• Sci-Fi & Squeam

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    LIVE every Tuesday night from 10 to 11pm, Sci-fi and Squeam brings the Queer geek listener and friends all the things happening in the geeksverse, from topics in Horror and Sci-Fi, comics and video games and fan culture, to interviews and reviews, with regular segments including:

    Behind The Mask (comics), DylStick (video games), The A to Z of Horror (movies), The Couch (science fiction TV and film), Horrorific (NEW horror film reviews), Ozmosis (Aussie comics) and The Reader (fantasy fiction).

    So for a heap of Queer geekiness tune in for your genre fix in Oz or abroad or ... intergalactic!


Recent Posts

  • 200 and ONE A Queer Sci-Fi show on AIR

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    Episode # 16 The 200th show           200 Young

    Everything is AWESOME!!  Sci-Fi and Squeam celebrates it’s 200th LIVE show…..
    In the LIVE Joy 949 studios in Melbourne Town Sci-Fi and Squeam broadcasting it’s # 200!
    200 LIVE shows from Star Wars to Horror to Interviews to local content to overseas stars to overseas radio geeks in Philadelphia, their show has been there with views and reviews and opinions on all things Geek for a LGBTIQ and Z audience and more…
    Dec 10, 2009 was the Day of Doom where we were flung from the womb of an unsuspecting Were Wolf into the World of Queer and Horror and Science Fiction…the rest is OUR story, a Queer twist on Genre and all the Geek things we love !
    In the studio we have The Squeamer , Sebastian Mittelman, Lisa Sinclair with the Couch and the truth is finally revealed..the EVIL Mastermind behind Sci-Fi and Squeam: Gerry from Reception ! Gerry comes as Ripley from the Alien films franchise..shapeshifting especially for the evening…
    Lisa Sinclair on The Couch reviews The Amazing Spiderman 2.
    What does she think of this sequel?  …find out by listening to this podcast.  She talks about the upcoming X-men sequel too.
    Also the chatting continued with the news about Scarlette Johanssen in Under the Skin and Lucy films to certainly get her Sci-fi Horror Geek cred up and up !
    Both films due out later this year.
    Looking back a couple of segments of interviews with Black Tribbles in Philadelphia with old co-host Mitch Todd and Dean Arcuri and an earlier chat with John Richards and Dr Emma Beddows. There are so many, many more but you can always catch up with the many..many 100′s of podcasts here : Joy.org.au
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    Gerry talks about his changes during the shows history, and his different personas from Barbarella to Daleks..
    And Sebastian laughs a lot!
    Big thanks to EVERYONE who has ever been involved in the show over the last 200 live episodes! 
    May The Force Be With You All ! xxx  
    Thanks to/ Acknowledgements: Joy 94.9, Mitch Todd, Nathan Garcia , RM Radcliffe, Mark Ten Buuren, Liam Merrick ( New Game Plus) , Dean Rankine,
    Dean Arcuri, Same Same, MCV, Star Observer, LOTL, Matt Conn and GaymerX, Patrick and Jono from GeeksOUT, Marc Huntington and Artboy Gallery, Madman Entertainment Australia, Betty Sujecki, Chloe Stannard, Sammi Marasco, Scarlette Baccini, Lindsay C Walker, Black Tribbles, John Richards, Luke Miller, Bailey O’Neill, Dylan Adler, Lee Galea, Les Link, Anastasia, Sammi Whitehead, Andy Hawken , Gerry Costigan, Dean Beck,Vicki Isitt, Emmet O’Cuana, Brendan Bale, Conrad Brown, Leenie Fabri, Brendan Bale, Josh Pearson, Tony Pitman Briony Kidd, Women In Horror Month ,Tim Casey, Jase Gipps  Jim Hyde..and Blondsaurus AKA Becs Reed from Geek Bomb, Scott Liston and Locky and Armageddon Expo, Mark Patton and Sci-fi and Squeam  and Dr Emma Beddows, Garth Jones, Sebastian Mittelman , Tara Judah , Maude Garrett, Alisha Jade, ALL THE FABULOUS  WOMEN IN COMICS INCLUDING JULIE DITRICH …Kittyhawk, The Ledgers,  Pride TV, Kevin Reader OF THE READER! and  Kirsty Sculler and Jason O’Callahan from NEW GAME PLUS.., the Techno Gaze team, Lisa Sinclair and The Couch , Leslie Morris , Monster Pictures and Neil Foley,Bent con, Linzi Kurileff and Steve TV,   ….Sorry if I forgot anyone !                  IN MEMORY OF : Rob ‘The Bish’ Bishop 1965-2013  R.I.P.AND DON’T FORGET WE WILL HAVE QUEER GEEKS OF OZ ! STARTING IN MELBOURNE TOWN FOROZ COMIC CON JULY 5 AND 6TH 2014!




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  • The Ledger Awards 2014: Nat Karmichael on John Dixon


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    John Dixon is awarded a very special Ledger Award:

    ‘A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Dixon’s first comic book was Tim Valour, whose title character was an adventure-seeking pilot, who got involved in science-fiction-styled adventures. Dixon subsequently changed direction, making Valour into an agent of the International Security Organisation, battling saboteurs and super-villains. ‘ Pen name :  John Dangar Dixon

    Accepting the Platinum Ledger Award

    We spoke to Nat Karmichael who was present at The Ledgers Awards night in Melbourne to collect the Platinum Ledger Award on behalf of John Dixon, Aussie comics maker and legend!

    I am truly honoured and humbled to accept this Ledger Award for Lifetime Achievement in Australian Comics on behalf of my friend John Dixon. Thank you.’    Nat Karmichael.

    Nat’s site: Ozcomic

    John Dixon HERE 

    Many thanks to Nat Kartmichael for his participation in this Podcast.


  • The Ledger Awards 2014: Wolfgang and Gestalt Comics


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    Gestalt Comics scoops 4 Ledgers at the 2014 Awards!!

    ‘Vowels, by Skye Ogden, was first announced for a retrospective Gold Award for 2008; Digested 2 byBobby.N  was then announced for a Gold for 2009; then Flinch - an anthology by a number of artists with cover art by Shaun Tan, which won a Gold Ledger Award for 2010; and Justin Randall‘s Changing Ways: Book 1 collected a Gold Ledger for 2011.’     From Gestalt website

    We spoke to Wolfgang Bylsma Gestalt’s Editor-in-Chief and asked him how he feels about the revitalisation of the awards and how Gestalt has worked hard in holding a successful stable of comic creators and where the future may lead, and some news on Tom Taylor’s The Deep.

    Gestalt Website HERE

    The Deep HERE 

    The Ledger Awards HERE

  • The Ledger Awards 2014

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    The Ledgers Awards : Acknowledging Excellence in Australian Comics Returns!  Friday April the 11th at The Melbourne State Library of Victoria.

    The Squeamer and Sebastian were there rubbing shoulders with some of the best in comic creators from around Australia !  And here is the result….A PODCAST of the evenings award celebrations !

    ‘Relevant – Transparent – Simple – Inclusive

    The Ledger Awards, established to acknowledge and promote excellence in comic arts and publishing in Australia, are being re-launched with a ceremony to be held in Melbourne in April 2013. Inaugurated in 2005, they return after a five-year hiatus with a new structure and a new major sponsor: Supanova Pop Culture Expo.

    Fully independent and run as a not-for-profit annual event, they are named after the pioneering Australian cartoonist Peter Ledger (1945 – 1994).’  From Facebook page.

    2014 Award Recipients

    2014 GOLD LEDGER

    Toormina Video. Pat Grant


    Finding Gossamyr: Vol. 1. Sarah Ellerton, artist; David Rodriguez, writer (Th3rd World Studios)


    An ANZAC Tale. Ruth Starke, author; Greg Holfeld, illustrator (Working Title Press)

    Grubby Little Smudges of Filth. Daniel Reed (SLG Publishing)

    Mr Unpronounceable Adventures. Tim Molloy (Milk Shadow Books)


    John Dixon

    Ben Hutchings

    And more Award recipients…HERE 

    Gestalt Comics HERE

    Ben Hutchings HERE

    Comicoz HERE

    And many thanks to Tim Mc Ewen, Ledger Awards Committee Member .

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  • The Blood of Gen X Vampires: No One Gets Out Alive!

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    Only Lovers Left Alive : Film Review April 2014

    The Squeamer waffles on about the new film by post-punk genexer director: Jim Jarmusch about his Opus ( with fangs!) to the Rock and Roll Geek : Only Lovers Left Alive !

    It stars the chameleon Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddelston and Mia Wasikowska amongst others…

    With a female protagonist fully rounded and realised..for the first time by Jarmusch! Is this the love letter from Generation X to the Vampire loving genre audience of now?  There are NO sparkles here, no thrills, just 2 undead lovers who can’t live together..but can never be really apart….

    What rating does it get? Listen to the podcast to find out!  and the music is AMAZING,  it features music by :

    Dutch lute player Jozef Van Wissem, and Squrl ( Jarmusch’s own music enitity),  All Tomorrow’s Parties ,Wanda Jackson, Yasmine Hamdan, Charlie Feathers and many more treats…

    The Music in the Film 

    Only Lovers Left Alive SPECS here 

    Only Lovers Left Alive is OUT to bite you NOW !!

    Nova Cinema 

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  • 199th Show: Is A Bad Moon Rising? The Reader Is On The Couch!

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    Episode #15 Tuesday April the 15th 2014

    It may only be Episode #15 of this season it is getting close to the end…or the start of something..? As we get closer to the 200th Sci-Fi & Squeam Show! (22nd April 2014) Wowzer! Thanks so much to all the listeners new and old,  you sexy beasts you.

    Meanwhile, on this weeks show…

    The eclipse of a blood red moon happened and in the studio at Joy 94.9 we had The Squeamer joined by Kevin Reader akaThe Reader with some LGBTIQ Fantasy Fiction books from Lynn Flewelling and her Night Running series.

    …And Lisa Sinclair was there too talking Science Fiction on The Couch. She chatted about 2001 A Space Odyssey with Keir Dullea and Gary Lockwood and their recent visit to Melbourne. Plus we got the lowdown on Orphan Black…a new(ish) TV Show…which is apparently VERY Gay! Hurrah! The return of Game Of Thrones and look back on the Supanova Pop Culture Convention that happened over the weekend…including some controversy about comic artists work being ‘removed’…was it homophobia?

    And…The Squeamer filled us in on the recent Ledger Awards night for comics artists and graphic novels in Australia (podcast of that event coming soon)…what happened and who won what?

    We also drop some information about the upcoming Girl Geek Speak!

    So listen in.


  • Games And Dreams

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    Episode #14 Tuesday April the 8th 2014

    This week we are talking Ga[y]mes! Games on film, when video games become movies, same-sex in games & Dreamworks in Melbourne!

    DylStick is back in the studio at Joy 94.9 with The Squeamer talking about those video games that we all adore and what he thinks of the ones that made it to the big screen and FAILED!?

    What do you think? Which is the baddest…Resident Evil ? Tomb Raider ? Street Fighter II?

    ….Also The Squeamer and guest host Johnny Lemon caught up with Luke Karmali, UK based Junior Editor at IGN Online. To talk about homophobia in games, LGBTIQ characters and representation, and what needs to change.


    Ga[y]me Articles


    And finally The Dreamworks Exhibition has ARRIVED in Melbourne-town!

    The Squeamer spoke to Doug Cooper, the Visual Effects Supervisor of Dreamworks Animation….Sonja was blown away by Doug, inspiring and fascinating and all around great guy. The exhibition runs throughout winter at ACMI here in Melbourne, so if you’re here or feel like visiting make sure to check it out!




    Listen below & don’t forget you can subscribe to the podcast and get all the episodes directly to your computer or mobile device to listen to whenever you like.. just search Sci-Fi & Squeam and click subscribe!


  • Equality in Video Games : A chat with Luke Karmali


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    In the studio The Squeamer and guest Johnny Lemon spoke to Luke Karmali on the phone from the U.K about Same Sex Equality in Video Games.  Luke works at IGN online ( ign.com) as junior editor and he writes a great deal on games and now he talks about how to tackle the present situation in games and the inequalities and for LGBTIQ gaymers where we stand when it comes to seeing inclusiveness. The chat also extended to Gaymer conventions like Gaymer X in the U.S and why that is essential, and how we need more such conventions.

    So is it important to have Queers in Games and Why ?  Listen to this podcast to FIND OUT !


    IGN articles by Luke Karmali


    Why Gayme Conventions are IMPORTANT!

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  • Dreamworks in Melbourne Part 1: Doug Cooper

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    Sonja spoke to the inspiring and informative Doug Cooper the man who is VFX Supervisor at Dreamworks . He is in Melbourne town to help set up the exhibition: ‘Dreamworks The Exhibition : Journey from Sketch to Screen’ . This is the first time Dreamworks has been exported in such a way to display and present it’s amazing history and it’s ‘journey’ as an animation entity that is here right through Winter 2014 as part of ACMI’s Winter Series .

    About Dreamworks:

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    ‘DreamWorks began in 1994 as an attempt by media moguls Steven SpielbergJeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen(forming the SKG present on the bottom on both the DreamWorks and DreamWorks Animation logos) to create a new Hollywood studio’ The company was founded following Katzenberg’s resignation from The Walt Disney Company in 1994. At the suggestion of a friend of Spielberg, the two made an agreement with long-time Katzenberg collaborator David Geffen to start their own studio.The studio was officially founded on October 12, 1994 with financial backing of $33 million from each of the three main partners and $500 million from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen…..                     20 years later it is here in Oz in Melbourne!!

    About Doug Cooper :

    Doug Cooper is at his best when navigating the intersections of Art, Technology, and Management.  As a 18 year veteran of DreamWorks Animation, he has built his reputation as an innovative thinker and problem solver.  Some of Doug’s most passionate projects include creating an artist driven workflow to revive the art of 2D Animation in a modern CG pipeline, taking Shrek into an alternate universe in “Shrek Forever After”, exploring extreme scale by flying a bee through New York City in “Bee Movie”, and spearheading the image post production pipeline at DWA for maximum visual impact.

    His most recent adventures find him exploring the connection between the real and digital world – designing interactive experiences to bring the world of DreamWorks Animation to audiences in entirely new ways.

    Doug Cooper joined the Academy’s Short Films and Feature Animation Branch in 2008, and the Academy’s Science & Technology Council in 2012.  He is also a member of the Visual Effects Society (VES), and was nominated for a VES Award for his work on “Shrek Forever After”. ( From FMX 2014 ).

    So Sonja was very happy and honoured to talk to Doug Cooper and here is the FULL interview !

    and when at the exhibition don’t forget to immerse yourself in one of his projects here at the Melbourne exhibit: “Flying with Dragons” !



    Dreamworks Animation 

    History of Dreamworks 

    Dreamworks at ACMI 2014 


    Many thanks go to ACMI and Claire Butler, Anna Quinn all Acmi staff and to Doug Cooper for this wonderful opportunity.

  • “Pity The Fools!” Our heads are in Jars and We join The List !

    Episode # 13 Tuesday April the 1st:

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    It’s APRIL the FIRST !!  The Squeamer was in the JOY 949 studio talking with a couple of blokes who know a thing or two about comics in Oz …..
    Paul Bedford and Dean Rankine. Paul is the writer and brains of The List an Aussie graphic novel described as  …”an unyeilding
    tenacious work that revels in immersing it’s audience in an orgy of uncomfortable ghoulish voyeurism”

    ( Brokenfrontier.com ).

    Dean Rankine is a veteran of the Australian comic scene. He’s currently Writing and Drawing back up stories for Simpsons Comics ( Published by Matt Groening’s Bongo Comics ).

    Dean is a regular contributor to Australian MAD
    Magazine and he drew, ‘My Mother is a Brain-Eating Zombie’ and ‘Flatman and Ribbon’ for the UK’s longest running comic, The Dandy.


    Dean is the artist who is most well known for his work for The Simpsons and Futurama comics…and soon…very SOON something Harey This way Hops:

    Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land!!

    Dean Rankine Links HERE 

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    So who dares wins? Paul Bedford talks about his creation: The List , his journey getting it published and the film script !

    The List on Facebook HERE

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    The Squeamer spoke to Angus McGruther from the film Bela Kiss a horrific tale of the original bodies inn the barrels? It’s a film from Germany playing NOW in Melbourne town!

    German Film Festival in Melbourne


    And Lisa Sinclair was on The Couch again! this time she chatted about a favourite sci-fi intrigue on TV : Person of Interest …..what is it and why is it sooo GOOD!