Last February, I reviewed Pixiegate Madoka by Michael Sean LeSueur at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography (CCLaP). I had an email interview with Michael, where we discussed gender politics, bizarro literature, and pop culture.
Why did you writePixiegate Madoka?
I grew up as a video game and anime nerd, but always kept a distance to the culture behind it. I was raised by my single mother and was instilled with progressive, feminist views from a young age, so I often felt myself at odds with so many of these kids shouting misogynistic/racist/transphobic/homophobic slurs and jokes over voice chat and would purposefully isolate myself from these people whose views and lifestyles I found absolutely appalling. I wanted to write a coming-of-age story inspired by the things I loved for the misguided kids I once knew in the form of a literary “OVA” [original video animation – Ed.]…
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