• Can’t escape girl power in pop culture

    Karen Kunawicz

    Karen Kunawicz

    The new Ghostbusters is opening the day you read this but I am in the mountains far, far removed from cinema. The nearest one is probably a two-hour drive away.

    But hand in this column I must, so thank goodness, while my mobile phone can’t pick up any reception, I can still get wifi—so I’m able to finally check in on what’s going down at the San Diego Comic Con, which happens a week from now. It’s an absolute overload of everything geeks love: movies, TV shows, games, comics, books, toys, cosplay, trivia and science. It’s such an overload there’s almost no way to do or see everything you want to. Either they’re happening at the same time or you’ll miss one thing to line up for another thing.

    For movies there’s: Snowden (with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, directed by Oliver Stone), Aliens (celebrating its 30th anniversary), Star Trek Beyond, Wonder Woman, Lego Batman, Kong: Skull Island (with Tom Hiddleston), King Arthur, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (and this isn’t the full list).

    For TV shows there’s the upcoming new McGyver series and American Gods, and favorites like The Walking Dead (with all the main cast members and a peek into season 7), Game of Thrones (Sophie Turner and Iwan Rheon are the biggest names on panel, sorry no Maisie, Peter, Kit, Lena or Emilia as they did in the past), Orphan Black, South Park (now on it’s 20th season), Vikings, Preacher, Family Guy, Gotham, Grimm, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Sherlock and Supernatural (also not a full list).

    For video games there are panels for Call of Duty, Gears of War 4, Warcraft, Overwatch, Halo Wars 2, and Dead Rising 4 to name just some.

    I must especially tickled to see so many panels devoted to girls and women!

    Here’s a list:
    * The Art Heroines – featuring veteran female artists working in film/live action, TV, animation, commercials, and toy industries

    • Cartoon Creatives: Women Power in Animation

    • Comic Book Women: Working with Licensed vs. Creator Owned Characters

    • The Most Dangerous Women at Comic Con: To Bechdel or Not to Bechdel (The Bechdel Test measures whether a story has two women in it who talk about something other than a man)

    • Geek Girls and Catbirds

    • Women Below The Line – about the nontraditional roles of women in the entertainment industry

    • Generations of Women in Comics

    • Rise of the Fangirls: Women in Recent Geek Culture

    • The Female Geek: Women as Fans and Creators

    • Women Rocking Hollywood

    • Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass – a discussion among fierce fearless actresses

    • The Complete Wimmen’s Comix: A Her-story

    • World Premiere of DC Superhero Girls: Hero of the Year

    • Marvel: Women of Marvel

    I guess we also all know, the new Ghostbusters foursome is made up of women: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

    It’s been a rough year for women—at home we’ve had stupid rape jokes, stereotyping, victim blaming. We’ve been hushed and silenced. So much thanks is due to that section of pop culture that inspires, listens to and empowers women.


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