Nerd Grrrl Island

My little space in the middle of the sea of my life. Here is my collection of things I feel are important, things I love, things I want to share.

It's all about comic books, video games, and my fandoms combined with (& sometimes colliding with!) feminism, LGBTQ & neurodiversity, repro, civil, & human rights. I may have left a few things out.

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☼Flowers, especially daisies ☼ Cute animals ☼ Beautiful people, often with tattoos ☼ Art ☼ Tea ☼ Quotes ☼ Pictures of tea cups with quotes! ☼ Bookshelves, I ♥ bookshelves ☼ Did I mention comic books? ☼

There's more I'm sure...

~•○☆∾I'm so glad you're here∾☆○•~

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comiXology’s Creator of the Week: Kelly Sue DeConnick 

It is with much excitement that our next comiXology Creator of the Week is the incredible Kelly Sue DeConnick! 

Not only has Kelly Sue established herself as one of the most unique and progressive voices in all of comicsdom, but has become of figurehead of the forward march into the future of comics, indefatigably championing representation and inclusiveness across the whole industry. 

It’s no surprise that KSD’s rise to popularity has been anything but meteoric, and we can’t wait to see what comes next. 

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Stay tuned for more on Kelly Sue throughout the week as well as some social-media-exclusive discount codes!

comiXology’s Creator of the Week highlights one of our favorite people in comics starting each Monday.

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#AccessibleHalloween! Share your own tips with us and read more here:

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Costumes and “dressing up” should be FUN for your children. If it is not fun, or causes them distress, don’t force them to do it. Makeup, masks that restrict vision and cause confusion, itchy costumes are no fun when they put your sensory system on high alert. If your child doesn’t want to wear a costume, that’s okay. If you see a child out trick or treating who is not wearing a costume, that’s okay too.

Not trick-or-treating is not the end of the world, PARENTS. If your kid doesn’t want to, and your gentle encouraging still hasn’t persuaded them, no big deal. Rent movies, get a pizza, set up a candy scavenger hunt at home, make a blanket fort, play video games, do nothing. It’s all good. Maybe next year your kid will want to dress up & go out, maybe not. It will still be all good.

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The Strand Bookstore in New York.

It is impossible to go here and not walk out with an arm full of books. I feel like this would be a really dangerous place to live near…

Heaven. One of my favourite places.



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I Am Not Spock… I Am Sherlock Holmes?


Leonard Nimoy

I Am Not Spock… I Am Sherlock Holmes?

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1. Apps that help you focus

Cold Turkey (for Windows) and Concentrate (for MAC) allow you to block websites that distract you from your tasks, which in our case is writing our novel. You choose how long certain websites are going to be blocked. Cold Turkey is actually so…



Moving out of the apartment

This is, without a doubt, the saddest photo I have ever seen in my ENTIRE LIFE.

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I’ve discovered this awesome positivity blog in which the artist creates cute animal doodles that come with encouraging words to cheer you up and inspire you, no matter how sad you may feel. Every drawing is absolutely adorable, and the words are so touching. I’m grateful I stumbled upon this blog by chance. <3

Thank you so much! very happy you like my blog. I love seeing these compilations. It’s so nice to see which doodles people connect with the most.


As I’m walking through Target with my little sister, the kid somehow manages to convince me to take a trip down the doll aisle. I know the type - brands that preach diversity through displays of nine different variations of white and maybe a black girl if you’re lucky enough. What I instead found as soon as I turned into the aisle were these two boxes.

The girl on the left is Shola, an Afghani girl from Kabul with war-torn eyes. Her biography on the inside flap tells us that “her country has been at war since before she was born”, and all she has left of her family is her older sister. They’re part of a circus, the one source of light in their lives, and they read the Qur’an. She wears a hijab.

The girl on the right is Nahji, a ten-year-old Indian girl from Assam, where “young girls are forced to work and get married at a very early age”. Nahji is smart, admirable, extremely studious. She teaches her fellow girls to believe in themselves. In the left side of her nose, as tradition mandates, she has a piercing. On her right hand is a henna tattoo.

As a Pakistani girl growing up in post-9/11 America, this is so important to me. The closest thing we had to these back in my day were “customizable” American Girl dolls, who were very strictly white or black. My eyes are green, my hair was black, and my skin is brown, and I couldn’t find my reflection in any of those girls. Yet I settled, just like I settled for the terrorist jokes boys would throw at me, like I settled for the butchered pronunciations of names of mine and my friends’ countries. I settled for a white doll, who at least had my eyes if nothing else, and I named her Rabeea and loved her. But I still couldn’t completely connect to her.

My little sister, who had been the one to push me down the aisle in the first place, stopped to stare with me at the girls. And then the words, “Maybe they can be my American Girls,” slipped out of her mouth. This young girl, barely represented in today’s society, finally found a doll that looks like her, that wears the weird headscarf that her grandma does and still manages to look beautiful.

I turned the dolls’ boxes around and snapped a picture of the back of Nahji’s. There are more that I didn’t see in the store; a Belarusian, an Ethiopian, a Brazilian, a Laotian, a Native American, a Mexican. And more.

These are Hearts 4 Hearts dolls, and while they haven’t yet reached all parts of the world (I think they have yet to come out with an East Asian girl), they need all the support they can get so we can have a beautiful doll for every beautiful young girl, so we can give them what our generation never had.

Please don’t let this die. If you know a young girl, get her one. I know I’m buying Shola and Nahji for my little sister’s next birthday, because she needs a doll with beautiful brown skin like hers, a doll who wears a hijab like our older sister, a doll who wears real henna, not the blue shit white girls get at the beach.

The Hearts 4 Hearts girls are so important. Don’t overlook them. Don’t underestimate them. These can be the future if we let them.

You can read more about the dolls here:

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This story enrages me. This is bullshit, nothing more, nothing less. Could our country perhaps learn from other places which value things like, I don’t know, PEOPLE? 


Batman vs Superman 3 by Federico J. Reyes

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Your Monday morning smile.

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So much cuteness. Goodnight. Sleep tight.

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