Episode 105: The Hazards of Love by Stan Stanley

Andi and Lise rave the hell out of this amazing first volume of Stan Stanley’s The Hazards of Love, which follows a nonbinary teen, Amparo Uribe, who ends up agreeing to a bargain with a shitty cat that allows the latter to take over the teen’s life and body and sends the now exiled teen’s spirit to Bright World, where they are a seriously marginalized human trying to survive in systems of debt and ever-changing rules that subject them to constant threats. But formerly Amparo (they lost their name when they agreed to the bargain) is working to find a way out. Wonderfully layered, meta-meanings, queer rep, gorgeous artwork and writing, dark humor, and fantastical beasts and Bright World denizens – Stanley explores what it means to be who we are, and what comes to define us. 

The first volume collects the first 12 issues of the comic and we can barely stand waiting for the next issues… 

Find more info about the volume at Indiebound

And at Simon & Schuster 

Stan Stanley’s website – we’ve heard she’s a devilishly handsome woman of science… 

Episode 104: Pride and Representation

Pride and Representation 

This week, in recognition of Pride month, Andi and Lise talk about LGBTQ representation in media, including tokenism and how it intersects with queerbaiting and even bury your gays. When is tokenism “good”? When is it “bad”? Join them as they try to unravel some of this. 

Shout outs: Lise is stoked about an 8-episode mini-campaign for the D&D show Critical Role, which just wrapped up its second campaign. It’s another Exandria adventure! It features part of the regular cast, so you’ll still be getting great voice acting. Give it a whirl! Meanwhile, Andi is still obsessing over Acorn TV and she’s been watching a lot of the NZ mystery series Brokenwood, which features a really quirky lead detective (among a lot of other quirky characters) who loves old country music and drives a funky old car. Really cool to watch the characters gel, and there are some great mysteries. 

Episode 103: The CW’s Nancy Drew

Andi finally managed to convince Lise to give Season 1 of the CW’s Nancy Drew a watch and Lise did and she enjoyed it! So they talk about that season here. This is a re-imagining of Nancy Drew, which brings some diversity to the cast, some queer rep, and some excellent paranormal elements layered in with the mystery that consumes Nancy and her crew during this season. This version of Nancy is complicated and flawed, like her fellow characters, and it makes her, we think more relatable. Both Lise and Andi were impressed by the writing, because this show kept them guessing, and that’s hard to do. Hooks and twists throughout! 

You can find Season 1 on Amazon PrimeHBOMaxiTunes, and Google Play 

Shout-outs: Lise highly recommends the graphic novel The Hazards of Love, by Stan Stanley, in which a young queer teen Amparo makes a deal with a talking cat – they give over their body to the cat to become a better person to date another student they don’t feel quite worthy of, but the fine print means Amparo’s spirit ends up in Bright World, a land of terrifying creatures and all around badness. Amparo has to escape without becoming like the awful all around them. 

Andi recommends a particular episode of the true crime podcast The Fall Line, which looks into cold cases that have been underreported. The May 26 episode deals with a new database under way launched by the Trans Doe Task Force (which researches cold cases in which the victim may have been trans or gender variant). The database is LAMMP: LGBTQ+ Accountability for Missing and Murdered Persons – to track cases of the missing, murdered, and unidentified LGBTQ+ people. 

Episode 100: Celebrating Queer Culture with Dana Piccoli

Andi and Lise are SO EXCITED to be celebrating their 100th episode with author, entertainment writer, speaker, pop culture critic, podcaster, social media maven and awesome-sauce person Dana Piccoli. In this episode, Dana breaks down some of the potential trends in queer media (yay! Queer filmfests online!), what she’s been watching/engaging in (SPOILERS), how COVID has affected media and how it might affect it going forward. Andi, Lise, and Dana also discuss the lesbian fiction industry and what it means that mainstream publishing has started publishing more F/F (and other LGBTQ fiction) stories. 

Shout-outs: Dana has been listening to a lot of singer/songwriter Katie Pruitt. Lise has been watching lots of Adventure Time, which has a queer storyline that she didn’t realize was there. Andi shouted out Masterpiece Theater’s new-ish mystery series, Miss Scarlet and the Duke

Find Dana: 

Queer Media Matters 

Danapiccoli.com 

Twitter 

Episode 26: Questionable Content

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.

QC website

Jeph Jacques’ Patreon

Episode 13: Queer Rep

Andi and Lise talk about queer rep in media following the now-infamous incident at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, which occurred over the July 20-23 weekend and involved members of the cast of Supergirl. The upshot was an impromptu song in which a cast member sang an overview of Season 2 that included a belittling of Supercorp, a f/f fanon* ship** between Lena Luthor and Kara Danvers (Supergirl’s “secret” identity—omg glasses are not the best disguise…). That cast member then went on to say that he “debunked Supercorp” and was told by another cast member that what he did was “pretty brave.”

The fallout was immediate, and LGBTQ fans were hurt and bewildered, so Lise and Andi wanted to address this, which isn’t just what happened with Supergirl. It’s about rep overall, and this is just the latest example.

And yes, Andi and Lise have some strong feelings about this, so language may be strong as well.

*fanon: a term used in fanfiction and in fandoms to describe commonly accepted ideas among authors and fans even if the idea is not expressed in the canon work, which is the official storyline from the original work.

**ship: in fanspeak, a “ship” is a relationship (often romantic) between two characters, whether canon or fanon. “Shipping” is when fans imagine a relationship between characters (say, in TV shows or movies) that may or may not have been intended by writers or creators.

Some other links about this incident:

The Mary Sue
The Refinery
Pink News
Affinity Mag

Episode 2: ChaosLife

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.

Find Chaos Life HERE

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