Joanna

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About Joanna

Joanna lives in California with her husband, two cats, and extensive book collection. She spends her time alternately between various creative artistic pursuits and has a passion for wildlife and conservation. She still hasn’t decided what she’s going to be when she grows up, though she suspects she will probably be herself. Her debut novel, YA sci-fi time travel story THREADWALKERS, published by 50/50 Press, is available now. You can find her other ramblings at joannavolavka.com or by following her on twitter @joannavolavka which is mostly cat photos and retweets of the geek culture variety. Ask her about: movie activities, IGGPPCamp, House Organa, +5 Charisma, whimsical weirdness, nitwit oddment blubber tweak. Need to get in touch? Email joanna@geekgirlpenpals.com
Lead Editor +5 Charisma; IGGPPC Staff
13 08, 2018

Small Business Spotlight and Giveaway with Adorable Mayhem

By |2018-08-12T19:59:13+00:00August 13th, 2018|Giveaways, Interviews|0 Comments

We love shining a spotlight on amazing small businesses, and this month we are talking to Tara Magboo, the artist and jeweler behind Adorable Mayhem! Let's get to know her a little more, and then get ready for an adorable giveaway! 

20 07, 2018

5th Annual Her Universe Fashion Show Brings Geek Couture to SDCC

By |2018-07-20T08:02:10+00:00July 20th, 2018|Conventions/Events|0 Comments

For the 5th year in a row, Thursday night at San Diego Comic-Con was taken over by geek couture thanks to the Her Universe Fashion Show. The annual event aims to bring a New York fashion week style event to the convention every year, proving that geek fashion can be high end and that it is here to stay. This year's theme was "Milestones" and the designers certainly delivered some breathtaking pieces to the event. We've got all the looks right here, plus the three winners who will be creating an Avengers-inspired line for Spring 2019 for Hot Topic. 

6 07, 2018

Movie Review: Ant Man and the Wasp **SPOILER FREE**

By |2018-07-06T06:22:42+00:00July 6th, 2018|Reviews, TV & Movies|0 Comments

Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018) is fun and entertaining but largely stays away from the intensity of the main Avengers sequence without forgetting that larger world's context. It's the first Marvel movie since Infinity War and thankfully we are handed some lighter fare. If you're looking for a summer comic book movie flick with an ass-kicking female hero, this is the movie for you.

26 06, 2018

Small Business Spotlight: FanFlaire

By |2018-06-26T00:08:14+00:00June 26th, 2018|Interviews, Shopping|0 Comments

Here are IGGPPC, we like to turn the spotlight onto small, geeky businesses, especially those run by women. This week we're checking out FanFlaire, a super rad shop that sells pins and patches for some of our favorite geek loves. Let's get to know a little more about shop owner Sarah and her awesome business! 

15 06, 2018

Movie Review: Incredibles 2 *SPOILER FREE*

By |2018-06-15T06:01:41+00:00June 15th, 2018|Reviews, TV & Movies|0 Comments

We've waited 14 years for this film: The Incredibles 2 opens this weekend to about as much anticipation as any Disney/Pixar sequel can have. And while audiences have been waiting over a decade for this one, it seems like Disney has finally decided to go all-in with the Incredible-Family: Disneyland's new "Pixar Pier" opens later this month with the signature featured ride, the "Incredicoaster", occupying a massive footprint on the retooled boardwalk. But enough about that-- let's talk about the movie! And don't worry: this is a spoiler-free zone. 

2 05, 2018

Hogwarts Mystery: Quick Review

By |2018-05-01T22:58:35+00:00May 2nd, 2018|Gaming, Reviews|0 Comments

I find Hogwarts Mystery to be an entertaining game, for what it is. You run out of energy quickly, unless you are willing to spend money, but honestly I don't mind games like this that I can play once or twice a day and feel like I'm enjoying them without spending hours of my life staring at my phone. That being said, there isn't anything "new" to it: it's pretty much just a retread, in a mildly interactive way. 

1 05, 2018

Infinity War pt 2 THEORIES **SPOILERS ALERT**

By |2018-05-01T21:34:36+00:00May 1st, 2018|TV & Movies|0 Comments

Well. That really was something, wasn't it? If you've already seen Avengers: Infinity War, chances are you left the theater at least a little stunned. I was, too, until a few things clicked into place for me, and I want to share my thoughts with you on this. So let's chat about the ramifications of Infinity War, and what it might mean for part 2 coming in 2019.

19 04, 2018

A chat with Jamila Rowser, writer of Wash Day comic now on Kickstarter

By |2018-04-19T20:24:00+00:00April 19th, 2018|Comics, Interviews|0 Comments

This week we are excited to share Wash Day, an upcoming slice-of-life comic from writer Jamila Rowser, one of the co-founders of Geek Girl Brunch, Straight Outta Gotham, and more. The Kickstarter for this comic was fully funded in less than 48 hours (WOW!) but you have until May 4th to back it and get some really cool perks! This week we had a chance to chat with Jamila about the comic, what she's working on now, and of course her current geek loves. 

4 04, 2018

WonderCon: Exhibitor Spotlight on Elhoffer Design

By |2018-04-04T18:38:03+00:00April 4th, 2018|Conventions/Events, Fashion|0 Comments

And that's what I love about Elhoffer Design-- the commitment to high quality, affordable designer pieces that flatter all kinds of body types, the celebration of lady/femme-nerds, and, I cannot emphasize this enough, the inclusion of functional POCKETS in the designs.

1 04, 2018

Small Business Spotlight: Nerdy Monsters + GIVEAWAY

By |2018-04-03T19:04:12+00:00April 1st, 2018|Giveaways, Interviews|0 Comments

Here at IGGPPC, we love supporting nerdy entrepreneurs and female/femme-empowering small businesses, and introducing you to them as well! And while Jennifer Holmquist (MagicCatJenny) is a familiar face in the IGGPPC community, we wanted to catch up with her about her shop, her creative process, and what she's currently geeking out about. Plus you can win one of her Nerdy Monster plushies-- Iggle! (note: giveaway is US-only)

19 03, 2018

IGGPPC Turns 5 – GIVEAWAY – 5 Comic-Con Swag Bags for 5 Years of 5 Geek Loves!

By |2018-03-13T22:48:16+00:00March 19th, 2018|Giveaways|0 Comments

As a small way to celebrate, we have been collecting SWAG from conventions for the last year (including a LOT from San Diego Comic-Con!) and we want to give it all away! Below are FIVE individual swag packs-- one for each of our 5 years of 5 geek loves!

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