Episode 81: Welcome Back, Potter

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Black Panther #4, Paper Girls #8, Mockingbird #5, Silk #11, Marvel Tsum Tsum #1, Captain Marvel #7, Ms. Marvel #9 and Spider-Man #6 | If you thought we might run out of steam bitching about Civil War II, you thought wrong. It's the worst and we will enumerate the many reasons why. Spider-Man, though, despite being a CW tie-in, manages to be pretty great, tackling the friend zone; Miles' discomfort with being the black Spider-Man; teenage romance; and taking sides.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
    Our hearts say five stars, our heads say four. Still pretty great. If you need more Cursed Child coverage after listening to our conversation, check out these articles Allison mentions: one, from the Daily Dot, on queer representation in the Potter-verse and one, from Vulture, about the possible real-life inspiration for the Lestrange family.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
    B: The Red Hot Chili Peppers on Carpool Karaoke

Thanks for listening!

Episode 80: Who You Gonna Call?

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Horizon #1, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth, InSexts #6, Giant Days #16, Hellcat #8, Black Widow #5, A-Force #7, Silk #10, Ant-Man #10, Comic-Con | Lots of meaty stuff in comics this week, including Giant Days' break-up feels; A-Force's A+ jokes; and characters turning to the Light Side in Silk and Ant-Man. Plus, a new Birds of Prey gives us an excuse to share this clip from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Enjoy. Some good (and long overdue) news outta Comic-Con: Roxane Gay is the first black woman to write for Marvel and Kate Beaton is the first woman to win the Eisner for Best Humor Publication without a male co-creator. And finally, here are our must-see Comic-Con trailers: Justice League, Marvel's Luke Cage, and Wonder Woman.
  • We Ain't Afraid of No Ghosts
    In our main segment this week, we talk about...well, what everyone's talking about: Paul Feig's Ghostbusters. We sort the Ghostbusters into Hogwarts houses; re-evaluate our Chris rankings; debate the merits of various acting choices; and laugh at the absurdity of New York real estate. Oh, and here's an interview with Rick Moranis, the only living member from the original Ghostbusters' main cast not to make a cameo in the film.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    "Hurtin' On the Bottle" by Margo Price
    B: NPR's Code Switch podcast

Thanks for listening!

Episode 79: Limousine Liberal

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Allison was on the Texas Observer podcast The Texas Miracle this week! She recommended Texan children's books.
  • This Week in Comics
    Jem and the Holograms #16, Paper Girls #7, Aquaman #1, Gwenpool Holiday Special, Poe Dameron #4, Silk #9, Amazing Spider-Man and Silk #4, All-New, All-Different Avengers #11, Mockingbird #4, Black Panther #3, Captain Marvel #6, Bounty #1, and Kim & Kim #1 | Public service announcement: Yes, the Gwenpool Holiday Special is from seven months ago, but it's got a Charles Soule She-Hulk story, so track it down if you can. This week's comics were a real circle of life, y'all. Story arcs wrap up in Jem (which is getting a new artist and a new band in the next arc) and Amazing Spider-Man and Silk and kick off in Aquaman, Captain Marvel, Bounty, and Kim & Kim. We're gonna pass on picking up Aquaman, but Captain Marvel's at least off to a promising start with new writers at the helm. We'll see how long that lasts when the Civil War starts in earnest. Our two debuts this week, Bounty and Kim & Kim both feature lady bounty hunters in space. Hello, Becca-nip. Bounty is the book Kurtis Wiebe is writing instead of Rat Queens and, meh. Just reread Rat Queens. Kim & Kim shows real promise though, and we'll be sticking with it for a while. Check it out!
  • Live from the Live Music Capital of the World
    This week, we're all about live music. Austin is the "Live Music Capital of the World," after all. We talk about the best and worst shows we've seen; our concert bucket lists; who we've seen more than once; and what makes a concert great for us. Here's a music video by McBride & the Ride, the first band B ever saw in concert. Oh, mullets. And here's a Jezebel essay on an experience we'd both like to have some day. (Warning: you may laugh until it hurts)
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    The Cormoran Strike series by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
    B: The original Broadway Schuyler Sisters, one last time.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 77: Six Foot One & Tons of Fun

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies.

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    All-New, All-Different Avengers #9, Ms. Marvel #7, Captain Marvel #5, Jem and the Holograms #15, Mockingbird #3, Hellcat #6, Astonishing Ant-Man #8 and Captain America #1 | The Wasp joins the All-New, All-Different Avengers, but not the one you think; Kamala Khan and Miles Morales have an encounter IRL; and, well... here's my favorite tweet about Captain America. (On a more serious note, Hello Tailor on this and "On Steve Rogers #1, Antisemitism, and Publicity Stunts.")
  • Everybody Wants Some!! (Yeah, We Do)
    Forget all the trailers you've seen for Everybody Wants Some!! that somehow emphasize the very minor romantic plot and watch this clip, in which the actors sing "Rapper's Delight," instead. Then listen to our extensive breakdown of the movie, which does, admittedly involve a fair amount of swoon (see also: gaze, female), but also some analysis of how this movie subverts masculine stereotypes while also being really entertaining. We recommend you take some time to go behind the scenes with this L.A. Times piece on the making of the movie, too.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    Anthony Mackie on the Nerdist podcast

Thanks for listening!

Episode 76: So, You Like Cats

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    In our last episode, mistakes were made. Allison stated that Fargo was unavailable to stream online, when in fact it is available though paid Hulu accounts and via your cable provider on the FX website. Becca incorrectly named Mary Doria Russell as the author of the Typhoid Mary novel Fever, which was actually written by Mary Beth Keane.
  • This Week in Comics
    A-Force #5, Black Panther #2, Black Widow #3, The Amazing Spider-Man and Silk #3, Poe Dameron #2, Rat Queens #16, the Free Comic Book Day Serenity story and Thunderbolts #1 | We're still a little behind on our Free Comic Book Day haul, but we had lots of other stuff to discuss this week, including bad jokes, bloody cliffhangers and the sheer awesomeness of Dazzler Thor.
  • Captain America: Civil War
    First things first, Linda Holmes really speaks to us in this piece in which she compares Iron Man vs. Cap to Hamilton vs. Burr. We go ALL IN on the latest (and definitely great, if not greatest) entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, covering everything from international politics to T'Challa fan art to 90s rom-com Only You, though we somehow managed to leave out our assessment of Scarlett Johansson's wig. #teamcantwealljustgetalong
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie and Yuyi Morales
    B: The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes

Thanks for listening!

Episode 75: Villains vs. Bad Credit

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    InseXts #5, Captain Marvel #4, Lumberjanes #25, Howard the Duck #6, Astonishing Ant-Man #7, Welcome Back #6, Patsy Walker, A.K.K. Hellcat! #5, Ms. Marvel #6, Saga #36, Joyride #1 and Free Comic Book Day | Patsy Walker teaches bad guys an important lesson on the difference between villainy and making a mistake and Kamala Khan learns an important lesson about work-life balance. Plus, Captain Marvel and Saga are making space great again. We wrap up with Becca's Free Comic Book Day preview. Highlights include a March sampler; previews of Civil War II and the upcoming Captain America, in which Steve Rogers resumes the role; The Tick; and a new Grant Morrison series from Graphic India. Visit the Free Comic Book Day site to find a participating shop near you!
  • Real Ladies: Typhoid Mary
    Allison shares some of what she learned from Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America by Susan Campbell Bartoletti, a youth nonfiction book about the Irish immigrant and cook who likely infected more than 50 people with typhoid in the early 20th century. If fictionalized accounts of real events or the lives of real people are your jam and you want to read more about Mary Mallon, Becca recommends Fever by Mary Beth Keane.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: Fargo, the TV show
    B: musical group Black Violin

Thanks for listening!

Episode 74: Boss of the Applesauce

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    Becca corrects her pronunciation, or lack thereof, in her recommendation from our last episode.
  • This Week in Comics
    Mockingbird #2, Black Widow #2, Amazing Spider-Man and Silk #2, A-Force #4, Giant Days #13, Faith #2 & 3, New Romancer #1, C-3PO, Poe Dameron #1, Spider-Women Alpha #1 and Black Panther #1 | Mockingbird introduces a new character (or an old one, if you've been keeping up with Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D) in a way that only writer Chelsea Cain could and we approve; Becca's dream team of Charles Soule (She-Hulk) and Phil Noto (Black Widow) do not disappoint with Poe Dameron, a Star Wars: The Force Awakens prequel in which Poe charmingly says "buddy" a lot; and, duh, Ta-Nehisi Coates delivers a beautifully written first issue of Black Panther, managing to drop us into the middle of a story about a character we're unfamiliar with while neither over-explaining nor losing us. THIS is how you attract new readers to an old character.
  • Ann starring Holland Taylor
    We had the privilege and pleasure of seeing Ann, a one-woman show written and starring Holland Taylor as former Texas governor Ann Richards. We came away from it totally in awe and admiration of both women. For a little taste of the experience you don't have to travel to Austin for, check out Richards' Alamo Drafthouse pre-show warning and her 1988 speech at the Democratic National Convention. Your sense of civic pride will be stirred.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: Frog Prince from Lipstick Queen
    B: Marvel's Agent Carter, season 2

Thanks for listening!

Episode 73: No Sorrow in Sight

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Saga #35, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! #4, All-New, All-Different Avengers #7, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6, Jem and the Holograms #13 and Power Lines #1 | Marvel is really trying to make Howard the Duck happen and... it might be working? They're also trying to make some stupid Stepford Wives event happen and that's definitely not working at all. Saga ends on a literal cliffhanger and leaves us wanting more and Power Lines does pretty much the opposite. Not a lot of comics this week, but they sure did run the gamut. Stay tuned for lots of Marvel #1s in our next episode!
  • I Saw the Light
    For you, listeners, we saw the new Hank Williams biopic starring Tom Hiddleston. No, wait. We did that mostly for ourselves. The movie itself fell a little flat for us, but Tom Hiddleston singing honky tonk was more than worth the price of admission. For more classic country music, check out Johnny Horton (who was married to Hank Williams' second wife!) and Hank Snow, singers who featured heavily in Becca's mom's lullaby rotation. And listen to Allison's favorite Hank track, "Howlin' at the Moon."
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: "Code Name: Girlfriend" by Jessica Fox from Virtually Yours: A Virtual Match Anthology
    B: "The West Wing Weekly"

Episode 72: Our Anarcho-Atheism Phase

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    In Episode 71, "Play Like a Girl," Becca mistakenly conflated two female members of the original Mighty Ducks, Tammy and Connie. Thanks to cousin/listener Chelle for pointing it out!
  • This Week in Comics
    Insexts #4, Welcome Back #6, Silk #6, Astonishing Ant-Man #6, Ms. Marvel #5, Captain Marvel #3, Rat Queens #15, The 13th Artifact #1 and Mockingbird #1 | All of our comics this week had ladies at the forefront (yes, event Ant-Man) and it's amazing how nuanced and interesting storytelling can be when women in comics can be fully-realized characters instead of representative everywomen.
  • Zootopia
    In our main segment this week, we discuss the Disney animated hit Zootopia. It's the best children's movie about institutionalized racism you'll see this year. It's also a surprisingly solid buddy cop comedy with an mixed gender friendship at its core.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
    B: Bring it On: All or Nothing

Episode 71: Play Like a Girl

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    Our apologies to friend of the show Matthew Jackson, who wrote this great Mental Floss piece about The American President, which we definitely should have mentioned in our discussion of the movie in Episode 69.
  • This Week in Comics
    Silk #5, A-Force #3, Unbeatable Squirrel Girls #5, Astonishing Ant-Man #5, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #4, Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! #3, The Amazing Spider-Man and Silk #1, Black Widow #1, Cry Havoc #1, Saga #34, Jem and the Holograms #12 and Giant Days #12 | When it rains comics, it pours, y'all. Plus, some news you can use: Free Comic Book Day 2016 is two months away, but you can preview the books on their website now. Check 'em out! Finally, we'd like to shout out our local comic shop, Austin Books and Comics, for hosting another great Ladies Night last week!
  • Play Like a Girl: Sports Movies with Lady Athletes
    There may be no crying in baseball, but there was crying when we rewatched A League of Their Own for the first time since we were kids (PS its IMDB trivia page will be the most interesting thing you read this week). We talk about our Rockford Peach feels; non-romantic male-female relationships; the mysterious third Wilson brother; Julie "the Cat" Gaffney from Bangor, Maine; cheerocracies; and so much more in our sadly comprehensive discussion of sports movies featuring lady athletes. Why aren't there more of these?! We would watch one hundred figure skating or gymnastics movies. Get on it, Hollywood.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    "The Women Take Over" by Dahlia Lithwick for Slate
    B: The Librarians on TNT

Thanks for listening!

Episode 70: And the Oscar Goes To...

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Sex Criminals #14, Huck #4, Silk #4, Lumberjanes #23, Giant Days #11, Jem and the Holograms Valentine Special, Insexts #3, Bitch Planet #7, All-New, All-Different Avengers #5, Ms. Marvel #4, Welcome Back #5 and Mockingbird | Sex Criminals breaks the fourth wall, The Vision breaks bad (maybe?), and in Giant Days, a couple breaks up.
  • Real Ladies: Oscar Winners
    Two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson retired from acting to pursue her second career as a member of Britain's Parliament. Like you do. Here's the Entertainment Weekly article that first brought her to Becca's attention. We also spend some time talking about how the Oscars are, like a lot of things, pretty heavily stacked against women and people of color. For some fascinating, if depressing, insight into that, please read "What Does the Academy Value in a Black Performance" from The New York Times and "The Oscars' Giant Gender Gap Isn't Closing" from Women and Hollywood. Of course, no conversation about ladies and the Oscars is complete without a mention of Meryl Streep, whose recent comments about diversity in film were, it turns out, taken out of context. Need a little palate cleanser after all that serious business? Here's an aesthetically pleasing infographic depicting the dresses of all the Best Actress winners from 1929-2014.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    webseries Titus and Dronicus
    B: The Muppets, episode 12, "A Tale of Two Piggies" (read the A.V. Club review here)

Episode 69: Hail to the Chief

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #4, Captain Marvel #2, Saga #33, All-New, All-Different Avengers #4, Spider-Man #1, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #3, Faith #1, Paper Girls #5, A-Force #2, and Jem and the Holograms #11 | This week, Squirrel Girl visits the Doombrary; Thor plants a big, wet one on Captain America; and Jerrica wears a fierce shark bathing suit that we'd do just about anything for. Except turn evil, which is apparently what she did.
  • Hail to the Chief! Fictional American Presidents
    This week, we're all about fictional American presidents, some of whom weren't created by Aaron Sorkin (although, let's face it--his are among the best). From comedies like Dave and My Fellow Americans to serious explorations of American politics like The West Wing, we cover it all. We get emotional about great fictional presidential speeches (Bill Pullman, duh) and express our discontent that we can't even get a fictional lady into office in this country. Tune in for all this and to find out what novel about an American president we both read at an inappropriate age. Want to know more about fictional presidents? Wikipedia is, unsurprisingly, a good place to start. Check out this list of fictional Black presidents.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    Columbine by Dave Cullen
    B: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

Thanks for listening!

Episode 68: Don't Get Took, Read a Book

Hello and Welcome to This Week in Ladies! Our title this week comes from the wonderful The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore.

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Patsy Walker AKA Hellcat! #2, Ms. Marvel #3, All-New, All-Different Avengers #3, Huck #3, Scarlet Witch #2, Captain Marvel #1 and Astonishing Ant-Man #4 | This week in comics, we talk #squadgoals, image management, extra-inappropriate and fairly inexplicable blackmail, embarrassing governors, woo-woo mysticism, six-pack abs, and the return of an old, new favorite.
  • ALA's Youth Media Awards
    Before we delve too deeply into this year's Youth Media Awards (I do mean deep!), we digress, briefly, to talk about what it means for young readers that the Newbery Honors have now included a graphic novel two years running (El Deafo last year, Roller Girl this year). Glen Weldon, sums it up pretty well on NPR's Monkey See blog in his piece about Gene Luen Yang's appointment as the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. This year's YMA winners were all over the map in content, format, audience, and genre, and the winning creators are a hell of lot more diverse a group than the Oscar nominees. When that happens, we all win.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    "Take it to the Limit," performed by Cher and Life on Mars (UK)
    B: Seth Meyers' trailer for Boston Accent

Thanks for listening!

Episode 67: The Third Annual Twillie Awards

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Bitch Planet #6, Rat Queens #14, Welcome Back #4, and A-Force #1 | We recorded early this week, so we missed Paper Girls #4. We promise to report back next episode. This week's comics were dominated by indies about badass ladies in bad situations. We welcomed back Bitch Planet after a long hiatus with open arms and brand-new boxes of tissues. Less tragically, we also welcomed back the women of A-Force, who have, thankfully, been freed from Doomworld or Secret Wars-Land or Battlebot-topia or wherever it was they were during the last Marvel event.
  • The Third Annual Twillies
    We talked about the best, boldest, and blondest of the media we consumed this year. Among this years honorees are some big names you've read in a lot of "best of" lists--Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Spy and Hamilton, to name a few--as well as some lesser known gems we urge you to check out--What We Do in the Shadows, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Take a listen and let us know what you loved in 2015.
  • Resolutions: Looking Back and Planning Ahead
    In keeping with a tradition observed 'round the world, we broke most of our 2015 pop culture resolutions, though we did each achieve one of the goals on our lists. Tune in to find out what resolutions we're going to break in 2016!
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A:
    "7 & 7" by the Turnpike Troubadours
    B: Dope

Thanks for listening!

Episode 66: Lookin' for Love in Alderaan Places

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    Last week, we mistakenly said that the same artist did Mystery Girl and Huck. Thanks to one of our listeners for pointing out that Alberto Albuquerque is the artist on the former while Rafael Albuquerque is the artist on the latter.
  • This Week in Comics
    Saga #32, We Stand on Guard #6, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3, Astonishing Ant-Man #3, Silk #2, Lumberjanes #21, Ms. Marvel #2, Jem Holiday Special, Giant Days, Huck #2, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #2, and Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #1 | Apparently, it's a good time of year to be a comic book reader.
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
    So, spoiler alert: we loved it. You'll have to listen to find out all the reasons why, but among other things, we enjoyed heartthrob-but-not-love-interest [yet?] Poe Dameron; heartthrob-and-thoughtful-discusser-of-gender Oscar Isaac; and basically everything Hello, Tailor writes about here. Oh. And the ladies. Did we mention this movie is chock full of ladies? Potential Jedi, stormtroopers, awesomely named captains of evil, generals, X-Wing pilots... ladies are all of these things in The Force Awakens. But we did think it could use more C-3PO
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: 
    Beautiful Birds by Jean Roussen and Emmanuelle Walker
    B: Star Wars: Princess Leia by Mark Waid, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Jordie Bellaire

Thanks for listening!

Episode 65: I Hate Sand

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

Thanks for listening!

Episode 64: I Hope They Have Free Express Shipping in Heaven

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Rat Queens #13, Lumberjanes #20, Astonishing Ant-Man #2, Saga #31, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2, Huck #1, Silk #1, Spider-Woman #1, Ms. Marvel #1, and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 | Lots of new stuff this week including a response to comic book violence from Mark Millar; pregnant Spider-Woman; and a giant, red T-Rex from the past. Or another planet? Something.
  • Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix
    Like just about everyone else with Netflix and a passing interest in women, superheroes, Marvel, or noir fiction, we watched Jessica Jones this week, sometimes from behind our hands. We also read the comic it's based on, but for more on that, check out this article from Fast Company. Frankly, we found the show to be significantly more compelling. For more info on Jessica Jones, read this great interview with show runner Melissa Rosenberg.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: "XXXs and OOOs (An American Girl)" by Trisha Yearwood (bonus rec: this Trisha Yearwood music video starring baby Matthew McConaughey)
    B: The Comeback Kid, the John Mulaney comedy special on Netflix (read about it at A.V. Club)

Thanks for listening!

Episode 63: All My Exes Live in Texas

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    We Stand on Guard #5, Paper Girls #2, All-New Hawkeye #1, The Ultimates #1, All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 | We're glad we get to enjoy the creative output of Brian K. Vaughan's brain, but given how disturbing We Stand on Guard and aper Girls were this week, we're glad we don't live in there. The All-New Marvel is here and our reviews are mixed, but Avengers was a home run. The team dynamics are going to make for some great storytelling.
  • This Week in the Book Report
    Allison reviews Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik and finds it worthy of its subject. Thanks to the generous folks at HarperCollins for the copy we received for review!
  • Pop Culture Break-Ups
    This week, we're all about famous couples, on-screen and off, and their infamous breakups. We talk music to smash car windows by; television and movie break-ups that left a lasting impression;  what exactly it means to be on a break; and how terrible Amy March is. The worst.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    First off, we both recommend that you recommend us for NPR's cool new podcast project, earbud.fm!
    A:
    Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor
    B: The #Ham4Ham performance of "A Whole New World." Don't you dare close your eyes.

Thanks for listening!

Episode 62: Mermaid Lemonade Stand

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • This Week in Comics
    Lumberjanes #19, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, Astonishing Ant-Man #1, Carol Corps #4 | This current run of Lumberjanes focuses on April, features feminist riot grrl merwymyn, and has an A+ Babysitter's Club reference. Yes, please! Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and Ant-Man both seemed to have emerged unscathed from Marvel's Secret Wars, as both were extremely consistent with previous runs, for better and worse.
  • It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's Supergirl!
    We're a house divided on Supergirl, y'all, but we are in total agreement regarding Melissa Benoist's charm and charisma and just all-around awesomeness in the title role. And on how stupid it is to never refer to Superman by name, as though he were Voldemort. We also love that we finally have a superhero who isn't a total sad-sack.
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: 
    #Hamilween and #ParksandHam
    B: The Man in the High Castle

Episode 61: Are We Going to Make a Momentous Decision?

Hello and welcome to This Week in Ladies!

Here's what we've got on tap for you this week:

  • Bitch, Please
    Listeners Stephan and John wrote in to comment on episodes #57 and #60, respectively. Tune in to find out who we omitted in our episode on lady directors and why the current Queen of England is Elizabeth II when her mother was also an Elizabeth, but not Elizabeth I.
  • This Week in Comics
    I Hate Fairyland #1, New Avengers #1, Paper Girls #1, Lumberjanes: Beyond Bay Leaf, We Stand on Guard #4, Sex Criminals #13, Ms. Marvel #19 | Very mixed bag this week, including new number ones from Becca's favorite comics artist (I Hate Fairyland, Skottie Young) and her favorite comics writer (Paper Girls, Brian K. Vaughan), which were her least and most favorite comics of the week, respectively. Lumberjane Ripley encounters The Last Unicorn/Ghost Pony; Sex Criminals introduces a new character and an old standard of sexual attractiveness; and Ms. Marvel's pre-Secret Wars-run goes out on a high note including smart parents, confessions of love, and dance parties. What's not to love?
  • The Martian
    Like millions of other people we read (and Allison saw) and loved The Martian by Andy Weir. And boy do we have a lot to say about it. If you're not already sick of The Martian, check out our discussion of space cowboys, disco, Dear Kitten, math in space, and more. Also, if you like stories about astronauts lost in space, do check out '80s classic Space Camp, starring Oscar-winner Joaquin Phoenix back when he still went by his first name, "Leaf."
  • This Week in Ladies Recommends
    A: Real Murder by Charlaine Harris
    B: Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy by Nathan Hale

Thanks for listening!