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The Bionic Woman #4

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Written by Brandon Johnson

Why is there so much admiration and respect for strong women today? Why is it that there is such a huge fan base for the Vampire Slayers, the Charmed Ones, the Wonder Women, and the Tomb Raiders of the world? I’m no expert but I believe it is because we come from a generation where “girl power” isn’t just a dream anymore and that women today feel empowered; that the possibilities are endless regardless of whether they are jumping across rooftops, competing in two-hundred meter Olympic events, or simply being a mom.

This is exactly what I think our friends down at Dynamite Comics feel with their launch of the new Bionic Woman comic book. For those of you who have grown up in the Lynda Carter and Lindsay Wagner era you will remember this small screen gem from the late 1970’s but for a lot of you; myself included, for whom this may be before your time, you are certainly in for a treat. The Bionic Woman was a television spin-off from the 1970’s television show The Six Million Dollar Man. It told the story of a pro tennis player, and former love interest to Steve Austin; the Six Million Dollar Man, named Jaime Sommers who was nearly killed in a skydiving incident that severely damaged her body until she received “bionic” surgical implants by a covert branch of a government agency calling themselves “O.S.I.” or the “Office of Scientific Intelligence“.

Morgan Spurlock Geek Fan or Geek Foe?

Written by KD Shaw

Morgan Spurlock, best known for his award winning gut bomb Super Size Me, has teamed up with Joss Whedon, Geek God, to create a documentary about the human side of San Diego Comic-Con. Interviewing legends and fanboys like Stan Lee, Eli Roth, Seth Rogan and Kevin Smith, there is a real opportunity to break stereotypes and show that Comic-Con is not just for those who feel the need to fly their geek flag high each year, but that there are designers and comic book creators that use this as a platform to show their work. The potential to make dreams come true among the cosplay and collectibles.

The documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE follows the 2010 Comic-Con, and so far the newly released trailer is getting good press. BUT this geek writer found exactly what I was worried about when perusing the interwebs this morning, an article written by Phil Brown last September on Collider.com where he states, “…the film is a rather sweet and loving portrait of the pop culture-obsessed attendees and the annual Mecca of their anti-social pursuits. The convention itself comes off as an accepting home to anyone who feels the need [to] sweat through a Wookie costume for a weekend while eating overpriced fast food and standing in line to get an autograph from their favorite B-movie actor. The documentary probably won’t win over anyone who despises this culture going in, but it should at least help explain why it exists.” 

Don’t we nerds, geeks, and dorks get enough flack for being nerds, geeks, and dorks? We don’t need another documentary that shows anti-social freaks. Several years ago a documentary was released about MMORPG players, mostly focusing on EverQuest and World of Warcraft, and depicted players who couldn’t go to work because of their addiction, a mother who blamed her son’s suicide on his gaming addiction, and a really sad couple who met in game. It was in no way a positive look at these games or their players, and I hope that this documentary doesn’t do the same injustice to the iconic Comic-Con.

Morgan Spurlock has a real fighting chance to show a different side of this genre. Putting celebs who are fan boys or in the business, rather than Morgan Spurlock’s usual post in the front of the camera, as the main focus is good; though it would have been nice to see a documentary film maker who isn’t in the genre right up front saying, “hey look, these people are normal, hard working people and this isn’t a freakfest.”

The trailer looks great. I am definitely looking forward to watchingTake a look and let me know what you think.

COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE
Have you ever imagined a place where Vulcans and vampires get along? Where wizards and wookies can be themselves? Welcome to Comic-Con San Diego. What started as a fringe comic book convention for 500 fans has grown into the pop culture event of the year that influences every form of entertainment, now attended by over 140,000 strong. COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE- a film by Morgan Spurlock explores this amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010.

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Kevin Smith’s Comic Book Men is coming soon

I recently mentioned in an article that Kevin Smith was talking about the comic book industry being a male dominated industry. What he was doing during said time was promoting his new show Comic Book Men, which I am completely excited about. Four guys work at a Jersey comic shop, and spend their days having “circular debates about the technical accuracy of the USS Enterprise’s warp-core schematics,” and being obnoxiously educated by fanboys who know everything possible about the history of their favorite comics. With field trips, collectibles and clips from Kevin Smith’s podcast, its real life awesomeness at its best. The age of the geek is upon us, and its so nice to be able to add a little reality TV wit to a Snooki and Kim K worshiping world. Here’s are two preview clips of the show, which airs on AMC, after Walking Dead, on February 12th. This FanGIRL thinks February 12th just became a holiday.

Quick question/Sidenote: The clip says “series premiere February 12th right after the Walking Dead“; however, AMC promises that my favorite post Walking Dead show Talking Dead , the live post show about The Walking Dead with guests like Robert Kirkman and hosted by everyone’s favorite Nerd Overlord, Chris Hardwick, will have a new Episode on Feb. 12. Conflict?? I hope not. You can all play nice if you get into a nice neat and orderly lineup.

Comic Reading Geek Girl

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Over the years it had never occurred to me that I wasn’t “normal” for frequenting comic shops or playing video games. Hell, if I ever get divorced there is going to be a battle over my beautiful Mark Newman Wolverine maquette, which sits right next to my Mighty Mugg Skrull and the Kotobukiya Biker Scout. My point is, these things are mine…and I’m a girl. I play Warcraft, have my name on the reader board at the local arcade for kicking ass at Tekken Tag, go through major withdrawals when Doctor Who isn’t on, love Portal 2, and collect comic books. I want to be a writer for Zenescope, Image or Blizzard when I grow up. However, in the last few days there has been news of a booth babe at CES who reportedly doesn’t understand women in the tech field, saying on a video released by BBC News, “I don’t know any that choose the tech world, so to say, over shopping, or cooking, or something like that..or taking care of kids.” I have no problem with Booth Babes. It’s a good marketing strategy, and who doesn’t appreciate a hot girl. I do have a problem with a women who doesn’t get that there is more to life than shopping and cooking. Shortly after that, Kevin Smith was interviewed by ThinkProgress where he spoke about comics being a male dominated industry, in both writing and reading. Writing, yes, but reading? That makes me sad. Why aren’t women reading comics? A friend of mine asked me why there was so much T&A in my favorite funny books, and I responded by telling her it doesn’t bring lack of depth to my stories just because there are hot women on and in the pages of the book. It’s not like I’m leaving my Lost Girls out on the coffee table. The small amount of T&A just doesn’t bother me..and Lost Girls stays under my bed.