It feels very special to follow a story to its conclusion. I wasn’t an original listener of the D20 Dames podcast, but I’ve been with this story long enough that reaching the end is both emotional—and joyful! D20 Dames is full of laughter and light. The players constantly pause to respect or bemoan their terrible puns, even awarding each other inspiration for the best and worst bits of wordplay. Kat Kruger, the DM, often surprises her players by having her NPCs try to understand an offhand joke within the context of the world, resulting in the invention of delicacies such as bagels and “gluten free” bread. Each of the players and the DM bring a joy and lightness to the story even when it touches on dark themes, and it’s that overarching sense of joy that would make D20 Dames a perfect all-ages comic.
Alenka Figa is a queer librarian obsessed with D&D podcasts that have solid queer rep. They frequently tweet about them @alenkafiga. Catch their reviews of zines and indie comics over at Women Write About Comics.
Paul Tobin (writer), Joe Querio (artist), Carlos Badilla (colorist)
CD Projekt Red and Dark Horse Comics
September 23, 2014
I’m a pretty big fan of the monster hunter known as Geralt of Rivia, in both the original book series by Andrzej Sapkowski and the subsequent Witcher video games from CD Projekt Red, and I am eagerly looking forward to the pending Netflix series. Unfortunately, the trade paperback The Witcher Volume 1: House of Glass—a collection of issues one through five of the Dark Horse Witcher comic miniseries—doesn’t quite reach my expectations. (more…)
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Overwatch has balance issues. (more…)
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Sometimes when I play video games, I think about other video games. As Metal Gear and Tomb Raider are the only video games I ever care to talk about, quite often I think about one in the light of the other. So like, you know, Solid Snake and Lara Croft. What if they banged?
Avengers Academy is a free-to-play mobile game, though it’s more of a waiting-for-timers game in my experience. Unlike a lot of my friends on here I don’t like Avengers Academy, well, as a game. The business model is just too awful, and I can’t find myself invested in real time-based gameplay loops that cause me to spend money if I fail. I say all this because I am going to spend the rest of the article praising it. I’ll be taking a look at the A-Force event in the game that introduced two canon queer characters to the game, as well as allowed Loki to express their gender. Avengers Academy is what I dream of for Marvel and manages in small beats to do queer representation better than a lot of the comic book industry. (more…)