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Big Bang Theory: The Bakersfield Expedition 1/10/13 SPOILERS

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Peter000, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. Jan 11, 2013 #61 of 182

    busyba The Funcooker

    Feb 5, 2003
    My GF and I were totally nitpicking the hell out of that moment.... for one, the newspaper was pretty clearly out of frame for the picture, and second, the look on Penny's face for the picture was pretty unconvincing for someone being kissed by their boyfriend and not some creepy stalker. :)
  2. Jan 11, 2013 #62 of 182

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    It was like a Raising Arizona moment.
  3. Jan 11, 2013 #63 of 182

    mattack Active Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Yuck, they looked so fake (though I admit I DID ask out loud if they were really there -- I knew they weren't, but at first I thought it might be bluescreen).
  4. Jan 12, 2013 #64 of 182

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    You mean like this? [​IMG]
  5. Jan 12, 2013 #65 of 182

    RGM1138 I wanna Rock

    Oct 6, 1999
    Gulfport, MS

    Yes, that would work.
  6. Jan 12, 2013 #66 of 182

    wouldworker _

    Sep 7, 2004
    MA, USA
    They could have added it digitally in post production. Or they could have put a cardboard cutout of a car on a stick and waved it in front of the camera. I'm sure it wasn't a difficult effect to pull off no matter how they did it. What they did not do was drive a real car at speed on a sound stage.
  7. Jan 12, 2013 #67 of 182

    tiams New Member

    Apr 19, 2004
    In all of my life, I have never heard even one of my female friends mention they were going to or had been in a comic book store.
  8. Jan 12, 2013 #68 of 182

    midas I heard that

    Jun 1, 2000
    I don't think I've ever heard any of my male friends mention it either.
  9. Jan 12, 2013 #69 of 182

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    This hasn't been my experience.

    You understand we're talking about living breathing girls, and now drawn girls in comic books, right??
  10. Jan 12, 2013 #70 of 182

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    You are aware that women go to Comic Con, and other conventions, right? As fans, and not just for CosPlay?

    Discussions like this make me really miss Comic Relief.

    The linked article has a photo of the Comic Relief booth at the 2007 Wondercon. I think the ratio of guys to girls in the photo is pretty evenly matched. And I can't speak to the ratio of guy/girl employees, but lots of women worked at CR.

    Edited to add: we're missing a really fun discussion, you know. If you were in Stuart's shoes, what would you have recommended to the girls? Fables is not a bad choice, but ....
  11. Jan 12, 2013 #71 of 182

    betts4 I am Spartacus!

    Dec 26, 2005
    A Galaxy...

    Well, I go every few weeks to catch up on a few titles. A guy I dated a long time ago got me hooked but then I was also already a Star Trek fan and reader of science fiction books.
  12. Jan 12, 2013 #72 of 182

    Hank AC•FTW TCF Club

    May 31, 2000
    Boston, MA
    I've been to a couple of Comicon-like events* (Otakon and Anime Boston -- more anime than comics, but it's the same general groups), and the ration of women to men is about even.

    * I went with my g/f who is a young adult (YA) author, and she was doing research for a book about this population of kids.
  13. Jan 12, 2013 #73 of 182

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Sheldon asks:

    "Can you name the four state capitals that are not served by the Interstate system?"

    (Unless something has changed recently, Sheldon is wrong. There are five.)

    Not surprising, since in Japan, manga and anime are available to both boys and girls.
  14. Jan 12, 2013 #74 of 182

    Peter000 Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Apr 15, 2002
    Red Wing, MN
    We're not talking about comi-con though. We're talking about comic book shops. And my experience has been that I haven't seen many women in comic book shops. It IS a rarity. At least the ratio. Maybe it's different where you are that women flock to the shops.
  15. Jan 12, 2013 #75 of 182

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

    Jan 5, 2002
    Berkeley CA
    Rob was saying his experience differs from yours. So does mine.

    My experience is that fans are fans, and they don't congregate in groups segregated by gender. When they go to the comic book store, they don't "flock", they just go, as if they were going to any other store. It's no different than going to the grocery store.

    I hear that your experience is different, but Rob's experience, and my experience, are just as valid as yours.

    And while my earlier post was tongue-in-cheek, it's still true. If I had a choice of comic book stores, I'd probably not go to Stuart's shop, if that was the kind of reception I got when I was there. I'd go to the comic shop across town which had both men women on staff instead.

    Edited to add: I think betts had a good point, in that a lot of us who read comics are also science fiction fans, and we came to comics from somewhere else. For us, the whole issue can be summed up as "yeah, there are female fans, so what?", or to put in terms Howard's mom might understand, "what am I, chopped liver?"

    On the other hand, there are a lot of science fiction readers (not necessarily fans) who read books written by authors of their own gender exclusively. (There was a recent article on io9 but I can't find it right now.)

    Gender is a big deal, some places. In other places, it just isn't.

    I suppose it's possible that there are women who only go to conventions and not their local comic book shop (if they have one), but it doesn't make sense to me. It would be an awfully expensive way to shop.
  16. Jan 12, 2013 #76 of 182

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
  17. Jan 12, 2013 #77 of 182

    Polcamilla -b±√(b^2 - 4ac)/2a

    Nov 7, 2001
    I've been in a comic book store. I went there with Spouse, or to find Spouse, or to get a present for Spouse. I have not been back since the fantasy/sci-fi bookstore next door closed.
  18. Jan 12, 2013 #78 of 182

    Polcamilla -b±√(b^2 - 4ac)/2a

    Nov 7, 2001
    Cons are very different from comic book stores. I've been to several cons. Heck, collectibles stores are different from comic book storesand I go into those with decent regularity. I also puruse the manga selection at the Japanese bookstores regularly.

    There is a comic book store around the corner from my house. I've eaten at the restaurant next door to it. I've never had any occasion to go into the comic book store.
  19. Jan 12, 2013 #79 of 182

    Polcamilla -b±√(b^2 - 4ac)/2a

    Nov 7, 2001
    I mostly read borrowed stuff. These days, from Spouse, before that from friends who had what I was interested in. Since usually the most relevant portion is near the start of the story, you can get that in republished graphic novel format pretty readily and those can be ordered from Amazon or found in big box bookstores. Current stuff can be found in newsstands and at places like Toys'Я'Us though to be honest, I tend to just look at the cover and extrapolate, then ask Spouse to clarify and fill in the gaps.

    There's a huge difference between following the story and trying to collect each discrete original volume. The former can be done pretty easily without having to dig through boxes of dusty used comics at the comic book store.
  20. Jan 12, 2013 #80 of 182
    Michael S

    Michael S Member

    Jan 12, 2004

    After the episode aired Bill Pardy tweeted this.

    I wonder how long before TomTom makes a Sheldon Cooper mod.

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