So… that capstone is going well. I defend it May 8th. But before I get to that I got to talk about what leads up to it. Personally, I find being busy a great thing because time goes by a lot faster than one would expect.
That’s out of the way. Capstone has been on my mind since last October. Let’s do some quick math: 7 MONTHS of Capstone. SEVEN. So, imagine my surprise when we set the defense for early May, that means 8 MONTHS. 8 MONTHS of superheroines running around in my brain. 8 MONTHS of everyone asking when are you graduating then? The whole ten yards.
I still have a bit more to do on the capstone itself which is what I’ll be spending the next ten days doing. I turn the capstone in May 1st for review which gives me a week to my defense. Now, I bet you’re like what are you going to do? You’ll be done, so that week will go by REALLY slow.
Nope! I have to move 20 minutes to a new apartment that week. So May 2nd, I finish my Arts Administration paper and turn it in, then May 3rd and 4th I pack the rest of my stuff into boxes and organize my stuff so it will fit in our car. May 5th and 6th we move EVERYTHING. I also mean Internet as a guy is coming to install it. On the evening of the 6th, we come back, clean our rooms of dirt and grime and leave our keys on the counter, taking the last of the things.
May 7th? Slight reprieve in the form of unpacking stuff and building my baker’s rack and getting a microwave and hoping my toaster oven can sit somewhere and figuring out how I’m setting up the kitchen because who else is going to do that? May 8th I get to be a ball of nerves all day and hope for the best and go over my presentation ELEVENTY BILLION times to the point that I’m sick of it.
Cool right? But we aren’t done. After the defense, comes corrections for the next two weeks until May 22nd and on May 12th? I get two couches and move them to my apartment. I also order my bedroom set between the 8th and the 12th so that by Friday night? Completely furnished apartment except a dining room and patio set. Good for me!
Did I mention this next three weeks is going to be REALLY busy?
Today was the IAmElemental interview and I can’t thank Julie enough for being accomodating despite her hectic schedule. She emailed me and suggested we go to Pure Thai Cookhouse on 9th Avenue (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IF YOU LOVE THAI). I agreed, despite never having Thai food before.
I arrived, quite taken by the place as it is small as most places are in New York and we sat down and ordered. We started talking and she struck me as a woman with conviction. She told me about the company, working in the toy industry, Hasbro (and how they didn’t give me an interview), Mattel (and how they never got back to me), and how the “Less hooters, more heroines” catchphrase came to being. We even talked about Wonder Woman.
I told her how I appreciated her company’s existence which you should totally check out because really, it’s awesome. iamelemental.com is the thing you should check out. Do it, I’ll wait.
Meanwhile, the food was amazing, but there was SO MUCH. I couldn’t eat it all. We decided to walk together afterward and she said if I had anymore questions, I could definitely email her. So it was a very productive hour and I found out a lot I could use for my thesis.
I also emailed AJ Mendez Brooks agent for an interview and how to hear from her in the next few weeks before Crazy is My Superpower comes out. Think positive thoughts for me on that front.
Nervousness is all I felt this morning as I prepared for one of the biggest interviews of my life. The first female artist of Wonder Woman, Trina Robbins, had agreed to be interviewed by me for my thesis.
A few months ago, I had been hoping to interview both Trina Robbins and Gail Simone, but as Gail Simone is always busy and when I messaged Trina on Facebook, I wasn’t expecting anything. Then a few weeks ago, Trina got in contact with me and asked me to email her to set up a date. I did so.
We originally set it for this past Thursday, but she had something come up, so we switched it to today. I was super nervous all morning. I set everything up, tested it, made sure that everything was in place and finally decided to call around 12pm as agreed.
I called and told her how nervous I was. She was an utter delight. We talked about Wonder Woman, family, action figures and it went really well. The recording went great and everything came out clear in the recording. So next up is IAmElemental on Thursday.
These four women are what I have decided to focus my thesis on in addition to female action figures. One of the main reasons for this is that each one represents something that resounds with women: Wonder Woman for strength, Batgirl for disability, Harley for abusive relationships, and Jessica for trying to move on.
One of the biggest problems with a thesis is narrowing it down, but for me the problem seems to be where do I go now? In addition to setting up some interviews over the next two weeks or so, I am also going around to stores and recording their boys and girls toy sections. Why? Well, mostly to show that we need more action figures that portray women as strong and not needing saving. Is that so much to ask?
Perhaps so, but if this past month has been any indication, there’s a LOT of research I still have to get through and I cannot wait.