Happy Geek Pride Day 2015!!

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Happy Geek Pride Day 2015!! May 25 is the Geek Pride Day. It’s a day to promote geek culture, and as such, I decided to share with you some books and videos that will help you start being one (if you haven’t joined the tribe yet).

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Fandom Friday: the 5 Nerdiest Things I’ve Ever Done

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This fandom Friday is all about confessions: the 5 nerdiest things you’ve ever done. This is a tough one! Though I am a geek, I don’t consider the things I do geeky or nerdy (that’s the main problem I’ve had in choosing what to put in this list). So, I decided on 5 things that I find might be nerdy, or that my friends have told me that they are. Okay, here we go!

1. Going to Rivendell because of LOTR.

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I read LOTR and the Hobbit, and then came the movies. I went to a marathon of LOTR in a theater Roppongi, Tokyo, which actually convinced me in having the need to visit Rivendell. I know that Rivendell is a computer graphics-made place (with some real decoration), but some of the nature is real. You can actually go backpacking to New Zealand and visit Rivendell and Hobbiton. Well, when I was in Tokyo, I planned a travel to Sydney (Australia) that would bring me to be able to enjoy an exhibition of he movies and be able to see the real clothes the actors and actresses wore; and a small trip to NZ to have a gorgeous LOTR tour.

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Geek Cultural Anthropology: Avengers Age of Ultron Posters in Japan

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Geek Cultural Anthropology can be fun. We can explore cultural differences taking a look at Avengers Age of Ultron posters in Japan. Unlike the US, Japanese movie promotions tend to focus more on the emotional side of the movies than the action that might be inside. Stressing emotion and drama more than action gives hints on what’s expected from the characters within society. A trailer or a poster in which we see too much action can stress the Japanese audience. But, why is it so?

Time and space are understood in different ways in different cultures. A Superhero movie can be too quick for certain audiences, while a samurai movie could be regarded as too slow for others. How space is treated by the camera can be seen as full or empty depending on the eyes that are looking at that scene. In fact, even in posters like this, we can find a hidden dimension where space and time are key to understand why there are some changes when marketing a movie in a country or another.

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Social criticism through comics: Spanish local stereotypes

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Social criticism through comics can be funny, specially if packed with humor. Comics are great vessels to convey serious information disguised in a funny way. While having a great time, readers can thing further about certain topics. This is the case of this bizarre Spanish comic book created by Deamo Bros. Under the design of old B-movie posters, this short comic book is a great example of social criticism; in this case, problems around the Spanish society. Though an outsider the comic might seem a funny collection of science fiction stories, these are criticizing some of the problems that Spain is facing, either on a daily basis, or each summer. Using local stereotypes, the authors have been able to send out their criticism while entertaining and making the reader laugh.

It is a comic book with 87 colored pages, with an “alien” style. This is a somewhat “weird” and misleading comic book. Its design does not seem local at all, and some people have already mistaken it for a foreign comic book! In fact, some Spanish friends have bought the comic thinking that it was american, made in the US, and ended up shocked to find out it was made in Spain. Though the style might seem that from foreign comics, its contents are completely local.

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Fandom Friday: My 5 Most Binge Worthy Shows

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So, I decided to take part in Fandom Friday starting with my 5 most binge worthy shows. The idea of 5 Fandom Friday was started up by Super Space Chick, and I found it out at the Nerdy Girlie. It’s fun and a great way to know more things nerdy. So, yup, though I start up on a Saturday, let’s take a look at my 5 most binge worthy shows!

1. Star Trek.

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It might sounds as a little bit extreme but, binge watching the entire franchise is a delight. Prepare pillows, lots of beverages and chips to last you some months. You are surely going to explore new worlds and entering into the madness realm. This is an extreme binge watch plan that can entertain you for a long time. Beware though: you’ll end up trying to comply or using Qapla’ more than usual.

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Geek Anthropology of Ms. Marvel

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To take a closer look to the Geek Anthropology of Ms. Marvel is a must. This is one of the best Superhero comic books in the market at the moment, and one that can be used at easy from a geek anthropological point of view. Through it we can discover more than the simple story of a young Pakistani American named Kamala Khan. This comic, through an empowerment fantasy journey, discovers us the life of a young Pakistani American young girl, her thoughts, her family, her friends and her assimilation story.

Like most young girls her age, she has to face problems of identity: who does she want to be, herself? Or someone else like marketing sells young people nowadays? Her hobbies show us that she is a geek girl: likes and writes fan fiction stories (about the Avengers and Wolverine), loves Marvel Superheroes, and has the same problems any other teenage girl would face at her age. However, there is something extra to her identity: she is a Pakistani American teenager who has to merge American and Pakistani values. Through the pages of this comic, we get to know her friends, and her family. She has a very religious brother, and two concerned parents. Concerned with her future, like many other parents are. Through them we discover aspects of Pakisnati culture, like traditional clothing, and also words. We get got know how Kamala feels torn up in two sometimes by being a child of two cultures: the one at home and the one of the country where she lives in.

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Representation of women in media: Black Widow

Representation of women in media is still poor. Black Widow is a strong woman who has been subject to all types of comments, including what might seem like ‘a simple sexist comment’ on the Avengers tour. Jeremy Renner recently tried to explain on CONAN the real meaning of calling Black Widow a ‘slut.’ He states:

I was asked the question like, so Black Widow’s been linked to Hawkeye, Iron Man, Bruce Banner, and Captain America, so what do you think about that. Well, I said, ‘It sounds like she’s a slut.’ Now, mind you, I was talking about a fictional character and fictional behavior, but Conan if you slept with four of the six Avengers, no matter how much fun you had, you’d be a slut.

Even if he points out that calling ‘slut’ to a fictional character, there are problems in that statement. People do see themselves mirrored in fictional characters, and degrading the portrayal of such fictional character can have very negative results, specially for those who see themselves represented by Black Widow.

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Unboxing Marvel Collector Corps Avengers Age of Ultron Box

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Yay! Prepare for the unboxing Marvel Collector Corps Avengers Age of Ultron Box experience! Today I went to the local post office to pick up my box. Since it’s a little bit far away, I decided to go to my favorite cupcake coffee shop to open the box and start fangirling about it.

[SPOILER ALERT] If you haven’t received your box yet, and do not wish to see what’s inside, please stop right now. Yes: right away. If you follow reading you’ll see all the contents of my box. For those who are up to it: WELCOME!

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Exploring identity with Yuri Manga: Girl friends by Milk Morinaga

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Exploring identity with yuri manga is a delight, only if representation is well made. Yuri manga is a manga and anime genre that involves love between women. It focuses on the sexual or emotional aspects of a relationship while it can depict extraordinary or ordinary events within the story. Some stories are better than others to explore your own identity. However, there’s something crucial: a good representation of the characters.

Today we’ll explore ‘Girl Friends’ by Milk Morinaga, who presents us two young high school girls who start a friendship, and who, little by little get in love with one another. They are average Japanese high school students who enjoy their afternoons like an average Japanese girl would do: they go shopping, study together, go to have some snacks out to a cheap place, hang around with friends, etc. In short, Morinaga presents us with a very realistic love story. Despite its realism, we must take in mind that this is a manga for men, and as such it contains ideals and stereotypes of what average Japanese girls do while in high school: make up, shopping, dressing up…

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