5 Fandom Friday: 5 Times I Totally Fangirled

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Welcome to another round of "5 Fandom Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

Today's topic is Five Times I Totally Fangirled. To clarify, here's the definition of "fangirl" (v), via Urban Dictionary:
v. 1. the reaction a fangirl has to any mention or sighting of the object of her "affection". These reactions include shortness of breath, fainting, highpitched noises, shaking...
So basically it means to geek out over something you geek out over. (Yes, I realize that's a bit circular...)
 
Here are some of my fangirl moments:
  • Marvel Marathon: In May 2012, when the first Avengers movie premiered, a local theater hosted an epic movie marathon where they played each of the individual superhero movies, leading up to the Avengers premiere. My husband and I took the day off from work, and let the kids play hooky from school to spend the day geeking out as a family. It was so fun to spend the whole day immersed in superhero-ness, and sharing the experience with an entire theater of other aficionados. I was pleased to see that AMC is planning another epic marathon for the second Avengers premiere - more than 24 hours of movies!

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  • Chicago Comic Con: For my 40th birthday, I told my family I wanted to celebrate with a family trip to Chicago. We told the kids we were going site-seeing, and had a great time tooling around on Segways around downtown Chicago. But we didn't tell them the real reason were there - for Comic Con. We wanted to surprise them by just showing up on the day of the show. Unfortunately, I planned ahead a little too much, and listed some panels I wanted to attend in Google Calendar, and my daughter happened to see the calendar while we were in the hotel room the night before. Still, remembering the looks on their faces when they realized what we would be doing the next time never ceases to make me smile. They were the ones fangirling at that moment! I love remembering how excited they were, and how they couldn't text their friends fast enough to share their excitement. The next day we saw Sir Patrick Stewart, Bruce Campbell, Lou Ferrigno, Christopher Lloyd and the DeLorean, and Felicia Day. Plenty of fangirling there, for all of us.
  • The Flash: We've been really enjoying the CW's The Flash TV series, and it's one of my current weekly geekouts. Each episode offers ample opportunity for me to fangirl, from appreciating special effects, to recognizing some cameo from the 1990s Flash TV series. I also marvel over the depth of my husband's knowledge of Flash lore - the Flash is one of his favorite comic book heroes, so I am always quizzing him about how things are the same or different in the comics. So each week I get to fangirl over him being a fanboy. Win-win.
  • Meeting scrapbooking pioneers: Stepping outside the superhero/sci-fi fandoms to wrap things up, back in the day when I was teaching scrapbooking, I had the opportunity to attend my share of scrapbooking conventions and trade shows. I loved them so much, seeing all the new products and hearing about new techniques, but what I loved most was meeting such interesting people. I had the good fortune of being able to meet and spend real time with some of the most amazingly creative people, who were and still are true pioneers in the crafting world: Stacy Julian, Rebecca Sower, Lain Ehmann, Heidi Swapp, and Molly Newman, among so many others. I tried to keep my fangirling on the inside at those moments, but it was hard not to gush when meeting people I had admired only on the pages of magazines.

 So what are some of your fangirl/fanboy moments? Go ahead and geekout in the comments!


5 Fandom Friday: Gateway Fandoms

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Welcome to another round of "5 Fandom Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

Today I'm dipping back into the 5 Fandom Friday archives to the very first topic - Gateway Fandoms that Made Me Who I Am Today.
 
  1. STAR TREK: As mentioned in my GeekCrafts bio, I started on my geek path early, watching episodes of "Star Trek: The Original Series" with my dad. We would often watch episodes while eating dinner off TV trays, and I distinctly remember seeing "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Kahn" in the theater during its original release. Fast forward to my college years, when I met my husband-to-be, a HUGE Trek fan, and I knew I'd found my perfect match. My affinity for Trek as a kid led nicely to my work on the Star Trek Craft Book.
  2. STAR WARS: I remember seeing "Star Wars" in the theater as well, and have a picture somewhere of my brother and I as kids, wearing matching Star Wars shirts with iron-on transfers we had done at the mall (anyone else remember that fad?). I was fascinated by the light saber fights and loved the fight scenes in space between the X-wings and TIE fighters.
  3. BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: I watched the original series on TV as a kid as well, and we played Battlestar on the playground during recess at school. I was always Boxey, and remember that a girl named Andrea was always Muffet, even though she didn't really want to be. Well, someone had to be, right? It took me a while to get into the BSG reboot, which I didn't watch when it aired, but my husband and I have watched it all the way through now, and have rewatched it multiple times. Love it now.
  4. SERENITY: Fast forward from childhood to 2005, when we first heard about this new space western movie, "Serenity." Except it wasn't actually new - it was based on a cancelled TV series called, "Firefly." Which we somehow missed entirely when it was actually airing on FOX in 2002-2003. So seeing "Serenity" definitely acted as a gateway to pretty much the entire Whedonverse, starting with "Firefly," on to Buffy, Dr. Horrible, and Dollhouse.  
  5. TRUE BLOOD: My husband and I started watching the series on HBO, and I enjoyed it so much, I sought out the Sookie Stackhouse/Southern Vampire book series by Charlaine Harris, upon which the TV series was based. I wound up reading the entire series of books, which is more than I can say of watching the TV series. By about the fifth season, I was done. But I really enjoyed the books for the most part, especially listening to the audio versions narrated by Johanna Parker - so much so that I sought out other books narrated by her, just to listen to her read to me some more.

I'd love to hear about your "gateway fandoms" - what experiences opened the door for you to geek out further? Share a comment below!

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5 Fandom Friday: My Comfort Films

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Welcome to another round of "5 Fandom Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

I'm a day late, but on target for this week's topic: Comfort Films. Going off Nerdy Girlie's post, "Comfort Films" are movies you keep going back to, over and over. And wouldn't you know it - I taught a layout on this topic, back when I was teaching Book of Me scrapbooking classes. I called it, "Everyday Movies," as in, what movies could you watch every day and never get tired of them?

Here's my layout.

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The page featured a cool scrapbooking product that is now no longer available, a Paper Adventures' PageFlipper. It was like a page protector-pocket-flap that you adhered on top of the page protector, to give you extra room for photos or journaling. I used it for extra journaling in this case.

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My Everyday/Comfort Movies:

  • Top Gun
  • The Princess Bride
  • Pretty Woman
  • LA Story
  • Far and Away
  • The Fifth Element

I did this layout probably around 2002-2003, so I have some addendums.

  • That was before I discovered "Firefly," so I think I would add "Serenity." I never tire of quoting it.
  • "The Muppet Christmas Carol" - I gave it to David for Christmas in 1993 (on VHS!). I think I didn't include it because we only watch it seasonally, but we watch it every year with the kids after Christmas dinner. A classic. I quote that one a lot, too, year-round.

I'm probably forgetting others, but these are a good representation. What flicks would be on your everyday list? Leave me a comment below with your list!

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5 Fandom Friday: Funko Figures

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Welcome to another round of "5 Fandom Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

Today I'm reaching back into the 5 Fandom Friday archives for a previous topic that I missed the first time around: "Favorite Funko Pop Figures."

In case you aren't familiar, Funko Pop! Figures are collectible vinyl dolls of a wide variety of pop culture icons. Funko has just exploded on the fandom scene, vastly increasing their product line to include characters from TV shows  and movies past and present, as well as video games. In fact, according to their About page, Funko currently holds more than 150 licenses including, but not limited to; Lucas Films, Marvel, Hasbro, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, DC Comics, Sanrio, and Disney. They's sold over 10 million units in the last three years. 

I've received three as gifts, and display them in my cubicle at work: Wonder Woman, Buffy, and Captain Mal.

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On my wishlist:

Do you collect these cute big-headed dolls? Which ones do you have, and which ones do you covet? Share with a comment below!


5 Fandom Friday: Character Names

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Welcome to another round of "Fandom 5 Friday," a writer's-block-busting initiative to build community among geeky female bloggers, spearheaded by The Nerdy Girlie and SuperSpaceChick.

"The basic idea of 5 Fandom Fridays is to write a weekly Friday blog post in the form of a top 5 list based on a predetermined topic. It'll give your readers a deeper insight into your fandoms and your blogging personality. It's a great way to avoid bloggers block and sleep well knowing that you have at least 4-5 planned posts for the month."

Today's topic is "Characters I would name my kids after." Being of a certain age, my child-bearing days are behind me. I already have two kids, both juniors this year - my son is a junior at Fordham University in New York City, and my daughter is a junior in high school. But I can still play along with this topic, because we did indeed name our first-born after a character.

I actually included the story of his name in my book, The Star Trek Craft Book (p 33):

When I was pregnant with our son, my husband wanted to name him James Tiberius after his favorite Star Trek captain. I suggested Thomas as a middle name instead, thinking I would protect my son from relentless teasing in school. (Plus, it was a head nod to William Riker's middle name, as well, so the Trek reference was still there.) Even though we did name him James Thomas, my argument was apparently wasted, because my son became such a Trek fan that he told me in grade school that he wished I had allowed "Tiberius"!

These days, my naming aspirations would be relegated to the pet variety. And just the other day I did come up with a character name idea:

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Plus, pet names offer a little more leeway - you don't have to worry about lasting psychological damage like you do with a kid. Other pet names I would consider:

  • Data (from Star Trek: The Next Generation)
  • Doctor (Who, of course)
  • Jayne (Cobb, from Firefly/Serenity)
  • Adama (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Apollo (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Starbuck (from Battlestar Galactica)
  • Sookie (from Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire series/True Blood)

What name(s) would you choose?