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Female Superheroes Get Anime-Style Makeovers - DesignTAXI.com

Female Superheroes Get Anime-Style Makeovers - DesignTAXI.com | Females in Geek Culture | Scoop.it
Spanish comic book artist Santi Casas has drawn upon the popular world of Japanese anime to give western female superheroes a more, Asian...
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A cross over event for the Anime and DC Comics fandoms! Comic book artist Santi Casas has combined Eastern and Western elements which is typically called "Ame-Comi."  

 

"Ame-Comi Girls" debuted in 2013 from DC Comics. It takes many of the well known female superheroes from the DC Universe and adds an anime feel to them. Along with the female superheroes, many of the male superheroes have also been given a female version of themselves in the comics. 

 

A criticism of this style of art is the lack of appropriate clothing and the way the bodies are drawn unrealistically. This is the style of art and you either love it or hate it. Many people seem to enjoy as proof that since the comics release many of the characters have been made into figures as well.

 

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Casual cosplay: for those who want to dress the part 365 days a year【Photos】 - RocketNews24

Casual cosplay: for those who want to dress the part 365 days a year【Photos】 - RocketNews24 | Females in Geek Culture | Scoop.it
With the recent release of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire, people around the world are settling in for long gaming sessions of collecting and trading their favorite Pokémon.
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Casual Cosplay is a great idea for those who want to get into cosplay, but do not know where to start.

 

This article shares fashion boards depicting how to dress like your favorite pokemon and trainers. A pinterest-like site called Polyvore is used to create each outfit board. On polyvore when you look at the board you can click on the item you are interested in and be taken straight to the website where it can be purchased.

 

If Pokemon is not your thing, then there are also boards for Harry Potter, Avatar The Last Airbender, and some Studio Ghibli films, such as, Kiki's Delivery Service.

 

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Female geeks and gamers display girl power at Seattle gathering GeekGirlCon

Female geeks and gamers display girl power at Seattle gathering GeekGirlCon | Females in Geek Culture | Scoop.it
Thousands of science fiction, gaming and comics fans attended a pop culture convention with a difference this weekend in Seattle.

Via Paul Conneally
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Thanks to Scoop.it for pushing this article to me.

 

Although it was written in 2012 I have never heard of GeekGirlCon until today, just over two years later. This convention is still going strong and has just finished up its 2014 Con in October and already has dates up for 2015.

 

GeekGirlCon is a place where like minded females can get together and enjoy each others company as well as picking up some great information and swag on their favorite shows, games, etc. One of the highlights of this article from the Vancouver Sun is that the Con does not just focus on pop culture. There were various panels on women in science and technology as well.

 

Unlike larger cons there is a kinship at GeekGirlCon; cosplayer, scientist, or gamer, just come as you are and enjoy a great time with a bunch of kick-ass ladies.

 

If you want more information on this years GeekGirlCon or are looking forward to their 2015 Con take a look at their website http://geekgirlcon.com/

 

San Diego just got bumped down my bucket-list of cons putting GeekGirlCon on top.

 

 

 

 

 

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The gaming journalist who tells on her internet trolls – to their mothers

The gaming journalist who tells on her internet trolls – to their mothers | Females in Geek Culture | Scoop.it
When Alanah Pearce discovered her online abusers weren’t middle-aged men but young boys, she went straight to the source to tackle the issue
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"You can be a dog on the internet," has been a running joke for quite sometime now, but with the shift to sites like Facebook and Google + is that really true anymore?

 

More and more personal information is put on these sites daily and more times than not it is done without a second thought. Alanah Pearce began receiving uncomfortable messages on Facebook in relation to her gaming Youtube channel and possibly overflow from #gamergate. 

 

The people attacking Alanah were young boys. They did not know better to not send misogynistic threats and they certainly did not know better than to  do it under a fake account. 

 

To teach her attackers a lesson Alanah decided to contact their mothers. Who best to teach them about how to treat women and to punish them for such outrageous comments then them. 

 

What you do on the internet is no longer private and these boys should be taught that lesson along with how to properly treat women. Such comments that can come from youth in ignorance can hurt them later in life. If they are posting this information through their own Facebook pages what other unsavory information is out there that future schools and bosses can see.

 

Here is hoping that all mothers that Alanah contact will sit down with their sons and teach them about respect toward women as well as protecting themselves on the internet. 

 

 

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ROGUEsetfiresfeeljoy sur Twitter

ROGUEsetfiresfeeljoy sur Twitter | Females in Geek Culture | Scoop.it
#GamerGate #NotYourShield pic.twitter.com/ntNrwpJWlg
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An interesting meme on #gamergate. The ideas of transparency, ethics, and integrity should apply to all forms of media and press not just those in the gaming community. 

 

Finding out what side you are on is harder and harder when media and the press slant the news. Facts and figures are misused and misconstrued. The only way to combat the lack of transparency, ethics, and integrity is to research from all sides and come to your own conclusions. 

 

For or against the gaming press it doesn't matter, what does matter is knowing why you feel that way and what it means to you. 

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Sweden Mulls Labelling "Sexist" Video Games in the Wake of Gamergate - DailyTech

Sweden Mulls Labelling "Sexist" Video Games in the Wake of Gamergate - DailyTech | Females in Geek Culture | Scoop.it
New labels could be used to punish "misogynist" depictions of women or to promote "positive" depictions of women
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With #gamergate running through the news there is an abundance of arguments floating around. Sweden is currently in the process of researching how labels on video games will affect the gaming community and possibly create a push for more strong-lead female characters.

 

I applaud Sweden for trying to make such a jump, but in the end the labels would create nothing, but more arguments and problems. Questions will be asked regarding if this movement is enough, is it working, or are other games being discriminated against? The other challenge that has to be discussed is the effectiveness of such labeling systems. Labels only work if they mean something to the people making the purchases. 

 

 

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