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BAMFiles: Velma Dinkley


“Velma,” by Yui Martinez

Anyone who’s kept up with my Montreal Comic Con experience (which is everyone, right?) knows that I’m a big Velma fan. I love how talented at mystery-solving she is. I love how she never really seeks out the spotlight. I love that she is flawlessly competent at her job (I’ll forgive her constant losing-her-glasses-and-feeling-around-for-them routine, because I know that feel).

Basically, I could talk about Velma all day, and I shouldn’t be the only one. Everyone should love Velma. Velma had her shit together.

I mean, why on Earth was Fred the leader? You’d think the kid who finds clues, uncovers plots, and unmasks bad guys would be the natural choice. But no. No one ever seemed to appreciate Velma, even though she had her amazing catch phrase (all heroes should have amazing catch phrases).

Though Scooby-Doo‘s sexy lady-smart lady dichotomy was undoubtedly absurd (and even the most recent 2010 reboot fell prey to the trope), I’ll always have a soft spot for “the brains” of any group. Weirdly, Velma’s undergone a bit of a resurgence in popularity. She’s now the poster girl for the “sexy nerd” (it took me a really long  time to find a non-pinupy illustration of her on Tumblr, for example). But regardless of whether she’s being overlooked in favour of Daphne, or being hailed as a sex symbol in her own right, Velma stands out as a character who always had a plan, always had an explanation, and has been kicking ass since 1969.

Velma forever. Velma for president.


“We’ve got some work to do now,” by Travis Pitts

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Weekend Reading List: STEM fields and self-promotion


  • First up is a piece that Becky Chambers wrote over at the Mary Sue about escapism, particularly in the form of video games, as a form of self-care. It’s something that’s very close to my heart, and a terrific read.
  • The Babysitter’s Club was a major part of my childhood (and together with Animorphs and Animal Ark completes the trifecta of kids’ series with a gazillion books that somehow were always present in your school library), and the Frisky has a roundup of the seven most scandalous moments in the series (spoiler: they’re not that scandalous).
  • On the subject of young adult literature, Buzzfeed has a list of great fashions from all your childhood books (if you were a late-nineties bookworm, that is). I still dress like Harriet the Spy, surprising no one.
  • Autostraddle has a great series on queer issues in STEM fields, and this instalment, about neurobiologist Ben Barres and his fight against sexism and heterosexism in academia, is a really great place to start.
  • Also about STEM fields, the New York Times has a really excellent, in depth article about the issues still plaguing women in physics. I cannot recommend it enough.
  • My Father’s Long, Long Legs is a Twine (text-based) game by Michael Lutz. It’s creepy and well-written, and doesn’t take long to play through. I’m a huge fan of the creativity that can stem from such basic game mechanics, and I don’t think it will be long before more Twine games get some mainstream play.
  • A trans* journalist was humiliated at Eurogamer Expo by a presenter hired for the event. Kotaku ran a story about it, but then she got a whole lot more hate. Can we please be better as a community?
  • Here’s a kitten brought back to life by a firefighter. [Most Watched Today]
  • And texts from a cat. [Sad and Useless]
  • How Many Earths? is a really cool interactive site that shows you how many potentially habitable, Earth-like planets there may be, based on the data gathered by the Kepler space telescope. [New Scientist]
  • These are genderbent couples from Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin, and they are glorious. [The Art of Doro]
  • “Confessions of a Snow Queen” is a beautiful piece (prefaced by a powerful poem) about the fetishization of white bodies in queer spaces, and the need to examine the white privilege present in dating. It’s a really thoughtful exploration of racial fetishes, and something everyone should think about. [Queer Libido]
  • And finally, I had a lot of fun at Montreal Comic Con, but I also wrote about the local artists and how they fit in (or don’t) to this huge, increasingly mainstream event. It’s over at Maisonneuve‘s website if that’s the sort of thing you’re interested in.
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The 10 best Comiccon moments (Or, Alyssa is too tired to write an actual post this week)


Montreal Comiccon 2013 came and went, and it brought some wonderful memories:

  1. That time Christopher Lloyd burped into his microphone in front of hundreds of people. And then didn’t look embarrassed about it.
  2. All the cosplay. Seriously, all of it. There was GladOS, Bee (from Bee and Puppycat), Kirby, a Kyoshi warrior, Princesses Bubblegum and Lumpy Space, Robot Chicken, and every superhero mini me you can imagine. I had a lovely conversation with Catwoman, and accidentally bumped into some zombie stormtroopers. I went as Velma, and there were about fourteen other people who did too (but none of them had an awesome magnifying glass necklace, so it was okay).
  3. These kids who spent the entire con riding R2D2: padawans
  4. Meeting Felicia Day and confirming that she really is the nicest person on the planet.
  5. Having Edward James Olmos and Michael Hogan crash a panel with Jamie Bamber and James Callis. Surprise Battlestar reunion the night before the actual Battlestar reunion!
  6. Adama roaring “SO SAY WE ALL” at least eight times over the course of the weekend.
  7. George Takei doing this a lot.
  8. Seeing how beautiful Jason Momoa is and, on a totally unrelated note, thinking “gee, I really should start watching Stargate: Atlantis.
  9. Making a “KHAAAAAN” joke and having strangers around me laugh in appreciation (this probably says more about my terrible sense of humour than anything else).
  10. Going to a panel called “Where are the queer superheroes?” and being introduced to this song (it is still stuck in my head).

Bonus not-so-great moments:

  1. The crowds. Holy crap the crowds.
  2. Some lady asking Jason Momoa to take his shirt off on stage. Girl, get a grip, this isn’t Chippendales and that is not an appropriate thing to ask. Plus, you already heard him say “Moon of my life” in Dothraki like three times.
  3. Waiting until the last minute to do my shopping and having everything be sold out.
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