Breaking Up With “The Walking Dead”

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I feel like I’m breaking up with a longtime boyfriend. I’ve been dating “The Walking Dead” for a few years now. Our first date was at the Compendium One and it was love at first sight. I was head-over-heels. Smitten even! I think it was partly due to having previously been in intense relationships with older men like “The Invisibles”, “Sandman” and “Transmetropolitan”. Albeit beautiful and brilliant, those relationships were filled with mind-fucks, counter-culture, social commentary and layers upon layers of metaphors. So “The Walking Dead” was a welcomed brain break from my “Top Three”. That’s not to say that I was dumbing it down or settling by being with “The Walking Dead”. But that relationship was heavier on the heart, rather than the mind.

I adored his grayscale gore and the excitement I felt whenever we were together. But then, things started to change…  The dates became repetitive and predictable. His friends weren’t interesting anymore or they were dead. It started to seem like all of the reasons why I loved him were slowly fading away.

Instead of thinking fondly of the future we’d have together, I find myself focusing on the good times we had in the past. I used to get excited whenever I saw him. Nowadays, I barely make time for him. A relationship that started with love now exists solely out of habit and comfort. I keep telling myself maybe he’ll change. Maybe the next time I see him, things will be different. He’ll be different. But things went from bad to worse when he brought a tiger to one of our dates.

It’s hard to break up with “The Walking Dead” because I’ve invested to many years into this relationship. But I think it’s time to let go. After the next few series of dates, it will be time to part ways. It’ll be tough. We had great times together, but I have to be the bigger person and know when it’s just not working out anymore. Maybe we’ll grab coffee every few months and I’ll see how he’s doing. I don’t know. We’ll see…

Zombie Sak: Survival Kit Giveaway

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We’ve all had those conversations before. Oh you know the one where you and your friends discuss your zombie apocalypse weapon of choice, the safest place in their area you would go, even what skills you’d bring to your team. Because if you’re rolling with me, you better have a skill! (I can be the supply runner because I ran track in high school.)

We joke around about the zombie apocalypse, but honestly, who really knows? One day it could happen. The living dead may go by a different name, walkers, the infected, etc. But as Shakespeare once said, “A zombie by any other name will still eat your brains.”

Thanks to the folks over at Zombie Sak, you can be ready for the apocalypse at a moments notice. These survival kits are the real deal that will help you survive the end of the world.

Use the code girlgonegeek to get 5% off your next Zombie Sak order! (Valid until Dec. 5th)

GIVEAWAY! Two readers that comment with their zombie weapon of choice will get some Zombie Sak goodies!

Be sure to follow ZombieSak on Facebook and Twitter @ZombieSak!

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My Tomahawk Survival Kit includes: 

  • – Zombie SAK Duffel Bag
  • – Zombie SAK Mask Pack
  • – Tomahawk
  • – LifeLine Ultra Light Survival Kit
  • – Bridgford Bacon and Cheddar Survival Sandwich
  • – Bridgford Whole Wheat Ration
  • – 1 Weatherproof Carry Case
  • – 1 Survival Guide
  • – 1 10′ Emergency Cord
  • – 1 Map Compass
  • – 1 Emergency Whistle
  • – 1 Survival Blanket
  • – 3 Safety Pins
  • – 1 36″ Roll Duct
  • – 1 18″ X 12″ Sheet Aluminum Foil
  • – 1 8′ Snare Wire
  • – 1 Box Waterproof Matches
  • – 4 Fishing Hooks
  • – 4 Fishing Sinker Weights
  • – 1 50′ 10lb Fishing Line FISHING LINE
  • – 1 Surgical Blade SURGICAL BLADE
  • – 1 Reusable Zipper-Lock Bag REUSABLE ZIPPER-LOCK BAG
  • – 5 Wound Closure Strips

 

Slight Jewelry: Fine Jewelry for the Undead

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Just because you’re a walking corpse doesn’t mean you can’t deck out your rotting body parts with fine, beautiful jewelry. Slight Jewelry has answered your zombie jewelry needs with a Braaains collection featuring undead heads and zombie apocalypse weapons made from gold, silver and brass.
I know they say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I’d rather be besties with a black diamond stuffed in a golden zombie’s mouth.

Discount for GGG friends! Get 11% off using the code: keyboardcat  

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Interview with Amanda of Slight Jewelry

GGG: Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Amanda: I grew up in sunny Tucson, Arizona, the home of the Gem and Mineral Show.  I was what my teacher called a “rock hound,” I sure did love those geodes. As a kid, I wasn’t an ugly duckling, I just had ” interesting features.”  One of which has dictated a nickname that I embrace to this day: Fangs.  I am missing two teeth where my canines meet so I literally have two fangs.  Although the goth boys loved them, I was very self-conscious about them for a very long time. I was constantly asked, “Do you sharpen your teeth?”  Anyway, fast forward past puberty and college, I ventured to Colorado where I finally learned to love my fangs.  I lived there for 5 years though the wacky weather and countless serving jobs.  I wanted to work in fashion and knew Denver wasn’t the place to fulfill that dream.   With the support of my older twin sisters, I made the leap to New York City about a year and a half ago.  It was extremely difficult at first but I had a vision: Make something as unique as my teeth, and I think have succeeded in that!
 
How long have you been making jewelry?
A little over two years but I’ve been sketching ideas for a decade.
 
Slight Jewelry- Zombie Black Diamond EarringIs there a film, book or game got your into zombies and horror and why?
If you exclude reading every Steven King book before I had any idea what it was about, I would say that I have always loved “Evil Dead” and the campy yet endearing horror movies of the 70s and 80. Although, I like to mix in some scary ones here and there.  The movie “Alien” is the best sci-fi horror film of all time – such incredible set design and makeup!  And the zombies, how can I forget about the zombies?  For humor’s sake, I choose “Shaun of the Dead” and on the other end of the spectrum “Resident Evil” Because who doesn’t love Mila Jovovich?
What’s Slight Jewelry’s origin story? 
I worked for a fine jewelry designer for over a year and it was quite the eye opening experience.  There wasn’t anything out there for my personality so I decided to make it myself.  I wanted to make jewelry that I liked and that I hadn’t seen anywhere else.  The Zombie Collection is my first collection and I will continue to add to it.  It’s my zombie baby. :)
Which have been some of your favorite pieces to make?
I absolutely love the clown zombie cufflinks, so dear to my heart.  And the mix and match zombie earrings with the zombie weapon of choice.
Do you have any (other) geeky obsessions? If so what?
3D printing- a lot of my pieces are 3D printed and then cast in silver and gold.  It’s incredible to have a plastic iteration that I can print right before my very eyes!  It also gives the jewelry some great texture and depth.
What’s your zombie weapon of choice? Slight Jewelry- Zombie Weapon of Choice- Axe Earring
It would have to be a machine gun with a bayonet mounting, double trouble.  If the zombie apocalypse struck, and I didn’t own a bayonet-mount machine gun, I would use the hand painted zombie axe I bought my boyfriend for his birthday.  Sharing is caring.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
This is a toughy.  I have an amazing HR Giger book that I can’t live without.  And if I only brought a video game, movie, or TV show, I wouldn’t have anything to play them on!  But if I could bring two items (and this island had a TV), I would bring my first version Atari and the game, Pitfall.  So many memories with that game!
 
Where can we find you on the web?
Shop online at slightjewelry.com and follow Slight Jewelry on Facebook.
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Tattoo Tuesday: The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead comic is one of the few series that constantly stresses me out. With complex and interesting characters thrown into unbearable situations, there’s bound to be some emotions involved. And for me, it has been all of them. Issue 100 left me devastated for days, to say the least. I still don’t like to talk about it. (Obsessed much?!)

Although my opinion of the comic and TV show waivers from positive to negative at times, my love for The Walking Dead always remains.

And to think that I thought I was a huge fan of The Walking Dead!

I include all the information about each tattoo that was available. If you’re interested in your tattoo being featured on a past or future Tattoo Tuesday or Tattoo Tuesday Featurette, email me at jamila[@]girlgonegeekblog[.]com.

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drago1983‘s The Walking Dead Logo Tattoo [Source]

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Sam Marie‘s The Walking Dead Comic, Rick Grimes Tattoo . Tattoed by Curt Baer at Championship Tattoo. Redding, CA.

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Carl Grimes [Source]

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Tattoo by Artsaurus [Source]

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Rick Grimes tattoo – Done by Filip in Interskin, Staines [Source]

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Zombie Lori from The Walking Dead comic, back cover art (Half done). Tattoo by senshicat [Source]

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Original art by Tony Moore, Tattooed by BigDealTattoos [Source]

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dlowery317‘s Zombie Shane from The Walking Dead TV Show. By James Rowe at Tattoo Station Tennessee [Source]

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Walking Dead – Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) Tattoo [Source]

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Walking Dead Zombie Girl Tattoo by Ron Russo [Source]

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the walking dead tattoo zombie 3Tattoo by Bob Tyrrell [Source]

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Where are all of the women of color in science fiction?

The Underrepresentation of Black Women & Latinas in Science Fiction

Fun facts before I get started: According to “Richard Whettestone of firsttvdrama.com, as of 2005 only 15 science-fiction TV series have featured black women in lead roles. Less than 9% of Science-Fiction TV series have featured black women as main characters… Including recurring characters who were usually tossed in the background.” [Source]

There aren’t that many Black women and Latinas in science fiction and that is a problem, and not a new problem by any means. The fact that we can probably easily name all of the Black women and Latinas in sci-fi that we’re or are lead characters and creators means there isn’t enough. We shouldn’t be able to name them all, there should be so many that we forget. Being a Black and Latina woman and sci-fi fan, I can tell you how important it is to see people who look like me in a genre I love so much.

It does not go unnoticed when people of color are continuously underrepresented in a genre. As self-proclaimed geeks, we read and watch these stories not only because they are fascinating, but because we connect and relate to these characters and their struggles. However, personally, I always seem to hit a wall. I’ll fall in love with strong female characters, but when I try to relate their experiences to my own, I eventually come to a point where I’m not being addressed anymore because I’m a woman of color. My connection to the character I’m watching or reading is over. Their experience can no longer be my experience. This doesn’t happen always, but fairly often. I’m fully aware of women being misrepresented in misogynistic ways in the genres, but unfortunately it’s still a different fight for me. Most of those women being negatively portrayed are white, Blacks and Latinas are barely even in the story. If I fight for women’s rights, or in this case, women being accurately depicted in a genre, I’m fighting for white women because they are what are represented. I have to fight a separate battle for women of color.

Our exclusion from the story is both conscious and subconscious. There are those who say, “Well you have that one black guy or that one Asian, you should be happy.” But in reality there are only a handful of us included and often times, when we are it’s solely for the purpose of adding some color. We’re tokens. You’ll rarely find more than one person of color that’s a lead character, and when they are lead characters, they are often stereotypes.

But then again, we are being represented, but not in the way we’d like. We are “the other” in science fiction. We’re the aliens, literally. Whether we’re being depicted as the Na’vi from Avatar, the wild and violent aliens from Predator or Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars. The fact that undocumented immigrants living in the United States are called illegal aliens has to ring some kind if alarm in your head.

A way to directly change this is for women of color creators to write and direct stories that feature women that look like them. Simple right? Not really. Other than the mountains they’d have to climb to get their story heard, there’s a cyclical problem that even limits them from the genre itself. Women of color are barely represented in sci-fi, so many women who could have become sci-fi creators by first becoming fans avoid the genre because they see it as a “white boys clubs” where they don’t belong and aren’t welcomed. In turn, there is no progress in the amount of women of color being represented in the genre, and the cycle continues.

Science fiction is a haven for us folks of color, the future is one of the ideal fictional narratives we can fit since our past is filled with oppression, colonization and slavery. A lot of us who read, watch and create science fiction see the genre as our possible future. These are worlds that are meant to signify what may come. The fact that women of color, and to be completely honest, people of color entirely, are not included in these futures is scary.

What can we do to change this? If you’re a creator, create fictions that include all people. If you’re a reader and watcher like me, let your voice be heard. A little blog post, email to an author or tweet may not seem like a big deal, but with the the internet you never know who or how many people can come across your words. No matter what anyone says, it is extremely important for everyone to be represented. If we don’t say anything, or do anything, we can’t expect anything to change.

ParaNorman Giveaway

I fell head-over-heels in love with ParaNorman since I first laid eyes on the trailer. It looks like Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman had a baby and his name was Norman! (I call first dibs on baby sitting duty!) What else would you expect from the makers of Coraline? I’m excited to be able to have this giveaway thanks to Focus Features!

In Theatres August 17

About ParaNorman:

The new 3D stop-motion comedy thriller from animation company LAIKA, reteaming the company with Focus Features after the groundbreaking Academy Award-nominated Coraline. ParaNorman is, following Coraline, the company’s second stop-motion animated feature to be made in 3D.

In ParaNorman, a small town comes under siege by zombies. Who can it call? Only misunderstood local boy Norman (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who is able to speak with the dead. In addition to the zombies, he’ll have to take on ghosts, witches and, worst, of all, grown-ups, to save his town from a centuries-old curse. But this young ghoul whisperer may find his paranormal activities pushed to their otherworldly limits.

Giveaway:

  • Answer the following question in the comments section below:
  •     – Since Norman can see and speak to the dead, what’s your weird or secret talent? 
  • – Giveaway ends August 17th 

ParaNorman Prize Pack!

One (1) winner will receive:

  • ·         $25 Visa Gift Card for a night at the movies
  • ·         Adult T-Shirt
  • ·         Keychain
  • ·         Notebook
  • ·         Slippers
  • ·         Toothbrush

Prizing values: $50 (Prizing provided by Focus Features)

 

TV Talk: The Walking Dead Finale ‘Beside the Dying Fire’

TV Talk: There will be spoilers about the featured episode and previous episodes. I will not, however, discuss spoilers from the shows source material (even though I really want to). However, I might compare the source material and show only after that event has happened, or clearly won’t happen. TV Talk isn’t really a recap, or an official review. It’s how I feel about the episode and show in general. Just me, talking about TV. 

I’m writing this right after the finale ended. I’m still buzzing from Michonne‘s début. So please excuse me while I gush about how much I love her and I’ll probably ramble a bit… or a lot.

I loved Michonne from the moment she walked onto the prison in the comic series. Other than her blatant badassness and extremely cool katana wielding skills, she’s black. Now I’ve read a lot, and watched a lot of things, especially genre things, and black people, well any people of color for that matter, are under represented. So when there’s a black character, scratch that, a black woman who is also amazing, I’m extremely happy. I never realized how much of an impact it would be not seeing people who looked like me represented in the things I loved the most. But book after book, show after show, it became more apparent that there really aren’t that many people of color represented. I’ve come to realize that my brain loves Michonne because she’s an amazing complex character. But my heart loves her because she represents part of me.

Next on my gush list is the prison! Now if you’ve read the comics you know all about the prison and what happens there. The prison arc is my favorite part of the comic series by far and I’m sure the TV version will not let me down. (It better not.) Seeing the prison at the end of the finale, right after I finished screaming about Michonne’s début (yes I literally screamed out lout) was the icing on the cake, or rather the shotgun to the brain.

Now that those things are out my system I can talk about other stuff. This episode was utter chaos, and I mean that in the best way possible. They did a wonderful job really translating the madness of the zombie horde’s attack on the farm. I was tense and sitting at edge of my seat the first half of the show!

Rick’s character has went through a big transformation since the beginning of the series. Tonight was a turning point for him, where he had to let go and truly accept the “new Rick” and what comes along with that. What I love about Rick is how well he illustrates how hard it is to be a leader, especially during a zombie apocalypse. Rick didn’t ask to be the leader of the group, but he is. And living with the consequences of the critical decisions he made and will be forced to make bares down on his heart and it shows. It tears him apart, but I think that will ultimatley help him hold on to his humanity.

Overall I think the first half of the season dragged. If their excuse was character development, then I think it could have been handled differently. The second half was absolutely amazing! Each episode was exciting and engaging and the cinematography just gets better and better. Who knew zombies and a burning barn could be so beautiful? Thanks for reading my ramblings on The Walking Dead. Is it October yet?! Well at least I have Game of Thrones coming up to keep me company.

And just one last time… MICHONNE!  Okay I’m done now.