Geeky Tea Art

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Tea with Wolverine? How about Loki? Art fandom with tea!

Find Time for Creativity With Art Before Breakfast and Other Books

From Art Before Breakfast. Image: Chronicle Books

I’ve always been envious of those who draw with ease, and those who actually enjoy it. Part of my non-enjoyment of drawing is a self-fulfilling prophecy, though. The more I draw, the better at it I am. And I’m reminded to keep at it, to not give up or continue to resign myself to be bad at drawing.

Pirate vs. Ninja Christmas

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My son is a ninja fan, and I am most certainly Pro-Pirate. How does this play out at Christmas?

Chatting with Jen Wang, In Real Life

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GeekMom Melanie had the opportunity to chat with artist Jen Wang about her work on the new graphic novel, IRL (In Real Life).

Coming to Terms With The Aesthetic Brain

The Aesthetic Brain by Anjan Chatterjee. Photo credit: Oxford University Press.

While men across cultures prefer women with “some baby-like features,” they also look for high cheekbones and narrow jaws in their partners, because while youth equates with health, too much youth could indicate that a mother lacks the necessary maturity to adequately care for a child.

San Diego Comic-Con 2014 Artist Roundup

SDCC 2014: GeekMom Artist Roundup. Image credit: Ariane Coffin.

When it comes to Comic-Con, GeekMom Ariane would rather hit up the Artists’ Alley than the star-studded panels. Here’s a roundup of her favorite artists at SDCC 2014!

Why I Binge Read Ava’s Demon

The cover of Ava's Demon (hard-bound Kickstarter reward) by Michelle Czajkowski. Image: Cathe Post

I wasn’t aware of Ava’s Demon until it showed up on my doorstep. It captured my attention so quickly and fully that I knew I had to share it with you.

BrainBox: Educational Family Fun

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BrainBox is a simple game with editions aimed at every age group and interest that combines memory skills with other subjects in a fun game.

Fun With Vintage Comics

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Going to an adult-only collage night at a local art studio, I found a pile of vintage comics to cut up into strange tales. I blame the rum in my hot cocoa.

History Geek: 1930s Week

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Swing dancing! The creation of Superman! Adagio for Strings! Radio Plays! Migrant Mother photojournalism! Heath bars! The Wizard of Oz! Monopoly! Last week I directed a summer camp all about America during the 1930’s.

The Indiana Jones Mail Mystery Solved

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Remember that mystery package addressed to Indiana Jones that landed at the University of Chicago? Well the mystery has been solved. The solution is almost as awesome as the package. Ready for this?

Congrats to Young Women Artists Part 2

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Womanthology: Heroic — described in a post last week — is a compilation of graphic art by women. It can now be found at your local art, gaming, and book stores. It is an exciting time for all who are involved in the project, including Summer Hemingray, a 10-year-old artist. She contributed an illustration of Joan of Arc. Summer kindly answered the Muse of Nerds

Art, Sex and Beautiful Men

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Relying on seductive art to draw in your audience is akin to a comedian swearing. It doesn’t take skill to get a reaction. There have been several recent posts GeekMom and elsewhere about the sexualization of women in comics. Although that’s nothing new, female geeks are finally getting fed up- realizing that being loyal and vocal fans does not grant any respect in the industry.