Jodi Scaife, Fanbase Press Social Media Strategist

Jodi Scaife, Fanbase Press Social Media Strategist

Mid-30s geek type with a houseful of pets, books, DVDs, CDs, and manga

We live in a world inundated with books and movies focusing on dystopias: The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fifth Wave, The Maze Runner, etc. It’s easy to believe that the economic crises and international political upheavals starting in the late 1990s created a market for stories about corrupt governments and damaged societies, but the genre has much deeper roots. Logan’s Run, based on the 1967 novel of the same name, debuted in theaters on June 23, 1976, and given there’s hardly a dystopian novel or film without my name written all over it, I’m shocked I hadn’t seen it until now.

My immediate family is made up of introverts and geeks, but somehow I never was fully exposed to Star Wars (or Star Trek for that matter) as a child. I occasionally saw bits and pieces at friends’ houses, but it never grabbed my young imagination. (Frankly, I was convinced it was a very long, very dull movie.) As I grew older, I simply dismissed the original trilogy as something "not for me: . . . until Star Wars: A New Hope was re-released in theaters in 1997. 

Ever since she was seventeen years old, Dale Highland has been on the run: from her unexplained murderous blackouts she calls Rages; from an aunt who clearly despises her; from a world that she just doesn’t quite manage to fit; however, a chance encounter with a stranger pushes the young woman to face some bizarre truths about who, or maybe what, she really is. Thrust into a cat-and-mouse chase from a powerful, otherworldly organization, Dale needs to choose what she finds most vital to being herself and ultimately whether having supernatural blood prevents her from being truly human.

Game of Thrones Psychology: The Mind is Dark and Full of Terrors is an upcoming book full of essays delving into the psyches and psychoses of the various cast members of the popular Game of Thrones universe. Several contributors to the book gathered at WonderCon in Room 515B to share their thoughts with fellow enthusiasts and share their expert opinions about the "best and worst" people of GoT.

Kodansha Comics is probably best known in the US (and among the WonderCon crowd) for bringing the hit manga, Attack on Titan, to English-speaking readers.  At 4:30 p.m., fans of the series, including some adorable cosplayers, stormed Room 515B for information on the upcoming Attack on Titan Anthology and other news from the publisher and members of the creative team behind the upcoming work.

On Saturday, March 26, moderator Brian Ward (The Arkham Sessions) brought together a panel of geeky entrepreneurs to share their successes and challenges with eager WonderCon attendees in Room 502B.  Matthew Arevalo from Loot Crate, Donna Ricci of Geeky Teas (formerly Clockwork Couture), Janelle Badali from family business Badali Jewelry, and David Nett of LA’s own Nerdstrong Gym generously shared stories of how and when they identified as nerds/geeks and when that love developed into a viable business.

Instead of rushing the WonderCon exhibit hall when it opened at noon on Friday, fans of both the original and rebooted Battlestar Galactica series gathered in Room 408AB to talk with Richard Hatch (the original Captain Apollo as well as the brilliant Tom Zarek in the BSG reboot) and other sci-fi visionaries about a future for the beloved universe. The topics ranged from the place for fan works to deep questions about the themes explored in the show.

Scott Larson’s first installment of Visitations reads as much like a love letter to Chicago’s history as a set up for a tale about organized crime, spirits, and supernatural shenanigans. The opening pages set up the era with a little of Chicago’s history before jumping into the story of a man (who dares to steal from the mob) being treated to being buried alive and then turning the tables on the men who attacked him. Somehow, the seamless merging of history lesson and entertaining tale works perfectly to create something that drew me in immediately.

Chen is enjoying a day of fishing with his young son, Kai, when the water suddenly recedes before the onset of the 2004 tsunami off the coast of Thailand. Strange beings appear in the sand as he races desperately towards the shore, warning him to hold onto young Kai to keep both of them safe. The story is a tribute to the amazing events that occurred in the wake of the terrible tsunami and the reports of supernatural phenomena throughout the region.

The 9-page free Ms. F comic from The Almighties initially seems to be retreading old territory, since the opening scenes have been featured in other versions of the superhero comic; however, it quickly moves into new territory, complete with the tongue-in-cheek, subversive humor that gave the original comic its quirky feel.

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