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.

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.

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!

BONUS: 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.

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.

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.

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.



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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.

Episode 33 - Pandering

We’re back with episode 33, in which we’re discussing the hot-button issue of pandering. What is pandering? Is it creating media representing and exploring the perspectives of marginalized people, or is it yet another naked girl in Game of Thrones? Is it creating media that reflects the demographics of the world, or is it another pop culture reference passed off as a joke? We may have strong feelings on this topic. 

Episode 32 - Period Pieces

We’re back with episode 32, discussing historical fiction, period pieces, and Hamilton. What responsibilities do writers of historical fiction have? What’s so appealing about looking into the past? How important is realism when looking at historical fiction? All these things and a passionate discussion about how great Hamilton is - what more could you want?

Episode 31 - Sex in the Geek Community with Liz Andrade & Hana Butler

We’re back with episode 31, discussing sex in the geek community with our friends Liz Andrade and Hana Butler! We chatted about vampire romance fiction, creating a more inclusive community, and the importance of ongoing discussions about sex and other topics in the geek sphere.

As a head’s up, we ran into some unfortunate audio issues on this episode due to new equipment, new programs, and Skype. We apologize for the low-quality recording and hope you listen anyway—Liz and Hana had wonderful, informative things to say and their contributions are one-hundred percent worthwhile.

Warning: Due to the nature of this episode, it is rated explicit.

Episode 30 - Fanfiction

Happy Monday! We're back with not one, but two episodes on the topic of fanfiction: a core discussion of the concept here, and a companion piece discussing our thoughts on some stories we read here

What is it? Why do we read it? What does it do that mainstream media doesn’t? What’s the deal with high school AUs? Is it disrespectful to professional writers? All this, plus excited shouting over Cullen, trash barges, and musing on present tense.

We also have a companion episode discussing the fanfiction we read more in-depth here. You don’t need to be familiar with any of the stories we read to listen to either the core or the companion episode, but a reading list can be found here if you’d like to get our specific references, and probably enjoy yourself a bit to boot.

Trigger and Content Warnings: There is some mild discussion of potentially triggering themes in this episode, particularly in regards to Life is Strange. This episode contains discussions of a sexual nature, and copious swearing as well. 

Thanks again to our lovely friend Stephani for guest hosting this episode!

 

Episode 29 - Classics

We’re back with episode 29, and this time we’re talking about the classics: Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, Star Wars, and Watchmen. Do you need to be familiar with classic works of sci-fi and fantasy to really get modern geek culture? Are these works really worth consuming, or are they just another form of arbitrary gatekeeping, or does the truth fall somewhere in the middle?

Next up: fanfiction. We're looking for your recommendations! Let us know on Twitter, Facebook, email, or the communication tool of your choice what your favorite fics are and we might discuss them on the next episode!

Episode 28 - Fandoms, Scooby Doo, and More with Allegra Clark!

We're chatting with Allegra Clark, the voice of Dragon Age: Inquisition's Josephine Montilyet, about fandoms and more in episode 28! You can find out more about Allegra by visiting her Twitter (@simplyallegra), Tumblr (captainallegra.tumblr.com), or website (allegraclark.com). 

Warning: This episode is explicit! Lots of cusses.

Corrections:

  • Allegra meant that Iron Bull is pansexual, not bisexual.
  • We all misunderstood the handmaiden/feudal lord meme. You can find screenshot of the original post here. It’s still pretty silly, though.
  • When talking about the popularity of pop musicals, Allegra meant that we’re seeing more of them, not fewer.

Episode 27 - Young Adult Literature

We’re back with episode 27, discussing The Lunar Chronicles, #MorallyComplicatedYA, and why this genre gets so much flack. Why is dystopian fiction so appealing? Is YA really dominated by women writers? Should adults feel guilty about reading books for younger audiences? 

A big thank you to our Patreon subscribers, who have helped us purchase a second microphone! If you’d like to join them and help us make Fake Geek Girls even better, check it out.

Episode 26 - Romance

We’re talking about romance in episode 26, including Outlander and Gail Carriger’s Soulless! How are romance and feminism related? Why is romance appealing to so many people? Does romance offer good representation of people of different genders and races? How can we diversify our reading habits? Also, dingledongs. 

Warning: this episode is explicit! Romance often carries explicit themes along with it, so we didn’t censor our language and made full use of the freedom to swear. There’s also a short and vague discussion of sexual violence in Outlander.