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    Queer Geeks of Oz

    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), Lady Killers on TV (Emma and Tina with Genre TV reviews and more), The Paper Trail (with Matt Emery on Kiwi and Oz 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!

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Recent Posts

  • It’s The Comic Bumper Issue ! ( For Emma Watson )

    Episode # 38 In the JOY 949 studios we have The Squeamer and the Return of a man from across the BIGGER Ditch:

     

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    Matt Emery with his Paper Trail on Aussie comics creators in the U.S of A ! Yes he returns from something called Small Press Expo he was there with artists and creators like Aussie ex-pat Alexis Sugden and Frank Candiloro  amongst others!

    Oz At the Small Press expo left to right: Alexis Sugden, Matt Emery, Caitlin Major, Matthew Hoddy, Luke Humphries, Nicholas Stewart McIvor, Frank Candiloro !

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    And in the studio we have Andy Hawken with Behind The Mask!  Andy and Sonja The Squeamer were spoilt and honoured to be able to talk to Face Value Comics founder Dave Kot in the U.S of A earlier in the week!

    Face Value Comics follows a hero named Michael, a character the book’s creator says is the first comic book character with autism. The book is written by psychologist and comic book aficionado Dave Kot. The autism advocate and author wrote Face Value Comics not just to raise awareness, but to directly help people with autism by showing them a hero like themselves.

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    Face Value Website here 

    About Autism here

    and finally we dedicate this episode to Emma- Hermione Granger- Watson cos she is AWESOME!!! ( Below is Why)

     
  • Neuro-Diversity at Face Value, Comics and Autism

    Welcome to the Neuro-Diversity Podcast! An Australian 1st an interview with Dave Kot the founder of Face Value Comics , the man the face the pioneer as he chats down the phone line with Behind The Mask’s Andy Hawken and The Squeamer Sonja Hammer !

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    It was a fascinating and at times a very moving interview. The areas of Autism and how this comic has and does explores ways to be able to communicate to those on the Spectrum and how valuable that is to be able show a Superhero in a comic who is Neuro-Diverse!   A New Age of comics is Here!

    Neurodiversity is an approach to learning and disability that suggests that diverse neurological conditions appear as a result of normal variations in the human genome

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    Chatting about DSM5 and acceptance in the autism community, The NBC Emmy Award winning interview, Autistic Superheroes and Villains in Marvel and DC ? Discovering autism, Being on the Spectrum, Facial Recognition, Heroes and Representation…and much much more!

    LINKS of interest:

    On Autism

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    Dave and Angie Kot from Face Value Comics

    ABC story 

    Below Dave Kot from Face Value Comics.

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  • We’re for Women, and we’re for Men, and we’re for Gaming: The Message

    Sonja the Squeamer talks to Steve Darlington AKA Steve Dee about his organsation:

    The Message: the MESSAGE stands for Men Ending Slurs and Sexist Attitudes in the Gaming Environment!

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    So we talked about Sexism, Slurs,in the gaming world and what Steve and his alliance of men will do and ARE doing to combat the sexism inside games and game communities. Steve talks about what inspired him to start this project, from events mainly in 2012, from Anita Sarkeesian to generally the poor representation in games of females and the misogyny faced by female gamers he knows in the community.

    Gender stereotypes and the damage it causes 

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    Article on Anita Sarkeesian 

    ‘… it was widely reported  ( September 1st 2014 ) that the North American media critic Anita Sarkeesian had fled her own home, thanks to rape and death threats from angry gamers targeting her and her family. Her crime was to produce a series of YouTube videos analysing the depiction of women in games from a feminist perspective.

    Sarkeesian’s plight eerily mirrors that of games designer Zoë Quinn [see footnote], developer of the experimental adventure, Depression Quest, who has also had to pack up and move in with friends, after an online campaign of hatred against her.’

    The above report from The Guardian is more and more typical of the sort of attacks on Anita Sarkeesian and is a great concern. 

    Video of Anita at TEDxWomen talks in 2012:

     

     
  • A Safe Place for Geek Girls

    Episode # 37 : In the studio The Squeamer goes it alone…but yet, not quite…her chats with 2 AWESOME Dudes include :

    Richard Sowada from ACMI head of film programming, and Steve Darlington/Dee from The MessageThe MESSAGE stands for Men Ending Slurs and Sexist Attitudes in the Gaming Environment.)

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    ‘The MESSAGE is an internet-based campaign designed to provide a rallying point for men who want to make gaming inclusive for women. We seek to support and coordinate the efforts of men who work to reduce the hostility towards women in gaming, and to educate and assist men in changing their own behaviour.

    We believe that having an iconography to focus these efforts will make it easier for that work to be visible, and collaborative, and guide others towards it. Together, we can make gaming a better place for everyone.’

    The Squeamer also spoke to with Richard Sowada from ACMI about THAT trilogy, the famous and beautiful and influential and awarding winning Godfather trilogy to play very soon at ACMI !

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    The Godfather is a film series consisting of three feature-length crime films directed by Francis Ford Coppola based upon the novel of the same name by Italian American author Mario Puzo. The first two films of the series were written, filmed, and released just years apart in the 1970s, while the third installment didn’t come out until 1990. They were distributed by Paramount Pictures.’

    Below Richard Sowada Head of Film Programming, ACMI 

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  • A Podcast You Cannot Refuse : The Godfather Trilogy

    In the studio at JOY 949 Sonja The Squeamer talks cult movie classic gangster movies The Godfather Trilogy with ACMI’s  Richard Sowada, Head of Film Programs !

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    Yes, we know it was you Richard…bringing the highlight of ACMI’s cinema experience with the famous trilogy is coming to Melbourne with special 1st  time ever 35mm screenings outside of the U.S !

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    Welcome to the most (in)Famous American dysfunctional family ever made for the movie screen! it broke the mold.and Hollywood would NEVER be the same….watch it this week coming at ACMI 20th-28th of September 2014.

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    ‘Is there anything new that can be said about The Godfather Trilogy? Francis Ford Coppola’s epic crime saga has been lauded, analysed, imitated, quoted, parodied and referenced time and again, and with good reason – it stands as the greatest crime trilogy in cinema history (yes, we’re calling it).

    For the uninitiated, the trilogy, directed by Coppola and starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall and Diane Keaton, is based on a best-selling novel by Mario Puzo. It chronicles the Corleone family’s rise as one of the most powerful Mafia clans in America. In total, the films won nine Academy Awards® and were nominated for a further 29.’

     
  • The Geographic World of Anthony Lucas

    In the studio Sonja speaks to Oscar nominated Aussie animator Anthony Lucas!  

    Discussing his work the wonderful and groundbreaking Oscar and BAFTA nominated The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, talking about his fellow cohorts who will all be talking at ACMI’s prestigious Legends of Animation happening at ACMI Monday night the 15th of September in Melbourne town @6.15pm !!

    ‘This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear from Australia’s best animators is not to be missed.’

    Includes :

    Bruce Petty received Australia’s first short animation Oscar® in 1977 for the satirical and still highly relevant hand-drawn animation, Leisure.

    Adam Elliot, a master of the more traditional animation form of clay modelling, won an Oscar® in 2004 for his short Harvie Krumpet.

    Shaun Tan and his collaborators shaped the beautiful illustrations in his children’s book, The Lost Thing, into a moving 3D-animated film that won the Oscar® in 2011.     As well as Anthony of course…..Anthony Lucas 1

    Anthony Lucas is a artist of many talents animator and film maker including working with Spike Jonze on Where the Wild Things Are ( The Squeamers most favourite Monster movie! ) to working on TV projects of the fantastical and fanciful for children’s television to working on a web series,  his ‘maverick vision’ for Tim Winton’s book of The Turning. Puppets, Saul Bass, Stink Bugs, how Russians do special effects, and his desire to make R Rated Horror Rom Coms and much more….

    Yes, remember the  MONSTER is in us ALL….

    Here is a video of Jasper Morello:

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  • Lego is Awesome!

    Episode # 36  Tuesday the 9th of September 2014 :   In the studio with Sonja The Squeamer are the Ladies of Lego for the FIRST time are LIVE in the studio: Jacqui Prain-Madden and Karryn Prain-Madden, joined together in a passion for Lego that spans decades and binds them in a Joy that is for the first time heard on the AIR!!

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    Ratz Brix is the place to see and find out all about the Lego projects they have worked on to date and find out about ongoing and some upcoming ones!

    Jacqui and Karryn chat about Why Lego? Their Journey, What they have made, How they make such awesome projects, What is on their front lawn (watch out barefoot intruders, BEWARE!), Brickvention, and What is it?  Vegemite Jar Lego? and much more chat on the greatest Building Bricks in the Universe!

    Below Karryn and some Lego Engineering in action!

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    Here is Ratz Brix and the recently completed Ratz Clowns

    And BELOW is THE World Famous Lego Vegemite Jar by Ratz Brix !

    And Sonja The Squeamer also spoke to Adam Harris who as ‘ a Star Wars fan in Brisbane, Australia had an event that would set up on a path of him living his dream. In October 2010 he was diagnosed with a brain abnormality called a cavernoma hemangioma (tumour like growth)’….’There was a promise he made himself when he left that hospital and that was to pursue his dream to become a film-maker.’ And so Adam is pursuing that awesome Dream by ‘ exploring the bonds they have with the Star Wars universe and the legacy that they hope to leave behind for future generations of fans and to their children.’

    It proves there is more to Star Wars then Lightsabers and Wookies there is the Inter-Generational passion and bonds of that fan-love which supports and nurtures people like Adam and his colleagues and he explains why that is important!

    SUPPORT ADAM’s JOURNEY HERE !

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    “Star Wars has touched the lives of millions…who’d of thought it would save one”

    Message from Adam here !  and the amazing proceeds going towards a GREAT cause!

    Help support Adam so he can make his Star Wars doco and may the Force be With Him …

    Enjoy this Podcast because Lego IS Awesome and the Force is with Us 

     

     
  • Fae, Bi-Sexual Faeries, Banshees, Lizards and Lesbians !

    Episode # 35 in the JOY 949 studio with The Squeamer , Lisa Sinclair and The Couch and some Lesbian Lizard talk on Dr Who, and returning are the ladies of Lady Killers on Tv: Emma and Tina !…and much mucho more !!

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    Chatting LIVE about “that” kiss on Dr Who…and it’s banning in some countries Lisa on The Couch talks about Dr Who updates and other news…..Tina and Emma from Lady Killers on TV explore the realms of Fae and Faeries of the television variety from Lost Girl and True Blood!

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    And we say fare the well to long time  support person Gerry Costigan ..ADIEU Gerry we LOVE you!

    BELOW: Gerrella!

     

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  • What We Do In The Second Breakfast on JOY 949

    2ND KAI TIME !!  In the studio at JOY 949 in Melbourne The Squeamer does her SECOND BREAKFAST thing with special guest Taika Waititi the film maker and actor of all things Good as Gold Kiwi such as Eagle VS Shark and Boy and now What We Do in The Shadows a film about a sharehouse/flat and some vampires who live in it in Vellington!

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    So  what has the reception for the film been like overseas ?   What it is like to be  one of the few Maori film makers alongside Jemaine Clement  (himself and Jemaine share directorial duties for this new vampire film  )….

    Below the movie BOY (trailer): the #1 Box office sensation !!

    Who is his favourite Superhero?          What of those Flight of  the Conchord rumours? ……and much more….

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    and what about Queer characters in any of his future projects..?

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    Below: What We Do In The Shadows trailer:

    Below Taika and The Squeamer at JOY 949 Thursday the 4th of September 2014…SECOND KAI TIME!!

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  • Between The Pages: Women and Comics

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    Above All Star Women In Comics Club TOP Left ,  Right Cazz and Fur Friends reads comics! 

    Episode # 34 In the studio at JOY 949. Tuesday the 26th of August 2014 in the studio with Sonja The Squeamer is Cazz AKA Nerd Burger ! 

    What is Nerd Burger?  Nerd-Burger.com ‘is my place to share my knowledge of comic books, peeks from my daily life, my personal style, DIY projects and things I love. Comic book reading, crafting, cat loving nerd.’  That is who Cazz is..and we were lucky enough to have her in the studio talking about comics, women in comics, Geekie stuff and something called:

    All Star Women’s Comic Book Club We are a group of women who love comic books. Come join us fortnightly/monthly to chat comics and make new friends.’

    ‘All Star Women’s Comic Book Club has it’s first meet up Saturday the 30th of August at 1000 Pound Bend 

     

    This club is all about sharing your love and excitement of comic books with other women. That means if you want to chat about the characters you think are the coolest, an in-depth discussion about feminism or just hanging out and reading, this club is for you. 
    The All Star Women’s Comic Club is open to all levels of women readers! From those who have never read a comic, through to those who can name all 3600 sectors in the Green Lantern universe.

    We are excited to announce the first ever All Star Women’s Comic Book Club meet up!
    Date: Saturday 30th August
    Time: 3pm – 5:30pm
    Place: 1000 Pound Bend Café (Back room) 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
    Cost: FREE!’

    So what does Cazz  recommend we read in the Comicsverse?  What about Queers in comics?  Find out in this PODCAST!!

    Ms Marvel !    ‘It’s imperative that we support this story so that it sets a precedent for Marvel to start telling stories about a wider variety of people and inject some freshness back into superhero comics.’

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    The Squeamer also did a look see into this years Emmy awards and Fare welled True Blood…but more of that Next Week when the ladies of TV return with Lady Killers On TV 

    All Star Comics here

    Image Comics 

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    Marvel and Ms Marvel 

    Below, Nerd Burger World !

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