This Week in WWAC History: Female Antiheroes and a Manga Journey

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The end of September brings us a hoard of television series premiers. Do any of your favorite series include a female antihero? Not sure? Kristi educates us on why there should be more female antiheroes in 0 Shades of Grey: Female Antiheroes on T.V., September 13, 2013,

orange-is-the-new-blackAccording to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, an antihero is “a protagonist or notable figure who is conspicuously lacking in heroic qualities.” Urban Dictionary takes this definition one step further, claiming that an antihero is “a flawed hero, and therfore (sic), much more intresting (sic) then (sic) the more traditional heros (sic).” Don’t worry. You haven’t stumbled onto a transcript of a graduation speech. I just want to make sure you know what I’m thinking about when talking about antiheroes. I’ll try to refrain from too many definitions going forward.

Why are people so drawn to antiheroes? Are they, as Urban Dictionary claims, more interesting than traditional heroes? What is it about antiheroes that have audiences coming back season after season to see what happens to these characters? I think it’s because it’s a little easier to relate to them. We’re not all girl scouts who spend our time selling cookies and helping little old ladies across the street, so it’s hard to imagine living that life. But, when push comes to shove, would we be willing to sell marijuana so that our kids might live the life that they were accustomed to before their father died, like Nancy Botwin of Weeds did? Or how tempting is it to escape a high-stress life of saving lives by popping pills like Jackie Peyton on Nurse Jackie? And, just so I can get away from the drug references, just what would you be willing to do to survive and even raise a family as a KGB agent in 1980s America like Elizabeth Jennings/Nadezhda in The Americans? Probably a lot of things you might not be proud of. READ MORE

rp_buntywwac1.jpgBack on September 12, 2012, Claire interviewed Jo Bevan of Bring Back Bunty. You may (or may not) be surprised to know the Facebook page is still going strong three years later. Read Claire’s interview to gain insight on the Bring Back Bunty page:

This interviewee may need a longer introduction than most simply based on geography. British children’s comics aren’t going to mean much to a lot of you – despite how many members of whichever wave of British Invasion probably opened their eyes and cut their teeth on them! But Jo Bevan is a mum of two who wants her kids (and everybody else’s) to keep the chance to read great, appropriate comics. Weekly. She’s launched a campaign to keep the conversation – Hey Kids! Comics! – going.

Speaking personally for a long time I thought that the first comic I read was some random Avengers issue I got off an auction website in my early teens. I’ve never followed the Avengers. I don’t really care about the Avengers. That was the one issue, and I thought it was my introduction to storytelling through sequential art. Later I realised that that was a bunch of trash! I remember my first Bunty, and I can’t believe I forgot her. READ MORE

Geekling Design - I'm Acute BabyGeek gear for babies and toddlers is a must. Check out Raising Baby Geek from September 9, 2014,

The world of kids books, toys, and movies is often over-saturated with blue vs. pink and princesses and the like. While I love the fun, whimsical baby presents that inexplicably lead to those funny sounds that so often seem to happen around babies and fluffy animals, I also find myself inwardly cringing when I see and experience friends and family obsessed with gender norming these future adults. Thus, in this vein, I frequent many an online baby and kid shop for geeky and progressive gifts.

Whether you have avidly geeky, progressive friends, or a not-so-subtle plan to disrupt your pregnant relative’s cringe-inducing gender norming, this list will help you hunt down awesome geeky, progressive baby and kid gifts (and just in time for the upcoming holiday season): READ MORE

mangaarticleAnd last for this week, an essay from Desiree on manga and anime, From Scouts to Superheroes: My Manga Journey, September 10, 2014,

Our middle school years are ones we either look back on fondly, cringe away from, or hold with some combination of both. For me, the blurry memories of prepubescence are a mix of both, but they also marked my initiation into the world of manga.

My childhood, of course, consisted of shows such as Sailor Moon, Card Captors, and Dragon Ball Z. But before my true blue introduction with manga, they never had an official name. They were just well done, differently animated cartoons. My group of friends happened to share the same interest — suddenly, if slowly, I was becoming educated on the world of anime and manga. READ MORE


Melinda Pierce

Melinda Pierce

Contributor for WWAC, mother of 2 mini-geeks, writer, and girl geek. Dreams of having enough time to write Veronica Mars fanfiction. @melindabpierce