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57 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
Episode 112: Beetlejuice: Does it Hold up?
Andi and Lise discuss the 1988 Tim Burton film Beetlejuice, which has become somewhat of a cult [Halloween-ish] classic. They both agree that watching it again in current contexts made them re-think a few things and appreciate a few others, and both think this could be a candidate for a re-boot – as long as Tim Burton does it. Beetlejuice original trailer Beetlejuice IMDB page Oingo Boingo’s “Dead Man’s Party” Shout-outs: Andi shouts out Lise for getting her writing projects done! YAY! Happy early Halloween, all – Lise and Andi will not be live for the next show, but we’ll load up a Halloween show from the vault and be back in November with more happy fun times!
57 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
Episode 111: Gunpowder Milkshake
Andi and Lise discuss the 2021 Netflix movie Gunpowder Milkshake, a “neon noir” and cinematographically gorgeous stylized film with a great kickass female cast (including Karen Gilland, Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino) in a female assassin plotline. However, it’s not without a few glitches and they’ll talk about those. Regardless, entertaining! Also, lots of stylized violence; we don’t recommend it for kids. Gunpowder Milkshake trailer Shout-outs: Lise has been playing The Outer Worlds by Obsidian Games, a first-person shooter in which a colonist ship is lost in transit and then when it comes out of transit years later, facing a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the colony. Corporate apocalypse themes! Andi started reading the Lady Sherlock series, set in Victorian London and written by Sherry Thomas. In this incarnation of Holmes, Charlotte Holmes takes on the pseudonym Sherlock Holmes while navigating the social hang-ups of the Victorian classes.
54 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
Episode 110: Mulan: Does it Hold up?
Andi and Lise discuss the 1998 Disney animated film Mulan to determine whether it holds up after 23 years. They discuss its representation, gender, what it might have meant to different audiences, how it may have resonated with certain people, and the story it told. Note: the story of Mulan is derived from a centuries-old Chinese poem/ballad created during the Wei Dynasty. 1998 trailer Shout-outs! Lise recommends the The Vault, which she watched on Netflix. It’s a heist movie (both Lise and Andi are huge fans of heist movies). In it, an engineer and his team are trying to crack an allegedly impenetrable safe beneath the Bank of Spain. Andi shouts out alcohol-free spirits! Get creative and enjoy a tasty and sober (and much lower calorie) happy hour. She’s also been bingeing the true crime podcast Park Predators, which deals with murders in national parks. In the course of the discussion, Lise mentioned Kameron Hurley’s essay: “‘We Have Always Fought’: Challenging the ‘Women, Cattle, and Slaves’ Narrative”. The full text can be viewed at the link, and also in Hurley’s book of essays Geek Feminist Revolution, which Lise also highly recommends.
60 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
Episode 109: Cosplay: Fan-fic in 3D
Cosplay: Fanfic in 3-D Andi and Lise are doing something a little different in this show! Here, Andi interviews Lise about her involvement in cosplay – specifically propmaking and even more specifically, cool weaponry and armaments. Here we talk about how she got into it, some of the materials she uses, and what cosplay is all about for her and others who are involved. Cosplay rocks! Lise also notes that you can find all kinds of resources for cosplay on YouTube, like Punished Props Academy, who does tutorials and TNT Cosplay Supply, which offers tutorials on using EVA foam, which Lise discussed. There are tons of other cosplay YouTube channels; start browsing! Some links of interest: Geeks: History of Cosplay The abridged yet complete history of cosplay The Nerdd: The history of cosplay Shout-outs: Lise started watching The Owl House, an animated fantasy TV series available on Disney. It follows the adventures of Luz, a teenaged Dominican American girl who ends up going through a portal to another world where she befriends a witch and becomes her apprentice at the Owl House. Andi shouts out Sam the Sword, a gender fluid trans guy who is also a master sword fighter and artist who also works on film crews. Find Sam on Instagram and Twitter.
52 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Episode 108: Tremors: Does it Hold up?
Andi and Lise introduce a new feature for LGO; “Does It Hold Up?” in which they look at older media and determine if it could, basically, still hold up today. Here, in the inaugural episode of the feature, they are pleasantly surprised that the 1990 creature feature flick Tremors does hold up, and also had some interesting and cool aspects for the time in which it was made. In this flick, residents of a small, isolated Nevada town are confronted by mysterious underground creatures that are picking them off one by one. Good popcorn movie! Two-minute clip that will tell you what you need to know without watching the trailer, which actually had some spoilers. Shout-outs: Lise highly recommends the board game Ticket to Ride, in which players collect and play matching cards that allow them to claim railway routes that connect cities throughout North America. Fun strategy game! Andi is reading books by Carl Hiaasen, a Florida-based journalist who writes absolutely hilarious novels with pointed commentary, usually based to some extent in Florida. Nobody escapes his wit. Hiaasen is a master at capturing every day cray and how things can go totally off the rails.
58 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Episode 107: Snapdragon by Kat Leyh
Andi and Lise simply LOVE the graphic novel Snapdragon by Kat Leyh (published 2020). The main character is Snapdragon (she goes by Snap), a young girl who ends up befriending the town’s alleged witch. It’s a delightful, layered story about outsiders, found family, and finding magic within yourself. POC rep, queer rep (including great butch lesbian rep FINALLY), feminist rep and storylines that blend seamlessly. Lise and Andi read it several times because the story really resonated with them. Kat Leyh is also one of the creative forces (writer and cover artist) behind the series Lumberjanes, which Andi and Lise discussed way back when in episode 6. Snapdragon description via Macmillan April, 2021 interview with Kat Leyh Find Kat on Twitter: @kaymlay Shout-outs: Lise is super-stoked about writing her very first blurb for author Cathy Pegau’s forthcoming release (November!), The Demon Equilibrium, which features kick-ass women and great world-building. The two MCs are demon-hunters and romantic partners as well, but they’ve been separated and must find each other. Andi has started reading the first offering in the latest Star Wars ’verse project, The High Republic. One of the first books is Charles Sproul’s Light of the Jedi. Fun space opera with lots of tension and it’s nice to see the diversity of authors lined up for more of this. High Republic is set 200 years before the Phantom Menace.
56 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
Episode 106: Viva Las Vegas! Army of the Dead!
Andi and Lise chat about the movie Army of the Dead (2020), a zombie heist gore-fest directed by Zach Snyder (Dawn of the Dead, 2004). That’s right, heist. A zombie outbreak has occurred in Las Vegas after a military convoy crashes and patient zero escapes into the city and the government has to build a wall all around it. A rich casino owner wants a team to sneak into the city to crack a vault in his casino and snag two hundred million dollars. However, all may not be as it seems, either with the casino owner, the heist plan, and the zombies themselves. Andi and Lise highly recommend that you not dig too deep into this; you’ll only end up asking WTF more than once. Take it as pure adrenaline-fueled entertainment and don’t scratch the surface. Also, this movie probably isn’t appropriate for young folx (kids, ’tweens, some teens) because it is, as mentioned, a gore-fest. More info and trailer can be found at IMDb; stream it on Netflix. Shout-outs: Lise highly recommends the series “The Great Pottery Throw Down,” available on HBO Max. It’s a British reality show along the lines of the “Great British Bake-off” in which the competition is to decide Britain’s best home potter. Four seasons now streaming. Andi raves about the graphic novel Snapdragon (2020) by Kat Leyh, about a girl who doesn’t fit in and ends up befriending the town “witch” and in doing so, finds out more about her own capabilities. Queer rep, amazing art, great story, wonderful characters.
55 minutes | Jul 9, 2021
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…
44 minutes | Jun 25, 2021
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.
53 minutes | Jun 11, 2021
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 Prime, HBOMax, iTunes, 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.
46 minutes | Apr 30, 2021
Rerun Episode 62: Booktalk
This week, Lise was busting her butt to get one of her cosplays gussied up so it could be entered into a competition. Andi and Lise will be back with their regularly scheduled shenanigans next time!
38 minutes | Jan 22, 2021
Rerun Episode 86: Cosmoknights
With all the… excitement of the past couple of weeks, Lise and Andi are taking this week off too decompress. Please enjoy this rerun episode of Cosmoknights, a graphic novel by Hannah Templer that they both loved!!
38 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Episode 86: Cosmoknights
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.” Read the webcomic at the Cosmoknights website. And buy the graphic novel at all the places! 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.
55 minutes | Sep 3, 2020
Episode 85: Why We Love Antiheroes
Andi and Lise love antiheroes and all of their messy, complicated humanity. In this episode, they discuss some of their fave antiheroes and the flaws that make them relatable: Malcolm Reynolds (Firefly); Han Solo (Star Wars); Helena (Orphan Black); Parker (Leverage); Handsome Jack (Borderlands) Max and Furiosa (Fury Road); Sarah Connor (Terminator and T2); Andy (The Old Guard); Annalise Keating (How to Get Away with Murder). Andi and Lise discussed the movie The Old Guard in episode 82; the movie T2 in episode 84; Terminator in episode 73; and Fury Road in episode 50. Lise’s shout-out: times are tough; but she’s finding some solace in cosplay art and finishing edits on her latest book. Andi’s shout-out is an in memoriam to stellar actor Chadwick Boseman, who died August 28 at the age of 43 after a 4-year battle with colon cancer. He was amazing and oh, he’s missed. Wakanda Forever. https://lezgeekoutcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/09/lgo_85_antiheroes.mp3
52 minutes | Aug 20, 2020
Episode 84: Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Andi and Lise break down the 1991 movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day (directed and co-written by James Cameron), which they both consider is one of the best sequels ever made. Andi and Lise discuss themes, characters, pacing, plot, and nods that T2 includes to its 1984 predecessor, Terminator, and also how watching it now, in this historical context, gives them different perspectives than they had watching it both originally and over the years. Here, Sarah Connor’s son John (he’s 15 now) is a juvenile delinquent living with foster parents while Sarah is warehoused in a psychiatric institution after she tried to bomb a computer factory (trying to destroy Skynet). But Skynet is at it again and sends a terminator back in time to kill him while the future resistance sends an alternative terminator back to protect him. T2 Trailer Shout-outs: Lise has been reading The Murderbot Diaries, a Hugo- and Nebula-winning novella series by Martha Wells, in which a “murderous android discovers itself”—its identity and the author interrogates that nature of consciousness through artificial intelligence (from Amazon description). Andi does a shout-out to fellow author KD Williamson’s new YouTube channel, in which KD taste tests different hot sauces and shares recipes. She’s also bringing other authors on! Check it out at Grrl on Fire. https://lezgeekoutcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/lgo_84_terminator2.mp3
53 minutes | Jul 9, 2020
Episode 81: Disclosure
This week Andi and Lise discuss the brand new documentary on Netflix, Disclosure, about trans representation in media. Laverne Cox is the executive producer and the documentary includes commentary from several trans actors, scholars, and creatives who discuss the harmful and dangerous tropes that trans characters have been subjected to for decades, but also the double-edged sword of that representation, a question Lise and Andi grapple with: is bad rep better than no rep? And how do we negotiate bad rep with visibility? Andi and Lise loved this documentary, they learned a lot, and they’ll be watching it again. It stays with you – as it should. Find Disclosure on Netflix. Watch the trailer HERE. List of cast and crew HERE. Shout-outs! Lise highly recommends the book Planetfall, by Hugo-winning author Emma Newman. It’s part of her Planetfall series. Follow Ren and Lee Suh-Mi as they decide to seek out another planet beyond Earth that promises to reveal the truth about our place in the cosmos. Andi is reading the graphic novel Archival Quality, written by Ivy Noelle Weir and illustrated by Steenz. Celeste loses her job at a library and takes another at a museum as an archivist, but it’s not what it seems and she soon finds herself confronting her relationships, her mental health, and possibly her grip on reality as she starts to dream of a woman she’s never met. https://lezgeekoutcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/lgo_81_disclosure.mp3
52 minutes | Jun 25, 2020
Episode 80: Agents of the Realm
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. Find out more about Mildred Louis and her work at artofmlouis.com. 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. https://lezgeekoutcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/lgo_80_agents.mp3
44 minutes | Jun 11, 2020
Episode 79: Decolonizing Our Media
Andi and Lise have been working on expanding and decolonizing their media consumption, seeking out more creators of color and more creators who are differently abled, neurodiverse, and from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds than they are. They each share some of that media in this episode. Lise: Binti novella series by Nnedi Okorafor Octavia Butler’s Kindred graphic novel adaptation N.K. Jemisin, Inheritance trilogy; see also her short story anthology How Long ’til Black Future Month Movie D.E.B.S., written and directed by Angela Robinson (We talked about this movie in our very first episode!!) Ebony Warriors Studio, cosplay (also find on Instagram) Andi: Ascension, by Jacqueline Koyanagi N.K. Jemisin, Far Sector comic series Movie Black Panther, directed and written by Ryan Coogler Website Black Girl Nerds (LOL Andi and Lise lost count and Andi did 4 instead of 5); NOTE: website was fine at recording time, but afterward, it appears to be undergoing some work. You can find BGN on Twitter and Instagram, too. Shout-outs: Lise enjoyed the zombie apocalypse movie Anna and the Apocalypse while Andi was glad for Legends of Tomorrow season 5 this week. https://lezgeekoutcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/lgo_79_decolonizing.mp3
40 minutes | May 28, 2020
Episode 78: Moonstruck
Andi and Lise are way into the comic Moonstruck (Image Comics), created and written by Grace Ellis (of Lumberjanes) and illustrated/arted by Shea Beagle. Here, Andi and Lise talk about Volume 1, which collects issues 1-5: Werewolf barista Julie and her new girlfriend go on a date to a close-up magic show, but all heck breaks loose when the magician casts a horrible spell on their friend Chet. Now it’s up to the team of mythical pals to stop the illicit illusionist before it’s too late. –Image Comics description We loved all the rep (including queer, POC, QPOC) and all the different body shapes and all the different backgrounds of the characters. The art is amazing, the story is fun, and the characters will resonate with readers. This comic is excellent for all ages! Find Volume 1 at Image Comics, other platforms, and your library. Shout-outs! Lise recommends Avatar: The Last Airbender. All three seasons are streaming on Netflix. Andi binged the fifth and final season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. She laughed, she cried, she’ll watch it again. Find all 5 seasons on Netflix. https://lezgeekoutcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/lgo_78_moonstruck.mp3
52 minutes | May 14, 2020
Episode 77: Ask Us Anything!
Andi and Lise do an “ask us anything” session, answering questions posed to them on social media. The questions deal with life, writing, and lots of stuff in between. Some made them think, some made them laugh, and others made them do both. Thanks all, for your questions. Lise would like to shout-out Star vs. the Forces of Evil, about a young princess in a different dimension sent to Earth to mellow her behavior. Hijinks ensue! Find it on Disney Plus. Andi would like to shout-out director Alice Wu’s new film, The Half of It, a coming-of-age story in which a young woman works to set up the school jock with the woman she, too, has a crush on. Shades of Cyrano! Find this on Netflix. https://lezgeekoutcast.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/lgo_77_ama.mp3
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