In the days leading up to seeing Fun Home at Circle in the Square, I tried to think of Broadway roles for masculine-of-center women in musicals. I’m no theatre historian, but I’ve taken so many Theatre History classes that knowledge has fallen on me like so many watermelon seeds, spit from the mouths of those who know better than I; they took root and planted jazz-hands in my heart forever.
And I could think of only one role: Shirley, from The Producers. She sings one phrase (“keep it gay”); she is fat, speaks in a humping voice with her thumbs in her tool belt; she’s a punch line, held up against the glamorous (feminine) gay men.
I’m speaking on this awesome panel at the MoCCA Arts Festival in my capacity as Autostraddle Geekery Editor (which includes our Saturday Morning Cartoons segment!) and it would be really rad to see you there. Here are the deets from the MoCCA Fest website:
2:00 pm / The Matthews Room of the High Line Hotel
We Hire Cartoonists
Cartoonists have often pursued split-careers as illustrators or other kinds of graphic artists in order to build stable careers. Increasingly, art directors and editors are hiring cartoonists to bring the entire capacity for visual narrative to editorial projects, especially online where new technologies offer another set of emerging techniques and formats. A panel of editors and art directors including Tablet’s Wayne Hoffman, Autostraddle’s Ali Osworth, and New York Times Art Director Alexandra Zsigmond have all frequently worked with cartoonists in a variety of ways, online and in print. They will talk about what they do, the innovations they’ve pursued, and what they look for in the work they commission.
April 11, 2015 – April 12 (We Hire Cartoonists is on Sunday, the 12th)
12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Programming will take place at The High Line Hotel at 180 Tenth Avenue and 20th Street, mere steps from the exhibitor hall of Center 548.
Access to programming on a daily basis is included with the price of admission to the MoCCA Arts Festival. Admission to MoCCA costs $5 per day. To be admitted to programming, attendees must display proof of ticket purchase for that day to the Fest. Tickets are available online now or at the door at Center 548 the weekend of the Fest, and on-site at The High Line Hotel during programming . This year’s programming schedule was curated and organized by MoCCA Arts Festival Programming Director Bill Kartalopoulos.
I’ll be giving advice from 11am EST to 1pm EST. Some other super awesome advice givers include Fit For a Femme, Danielle Owens-Reid, Kristin Russo, Mallory Ortberg and Vikki Reich—as well as your regularly scheduled Autostraddle-affiliated crew.
There are things that rip my skin open and reveal what lies beneath, but I don’t believe in trigger warnings. I don’t believe people can be protected from their histories. I don’t believe it is at all possible to anticipate the histories of others.
Writers cannot protect their readers from themselves, nor should they be expected to.
—Roxane Gay, basically giving me the exact words to sum up my feelings about trigger warnings.
The incredible problem Girls faces is that all we want is everything from each movie or television show or book that promises to offer a new voice, a relatable voice, an important voice. We want, and rightly so, to believe our lives deserve to be new, relatable, and important. We want to see more complex, nuanced depictions of what it really means to be whoever we are or were or hope to be. We just want so much. We just need so much.
—Roxane Gay, Bad Feminist.
I can’t believe I’m just getting around to this now. She’s such a badass.
The New School partners with the National Book Critics Circle, and as a result the graduate students get to interview the finalists for each year’s awards. I get to interview Vikram Chandra, a finalist in Criticism for Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty (published by Graywolf Press). It is by far and away the nerdiest* thing I’ve ever done/read, and considering I’m the Geekery Editor for Autostraddle, that’s saying something.