I’m still recovering from bronchitis but I’m way much better than I was last week, thank God. This week, I’m trying to catch up on all the work I had to postpone because I had zero energy to do anything but lie down. But, on with the show!
Hey guys! Happy New Year, and I’m back with another episode of Murjani’s Miscellania. For today’s episode, I had the chance to chat with Emie on some updates since our last conversation, her recently released book, Black Snow, conventions and why some troupes in yaoi just don’t work out.
Apologies for the delay in releasing this episode– real life just had to come first. One of my resolutions this year is to be better about blogging, so here’s a first step. And no, I don’t have any sponsors [yet]; when I mention WordPress and Squarespace, I’m just poking fun because that’s all I hear when I listen to podcasts nowadays.
That and MeUndies.
You can find Emie at her Facebook author page here, and you can read my previous interview with E.K. Weaver here.
Today’s Friday spotlight is on Lis’n Up Clothing! The Massachusetts-based company had come to my attention when they’d teamed up with Noor Tagouri— a Washington, D.C. based journalist who spearheaded the viral hashtag campaign #LetNoorShine—to create The Noor Effect. They’d just wrapped up The GIRL Tour in Boston, and I had the chance to speak with Adam Khafif, the CEO of Lis’n Up Clothing.
I recently had the good fortune to interview E.K. Weaver, creator of the comic series The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal. I’d first met E.K. at Ahn!Con in January 2014 when we were both guests of the convention, and we had met up again at Nijicon this past October. The crowd loved her and her work, as she sold out of books during the first day of the con!
She was gracious to take time out of her schedule to answer some questions, so please enjoy!
— For those are who aren’t aware, can you please introduce yourself and a little about your background?
My name’s E.K. Weaver, and I’m a comic artist and illustrator from Austin, Texas. I’ve been drawing all my life, but just started focusing on comics in 2008.
For #throwbackThursday, in addition to doing a musical post, I also wanted to share something else. In addition to improving my writing, I’ve been doing some VO—voiceover—practice. You hear VO in everyday life, from the radio promo ads, the cartoons you watch, the audiobooks you listen to, and even the phone tree of the company you call. VO seems very easy, but I can tell you from experience that it’s very challenging. But it’s a lot of fun!
I was going to share a video response to my demo question I’d asked Juan Carlos Bagnell—SomeAudioGuy—but the video had been removed. So instead, I’ve posted the links to a 3-part interview Crispin Freeman did with Juan about commercial VO casting. I hope you enjoy!
Recently, I had the chance to sit down and chat with Baltimore-area indie author Emie. Her most recent book, Adonis, was published by Yaoi Revolution, an indie publishing company based in Irvine, California. You can connect with Emie through her Facebook fan page, EAB Author Page, and can purchase her book here.
Recently, I’d had the pleasure of interviewing Sharon Barela, owner and publisher of Yaoi Revolution. We had some time after a busy day of panels at Ahn!Con to discuss running a small business, the troupes of boy-love and I learnt that “seagulling” is a thing. You can find more about Yaoi Revolution at yaoi-revolution.com.
Today I had the chance to chat with Thunder E, founder of Booredatwork. Fresh off a business trip, we talked about his favorites to review, the joys and pain of running a small business and about how I need to see Interstellar in IMAX.
Recently, I had the chance to interview Hamlet Machine. She’s the creator of Starfighter—a yaoi sci-fi webcomic. The first time we had met was at Katsucon last year and she was so nice to chat with me about publishing and her characters. You can read Starfighter here—as long as you’re of age.
Yaoi—or boy love (BL)—is a Japanese genre of fictional media that centers on the sexual or romantic relationship between the male characters. It’s normally created by female authors and illustrators and marketed towards a female audience.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Gina Miller from the ASPCA about their No Pet Store Puppies pledge. As animal advocates, it was important to outline what puppy mills are, the dangers of them and what it means buying puppies from pet stores. You can find out more about taking the pledge at nopetstorepuppies.com and more about the ASPCA at aspca.org.