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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.
Ep. 26 – Grace' Trauma (w/ fractal)
Ep. 26 – Grace' Trauma (w/ fractal)
El Goonish Shive is intrinsically hopeful, and that makes its representation of trauma and healing particularly compelling. Grace was a well-written victim of abuse right from the very start, and watching her grow and develop as the webcomic evolved has been extremely meaningful for us. Listen to fractal and I talk in-detail about Grace' trauma and the way she is recovering from it. fractal also speaks about its own trauma, about the genuine anxiety for psychiatrists, about the importance of support, and we also talk a bit about griffins and uryuoms and all that jazz of course. It's dark subject matter, but the Moperville Monthly is intrinsically hopeful
01:07:01
June 16, 2022
Ep. 25 – Catnipping (w/ Fox)
Ep. 25 – Catnipping (w/ Fox)
"Catnip" is one of my favorite little El Goonish Shive arcs. Released all the way back in 2002, it sets up the relationship between Grace and Tedd in the only way it could: with gratuitous furry transformation sequences! Fox and I decided to discuss this little storyline in depth, and the results are a lot of fun. Of course, we also talk about recent updates as Elliot almost killed a Griffin, and we hit a lot of sidetracks regarding Grace' backstory, Tedd's seer status, and more! Catnip: https://www.egscomics.com/comic/2002-05-05 Fox on Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/TurbulentMuse Fox on AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/users/Turbulent_Muse/pseuds/Turbulent_Muse More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Penny and Pongles~
36:47
May 01, 2022
Ep. 24 – Death Sentence part 2 (w/ Penny)
Ep. 24 – Death Sentence part 2 (w/ Penny)
Penny and I had so much to say about the 2011 arc Death Sentence, that we split it up into two! Listen to us discuss Grace and Raven's fun adventure, and hear our final thoughts about the main themes of the webcomic. Death Sentence: https://www.egscomics.com/comic/2011-10-24  Penny's podcast: Wyrd Sisters Podcast (podbean.com)  More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html   Logo in part created by Penny and Pongles~
51:39
March 27, 2022
Ep. 23 – Death Sentence part 1 (w/ Penny)
Ep. 23 – Death Sentence part 1 (w/ Penny)
Penny and I had so much to say about the 2011 arc Death Sentence, that we split it up into two! Listen to us discuss Grace and Raven's fun adventure! Also, Rhoda and Catalina, yuri yearning, Noah, and most importantly: Mr. Fuzzball. Death Sentence: https://www.egscomics.com/comic/2011-10-24 Penny's podcast: Wyrd Sisters Podcast (podbean.com) More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html  Logo in part created by Penny and Pongles~
01:07:02
February 28, 2022
Ep. 22 – Star Trek–Friends Crossover (w/ Trekie140)
Ep. 22 – Star Trek–Friends Crossover (w/ Trekie140)
Two Star Trek-obsessed peeps get an opportunity to ramble about our favorite sci-fi franchise for an hour and a half. It took us 22 minutes before we even mentioned El Goonish Shive. Do prepare for a lot of gushing about random Voyager episodes, but we do actually get to talk about how El Goonish Shive's story structure and character arcs were inspired by Star Trek. As well as Friends. You can watch Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager on Netflix. The classic movies are available on Amazon Plus, while the 2009 reboot series is also on Netflix. Don't ask me where to find all that fancy-pansy new stuff. More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Penny and Pongles~
01:22:37
January 31, 2022
Ep. 21 – Nanase's Triple Threat Holiday Special (w/ Viatrix & trekie140)
Ep. 21 – Nanase's Triple Threat Holiday Special (w/ Viatrix & trekie140)
For the first time ever, trekie140, Viatrix, and Maplestrip team up to do the impossible: try to to say everything there is to say about Nanase! Romance! Faith! Linguistics! Bad parenting! this episode truly has everything! Join us for this beautifully chaotic Christmas special! Exclamation! Christmas lofi: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9m4o0Ev_flI Seeburg Radio: https://seeburg1000.com/ Ellen and Nanase snuggling!! ❤️❤️: https://www.egscomics.com/egsnp/2009-12-24 Nanase thought she might break her neck: https://www.egscomics.com/comic/2004-06-02 Confirmation Jesus exists in EGS: https://www.egscomics.com/comic/2003-03-05 Fillbert: https://mincerafter42.github.io/fillbert/2021/W21 More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Penny and Pongles~
01:19:50
December 29, 2021
Ep. 20 – Uryuom Dimension: The Final Frontier (w/ Princes of foxes)
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 http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~
01:07:23
November 28, 2021
Ep. 19 – There's a Name For It (w/ fractal)
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: https://twitter.com/eeveeauramgold fractal's website: https://www.auramgold.com/ More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~
56:55
May 16, 2021
Ep. 18 – Everyone in EGS Needs Therapy (w/ZeeMcZed)
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: https://Patreon.com/Zeemczed Zee on Ao3: https://archiveofourown.org/users/Zee_McZed/pseuds/Zee_McZed Zee on Twitter: https://twitter.com/zeemczed Which EGS character are you? – https://uquiz.com/quiz/NkEeYQ/which-el-goonish-shive-character-are-you More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html  Logo in part created by Pongles~
01:02:48
March 25, 2021
Ep. 17 – SAD ATM (w/ Zen)
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: https://zentopical.wordpress.com/author/zentopical/ Tangentially Related on Anchor.fm: https://anchor.fm/zendric-voider More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~
58:27
February 21, 2021
Ep. 16 – Dan Shive and Miss Mab's Furry Adventures (w/Xepharon)
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: http://missmab.com/Comics/Vol_001.php More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html The BunnyCast archives: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3fifZXlBkyCN4x_doETH2g/videos Xepharon on FurAffinity: https://www.furaffinity.net/user/wolfgenesis/ Logo in part created by Pongles~
01:27:15
January 18, 2021
Ep. 15 – Santa Ellen Keeps on Givin' (w/ Trekie140)
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: https://twitter.com/trekie140 More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part by Pongles and Viatrix~
01:18:18
December 18, 2020
Not a Date at the Magic Comic Book Shop (w/ Viatrix)
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: https://mincerafter42.wordpress.com More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~
52:39
November 21, 2020
Ep. 13 – Spooky Scary Misogyny (w/ Tristan)
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 http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~
34:11
November 01, 2020
Ep. 12 – 0.6 Billion Fanfics (w/ Lap)
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 https://archiveofourown.org/users/Laparoscopic Lots of fanfiction at AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/tags/El%20Goonish%20Shive/works "In Comic Veritas" by Lap and ZeeMcZed: https://archiveofourown.org/works/18869905/chapters/44787640 EGS Flashfic Week 2020: https://archiveofourown.org/tags/EGS%20Flash%20Fiction%20Week%202020 More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~ Audio in part edited by Zilla~
57:01
September 28, 2020
Ep. 11 – Bunny Grace' Birthday party (w/Xepharon)
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
01:53:15
August 16, 2020
Ep. 10 – Who's That Grace-A-Mon!? (w/Tristan)
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 http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html  Logo in part created by Pongles~
29:55
July 18, 2020
Ep. 9 – Questionably Content (w/ Zen)
Ep. 9 – Questionably Content (w/ Zen)
BLM: https://blacklivesmatter.com/ BLM – Ways you can help: https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ Homeless Black Trans women fund: https://www.gofundme.com/f/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: https://zentopical.wordpress.com/author/zentopical/ Questionable Content: https://questionablecontent.net/ Barry's El Goonish Shive Transcriptions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g2sqoseB5RofRzx5yOPv_kaQ_JsqiBjAzkwY_QpmuE4/edit mincerafter's Color EGS project: https://color-egs.netlify.app/ More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~
01:09:18
June 19, 2020
Ep. 8 – Pandora Chaos Raven goes to School! (w/ trekie140)
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: https://www.egscomics.com/comic/2008-12-03 trekie140 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/trekie140 Barry's El Goonish Shive Transcriptions: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g2sqoseB5RofRzx5yOPv_kaQ_JsqiBjAzkwY_QpmuE4/edit mincerafter's "2LEGS" font: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/515895985520771075/708377133738754048/2.L.E.G.S.ttf mincerafter's Color EGS project: https://color-egs.netlify.app/ (Color EGS on Github: https://github.com/mincerafter42/color-egs ) mincerafter being silly: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/637273690941423616/712016467595493476/sedfix2.png More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~
57:12
May 18, 2020
Ep. 7 – Theater Clerk vs. Lord Tedd is Endgame (w/ HarshLightOfDay)
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: https://www.egscomics.com/?id=169 Buy the Moperville North Athletic Dept. T-shirt by Harsh: https://www.teepublic.com/user/harshlightofday More information at http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~ Next episode is about Pandora Chaos Raven! Send in questions on Discord, Reddit, or Twitter :)
49:15
April 24, 2020
Ep. 6 – "Best Webcomics of the 2010s!" (w/ Arrghus)
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 – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3fifZXlBkyCN4x_doETH2g/videos Dumbing of Age – https://www.dumbingofage.com/2010/comic/book-1/01-move-in-day/home/ Rain LGBT – http://rain.thecomicseries.com/comics/1 Go Get a Roomie – https://www.gogetaroomie.com/comic/and-so-it-begins Magical Boy – https://tapas.io/series/magicalboy Paranatural – https://www.paranatural.net/comic/chapter-1 Swordcomic – https://swordscomic.com/comic/cover/ Scoob & Shag – https://www.webtoons.com/en/challenge/scoob-and-shag/list?title_no=210827&page=1 Cucumber Quest – http://cucumber.gigidigi.com/cq/page-1/ Lady of the Shard – https://gigidigi.itch.io/lady Patrik the Vampire – https://www.patrikthevampire.com/comic/page-1 Grrl Power – https://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/comic/gp0001/ Devil's Candy – https://www.devilscandycomic.com/comic/prologue-01 Kill Six Billion Demons – https://killsixbilliondemons.com/comic/kill-six-billion-demons-chapter-1/ Homestuck – https://www.homestuck.com/story 17776 – https://www.sbnation.com/a/17776-football The Tim Tebow CFL Chronicles – https://www.sbnation.com/2014/8/18/5998715/the-tim-tebow-cfl-chronicles Jon Bois on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/jonbois/videos Something Positive – https://somethingpositive.net/sp12192001.shtml Skin Horse – http://skin-horse.com/comic/12302007/ Freefall – http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff100/fv00001.htm Goodbye to Halos – https://www.goodbyetohalos.com/comic/prologue-1 Hiveworks – https://www.hiveworkscomics.com/ Line Webtoon – https://www.webtoons.com/en/ Tapastic – https://tapas.io/ Unsounded – http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounded/comic+index/ Skin Deep – http://www.skindeepcomic.com/archive/issue-1-cover/ Grand Line 3.5 – http://grandline3point5.thecomicseries.com/comics/first/ >Other campaign comics – http://grandline3point5.thecomicseries.com/links/ Hero Oh Hero – https://www.neorice.com/hoh_noah_222 Supernormal Step – https://www.supernormalstep.com/archives/8 Namesake – https://www.namesakecomic.com/comic/the-journey-begins Gunnerkrigg Court – https://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1
01:13:05
March 15, 2020
Ep. 5 – "Click, or 80% of the girls will cry" (w/ 2ndPersonPlural)
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 http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~ "On the Roof" by Zee McZed: https://archiveofourown.org/works/22186513 2ndPersonPlural on Archive of Our Own: https://archiveofourown.org/users/2ndPersonPlural/pseuds/2ndPersonPlural Click, or 80% of the girls will cry: http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2008-12-12 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!
01:01:20
January 23, 2020
Ep. 4 – The Dunkels Will Take Tedd In (w/ Zilla)
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 http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~ Next episode is not yet decided. Visit us on Reddit or Discord for the latest news!
56:01
December 23, 2019
Ep. 3 – El Goonish Shive Renaissance (w/ Lyric Hartwell)
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 http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Lyric on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LyricHartwell Lyric's livereads: https://twitter.com/LyricReads Lyric's "On Gods and Monsters": https://mspfa.com/?s=32307 Logo in part created by Pongles~ Audio in part edited by Zilla~ Google Trends for "El Goonish Shive": https://trends.google.com/trends/explore?date=all&q=El%20Goonish%20Shive EGS Index version 000: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/235844495856369676/643627109432164362/EGSindex000.pdf Next episode is about Tedd! Send in questions on Twitter, Reddit, or Discord!
58:30
November 26, 2019
Ep. 2 – Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! (w/ Zen)
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 http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Find Zen's blog at https://zentopical.wordpress.com Logo in part created by Pongles~
36:33
November 10, 2019
Ep. 1 – Lewd Pin-up T-shirts (w/ Lonjil)
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 http://maplestrip.space/EGS/EGS.html Logo in part created by Pongles~
23:29
November 10, 2019