Friday, July 31, 2015

Women in SF/Fantasy Publishing survey

Hello and thanks for your time. We are Just Enough Trope, a Twin Cities-based blog and podcast that focuses on news and issues in the world of genre (read: NERDY) entertainment. We produce a biweekly show that provides news and reviews and we additionally present news magazine-style stories and discussions about the issues extant in the world of geeky entertainment. For example, in the past we have done shows about online harassment, #gamergate, Women in Refrigerators, the myth of the Fake Geek Girl and more. But we also like to talk about things that *don’t* make you want to claw your eyes out, such as smart drugs, speculative fiction that’s past its sell-by date and the post-apocalyptic muscle car movie genre. There are actually less of those films than you’d think…

Recently, while researching in preparation for interviews with several female authors and a senior editor at, I was struck by the amount of commentary online concerning the lack of representation of female authors in SF and Fantasy publishing. It wasn’t something that’d I’d ever personally considered, but there’s undeniably strong feelings on both sides of the divide and we knew that we needed to do a show focusing on the issue specifically.

To that end, we have been contacting authors and editors in genre fiction and asking them to complete a brief survey concerning the proposed lack of diversity in SF and Fantasy publishing. We don’t want to be presumptuous; we know you’re busy but if you do get a chance to participate, you have our thanks in advance. The survey is completely anonymous but if you do want to give your personal opinion or position as a member of the SF/Fantasy community, we’d love to include your comments in our show or on our blog. Like I said, it can be as anonymous (or as open) as you desire.

Again, thanks for your help and for the work you do in SF and Fantasy. Based on the response, we hope to have the show finished in the next week or so and once complete, it’ll be available on iTunes @ Just Enough Trope and on our website at Also, if there’s any colleagues you can think of who’d like to take the survey or have their opinions on the issue heard, feel free to forward them the survey link. Did we say thanks a bunch of times already? Thanks AGAIN!

Survey link:


Grab a plate and fill up on all the week's news of the nerdy! We're back and we brought a sizzlin' smorgasbord of stories from TV, movies and...Ted Cruz? Also, a review of the documentary 'Tig' and the premiere of Rick and Morty! Pass the potatoes!

AND! Here's the link to Cult of the Month

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Clean your plate or no dessert!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Judy's Turn to FLY!

This week, we trumpet the unsung heroes of acting, those people that make you say "oh yeah, THAT guy" but have never got their due. Plus, a load of news and a big tease! We're incorrigible!

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Seriously, give these people a chance

Monday, July 20, 2015


Face it: some things suck. And you REALLY didn't want them to! We face the (awful) music this week as we look at a few nerd things that just should have been better. And on an unrelated note: a review of Ant-Man!


Friday, July 17, 2015


We run down the Emmy nominations AND try to figure what's going on in this post-con world. Also, lady Ghostbusters, 90's X-Men and Marcia Clark! 90's!

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Brother, can you spare an OJ?

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Go FUN Yourself, San Diego!

It's every single atom of news and announcements from this weekend's San Diego Comic Con! We talk X-Men, Deadpool, Star Wars, Batman v Superman, dogs and cats living together, MASS HYSTERIA! Oh yeah, Bill Murray was there, too. Come eat nerd news with us until you need to push back from the nerd table and unbutton your nerd pants.

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Just like the nerd pilgrims did

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Con before the Storm

San Diego Comic Con is looming on the horizon and this is our chance to get some stories in before the deluge of SDCC news starts. Selling point: NEWS THUNDERDOME. Also, we review the first trade of Image's Dark Engine and we talk about what exactly is going on in SF publishing. Batten down the hatches!

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Thar she blows!

Monday, July 6, 2015

CONvergence: Day 4 and Con Wrap-up

The con is over and it was grand! It's our wrap-up show for CONvergence and it's a doozy. We talk panels, cricket, toast and we bring you the news from around the geek world. PLUS, interviews with Emma Bull, Barb Abney, Paul Cornell and Lee Harris! Go out in style with us and dream of next year!

Thanks again to everyone who let us interview them and THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the people and volunteers that make CONvergence possible. You make me wanna be a better geek (with more recent references). #cvg2015

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The show is over, now listen to this one

Sunday, July 5, 2015

CONvergence 2015: Day 3

It's Day 3 and we're still here. Join us as we run down all the best panels, the nerd catnip (nerdnip?) PLUS we talk to Joseph Scrimshaw AND Melissa F. Olson! What more do you want?!?

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Saturday, July 4, 2015

CONvergence 2015: Day 2

The CON rolls ON as we shift into day two of the long haul. We went to the Mad Max panel puns.
Also on the show, we talk Night Vale, Marvel films, urban fantasy and next-level cosplay AND we interview Bill Stiteler, creator of THAC0 and Carrie Patel, author of The Buried Life! Witness us!

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What a day! What a lovely day!

Friday, July 3, 2015

CONvergence 2015: Day 1

We're back with coverage of the first day of CONvergence! Plus, we talk to Ben 10 and Fairly Odd Parents writer, Charlotte Fullerton! Jump back! #cvg2015

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Great interview!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CONvergence 2015: Day 0

CONvergence begins! ...tomorrow! We pre-game the 4-day celebration of all things nerdy and this is *your* all-access pass. I mean, it will be...tomorrow...YAY PRE-CON DAY!!! #CVG2015

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 Pre-show link here! OBEY