Member Spotlight – Kari Franklin

Our featured member this month is the delightful Kari Franklin!

Q: What are your favorite fandoms and why?

My husband and I met and bonded our geeky ways early in our courtship. I planned a series of Akira Kurosawa movie dates; he gifted me Stephen King’s Dark Tower series over several special occasions. Our wedding had to be geeky – we started with a welcome from Princess Bride, “Mawwiage. Mawwiage is what bwings us togethew today” and ended with a lightsaber honor guard. So Star Wars, The Princess Bride, Stephen King, and Akira Kurosawa are among my favorites.

One of my biggest fandoms is Marvin the Martian. I was a victim of the Looney Tunes craze in the mid-90’s and have collected memorabilia for 20 years: kitchen goods like coffee mugs, a cookie jar, and a vegetable scrubber to Christmas ornaments, Funko POPs and clothing. I just recently found Marvin on the back of a Harley Davidson shirt and had to have it!

Q: What nerdy or geeky activities do you love and what got you interested in them?

I really enjoy collecting Funko Pops as a fun way to mix nostalgia and new fandoms.

Attending speaking events and theater performances, from Broadway to my local playhouse because I respect the talent and hard work that goes into a performance and I’m fascinated by those that can speak in public.

I’m a cinema geek, especially classics, foreign, or campy. My love of movies comes from blossoming from a protective childhood. I had to catch up on everything I missed from my childhood, and my hometown has the best nonprofit movie theater, the Loft Cinema. I’ve caught up on lots of cult classics, essential cinema, and lots of 12-hour horror movie marathons on the big screen. The closest here I’ve found are Alamo Drafthouse and Texas Theatre.

And I’m a serious aviation geek and travel enthusiast due to my job in the airline industry. Most of my trips are standby and I’ve spent a lot of time in airports and middle seats, but it’s all worth it.

Q: Who are your favorite characters (from anything!) and why?

I love Bruce Campbell in everything, but especially as Elvis in Bubba Ho-Tep. That movie was just so much fun, and made me take notice of Mr. Campbell and introduced me to B movies. I discovered more of his lesser known work and became a regular at cult classic showings.

Q: When did you get involved in the DFW area nerdy scene or in GGB?

I moved to the DFW area in 2012 and one of the first things I did was scope out the movie theaters and the comic book stores.

I’m so thankful to have found GGB through meetup. [Editor’s note: No, we’re so grateful to have found you!] My first GGB was Whedonverse in March of 2016. I was so nervous to walk in alone and I was instantly welcomed and put at ease. Each brunch I marvel at all of the details and it is wonderful to meet so many phenomenal ladies.

Q: What is your superpower?

Falling in love with tv shows that are cancelled in the first season. I’m still not over losing Firefly or Freaks and Geeks.

Q: Who is your role model?

A close friend calls me Lois Lane because I’m capable, but also like to be treated like a lady. That’s pretty accurate.

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