In which we talk about minority representation, blaxploitation, and morality. We also somehow manage to completely forget Mariah Dillard's name while giving every single spoiler you could ever expect about Marvel's Luke Cage series. You're welcome, sports fans.
In which we find our resistance in kindness, get excessively excited, and talk about faith and coming out. Featuring the first Fanworks Appreciation Corner with SobaNoodlez Cosplay.
Rachel Wills is a Women’s and Gender Studies Master’s candidate at DePaul University. She is currently working on her Master’s thesis titled, “Vulnerability, Wisdom and Resistance: Developing a Spiritual Feminist Pedagogy.” Rachel has a B.A in Catholic Studies from DePaul University, Chicago, Illinois. To connect with Rachel over anything of the things she gets overly excited about, her tumblr is: http://acomplicatedcreation.tumblr.com/.
Celeste (aka Soba Noolez Cosplay) is from St. Louis, MO and just started cosplaying on a regular basis last year. You can find her on facebook or instagram at SobaNoodlez Cosplay.
"I'm at the nihilistic yet dependent stage of being on Tumblr? Like, I have a thousand-yard stare, but that stare is constantly directed at my dashboard."
In which we talk about Steven Universe, Tumblr, and the steam engine fandom. Contains very few spoilers about any of these things, but a lot of thinking about the infrastructure of fictional worlds and what counts as a fandom, anyway.
The Autistic Tony Stark fic is "Don't Say It" by bibliomaniac - you can find it here: http://archiveofourown.org/works/7838281. We also talked about "How the Mouth Changes Its Shape" by breathedout (http://archiveofourown.org/works/704773). If you get excited by The Avengers and/or Sherlock, you should read them both, but the second will take you a lot longer.
Violet Virnig is an asexual trans writer, artist, and printmaker who has written, drawn, published, printed, bound, mailed, and marketed her own series of comics called The Satanic Mechanic. She’s also a long-standing member of the Iowa City Press Co-Op, and ran the scene shop in a small theater for three years more or less single-handedly. She can do basically anything, it's no big deal.
"I'm a part of the Adlock yacht. We're small and very fancy."
In which we discuss personhood, trans identity, compassion, and cosplay. Debuting our new Marginalia section! Contains plot spoilers for Dragon Age: Inquisition and vague gender-related spoilers for Doctor Who.
"Timelord has been a winking part of my gender identity for some time now."
Ronen is a Time Lord (no, not literally, but also, yes, literally). After being raised by a pack of folk musicians in the suburban wilds of New York, Ronen moved to the Chicago area to attend Northwestern University and earn a Bachelor's in Theatre. Ze has worked with numerous theatre companies around Chicago, including The Living Canvas, Right Brain Project, and Nothing Without a Company. The geekiest thing Ronen has ever done is found and front a trock band, Time Crash, which released their first full album (Regeneration) in 2014, and a brand new EP (The Empty) earlier this year. You can follow Ronen's ongoing gender quest in the YouTube vlog, Now Ze Hir.
“Shout out to you, Internet! Don’t use that for bad.”
In which Luke often misses the point; Leela hates Xander Harris personally; and we talk about what we bring to, and take from, our favorite media. Contains spoilers for Fight Club, Discworld, Sucker Punch, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, and Stranger Things. Makes reference to Alleycat Comics (http://www.alleycatcomics.com/) and this comic (http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php/index.php?id=311) by Kate Beaton.
(It’s the Summoning Dark. We know. We looked it up.)
Leela (when not enthusiastically discussing intersectionality, pop culture, and television's current Golden Age), is a Project Manager with Morten Group, LLC, a social justice consulting firm serving for-profits, nonprofits, and foundations in the Chicagoland area and nationwide. She really, really loves her job. In her free time, Leela volunteers with Chicago Lights as a tutor to one of the greatest 13 year-olds ever, and with the Shedd Aquarium Audience Research and Evaluation team. She also enjoys sour gummy worms and saying hello to dogs.
Leela graduated Magna Cum Laude from The Ohio State University with a B.A. in Theatre and South Asian Studies. Her undergraduate thesis, "Preserving the 'Fine Village': The Commodification of Rajasthani Folk Performance at Chokhi Dhani" was selected for presentation at both Ohio State's Denman Undergraduate Research Forum and the National Undergraduate Research Conference. She plans to continue her research career in graduate school, and would welcome any tips on studying for the GRE.