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Week of Geek: Hogwarts, UA and other favorite fictional schools

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Hiya Geeklings!  Did you miss me?  I was up to my eyebrows in fandom pandemonium this last weekend *happy sigh*  Good times.

So, back to school.  Yay?  It is September, and along with the obligatory Pumpkin Spice shenanigans and pretty leaves, many people head back for a new school year this week.  And while school IRL can be a little… unexciting at times, there are many fictional, fantastical high schools in our favorite fandoms that many of us would genuinely look forward to going back to each September.  Here are few that come to mind…

Hogwarts: Of course this is on the list!  Harry Potter and friends spend several years over 7 books (and 8 films) in England’s seminal school for witches and wizards, learning all the spells and potions they need to take down dark lords.  Filled with ghosts, moving staircases and too many secrets to count, Hogwarts is ancient, mysterious and a true home to our heroes.

Starfleet Academy: The galaxy can be a dangerous place, what with unexplored locations, possibly hostile new species and many moral quandaries.  The men, women and everyone else who attend Starfleet Academy in San Francisco become as prepared as possible to face the final frontier head on.

UA High School: The #1 school for teens with superpowers, or ‘quirks’, to learn to become heroes.

Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters: The other #1 school for teens with superpowers, specifically mutations that grant them said powers.  Where mutants are feared, hated and persecuted, the Xavier mansion proves not only a school to launch the next generations of X-Men but a safe-haven where different, outcast kids can be themselves.

Mystic Falls High School and Sunnydale High School: If you like your high school experiences with a side dish of vampires, try these two fine institutions.

Riverdale High School:  No matter which incarnation of Archie Andrews you like, there’s no question that Riverdale High is just as much a character in the story as any of its students.

Alola Pokemon School: For a library system with it’s own Pokemon League, I would be remiss to leave this fine school off the list.

Any schools you really love to visit in your imaginations?  Post away in the comments section!

BTW, did you know VPL is hosting it’s own sci fi/comic con next month?  Just gonna leave this link here and tell you to stay tuned for more news to come! *wink*  Also gotta give a shout out to the Teen Writer’s Club!  More details will be posted right here soon but for anyone who loves to write, or wants to get into writing, it’s a spot for you.  Check out my previous post on the subject of writing and sharpen those pencils!  (Or, you know, open your laptop and launch Microsoft Office or whatever.  21st century!)

Have a great start to the school year, stay tuned for more news, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Pride Month Part 1! LGBTQ Characters in Comics!

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Hiya Geeklings!

It’s June!  Summer is pretty much official, though it probably won’t seem that way until after school’s over (hang in there, it’s coming!)

But you know what else June is?  Pride Month!  That’s right, a whole month for everyone on the rainbow to celebrate love in all it’s forms, how far gay rights have come and who we all are as people.  And I thought I’d take the opportunity to, over the next few weeks, celebrate the characters in books, comics, TV shows and movies that have inspired us and have represented the real-life struggles and triumphs the LGBTQ community has endured.  And today I’d like to start with comics.  I like comics.

Plus, I went and saw Wonder Woman this last weekend (YOU GUYS!  DC FINALLY MADE A REALLY GOOD MOVIE!  WW WAS AWESOME!)  And did you guys know Wonder Woman is queer?  WHA?

People had long suspected that she may be a lesbian, or maybe bisexual.  But recently in the DC Rebirth storyline Year One, it was confirmed that the Amazons of Themyscira are completely open to same-sex relationships.  Which totally makes sense when you think about it.  They’ve lived without men for centuries.  Why wouldn’t they be open to coupling with each other?  For them it’s a non-issue.

So that’s huge!  Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic superheroes in comics, and to have her represent the Kinsey scale, even in a small capacity, is great for representation as a whole.  But she is definitely not the first LGBTQ character in DC comics, as this video they released a couple of years back points out…

Batwoman, Midnighter, Apollo, Catwoman, Renee Montoya, John Constantine, and now Wonder Woman, plus many more.

Not to be outdone, Marvel has it’s share of LGBTQ characters.  Characters like Hulking, Wiccan, Miss America (all Young Avengers), Rictor, Shatterstar (X-Factor), Northstar, Iceman, Karma (all X-Men), Mystique, Daken, even Loki… they’re all on the rainbow.

But it’s not just superheroes either, not by a long shot.  For instance, while Kevin Keller has long been the first LGBTQ character in Archie comics, longtime character Jughead recently came out as asexual.  Many fans were disappointed when the live-action show Riverdale seemed to veto this, but, thus far, the comic version of Jughead has remained one of the few ace characters in fiction.

 

And lets not forget Manga!  Yaoi and Yuri fiction have long portrayed same sex relationships, but some of those are a little… adult.  For a more teen friendly look, try Ouran High School Host Club, that features a gender fluid main character, or Sailor Moon, where Sailors Neptune and Uranus are a canon couple…

Side Note: I recently discovered that in the original anime series of Sailor Moon that I watched when I was younger, one of the villains named Zoisite, who had been portrayed as a woman in the English dub I saw, was actually a man in the original Japanese series, which puts the romantic relationship the character had with fellow villain Malachite in a whole new light.  This was a 90s kids tv show, so it does not surprise me that the North American dubs would’ve switched things around. End Side Note

…or Azumanga Daioh, which features a gay character.  I’m still feeling my way around manga, so if I’m missing any post away in the comments section.

So there’s a very brief overview.  Anyone I left out?  Anything I’m missing?  Post away!

Stay tuned during the next few weeks for more of our favorite geeky and proud characters, series and titles.  If you’re looking for Real Life info about LGBTQ issues and questions, we’ve got a list for that

Also check out Rainbow Youth York and York Pride Fest.

Thanks guys.  Good luck with final exams and projects, and until next time, End of Line.