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Podcast Description: Our podcast seeks to be the best vehicle to explore fan culture and fandom in depth and intellectually from the unique perspective of the fans themselves. We strive to offer knowledgeable viewpoints from two fangirls who not only are active in fandom, but possess “behind the scenes” experiences and access to the artists they so admire. We will create meaningful, entertaining dialogues with other fans, creators, and scholars, celebrating what it means to be a fan, and specifically a female fan.

Podcast Description: Our podcast seeks to be the best vehicle to explore fan culture and fandom in depth and intellectually from the unique perspective of the fans themselves. We strive to offer knowledgeable viewpoints from two fangirls who not only are active in fandom, but possess “behind the scenes” experiences and access to the artists they so admire. We will create meaningful, entertaining dialogues with other fans, creators, and scholars, celebrating what it means to be a fan, and specifically a female fan.
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Podcast Description: Our podcast seeks to be the best vehicle to explore fan culture and fandom in depth and intellectually from the unique perspective of the fans themselves. We strive to offer knowledgeable viewpoints from two fangirls who not only are active in fandom, but possess “behind the scenes” experiences and access to the artists they so admire. We will create meaningful, entertaining dialogues with other fans, creators, and scholars, celebrating what it means to be a fan, and specifically a female fan.

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Episodes

Episode 30: Fangirls' Farewell to 2018!

12/11/2018
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We look back at 2018 in our final episode of the year! We recall our favorite fangirl moments, from our reunion at San Diego Comic Con to the new friendships forged through fandom. Victoria also shares some unexpected celebrity encounters: Brendon Urie and the late, great Stan Lee, while Kristen recaps her convention “stalk walk” behind John Barrowman and her epic selfie sesh with Catherine Tate at Raleigh SuperCon! While we remember the year, we also look to the future and the excitement...

Duration:00:29:01

Episode 29: Fantastic Fan Films and Where to Find Them with Broad Strokes Productions

11/26/2018
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Your Biggest Fangirl heads to the wizarding world this week! We nerd out with three members of the Broad Strokes Production team - director/writer Justin Zagri, writer/actor Garrett Schweighauser, and actor Kevin Allen. Broad Strokes has produced the popular Harry Potter prequel fan films, The Greater Good and Severus Snape and the Marauders. They’re currently working on the Great Wizarding War audio drama, tracking the story of Voldemort’s rise to power set after their film Severus Snape...

Duration:00:38:58

Episode 28: The Ladies We Fangirled Over at LA Comic Con 2018

11/13/2018
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We continue our convention highlights in 2018 with a Los Angeles Comic Con special! Victoria introduces us to four creators, whose work in everything from writing to cosplaying inspire us to infuse our fangirling with more creativity. In fact, LACC was also Victoria’s first time cosplaying! Before our interviews, she shares her process transforming into Thor character Amora and her finest moments of fangirling at the con as well. This episode’s lovely guests are: Genevieve Marie is a...

Duration:00:41:52

Episode 27: Safe Spaces and the Significance of Community with FanDames Initiative members Lauren “Scribe” Harris and May Hemmer

10/30/2018
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Today we welcome two guests hailing from the non-profit organization the FanDames Initiative, Lauren Harris (aka Scribe) or May Hemmer (or the Cocoa Barbie). Lauren and May share the mission of the FanDames with us, which encompasses creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming environment for female fans, both in online fandom and IRL meet-ups like conventions. The FanDames aim to support and provide resources for fangirls, whether it be through panel discussions about geek girl...

Duration:00:30:22

Episode 26: Becoming a Licensed Artist and Being a #ForceAgainstCyberbullying with illustrator Erin Lefler

10/15/2018
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We are thrilled to welcome Erin Lefler on the podcast this week! Erin is an illustrator, licensed Lucasfilm artist, and the creator and champion behind Force Against Cyberbullying, an initiative to combat online harassment and abuse in the Star Wars fandom. We discuss her process designing characters, her evolution from drawing fan art to being a licensed artist for her favorite franchise, and what led to her creating the Force Against Cyberbullying campaign. She also shares with us how...

Duration:00:33:44

Episode 25: Comics, Fandom Allies, and Science! with creator Jason Inman

10/2/2018
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Joining us this week on the podcast is Jason Inman, a comic book expert with two comic books of his own under his belt. His podcast, Geek History Lesson, seeks to inform and educate fans about the origin stories of their favorite fandoms’ characters. He’s a champion of making the comics community inclusive and welcoming to fans old and new. Jason and his GHL co-host Ashley Victoria Robinson take their mission a step further with by creating new heroes for fans to look up to. Jason tells us...

Duration:00:31:17

Episode 24: Fandom After the Finale and Holding onto Smallville with Podcaster Zach Moore

9/17/2018
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We get nostalgic on this week’s episode with podcaster Zach Moore, who takes his fandom to the next level by creating fun discussion and thoughtful analysis about the shows near and dear to his heart. Zach hosts two podcasts: Standard Orbit on the Trek FM network, and Always Hold On to Smallville, which dissects every episode of decade-long Superman prequel series. Tori had the tremendous pleasure of joining Zach on Always Hold On to Smallville to discuss an episode from Season 3, and he...

Duration:00:32:02

Episode 23: Beyond Broadway with Hamilton Education Program Director Sasha Rolon Pereira

9/3/2018
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Sasha Rolon Pereira joins us from the Hamilton Education Program, where she is the director of the program and Associate Director of Education at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The Hamilton Education Program (#eduham) is a partnership between the Rockefeller Foundation, Hamilton, and Gilder Lehrman, that sends thousands of students to see the hit musical on Broadway and in tour cities around the country. Sasha tells us about how the program bring students into “the room...

Duration:00:30:45

Episode 22: The Ladies We Fangirled Over at San Diego Comic Con 2018

8/20/2018
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For this week of All About Conventions August we have a super-sized convention special for you! Not only do Victoria and Kristen recap their experiences this year at San Diego Comic Con, they share their lessons learned from their trip to help you crush your next con. We also share our interviews from the convention floor with four fabulous female creators! They are: Agnes Garbowska is an illustrator known for her work illustrating titles such as the New York Times Best Sellers & Gem Award...

Duration:00:42:17

Episode 21: Fangirls and Geek Couture at the Her Universe Fashion Show

8/7/2018
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We’re continuing All About Conventions August this week with our coverage of the Her Universe Fashion Show! Kristen and Victoria share their experiences at the event - getting to fangirl out together, squeeing over the surprise guests, and which were their favorite designs from the show! We also introduce you to the amazing fangirls we encountered at the Fashion Show: Carina Langley-Lacy was a finalist in this year’s fashion show. She is a costume designer and technician who has worked on...

Duration:00:26:19

Episode 20: Stories of Strength with Best-Selling Author Renée Ahdieh

7/23/2018
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This week, #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling YA author (and fellow Tar Heel!) Renée Ahdieh joins us on the podcast! Renée recently finished a book tour for her most recent novel Smoke in the Sun, a sequel to her magical-action hit Flame in the Mist. Her debut novel, Wrath in the Dawn, was inspired by A Thousand and One Nights, which kicked off Renée’s prowess for retelling fairy and folk tales in fresh and inclusive ways. Renee’s talent for world building is born from her own love...

Duration:00:30:53

Episode 19: Becoming Jane Austen Fangirls with JASP Organizers Jennifer Abella and Inger Brodey

7/9/2018
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This week on the podcast we’re taking you to a land of Regency balls, sweeping romances, and perfectly composed prose! We sit down with Jenny Abella and Dr. Inger Brodey who run the Jane Austen Summer Program, an annual four-day symposium focusing on the author's novels for academics and Austen fans alike at our alma mater - the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We explore why Jane’s works still resonate with readers today, dispel common misconceptions about fangirls of her...

Duration:00:30:56

Episode 18: Whovian Women with Cosplay Photographer and Geek Blogger Monica Duarte

6/26/2018
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As a fangirl, Monica Duarte wears many hats: a mother, a photographer, a cosplayer, a vlogger and correspondent for Temple of Geek. A seasoned convention goer, she shares tips on nailing a cosplay photoshoot and making fandom fun for the whole family. We discuss Doctor Who and our excitement for Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor, as well as we look at the portrayal of female characters in the show. With Doctor Who being a long-running sci-fi show, we also explore how it has evolved...

Duration:00:32:49

Episode 17: Embracing and Examining Fanfiction with Best-Selling Author Seanan McGuire

6/11/2018
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We are pumped to be joined by best-selling author Seanan McGuire on the podcast this week for a long overdue discussion on fanfiction! Seanan’s urban fantasies include October Daye, Incryptid, and the Wayward Children series, she received the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and in 2013 she became the first person ever to appear five times on the same Hugo ballot. We unpack a brilliant tweet thread Seanan wrote exploring the shame and stigma surrounding female fanfic writers...

Duration:00:31:37

Episode 16: Cosplay, Community and Cavill with Super Savant Lauren Winn

5/28/2018
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Lauren Winn makes her grand return to the Your Biggest Fangirl Podcast! She recounts the single greatest moment of her life: meeting her fave Henry Cavill, pinpointing the 10 Rules of Fangirling Like a Pro that helped her the most. Lauren also shares the time the photographer became the photographed when she debuted her Superboy cosplay at New York Comic Con in October. Lauren walks us through Project KR, and we discuss the origins of cosplay, the empowerment through cosplaying, the...

Duration:00:28:09

Episode 15: Problematic Faves with Theme Park Expert Bethany Curl

5/14/2018
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We’re thrilled to welcome fangirl and Universal Studios Team Member Bethany Curl onto the podcast! She joins us to continue the discussion on problematic faves and how to address media, characters, artists and their flaws. Can you love something that has problematic elements? And if so, how does one acknowledges its issues? Bethany also shares with us her behind-the-scenes intel on what it’s like to work at a major theme park how to make the most of your visit, and avoiding park burnout when...

Duration:00:43:38

Episode 14: Marvel Comics, Heroines, and the Ladies Who Love Them with Actress, Writer, Podcaster Ashley V. Robinson

5/1/2018
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We welcome actress, writer and producer Ashley Victoria Robinson, who is a fellow fangirl-podcaster! Ashley co-hosts the Geek History Lesson podcast -- a wonderful resource that delves into the origin stories of your favorite heroes, villains and everything in between! She is also co-author of the newly-released Jupiter Jet comic book, which features a spunky sixteen-year-old heroine named Jacky Johnson who discovers an experimental jetpack in her late father’s workshop, taking to the skies...

Duration:00:35:38

Episode 13: The Ladies We Fangirled Over at WonderCon 2018

4/17/2018
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This is a jam-packed episode! Victoria interviews seven guests at WonderCon 2018 to get their perspectives on being fans and being creators for fans. Our lovely guests are: Amy Mebberson, illustrator and licensed Disney artist known for her Pocket Princesses comics -- and now working with Disney, her fangirling hasn’t gone away. Amy emphasizes the importance of posting and sharing your own artwork to gain exposure, like she did. Chrissie Zullo also gives advice to aspiring artists on how to...

Duration:00:44:50

Episode 12: Passion to Profession with Star Trek Fan & Screenwriter Brian Millikin

4/2/2018
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Have you ever wondered what goes on in the writer's room of your favorite shows? This week our guest, fanboy turned sci-fi screenwriter Brian Millikin, takes us behind the scenes! He shares how he became a Star Trek fan and how his passion for the show got him his start in Hollywood working for one his heroes, Star Trek: The Next Generation showrunner Michael Piller! We discuss not only meeting but working for your heroes and whether you should “hide your crazy” in professional situations....

Duration:00:32:49

Episode 11: Walking through the West Wing with Claire Handscombe

3/20/2018
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This week, Victoria and Kristen are joined by West Wing fangirl and fellow podcaster Claire Handscombe! She’s so much of a fan that she credits the show as a major reason she moved from Europe to Washington, D.C. So how does a drama about American politics and the intricacies of the White House attract fans from across the pond? Claire shares her own story and those of other fans, which she compiled into an anthology called Walk With Us: How the West Wing Changed Our Lives. And that’s not...

Duration:00:28:30