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Episode 31 – New Upcoming TV Series


Screen shots of AKA Jessica Jones, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Heroes Reborn
(from the top) A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Heroes Reborn
This week we’re talking about upcoming new TV series that we’re excited about, including a few that are new all over again. We start off in-depth with A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Heroes Reborn, and end with a lightning round of all the other things we’re looking forward to. There’s one Arrow spoiler from last season’s premiere, but you probably already know if you’ve seen anything about Legends of Tomorrow. Still, heads-up if that sort of thing bothers you.



Conventions This Weekend!


SakuraCon at the Washington State Convention Center (photo by Vic DeLeon)
SakuraCon at the Washington State Convention Center (photo by Vic DeLeon)

Three conventions happening in the northwest this weekend, and you can still get tickets!

Sakuracon (Seattle)
“Sakura-Con is the northwest’s oldest and largest anime, manga (comics), gaming, and Asian culture convention.”
Online express registration is available on their website.

Norwescon (Seattle)
“Norwescon is the Pacific Northwest’s premiere science fiction and fantasy convention and one of the largest regional science fiction and fantasy conventions in the United States. While maintaining a primarily literary focus, Norwescon is large enough to provide a venue for many of the other aspects of science fiction and fantasy and the interests of its fans such as anime, costuming, art, gaming, and much, much more.”
Pre-registration is closed, but weekend and daily passes are available at the door while supplies last.

Fan Expo Vancouver
“Fan Expo Vancouver is a playground for people of all ages who are interested in any, or all, of the 5 genres the expo has to offer.”
Online sales are closed, same-day tickets available at the box office.

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SJW Link Roundup


Some progressive nerd news and discussions from the past week:

10931594_10153551345353345_6791788542611331807_oRewriting The Future: Using Science Fiction to Re-envision Justice
More on Octavia’s Brood, the project we mentioned on our podcast a few weeks ago, by one of the editors, Walidah Imarisha:

We started the anthology with the belief that all organizing is science fiction. When we talk about a world without prisons; a world without police violence; a world where everyone has food, clothing, shelter, quality education; a world free of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, heterosexism; we are talking about a world that doesn’t currently exist. But collectively dreaming up one that does means we can begin building it into existence.

(via Nerds of Color)

Star Wars Adds First LGBTQ Character to the New Canon

Yub fucking nub: not only does Star Wars now have canonically female stormtroopers, but Paul Kemp’s upcoming book Lords of the Sith is also about to introduce the first official LGBTQ character to the new canon.

(via The Mary Sue)

Black developers speak out on stereotypes in gaming
Professor and game designer Derek Derek Manns and Dennis Mathews of Revelation Interactive Studios held a roundtable discussion at GDC 2015 (the Game Developers Conference) on how black characters are portrayed in games as well as stereotypes of black game developers and designers.

Mathews summed up the biggest reason why diversity is needed in one phrase: “People don’t know what they don’t know.” He explained that often developers who aren’t black don’t even realize when they’re drawing on stereotypes because they don’t have any black coworkers to call it out.

(via Polygon)

Doctor Who vs. the Bechdel Test
Sarah Barrett of The Mary Sue watched all 117 episodes of modern-day Doctor Who and analyzed how many times it passed the Bechdel test, and frankly we’re surprised it did so well. (Though things aren’t as good when you measure by people of color.)

(via The Mary Sue)


Episode 15 – All Roads Lead to Azeroth


This episode is a nerd trope buffet, featuring:

  • Mini-reviews of a couple of lovely mobile apps
  • A hopeless stab at defining the word “game”
  • Social justice worriers
  • Gratuitous WoW references
  • 1d4+1 kobold caterers