Captain My Captain: The Heartfelt Reasons I love Captain America

The question of, “Who is your favorite superhero?” is one we pose to our friends time and time again. But what does the answer say about us as people? Is it true that, if you love Batman, you’re mysterious and born from tragedy. Or if you love Superman, you’re a traditionalist. Perhaps if you love Wolverine, you’re a rugged loner. Let’s explore this idea, shall we? My favorite superhero is Captain America. Why do I love him? And what does that say about me?

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He’s got a bit of Ugly Duckling Syndrome.
Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is continuously rejected by Army enlisters, when attempting to sign up for the War Effort, due to his scrawny stature and frail body. He’s picked on for the way he looks and totally self conscious about his size and shape. Despite his continual rejection, he signs up and successfully joins up on one condition. He becomes the guinea pig in Operation: Rebirth, the Super-Solider project. He gets pumped full of an experimental serum and exposed to low levels of radiation, gives him a super human body, stronger, faster, and 100x better than before. And yeah, he looks a LOT different than he once did. But he’s still that frail guy in his mind, and retains that adorable modesty and genuineness about him.

He’s a gentleman, woman charmer, and an old-fashioned nice guy.
Time and time again, we see the good old boy in Steve Rogers, reflecting those old school values… a God-fearing, nice guy, and a gentlemen. The type of guy who’d ask your dad before asking you on a date. The type of guy who’d hold a door, pull out your chair for you to sit in it, and give you his coat if you were cold. Something is oddly charming about his old fashioned ways… go figure. He’s a classic gem.

Captain America: The First Avenger

He won’t back down from his morals and what he believes is right.
He might be a man out of time, but he’s a true blue superhero, in his unabashed approach to righteousness, morality and justice. He became a superhero for the right reasons, to protect his friends and loved ones. And if he finds himself to be in the wrong on an issue, he’ll be the first to change sides. He’s not bullheaded, he just believes in doing the right thing, no matter what. And while I’m not pro War, but I can see this sense of moral justice transposing into other areas I do support. Here’s a good read on the timelessness of his morality.

I love his iconography.His branding and iconography are so great… and easily transposed into any number of interpretive mediums. I am not normally a fan of the red white and blue, but his icon just works so well for so many things.

Til next time, kids, every bond you buy is the bullet in the barrel of your best guy’s gun.


Who is your favorite superhero, and what do you think, philosophically, this says about you as a person? I’d love you to leave a comment and tell me!

Things I wish I could tell myself before my first LARP


Photo courtesy of UnderworldLARP.ca

Disclaimer: For those of you who don’t know, LARP is an acronym that stands for live-action role playing. Yes, like from that movie Role Models, with Paul Rudd. Yes, it’s kind of like Dungeons and Dragons meets Renaissance Faire meets improv theater. Yes, lightning bolt, lighting bolt.


Nana Wells: Just talk to people. Shut up, stop thinking you’re supposed to be immediately great at this and talk to people. Ask questions about the world. Find out peoples’ names. Build a rapport with people and don’t remain in your own little clique. Also, bring baby wipes.


Marie Burell: More blankets. And not to be so damn stressed and scared of everyone. They don’t bite… at least I hope they don’t…


Angela Basset: If you have to make a choice between something that’s probably a safe bet, and you won’t die, versus a dangerous mission, always choose the dangerous mission.


Briana Westmoreland: Just talk to people, folks aren’t going to judge you. so don’t be shy. Also, at the same time, no one has any right to touch you and you can ask people to leave you alone.


Kiri Brasseur: CALM DOWN. Use a modern bathroom before you get there. Breathe. Featherlite boning is NOT going to keep the shape of your bodice.


Brandon M Burns: Learn some more folk songs to completion. Approach people with a little caution. Wear more layers. Do everything. Bring snacks. Don’t let people talk down to you/underestimate you just because you’re a cute girl. Accept courtships from no one. Don’t join any organization for at least one year. Stay in character always. If something gets boring, go look for trouble.


Amy Lynn Resele: Every faulty principle that you’ve built your life on is going to crumble. These people will love you for who you are, and not judge you for your size. Let your guard down, you’re finally safe.


Jacci Kaschak: Try not to let others get to you. It’s always scary when you first start and you dont know anyone, but remain strong and true to your character and others will respect you for it, even if not right away.


Stephanie Parmelee: You don’t look NEARLY as stupid as you think you do… Besides, everyone else is here doing the same thing… go get em! No, you’re not expected to remember everyone’s name the first time. Yes, it’s okay that your costume isn’t as frilly/elaborate/extravagant as theirs. Yes, it’s okay that you forgot your name and that your back history is a tale that can be told in 2 minutes. Just jump in. Worst case scenario, you have something to giggle about when you look back.


Sarah Jessop: Your girly friends from school are never going to know how dorky you were on the weekend, and even if they do, who cares!


Chelsea Stoddard: Try picking a character that is not so against the grain of the world.


L.C. Longo: You should pack more socks. That cute guy in the cloak? He’s a dick… Fairy Fire is not as cool as it sounds.


Tara M. Clapper: Bring friends and you’ll feel less nervous.


Stephanie Leigh Twilley: Don’t trip over the fire pit.


Rachel Onca Berleman: Stop taking the world so seriously, and try to bask in a group of people where you feel you belong.


Danielle Sanfilippo: You know how you’re thinking right now that it might be just like Oblivion, but real life? It is. Now kick some ass and have fun!


Jennifer Hartshorn: If you can possibly manage it, take Monday off. You are going to want to sleep for 24 hours after your first event.


JJ Bartlett: Make up a character that has a personality/character quirk/whatever that will cause you to say ‘yes’ to getting involved in things, rather than one who shies away from getting involved in plots. Being a shy/cautious character is all well and good, story-wise, but you are going to want to be doing stuff.


Kiri Brasseur: Yes, this IS just like improv, and the same golden rule applies: never say no.


Erica Tieppo: No matter what your boyfriend tells you, la poste di falcone is only going to make you look kinda crazy during your combat test, especially if you only “learned” it a half hour ago.


Elizabeth Mc Allister: Wander around. Listen to the stories being told around the fire.


Bianca Mason: Be yourself, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and have fun. You are most likely going to make some of the best friends ever.


Jacqueline Whalen: Be more naive sometimes… yes, that NPC is probably leading you to danger, but that’s part of how you get really involved in the game. If you think you are going somewhere dangerous, see if you can bring some other players along who you trust in game, but don’t pass up on plot.


Leslie Stewart: Don’t let that cute boy from LARP talk sweet on you, and flirt with you, in his cute costume, and be all adorable and stuff. You might end up marrying him someday. Oh wait.


Today’s post comes from an epic Facebook group, The LARPettes. If you’re a female LARPer, join up for a daily barrage of fantastic and femme flared LARP chatter.


Please leave your own LARP advice, or join the conversation on Twitter. #GeekGirlAdvice

Ghibli Week and Who’s That Geek! Hey that rhymed! A giveaway of Ghibli inspired goodness.

This is one of those funny posts that’s really two wrapped into one. Why you ask? Because I didn’t post yesterday! So I’m posting a two-for-one special: like Siamese twins, but less weird!

I most certainly would have been best friends with Christian Petersen as a child. He is a kindred spirit who designs fantastic fandom inspired digital art on Etsy, at The Geekerie. He’s the kind of fancy man who has a super awesome Etsy store full of Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and Studio Ghibli inspired magic. Minimalism and pop art at its very finest! And the fact that his Etsy account kind of started as a test/joke, well, that just goes to show you his talent. How awesome!

Today you have the chance to win one of these three amazing illustrations! …Okay, so yeah, I know you are so excited, and you want to rush away to enter to win… of COURSE. But pause for a second to read Christian’s interview. We both loved David the Gnome, and that is ALL you need to know. Gnome. Know gnome. Hehe.

Don’t forget to enter to win an epic Studio Ghibli print!


The adorable Christian Petersen in front of the amazing designing machine.

1. Who do you cast to play you (real or fictional person) in the movie about your life?
I don’t know of anyone who can pull off high-strung workaholic with a heart of gold. Maybe Diane Keaton, but she’s a lady and I most certainly am not. So, a male Diane Keaton who is a muddled composite of a chubby Tom Green, fully-gelled David Tennant, and a roughed up Gerard Butler would just about do it.

2. What was the first print you designed for your amazing Etsy, and why?
The first print I made for my shop on Etsy was a vintage travel poster for the planet Vulcan from Star Trek. It was part of a series of three created as filler for a dummy account I was using to teach a fellow artist about Etsy. I sold a few and caught the bug; turning my test account into a real shop and here we are a few years — and many hundreds more listings — later.

3. Who is your geeky role model?
For her ingenuity, adaptation, and motivation; I would choose Felicia Day. She has managed to uncover and celebrate the best of Geek culture while bringing us willingly out into the sun for a meet-and-greet with the rest of the world. Wil Wheaton gets a heartfelt shout-out.

4. What was your favorite cartoon or nerdy show as a kid?
I mean, should I run through the list? Fraggle Rock, Gummi Bears, Ducktales, He-Man, Thundercats, Transformers, The Littles, Voltron, Silverhawks, Smurfs, David the Gnome, Beakman’s World, Captain N, and Alf the Animated Series. It’s possible that I watched Carebears, She-Ra, Jem and the Holograms, Zoobilee Zoo and My Little Pony, but it’ll cost you too many rupees to get a confirmation.
(*By the way, Christian, my list is so similar, and far too long*)

5. You suddenly turn into a cartoon character! Who are you?
I would be Baron Von Rotton from ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’, or one of his weasel goons.

Enter to win an epic Studio Ghibli print from The Geekerie!

Ghibli Week: Freebie! Gimme Ghibli Wallpaper

Ghibli Week pushes forward with a fun freebie. I’ve whipped up an autumn-flavored, geometric Ghibli wallpaper. The battle cry of the people is, “GIMME GHIBLI!” Don’t see your size below? Leave a comment! Thanks to hyung86 on DeviantArt for the drawings of the Studio Ghibli characters.

Samsung Galaxy S4 1080×1920
iPhone 4/S 640×960
iPhone 5 640×1136
Nokia Lumia 480×800
iPhone/Blackberry/Motorola RAZR 240×320
Facebook cover photo
Desktop 2880×1880
Desktop 1600×1200

Ghibli Week: 4 Epic Studio Ghibli Cosplays

The Secret World of Arrietty

Arrietty Studio Ghibli Cosplay

Arrietty Studio Ghibli Cosplay
Amazing cosplay of Arrietty from The Secret World of Arrietty, by Yuuri-k. I could just put her in my pocket! I can’t get over the detail of her hair clip!

Howl's Moving Castle

Howl and Sophie

Howl's Moving Castle Studio Ghibli Cosplay

Howl's Moving Castle Studio Ghibli Cosplay
What a spot on Howl’s Moving Castle cosplay! Howl and Sophie are performed by Feeracie and Trust Our World Now.

Princess Mononoke

Princess Mononoke Cosplay Studio Ghibli

Princess Mononoke Studio Ghibli Cosplay
This Princess Mononoke is perfection! San is modeled by Lovely Orange.

Ponyo Studio Ghibli

Fujimoto and Granmamere

Ponyo Granmamere and Fujimoto Studio Ghibli Cosplay

Ponyo Granmamere Cosplay Studio Ghibli

Alita b Angel and Arlo Arleh had the balls to do an underwater photo shoot for the role of Fujimoto and Granmamere from Ponyo. Talk about getting into the role! I don’t imagine I could ever look so beautiful underwater!

Ponyo cosplay

And I guess I should include one of myself doing Ponyo. She is absolutely my favorite Ghibli character and movie. I love her crazy spirit, and I am sure if I wasn’t a vegetarian, I’d eat ham too :3 Makes me wish I’d done a professional photo shoot, compared to all these other amazing cosplayers!


Post a comment with your favorite Studio Ghibili cosplay that you’ve seen!