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Episode 28: The Ladies We Fangirled Over at LA Comic Con 2018
November 12, 2018 09:29 PM PST
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We continue our convention highlights in 2018 with a Los Angeles Comic Con special! Victoria introduces us to four creators, whose work in everything from writing to cosplaying inspire us to infuse our fangirling with more creativity. In fact, LACC was also Victoria’s first time cosplaying! Before our interviews, she shares her process transforming into Thor character Amora and her finest moments of fangirling at the con as well.

This episode’s lovely guests are:
Genevieve Marie is a professional cosplayer, actress, and screenwriter. As manager of B-Movie Scream Queens, Genevieve also challenges the male-dominated space of horror by showcasing female filmmakers and empowering them to develop new skills.
Instagram: @genevievemariecosplay
Twitter: @genevievenylen
Facebook: @GenevieveMarieCosplay
Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/GenevieveMarie

Barbara Keselis a writer and editor of comic books, with work published by DC Comics, Marvel Comics, Crossgen, Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics. Barbara, a pioneering force in strong female comic characters, takes us through her journey into her comics.
Twitter: @barbarakesel
Facebook: @BRKesel

Megan Hutchison is a Los Angeles based illustrator and designer who began working in the film industry as a production designer for years before transitioning to illustrating full-time. A true interdisciplinary artist, Megan shares the differences of telling a story through the page versus a screen, and the ways she channels her passion of science and sci-fi into her art.
Instagram: @blackem_art
Twitter: @blackem_art

Amber Arden is a fashion stylist, costume designer, and milliner whose cosplay often mashes up multiple fandoms or styles. We jump into her interview exploring her inspiration for her brilliant Snow White/Boba Fett cosplay.

Instagram: @amberarden
Twitter: @amberarden
Facebook: @AmberArden
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/VeraArden
Blog: http://amberarden.blogspot.com/

Episode 27: Safe Spaces and the Significance of Community with FanDames Initiative members Lauren “Scribe” Harris and May Hemmer
October 29, 2018 09:07 PM PDT
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Today we welcome two guests hailing from the non-profit organization the FanDames Initiative, Lauren Harris (aka Scribe) or May Hemmer (or the Cocoa Barbie). Lauren and May share the mission of the FanDames with us, which encompasses creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for female fans, both in online fandom and IRL meet-ups like conventions. The FanDames aim to support and provide resources for fangirls, whether it be  through panel discussions about geek girl stereotypes or through an ingenious cosplay repair station for potential costume malfunctions on the convention floor. Lauren is an author of works including the Spellhounds series, and May is a burlesque performer, who brings her love of fandom into cosplay and “nerdlesque.” Over the course of our discussion this week, we received their distinct and illuminating insights and personal experiences with fandom, acceptance, and the importance of finding supportive communities as fangirls.

Where to learn more about the FanDames Initiative:
Facebook: @FanDames
Instagram: @fandamesinitiative

Where to find Lauren:
Instagram: @lauren.b.harris
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Lauren-Harris/e/B00E7HCKQY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/5932517.Lauren_Harris

Where to find May:
Facebook: @MayHammer

Episode 26: Becoming a Licensed Artist and Being a #ForceAgainstCyberbullying with illustrator Erin Lefler
October 15, 2018 05:14 PM PDT
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We are thrilled to welcome Erin Lefler on the podcast this week! Erin is an illustrator, licensed Lucasfilm artist, and the creator and champion behind Force Against Cyberbullying, an initiative to combat online harassment and abuse in the Star Wars fandom. We discuss her process designing characters, her evolution from drawing fan art to being a licensed artist for her favorite franchise, and what led to her creating the Force Against Cyberbullying campaign. She also shares with us how fangirls can combat harassment and support each other online. Not only is Erin a force for good in fandom, we fangirl out over our faves -  Disney, Loki and Rose Tico!

Where to find Erin:

Twitter: @Butternutgouach

Tumblr: butternut-gouache.tumblr.com

Instagram: @butternut_gouache

LinkedIn: Erin Lefler

Website: https://butternut-gouache.wixsite.com/the-art-of-erin-lef

Episode 25: Comics, Fandom Allies, and Science! with creator Jason Inman
October 01, 2018 09:01 PM PDT
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Joining us this week on the podcast is Jason Inman, a comic book expert with two comic books of his own under his belt. His podcast, Geek History Lesson, seeks to inform and educate fans about the origin stories of their favorite fandoms’ characters. He’s a champion of making the comics community inclusive and welcoming to fans old and new. Jason and his GHL co-host Ashley Victoria Robinson take their mission a step further with by creating new heroes for fans to look up to. Jason tells us about Science!, a new graphic novel that follows the story of Tamsin Kuhn Trakroo as she navigates the prestigious Prometheus Institute, which she works to take down from the inside to avenge her father. We learn about the creative process behind writing Science!, Jason’s recommendations for the best DC Comics to start reading, and how we can be better allies as fans!

Support Science! on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jawiin/science-an-original-graphic-novel

Where to Find Jason:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Jawiin
Instagram: https://instagram.com/jawiin/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Jawiintv/
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Jawiin

Tune into Geek History Lesson on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play and more.

Loved this episode? Check out our interview with Science! co-creator and Geek History Lesson co-host Ashley Victoria Robinson: www.yourbiggestfangirl.com/ep-14

Episode 24: Fandom After the Finale and Holding onto Smallville with Podcaster Zach Moore
September 17, 2018 05:56 PM PDT
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We get nostalgic on this week’s episode with podcaster Zach Moore, who takes his fandom to the next level by creating fun discussion and thoughtful analysis about the shows near and dear to his heart. Zach hosts two podcasts: Standard Orbit on the Trek FM network, and Always Hold On to Smallville, which dissects every episode of decade-long Superman prequel series. Tori had the tremendous pleasure of joining Zach on Always Hold On to Smallville to discuss an episode from Season 3, and he stopped by our show to discuss how a fandom evolves after their show goes off the air, his experience podcasting about his faves, and addressing scandal when it affects your perception of a beloved character. Zach also gets a chance to answer the Would You Rather question he contributed to our game!

Where to Find Zach:
Twitter: @mooreonzach
Instagram: @zacharyrmoore

Where to Find Always Hold On to Smallville:
Twitter: @alwaysmallville
Facebook: @alwaysmallville

Listen to Tori’s guest appearance at

Episode 23: Beyond Broadway with Hamilton Education Program Director Sasha Rolon Pereira
September 03, 2018 05:02 PM PDT
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Sasha Rolon Pereira joins us from the Hamilton Education Program, where she is the director of the program and Associate Director of Education at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The Hamilton Education Program (#eduham) is a partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation, Hamilton, and Gilder Lehrman, that sends thousands of students to see the hit musical on Broadway and in tour cities around the country. Sasha tells us about how the program bring students into “the room where it happened”, and the ways students engage with this important piece of popular culture to reflect and connect with American history. We also explore Hamilton’s intersection between fandom and academia and the unique qualities the show possesses that makes it culturally significant beyond Broadway and a fan-favorite!

Learn more about the Hamilton Education Program at the Gilder Lerhman Institute’s website: https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/hamilton-education-program

Follow #eduham on social media for student projects and performances and videos from the cast.

Where to find Gilder Lehrman on Social Media:

Facebook: @gilderlehrman
Twitter: @Gilder_Lehrman
Instagram: @gilderlehrman
Pinterest: @gilderlehrman

Episode 22: The Ladies We Fangirled Over at San Diego Comic Con 2018
August 20, 2018 05:31 PM PDT
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For this week of All About Conventions August we have a super-sized convention special for you! Not only do Victoria and Kristen recap their experiences this year at San Diego Comic Con, they share their lessons learned from their trip to help you crush your next con. We also share our interviews from the convention floor with four fabulous female creators! They are:

Agnes Garbowska is an illustrator known for her work illustrating titles such as the New York Times Best Sellers & Gem Award winner DC Superhero Girls for DC Comics, My Little Pony for IDW, and Grumpy Cat. She’s also drawn covers for IDW titles including, Jem and the Holograms, Transformers, and Powerpuff Girls.

Check out Agnes's latest artwork in the graphic novel DC Super Hero Girls: Out of the Bottle on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MD9KQZ

Twitter: @AgnesGarbowska
Instagram: @AgnesGarbowska
Facebook: @AgnesGarbowska.Art
Tumblr: http://agnesgarbowska.tumblr.com/

Diana Greenhalgh is a professional illustrator and designer, primarily working in comics, trading cards, and film and television. Diana's first love is comics, where she works as a professional inker on numerous independent and mainstream comic books titles spanning over a decade. Diana also works as a prop artist and graphic designer for film and television. You can see her prop work in season 1 of DC's Legends Of Tomorrow, and she's designed and illustrated one sheets for 20th Century Fox's Deadpool and X-Men Apocalypse films.

Instagram: @mechangel
Twitter: @DianaGreenhalgh
Facebook: @DianaGreenhalghArt
Check her out at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/mechart

Beth Sotelo began working in the comic book industry in 2001 as a colorist for Top Cow Productions. Since then she’s worked for Aspen Comics, DC and Marvel. Her recent coloring credits include DC Comics' Suicide Squad: Most Wanted and coloring/illustration work for 20th Century Fox. She is also the writer and illustrator for her creator-owned digital graphic novel “Grump”.

Instagram: @midimew
Twitter: @midimew

EK Johnston is an archaeologist-turned-author who has lent her words to retellings like Exit, Pursued by a Bear and Spindle. She has contributed two works for the Star Wars canon with a young adult novel Ahsoka and “By Whatever Sun” in the From a Certain Point of View anthology. Her repertoire continues to expand, with The Afterward due to come out next year. And at SDCC, it was also announced that she would be writing Queen’s Shadow, a novel based on Padme’s transition from Queen to Senator -- a dream come true for the author! (And Victoria. Obviously.)
Twitter: @ek_johnston
Tumblr: http://ekjohnston.tumblr.com/
Instagram: @ek_johnston

Episode 21: Fangirls and Geek Couture at the Her Universe Fashion Show
August 06, 2018 09:56 PM PDT
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We’re continuing All About Conventions August this week with our coverage of the Her Universe Fashion Show! Kristen and Victoria share their experiences at the event - getting to fangirl out together, squeeing over the surprise guests, and which were their favorite designs from the show!

We also introduce you to the amazing fangirls we encountered at the Fashion Show:

Carina Langley-Lacy was a finalist in this year’s fashion show. She is a costume designer and technician who has worked on costumes for the LA Opera and for television shows including the CW’s Supergirl. She has previously competed in the Her Universe Fashion Show before, and her design “Vincent and the Exploding Tardis” was inspired by the episode of Doctor Who episode "Vincent and the Doctor".
Follow Carina on Instagram: @carinaterra8787

Lynne Martens, another finalist at this year’s event, is a costume maker, cosplayer, and fashion designer from LA. 2018 was her third year competing in the fashion show and her brand, Classy Looking Nerf Herder is described as geek vintage couture. Her look for the fashion show “Flight of the Phoenix” was based on Fawkes in Harry Potter.
Follow Lynne on Instagram: @classylookingnerfherder

Corina Marie Smith was one of the winners of the Her Universe Junior Fashion Design Competition. This was the inaugural year for the Junior Fashion Design Competition, which awarded 4 winners under 18 who designed looks inspired the Powerpuff Girls in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the show. Corina designed a Blossom-inspired look, drawing from Japanese street fashion, punk and juniors fashion.

Sarah Garringer is the Global Social Media & Content Manager at Singer Sewing Company. Singer was a new partner of the Fashion Show this year, and the company sponsored an additional award to recognize a designer that showcases exceptional sewing and construction.
Follow Singer on Twitter: @SingerCo and Instagram: @SingerSewingCompany

For more on all the fangirl fabulousness that went at this year’s fashion show, check out Kristen’s blog post recapping her thoughts and insights about the event! We’ll be back on Tuesday 8/21 with our next episode featuring more awesome female creators that we interviewed on the convention floor at SDCC - stay tuned!

Where to Find Her Universe:
Twitter: @heruniverse
Instagram: @heruniverse
Facebook: @heruniverse
Tumblr: https://heruniverseofficial.tumblr.com/

Episode 20: Stories of Strength with Best-Selling Author Renée Ahdieh
July 23, 2018 06:49 PM PDT
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This week, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling YA author (and fellow Tar Heel!) Renée Ahdieh joins us on the podcast! Renée recently finished a book tour for her most recent novel Smoke in the Sun, a sequel to her magical-action hit Flame in the Mist. Her debut novel, Wrath in the Dawn, was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, which kicked off Renée’s prowess for retelling fairy and folk tales in fresh and inclusive ways.
Renee’s talent for world building is born from her own love of stories and strong characters; as a fangirl herself, she endorses the idea of falling in love with possibility--no matter the story you consume. We talk about how important it is to embrace the things you love, even when it’s written off as not having critical value.

Where you can find Renée:
Instagram: @reneeahdieh
YouTube: http://ow.ly/DCjY30l55X6

You can also follow her on Twitter (@rahdieh), Facebook (@ReneeAhdiehAuthor) and Tumblr (http://rahdieh.tumblr.com/).

Find all Renée’s books and find out what’s coming next at her website, http://www.reneeahdieh.com/.

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

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