Know Your Idols

Know Your Idols : She Hulk

She Hulk may have been created as a rights grab, but once her blood disease is cured Bruce Banner’s cousin takes control of her powers. Within the Marvel universe She Hulk has gone solo, been part of the Avengers and a member of the Fantastic Four as well as being part of the Lady Liberators.

What’s her deal?
She Hulk started out very much like the Hulk himself, but her role changed when she gained control of her powers. No longer losing her sense of self She Hulk is smart, strong and sexy in green. Jennifer Walters loved her strong alter ego and the power that came with it in a way Bruce never reconciled with Hulk. At one point she even became stuck as She Hulk, which wasn’t a big trauma. In addition to being She Hulk, Walters herself is a skilled hand to hand combatant and a criminal lawyer.

Research
Marvel Comics, assorted
She Hulk cartoon

She Says:
She-Hulk: You know what they say. The female is the deadlier of the species.

She-Hulk: My green eyes are baling and my green heels are dragging.

She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters): For six months I’ve been dragging myself to the gym, and for what? Now look at me. Jane Fonda can’t crack concrete like this girl can.

She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters): Ain’t it clear? Gamma is a girl’s best friend.

She-Hulk: I am Greena! Warrior Princess!

She Hulk/Jennifer Walters is smart, independent and tough in either body and she royally owns being green! She shows the world that being powerful and noticed is something for a girl to be proud of. A true apocalypse girl, she gets slammed with radiation and makes jokes about the gym.

sources: Comic Vine

Dana Fredsti: Plague Town

by Katemandi, Last Girl on Earth

We are chuffed to have the one and only Dana Fredsti dropping by today as a part of the big PLAGUE TOWN blog tour; remember, you have a chance to get a zombie named after you. See the Titan Books site for details. Dana writes mysteries and romance as well as this new kick ass series: she’s got something for every reader!

Plague Town Pandemic Tour: Stop 7

A zombie virus of guest articles, Q&As and excepts from new urban fantasy novel, Plague Town, will be infecting websites, blogs and social media accounts across the globe to offer readers the chance to win a signed copy of Plague Town and have a character named after them in the next novel in the series!

Apocalypse Girls are the seventh stop on the ‘Plague Town Pandemic Tour’.

Collect the fifth word hidden in CAPS at the end of this article along with a sequence of eight others on blogs and websites outlined in the link below; tweet the sentence you’ve discovered to @TitanBooks and @zhadi1 with #PlagueTown before April 23rd.

Q: Are you ready for the apocalypse?

Well, we have a pretty decent earthquake kit, lots of bottled water (in fact, I think I’ll pick up another case because between me, Dave and the cats, we go through a lot of water), a good supply of wine (very important!), and a pretty defensible house other than the master bedroom window. And even that could be fortified. We also have weapons and know how to use ‘em. I think the only shortages would be cat food, cat litter and toilet paper if we were holed up for a long time. So better lay in a better supply of both of those too! Mentally and emotionally, I don’t think people are ever ready until something catastrophic actually happens. I’m fairly pragmatic so I like to think I’d deal with things without going catatonic or crazy.

Q: What do you think belongs in a bug out bag?

Unless I can fit all my cats, nothing. I won’t be bugging out ’cause I have a fairly defensible setup here at home… and I would not be able to live with myself if I left my cats behind. And I have a few too many to fit in a bag.

Q: What are your favourite end of the world stories?

Swann Song, The Stand, Dawn/Day of the Dead (original), the Autumn Series by David Moody, Dust and Decay by Jonathan Maberry. Solarbabies (because yes, it IS so bad… and the best paved post-apoc landscape evah) World War Z… and so many more!

Q: How important are martial arts skills to survival after the apocalypse?

Training in martial arts gives a person a sense of their own body. I sucked at ballet until I studied karate for a few years, and suddenly my body and how it worked made sense. With that kind of control and understanding, a lot of other physical activities were opened up to me. And I felt more confident in general. So… I’d say very important if just for a sense of how to use one’s body as a weapon and to have enough confidence to fight for survival. If you’re really damn good, you’ll be able to defend yourself against those inevitable rapacious biker gang/religious zealot group/etc. as well as keep those stinky flesh-eaters off your ass.

Q: What kind of role model does Ashley Parker offer to GGSA fans? Strengths? Weaknesses?

She will not give up and she’s ethical. She does NOT have a tramp stamp crawling out of her butt crack. She keeps a sense of humor as much as possible and won’t put up with gratuitous crap from anyone. I love her empathy. That, however, is both a strength and a weakness.

Q: How important is a sense of humour for survival?

For me? Essential. Without it, life is bleak and crappy . If you can’t find humor in adversity, especially when that adversity is going to be a pretty constant companion for a long damn time… you might as well just kill yourself or become a Goth.

Q: What’s your motto for the coming apocalypse?

Lock and load. And go back for the cats.

A delight, as always Ms F! Here’s a snippet for your reading preview pleasure, apocalypse fans:

Josh and Jason had suffered less mutilation than Maggie. They traveled with her, some atavistic bond keeping them near even though their corpses were capable of moving much more quickly.

They were all hungry. Their last meal had been a week ago when they’d stumbled across one of the houses scattered through the mountains above Redwood Grove. There had only been one skinny teenager at home when they’d arrived, and by the time the three had eaten their fill, all the reanimated remains could do was flop and wriggle about on the floor.

Still their hunger persisted.

The sound of motors turned the trio towards a break in the trees. Vehicles painted in forest camouflage rumbled by on the road below.

Food.

Two weeks stumbling through dense forests with only the occasional meal had taken its toll on Maggie, and she quickly fell behind as Josh and Jason moved with a swift, single-minded purpose down a steeply graded hill that ended in a sheer drop-off. Neither zombie had the coordination stop from tumbling over the edge to the rock-strewn canyon below. Josh’s limbs shattered while Jason got lucky and fell on what used to be his father, rolling off without damage. Driven by mindless appetite, he slowly got to his feet and lurched off into the forest, leaving Josh to writhe hungrily on the ground.

Meanwhile Maggie had veered off in a different direction as the sound of trucks moved off into the distance. Lights shone down below the tree line.

Lights meant food…

Pick up Plague Town today and be sure to check out Dana’s website as well as Titan’s page for Plague Town. She’s also on Twitter.

CODE WORD 7: WAKING

For full details of the tour and terms and conditions visit:

http://titanbooks.com/blog/dana-fredstis-plague-town-pandemic-tour/

Plague Town by Dana Fredsti is published by Titan Books, 20th April, £7.99.

Know Your Idols #23 Commander Shepard

About 30 years ago humanity discovered the Mass Relay which allowed them to travel faster than light between systems in the galaxy. They discovered that other aliens where present throughout the galaxy and much of the galactic politics is managed via the Council (represented by a member of the three big races – Asari, Salarian, Turian) on a giant space station called The Citadel.
Whats her deal?
As an alliance soldier, Shepard becomes the first human SPECTRE (an arm of the Council that operate outside the law to help protect the galaxy). On her first mission, before she’s even qualified she stumbles across an ancient ruin that leads her to the discovery that a machine race known only as The Reapers systematically wipe out all advanced life in the galaxy every 50,000 years. It has been 50,000 years since their last appearance. There are many who don’t believe Shepard’s story, many who consider The Reapers to just be a myth. But with the help of her close knit crew and her ship The Normandy Shepard fights to keep The Reapers out of the galaxy and to avert the apocalypse. By Mass Effect 3 however The Reapers have arrived and its no longer a question of stopping the apocalypse but about fighting to survive an apocalypse of galactic proportions.

Research:
Mass Effect 1, 2 & 3
She says:

Commander Shepard: I’m Commander Shepard and this is my favourite store on the Citadel.
Nassana Dantius: Shepard! I thought you were dead.
Commander Shepard: I got better.

Gianna Parasani: You can’t bludgeon your way through bureaucracy, Shepard.
Commander Shepard: I can bludgeon pretty hard.

Commander Shepard: Sorry, but I’m having trouble hearing you. I’m getting a lot of bull**** on this line.

Shepard is tough and she fights every step of the way, even when the odds are against her, when no one believes the threat that is coming and a suicide mission is the only way to keep people safe she keeps going, fighting for the galaxy. What makes Shepard different to many of the idols listed so far is that YOU are the person playing her, you are the person making the decisions about how you’ll proceed. Whether your Shepard is a stickler for the rules or plays fast and loose her end goal is always to keep people safe and to prevent the Reapers from destroying all life in the galaxy. Again.

Note: Of course I know that Shepard can be male or female but my Shepard is always female, and out of everyone listed so far she is my biggest idol.

Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town Pandemic Tour!

Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town Pandemic Tour

Dana Fredsti’s Plague Town Pandemic Tour 

Apocalypse Girls team up with Dana Fredsti for the Plague Town Pandemic Tour!

A lethal zombie virus will be infecting websites, blogs, forums and social
media accounts across the globe from April 16th to celebrate the publication
of the first novel in an action-packed new urban fantasy zombie series by
Dana Fredsti!

To win a signed copy of Plague Town and the unprecedented chance to have a
character named after you in the next novel in the series, Plague Nation,
follow the spread of this virtual zombie pandemic by searching for a code
hidden across nine articles, interviews and excerpts hosted by a selection of
the top fantasy, horror and books sites in UK & US!

A word is hidden in CAPS in each article; collect all nine and tweet the
sentence you’ve discovered to @TitanBooks and @DanaFredsti with #PlagueTown
before April 23rd. The winner will be selected at random from the tweeters!

Please check back on APOCALYPSE GIRLS on the 19th April to read a Q&A with Dana Fredsti and for the chance to have a zombie named after you!

Scientists predict that the outbreak will have reached the following
international locations by the dates below:

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April 16th

We Love This Book
Good Girls Gone Geek

April 17th

Starburst
Horror Talk

April 18th

Geek Syndicate
The Daily Dead

April 19th

**Apocalypse Girls**
Flames Rising

April 20th

We Love This Book

Happy Hunting,
Dana Fredsti and Titan Books

Know Your Idols #22 Donna Noble

by GClarkHellery

In honour of the repeat showings on the BBC this weekend, I thought we should focus on one of my favourite Dr Who companions in recent years: Donna Noble.

What’s her deal?
The self described best temp in the South East, Donna literally appeared in the tardis as The Bride. She helped the Doctor deal with the loss of Rose, although she decided not to travel with him, a decision she regretted. Having met the Doctor, she did decide to start researching strange paranormal events so when she meets him again, she’s ready and talk about prepared, Donna was fully packed and ready for anything with her bags in the back of the car. Her relationship with the Doctor is more one of brother/sister but she can still prick his conscience

Research
Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride
Doctor Who: Series 4 of new run

She says
Donna: Promise me one thing though, Doctor.
The Doctor: What’s that?
Donna: That you’ll find somebody.
The Doctor: I don’t need anybody.
Donna: Yes you do. Because I think sometimes you need somebody to stop you.

The Doctor: The last time, with Martha, it got complicated. And that was all my fault. I just want a mate.
Donna Noble: You just want to mate?
The Doctor: I just want *a* mate!
Donna Noble: You’re not matin’ with me Sunshine!
The Doctor: A mate! I want *a* mate!
Donna Noble: Well, just as well, because I’m not having any of that nonsense! I mean, you’re just a long streak of nothing, y’know, alien nothing!

Donna Noble: I’m waving at fat.

Donna Noble: [pointing to the Doctor] *He* is too skinny for words. You give him a hug you get a paper cut! 

Donna brought a levity to the Doctors life and in counter-balance to earlier companions, she maintained a platonic relationship with him, the mere suggestion of romance between them being met with a snort of laughter. She’s feisty and fun and like me, she’s not that keen on all the running that being a Doctor’s companion comes with either. However, unlike Rose who was thrown into another dimension, or Martha who chose to leave the Doctor, Donna’s time with the Doctor comes to a sad ending when she absorbs

Cassandra of the Apocalypse: Susan Sontag

By Katemandi, Last Girl on Earth

“That even an apocalypse can be made to seem part of the ordinary horizon of expectation constitutes an unparalleled violence that is being done to our sense of reality, to our humanity.”

 “Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe.”

Authoritarian political ideologies have a vested interest in promoting fear, a sense of the imminence of takeover by aliens and real diseases are useful material.”

Most people in this society who aren’t actively mad are, at best, reformed or potential lunatics.”

Science fiction films are not about science. They are about disaster, which is one of the oldest subjects of art.”

The problems of this world are only truly solved in two ways: by extinction or duplication.”



 

Know Your Idols #21 : Ace

by honeybadger

Another of our Dr Who companions, much beloved of British girls. For me, much as I loved Rose, Martha and Pond, there is only really one companion, the companion of my childhood. Ace.

What’s her deal? Ace was a tomboy with a bomber jacket and a baseball bat. She was tough, practical, scared of clowns and utterly loyal to the Dr even though he was nothing to look at in those days. Ace liked to blow stuff up (got her into trouble at school) and seems to think the Dr is pretty much going to get himself killed if she doesn’t keep an eye on him. Similarly the Dr tries to educate Ace a little on their travels. She breaks tradition and gives him her own nickname ‘Professor’. She met the Dr on another world having had a troubled life on earth. Love this girl. Her real name btw is Dorothy.

Research:
Dr Who: Remembrance of the Daleks, Silver Nemesis and Curse of Fenric among others.

Ace was fantastic, just a regular tom boy kicking ass and travelling the universe. She’d have made a good Apocalypse Girl I think. Sadly I haven’t found a source of quotes but if any one else does let me know.

Honeybadger out.

Know Your Idols #20 – Sally Solomon

by Hekate

As an alien in human form Sally is as likely to cause an apocalypse as she is to have to survive one. If Dick hadn’t insisted on packing his exercise bike she might have used a giant robot in order to teach the Earth a lesson. That said Sally -the only member of her exploration team who took female form- has saved Earth a few times. Most notably she defeated the machinations of the Venusian super models who enthralled the rest of her crew.

What’s her deal:
She’s the security officer and second-in-command of an intergalactic exploration team. She holds the rank of lieutenant, is a decorated veteran, a weapons expert and a lethal killing machine. She was assigned the female gender somewhat unwillingly at first, but after various false starts and a steep learning curve, she soon finds she wouldn’t swap. Sally’s mission is to masquerade as a normal female, American human and it’s one of the toughest challenges she’s ever faced.
Life at the Solomon household is insane as Sally lives with her 3 crewmates, who masquerade as her brothers and nephew in a strange approximation of family life. All 4 learn about human life, but Sally must experience the female condition by herself. She finds love (albeit slowly) with her cop boyfriend, Officer Don Orville. Sally’s sense of self rarely wavers, even if these weird human emotions do.

Research: Third Rock from the Sun, series 1 – 6.
 

She says:
“I’ve seen stuff that would make your eyes burst out of your sockets and splatter against the wall. In fact, I’ve seen that too.”

Sally: I injected him with a sedative. I’ve got at least two more hours.
Patty: Oh, we’re like Thelma and Louise, except we just came to the supermarket, and we haven’t killed anyone.
Sally: It’s early yet.

Sally is a seasoned warrior, an intergalactic explorer and a very dangerous woman. She’s perfectly happy with resorting to violence and isn’t afraid of using her womanly wiles (once she’s figured out roughly how they work) to protect the security of the mission.
Also she once beat up Mark Hamill in a restaurant.

Know your Idols #20 – Selena

by battleaxebunny

When the Rage virus swept the UK, there weren’t a lot or people who had the skills to stay alive and relatively sane but Selena managed it. She developed a keen survival sense that included becoming brutally efficient with a machete and setting explosive traps for swarms of infected.

What’s her deal?
Unlike your standard zombie apocalypse, the Rage virus hits fast, turning its victims rabid within about 20 seconds so survival means being able to react quickly. Luckily Selena is quite capable of this and will despatch the infected (or soon to be infected) without hesitation.

She started out a chemist, which would prove to come in useful when her backpack pharmacy was needed by her fellow survivors, and she has enough medical skills to patch up a shot wound when someone gets shot by a psychotic soldier.

And there are plenty of psychotic soldiers to deal with. When her small group of survivors responds to a sanctuary message they meet up with a group of squaddies with a very specific idea of what they want women for. Despite being outnumbered and outgunned, Selena holds her own, doing what she can to protect the teenage girl in her care until the odds even out.

And if that’s not bad enough, the soldiers have got a Rage infected soldier chained up in the back garden. Naturally, chaos and carnage ensues but Selena is one of the three left standing at the end of it and once she’s put her medical knowledge to good use (see above) the three survivors settle up north and prepare for rescue from the jets that have been patrolling the skies.

Research:
28 Days Later movie (2002)

She Says:
‘Let’s shop.’
‘Plans are pointless. Staying alive’s as good as it gets.’
‘If I never see another chocolate bar again, it’ll be too soon. Not counting Terry’s chocolate orange, of course. ‘

Whatever the situation, Selena adapts but if there’s the slightest chance you’re infected she’ll kill you immediately. She’s eminently practical, quietly determined, tough enough to see out a mass outbreak and not go completely insane, and as a bonus, she’s also got handy knowledge of drugs and basic medical skills. Definitely an asset in an apocalypse.

battleaxebunny out.

Know Your Idols, honorary mentions #1

By honeybader

There are many women out there who don’t make it. Heroines we can learn a lot from and admire even though they just aren’t quite tough or lucky enough to still be standing when the credits roll.

These women deserve to be recognised too, for what they can teach us.

Thelma & Louise

Two housewives pushed to the edge, have their own personal apocalypse. Our girls run away from home for a weekend, shoot a would be rapist, get robbed, commit armed robbery at a gas station and rather than give themselves up to the feds…  well you know how it ends.

I love these chicks, for everything that went horribly wrong and the sad ending, they took control of their lives and went out together, hand in hand and laughing. Find the Thelma to your Louise and take the world by storm girls.
they say:
Louise : You’ve always been crazy, this is just the first chance you’ve had to express yourself.
Thelma : I’ve had it up to my ass with sedate.

The next honorary mention is for Carolyn Fry.

Pitch Black may be the first of the Riddick films but the real star of the movie is the pilot and cop Carolyn Fry. She is the humanity and the real person toughness next to Riddick’s not entirely human character. Fry fights to try and save everyone, the kid, the murderer, the priest, anyone who makes it out of their does so because she forces Riddick to be just a little compassionate and she toughs it out hard.

Tough, smart, compassionate, Fry owned this film and she almost made it.

she says ‘Cause you’re 79 kilos of gutless white meat, and that’s why you can’t think of a better plan. ‘
gotta love her.

back with more amazing tough chicks who don’t quite get to the end soon.

HoneyBadger out

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