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Apr 20

Exhibitor Application | MICE 2014 -

micexpo:

Exhibitor Applications for MICE 2014 are now live! Applications will be accepted for review and lottery until May 19.

All applicants will notified by June 1.

MICE 2014 is October 4 - 5.

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Let’s Talk About Orphan Black!

Orphan Black is the best thing on TV right now.

It’s maybe not the absolute smartest show, but it’s twisty and ridiculous and fun, and the twists have payoffs. It’s never afraid to raise the stakes.

But it’s also about women. It’s about the lives of women.

Out of the core of our three main clones, none seem shamed for her choices. You can be a streetwise punk (Sarah), a suburban mom (Alison) or an academic (Cosima) and all those places in life are treated as absolutely valid for a 27-year-old woman to be in. They all have their strengths and weaknesses — Sarah can think on her feet but doesn’t always have common sense; Alison’s organized and methodical but can go off the rails when things don’t go according to plan; and Cosima’s science background covers emotional vulnerability. They’re all interesting women. We want to root for all of them.

But in a larger context, it’s about who own and controls women’s bodies. These women have their own lives but they’re watched by the corporation who made them. Their lives aren’t their own. That’s some awesome, feminist sci-fi right there and I love it.

(I’m usually pretty against storylines of “women makin’ babies is special!” but I think in this context, it works. Even if Sarah is special that she could have a child, it was Sarah’s choice to do so. She wasn’t forced to have a baby.)

And yeah, part of me is sort of disappointed that all these women are played by just one actress — the amazing Tatiana Maslany — but in other ways, I think that’s absolutely the point. How many other TV shows and movies treat women as basically interchangeable? Like it doesn’t matter which actress is playing which part because they’re all the same? I love how much Maslany defies that on this show. Yes, she’s one actress, but look at the range she has! Look at how each of these characters are their own! (No, seriously — it’s easy to forget this is the same actress in all these parts.)

(Maslany also has ridiculous chemistry with herself on screen. I don’t even know how that’s possible.)

Do you like shows about women? Do you like sci-fi? Please watch this show. It’s so cool. I don’t know how I’m going to make it week to week between episodes, other than rewatching each one several times.

Apr 19

crimesagainsthughsmanatees:

Original comic art for sale!

Buy these! They’re way too cheap and they’re awesome!I have one and I love it. I look at it every morning, more or less.

crimesagainsthughsmanatees:

Original comic art for sale!

Buy these! They’re way too cheap and they’re awesome!

I have one and I love it. I look at it every morning, more or less.

Tamora Pierce had a contest for her Tumblr followers recently and basically, if you followed her on Tumblr, you were entered into it.I was one of the winners, and that’s why I now have a signed copy of Battle Magic. (If you can’t read the inscription, it says “Follow your magic.”)
I can’t explain how much 12-year-old me is delighted by this. But I now have a new book to read.

Tamora Pierce had a contest for her Tumblr followers recently and basically, if you followed her on Tumblr, you were entered into it.

I was one of the winners, and that’s why I now have a signed copy of Battle Magic. (If you can’t read the inscription, it says “Follow your magic.”)

I can’t explain how much 12-year-old me is delighted by this. But I now have a new book to read.

Apr 18

Stuart Saves His Family - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -

This movie isn’t great (but it’s good), but it’s better than you think it’s going to be — a bit weirder and darker and deeper than you think a movie about a weird throwaway character from Saturday Night Live would be.

Also, directed by Harold Ramis and starring Sen. Al Franken. It’s streaming on Netflix. It’s worth watching.

mdt:

I whistled tonight… And out these two came. Let’s call them Fuzzbutt and Styles (Thanks for the names, Door!).

I saw this photo and I made a little squeaky noise involuntarily.Baby foxes forever. And then just foxes forever.

mdt:

I whistled tonight… And out these two came. Let’s call them Fuzzbutt and Styles (Thanks for the names, Door!).

I saw this photo and I made a little squeaky noise involuntarily.

Baby foxes forever. And then just foxes forever.

whipstickisses:

Happy Orphan Black Day tomorrow!

I am not, usually, that into fan art, but I adore this and would buy a print of it. I’m just a bit obsessed with this show.Of course, I also decided today that if Tatiana Maslany did one of those con appearances where you had to pay to get your photo taken with her or whatever, I would totally stand in line and do that. (And I want to make it clear that she’s my TV girlfriend so you can’t have her.)
I have Things To Say about this show which I may get to tomorrow. It’s definitely not perfect, but it hits almost all of my sci-fi buttons and I like the overall meta-commentary it’s making.You totally have time to watch the first season between now and tomorrow. Do it.

whipstickisses:

Happy Orphan Black Day tomorrow!

I am not, usually, that into fan art, but I adore this and would buy a print of it. I’m just a bit obsessed with this show.

Of course, I also decided today that if Tatiana Maslany did one of those con appearances where you had to pay to get your photo taken with her or whatever, I would totally stand in line and do that. (And I want to make it clear that she’s my TV girlfriend so you can’t have her.)

I have Things To Say about this show which I may get to tomorrow. It’s definitely not perfect, but it hits almost all of my sci-fi buttons and I like the overall meta-commentary it’s making.

You totally have time to watch the first season between now and tomorrow. Do it.

Apr 17

comicsgirl:

So I think this was 1989 (ETA: Or 1990? I’m not sure, but not later than that). Check out the neon, the belt pack, the jelly shoes, the headband, the Bermuda shorts and the Madonna button. This is truly a thing that happened.I’d also totally wear this outfit now. I have a deeply under-developed sense of shame, though.

"what did you keep in the belt pack? it looks like it could hold a bunch of stuff." - hughbot
Well, this was a long time ago, so I’m not really sure, but I’ll make some stuff up.
Likely whatever spending money I had, which was probably about $5-10. I’m not quite sure if I was into Lipsmackers at this age, but if so, a few of those (and that explains why I hoard Crazy Rumors now). Probably a pair of sunglasses and such. I think it was probably a bit too early for the 1990 Marvel trading cards, but I think I probably would’ve kept my favorites of those in there if it wasn’t.
Another good possibility is any kind of battery-powered toy-ish thing, but I really don’t remember.
I do remember I liked this belt pack because it had all kinds of pockets. I still look for that in bags/etc. The more the better!

comicsgirl:

So I think this was 1989 (ETA: Or 1990? I’m not sure, but not later than that). Check out the neon, the belt pack, the jelly shoes, the headband, the Bermuda shorts and the Madonna button. This is truly a thing that happened.

I’d also totally wear this outfit now. I have a deeply under-developed sense of shame, though.

"what did you keep in the belt pack? it looks like it could hold a bunch of stuff." - hughbot

Well, this was a long time ago, so I’m not really sure, but I’ll make some stuff up.

Likely whatever spending money I had, which was probably about $5-10. I’m not quite sure if I was into Lipsmackers at this age, but if so, a few of those (and that explains why I hoard Crazy Rumors now). Probably a pair of sunglasses and such. I think it was probably a bit too early for the 1990 Marvel trading cards, but I think I probably would’ve kept my favorites of those in there if it wasn’t.

Another good possibility is any kind of battery-powered toy-ish thing, but I really don’t remember.

I do remember I liked this belt pack because it had all kinds of pockets. I still look for that in bags/etc. The more the better!

So I think this was 1989 (ETA: Or 1990? I’m not sure, but not later than that). Check out the neon, the belt pack, the jelly shoes, the headband, the Bermuda shorts and the Madonna button. This is truly a thing that happened.I’d also totally wear this outfit now. I have a deeply under-developed sense of shame, though.

So I think this was 1989 (ETA: Or 1990? I’m not sure, but not later than that). Check out the neon, the belt pack, the jelly shoes, the headband, the Bermuda shorts and the Madonna button. This is truly a thing that happened.

I’d also totally wear this outfit now. I have a deeply under-developed sense of shame, though.

Apr 16

zencomix:

(via Zen Comix: 177 Pages Long)
Getting my Ignatz Awards submission ready for the mail.
Can’t win if you don’t play!

You see, this is how it’s done, everyone. Submit!

zencomix:

(via Zen Comix: 177 Pages Long)

Getting my Ignatz Awards submission ready for the mail.

Can’t win if you don’t play!

You see, this is how it’s done, everyone. Submit!

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