The comic book world can be incredibly overwhelming. Comic book stores are geared toward longtime readers, putting the most recent issue in front, and then everything else in bins. Sometimes the bins are separated into DC, Marvel, and indie. Sometimes they’re straight up alphabetical. If you decide you’re going to go for trade, meaning several issues bound into a book that hopefully conveys a full storyline, you then have to hope that your comic series does not interact with any other comics, because then you’ve got to buy the crossovers to get the full story. THEN, pray your story doesn’t jump into a parallel universe that already existed and has rules that have been explained in another series.
I want to tell you about some of the issues I faced when starting to get into comics. Luckily, I worked at Borders at the time, and had some really awesome co-workers who helped me get on the right track. Here are some of the tips I’ve picked up over my years of getting into comics: Continue reading Daily Geekette’s Guide to Getting Into Comics→
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play that will continue the Harry Potter series, comes out on August 31. I’m excited because new Harry Potter hasn’t existed in five years! More than that, I’m excited because I love theater. Unfortunately, there’s no trip to London to see the play in my future. Like most fans around the world, I will be reading the play.
Hopefully, Cursed Child will help people get interested in theater. Reading plays can often be a completely different challenge from reading novels, so I’ve compiled a list of plays to help HP fans ease their way into this different literary form. The plays vary in genre and time period, but all are tied back to Harry Potter in one way or another. Continue reading 5 Plays to Get You Ready for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child→
It’s that time! Every year Daily Geekette dedicates one week to J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter in honor of their birthdays. This year is super exciting for the HP fans! The anticipated movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, is due out in November. And from Pottermore’s new lore about American wizards, to a hotly-debated play, there’s plenty of magic to go around! Continue reading Welcome to Harry Potter Week: 2016→
For weeks, Pokémon fans have been chomping at the bit to download Pokémon Go, an augmented reality game, where trainers can catch Pokémon in the real world on Apple and Android products. Nintendo gave a release date of “July.” Trainers, today is the day. Pokémon Go has so far been released in Australia and New Zealand, with a rumored release for the UK tomorrow. The United States is still waiting on a release date. Continue reading It’s Time to Catch ‘Em All: Pokémon Go Released→
Every summer, The Public Theater puts on two free shows. There’s usually a joint theme between the two, and at least one is always by Shakespeare. This summer started with The Taming of the Shrew, and will be followed by Troilus and Cressida, bringing to life the theme, “Lovers at war, warriors in love.” These shows are difficult to get to for two reasons. One: you have to be able to get to New York City. Two: you have to line up for tickets very early in the morning, or win the digital lottery.
In the simplest terms, The Taming of the Shrew plot begins with a wealthy man namedBaptista with two daughters. Katherina, the eldest, is bad tempered and violent while the younger Bianca is beautiful and sweet. Everyone wants to get with Bianca. However, Baptista won’t marry off Bianca unless Katherina is wed first. Enter Petruchio, who only cares about marrying for money. Petruchio marries Katherina and “tames” her, Bianca marries one of her suitors, and they all live happily ever after. Continue reading Central Park Taming All the Shrews→
Fandom tends to be seen as an inherently male interest. We have so many cultural stereotypes enhancing this belief. From The Big Bang Theory to “the fake gamer girl,” nerdiness always seems to start as something male, and then move towards women. For a while, this was pretty accurate. In 2010, only 35% of New York Comic Con attendees were women. However, as time goes on, these men get married. They have kids, and they pass on their nerdy genes.
With that in mind, I asked my fellow writers if they had inherited any of their geekiness from their fathers, or for any good stories about how their fathers inspired them towards the nerd community. Here are the responses I got:
Since Disney is remaking every movie they’ve ever released, rumors circulated as to what films were coming and who is going to star in them. Mary Poppins kept coming up, usually with Emily Blunt’s name attached to it. I’m happy to say those rumors are true! MaryPoppinsReturns will hit movie theaters December 25, 2018. Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda was also cast in this upcoming feature. He will write new songs for the movie, and will also appear as a new character, a lamplighter named Jack. Rob Marshall is set to direct the movie. Mary Poppins Returns will feature a whole new score. Continue reading Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda Cast in 2018 Mary Poppins Sequel→
We at the Daily Geekette believe strongly in equality among the nerds. As many articles have been created to pay homage to the “Strong, Female Protagonist,” we thought it only fair to celebrate some strong male protagonists. Here are the men who come to mind when we stop and consider, just what makes a protagonist strong? In a woman, the desired qualities seem to be emotional resilience, intelligence, and sarcastic tendencies. Do those qualities stay desirable when the table is flipped? Keep reading to find out.
Goku – Dragon Ball & Dragon Ball Z submitted by Brianna Murch
Goku, one of the most iconic characters from action anime, started out as an innocent-looking orphan in the woods and became the biggest hero. He teamed up with a brainy girl on a quest and DIDN’T fall in love with her (shocker!). He did accidentally get engaged to another girl along the way but that’s because he thought marriage was a tasty food. Goku is dedicated to his family – his family being the entire planet Earth whose behind he has to save every other week. And just when you thought he was already the pinnacle of physical strength, a new baddie comes on the scene and Goku unlocks NEW levels of power to beat them!
Bruce Wayne submitted by Kayla Farber
To me, Bruce Wayne is the epitome of a strong, male character. He definitely overcomes past tragedies, including the death of his parents. He fights for justice for his community using not just brute strength, but intelligence, his tragic backstory, and all his money. He definitely doesn’t put his romantic interests before saving the day, which is awesome. No “Women in Refridgerator Syndrome” here.
Rupert Giles submitted by Sarah Wanger
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is by far one of my favorite television shows. Its strong female lead kicks some major butt, and with the help of her friends, is unstoppable. The show makes me go through a whole string of emotions each time I watch it: Fear, excitement, anticipation, loss. I’ve cried for both positive and negative reasons while watching all 7 seasons. But my favorite character is not, in fact, Buffy Summers — it’s Rupert Giles.
Giles is the librarian at Buffy’s high school, and is the one who introduces her to her powers as the slayer. He’s her Watcher — her guardian and guide to unlocking her potential. While seemingly a nervous fidgeting bookworm, Giles always points Buffy and the gang in the right direction. He even struggles with his role in Buffy’s life — singing a song called “Standing” one episode about potentially being in her way of growing. If his loyalty, knowledge, love, and strength doesn’t put him on the “Strong, Male Protagonist” list, I don’t know of anyone else that should be.
Jacob Black submitted by Deanna Farber
Jacob Black has consistently been one of the strongest male characters in modern young adult literature. He starts off in Twilight as weak and impartial, but as the series moves forward he becomes stronger both physically and mentally. Of course, being a shapeshifter also helps a little with this but it is clear that he gained a voice. While Bella shows no interest in dating him, Jacob does not back down from what he wants. He uses any means necessary to kiss Bella and is not at all deterred by her physical protestation when she punches him in the face. He finally gets her to kiss him “by choice” when he uses his wits to convince her of it. Jacob is obscenely loyal to Bella through all four books and only falters in his loyalty after he imprints on Renesmee. Jacob Black is a man who stands out in a world full of women. Twilight has been constantly burdened with strong women that it’s a rare chance for a male character to shine, and Jacob Black indeed shines.
Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya submitted by Hope Kim
If we’re talking strong male protagonists, Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya of Sword Art Online has to make the list. As a “beater” or beta-tester for the eponymous video game, Kirito is nearly invincible. Like most heroes in harem-based anime, he is both charmingly oblivious and reckless when it comes to love – that is, if you define “love” as having multiple girls drape themselves over you while everyone else basks in the utter glory of your own awesomeness. Even outside of Aincrad and Alfheim, Kirito is as two-dimensional as a character can be.
Honestly? I think the series would have been much more interesting if it’d been about the bromance between Kirito and Klein, but that is neither here nor there.
Kylo Ren submitted by Kayla Farber
Though Ren is not a protagonist (yet?), he is a strong male character. This is a man in a position of power who does not have a romantic interest, isn’t afraid to show his emotions, and stands up to his enemies when he feels he’s in the right. Though he is a loose cannon, he saves his most emotional moments from being known by waiting until he’s in the privacy of his own quarters, with no one to hear him except the skull of his dead grandfather.
As tongue in cheek as some of these are, I think these make a really interesting point. How these men see women/treat women plays a role in whether or not we see them as strong. Another recurring theme from the above passages is that many of them are single. This is a quality also seen for strong female characters, such as Furiosa from Mad Max: Fury Road. Physical strength is an outstanding characteristic of many of these men. Likewise, we love that Katniss can be a BAMF with the bow and arrow, and Black Widow can take down any opponent. That being said, is it important for girls to have female role models? Yes. Can we agree that “strong female protagonist” is not superfluous with “role model?” I hope so! At the very least, I think we can all agree “strong female protagonist” is absolutely meaningless.
The internet is blowing up right now with news that Captain America is… a Nazi. Or at the very least, Hydra. Supposedly, Steve Rogers has been Hydra all along, and readers are just now finding out about it. Why is this such an issue for Marvel readers? Steve Rogers has been the voice of the American comic fan since his creation during World War II. With the popularity of the recent movies, that patriotism has had a huge resurgence. There is so much vitriol being spewed at the book’s writer, Nick Spencer, as well as Marvel executives, and this is just the first issue! Geekettes Kayla and Carly teamed up to pen a calmer, but no less thought-provoking examination of the topic.
Maggie Stiefvater’s four book series, The Raven Cycle, has come to a close with the release of The Raven King. The series follows a group of friends as they search for a long dead/sleeping Welsh King. Along their journey, they’ve made new friends and comrades, created enemies, discovered secrets, and confronted fears. Also, they’re seniors in high school. And kind of magic. In my excitement for the release of The Raven King, I’ve tried to explain this premise to many friends and colleagues, and always feel like I fall short of capturing exactly what these books are. Continue reading Make Way For The Raven King→