REAL GEEK GIRLS: Lorraine Cink From Marvel’s The Watcher
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 Lorraine Cink! She’s an awesome geeky girl who has quite a MARVELous personality! She’s another strong geeky girl who isn’t afraid to show the world what she loves! She also works for Marvel, doing the Marvel’s The Watcher web show and has weekly shows at Peoples Improv Theater and Magnet Theater in NYC. Check out my interview with her below and find out some fantastic things about her! Don’t forget to follow her on twitter here.
What does being a ‘geek’ mean to you?
To be a geek is to know love. You find deep passion in your heart for any number of topics, and you share them proudly with the world – because you’re awesome.
What’s your take on those people out there who think girls are ‘fake’ geeks to fit in?
I wish this weren’t a question that still needed to be asked. Truly, I think it’s a deeply ingrained sociological issue that goes well beyond the realm of geek. I could write a whole book about just this topic. For the sake of brevity, I will try not to. Basically, times they are a changing. Women can vote, own land, have jobs, are political leaders, and have even gone to space – to think that we cannot love media deemed ‘geek’ is purely archaic. Women are people, and I think some humans forget that somehow. People love popular culture, tiny cult followings and everything in between. The more that humanity recognizes that women are just people, the more that this question won’t need to be answered.
And on a final note, everyone has varying levels of fandom and there is nothing wrong with that – whether you are male or female. We are all just humans, and we deserve to love whatever we want as much or as little as we want. (You know, as long as it doesn’t harm anyone else or anything.) Varying levels of fandom doesn’t make anyone a fake, regardless of gender.
Tell us a little about Marvel’s The Watcher, in which you host and write.
Marvel’s The Watcher is a weekly comedy news web show where I talk with comic book creators, editors, and celebrities; tour cool Marvel show and events; and of course, break comic book, video game, and Marvel studios and television news! New episodes come out every Wednesday on Marvel.com/TheWatcher and www.youtube.com/marvel.
How badass is it working for Marvel and in general just being involved with Marvel?
Super badass! When I got my first email from Marvel it was absolutely out of the blue. I had previously been a comedian and geek vlogger, but had no commercial ties to the company. Standing in line to grab dinner at Chipotle with some comedy friends and being the internet addict I am, I was checking my phone as I waited. I began squealing just seeing the @marvel.com email address. Getting to work for them has been an incredibly validating, and fulfilling experience.
Marvel is of course FUN – it’s our job. There are toys and comics everywhere, and everyone knows what you’re talking about when you send a Deadpool gif or say you want a Squirrel Girl redesign. However, it’s not all gifs, comics, and toys. It is also a lot of hard work and many long hours. We want to give Marvel fans the best content, and that means we put in serious elbow grease. I am fortunate, as someone on a creative contract, I am given a certain amount of freedom to do outside projects and create a lot of my own work. I’m in the insanely lucky position to talk with film celebrities, comic book creators that have been my longtime heroes, and make money doing something I love endlessly – talking about comics! I am 100% proof that if you love something, you just have to do it! Eventually someone will notice and pay you for it. What’s better than that?
Which superhero would you wanna be in an alternate world?
Can I pick and choose? It’s so hard to say. For a long time, I would have said Phoenix. Jean Grey is so immensely powerful, and I’d never have to wonder just what someone is thinking ever again. However, I fear I might be overwhelmed by all the voices in NYC. I’m not sure I have the personal discipline to resist the temptation to look into the thoughts of others or the pure fortitude to constantly block out the chatter. I’d definitely keep her telekinesis though. I’d like to have Spider-Man’s strength and agility, Wolverine’s healing factor (bye bye post-gym soreness), and Beast’s intellect. Oh! And Eva Bell’s ability to freeze time. Imagine how much I could get done if able to freeze pockets of time for myself! Oo! And the naps. I think I might have cheated on that question, but I’m ok with it.
Tell us a little about what we can expect from your weekly shows at Peoples Improv Theater and Magnet Theater in NYC.
Every Tuesday and Friday, I perform with various improv groups. My two most common groups are Legend (Magnet) and Hello (PIT). Most frequently, I perform musical improv. For 25-45 minutes we create a completely narrative musical – made up on the spot – complete with songs, production numbers, dancing, and lots of laughs. As you can imagine, it’s exhilarating and absolutely ridiculous. Last night, I did a show with Hello. I played a maid working to put herself through school, who worked for the evil 1% of 1929. The stock market fell, and I used my new education to buy the house where I once worked as an indentured servant. My evil boss became my servant. The well-kept ladies of the neighborhood were forced to educate themselves and became my assistants. We all learned a lesson about kindness and education, and were better for it. Did I mention there was a duck parade and a servant who wasn’t allowed to talk because of the horrible things he had to say? It’s always a blast!
Is there anything you’re working on right now or in the future you’d like us to look out for?
We’re just about to release the final episode of Marvel Method: Cosplay on Marvel.com this week in which we go through the process of building a professional costume [seen in the Scarlet Witch photo]. Check it out the whole series on youtube.com/Marvel. I am currently writing a web series, which is still in pre-production and will go live in 2015! Check for updates on www.lorrainecink.com. Until then you can catch up on my personal vlog at www.youtube.com/lorrainecink where I talk about comics, movies, sci fi, news, and am generally fairly silly. It’s also a great way to see the flowers in my office slowly dying because I am bad at watering them. Easter egg!
What’s your advice to girls out there who feel embarrassed to be geeks?
You are allowed to love whatever you love. In my experience, the most judgmental people are usually also the most insecure. Try to be patient with them, and realize that they might be scared that you know more about something that they do. Or they might get intimidated that someone different from them has come into a place they think they own. Don’t let someone else’s insecurities or fears dictate what you care about. It can be frustrating, but I always try to come from a place of love and understanding, and when that fails I find the blocking features online work pretty well. 😉
For every bunch of online jerks, there are 100 times more inclusive, wonderful men and women who welcome your thoughts, opinions, and passion. You just have to find them. Find people you can share with and feel safe with, and sooner or later, you won’t care what anyone thinks. You are valid.