Episode #19: Live from Rabbitcon Summer 2015

This week, we record live (sort of) from Rabbitcon!  LC pulls in some of the women in attendance to talk about what they’re reading, watching and playing now. Join Jen, Kate, Kittylexy, Ariel, Sam, JennSka and Lola as they talk about:

Pretty Little Liars; Sue Ann Jaffarian’s Odelia Gray mysteries; Alexander McCall Smith’s No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency; Ann George’s Southern Sisters mysteries; Final Fantasy VI, IV and VII; Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; Legendary Encounters: An Alien Deck Building Game; Jaipur; Kobolds Ate My Baby!; Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game; Resistance; Mysterium; Dixit; TimeWatch; and the World Wide Wrestling RPG!

Jen’s segment starts at: 0:00
Kate’s segment starts at: 10:10
Kittylexy’s segment starts at: 17:29
Ariel’s segment starts at: 31:06
Sam’s segment starts at: 37:47
JennSka’s segment starts at: 44:58
Lola’s segment starts at: 53:23

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

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Episode #18: Portal

Nadia comes back to the show to geek out over Portal, the 2007 first-person puzzle platformer by Valve and source of a thousand memes, including:

  • Looking back on Chell as a heroine, eight years later
  • GLaDOS as the dark mother, and how a computer got to be so good at emotional abuse
  • Why LC never finished Portal 2
  • The loneliness of first person shooters, and Portal as a purgatorial crawl

Plus: The E3 Roundup Boogaloo: Dishonored 2! Mass Effect Andromeda! The Last Guardian (with bonus Shadow of the Colossus)! Uncharted 4! Final Fantasy 7 Remake! Horizon: Zero Dawn! Rise of the Tomb Raider! ReCore! Firewatch! Unravel! Beyond Eyes! Yoshi’s Wooly World! Earthbound: Beginnings! And much more! Also, the films of Luc Besson; Dune; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 27:47
Emails start at: 56:38

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

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Episode #17: Jane the Virgin

This week, LC is joined by Sylvia Monreal, creator of @ComoSeDiceNerd and one of the organizers of GeekGirlCon, to dig into Jane the Virgin, the CW’s awesome foray into the world of telenovelas, including:

  • Drama with heart, characters without shame: How Jane the Virgin subverts stereotype
  • How women propel the action, while men struggle with emotion
  • Magical realism, and how fate is in the eye of the beholder
  • Sylvia’s blog for GeekGirlCon on Jane the Virgin

Plus: Dragon Age, Dragon Age and more Dragon Age! (Sorry Blackwall fans, you might want to skip our opening section this time); creating narrative tension and high stakes; DA2 as an immigrant story; Axiom Verge; Guacamelee; Princeless; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 22:03
Emails start at: 49:05

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

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Episode #16: Ms. Marvel

LC is joined by Tess, one of our Patreon patrons, to geek out over Ms. Marvel, the new Kamala Khan-led line that’s taking the comics world by storm, including:

  • Why we love Kamala Khan and the parts of her that are “too big, too weird”
  • Why so many adults struggle to write believable teenagers
  • Kamala Khan’s family and the second-generation immigrant experience
  • In defense of teenage girls searching for their “authentic self”
  • Editor Sana Amanat’s TEDxTeen Talk: Myths, misfits and masks

Plus: When Marnie Was There (big spoiler at 5:35); From Up On Poppy Hill (big spoiler at 4:40); Grave of the Fireflies; the worst anime we’ve ever sat through; Steven Universe; magical girl anime; Madoka Magica; and your emails!

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Main topic starts at: 13:32
Emails start at: 36:00

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

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Episode #15: The Secret of NIMH

This week, LC is joined by the fantastic Kiva Bay, creator of the Feminist Deck, to deep dive on The Secret of NIMH, Don Bluth’s dark and weird and weirdly dark 1982 animated flick, including:

  • What makes Mrs. Brisby such an unusual heroine for a kid’s movie
  • Women are from the field, men are from NIMH – gender and community
  • Behind the toxic yet necessary friendship between Brisby and Auntie Shrew
  • How Don Bluth respects both the magic of childhood and its dark and fearful things

Plus: Contrast; Jane the Virgin; real talk about the cult of mommyhood: abortions, pregnancy and lactation, oh my!; the Feminist Deck Kickstarter; Bitch Planet; Mad Max – sort of; A Nameless Witch; Nerdgasm Noire; Spawn on Me; and your emails!

Main topic starts at: 18:25
Emails start at: 38:54

Intro and Outro music: “Snow World Under the White Moon“, EeL

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