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I’ve just listened to an awesome podcast that I’d like to recommend to everyone within eye-shot of this here Tumblr! :)
It’s called Geekquality, and it’s a podcast hosted by 6 women from various backgrounds that hopes to discuss issues of representation of minorities (social, ethnic, etc) in geek culture. The first episode went up today, and it was really great (if a little long and rambly)! :) These women are smart, and I know that they’ll give all of our fandoms a thorough once-over.
Maybe they’ll even have me on as a guest sometime! *crosses fingers*
Denver Comic Con!
1pm, Saturday, June 1: The Boy Who Loved Superman
Every year, DCC puts one, special “Super Fan” in the spotlight - someone who exemplifies our Missions of Education, Community and Diversity. This year we bring you Mike Meyer the World’s biggest Superman fan. Mike was scammed out of his entire Superman memorabilia and comics collection (almost every issue, ever) and the comics community came to his aid and replaced most of it. But that’s not all: Mike is going to tell you all about his world-famous Superman collection!
Panelists: Mike Meyer, Rick Rivera
3pm, Saturday, June 1: Denver Public Library presents Out from Behind the Mask: Queer Heroes Among Us
Readers don’t need to hunt any longer for GLBT heroes and villains. These diverse characters and other worlds are creating change in this world. Both adults and teens are finding stories of acceptance and hope. Our panel of super fans will share favorite comics, graphic novels and manga titles across the spectrum of sexual identity. Whether you are an ally, questioning or omnisexual, please join the discussion.
Panelists: Laurie Spurling, Wayne Markley, Rick Rivera, Becker Parkhurst-Strout
4:30pm, Sunday, June 2: Women in Comics
Women used to be an extreme rarity in comics - but times are changing. Or are they? Find out if things are any different, what are the unique challenges in comics these days, and what are the prospects like now?
Panelists: Ramona Fradon, Amy Reeder, Emily Martin, Rick Rivera
The full convention schedule is available via Guidebook.
So after my little BSG audio episode surprise, I tried to look up some actual discussion podcasts. I didn’t do much research — a quick scan through iTunes on my phone brought up what looked like a good one, so I downloaded three episodes.
I started listening, and the first 10 minutes or so were filler meta discussions. (which, pro-tip to podcasters, STFU and put that in a blog post, yeah?) Then they got to talking about the show, specifically the series finale. And boy did they not like it. I know the reviews were lukewarm at the time, and I feel like watching it straight for a week 5 years after the fact made it a little easier to digest and love it. The husband seemed more critical than the wife, but they both netted out to “well that was underwhelming, but the series was great overall.”
Then they got into some nitty gritty, and that’s when I began to notice something. They talked about the religious symbolism a lot. Granted, BSG is FULL of religion & symbolism. But for example, they pointed to Baltar’s emergence from atheism and spiritual development as an example of something the series “did right.” But then they were really upset at his description of “god” in the finale. If I recall, Baltar described god as a higher power, a force of nature. After they played the clip, the woman said, “Nope, not true. You’re wrong there.” Huh? They went on about Christianity for a bit, and then it hit me. Not long after, the bumper came on and it was confirmed: this is a Catholic podcast.
I could only listen to so much of it after that… because they kept interjecting with their religious opinions and missing the point. It was weird because they seemed pretty astute about the show. I mean, these were youngish people who had just had their first kid, they were into sci fi, so it seemed accessible at first. I don’t care about your religion, can we just talk about the show? And not, like, how it contradicts the Bible? (There are plenty of references anyway!)
I didn’t read much about the show after I first watched it, so as to keep the integrity of my reaction. Anyone have suggestions?
PS Geekquality should totally do that “Women of BSG” episode soon.. ;)