Tag Archives: Leah

September 12

Cross-Dressing in Anime and Manga

By: Leah Zoller and Kathryn Hemmann [A version of this series was originally given as the panel “Cross-Dressing for Fun and Profit” at Sakura-Con in Seattle on April 19, 2014, and was also published on the blog Contemporary Japanese Literature.] This past April, the ever-amazing Leah of The Lobster Dance and I gave a panel on […]

August 06

Vicious and Vulgar: A New Sherlock Play

By: Leah Zoller *Contains minor spoilers for Vicious and Vulgar; links contain spoilers for season 3 of BBC Sherlock. BBC Sherlock recently announced the filming dates for its fourth season, with a Christmas special to be filmed in January 2015. The long hiatuses are both a curse and a blessing that in some ways defines […]

July 07

What Happened to The Mary Sue?

By Leah Zoller [Post originally appeared on Leah’s blog, The Lobster Dance.] The Mary Sue merger has me feeling a bit like Obi-Wan today.  Let me explain. The Mary Sue, popular geek website for geek women by geek women, merged withGeekosystem, a sister site from Abrams Media. The merger was a decision from the top, and […]

June 18

Podcastle: Feminist Fantasy Audio Fiction

By: Leah Zoller Considering the underrepresentation of women authors and protagonists in literature, film, and publication, I feel that sharing and promoting media that demonstrate gender balance is critical to changing the genre. Today I’m pleased to review Podcastle, a free weekly podcast of audio fantasy fiction. Produced by Escape Artists, Podcastle branched out of […]

March 05

History Lessons from the Tokugawa Matriarchy

History Lessons from the Tokugawa Matriarchy: Ôoku: The Inner Chambers By: Leah Zoller In 1716, Tokugawa Yoshimune, the great-granddaughter of the first Tokugawa shogun, become shogun herself, despite being the third daughter of a branch family and having a low-ranking concubine as a father. During her reign as Shogun, Yoshimune enacted a number of reforms, […]

January 20

All Hail the Glow Cloud

All Hail the Glow Cloud: How Welcome to Night Vale Won My Heart By: Leah Zoller I tend to describe the podcast Welcome to Night Vale as a surrealist fantasy version of Prairie Home Companion. Each 20-25-minute episode is narrated by Night Vale Community Radio host Cecil Gershwin Palmer (voiced by Cecil Baldwin), who gives […]