Author: Ashley Schmuecker

Store Review: Rodman Comics

Rodman Comics 318 South Ankeny Blvd Ankeny, IA 50023 (515) 965-4592 My partner and I just bought a house in Ankeny, Iowa. It’s a suburb of Des Moines (our capital city) with a population of about 50,000. I’ve been living out of state for a couple years and knew very little about Ankeny so I was pretty excited that a quick Google search confirmed that a local comic shop was nearby. Here’s a TV spot they made! Tucked into a strip mall on Ankeny Blvd, Rodman Comics is a small shop that has been around for about three years. Rodman’s is cluttered with comics, lining the walls from floor to ceiling and filling the center with bins and storage boxes that are sometimes stacked throughout. Figures and collectibles find space anywhere they can fit. The store is less tidy than you see in the commercial above but it has a very cozy, family-owned feel to it. New comics line the right wall, older comics are in the center bins, and they have a couple of shelves of comics for kids near the door. Rodman’s also has a handful of board games, including lots of Magic and Heroclix, and many action figures. Collectible art and vintage comics decorate the wall behind the counter. When I have been in and there are other customers, they were having casual and familiar conversations...

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Wendy and Ashley Review The LEGO Movie

WWAC’s Wendy B and Ashley Schmuecker both went to see the film on separate occasions, and here’s what they have to say about it! The Lego Movie  Starring Chris Pratt,  Elizabeth Banks Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller Rated PG 100 minutes It’s week three, and The LEGO Movie remains in the top spot at the box office, defying the apparent odds against toy-based movies. Perhaps the trick here is simply that, by default, The LEGO movie is a film that automatically relates to children, young and old, because of the subject matter. Who doesn’t remember their very...

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One Ginger’s Top Ten List of Red Headed Superheroes (and Villains)

Ever since I was a young girl, galavanting around with flaming red locks, I have sought out role models with a similar genetic mutation as my own. Smitten by red-haired superheroes (and villains), I have a bit of favoritism when it comes to my own comics collection and artwork and action figures … and cosplay. Not too long ago, I was washing my hands in a public restroom and an old woman stepped out from a stall and stopped to stare at me. “You’re a dying breed y’know!” I tilted my head and furrowed my brows. I was completely...

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Queering Comics: “Anything That Loves Anthology” Review

Anything That Loves Anthology NW Press Edited by Charles “Zan” Christensen Featuring comics and illustrations by Adam Pruett, Agnes Czaja, Alex Dahm, Amy T. Falcone, Ashley Cook & Caroline Hobbs, Bill Roundy, Ellen Forney, Erika Moen, Jason A. Quest, Jason Thompson, John Lustig, Jon Macy, Josh Trujillo & Dave Valeza, Kate Leth, Kevin Boze, Leanne Franson, Leia Weathington, Lena H. Chandhok, Margreet de Heer, MariNaomi, Maurice Vellekoop, Melaina, Nick Leonard, Powflip, Randall Kirby, Roberta Gregory, Sam Orchard, Sam Saturday, Stasia Burrington, Steve Orlando, Tania Walker, and Tara Madison Avery & Mike Sullivan. Anything That Loves Review So … I’m Queer....

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Interview with Black Girl Nerds creator, Jamie Broadnax

Jamie Broadnax has been blogging since 2007, and in February of 2012 created Black Girl Nerds, a site for blerds (black nerds) to find fellowship around  many geek fandoms. BGN has a great mission statement: “This is a website for every nerdy girl that can finally come out of the closet and tell the world that they are PROUD to be who they are—no matter what anyone says, does, or think.  This is a place where you can truly be yourself and not be judged by others.  This site welcomes girls of all races, but it was called Black Girl Nerds because it is a term that is so unique and extraordinary, that even Google can’t find a crawl for the phrase and its imprint in the world of cyberspace.  The mission is to put an end to that and know that many Black Girl Nerds exist on this planet.” I had the incredible opportunity to speak with her about what it means to be a blerd, how BGN reaches an inclusive audience, blogging wisdom, and her vision for the future of BGN. Ashley Schmuecker: I read that the blog was born on about a year ago when you Googled “Black Girl Nerds” and nothing came up in the results of the search. Can you tell me more about what happened between that moment and the launch of Black...

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