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 45 - Conspiracy Theories

We're back with episode 45, discussing conspiracy theories. Where do they come from? How do they tie into shows like Gravity Falls and Stranger Things. Hey—what are our thoughts on Stranger Things? Don't worry, we're going to talk about it for fifteen minutes straight so buckle in. Also contains a history of the Illuminati, a suggestion for better secret societies to obsess over, and some righteous Dan Brown hating.

Warnings: There are serious Stranger Things spoilers contained within, both in our 'What We've Been Up To' section and the discussion of conspiracy theories. We do warn beforehand, but if you're really worried about it, skip forward by a significant amount when Missy starts talking about it early on, and maybe avoid when we shift gears after discussing Gravity Falls (which is miraculously spoiler free).

What Missy's Been Up To:

Reading:

  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • Hawkeye by Matt Fraction, David Aja, Annie Wu, Javier Pudilo, Matt Hollingsworth, Chris Eliopoulos
  • Demonic by Chris Sebela, Niko Walter, Dan Brown, and Sal Cipriano
  • The Backstagers by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh, Walter Baiamonte and Jim Campbell

    Watching:

  • Stranger Things

    Playing:

  • Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes


  • Listening To:

  • TANIS


  • What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:

  • Wayward Pines
  • Gravity Falls
  • Steven Universe

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • The Most Evil Secret Societies in History by Shelley Klein
  • Mysteries of Gravity Falls: Cryptograms and Ciphers by Insha Fitzpatrick
  • A Brief History Of "Satanic Panic" In The 1980s by Cheryl Eddy
  • The Selective Attention Test (AKA the gorilla video)

    Find Us:

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  • West Coast Podvengers Episode 3: A Discussion on Legacy

    Welcome to Episode 3 of our new super-group series we’re producing on a roughly monthly basis. On each episode we’ll be discussing a topic from the broader world of geekery, selected by our hosts. To subscribe to just the West Coast Podvengers, add this RSS feed to your favorite podcatcher.

    On this episode we discuss the concept of legacy in superhero comics.

    WARNING: This show contains explicit language, and spoilers for its topic work.

    Our hosts for this episode are Joe Preti of View from the Gutters, John Wait of Arc Reactions, and Missy Brinks of Fake Geek Girls.

    Please direct questions, comments, and suggestions for future topics to contact@fakegeekgirlscast.com.

    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

    Find Us:

    Our Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Patreon
  • 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.

    Find Us:

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  • Episode 42 - Dystopias

    We're back with episode 42, discussing Merri's favorite topic: dystopias! We're looking at a few popular dystopias, including the new, the old, and the real, chatting about how they tie into societal fears, why they're popular now, and how we can prevent these bleak futures from becoming a reality.

    What Missy's Been Up To:

    Reading:
  • She Wolf #1 by Rich Tomasso (Read Missy's review!)
  • The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

    Watching:
  • Finding Dory
  • Magic Mike XXL

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Watching:
  • The Scorch Trials
  • Between

    Reading:
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
  • Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
  • Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez
  • The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
  • Mad Max: Fury Road and the Glaring Whiteness of Post-Apocalyptic Films by Nasha Khan (one of the articles Missy referred to regarding people of color in post-apocalyptic settings)
  • A Brief History of the Dystopian Novel by Andrew Lipton
  • Understanding the Appeal of Dystopian Young Adult Fiction by Justin Scholes and Jon Ostenson
  • What Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Books Say About Us by Todd Mitchell
  • The Importance of Dystopian Literature by Mallory Dobry
  • Why Young Adults 'Hunger' for The Hunger Games and Other Post-Apocalyptic Dystopian Fiction by Debra Donstan-Miller
  • It's On Us, Too: An Easy Guide To Contacting Your Elected Representatives About Gun Control by Nicole Silverberg
  • Advice For White Folks in the Wake of the Police Murder of a Black Person by Justin C. Cohen
  • Campaign Zero - see where your representatives stand on police violence
  • How to contact your local police chief about police violence

    Find Us:

    Our Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Patreon
  • 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

    Find Us:

    Our Website | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr | Patreon
  • West Coast Podvengers Episode 2 - Captain America & Internet Debate

    Welcome to episode two of the West Coast Podvengers, a podcast collective featuring hosts from Fake Geek Girls, Arc Reactions, and View from the Gutters. This time around we're talking about the recent developments in Captain America: Steve Rogers #1, fandom entitlement, the obligation to wait and see a story's development, and identifying with the media we consume.

    Warning: This episode contains explicit language! Really. The cusses come freely and without abandon. Also, spoilers for Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 and some mild spoilers for previous seasons of Game of Thrones.

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

    Episode 40 - A Few of Our Favorite Things

    We're back with episode 40, discussing a few of our favorite things—namely, Pushing Daisies and Star Wars Rebels. After our vacation and a downer of a bonus episode, we thought we'd spend some time enjoying each others' favorite TV shows and discussing what it is we like about them and what that says about us.

    Mistakes: Missy keeps saying 10 Mockingbird Lane instead of Mockingbird Lane because she was confusing it with 10 Cloverfield Lane. The Munsters, of course, live at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. Please stopping putting 'Lane' in the titles of things, thank you.

    What Missy's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • Giant Days Volume 2 by John Allison, Whitney Cogar, Max Sarin and Lissa Treiman
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
  • Among Others by Jo Walton

    Listening To:

  • Faculty of Horror
  • Fanwankers
  • Arc Reactions on Jessica Jones
  • View From the Gutters on Bitch Planet and Alex + Ada

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Reading:

  • Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez, Rico Renzi and Clayton Cowles

    Watching:

  • Game of Thrones
  • Zootopia

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Ezra is Aladdin
  • Rebels, Kanan Jarrus, and the Race Factor by Mia Moretti
  • Bonus Episode - Rat Queens Controversy

    We’re taking a brief hiatus while we enjoy a relaxing vacation, but in the mean time we have a bonus episode for you on the recent Rat Queens controversy. We discuss what's happened in the past and recently, as well as how it affects our own reading of the comic and whether we'll be continuing it into the future.

    What Missy's Been Up To

    Reading:
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
  • Giant Days by John Allison, Lissa Treiman, and Whitney Cogar

    Playing:
  • Uncharted 4

    What Merri's Been Up To

    Watching:
  • Game of Thrones

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Chrys Reviews
  • “Not a Victim, But a Victor” — Roc Upchurch’s Wife Speaks Out Against Abuse, Silencing by Maddy Myers - Includes link to 2012 child abuse Notice of Substantiation
  • My Statement on the Rat Queens News by Kurtis Wiebe
  • Roc Upchurch Opens Up About Ramifications, Recovery After Domestic Violence Arrest by Casey Gilly
  • Fowler Speaks on Rat Queens Departure, Upchurch's Return; Wiebe Denies by Jude Terror
  • Abuse, Lies, Betrayal - Reese U.'s website
  • Dave Filoni on the Past, Present, and Future of Female and Diverse Characters in Star Wars by B.J. Priester
  • Episode 39 - Our Favorite (and Least Favorite) Tropes

    We're back with episode 39, discussing our favorite and least favorite tropes. Tropes are not inherently bad, and can in fact be quite good, and we're sharing the story features that are most likely to make us sit up and listen. Topics include sneaking into fancy balls, what Soylent Green is, the relative attractiveness of The Avengers, and how everything is better with Hydra lesbians.

    Warning: While we're not marking the episode explicit, there are some brief mentions of sex in the episode. Nothing explicit, just mentions!

    What Missy's Been Up To:

    Reading:
  • Toil and Trouble Issue 1 by Mairghread Scott and Kelly and Nicole Matthews
  • Batgirl of Burnside Volume 1 by Cameron Stewart, Babs Tarr, and Brenden Fletcher
  • Insexts Issue 1 by Marguerite Bennett, Ariela Kristantina, Bryan Valenza, and A Larger World
  • Over the Garden Wall Issue 1 by Jim Campbell, Danielle Burgos, Amalia Levari, Cara McGee, and Warren Montgomery

    Watching:
  • Gravity Falls
  • Captain America: Civil War

    Playing:
  • Firewatch
  • Love is Strange

    What Merri's Been Up To:

    Reading:
  • Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez
  • Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray

    Watching:
  • Captain America: Civil War
  • The 100

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • FOWLER SPEAKS ON RAT QUEENS DEPARTURE, UPCHURCH'S RETURN; WIEBE DENIES [UPDATED] by Jude Terror
  • All 156 Dead Lesbian and Bisexual Characters On TV, And How They Died by Riese
  • West Coast Podvengers Episode 1 - DC and Sexual Harassment

    Welcome to West Coast Podvengers, a new podcast collective featuring hosts from Fake Geek Girls, View from the Gutters, and Arc Reactions. On each monthly episode, we’ll be discussing news and topics related to geeky news in depth.

    For our first episode, we're discussing the sexual harassment accusations levied at major figures in the comic community, particularly Eddie Berganza, asking how we can make the industry a safer, better place for everyone.

    Since recording, DC has come out with a statement regarding the accusations. We believe our points stand.

    Warning: We did not edit this episode for cursing. Please listen at your discretion.

    For more on the accusations, check out the following links:

    Alex de Campi's Tumblr post
    Brendan H. Wright discussing Scott Allie's promotion
    Harassment In Comics: Enough is Enough by Aaron Long
    TWEETS SPUR ACTION AS DC COMICS INVESTIGATES NEW SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIMS [UPDATED] by Jude Terror
    DAN SLOTT REPRIMANDED FOR RECKLESS TWEETING IN LAME ATTEMPT TO DISCREDIT BERGANZA REPORTS by Jude Terror

    Episode 38 - Bat Books with Meg Downey

    We’re back with episode 38, discussing Robins and Batgirls with the illustrious Meg Downey! Meg writes DC news for Women Write About Comics and recently started her own blog at capesandcowls.net, which you should absolutely check out because she has tons of interesting thoughts and ideas on comics.

    Warning: We forgot not to swear. While there’s no discussion of explicit themes, there are a few swear words—listen at your discretion!

    Mistakes: Our mixer did not actually break. Skype is just ridiculous.

    Reading List:
  • Batman: Hush by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee, Scott Williams, Richard Starkings, and Alex Sinclair
  • Batgirl (2009 - 2011)
  • Red Robin (2009 - 2011)

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Batman as a mermaid
  • Batman as a zebra
  • Meg’s Robin recs, round one and two
  • Meg on Women Write About Comics
  • Meg’s Twitter
  • Capes and Cowls
  • Episode 37 - Guilty Pleasures

    We’re back with episode 37, discussing all of our deepest, darkest, guiltiest pleasures. What is a guilty pleasure? Should we feel guilty for consuming media? What’s up with hate-watching? Is Missy truly the pettiest girl alive? All this and more, including a decidedly dark turn as we discuss the US presidential election.

    What Missy’s Been Up To:

    Reading:
  • Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat by Kate Leth and Brittney Williams
  • Toxoplasmosis by Melanie Gillman

    What Merri’s Been Up To:

    Watching:
  • The 100
  • Daredevil

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • "Decoding the artistic inspiration behind 'Daredevil's gorgeous season 2 posters" by Gavia Baker-Whitelaw
  • "An Open Letter to Trump Voters from His Top Strategist-Turned-Defector" by Stephanie Cegielski
  • “Against Guilty Pleasure” by Jennifer Szalai
  • 'Hate Watching' Is Mostly Just Being Embarrassed by Your Own Tastes by Madeleine Davies
  • Bonus Episode: Interview with Hannah Flynn of Failbetter Games

    We’re back with a special bonus episode featuring Hannah Flynn of Failbetter Games! Missy and Hannah discuss the world of Fallen London and Sunless Sea, the resources available to aspiring—but let’s stop using that word!—games writers, and how to make the gaming industry a more inclusive place. Check it out, and if you check out Fallen London, be sure you add Missy (superstitions) and Hannah (Hannah Failbetter). We won’t send you boxes of rats. Probably.

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
    ”Crunch is bullshit” by Brendan Sinclair
    The Confidence Gap by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman
    Fallen London
    Fundbetter

    Episode 36 - Apologies

    We’re back after a whirlwind weekend at Emerald City Comicon with a late episode on apologies. What makes a good apology? How do you learn from your mistakes? Aren’t we all just too oversensitive? (No. No we’re not.)

    As a heads up, this episode contains spoilers (with warnings) for The 100 and Star Wars Rebels. There are also spoilers for Life is Strange and Supernatural, which we forgot to warn for—they’re vague enough that you might not notice, but we probably ought to let you know anyway.

    Mistakes: When Merri says that Felicia Day died, she means her character. Felicia Day is alive and well.



    What Missy’s Been Up To:

    Listening To:
  • The Message

    Reading:
  • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
  • Another Castle by Andrew Wheeler and Paulina Ganucheau
  • Dirty Diamonds, edited by Kelly Phillips and Claire Folkman

    Playing:
  • Undertale

    What Merri’s Been Up To:

    Watching:
  • Star Wars Rebels

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

  • Dave Filoni Interview With IGN
  • Jason being asked about Shawna Benson lurking online forums and responding with a non-answer
  • Sorry Not Sorry: How to Non-Apologize by Laura Beck
  • Episode 35 - Endings

    We’re back with episode 35, discussing endings, why they’re heartbreaking, and why sometimes cutting it short is better than letting things go on too long. Topics include Firefly, Supernatural, and Magic in North America as well as mourning the loss of all our faves.

    What Missy’s Been Up To:
    Reading:
  • Dates: An Anthology of Queer Historical Fiction
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

    Watching:
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane

    What Merri’s Been Up To:

    Reading:
  • Bitch Planet

    Watching:
  • Deadpool
  • Star Wars Rebels

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:

    "With Just Four Letters, Supernatural Fails Its Transgender Fans" by Anna Andersen
    Well, This Was Never Going to Go Well: J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World Leaves Britain
    “Magic in North America”: The Harry Potter franchise veers too close to home” by Adrienne K.
    ”It could’ve been great” by N. K. Jemisen
    "Magic in North America Part 1: Ugh." by Adrienne K.
    Dear J.K. Rowling: Wakanyeja Video Response to History of #MagicinNorthAmerica
    ”Say Goodbye to Your Childhood: A Fandom Unbinding Spell” by Claire Napier
    American Wizarding
  • Episode 34 - Anime and Studio Ghibli

    We’re back with episode 34, discussing anime, its status in geek culture, and how neither of us have all the answers. Why is there so much self-deprecation in the anime community? Where does it fall in the hierarchy? Why do some people categorize Studio Ghibli films outside the anime genre? We have things to say, though not all of them are answers.

    Warning: Though the episode contains no explicit language or graphic descriptions, some of our conversation concerns adult themes.

    What Missy’s Been Up To:
    Watching:
  • The Witch
  • It Follows
  • The Punk Singer
  • Parks and Recreation Season 1 & 2

    Reading:
  • Three Theban Plays by Sophocles

    Listening To:
  • Limetown
  • You Must Remember This
  • Alice Isn’t Dead

    What Merri’s Been Up To:
    Watching:
  • The 100
  • Star Wars Rebels
  • Young Justice

    Some Links You Might Find Interesting:
    Orientalism by Edward Said (Please note: this is an Amazon link and neither Merri nor Missy have read the entire book, which is flawed and deserving of critique!)