Visiting Lovecraft Country: “Sundown” (Episode One Recap)

lovecraft countryThe new HBO show Lovecraft Country premiered last Sunday, Aug. 16, to the delight of many. We at Midwest BSFA are fully on board and ready to see where the show takes us! Founding member Renee Tecco gives us her thoughts on it before the second episode picks up where we left off tonight. [NOTE: What follows is an in-depth review of the first episode for those who don’t have or plan on getting HBO and didn’t watch it on YouTube. Consider yourself warned!] 

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Co-Founder Models Comic Book Character

fat mucketDuring the extremely long break we took from working on this blog last year and earlier this year, we were up to lots of things, including moderating a graphic novel panel at Books by the Banks and throwing a The Wiz-themed roller skating party for Halloween. One of us even served as a model for a comic book character.  MeSseD revolves around Lilliput, a Filipina sewer worker who fights monsters underground while trying to keep the sewers clear. Late last year, our co-founder Aiesha was asked to be the character model for Fat Mucket, a badass Amanda Waller type who’s the manager of operations at the sewer district where Lilliput works. Dylan Speeg (the comic’s illustrator) took a bunch of reference photos of her, which he’s using to draw the scenes the Fat Mucket appears in in the comic’s third season, which drops later this year. When she asked how she should dress for the shoot, Jay Kalagayan (the writer/creator) said to wear “office clothes.” Would Fat Mucket give the girls a wide leg trouser and a peplum top with a hint of boob window while lettin’ the choppa spray? YES, SHE WOULD! If you haven’t heard of the comic, you can check out  seasons 1 and 2 now at www.messedcomics.com.

Midwest BSFA Co-Founder to Participate in Super Heroines Con

Super Heroines Con logoA little over a week after her “Steampunk Aesthetics Through a Black Lens” panel at Michigan Magick and Machine on July 25, our co-founder, Aiesha, will be on a panel at the first-ever Super Heroines Con! The virtual convention, which takes place Aug. 3-9, will celebrate feminist creators with panels and events every night. Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Co-Founder to Participate in Super Heroines Con”

Interview with Author/Educator B. Sharise Moore

b. sharise mooreWe recently talked to author/educator B. Sharise Moore, who’s currently crowdfunding her latest project, Conjuring Worlds: An Afrofuturist Textbook, on Indiegogo. The book of Afrofuturist poetry, prose, art, and cross-curricular extension activities is geared toward middle schoolers. Moore told us all about Conjuring Worlds, her favorite spec fic creators and works and how despite everything, 2020 isn’t so bad for her.

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Midwest BSFA Organizes Panel for Virtual Convention

michigan magick & machineMidwest BSFA members and supporters will participate in a panel called Steampunk Aesthetics Through A Black Lens on Saturday, July 25, at 1 p.m. EST as part of the virtual convention Michigan Magick and Machine (July 24-26)! Black people and other POC interested in steampunk are doing so within a Eurocentric framework that doesn’t really take us into account. Panelists will explore their character back stories and how they navigate the space while still managing to have fun. Continue reading “Midwest BSFA Organizes Panel for Virtual Convention”