- #116: Riotous Leading Ladies of Geekdom with DC’s Sara Miller

By | April 25, 2018 at 2:30 PM

Who runs the world? Girls. Onscreen and behind-the-scenes, female creators lead the way and we’re applauding them on Geek Girl Riot. Speaking of leading ladies, our Rioters are joined by special guest host Sara Miller, the talent development manager at DC Comics. She runs the talent development workshop for artists and writers, professional masterclasses for high profile talent, and edits the annual DC new talent showcase anthology, as well as other projects. Yeah, in a nutshell, she’s awesome. Let’s get into it…

Beyond Two Archetypes
Which one are you: The brainy girl or the strong woman? The lead girl or the BFF? None of the above? Turns out, there are more to women than these archetypes (who knew!) and we’re seeing that change represented onscreen and on the shelves. Sherin, Erin, Soma, Day, and Sara talk who’s getting it right and what needs to be made better.

Women of DC Comics on the Page and Screen
Of course DC is on the agenda because there are a ton of leading ladies in our favorite comics, movies, and shows. Our Rioters talk DC girl crushes and why these femmes are so important…and then dig into who they want to see in live-action next (c’mon, Storm movie).

Feminist Iconic Characters and Creators
We wouldn’t have made such strides in the arts and entertainment if it wasn’t for our trailblazing heroines showing us the way. Sherin, Erin, Soma, Day, and Sara shout out their favorite iconic women of geekdom to close us out on a high.

Tune in to Geek Girl Riot on idobi Radio every Tuesday at 11pm ET / 8pm PT for your dose of late-night geekery from our team of rioters. Til next time, find out more about Sara Miller, and see the list of everything our Rioters talked about below:

Sara Phoebe Miller is a New Yorker living on the outskirts of Hollywood with her cat Nora, and boyfriend, Alex. By day she’s the Talent Development Manager at DC Comics where she runs the Talent Development Workshops for aspiring comic book artists and writers, professional Master Classes for high profile talent, and edits the New Talent Showcase anthology as well as other DC projects. Sara joined DC Comics over five years ago as the Assistant Editor at Vertigo where she helped edit numerous titles including The WakeTrilliumSandman Overture, and edited the Eisner-Nominated short story written by Tom King, Black Death in America. Before becoming a superhero, she studied English and Creative Writing at Barnard College and was a member of the hip hop dance crew Raw Elementz. She’s currently an MFA candidate at Antioch University studying Writing for Young People. Her favorite novel is Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty, her favorite color is purple, and her favorite musical is Cats.

LINKS:

Vertigo comics
The Wake
Trillium
The Sandman: Overture – Neil Gaiman
Black Death in America – Tom King
Cats
Sloppy Firsts – Meghan McCafferty
Scooby Doo
Nancy Drew
Veronica Mars
Trevor Noah NPR interview
Virginia Hamilton
Shelly Laurenston
This Is Us
In The Unlikely Event – Judy Blume
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Amy Sherman-Palladino
Supergirl – Jessica Chen, Steve Orlando
Fresh Off the Boat
Wonder Woman
Cliff Chiang
Wonder Woman: The New 52
Black Orchid
Batgirl
Batman
Batgirl: The New 52 – Gail Simone
Barbara Gordon
Oracle
Birds of Prey
John Ostrander
Kim Yale
Chuck McCabe
Vixen
Catwoman
Julie Newmar
Eartha Kitt
Darwyn Cooke
Ed Brubaker
Death
Black Mary
Doctor Who
Joelle Jones
Catwoman’s wedding dress
Batman – Tom King
Super Friends
Gotham City Sirens
Louise Simonson
Karen Berger
Mary Shelley
Octavia Butler
Miss Marple
She-Hulk
J.K. Rowling
Nichelle Nichols
Bjo Trimble
Jodi Picoult
Bloodchild – Octavia Butler
The Xenogenesis series / Lilith’s Brood – Octavia Butler
Clay’s Ark – Octavia Butler
Alice Walker
The Edible Woman – Margaret Atwood
The Movement – Gail Simone, 12 issues
Welcome to Tranquility – Gail Simone
The Mists of Avalon – Marion Zimmer Bradley
Batwoman – Carol Jade Williams, Greg Lekka
The Question
Big Barda
Sana Amanat (Marvel)
Calista Brill (First Second)
Riyoko Ikeda
Jess Chen
The Sensational She-Hulk vol. 1 no. 18 – John Byrne
She Hulk vol. 2: Superhuman Law – Dan Slott
Star Trek: Discovery
Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green)
The Bionic Woman
The Six Million Dollar Man
NCIS
Jag