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
I just returned from San Diego Comic Con and it positively rocked my socks off. Whether you were there in person too or you watched from afar, chances are you heard some of the big news broadcast from the halls of the San Diego Convention Center out to the world.
What better way to break some of that news down (and to cure my post-SDCC blues) than with another installment of Like This/Read That! In honor of Comic Con and all the nerdy wonders on the horizon, here are some fresh comic book recommendations based on some of your potential SDCC reactions.
You’re Wondering How That Superman Vs. Batman Movie Might Work
READ: The Dark Knight Returns, Kingdom Come, Superman: Red Son
Comic book confession time: I’m not a big fan of The Dark Knight Returns, the “classic” DC Comics run that is reportedly providing much of the inspiration for the newly announced Man of Steel sequel set to feature both Superman and Batman. That being said, I’d still encourage you to check it out as to form your own opinion and imagine what this upcoming on-screen pairing might end up looking like. Additionally, I’d recommend Kingdom Come and Superman: Red Son, two of DC’s better known Elseworlds books, which placed familiar characters against very unexpected backdrops. These two stories will surely have little bearing on the new film, but both feature very interesting characterizations of the relationship between Superman and Batman.
You’re STILL Waiting for a Female-Led Superhero Flick (Like I Am)
The DC Comics movie announcements made at SDCC were surprising and exciting, but conspicuously absent from them was any mention of a Wonder Women film. Somehow, in a world where comic book films have taken over, the biggest female icon in comics is still without an announced film, meaning the third most central member of the Justice League will not have her own movie prior to that team’s introduction in cinemas (and don’t you for a second try to convince me that Aquaman or the Flash are more significant than Wonder Woman… seriously). As some small solace offered to ease your mind regarding this unfortunate situation, I’d recommend checking out these two recent comic series that put the spotlight on lady heroes. Captain Marvel is awesome (and is begging to become part of the Marvel cinematic universe) and a new X-Men series just getting underway features a butt-kicking team of all female mutants. Also worth mentioning are the Wonder Woman and Supergirl runs that began in DC’s New 52.
You’re Intrigued by Marvel’s Latest Movie Teases
The big surprises from Marvel Studios at SDCC were the showing of the first footage from Guardians of the Galaxy and the reveal of the Avengers sequel’s full title, Avengers: Age of Ultron. If those names don’t ring any bells, you can start your crash course here with these Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers series. I’ve just begun reading these issues myself, but a friendly fan at Comic Con gave them a very enthusiastic recommendation. Why not join me in checking them out and in the coming years we can be the cool kids at the theater who knew the Guardians before they became the next Avengers, and Ultron before he became the next Loki?
You Were a Wee Bit Disappointed at the Lack of News About Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man
READ: Irredeemable Ant-Man
It’s hard to be too disappointed, considering Edgar was very present at Comic Con, repping for the impending release of The World’s End. Still, following the surprise announcement at last year’s SDCC, we’re still left wondering what to expect from his forthcoming entry in the Marvel cinematic universe. To whet my appetite, I’ve been reading this series by Robert Kirkman, now of The Walking Dead fame and fortune. It’s a very unique series as far as superhero comics go, focusing on the hijinks of a selfish, utterly unlikable protagonist. The film may not borrow any inspiration from this source when all is said and done, but this in any case remains a fun option for introducing yourself to Ant-Man and his size altering abilities.
So there you have it friends. Once again, let us know what you’ve been reading, and feel free to share any Comic Con-related recommendations or San Diego stories you’ve got in the comments (anything to convince myself it’s not really over…).
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
This time on Scully Chic I’ve been looking at this spectacular number which Agent Scully wore for the first half of the season one episode Jersey Devil. The original outfit mixes a navy blue suit with a shirt in an especially garish shade of glowing salmon-pink which Scully has buttoned up to just below her ears. The skirt cuts across her knees at precisely the wrong height, the jacket comes down to approximately four inches above her hemline and the less said about those white stocking the better.
I genuinely liked the navy color of her original suit and wanted to keep the original blue and pink color scheme so I began by toning down the pink shirt to a more complimentary shade. This stretch cotton blouse by HUGO also has a beautiful, flattering cut that feminises the neckline without becoming inappropriate for someone in law enforcement.
Check out: HUGO Light Pastel Pink Stretch Cotton Emna Blouse ($108)
Rather than sticking with a traditional suit, I began with a pair of classic navy pants. These simple ones come from the petite range at Debenhams so they should be the perfect length for Scully too.
Check out: Debenhams Petite Satin Back Crepe Trouser ($37)
Over her new shirt and pant combination, I chose this stunning trench coat. Scully often wore trench coats throughout the show but mostly oversized, unflattering ones; this Martin Grant design shows just how great the good-old trench can look when cut correctly.
Check out: Martin Grant Poppins Trench ($1323)
Scully always needs a large bag but the battered and clunky one in her original outfit wasn’t doing her style any favors. This Dooney and Bourke briefcase will keep her papers in order and looks great.
Check out: Dooney & Bourke Double Gusset Buckle Briefcase ($670)
This outfit is all about classic style so all it needs to finish it off is a pair of time-honored black patent leather heels. This pair by Kurt Geiger are about as classic as you can get and the open toe adds that little extra hint of sex appeal.
Check out: Kurt Geiger Admire Black ($99)
Sophie Brown is one of the core contributors over at GeekMom and so far the only Brit, which sometimes makes her feel guilty for not being a bigger fan of Doctor Who and Sherlock.
She is a die-hard X-Phile who loves cross stitching and baking cupcakes whilst marathoning sci-fi shows on Netflix. She is also an occasional cosplayer, spends far too many hours reading and writing X-Files fanfiction, and is attempting to learn Latin this year. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, especially about anything X-Files related, but be prepared for a very long answer.
Find her on twitter @easyqueenie.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Fun fact, I’m going to my very first San Diego Comic Con this years. Like a Chihuahua who just accidentally drank a bottle of Gatorade, I’ve been squealing, squawking and shaking with excitement. I asked my friend Megan of the blog, The Nerdy Girlie, to help me create a packing list. You can read her full Comic Con guide here.
There are tons of things people bring to San Diego Comic Con. Backpacks are stuffed with supplies needed to get through the four day fest. Save your back, lighten your load and make sure you have these three things!
1. Camera: There are celebrities EVERYWHERE at SDCC. I carry my camera on my neck and walk with my phone in my hand. You just never know who you are going to bump into. One year I was sitting outside the Hard Rock Hotel (HUGE hot spot for celebrity encounters} and Nathan Fillion walked by with a bandana across his face. I had seen him earlier in the day so I recognized him right away. Quick as The Flash he was gone, but I had my camera at the ready and was able to get the shot.
2. Sketch Book and Sharpie: Here you can collect all your autographs and sketches in one place and have a nice memento for when you head back home. Celebrities are more likely to sign something for you if you have a pen ready. Last year the Showtime booth gave out Sharpies on lanyards. Wear it around your neck with your badge and you will never be without one!
3. Snacks and Water: Days at the con are LONG and food at the convention center is expensive and not that great. Keep your money for exclusives and pack healthy snacks from home (or Ralph’s 101 G Street). Stay hydrated and save the Earth, superhero style, with a reusable water bottle.
BONUS Round: Mints. You will be doing a lot of talking and you don’t want to make a bad first impression. Keep those mints in an easy to reach place and pop one in if before you begin a conversation with someone special.
Post by Megan of The Nerdy Girlie. She’s a Futurama mega-fan, San Diego native (so you know you can trust her when it comes to all things SDCC) and was once featured as one of BGC’s Lady Geeks of the Week. You can follow her on Twitter @thenerdygirlie.
Editor’s Note: I first met Natalie face to face while working on Tidal Wave Girls; she’s the genius who talks about wanting to be a scientist when she grows up. But an important pre-text to her brilliance in the film is we had been sharing text messages about our reading habits for months beforehand. See, Natalie and I are both bookworms. So when I asked her what books she’d read over and over again - I knew you’d love her recommendations too. On top of all that: she’s still in Middle School.
It’s summer. It’s hot and humid. The walk to the library seems miles long. The bookstore is expensive, and all the unread books on your shelf don’t seem right for the moment. Yet you need something to read. Something familiar and comforting, but not predictable in its every plot twist and line of witty dialogue. Need help finding a book you’ve enjoyed once and could relish again? Here’s a list.
Okay, so I lied. This is not an individual book, but you wouldn’t get the full experience reading Chamber of Secrets and just stopping. J.K. Rowling meticulously planned out this series from the first book. Pretty much every weird, seemingly unimportant incident connects to something else. The first time I read the series, I understood the connections, but I was so involved in the plot that I didn’t take the time to really appreciate the little details that matter. The second (or third or fourth…) time you read the series, the details pop out, and you can enjoy the work that went into planning everything. Plus, the books add up to a great story. Every time I read them, I feel the same suspense when Snape is about to kill - well, I guess you have to read it again.
If you haven’t read this book yet, you should. And then make sure to read it again. Apart from being an incredibly disturbing story, this book is unique in that it uses its own made-up language. Nadsat is a slang language spoken by the book’s teens who rule the night with violence. There is no glossary given. Right away you are thrown into the world of “tolchocks,” “red krovvy,” and “creechs.” The first time I read the book, the first couple of chapters made hardly any sense, but when I finished, I could say that I had a decent grip on Nadsat. When you read the book the second time, the entire thing makes sense. You can take more time to enjoy the story instead of puzzling over what a “lomtick” is (that one took me a while). The second time you read A Clockwork Orange“Aristotle wishy washy works outing cyclamen get forficulate smartish” makes perfect sense! Actually, I still have no idea what that means, but you get my point.
This is one of the most fascinating and witty non-fiction books I’ve ever read. How can a book whose subheading is “The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” not be interesting? This book follows the life (or afterlife) of the human body after death. Stiff is informative and entertaining. The reason to read this book a second time is that there’s an abundance of information and stories, and it needs to be read more than once to capture as much of Mary Roach’s writing as possible. Plus, it’s likely that you will forget a lot of the information, because there is so much of it. Each time you read Stiff, part of it will seem like new!
These are only a few ideas for books that never seem to get old no matter how many times you read them. All are great to read over and over again for different reasons. What do you think makes a book re-readable?
Post by Natalie El-Hai. Natalie enjoys science and all things theater. She spends her free time reading and snuggling with her cats. She will be a sophomore at Southwest High School this fall.
Editor’s Note: This awesome fashion post comes from GeekMom Blogger, Sophie Brown. If you have a Scully Chic recommendation, you can contact Sophie with the info after the jump.
When I was growing up, my role model in practically everything was Agent Dana Scully from The X-Files. Now I’m an adult and I still look to Scully as my role model in many areas, however one thing I don’t take her advice on is fashion. The outfits inflicted upon Gillian Anderson in the early seasons of the show are often just a few short steps away from human rights abuse, there’s even a blog dedicated to taking apart these wardrobe atrocities. However I started wondering if, with a few changes here and there, it would be possible to create stylish, functional outfits based on her originals; outfits that keep the feel of Scully but that you might actually consider wearing.
My rules were simple:
The outfits must keep to the spirit of the original outfit, sticking where possible to the colors, patterns and cuts used on the show
The outfits must be practical for the scene in which she wore it; most often that means office-wear which would also be suitable out in the field on investigations. My exception to this rule is shoes. What I consider practical footwear for an FBI agent and what was considered OK on the show are two wildly different ideas, for footwear I’ll be sticking with the show’s ideals so five inch stiletto heels are acceptable.