I was maybe six or seven the first time my Dad took me to a comic shop. It was a tiny shop in downtown Philly. As soon as I walked in I wanted everything. I wanted to look at, touch and draw everything. It was a damn wonderland. My first comic was Thor. Something about a giant Viking superhero smashing stuff with a hammer really stood out to me. When I opened it up and saw the art I was hooked.
"When asked if she’s expecting the same kind of enrollment numbers, Christina responds, “I would say no. I hope so, but we’ll see. This is six months long which seems like a bigger commitment. It might scare some people away. But really, it’s not a bad thing it’s longer. It just takes what we crammed into six weeks last time and adds a few more things. It gives people a chance to take their time and enjoy the course. I extended the time frame because of comments made on the ‘exit’ interview from the ‘Gender through Comic Books’ course. A lot of people said they wanted more time on each module, so that’s what I did.”"
"Then you’ll stumble ead over hass into working with a Film Studies professor on your MA research paper about Nelvana of the Northern Lights. You’ll continue to happily wander through a series of conferences, visits to archives (they let you in when you have an institutional affiliation!), a pirate and ninja wedding, and other zany adventures in teaching and research (developing a course centered around Canadian superheroes for high schoolers along the way) until that same oh-so-sage Film Studies professor invites you to join the doctoral program in Canadian Studies at Carleton [still the university in Ottawa, the capital of Canada, not the college in Minnie Soda]."
#lasso of truth
#william moulton marston
Catie Coleman: How did you get interested in Wonder Woman’s creator?
Carson Kreitzer: A different play I was working on just happened to involve a polygraph, and while researching the lie detector, I discovered the Wonder Woman connection. It just became a landslide of information all about the polyamory and the bondage, the two women in his life living together after his death and raising his children together in the 50s, which is the most conformist time to have this unusual little family.
Wonder Woman was so important to me growing up, I came to her through the tv show. Getting to see Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman was just incredibly important and a huge part of my childhood identity. Finding out that Wonder Woman came from this place of bondage was initially really distressing, and then I took another look at the costume with the boots and the bustier and realized, oh god, how did I not realize all the connections?
—Interview with Carson Kreitzer, playwright of Lasso of Truth
Ashley Schmuecker: Our theme is “geek chic” and the tagline is “all the fandoms.” Our colors are black, grey, and TARDIS blue. We are still in the planning process (our date is 5.10.15) and our venue for the ceremony is in the Star Theatre of the Science Center of Iowa. So, we are getting married in the geekiest venue we could find (apart from our local shop), complete with comic book posters, interactive rocket building stations, and a planetarium! The biggest fandom celebrated is Doctor Who, with ceremony influences from DnD, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Game of Thrones, Skyrim, and more. The wedding coordinator at SCI, Marti, is determined to get a flying TARDIS to make an appearance on the screen during our ceremony. My partner and I have no debate on which themes to include, so long as one of us super geeks out on it, we will find a way to fit it in.
—WWAC’s "Nerd Wedding Roundtable"
(above art from Moyocco Anno’s Insufficient Direction)
Ironically this comic where I complain about being amateurish is in fact amateurish.
#buffy the vampire slayer
Megan P: I watched Buffy at exactly the time you’re meant to watch it: during high school and university. Buffy and I grew up together. I loved the show and cried at all the appropriate moments, but it didn’t hook into the dark side of my brain. I have lots of fond memories and have even written Buffy fic (yup, yup), but perhaps because I was watching so many other shows with female leads at the time, it didn’t stand out in that respect. It’s not a feminist milestone–for me–and it wasn’t a formative experience in terms of my own creative writing and criticism. That said, it’s still special to me. Not least because BtVS gave me Buffy, who remains my favourite character of the bunch.
— from WWAC’s "Buffy, Buffy Comics, Adaptations, & Portraiture: A Roundtable"