Chic Geek Spotlight 7 – Jennifer K. Stuller
Profession: Writer. Author. Scholar. Pop Culture Critic and Historian.
Position at GGC: (Staff position, volunteer, etc) Programming Director.
What started you out on your road to geekdom?: It was probably being a child of the 1970s and 80s. I grew up with great geeky television like Wonder Woman, Charlie’s Angels, The Incredible Hulk, and syndicated shows like Batman, Star Trek, and The Twilight Zone. Plus, there was all the great pop culture paraphernalia resulting from these franchises, as well as movies like Star Wars.
Nickname/Super Hero Title: Ink-Stained Amazon
Dream Geeky Job: Be the Joseph Campbell of modern myth — only much more feminist and much less crotchety.
Catch Phrase/Motto: Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
Star Sign: Cancer
Hometown/Planet: San Francisco/Seattle
Super Power of Choice: I think I’d like to be able to just twitch my nose like Samantha on Bewitched and have my will be done. Yes. I’d like that very much.
Weapon of Choice: The yawara stick (like Modesty Blaise).
Familiar(s): Hubby, Ryan, and doggies, Giles and Wesley.
Special Skills: Cooking, research, networking, and making critical thinking fun!
Quirks: I can not crawl into an unmade bed.
Favorite Food: Baked Eggplant Parmesan (Moosewood Recipe)
Favorite Color: Red
Pet Peeve: Knuckle-cracking, tardiness, narcissism
Personal Kryptonite: Overpowering scents
What are your five favorite:
Sci-fi, fantasy, or comic books? Stranger in a Strange Land, Woman on the Edge of Time, The Mists of Avalon, The Wizard of Oz, Birds of Prey (Some from each genre/media!)
Super or action heroes? Wonder Woman, Modesty Blaise, Buffy Summers, Lt. Ellen Ripley, Sydney Bristow
Movies? Wings of Desire, Goonies, Antonia’s Line, A Room with a View, Night of the Comet
Places to visit? London, San Francisco, Tokyo, Sydney, St. Andrews
Local Geeky Spots? Comics Dungeon, Cinema Books, Scarecrow Video, Farmers’ Markets, Science Fiction Museum
How did you get involved with GeekGirlCon? At the last Comic Con International I was talking with someone that said I should look into organizing a con for women. When I returned home I came across a blog post from someone suggesting that a con for women be organized, and that she was going to do it. When it turned out that this was happening in Seattle I jumped on board and became the programming director. It’s definitely been a learn-as-you-go adventure!
What are you looking forward to about GeekGirlCon the most? The community, getting to meet new friends and see old ones, the opportunity to learn, network, be silly, and have a memorable experience that will make a difference in lives.
What are your main areas of Geekdom, and how were you introduced to them? My main area of geekdom would have to be female and super action heroes in popular culture and I’m working on being a herstorian of them. (My first book, Ink-Stained Amazons and Cinematic Warriors: Superwomen in Modern Mythology, is a start!)
I grew up with strong women on television, and adored characters such as Dorothy Gale and Pippi Longstocking – girls who went on adventures. So it only makes sense that I would grow up and continue to look for adult versions.
My other area of geekdom would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I’m even a member of the Whedon Studies Association!
Geeky thing you’re most excited for this year? True Blood season premiere. San Diego Comic Con International, and GeekGirlCon!
Dream Vacation? I think our trip to Japan and England where we walked in the footsteps of James Bond and Ian Fleming a la You Only Live Twice (and documented for Geek Monthly: http://www.ink-stainedamazon.com/pdf/geekmonthly01.pdf) was pretty dreamy.
Who was your first fictional crush, and why? Mikey, from The Goonies. Because he was a misfit, but a also a leader that was darn passionate about having one last adventure with his friends – and maybe finding pirate treasure. (And who knew that one day I would grow up to marry a boy from the Oregon Coast?!?
Fictional Character that you most relate to, and why? Zazie, from Zazie dans le metro. Because all she wants to do is ride le metro, wear blue jeans, and hang with her drag queen uncle. Plus, she has a mouth like a sailor.
Favorite Video Game? Zaxxon
Favorite Table Top/Board game? Simpsons Trivia
Microsoft or Apple? Whatever my husband buys. Usually it’s Apple, because it’s very, very pretty – and super user friendly. But since he’s worked for MS for over ten years, and they’ve kept us in health insurance, I should give them props too.
Gadget you couldn’t live without? I never thought that someday I would grow up to love my laptop computer as much as I do now. So that – and pretty much anything in my kitchen.
If you could have dinner with one person (from any time period), who would it be? Queen Elizabeth I
You have one time-machine, you can use it to either go back in time or to the future. What year would you choose? I would go back to the future.
How do you feel about the terms “Geek Girl” and “Girl Geek”? I’m fairly indifferent, though I can see why they are problematic.
Do you think the definition of “geek” has changed/evolved over the past 30 years? Oh yeah. It’s definitely more all-encompassing – but I think that’s okay!