Savannah Million has put in so much time farming, harvesting, and upgrading you'd think she'd have some fields to show for it. WHICH SHE DOES, but they're all of the digital variety. A longtime fan of the admittedly-flawed Harvest Moon franchise and newer convert to the Animal Crossing games, Savannah unpacks what it is that makes these game mechanics so satisfying and even how the min-maxing of certain traits of the game makes them less fun to traverse though more easily conquered.
Comics Month marches on with the return of one of our favorite Chicago cartoonists, Kevin Budnik, who shares a recent playlist he put together for his girlfriend and talks about how mixes work as means of communication in a long-distance relationship.
Blank Cassette is back from hiatus for a very special set of episodes celebrating the intersection of sequential and musical art. It's Comics Month, y'all! We're kicking things off with the fantastic Kieron Gillen sharing the integral role music has played in his comics via a snippet of his mega-popular playlist from The Wicked + The Divine.
Tawny Newsome has left behind the world of relaxers and weaves in favor of her naturally curly black hair, and she's here to extoll the virtues (and explain the difficulties) of a natural hair life. From how it's affected the roles she's called in to audition for to how strangers interact with her, Tawny's cosmetic choice to assimilate less to the general cultural ideal of straight hair has pervaded her day to day life in ways one may not expect.
Due to a background of study ranging from psychology to physical theater, Mary Cait Walthall has become incredibly mindful of how people communicate with one another. She actively works to implement nonviolent communication and restorative practices in Chicago Public Schools, and she is always using the wisdom she gleaned from LISPA to be aware of nonverbal communication as a performer, teacher, and restorative justice specialist. The conversation ranges from doing improvisational theatre with ESL actors using their first language to how communication on the Internet is an entire can of worms on its own.