Geek Girls Rule! #75 – Big News

News!  I’ve got news!!!

Three things, really.  The first is that I’ve started a Zazzle.com store for Geek Girls Rule! gear.  Seriously, even if I’m the only person who buys any of it, that’s ok.  I’ve been having fun designing things.   Right now there’s a cami and a sticker set.  More will be forthcoming.

The second is that I will be doing a monthly show on Gaming Radio Network with Sophie Lagace, called Geek Sisterhood.  Once I get the first show done and sent to them, I’ll let you know what our timeslot is.

The third is that I’ve decided to start adding other contributors.  And the first is Danielle Ni Dhighe.  She’s followed Geek Girls Rule! for some time, and we’ve been reading each other’s Livejournals, so I thought she’d be a good fit.  Also, she keeps on up comics and other media in a way that I just haven’t been able to lately, and I thought you all might like a change from “gaming, gaming, gaming, grumpy feminism, gaming, gaming…”

I’ll let her describe herself in her own words:

“Danielle Ni Dhighe is a geek girl of long duration.  She’s also queer in many different senses of the word, which inevitably leads her to seek out the different and the unique.  Seeing Star Wars in 1977 was her first step on the Path of Geek, a journey that continues to this day and hopefully will continue for as long as she draws breath.  Comic books (she has a collection approaching 7,000 issues), science fiction, and fantasy are her lifeblood, and she earns money to feed her geeky addictions by working in the field of technical support.

“Favorite comics include anything featuring the X-Men, Superman, Batman, or Golden Age characters.  I’ve been reading the X-books since 1980, so I tend to favor characters like Cyclops, Kitty Pryde, Colossus, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Wolverine.  Jean Grey in all her incarnations is my favorite comic book character of all time.  Most of my Internet aliases have Phoenix in them somewhere.  I’m also likely to enjoy just about anything published by Vertigo, and the occasional manga.  My collection is approaching 7,000 issues after three decades of collecting comics.  My bedroom looks more like a comics store.

“I watch far too much television for my own good.  I’ve been an obsessive fan of “Doctor Who” for over a quarter of a century.  The Fourth Doctor is and always will be my Doctor, although the Tenth Doctor is a close second.  I also enjoy its spinoffs, “Torchwood” and “The Sarah Jane Adventures.”  Especially “Torchwood.”  In a world where genre television seems to be almost entirely heterosexual, “Torchwood” is defiantly and cheerfully bisexual/omnisexual.

“I’m also a fan of the “Star Trek” and “Stargate” franchises.  I think I’ve seen just about every episode of every “Star Trek” show to date.  The re-imagined “Battlestar Galactica” is easily one of the finest exercises in science fiction in television history.  Brilliant is a word I use often in reference to it.  “Smallville” may not be in that realm of greatness, but I always argue that it’s an important piece of the Superman mythos in its own right.  Toss in “Supernatural,” “Fringe,” and “Sanctuary” to the list of shows I watch.  I still miss “The X-Files” (or at least its first eight seasons).

“Joss Whedon’s shows and comics are a category of my fandoms in their own right.  I loved “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Angel,” and still mourn the early passing of “Firefly.”  I can’t count how many times I’ve watched “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” and I always end up singing the songs for days afterward, albeit badly and off key.

“I haven’t read as many novels in recent years as when I devoured a dozen a week when I was a teenager and plowed through the works of Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein, among others.  I started reading Tolkien and Lewis even younger.  I don’t remember when I first read Lovecraft, but I was hooked.  One of my current favorite genre writers is Jennifer Fallon, best known for the “Demon Child Trilogy.”

“Other literary fandoms of mine include Sherlock Holmes and Philip Marlowe.

“On a personal level, I’m bisexual, trans, and a feminist, not to mention a good old fashioned socialist.  Issues of gender and sexuality, and the blurring of the lines of both, fascinate me.  It’s the contradictions that make things interesting.”

That’s all the Geek Girls Rule! news for now!  Keep an eye here for Danielle’s writing, and on the Zazzle store for new gear.  I’ll keep you posted on the Gaming Radio and podcast fronts as well.  Live Geeky!!

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