Rose B. Fischer: Fangirls Just Wanna Have Fun (Discussing the Lighter Side of Fanfiction)

Check out this awesome post from Rose Fischer on Natacha Guyot’s blog, Science Fiction, Transmedia, and Fandom!

Natacha Guyot

I write fanfiction because it’s fun.  I wanted to share this because I think fanfiction is a hot button topic in the social circles I belong to.

Fanfic authors get a LOT of flack for their writing, and I’ve written other posts about why I think fanfiction can (and should) be taken seriously.

This time, I just want to say that everything doesn’t have to be so darn serious and important! I don’t understand why it has to be such a big deal if fans want to write stories about their favorite characters.  Everyone has certain things we just do because we want to, because we enjoy them, because they’re fun.  Fanfiction is one of those things for me.

My most popular long-running fanfiction project is a series of short stories entitled Vader’s Cat.  It’s about an orange kitten who adopts Darth Vader and grows up to be a…

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Why Fans Love Ms. Marvel

It’s just plain awesome that Hannah Givens is guest-posting at Comparative Geeks. Also awesome: The new Ms. Marvel is actually a relatable character. Good job, Marvel Comics! This is a bonus, comics fans. Enjoy 🙂

Comparative Geeks

Ms. Marvel #1 has recently entered its seventh printing. Seventh! That’s practically unheard of in comics, especially for a total newcomer like Kamala Khan. As Marvel.com puts it: “Marvel Comics presents the all-new MS. MARVEL, the ground breaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is just an ordinary girl from Jersey City–until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm, and prepare for an epic tale that will be remembered by generations to come. History in the making is NOW!”

Hyperbolic, perhaps… but seventh printing. Meanwhile, the series is still going strong at nine issues and a collected first volume. The critics, including me in my monthly reviews, are about as excited as Marvel seems to be. Why do we love Kamala? Well, it would be a…

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On The Radar: Comic Book Coming Attractions 11/26/14

Since we’re in a bit of a lull with the comics at the moment, I’ll just share this for those of you who are looking for your new book day fix. I’ve been following The Speech Bubble for awhile, and they come up with some awesome stuff.

The Speech Bubble

Radar It is time once again to highlight the upcoming comics that I’m looking forward to the most, the ones that are On My Radar:

Flash Gordon Annual 2014
Flash Gordon Annual 2014
Creative Team
Jeff Parker and Others
Solicitation
“48 STORY PAGES! FIVE STORIES, all tying in to the hit Flash Gordon ongoing series! Kid Flash–Teenage Flash’s daring & dumb misadventures! Dale Arden–Hero of the science desk! Professor Zarkov–Drunken rocket scientist of the future! Shark Princess–Royal tribulations on one of Ming’s many conquered underwater worlds! Baby Flash–What kind of trouble did Flash get into before he was even out of diapers!? A cavalcade of fantastic fun featuring Jeff Parker (Batman ’66), Ben Acker & Ben Blacker (Thunderbolts, Thrilling Adventure Hour) & Chris Eliopoulos (Hawkeye)!”
Why I’m Looking Forward To It
48 pages of total nonstop excellence! I take a look at those five stories and can genuinely say that I’m excited for each one. That…

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Editorial | Does Geek Culture Hold the Answers to National Security?

I shared this early in the week and promoted it a bit. Saved the reblog for those of you who come around on the weekend. Read this. Please. Reasons:

1. If you identify yourself as a geek or nerd, claims are being made about your culture which you might want to sound off on.

2. If you like science fiction, you will love this!

3. Are you a technophile? This post discusses the 3-D printing of food, Iron Man armor, and shield technology.

4. Are you an international relations geek? If so take a look at the thread. You’ll find three IR geeks talking about world order issues and we would love to meet three more.

5. Inclined to do me a personal favor? This post is a collaborative effort produced by two of my favorite bloggers in the whole world. I will totally take you leaving a comment on the thread as a personal favor.

Therefore I Geek

For this post, I collaborated with Hannah Givens, from Things Matter (which you should totally check out).  Our mutual love of international relations shines through everything we do, apparently.

Technological innovation raises some obvious questions. What kind of technology will humans use in the future? How will it work and what will it do for us? How will it change the way we do things? Those questions are, perhaps, at their most controversial in the realm of national security, where technology can kill (or protect) ever-greater numbers of people. Fortunately, geek culture is an oracle of war. Science fiction has been imagining the future for a long time now, and was already providing possible answers before national security experts even understood the questions.

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