Episodes

Episode 61 - Representations of Queerness

It's time for episode 61, in which we're talking about the ways that queerness is expressed and represented in media. When is a stereotype a stereotype? Is it bad if queer women (gasp!) look like queer women? What counts as representation and what does? And exactly how English major can Missy get on Yuri!!! on ICE?

Mistakes: We mention this at the beginning, but we weren't aware of Kubo Mitsurou's remarks regarding Yuri and Viktor's relationship (or lack thereof). This means our conversation about the show is missing a pretty vital piece--namely, that one of the creators is reluctant to confirm the relationship as anything more than "teammates" or "friendship. That does change things, so we might talk about it more in a future episode!

Warning: This episode uses explicit language and does contain some sexual content. Not suitable for work!

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

What Merri's Been Up To:

Watching:

Harlots

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

That’s what she said?! Kubo Mitsurou and Yuri!!! on ICE
Here’s How Coding Movie Villains as Queer Is Hurting Our Community by Riley J. Dennis
Last Take of the Year by Aevee Bee
Underwhelming Gay Romance Options In Mass Effect: Andromeda Disappoint Many Fans by Patricia Hernandez
Straight Guys on Ice by Amelia Cook
OatmealAddiction on homophobia in Japan
Yuri!!! On ICE Review by Cecilia D’Anastasio
How to Visualise Identity? Looking for Nonbinary by Holly Rose Swinyard
Avengers Academy: Queer Rep Done Well in Capes by Alexis Sergio
Zelda, Mass Effect and Horizon all struggle with introducing their trans characters by Laura Dale
How Trans Consultants Saved Dragon Age: Inquisition by Laura Dale
Beyond the Binary Magazine

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Episode 47 - Con Recap

Welcome to episode 47, in which we do some housekeeping, con recap, and talk extensively about Overwatch. Like comics? Like games? Good, because we've got some hot new recommendations for both. Also, Merri's going to be on a panel at GeekGirlCon! Check it out here—it's the one on magical girls at 1:30 pm Saturday. Hope to see you there!

Warning: Merri asks a wildly inappropriate question about Rose and Greg from Steven Universe and we keep talking about Bitch Planet, so we've slapped an explicit warning on this one. It's a bit risqué.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Overwatch

Reading:

Jonesy by Sam Humphries and Caitlin Rose-Doyle, Mickey Quinn, and Corey Breen
Finding Molly by Justine Prado and Jenn St-Onge (review forthcoming, but here's the Kickstarter and the webcomic)
Doctor Mirage by Jen Van Meter and Robert de la Torre

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

FEED by M. T. Anderson

Watching:

Steven Universe

Playing:

Overwatch

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Missy's PAX Con Diary
Luna
Hand of Fate 2
Open Sorcery
Burly Men at Sea
Thimbleweed Park
Werewolves Within
Taproot by Keezy Young
Cara McGee (I couldn't find her comics online for sale, but she's worth checking out regardless!)

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Episode 46 - Media That Shaped Us

We're back with episode 46, discussing the media that shaped us. What formative works are responsible for the people we are today? You're about to find out, and boy, does it ever make a lot of sense.

Mistakes: Susan Pevensie is given both a magical horn that summons help and her bow and arrows. Missy forgot about the horn, but really, it only solidifies her point.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

The Other Side Anthology, edited by Kori Michele Handwerker and Melanie Gillman

Watching:

Kubo and the Two Strings

Playing:

No Man's Sky

What Merri's Been Up To:

Reading:

FEED by M. T. Anderson

Watching:

Gravity Falls
Steven Universe

Playing:

Gemini

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

Kubo Is Complicated, Flawed, And You Should Totally See It This Weekend
‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Director Defends Non-Asian Cast: Inclusion Matters, But Don’t Reduce Diversity to a Hashtag by Steven Pond
Nora Reed on No Man's Sky and procedural generation
A Postcard from No Man's Sky by Gita Jackson


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Episode 44 - Archie Comics

We're back with episode 44, chatting about Archie, Betty, Veronica, and the various other denizens of Riverdale and Archie Comics. It's Merri's first introduction to the franchise that isn't a classic TV show or movie! Missy gets to endlessly quote Josie and the Pussycats! We go off on Betty and Veronica #1! What more could you want?

Warnings: There is a mild curse (it starts with 'b' and rhymes with 'witch') as well as some mention of pornography in the discussion about Betty and Veronica. It's not explicit, we promise, but it does get mentioned several times in the context of the art.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

  • Fresh Romance, edited by Janelle Asselin
  • Snotgirl #1 by Bryan Lee O'Malley, Leslie Hung, Maré Odomo, and Mickey Quinn (Read Missy's review here!)
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Hellblazer: Dangerous Habits by Jamie Delano, Garth Ennis, William Simpson, Sean Phillips, Steve Pugh, and Dave McKean

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:

  • Wayward Pines
  • Stranger Things
  • Steven Universe

    Listening To:

  • The Adventure Zone

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
  • “Pretty Little Liars” Has Now Killed More Queer and Trans Women Than Any Other TV Show by Heather Hogan
  • Who is This For? Breaking Down Adam Hughes' 'Betty & Veronica' by Katie Schenkel
  • Hey Fellow Kids, Betty & Veronica #1 Is Not Good by Megan Purdy

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  • Episode 19 - Steven Universe

    We’re back with episode 19, discussing our favorite cartoon of the moment: Steven Universe! We’re talking about representation, flawed characters, the importance of children’s media, and our fan theories (or lack thereof). 

    What Missy's Been Up To:

    Reading:

    • The Reptile Room and The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket
    • Aimless Love by Billy Collins
    • Drawn to Marvel, edited by Bryan D. Dietrich and Marta Ferguson
    • Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 by Neil Gaiman, et al.
    • Power Up! Issue #1 by Kate Leth and Matt Cummings

    Playing:

    • The Magic Circle
    • Life is Strange Episode 4

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Reading:

    • The Wicked + The Divine

    Watching:

    • Arrow season 2
    • Gravity Falls

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

    Missy's blog posts on The Wicked + The Divine and Bitch Planet
    Finding Hope In a TARDIS: Violence, Racism, and Headline Fatigue by Angelique Roche
    Rebecca Sugar's Reddit AMA
    It's Okay To Have Flaws (Except For You): Steven Universe and Fandom by Vrai Kaiser

     

    Episode 18 - Film Noir

    We’re back, and this time we’re venturing into the dark and gritty world of film noir, the only type of dark and gritty world Missy can stand. We’re looking at the classic roots of film noir in 1944’s Double Indemnity and the evolution of neo-noir in 1982’s Blade Runner, discussing the tropes and characteristics that characterize one of the most parodied film genres.

    What Missy’s Been Up To:

    Reading:

    • The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
    • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
    • Archie #1 by Mark Waid and Fiona Staples
    • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, and Riley Rossmo
    • The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie

    Playing:

    • Her Story

    What Merri’s Been Up To:

    Reading:

    • Dark Disciple by Christie Golden

    Watching:

    • Steven Universe
    • Orange is the New Black

    Some Links You May Find Interesting:

    Her Story: A Compelling Murder Mystery Game With a Tragic Flaw by Laura Hudson

    James Naremore quoted from “More Than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts”

    Episode 9 - News and Convention Survival Tips

    Merri and Missy discuss recent news in the geek community as well as their convention survival tips. Topics include: that Batgirl cover, the difference between being sexy, powerful, and confident, and how to discuss the flaws in your fave, as well as convention horror stories and survival tips.

    Some links you may find interesting:
    The edited version of That Batgirl Variant
    "The 'Vocal Minority' and Artistic Integrity In Comics" over at Comics Alliance
    Cosplay Is Not Consent