Award-winning author Nisi Shawl joins us to talk about her fascinating alt-history steampunk novel Everfair, her Writing the Other workshop and her many other writing and editing projects. With feline assistance!
We’ve been jawing so much recently about the state of the comics industry–why not get an informed opinion from the trenches? Heather Harris McFarlane is a writer and editor as well as the owner of Seattle-area Magic Mirror Comics. She joins us to discuss the intricacies of comic retail, her shop’s gofundme campaign, honing her Jedi skills with the Saber Guild, and what it’s like to be “a girl in a comics shop.” No, 2017, she’s no unicorn.
What do worldbuilding and guilty pleasures have in common? Not a damned thing other than our desire to discuss both this week. We begin with reactions to recent anti-worldbuilding press and how it may or may not affect your fiction. Then we regale each other with tales of TV shows too guilty to enjoy responsibly: Riverdale, Once Upon a Time, Under the Dome, Black Sails, Ripper Street and Bastard!!, to name a few.
Bonus episode! Chris and George weigh in on the recent controversy surrounding the comments made by a Marvel exec about the Great Comics Slump of 2016. Did diversity kill the comic book star? Everyone in comics seems to have opinions about the statement as well as all of the industry’s recent woes. As lifelong comics fans, we are no different.
Chris, Chia and George resurrect an old feature: the Pick of the Week! With Cath away at ICFA, we discuss our recent writing process (still spotty) and share the most recent thing that’s captured our attention: Paul Cornell’s new Chalk, We are Still Here, and Secret Agent X-9 by Dashiell Hammett and Alex Raymond. Stick around for the bonus scene after the credits. Just like Marvel!
George and Chia apparently still haven’t caught ’em all! The Pokemon Go craze may have died down long ago, but two intrepid narrators forge ahead with the collecting of pocket monsters. Cath and Chris offer cultural asides as we ruminate on what, indeed, makes Pokemon go.