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Moperville Monthly

Moperville Monthly

By Maplestrip
Monthly discussions of El Goonish Shive and related fanworks, hosted by Maplestrip and various guest panelists.
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Ep. 20 – Uryuom Dimension: The Final Frontier (w/ Princes of foxes)
Foxes and I talk about our experiences with Star Trek (mainly The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager), and contrast and compare it with El Goonish Shive. We also got the chance to talk about half a year worth of updates!  And somehow we also end up talking about the Chikasaw Nation and about how the Spanish burned all Aztec and Maya books. More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
November 28, 2021
Ep. 19 – There's a Name For It (w/ fractal)
"Egg" is a term trans people use to refer to themselves before they realized they were trans. We strongly advice against taking a drink every time we use the word "egg" in this episode. Join fractal and I as we discuss the history of El Goonish Shive's queer themes. What is it like for transgender and non-binary people to read EGS and why does it so perfectly reflect our own experiences? How did Dan handle gay and gender-nonconforming characters from the start? How does this webcomic address the intersection of LGBT experiences, neurodiversity, and trauma? Where could El Goonish Shive's queer themes go from here? There's a lot to cover, so let's get into it! fractal on Twitter: fractal's website: More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
May 16, 2021
Ep. 18 – Everyone in EGS Needs Therapy (w/ZeeMcZed)
Sit down on your armchair and get ready to do some psychology. Our extraordinary fanfic author ZeeMcZed explains to us why every character in El Goonish Shive needs therapy. It's like eight episodes in one! Get ready to hear about all the traumas and coping mechanisms. Is psychoanalyzing fictional characters like this healthy? I don't know, but we did it anyway. We also talk about Zee's "which EGS character are you?" quiz and their new Pokémon fanfic! Zee on Patreon: Zee on Ao3: Zee on Twitter: Which EGS character are you? – More information at  Logo in part created by Pongles~
March 25, 2021
Ep. 17 – SAD ATM (w/ Zen)
Join Zen and I as we talk about the 2015 arc So A Date At The Mall (SADATM). The ultimate Valentine's Day storyarc, showing us Ashley & Elliot and Tara & Andrea lovin' it up. And of course the mystery teens were there too! Lots of fun to talk about here. We also discussed recent updates, such as the conclusion of Parable and the start of a new Q&A-esque thing. ZEN'S STRANGE WRITING FITS: Tangentially Related on More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
February 21, 2021
Ep. 16 – Dan Shive and Miss Mab's Furry Adventures (w/Xepharon)
Xepharon joins us once again, this time to talk about the popular furry adventure webcomic DMFA! Once again, we speak for way too long, but there's just so much to say about Amber Williams' long-running webcomic. Never read it? Don't fret, we try to explain it all! The issue is that there's quite a bit of lore to go through here, so... sit tight, put on your seatbelt, and let's have some furry fun :) Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures: More information at The BunnyCast archives: Xepharon on FurAffinity: Logo in part created by Pongles~
January 18, 2021
Ep. 15 – Santa Ellen Keeps on Givin' (w/ Trekie140)
Dan wound up associating Ellen Dunkel with Christmas more than any of the other characters, so our Christmas-tree-colored-haired friend seemed like the perfect subject for our 15th episode! Trekie140 joins us once again to talk about one of El Goonish Shive's most lovable instigator. Ellen changed the webcomic and made it what it is today. How did she do that? In large part, just by unabashed existing. Much like Elliot, we have a lot to learn from Ellen. Over 30 years of life experience does that for you. trekie140 on Twitter: More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
December 18, 2020
Not a Date at the Magic Comic Book Shop (w/ Viatrix)
You may have forgotten about them, but "Magic Comic Shop" (no books!) and "Not a Date at the Mall" are really great little NP arcs exploring the relationship between Justin, Ellen, and Nanase, before the latter two properly hooked up. Viatrix and I are not really gonna talk about any of that. No, listen to us ramble about all of the minor silly jokes that popped up in these arcs, and then sing our way through the rest. Hope you enjoy! Viatrix' blog: More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
November 21, 2020
Ep. 13 – Spooky Scary Misogyny (w/ Tristan)
The breaktime music ("The Summoning Circle" by Hassan DuRant) is pretty scary. Content warning? For Halloween, Tristan and I discuss Ellen "Magus", one of El Goonish Shive oldest "villains". If you can call him that. We talk about the world he is from, his storyline up to Sister 3, and all sorts of tangents related to him. Also recent Freaky Friday updates and some random meows. More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
November 1, 2020
Ep. 12 – 0.6 Billion Fanfics (w/ Lap)
Listen to excellent fanfic writer Laparoscopic discuss the wide world of fanfiction with me. From mimeograph Kirk/Spock fics in the 1970s to unlimited romantic triads today, we have come a long way. We also talk about the ultimate Freaky Friday situation and may help you keep track of who's who! Also listen to me get distracted and attacked by my cat. Agent of chaos right there. Find Lap at Lots of fanfiction at AO3: "In Comic Veritas" by Lap and ZeeMcZed: EGS Flashfic Week 2020: More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~ Audio in part edited by Zilla~
September 28, 2020
Ep. 11 – Bunny Grace' Birthday party (w/Xepharon)
A huge special dedicated to both the legendary arc of Grace' Birthday Party, as well as the distant past of the El Goonish Shive fan-community. Join Sir Xepharon the Prepared and I as we talk about the old Keenspot forums, the experience of reading a webcomic in the army, our rival podcast the Bunnycast, as well as everything there is to know about Grace, Ellen, Nanase, Tedd, Justin's face, Elliot, Sarah, and Susan. Because this episode got it all! Sit tight and hold on as Xepharon derails this train at every opportunity. This is gonna be a long one
August 16, 2020
Ep. 10 – Who's That Grace-A-Mon!? (w/Tristan)
Join Tristan and I as we explore the wonderful world of Grace-A-Mon. Shrink down, grab onto your Gracefetch'd, catch yourself a Graczagoon, and have some fun! But be careful of the wild Graces! More information at  Logo in part created by Pongles~
July 18, 2020
Ep. 9 – Questionably Content (w/ Zen)
BLM: BLM – Ways you can help: Homeless Black Trans women fund: Timestamp to skip EGS news: 18:36 Join Zen and I as we discuss El Questionable Content. That's right, we have a different webcomic to focus on today, though worry not! We end up spending most time comparing these two webcomics. Which Elliot is the best Elliot? A good entry episode, alongside episode 6. Of course we talk about Alice Grove, Dord, and Deathmøle too. We also talk about the introduction of Jay and we talk about Parable/Fable. ZEN'S STRANGE WRITING FITS: Questionable Content: Barry's El Goonish Shive Transcriptions: mincerafter's Color EGS project: More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
June 19, 2020
Ep. 8 – Pandora Chaos Raven goes to School! (w/ trekie140)
Trekie140 and I discuss one of our favorite characters, Pandora Chaos Raven, also well known as Box! Join us as we discuss how her depiction changed over the course of the webcomic, how she became one of the most sympathetic character in the whole work, how she represents mental illness, and how we predict Pandora to be reborn. Also, we talk about "Somebody's hot mom!Justin" for a bit, as we always should. mincerafter's rendition of the Ringtone Song is based on this page: trekie140 on Twitter: Barry's El Goonish Shive Transcriptions: mincerafter's "2LEGS" font: mincerafter's Color EGS project: (Color EGS on Github: ) mincerafter being silly: More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
May 18, 2020
Ep. 7 – Theater Clerk vs. Lord Tedd is Endgame (w/ HarshLightOfDay)
The very special April episode! Join HarshLightOfDay and I as we discuss the most important character in the entire webcomic: Theater Clerk! Yes, TC, da Playah himself! It's about time we discuss this living legend. Edit: It seems like we get some interference from a different podcast!? No idea what's happening! The most important panel in the entire webcomic: Buy the Moperville North Athletic Dept. T-shirt by Harsh: More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~ Next episode is about Pandora Chaos Raven! Send in questions on Discord, Reddit, or Twitter :)
April 24, 2020
Ep. 6 – "Best Webcomics of the 2010s!" (w/ Arrghus)
Join Arrghus and I as we discuss all the best webcomics of the 2010s. Or at least a few of them. Webcomic recommendations by El Goonish Shive fans for El Goonish Shive fans? Sure. Also for everyone else, though. Read all these excellent webcomics! Talk of webcomics in general begins at 10:22 BunnyCast – Dumbing of Age – Rain LGBT – Go Get a Roomie – Magical Boy – Paranatural – Swordcomic – Scoob & Shag – Cucumber Quest – Lady of the Shard – Patrik the Vampire – Grrl Power – Devil's Candy – Kill Six Billion Demons – Homestuck – 17776 – The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles – Jon Bois on YouTube – Something Positive – Skin Horse – Freefall – Goodbye to Halos – Hiveworks – Line Webtoon – Tapastic – Unsounded – Skin Deep – Grand Line 3.5 – >Other campaign comics – Hero Oh Hero – Supernormal Step – Namesake – Gunnerkrigg Court –
March 15, 2020
Ep. 5 – "Click, or 80% of the girls will cry" (w/ 2ndPersonPlural)
Susan "The Hammer Queen" Pompoms is one of our favorite characters, but a surprisingly difficult character to talk about. Listen to 2ndPersonPlural and I trying to pin down her personality and her arcs, while also accidentally talking about Tedd, archiving fanworks, the website's security leak, our shipping predictions, and Star Trek. But we managed to talk about Susan inbetween there as well! Also featuring the voice acting recording "Little Progress" by HarshLightOfDay :) More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~ "On the Roof" by Zee McZed: 2ndPersonPlural on Archive of Our Own: Click, or 80% of the girls will cry: Next episode is about the best webcomics of the 2010s! A new decade has started, but let's look back at the great moments of the previous one. Post your favorite webcomics on Reddit, the Discord server, or the forum!
January 23, 2020
Ep. 4 – The Dunkels Will Take Tedd In (w/ Zilla)
Zilla and I discuss everyone's favorite mad scientist, Tedd Verres. In what is totally a Christmas Special, we talk about Tedd's character arc, her obsessions and challenges, the way he is impacted by Lord Tedd, whether she should take on the name "Tess", and whether his dead will accept her for who he is. Also, Doorknobs: Dangerous magic artifact or just a red herring? You decide! More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~ Next episode is not yet decided. Visit us on Reddit or Discord for the latest news!
December 23, 2019
Ep. 3 – El Goonish Shive Renaissance (w/ Lyric Hartwell)
Lyric Hartwell tells us about her experiences livereading EGS and other webcomics on Twitter. We talk about how the webcomic handles its fetishes and how great Ashley is. We discuss the first issue of the EGS Index, Dan joining the EGS Discord server, the drift of EGS from mad science to fantasy, and where new readers should start their first read of the webcomic. We also talk about The Legend of Zelda and Homestuck for some reason. I'm sorry. More information at Lyric on Twitter: Lyric's livereads: Lyric's "On Gods and Monsters": Logo in part created by Pongles~ Audio in part edited by Zilla~ Google Trends for "El Goonish Shive": EGS Index version 000: Next episode is about Tedd! Send in questions on Twitter, Reddit, or Discord!
November 26, 2019
Ep. 2 – Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! (w/ Zen)
Zen and I discuss the very first arc of El Goonish Shive, "El Goonish Shive". This is where it all began, a humble and weird mess of metaness. When Elliot was rude, Tedd was a pervert, and Nanase was a trilingual magical martial-artist. Oh wait, I guess she never changed. We also discuss the EGS:NP arc "Parable", and how cute Tedd looks with her new glasses! Science!! More information at Find Zen's blog at Logo in part created by Pongles~
November 10, 2019
Ep. 1 – Lewd Pin-up T-shirts (w/ Lonjil)
During my travels in Sweden, I talk with Lonjil about "Title Pending", El Goonish Shive fanprojects, hypothetical merchandize, theoretical fangames, and the grand purpose of this podcast. More information at Logo in part created by Pongles~
November 10, 2019