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Fangirl Happy Hour, Episode #25 – Friends Are Not Food

Renay and Ana get their fangirling on as they talk about things they loved: Bitch Planet, a new, loud, feminist comic by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Valentine De Landro; The Martian with Matt Damon (and potato co-stars); and Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie, the book that made us cry and laugh, laugh and cry.

Discussion References

Trailer: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
Trailer: Jessica Jones
Mike Colter plays Luke Cage (Ana probably knows him from The Good Wife)
Alias Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos
#BoycottStarWarsVII: People Boycott The Force Awakens Because It Promotes “White Genocide”
Ava DuVernay creates #CelebrateStarWarsVII hashtag, silences racist trolls
Vuelio Blow Awards Shortlist — Featuring Ana and Thea!

We’re doing Star Wars and Open Chat episodes in the next few weeks. If you want to ask us questions or prompt a discussion, email us at, drop us a message on Tumblr, or ping us on Facebook. You can also ask us on Twitter @fangirlpodcast.

Bitch Planet; 15:35

Bitch Planet Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Taki Soma, and Robert Wilson at Image Comics
Add Bitch Planet Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine to your reading list on Goodreads
Read Ana’s review of Bitch Planet Vol. 1 at The Book Smugglers.
Read Renay’s review of Bitch Planet Vol. 1 at Lady Business.
Why Bitch Planet Is Inspiring Women to Get Badass Feminist Tattoos

The Martian; 27:34
The Martian

The Martian
Add The Martian to your reading list on Goodreads.
Read Thea’s review of The Martian (book).

Ancillary Mercy; 41:25
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Add Ancillary Mercy to your reading list on Goodreads.
Read Ana’s review of Ancillary Mercy at The Book Smugglers.
“She Commands Me and I Obey” Part 1
“She Commands Me and I Obey” Part 2

Recommendations; 58:37
Ana: Uzumaki by Junji Ito
Renay: Die Hard (But Only If No Other Options Are Readily Available) by JenTheSweetie (Steve/Tony, 23k, NSFW)

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