2012 was a big year for me. I won’t get into all of the things I accomplished, but I was very productive last year, both personally and professionally.
2013 is the year I turn 30. I have a family, a new home, and a slew of new projects I’m planning to get off the ground. here are some of my plans for 2013:
-finish the first draft of my novel
-do more standup comedy
-start a vegan catering business on the side
-work on a few more entertainment-related projects
-read more comic books (I’ve fallen off the wagon lately due to being busy with ALL THE THINGS, and I miss them)
-plan more events
-get some wonderful interviews and do more Naked Nerd segments
-go to ECCC
I have a strong group of people behind me, including a coalition of some strong, amazing geek girls that was formed at the Futurecon party this year, so I’m confident I’m going to rock this year.
30 is going to be my year, guys. I’m going to rock this decade change.
Here’s a picture of my recent Paul Buceta shoot. I don’t usually publish nude pictures on here- so enjoy, because this doesn’t happen often. More of these pictures will be on the Naked News website soon, and you’ll be able to purchase signed copies.
Hey there, minions!
Tony Harris, an artist known for working on Iron Man, Starman, and Ex Machina, recently took to Facebook to post a badly misspelled rant on how most cosplayers are, well, vapid attention whores and “fake” nerds:
I cant remember if Ive said this before, but Im gonna say it anyway. I dont give a crap.I appreciate a pretty Gal as much as the next Hetero Male. Sometimes I even go in for some racy type stuff ( keeping the comments PG for my Ladies sake) but dammit, dammit, dammit I am so sick and tired of the whole COSPLAY-Chiks. I know a few who are actually pretty cool-and BIG Shocker, love and read Comics.So as in all things, they are the exception to the rule. Heres the statement I wanna make, based on THE RULE: “Hey! Quasi-Pretty-NOT-Hot-Girl, you are more pathetic than the REAL Nerds, who YOU secretly think are REALLY PATHETIC. But we are onto you. Some of us are aware that you are ever so average on an everyday basis. But you have a couple of things going your way. You are willing to become almost completely Naked in public, and yer either skinny( Well, some or most of you, THINK you are ) or you have Big Boobies. Notice I didnt say GREAT Boobies? You are what I refer to as “CON-HOT”. Well not by my estimation, but according to a LOT of average Comic Book Fans who either RARELY speak to, or NEVER speak to girls. Some Virgins, ALL unconfident when it comes to girls, and the ONE thing they all have in common? The are being preyed on by YOU. You have this really awful need for attention, for people to tell you your pretty, or Hot, and the thought of guys pleasuring themselves to the memory of you hanging on them with your glossy open lips, promising them the Moon and the Stars of pleasure, just makes your head vibrate. After many years of watching this shit go down every 3 seconds around or in front of my booth or table at ANY given Con in the country, I put this together. Well not just me. We are LEGION. And here it is, THE REASON WHY ALL THAT, sickens us: BECAUSE YOU DONT KNOW SHIT ABOUT COMICS, BEYOND WHATEVER GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH YOU DID TO GET REF ON THE MOST MAINSTREAM CHARACTER WITH THE MOST REVEALING COSTUME EVER. And also, if ANY of these guys that you hang on tried to talk to you out of that Con? You wouldnt give them the fucking time of day. Shut up you damned liar, no you would not. Lying, Liar Face. Yer not Comics. Your just the thing that all the Comic Book, AND mainstream press flock to at Cons. And the real reason for the Con, and the damned costumes yer parading around in? That would be Comic Book Artists, and Comic Book Writers who make all that shit up.
Kind fo awful, right? The Internet, predictably, has been eviscerating this guy. Noted artist, feminist, and all-around awesome woman Gail Simone started Cosplay Appreciation Day in response.
I had my own response. Check out my video letter to Mr. Harris:
Those books I mention in the video are still up for grabs, by the way.
Long time, no see. Been a few months. I’ve been busy living life and enjoying my time off. I’m excited to come back to work- I feel refreshed and ready to get back into the swing of things. I already have some great ideas for some Nerd segments. In the meantime, I’ve been working on some personal projects. It’s been fun, but my heart belongs at Naked News and I’m itching to get back into the studios. It’s a wonderful feeling to love your job this much.
I’ll be honest- I was worried I wouldn’t be able to come back. I gained a LOT of weight during my pregnancy, and I was worried I wasn’t going to lose it all- or worse, I’d lose it all and my body would look like eighteen miles of hard road when I was done shedding the pounds. Luckily, due to a rigorous diet and exercise program, I’m back to…well…looking like this:
It’s easier to ooze self confidence when you like what you see in the mirror. Luckily, I like my postpartum body better than I liked my body before…I’m curvier in the right places, and I think my body looks more balanced than it did pre-pregnancy.
I even fill out costumes better:
I feel like I’ve changed a lot in the past three months. I’ve grown into more of an adult. My priorities have drastically shifted. But don’t worry, I still enjoy dressing up as superheroes and having lightsaber battles in the street.
I’m going to peace out, enjoy life, and dole out some cuddles to a deserving creature now.
Until next time…
Hey there, loyal minions! No baby yet, for those of you who would ask.
I’ve had more than a few inquiries on whether or not I’ll be sharing labour and delivery stories, baby pictures, and the like. The answer is no, and the reason for that is twofold.
First off, while the vast majority of you folks are cool, the reality of being in the public eye, even when you’re relatively low-profile as I am is that you can attract those that are a bit…unbalanced. Sometimes, you end up having to deal with someone that develops unhealthy fixations, and as a public figure, you’re the target of those fixations. In addition, scrutiny comes with ready criticism, especially in an anonymous environment like the internet. Now, I knew all this when I started working for Naked News, and I accepted these possibilities because to me, the benefits outweighed the possible detriments. I have never once regretted my decision. I love Naked News, and I can’t wait to get back to work again. Working for NN has been overwhelmingly positive for me, and has opened the door to opportunities I never thought I’d have and am entirely grateful for.
I was comfortable sharing my pregnancy with our viewers because that was exclusively my body I was exposing. I am not comfortable exposing my child to the outside world, for his own safety and security- and also because I believe that is not a decision I am entitled to make for him. As a mother, my job is to keep my child safe.
The next reason is that I still want to maintain a sense of my own identity. I don’t want to be “the pregnant one” or “Mommy” professionally. I still maintain my own interests and my own personality. I LIKE being the Overlady and the Naked Nerd. My love of Emma Frost, Star Wars, and my PS3 hasn’t changed. My desire to rule the world by amassing an army of loyal nerd minions has not changed, and professionally, I want that to be the forefront of what most people see.
So I’ll announce the birth, for those of you who are curious, but I won’t be sharing any more information than that.
It’s strange, not having to be on camera. Refreshing. I’ve put makeup on once in two weeks and it’s nice to let my skin breathe for a change. This is the longest stretch I’ve gone without makeup since I was around eighteen- I’ve been on camera for various reasons since then.
It’s tough, getting used to all the changes in my body. The aesthetic aspects of the changes, I can deal with- it’s the immobility that’s hard to take. It’s kind of debasing to not be able to get your own socks on- and get stuck in bathtubs.
But hey, at least I can still smile.
Things around the Toronto area I will be at:
My friend Nicole has an exhibit in that show- she’s the one who took those maternity nudes I posted a few blogs back.
So if you watched the NN weekend magazine, you’ll have heard the news. I am now officially on maternity leave from the show. It was a moment we all knew was coming, but packing up my dressing room table was still a sad moment for me, even though I know I’ll be back in about six months or so.
I’m going to miss coming into the office.
I’m going to miss bantering with our writer Greg, or playfully trading insults with our cameraman Hart.
I’m going to miss writing the Naked Nerd, arranging interviews, and tooling around conventions armed only with a killer PVC outfit, a microphone, and my sardonic, razor-sharp wit.
I’m going to miss my minions, especially my most loyal minion, Threk, who has been my most avid supporter since I joined the show.
And, let’s face it…I’m going to miss norks. Norks in the dressing rooms, norks in the studios, norks lining the walls, norks in the halls, norks on the street, and norks on the beach.
I’m being a bit melodramatic. This isn’t the end. This is just a break. I’ll be back, and in the meantime, I won’t be incommunicado. I’ll be on twitter, on my blog here, and I might even post the occasional video blog or two. I’m going to take care of my new family, and then when I have that fully under control, I’m gonna come back to NN, and I’m going to take care of YOU, minions.
(Wow, that sounded like a threat, didn’t it?)
Anyway, I’ll see you on the show again around September. In the meantime, see you here!
I’ve been meaning to write a memoriam for 2011, but every time I look back at the past year, I become overwhelmed with all of the things that happened and my fingers clam up the way my mouth would if I was trying to speak. I can’t even talk through text about it without getting blown away by ALL OF THE THINGS.
There’s an alleged phenomenon called the Return of Saturn- apparently, it takes the planet Saturn 29.4 years to orbit the sun. Saturn’s orbit corresponds with human development- according to astrologers, when Saturn returns to the place in orbit it occupied whena person is born, that person goes through major life changes. According to Wikipedia (yeah, I know, not a reliable source, shut up) with the first Saturn return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second return, maturity. And with the third and usually final return, a person enters wise old age. These returns occur at approximately ages 28-30, 56-60, and 84-90. The phenomenon has influenced tons of literature, works of art, and music. Reason tells me this is hokey, unscientific garbage. However, I can’t deny that in 2011, the blowing winds of change knocked me flat on my ass.
I started 2011 at Futurecon, after an altercation with the person I was living with left me homeless. My friends rallied behind me, and within a few short hours I had help moving and a place to stay. (I still can’t thank you enough, George.) January was also the month I got nominated for Wired’s Sexiest Geeks 2010 contest.
In February, I started to work on myself. I strengthened friendships, looked for a permanent place I could call home, and spent some time looking into who I was and how I could make that better. I challenged my ideas on what I felt strongly about. I met some amazing new people and spent a lot of late nights in conversation. The theme for February was discovery.
This theme carried on through to March, when I found a beautiful apartment with a friend. We named it Fort Dork and started podcasts. I went away to Montreal and had a wild weekend. I left my inhibitions at the door and had some crazy, wonderful experiences.
In April, I went away to Washington, DC, on a road trip with a beautiful, inspiring lady. We drove through mountains and talked frankly about our past and spoke at a conference on sexuality. Being at that conference changed my life. I met a number of people who reaffirmed a lot of philosophies I had taken up on love, relationships, and personal ethics.
I spent May putting those ideals into practice. I met some special people.
In June, I turned 28. Saturn’s return. I also got pregnant.
i found out I was pregnant in July, and spent most of the summer reeling from the news and dealing with morning sickness. I remember very little about July and August. The months went by in a blur.
I started feeling better by September, and decided to keep working on the show throughout my pregnancy. It was a difficult decision. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about being naked on camera with a big baby bump. I thought I’d feel ungainly and unattractive. However, in the end, I loved the show too much to leave. Fort Dork changed as well. Nicole moved out and one of my oldest and best friends in Toronto, Martini, moved in. While Nicole is an amazing, beautiful person, we didn’t suit living together well. Martini and I meshed much better.
October was a quiet month. I spent a lot of time at home, and started to prepare my home and my life for my incoming spawn. I found out I was having a boy. Things got real.
November I got out as much as I could. Coffee dates, brunch, meetups, and the like.
December was Christmas, and I rang in 2012 the same way I rang in 2011- getting painted naked at Futurecon.
Professionally, last year I had cameos in two separate webcomics, Something Positive and Least I could Do, I interviewed a ton of cool people, I was a guest at Polaris, I was media at a number of conventions, and I was on the convention committee for one. I put together the second annual Questy awards, and I was featured on Entertainment Tonight. I wrote and anchored a number of segments.
Now, we’re coming to the end of January, and my due date inches closer. When I think about the woman I was a year ago, and I think of how she’s changed….
Be sure to check out this weekend’s Naked Nerd. There’s some extra important info this week.
Hey there, minions:
Just a quick update. My facebook page was disabled.
Big recap of 2011 to come in the next few days. In the meantime, here’s a shoot I did for Lover Magazine. NSFW because I’m naked.
Set phasers to…SON.
That’s right, I’m having a boy, according to the Ultrasound. I’m incredibly excited about this. Mostly because I don’t have to worry about well-meaning family buying hideous pink flowered things, or about having to invest in a shotgun when my child turns 14 and starts dating. (Maybe I’ll still invest in that shotgun, though. Just because.)
Also, I am super excited to grab Arkham City and play that tomorrow. Saturday is the annual Toronto Zombie Walk, and I’ll be covering it for Naked News- you can watch it on our Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious HALLOWE’EN SPECIAL! WHOOOOOO HOOOO! I’m excited- I LURVES Hallowe’en. I lurves it so much I could explode.
I went on a ghost tour of Toronto last weekend. I love learning about the history of my city- especially the more macabre history.
I have the perfect Hallowe’en costume planned out. However, I don’t think a lot of people will get it- unless they’re fans of the Fables series.
Also, screw you, American Apparel. I have the HIGHEST of pants.
What’s your favorite Hallowe’en movie? It doesn’t necessarily have to be a horror film. My favorite is Ray Bradbury’s The Hallowe’en Tree. Leonard Nimoy provides the voice for one of the main characters. It’s all kinds of rad-tacular.