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Doom Patrol Season 3 Goes Dada w/ Lux Alptraum & Christiaan Perez

Doom Patrol Season 3 asks some big questions about the purpose of art and the purpose of a time machine.

Lux Alptraum is a writer and podcast host whose smart commentary has been featured in a wide variety of outlets including The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, and Hustler. She’s tackled the thorny topics of leaked celebrity sex tapes and public apologies as the host of the second second season New York Magazine’s Tabloid and Audible’s Say You’re Sorry, and helped shape the Peabody-nominated TV show http://Sex.Right.Now. as a development producer. Her debut book, Faking It: The Lies Women Tell About Sex — And the Truths They Reveal, examines our cultural obsession with feminine deceit.

Christiaan Perez is Manager of Media Strategy at The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communications Lab. Christiaan collaborate with researchers, advocates and creative strategists to help develop stories that advance intersectional solutions on voting rights, criminal justice reform, and much more. Christiaan entered the fandom space through Star Trek Next Generation and the Michael Keaton Batman.

Check out my Season 2 coverage —

Eternals the Comics! Jack Kirby Museum’s Rand Hoppe & Karen Charm of Comics XF

“When [Jack Kirby] came back to Marvel he was making Kirby comics, he was not making Marvel comics. And we’re the richer for it” -Rand Hoppe, Jack Kirby Museum

Jack Kirby’s 1977 comics series is a witty psychedelic saga about the Day of Judgement. Join Eternals experts for a look at Kirby’s underrated series historical context. Plus hear which other Eternals series we enjoy (and which you can skip).

Rand Hoppe had the idea for a non-profit devoted to Jack Kirby in 2004. Thanks to John Morrow from The Jack Kirby Collector and TwoMorrows Publishing and Jack’s daughter Lisa Kirby, the Jack Kirby Museum & Research Center was founded in 2005.

Karen Charm (they/them) is a cartoonist and life-long X-Men fan. They write a lot about Eternals for Comics XF, including putting together an Eternals Primer and providing issue recaps of the current series with Zoe Tunnell. @karen_xmenfan on Twitter

Check out my interview with Kieron Gillen, currrent Eternals series writer here–

Body, Horror, Comics with Author Jude Doyle

“Engaging with my demonic sea-monster tendencies has made me a lot healthier just as a dude” – Jude Doyle.

I’m joined by award-winning journalist, opinion writer, comics fan–now horror comic author Jude Ellison S. Doyle to talk about his new series Maw

A provocative five-issue horror series by Doyle (Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy, and the Fear of Female Power) and artist A.L. Kaplan (Full Spectrum Therapy) that explores the anger of women trapped by society’s expectations and the reclamation of power through collective rage. Published by BOOM! Comics.

Jude Doyle is the author of two books of non-fiction: Trainwreck: The Women We Love to Hate, Mock, and Fear… and Why and Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers: Monstrosity, Patriarchy and the Fear of Female Power, which was named a Best Non-Fiction Book of 2019 by Kirkus Reviews and was shortlisted for Starburst Magazine’s Brave New Words award. Jude also founded the feminist blog Tiger Beatdown in 2008, led several successful social media awareness campaigns, and currently writes a weekly column at Medium. Maw is his first comic book.

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Deep Space Dive, a DS9 pod. Worf: Star Trek’s 1st Jew of Color

“We’re ALL ambassadors.” –  Rafael Shimunov.

Artist and organizer Rafael Shimunov’s family of Bukharian Jewish refugees from Uzbekistan learned English by watching Star Trek. Raf’s read on Worf as a fellow Jew of color is eye opening. We talk all things Worf, but especially about his depiction as a Jewish person of color, directly within Star Trek’s coding of his background and metaphorically as an individual who finds meaning in his multiple identities. 

We answer listener questions on everything from Worf and Orthodox religious identity to his success with the ladies and his post Deep Space Nine future. And how Klingon has more in common with Jewish languages than you might think. 

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And for more Jewish Leftism check out the organization Elana and Raf are on the steering committee of,

Whistle: a New Gotham City Hero. writer E. Lockhart

DC comics new Jewish teen girl superhero and activist is fighting to save a VERY Lower East Side Gotham neighborhood from gentrification. Of course I had to have the co-creator of this new character, Whistle, on my podcast– New York Times Best Selling author E. Lockhart

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero, is a young adult graphic novel from DC written by New York Times best-selling author E. Lockhart (Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars) with art by Manuel Preitano (The Oracle Code). Featuring the debut and origin story of a brand new hero, Whistle takes a closer look at the daily life of Gotham teen Willow Zimmerman and her dog Lebowitz in the unexplored neighborhood of Down River.

Follow E. Lockhart on Twitter  and her website

The Suicide Squad w/ Journalists Spencer Ackerman & Arturo Garcia

If Corto Maltese is Cuba is Starro is the Embargo? Or is it Nicaragua and Project Starfish is the CIA drug smuggling?

Join journalists / DC comics nerds Spencer Ackerman (Reign of Terror: How the 9/11 Era Destabilized America and Produced Trump) and Arturo Garcia (TruthOrFiction) as we talk about James Gunn’s new uber violent political satire movie based on some of my favorite comics.

Buy Spencer’s book Reign of Terror  and follow him at

Keep up with Arturo’s reporting and upcoming radio network via 

and me at

Black Widow Meets The Abortion Access Front

“Every woman we meet in this story has been sterilized without consent.” – Moji Alawode-El

“When they can make choices they choose compassion” – Kat Green

Two professional feminists who are basically superheroes themselves join me to discuss Marvel‘s Black Widow movie. We talk espionage, fight choreo, reproductive justice and a good jumpsuit.

Kat Green is the Managing Director and Chief Mechanic at Abortion Access Front.  Before joining AAF, Kat worked as a producer, editor, and shooter for film and TV productions around the world. Somewhere along the way, she also designed databases, built a spaceship in her basement, and learned to drive a truck with air brakes. 

Moji Alawode-El is a recovered ad exec and current Marketing Manager at AAF. She loves yoga, reading sci-fi by femme people & people of color, roller skates and talking really loudly about her abortion and everyone else’s reproductive rights in public spaces. 

Learn more about Abortion Access Front

Deep Space Dive: a Star Trek DS9 pod Sends Miles & Keiko To Couples Counseling

We love Keiko and Miles so much that we’re sending them to fictional couples counseling. 

Joining us is Scott Thorough, a lifelong Trekkie with a Masters in Social Work.  Scott did his internships for social work school with narrative focus. He’s the perfect guest to join us to determine if the O’Briens’ marriage can or should be saved.

Scott is also the co-host of the excellent Zebras in America Podcast

Keep up with Scott’s podcast and music here 

Catch up on past episodes of Deep Space Dive with this playlist –

A New Day for Evan Narcisse, Writing WWE & Black Panther

“Being a Black fan means loving media that doesn’t necessarily love you back” — writer Evan Narcisse.

Evan joins me to talk about his new comic about the groundbreaking and radically fun wrestling stars, New Day, race, creativity, and change in the wrestling industry as well as his work on Rise of the Black Panther. No wrestling knowledge is necessary for this episode.

Evan Narcisse is a writer and consultant who works in video games, comic books, and TV, often focusing on the intersection of blackness and pop culture. He was a journalist and critic for many years, having previously written for The Atlantic, Time Magazine, Kotaku, io9, and The New York Times. He’s taught a course on video game journalism at New York University and appeared as an expert guest on CNN and NPR. He’s the author of the Rise of the Black Panther graphic novel for Marvel Comics and served as a narrative design consultant on the upcoming Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales video game. A native New Yorker, he now lives in Austin, Texas.

Loki with Julia Serano & Tea Fougner: Queers, Alligators, and Kangs

THE Julia Serano explains why Loki and Sylvie have no time for your gender essentialism, Tea Fougner delves into Loki’s gender fluidity in comics and we all wish the queer showrunner would stick around another season. 

Julia Serano is an Oakland, California-based writer, performer, biologist, and activist. She is best known for her nonfiction books Whipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity and Excluded: Making Feminist and Queer Movements More Inclusive. Julia’s first foray into fiction, entitled 99 Erics: a Kat Cataclysm faux novel, won the Publishing Triangle’s 2021 Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and was an Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) 2021 silver medalist in LGBT+ Fiction.

Julia’s Loki essay

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. 

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