2017 Geek-A-Long: Artemis

Planning and executing the Geek-A-Long requires a lot of planning. The day after we launch the first square of the year, we have a planning meeting and bounce ideas off each other to decide what the theme will be next year. We brainstorm and deliberate most of spring and then spend the summer arguing over which fandoms we’ll commemorate in yarn. Once that’s done we pick a yarn and a color palette. I make a spreadsheet with the it broken down by week with the date, fandom, the colors, and who’s writing the post. There are also check boxes…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Aquaman

Before Jason Momoa put on the Aquaman uniform and made millions of women and men suddenly thirst for the King of the Seven Seas, no one took him seriously.

Even though Aquaman is a founding member of the Justice League, he is the probably the most ridiculed superhero out there due to the nature of his powers, but I’m here to set you straight.

HE DOESN’T TALK TO FISH

At least, not anymore. When he debuted all the way back in November of 1941, Arthur…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Doctor Fate

Doctor Fate is a helmet. Straight up, this superhero sorcerer is just a helmet. Hence, the helmet on this weeks Geek-A-Long square.

Alright, so maybe it’s slightly more complicated than someone finding this golden helmet and then harnessing an array of abilities including, but now limited to:

2017 Geek-A-Long: Black Canary

Howdy, my fellow Geek-A-Longers! Megan-Anne and I are kicking off Shark Week by arguing about the 2018 GAL while sharks do sharky things in the background. It’s going really well, and that wasn’t even sarcasm. Our little sister, Alena, has only had to throw pillows at us twice in order to get us to calm down. Last year, she ran out of pillows a few times during the who’s-gonna-make-it phase of the day, which is basically us going full throttle on the, “my nerdy stuff is better than your nerdy stuff”, so we’re actually doing really well so far. She…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: The Atom

Before Marvel released the Ant-Man movie two summers ago, The Atom was the best-known shrinking superhero. He made his debut in a 1961 issue of DC’s comic anthology, Showcase, like a lot of other heroes we love like the silver age Flash and Green Lantern. The Atom, also know as Ray Palmer, possesses the power to alter his size down to a subatomic level and still keep his natural strength level. In the comics, this was accomplished by…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Green Lantern

Sure we all know about Hal Jordan, the test pilot gifted with a magic ring that can create whatever he wishes and is useless against the color yellow. There is a Ryan Reynolds movie about him. It is a bad movie. Seriously, don’t waste your time. Just watch Deadpool twice. Anyhow, although Hal is the best known Lantern, he is the least interesting of Green Lanterns.

I don’t care too much about Guy Gardner, who answers the question, “What if Green Lantern was a complete…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Raven

Raven is the dark and sarcastic member of the Teen Titans, but you would be too if your mother was seduced into a demon cult and then raped by an interdimensional demon, making your father the super evil Trigon. Luckily, Raven grew up in an alternate dimension and learned how to control her “emotions” (aka her demon side) from the pacifists of Azarath.

Raven is an empath, able to sense and alter other peoples emotions. She can even absorb the pain of others into herself and rapidly heal them. Her other…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Matter Eater Lad

If you follow the Spoiler Thread on Ravelry, you already know that I am unapologetically scraping the sides of the barrel of weird heroes this week. In the middle of the Geek-A-Long year, I usually treat myself to really obscure references. I’m into Golden and Silver Age references the way a hipster is into $24 glasses of micro-brew. It’s not that we actually believe it’s better, it’s just that it’s special and we’re all special for knowing to order it. Let’s all embrace our inner hero elitists and celebrate one of DC’s weirdest lads: Matter Eater…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Hawkgirl

My memory of Hawkgirl from cartoons like Justice League and Justice League Unlimited was that she was a fierce independent woman, who also happened to have a one true love reincarnated with her throughout time. Since superheros tend to have multiple origin stories as they evolve with the times, I didn’t want to just rely on what I knew of…

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2017 Geek-A-Long: Saturn Girl

I’m super excited that Mabel the Merciless is growing up in a world with some variety for female hero role models. Squirrel Girl is some diamond crusted role-model-goodness. Kamala Khan is defying stereotypes. Lumberjanes tell it like it is. Options were much more limited when I was growing up. So I think it’s worth taking a moment to acknowledge the criticism of some…

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