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Podcasting the Venture Bros season 6 episode 3: Faking Miracles

Love the Venture Bros cartoon but afraid of missing the myriad of historical references and layers of meaning behind each episode? Join pop culture and history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell (whose secret identity is that he's an actual historian) for our Podcast examining each episode of Season 6 of this hit Adult Swim show. Tonight's episode is about Season 6 Episode 3: “Faking Miracles“. The Venture Bros. cartoon on Adult Swim references everything from Hannah-Barbara to Marvel, David Bowie to the Big Bopper, cult cinema, Oscar Wilde to Henry Kissinger. The show’s central theme is failure– the reality of life after the promises and optimism of the 60s space age have faded. But also the positive value of failure as a way to learn and grow, of making unpleasant realities better, and ultimately whether you can learn to keep the joyfulness of youth without its illusions.

1hr 11mins

18 Feb 2016

Rank #1

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Avengers Endgame with Marvel scholars

Brandon Wilson is an L.A. based filmmaker and educator. He has made two microbudget features, the most recent one -SEPULVEDA which he co-directed with his wife Jena English- is streaming on Vimeo. A former LAUSD teacher, he currently teaches graduate and undergraduate film courses at UCLA, Columbia College Hollywood. He's been reading comic books off and on for almost 40 years.Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate. When she's not reading comics for work, she's reading comics for fun, drawing comics, dressing up as comic book characters, or watching comic adaptations on television. (Tea is one of my favorite Captain America experts.)“I want families to be reunited and a sense of normalcy to be restored to the world.”Our Infinity War episode was staggeringly prescientFDR hands it off to the AfrofuturistsThe gayest thing was Carol's hair“ I would very much like to hear your panelists discuss the concept of "America's ass" as it relates to the super-soldier serum, bodily autonomy, and conceptions of identification versus ownership.”Read CK Stewart on fatphobia

1hr 27mins

30 Apr 2019

Rank #2

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere with Maesters Steven Attewell & Tihi Hayslett

Discussing the Game of Thrones S8 Premiere with uniquely qualified experts:Steven Attewell is the founder of Race for the Iron Throne, which covers A Song of Ice and Fire chapter-by-chapter from a historical and political angle. In addition to two published collections of the chapter-by-chapter essays, Steven is also the author of "Kings, Hands, and City-States," an collection of essays focusing specifically on the political structures of GRRM's world. He is on twitter @StevenAttewell and Tumblr where people ask him a billion questions.Reuben “Tihi” Hayslett is a queer activist, writer, and storyteller. As a fluent speaker of Dothraki, one of the languages created for HBO's Game of Thrones, Tihi recently worked on the upcoming Netflix series Daybreak as a Dothraki Language Consultant. Tihi's debut book, Dark Corners, is a short story collection of speculative fiction that centers the voices of queer people of color.Doctrine of Targaryen ExceptionalismClimate ChangeThankful that GRRM didn’t go full Claremont in writing dialectsSo, how’s the Dothraki?People who speak Dothraki

1hr 10mins

19 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Superman's Pal, Steve Lieber, Comics Artist

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 Warner Brothers as a feature film, and for Superior Foes of Spider-Man, an Eisner-nominated cult favorite. His comic The Fix was named Best New Comic of the Year by IGN.Steve is also a founding member of Helioscope, the largest studio of comic book artists in North America. http://helioscopepdx.com/ He lives in Portland, Oregon.Find out:Pro tips on making comics funny-- like how creative paneling will kill a jokeJimmy’s outfits are based on Steve’s lawyerWhat a 10 year old Steve made of the Don Rickles issues of Jimmy Olson by Jack Kirby “Social class is everywhere. If it's not coming out in your pictures I’m not sure what you’re drawing”“Humor theory is always terrible.”"I was trained in the state of the art art of the mid 50s"My review of issue 1 https://www.comicsbeat.com/review-jimmy-olsen-1/ And here's my interview with Steve 3 years back about his series The Fix and going to The Kubert School of Art. https://graphicpolicy.com/2016/05/29/interview-with-the-fix-artist-steve-lieber/

1hr 11mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #4

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The Punisher Season 2 w. Jay Edidin & Tea Fougner: Marvel X-Perts

Jay Edidin is half of the podcast Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men (“because it’s about time someone did”). He writes comics, short fiction, and narrative nonfiction; and edits comics, transmedia, and genre fiction. Jay was named comicbook.com's 2017 Comics Person of the Year for his investigative coverage of harassment issues at D.C. Comics and his work to foster diversity and inclusion in comics culture.Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate. When she's not reading comics for work, she's reading comics for fun, drawing comics, dressing up as comic book characters, or watching comic adaptations on television.Graphic Policy (& guests) loved Netflix Punisher S1. Now here's our take on Season 2...We X-Plain:Joker and Harley Quinn, Netflix styleWhich Wolverine sidekick is Amy?The Skull Vs The MaskWhen You Name Your Episode After Batman: The Killing JokeHow Punisher shops for hot dog rollsComparisons to Mrs. Dalloway and Assault on Precinct 13“Curtis deserves better than the universe he’s stuck in, or any of the people he interacts with.”Punisher comics recommendations and warnings

1hr 11mins

18 Mar 2019

Rank #5

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Jonesing for Jessica Episode 13 AKA Smile

Are you jonesing for Jessica Jones? We know we are! Jonesing for Jessica discusses the hit Marvel and Netflix show Jessica Jones episode by episode. Graphic Policy Radio hosts Brett and Elana are discussing the series and are joined each week by special guests. For this episode the team is joined bySean T. Collins to discuss the final episode of the first season "AKA Smile."Jessica and Luke get help from someone else in the neighborhood. Kilgrave gears up for a major test of powers against Jessica.Sean T. Collins is a writer and critic whose work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Vulture, the New York Observer, Grantland, Vice, Wired, The Comics Journal, and others. His comics have been published by Marvel, Top Shelf, Study Group, and Youth in Decline. He lives with his partner, the cartoonist Julia Gfrörer, and their children on Long Island.

1hr 4mins

16 Feb 2016

Rank #6

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Jonesing for Jessica Episode 7 AKA Top Shelf Perverts

Are you jonesing for Jessica Jones? We know we are! Jonesing for Jessica discusses the hit Marvel and Netflix show Jessica Jones episode by episode. Graphic Policy Radio hosts Brett and Elana are discussing the series and are joined each week by special guests. For this week's episode the team is joined by Jaclyn Friedman to discuss the seventh episode "AKA Top Shelf Perverts."Malcom, Simpson and Trish go rogue to prevent Jessica from carrying out an extreme plan to outwit Kilgrave.Friedman’s work has redefined the concept of “healthy sexuality” and popularized the “yes means yes” standard of sexual consent that is quickly becoming law on many US campuses.She's written multiple books, and is a popular speaker on campuses and at conferences across the U.S. and beyond. She has appeared as a guest on PBS News Hour, MSNBC’s the Melissa Harris-Perry Show, the BBC and numerous other radio and television shows, and her commentary has appeared in outlets including CNN, Time, The Washington Post, The Nation, Jezebel and The Huffington Post.Friedman is a founder and the former Executive Director of Women, Action & the Media, where she led the successful #FBrape campaign to apply Facebook’s hate-speech ban to content that promotes gender-based violence. She is also a charter member of CounterQuo, a coalition dedicated to challenging the ways we respond to sexual violence. Friedman holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

1hr 28mins

24 Dec 2015

Rank #7

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Die with Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans

DIE is a pitch-black fantasy published by Image Comics where a group of forty-something adults have to deal with the returning unearthly horror they barely survived as teenage role-players. If Kieron’s in a rush, he describes it as “Goth Jumanji.” That only captures a sliver of what you’ll find in oversized debut issue—where fantasy gets all too real.I got two interview two of the biggest talents making comics today: Gillen and Hans.Kieron Gillen is an award-winning writer based in London, Britain. He is best known as the co-creator of The Wicked + the Divine and Phonogram. His comics work has been published by basically everyone and he's written all the Marvel superheroes you've heard of and a few you've haven't. He has written extensively for Star Wars, and is the co-creator of Doctor Aphra. DIE is his latest ongoing comic. He mainly plays fighters with big mouths.Stephanie Hans is an artist based in Toulouse, France. She is one of the most prolific and in demand cover artists in the anglophone sphere, and has worked for all the major comic publishers. Her sequential work has been seen in the Wicked + the Divine, Spider-man, Angela, Journey into Mystery and Batwoman. DIE is her first ongoing comic. She mainly plays wizards with big swords.Discussing:Role Playing Games is being in a band, but for story-telling.Wrestling with TolkienRPG handling of class and Class, race and Race.“If anyone is going to pick up on that it’s Elana”“All the metal album covers are real”Fantasy is a peacockThe birth of the 90sGaming and comics as collective storytellingSensitive metal-headsAnd which new RPGs to pick up!

1hr 5mins

7 Dec 2018

Rank #8

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Captain Marvel Movie: Skrulls are People Too

Captain Marvel merits a conversation that can celebrate it’s feminism and anti-Imperialist themes while criticizing its Air Force propaganda packaging. Queer subtext? 90s throwbacks? We’ve got you covered:Chelsea Manning is Captain Marvel!How we're shapeshifters (Elana's essay about feeling like a Skrull for Wired.com )Monica is the hero“Top Gun is why I almost enlisted, Don't Ask Don't Tell is why I didn’t”The meaning of Nick Fury’s EyeCarol and Maria holding the “gayz”Felicia Perez is the Innovation Director at the Center for Story-based Strategy. She previously worked at the United Workers Congress, ACLU of Southern California & was a high school social studies for twelve years in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she was also an active union leader and chapter chair for United Teachers of Los Angeles.Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate. When she's not reading comics for work, she's reading comics for fun, drawing comics, dressing up as comic book characters, or watching comic adaptations on television. Tea is at @TeaberryBlue on everything.

1hr 16mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #9

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The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 6: The Bellicose Proxy

The Venture Bros has rich continuity and character arcs over years. Layer on pop culture and historic reference with thematic significance? It's a lot. So join pop culture & NY history experts Elana Levin and Steven Attewell for our podcast examining each episode of the Adult Swim show.Season 7 episode 6: The Bellicose ProxyWherein:Newish villain Augustus St. Cloud is exploredArchitecture reveals a lost subway locationThe Guild is bad at being a labor organizationAnais Nin books your mom may or may not have hidden in a closetThe late Burt Reynolds is saluted

52mins

12 Sep 2018

Rank #10

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Stan Lee: Politics and Business With Spencer Ackerman

The politics and place of Stan Lee, as told by two self admitted Jack Kirby Jacobins trying to find a balance in a tale of conflict and legends.Stan Lee and:Being JewishThe creative processCivil RightsThe Vietnam WarThe lawsuitsThe digressionsAnd screwing over Jack Kirby and Steve DitkoI'm joined by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Spencer Ackerman, a senior national security correspondent at The Daily Beast. Read his article on Stan Lee’s legacy here.

1hr 5mins

21 Nov 2018

Rank #11

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Jonesing for Jessica Episode 12 AKA Take a Bloody Number

Are you jonesing for Jessica Jones? We know we are! Jonesing for Jessica discusses the hit Marvel and Netflix show Jessica Jones episode by episode. Graphic Policy Radio hosts Brett and Elana are discussing the series and are joined each week by special guests. For this episode the team is joined by Kendra James and Darryl Ayo to discuss the twelfth episode "AKA Take a Bloody Number."The hunt for Kilgrave reunites Jessica with Luke. Trish receives some unexpected information about Simpson and Jessica.Double majoring in Cinema Studies and Anthropology, Kendra James graduated from Oberlin College in 2010 and immediately started working in talent management in NYC. When running a blog chronicling her horrible first "real job" experience got boring, she started searching for a writing outlet similar to the ones she'd had in college. That led to a position as the lead Television Correspondent with Racialicious.com (the foremost blog about the intersection of race and pop culture on the web) beginning in 2011. Her writing has been referenced by Gawker, Jezebel, Clutch Magazine, The Root, The Atlantic Wire, and The New York Times.Since 2002, New York cartoonist Darryl Ayo has self-published minicomics, webcomics, anthology stories and comics criticism. Ayo's most known work, Little Garden has evolved and grown into and through several permutations and can be seen in its current form at littlegardencomics.comAyo, is also a commentator, blogging and on comic fandom.

1hr 6mins

2 Feb 2016

Rank #12

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Ramon Villalobos Talks Comics with Graphic Policy Radio

Graphic Policy Radio is back with a brand new episode. Tonight we're joined by one of the most distinctive new artists in comics, Ramon Villalobos.Villalobos is the penciler on Marvel's Nighthawk ongoing and also drew the X-Men centric E is for Extinction series for last year's Marvel event Secret Wars.We'll get the scoop on his creative ability and process while working on such high-profile comic series.We want to hear from you! Ask your questions by Tweeting them to us @graphicpolicy.

1hr 3mins

23 Aug 2016

Rank #13

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Jonesing for Jessica Episode 10 AKA 1,000 Cuts

Are you jonesing for Jessica Jones? We know we are! Jonesing for Jessica discusses the hit Marvel and Netflix show Jessica Jones episode by episode. Graphic Policy Radio hosts Brett and Elana are discussing the series and are joined each week by special guests. For this episode the team is joined by Danielle Paige to discuss the tenth episode "AKA 1,000 Cuts."A discovery has the potential to change the entire game -- if Jessica can refuse Kilgrave's offer.Danielle Paige is the New York Times bestselling author of Dorothy Must Die, its upcoming sequel The Wicked Will Rise, and the upcoming  Stealing Snow series (Bloomsbury, 2016). In addition to writing young adult books, she works in the television industry, where she's received a Writers Guild of America Award and was nominated for several Daytime Emmys. She is a graduate of Columbia University and currently lives in New York City. You can find her on twitter and instagram.

1hr 23mins

19 Jan 2016

Rank #14

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Writer Leah Williams: X-Men, Barbarella/Dejah Thoris & "make it queer"

“I write professional fan fiction. We get paid to do it”Leah Williams is an American writer originally from Oxford, Mississippi. She writes comics for Marvel, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite Entertainment, and more. Her debut novel was a YA Fantasy book titled The Alchemy of Being Fourteen and she is currently writing its sequel, The Divinity of Hitting Fifteen. Leah has also written nonfiction articles and essays for The Atlantic, Oprah Magazine, and Salon. Visit Leah's website www.leahmedia.comPresenting wisdom on:How fans can most effective say "Make It Gay You Cowards” Hoarding queer characters for her X-Tremists mini-seriesEmma Frost's rules: be ruthless, have tendernessBarbarella/Dejah Thoris is hard scifi with hot queer babes

1hr 18mins

21 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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The Venture Bros. Podcast: Season 7 Ep 9: The Forecast Manufacturer

Things get Freudian, Jungian and John Carpenter-ian in the penultimate episode of Venture Bros Season 7. Join @Elana_Brooklyn and @StevenAttewell on a journey up the Hudson River to a real life secret island castle and meet the Villian With 1,000 References. We play Myth Busters about such topics as lawn darts and “chelation”.So listen to the podcast here, on Graphic Policy Radio’s iTunes  or find all of our Venture Bros episodes on this playlist.PS: Here’s the short story sequel to The Thing I recommended: Sam J Miller’s Things With Beards. Here’s the music video of Cult of Personality.

42mins

9 Oct 2018

Rank #16

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Jonesing for Jessica Episode 11 AKA I've Got the Blues

Are you jonesing for Jessica Jones? We know we are! Jonesing for Jessica discusses the hit Marvel and Netflix show Jessica Jones episode by episode. Graphic Policy Radio hosts Brett and Elana are discussing the series and are joined each week by special guests. For this episode the team is joined by Oliver Sava to discuss the eleventh episode "AKA I've Got the Blues."Jessica searches morgues for clues. Trish goes all out to keep Simpson from getting in Jessica's way. Malcolm has an epiphany.Oliver Sava is a Chicago-based Eisner Award-nominated writer that primarily covers comic books and TV for The A.V. Club, where he writes episodic reviews for all of Marvel's TV series. He's written about comic books for The L.A. Times and NPR Books and theater for The Chicago Tribune, Time Out Chicago, and Chicago Theater Beat. He's also currently working as the dramaturg on an upcoming Chicago play, Prowess, about Chicagoans becoming vigilantes as a way of coping with their PTSD.

1hr 25mins

28 Jan 2016

Rank #17

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Shazam! Reviewed! By Geeks!

In the 1940s this hero’s comics outsold Superman and his movie debut sure is better than the recent Superman movies. We discuss the film, the comics that inspired it and, the City of Brotherly Love that it’s set in.My guests are: Anthony Otero: a two time novelist and a contributor to The Puerto Rico Strong Anthology. He is also a member of the #BlackComicsChat podcast.Berry Grass has lived in rural Missouri, Tuscaloosa, & now Philadelphia. She's the author of Hall of Waters (out in August from The Operating System press), & she's the Nonfiction Editor of Sundog Lit.Notes;Eating Gino’s Cheesesteaks "is a very cop look”In 1985 the Philly police department slaughtered black children by air bomb as their families sleptRead “Let’s Talk About Shazam’s Freddy Freeman and Disabled Superheroes” essay by Kristen Lopez

1hr 6mins

12 Apr 2019

Rank #18

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Jonesing for Jessica Episode 8 AKA WWJD?

Are you jonesing for Jessica Jones? We know we are! Jonesing for Jessica discusses the hit Marvel and Netflix show Jessica Jones episode by episode. Graphic Policy Radio hosts Brett and Elana are discussing the series and are joined each week by special guests. For this week's episode the team is joined by Sarah Jaffe and Amanda Mayer to discuss the eighth episode "AKA WWJD?."Jessica experiences a strange homecoming courtesy of Kilgrave. Hogarth's conflict with her estranged wife reaches a tipping point.Sarah Jaffe is a reporting fellow at the Nation Institute and a giant nerd who once upon a time wrote about comics more than she wrote about politics, believe it or not, and she has lots of feelings about superhero movies AND their politics. Follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/sarahljaffeAmanda Mayer is a writer, performer, and director living in NYC. She can currently be seen playing with the musical improv team Goats every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater. She is also sometimes a lawyer.So listen in, and join us in the conversation. Tweet them to us @graphicpolicy.

1hr 4mins

7 Jan 2016

Rank #19

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Jonesing for Jessica Episode 9 AKA Sin Bin

Are you jonesing for Jessica Jones? We know we are! Jonesing for Jessica discusses the hit Marvel and Netflix show Jessica Jones episode by episode. Graphic Policy Radio hosts Brett and Elana are discussing the series and are joined each week by special guests. For this episode the team is joined by Steven Attewell and Arturo R. Garcia to discuss the ninth episode "AKA Sin Bin."Just when Jessica has Kilgrave right where she wants him, Hogarth's involvement complicates the situation. Details of Kilgrave's past emerge.Steve got his PhD in the History of Public Policy from the University of California, Santa Barbara and teaches public policy at CUNY's Murphy Institute for Labor Studies. He is the founder and writer of Race for the Iron Throne, which examines Game of Thrones and the A Song of Ice and Fire book series from a historical and political perspective. His essays have been published in Esquire, Salon and in two books on the subject. He co-hosts the Game of Thrones Podcast for Lawyers Guns and Money.Arturo R. Garcia is the managing editor of Racialicious and an editor for The Raw Story -- but before all of that, he was a comics geek and a Rocky Horror Picture Show alumnus. Born in Tijuana and based out of San Diego, he's covered everything from Comic-Con to the DNC and Black Lives Matter protests.

1hr 33mins

11 Jan 2016

Rank #20