The Geeks OUT Podcast: The Sickening Adventures of Sabrina

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Andrew Fafoutakis as they gag on the teaser for Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, wonder if Henry Cavill is really done being Superman, and celebrate She-Ra and the Princesses of Power as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Disney making a big Oscars push for Black Panther
ANDREW: Henry Cavill out as Superman maybe

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Kidding, The Nun, Iron Fist, AHS: Apocalypse, Iceman, X-Men Blue
ANDREW: Revival, Moonbeam City, Marvel Puzzle Quest & Avengers Academy

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

New teaser for She-Ra and the Princesses of Power

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Jon Snow calls out Marvel for lack of gay actors/characters

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

New teaser for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

 Avengers: Infinity War 4th highest grossing movie ever behind Black Panther
The Conjuring 3 to go into production in 2019
 New trailer for Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors
• New trailer for Captive State

 

TV

•  Elizabeth Tullock cast as Lois Lane
Aaron Paul joins Westworld
 Zachary Quinto cast as lead in AMC’s NOS4A2
American Gods encounters more problems
New Titans promo
New trailer for season 4 of Supergirl
Nancy Drew series in development at The CW
New teaser for season 3 of Daredevil
His Dark Materials series greenlight for 2nd season

 

COMICS

Walmart adding more DC exclusive titles
• Marvel announces new X-Force series
 Marvel cancels Chelsea Cain’s Vision limited series

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Angel
ANDREW: Colossus

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Marceline the Bubble Queen

The Geeks OUT Podcast

Opinions, reviews, incisive discussions of queer geek ideas in pop culture, and the particularly cutting brand of shade that you can only get from a couple of queer geeks all in highly digestible weekly doses.

 

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by John Jennison as they discuss the first official look at Captain Marvel, the latest trailer for Halloween, and celebrate a queer ending to Adventure Time in This Week in Queer.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Billy on the Street is returning
JOHN: Titans will have world premiere at NYCC

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Castle Rock, X-23
JOHN: Vampirella Hollywood Horror, The Hollows, The Dreaming

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

First official look at Captain Marvel

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Adventure Time ends on a queer note

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

New poster and trailer released for Halloween revival

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

Photos tease Pennywise and more as It: Chapter 2 wraps
Incredibles 2 highest grossing animated movie
 Final trailer released for Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
Warner implements Diversity & Inclusivity policy

 

TV

•  Henry Cavill to star in Netflix’s adaptation of The Witcher
Trailer for season 5 of BoJack Horseman 
 Freeform announces 31 Days of Halloween movie schedule
Black Lightning casts Looker and releases new promo
Timothy Dalton joines Doom Patrol
Teaser poster released for final season of Gotham
New promo for season 3 of Daredevil
New teaser and trailer released for AHS: Apocalypse
New promo for Deadly Class

 

COMICS

Alterna Comics under fire for new policy regarding Block Chain Ban
Guardians of the Galaxy to be relaunched in 2019
 Grant Morrison working on The Green Lantern
 DC releases images of Dark Multiverse twisted Silver Age characters

 

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Werewolf Jimmy Olson (Dark Multiverse)
JOHN: All the Jimmy Olson(s)

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Dream Daddies of Riverdale

Geeks OUT Podcast: Dream Daddies of Riverdale

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin (@Gilligan_McJew) is joined by @JonHerzog (on Instagram), as they discuss the game Dream Daddy: a Dad Dating Simulator coming to Oni Press as a 5-issue comic series, decipher the new Riverdale promo for Season 3, and celebrate Marsha Cooke taking on #Comicsgate trolls as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

In this week‘s super-sized episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Jon Herzog as they discuss the game Dream Daddy: a Dad Dating Simulator coming to Oni Press as a 5-issue comic series, decipher the new Riverdale promo for Season 3, and celebrate Marsha Cooke taking on #Comicsgate trolls as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: 90’s Nick shows are coming to new streaming platform NickSplat
JON: Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator comics are coming to Oni Press

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Dollhouse, The New Mutants, Hunt for Wolverine
JON: BlacKkKlansman, catching up on comics, Binge Mode Harry Potter podcast

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Marsha Cooke & comics professionals speak out against #Comicsgate

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Gotham’s Cory Michael Smith stars in indie movie 1985

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

New promo for season 3 of Riverdale

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

New trailer for Bad Times at the El Royale
• Final trailer released for The Predator

 

TV

• First peek at the new (last) season of Game of Thrones
First look at The Haunting of Hill House series on Netflix
NBC releases the first 10 minutes of Manifest
Hulu orders animated comedy Solar Opposites from Rick & Morty creators
New trailer for Hulu’s The First

 New trailer for Season 2 of Big Mouth
Netflix signs deal with creator of Gravity Falls
Alan Tudyk cast as Mr. Nobody in Doom Patrol
• Titans to debut October 12
New clip for Young Justice: Outsiders
Trailer for Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest

 

COMICS

Shatterstar gets a new costume design

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Shatterstar
JON: Shuri

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Flame Con 4 Ever

Geeks OUT Podcast: Flame Con 4 Ever

In this week’s super-sized episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin (@Gilligan_McJew) is joined by Anthony Hargraves (@LiftLaughPi) as they share their favorite moments from Flame Con (celebrating its 4th year) last week, discuss last week’s trailer for Iron Fist, and celebrate Kelly Marie Tran as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

In this week‘s super-sized episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined comedian and co-host of the Flame Con Performance Stage Anthony Hargraves as they share their favorite moments from the 4th year of Flame Con, discuss last week’s trailer for Iron Fist, and celebrate Kelly Marie Tran as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: New trailer for season 2 of Iron Fist
ANTHONY: Sonic Chaos Reimagined Announcement Trailer and Demo! (SAGE – Sonic Amateur Game Expo)

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: The Happytime Murders, The Life of Captain Marvel, Extermination
ANTHONY: Let’s Play of Earthbound & Castlevania: Circle of the Moon

 

FLAME CON FAVES

KEVIN: Fan response online
ANTHONY: Spotting Queen Sectonia from the stage

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Kelly Marie Tran speaks out about online harassment

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Champions star comes out as transgender

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for horror comedy Slice

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

Trailer for The Last Sharknado
 New trailer for Suspiria
• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 on indefinite hold

 

TV

•  ABC has ordered an interracial reboot of Bewitched
Arrowverse crossover to feature Superman and Lois Lane
Doom Patrol adds Brendan Fraser
Jessica Jones showrunner leaving to go to Warner Bros.
Showrunner of Voltron apologizes

Trailer released for Star Wars Resistance
Big Bang Theory ending this season
Hulu looking to revive Veronica Mars
Castle Rock renewed for another season

 

COMICS

Buffy the Vampire Slayer ending in September
• Iceman to feature the return of Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
• Wolverine is getting a new costume

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Scorpion
ANTHONY: Goro

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Batwoman Breaks the Internet

Geeks OUT Podcast: Batwoman Breaks the Internet

In this week’s episode, Kevin (@Gilligan_McJew) is joined by comedian & Flame Con performer, Bobby Hankinson (@bobbyhank) as they discuss the new teaser for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the possibility of Gal Gadot playing Hedy Lamarr, and weigh in on the excitement and “controversy” over Ruby Rose playing Batwoman in

 

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined comedian and Flame Con performer Bobby Hankinson as they discuss the new teaser for American Horror Story: Apocalypse, the possibility of Gal Gadot playing Hedy Lamarr, and weigh in on the excitement and “controversy” over Ruby Rose playing Batwoman in This Week in Queer.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Oscars to add Popular Film category
BOBBY: AHS: Apocalypse releases a teaser and announces returning cast

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Fantastic Four, Castle Rock, Crash Bandicoot
BOBBY: Riverdale, WWE RAW, Fortnight

 

FLAME CON FAVES

KEVIN: Cosplay Corner, Gaymer Lounge, Performances
BOBBY: Jen Bartel

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Gal Gadot in talks to play Hedy Lamarr in Showtime limited series

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Ruby Rose cast as Batwoman

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

New look at Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-it Ralph 2

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

Supergirl movie is being developed
Sword and the Stone also being remade for Disney streaming
Power Rangers sequel in the works
Deleted scene from Deadpool 2
Ben Schwartz to voice Sonic the Hedgehog
Trailer for Slaughterhouse Rulez
 Fox developing Simpsons sequel and Bob’s Burgers movie
 Star Trek 4 may not happen

 

TV

•  New trailer for Maniac starring Emma Stone
 New trailer for Netflix series The Innocents 
Cyborg added to cast of Doom Patrol
First look at The Flash’s new costume

 

COMICS

X-Men: Disassembled coming in November
DC comics teases a hero’s death
Image to feature special anti-censorship covers

 

VIDEO GAMES

Gay gamer wins world title at the 2018 Evolution Championship Series

 

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Tom Hardy Gives Good Symbiote

Geeks OUT Podcast: Tom Hardy Gives Good Symbiote

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin (@Gilligan_McJew) is joined by Blaine Horton (@ginger_rodger on Instagram) as they discuss the new trailer for Venom, get excited about Patrick Stewart returning to the Star Trek universe, and celebrate our first official look of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 6 as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined byis joined by Blaine Horton as they discuss the new trailer for Venom, get excited about Patrick Stewart returning to the Star Trek universe, and celebrate our first official look of Linda Hamilton in Terminator 6 as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Iceman comes out September 12th, order now
BLAINE: Patrick Stewart is returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Luke Cage, Truth or Dare, Cloak & Dagger, Astonishing X-Men
BLAINE: Fate Core System, Tides of Numenera, Scythe

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

First official photo for Terminator 6

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Trace Lysette to guest star on Midnight, Texas

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

New trailer for Venom

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

 First posters for The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time
 New Mutants & X-Men: Dark Phoenix still scheduled for 2019
 First look at Pedro Pascal in Wonder Woman 1984
 Producer of Ant-Man & The Wasp promises more representation in MCU
Trailer for R-rated Constantine: City of Demons

 

TV

•  Diane Guerrero joins Doom Patrol as Crazy Jane
Brent Spiner joins Supergirl as the Vice President 
There is an ALF reboot in the works
AHS renewed for season 10
Daredevil season 3 coming later this year
New trailer for Tell Me a Story
Y: The Last Man to be called “Y” and feature a CGI Ampersand

 

COMICS

Spotify is going to stream animated Archie comics

 

VIDEO GAMES

Overwatch released new character Hammond or Wrecking Ball
•  Gloomhaven is getting a PC game

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Sharon Stone in Catwoman
BLAINE: Venom

The Geeks OUT Podcast: These Reboots Were Made for Walking

Geeks OUT Podcast: These Reboots Were Made for Walking

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin (@Gilligan_McJew) is joined by Kyle-Steven Porter (@kyled4nger on Instagram) as they discuss Disney cementing our hopes for a good X-Men movie with the finalization of their acquisition of Fox, relive our childhood with the trailer for Invader ZIM: Enter the

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Kyle-Steven Porter as they discuss Disney cementing our hopes for a good X-Men movie with the finalization of their acquisition of Fox, relive our childhood with the trailer for Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus, and celebrate Elizabeth Banks rebooting Charlie’s Angels as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Disney buying Fox is official
KYLE: Justin Theroux joins Lady and the Tramp remake

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Cloak & Dagger, Mission Impossible, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, Saga
KYLE: Octopath Traveler, Skyrim, Pose

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Cast announced for new Charlie’s Angels movie

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Lena Waithe producing horror anthology series THEM for Amazon

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

Trailer for Invader ZIM: Enter the Florpus

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

New trailer for Alita: Battle Angel
 Natasha Rothwell joins Wonder Woman 1984
 New trailer for Slender Man
 Carrie Fisher will officially appear in Star Wars IX

 

TV

•  New trailer for Hulu’s Castle Rock
Trailer for Cosmos: Possible Worlds
Infinity Train is coming to CN in 2019
Talking Dead will once again be hosted by Chris Hardwick
Showrunner for new Buffy hints that it will be a revival
Trailer for season 3 of Riverdale
Anthony Mackie taking over lead role for Altered Carbon season 2
A series based on the movie Time Bandits is in the works for Apple
Supergirl adds recurring villain Mercy Graves played by Rhona Mitra
Amazon orders sci-fi comedy Upload
New teaser for Iron Fist season 2

 

COMICS

Saga is going on a year-long break
 Trailer for Marvel’s Infinity Wars

 

 

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Tom Holland
KYLE: Chris Evans

Review: Fags in the Fast Lane

With a title like Fags in the Fast Lane, you expect a certain type of movie: politically incorrect. Exploitation throwback. Very, very silly. Australian production company Zombie Zoo Productions delivers on all of these counts, though my take is that co-writer/director Josh “Sinbad” Collins’s film is ultimately so good-natured, it’s unlikely to offend anyone. I once read a review that described the “candy-colored, amiably slapdash” Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, and that review popped into my head while watching Fags in the Fast Lane, with its fanciful costumes, arch performances, and hilarious miniatures, which make no attempt at realism whatsoever. (A dinosaur scene is about as convincing as the time I filmed my Jurassic World toys for YouTube.)

 

What semblance there is of a plot involves dynamic duo Sir Beauregard (Chris Asimos) and Reginald Lumpton III (Matt Jones) and their attempt to track down the burlesque gang (played by performance troupe the GoGo Goddesses) who stole precious jewels from Beau’s mom Kitten (these names!). Kitten is played, naturally, by Kitten Navidad, who earned her vintage sexploitation bonafides as the star of Russ Myers’ infamous Faster Pussycat! Kill! Kill! Here, she’s a Madame running a GILF bordello. When she’s not having hilariously energetic sex with the villainous Chief (Pugsley Buzzard), she’s wailing about her stolen jewels. Beau, who always calls her “mama” because of course he does, enlists the Chief’s twink son Squirt (Oliver Bell) and Salome (Sacha Cuhar) to take on the gang’s fearsome leader, Wanda the Giantess (Aimee Nichols). Wanda’s voice is intensely, hilariously deep, and she is in possession of something even more precious than jewels: the powerful “Golden Cock”!

 

Really, this is all an excuse for a series of loosely connected skits, action sequences, and musical numbers. Highlights include a cheeky ballad sung by Hijra (Arish A. Khan) when he loses his “precious Golden Cock” and a stop motion animated sequence in which Squirt is “threatened” by all manner of phallic swamp creatures. As a cis gay man, I wasn’t personally offended by any of this nonsense, although a baseball bat is shoved pretty severely up a character’s butt (the “special effects” are too low grade for it to be all that gross) and Salome’s gender bending character leads to some offensive terminology: a “she-male worshipping cult” that is one of the approximately thirty-five brief subplots. Salome herself is sexy and ass-kicking, in any case.

 

Interestingly, director Collins is straight. According to the entertaining press notes, he and his wife Barbara “have created a variety of retro parties, theme bars, and happenings around the globe.” With Fags in the Fast Lane, they give us queer characters to root for and a memorable slice of ridiculous fun.

 

Fags in the Fast Lane is available on DVD

 

 

Review: The Red Threads of Fortune

The Red Threads of Fortune by nonbinary queer Singaporean author JY Yang picks up four years after the events of The Black Tides of Heaven and centers on the prophetic twin Mokoya. Where Black Tides was a coming-of-age story that takes place over several years, Red Threads is a story of grief and redemption told over the period of a few days. The sharp contrast in structure between the two novellas enables the exploration of different themes and accentuates the contrast between the twin protagonists.

 

Through much of book one, Akeha’s perspective of Mokoya’s life was that she was lucky. She had her prophetic visions, a beautiful loving partner in Thennjay, and a purpose in their mother’s protectorate. Early on in book two, it is revealed that the prophecies were always more of a curse as far as Mokoya was concerned. She was able to see visions of the future and yet nothing she did in the present could ever change the outcome. Ultimately it just made her feel helpless; as though she lacked any agency over her own life. In spite of all of that, after the accident and her daughter’s death, she finds herself missing the prophetic visions that no longer visit.

 

At its core, The Red Threads of Fortune is a story about the complicated and often contradictory ways that people deal with grief. The loss of a child is a particularly acute form of trauma, and four years after Mokoya still has not really moved on. She used Slackcraft to graft her daughter’s soul onto a raptor whom she aptly named Phoenix. She left Thennjay and spends her days recklessly hunting naga. She is paralyzed by unpredictable and overpowering memories that seem to come and go at will, much like her prophetic visions once did. It is within this context that she meets Rider.

 

Rider is a practitioner of Slackcraft from the Quarterlands who rides a tamed naga. When Mokoya meets them in the Gusai Desert, they are on a secretive mission of their own. When a massive naga attacks the Mechanist stronghold city Batanaar, both Mokoya and Rider are pulled into the thick of the conflict to save the city. As their unique bond develops, Mokoya is forced to confront her own feelings of helplessness that have plagued her since childhood.

 

The Red Threads of Fortune takes an unflinching look at grief and its lasting effects. Mokoya is in many ways a prisoner of her past, and before that she was a prisoner of her prophetic visions of the future. While the story takes some unexpected turns, the plot itself is resolved in the end, and the underlying themes left me with some resonating questions: How much control should we allow a past we can’t change to hold over us? How many of us believe we are powerful enough to change our fate? They are the sort of questions that individuals must answer for themselves, just like Mokoya had to.

 

It’s with this powerful theme, built on the world-building foundation of Black Tides, that The Red Threads of Fortune elevates the Tensorate series to a whole other level.

 

Next up: the third novella in the series: The Descent of Monsters.

The Geeks OUT Podcast: The Edge of Comic-Con

Geeks OUT Podcast: The Edge of Comic Con

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin (@Gilligan_McJew) and John Jennison (@Johneecurtis) discuss their top, bottom, and vers moments from SDCC this year, are cautiously optimistic about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, and celebrate Nicole Maines joining Supergirl as the first trans superhero on TV in

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by and John Jennison discuss their top, bottom, and vers moments from SDCC this year, are cautiously optimistic about the Buffy the Vampire Slayer reboot, and celebrate Nicole Maines joining Supergirl as the first trans superhero on TV in This Week in Queer.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Reboot of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the works with Black female lead
SAM: New trailer for Netflix’s Disenchantment and Stranger Things season 3

 

SDCC TOPS, VERS, AND BOTTOMS

KEVIN: Top: First look at season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery; Vers: New trailer for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald; Bottom: James Gunn fired by Disney
JOHN: Top: Trailer for Young Justice: Outsiders; Vers: New trailer for DC Universe’s Titans; Bottom: First Aquaman trailer

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

New trailer for Doctor Who

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Supergirl is adding first trans superhero Dreamer played by Nicole Maines

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

First trailer for Shazam!

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

New trailer for Patient Zero
 New teaser trailer for Overlord
 Female Predators to be introduced in The Predator
 New trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters
 New trailer for Glass
 Steven Universe movie coming to CN

 

TV

• Batwoman series being developed seeking an out lead actor
• New trailer for ArrowFlash, and Legends of Tomorrow
• Supergirl is adding Sam Witwer as Agent Liberty
• First look at Roswell reboot
• Stargirl is coming to DC Universe
• Trailer for next season of The Walking Dead
• Full trailers released for Syfy’s Nightflyers and Deadly Class
• Hulu orders Vampire Chronicles series
• Netflix orders Jupiter’s Legacy series
• Netflix’s Voltron confirms main character is gay
• Cloak & Dagger renewed for season 2
• New trailer for season 2 of The Gifted
• Teaser trailer released for season 2 of Iron Fist

 

COMICS

 Tini Howard and Vita Ayala writing for new Marvel Knights books
 Jessica Jones returns in digital first series
 Top Shelf to release graphic memoir of George Takei

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Pyro
SAM: Zachary Levi