Geeky Star Power…Makeup! Where to Get Your Fave Fandom Makeup

I really love makeup. I won’t suggest I’m a MUA of any kind, nor someone who is even very good at using makeup, but I do enjoy making an attempt. I also love geeky related media though I won’t suggest I love each and every geeky related bit of media, nor am I well-versed in each and every sub-genre, so please don’t come at me.

But you guys aren’t reading this for the backstory, you want to know about geeky plus makeup equals give me the links please. 

I’ve split the geeky products and collections into three categories: Available & Tested, Available & Untested, and Difficult to Find. I tried including a description for every product, or collection as well as what they retail for, though companies often have sales. Finally, I’ve included mini-reviews for any products that I have tried for those interested in my geeky makeup thoughts.

Continue reading

So I Have A Stalker

“So I have a stalker,” is a sentence I’ve said to numerous people in the last year and a half. It’s not a sentence I ever thought I would say. It’s not a sentence I ever wanted to say. Yet here I am, repeating it over and over and over again. To friends, to roommates, to coworkers, to my employers, to my sister, to my brother, to my parents.

I have a stalker.

It’s always an awkward conversation to have; it starts with a desire to reassure whomever Ii’m telling that I’m fine – physically. A quiet and tentative, “so I have bad news, but it’s alright and I’m not hurt”. To let them know that I’m not in immediate danger – that I know of. That they don’t have to worry – I’ll worry enough for all of us. Then comes the reveal.

Four years ago, I moved out of my parents house and took those first steps into terrifying independent adulthood. Living with people other than my parents for the first time with nothing but some savings and a brash sort of reckless hope that things would work out. I didn’t tell my parents that of course, when I told them I was moving out it was with the assurance I had a plan, a job lined up, and would be fine.

I didn’t really have a plan, nor a job lined up, but I was fine. Better than fine. The independence was what I needed to grow, and I don’t regret it for a second. My new life wasn’t easy, but it was mine and soon became my new normal.

Then I got an email.

Out of the blue, from a name I hadn’t seen in years, I opened it, curious. I thought nothing of it at the time; just that it was an old high school acquaintance attempting to get back in touch.

I don’t remember exactly what the email said, it was lengthy, and at times difficult to follow. I do remember what I felt while reading it: freaked the fuck out.

Passages that described how I was this person’s “perfect woman”, a clear idealized image of me that wasn’t rooted in any sort of truth but a made up fantasy. A rose colored remembrance of a one year high school friendship. I had remembered those times fondly, it wasn’t a deep friendship but it had been a nice one. Now those memories were twisted, tainted by obsession and dehumanization. Coupled with the creepy obsession notes, were entire paragraphs dedicated to faith and his finding God. Apparently God had created me just for him, who knew?

Continue reading

Saying Goodbye to Captain America

I thought a lot about how to start this essay about Captain America. There’s been a lot of starts and stops, a lot of deletions, procrastination, and revisions. For the life of me I just couldn’t into words my thoughts and opinions on Steve Rogers as a character. I kept trying to come up with a thesis, some intellectual argument that would validate why I liked the character. I found that the only thing I wanted to write about were my feelings on the character, but that didn’t feel valid enough to write about. Talking about how much I loved the character of Steve Rogers? How much I’ve enjoyed and appreciated his journey, what the character has grown to represent to me in fiction? I felt a strange sense of embarrassment at the thought of writing and sharing those feelings. In most of my work, I’ve tried to take a stance in sharing facts, research, something that could be quantified as having intelligent value.

Then I thought that’s fucking pretentious why the hell can’t I just share my feelings on Steve Rogers? I’m not getting paid to write this, I have nothing to prove to the world, and if I want to write an essay about how much I love Captain America, well I’m damn well going to do it. I’m going to go full Aries Latina and shout my feelings to anyone who wants to read them. With Avengers: Endgame happening I’ll never have a better opportunity to really reflect on Steve Rogers as a character before he’s gone from the big screen forever. I found that, in the end, I just wanted to write about the themes of compassion, empathy, and the struggles of compromise that exist in Steve Rogers and how much I appreciated those themes. 

So here it is, an essay that is completely self-indulgent, and maybe unnecessary, but something I felt compelled to write all the same. 

Following that little guy from Brooklyn…

Continue reading

Does the New Black Canary Fix All Arrows Problems?

Firstly, as an almost disclaimer of sorts, I’ve never been a fan of Arrow. Even in the shows hayday of seasons one and two when it was praised and lauded as a great show and comic book adaption. Though it bares moderate similarities to Green Arrow: Year One overall it just wasn’t for me.

However I can look back on the shows beginning seasons and see a clear pattern of storytelling including character arcs that were leading to a greater picture. A picture that would create an adapted vision of the classic Green Arrow comics mythology. Needless to say, that from season three onward, Arrow did not only continuously strive away from that proposed picture, but did so almost gleefully. It often felt at times that the show was more interested in using the brand names of Green Arrow and the original materials (or should I say Batman’s original materials) for the sake of hallowed out Easter eggs, than truly adapting them in interesting and creative ways. One of the best examples of this is the shows depiction and mishandling of the Black Canary aka Dinah Laurel Lance.

See I can handle change; when it comes to adaptions you have to be able to handle some level of change and flexibility towards the source material.

I could handle Oliver being moody, because he was suffering from PTSD. I could handle Mia Dearden being changed to Thea Queen because it was a play on the name and they operated in a similar manner as Oliver’s little sister whether foster or blood related. As much as I didn’t like Laurel’s origin as a lawyer (clearly more of an inspiration off Rachel in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight saga than Dinah Laurel Lance’s comic history) I did feel that Laurel embodied key aspects of her comic counterpart; namely her compassion and strong sense of justice.

So while not particularly a fan of the changes, or the show itself, I could ultimately see where it was all going.

Oliver would eventually learn to live with both his failures as a vigilante, friend, and romantic partner, cope – note not “fix” but cope – with his PTSD, and rise up as a people’s champion. Slowly coming to embody more of the fun and righteous characteristics of his comic counterpart. Thea would become Speedy, Roy would become Red Arrow, and Laurel would become the Black Canary. The writing was on the wall but the point was watching how everyone would get there.

I was ready for the long haul.

Continue reading

Three Things Every Freelancer Needs to Have

So one aspect of one of my current jobs is scouting new talent. Some things I’ve noticed while scouting have been areas in which freelancers could improve. This also comes from personal experience as a current freelancer myself and a Social Media Manager. This isn’t an end-all-be-all of social media advice for freelancers just some thoughts I had that are potential areas of improvement for freelancers.

So first, there are three things I think every freelancer needs to have:

  1. Central Homepage
  2. Available Contact Information
  3. Accessible Portfolio

Notice I didn’t put “social media/twitter/facebook” on here. I’ll get to that in a minute.

Continue reading

#BeingLatinxInComics – Independent Comics, Books, & Zines

#BeingLatinInComics Network: Writers | Artists | Journalists/Bloggers | MultiMedia | Independents


Diablo Comics | Youtube | Facebook | Google+ | Twitter

Diablo Comics. was founded in 2005 by filmmaker Scott “Diablo” Marcano.  Before he became “Diablo,” Scott was famous (infamous?) for writing the comedy cult classic Bio-Dome.  One day, Diablo got the bright idea of following his childhood dream and started selling comic books at a little table at Comic Con in San Diego.  His first book took off and became the popular horror graphic novel “The Unwanted” which begat the sci-fy epic “Hum,” and the wickedly terrifying “Nancy Hernandez and the Black Widows,” among many other terrific titles. 

Bien Vestido Press | Twitter

Bien Vestido Press is a small press based out of Tampa, Florida. BVP publishes comics, zines, and other image-text work by Latinx artists and writers. BVP is run by Jarod Rosellό, a Cuban American cartoonist, writer, and teacher, originally from Miami, Florida. BVP prints hand-made mini-comics, zines, and chapbooks on a Risograph printer. BVP is housed in the English department at University of South Florida.

Tragic Hero Comics | Twitter

Presenting the Tragic Hero Comics Universe! Don’t expect too many capes and tights. This is not your Grandpa’s comics or even your Dad’s! This is a whole new spin on super heroes, in a much darker world than most are used to seeing. In the real world lines get blurred; it’s not always as simple as right and wrong, so why should it be an different in the Tragic Hero Universe? Come witness the epic events unfold and watch as the most unlikely of us rise up and become the world’s biggest heroes and the least likely of us fall to become the world’s worst nightmares…

The “Tragic Hero Universe” is an independent labor of love and work in progress that stemmed from a love of comic books at an early age and many distractions during unproductive school days. Since then, Ray Zepeda has been working tirelessly to bring his “comic-verse” to life with the help of Ryan Scales (Iron Lion Studios) and Alexis Villanueva (House of Doodle). Our focus is to bring a new spin on Super Heroes, Antiheroes, and Villains to a broader audience and a new generation of comic book lovers! Now thanks to the support of amazing friends and family, Tragic Hero Comics is up and running and ready to show the world what we’re made of!

Brownywood Entertainment

Brownywood Entertainment will be at Latino Comics Expo. October 11th & 12th at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library@ San Jose State University, San Jose CA. This is an amazing comicon that showcases the work of comic book creators that are inspired and influenced by Latino culture. It is sponsored by the Casetllano Family Foundation, Cesar Chavez Foundation, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library, Heritage Auctions and the San Jose State University. Organized by the wonderful Ricardo Padilla  and Javier Hernandez.

Chunky Girl Comics | Twitter

Comic Book Superheroes with curves who want the world to know that superheroes don’t have to be skinny! Superheroes, motivational speakers and plus models! Chunky Girl Comics is breaking down barriers and introducing the world of comics to Rosie, Sage, Sweet Pea and Candy, a group of ladies with curves in all of the right places that are determined to break the standards of what a typical superhero should look like.

RioBravoComics | Twitter

Rio Bravo Comics is an independent comic book publisher based in Dallas, TX that was founded by artist-creator Hector Rodriguez. The company’s first publication was EL PESO HERO #1. Created by Hector Rodriguez, El Peso Hero is a comic book heavily influenced by the modern-day challenges people from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border currently face. The main story is centered on El Peso Hero, a rogue hero who is standing up against Mexico’s cartels, corrupt officials and human traffickers. With modern social issues such immigration, human trafficking and border corruption, El Peso Hero has garnered attention and praise from the Latino community and been featured on Univision, CNN, Telemundo, Fusion, TV Azteca and countless other media sites worldwide. El Peso Hero is now considered the company’s flagship series. We hope you enjoy the site and read all the amazing stories we have!

SodaPopComics | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

Soda Pop Comics was created in 2007 by Carla Rodríguez (Writer) and Rosa Colón (illustrator). It is the first female-run comics studio in Puerto Rico. Their philosophy is to focus on well crafted and colorful, interesting sequential art. They’ve self published more than 60 individual publications, from series, one-shots, mini comics, art zines, and anthologies.

EtSpirituDivino | Twitter

Et Spiritus Divino is a horror adventure, set in the far-off future. A post-apocalyptic, ruined world, ridden with demons and other creatures of lore.

POWER & MAGIC PRESS | Tumblr | Twitter | Newsletter

Magic, wisdom, community, and misbehavior.

For many people across the world, the witch is a symbol of feminine strength and complexity. Power & Magic collects fifteen original comics about queer witches of color as they master their abilities, discover their traditions, and navigate love as beings with incredible power. Featuring the work of seventeen women, demigirls, and bigender creators of color, this queer witch comics anthology is as rich an experience as womanhood itself.

Power & Magic Press is an independent comics publisher in Portland, OR. Our mission is the creative and economic empowerment of queer creators, creators of color, and creators at the intersections.

El Verde | Facebook

El Verde is an original action-packed comedy that brings the exciting world of superheroes to the stage.

As an avid fan of superheroes, writer, Anthony Aguilar, wanted to see a series that strongly reflected his Latin American culture while keeping that comic book feel. So, Aguilar developed El Verde to counter the lack of Latinos represented in mainstream world of superheroes.

Continue reading

#BeingLatinxInComics – Podcasts & Blogs

#BeingLatinInComics Network: Writers | Artists | Journalists/Bloggers | MultiMedia | Independents


Yamina Nater-Otero | Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Works Include: Geekend Legion, Co-writes podcast episodes for Geekend Amazons.

Puerto Rican queer intersectional feminist: co-writes, co-hosts, edits and produces Geekend Amazons, a podcast dedicated to all things pop culture and intersectional feminism. Currently getting her masters in Environmental Studies, wants to grow up to be queer, latinx Leslie Knope. 

Leani Lopez | Take Back the Night | Twitter

Works Include: BLOOD, Slip of the Hand

Leani is a Puerto Rican writer and podcaster. She’s been a fangirl all her life, and has been writing since she was ten years old. She has self published a horror, young adult novel, and recently completed work on a screenplay and pilot. Along with her two best friends, she hopes to create a production company some day. She and her best friend put out a weekly podcast where they discuss writing tips and the role of women in geek culture, particularly queer women of color.

Comadres Y Comics | Instagram | Facebook

A biweekly podcast of three latinx women (Sara, Kristen, and Jennifer) talking about comics & pop culture

LatinaGeek

Artist. Philanthropist. Gamer. Youtuber. Cheerleader

The Geekend Amazons Podcast | Facebook | Twitter | Tumblr

Welcome to the Geekend Amazons Podcast page! Twice a month, your hosts Mina and Bella, will discuss feminist issues with a nerdverse tie-in

Latinx Geeks | Website

Twitter community for Latinxs who love all things nerdy and geeky. Currently geeking out over One Day at a Time Info@latinxgeeks.com

Latinx Nerds | Website

Mission Statement – To promote Latinx nerds and our contributions to geekdom

 Latino Toons | Twitter

Latin American Comic Artists Association

Latino Jason Todd

Blog dedicated to archieving the headcanons of Latino Jason Todd

FYEAH LATINX REPRESENTATION ON US TELEVISION

An appreciation blog for all Latinx characters on US television shows. We appreciate Latinx of all sizes, shapes, genders, races, and orientations.

Latinx Heroes

A fansite dedicated to characters that are latinx, of latinx descent, or portrayed by latinx actors in any media.   You can tag us in your edits/art with #latinxheroes!


Do you know a Latinx podcast that talks about comics, and/or pop culture? Are you a Latinx journalist that writers about comic books, and pop culture? A Latinx artist working on self-publishing comic books, graphic novels, webcomics, or working for any major publishers? Maybe you run a Latinx blog that discusses comics and pop culture? Where ever you fit, there’s a place for you in #BeingLatinxInComics! Simply submit your information below to be added to the list and I’ll update as soon as possible.

The only requirements are that you must be Latinx, report or have reported on anything pop culture or comic book related, be a journalist and/or blogger! If you fit both of those criteria fill out the form below and I’ll add you to the list.

If you’re already on the list and would like your mini-profile updated (or removed) just fill out the “Other” comment box below with your request. This will be an every growing list that will change and develop to include more information (and a prettier layout) as time goes on. For now, enjoy!

Submission Form

 

#BeingLatinxInComics – The Artists

#BeingLatinInComics Network: Writers | Artists | Journalists/Bloggers | MultiMedia | Independents


Munrou | Twitter

Freelance artist based in Humacao, PR.  for inquires send an email: rodrigiez.keishlam@gmail.com

Amelia Vidal | Twitter

Animation layout artist, storyboard artist, character designer, illustrator, and sailor scout who fights for love and justice.

Naomi | Twitter

Hispanic artist! Anxiety Fox! Worked for Illumination, NickJr, Facebook, DragonCon, WeLoveFine, MassAnimation

rii abrego | Twitter

queer chicanx artist (they/them🏳️‍🌈). professional sprout and rat friend, comic/cover artist for Boom! Studios. contact me about work at riibrego@gmail.com !

Sofia Davila | Twitter

Sequential Artist from Puerto Rico . SCAD Alumni . Freelance Artist . E-mail: sofiadavben34@gmail.com

Jijigeuse | Twitter

✨ ✧ Jiji Knight ✧ Illustrator ✧ Bi ✧ INFP-T 🏳️‍🌈✨// Sassy ladies • Body Positive • A little macabre // jijidraws@gmail.com

roxy | Twitter

Dri | Twitter

Freelance Artist type . Robot problem. Contact: drigomez.art@gmail.com

Rudy Mora | Twitter

Mirelle Ortega | Twitter

S T R O V I | Twitter

Carrie Salazar | Pinterest | Instagram | Facebook 

Works Published: H is for Houston is a nonfiction alphabet children’s picture book with fun facts about Houston, Texas. Joy and Mary Save Christmas – Christmas book for 4-6 graders. New Leaf for Lyle – Lyle’s heart is in the right place, but he lies about everything!

Carrie is a Latina illustrator working in traditional and digital media. Raised in southeastern Louisiana, she now lives with her family in Berkeley, CA. She creates portraits paintings but most enjoys creating webcomics and illustrating for children.

Alexis Ziritt | Twitter

Works Published: Image, Dark Horse, Black Mask, Heavy Metal, IDW, Fantagraphics, BOOM! Studios

Alexis is originally from Venezuela but has lived in Florida for the past decade. He’s been published in Complex Magazine, Heavy Metal, BOOM! Studios and Dark Horse Comics among others. His kung fu is strong.

BadApple | Facebook

I am a multi-faceted artist that pushes to become better everyday. Graduating with a Bachelors Degree in Media Arts & Animation at The Art Institute of California-Los Angeles, I have expanded my knowledge as an artist and now have a greater understanding of how to achieve my life goals in the creative field. I dedicate myself everyday in pushing my skill set to the next level and become a driving force in the art industry.

Ninoska Arte

We are Jacqueline Ortiz & Hannibal Garcia, an artist couple currently living in Los Angeles CA. We began Ninoska Arte as a way to pay tribute to Jacqueline’s little sister Ninoska thus the strong influence of Dia De Los Muertos in our work. Day of The Dead allows us to express our likes, grief & nostalgia as evident in our characters. We have a huge catalogue of drawings to choose from , check back in for weekly updates.

Yehudi Mercado | Twitter | Facebook

Writer-illustrator Hero Hotel/ Pantalones, TX/ Buffalo Speedway/ Rocket Salvage/ Sci-Fu/ Guardians of the Galaxy mobile game.

Sabrina Cintron | Twitter | Tumblr

Illustrator, concept and comic artist with a passion for storytelling.

Vanesa R. Del Rey | Website

Illustrator/Concept artist making comics

Alejandra E. Gámez

Mexican comic artist / Illustrator. In constant pursuit of motivation. Author of The mountain with teeth.

Virus Visal

I make comics and websites || Comic artist and front-end-developer.

Eliana Falcón | Cosmic Fish | Facebook 

Puerto Rican that tries to do stuff. Like, say, a webcomic!

MJ Barros | Twitter | Facebook 

Comic Artist. Character Designer. Author of “The Order of Belfry” and “Corazon de Obsidiana”

Samuel Blanco | Facebook

Cartoonino Latino. Freelance comics illustrator, and graphic designer.

Jennifer Hernandez | DA

I’m Jen, comic artist for Archie’s Sonic the Hedgehog series. When I’m not drawing speedy blue hedgehogs, I doodle magical girls and update my Twitter icons.

Danilo Beyruth

Danilo Beyruth is a professional illustrator and comic book creator from deep in the jungles of Brazil.

Eva Cabrera | Twitter | Facebook

Graphic Novel Author & Illustrator of many colors ★ I love comics, travel, books, videogames, I’m coffee addict ☕️ Continue reading

#BeingLatinxInComics – The Journalists & Bloggers

#BeingLatinInComics Network: Writers | Artists | Journalists/Bloggers | MultiMedia | Independents


Enrique ReaTwitter | Facebook | Instagram

Find Work On: Spartantown

Mexican-American geek culture blogger from Los Angeles that covers comic books, television, movies, cosplay, and art. Owner and editor of Spartantown.net

 

Andrea | Twitter

Full time retail worker and translation student, complaining about mainstream media on my spare time. Aspiring writer. Opinionated as fuck. Bisexual, biracial, bilingüe, bitch.

Sylvia Monreal | Twitter | Geek Girl Con | GeekWire | FemHype | Not Your Mama’s Gamer | Fresh Out Of Tokens | The Heroine’s Journey Podcast  | Group Date | ¿Cómo se Dice Nerd?

Mestiza nerd. M.Ed. Clark Kent’ing in the nonprofit sector. Alum of Princeton, AmeriCorps & VONA/Voices. She/her.

Ahmad Childress | IGN

Ahmad Childress is the Editorial Manager for Entertainment Content at IGN Entertainment. Ahmad has previously worked for Machinima and CraveOnline.

Jose Figuero | Geeks of Color

AfroIndigenous Boricua 🇵🇷. Darth Vader’s illegitimate child. .

Marco Lopez Pimentel | Twitter | Facebook

Home of Marco Lopez Indie Comic Book Creator, contributing writer for Bleeding Cool and screenwriter/producer

 | Twitter

Nerdess Extraordinaire. Pop Culture Junkie. Uber Tomboy. FILA. Unapologetically Afro-Latina. Social Media Curator for and . Panel Coordinator.

Rodrigo Sanchez | Twitter

Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria is a writer and spoken word poet of Peruvian heritage heavily involved with Palabristas, a local Latin@ poets collective. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and an involved activist in the Latin@ community. He writes about fatherhood, the duality of two cultures in English, Spanglish and Spanish, and issues pertaining to his community and life experiences.

Arturo R. Garcia | Twitter

Team . Editor-At-Large , Alum . Progressive w/geeky interests. Tweets are always mine. ‘Notorious anti-white racist.’ — Breitbart

Eric Silva Brenneman | Twitter

Contributor , . Musician/performing artist (). Teacher, polyglot, futebol, bjj, former tear gas magnet.

Sergio Alexis | Twitter | Website

Your Enby friend who writes comics, is latnix, consults for diversity and rants a lot. Contributes to

Kat Overland | Twitter 

Works Published: Women Write About Comics

Small press editor & copyeditor for Women Write About Comics. A displaced Texan now living in Washington, DC, she is perpetually behind on reading her pull list. She’s a millennial Latina, who can be seen casually cosplaying America Chavez and interrogating texts via queer & disability theory.

Osvaldo Oyola | Twitter | Facebook

Dr. Osvaldo Oyola successfully defended his dissertation, “(Re)Collecting Identity: Popular Culture and Narratives of Authentic Self in Transnational American Literature” in April 2014, securing his PhD in English from Binghamton University. In it, he explores how popular culture and collection practices are put to use as framework for positioning identity in a transnational American literary context, including memoir, comics and literary fiction. Osvaldo posts his thoughts (and those of guest writers) on popular culture, race, and gender on his own blog, The Middle Spaces, focusing on popular music and comic books. He serves on the Executive Committee for the International Comics Art Forum, lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he grew up, and is currently a lecturer in the New York University Expository Writing Program.


Do you know a Latinx podcast that talks about comics, and/or pop culture? Are you a Latinx journalist that writers about comic books, and pop culture? A Latinx artist working on self-publishing comic books, graphic novels, webcomics, or working for any major publishers? Maybe you run a Latinx blog that discusses comics and pop culture? Where ever you fit, there’s a place for you in #BeingLatinxInComics! Simply submit your information below to be added to the list and I’ll update as soon as possible.

The only requirements are that you must be Latinx, report or have reported on anything pop culture or comic book related, be a journalist and/or blogger! If you fit both of those criteria fill out the form below and I’ll add you to the list.

If you’re already on the list and would like your mini-profile updated (or removed) just fill out the “Other” comment box below with your request. This will be an every growing list that will change and develop to include more information (and a prettier layout) as time goes on. For now, enjoy!

Submission Form