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Episode 19: Becoming Jane Austen Fangirls with JASP Organizers Jennifer Abella and Inger Brodey
July 09, 2018 06:47 PM PDT
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This week on the podcast we’re taking you to a land of Regency balls, sweeping romances, and perfectly composed prose! We sit down with Jenny Abella and Dr. Inger Brodey who run the Jane Austen Summer Program, an annual four-day symposium focusing on the author's novels for academics and Austen fans alike at our alma mater - the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We explore why Jane’s works still resonate with readers today, dispel common misconceptions about fangirls of her novels, and discuss the delicate balance a fangirl must strike between loving an author’s work and engaging with it in an academic context. Not only do the ladies give us advice on how to make the most of your symposium experience and reveal next year’s theme for the program, we even get Jenny and Inger to answer a few painstaking Jane Austen-themed Would You Rather questions! Speaking of our Fandom Would You Rather game, this episode also features a question submitted by our friend Zach from the Always Hold onto Smallville podcast!

Where to Find the Jane Austen Summer Program:
Twitter: @JASPhotline
Facebook: @janeaustensummer
Instagram: @janeaustensummer
Support the program at: https://janeaustensummer.org/donate/

Hope to attend next year? Check out their 101 guide to the Program!

Where to Find Jenny:
Twitter: @nextjen
Instagram: @jenabella78

Episode 18: Whovian Women with Cosplay Photographer and Geek Blogger Monica Duarte
June 25, 2018 09:08 PM PDT
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As a fangirl, Monica Duarte wears many hats: a mother, a photographer, a cosplayer, a vlogger and correspondent for Temple of Geek. A seasoned convention goer, she shares tips on nailing a cosplay photoshoot and making fandom fun for the whole family. We discuss Doctor Who and our excitement for Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor, as well as we look at the portrayal of female characters in the show. With Doctor Who being a long-running sci-fi show, we also explore how it has evolved over decades -- and how the relationship between the Doctor and his (now her!) companions have changed.
What We Discussed:

The Future Has Regenerated — A History of Women in Doctor Who by Mandy Chew

Where to Find Monica:

Personal Instagram: @thisdorkynerdgirl

Cosplay Photography Instagram: @geekandcosplayreport
Professional Photography: @paparazzimon

Temple of Geek
Instagram: @templeofgeek
Twitter: @templeofgeek
Facebook: @templeofgeek

The ConMadres
YouTube: The ConMadres
Instagram: @theconmadres

Episode 17: Embracing and Examining Fanfiction with Best-Selling Author Seanan McGuire
June 11, 2018 06:06 PM PDT
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We are pumped to be joined by best-selling author Seanan McGuire on the podcast this week for a long overdue discussion on fanfiction! Seanan’s urban fantasies include October Daye, Incryptid, and the Wayward Children series, she received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot. We unpack a brilliant tweet thread Seanan wrote exploring the shame and stigma surrounding female fanfic writers opposed to men who pen transformative works, embracing the training the fanfic community can provide for female professional authors, and writing well-rounded female characters in sci-fi that challenge “The Default” hero trope. Seanan even shares with her some of her favorite fanfics to binge-read!

Episode 16: Cosplay, Community and Cavill with Super Savant Lauren Winn
May 28, 2018 06:05 PM PDT
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Lauren Winn makes her grand return to the Your Biggest Fangirl Podcast! She recounts the single greatest moment of her life: meeting her fave Henry Cavill, pinpointing the 10 Rules of Fangirling Like a Pro that helped her the most. Lauren also shares the time the photographer became the photographed when she debuted her Superboy cosplay at New York Comic Con in October. Lauren walks us through Project KR, and we discuss the origins of cosplay, the empowerment through cosplaying, the community and more.

Lauren rounds out the rest of our Would You Rather questions -- send us your suggestions so we can update our game!

Episode 15: Problematic Faves with Theme Park Expert Bethany Curl
May 14, 2018 06:12 PM PDT
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We’re thrilled to welcome fangirl and Universal Studios Team Member Bethany Curl onto the podcast! She joins us to continue the discussion on problematic faves and how to address media, characters, artists and their flaws. Can you love something that has problematic elements? And if so, how does one acknowledges its issues? Bethany also shares with us her behind-the-scenes intel on what it’s like to work at a major theme park how to make the most of your visit, and avoiding park burnout when Disney and Universal are at your doorstep!

Episode 14: Marvel Comics, Heroines, and the Ladies Who Love Them with Actress, Writer, Podcaster Ashley V. Robinson
April 30, 2018 09:44 PM PDT
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We welcome actress, writer and producer Ashley Victoria Robinson, who is a fellow fangirl-podcaster! Ashley co-hosts the Geek History Lesson podcast -- a wonderful resource that delves into the origin stories of your favorite heroes, villains and everything in between! She is also co-author of the newly-released Jupiter Jet comic book, which features a spunky sixteen-year-old heroine named Jacky Johnson who discovers an experimental jetpack in her late father’s workshop, taking to the skies to keep her neighborhood safe.

In honor of the release of Avengers: Infinity War, we talk with Ashley about the ladies of the Marvel Universe (don’t worry -- no spoilers here!). And as an authority on comic book heroes and more, we discuss the ways in which female fans sometimes face challenges to prove themselves as fans -- and what that means for fandom as a whole.

What we discussed:
9 Ways Women Experience Sexism in Fandom by KT Hawbaker

Where to find Ashley:
Twitter: @AshleyVRobinson
Instagram: @AshleyVRobinson

Jupiter Jet is now available at Amazon and Comixology! You can also follow along on Twitter.
Listen to Geek History Lesson on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play and more.
Their new PinBomb line of fandom-inspired bath bombs with collectible pins is now available! Order them on Etsy.

Episode 13: The Ladies We Fangirled Over at WonderCon 2018
April 16, 2018 11:32 PM PDT
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This is a jam-packed episode! Victoria interviews seven guests at WonderCon 2018 to get their perspectives on being fans and being creators for fans. Our lovely guests are:
Amy Mebberson, illustrator and licensed Disney artist known for her Pocket Princesses comics -- and now working with Disney, her fangirling hasn’t gone away. Amy emphasizes the importance of posting and sharing your own artwork to gain exposure, like she did.
Chrissie Zullo also gives advice to aspiring artists on how to get a break in the industry, and shares her own path to success. Chrissie was discovered through a talent search at a San Diego Comic Con, where she submitted designs to be reviewed.
Aimee Steinberger started her professional career on Futurama, where she did character layout. Though she’s an illustrator and artist for by trade, she still delves into creative endeavors for her hobbies like recreating historical and fantasy costumes. She shares about how balancing the creativity between work and play.
Lindsey Reimer is a gamer, artist and illustrator for mobile games. She now works with fellow artists and game developers she admires, and notes the importance of having a supportive and collaborative environment, especially in a traditionally male-dominated field like gaming.
Crystal Kan is a story artist and comic book writer, with storyboard credits that include Marvel’s Spider-Man. Crystal talks about the need for diversity in storyboarding and on creative teams, which not only help develop new, exciting stories but would also inspire the next generation of creators.
Melissa Pagluica is the creator of the web-comic Above the Clouds, which plays with the idea of a writer’s struggle to tell a story while a fan becomes engrossed with the work. Melissa shares about the creative process from both sides the viewpoint of both of her lead characters -- and how important it is for artists to have the support to keep the story going.
Ashley Eckstein is the founder of Her Universe and voice actor best known for her role originating Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars The Clone Wars. Ashley reflects on how far fangirling has come, particularly in the way there are more strong female characters front and center, and inspiring young fangirls to be proud of the things they love.

Follow the Your Biggest Fangirl Podcast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook at @ybfgpodcast, and on Tumblr at yourbiggestfangirl.tumblr.com. Find more shownotes and links at yourbiggestfangirl.com

Episode 12: Passion to Profession with Star Trek Fan & Screenwriter Brian Millikin
April 02, 2018 06:05 PM PDT
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Have you ever wondered what goes on in the writer's room of your favorite shows? This week our guest, fanboy turned sci-fi screenwriter Brian Millikin, takes us behind the scenes! He shares how he became a Star Trek fan and how his passion for the show got him his start in Hollywood working for one his heroes, Star Trek: The Next Generation showrunner Michael Piller! We discuss not only meeting but working for your heroes and whether you should “hide your crazy” in professional situations. Brian also takes us inside the writer’s room of the many sci-fi TV shows he’s written on such as Haven, Teen Wolf and Shadowhunters to name a few,  and elaborates on creative process as well as the relationship between the writers and the fans. He also reveals that they’re just as big of fans as their shows and characters as we are!

Episode 11: Walking through the West Wing with Claire Handscombe
March 19, 2018 10:35 PM PDT
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This week, Victoria and Kristen are joined by West Wing fangirl and fellow podcaster Claire Handscombe! She’s so much of a fan that she credits the show as a major reason she moved from Europe to Washington, D.C. So how does a drama about American politics and the intricacies of the White House attract fans from across the pond? Claire shares her own story and those of other fans, which she compiled into an anthology called Walk With Us: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives. And that’s not Claire’s only book; her upcoming novel Unscripted highlights the fangirl dream of making your fave fall in love with you. She knows a thing or two about that last bit - Claire spills all the details on how she scored a lunch date with her onscreen crush Bradley Whitford!

Claire is also the host of the Brit Lit Podcast, where she gives all the news in British books and publishing.

Episode 10: Superhero Therapy with Dr. Janina Scarlet
March 05, 2018 10:08 PM PST
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­We have the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Janina Scarlet, a fellow fangirl and licensed Clinical Psychologist this week! As a scientist and writer, she has used her own struggles and training to develop Superhero Therapy, which incorporates characters from geek culture into evidence-based therapy for managing anxiety, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Scarlet gives us an overview of going through your superhero training using the method, while sharing her own origin story that seems straight out of a comic book. As we dive deeper, we look at which heroes have been inspirational to her and how she looks at a new film or show as both a psychologist and a fangirl.

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