Glitchy Pancakes

Glitchy Pancakes

Real talk about the world of fandom. Conversations and interviews about topics of interest to fans of science fiction, fantasy, horror, anime, comics, and gaming.... Show More

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September 16, 2020 59 min

Ever wondered who Polidori wrote "The Vampyre" about? Have you ever noticed LGBTQ+ coding (positive or negative) in your favorite science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories? What do the past and future look like for LGBTQ+ genre writers? We talk about it with author & publisher at Queen of Swords Press, Catherine Lundoff. There's a LOT to unpack here, but we got a good start! Might need a part 2 on this on...

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Why so grimdark? This week we discuss the psychology and various portrayals of the world's greatest detective, the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight: Batman. What makes him tick? What kind of hero should he be? What should Bruce Wayne be doing with all that money? We cover it all with prolific graphic novel writer & author of "Batman: The Fog of Fear," Martin Powell. 

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Fantasy author and excellent human Paige L. Christie joins us for a deep-dive discussion about the responsibilities we all have to each other as fans, creators, and people. We all love the things we love in science fiction, fantasy, horror, comics, anime, etc., and we all want our experiences in fandom circles to be meaningful, fun, and safe. What do we owe to each other in order to make that happen? We'll talk about it. Also.....

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August 31, 2020 31 min

On Friday, August 28, 2020, fandom lost one of its brightest stars. We sat down to remember and celebrate the life and work of Chadwick Boseman, who inspired the entire world through his talent, charisma, work ethic, and kindness, both on and off the screen. From playing Jackie Robinson to Thurgood Marshall to James Brown to King T'Challa/Black Panther, he showed us what heroes look like, and for that he will be forever loved a...

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The art of science fiction and fantasy inspires us, amazes us, and fills us with the same sense of wonder that first made us fans of science fiction and fantasy. From our favorite book covers to RPGs to gaming cards to convention art shows, this genre wouldn't be the same without the artists who make it all look so fantastic. Today we dive deep into the world of fantasy & science fiction art with two of the greats: award-wi...

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CONS!!! We sat down to discuss what we love about fan conventions and what the future may hold for our favorite geeky gatherings. We also discuss... some other stuff. It got silly, folks. Enjoy meeting Rob's eccentric alter-ego, Fox Curley!

MultiVIRTUAL 2020 (Multiverse Convention's free online event): https://www.multiversecon.org/

221BCon (annual Sherlock convention run by awesome people): https://www.221bcon.com/

Remember t...

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Ever wondered how Dr. House can solve any medical mystery in 48 minutes (plus commercials)? Well... he can't. Did you know you can't coagulate all the blood in your body and live? It's true! Today we talk with fantasy author & physician Dr. Darin Kennedy to delve into the writing of medical issues: who gets it right and who has gotten it so, so wrong. It's a bloody one - enjoy!

DARIN KENNEDY'S BOOKS:

Fugue &a...

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We know you're bored at home. Here's some cool stuff we're currently loving, to keep you entertained and amused. Got something you want to suggest to us? Email CakesPod@gmail.com!

JESSE'S RECS: Control (PS4 game), The Library at Mount Char (novel by Scott Hawkins), Love Death & Robots (Netflix animated SF anthology)

ROB'S RECS: Ninjala (Switch game), Women in Gaming: 100 Professionals of Play (nonfiction ...

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Got some thoughts about WorldCon 2020 (CoNZealand) and the Hugo Awards Ceremony? Yeah... so do we. Have a listen. Big thanks to M.M. Schill (@mm_schill on Twitter) for stepping in on short notice to lay down the hottest of takes with us. TLDR: DO BETTER, WORLDCONS!

Huge congratulations to the Hugo winners and nominees for 2020. These awards are all about you and the amazing work you've done, and you deserve to be honored ac...

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Ever wondered how to write characters different from yourself respectfully & convincingly? We sat down with the folks who literally wrote the book on this topic. Nisi Shawl & Cynthia Ward created "Writing the Other," a book and series of excellent workshops taught by some of the best authors working in SF/F today. Their workshops teach techniques, practical exercises, and examples with the aim of both increasing wri...

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Jesse's Recommendations: Dark (TV show, Netflix), The Worst of All Possible Worlds (Salvagers series #3, novel by Alex White - PRE-ORDER HERE), The Last of Us Part 2 (PS4 game)

Rob's Recommendations: Tales from the Loop (TV show, Prime Video), Cyborg 009: Call of Justice (anime, Netflix), Unsolved Mysteries (Netflix), Shovel Knight (Switch game), Batman: White Knight (limited comic series, DC, Sean Murphy/Todd Klein/Matt Hol...

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This one is deep but illuminating. In the shadow of the recent harassment scandals across fandom, we sit down with author/illustrator/survivor advocate M. M. Schill, and Multiverse Convention Chair Allie Charlesworth. How bad is the problem? How do we start fixing it? How can we all do better as a community? Whatever viewpoint you're looking at this topic from, we hope you'll learn something today.

Find M. M. Schill at https...

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Going in DEEP on this one. We talk systemic and overt racism in the SFFH publishing industry, #PublishingPaidMe, and more, with A BLADE SO BLACK author/equality advocate L.L. McKinney & WHEN NIGHT FALLS author Gerald L. Coleman.

Works by L.L. McKinney:

A BLADE SO BLACK (Nightmare-Verse #1):
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250211668

A DREAM SO DARK (Nightmare-Verse #2):
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781250620835

A CROWN SO CU...

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Jesse & Rob talk quarantine from deep within their Fortresses of Social Distance! The economic effects of The Cove on the comics industry, conventions, and creators. Suggestions for how to support creators, plus plenty of book/movie/game recommendations.

WANDERERS (novel by Chuck Wendig):
https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780399182105

A CANTICLE FOR LEIBOWITZ (novel by Walter Miller): https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780553273816

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Rob & Jesse dive deep into "problematic favorites" with the excellent Victor LaValle, author, Columbia professor, and winner of all the awards (American Book Award, Shirley Jackson Award, World Fantasy Award, British Fantasy Award, Bram Stoker Award, etc.). Check out Victor's books below & enjoy the conversation!

Victor LaValle's works:

THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM (novella):
https://www.indiebound.org/book/97807653...

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In the first-ever Cake Pops current events episode, Rob & Jesse talk about the 2020 Locus Awards (we swear, it's a new Golden Age of science fiction & fantasy right now), and also touch on the recent harassment scandals in the world of SFF/comics/art. Profane rants ensue.

**CW: brief discussion of harassment/abuse**

Here's the entire slate of 2020 Locus Award Winners, with links to purchase:

https://locusmag.com/2020/0...

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June 24, 2020 44 min

Jesse & Rob talk fandom as therapy. How we all benefit from a strong fan community when times are tough, plus several ways to support each other & the creators we love, things NOT to do as a fan, and as always, some recommendations to keep you busy.

MULTIVERSE CONVENTION: https://www.multiversecon.org

221BCon: https://www.221bcon.com/

Game: Ghost of Tsushima (comes out in July)

TV show: DEVS (Hulu)

Movies: 28 Days Later, Ex Mac...

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We talk about the history of protest in speculative fiction with award-winning multi-genre author, editor, and publisher Sheree Renée Thomas. Check the notes below for Sheree's new fiction collection Nine Bar Blues, plus the other recommendations we mentioned during the show. Enjoy!

NINE BAR BLUES (fiction collection by Sheree Renée Thomas): https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780997457896

RIOT BABY (novel by Tochi Onyebuchi): https...

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