REAL GEEK GIRLS: Catrina Dennis, Channel Manager of MoviePilot’s Superheroes Channel
The goal of my “Real Geek Girls” series is to show the world that girls truly can be geeky. For some, that seems like an obvious observation, but there’s always that one person, almost always a guy, who will talk about how girls are fake geeks who don’t know what they’re talking. Girls are just doing it look cool and lure in geek guys. They don’t know what it’s all about when it comes to “geek culture” and they’re somehow just there to be admired by geek guys. I’m here to let the world know that girls DO know what we’re talking about. We can be and we ARE just as geeky as the guys. Every now and again, I’ll interview a new geek girl just to highlight how many of us are out there, how real we are all. We come in all shapes and sizes, and love a many number of geeky things. I’m going to show the world that there are real geek girls, and they know as much, if not more, than the somehow more revered geek guy.
Meet Catrina Dennis! She’s a cool geeky girl who loves comics and has done a lot in the social media world, and she currently has quite an awesome gig managing the superheroes channel over at MoviePilot. I learned a lot from her and she’s yet another example of someone who has taken her geeky love of things and embraced it! We should all always embrace our love for things! Check out the interview below and don’t forget to follow her on twitter here.
What does being a ‘geek’ mean to you?
Passion, dedication, support, and love. Which is weird, because I sort of described some of the elements of a strong relationship, but that’s what being a geek is. We’re the fire that fuels whatever industry our randoms happen to be part of — and more importantly, the incredible people creating the stuff we love. Being a geek is having something that you love with all of your heart, and drawing inspiration from that. Whether that’s inspiration to create, or ideas for improving your own life. I’ve picked up most of my positive and life-changing lessons from comics and my favorite superheroes!
What’s your take on those people out there who think girls are ‘fake’ geeks in order to fit in with specific groups or fandoms?
I think it’s so old hat at this point. When someone puts me down for being a girl who likes nerdy stuff, it’s just like — what year is it? I love how much the so-called ‘minority’ community within fandom has spoken up and made it clear that we’ve honestly been here the whole time, and we’re going to stay, and things are going to change for the better for everyone. Whether you’re a woman, or a person of color, or you don’t identify with any gender — everyone,everyone should be made to feel welcome within their fandom. People who ostracize others because they don’t ‘belong’ are just making it that much harder for themselves to make new friends and even find new fandoms. In the end, they’re missing out, really.
Tell us a little about the Superheroes Channel at MoviePilot.
I’m actually really excited to be part of this channel — it’s the biggest and most active channel on Moviepilot. I’m the Channel Manager, which is something of a Managing Editor position within the channel, and I have a great team of staff writers who churn out goodness faster than I could keep up with originally. The basic gist of the site is that it’s a news site with a twist — fans are totally welcome to become contributors, submit their vlogs, and chat with other fans about the latest comic-related news. We’re primarily focused on comics in TV and Movies, but honestly, a little bit of everything is more than welcome. I’m also blessed to have a super passionate community with very, very diverse opinions, sans the usual YouTube comment scum. I’ll see heated debates and the occasional ignorant comment, but I dig our community because they’re all about the conversation, and so many of them are incredible creatives.
Tell us a little about the Rebel Base podcast.
Rebel Base is a little show that I run with my good friend Sarah Rodriguez that spawned from the time we worked together at Geek & Sundry – Sarah and I have this incredible chemistry and the podcasts are always really, really fun to do. Last week, I was super sick and had to ‘phone in’ so that I could avoid getting Sarah sick. Even though there were technical difficulties, our audience really seemed to enjoy it, and we had lots of fun. It’s basically two friends geeking out for an hour about comics, video games and more, with a bit of structure and debate on whatever hot topic we pick that week. You can check out our older podcasts here, and watch it here every other Friday at 8PM.
You’re a huge fan of comics, what are some of your favorites?
Right now I’m dying for more Saga, Black Widow, and Ms. Marvel — but other faves are Batman: Noel (and The Long Halloween, and Year One), a lot of the Birds of Prey stories, Runaways, Young Avengers, and Captain Marvel. I also really love the Womanthology series from IDW!
If you could only have 3 comics with you in a parallel world (it’s a safe world), which ones would you take?
Oh, man, that’s really tough! I’d probably take Avengers: The Enemy Within (SUCH a great Captain Marvel arc! And a tiny, tiny hint of Kamala Khan, if you squint.), the first volume of Saga, and probably Emily and the Strangers.
You do a lot of social media work, tell us a little more about other social media work you do.
While I don’t do as much in social media currently, my last job was a great one: I was the Social Media and Community Manager at Geek & Sundry, which was one of the coolest and most unique experiences ever. Before that, I’d done work for B2B Marketing companies and written for geek blogs on the side, so it was the first job where my love for marketing, writing, and nerdy stuff combined. I worked with a very interesting mix of people as far as the community went (it was massive!), made some great friends, and learned so, SO much about this industry. I’m so thankful to have spent my time there, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team. Those people are whip-smart, and I’m so excited to see what they do with Legendary now.
What are some of your favorite video games?
Oooh, I always do terrible with favorites! Off the top of my head: Shadows of the Empire and Golden Eye for N64, Gauntlet (my favorite arcade game), Portal, and the Mass Effect series. I am also a total sucker for stories like Bioshock: Infinite and The Last of Us.
Is there anything you’re working on now or anything in the future we should look out for?
Outside of Moviepilot (where I’m part of developing/writing and hosting some of our first few vlog series and shows), I’m actually working on my very first comic title, based on a short story that I wrote a few months back. I just found the artist (a long-time friend of mine with a super unique art style that I adore) and the script is half-finished in the window behind the one I’m currently writing this in. I also have some incredible, kind people who already work within comics (published writers and editors!) that want to help me edit. So basically, I’m super freaking excited. Aside from that, I’m gearing up for autumn conventions and more fun work on the horizon!
What’s your advice to girls out there who feel embarrassed to be geeks?
Don’t ever let anyone govern what you can and cannot like. You wanna be a magical girl? You wanna don a bat suit? Good, because many of us wanna do just that, too. Be fearless, be strong, and embrace that geekiness. If your fandom inspires you, create! If you don’t think your fan art is that great, keep drawing! If you wanna write about video games, WRITE! Trust me. There are tons of people who are waiting to hear from you — you (and they) just don’t know it yet. Don’t ever be embarrassed about loving something with all of your heart. (Unless, er, it’s mass murder. Please don’t love that.)