The Nerds in Babeland

Nerds in Babeland

is a collection of awesome women interested in all things geek and nerd. We’re ‘that girl’ you saw at the local comic shop, the one making Doctor Who references in your twitter feed, the chick that  waited in line next to you for the release of Skyrim, and the girl you’ll see at the midnight viewing of the Avengers. We love imagination, fun games, good stories, and sharing our interests with others. Want to get to know us? Read our bios below. Click on any name to go to that author’s posts, and if you still have questions, or want to contribute to our majestic blog, contact us at info@nerdsinbabeland.com.

 

Stephanie Wooten

Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie’s first true obsession in life was the Baby-Sitter’s Club but that was quickly thrown to the side once she discovered the X-Men and, more importantly, Rogue.  She took a break during high school (where she tried to be ‘cool’ but realized that was no fun) and then got back into things in undergrad. She quickly consumed all things Neil Gaiman, Joss Whedon, and a good majority of Grant Morrison and Alan Moore’s work.  Amongst her more recent comic book interests are Mike Carey, Ed Brubaker, Brian Michael Bendis, etc.
In undergrad and grad school, Stephanie focused on television studies.  She enjoys nothing more than the idea of delving into an entirely new, believable universe full of characters that you genuinely cared about as though they were real people.  Amongst her favorite television shows are BSG, The X-Files, Dexter, Deadwood, Supernatural, Buffy (obviously), Firefly, The Avengers (1960s), and, of course, Doctor Who.  The list could go on forever but basically it is a love for characters. These fictional worlds are what made her realize she is a nerd.  For a long time she was on her own but now, thanks to the lovely folks at The Node, she has found a place where she can share the things she geeks out about on a daily basis.

 

JackieBee

Co-Founder / Graphics / Zombiologist

Jackie is an artist, social misanthrope, decision-maker, jack(ie) of all trades, lover of cephalopods, and Batman enthusiast. She organizes a large horror-themed event in Asheville, NC called Ashtoberfest, and spends her spare time obsessing over science, and finding new, fun projects to work on. You may have even seen her singing ridiculous songs on the internet. She loves to make things, and therefore creates a lot of DiY posts. If you have a suggestion/request for a DiY post, feel free to contact jackie@nerdsinbabeland.com.

She is a moderator on Rooster Teeth, an administrator of the Node, and a contributor to Girl Named Boo. Jackie has a strong love for cartoons bordering on unhealthy, can roller skate better than anyone you know, and have a very strong love for scifi. She also had two pet mice named Meep and Narm.

All of the visual layout and graphics currently on Nerds in Babeland were created and implemented by Jackie. She even has an occasionally-updated site with actual art-things. 

            

Marissa Nolan-Layman

Editor & Social Media Manager

Marissa Nolan-Layman is a Silicon Valley native recently transported to Portland Oregon. She is a mother, wife and Star Wars fan. To keep herself busy in the cold, rainy north she sews, crochets and crafts. She enjoys Cosplay and conventions, long walks on the beach and playing hours and hours of console games. She reads like most people breathe, spends exorbitant amounts of money buying her child things to encourage the growth of his own geeky interests, and is generally found on twitter most days.  You can see her crafty items for sale here or read her constant stream of consciousness here on twitter.

 

MissLissa

Assistant Editor

Melissa has always been a bookworm, starting with an intense interest in ancient mythologies and a blooming obsession with Tolkien in middle school, to a fascination with life stories of famous personalities, authors and musicians in high school to a late discovery of comic books in her 20′s. Once the first quality comic book story was put in her hands, it was love at first read and she feeds that love of comics by searching endlessly for new, quality work to enjoy and share.

Melissa spent endless hours as a kid watching horror films with her dad and that love for the dark side of fiction shows in her comic book reviews, which tend to focus on horror and sci-fi genres. She also loves to support independent and creator owned work.

As an adult Melissa’s nerdy interests include comics, video games, film and tv, and developing social media connections. She’s also a hairstylist ( her passion for over 10 years) and salon manager, running multiple personal social sites in addition to multiple business sites,. She believes in speaking openly about social issues, ideas and opinions and loves to stimulate straight forward discussions with readers. Melissa currently lives in NY with her husband and some furry friends.

Angel No Relation

Contributor

Angel is the coolest person ever.  No, really.  Don’t argue.

 

 

 

 

 

Cranialspasm

Contributor

Cranialspasm (aka Ali) has recently come to terms with her nerdocity. It was once a dirty secret. Hiding comic books, DVDs and a metric ton of polyhedral dice was second nature because she worried that people wouldn’t take her seriously. Then she realized something. Serious people are boring. Ali is not boring. Unless you mention her day job. Then her eyes glaze over.

 

 

Hooked on Veg

Contributor

Born in the 80′s, Jess is a simple kind of girl aspiring to reach for the sky. Interests range from games, comic books, music to movies, health and cuddly cute little stuffed animals. She is a toy maker, avid movie reviewer, health nut, tattoo enthusiast, music lover, world traveler, horror actress and overall a down to earth kind of gal. Open mindedness is her middle name and she isn’t afraid to get a little bloody if the scene calls for it. Recently she started a funny health podcast called ‘Hooked On Veg’ and actively writes about every movie she sees in her blog on Node. If you could sum her up in one word it would have to be fantastical. This gal can really nerd it up with the best of ‘em.  For more information contact hookedonveg@gmail.com

 

Jules

Contributor

Confirmed to be a “Geek God” by some online quiz and dubbed “The Queen of Geek” by many of her fans, Julia “Jules” Sherred is a mother, writer, author, radio personality, blogger, gamer, tech enthusiast, science nerd, sci-fi and fantasy freak, hard core Trekker, has an unnatural obsession with Optimus Prime and so much more. She emerged from the womb fully embracing her geeky tendencies, with a book on Astrophysics in one hand and a deck of cards in the other. Growing up, games were always an important part of her family, including family board game nights, Christmas family poker games and trying to pry the ColecoVision® and later NES controllers from her mother’s hands. She has now passed on this tradition to her own children and is raising the next generation of geeks and gamers.
In early 2008, she was hired by Party 934 as their Program Director. When the station finally hit the airwaves in September 2008, that is when she began to host her Geeky Pleasures radio show. Once a week for 2 hours, she played a wide variety of music including many geeky songs and discussed with her listeners some geek topic of the week. She has had some pretty well-known geeks sit across from her during her shows, including interviews with: The King of Geek Wil Wheaton, MTV Executive Producer Shane Nickerson, Bad Astronomer Phil Plait PhD and geek music sensation Jonathan Coulton. In 2009, she also took on the additional duties of Assistant General Manager of the station and launched her Geeky Pleasures website when her show and blog could no longer adequately fill the demand she was receiving to share her “unique brand of geekiness”. Due to a change in circumstances, she has stepped away from her radio show (hopefully temporarily) and her AGM and PD duties at the station. However, she is still employed at the station as their Programming Consultant and will hopefully be heard back on the airwaves some time in the near future.

Kat B

Contributor

Born in 1980, Miss Kat B. began her childhood in the ice skating rink. When she tired of the sport, she quickly moved on to musicals and music. She loves soundtracks to films, is obsessed with video game music and has a penchant for pop rock. She once was in the power pop band ‘Ozma’ as the original keyboardist. She left the band to pursue her career in higher education. In 2002, she discovered her obsession – Kingdom Hearts. She has to have anything relating to Kingdom Hearts – be it tee shirts, music, games, you name – she’s got it. Always in the know about pop culture, she loves random factoids about celebrities and the like. Also, she’s a Disneyholic. Her love for Disney is only surpassed by her love for her husband. And that’s just barely.

KimberlyFDR

Contributor

In her youth, Kimberly could most likely be found in the local library, devouring books that covered everything from WWII History to Dr. McCoy’s latest adventures aboard the Enterprise, with some X-Men thrown in for good measure. Saturdays were often reserved for PBS re-runs of Doctor Who and Red Dwarf. It was the closest a girl from NC was going to get to an adventure in space or a close encounter with the UK. Her latest television adventures have taken her across the United States and across the galaxies. She enjoyed SGA until it sadly went away, but she’s consoled herself with the adventures of the Leverage crew and the Winchester brothers, and they help immensely.
Kimberly has degrees and certificates from UNC-CH in the areas of American History, Religion, Creative Writing, and Public Health. When she passed her Mensa entrance exam, she did not pull a John Sheppard, thank you very much. And, yes, she has a favorite astrophysicist (Neil deGrasse Tyson). Doesn’t everyone? She also designs and programs websites in her daytime hours. During her nighttime hours, she can often be found online commenting on the latest media revelations of the day in between commenting on the latest fanfiction she read.

KristenMcHugh22

Contributor

Kristen McHugh is a poet, blogger, and former music major who discovered the joys of geekdom at the age of 4, and never looked back.
Kristen frequently describes her brain as, “The Carnival of The Random,” because she’s likely to be occupied with at least one and more likely – all three of her Holy Trinity: pop culture, politics, and science. Art, music, (from the baroque to pop,) literature, theoretical physics, and nearly anything Anglophile-related will likely draw an exclamation of, “SHINY!” Kristen’s favorite instrument is the cello, and her day job is using her powers for good in the non-profit sector.

Ladysteam13

Contributor

Dina, known by many as Lady Steam, is a geek by birth and always been obsessed with TV, movies and pop culture. Cosplaying queen, her focus is mainly on the Steampunk genre, although you’ll catch her dressing up as the TARDIS, Robin or Captain Mal Reynolds from time to time. A founding member of the League of Extraordinary Ladies, she is also an active contributor on thelxl.com (including writing the dating column, Lady Steamy) and loves meeting and hearing from other geek gals (and guys).

 

 

 

 

Megara Noelle

Contributor

Some say that she’s no ordinary nerd. Some say that sometimes she’s too eccentric and weird. But all they really know is she called Megara Noelle, most of the time. She’s an aspiring fantasy author who knits, crochets and sews with her own patterns. She doesn’t use calculations, just her artists’ mind that was cultivated as a teenager. When she’s not trying to peddle her wares at bazaars and art shows you can find her gaming, or watching Doctor Who, Top Gear, Mythbusters, G4, and even Phineas and Ferb. Megara Noelle comes the age of Boy Bands and isn’t afraid to admit it. She can turn almost anything into something creative and is constantly coming up with new ideas, so don’t be surprised if you see her around and about the world doing some of the craziest things you’ve never thought of.

Currently she works with her co-host to sometimes update their Gaming blog and podcast (To Continue Press Start) where Megara regularly makes a fool of herself when playing games. You can listen and watch them at their site, and catch them coming soon to a Con/Expo near you. They will of course be cosplaying in costumes that Megara has probably made herself.

 

 

       

News on Shuffle

Contributor

An idea started out of boredom, News on Shuffle has grown into a music blog with a hint of photography on the side. The blogger/photographer in charge of this operation is a recent college grad who resides in Brooklyn and is currently searching for that elusive dream job that students picture while pouring over their text (or comic) books all night. In the meantime, she keeps plugging away at her photography, hoping someone will notice and throw lots of money her way for a decent photo.

Prof. Jenn

Contributor

Jenn Zuko Boughn received her BFA in Acting and BA in English from CU-Boulder in 1995, and her MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University in 2001. She has had her poetry published in several magazines, both local and national. She is the author of a go-to manual detailing the art of Stage Combat. Jenn is an actor and storyteller, and has appeared on stage in such groups as Actor’s Ensemble, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Frequent Flyers Productions, the Colorado Renaissance Festival, and her own troupe, Five Funny Faces. She is a life-long Fantasy writer, reader, and enthusiast. Most people call her “The Doctor.” Well, no, not really…

Projectpoppet

Contributor

My name is Lisa and I am a web cartoonist.  Good grief, I sound like I’m writing to a self help group or auditioning for the part of Charlie Brown in a retconned Peanuts comic strip. Sometimes, I feel that I am in a way.
I’ve helped write comic strips for other artists, but in October of 2009, I decided it was time to stop reading and start doing. My first venture took the form of a fumetti, or photo comic I called Project Poppet. The premise is a group of small knitted dolls causing mischief within my human sized one bedroom apartment. Along the way, they meet two toy frankenbunnies I made. I made my poppets of leftover yarn from various knitting projects. The comic contains one strip gags as well as longer story arcs. This past August, I opt to take my doodles of chibi figures, often portraits of my player characters in tabletop games I played to the level of a second comic I called Goober Glade. This takes place in a magical kingdom where an adventuring party bumbles about to save a princess. This comic participated in the 24 Hour Comics Day event.

TahoeWikiander

Contributor

TahoeWikander likes to think she has a secret identity (she doesn’t), plans on saving the world with Doctor Who (it’s possible), wishes she could write like China Mieville (impossible), obsessively collects Faulkner novels in all languages (hi, I have a book addiction), talks to her dog (that’s normal), misses LOST (team Jack), loves La Liga (three words: Quique Sanchez Flores), and yearns for a job that isn’t 8-5 (sigh).

 

 

 

Videogamedoc87

Contributor

CK is an outgoing g33k who loves to play video games and listen to crazy music, as she dances around her house. She also enjoys long walks at night, with Lindsey her half-boxer, half-bulldog mix, and trolling the net for random videos that make her do spittakes all over her keyboard. She works with kids ages 10-19 on a regular basis and is constantly amazed at the lack of 90s knowledge that they have. CK also occasionally wishes that the TARDIS and The Doctor(preferably as played by Mr. Tennant)would come whisk her away to places unknown…

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  • Jesse
    #1 written by Jesse  1 year ago

    Love the site and what a great idea. I threw a link on my facebook. If you guys need any help promoting shoot me a message.

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