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Week of Geek Bonus: Geek Pride Day 2018

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Happy Geek Pride Day Geeklings!

I posted last year about this most awesome of days, and now the time has come again to celebrate what we love and who we are.  In honor of the occasion I’ve got some updated lists of geeky books and docs…

And we can read up on the subject by checking out some common types of geeks, and we’ll watch a classic of comedy together.

Thanks Geeklings!  Until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Bonus: A Little Music for Revenge of the Fifth

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Week of Geek: May the Fourth and Revenge of the Fifth 2018

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Hola Geekings!  Enjoying the beautiful weather?  About time, am I right?

As I write this I’m sitting at my desk in the back room of the Civic Centre Library.  As per my usual mode of being, my desk is pretty cluttered, and one thing it is cluttered with is various fandom-oriented posters and items.  That’s right, I don’t just write about this stuff, I practice what I preach, I live it!  Anyhoo, right now I have my Star Wars headphones on, which are decked out in X-Wing orange and feature the rebellion symbol on each ear.  On my monitor sits (among other characters) Poe Dameron in figurine form.  There are two, count ’em, TWO Star Wars pens in my pencil holder (one with Kylo Ren and one with Boba Fett).  And my poster of various awesome female fandom characters features Princess Leia and Ahsoka Tano.

In case it’s not obvious by now, Ali’s a Star Wars fan.  She’s a fan of a lot of things, but that too!

And at the start of May it’s always a great idea to sit back, reflect, and celebrate the galaxy far, far away thanks to two unofficial fan dates; namely “May the Fourth Be With You” and “Revenge of the Fifth”.  As someone who’s more partial to the Dark Side (or at least the characters associated with it) I’m more stoked about the 5th myself, but both days are super fun and give you the perfect excuse to indulge in the force, light or dark.

This year in the world of Star Wars we’ll get our movie fix with Solo: A Star Wars Story, which comes out May 25th (little more than 3 weeks away!)  Much like Rogue One, this will be a flashback movie and will tell the story of a younger Han Solo and how he came to be the scoundrel and scruffy looking nerf herder we all know and love.

Looking good, I think.

Lucasfilm and Disney have also announced a new animated series coming soon called Star Wars: Resistance, which is set in the current timeline and will feature characters like BB-8, Poe Dameron and Captain Phasma, plus all new characters.  Can’t wait!

So, of course, we have things for you to watch and read to honor the occasion.  Check ’em out here…

Enjoy the week Geeklings, get ready for Solo on May 25th, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Holiday Edition: Festive Vids to Kick Off Your Time Off

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Wassup Geeklings?  Happy Holidays!

Whether you’re still in the thick of it with school or officially off for the winter break I hope you’re staying warm and having fun.  I thought today I’d post some geeky yet goodwill-inducing videos to throw a little festive cheer your way.

First up we head over to HISHE‘s Villain Pub, where the regulars are in the festive spirit…

Next up is a new trailer for The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, a film we’ll have to wait a whole year to find out what the heck it’s about, but is intriguing all the same.  Based on the classic holiday tale of The Nutcracker by E.T.A. Hoffman, which has had many book and film adaptations as well as a famous ballet (trust me, you’ve heard the music), Disney is trying a new take on it.  After watching this little snippet comparisons to Alice in Wonderland can’t help but be made, but there are also hints of the Nutcracker segment of Fantasia.  See the teaser for The Four Realms below.

And since Star Wars is back in the public eye this Holiday Season, we’re pretty much obligated to once again bring up the Bantha in the room; the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special.  Vox recently put out a really interesting video explaining how the special came about and what it meant for creative control for George Lucas, and later Disney.  Ripple effects people!  Worth a watch for the Star Wars/Pop Culture History nuts (Yo!).

And this holiday season let’s not forget to give another shout out to our pal Krampus.

Hope you enjoy all the holiday fun this year.  Stay tuned for a 2017 wrap up next week, have very Happy Holidays Geeklings, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: VFC Fandom Countdown Part 1, Star Trek Wars or Star Wars Treks?

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Hiya Geeklings!  Hope school’s going good so far.  Just gonna leave links for our volunteer programs here and for the Teen Writer’s Club here and Unleash Your Story here.  *wink*

Anyhoo, in just over 6 weeks Vaughan Public Libraries will host it’s first fandom convention we’re calling Vaughan Fan Con, a celebration of things geeky and how all those geeky things just mesh with libraries.  *massive fangirl squeal*

I’m thinking this is a great opportunity for us to spend the next few weeks going over fandoms.  What they are, what they mean, how they’ve impacted the world, etc.

Today, let’s talk about a couple of the big ones.  These two fan groups have often been pitted against each other for nerdy superiority for the last few decades.  But me, being the incurable optimist and peacemaker, I say thee nay!  I LOVE THEM BOTH!  YOU CAN’T MAKE ME CHOOSE!

Of course, I speak of Star Trek and Star Wars.

I think few would argue that any other two Sci Fi franchises have had as much of an impact on the genre as these two have.  Both have had big screen features (click here and here), television shows (here and here), books (here and here), comics (here and here), whole conventions dedicated just to them, etc, etc.  One takes place in our own potential future, where science and reason have won the day.  The other takes place in a galaxy far, far away and uses mystical elements in a classic battle of “good” and “evil”.  I’ve written ad nauseum about both, and you can click on those links to read a little more on each one.  But what I thought I’d talk about today is how they relate to each other, because there is a long and colorful history of Trekkers and Star Wars Fans (who don’t really have a fan name, at least not that I could find; go figure) and how they interact with each other.

For the record, Star Trek came first.  The first episode of the first TV series aired September 8, 1966.  The first Star Wars movie was released May 25, 1977.  And while Trek may have preceded Wars by a full 11 years, it is still endlessly debated over which one has had the bigger influence, which one has more quality over quantity and, frankly, which one is just better.  Debates can get heated, everything is compared (like which space ships are cooler, how the science works or doesn’t in each one, how the weapons stack up, and so on; even grammar), and some fans just cannot be moved on some points.

That’s the thing that always gets me; why it seems to be a completely acceptable thing that the two are not only mutually exclusive but are also adversarial towards each other.  When talking about Trek and Wars there’s almost always a ‘vs’ in there somewhere.  There are so many articles, videos and comments that reflect as such.

Again, I say thee nay!  I would like to submit that they are, in fact, 2 sides of the same coin.  Science and mysticism.  Pure Sci Fi, and Sci Fi mixed with Fantasy.  Our own potential future, and far off planets and stars.  Logic and passion.  What we can see and measure, and what we can feel.

Plus, they have SO MANY common elements.  Vulcans like logic and aren’t big on emotions.  The Jedi teach being unemotional and that strong emotions lead to the Dark Side.  Both franchises have their brash adventurers, their robots, their heroines, their science types, their wide-eyed noobs, their elegantly tactical villains, their rage buckets, their intergalactic drama.  They even share actors sometimes.

And the most important thing; both have tremendously passionate fans, with their own in-jokes, fan art, conventions, cosplay, websites and love, and boundaries are crossed far more often than anyone wants to admit.  It’s a beautiful thing.

So, a few reading and watching suggestions: There’s a great story in Geektastic about a Star Wars fan (cosplaying as a Jedi) and a Star Trek fan (cosplaying as a Klingon) liking each other ‘that way’, even though each of their friend groups aren’t keep on the other.  It’s full Romeo and Juliet territory.  There’s also a great short story by Rainbow Rowell about a Star Wars fan lining up for The Force Awakens, hoping to have the full waiting-in-line-for-days experience that previous Star Wars fans have had and finding it’s a little different this time around.  And I got lists, because of course I do…

So what do you think Geeklings?  Is one franchise superior?  Are they both awesome?  Post away in the comments or sound off on the Write It! website.

Stay tuned for more news and for more posts on fandoms, and until next time, End of Line.