Posts in category "Interviews"

Chicago's nerd circus: An interview with Tana Karo of Acrobatica Infiniti

Do you know the origin of the word “geek,” gentle reader? Predictably, it isn’t very flattering! The term dates back to the early 20th century. “Geeks” were circus folk- and not funny clowns or brave lion tamers. “Geek shows” featured gruesome acts, such as the biting/eating of live animals or insects. Audiences were meant to... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock: Knight of the Round

Greetings from Cleveland, Ohio!  I’m here celebrating the wedding of my friend Dave, who some of you might know from Time Crash.  My tummy is SO FULL.  Seeing as I can barely move, this is a great time to introduce Geek Girl Chicago readers to a new band: Knight of the Round. Knight of the... Read more »

Nerdcore, Continued: an Interview with MC Frontalot + TICKET GIVEAWAY!!

Thanks to MC Frontalot, August 2014 has become the Month of Nerdcore for Geek Girl Chicago.  I previously brought you an advanced review of Front’s upcoming album, Question Bedtime. Now, I’ve got a full interview AND ticket giveaway. ***If you’re just here for the tickets, please scroll to the bottom. I can’t stop you, but I... Read more »

Q&A with a ChicagoNow blogger: Julie Hammerle, Hammervision

If you look around ChicagoNow today, you will see dozens of bloggers interviewing one another.  It’s a site-wide event.  I signed up for the project blind, but ended up THE LUCKIEST.  The person who interviewed me is the first blogger I met at CN- Nicole Knepper, super-famous lady-voice of Moms Who Drink and Swear.  Check out... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock: Geth Prime

It has literally been almost a year since my last Rising Stars of Geek Rock post.  Since then, a lot has developed for Chicago’s geek bands. Time Crash played in New York.  Emporium Arcade Bar hosted a show featuring several of my previous interviewees.  I take no credit for these milestones, of course; I just think... Read more »

Leela, Far From Primitive: An Interview with Louise Jameson

Christmas has been successfully navigated- nailed it!  Today, I’ve been on Facebook and Twitter talking to readers about the geekiest gifts we all got.  I received a TARDIS hat along with bantha and tauntaun plushies.  The most relevant gift to this blog, though, was a remote flash for my camera.  My cosplay photography is going to be... Read more »

The Fifth Doctor, Rebooted: An Interview with Peter Davison

I’m on-record as saying this, but I’ll say it again: I loved The Five(ish) Doctors Reboot FAR more than the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special.  This short film, featuring Doctors Five, Six, Seven, and Eight, is a love letter to the fans.  So many characters!  So many references!  So many things that deserved to be... Read more »

The Bitter and Sweet Sixth Doctor: An Interview with Colin Baker

At this year’s Chicago TARDIS, I had the pleasure of interviewing several Doctor Who stars from the Classic era.  The first was Mr. Colin Baker, better known as The Sixth Doctor.  Baker lead the show from 1984 through 1986. Colin Baker’s history with Doctor Who is turbulent, to say the least.  He was dismissed from Doctor... Read more »

Games for Growth: An Interview with David Rheinstrom of LeftSide-RightSide

Growing up, I got some pretty mixed messages about educational gaming.  I remember loving computer titles like Word Munchers, Oregon Trail, and Gizmos and Gadgets.  I ALSO remember teachers telling me that video games would fry my brain.  Finally, I recall classmates scoffing at anything outwardly educational; game creators had to “hide” the education like parents tried... Read more »

Rising Stars of Geek Rock: The GameMen

Wow.  When I first started the Rising Stars of Geek Rock series, I never imagined it would have so many installations.  Today’s band is my fifth featured, with many more waiting in the wings.  Chicago geeks, you’re too talented!  I am no longer going to number the titles. …Enough about that, on to the music!... Read more »