We're hitting peak nerd culture, as sci-fi and fantasy have come to dominate mainstream media from movies to TV, books and comedy. Women have always been part of the geek world, but there hasn't always been welcoming places for them to talk about what and why they love most. Let’s face it: The joint could use a bit of estrogen. Fangrrls is about kicking down doors, breaking boundaries and celebrating female fans with fun, witty and somewhat entertaining content. Oh, and guys can join in, too. Just don’t be jerks.
When I first pitched the idea of hosting a Fangrrls hangout, I knew I wanted to find a way to have a funny and hopefully interesting conversation with multiple women whose work in covering our chosen genres I respected and admired ... or, at the very least, people who made me laugh. The goal was to talk about topic/s that matter to female genre fans and were worth exploring. I also wanted to do this without having to wear much makeup or leave my house. Think of it as a talk show from your own home.
Apparently, it's also a lot easier to get four busy women who are geographically nowhere near each other to participate in something when they know they don't even have to leave their houses. Win, win!
For the first Fangrrls hangout, which we recorded late summer, I got to spend some quality time with CNET’s Bonnie Burton, author of the Star Wars Craftbook; Sam Maggs, author of The Fangirls Guide to the Galaxy; and comedian Sara Benincasa, author of DC Trip. We talked about sex and genre, namely, where creators are missing the mark, who’s getting it right, and who we like seeing get it on. Things got weird, but I promise there's some gems of wisdom in there. Check it out and let us know what you think!