Andi and Lise highly recommend Book 1 of the 2019 web comic-turned full-color graphic novel Cosmoknights, by Hannah Templar and had a blast with it. Great story, intriguing world-building, excellent characters, fabulous art, and awesome queer rep that includes WOC (shout-out to the butch lesbian rep!). This tagline from the website will no doubt make you want to check it out: “For this ragtag band of space gays, liberation means beating the patriarchy at its own game.”
Shout-outs: Lise would like to acknowledge the deliciousness of maple cream cookies at ALDI and Andi points out the simple fluffy joy of 80s movie Adventures in Babysitting and early 90s movie Clueless.
Andi and Lise talk about artist and writer Mildred Louis’s amazing, fabulous, and Magic Girl Power webcomic, Agents of the Realm, in which five young women at Silvermount College discover that they’ve each been chosen to protect their world as well as a sister dimension. Volume 1 (the volume currently available and being updated) begins at the start of the college year and follows them as they try to figure out what exactly is going on.
Great characterization, excellent art, fab story about 5 diverse young women trying to figure out how to work together to save their world and still deal with college, family, and relationships.
Lise’s shout-out: Her first audiobook is ready for public consumption! Lise’s Five Moons Rising, narrated by Lori Prince, is ready for listening! Find out more at Audible.com.
Andi also totally shouts-out Lise’s first audiobook publication. YAY! She also would like to shout-out the immersive detective game Hunt A Killer, in which you play detective and sign up for a specific murder mystery (all made up; don’t worry) and every month you get a new box in the mail with clues: documents, actual artifacts, news reports…you never know! Find out more at HuntAKiller.
Andi and Lise are really into the webcomic, Stand Still Stay Silent, written and drawn by Finnish-Swedish artist Minna Sundberg. Actually, they might be complete and utter fangirls of it and it was Lise, this time, who turned Andi onto this amazing post-apocalyptic story that has elements of Nordic mythology in it. SSSS is so good that it won a Reuben in 2015 for best online comic (the Reubens are given out by the National Cartoonists Society, and it is the highest honor that the society bestows).
From the website:
“It’s been 90 years after the end of the old world. Most of the surviving population of the Known world live in Iceland, the largest safe area in existence, while the safe settlements in the other Nordic countries; Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, are small and scarce.
“Countless mysterious and unspoken dangers lurk outside the safe areas, the Silent world, and hunters, mages and cleansers will spend their lives defending the settlements against the terrifying beings. Because of a great fear towards everything in the Silent world no official attempts to explore the ruins of the old have been made, and most of the information about it has turned into ancient lore, known by few.
“But now, at last, it is time to send out an research crew into the great unknown! A poorly funded and terribly unqualified crew, but a crew nonetheless.”
The art and story are engaging, the characterization is brilliant, and the artist brings in mythological elements and fuses them incredibly well with the larger story arcs of the post-apocalyptic theme (this apocalypse originating with a disease) and the reclamation of older, pagan traditions that provide a way to cope with and survive in new circumstances.
Find the artist, Minna Sundberg, on Twitter HERE (@SSSSComic) and HERE (@hummingfluff)
Also, in honor of recording this podcast, Andi was drinking Einstök beer, crafted in Iceland, located 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle. In this instance, she was indulging in the Icelandic Wee Heavy. Super delish.
Andi and Lise are way into the award-winning Questionable Content webcomic (Lise got Andi started on it), by Jeph Jacques, which launched August 1, 2003 and has been since then. It’s a slice-of-life comic populated by a diverse group of people and includes strong women and strong queer rep and all kinds of other rep. People of different ages and body types, backgrounds, and all kinds of things in between.
The comic is at times hilarious, moving, poignant, wacky, and overall an amazing amount of fun.
Lise MacTague and Andi Marquette are stoked to talk about the web comic ChaosLife, which follows the lives and relationship of two people, A. Stiffler and K. Copeland. A identifies as agender while K is cisgender and identifies as female and lesbian. They are married to each other.
ChaosLife deals with the mundane and sometimes the deep, as in politics, LGBTQIA issues, gender, sexuality, and mental health. It’s a sweet, funny, quirky look at A and K’s everyday lives, with the good and the bad, and—BONUS!—it also serves as an educator in terms of LGBTQIA lives.
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All forms of media are explored, be they books, movies, TV shows, graphic novels, web-comics, or anything else that fits the bill.