• femsplain:

    On October 27th, Femsplain.com will open its virtual doors.

    What is it? Femsplain is a fem-powered content community made for anyone who identifies as women to feel empowered and to be seen and heard.

    What does this mean? Every month we’ll announce a new theme and ask for contributors through social media.

    What can I contribute? Anything fitting the months theme. You could write a news article, share a story, draw something, submit an email exchange or even a screenshot of your text conversations. Whatever you want to say we want to hear it.

    Our goal is to highlight amazing women of the Internet and to create a supportive & positive community for anyone to support. 

    Please help spread the word and pass this on to anyone who you think might want to contribute!

    Interested? submit@femsplain.com

    (Thank you cindysuen for our logo and banner)

  • Join us at Geek Girl Con!

    dailydot:

    The Daily Dot is delighted to announce that several of our @DotGeek writers are appearing this weekend at Geek Girl Con in Seattle!

    Saturday, 12:00 pm: Fangirls Find the Force: Star Wars, from Episode VII and Beyond (Room 302)

    Fangirls are speaking up about what they want from the Star Wars mega-franchise! They have voiced their concerns over representation of women in the galaxy far, far away. This panel will discuss media and fan reaction to Star Wars diversity news and the response from Disney|Lucasfilm. We also highlight the reasons why it’s important for women to speak up as consumers of pop culture, and how to do it both positively and effectively.

    Panelists: Amy Ratcliffe (purple-lightsaber), Kay Serna, Linda Hansen-Raj, Meg Humphrey (tspofnutmeg), Tricia Barr, and our own Lisa Granshaw!

    Saturday, 3:00 PM: Geek Couture: Pop Culture in the High-Fashion World (Room 301)

    Pop culture-themed apparel has become a growing part of the fashion industry over the last few years, and recently made splashes on the runways in New York, London, and at San Diego Comic Con. What does this increase of geek couture mean for the larger fashion movement? On this panel, we will discuss how pop culture has been a part of high fashion in the past, how the fashion industry is changing, and what implications this has for pop culture in the fashion industry as a whole.

    Panelists: Lisa Granshaw, Regina Ayala, Stephanie Pressman, Victoria Schmidt,

    Saturday, 3:00pm: 21st Century Boys: Slash in the Mainstream (Rm 302)
    It’s been two decades since William Shatner told fans to “get a life!” But while fandom has become an ever-more accepted and widespread part of mainstream culture, fans continue to have a contentious relationship with the media. So what happens when the journalists ARE the fans? A panel of distinguished fandom journalists will look at fandom from atop the “fourth wall”, and share their experiences as fans and journalists.

    Panelists: The Daily Dot’s Aja Romano (bookshop) & Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (hellotailor), Tumblr’s Amanda Brennan (continuants), Cathy Yang (seasquared), Lauren Orsini (laureninspace), and Mike Cooper

    Saturday, 4:00pm: Queerbaiting in Genre Television: Representation or Exploitation? (RM302)

    Genre media has often been on the forefront of social change, and often portrayed, through subtext and metaphor, stories which could not be told explicitly. However, in a world where LGBT representation is at an all-time high, is it appropriate for subtext to still be the norm? When subtext is played up between characters is it harmless fun, a step in the direction of positive representation, or exploitation of the queer audience? Come join this lively discussion!

    Panelists: Aja Romano (bookshop), Diana Michelle, Dori Koogler, and Jessica Mason (persephoneshadow)

    Saturday, 5:00 pm: Fandom and the Media (Room 301)

    It’s been two decades since William Shatner told fans to “get a life!” But while fandom has become an ever-more accepted and widespread part of mainstream culture, fans continue to have a contentious relationship with the media. So what happens when the journalists ARE the fans? A panel of distinguished fandom journalists will look at fandom from atop the “fourth wall”, and share their experiences as fans and journalists.

    Panelists: The Daily Dot’s Aja Romano (bookshop) & Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (hellotailor), Tumblr’s Amanda Brennan (continuants), ReadWrite’s Lauren Orsini (laureninspace), and Vocativ’s Versha Sharma ( versha-sharma).

    Sunday, 10:00 AM: From Feels to Skills: Putting Fandom on Your Resume (Room 204)

    You may not think that all those hours spent devouring Johnlock fanfic or painstakingly editing your Tumblr gif-set mean much outside of fandom, but you’re actually learning all kinds of skills that can make you stand out as a job candidate. Join a group of fans who’ve turned their passions into career assets for this interactive look at ways your fandom is building your resume.

    Panelists: The Daily Dot’s Aja Romano (bookshop), Tumblr’s Amanda Brennan (continuants), ReadWrite’s Lauren Orsini (laureninspace), transmedia producer Alexandra Edwards (nonmodernist), and artist and Racebending co-founder Loraine Sammy.

    Sunday, 3:00 PM: Evolution of the Superhero Movie Costume (Room LL2)

    Is there really any point in trying to make superheroes look realistic? Most of the time, the cape or mask is an integral part of the character—the thing that makes Batman a superhero instead of just a super-rich vigilante. Join us for an exploration of how superhero costumes transfer from page to screen. We’ll look at recent big-name comic book movies such as The Dark Knight trilogy, Spider-Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

    Panelist: Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (hellotailor): Gavia is a freelance fan culture and internet reporter for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in Bleeding Cool, Wired, the BBC, and other publications. She serves as the Managing Editor for Big Bang Press, which publishes original fiction by talented fanfiction authors. She also blogs about costume design, TV and movies at her blog, HelloTailor. She lives in Glasgow.

    We’re super excited to be a part of Geek Girl Con this year, and hope you’ll join us!

    PLEASE COME TO OUR PANELS :D

  • nonmodernist:

    Geek Girl Con 2014!

    Come check out our rad panel this weekend:

    From Feels to Skills: Putting Fandom on Your Resume

    Time: Sunday, 10/12, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
    Location: RM204

    You may not think that all those hours spent devouring Johnlock fanfic or painstakingly editing your Tumblr gif-set mean much outside of fandom, but you’re actually learning all kinds of skills that can make you stand out as a job candidate. Join a group of fans who’ve turned their passions into career assets for this interactive look at ways your fandom is building your resume.

    About the panelists:

    • Aja Romano is a fandom and geek culture reporter for DailyDot.com. She previously reported on fandom and geek culture for the Mary Sue and served as a “slash expert” for The Backlot (AfterElton).
    • Alexandra Edwards is an Emmy-award-winning transmedia storyteller. As a transmedia producer and writer for Pemberley Digital, she has worked on the “Lizzie Bennet Diaries”, “Welcome to Sanditon”, and “Emma Approved”.
    • Amanda Brennan is an internet librarian who specializes in researching the history of memes and other viral content throughout the web. She is currently on the Content & Community team at Tumblr where she explores and evaluates trends throughout the network.
    • Lauren Orsini is a technology journalist in Washington, DC. She writes about developer issues, tech education, and DIY hardware hacking for ReadWrite.
    • Loraine Sammy has participated online in multiple fandoms in comic books, gaming, music, movies, and television since 1997. As an artist she has worked professionally in the gaming industry and as a freelancer. As an activist she has co-founded the media representation organization Racebending.com.
  • National Book Award-winner and literary legend Flannery O’Conner, putting her foot down over a publisher’s confused and condescending reaction to her first novel, Wise Blood.

    Oh, and she was 23 at the time. The publisher, Paul Engle, described her as “prematurely arrogant.” 

  • "[The publisher] would like to rescue it at this point and train it into a conventional novel… The letter is addressed to a slightly dim-witted Campfire Girl and I cannot look forward with composure to a lifetime of others like them."
    “I am not writing a conventional novel… I am amenable to criticism but only within the sphere of what I am trying to do; I will not pretend to do otherwise. The finished book, though I hope less angular, will be just as odd if not odder than the nine chapters you now have."
  • Noomi Rapace and Tom Hardy being adorable at the press conference for “The Drop” at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

    (Source: noomirapace, via noomirapace)