The Girl

Pay no attention to the girl behind the curtain.

Bio: Okay, I’ll demystify the enigma a little for you. My name is Stephanie and I live in Pennsylvania. I’m nineteen and a student who’s majoring in English literature. So far, the only thing I know is that I’m destined to write. Something.

I like to read, write, listen to music, watch movies, and indulge my rather geekish tendencies (for the record, I prefer Star Wars to Star Trek). One of my dream jobs is being involved in the film, comic book, or video game industry. I have been a big gamer my whole life. I am a PlayStation girl at heart, with a guilty pleasure of Nintendo on the side. I embrace my inner grammar stickler. I love Harry Potter. I buy DVDs just for the special features. I’m a sucker for the nineties. I am a coffee fiend. Although I’ve never been a big Superman fan, I sort of “collect” songs about him. If someone made me a mixed CD chock full of nothing but Superman songs, I would probably consider that the coolest thing ever. On the other hand, I am a huge Batman fan (like you couldn’t tell). I have this weird pet peeve about cashiers not putting the receipt in the bag. I used to love Tom Cruise; now I think he’s an ass. I’m into Final Fantasy. I have a cat named Buffy, after the Vampire Slayer. I love both ninjas and pirates, but I have officially decided that ninjas pwn more (I mean, Batman’s a ninja). My favorite flavor of ice cream is a tie between mint chocolate chip and black raspberry. I’ve seen every episode of X-men: The Animated Series and Batman: The Animated Series, the nineties cartoons. I friggin’ loved the ’90s. I’m a nostalgic and sarcastic person. Oh, and I’m a comic book geek. And yes, although I am a bit of a nerd, TV is good, and I tend to watch a little too much of it. Also, you’re now equip with lots of useless trivia about me. But that’s part of the point of this little blog. To rant on whatever the hell strikes me—kind of like an editorial. Well, here’s hoping, anyway.

Resume: Currently I write full-time as an editor/lead of the comics section for the Girls Entertainment Network (founded and run by Becky Young), and part-time as a contributor for Bill Ramey’s Batman-On-Film and writer for Impulse Creations, Inc. I have guest blogged for Hollywire.com, and I previously wrote reviews for ComicNerd.com.

If you have a website and you’re interested in contacting me for a writing gig (and would like to know more about my credentials), please feel free to email me using the address listed below. I’m nearly always looking for writing work … especially paid geek writing work. 🙂

Email: wita.gen@gmail.com


Favorite Bands: Nine Inch Nails, Garbage, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fiona Apple, Alice in Chains, Dido, Depeche Mode, Nightwish, Muse, Nirvana, Stereophonics, R.E.M., Queens of the Stone Age, Death Cab for Cutie/The Postal Service, Oasis, Radiohead, Billy Idol

Favorite Video Games: Legend of Legaia 1, Resident Evil (especially 1, Code Veronica, & 4), Final Fantasy (esp. 1, 7, & 10), Crash Bandicoot 2, Jak series, Ratchet & Clank series, Silent Hill (esp. 1 & 2), Legend of Zelda (esp. 2 and 3), Super Mario Bros., Tomb Raider (esp. 1 & 2), Prince of Persia, Guitar Hero

Favorite Books: The Hobbit, the Earthsea cycle, Fahrenheit 451, The Bell Jar, the Harry Potter series, Dragon’s Gold, Serpent’s Silver, Chimaera’s Copper, The Lord of the Flies, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Dracula, the Inheritance cycle, Neuromancer

Favorite GNs/Comics: Watchmen, The Killing Joke, Hush, Heart of Hush, The Long Halloween, Dark Victory, Joker, Wolverine: Origin, The Sword, Hellboy, Locke & Key, The Darkness, Deadpool, Batman

Favorite Movies: The Prestige, V for Vendetta, Donnie Darko, Cast Away,  Fight Club, Star Wars (original trilogy); Girl, Interrupted; American History X, The Machinist, American Psycho, 3:10 to Yuma, The Dark Knight, Sunshine, Memento

TV: 24, House, Lost, South Park, The Simpsons, Futurama, X-men the Animated Series (TAS), Smallville, Firefly, Batman TAS, Batman Beyond, Dexter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Favorite Actors: Hugh Laurie, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, Winona Ryder, Brad Pitt, William Fichtner, Steve Carell, Edward Norton, Adam Baldwin, Nathan Fillion, Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Harrison Ford, Heath Ledger (R.I.P.), Cillian Murphy

Favorite Artists/Writers: Dave Gibbons, Jim Lee, Dustin Nguyen, Brian Bolland, Guillem March, Tony Daniel, Tim Sale, Jeph Loeb, Alan Moore, Paul Dini, the Luna Brothers, Brian Azzarello, Lee Bermejo, Mark Millar, Joss Whedon, Christopher Paolini, Sara Douglass, J. K. Rowling, Ursula Le Guin, Piers Anthony

What You Might Be Wondering …

About My Icon: Spoiler, otherwise known as Stephanie Brown. The coolest superhero who shares my first name.

About My Blog Name: So what’s up with the name What Is Techno Again? One day, around when I started creating this blog, I was listening to a techno song on one of my playlists while talking to my roommate. I said how much I loved that song and how great (some, mind you) techno can be. And I got that achingly predictable reaction: Uh, what is techno, anyway? Well, really long songs that are amazingly fun to dance to and are full of repetition, remixing, fading out, and just general awesomeness. They can be sensual, lustrous, primal, and in many unfortunate cases, just plain cheesy and irritating. Dictionaries define it something like this: a style of disco music characterized by very fast synthesizer rhythms, heavy use of samples, and a lack of melody; any of various styles of dance music characterized by electronic sounds and a high-energy, rhythmic beat; a style of fast heavy electronic dance music usually without vocals. Personally, I think dictionaries are stiffs and unfairly hate techno.

Me? I think it’s hilariously delightful. The fact that the music genre itself is so wildly unorthodox, capricious, and incalculable makes it some sort of blissful anomaly. And I started to think, Hey, you know, techno somehow seems to fit—maybe not exactly me or my life, but what I want my writing (and in those more unsuccessful cases, how I’m sure it’ll sometimes turn out) to be. I don’t want it to be ordinary. So in a way that’s my goal: I want my writing to be techno. Erm, figuratively speaking, I mean. Some techno is honestly really bad.

About the Blog: Why do I blog? I love writing. I’m not exactly sure where this little blog is going to end up—right now, it’s about comics, movie, book, and TV news and reviews, and anything else I find interesting. I love tweaking with images on Paint Shop Pro, html, and designs. I’ve been thinking about making this blog a little more personal by including some writing pieces and other random things in my life. I dunno, I’m still working on it.

You Named Your Cat After Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Yup. She’s my baby. It’s sort of funny, though, because she’s not fast like Buffy (she’s fat, haha) and she gets scared at everything! Simply put, she wouldn’t make a very good slayer.

Emailing: Questions/comments/suggestions? Have a book/graphic novel/movie you’d like me to review? Have an idea in mind of something you’d like to see on my blog? I’d be more than happy to hear from you and get some feedback. Drop me a line at the email listed above. I promise, I’ll read it! ;D


17 Responses to “The Girl”

  1. 1 vampirekitten

    Hey, do you have a banner I want to link you to my new blog!

    http://www.digitalcupcake.net/

  2. Ohh, yes! See that one on the side (under “Subscribe To Feed” ) with the Batsignal behind it, that has my blog name and “Pop culture”?

    Hee, it’ll finally get put to good use. Thanks, chica!

  3. 3 John

    Trust The Girl. The Girl is good.

  4. Heheh. Shouldn’t you be working hard over there right now, Bierly? 😉

  5. 5 John

    What what what? What what?

  6. ROFL, tell that to your boss. 😛

  7. 7 John

    Be outside at exactly 4:17 p.m.

    And look for the Bierly-Gig.

  8. Your new “about” page is nearly as hot as its author.

    Nearly.

  9. 9 Steve-o

    I really loved your review on BOF. Keep up the great work.

  10. Thanks, Steve-o!

  11. I just got done reading your review of The Dark Knight. I thought it was a great analysis of the film. I am planning on posting a review on my new blog after it is released on Blu-ray and I see it four more times.
    I also thought your All-Star Batman and Robin review was very informative. I haven’t touched the book because most people claim it’s so terrible but you seem to think it has some redeeming qualities. I’ll at least give All-Star a try now. After all, it can’t be any worse than some of the recent Superman/Batman which I still buy.
    If you were still wondering about number 10 it comes out on the 24th. It was supposed to be released last week but was recalled. If you haven’t heard the story why you can check out a post on my blog.

  12. 12 rdalecowboy

    You’re right Stephanie, we do have a ton in common and nineties cartoons do Rock indeed. That’s awesome you’ve seen every episode of the X-men cartoon. I haven’t watched it since it aired on Fox Kids. Maybe the show will get released on DVD someday (fingers crossed).

  13. Hei…
    Nice to meet you, blue eyes (or maybe green eyes?)

    I like your blog so much, but sorry about my english. I´m braziliam and write in english is kind of hard for me. 🙂
    I love comics, in especial Avengers, X-men, Fables and Vertigo.
    It´s good to find a fan of the bands like: the Cure and Depeche Mode.
    You are so good writer!!!

  14. Thanks, man! 🙂

  15. 15 Brian

    ZOMG you like LOST.
    I love you now
    😛
    – Brian

  16. Haha! 😀

  17. I just finished reading Nightwing #149 and turned to the web to read reviews of it. Yes, perhaps it is ludicrous that I just finished reading this comic which came out October 2008. But last year, I was, well–uh… a bit of a drinker. So I am a little behind on my Batman-related titles. Of which I collect all, even the inscrutable Simon Dark.

    Anyhoo, I disagree fervently with your description of the fight scene as “awesome.” Over half the book wasted (or $1.50 depending on how you look at it) on what was a by-the-numbers look at overused members of Batman’s Rogues Gallery. The coloring was marred by the inker’s inability to shade. Did I mention the fight sequence lasted longer than an entire day of Sotomayer confirmation hearings?

    Your assesment that the rest of the book was ridiculous, garbled nonsense was dead-on and I commend your righteous indignation. I also commend you on the hard work and dedication which no doubt led to you attaining the highly dubious title of “Professional Blogger.”

    gARRETT
    “Garrett Steel displays awesomeness the same way some women display cleavage.”


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