February 10th: The Phantom Menace in 3D

In 1999 when Star Wars: The Phantom Menace came out, I was a sophomore in high school. I was also even more obsessed with Star Wars than I am now, if that’s at all possible. So the entire 2 years leading up to the release was spent reading Star Wars Insider and waiting for trailers to come out. And at the midnight showing my friends, family and I were first in line. (Well… second in line… there’s always a bigger nerd.)

I’m just gonna go ahead and say it… I LOVED IT. Was it vastly inferior to the original trilogy? Yes! Do I despise Jar-Jar Binks along with everyone else over 25? Sure. Do I wish that it was as good as the plot of The Old Republic? Yes. Am I giddy at the thought of seeing it on the big screen again and in 3D no less? Absolutely.

It’s Star Wars. And I love it. So come tomorrow night at 12:01am I will be sitting at the theater in Union Square watching it with what I can only assume will be my sophomore self’s raw enthusiasm! That beloved galaxy far, far away deserves no less.

Lessons I Learned from NY Comic Con 2011

Lesson 3: I’m not the only Lady Nerd out there!!!

Marvel‘s: Women of Marvel panel was truly excellent!! The panel consisted of Sara Pichelli (@sara_pichelli,) Marjorie Liu (@marjoriemliu,) Jeanine Schaefer (@j9schaefer,) Kelly Sue DeConnick (@kellysue,) Sana Amanat (@miniB622,) and Lauren Sankovitch (@PancakeLady.)  Sorry if I missed anyone.

They tackled topics such as gender discriminations in the work place, the traditional objectification of women in comic books and how they handle the day to day awesomeness of working in the comic book industry.

Long has the comic book industry and the sci fi genre alike been thought of as ‘Boy’s Clubs.’ The idea that women can read comic books and enjoy sci fi, but not be fluent in geek speak is still a persistent mind set even today.

It was so refreshing to hear smart, talented, successful women share in their love of all things Geek and talk about the troubles or lack there of in breaking into that ‘Boy’s club.’

One audience member told of when she was younger, growing up with brothers, they would always make her play April from TMNT. It was like hearing my own story. I was April. I was Kimberly Hart, the Pink Power Ranger. I was Princess Leia. I was GI Joe’s girlfriend. Sure I enjoy being girly on occasion. But to tell you the truth, my favorite Ranger was Tommy, the White Ranger. And I would’ve much preferred to be Raphael from TMNT, he uses sais for Pete’s sake!!

Not many of my girlfriends up here in New York are Lady Nerds like me. I usually have to talk with the boys about the new Avengers movie. Or about  the release of The Old Republic. These women gave me hope and showed me that no… I’m not alone in the nerdiverse and in actuality, if we wanted to, Lady Nerds could rule the world!! Sign me up!

Ready to rule!
A group of Power Rangers with Oscar the Grouch.
The Avengers booth was consistently packed.
The line was too long for me to sample the game, but I can't wait!
May the Force be with you.