Charles BattersbyWriter/Actor/ Game Designer/ Theater Critic

Charles Battersby is a playwright, actor and journalist who is also known for his plays Astonishing Adventures, That Cute Radioactive Couple, and sTopless Go-Go Girls at the Troll Hole. He has written about video games for sites including, Venturebeat, NYC Community MediaComplex, and Joystiq.

He is the screenwriter of The Storyteller: A Fallout Lore webseries, and the host of Shoddycast’s GNN video game podcast.

Charles founded the organization PressXY which addresses transgender issues in video games, and he moderates a series of panels on Transgender themes in comic books.

He is also a voice actor, stage actor and cosplay model.

You can find all of his latest writing compiled at his WordPress Blog. You can see articles and podcasts about him here.


I host a weekly podcast called GNN for Shoddycast. It’s about post-apocalyptic video games, and includes some scripted material written by me. New epsiodes every Thursday

Season 3 of The Storyteller is running now, with new episodes every Friday. Episode 1 is my debut as a lyricist!


I did some voice acting for this project at Australia’s EB Expo. That’s me as “The Overseer” about 10:26 into the video.

I spoke with the Hyrule Hyrulia podcast about my writing, acting, cosplay, and transgender activism.

I moderated two panels at the New York Comic Con in October. One was on the History of Cosplay, and one was about Transgender comic book characters. Here’s an article about the transgender panel.

I was a guest on the H.A.M. Radio podcast, talking about video games.

I moderated a panel on Transgender characters Geek Culture at Flamecon on June 13th.

I spoke with the New York Foundation for the Arts about my play “Astonishing Adventures”. Read the interview.

I moderated a panel at Special Edition NYC, on June 7th.

I was on the H.A.M. Radio Podcast talking about “Fallout” and other video games.

The Otherworld Theater Company did a reading of my play “That Cute Radioactive Couple” on May 12th.

The Season 2 finale of Fallout Lore just aired. Stay tuned for Season 3!

I presented a couple of talks at the Games For Change Festival on April 22nd. See videos of them below:

Dungeons & Drama: Gamifying Theater

Press XY Presents: Transgender Issues In Gaming

I moderated several talks on Cosplay at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Masturi festival April 25th & 26th.

I talked about Atheism in video game with Polygamer on this podcast.

I moderated three panels at the Penny Arcade Expo in Boston on March 6th and 7th.

Press XY Presents: Trans Against Insanity: Celebrity Edition

The End Boss Doesn’t Exist – Atheism in Video Games

Press XY Presents: Transgender Characters in the Spotlight

Season 2 of Fallout Lore started October 3rd. See the latest episode here. Watch it from the beginning here.

On Sunday October 12th I moderated a panel about transgender comic book characters at the New York Comic Con: Secret Identities – Transgender Themes in Comic Books.

And on October 12th I had a reading of my play Astonishing Adventures at Theater For The New City.

My new play The Astonishing Adventures of All American Girl & The Scarlet Skunk ran in the Brick Theater’s Comic Book Theater Festival in June 2014! See our press coverage here.

On June 14th I moderated a panel on transgender comic book characters at New York Comic Con’s Special Edition NYCListen to a podcast of Secret Identities: Transgender Themes in Comic Books on 

Another article about my panel at Special Edition NYC. “By far my favorite panel” – Comics Nexus

I performed at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival. I hosted “The Battersby Show” on both days, and modeled in the Cosplay Fashion Show, and the Parasol Society Fashion Show.

My play That Cute Radioactive Couple had a reading at the Penny Arcade Expo in Boston on April 11th.

Press XY presented a new panel at the Penny Arcade Expo East.