The following are my very spoilery thoughts on Homeland, as a series so far, leading up to its second season finale. Only read if you are completely caught up on the show!!! Trust me, this is a show you do NOT want to be spoiled on.
Meercats are dope. At the San Diego Zoo. July 2012. I could photograph these guys all day. They were very playful.
All photos taken with Canon and edited with Snapseed by Becoming Lemonade.
Before I write about my experience at San Diego Comic-Con International 2012, I’d like to point out that it was my first pop-culture convention of any kind. I’ve been to Arts & Music Festivals before but nothing like SDCC. So I’m writing this review from the POV of a nerd who just lost her SDCC virginity. I gotta say, my first time was pretty special.
The glorious and unique atmosphere at Comic-Con was the most surprising and welcome aspect of the Con, thus I want to start there. If you love the popular arts, or if you’re just an open-minded person who enjoys exploring life, the atmosphere is near-utopic. The place has a reputation for being cutthroat and insane but the truth is, the atmosphere is far from it. Normally socially awkward nerds suddenly are socially confident and easily socialize with other nerds and non-nerds alike (and there are a lot of lovely non-nerds in attendance). It is a place of love, mutual respect and understanding and commonality. Fans are there to express and share in their love for artists. Artists are there to give back to their fans that fuel their art. As a result of this giant love-fest atmosphere, it’s one of the happiest and most positive places I’ve ever been. Everyone there is there for the same reason: they love pop culture. As a result, everyone gets along pretty well and it is easy to talk to people and make friends. For nerds like me, it’s a big homecoming. In fact, I think bullied teen nerds should be sent to SDCC to find community and boost their self-acceptance. Even the sponsors share your interests. Outside the Con, there was the requisite extremist Christian protesters and they frustrated me deeply because I feel they had no idea what they were protesting. From the outside they can see the worship of false idols and semblance of excess but that completely misses the point. In reality, it’s a peaceful place of love, gratitude and sharing, all important Christian values. God loves artists and so does Comic-Con.
The Firefly 10th Anniversary Panel at SDCC 2012. Ballroom 20 (Capacity: 4000 and not enough. The line went on and on out the door).
All photos taken and edited with Snapseed for Mac and Halftone for iPad by Becoming Lemonade.
Last week, I left my job of four years at a weekly newspaper. What was an alternative publication with an arts and entertainment focus had morphed into something else entirely. Now I’m freelancing, applying for other jobs and writing the kinds of stories I want to write. In fact, that’s the entire purpose of this blog/magazine: talking to the musicians, filmmakers, writers, artists, photographers, producers etc. who contribute to our pop culture.
First up? An interview with the infamous Nardwuar, a Vancouver legend: music nerd, punk rocker, provocateur, journalist, oddball and all around nice, intelligent, zany dude. He’ll be kicking things off here at Pop This early next week. Until then, if you have suggestions about who should be featured next, comment bomb til your heart’s content.