Your Biggest Fangirl Podcast
A new podcast discussing all things fangirl
Episode 19: Becoming Jane Austen Fangirls with JASP Organizers Jennifer Abella and Inger Brodey
July 09, 2018 06:47 PM PDT
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:
Hope to attend next year? Check out their 101 guide to the Program!
Where to Find Jenny:
June 25, 2018 09:08 PM PDT
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.
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
Temple of Geek
June 11, 2018 06:06 PM PDT
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
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
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
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:
Where to find Ashley:
Jupiter Jet is now available at Amazon and Comixology! You can also follow along on Twitter.
April 16, 2018 11:32 PM PDT
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:
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April 02, 2018 06:05 PM PDT
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
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
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.
Our podcast seeks to be the best vehicle to explore fan culture and fandom in depth and intellectually from the unique perspective of the fans themselves. We strive to offer knowledgeable viewpoints from two fangirls who not only are active in fandom, but possess “behind the scenes” experiences and access to the artists they so admire. We will create meaningful, entertaining dialogues with other fans, creators, and scholars, celebrating what it means to be a fan, and specifically a female fan.
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