New Verity! Extra! A Titan of Comics

March 18th, 2015

For this week’s Extra, we haven’t watched anything. Instead, we’ve been reading! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we talk about the new(ish) line of Doctor Whocomics from Titan Comics. We’ve all read the first five issues of the 10th and 11th Doctors’ series, and some of us have read even farther. We discuss what it’s like to see the Doctor in 2D form and, even more excitingly, we cover the new companions he meets in the pages of these delightful books!

Have you read the Titan comics yet? If so, let us know what you think in the comments! And whether you’ve read them or not, you’re welcome to enter our giveaway–just leave a comment on our giveaway post!

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Interesting Links!

9th Doctor Comic:
Writer Cavan Scott’s Website with updates
Youtube Preview

10th Doctor Comic:
Interview with 10th Doctor Comic Writer Nick Abadzis
Issues 1-5 TPB to be released March 25

11th Doctor Comic:
Interview with writer Rob Williams on plotting the timey-wimey issue 6
Issues 1-5 TPB to be released March 25

12th Doctor Comic:
Titan Comic Announcement

Upcoming Crossover Event:
Hollywood Reporter Announcement
Two-Minute Time Lord interview with writer Paul Cornell
Artist announcement and release dates

Bonus link:
Bookshelf Doctors!

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ICYMI: New Verity! Episode 70: Intellectual Squee-Quals

March 16th, 2015

That’s right. We’re pretty excited about this week’s companion topic. Join Deb, Erika, Lynne, and Tansy as we talk about the most educated companions–the academics, the doctors, the scientists, and more. What is it about them that makes them appealing? Is there anything that can be off-putting to audiences? Does Romana count? The answer to that last one is debated hotly (but laughingly)!

What do you think of the brainier companions? Do you see yourself in them? Or do you seem them being too full of their own capabilities? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
Galactic Suburbia is five years old!
Wendy the Weeping-Angel Barbie!
Erasing Sherlock (book by Kelly Hale)
Giles
Bernice Summerfield
Love and War (novel by Paul Cornell)
The Marian Conspiracy (Big Finish audio)
Peel and Steed
Mulder and Scully
Leverage

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New Verity! Extra! — Regeneration Critics

March 4th, 2015

It’s Extra!-time again. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we get a little silly (and tangential…surprise, surprise) while talking about regenerations. What makes a “worthy” regeneration for the Doctor? Which ones make us uncomfortable? What would we like to see in the future? (Besides a better Skype connection…grr.) What would we like to see from the past? All this plus lots of giggles!

What are your thoughts on regeneration? Let us know in the comments!

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Associated links:
Dumb Ways to Die
Love and War (novel by Paul Cornell)

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New Verity! Episode 69: Ace is Ace!

February 25th, 2015

This week we focus on one companion–the winner of our Verity! companions poll! Join Deb, Erika, Liz, and Lynne, as we talk about Ace! Our personal feelings about Ace as a companion are mixed, but we all agree (mostly) on her importance as a companion. It’s pretty easy to draw a line between Ace and Rose, and we do just that! We also chat a lot about Ace: as compared to other women on screen at the time, as a character to identify with (or not), and as a tuxedo-wearer.

What are your feelings about Ace? Do you love her attitude? Or does she put you off as a viewer? Or something in between? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
The Web of Queer podcast
Two Girls, a Guy and a TARDIS podcast
Paul Booth (who was recently interviewed on Radio Free Skaro)
Human Nature (the novel by Paul Cornell)
The Doctor Who Book Club Podcast on Damaged Goods

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Remember when I got to interview Scott McCloud?

February 24th, 2015

Now you can watch it for yourself!

Thanks to the Chicago Humanities Festival for giving me this opportunity! I’m super-proud of how it went. <3

New Verity! Episode 67: The First Ladies of Doctor Who

January 28th, 2015

Ok, it’s finally time to talk about “proper” companions (whatever that means). Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Liz as we talk about the companions that started (and re-started) it all. We’re focusing on Susan, Grace, and Rose–the ladies who ushered in each “era” of Doctor Who. We find more parallels than you might expect (certainly more than some of us expected!).

What do you think of these “first” companions? Let us know in the comments!

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Also covered:

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New Verity! Episode 66: Companions who never were

January 14th, 2015

Our year of companions kicks off in delightful style! Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we discuss those Doctor Whocharacters who were almost companions–those who were slated to become TARDIS travelers but never did, as well as those who we wish had stuck around. Deb accidentally invents a new word*. Kat is thoroughly predictable. Erika unabashedly cheats. And Tansy has a list!

Which guest stars do you wish had become full-time companions? Let us know in the comments!

*comfanionnoun; a Doctor Who character not generally considered a companion of the Doctor, but whom a viewer loves so much, they think should have been. The viewer may even argue against popular opinion, claiming their favorite *is* a companion. (Examples: “Bret Vyon is my favorite companion.” “He was only in one story! He’s a comfanion, at best.” — “Sally Sparrow is my favorite comfanion. I wish the Doctor would’ve invited her onto the TARDIS.”)

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Also covered:

Bonus links:
Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who
Vote in our 2015 companion poll!

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Scott McCloud at the Chicago Humanities Festival!

January 14th, 2015

So, I’ve been asked to interview Scott McCloud at the Chicago Humanities Festival.

I’m one of the many, many people who first learned about comics from Understanding Comics. I could not be more excited.

You should come. There will be Q&A. And a book signing of his new comic, The Sculptor! :-D

2014 in review and awards eligibility

January 8th, 2015

It’s that time of year again! I’m busy writing my annual report at work, so it’s a good time to write down What I Did in SF/F in 2014, too.

For Michael and I, the biggest accomplishment this year was all of us surviving Caitlin’s spinal surgery. Period.

That said, here are the things I made in 2014 that are eligible for awards. If you liked them, I appreciate your consideration.

In 2014, Michael and I launched a new short fiction market, and I participated in a podcast. Both of these activities are eligible for Hugo Awards (but not Nebula Awards), so I’ve listed the relevant categories. The short stories listed below are also eligible for Nebula Awards, and you can find a copy of them in the area of the SFWA Forums dedicated to that purpose if you are so inclined.

1. Uncanny Magazine! Issue One launched in November 2014 after a successful Kickstarter in August (THANK YOU), which means that the stories in it are eligible for 2014 ballots, although the magazine itself doesn’t meet any eligibility requirements for nominations that I know of until we complete some additional issues.

2014 Short fiction!

We also publish poetry that is eligible for the Rhysling Awards, and nonfiction that may be eligible for Best Fan Writer.

Thanks to my previous work and Uncanny Issue One,  I also once again meet eligibility requirements for the Best Editor, Short Form category of the Hugo Awards.

I also did some podcasting this year! The Verity! Podcast (which was also nominated for Best Fancast) had an awesome year, and I encourage you to check it out if you are so inclined.

I’m doing a bunch of reading right now, and I will be posting some of the things I’m looking at for my own ballot, too. But that’s another blog post…

New Verity! Extra! And A POLL

January 7th, 2015

Hey!

There’s a new Verity! Extra! available for your listening pleasure, where we introduce this year’s theme.

Go have a listen, hear about our wacky plans, and then GO VOTE IN OUR POLL.

*ahem* here are some hints from me:

#teamBen

#teamPolly

#teamZoe

#teamAce

#teamRiver

#teamRory