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Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere with Maesters Steven Attewell & Tihi Hayslett. Listen to the Podcast on Demand.

Discussing the Game of Thrones Season 8 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 Exceptionalism
  • Climate Change
  • Thankful that GRRM didn’t go full Claremont in writing dialects
  • So, how’s the Dothraki?
  • People who speak Dothraki

Shazam! Reviewed! By Geeks! Listen on Demand!

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.

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Writer Cecil Castellucci on Female Furies, Plain Janes & Changing Girls

Writer Cecil Castelluccidiscusses how Jack Kirby’s Fourth World Saga powers her new comics series The Female Furies. Female Furies depicts Big Barda’s own feminist awakening on the hell planet Apocalypse–a world so much like our own.

Cecil Castellucci is the award winning and New York Times Bestselling author of books and graphic novels for young adults including Shade, The Changing Girl, Boy Proof, The Plain Janes, Soupy Leaves Home, The Year of the Beasts, Tin Star, and Odd Duck. In 2015 she co-authored Star Wars Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure. She is currently writing The Female Furies with artist Adriana Melo for DC Comics.

Warning: lots of geeking out over the Fourth World Inside:

  • “Bernadeth would be fun at dinner parties”
  • Hockey Noir: The Opera
  • Being ahead of the YA curve
  • There is no allegory, women go through hell
  • We are all doing our own takes on Jack Kirby
  • Passing the Mega-Rod to the next generation
  • Mister Miracle #9 is the lynchpin
  • Here’s Elana’s Daily Beast essay about Glorious Godfrey as Donald Trump

Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly: writing Green Arrow, Star Trek & Zojaqan comics. Listen on Demand.

Without his left wing politics Green Arrow is just Batman!

Our guests this episode certainly know, having just finished a three-issue run on Green Arrow to close out the series. That’s right, our guests are comics most dynamic duo. The New Blue and Gold: Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly.

Jackson and Collin are screenwriters and New York Times Bestselling comic book creators, known for Joyride, Gotham City Garage, Hacktivist, and now Zojaqan. In April they are launching Star Trek: Year Five #1, which they are also showrunning for IDW’s new Star Trek Comics. They’re also known in the gaming community for their innovative liveplay RPG shows Vast and Champions of the Earth.

Join us for:

  • Advice on finding a writing partner
  • Seeding queer characters in mainstream comics
  • Sticking the ending on someone else’s series
  • Who’s to the Left of Oliver Queen?
  • Is Jayce Riot the AOC of the DCU?
  • And writing a Star Trek The Original Series comic that works in 2019

Also referenced: this must-read thread by Jackson about their process developing non-binary antifa actitvist character Jayce Riot and ending Green Arrow

The Punisher Season 2 w. Jay Edidin & Tea Fougner: Marvel X-Perts. Listen to the Podcast on Demand

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 style
  • Which Wolverine sidekick is Amy?
  • The Skull Vs The Mask
  • When You Name Your Episode After Batman: The Killing Joke
  • How Punisher shops for hot dog rolls
  • Comparisons 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

Captain Marvel Movie: Skrulls are People Too. Listen to the Podcast on Demand.

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 Eye
  • Carol and Maria holding the “gayz”

FeliciaPerez 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.

Doom Patrol Episodes 1 & 2: To Doom Patrol or Not to Doom Patrol?

DC‘s new high concept streaming TV series is based on the cult classic comics. The show is exclusively available on DC’s streaming platform DC Universe. Is the show good? Is it worth subscribing to the platform? We discuss the service and the show’s first two episodes in depth (first part is spoiler-free). We also geek out on the brilliant comics that inspired it all and when or how to read them.

  • Mental illness and unrully bodies
  • Doom Patrol: X-Men or Fantastic Four?
  • Negative Man is Green Lantern as horror
  • Worthy usage of a David Bowie song
  • “Dad feels are the new romance”
  • Is Doom Patrol capable of handing it’s queer characters? 
  • Reading the comics while watching the show?

My guests are:

Comic’s retailer and pop culture critic John Arminio@QuasarSniffer on Twitter.

Mark Argent: Resident Doom Patrol-ologist. Who back in High School served as the Virgil to my Dante in the hell of comics fandom. Perhaps this show is their fault. But @mark_argent can’t take it back now. 

Nick Robles: comics artist on drawing Euthanauts, fan art & Rush. Listen to the Podcast

I wanted to be the Adam Hughes of Guys” – Artist Nick Robles discusses drawing wings and tails, the makings of a good pin-up and other professional advice.

Nick Robles is a freelance artist from southern Louisiana.  Self-taught, he works with digital art as his main medium.

He’s been published by BOOM!, IDW, BLACK CROWN, VAULT, DARK HORSE and continues to grow that list with a love for art and creating with passionate storytellers. His most recent book,EUTHANAUTS (with writer TINI HOWARD) has it’s first volume dropping on Feb 27th.

“After a near-death experience, lonely funeral home receptionist Thalia Rosewood is recruited into the Euthanauts, a select group of psychonauts, sick folk, and other intrepid explorers who pass over willingly to determine What Lies Beyond.” 

Nick shares his advice for aspiring artists on things like developing your own style, drawing diverse body types and getting your work out there.

Also on why “drawing Nightwing is relaxing”. For which we are thankful.

Talking with Cartoonist Blue Delliquanti, creator of “Oh Human Star” on Graphic Policy Radio

O Human Star, is a webcomic about a trans robot, the humans who made her and the complex world of robotics and human development they all live in. I interviewed series creator Blue Delliquanti

Blue is the creator of the Prism Award-winning webcomic O Human Star. Blue is also the co-creator of the graphic novel Meal (with Soleil Ho) and The ‘Stan (with David Axe and Kevin Knodell).

We discuss artistic inspiration, transhumanism, robot politics, Rossum’s Universal Robots, Mike Mignola’s influence, queer stories and generation gaps and the unique joy of finding fanart of your work.

Steven Universe Season 5 Finale: “She prefers to be called Steven!”

Brilliant queer television for all ages.

  • Steven Universe is “The First Time I’ve Seen Someone Like Myself on Television”
  • Queer family will heal society
  • White Diamond’s White Hegemony 
  • Neoliberalism is brittle, a false fusion
  • Guests try to convince Elana to watch a mecha anime? 

Ethan Gould is a visual artist and project developer living in Brooklyn. He is a graduate of the Visual Narrative MFA program at SVA, likes to create work about fictional materials and even worse, fictional logistics. He mostly writes about environment as character.

Jameson Hampton is a nonbinary adventurer from Buffalo, NY who wishes they were immortal so they could visit every coffee shop in the world. You may have seen their comics and games criticism in WWAC, Rogues Portal, and Sidequest!

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