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Fan Film Friday: ‘Red Shirt Blues’ (Star Trek)

Happy birthday to Star Trek, which celebrated 50 years of sci-fi excellence this week!

That’s more than half a century of some of the most quotable movie lines, emotional television moments (I can not even cite just one! Just watch every episode of every series! Ugh! My heart!), page turning books and comics, out of this world conventions, and shareable memes! So in tribute to all things Trek, we decided to watch and review David O. Rogers’ Star Trek inspired fan film titled Redshirt Blues.

redshirts2The short, which goes by way too fast at just nine minutes long, originally screened on the Sci Fi Channel‘s Exposure in 2001 and has been around a respectable 15 years itself! Don’t let the aged image and sound quality deter you from watching this oldie but goodie: there is a solid story there that stands the test of time!

Redshirt Blues tells the tale of Averson (Jack P. Dempsey) and Leeds (Erik Hill), two “hapless” security officers on the Enterprise. Averson is sick and tired of Kirk, the Federation, and the ridiculous red shirt he must wear every day. This guy is one bad day away from transporting himself to another planet! While patrolling, he meets Leeds, an enthusiastic, crimson clad new recruit who learns the horrid truth about what it means to be a “redshirt” the hard way (Spoiler alert: if you’re wearing a red shirt, you’re on Death Duty! R.I.P.).

Redshirt Blues is funny and self aware! It pokes fun at all the things Star Trek is teased for—often by Star Wars fans— including broken props and Shatner’s bad acting. But at the same time, it embraces and showcases everything that makes the fandom great: interesting dialogue, character driven stories, and just enough action/adventure/effects to feel like a “proper” sci-fi story.

This comedic spoof definitely made me smile, and I recommend Redshirt Blues to you, GeekGirl World!

Watch Redshirt Blues below:

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun, darling cinephiles? Be sure to check out our other FFF reviews here!

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Her Universe is Promising Exciting News and Exclusive Debuts at WonderCon!

Her Universe is returning to WonderCon! This year WonderCon is at the Los Angeles Convention Center March 25-27, and Her Universe will be hosting two panels and a portfolio review. So aspiring artists, designers, and writers, here is your chance to get noticed!

The Her Universe “Geek Couture” Fashion Show at San Diego Comic-Con, co produced by Hot Topic and Her Universe has been a hit for the past two years. GeekGirl World was there last year when the winner was chosen and we covered some of the amazing outfits hitting the runway. In preparation for this year’s 2016 fashion show, during the “Her Universe Fashion Show Update” panel at WonderCon (Friday, March 25, 2pm to 3pm in room 502B), attendees will hear the latest information on submissions for the fashion show and get to be the first to see the new collection designed by last year’s winners, Leetal Platt and Kelly Cercone. Ashley Eckstein, SVP of Her Universe and voice of Star Wars Rebels‘ Ahsoka Tano, will be headlining the panel along with executives from Hot Topic to give aspiring fashion designers advice on how they can get their designs in the market.

Her Universe Press, the publishing imprint of Her Universe, will be sponsoring the “Calling All Aspiring Writers/Her Universe Press” panel (Saturday, March 26, 2pm to 3pm in room 515A). Ashley Eckstein is hosting this panel for fans and writers who are working on getting their novel published. During the panel, attendees will be able to get advice from published authors Heather Nuhfer (Weirdest), E. Anne Convery (The Confidence Chronicles), and New York Times, USA Today and #1 International bestselling author Christina Hobbs who writes under the penname “Christina Lauren” with her writing partner.

At the “Her Universe Geek Fashion Portfolio Review” (Saturday, March 26 from 10:30am to 11:30am in room 150), fans and designers looking to either submit entries to the The Her Universe Fashion Show or just break into the fashion business, can share their portfolio with industry professionals from Her Universe and Hot Topic and get tips and advice on how best to prepare to show their work.

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Finally, for those attending WonderCon, you can go check out the Her Universe boutique (booth #1225) where they will debut new geek fashion designs and apparel from  Star Wars, Marvel, Doctor Who, Star Trek and more. Her Universe continues to make their mark in geek fashion by offering a bevy of option for all sizes with fun casual to dressy choices for ladies to show off their geekyness to the world. One of the major debuts at the booth will be the Her Universe Marvel activewear collection for juniors inspired by Captain America: Civil War. This first of it’s kind collection will be sold at Kohl’s stores nationwide and at Kohls.com the end of March in anticipation of the movie hitting theaters in May.

Check out Her Universe online at  www.heruniverse.com.

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Face Off Ep 6: Extraterrestrial Enterprise

This week’s Foundation Challenge uses inspiration from 60’s sci-fi shows like Lost in Space, Buck Rogers, and Star Trek. The guest judge is Michael Westmore for his extensive work with the Star Trek franchise. Each artist chooses a landscape and model to create their retro alien using Michael Westmore’s advise to not rely heavily on prosthetics, but to use paint to really highlight the features.

Evan’s avatar-ish alien and Jordan’s green and orange bombshell alien are his favoritesface1 with Evan’s coming out on top, winning him immunity.

Ve and Neville join Michael Westmore in the lab, each having had a hand in the evolution of the Klingon race. This evolution plays a pivotal part of this weeks spotlight challenge because the artists must now take their 60’s retro alien, and evolve their design into a modern day sci-fi alien. The three will be coming around to each artist to give input on their designs, and the proper way to show the evolution in makeup.

Ben hates his foundation makeup, and feeling very uninspired for the spotlight because of this, is worried he may not be able to turn it around. When it’s time for Michael Westmore to visit them in the lab he brings with him Jonathan Frakes!! (Each artist totally geeks out, there may even have been some tears.) He and Michael Westmore visit each artist, and advise on their sculpts thus far.

Stevie has a lot of little things in her sculpt that they recommend changes on to make the look more cohesive. They particularly don’t like her “cute” nose and give her tips on how to make it better. Meg runs out of time with her mold and is forced to use polyfoam for her cowl on day 3. She is the self-dubbed “queen of the bottom 3,” and is worried this week will be her last if she finds herself once more in bottom looks. All of her painting must be done in last looks.  

Guest judge with Glenn, Ve and Neville is none other than Michael Dorn! Worf!!! (omg omg omg!)

This week as each makeup is revealed, they morph first into the foundation look, and then evolve into the modern makeup the artist has created. Mckenzie dismisses Kevon, Evan, Nora, Meg, and Ricky as the artists that are “safe” this week, leaving Stevie, Scott, Jasmine, Ben, Jason, and Jordan as the best and worst.

Glenn tells Stevie her makeup is one of the best paint jobs in terms of technique has has seen on the show thus far which looks as though it comes as a shock to her. Scott’s underground water alien is “stunning” according to Ve and Neville particularly likes the sculptural elements in her face. Jasmine’s makeup has fundamental sculpt flaws and although Michael Dorn loves the top of the head, he feels the nose and lip have gone awry. Ben really managed to transform his original design and created an incredibly successful makeup with realistic skin texture. Glenn tells Jason he has a massive amount of technical errors in his sculpt. Jordan had one of the top two looks during the foundation challenge but now Ve is disappointed in where he took his makeup, while Glenn advises that building armor which helped his character last week did not help him this week as more time should have been spent on his sculpt and paint.

The winner tonight is Ben who originally thought he would just be “polishing a turd” managed to create a seamless, believable alien. Jason will be packing his makeup kit tonight with just too many flaws in his look tonight for the judges.

Let us know what you thought of the looks this week and just how excited you were for the guest judges!

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Star Trek Gets Title and First Look At Costumes

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The new director for Star Trek just announced on Twitter, the name of the third movie in the reboot franchise and we got a glimpse of the new look on the Starfleet uniform!

Star Trek Beyond is our new title, and the new movie is set to take place well into their five year voyage, to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and  new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.

Beyond will reunite returning cast members, and is rumored to have Idris Elba in talks to play an undisclosed victim. The plot details have not been disclosed yet, but Lin and writers are promising to give us new planets and aliens, rather than more Vulcans and Khans…

Filming began a few days ago, and Star Trek Beyond is slated for a July 8, 2016 release.

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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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NerdyBound: Conventions

It’s summer! This means convention season is upon us. Whether you’re sticking to your local cons or making the pilgrimage with your fellow nerds to one of the big cons, there’s nothing like the feeling of knowing you’re somewhere that GETS you. Conventions are the only place where we’re encouraged to let our fandom flag fly high, and the best place to get one of kind merch. If you’re not planning to cosplay at the conventions, or if you just need something to help you live everyday like you’re at your favorite con?! We’ve got you covered! This week’s NerdyBound is inspired by some of the best conventions around!

 

ComicCon: some of the must attend are San Diego Comic-Con, Emerald City Comic-Con, Wondercon, New York ComicCon and GeekGirlCon!

ComicConShop the Look: Suspenders Star Wars Comic Circle Skirt $60, On Wednesdays, We Wear Pink $20, Marvel Comic Combat Boot $37, Avengers Age of Ultron Captain America Shield Backpack $60, Star Trek Uhura’s Makeup Bag $25, 8-Bit Hair Bow $9.99, Doctor Who Sonic Screwdriver 11th Doctor Dangle Earrings $15, Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 1 Pendant $25, Star Trek TNG Communicator Badge $20

 

 

GamingCons: some of the must attend are PAX, E3, IndieCade and GenCon!

GamingShop the Look: ASOS Biker Jacket with Waterfall Front and Zip Detail $99 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Leather Look Jacket With Waterfall $69, ASOS PETITE Whitby Low Rise Skinny Jeans In Washed Black With Rip $58 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Ridley Ankle Grazer Jeans in Washed Black with Shredded Knee $29, ASOS Denim High Waist Mom Shorts in Washed Black with Rips $54 Plus Size Option: ASOS CURVE Exclusive Side Split Denim Shorts in Washed Black $54, Leg Avenue The Smoking Gun Sheer Pantyhose $14, Maxstar 777 Back Zipper TC Wedge Heel Shoes White $44, TravelBoy Backpack $40, The Sprite Bag by Pixelle $50, NES Game Necklace, The Legend of Zelda $14, Portal Scarf $20, Princess Peach Crown $18, Pillow Fight $20, Retro Video Game Collectible Enamel Pin Set Series 6 $9.99, Ring goth ring Spikes $15, Gaming Cartridge Flasks $20

 

 

AnimeCon: some of the must attend are Anime Expo, Sakura-Con, FanimeCon and Anime Japan!

AnimeShop the Look: Anime Babes $32, Baby Pink Cheerleading Skirt $58, Studio Ghibli Dream Garden Cardigan $15, Sweet ice cream Little Twin Stars Unicorn Pastel Sneakers $51, Sailor Moon with Tail Lolita Tights $15, Rainbow Cloud Handbag $40, Melody Pearl-mint and pink flower crown with golden spikes $20, Vaporeon Clinging Earrings $8, Crescent Moon Wand from Kuma Crafts $30, Pokemon Badges Charm Bracelet $10

 

 

CatCon: okay so maybe this was done as a joke, but seriously there’s an actual CatCon happening this year and I kind of, sort of, really want to go.

CatConShop the Look: ModCloth Cats Mid-length Sleeveless A-line $80, You and Meow Forever Heel $65, ModCloth Quirky Cat to the Chase Bag $40, Claws for Celebration Headband $14.99, Feline Like Royalty Earrings in Prince $13, ModCloth Cat Person Circle Scarf $20, Know an Eccentric or Two Swimsuit Bottom $40

 

 

Did we miss your favorite type of convention? Let us know in the comments and we’ll cover it on another NerdyBound.

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New Star Trek Video Game Coming in 2013


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just posted a teaser trailer for the new Star Trek video game based on JJ Abrams sequel to his 2009 re-imagining of the classic sci-fi television show.

Writer Marianne Krawczyk (God of War) collaborated with Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the writing team behind the reboot of the Star Trek film franchise. The game is expected to be a co-op experience, with players having the ability to be either Kirk or Spock.

You can clearly see Zachary Quinto, and Chris Pine’s likenesses in the roles of Spock and Kirk respectively, and while this is being touted as an original story line, it’s hard not to get just a little bit excited that maybe there is a spoiler or two of the movie in this teaser trailer for the game. News coming from the set of the film has been very quiet with only a few photos released recently. There hasn’t even been a reveal of the official title of this film yet, with everyone just dubbing it Star Trek 2 in the press, even though there is already Star Trek 2: the Wrath of Khan.

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