Special Edition of the WEDGWOOD MUSE
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Happy July! We hope your summer has been full and you are finding rest in the midst of these hot, hot months. We've had an exciting last few weeks at Wedgwood and wanted to share some of it with you in this special edition of the Wedgwood MUSE.

Last week, Wedgwood Circle Members gathered in San Diego and got a taste of the pop culture powerhouse that is Comic-Con. Upon returning we found some great articles that on touch on the conference, pop culture, and larger cultural impact of Comic-Con. Here are a few!

  • With the premiere of the first Wonder Woman trailer and the announcement of Oscar winner Brie Larson as the new Captain Marvel, the impact of women was one of the most talked about topics from the four day event. Jen Yamato’s article investigates the importance of the growing number of superheroines coming to theaters in the coming years. 
  • If you are a fan of NBC’s Chuck, Disney’s Tangled, or have attended the Broadway musical hit She Loves Me, you will be familiar with self-proclaimed nerd Zachary Levi. The actor, singer, and director talks about his popular event Nerd HQ, which Wedgwood had the exciting opportunity to explore.
  • As sci-fi and fantasy franchises grow larger and more popular, what was once considered niche is now taking over the mainstream. â€œGeek” is no longer an insult. However, many people are beginning to question how long the fanaticism will continue. 
As always, we love to hear your thoughts and feedback. Please be in touch!

Superheroines Rule at Comic-Con: Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Captain Marvel, and More

By: Jen Yamato

Days after hateful trolls 
came after Leslie Jones over Ghostbusters, waging—and losing—a
misogynistic Twitter war over 
the lady ’buster reboot, women took center stage at the biggest pop culture event of the year to claim their rightful place in geek culture.First there was Wonder Woman, who kicked off one of the most anticipated panels Saturday morning on the biggest day of San Diego Comic-Con. Gal Gadot had appeared on the Hall H stage for the past two years with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. This time she didn’t have to share the spotlight with Warner Bros.’ caped crusaders.

For the first time at Comic-Con, Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman got her own moment to bask in the adoration of over 6,000 Hall H fans who went wild for 
an action-packed first trailer for 2017’s Wonder Woman. The crowds greeted the DC Extended Universe’s first superheroine, along with its historic first female director, Patty Jenkins, with enormous applause that jumpstarted a buzzy two-hour presentation.

Read more at The Daily Beast

Comic-Con 2016: Nerd HQ returns even bigger to New Children's Museum

By: Beatriz Valenzuela

Started by Coleman and his friend, actor, Zachary Levi, Nerd HQ is a free offsite event — which Levi and Coleman both call a complement to the annual gigantic comic book-inspired convention — that includes celebrity panels and exclusive gaming and tech experiences.

“We’re going to have about eight different experiences with (virtual reality,)” said Coleman who said he’s excited to return to the 35,000 square foot, three-floor, facility. “X-Box will also be bringing their gaming experience to Nerd HQ this year with titles like ‘Battlefield 1’ and ‘Titan Fall.’ There will be more than 150 playable demos which is way bigger.”

Along with the free gaming, there will be the much-anticipated and intimate Conversations for a Cause panels. For about $22, fans can purchase tickets to listen to their favorite celebrities, producers, and industry leaders talk about their projects and all things nerd. The proceeds go to Operation Smile.


Comic-Con 2016: Has pop culture reached peak superhero? 

By: Jessica Mendoza

How did we get to the point where all things nerdy dominate pop culture to such an extent? And as studios like Marvel and Warner Bros. schedule movies into 2019 and “Harry Potter” kicks off a new franchise, can these projects continue successfully at such a pace? Is there such a thing as "peak geek?"

As to how it all began, culture experts say one film changed everything: a 1977 story about a galaxy far, far away. 

“Up until 'Star Wars'… as far as movies were concerned, with a few exceptions ... science fiction was considered a very specialized niche,” Professor Levinson says. “It was not considered something that the mass public would be interested in.” 

"Well, 'Star Wars' broke all that open.” 

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