Podcast Episode

Urban Legendary Four

The Fourth Urban Legendary Show! 

Remember, if you’d like to support the show (and get behind-the-scenes content and rewards – check out the Patreon site at patreon.com/kyliesturgess

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For this episode – there’s a distinct trend towards graphic art, comic art, gaming and promoting science, feminism, reason and the love of philosophy. Four interviews in total, with thanks to radio station RTRFM, who helped make many of these possible (the first three were broadcast on the Morning Magazine program).

Firstly, I spoke to Gavin Aung Than, of Zen Pencils.

Gavin is a freelance cartoonist based in Melbourne, Australia. After working in the corporate graphic design industry for 8 years he quit his unfulfilling job at the end of 2011 to focus on his true passion, drawing cartoons. Gavin launched Zen Pencils at the start of 2012, a cartoon blog which adapts inspirational quotes into comic stories, and hasn’t looked back since.

This interview was conducted at the end of last year – his book IS now out, at http://zenpencils.com/book – “cartoon quotes from inspirational folks”.

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Starting next month in Perth, Western Australia – The Ladies’ Comic Book Club is a monthly meet-up exclusively for women.

Every meeting, they’ll be looking at a selected comic text to discuss in a book club format. This club caters to both novices to comics and experienced readers. Their first meeting is at Babooshka Bar on William Street on the 22nd February and the group can be found at https://www.facebook.com/comiczoneladiescomicbookclub.

I spoke to the founders this week: Sigrid, Billie and Violet.

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At the end of last year, the online social media site Twitter has announced improved tools for reporting abuse and harassment. However Alana Pearce – a gaming journalist and Game reviewer on a web TV show called Button Bash – just went directly to the source: the mothers of boys who harass her on Facebook.

The Tweet that she made showing the response from one of four mothers that she complained to went viral. But the problem raises questions about how to deal with online abuse and what strategies are useful.

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Crispian Jago is a freelance IT consultant specialising in the development of software test strategies and managing the full software testing of complex systems. He’s the writer of satirical skeptical blog, “The Reason Stick”, and the co-founder and co-organiser of the Hampshire Skeptics Society and Winchester Skeptics in the Pub.

We talked about his graphic art that promotes reason and pokes a very firm stick in the direction of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims.

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Thanks to all of the Patreon supporters!! The ones who get a special mention due to donation level are: Stephen Finch, Linley Kissick, Gold, Brian Engler, Iggy, Lukas Mathis and Andrew Kirkhope. Thanks to all the others who help out as well – this wouldn’t be possible without your encouragement.

Thanks also to RTRFM and 89.7FM Joondalup, the Public Community Radio stations that have helped with broadcasting these shows on radio and online.

Check out the Patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/kyliesturgess to find out more. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/kyliesturgess and check out previous shows at www.tokenskeptic.org.

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Music “Pushed Away” by Mitchell Gannon: https://soundcloud.com/mitchell-gannon

Ice Core Scientist: http://www.youtube.com/user/icecorescientist

Additional Voiceover by Pamela Quevillon: http://speakeasynarration.com

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