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Comic Review: 21st Century Tank Girl #2

21st_TG_2_preview1Last month we celebrated the return of rough and tough Tank Girl in the first issue of her new series, 21st Century Tank Girl. This month she’s back in a new set of wild and crazy adventures, including a Mad Max-esque classic car delivery scheme gone bad (with more than one Roger Moore reference), a silly and overly literal military “how to” guide, a “journey to the centre of the tank” filled with 1970s starlets and explosive surprises, and a piece that is summed up perfectly by its title: “You’re young now, but you won’t be for long.”

21st_TG_2_preview3What I love about Tank Girl is that while Alan Martin consistently guides the stories, each vignette is illustrated by various different artists (including Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Caldwell, Phillip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, and Brett Parson). This constant shift in art style keeps the stories fresh, fun and interesting –  just like Tank Girl.

While I enjoyed all of the art in the issue, I especially loved Edwards’ work in “Journey to the Centre of the Tank,” which was filled with thick, angular lines and interesting point-of-view shots that perfectly complimented the strange twists in the story.

I feel like every time I’ve read and reviewed a 21st Century Tank Girl issue, I have to make some sort of disclaimer: Tank Girl is not for everyone. It’s just not. However, it doesn’t try to be.

The cover (which is brazenly illustrated by Parson) features a pin-up style shower scene of three punk rocker chicks in a shower. It doesn’t hold back, it doesn’t sugar coat anything, it doesn’t pretend. It’s not fake.

But even though it’s not for everyone, maybe it should be. I believe that everyone can learn a thing or two from Martin and Tank Girl about how to be honest and authentic.

Want to see what Tank Girl is up to next? Stay tuned for issue #3, on sale August 2015 through Titan Comics!

21st Century Tank Girl #2
STORY BY: Alan Martin
ART BY: Jamie Hewlett, Warwick Johnson-Caldwell, Phillip Bond, Jonathan Edwards, Brett Parson
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
PAGE COUNT: 32
COVER PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: July 8

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Katniss Takes Over Capitol.pn and Twitter

New footage for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is sure to come out at San Diego Comic-Con (which officially begins tomorrow), but fans of the franchise are getting some treats a day early via the movie’s official Twitter account!

A newly released teaser video (which you can view below) features a stoic Katniss standing atop a statue of what has become the rebellion sign. The short video ends with the message “Standby for a message from District 13”, which no doubt is being broadcasted out to the Capitol, Snow, and the rebellion districts by Beetee.

In another tweet we get a good look at the red suit of fierceness that Katniss donned in the teaser:

And if you head over to Capitol.pn, the official site for the Capitol, you can see that the rebellious followers of Katniss Everdeen have begun tagging and infiltrating the site!

The Mockingjay Part 2 panel is scheduled from 12pm to 1:15pm tomorrow in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con.  It will be moderated by Conan O’Brien.

It’s safe to guess the next installment of the rebellion propaganda will debut online shortly before or after the panel.

And as for new content, here’s to hoping that we get to see more of the 76th Capitol Hunger Games and interaction between Peeta and Katniss (since the last time those two were together, things didn’t end too well!).

Love Kat’s new look? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sony to Release ‘Goosebumps’ Movie Starring Jack Black

Sony has taken it upon themselves to make the movie the ’90s kid inside all of us never knew they wanted: a full-length film based on the immensely popular Goosebumps horror novels for kids by R.L. Stine.

Goosebumps will follow Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day) and his mother (Amy Ryan, Birdman) as they move next door to Stine (Jack Black, Kung Fu Panda 2 [so good!]). Zach befriends Stine’s daughter, Hannah (Odeya Rush, The Giver), and when he hears her scream one night, he and his buddy (Ryan Lee, Super 8) rush into the house next door and immediately begin touching things they ought not to. It seems Stine’s novels are all imbued with a power that brings them to life, so when Zach unlocks The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena, he and all the rest get a lot more than they bargained for. Check out the trailer below:

I tell ya, I never thought I’d see another live-action iteration of anything Goosebumps-related after the short-lived TV series from 1995. But I am stoked beyond belief for this one! It looks like it’ll be a great time for the whole family in the vein of Jumanji (another childhood favorite of mine).

Goosebumps is set for an October 16 release, just in time for the Halloween season! Will you be there, GeekGirl World? I know I will, if only to see if the scarecrow still walks at midnight or if there’ll be any headless ghosts haunting local museums.

Image and trailer courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

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Comic Review: Surface Tension #2 by Jay Gunn

Surface Tension #2 (the second issue in a five-part sci-fi/horror/adventure mini-series created by Jay Gunn and published by Titan Comics) debuted recently, and rather than doing a standard ol’ review, we thought we’d get down to the nitty gritty and address the four questions readers are asking themselves after reading the issue. (Ahoy! Minor spoilers ahead!)

Who is Mystery Memory Man?

Surface-Tension_02_Cover_ALast issue, readers were introduced to Megumi, one of two people who suddenly returned from the sea after coming down with the mysterious “sea sickness” which drove people to the ocean in waves, quite literally. When she resurfaced, she had blue skin and no recollection of what happened.

In this issue, her memories start to come back, including one of her as a child in a hospital following a disaster at a chemical plant. In what was reminiscent of a scene from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a new, seemingly masked visitor now appears in her memories. Henceforth known as Mystery Memory Man (MMM)*, the stranger warns Meg that her memories are being used against her and ominously states that “everything is connected” before disappearing.

Who is MMM? How is he able to contact Meg through her mind? It seems like he’s trying to help her, but why? He promises they’ll meet again, leaving readers in suspense and yearning to learn more about him and his intentions.

*Truthfully, we don’t even know if it’s a man. Heck, we don’t even know if it’s HUMAN. But for all intents and purposes, we’ll stick with MMM.

What is up with that sea monster?

Issue #2 upped the scare factor by showcasing a gnarly creature that surfaced from the water and crept onto land, blurting out strange, robot-esque phrases like “the flesh needs to be reconnected” and “evolve new flesh.” Visually, he’s frightening with his glowing red eyes and rows of teeth – definitely the thing of nightmares. The sea monster appears to be on a hunt, possibly for Meg and Ryan, and is willing to kill anything in its way. But what is it? Can it change its form? What does it want? All questions I pondered as I read in horror. I predict a game of cat-and-mouse in the issues to follow.

Who is worse: man or the monsters?

Surface_Tension_2_preview2A memory of a disaster at a chemical plant. Humans attacking others out of fear. Armed guards and threats of violence. Fish returning to the water near where the mysterious coral and monsters appear. All of these things are sprinkled throughout the issue, suggesting that while humans are destroying the planet with waste and cruelty, the mysterious coral (and corresponding monsters) might actually be helping the planet. Perhaps the “monsters” aren’t really terrible at all, but rather see mankind as a threat to Earth and are just trying to protect the world?

Sure, 99% of the human population has to go, but isn’t that a small price to pay to preserve an entire planet? While I’m not entirely sure that’s the direction the story will go, I do feel like it has potential to bring up deep issues about mankind, our existence on this planet, and the kind of legacy we’ll leave when we (inevitably) become an endangered species – or worse, go extinct. Worth noting: Surface Tension has been heavily promoted as an “eco-thriller,” but the emphasis on the environment is approached in an interesting way that’s understandable without being off-putting to conservatives/global warming deniers/my dad.

WHAT DOES “EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED” MEAN?!

What. Does. It. Mean? This phrase was used in Issue #1 and again in the second and seems to be the major theme of the series, though its significance and meaning isn’t quite clear yet. Is mankind connected to the monsters? Are mankind and the monsters one and the same? What are your predictions, GeekGirl World?

It seems like the first two issues of the series are full of questions, and I can’t wait to read the second half of the series to learn more. Be sure to pick up Surface Tension #2, available at your favorite comic book store now! You can even purchase a hard copy or a digital copy online!

SURFACE TENSION #2
WRITER/ARTIST: Jay Gunn
PUBLISHER: Titan Comics
ISSUES IN SERIES: 2 (OF 5)
PAGE-COUNT: 32 pp
PRICE: $3.99
RELEASE DATE: June 24

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Graphic Novel Review – Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen

Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen
STORY BY: Daniel T. Thomsen and Corinna Bechko
ART BY: Chapter 1: Michael Del Mundo; Chapter 2: Vasilis Lolos; Chapter 3: Mike Henderson and John Rauch; Chapter 4: Michael Kaluta, Scott Hanna, and Christopher Sotomayor
PUBLISHER: Marvel – Dan Buckley
PAGECOUNT: 117
COVER PRICE: $19.99
RELEASE DATE: September 4, 2013

I call myself a fan. I call myself that. But it’s been almost two years since Once Upon a Time: Shadow of the Queen was released, and I just read it this weekend. I’m a little embarrassed, not gonna lie. And since I’m getting things off my chest, I also need to confess that I didn’t start watching OUAT until Season Two was already complete. Yep. Superfan over here, kids. Don’t be jealous.

But what I lack in timeliness I make up for with enthusiasm! Never let it be said that there isn’t a method to my madness. Sure, I waited two years to read Shadow of the Queen. But that just means that now, in the doldrums of the summer break, I’ve got something to talk about. So really, my laziness benefits you!

The story is a familiar one. The Evil Queen, Regina, is trying to capture and kill Snow White in the Enchanted Forest. But this time Regina’s got new allies. Armed with the Huntsman’s heart and some silver-tipped arrows, Regina seeks the allegiance of the Werewolves in her mad quest to finally extract revenge. It’s the dead of winter, so Regina is counting on the wolves’ hardiness and tracking skills to ensure Snow White is left no quarter in the royal forests. But the wolves are not the complacent servants Regina demands, and soon she’s got a pack of clever lycans, a rogue Red, and a rehearted Huntsman between her and her quarry.

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I liked the pace of this book because it gave time for the progression of the main tale while allowing for backstory to be told. To me it felt neither rushed nor slow, and there was plenty of space for both dialogue and action. And while I wasn’t a fan of the ending, it did align perfectly with where the Evil Queen and Huntsman’s storyline picked up in the television show in Season One. And while Snow White is the prey in this tale, she is rarely the main character. Often she is layered behind the other characters, and this allows those we would normally see as “supporting characters” to become the interesting focus of the book. I really enjoyed seeing the natural and logical chemistry between the Huntsman and Red, especially in defiance of Regina’s desire to literally control his heart.

ch4Shadow of the Queen is also pretty gorgeous. The story remains linear, but the artist changes by chapter, so you get four distinct takes in one book. Some readers may not enjoy this change up because they might find it hard to follow which character is which. That being said, I had no problem whatsoever deciphering any of the main characters from chapter to chapter. The artists had an excellent grasp of the main characters’ traits and styles, so for me there was no confusion.

In fact it was nice to see so many different takes on the same characters because each artist highlighted something different about them. For example, in Chapter One, Del Mundo somehow marries Alphonse Mucha’s art nouveau grace with the imposing and sharp, intimidating angles of Citizen Kane to create a beautiful but terrifying Evil Queen.

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And in Chapter Two, Lolos changes up the tone drastically with his sexy, psychedelic tarot card style. Chapters Three and Four provide just as lovely artwork that, while more traditional, is no less impressive and dynamic. There are so many pages in this book that I would happily hang a print of on my wall.

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It’s important to state that, as of this article’s publishing, there is no word as to the Shadow of the Queen being accepted as canon, or official, despite many Tweets by fans to Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, the show’s creators. Even so, this story seems to mesh up nicely with what we already know to be true in regards to both Regina and the Huntsman’s story and also Red’s tale involving her former wolfpack. And because it doesn’t waiver too far from canon, I can happily accept it into the timeline until I’m told otherwise.

If you’ve never picked up a graphic novel before but are a fan of the show, I encourage you to give it a read. I personally read my copy on my Kindle because I didn’t want to wait for the paper copy to arrive in the mail. Full disclosure, I ordered it anyway, because books. As an added bonus, both physical and electronic copies come with character development sketches and costume design layout pages. Even if you are new to comics and don’t enjoy the storytelling style, you will definitely appreciate the artwork.

Have you read Shadow of the Queen already? Tell us what you thought of it in the comments!

All images property of Marvel comics.

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“The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” Moves to San Francisco!

Sorry, New York, but your time with Lionsgate’s exhibit of The Hunger Games memorabilia is up!

In a statement to Variety, Lionsgate has confirmed that the next stop for “The Hunger Games: The Exhibition” will be Palace of Fine Arts Exhibition Hall in San Francisco after spending six months at Discovery Times Square in the heart of New York City.

The exhibit boasts a whopping 12,000-square foot spread and will feature everything from costumes and props to recreations of your favorite scenes from the franchise, plus a retail shop. It’s been organized into seven galleries: District 12, Tribute Train, the Capitol, Making the Games, District 13, Fan Gallery, and Katniss’ Journey.

In an effort to further expand the Hunger Games brand, Lionsgate will also premiere a live theatrical experience called “The Hunger Games StageAround” in England, as well as an attraction at Motiongate theme park in Dubai.

Head to San Fran to see the exhibit starting this Wednesday, July 1, and don’t forget to catch the final film in the franchise, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, out November 20!

Photos courtesy of Lionsgate Entertainment.

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Book Review: A Girl Undone

A%20Girl%20Undone%20jpegIn the very near future, 50 million women die because of a synthetic hormone introduced to beef. As a result, an aggressive form of ovarian cancer claimed all of these lives. Now, the Paternalist party has formed and auctioning and contractually selling young women has become the new normal. When Avie is contracted by her father to an up-and-coming politician, she sees all of her hopes and dreams vanish, thus beginning her journey into exile and on the run.

A Girl Undone is the epic continuation of A Girl Called Fearless. It begins with Avie on the run and being called a terrorist for events that happened between her and the U.S. Government. The book follows her and a friend Luke as they journey cross country to obtain a thumb drive that carries important information regarding the Paternalist party and get it into the right hands, all the while pretending to be married to keep her out of potential suitors’ hands.

From the moment I opened this book, I was hooked. It resonated with me in a way few books do. One of the things I really enjoyed about this story is that the premise isn’t wholly unbelievable or too far-fetched; in a way, this is something that happened early in our nation’s history with slaves. It also delves into women’s rights issues that we are seeing today as well, and provides much needed commentary on attempts to limit what we as women can and cannot do with our own bodies. In A Girl Undone the government itself acts as this oppressor, as women are viewed commodities to men whose sole purpose is to repopulate the world. The women have no say in who they are auctioned or sold to.

There were a few small issues I had with this story though, such as why beef was the only thing affected women, while milk and cheese weren’t a factor for vegetarians who were mostly fine. The world could have been built up a bit more and I would have appreciated a little more information given to the reader about certain situations and the world in general.

Catherine Linka Photo by: Brad Buckman Photography
Catherine Linka
Photo by: Brad Buckman Photography

A Girl Undone balanced life of a teenage girl nicely, maintaining as much normalcy as possible when you’re living in a dystopian future and on the run from the government. The romance between Avie and Luke was also sweet to see interspersed with all the action going on around them.

I personally would not recommend this book to anyone under the age of 14 though, due to some mature content during physical exams. If you’re a fan of books and movies like The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner, this story should be right up your alley.

A Girl Undone released June 23, 2015 and can be found here.

Author Catherine Linka’s debut novel, A Girl Called Fearless, has been nominated for countless awards and honors including the Gleen Goldman Scholarship. Prior to debuting her first novel, she was a children’s book buyer and created the speaker series, Writer2Writer.

 

A Girl Undone
By Catherine Linka
June 23, 2015
$15.16
304 pages
Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1250068675

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John Green Will Put You in His Next Book

John Green has an announcement. The Fault in Our Stars author, who wrote some of my favorite novels (Will Grayson, Will Grayson, Looking for Alaska, and on) is giving a lucky fan an extraordinary gift. Have you ever sat and read one of his books and wondered if you were in one what you would do? Maybe it’s just me, but this is big news for some and it’s all for a super great cause.

Lining up nicely with the release of the film adaptation of his novel Paper Towns, Green is holding a charity auction to benefit PEN/Faulkner Foundation, a non-profit organization that benefits school reading programs and authors of all ages.

The winning bidder will have their name only featured in Mr. Green’s newest book, though he reserves all rights to what “you” do as well as how major or minor a character you end up being. He does, however, promise that “you” will not die by some horrible cancer or any other manner, for that matter, via his Twitter account:

So, if you want to have a go at being a character in John Green’s upcoming book, head on over to CharityBuzz and check it out.

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GGW Goes to Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con

Oh, Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con! I just spent the day at the Southpoint geeking out with fellow fans, admiring beautiful work in Artist Alley, resisting the temptation of buying EVERYTHING in the exhibitor’s hall, and learning so much from the guests at the panels. Dare I say it was… amazing?!

I started off my morning talking with the very talented and creative artists and exhibitors. I was particularly excited to see that there were so many women and local Las Vegas businesses present. More than that, I found the sense of community and camaraderie to be warm and welcoming. Every single person I talked to was excited to tell me about their work, and not in a sleazy used car salesmen, “buy my stuff” kind of way. They were genuinely passionate and excited to be there! I wish I had a museum and a million dollars, so I could buy every single thing from every single booth. Alas, I’ll have to settle with sharing a slideshow. Please check out the photos, and if you see something you love, reach out to the artist or business!

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After strolling through the con floor, I decided to check out some panels. Much like how I wanted to buy EVERYTHING, I also wanted to see EVERYTHING and go to ALL the panels. Lacking a clone, I mostly stuck to the main stage, which provided ample seating and there was not a bad view in the whole room, no matter where I sat.

In the “Sailor Moon Spotlight,” actors Linda Ballantyne (Sailor Moon), Katie Griffin (Sailor Mars), Susan Roman (Sailor Jupiter), and Toby Proctor (Tuxedo Mask) talked about the logistics of filming as a voice actor, rattled off their characters’ glorious battle cries, and discussed how the show was edited for North American audiences. Confession: I have never seen an entire Sailor Moon episode. That changes now!

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Sailor Moon Spotlight by Allison Cosson

In the “Architects of Pop Culture” panel, Steve Mcniven, Charles Soule, and Mark Bagley discussed how killing Wolverine in Death of Wolverine was “a blast;” how Mcniven is not violent by nature, but loves blood, guts, and viscera; and how humor is much harder and more “mysterious” than drama in comics!

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Rob Liefeld Smashes Pop Culture! Self-proclaimed comic enthusiast, hip hop fan, and feather-ruffler with ADHD ran across the room personally answering fan questions and doing impressions. He said he “jumped & cried & jumped & cried” when the Deadpool film was announced, and teased we’ll have to wait until next year to see if he makes a cameo in the movie!

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Creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kevin Eastman presented a slideshow of rare, personal photos documenting how the heroes in a halfshell progressed from a simple comic to movies and television shows! Fun fact: TMNT came to be after Eastman pondered what animal Bruce Lee would least likely be (a turtle)!

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In “Behind the Masks with Greg Capullo and John Romita, Jr.,” these legendary comic book artists (who reportedly have more than 70 years of experience combined) offered a frank, honest, and real look of what life is like in the comic book industry! In their Q&A, they revealed that they can be their own biggest critics, analyzing every line for symmetry and perfection!

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Actor, singer, dancer, activist, and Member of the British Empire, John Barrowman started his panel by saying, “Get ready ’cause it’s me!” The next hour was full of saucy innuendos & duets with fans! He also admitted he’s talking with DC about a comic, and there will be much more of Malcolm Merlyn on Season 4 of Arrow! Barrowman was definitely the highlight of the day for me. I literally could have listened to him talk all day. Even though his panel ended 15 minutes after it was scheduled to stop, it still felt much too short!

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After an action-packed afternoon of panels, jokes, impressions, and songs, I decided to call it a day! While I didn’t get to see everything (Still waiting on my clone… where is she?), I was very pleased with all of the panels I had the privilege of watching. Tomorrow is the final day of the con, and it is guaranteed to be another day full of geeky good times that will be fun for the whole family.

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Geek Girls Ink’d- Space! And Other Such Things

This week’s Ink’d will be a little different. Instead of featuring several ladies and their tattoos, it will feature Sue-Ann Cooper, an amazing lady hailing from South Africa. Sue-Ann has several geeky themed tattoos and is in the process of creating an entire back piece. The format this week will be more similar to that of a Q&A so Sue Ann may explain the intricacies of her artwork.

GeekGirl World: Please tell us what fandoms your tattoos are from.

Sue-Ann Cooper: My back piece brings together a number of fandoms (although it’s not completed yet). Currently it’s Firefly, Doctor Who and Stargate SG-1. In time, it will include Star Trek (either Voyager or TNG), Star Wars, Babylon 5, Farscape, Robotech and Stargate Atlantis.

My legs are Discworld – my very first tattoo was The Grim Squeaker and the other is The Librarian, with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg due to make an appearance within the next two years.

GGW: What is the significance of these fandoms to you?

SC: For my back piece, it’s not so much a fandom as the ideas and feelings generated by the fandom. At the moment I have a Serenity, TARDIS and SG-1 Stargate on the top third of my back; the entire piece will eventually include Star Trek (probably Voyager or TNG), Star Wars, Farscape, Babylon 5, Robotech and Stargate Atlantis. The main reasoning behind this is that these fandoms represent making a family and relying on one’s crew. I love my family, but in all these series and movies, the protagonists end up becoming closer than blood-kin with virtual strangers. They love and respect each other and would do anything for each other. They ARE family, often in a world different to what’s familiar. I guess it’s a kind of yearning to be understood and accepted for my foibles; as much as my family and friends love me, how many people really “get” the people they love? Serenity, in particular, is important to me – so much so that I have a wrist piece, too. I see it more often than my back and it reminds me that no matter what, there are worlds out there waiting to be explored, and maybe in another universe, I’m part of that exploration.

Apart from making one’s own family, they’re also about adventure and exploration. The spaceships, that is. They’re about going to new worlds with a team of friends, meeting new people and exploring new terrain. Space is huge and wonderful and exciting, and these series and movies are the ones that make me happy and pull me out of depression. I prefer shows that have a message of hope, and that’s what these provide.

My Terry Pratchett tattoos are, again, about being different. I’m pretty average on the outside, nothing special. Inside, I’m a wannabe rebel, a witch, a superhero. Terry Pratchett has always been somewhat subversive, and I like his ability to distill the traditions of mankind into practicalities. Discworld is real and practical, dragons, trolls and magic notwithstanding.

My shoulder tattoos are for fun – I’ve always liked octopi and my krakenlet is just the cutest thing ever. It always makes me smile. My husband loves spiders, so I decided to have a “matching” tattoo on my other shoulder for him. Jumping spiders are the bee’s knees, even though I’m terrified of anything small and fast.

GGW: What was your decision-making process behind getting these tattoos?

SC: I wanted a tattoo for years, but could never decide on a design. I wanted a wolf, but a running wolf, and I couldn’t find a decent pic. For 12 years I thought and searched and planned. Then my boyfriend and I went to Durban for my 39th birthday, and the day after my birthday I woke up and decided that as I loved Terry Pratchett so much, I should get the Death of Rats. I didn’t want Death Himself. I had saved a pic by Hanie Mohd ages before and decided to get that done. Best decision ever.

My back piece was meant to be the start of my sleeve of bad-ass women, but when I went to the tattoo shop, the artist I wanted wasn’t available. My boyfriend said I seemed more enthusiastic about the idea of my spaceships, so that’s what I did instead. My sleeve will come soon enough.

My shoulder tattoos are just because, to represent my husband and I.

Who was/is your artist(s)?

My very first tattoo was by Abigail who was working for Electric Eye Tattoos in Umhlanga at the time. She really made me think about issues like size, placement, why I wanted it, and the like.

My back piece, my shoulder pieces and my Librarian tattoos are by Ryan ‘Busta’ Bolton of The Golden Tiki in Johannesburg. He specializes in a New Skool style that was absolutely not what I wanted, but the first tattoo he did for me was my Serenity, and I was blown away by his ability to do realism. He’s the most fun. We always have a good time when he’s tattooing me, and he is always understanding of my ability to withstand pain. Sometimes I can sit for hours, sometimes I can only sit for a few minutes. He never makes me feel inadequate. Unfortunately he’s travelling in the US at the moment, so I’ll have to wait until next year to continue my back piece.

My Serenity wrist piece was by Jinx of Fallen Heroes. She’s the gentlest artist ever. She’s just moved to Portugal so there are going to be some great tattoos coming out of that country soon!

GGW: How long have you been working on these?

SC: I got my first tattoo in September 2009 and have had one every few months ever since.

Has having this or any tattoo affected your life in a positive or negative way?

Absolutely positive. I always hated my back because my skin never looked like the beautiful backs in magazines. And I’ve always been much bigger than my friends, so I didn’t like to show off any parts of myself. Since having my back piece, I look for clothing to reveal it. I even decided to make my wedding corset a halter-neck just to showcase my ink. I’m also a lot more confident – not as much as I would like, but much more willing to talk about the weirder side of myself. It’s made me more open to be forthright about my geekiness, too. Our wedding was all about sci-fi, fantasy and cosplay, and it’s partially because getting my tattoos meant I decided to do what the hell I wanted and not what was expected of me, and my husband backed me every step of the way. Plus he has always said whatever I want to tattoo on myself is my decision and not his – he’ll give his input but he would never tell me what to do. That makes me happy.


 

Below you can view her tattoos as well as some shots from her wedding showcasing them and her love of spaaaaace!

If you are a tattoo artist who would like to be featured on GGW or if you just have an incredible tattoo that you’d like to show off, please email webmaster@geekgirlworld.com!

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