Read along with my reactions to (for the most part) semi-obscure, cultish internet media. I care especially about trans womens' writing, and stories that had a lot of bearing on trans womens' online childhoods.
El Goonish Shive
A story that many trans women grew up with in the days before we started creating media explicitly for ourselves, El Goonish Shive developed from a rocky start to an intensely personal exploration of gender with likable, complex characters. In Summer 2016, I read it for the first time - and had a lot of feelings.
A short liveread of a sadly unfinished comic. A melancholy, gentle and sweet story about trans and gay women in future Antarctica.
O Human Star
A story of transhumanism and AIs centred primarily on a gay couple, but playing interesting games with identity. O Human Star has a much higher profile than many of the comics covered here, but it's a compelling story and it has a good trans woman character.
Jennifer Diane Reitz's flawed but intensely fascinating universe-spanning transhuman epic, with one of the most inventive settings I've ever encountered. Despite my criticisms, I came to love it unabashedly, as much for its quirks as despite them.
A paired liveread of KA Applegate's series of YA novels about war, PTSD and furries. Featuring @drcable as co-commentator and cute gf.
An attempt to explore a certain sprawling series of dojin soft visual novels, starting with a murder mystery and elaborating over and over into metafiction, occultism, family trauma and epistemology. Expect tangents.
It's 2002. Final Fantasy is at the height of its popularity. What's the next step? Unquestionably, a crossover with every Disney movie. Thus, Square created Kingdom Hearts, and kicked off one of the most impenetatrably complex game narratives out there. In mid-2017, inspired by a video of the intros, I set out to play it for the first time.
Perhaps the most influential cartoon of this millenium so far, and with a strong claim to being 'quite strange'. Was it as fun as we remember? Let's go back...