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: The Category Is… Dystopian Realness

Geeks OUT Podcast: The Category Is…Dystopian Realness

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin (Gilligan_McJew) is joined by Sam Johns as they discuss all the dystopian shows nominated for Emmy awards, take solace in knowing that Pose will return for a second season, and celebrate G.

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Sam Johns as they discuss all the dystopian shows nominated for Emmy awards, take solace in knowing that Pose will return for a second season, and celebrate G. Willow Wilson taking over Wonder Woman as our Strong Female Character of the Week.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: Several genre shows nominated for Emmy Awards this year
SAM: Commercial for Brian Michael Bendis’ run on Superman

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Sorry to Bother You, The First Purge, Slasher, The Amazing Spider-Man
SAM: The Handmaid’s Tale, Grotesque, Ping Pong, Mondo’s The Thing

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

G. Willow Wilson announced as new writer for Wonder Woman

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Pose renewed for a second season

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

New Christopher Robin trailer

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

Star Wars IX to feature return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando
Joaquin Phoenix officially joins Joker origin movie
First official image released from Shazam!
New teaser trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween
Trailer for Netflix’s Extinction
Black Widow finds a director
First images from Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Sequel to Zombieland officially happening
Star Trek 4 looking to add two female characters, one being a villain

 

TV

•  New trailer for Hulu’s Castle Rock
 First poster released for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
 Cast announced for FX’s Y: The Last Man pilot
 April Bowlby cast as Elasti-Woman in Doom Patrol and Titans
 Yvette Nicole Brown is taking over Talking Dead
 HBO orders sci-fi series The Nevers from Joss Whedon

 

COMICS

 Archie comics to shift to be more like Riverdale
 Robert Kirkman’s Die!Die!Die! surprises comic shops
 Marvel teases new Superior Octopus and Ghost Spider series

 

SHILF

KEVIN: Colossus
SAM: Nightcrawler

Interview: Mackenzi Lee

Mackenzi Lee uses her BA in history and her MFA in writing in increasingly engaging ways: after writing This Monstrous Thing, her Gothic fantasy retelling of Frankenstein, and her New York Times bestseller The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, she published Bygone Badass Broads: 52 Forgotten Women Who Changed the World, a gorgeously illustrated collection of short biographies of little-known women from history, based on a series she started on Twitter. Her forthcoming novels include the sequel to The Gentleman Guide to Vice and Virtue, The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, Semper Augustus (coming in 2019 from Flatiron/Macmillan), and an untitled novel about Loki being queer (date TBD from Marvel). So naturally, we wanted to learn more about her!

 

Before you became a full-time author, you earned a BA in history and worked as an amateur historian. How did you transition from your academic pursuits to writing fiction?

 

Very easily because my writing was so not suited for academia! I had a professor who told me that my papers read like novels—which was not okay as a history student, but maybe I should consider writing historical fiction. So I was already writing that way. But when I started writing fiction, I also got to make things up! The biggest difficulty with the transition was feeling like I was giving up on my career as a historian. I had been working for so long on that degree and walking away from it felt like a huge gamble. Betting on yourself is hard and scary!

 

Were there any writers in particular who inspired you to make this transition?

 

I loved Shannon Hale’s books when I was a kid, and rereading her books as an adult was what really inspired me to pursue writing.

 

How much does your passion for history—and research—inform your writing?

 

Most of my books start with a historical phenomenon or weird fact or person that I become obsessed with. With This Monstrous Thing, it was Mary Shelley. With Gent’s Guide, it was the Grand Tour. For me, it always starts with history.

 

History (at least Western history) is dominated by straight, able-bodied, cisgender, white, male narratives? How do you challenge this or subvert it in your work?

 

I believe that everywhere in history that we are told white men are doing things, there were also women, minorities, queer people, disabled people, etc. doing the exact same thing… We just don’t talk about those stories. But they’re out there! You have to look for them, but they’re there! I try and subvert this narrative in the best way I can—by putting these characters in my books and giving them plot lines and identities that extend beyond their marginalization.

 

Can you tell us about your upcoming project with Marvel about Loki, a character whose canon pansexuality and gender fluidity has thus far been conspicuously underrepresented?

 

I actually can’t. I’m not allowed to say anything about the book right now! Sorry! But soon…

 

Are there any other works in progress that we can look forward to?

 

I have a book coming out at some point in the future called Semper Augustus, which is set in Holland in the 1600s. I also have two more books with Marvel about other anti-heroes. Stay tuned!

 

Recently there has been news from Variety, that Greg Berlanti, a very successful and openly queer film and television producer optioned your book as a potential project. How do you feel about The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue possibly being adapted into a queer historical television narrative?

 

It’s absolutely wild to me. There are still a lot of hoops to jump through before the show actually arrives on screen, but as someone who has long been frustrated by BBC period dramas with queer characters relegated to tragic subplots, it’s amazing to be part of this incredible movement forward toward more representation.

The Geeks OUT Podcast: Sapphire Put a Ruby On It

Geeks OUT Podcast: Sapphire Put a Ruby On It

In this week’s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin (@Gilligan_McJew) is joined by @TeaBerryBlue as they discuss Margot Robbie promising a diverse cast for the Birds of Prey movie, wonder if toxic fandom will be the undoing of the Star Wars franchise, and celebrate a special wedding on Steven Universe in This Week in Queer.

In this week‘s episode of the Geeks OUT Podcast, Kevin is joined by Tea Berry Blue as they discuss Margot Robbie promising a diverse cast for the Birds of Prey movie, wonder if toxic fandom will be the undoing of the Star Wars franchise, and celebrate a special wedding on Steven Universe in This Week in Queer.

 

BIG OPENING

KEVIN: MI: Fallout director sites toxic fandom for not wanting to direct Star Wars
TEA: The NY Times spoils ending of Batman/Catwoman wedding

 

DOWN AND NERDY

KEVIN: Ant-Man & The Wasp, Astonishing X-Men, Catwoman
TEA: Steven Universe, GLOW, Ta-Nehesi Coates’ Cap 

 

STRONG FEMALE CHARACTER

Margot Robbie promises diverse cast in Birds of Prey

 

THIS WEEK IN QUEER

Steven Universe features Cartoon Network’s first same-sex proposal

 

CLIP OF THE WEEK

Trailer released for Wolfman’s Got Nards documentary

 

THE WEEK IN GEEK

MOVIES

Sony developing a Silk spinoff of Spider-Man
Keri Russell joins Star Wars Episode IX in action heavy role
A remake of Child’s Play is in the works
New promo for Teen Titans Go! to the Movies
Bloodshot starring Vin Diesel to begin shooting in August

 

TV

 Watchmen adds more cast members
Titans’s Robin sent a cheeky wrap gift to the crew
Lost in Space season 2 begins filming soon
Castlevania season 2 coming in October

 

COMICS

 Watchmen adds more cast members
 Marvel announces mashup character books spinning off Infinity War
 When Fantastic Four returns it will introduce a new female villain
 Shatterstar limited series is coming in October
 DC to promote Superman comics on TV