Vince marks the return of Heavy Meta with a discussion on whether the ability to bench press a bus or smell a man’s cologne from three floors down gives a hero the right to make decisions for others. Click through the image to read the article!
Before I get going, I’d like to get this out of the way: Yes. Rat Queens is all of the feminist, body-positive, Bechdel and Mako Mori test passing gloriousness that reviewers have been raving about. It has a set of diverse lady leads, each with their own identity, drives and needs that rarely if ever have to do with characters of the dick-having persuasion. They’re kick-ass, assertive, and driven without falling into the Whedon/James Cameron trap of simply writing them as men with boobs. All of this is incredibly welcome, and I, along with legions of Image comics followers, am happy to see it.
However, for those whose interest isn’t peaked by a book’s positive political message, let me assure you: Rat Queens is awesome. Both the cast of characters and the writing in general is funny as hell, the friendships and relationships are genuine and heartfelt, and the sandals n’ sorcery-style action is, to use a technical term, pretty fucking rad. Combine this with the brilliant and unique art by Roc Upchurch, and you’ve got a comic that quickly rockets itself into my Top 5 Favorite ongoing books at the moment.
We’re not close to done yet, folks! As we realized once we were done recording the first episode, there’s a TON of stuff we didn’t get a chance to cover in our first segment, so you get 100% more geeky, feminist goodness! On this triumphant sequel episode, Alysha sheds some light on the insane demands placed on actors of all genders within the filmmaking industry, and the problems of typecasting and perceived ‘marketability.’
As well, we get into the nitty-gritty discussing the tenuous relationship between video game culture and women, both in the realm of gamer girls, and the portrayal of characters within the games themselves.
It’s Ladies’ Night in The Rogues’ Gallery compound, as Sandy, Vince, and Shan are joined by Anne (who has guested before on the Sci-fi and Star Trek episodes) who showers us with glimmering nuggets of wisdom on the unique problems presented to women within geek culture, and media in general.
We’re also lucky enough to have as a guest Alysha Reller: an actor, writer, and director of numerous productions at Buffalo State university, who speaks on the challenges faced as a woman trying to break into the theatre and filmmaking scene.
There isn’t a blurb long enough to cover all the myriad topics we got through, but we had a whole ton of fun recording this one, and hope that you will listening to it.