Reflections on NaBloPoMo 2012

Well, this is my last entry for NaBloPoMo 2012. It’s been an interesting month and I’m happy to report that this little experiment – to get me writing more about comics and all things pop culture and/or geek – worked.

NaBloPoMo_teaserI have a couple of ideas of where I want to go from here. Sort of a retuning of the website of sorts. Well, a redefinition of what’s to be included and what should remain in my princess diary with the little heart lock.

But never fear, Dear Readers, I’ll be here. And, more likely than not, a lot more often than I had been. Which, I think, is a good thing.

In fact, I’m looking forward to it. Going onwards, I think I’ll try to give myself a break and remember the most important thing: that I’m thinking about and posting in this blog. That I’m letting my voice out and that I’m letting it out there in a more relaxed and accepting way. I don’t have to be on all the time. But I do have to show up.

And showing up is half the battle.

Dear Readers, thank you for being on this little adventure with me. I look forward to continuing with it.

…and perhaps one day, I can add a shingle under my name which reads: Professional Comics Blogess. Until that day, however, we’ll have a bit of fun getting there.

Meandering Thoughts on Being a Feminist Geek in Her Thirties

A little while ago, both Leigh Hart over at Comic Book Daily and Brent Chittenden over at Geek Hard (also known as the really fucking awesome dude who married the Mr. Comic Book Goddess and myself back in September) pondered what it meant to be an ageing geek.

Since I turned 33 a little earlier this month (yes, I’m a Scorpio baby, it explains a lot), I’ve been wondering the same thing. My path to geekdom was a little more meandering than most. I wasn’t always a comic book geek. I read comics as a kid but fell out of it when I felt like there weren’t any characters that I could really identify with. (One of my earliest memories is reading the Wonder Woman book to the left.)  Looking back and reading the books that were published during my youth, I really wish that I could have had a gatekeeper (or the internet) to show me that they were there. I just needed to look a little harder (and find a comic book store rather than the local mom and pop convenience store).

During my 20s, I fully embraced my geek self. I did a Master of Arts degree in comic books for crying out loud. I ran a comic book store or two. And then, for reasons I’m not quite sure of, I went off and did a MBA when I was 30. Now, I have a “real” job. I have a husband and have “real” responsibilities that include paying my bills and making sure that there’s healthy food in the house. The days of Kraft Dinner and ramen for dinner are over – though, I will admit that I occasionally dine as I did as an undergrad because that shit is delicious, yo. All that being said, my apartment is still filled with busts and toys and comic books. And I’m pretty proud of that. So, despite my adult persona, I’m still very much a kid…and a geek at heart.

But while I’m an adult, I’m still trying to find my way. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. (Short answer: Comic book blogger. No, seriously.) The longer answer? I want to integrate my geek self and my adult self a little better.

I’ve been over this before and part of growing older has been that I’m way more cognizant of everything and anything that I put online – especially when it comes to being a pro-choice, pro-porn, sex-positive feminist. My politics are polarizing and, while being in Canada helps, I also know that the causes I support might cost me down the road. I’ve accepted that, mostly. But every single time I want to reblog something I have to think about how other people – people who have never met me – will look at it and interpret it. It’s gotten exhausting. Whether this is due to age or the pervasiveness of our digital identities and the blending of those boundaries in our everyday lives or whether it’s due to the fact that I’m too old for this shit remains to be seen.

And, in the last little while, I’ve fallen out of comics. Just a little. This whole NaBloPoMo exercise was to try to get me to get back into writing about comics. Real life had intruded and through nothing more than a lack of time pushed it back. It was something that I’d get to later when I had more time and then all of a sudden I was a couple of trades behind and scrambling to catch up.

There were other issues as well and I’ve been working on putting those thoughts down onto paper and it’s been so intensely difficult – not to mention exhausting – to keep fighting to gain some kind of respect as a female geek. I’m tired of constantly having to justify my participation in fandom and, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve given up fighting the good fight. I’m tired of being tuned out and I’m facing some kind of feminist geek fatigue.

So, what’s the solution? I’m going to keep fighting the good fight, but I’m going to start making more time for it in my life. I’ve asked myself if I’m too old to be a geek or a nerd (or both). I don’t think so. I think that I just need to have a it better balance. I think Brent said it best when he wrote

It’s all about doing what you enjoy and making time for you passions but also having enough sense to space it out with everything else in your life.

And if you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen Sign on For X-Men Days of Future Past

Over on his shiny new Twitter account, Bryan Singer announced that both Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have signed on to reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X from the first X-Men film franchise in the upcoming X-Men: First Class sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer also, in an earlier Tweet, welcomed Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult back for a second film.

The film, which is to begin production in March 2013, will likely bring together Fassbender’s and McKellen’s Magnetos with Stewart’s and McAvoy’s Professor Xs. I am so excited about the old and the new ho!yay! that will result.

I’m also excited that they’ve found a way to fuse the old and the new franchises together – a handing off of the series, of sorts. And, while it wouldn’t be true to the original Days of Future Past, this is also a way that they can age (i.e. bring it into present day) the franchise without aging the characters that worked so well in First Class. It’s also a great way to give massive props and respect to the earlier franchise but not have to be a slave to everything that came before.

Further, if Singer’s Tweet is to be believed, this might not be the only returning cast member to the old series. Ooooh…..

On Google Doodles and Mr. Dressup

Today’s Google Doodle celebrates the 85th birthday of Ernie Coombs. Also known as Mr. Dressup, Coombs is a Canadian institution. His show, Mr. Dressup, ran on the CBC from 1967 to 2006.

When Google popped up this morning, I squee-ed because this is pretty fucking awesome (if you ask me). I remember watching his show as a little girl and just loving it. No one else could make crafts and drawing and dressing up and playing pretend more fun that he could have.

Coombs passed away in 2001 from a stroke, and I really wish he could have been around to see this.

CBC’s community blog has a nice collection of Tweets of people reminiscing about either meeting Coombs or of watching Mr. Dressup as a child.