Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (March 28, 2008)

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FEMINEM MYSTIQUE

Laughing Matters: Next Gen, the next DVD in the Laughing Matters series, is taping this Saturday night in Los Angeles. In addition to featuring champion pillow-fighter and ski-boarder Bridget McManus, the lineup includes Gloria Bigelow (U People) and Amy Tee, whose MySpace profile bears the quote, “I always dreamed of being the 1st white female rapper……FEMINEM!” Heh.

Here’s a clip of Gloria Bigelow doing stand-up:

 

L.A. readers should go to AllOutFilms.com for info on buying tickets at the door if interested in attending the taping (you can also catch Bridget at the Comedy Store in L.A. tonight); the rest of us will be able to watch the fun on DVD sometime this summer.

WHAT IS IT WITH LESBIANS AND WITCHES?

This month marks the release of Skim, the new graphic novel by Canadian cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki that Canada’s National Post describes as “a Ghost World-meets-Lolita tale about alienation, friendship, love and Wicca.”

“I just wanted to do this Gothic Lolita story,” Mariko Tamaki told the Post in describing the genesis of the comic. “That’s all I had. I just wanted to do a Gothic lesbian Lolita story.”

The graphic novel, which is ultimately about “the instability of relationships in high school — the slow complicated way friendships break up and change,” Mariko told Publisher’s Weekly, is getting mostly rave reviews for its gorgeous illustrations and realistic depiction of high school. Here are a few of the opening panels:

Read Erica Friedman’s blog for a more in-depth review, or order the book here.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

Time magazine says Rita Mae Brown loves cats, hates marriage. (Thanks to the linster for the tip!)

As many of you are already aware, scribegrrrl’s last day as an official member of the AfterEllen.com staff was this week. We were really bummed to see her go — she’s been writing for AfterEllen.com since the early days, and the site wouldn’t be what it is today without her fantastic L Word recaps and snarky blog posts — but I’m thrilled about her new job opportunity. (And since she only lives three blocks away from me and she’s still going to beat me at Rock Band on a regular basis, I won’t be forced to live without her completely.) Warm wishes and lots of love to scribe from all of us at AE!

There will be no new vlog from Cathy DeBuono again this week, but we should be back on track with new episodes next week. Meanwhile, Jenn and Dee have created an extra episode of Come With Me if You Want to Live just for fun that will be posted on the site early this afternoon, and the Retro Reviewing gang is back tomorrow with their take on the classic lesbian movie But I’m a Cheerleader!

We’re going to be testing a new layout of the homepage soon, so don’t be surprised if you come to the site in the next week or two and some of the content is displayed slightly differently. It’s not the beginning of some huge site makeover, just some tweaks to try and make it easier for you to find stuff.

Next weekend is the lesbian spring break known as Dinah Shore. If you’re planning to be there, don’t forget to attend the AfterEllen.com AfterNoon, beginning at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in the lounge at the Doral Hotel. Comedy and chaos guaranteed!

That’s it for this week! Got the inside scoop on a hot new lesbian/bi actor/musician/TV show/film? Tell us at [email protected]. Check back next Friday for another edition of Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever.

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