Episode 9: Small(er) Press Comics

It’s Episode 9 and in honor of the Longest Night of the year and all adjoining holidays, you get two episodes this month! Lucky you! Blü and Pebble talk about their favorite comics outside of the heavy hitters like Marvel and DC. You can find a list of the comics we talk about in this episode bellow, as well as our usual list of quick definitions.

Edit: Apologies to Stiffler and Copeland, it’s “Find Chaos” not “Finding Chaos” -Blü


Podcast Notes:

  • Destiel – a pairing of two popular characters from the show Supernatural, Dean Winchester and Castiel. Put ’em together and you get “Destiel”!
  • Instagram – a social media platform that uses mostly pictures to create profiles and webpages
  • Ship/Shipping – the act of pairing two or more characters/people together in a relationship

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

Courtney Crumrin by Ted Naifeh

Death the High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman

Lumberjanes by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson

Toil and Trouble by Mairghread Scott

Find Chaos by A. Stiffler and K. Copeland

Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques

Legend of Mantamaji by Eric Dean Seaton

Episode 8: Teen Wolf Binge Watch and Rehash

Welcome to Episode 9 of Fandom Cracked!  In today’s episode, your hosts talk about one of Blü’s favorite television shows, Teen Wolf, focusing mostly on the character development of Kira Yukimura, Scott McCall, and also parenting in the show.

Podcast Notes:

None.  BUT if there’s a term you aren’t familiar with, please contact us and we will update this section accordingly.

Episode 7: Harry Potter and Questions of Racism and Slavery

Welcome to Episode 7! We are talking about one of our favorite series, Harry Potter. This iconic series has made reading young adult literature a legitimate pastime for adults and brought the adventure of fantasy to children everywhere. It’s also brought us the ability to examine our values and understand our biases under the guise of fantasy. Today we explore ideas of racism in Harry Potter through the character Ron Weasley and the position of house elves, like Dobby.

Podcast Notes:

  • Explicit and Implicit Racism – overt displays of racism versus unconscious biases.
  • White Savior – a story line that involves a main character of Caucasian ethnicity that “rescues” a group of racial or ethnic minorities.
  • Gaslighting – a form of mental abuse in which the abuser attempts to make the victim question their own sanity regarding the abuse.

Episode 6: Anime and the New Orientialism?

Welcome to Fandom Cracked: Episode 6!  In this episode, your hosts discuss what makes a cartoon an “anime,” and whether or not making “made in Japan” a requirement for being an “anime” is a new form of orientalism.  We also discuss if some aspects of American Otaku culture might reflect more complex racial/ethnic dynamics than a simple “love for all things Japanese.”

Episode 5: Avatar the Last Airbender – What’s up with Azula?

Antagonists are the most interesting people to talk about; especially when the antagonist is as complex a character as Azula from Avatar the Last Airbender. What’s up with her, anyway? Your hosts often get asked “Is she ‘crazy’ or is she a ‘bad seed’?” Find out in this episode why things aren’t so black and white, or easily defined, for Azula.

Podcast Notes:

  • Psychosis – Diagnostic terminology referring to psychotic features such as hallucinations or other thought disturbances.
  • Resiliency – The ability to continue developing and thriving despite negative experiences such as trauma.
  • Paranoia – A sense of imminent threat from those around you, as if others are “out to get you.”
  • Psychotic Break – An instance where a person loses touch with reality, including paranoia, hallucinations, or delusions.

Episode 4: Diversity – Sexism and Gender

Welcome to Episode 4 of Fandom Cracked!  In this episode, your hosts discuss how various fandoms fare with regards to sexism and representation of women.  Your hosts will use the Sexy Lamp Test, the Bechdel Test, and the Mako Mori Test to examine various female characters, and will explore the usefulness of these tests.  The concept of intersectionality will also be introduced; Future episodes will go deeper in exploring this theory and its significance in fandom.

Here’s the link to the wonderful Trekkie Feminist, who we mentioned in this episode for her amazing work on using the Bechdel Test for every single episode in Star Trek!

Podcast Notes:

  • Bechdel Test – A test used to gauge the level of active participation of the female presence in a work of fiction, primarily used in movies and television but can also be used for female characters in a wider range of media such as books and comics. To pass the Bechdel Test, the work must 1) have two (named) female characters that 2) have a conversation together, and 3) the conversation must be about something other than men.
  • Canon – Official. Happening within the official storyline given by the author, producers, or other official persons that produce material of a fandom. Often used in fanfiction to differentiate between actual storyline versus created by fans. “It was never stated in canon that they love each other, but did you see the way the looked at each other in episode 5 of season 6? They’re totally in love!”
  • Cis/Cisgender – A person that identifies with the gender that they were assigned at birth.
  • Dash (Tumblr) – The home page of the social media website Tumblr where blog posts that a user has followed appear and can be scrolled through.
  • Fangasm – An overwhelming feeling(s) of joy and happiness in relation to a work within a particular fandom. “I saw the back of Jennifer Lawerence’s head at the convention and I could hardly contain my fangasms.”
  • Fangirling – The act of becoming extremely excited in regards to an object or product related to a particular fandom. Often involves shaking, making high pitched noises, or hyperventilating. “She got so excited at seeing Benedict Cumberbatch on TV that she started fangirling.”
  • Intersectionality – The exploration of how different systems of oppression or discrimination are connected.  According to this theory, one cannot faithfully examine oppression by separating one form of oppression from another (e.g., talking only about gender discrimination without taking into context how racial discrimination and discrimination against sexual orientation can impact it).
  • Mako Mori Test – A test used to gauge the level of active participation of a female character in a work of fiction, primarily used in movies and television but can also be used for female characters in a wider range of media such as books and comics. To pass the Mako Mori, there must be 1) at least one female character that 2) has their own storyline, and 3) that story line does not revolve around the main male character.
  • Sexism – A prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women.
  • Sexy Lamp Test – A test used to gauge the level of active participation of the female character in a work of fiction, primarily in movies and television but can also be used for a female character in books or comics. The test states that if the female character can be replaced with a sexy lamp and the plot remain virtually unchanged, the story does not pass the test.
  • Ship/Shipping – From the term “relationship,” it consists of putting two or more characters in a relationship. The “ship” does not have to be canon, occur within the show, or even within the same fan universe (ex. Shipping a character from Supernatural with a character from Doctor Who). “I know that Toph and Sokka aren’t canon, but I totally ship it!”

Episode 3: Undying Fandoms – Firefly

Welcome to Episode 3 of Fandom Cracked!  In this episode, your hosts discuss the short-lived, but much loved t.v. show, Firefly!  Topics include how Firefly captured the hearts of so many despite lasting less than a season on network t.v., discussion of our favorite characters, and how the show reflected and/or challenged societal norms of its time.

Podcast notes:

  • Blü and Pebble worked out the sound issues for our podcast!  Hopefully, our listeners will be able to hear our voices more clearly in this episode!
  • In this episode, your hosts use of the phrase “diverse representation” refers more specifically to racial/ethnic diversity. But don’t worry!  We will be looking at this, as well as other types of diverse representation, such as LGBTQ, people with mental illness, etc. throughout our series.
  • Browncoats– What fans of Firefly call themselves.
  • Trope– a common or overused theme or device (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trope).  For example, the “damsel in distress” is a common trope found in many stories, movies, tv shows, etc.