Coming Soon: Rico en Sueños

Our AMAZING Season 1 Artwork done by Vanessa Flores

I’m not sure if we’re back or if we’ve just arrived. I just know that I’m excited that we finally get to announce our first OFFICIAL season project, Rico en Sueños!

This season we are focusing on Puerto Rican creators on the island and across the diaspora; exploring how fiction has affected their identity and how their identity affects the worlds they create.

Rico en Sueños will highlight the voices of Puerto Rico to show us the power of dreams. By exploring dreams, we discover a space where the past, present, and future can exist at the same time. Through learning about Puerto Rico — its people, their collective identity, and their dreams — we can all learn how to acknowledge the richness of our past, contend with the issues our present, and create a vision for our future.

Hope this trailer gets you as hype as we are!!!

~Lu

Your Voice Can Carve Mountains!

Shawna Mills and Boom Tag X

We know we’re off season but we are coming at you with an episode featuring Shawna Mills!!

Check out the Boom Tag X kickstarter which ends 7/13/19!

Website: boomtagx.com

Kickstarter: kck.st/2JI0ER5 

Shawna Mills is an animator whose work has appeared on nearly every network you can think of that produces cartoons. She’s done work for Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Marvel Entertainment, and Lucas Films. Now she’s out to make her own animated series that infuses anime influences and urban environments into an action packed world where sound is the master.

Boom Tag X follows Boom, in a world where voices can carve mountains and split seas, as he embarks to win the most epic game of TAG ever played!

The story of Shawna and the world of Boom Tag X are inseparable and this episode we take you inside the world of Boom Tag X and tell the story of the woman who created it.

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Power of You in Fiction 5: Trying to be Like You (Part 3)

Closing out our #POYIF series is the final installment of episode five “Trying to be Like You”. Wilson and Lu discuss the final stages of the critical thinking model and the life changing ways aspirational figures can influence us and our choices.

To everyone involved in the making of the Power of You in Fiction special, thank you for sticking with us through the entire process!

Note: You can find part 2, here. And part 1, here.

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Power of You in Fiction 5: Trying to be Like You (Part 2)

It’s here! It is finally here! Part 2 of #POYIF episode five “Trying to be Like You”. Wilson and Lu are continuing to weave the tale of fictional aspirational figures and how they can impact our real life desires and goals.

Note: You can find part 1, here.

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What’s up Wednesday: Tiffney Laing

LaKase and Wilson got a chance to interview another amazing creator, Tiffney Laing of Bevy and Dave. Tiffney is powerful, positive, and poised for immense success within the toy-making industry with an innovative and inspiring toy called the History Makers Puzzle Block Set that teaches children about the alphabet, Black history, and various leadership traits. After listening to this interview you’ll fall in love with Tiffney just as quickly as LaKase and Wilson did!

To get more Bevy and Dave goodness visit their websitetwitter, and instagram.

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Making Magic and Fond Memories On Her Own Terms

It’s the final episode of “On Their Own Terms: The Unbreakable Women of Media” hosted by LaKase and Wilson. They’re covering Matilda and Morgan le Fay, their dope mythos and influence within our stories and fandom.

Below are the Raold Dahl books LaKase recommends and some of the pieces of fiction you can find Lady Morgana in.

Other Raol Dahl books: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, The Witches

Pieces of Fiction with Lady Morgana: BBC’s Merlin, Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, Wizards: Tales of Arcadia, Darkwing Duck, League of Legends, Tales of Monkey Island, Morgana by DA King, The Arthur Paladin Chronicles by David Alastair Hayden

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Logo Credit: Brandon Davis. Follow him on twitter @BrandonDavisArt

Outro music credit: Shine by Raiche

Celia Krampien Illustrates…On Her Own Terms

It’s episode three of four of our Women’s History Month series, “On Their Own Terms: The Unbreakable Women of Media”, hosted by LaKase and Wilson. Today they’ve got an interview with artist/illustrator Celia Krampien. Celia is just pure pleasantness and good vibes, and super talented.

You can connect with Celia via her website, on twitter (@CeliaKrampien), and on instagram (@celiakrampien).

Books discussed during the conversation

The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise by Dan Gemeinhart

Shadow Warrior by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, Celia Krampien

Sunny by Celia Krampien

But No Elephants by Jerry Smath (Celia’s favorite)

There’s A Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone (Celia’s favorite)

The Napping House by Audrey Wood (LaKase’s favorite)

The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base (LaKase’s favorite)

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (Wilson)

Three Questions by Jon J Muth (Wilson)

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Logo Credit: Brandon Davis. Follow him on twitter @BrandonDavisArt

Outro music credit: Young by Valis Alps

Growing Into Heroism On Her Own Terms

How Amanda McKee and Cassandra Cain Do The Hero Thing

Welcome back dear listener! It’s the second episode of our 2019 Women’s History Month special, hosted by LaKase and Wilson, titled “On Their Own Terms: The Unbreakable Women of Media”. They’re giving you a quick up to speed on two dope characters that are beloved by many but aren’t greatly highlighted within the mainstream — Amanda McKee (Livewire) and Cassandra Cain (Batgirl/Orphan).

You can get the collected trade paperback volumes of Unity and/or Harbinger via Valiant’s website and you can get Livewire single issues via your local comic book shop.

For Cass Cain, her first appearance is Batgirl #567 if you want to jump on from the very beginning. The issue which deals with her facing off against her mom, Lady Shiva, is Batgirl #73 (Blood Matters, Conclusion).

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Outro music credit: Madness by Muse

Anne Bean Does Comics Distribution…On Her Own Terms

While Lu is away Wilson will continue to play! We’re dropping a very special Women’s History Month series affectionately titled “On Their Own Terms: The Unbreakable Women of Media”. This special will provide you with an analysis of the ways women have redefined and defied society’s expectations.

To pull off this special Wilson has tapped friend of the show LaKase Perry from our pilot season to co-host!

Wilson and LaKase start the series off by interviewing friend of the show and all around awesome human — Anne Bean of Emerald Comics! This episode guarantees to be a delight with Anne dropping some dope nuggets of knowledge.

You can connect with Anne and Emerald Comics Distro at their website, via their email, on Twitter (@EmeraldDistro), and/or Instagram (@EmeraldComicsDistro).

Links to the cons/festivals and folks Anne mentioned…

DINK – Denver Independent Comic & Art Expo

Bellingham Comic Arts Festival

Vancouver Comic Arts Festival

Alaska Robotics Mini-Con

Lucy Bellow’s 100 Demon Dialogues

ShortBox – Curated contemporary indie comics subscription box

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Power of You in Fiction 5: Trying to be Like You (Part 1)

What’s up podcast fans! Wilson and Lu are back with another Power of You in Fiction #POYIF story, which is their penultimate story of their first series! They’re taking us to the future and will be weaving a tale of aspirational figures — those characters that motivate and inspire us to do better, try harder, and fight longer.

We hope you all enjoy this tale of how and why aspirational role models are so important.

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