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Lady Geek Spotlight: Regina McMenomy, ‘My Life as a Geek’

Regina is a writer, a podcaster and a gamer and runs a blog over at www.gameongirl.com. She encourages intelligent and fun conversations about video games on her website and podcast — so if you’re a gamer (girl or boy!), you should check her out. Read her guest blog for us below to get an idea of her journey into the academic world as a Lady Geek.

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I am not sure when I was first called a geek. It was probably when I was pretty young. I had my glasses, my books, and my video games, each something that defines me as a geek.

One of the most important aspects of geek culture and of defining myself as a geek is that it allows me a certain amount of freedom that other titles don’t allow. I can enthusiastically love the things I love, without shame or questioning. Even when I was younger and realized how different I was from many around me, constantly choosing the fantasy worlds books offered me over mindless TV watching, I knew who I was and was comfortable with that. I knew I was different and I didn’t care. That’s a pretty powerful thing.

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Lady Geek Spotlight: Annie Violet, Sexy Geek Model, Tolkien Lover

Annie Violet and I found each other on Twitter. When I first saw her Twitter profile, I admit it – I almost dismissed her as a spambot mostly because she had a super sexy photo on her profile (sorry Annie! Don’t judge by their profile photos, kids). But something made me take a pause and I decided to read a bulk of what she had written on Twitter. I quickly realized this girl was one of my Lady Geek sisters.

I  try to not judge other women who work in a certain industry. I judge them by their character and Annie and I have always had pleasant Twitter encounters – like getting excited about The Hobbit trailer. In other words, she’s a sweetheart. A Lady Geek has every right to take her clothes off in front of the camera and still be allowed to read the Lord of the Rings between takes. Dammit. Can’t blame a lady when she has a cute bum that the world needs to see. In this interview, Annie talks about the dichotomy of her work as a model and her nerdy side.

Read our interview below.

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Lady Geek Spotlight: ‘Little Vampires’ Creator, Rebecca Hicks

I met Rebecca at Geek Girl Con 2011 in Seattle and she is so funny and talented. Rebecca created the popular web comic, Little Vampires, about little 7-inch (or less) vampires who try to be as fierce and frightening as the big vampires. Except, they are just too darn cute. Rebecca illustrates art and creates all kinds of merchandise to sell at different conventions around the country. She talks about her project and her convention experiences below in her spotlight interview. Trust me, this woman is the person to ask when it comes to sitting at a table at convention’s exhibit halls.

Art by Rebecca for Little-Vampires.com

DEFECTIVEGEEKS: Tell us about your web comic ‘Little Vampires’ and what inspired the concept? Why did you start this webcomic?

REBECCA HICKS: The Little Vampires webcomic is about a group of miniature monsters that try really hard to be big and fierce but fail spectacularly at it. The focus of the comic is their misadventures, but it’s also about their friendship with Wolfie (a little wolfman), Frank (a little Frankenstein’s monster), and other little monsters, none of whom sparkle. There is no sparkling. Little monsters, big fun, no sparkling. Unless they cover themselves in glitter.

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Lady Geek Spotlight: Louanne ‘Scarlett’ Ojeda, Nerd Mom from the House of Gryffindor

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Scarlett and I am an honor roll making, JK Rowling worshipping, wand carrying, nerd t-shirt and slacks with Converse wearing, book reading, WoW playing,Wizard Wrock listening, geek blog following, comic book hoarding, fangirl squeeing, Facebook loving, convention attending, antique collecting, bookshelf breaking, recycle bag using, list making, non-stop talking, gummy worm eating, The Guild watching spoiled nerdfighter ex-cheerleader :D haha That last part probably has you a bit confused. So, please, allow me to explain.

Point 1: In junior high and high school, I DID make the Honor Roll. I was in Future Scholars of America and made the Dean’s List my senior year. I started cheerleading pop warner at my aunt and uncle’s request (meaning they paid) and in 10th grade, I cheered for my school. This made it easy for me to have nerd and non-nerd friends alike and integrate them as much as possible and have some people actully thinking I’m cool. Awesome

Point 2: JK Rowling is like a GODDESS to me! Harry Potter has pretty much taken over my entire life. I went to LeakyCon in July, bought a wand, went to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and got chosen at Ollivander’s!! I’m a self-proclaimed Gryffindor and when I talk, it usually has some sort of HP reference. Example: I wish I could go visit Ashley today. It sucks that I’m out of Floo Powder!!

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Lady Geek Spotlight: Irene Allado, Collects Transformers and Pandas

Irene is practically family to me. We met because our boyfriends are related and since we are Filipinos, the family just tend to spend a lot of time together. It didn’t take us long to immediately become good friends since we share the same sense of humor (she’s super funny, you guys) and life sensibilities. When it comes down to it: I freakin’ love, Irene! I wanted to share her to the world because she is a badass Lady Geek. Don’t let her pretty little face fool you. I am fairly sure she won’t hesitate to kick ass if needed.

When did you realize you were a Lady Geek?

IRENE ALLADO: When I was a kid, I played with Barbies, stuffed animals, Match Boxes, Legos, scented stationeries, G.I. Joes, Nintendo and other video games. Not being able to play with other kids, I was home most of the time and being an only girl got me to make up a fantasy world with my dolls and my brother’s toys. I would also put my bed sheets and party dresses together and would imagine I was a princess, a ninja or a non-ordinary girl. I believe that was the first time I touched base with role playing.

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Lady Geek Spotlight: Stephanie Hayslip, Actress, Singer and Likes the ‘F-Word’ a Lot

Today, female nerds are lucky enough to have the internet and to have blogs, twitters, facebooks, etc. where we can voice our opinions and be heard by our community. Still, I wanted to reach out to the ladies who have made an impression on me  and specially feature them on Defective Geeks. We bring you our new feature – the Lady Geek Spotlight! Each girl we choose are given the option of either doing an interview or a guest blog for us.

I ‘met’ Stephanie through SponSIRs and right off the bat she had an incredibly positive attitude about female geeks coming together as a community and sticking with each other… I was immediately a fan. Stephanie currently lives in Los Angeles, a proud redhead, an actress and an incredible singer. Just watch the video on her website – StephanieHayslip.com – when she performed for Hollywood director, Quentin Tarantino. I love a multi-talented woman who is not afraid to show it off. She’s loud and she’s proud of it! Read our interview below and get to know this badass Lady Geek.

DEFECTIVEGEEKS: What is the origin story of your geek? When did you first know you were a geek?

STEPHANIE HAYSLIP: I think I first knew I was a geek when I was joining a “Star Trek” fan group that met at the public library by myself at the age of 9. Bajoran nose, Vulcan ears and all.  But I was the 8 year-old kid wanting to marry Edward Scissorhands long before it was popular, too…

DG: Tell us how you got into performing in broadway! Do you plan to take your career to the big (or small) screen?

HAYSLIP: Haha, not on broadway yet, but working on it! I love the stage, it’s my first and forever love, but even there my geek can’t be contained. Most drama freaks want to listen to “Les Mis,” or Patti LuPone, or Ethel Merman. I’d much rather listen to Evil Dead: The Musical, Bat Boy, or  Toxic Avenger. And don’t even get me STARTED on Carrie: The Musical, or Dance of the Vampires.  Truly, truly genius that is oh so misunderstood. As for plans to go to film or tv, this is what I have to say – I would love to be a sci-fi star. You can keep your anonymity much easier because you aren’t as well-known most of the time, and no “vanilla” TV series nor movie has ever done for me what a sci-fi/fantasy/horror series or movie has done for me. I just think that there is a level of storytelling and emotion that you can get when you move out of the normal, everyday storyline and add a touch of magic to it, whether it be aliens, ghosts, vampires or dragons.  Even little gnomes that poop chicklets.

DG: Broadway, stage… either way, we think you’re a star ;] Tell us more about these geek-musicals and where can we find them!

HAYSLIP: Oh wow! Hmm…I could end up doing my own podcast solely on geeky musicals, but no one would listen, so let me pick a few of my favs (and the ones you can actually find a recording of – “Carrie” for instance is a classic disaster that is still talked about 20 years later on Broadway, and the only recordings of it are old videos posted to YouTube and bootlegs.

Evil Dead: Hail to the King, Baby. I’ve been in love with Ash since I was knee-high to a pig’s eye and a huge fan of the movies for ages.  (A girl gets raped by a TREE.  What the fuck???)  And this musical covers both the 1st and 2nd movies of the trilogy.  If they did an Army of Darkness musical to round out the collection, I might die and go to heaven. Anyway, the tongue-in-cheek in this one is more than worthy of the cheese that is the original movies, and “Bit Part Demon” is one of the greatest moments in the show, small and memorable as it is.  There was even a “Splash Zone” in the theatre to warn people in the front that they may get slimed with blood and other viscera.  Score. RECOMMENDED LISTENING: “What the F$ck Was That?” and  “Bit Part Demon” Continue reading