• Cam Girls the Series

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THE HOTSPOT

Cam Girls the Series
Cam Girls is an erotic Web series that began as an unsold television pilot script written by Joelle Garfinkle. And then her original pilot script was developed into an online series with the help of actor Kate Bond and her veteran television writer-producer husband David Slack. Bond and Slack act as series co-exec-producers. Since 2015, Kate Bond has portrayed the main character, a woman with financial problems who takes a job as a webcam porn chat actress. According to series execs, Cam Girls was created to show “a human side of the sex industry.”


WEBCOMICS

The Sinking Ship
The Sinking Ship is a “web-based indie graphic novel” by Scout Tran-Caffee. Fans include writer/artist Scott McCloud and comic creator Neil Gaiman. The series consists of four beautifully rendered interrelated stories. Qiao, the transgender main character serves as a link to characters in all four stories.

These memories won’t last
These memories won’t last is a Web comic by Stuart Campbell. He chronicles his Hungarian-born grandfather’s struggle with debilitating memory loss. The Web comic is dramatically rendered and well synched with an audio track narrative. The visual style greatly reflects his grandfather’s fading memories that include his traumatic life in World War Two Europe.

The Abominable Charles Christopher
The Abominable Charles Christopher is a Web comic by Karl Kerschl, a superhero comics industry veteran. Launched in 2007, the series strays from Kerschl’s usual superhero genre; and portrays the trials and tribulations of one main character, a sasquatch named Charles Christopher. A print version of the comic is also available for purchase on the Web site. In 2011, The Abominable Charles Christopher won the Eisner Award for Best Digital Comic.

Bucko – A Comical Murder
Bucko – A Comical Murder is a Web comic by Jeff Parker and Erika Moen. Parker is a veteran Marvel Comics writer, and Moen is a cartoonist. Both are part of Periscope Studio, a Portland-based comics and illustration group. Erika Moen’s whimsical art style is a change of pace for Parker and his usual superhero genre (Hulk and Agents of Atlas). The story arc begins with main character Bucko Richardson discovering a murdered corpse in the bathroom of a public building; thus, sending him on a quest to solve the murder mystery. A print version published by Dark Horse Comics is available on the website.

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing is the comic misadventures of Charles F. Thompson, a kid who has moved with his parents into an abandoned and rundown hotel in Echo City, a metropolis much like New York. Charles has encounters with “monsters” in the old building. He is accompanied by his new friend Margo Maloo, the self-described “Monster Mediator of Echo City.” The comic has an entertaining and whimsical kids' book style and is updated twice weekly.

Girl Genius Adventures
The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo by Drew Weing is the comic misadventures of Charles F. Thompson, a kid who has moved with his parents into an abandoned and rundown hotel in Echo City, a metropolis much like New York. Charles has encounters with “monsters” in the old building. He is accompanied by his new friend Margo Maloo, the self-described “Monster Mediator of Echo City.” The comic has an entertaining and whimsical kids' book style and is updated twice weekly.

Cat and Girl
Dorothy Gambrell is a contributing graphics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek. And she writes and draws Cat and Girl, a dry-wit Web comic about a giant cat and human friend. The comic has been online, steadily serving smart and sardonic cultural commentary, since 1999.

Bouletcorp.com
Boulet is the pen name for French cartoonist Gilles Roussel. Bouletcorp is the Web site for his online comics. His well rendered Web comics can be seen on the site in English translation. Bouletcorp began as Roussel’s personal blog plus illustrations; and then developed into what can be called a blog in comic strip format. Among other awards, it has won Slate Magazine Book Review’s Best Web Comic prize.


EXPERIMENTAL WRITERS

AFRO SURREAL WRITERS WORKSHOP
Oakland, California is the home of acclaimed author Ismael Reed, major creator of what can be called the Afro Surreal writing style. It is also the home of the Afro Surreal Writers Workshop founded by Rochelle Spencer, who is also current writer-in-residence at Oakland’s African American Museum and Library. The Afro Surreal Writers Workshop offers opportunities for emerging writers via their Facebook page. They also sponsor literary events throughout the year.


JOURNALISM STORYTELLING BLOGS

Advancing the Story
Advancing the Story: Broadcast Journalism in a Multimedia World is the full title of a blog that was created as an online companion blog (with multimedia elements) to an academic textbook of the same name. It’s written by Deb Halperin Wenger and Deborah Potter. Wenger is a broadcast news veteran and director of undergraduate journalism studies at the University of Mississippi. Potter is the founder of NewsLab, a nonprofit journalism resource center particularly geared for local news broadcasters.

Telling the Story
Telling the Story is the blog of Matthew Pearl, an award-winning reporter for Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA-TV. To be more exact, Telling the Story is part blog and part podcast. Pearl describes the well written content as “a continuing look at how we tell stories.” Podcast listener subscriptions can had via iTunes and Android.


PODCASTS

The Broad Experience
The Broad Experience is Ashley Milne-Tyte’s podcast; self-described as “a conversation about women, the workplace, and success.” Milne-Tyte is a Brooklyn-based public radio reporter and podcast consultant. Her podcast’s target audience is primarily female broadcast professionals without children.

Revisionist History Podcast
Revisionist History is a podcast from bestselling author and cultural pundit Malcolm Gladwell. The podcast’s mission can be described as a “reinterpretation” of an overlooked or misunderstood event, person, or idea. The Slate Magazine-sponsored podcast is not without controversy due to Gladwell’s typically iconoclastic opinions. An example: Gladwell strongly criticizes a recent trend of billionaires donating hundreds of millions of dollars to institutes of higher education.


THE FUTURE OF MEDIA

The Media Business
The Media Business is the blog of Robert G. Picard, a leading expert on media business economics. He’s authored 23 books on the subject and has taught at leading institutions that include Harvard and Oxford. Picard more specifically describes his blog as a “discussion of business and economic issues affecting media companies and industries.”

Predictions for Journalism 2017
The Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard describes itself as “an attempt to help journalism figure out its future in an Internet Age.” Joshua Benton is the founder/director of the Lab, a fellowship program for journalists worldwide. Their Web site has posted yearly predictions of journalism’s future by a long list of highly regarded new media journalism pundits. Deeply assessed predictions for 2017 include the likes of Dan Gilmor and Bill Keller.