Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Violent Resistance, and the Allegorically Oppressed

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Banner via villagaiety

If you’ve ever wondered why Charlton Heston damned us all to hell in the original Planet of the Apes film, it’s because we learn (over the course of some movies of…questionable quality?) that humans ultimately destroyed each other in escalating nuclear conflicts.  Eventually the other great apes came to rule the earth.  But, back when humans were still in charge, we did awful things like enslave apes to perform our menial labor.  This came after a long history of encroaching upon and ultimately appropriating their habitats for profit industries, locking them into zoos and performing medical experiments on them for human benefit. Continue reading

Chatting with David Gaider, Part 2 of 3: Inside Inquisition and the Dragon Age Universe

Dragon Age 3: Inquisition logo

In the first segment of my interview with David Gaider (lead writer for Dragon Age) at GaymerX, we talked anti-oppression critiques of the DA series, including transgender representation, racism, and other pressing issues. In this segment, we delve into the DA universe and discuss Dragon Age: Inquisition, Merrill, Morrigan, the Architect, dragons, The Fade, Qunari culture, polyamory, and more. Continue reading

Chatting with David Gaider, Part 1 of 3: Anti-Oppression Critiques of Dragon Age

David Gaider at GaymerX

David Gaider, lead writer of the Dragon Age video game series, along with several others in the BioWare crew, attended GaymerX this year, in part to promote the upcoming release of Dragon Age: Inquisition on Nov. 18, 2014 (pushed back from Oct. 7). He was kind enough to sit down with me for an interview. This first segment covers his responses to several critiques I raised from long-standing fan concerns about Dragon Age, and we conversed about transgender representation, racism, Gaider’s “militant Islamic Borg” quote, and more. Continue reading

How to Create and Publish Your Own Queer Comics: 20 Tips from GaymerX 2014

Northwest Press at GaymerX

Northwest Press’ queer comics booth at GaymerX.

At a phenomenal two-hour panel on queer comics at GaymerX, queer comic book creators and publishers offered hopeful LGBT/queer comic book creators advice on art, writing, funding, promotion, venues for your work, sexual content in comics, complex representation, reading recommendations, how to work a con in the artist’s alley, and more. “It’s the dream of all of us to become impoverished and do comics,” one panelist joked. Read on for 20 of these helpful resources from experienced queer creators in the comics industry!

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5 Game Recs from Queer Women Developers at GaymerX 2014

Assassin's Creed cosplayers at GaymerX

Cosplayers at GaymerX making a (hilarious and on-point) statement against Assassin’s Creed: Unity‘s exclusion of women characters, and Ubisoft’s excuses.

What’s happening in big name gaming (or “AAA” development companies) these days? For just one example of something aptly critiqued throughout this year’s GaymerX, Ubisoft has fumbled around sexist, and particularly transmisogynistic, excuses of why the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity game will not feature any playable women characters. They claimed trying to animate female characters would be too difficult and would “double the work.”

Assassin's Creed cosplayers at GaymerX

In addition to important critiques like these, GaymerX panelists offered some potentially more satisfying game options from indie devs and big-name companies alike. Let’s check out five games that might do a little better compiled from panels on game creation and marginalized identities.  Here’s what queer devs, especially queer women, have to say about games they’ve made or love. Continue reading

Recap: Falling Skies 4×04 “Evolve or Die” / 4×05 “Mind Wars”

Falling Skies Season 4 Logo

Well, folks, due to circumstances, we missed you last week. So, this week, you’re getting a very special two for one recap of Falling Skies‘ last two episodes.  Surprisingly, a lot has and hasn’t happened for our 2nd Mass clan since they broke free of the ghetto camp and starting slowly coming back together in the alien utopia. Continue reading

Accountable Cosplay at GaymerX 2014 with Kitty Stryker

Kitty Stryker's cosplay of Tank Girl

Kitty Stryker as Tank Girl at GaymerX.

Last weekend, yours truly drove over to San Francisco to check out the second annual GaymerX, “the gaming event for LGBTQ gamers and allies.” First up for my coverage of the three-day convention, Kitty Stryker, the head of cosplay at the con, offered a Friday panel on accountability in cosplay– how to avoid being harmful while having fun. Let’s check out what this panelist and audience members had to say!

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