At last weekend’s Geek Girl Con, the organizers really pressed forward the importance of building a community that will ultimately help foster a cooperative spirit among fans. What I noticed during my time in Seattle was that little pockets of communities already exist, and we’re finally finding a way to connect with the broader network of geek girls, fangirls, and gamers.
My message boards, the Lomin Ale Cantina, formed when we realized the TFN Fan Fiction boards couldn’t accommodate the social community that had formed around my lengthy fanfictions. I originally opened a Yahoo! discussion group to allow our friends to discuss all things Star Wars, the Expanded Universe, Jaina, ‘ships, fandom dramah!11! and, well, whatever else the members felt comfortable sharing. Remarkably the community grew even as my fanfiction writing ebbed, as a consequence of several different factors. Maybe I’ll talk about those another time, but today I’d rather talk about the amazing group of women and men that make up the community I host.
Among the Cantina members you’ll find accountants, engineers, historians, nurses, project managers, bankers, lawyers, soldiers, and quite a few other types of professionals. Almost all the members are highly educated, and many hold an active career while raising children. In their spare time, these geeks and gamers also participate in artistic endeavors of all sorts, such as painting and writing, that reflect their fannish sensibilities. Even though everyone’s busy, it’s nice to know we have a comfortable place with members whose opinions we’ve come to trust.
So when Mary, one of the longtime members and a talented writer and artist, raved about Star Wars Art: Comics, I put a little bug in her ear about writing up a review to share on the blog. Mary really liked the book, as a person who has studied art and as a fan of Star Wars. You can’t get a better recommendation than that.
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