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Comicmaniac Spotlight: The Ladies of Geektress.com

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Geektress is a website that was started in 2007 that’s dedicated to fantasy, sci-fi, and comic books. The website is run by six nerdy ladies: Brenda K., Laura M., Rania L., Diana H., Carey G., and Francene B. The ladies write and blog about news, reviews, and opinions. They also host a cool podcast. I had the opportunity to interview two of the ladies Brenda Kirkman and Laura Miello in which we discuss the Geektress charity drives, their plans for the site and a few other cool things.

What gave you all the idea to start Geektress and how did all of you meet?

Brenda: We originally met on the Smallville message boards at Television Without Pity. We thought it was funny we grew up not knowing that other women read comic books, too, so we wanted to start a site where we talked about comics and sci-fi and various other stuff. That was probably like, 2006. We didn’t actually get a site going until a year later, but in the meantime we recorded our telephone conversations and uploaded them as a “podcast,” which wasn’t nearly as popular a thing then as it is now, so a lot of people listened to us and thought we were funny. We’re still not sure why.

When did you fall in love with sci-fi, fantasy, and comics?

Brenda: As long as I can remember I’ve loved sci-fi and fantasy, but comics I started reading probably around age 8 or so, when my father would take me with him on Sundays to get the paper at our local newsstand, and he’d let me get an Archie or a Katy Keene or a Batman comic. Those were pretty much my three favorite things to read at that age.

Laura: All that stuff was just always around in my house growing up. My dad liked horror and sci fi a lot, so we watched a lot of that stuff as a family. My mother didn’t really like that stuff, but she loved the Superman, Wonder Woman, and Incredible Hulk TV shows. My brother, sister and I knew all the dialogue to the Star Wars movies, and I have a distinct memory of them sneaking me out of bed so I could watch Star Trek late at night with them. My brother also loved comics, so they were always around too. When my mom would drive my brother to the comic shop, I would go too and get a Richie Rich or Little Lulu or Spider-Ham.

Then I moved away from some of that stuff for a few years, when I realized that most other kids, especially the girls, didn’t like comics. It was fine to like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but not Spider-Man. (He had no cartoon in the late 80s, so he wasn’t as omnipresent as he is now.) Eventually, at around 9 or so, my brother gave me a Spider-Man comic to read and I liked it, so I read more. Then the X-Men carton premiered, so I got into X-Men comics. I just kept expanding out from there. I also remember seeing Terminator for the first time around then and just coming to the realization that I was a geek. I don’t know why it was Terminator that made me come to that conclusion, but it was
You ladies do awesome charity drives. What made you decide to have your site become involved in charity work?

Brenda: We heard about soldiers that wanted comic books from Kelly Sue Deconnick. She tweeted about AnySoldier.com, and we liked the idea of sending comics to women serving overseas. It got a really big response when we asked for help, so we kept it up for as long as we had comics being donated to ship.

Laura: That was all Brenda. I planned on doing some of that stuff on my own, like sending comics to troops, but it never occurred to me to organize anything on that scale.

What inspires each of you to write and what advice can you give aspiring writers?

Brenda: I write every day as part of my job. Most of the time when I want to do creative writing at the end of the day I am burned out and can’t be bothered. It’s why I have several first drafts of comics I’d like to finish but never do.

I don’t know if I can really give advice. A lot of people think the “Write! Write every day!” advice is the key to success. I think you can write every day and still not be a very good writer. (This is because I’m an editor. You have to edit! EDIT EVERY DAY!)

But, if it brings you joy and you’re not looking to become the next Stephen King, you just like self-publishing novellas or poems or ebooks on your own time, than go for it. I guess most of all, you should read. I think reading a lot makes you a more informed writer.

Laura: I’m just opinionated and want to share my opinions with others. While I struggle with expressing myself, I’ve always been assured by others that I’m a good writer. It seemed like something I should try to keep doing.

For me, writing, no matter what it is, is a really painful process. I’m the sort of person that only sees the flaws, so I guess my advice would be to know when to stop tinkering and just let it go. Don’t be a overbearing mother to whatever it is you want to write. Cut the chord and get it out there. I’m horrible at this, so this is definitely “do as I say, not as I do” sort of advice. Don’t be like me kids!

In your opinion, have things changed for the better in the geek universe for lady geeks? And what things in your mind need fixing?

Brenda: I suppose we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the internet. No one I knew in real life growing up read comics, or talked about comics. I got my comics from a bookstore that happened to pick up a few titles weekly, I never got my comics from a comic book store until I was in my twenties. So the internet really connected a lot of people that would have never found one another otherwise, and helped spread awareness that we were just around. In the world.

I have never, ever, felt unwelcome at any convention I’ve ever been at. I don’t know if this was different in the 80s and 90s, I didn’t go to conventions alone then, I went with my parents. They’re a great place to meet those people you know from the internet and that’s primarily why I still go to them. Picking up comics and toys and stuff is just a bonus.

I guess most of all what needs to change are women who are new to reading comics thinking they’re going to get shunned at a comic book store. If you have a bad experience at a comic shop trying to pick up titles, that’s a shitty comic book shop. That’s not a problem that’s widespread these days. Most shop owners would love to have new regular readers, and love to talk about what they like to read, give suggestions, and learn what kinds of things you like to read. It’s called being a successful small business owner.

Laura: Things are definitely better. Growing up, not only didn’t I have friends I could talk to about Star Trek, or comics, or whatever, I didn’t even feel like it was OK to let people know that I liked them. Now there are all sorts of ways that girls who are into this stuff can get together and form communities. No one is limited to the guys at the local comic shop or the kids at school anymore. And even just since Geektress started, so many more websites and podcasts for and by lady geeks have popped up. It’s really great.

This growing community hasn’t really transitioned into the creative and productive sides of geek culture yet, and that shows by just how many comic, video game, and film companies just don’t get it. They don’t get that we’re a demographic that they should be trying to sell to, and when they do get that, they don’t get what it is that we want. That’s going to get better when all the young lady geeks start working in the various industries and getting into positions where they’re making decisions. I really believe that time isn’t too far off.

What are your future goals for Geektress, what can fans look forward to?

Brenda: We set a goal last year to update the site every day and upload a podcast every week, and we did it! And, as a result, we experienced a sudden drop in listeners and readers. Some sort of weird internet supply-and-demand I haven’t figured out yet.

So we’ve stopped setting goals.

Laura: I guess my only goal is to be more productive.

Brenda was an artist for the Womanthology: Heroic book as well as artist for my two stories in the Womanthology Holiday PDF and Valentine’s Day Special. How was your experience?

Brenda: I’m excited to be part of something that turned out so huge in the comics community, and I met a ton of really cool people. Our letterer, Rachel Deering, lives in my town and she’s an amazing writer and fun to hang with. Lauren Burke of P.I. Jane and I met at a convention last year and started talking and realized, when the other creators were packing up their tables, that we’d been standing there talking in the aisle for three hours and had missed the close of the convention.

When did you start drawing and what inspired you to draw?

 

Brenda: I’ve been drawing as long as I can remember, my grandmother was a painter and would take me with her to classes. She worked primarily in oils, and while I’ve attempted them, I’m too messy for them. I stick mostly with acrylic, and when I’m not painting, I’m doodling cartoons. I don’t really think I have much of a personal “style,” but people have complimented me on my stuff, so I guess with repetition comes some sort of signature.

What other projects are each of you working on?

Brenda: I published a mini-comic in January and am looking to try the format again on my own when my schedule gets less crazy. They’re really fun to draw and more suited to my webcomic-style than a full-sized sort of comic. But, like I said, I do have several drafts of a concept I really love rolling around on my computer, and my illustrator is really itching to do a full project, so I may have an actual serialized comic some day, just like a big-girl writer

 




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E-Wheezy!!! Hound Comics After the Weekend

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Hey everyone! It’s me Etan Wish, and I have a bunch of stuff to update you from the on-goings here at Hound. I’ve been telling you about our partnership with Eastsport, and things have been moving along quite swimmingly! In fact, Stan Lee had just released at article on Hound Comics, also unveiling of the first round of backpacks coming out later this year. You can see the article and the pictures HERE. This is the tip of the iceberg! I hope everyone is ready to see what we’re coming up with together! For now, you can enter a contest to win an one-of-a-kind illustrated backpack,, just head over to http://eastsport.com/houndcomics and you will find it, it’s free and simple to enter!

The Food Hounds have also been down and grubbing. You can see a couple great restaurants, most recently being The Phoenix. This American style tapas was delectable, and they served mead. ‘Nuff said.

Pay attention to the main website as well. It’s been slowly morphing and taking shape to include some awesome new features. Go to http://houndcomics.com and click around a little bit!




John Lees Wins Best Writer Award at SICBAs!

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Saturday 30th June was a great day for The Standard.  The Standard, Volume 1, the graphic novel collection of the first 3 issues of the series, made its worldwide debut at Glasgow Comic Con during the day and sold very well.  Then, at the SICBA awards party, The Standard was nominated in two categories: Best Comic Book/Graphic Novel, and Best Writer.  I’m pleased to report that we were the winners in the latter category!

I was proud to accept the Best Writer award at this year’s SICBAs, and really, it’s an award shared by the whole creative team.  From artist Jonathan Rector, to the various colorists and flatters who have worked on the series (including current colorist Mike Gagnon), to letterer Kel Nuttall, to editor Steven Forbes, everyone has played a part in ensuring that my script has evolved into a beautiful finished comic.  At this time last year, the first issue had just been finished, and was a dark horse nominee on the SICBA shortlist that nobody had really heard of before the voting opened up.  So to then come back this year and win an award means so much.  This is something I’ll always treasure.  And it’s absolutely fantastic that I can now call The Standard an award-winning comic!  Thanks to everyone who voted, and everybody else who has read the book and showed your support.

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Arcana launches SteamPunk Originals imprint at SDCC 2012!

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Arcana launches SteamPunk Originals imprint at SDCC 2012!

VANCOUVER (July 2, 2012) – Arcana Comics is proud to announce a new line of comic books, which will be debuting at SDCC 2012 – SteamPunk Originals!

SteamPunk Originals is set to release several new SteamPunk books in the coming year, but it all starts at SDCC 2012 with John Henry: The Steam Age SDCC Exclusive Preview Book. Featuring the first chapter from the upcoming mini-series with an exclusive cover and bonus content, this one is sure to sell out quickly, so don’t forget to pick up a copy at Booth 2415 at SDCC!

Written and drawn by Dwayne Harris (AMNESIA), John Henry: The Steam Age, tells the story of John Henry you DON’T know about…

TITLE: John Henry: The Steam Age SDCC Exclusive Preview Book
BOOTH: Arcana Comics 2415
PRICE: $5.00 / LIMITED TO 200 COPIES
DESCRIPTION: John Henry, a former slave, wasn’t about to let some new-fangled steam hammer replace his ability to earn an honest wage as a steel driving man. He’d beat that machine, or die with his hammer in his hand. We all know the outcome of that legendary contest. In this alternate history, however, John doesn’t die in his heroic effort, but instead slips into a coma, only to awaken to his worst nightmare. A robotic uprising has occurred, and a new age has dawned – The Steam Age. Now, the only thing that can free the human race from the very machines they’ve created is John and his hammer. “John Henry: The Steam Age” is an exciting re-imagining of American folk hero John Henry in a SteamPunk setting.




Image Comics Wants You to Buy Sex

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Image Comics Wants You to Buy Sex

July 14. 2PM. Room 25ABC






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