Fangirls Around the Web is a regular (sort of) series that highlights fangirls and heroines spotted around the web. San Diego Comic-Con had so much to cover in that regard it’s taken me a couple of weeks to get back on track. Some of these items are older, but fangirls never go out of style.
Let’s start with Star Wars fangirls –
Dunc and Jawa James (honorary fangirl) of Club Jade were on Full of Sith, and not together. They both talk EU, Dunc covered reporting on SW news, and James gave fans some insight into Celebration Europe.
Mary Franklin previewed the Lucasfilm pavilion at SDCC. Amy Ratcliffe blog post at Star Wars Blog about favorite Celebration memories. And a couple of fun tweets from both Mary and Amy from D23 are featured.
Jenna Busch interviewed one of my favorite voice actors, James Arnold Taylor, over at Fan Voice.
MTV Geek interviewed Ashley Eckstein, who reveals that she is looking to add gaming and comic book characters to Her Universe’s slate. Fangirls of the Day included: Kelly, Olivia, Mollie, Sarah, Michelle, Kelli, Gloria, Paula, Christina, Gina, Trinity, Jamie, Katie, Rachel, Kristi, Mariah & Danielle, Hannah, and Susana.
Carrie Goldman wrote an article for Huffington Post describing how “San Diego Comic-Con to Ask Tough Questions at Its First-Ever Anti-Bullying Panel.”
Keeping with the San Diego Comic-Con theme –
Todd VanDerWeff tweeted about the passion of female fans at San Diego Comic-Con, specifically fans of Hunger Games. He gets a bit enthusiastic with his language, so we’ll quote the SFW part:
#SDCC is all about passion. These young women are passionate about a post-apocalyptic sci-fi series. Embrace that ****, nerds.
Power women making stories –
TheMarySue reports on the amazing list of female creative talent assembled by Gail Simone for Red Sonja: Legends, an upcoming short story anthology to celebrate the character’s 40th anniversary. Geek Tyrant reports on Natalie Portman’s upcoming debut as a director for the film A Tale of Love and Darkness.
Fangirls and media –
Kay pointed me to this incredible article from The Atlantic on female fighter pilots in World War II. A New York Times article discusses gender roles in the culture of sexual activity on some college campuses today.
Inspired by the “Nothing to Prove” video from The Doubleclicks, Tara at Geeky Hostess blogs about Why I Wear Pink. Pink is my favorite color, and at times I’ve felt as if it creates a double stigma, one from male geeks who are reluctant for feminine things in geekdom and also from female geeks who don’t like pink associated with them personally. I liked Tara’s approach.
Moral of the story? There are a lot of people out there that still don’t quite “get” that women can hold their same interests or intelligence. Getting mad about it or tweeting about it probably won’t help them. Correcting their misinformation in a friendly and informative way will. Lead by example–be friendly and welcoming to those in the geek community, turn offhanded half-insult/half-compliments into an opportunity to chat about your passions, and if someone is being rude or threatening, walk away. And if you want to wear a pink skirt, wear it with pride.
And with that, I leave you with “Nothing to Prove” from Geek Girls & the Doubleclicks:
Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She also writes about Star Wars for Random House’s science fiction and fantasy blog Suvudu.com and Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl.
Tricia is putting the finishing touches on her first novel, Wynde – a military science fiction with a fantastical twist that features heroines Vespa Wynde and Gemini Reed. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.