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"Zemo is the only character with an ideology" - Brandon Wilson "A real Captain America looks to the rest of the world like The Joker" - Spencer Ackerman Talking about Disney's latest Marvel TV show, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier with two of my favorite Marvel experts. Spencer Ackerman award winning national security journalist and author of REI…
 
Doctor Julian Bashir is Deep Space Nine’s resident physician, humanitarian, James Bond cosplayer and disaster bisexual. We are joined by Ali Nagib, Assistant Director of Illinois NORML, an organization that was key to ending cannabis prohibition in Illinois. In this episode, Ali helps us discover why Dr. Bashir was so important for representation, …
 
Traumatized people processing loss by watching TV sure do connect with a TV show in which a traumatized person processes loss via the medium of television. Disney+ newest Marvel TV show is a timely hit. I'm joined by three fascinating guests for a nuanced and necessary conversation. "When someone tells a Black woman she’s not supposed to be there i…
 
"Realism is unfortunate"- Michel Fiffe Michel Fiffe is the creator / writer /artist of the action series COPRA. He’s worked with Marvel and DC on top of fully producing Panorama for Dark Horse, Bloodstrike: Brutalists for Image Comics and Zegas for Fantagraphics. We talk about the development of comics art styles in depth and a graph he made attemp…
 
"I'm not damning Stan Lee, I'm living with ambiguity" says Abraham Riesman of his essential new Stan Lee biography True Believer: The Rise and Fall of Stan Lee. No matter where you stand on the debate of who gets credit for Marvel comics, you MUST read this book. It's past time for a serious work of history like this one examining the conflicting s…
 
DS9 premiered at the height of third wave feminism. In this episode, we’ll look at how Star Trek Deep Space Nine incorporated feminist thought of the ‘90s into its depictions of women and gender. Also, how that explains why Major Kira is always wearing a full face of makeup even when she’s roaming caves with a phaser rifle. And how the real villian…
 
How are The Celestials and The Eternals like Diana Ross & The Supremes? Find out as Kieron Gillen (obviously) returns to discuss his new series for Marvel Comics, a relaunch of The Eternals, in which he and artist Esad Ribić interpret Jack Kirby's classic "powerchord of a visual". We follow up with his critically aclaimed re-imagining of Peter Cann…
 
X-Pert podcaster Jay Edidin wrote his 1st Marvel comic X-Men: Marvels Snapshots, and I love it! So of course I had him on my show to talk about the obvious topics like DC Comics, Victorian Literature, and Fun Home. And yes, of course, his take on Cyclops in this highly personal yet accessible comic. You can hear Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-men at h…
 
Rom quotes Karl Marx and organizes a labor union at Quark's Bar-- of course this merits a full episode of our new DS9 podcast. Join our guest, labor unionist & Trekkie Asher Huey for a close look at Bar Association, Season 4 episode 9. This is the second episode of our podcast spin-off series, "Deep Space Dive" a Deep Space Nine podcast hosted by E…
 
"I reverse engineered Mark Trail"-- Jules Rivera is the new cartoonist for the classic syndicated comicstrip Mark Trail. You know, the nature guy in the plaid! Jules gives Mark Trail a look and a new environmetal justice spin on his LONG STANDING mission of conservation education. Plus a diverse cast for soap opera hijinks and humor. Jules is the s…
 
DS9 is the Star Trek with the greatest focus on political concepts like colonialism, feminism, queerness and post-scarcity economics. Join hosts and guests who aren’t just Trekkies but activists, academics, artists, therapists and more as we do a deep dive into the text and subtext where few Star Trek podcasts have gone before. We're discussing Dee…
 
"If you can do comedy you can do horror"- writter and letterer Alex de Campi returns to the show to talk about her latest comics Vintage pulp horror graphic novel Dracula, Motherf**ker (Image Comics) with Erica HendersonSci-fi thriller Madi: Once Upon A Time in the Future co-written by filmmaker Duncan JonesVeteran action/buddy comedy Bad Karma -- …
 
IGNORE ME at your perril! Professor Steven Attewell and I, (Elana Levin) walk you through one of the most quotable episodes of The Venture Bros show. We're here to help you understand the history, context and pop culture references within. From the most important chair of the mid 20th century to the 1991 MTV Music Video Awards (that was a wierd one…
 
In 1989 Daredevil's Inferno storyline from Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr offered some pointed social commentary about NYC. It's return in Chip Zdarsky, Marco Checchetto & Mattia Iacono's current series made for some uncanny reading for New Yorkers today. Join Leslie Lee III of Struggle Sessions podcast & Scott Thorough of Zebras in America podcast…
 
November isn't just the election it's also the hit hardboiled graphic novel series from Elsa Charretier and Matt Fraction. A special commentary edition of the book is on it's way and Elsa has the scoop! Fraction and I also chatted about Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen, his series with Steve Lieber- and there are some interesting connections between the …
 
Tabletop roleplaying games are a hot social activity. Many have played for decades, but some have always wanted to try but haven't found a group to join yet. This episode features a diverse crew of TTRPG experts answering your questions on everything from how to get started, how to make your games more inclusive, how to adapt your offline games to …
 
“disrupting the idea of superhero vs super villains and more about what happens within any community”-- Music critic Matt Perpetua is writing about X-Men comics on his new site https://www.houseofx.org. He is also the sole writer of the independent music site Fluxblog since 2002, more recently expanding beyond the site itself to playlist curation o…
 
Our critically aclaimed coverage of Doom Patrol--DC Universe's critically acclaimed show--continues with this episode on Season 2. Joining me are guests: Sarah Daniel Rasher is an erstwhile professor of Shakespeareology who now tries to save the world through educational data. They also occasionally write about figure skating and Star Trek on the i…
 
"I’m so thankful that my job is to sell people art." - John Arminio, Comix Connection. Guest John Arminio shares what it is like working at a comics store during this unprecidented time and how fans can support comics retail staff. Plus he makes some great suggestions of comics to buy. John is a long-time comic book devotee and retailer who peddles…
 
Comics' harassment crisis isn't just caused by the names you've seen in the comics news. It is enabled by an entire system of employment and fandom built on exploitation. Good thing there are some brilliant and brave people joining me to talk about what we can to do create meaningful change in the industry. Guests: Jay Edidin writes comics, short f…
 
Tina Horn is the creator and writer of the sci-fi sex-rebel comic book series SfSx (Safe Sex). She hosts and produces the long-running kink podcast Why Are People Into That?!. SfSx is the near-future story of the underground queer sex workers known as the Dirty Mind, who use their powers of bondage and intrigue to free their incarcerated friends an…
 
"I want to show that the people behind the desk can look like me, "-- Cristina ‘Steenz’ Stewart is a St. Louis based cartoonist, editor, and professor. She's the cartoonist on the syndicated comic strip ‘Heart Of The City’, the co-creator of Dwayne McDuffie Award winning Graphic Novel Archival Quality, and is featured in short story anthologies suc…
 
From getting a Marvel internship out of spite to getting her own dream project graphic novel underway. Nadia Shammas is an Arab-American comic writer and native Brooklynite. She's best known for being the creator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments and the author/co-creator of SQUIRE, a YA Middle Eastern fantasy set from HarperCollins n…
 
Lux Alptraum is a Peabody-nominated producer and writer whose work had appeared in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Hustler. Her first book, Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex — And the Truths They Reveal, explores our cultural obsession with feminine deceit. https://twitter.com/luxalptraum Mey Rude is a Los Angeles-based trans latina le…
 
Kitty Pryde, sorry, I mean Kate Pryde, is coming out! She's stealing a boat, getting drunk on Wolverine’s stash and becoming a pirate/liberator of mutants everywhere. Join us for a deep dive into Marauders issues 1-9 from Gerry Duggan, Matteo Lolli, Stephano Casseli, Michelle Bandini and others. X-Perts: Chingy L Gay is a writer, comedian, and crit…
 
Elsa Charretier joins us from the south of France to talk about her latest comic, the noir tale November with Matt Fraction. Elsa is a self taught artist known for co-creating the award winning scifi romance The Infinite Loop with writer Pierrick Colinet. Since then, she has been dividing her time between creating new creator-owned books (Superfrea…
 
Interview with comics artist/writer Jerry Ordway continues! Jerry's been making superhero comics for DC and Marvel for 40 years. He's the guy who made people care about Shazam and the All Star Squadron again. He inked Crisis on Infinate Earths. He's partnered with writers like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Michael Moorecock & Neil Gaiman. His essay on …
 
Comics artist/writer Jerry Ordway has been making superhero comics for DC and Marvel for 40 years. He's the guy who made people care about Shazam and the Justice Society of America again. He inked Crisis on Infinate Earths. He's partnered with writers like Alan Moore, Warren Ellis, Michael Moorecock & Neil Gaiman. Welcome to a special two part inte…
 
Travel back as we delve into a classic Venture Bros episode: Operation PROM. Thanks for being patient with the podcast right now: I've been slammed with work. I thought I'd make it up to you by covering a Venture Bros episode from Season 4, before we started podcast. We're here to help you catch all the references to feminist philosophers and 70s r…
 
Warren Ellis' Castlevania show for Netflix is about powerful old men who want to bring the world down around them and the OT3 who say "nope" to all that. I'm joined by two critics who know their anime way better than I to talk about the show: Kat Overland is a freelance culture critic and the small press editor at Women Write About comics. Leslie L…
 
The comic strips you grew up with, and your great-grandma grew up with, are probably from King Features Syndicate: a comics syndicate over 100 years old! Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate and joins us to talk about comics strips past and present. As Tea says, “Comics is a format, not a genre." Find out: Whi…
 
V for Vendetta is marching in streets from Catalonia to Hong Kong; a centuries old symbol reinvented in the 1982 graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, and further popularized by the Wachowski Sisters movie of 2005. Even Occupy was almost 10 years ago?! Why has this mask and story lived on in protests? How is V for Vendetta a unique dystopian…
 
Perfectly choreographed fights against sexists who had it coming! Does DC Entertainment's Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey movie keep the spirit of the beloved comics alive? From the comics to the big screen we've got an expert panel: Nadia Shammas is an Arab-American comic writer and native Brooklynite. She's best known for being the creator of CORPUS:…
 
Victor Luckerson is writing a book about Tulsa's Black Wall Street, which was highlighted by HBO's Watchmen series. Felicia Perez is the Innovation Director at the Center for Story-based Strategy. We team up to look at the real history and current politics behind the most 2019 of HBO shows. Also, check out Victor's essay in the New Yorker: The Grea…
 
New York Times Opinion columnist Jamelle Bouie and Spencer Ackerman, Daily Beast National Security Reporter, join me to talk about the new X-Men series, the ideology of Krakoa and more: “Magneto as Lenin” Jamelle Bouie “This is The X-Men that I have always dreamed of existing, in my soul”- Spencer AckermanWhat does the Mutant Liberation Front reall…
 
Our roundtable of historians, cultural critics and comics bloggers came together for a Martin Luther King Day episode 5 years ago. The world of X-Men and criticism has changed since but our panelists rocked and listeners loved it. So we brought this Classic episode out of the archives. Our guests: Steve Attewell: He is the founder and writer of Rac…
 
"BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams is a graphic novel from legendary artist Mike Allred and writer Steve Horton. It chronicles the rise of David Bowie’s career from obscurity to fame; paralleled by the rise and fall of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. As the Spiders from Mars slowly implode, Bowie wrestles with his Ziggy persona. The outcom…
 
What better collapse of the Disney vs auteurism fight then Werner Herzog talking to a Muppet? I'm joined by experts in the show's influences from High Noon to Lone Wolf and Cub. Learn about darksabers and other stuff you missed by not watching the Clone Wars cartoon. Guests: Brandon Wilson is a filmmaker and lecturer. Born and raised in Los Angeles…
 
Experts at pop culture storytelling, social movements and fan organizing joining me to discuss the final Star Wars movie, Rise of Skywalker. Porshéa Patterson-Hurst is the public opinion research associate for The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab in New York. She consults with allies in the field to identify and obtain pertine…
 
4 critics share our favorite comics of the year. We've got all-ages comics any kid will love, comics about Watchmen, comics about sex workers fighting for their rights, comics about Archie vs Predator. Hear which series had the best endings and find out the books we can't wait to read in 2020. You'll leave with a big reading list (or gift list). Ne…
 
NY City Councilman Ben Kallos https://twitter.com/BenKallos grew up collecting comics, watching anime and reading science fiction as a Manhattan kid. While most of his time is now spent passing progressive reform legislation, getting trashcans installed across his Upper East Side district or taking care of his daughter, he still loves comics and sc…
 
Creative team Liana Kangas & Joe Corallo discuss their comics merging music, horror & scifi fantasy: She Said Destroy: The witches of Fey are the last believers of The Morrigan, Goddess of Death, Brigid's sister and the only other God left. As Brigid's forces prepare for one final battle, The Morrigan prepares to do what she does best: Destroy! Dea…
 
Sarah Horrocks does it all: she draws, writes, inks, letters and self-publishes her own comics and is a damn good critic too. We talk about how she makes comics and geek out about everything from the inks of Kyoko Okazaki to the queerness of Euripides to the inks and colors of Vertigo comics. Sarah Horrocks is an Eisner-nominated comic artist and c…
 
Mutants talking economic policy at Davos! Cyclops/Wolverine/Jean: a throuple! Is Krakoa Israel or is it a gay bar? Jonathan Hickman leads a relaunch of X-men comics that X-Men fans call #HoXPox. What are the politics of the series? This looks like a job for: Chingy Le Gay is a writer, comedian, advice columnist, and critically acclaimed ex-girlfrie…
 
Steven Universe the Movie is Steven Universe The Musical so one of my guests writes musicals: AriDy Nox is a black femme storyteller and social activist with a variety of forward-thinking creative works under her/their belt including the documentary Flawless Feminism, the sci-fi operetta Project Tiresias, and the dark comedy Joy is Dead, as well as…
 
#WeAreAllOutsiders! I've got the perfect guests talking about the return of DC's beloved animated series, Young Justice Season 3, streaming on DC Universe. Ahmed Ali Akbar is a writer and host of the show “See Something Say Something.” He has worked as Staff Writer at BuzzFeed and has contributed pieces to Netflix, Catapult, Thrillist, Pushkin Indu…
 
It's bi-week! Time to talk about She-ra and the Princesses of Power. What with all the queer teen heroes, and their queer parents, and their bi-pride flag colored hologram mentors and freedom fighting unicorns. Mey Rude returns for her second dive into the Dreamworks animated series. Mey is a queer, trans and fat Latina living in LA where she works…
 
Daniel Kibblesmith is an Emmy-Nominated writer for The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and the writer of comics like Marvel's "Loki" (2019), "Black Panther Vs. Deadpool" (2018) and others. He's also the author of picture books like "Santa's Husband" (2017) and the upcoming, "Princess Dinosaur" (2020). He was one of the founding editors of ClickHole…
 
Brenden Fletcher is a bestselling writer of comic books and animation. Current projects include the Eisner Award-nominated series ISOLA and MOTOR CRUSH for Image Comics as well as the upcoming ROBOTECH Remix series for Titan. Prevoius work includes: BATGIRL OF BURNSIDE and the YA mystery/adventure series GOTHAM ACADEMY. Learn: Of the creation of Ca…
 
Artist Steve Lieber is one of the funniest artists in superhero comics today and his new series with Matt Fraction, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen is wild and wonderful. Steve Lieber's comics have been published by DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Valiant and many others. He’s known for his work on the Eisner-winning Whiteout, a graphic novel adapted by …
 
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