This month’s Member Spotlight is Jennifer Julian! You may have met her at a brunch or at a geeky movie at Alamo Drafthouse; if you stopped to chat, you surely discovered her passion and charm!
What are your favorite fandoms and why?
I have too many to count! Star Wars is likely my biggest. I’m 100% pro-Sith and have no tolerance for rebel scum. I’m also a massive anime nerd. I’ve been watching it since the 80’s. Black Butler, Yuri On Ice, Darker Than Black, just about anything magic girls but especially Sailor Moon … you name it, I’m into it. Really the only anime that I don’t like is One Piece. I also adore Studio Ghibli, Hello Kitty, and all things Disney. Anything Kawaii, Japanese, Disney, animation or Horror. Why? Um, they’re awesome? I’ve been into Star Wars since the originals first came out. (Yes, I’m that old.) Back then it wasn’t ‘ok’ for girls to be into Star Wars but I didn’t care and I still don’t.
What nerdy or geeky activities do you love and what got you interested in them?
Movies are our biggest hobby. The hubby and I go see a LOT of movies at our beloved Alamo Drafthouse. We’re Top Brass there (the highest level of their rewards program, which is really hard to reach and maintain) and see around 2 movies a week on average. I also play a lot of videogames (Sony systems, DS and my phone) and watch a ton of anime. We’re both nerds so we collect a lot of toys and other collectibles from our fandoms. Our bedroom has all the kawaii, pink, soft stuff and the rest of the apartment is a combination of Disney, horror, and nerdy stuff like Star Wars and Nightmare On Elm Street. With movies, it’s something we can do together, it’s easy to do even with all my health issues, and with the Alamo it’s a great experience surrounded by all our family. (The workers there.)
Who are your favorite characters (from anything!) and why?
OH BASSIE! I’m all about Sebastian, the butler/demon from Black Butler. I also collect and wear just about anything with Studio Ghibli characters or Sailor Moon (Chibi-usa is my favorite) on it. Behind them, there’s Hello Kitty, Darth Vader (Really anything Sith or Empire), My Little Pony, Monster High I could go on for awhile. The ‘why’ should be obvious: Sebastian is one HELL of a butler, and he’ll kick your ass if you mess with him or Ciel.
When did you get involved in the DFW area nerdy scene or in GGB?
I mean, I’m me, I dress how I dress (lots of bounding) all the time no matter what I’m doing, I go where I go, I buy what I buy. I’ve been friends with Heather for ages (12+ years), before we even moved to Dallas, so when she got involved it was inevitable that I would as well. With my health issues I don’t get to do as much as I like, so I don’t go to many events, and haven’t made it to nearly as many GGB’s as I’d like.
What is your superpower?
I keep trying to force choke people but it never works. Other than that, I’m really good at being there for people. I am a good listener and I don’t judge. I’ve also been told that I give amazing hugs.
Who is your role model?
Are you talking about fictional characters or actual individuals? I could list a lot of both but when you break it down… it’s not because of that specific individual or character it’s more because of a trait, behavior or belief that they are practicing. I’ve lived through a lot of things in my 40+ years on this rock and one important thing I’ve learned is to never put someone on a pedestal. You can admire someone but once you pass that stage you run the risk of forgetting that they too human. Then, even if you don’t realize it, you will start to compare yourself to them and that’s where you can start damaging your own mental and spiritual health. So, over the years, I’ve learned that it’s best to find traits or practices that you appreciate and try to incorporate those into your life. Then you don’t forget that they are just human beings like you and you don’t damage, intentionally or unintentionally, your own mental health.
What else do you want people to know about you? (or any other way you want to phrase this question)
I’m just me. I love everyone. I don’t judge people and am always there for you regardless. I have my own language but if you’re around me then you’ll catch on fairly quick. I’m always open to new ideas, suggestions and adventures. I don’t offend or anger easily. If you ever see me, know that I always carry suckers to hand out and I’m always good for a hug.