Episodes

Episode 98 - The Nightmare Before Christmas

Welcome to Episode 98! We're talking about The Nightmare Before Christmas, a favorite childhood film for both of us. Us being us, we're talking about commercialization, subversion, children's media, and racism. And yes, there is the smallest bit of self-conscious singing. 

If you want to get right to The Nightmare Before Christmas talk, skip ahead to 00:27:00. 

Warnings: Despite this being an episode about a children's movie, there's some minor cussing and references to genitalia. Oops. 

What Missy's Been Up To:

Playing:

Oxenfree

Reading:

Sword and Sonnet

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:

Slow Burn

Reading:

Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

Watching:

The Good Place

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

The Ultimate Sitcom by Sam Anderson

The Making of Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas - Part One by Jim Korkis 

21 Things You Didn't Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas by Kristy Puchko  

Nightmare Before Christmas' Flaunts Burton's Wacky Style by David Sterritt

'Nightmare Before Christmas' Turns 20: From Shameful Spawn To Disney's Pride by Scott Mendelson 

Little Burton Blue: Tim Burton and the Product(ion) of Color in the Fairy-Tale Films The Nightmare Before Christmas and Corpse Bride by D. Olson

The Nightmare Before Christmas Is Actually About Why Cultural Appropriation Is Terrible by Katie Schenkel 

Cuphead and the Racist Spectre of Fleischer Animation by Yussef Cole

The Other Pleasures: The Narrative Function of Race in the Cinema by Anna Everett 

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*REUPLOAD* Episode 94 - Bobs Burgers s. 5 - 8

REUPLOAD - we're having some problems with new episodes syncing to Apple Podcasts. This is the same episode posted on Monday, just reuploaded in the hopes that Apple Podcasts will sync it correctly. Fingers crossed!

Welcome to episode 94, in which we discuss seasons five through eight—well, we try. It turns out that's a LOT of TV to watch in a short period of time, which spurs on another conversation for us about how we consume media.

To get right to the Bob's Burgers talk, skip to 00:30:00.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:
IndieComplete

Reading:
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:
Darknet Diaries
Mabel

Reading:
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Bob's Burgers creator promises to improve gender balance in show's voice cast by Piya Sinha-Roy
Infrequently Asked Questions: Why do we binge-watch? By Brandon Baker

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Episode 94 - Bobs Burgers S. 5 - 8

Welcome to episode 94, in which we discuss seasons five through eight—well, we try. It turns out that's a LOT of TV to watch in a short period of time, which spurs on another conversation for us about how we consume media.

To get right to the Bob's Burgers talk, skip to 00:30:00.

What Missy's Been Up To:

Listening To:
IndieComplete

Reading:
Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

What Merri's Been Up To:

Listening To:
Darknet Diaries
Mabel

Reading:
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
Bob's Burgers creator promises to improve gender balance in show's voice cast by Piya Sinha-Roy
Infrequently Asked Questions: Why do we binge-watch? By Brandon Baker

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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 43 - Gatekeeping

    We're back with episode 43, discussing gatekeeping. What is it? Why does it happen? Are we immune to it? How does this tie into current geeky events? Also, a long and ridiculous intro full of weird jokes.

    Warning: We're not joking about the inappropriateness of our intro. We're sorry, we don't know what got into us--but it's funny, so we kept it. Also, we don't know why Merri's audio sounds autotuned other than that it was our first time editing in GarageBand and it wanted Merri to have a little T-Pain vibe going. It will probably not happen again.

    What Missy's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater

    Listening To:
  • The Adventure Zone

    Watching:

  • Ghostbusters

    Playing:

  • Pokemon Go

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:

  • Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena
  • Untold Stories of Ahsoka


    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Pokémon Go players with physical disabilities want better accessibility options by Julia Alexander
  • Warning: Pokemon GO is a Death Sentence if you are a Black Man. by Omari Akil
  • Ghostbusters is still haunted by negative racial tropes by Tanya D.

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  • Episode 41 - AI

    We're back with episode 42, discussing AI, specifically of the female or female-coded variety. Topics include the films Her and Ex Machina, and the comic Alex + Ada by Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn, how those stories are in conversation with one another, what gender has to do with robots, and whether artificial intelligence is even that great of an idea, anyway. Special thanks to our friend Stephani for the donuts. Oh, and her intelligent conversation.

    Warning: While the episode doesn't contain any swears, it does contain some adult conversation. We don't get explicit but there is some discussion that is almost certainly not safe for work, hence the explicit tag. Listen at your discretion!

    What Missy's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Yes, Roya by C. Spike Trotman and Emilee Denich
  • Constantine: The Hellblazer by Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV, Erik Donovan, Riley Rosso, Kelly Fitzpatrick and Tom Napolitano

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • Silk by Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee
  • Radioactive Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi

    Watching:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal
  • Orphan Black

    What Stephani's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • The Wicked + The Divine #20 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matthew Wilson, and Clayton Cowles
  • Low by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini
  • Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour
  • Guardians of Ga'Hoole by Kathryn Lasky
  • Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • View From the Gutters Episode 161 - Alex + Ada
  • Ex Machina: A White Feminist Parable for Our Time by J. A. Micheline
  • Goddess From the Machine: A Look at Ex Machina’s Gender Politics by Katherine Cross
  • The Tech Industry Wants to Use Women’s Voices -- they just won’t listen to them by Leigh Alexander

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