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Dog Day Sunday: 3 Paw-some Sites to LIKE on Social Media

Truth: 90% of my time on the interwebz is spent laughing at dog memes, gushing over stories about animals, or catching up on what my favorite animal-rights groups are sharing on social media. As such, this week I decided to share 3 paw-some (ha) sites you should follow/like/cyber-stalk online. (Fittingly, I am typing this article on my computer while my pup Shadow cuddles in my lap and looks on!)

Friends of Mayhem

11210459_638660439597645_4667563007324650499_nWho they are: Named after founder Devanny Novak’s sweet dog, Friends of Mayhem describes themselves as  “a Las Vegas non-profit that specializes in helping all kinds of animals through donations, political action or just plain ear scratches!”

Why you should “like” them: Friends of Mayhem spotlights animals with special needs, and campaigns fun and creative ways to help the furballs! For example, earlier this year we covered their very special Benefit for Yoshi, in which they sold shirts that said “Get Your F*cking Dog Fixed.” All the proceeds went toward providing medical care for a dog named Yoshi and other animals at PAWsibilities are Endless. They are positive and upbeat, while still providing valuable and useful information to the community!

Where to find them: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmayhem/


Noah’s Animal House

noahs1Who they are: Time to get serious: Animal Legal Defense Fund reports that abusers of animals are five times as likely to harm humans, and that nearly half of the victims who stay in violent households do so because they are afraid for their pets. Luckily, Noah’s Animal House in Las Vegas, Nevada (and soon Reno, Nevada, too!) “is a pet sanctuary for shelter residents that allow women to escape abusive situations without leaving behind their pet.” I’ve volunteered with NAH since 2012 and have had the privilege of meeting many of the women and their dogs (and cats and hamsters and birds) who have called Noah’s Animal House home!

Why you should “like” them: Noah’s Animal House spotlights the inspirational success stories of the brave women and their loyal pets who have been given a second chance thanks to their services, provides a central place to post requests for supplies and volunteer opportunities (HAAALP! They’re currently in need of a new gas dryer!), and shares great links to animal stories across the world!

Where to find them: https://www.facebook.com/Noahsanimalhouse/


Susie’s Senior Dogs

 1510593_295149333975043_1577678859_nWho they are: Susie’s Senior Dogs is a 501(c)3 organization who says it’s their goal to bring “awareness to overlooked, homeless senior dogs and the benefits to adopting an older pet.” Recently they were covered in the hugely popular photography/interview project Humans of New York, which allowed them to get massive exposure and spread their message to a huge animal-loving audience!

Why you should “like” them: Susie’s Senior Dogs works with animal rescue groups all over the United States to spotlight pups who are looking for their fur-ever home! (Literally every dog is a pup to me, even if they are over 7 or in the double digits!) Beautiful photographs paired with descriptions that read like love letters make me want to adopt every dog I see on their page! Even if you’re not planning on expanding your fur family, it’s rewarding to follow the dogs’ stories, from their initial posts to their final adoptions and happily ever afters.

Where to find them: https://www.facebook.com/susiesseniordogs/


Honorable Mention: I urge you to Google your local American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals group online to learn about dogs in your area who need help and support!

Want your dog featured on Dog Day Sunday? Send your stories and photos to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com and you’ll be entered to win a Loot Crate Pet Edition!

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Dog Day Sunday: Our Favorite Dog Memes!

You can’t open a newspaper tab to a news site without reading about a global catastrophe or a terrible act of violence. You might as well stay off social media, too, lest you be bombarded with drama ranging from simple, sad laments about it nearly being Monday, to posts that will make you want to tearfully cancel your Internet subscription entirely.

There are few things that make me forget everything awful in the world and put a legitimate smile on my face, but one of those things is looking at dog memes with my pups Daisy and Shadow!

For those of you who have been living in a cave without wifi, this is the definition of a meme:

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For those of you who have been living in a cave on Jupiter, this is the definition of a dog (take special note of the informal meaning that I definitely did not make up):

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While there have been many adorable furballs who have found internet fame via dog memes (such as those mentioned by BarkPost in their feature 11 Essential Dog Memes You Absolutely Need to Know) I thought I’d share a few lesser-known doggies who always make me chuckle, even after a “ruff” day!

(Note: GeekGirl World did not create any of these memes – we’re just trying to spread the e-smiles by sharing these cute canines that we found on the interwebz!)

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Which dog meme is your favorite, GeekGirl World? Share in the comments section!

Want a chance to win last month’s LootPet‘s box and have your pup featured on Dog Day Sunday? Enter to win by sending your pet photos and stories to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com!

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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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McNiven, Soule, and Bagley

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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An Inside Look at Star Wars Celebration: Day One

On Wednesday, I made the journey far, far away to Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California. The convention is exactly what it sounds like: it celebrates the movies, shows, books, comics, apparel, toys, actors, and fans of Star Wars, and has done so now 10 times since Phantom Menace in 1999, in countries all over the world. Interestingly, I didn’t truly appreciate Star Wars until I was an adult, and after waiting 18 hours in line for the Thursday panels, one line-mate commented I was now “making up for lost time.”

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Waiting in line was tedious but not terrible. Here are some highlights:

A wife and small child dropped a father off at the line. The child cried and the man tried to comfort her but looked annoyed. I commented, “Well, he’s still a better Dad than Anakin.”

Oliver Thompson, writer/director/producer of “Star Wars into the Dune Sea” came all the way from Hong Kong and just happened to randomly talk to us. Literally the day before I had watched his movie and filmed a FFF review. Such a coincidence! Check out our FFF video review today!

James Arnold Taylor, who voices Obi-Wan Kenobi in The Clone Wars and half a dozen D.C. animated characters, went through the line shaking hands, taking pictures, and talking to folks. Me (ever-so-nonchalantly): “So, is Obi-Wan going to be in Rebels Season 2?” Him (jokingly IN HIS OBI-WAN VOICE) “If I told you, I’d have to use a Jedi mind trick to make you forget!”

Kathleen Kennedy and J.J. Abrams treated everyone in line to pizza. I can technically say I had dinner with the President of Lucasfilm and a Director of Star Wars. Does this count as a date? It’s totally a date. I will love them always. Even if they didn’t call me back the next morning.

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On Thursday, the event kicked off with “The Force Awakens” panel, which was live streamed and aired online, bringing Star Wars Celebration to fans everywhere. I won’t do a full recap, because it’s available for your viewing pleasure, but here are a few of my favorite moments:

  • Strong female characters. Kathleen Kennedy (President of Lucasfilm), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), and Daisy Ridley (Rey) all discussed the greatness of there being more and more diverse and powerful women in the franchise. GeekGirl World approves.
  • BB8 and Artoo. A real, moving robot version of BB8 rolled onto the stage. About half the size of R2-D2, he’s actually bigger than he looked in the Force Awakens teaser trailer that came out last year. He beeps adorably, much like R2-D2. Rumor has it, the two may have a playful rivalry.
  • The new trio. Daisy Ridley’s Rey, Oscar Isaac’s Poe Dameron, and John Boyega’s Finn will be the film’s new protagonists, and I think it will be a trifecta of greatness. Boyega told a funny story about getting Harrisom Ford’s autograph, and now I think he’s the most adorable guy on the planet.
  • The old gang. Carrie Fisher was saucy. Peter Mayhew did the Chewbacca wave. Anthony Daniels was eloquent. Mark Hamill was sincere, saying, “You’re more than fans— you’re family.”
  • The new trailer, not once but twice. Meme posted a GGW article about the masterpiece. Critics everywhere have already analyzed every millisecond of it. The only thing I will add is that I barely heard it over the cheers and sobs the first time, and was blown away the second time. Also, there is now a Kleenex shortage in Anaheim.

I also caught Pablo Hidalgo and Dave Filoni’s “Untold Clone Wars” panel, which showcased an inside look at the creative process of Star Wars: the Clone Wars, including Filoni’s sketches and work-in-progress animation. Hidalgo and Filoni had lively banter that had the audience rolling:

“Did we get approval to show this?”

“We… didn’t… get disapproval.”

We learned that some art work that was made for but not used in the Clone Wars, will now appear in the show Rebels (including a bike that was intended for Ahsoka that Kanan will now sport). The panel left with us all campaigning for publishers to sell a book of Filoni’s artwork, and hints that Pablo-Jill will reappear in Rebels soon. The most lovely thing was that Filoni was not devastated by the end of Clone Wars. Rather, he appreciated the opportunity given his team to work in the gloriousness that is Rebels. If you haven’t already, watch the show, GeekGirl World! Season 1 finished recently, and it’s a perfect afternoon binge watch. Do it!

The last panel I watched was “The Hero’s Journey & the Power of Myth,” hosted by two StarWars.com writers. Alas, I didn’t catch their full names, but if anyone knows, please forward it on to me. I’d love to read more of their work. Actually, I’d love to buy them coffee and pick their brain for hours. They were brilliant! The panel was mostly one giant Q&A, and focused on how mythology and John Campbell’s work about heroes influenced the story arc in Star Wars. One panelist, Nick, made us all realize Jar Jar Binks was crucial in the grand scheme of things, from a mythological/story telling point of view. Yes, Jar Jar. He argued Jar Jar was supposed to teach us how to value those seemingly less worthy. Jar Jar taught this to Yoda in the prequels, who taught it to Luke on Dagobah in the Empire Strikes back. It was Luke who stopped Han from killing the Ewoks later in Return of the Jedi. Without the Ewoks, the rebels may not have won against the evil Empire and successfully help to return balance to the force. Basically, we have

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Jar Jar to thank for teaching the lesson years ago. Seriously! There’s a trope in mythology that’s similar, and I plan on geekily and gleefully studying it, post-Celebration. What do you think, GeekGirl World?

That wrapped up the first day of Star Wars Celebration. Today is another exciting day of Star Wars. I’m so excited and thrilled to be here, and can’t wait to see what happens next! Stay tuned on the GGW Facebook page, as we bring you photos from Friday’s Carrie Fisher panel, cosplay pictures, and more!

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