Maude Garrett

Legion of Leia Profile: Maude Garrett — Host and Founder of Geek Bomb

I met Maude Garrett when I was a guest on her show Geeks Unleashed. She’s a super cool lady who, when her agent told her that she should be quiet about the geek stuff, created the site Geek Bomb! Definitely head over there. You’re going to love it! After hitting it big in her native Australia, she moved to the US and took over the geek world. She’s got some amazing podcasts, including one the Legion will love: Jedi Alliance! Check out what she has to say about getting started, taking your career into your own hands, her Star Wars podcast and more.

Legion of Leia: You have a great break in story. How did you get started at Nickelodeon? You had amazing success in Australia. What made you decide to come to the states?

Maude Garrett: I was actually in a ‘presenter (or host) search’ competition for a national music program. Think MTV. I didn’t quite land the job but had a bit of airtime on the show. I realized I loved every second of it. I also knew I didn’t want to go back to my hometown of Brisbane where a job in television would never happen. So I decided to be a bit cheeky before my flight home … in the same building were the Nickelodeon offices. So I snuck in and left a post-it note on the boss’s desk saying ‘My name is Maude Garrett and I want a job’, as well as my email address. It ended in me getting an audition and eventually hosting the entire network!

Legion of Leia: Tell us about starting Geek Bomb! We LOVE Geek Bomb!

Maude Garrett: I LOVE IT TOO! IT actually started back in July 2012. I had left a big job in radio and had a lot more free time … to play games! It was all I was posting about, to the point where my agent told me to shut it for fear of being typecast and potentially being overlooked for other hosting jobs in Australia. It’s true, Australia is a much smaller market, and has even fewer geek outlets in need of hosts. So I created Geek Bomb as a pseudo-outlet. It was a safe place to get my geek on. It was supposed to be a podcast, which turned into videos, which is the growing empire it is today! The focus is all about ‘Unleashing Your Inner Geek’ (I mean, everyone geeks out about something!) and breaking the stereotypes of what a geek is ‘supposed’ to look and act like. So far we have 4 main shows called Clone Companion (A Dr Who/Orphan Black podcast), Press A to Play (Gaming), Book Club (where sci-fi & fantasy authors come on a live stream to talk about their book) and Geeks Unleashed, where I interview an awesome guest ‘geek’ about their life and geeky passions. There are more shows to come soon! I have 12 contributors in both Australia and here in LA, and counting!

Legion of Leia: You have a Star Wars podcast called Jedi Alliance, which I just appeared on! Tell me about getting this started, the show and your Star Wars fandom.

Maude Garrett: Yes, thanks so much for being a guest! You were so insightful and wonderful, as always. Jedi Alliance is co-hosted by myself and the ‘Pit Boss’ of Schmoes Know, Ken Napzok (who is now Master Ken-Obi). It’s on the Schmoes Know Podcast YouTube page and iTunes! It’s a celebration of the greatest saga ever told. We’re not focusing on Episode 7 news, but more about indulging in all aspects. We have a segment called ‘Duel of the Fates’, where we pit two against each other to see which is more superior; whether it be characters, moments, vehicles or weapons. We also do ‘Forced On’, where we force a part of the Star Wars universe on the viewers. I’ve brought up my love for Knights of the Old Republic (video game), but we’ve also featured the Ewok specials and Legion of Leia! My favorite is the Star Wars trivia battle Ken and I have called Star Pause, which can happen any time during the show. We’ve been bouncing around the 4-20 spot on iTunes, so any rating and reviews really help!

Legion of Leia: What was the first sci-fi or fantasy character you connected to as a kid?

Maude Garrett: I fell in love with Star Wars at about 8 years of age when I first saw it. But I grew up on a healthy appetite of Transformers (Starscream was the first toy I remember having), TMNT, He-Man… you name it. But there was a lack of females that inspired me. Sure, there were the Disney Princesses and She-Ra … but it was probably Xena the Warrior Princess that made me feel that women could do anything. The series came out when I was 9 so I was old enough to realize that in a that era where men held most of the power, she held her own. AYEYEYEYE!

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Legion of Leia: You’re a big gamer. Tell us about how you got into gaming and how you translated that into your Geek Speak segment and Save Point.

Maude Garrett: I’ve been gaming since I was a little kid. My father was and still is into video games in a big way! It certainly helped that I had two older brothers too. I started out gaming on the DOS system when I was about 6, playing games like Wolfenstein and Leisure Suit Larry (don’t worry, I didn’t understand a thing!). I moved on to the NES, SNES and then the N64, the console that really made me realize that I was a gamer. Helloooooo Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. That is the best game in the world. I even have the Trifoce tattooed onto my finger! I played LAN (Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, Heretic) at my Dad’s work each Sunday. Once I started gaming, I never really stopped. I never ‘phased out’ like most people seem to. But in my field of work now, I try to have at least a segment where I can get my geek on and chat games. That’s when I created the ‘Geek Speak’ segment in the national radio show I hosted, and helped create Save Point, a video game based show on network TV. Being so open and honest about video game culture really does help ‘normalize’ that a lot of people play a lot of video games a lot of the time.

Legion of Leia: What does it mean to be a part of this amazing group of genre women?

Maude Garrett: The passion. Geeks bond over things/events that have shaped them. When I reminisce about the games I grew up on, and I speak with someone who’s shared that exact experience, it’s not only comforting but incredibly exciting! I may be wrong, but I feel many women were like me growing up – it was hard to connect with female friends over video games because they simply weren’t playing them. Now that I’ve made so many friends in the geek culture spectrum, I can fully let my geek flag fly and be myself. I’m also motivated and inspired by others who are completely owning who they are. It’s refreshing!

Legion of Leia: What do you have coming next? Plug away!

Maude Garrett: You can catch all my crazy celebrity interviews that I do with my radio show The Hot Hits over at thehothits.com, including my Comic Con coverage. You can watch/listen to the Jedi Alliance show on youtube.com/schmoesknowpk or search it on iTunes!

Here is where you can find Maude!

Geek Bomb
youtube.com/geekbombshells (subscribe if you’d like!)
Geeks Unleashed is a live show each Saturday evening!
Me!
Once Upon a Time meets Frozen

Frozen Comes to Storybrooke in the New Once Upon a Time Teaser

Today we have a new teaser for Season 4 of ABC’s Once Upon a Time and Frozen fans will be happy. Elsa has come to Storybrooke! The teaser shows Elsa (Georgina Haig) passing through the town and leaving a lot of ice in her wake.

We’re going to see a bunch of Frozen characters including Anna (Elizabeth Lail), Kristoff (Scott Michael Foster), Prince Hans (Tyler Jacob Moore) and Pabbie the Troll King (John Rhys-Davies). Elizabeth Mitchell (Lost) will also show up in an-as-yet-unknown Frozen-related role.

Once Upon a Time Season 4 will return to ABC on September 28. The second episode of the season, ‘White Out,’ which airs on October 5, was written by Legion friend Jane Espenson! Thanks to THR for posting.

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Watch 500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art in 3 Minutes

I know it’s a holiday weekend, but I saw this on Jezebel and I thought it might interest you guys if you’re tooling around the net between BBQs. Especially in the light of all we’ve been talking about this week in terms of the portrayal of women. I actually think this is really cool. Please note, this shows Western art and isn’t exactly diverse.

ArtFido, an art sales and auction website is behind the video. Let us know what you think. Be safe this weekend!

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Ouch! Artist Does 3-D Rendering of the Spider-Woman #1 Cover by Milo Manara

Hey Legion! Jenna here. You guys responded in huge numbers when we posted the variant cover for Spider-Woman #1 by Milo Manara. Some of you defended the artist and his right to work in his style. Some of you were upset with Marvel for the decision to use his work in the first place when they’re trying to reach out to female fans. (I agree with that, by the way.) Like me, some of you tweeted and commented that, cloth doesn’t work like that! One other criticism was that this particular pose isn’t exactly anatomically correct.

I’ve spent the entire week talking about this from an appearance on Nerd Alert to writing pieces and tweeting, when I wasn’t fielding horrible comments on articles about Anita Sarkeesian and lamenting the rampant sexism that we’re facing in the geek community. I was actually blasted on Google+ for daring to run a piece on the fact that women are now almost half of gamers. How dare I? Seriously, what the hell are you afraid of? No one is taking your toys away!

Anyway, our friend Kim Horcher send me this 3-D rendering of the Spider-Woman cover from a Redditor this morning. Whatever you think of it, it looks pretty painful!

Anyone want to weigh in on this week?

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Game of Thrones Game Preview From Telltale Games

Today we got some new information for the point-and-click episodic Game of Thrones video game from Telltale and it looks pretty cool. IGN had an unembeddable video preview, which you can watch here. This is the image they released, which gives us some information about the game.

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The quote above is from Asha Greyjoy (Yara in the show): “Trackers and hunters sworn to Deepwood with clan names like Forrester and Woods. Branch and Bole.” We’ve never met a character from House Forrester, though we know this: They’re from the Wolfswood in the North and sworn to House Glover of Deepwood Motte and Lady Glover sends Forresters as scouts to help Stannis Baratheon travel through Wolfswood to the North. The hashtag #IronFromIce almost certainly points to a Greyjoy as they are the Ironborn.

Telltale’s CEO Dan Connors confirmed to Digital Trends at the Game Developer’s Conference in March that the game series would run concurrently with “A Song of Ice and Fire” and Game of Thrones on HBO. “I think the show provides a timeline, but the world is huge,” Connors told the site. “There’s so much going on and it’s so rich. Every decision that King Joffrey makes impacts so many people. … The show does a great job of interpreting George R.R. Martin’s work, and his work provides a huge dictionary of knowledge about what the franchise is. It’s really a dream to sit down and say, ‘What’s our space in this world? Where are we in this world?’ And the world offers you so much to explore.”

Telltale had no new information on the game for IGN though, simply saying, “We’re unable to confirm any new information about the game. Stay tuned for additional details soon.” Please, oh please let me play as Asha. Please?

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Six Flags Gives Us Female Justice League Members … But They’re Tied Up

Did you ever have that thing where you can’t quite tell how you feel about something? Today DCWomenKickingAss, which is a site I love, posted a trailer for the upcoming Justice League: Battle for Metropolis ride at Six Flags Texas and Missouri. What’s awesome about it is that, in the midst of male Justice League members Superman, Batman and Green Lantern, we have female members Wonder Woman and Supergirl.

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I love that! Especially with all the debate about why Wonder Woman still doesn’t have her own film. I’m thrilled to see them. However — and I’m saying this knowing that I’m sensitive to this stuff and may be over-reacting — the two female members of the team are shown tied up or captured. To be fair, so is Green Lantern and The Flash. Look. Story is story. Creative decision are personal. So is my reaction. I have no idea what the entire ride is about and it looks like fun from what I can see. So, why does it bother me so much that it isn’t Wonder Woman and Batman saving Superman, Supergirl and Green Lantern? Because it does. Because of the history of women in comics. Because of everything that is happening around Anita Sarkeesian. I hate being over-sensitive, but I think maybe history as well as recent events mean that it’s justified.

I’d love to start a discussion here. What do you guys think? Does it bother you? Would you never have noticed it if I hadn’t pointed it out? Is it a big deal or nothing to worry about? Let me know your thoughts in the comments after you watch the video below. By the way, I still want to go on the ride.

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Here is the description: “As you explore the interactive Hall of Justice, you’ll be given special 3D glasses and a working stun gun to help you battle Lex Luthor and The Joker. They’ve hacked into BATMAN’s computer and kidnapped the world’s favorite superheroes, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, WONDER WOMAN, and GREEN LANTERN. Now you must bust into Lex Corp. to rescue them! Board motion-based vehicles for a wild journey through the Metropolis streets, where you’ll meet up with life-sized animatronics.”

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Pixelated Star Wars Scenes Using Microsoft Paintbrush Will Give You Rad 90s Flashbacks

We have a little over a year left to wait for Star Wars: Episode VII, which opens December 18, 2015. Today we’ve got something cool for you 90s kids. LaughingSquid just posted some pixelated Star Wars scenes created using Microsoft Paintbrush on the Windows 3.1 operating system in the late 1990s.

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Brothers Robert and James Dastoli of Dastoli Digital created a ton of Star Wars paintings and they’re posting one a day on their Tumblr page StarWarsPaintbrush leading up to the December 2015 release. “My brother and I made hundreds and hundreds of pixelated Star Wars pictures using Microsoft Paintbrush on Windows 3.1. We would spend hours working on each of them and many of them have an impressive level of detail and accuracy. Most importantly though, they serve as a charming reminder of the power of our fandom. Originally we made these pictures during the lead-up to ‘Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,’ and now we will be posting a new picture on Tumblr every day during the lead-up to ‘Star Wars Episode VII.'”

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Pretty cool, right? Head over to Laughing Squid for more and check out StarWarsPaintbrush each day to see more!

Agent Carter

Dollhouse Alum Enver Gjokaj Joins Marvel’s Agent Carter

One of the best things about Captain America: The First Avenger was Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. She took no crap, she was smart as a whip and now she’s got her very own midseason ABC drama. Anyone else super excited for this one? Well, now we have yet another reason to watch.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dollhouse alum Enver Gjokaj has just joined the cast. Whedonverse member Gjokaj will play Agent Daniel Sousa and One Tree Hill star Chad Michael Murray (who wrote a pretty cool graphic novel called “Everlast”) will play Agent Jack Thompson. The two will meet Carter when she joins the pre-SHIELD Strategic Scientific Reserve in New York City.

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The show, which is based on the one shot from Iron Man 3 comes to us from showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas and takes place a year after the events of Captain America: The First Avenger. We’ll follow Agent Peggy Carter as she moves up the career ladder as a secret agent. According to the site, “Peace has dealt Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert SSR, Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing the love of her life — Steve Rogers.”

The eight-episode Agent Carter will take place during the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. winter hiatus, airing Tuesdays at 9/8c. Will you be watching?

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TARDIS Public Bathroom at an Outdoor Cafe in England from Doctor Who Fan!

UPDATE: AUGUST 28, 2014 7:00pm PST — After we posted this story, the Warmley Waiting Room tweeted us a few more amazing pictures of the TARDIS bathroom! You can follow them on Twitter @WarmleyWaiting!

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Doctor Who fans! I was scrolling through Geekologie today when I saw something that makes me want to head back to England right now RIGHTNOW! Justin Hoggans of the Warmley Waiting Room in Bristol, England has transformed a TARDIS replica into a public toilet!

Owner Justin Hoggans said: “It’s got everything you need; a toilet, sink, hot and cold water and a hand dryer.” He continued, “We’ve got a doorbell we can press in the cafe that makes the sound go off, so we do it when someone’s having their photograph taken outside – which is quite often. The light is operated off a motion sensor so as someone goes into the toilet, the lights inside and on top of the box go on to indicate the toilet’s in use.”

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Hoggans is reportedly a big fan of the show (ya think?) and clearly needs to come to Los Angeles and make one for me. Anyone else?

Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels: Watch Zeb Embarrass the Imperials and Three New TV Spots

Star Wars Rebels is almost here and today we have a new three-minute character short called ‘Entanglements’ focusing on Zeb and three TV spots for you from ScreenRant. (Check out the previous two, ‘The Machine in the Ghost’ ‘Art Attack.’)

Zeb, voiced by Steve Blum, is based on the original Ralph McQuarrie design for Chewbacca. He’s the muscle of the group, and he’s not afraid to make the bad guys look stupid, as we learn from a line in the piece. Kanan: “Zeb, are you embarrassing the Imperials again?” Zeb: “Honestly, it’s hard not to.”

Check out the videos below and let us know what you think. Will you be watching? Star Wars Rebels premieres Monday, October 13 on Disney XC.