story strikes a nice balance between the two versions of the character, presenting a man who not only masters great power, but manipulation, subterfuge and theatrics too.
Got additional recommendations of your own? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!
Guest post by Adam Giorgi, who also happens to be my brother. He’s a writer, gamer, reader and Potter head. He also makes cool comics from time to time. Check out his blog: Geek-Attack. Follow him on twitter: @adamgiorgi
I have really come to love and adore the 11th. The 11th Doctor, that is.
While I know the Tennant fan girls outnumber me online and elsewhere, I feel like I’ve seen Matt Smith evolve from a great actor to an extraordinary one during his tenure as the most famous intergalactic time traveler in all the universe. So I decided to suspend regularly scheduled posts for the day to write a quick thank you note to the Doctor who made me fall back in love with bow ties.
Dear Matt Smith,
I think it’s when you said this…
"I am being extremely clever up here and there’s no one to stand around looking impressed! What’s the point in having you all?"
I laughed. And then I smiled. And then later on I smiled again to myself when no one was watching. I maybe even chuckled a little. Because you, in your very own goofy way, are charming.
The way you spun on your heels was charming. The way you pulled on the ends of your bow tie. The way you swished your hair - always to the left. The way you looked at River. The way you patted Rory on the back. The way you hugged Amy. The way you studied Clara. You have a knack for connecting people - making them feel special. And that goes beyond the characters. That goes down deep through digital film to nanotubes and into our television screens all the way to the eyeballs of your eager audience.
Please know that then you leave the show, you also leave me and many others with incredible memories and friendships. These are side effects of a cultural phenomenon that is bigger than any one actor or Steven Moffat or the BBC or even the big blue box - but you, specifically, made a mark on this world. You took a tradition and you made it your own. That’s no easy task. And now every time I put on a bow tie and slip my arms through a tweed blazer I will think of you. And I will be cool.
With love and admiration,
Tell me friends: what will you miss most about the 11th?
This is your Spoiler Alert. Don’t read if you haven’t seen the season finale of Series 7 of Doctor Who.
50 years. Series 7. 11 Doctors. Clara. All these things have come and gone. So what is left to explore? We learn in this finale where the show will go next and it’s not about new lands or future times, instead it’s about the past. A very specific origin. The Doctor’s origin. There is probably no better place to go in the TARDIS than the start.
For this finale, we didn’t get the name of the Doctor as many of us believed we would, but we did get a look at the face that started it all. When Steven Moffat said we would never see the Doctor again after the credits rolled on The Name of the Doctor - he wasn’t kidding.
The episode started with Clara’s identity finally being revealed. She’s the Doctor’s protector. But she doesn’t know why, so we have to let the story take us there.