Mavis Fan in the mix this morning. Wait for the breakdown at 3:01. [6:51AM]
Questlove on roller-skating with Prince: An excerpt from his new book, Mo’ Meta Blues, with co-author Ben Greenman.
I got a text from Prince’s assistant. That’s how things go in the Prince universe: You get a pre‑message saying that a phone message is coming later. But this time, the message said something different. It said that there was going to be a roller‑skating party that night, for Valentine’s Day, and that I should bring some cool people.
Been wanting to read this book for some time now. Awesome excerpt.
Gut-wrenching melodies for the withered wenches and battered bitches. You know who we are. Wine-smeared lips and perfumed for destruction. We linger in your bars at odd hours and leave a tip in hardly legible scribble scratch “Easy on the coke next time, fucker. Good fucking night.”
1.) Valentine - Fiona Apple
2.) Your Ship - Enders Room feat. Rebekka Bakken
3.) Gone - Lianne La Havas
4.) No Love - Little Dragon
5.) Take the Box - Amy Winehouse
6.) I’d Rather Go Blind - Etta James
7.) Beautiful Calm Driving - Sia
8.) Eat Yourself - Goldfrapp
9.) Paper Thin - Kelsey Brown
10.) The Greatest - Cat Power
11.) Miriam - Norah Jones
12.) Lesson Learned - Alicia Keys feat. John Mayer
13.) Still in Love With You - Sade
14.) Distractions (Live) - Sia
15.) My Man’s Gone Now - Nina Simone
16.) You Don’t Owe Me Nothing - Clairy Browne & the Bangin’ Rackettes
17.) Wake Up Alone - Amy Winehouse
18.) Are You Here? - Corinne Bailey Rae
19.) 700 Mile Sitation - Res
20.) I Wish I Wasn’t - Heather Headley
21.) Green Eyes - Erykah Badu
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Reprisal of the “Fake” Geek Girl & Cosplayer
I get it, I get it. No one likes a poser or someone who pretends to like or be something they’re not. What I don’t get is this trending hostility targeting not “fake geeks,” but specifically “fake girl geeks” and more specifically, female cosplayers. I follow numerous comic book sites, and as of late, this is a recurring topic that fans, bloggers, and creators alike seem to share a growing consensus one way or the other.
First, let me address Tony Harris’ rant (Starman, Ex Machina) and the topic of female cosplayers. Does the sight of our ever glistening cleavage make you uncomfortable? Do you not like the hair flipping and reapplying of our lip gloss? As a bisexual woman, I love seeing chicks dressing up as my favorite comic book characters. It makes my Comic Con experience so much more visually appealing, and I could care less if Miss Psylocke can’t name all the X-men characters (I do not doubt that she could). Yo, it’s freakin’ Psylocke in person! Appreciate it, compliment it, take a picture. Enjoy that shit. These are the same chicks with (not as) huge boobs and puckered lips that you draw and fantasize about in your comic books so why are you so repulsed and taken back at the sight of them at a convention? And how do you know that we don’t read comic books? Have you bothered to walk up to me and every Wonder Woman or Rogue to get to know our interests? Tell me, when you look at Gambit, do you say, “Oh, he’s just such an attention whore. He probably can’t even guess which universe he’s from.” Do you go to Disney World, point at Jasmine and yell, “FAKE DISNEY POSER WHORE!”
I don’t understand why anyone, much less an allegedly straight man, would have such animosity towards a group of women who put such time, money, and workmanship into their wardrobe whether they know their comics thoroughly or not. If you don’t understand the cosplay community, do not bash it. There are cosplayers who make costumes simply for the love and craft of sewing. Last time I checked, the sewing machine does not need to be fed comic arcs in order to spit out a superhero costume. I’ve even seen people get introduced to comics through cosplaying. That’s wonderful. Just the sheer craftsmanship and effort put into these costumes is an art in itself. These girls are not going to these great lengths just to mindlessly vie for the attention of virginal dweebs. Harris sounds more self-centered than the imaginary girls he describes.
To those who shares Harris’ sentiments, how should we go about handling these “con-hot fake nerd girls?” Should we form a separate single-file line at the entrance? Hand a pass to the 5’s, and make the 6’s and up take some sort of comic comprehension quiz upon entering? Do you have some kind of UV blacklight that you can pass over our left boob, and it will prompt an intruder alert? What’s with the pent-up hatred, dude? I’m not surprised if you guys lock yourselves in a room at the stroke of midnight, and shake one off to Google images of the same female cosplayers you condemn while flogging yourselves Van Alden-style.
The only thing that irks me more than boy geeks bashing girl geeks is when girls do it to each other. Honey, your male acceptance ratio does not increase when you put down a fellow she-geek. You do not gain an extra heart. Your HP level does not rise. Your mood bar does not turn green. In an environment where men scrutinize what we wear and measure our worth on a hotness meter, the last thing we need is to rebuke one another. And please spare me the but-you’re-the-exception-to-the-rule rhetoric, because what you’re implying is that I’m the exception to the majority of women who, in reality, do not have any understanding nor earnest enthusiasm for the fandoms they claim.
What it looks like to me is that we have a population of presumptuous elites who feel entitled to remind you that if you haven’t read Batman since Detective Comics or if you look like anything other than a middle-aged, antisocial outcast with a pot belly and virgin ponytail living in a relatives’ makeshift basement— you can’t possibly comprehend nor enter the Realm of Geekdom. Please. Have. A. Seat. Not only are you shutting out inquiring and prospective geeks, you are also insulting the diverse geek community itself of which I am proud to be a part of. It is silly and counterproductive. “Geekiness” is not something you can own, measure, or ration. You either spend entirely too much time playing video games, reading comics, rendering CSS, watching anime, etc., or you don’t. There is no initiation ceremony or any threshold you must surpass. We should be embracing newcomers and welcoming friends to the things we love. C’mon people. Don’t be the troll under a public bridge.
Comixology is giving out free digital comics for the holidays. Today’s freebie is Terry Moore’s Strangers in Paradise. Looks like a good themed read for the amorous month of February!