In a way, hanging out at AfterEllen.com spoils us. Since we cover the areas of entertainment and pop culture that interest us, we sometimes forget that the rest of the world is less enlightened.
Take, for example, a panel at last week’s Comic-Con called "Her Universe: Shining the Spotlight on Female Fans" that examined science fiction and fantasy through female eyes. The purpose of the panel was to "fight the stereotype that girls aren’t interested in sci-fi." I’m glad that stereotype doesn’t exist around here. We love our sci-fi for many, many reasons.
The panel, moderated by Star Wars: The Clone Wars voice actress Ashley Eckstein, gathered some of the biggest women in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, including Jane Espenson (Battlestar Galactica, Caprica, Buffy), Bonnie Burton (StarWars.com), Melinda Snodgrass (The Edge, Star Trek: The Next Generation), Erika Kennair (SyFy Channel), Katie Cook (Star Wars comics, Gronk), Cat Staggs (Star Wars, Marvel comics) and Mary Franklin (Lucasfilm).
Photo by Bonnie Burton
Eckstein recently founded Her Universe, an apparel and merchandise line for female sci-fi fans. She hopes, through her line, to attract a community where women can unite in their fandom. Meanwhile, she decided to bring the panel together to discuss the community that already exists. StarWars.com Senior Editor Bonnie Burton gives us some highlights from the panel.