Geek Mystique: Lifestyle News for July

Welcome to our newest column, Geek Mystique, where I, your geek lifestyle editor, curate and collate the latest in the month’s geeky lifestyle news. For July, we’ve got more adorable superhero-themed clothes from Her Universe, a ’90s flashback, and cosplaying kittens.

Wear Your Comics

Her Universe Captain America 75th Anniversary Collection for Kohl's - press promotion
Her Universe Captain America 75th Anniversary Collection for Kohl’s (Press promotion)

Her Universe keeps winning at life and business by launching another collection for Kohl’s. This time, the featured comic book superhero is Captain America, in celebration of his 75th anniversary. With a 40s influence, plus sizes included, and reasonable prices, this is pretty exciting news!

If you are a part of the current Pokemon GO obsession, Fashionably Geek has a list of super-cute accessories to accompany your obsession.

Archie Comics is continuing their world domination project with an upcoming Betty & Veronica fashion line by Rachel Antonoff. If you want to learn more about Antonoff, here’s an article from Vogue. She isn’t afraid to call herself a feminist, and portions of proceeds from her collections go towards LGBTQ organizations. Now, why couldn’t Archie Comics hire a woman to write the new Betty & Veronica reboot?

’90s Kids Continue to Be a Viable Market

Lisa Frank Adult Coloring Book by Lisa FrankSince we are on the topic of nostalgic reboots, Lisa Frank will be producing an adult coloring book. (A quick question: Why is that adult coloring books equal mosaic? Because I have been coloring in Lisa Frank coloring books for years!) The coloring book should be showing up about now and in August in Dollar General Stores. So, fortunately, unlike a lot of adult coloring books, you don’t need an “adult” budget to afford one.

In other ’90s news, Pepsi and Oregon Trail have teamed up for “The Crystal Pepsi Trail.” Yes, you heard right—Pepsi is bringing back Crystal Pepsi, which nobody liked, and promoting it by exploiting our love of pixelated computer games that involved dysentery.

Similarly, Funko is releasing a Labyrinth Pop! line set to release in September, and this almost makes up for the fact that I cannot get the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Funko solo.

In my mind, figure skating will always be ’90s, because that was the GOLDEN AGE OF FIGURE SKATING, Y’ALL. And since, I first discovered Sailor Moon in the ’90s, I had to include this: 2016 World Champion, Evgenia Medvedev of Russia, skated to a Sailor Moon tribute for an exhibition, and it is freaking adorable:

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!

Women of Dynamite Red Sonja pint glasses via DynamiteDynamite recently announced Women of Dynamite glassware featuring Red Sonja. This set of two pint glasses feature artwork by Frank Thorne. I really can’t think of a better way to enjoy a pint than with vintage Red Sonja. The collection comes in at $19.99 and is slated for release in September. No word yet from Dynamite on if they will let WWAC test and review them. But if you are reading, Dynamite, I can assure you a quality review with minor typos, because I avidly follow Ernest Hemingway’s caveat: “Write drunk, edit sober.”

While Dynamite hasn’t stated if they will continue putting more of their Women of Dynamite on glassware, I hope the trend continues, because the statues continue to suck. (Maybe this is why Dynamite won’t let me review their pint glasses?) #sorrynotsorry

Anyway, to go with your beer in your Red Sonja pint glasses is this free cookbook from Leanne Brown. What makes this cookbook unique, compared to so many others out there who talk about eating well, is that it is actually designed for eating well on actual tight budgets. Brown specifies that this is for people on SNAP/Food Stamp benefits.

Cosplay Cats and Comic Crafts

Cosplay cats by Nathan Smith via Caters News AgencyCostume designer hobbyist from Washington, Nathan Smith, has been receiving some internet glory with his adorably staged photos of his cosplay cats. Smith designs the costumes for his cats then stages the photos. He assures us that no cats were harmed in the making of these costumes as they have full say in the level of comfort. If they are anything like my Priscilla, Queen of the Dessert, then opinionating shouldn’t be an issue here. You can follow Smith and his kitties on his their blog Cat Cosplay of the Feline Variety.

One last bit of news-ish, Comic creator, Celine Loup, is looking for feedback on her knitting pencils for a zine. If you are a knitter, help an artist out by clicking here.

Ginnis Tonik

Ginnis Tonik

Smashing the patriarchy with glitter, pink lipstick, and cowboy boots. You can follow her on Instagram @ginnistonik