I want to thank everyone that shared Tidal Wave Girls with their friends, colleagues, family and followers. It means a lot. It’s a terrifying thing to put your art into the universe. I don’t have the audience of filmmakers like Tiffany Shlain or Jessica Yu, but it means I’m grateful for literally every single pair of eyes and ears that take in my work.
Here’s some things that made me thankful for the universe this week:
I’m going to try this 7 minute workout for you. Since I already do many of these moves in my normal 40 minute workout, I’m not sure it will have the same results for me, but I’ll try.
The media wonders why young people don’t flock to their shitty subscriptions. Here’s a hint: you don’t get us. Thank God the tumblrverse pointed that out to Time Magazine. I hope the others are listening.
This house tour at my friend Merrick’s highlights two important things about Northeast Minneapolis residents: 1. we have great style and 2. we are very much all about casual comfort. I am lusting after my couch as I think about it.
Meet 20 young women who are changing the world. They’re pretty great.
MINNESOTA’S HOUSE PASSED GAY MARRIAGE. YAY. We’re looking at you now, Senate.
Some things I’ve written elsewhere recently:
P.S. to my tumblr readers ... if you want to ask me a question, please don’t do it anonymously! I can’t respond without publishing and that is bad for you and me.
Broody bad attitudes abound in my house this week. It’s kind of like this:
Oh Sherlock, you get me. The snow isn’t just falling. It’s accumulating. This is an important distinction for Minnesotans. Fine if it wants to fall, as long as it melts. But I’m trying to be in a good mood. I’m trying to be thankful. Here’s some things that help:
PwnLove is the coolest instagram account out there. It’s run by the super chic Kaitlin Stewart who is on a quest to wear a gaming inspired outfit every single day for a year. That’s right: 365 days straight. Check out her cool interview with the Geeky Hostess. I honestly don’t think I could do it, so mad props to K. Stew. (Obviously, she’s the cooler one.)
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!
I’m not convinced I game enough anymore that it’s worth making the investment in the Nintendo 3DS, but when I posted this room inspiration from Professor Layton games on Apartment Therapy earlier this week, I was surprised to see so many people love the new Miracle Mask game. I think I might be stealing my bro’s 3DS for a titch this weekend…
So what say you? Do I need to make the jump? I’m curious to hear if other people are as obsessed as the AT readers.
Perhaps fun, childlike animation is the theme of the week. This post over at The Mary Sue featuring concept art for a Sherlock Holmes inspired animated series made me drool. For real. Why isn’t this a thing? Holmes and Watson are my favorite BFFs in the history of literature. They care about one another deeply, but they are not foolishly supportive. Each is unafraid of pointing out when the other is wrong while their other half takes care to never get their feelings hurt over it. I need to remember that in my own life.
I’m crafting this weekend as I prepare for a VERY EXCITING MARCH on this here blog. I can’t wait to announce it. But here’s a tiniest of tiny hints. I’m doing a DIY project that involves a stamp and this cool video courtesy of crafting gurus Whimseybox was a super big help. If you ever need to make a stamp of say… something that can travel through space and time… then that’s the video you need.
It’s already snowing like we’re on the other side of “The Wall” here in Minneapolis, so I’ve got big “hunker down” plans. Including a movie, a mani and a cup of tea. Every time it snows, this is my tradition. I won’t be THAT sad to see this ritual go in a few weeks. Just saying…
Here’s another fun home post from me on Apartment Therapy: Before & After: A New Meaning for Reading in Bed
Happy weekend, friends!
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.
Follow her on twitter: @emmalynnbauer
Did you notice that many of the Oscar Nominated Animated shorts this year are about relationships? New love. Old love. Companionship. Seems like a fitting week to be thinking about those kinds of things. Here a few if you haven’t seen them:
I’m also so very, very thankful for all the nice readers who have taken the time to fill out the Being Geek Chic survey. No pressure, but if you haven’t done so yet, I’d appreciate it if you could take a minute and tell us why you love to read this site or hate to read it. In that cause, you must love to torture yourself with dorky quips.
Can we talk about building community for a second? It’s freaking hard, but hot damn, when you find your army - it’s rewarding. I’ve been doing this blog for nearly 3 years and before that I had another satire blog I ran for about 2 years and it’s the thing that I find so difficult. There’s alot of other really great lady bloggers out there on the internets and if you aren’t reading their blogs, I recommend them. It’s like a dose of joy for me each week and I’m especially happy these ladies are around:
That’s five. I’m only scratching the surface with this short, short list. Tell us about your blog in the comments. How can I know if I like it if I have never visited? Brag about yourself for a minute. I give you permission.
Do something crazy this weekend. Get a tattoo. Have a fruit cocktail. Spend the entire day in your PJs playing Professor Layton. Whatevs. Just enjoy yourself.
My scribblings can be found on the Internets: