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There Are Other Wonderful Women in Comics Other Than Wonder Woman…

31 Jan

Yes, she is Wonder Woman and we won’t debate how wonderful she is. Hell, her name is fucking Wonder Woman. But does she really need ANOTHER non-nerdy collaboration?

MAC is releasing a Wonder Woman-inspired line of makeup February 10 (which will run through April)–but I’d like to ask, what about the OTHER females in comic book culture?

MAC's Wonder Woman collection; L-R: Mascara, Nail Lacquer, Lipstick. Images via refinery29.com

MAC's Wonder Woman collection; L-R: Mascara, Nail Lacquer, Lipstick.

Case-in-point #1: Poison Ivy (from Batman and Robin)
I can see an eye-shadow quad on Uma Thurman’s face. Perhaps it can be called, “The Greenhouse Effect”.

There would obviously be a coordinating shade of lipstick. Image via myspace.com

Case-in-point #2: Emma Frost
Look at those lips! You could just name the lipstick of the same shade “Emma Frost” and that would be appropriate.

The "Emma Frost". Image via comicbookresources.com

Example #3: Harley Quinn
Oh. Wait. I already have a palette like this from Nars, but it’s called “Pandora”. I feel “Harley Quinn” is more suitable.

Image via netbrawl.com

I rename thee, "The Harley Quinn". Image via imtheitgirl.com

Example #4: Catwoman
Not sure if she’s one of the top villainesses in my book, but Catwoman is definitely up there in the top 3. Just one of the renditions of Catwoman’s look, I’m pretty sure there’s a palette and lipstick appropriate for this version… I’d call it… “Nine Lives”.

Image via mrossana.com

Hah! It is found... "Nine Lives" as it should be named. Image via cosmetics4uonline.co.uk.

Apparently, purple lips are making a comeback. Collage via fashionjour.com

So I realize that none of the women I have chosen are as righteous as Wonder Woman, but I’m sure you’ll agree with me that they are all wonderful in that they do kick a good amount of ass, and are unforgettable characters. Besides, they seem to have a bit more fun with their makeup and styling.

Time Travel Mart Expedition Log

19 Dec

The Intercalary Scanner I cobbled together last week was finally able to narrow down the temporal anomaly to the Echo Park area. Used the last of my paper money to hire a yellow conveyance called a ‘Taxi’ which delivered me to the area.
(Note to other travellers: Exorbitant prices for such a sluggish and primitive method of land-transport not solely due to high Cred-to-Dollar exchange rate in time of origin, but attributed to the social norms of the 21st century Los Angeles metropolitan area).

Residual rift energy left in my H.G.W. Protective Contacts for Temporal Travel (TM) enabled me to detect the Echo Park Time Travel Mart. Located in a pocket dimension, it exists outside of linear time and is imperceptible to anyone who has not travelled through space-time rifts or inter-planetary wormholes.

Ordered a temporalator and the chronometrical coil replacement needed to repair the flux capacitor and was informed that it had arrived yesterday. Sort of.

Also picked up spare antennae extension for MX-1510 (who knew that AIs could complain so much about wireless signal strength?) and some Caveman Chew Candy for Ugg (he’s been pretty quiet since the second Renaissance/Mesozoic era trip we took last Earth cycle and I think it’ll cheer him up).

Had to refrain from buying the Aeon Bottled Time because, no matter how much I could use that spare year, I know I’ll just waste it watching retro television shows on that antique Blu-ray player I bought myself for TheWinterHolidayOfYourChoice.

Have documented relevant store inventory for future (and past) travels here.

At Your Fingers

8 Dec

Does anyone remember that fantastical exhibit the Metropolitan Museum of Art had 2 years ago showcasing superhero-inspired high fashion creations? Which was also then given its own, extremely memorable spread in American Vogue? (see below for a quick refresher)

A Catwoman-inspired outfit by Dolce & Gabbana, from Vogue. Image via stylefrizz.com

And then, American designer Diane von Furstenberg designed a capsule collection inspired by Wonder Woman shortly afterwards… this, I was only lukewarm towards. If I’m a grown woman with a day job tinkering away in the office on my keyboard, I’m not sure I’d want to wear a wrap dress with a glittering star slapped on the side.

Diane von Furstenberg Holiday 2008. Image via nitrolicious.com

Now, nOir Jewelry has teamed up with DC Comics for their 75th anniversary to launch a limited-edition line of superhero-inspired JEWELRY. I commend the fashion industry for being the leaders of sometimes-bottomless risk-taking in hopes of making a few extra bucks. These crossovers don’t always work, but I give brownie points for effort. You know, I do cosplay and all, and I do own that infamous “Video games destroyed my life good thing I have two extra lives ” tee from Threadless, but for some reason the only person I could ever see these rings on is Ke$ha.

I'm not crazy, right? Ke$ha needs these. Image via refinery29.com

And it’s not only because I’ve had “We R Who We R” stuck in my head for the past 3 days.

Click to open the video. I apologize in advance if you have this song stuck in your head for the next week. Just listen to "Whip My Hair" to boot it out of your brain.

Sh*t I’m Excited for this week: 11/07/10

7 Nov

Sherlock is coming out on DVD on Tuesday, November 9th!

No, not the Robert Downey Jr. movie, but the absolutely amazing British TV show with a kick-ass, modern-day Sherlock Holmes. The Menace previously blogged about it here.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you’re missing out! The first series is only three episodes long (British seasons are always oddly short!), but they’re 90 minutes each and thus feel quite substantive. Like little mini-movies, except with a smaller budget and more of a chance that you’ll watch more than one in a row.

Reasons Why I Love This Show:

  • For anyone who’s read the books, you’ll see so many little elements from them in the show; it references the original story without being anchored to or weighed down by it. The glib little inclusions of details from the books serve as reminders that this character is more than just awesome right now, in this show, but has been awesome for centuries.
  • The cinematography is unique and Britishly fabulous.
  • The integration of modern technology is seamless and innovative and done in such a way that it adds to the story without overwhelming it.
  • The dialogue is quick and witty.
  • The acting is superb and detailled.
  • Sherlock’s got The Doctor’s frenetic energy (understandable, because Dr. Who’s Steven Moffat was one of its creators) and a smashing fashion sense. Watson’s the perfect foil: just the right mix of helpful assistant and clueless friend.

I could keep gushing, but, luckily, with the release of these DVDs, you can see for yourself.

My Megavideo minutes run out too quickly to watch more than 1.5 episodes at a time, so these DVDs are going to be a lifesaver. Well, probably more like a life-pauser because I will probably procrastinate by watching them over and over rather than doing what I’m supposed to be doing…but it’s totally worth it.

Geek Girl Halloween Costume Dilemma

15 Oct

If you’re like me and would rather spend that extra hour of the day trying to complete the next temple in your Legend of Zelda game instead of doing yoga for an hour, maybe you aren’t in such great shape come Halloween time.

That being said, I can never figure out what to dress up as for Halloween that could possibly be clever, relevant and slightly sexy, because if you’re an adult female, you have to be some kind of sexy something. Sexy nurse. Sexy secretary. Sexy prisonmate. Whatever. Your store-bought options are pretty limited unless you know how to sew.

Luckily, I know how to sew, and I don’t have much of a social life, so I have time to crank out a costume for Halloween. But what about my girl friends who can’t sew? What are your options if all you do is stay home and watch “Darker Than Blood“?  Slave-outfit Leia again? Lara Croft? Let’s face it–if you don’t have boobs and nice legs, the Tomb Raider is territory you don’t want to cross lest you want to end up on ohnotheydidnt.

I always figure out my costumes at the last minute and they’re usually some kind of overly complicated contraption I lose sleep and hair over during the month of October. In fact it’s 3AM right now and I should probably be sleeping or drunk off my ass because that’s what exciting people do on Thursday nights, not contemplate Halloween costumes or write blog posts helping other people figure out their costumes.

But I’ve had a good handful of friends ask me for ideas on creative and simple Halloween costumes. I cannot help you. I can, however, direct you to some ideas if all you do is play Final Fantasy when you get home.

It’s not too hard for a female to “win” in a Halloween costume. All you need to do is show some cleavage and have awesome hair. For example, MegaWoman told me she was going to be Tifa Lockhart this year. Half of society doesn’t know who that is. But MegaWoman is pretty tall and has the body to pull it off so she’s going to get lookers anyway! Win. I don’t have boobs. I am also not very tall. So I have to resort to making a really complicated costume to hoard attention.

Tifa Lockhart

Tifa Lockhart. Image via desktopnexus.com

I stumbled upon these costumes the other day–I wouldn’t really consider them a “win”–you’ll definitely get attention, but your photo will probably be headlining the “caption contest” the next day.

Trashy Halloween Costumes

Clockwise from top left: "Han Solo", "Darth Vader", "Chew...bacca?"

So my solution for winning this Halloween as a nerdy female is to pick a costume you actually might enjoy wearing and doesn’t require funky undergarments you’ve just discovered to accommodate your outfit. This costume may not be instantly recognizable (to the masses) but as long as you don’t look overly exposed (re: Miley Cyrus’ sister last year, see below, what the hell) and I can still recognize you after all your makeup (that is, unless I’m not supposed to be able to–i.e. zombie costume), I’m giving you my two thumbs up.

Noah Cyrus

Sexy costume fail. Image via cutemileycyrus.com

Because I just subjected you to that horrific photo, here’s the trailer to Priest to bleach your mind.

If I had money, I wouldn’t have it for long

30 Sep

…because I’d spend it all at ThinkGeek.com.

The Star Trek Enterprise pizza cutter would be a great start to a Trekkie-themed kitchen.

It really is the perfect shape

It’s inspirational. I’d want to make pizza from scratch (it’s easier than you think, and usually more delicious than ordering from Domino’s) and I’d give my creations appropriately alliterative titles.

  • Picard Pepperoni.
  • Data’s Deep Dish.
  • Three Cheese Chekov
  • Spock Sausage
  • And, of course, the James T. Kirk, with everything on it.

(Did those sound dirty to anyone else? Maybe my mind’s just in the gutter…).

I’d use it to cut my pizza into shapes like this:

And I’d complement it with bottles of Romulan ale, opened using this. Or, for a classier evening and more exotic pizza flavours, Klingon blood wine, opened using this.

Where would you put a lifesize Stargate?

25 Sep

Buying props from favourite TV shows has to be the height of geekiness. And, as much as I’d love to go crazy and buy things which would have no purpose but to sit on my shelves and embody my geekiness, I think I’m slightly relieved that I don’t have enough money to do so and attain such heights.

But, if I did, this would be one of my first stops: Stargate Auction. Having a puddle jumper seat as an office chair? Come on!

It’s probably going to be super expensive, though. The following video is an ad for the auction catalogue itself, which costs $45. (I guess they realise that their show’s followers are rich geeks and are perfectly willing to take full advantage of that).

The auction takes place today and tomorrow in Seattle (I know; next time you want more advance warning so that you can actually go). I’ll bet you’d still be able to order the catalogue even after it’s over, if you really wanted to.

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