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Miley Cyrus to Play Batgirl in Dark Knight Sequel? DO NOT WANT. NO NO NO NO NO.

– Last week, I tweeted about EA’s “Commit an act of Lust with a booth babe” contest. And today, When Fangirls Attack posted their SDCC edition of WFA (sort-of..), which included a TON of links about this contest. Among my favorites was the Newsarama post which said, “It’s kind of funny to me, too, that “booth babes” are still used to lure fanboys, who then turn around and complain about Twilight fangirls squealing over Robert Pattinson.” EXACTLY.

EA (kind-of) apologized for the contest, but they’re still being a little disingenuous about it. How many people honestly think that taking a picture with someone is the first thing you’re going to think of when you hear “Commit an act of lust!”? Really?

– Also amusing (and found via WFA), this Girl vs. Robot comic.

Harry Potter and the Pint of Liquid Courage Good grief. *facepalm*

SDCC Solution

The solution to people missing panels they want to go to because people from the previous panels stay in Hall H is—and I know this is probably OUTRAGEOUS—to clear the room at the end of each panel. You know, like they do at Dragon*Con?

Yeah yeah, but then people wouldn’t be able to GO to all the panels! Wah. If you don’t know how to prioritize at a big con, maybe you shouldn’t be going. I had to miss the Venture Brothers panel last year at D*C because I was going to the Slave Leia shoot and I’m sure I missed a costume contest or something because I went to the Battlestar Party instead. It’s better for the fans—not to mention the actors, directors, writer, etc. who travel to go to the panels—to be forced to prioritize rather than making a bunch of Fandom X fans sit through a Fandom Y panel because it’s the one before Fandom X’s panel. One of my Twitter friends sat through the SG:U panel because of “Caprica” and the SG creator was dismayed that so few SG fans were actually there. I don’t understand why ComicCon refuses to implement this policy; it works perfectly fine at Dragon*Con and gives con-goers the opportunity to see only the panels they want—which means they have more time to spend hanging out at booths and spending money on art, maquettes, or over-priced con food. And spending money is really what ComicCon is all about, isn’t it? 😉

Newsarama: Girls and Fandom

Or, “Newsarama says what I’ve been saying since Mary Jane bent over the laundry basket and showed us her thong.” (But that subject wouldn’t fit up there…)

Read the whole thing, but notice this part:

Over the years, I’ve grown exceptionally good at navigating comic shops and the varied reactions of the employees/owners. And I remember each clerk who was condescending, who was rude, and I took my money elsewhere…

So, con-goers and fans, think about all of this when you’re at SDCC and you roll your eyes at the squealing teenage girls (and trust me, I don’t like listening to squealing either). Those girls have money and just as much right to be there as you do. And it couldn’t hurt to be nice to them.

That dovetails nicely with my Con Questions post, in which I talked about the importance of a dealer’s reputation, as well as my post on the sexist goings-on during ComicCon, in which I (again) talk about female fans and disposable income.

I’m getting really, really sick of people bitching about the Twilight fans at SDCC. I’m glad I’m not in San Diego, because if I was, I know some obnoxious fanboy would get a crotch full of Catwoman motorcycle boot if he so much as sniffed at a TwiFan in front of me. I am by no means a fan of Meyer’s creation, but the douchebags complaining that those young women don’t belong there need to put their big boy pants on and get over it, cause chances are, other people bitched about their beloved fandoms in the same way at one time or another, too. It’s gotten to the point that if you bitch about Twilight fans at SDCC I’m automatically assuming that you’re afraid of lady parts because you’re not complaining about the franchise, you’re complaining about the fans. And eventually, that kind of behavior—complaining about the women at “your” con—is going to make women feel so unwelcome that the only costumer who will show up for the Slave Leia shoot at the con will be this guy. (And if that happens, fanboys, you fucking earned and deserve it.)

ComicCon: No Girls Allowed!

In case you hadn’t heard, IGN posted a contest in which only men ages 17-24 were eligible. The irony of the contest is that it’s to promote District 9, a film about aliens landing on Earth and being forced into internment camps—basically, they’re discriminating to promote a film about how bad it is to discriminate against others. *facepalm*

To add insult to injury, the Los Angeles Times posted a “Girl’s Guide to ComicCon,” the focus of which was basically, “HAY GIRLS! THERE ARE GOING TO BE HOT GUYS AT COMICCON!!!!” It actually included this: “Women will be rushing the stage, offering to do star Jake Gyllenhaal’s laundry on those washboard abs that he acquired for the film, since he spends much of it fighting, shirtless or both.” Because you know how much geek girls enjoy doing laundry. (Especially in our pearls.)

io9 has a great post on the contest and the LA Times article, which really isn’t worth linking because of how useless it is.

Female sci-fi, fantasy, comic, video game, etc. fans have been ignored and insulted for a long time and frankly, we’re sick of it. We have just as much disposable income as men do and our money is worth as much as theirs is, so what’s up with ignoring us or treating us like ignorant fangirls who are only here for teh hot boys? I’ve been going to cons for about three years now, and I see plenty of women there who go for many different reasons. And while one of those reasons may be to go to panels, it usually isn’t to cry over men and ask to do their laundry.

And do they really want to pretend that guys don’t go to cons to ogle girls in costume or to drool over hot female celebrities? Do I really need to bring up the (insulting, untrue) stereotypes of geeky men who live with their moms and are terrified of women? Guys should be standing up for their female geek counterparts here, too. I’m more than happy to beat down stereotypes about awkward geeky guys, but I’d be even happier to do so if they’d stick up for geeky girls sometimes. Modern media and society try to drive wedges between us, but imagine what we could do if we would stick up for each other and get along!

The LA Times article made me feel stabbity beyond belief, but at least I found some good links about it:
When Fangirls Attack
Geek Girls: A Guide that’s Actually Helpful
Like abs? Like laundry? You’ll love Comic Con!
An Open Letter to the L.A. Times from a Geek Girl Best (off-topic) quote of this post: “I don’t want to be Bella. I read the bio on your blog that you have a passion for Twilight. That’s great. For myself, I can’t understand why any woman in her right mind would want to be an emo, sexually frustrated teen with a boyfriend who won’t put out.” WIN.

If any of you are going to ComicCon, I would suggest looking for bloggers who have actually been there (or to other cons) for survival tips. And also, I want to see pictures afterward. Lots and lots of pictures.


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