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SDCC 2016: Broadcast Thought’s Breaking Badder & “Crazy” Talk

broadcast thoughtFor the eighth consecutive year, the forensic psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought will once again bring their unique expertise in mental health and pop culture to San Diego Comic-Con for a fun and informative panel!

On Thursday, July 21, 2016, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm in Room 28DE, Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., of Broadcast Thought team up with former FBI profiler Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., to present “Breaking Badder: Suicide Squad and the Dawn of the Heroic Villain.”

Unlike classic protagonists, contemporary leading roles are filled with flawed characters who favor their own agendas over society’s rules.  We’re fascinated by sociopathy, but do we really want to cheer for the bad guy? DC’s Suicide Squad blurs the lines between hero, anti-hero, and villain beyond distinction.  Are these concepts obsolete?

Criminal profiler Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., (FBI Ret., Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit) will draw distinctions between killers as disparate as Deadshot and the Joker, using examples from real-life cases.

Delving deep into the minds of villains and fans alike, forensic psychiatrists Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., will explore fandom’s fascination with villains, reveal how real-life criminals may actually view themselves, and share how fictional characters – including villains – can inspire us through life’s darkest challenges.

Attorney Jeff Trexler will moderate, highlighting how fans – and creators – can find inspiration in these characters we love to loathe.

 

Then, on Saturday, July 23, 2016, from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm in Room 24ABC, Broadcast Thought, joined by graphic novelist Nate Powell and psychologist Janina Scarlet, Ph.D., presents “‘Crazy’ Talk: Mental Health, Pop Culture, and Empowerment.”

Pop culture’s ability to empower people with mental illnesses is reaching new heights, from celebrated depictions of superhero struggles to the personal stories of creators themselves.  Does mental health represent the next wave of diversity in comics, or is that just “crazy” talk?

Eisner Award winner and New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Nate Powell (March, Swallow Me Whole) will discuss the current state of mental health representation in comic books and graphic novels, as well as the progress that still needs to be made.

Psychologist Janina Scarlet, Ph.D., (Superhero Therapy) will share moving stories of patients inspired by accurate comic book depictions of mental disorders in their recovery from mental illnesses.

Forensic psychiatrist Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., will discuss Aura, his PRISM Award-winning short story about a stigmatized superhero with bipolar disorder, published in RISE: Comics Against Bullying #2 from Northwest Press.

Forensic psychiatrist Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., will discuss how entertainment can be a force for good in mental health and why more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health representations are a “win-win” for media outlets and people with mental illnesses alike.

Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) moderates.

NYCC 2015: A Force For Good

broadcast thoughtFor the first time, the psychiatrists of Broadcast Thought, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., will bring their unique expertise in mental health and pop culture to New York Comic Con for a fun and informative panel!

On Sunday, October 11, 2015, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Room 1A24, Broadcast Thought will be joined by a team of entertainment and mental health professionals to present “A Force for Good: The Powerful Partnership Between Mental Health and Pop Culture.”

Awareness of pop culture’s power to help people with mental illnesses is reaching new heights, from celebrated depictions of superhero struggles to the personal stories of creators themselves.

  • Actress and writer Mara Wilson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Matilda, Welcome to Night Vale, What Are You Afraid Of?) will share her personal struggles with anxiety and depression and how her experiences have shaped her career.
  • Eisner-nominated writer Alex de Campi (Smoke/Ashes, No Mercy, Grindhouse) will talk about the creator and mental illness, as well as treating mental illness respectfully in fiction.
  • Comedian Jenny Jaffe (Camp Time with Jenny Jaffe, CollegeHumor) will discuss her outreach to teens and young adults through her innovative mental health nonprofit, Project UROK.
  • Psychologist Janina Scarlet, Ph.D., (Superhero Therapy) will share moving stories of patients inspired by accurate comic book depictions of mental disorders in their recovery from mental illnesses.
  • Forensic psychiatrist Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) will discuss Aura, his PRISM Award-winning short story about a stigmatized superhero with bipolar disorder, published in Rise: Comics Against Bullying #2 from Northwest Press.
  • Forensic psychiatrists H. Eric Bender, M.D., and Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., (Broadcast Thought) will discuss why accurate mental health depictions matter and how less stigmatizing — and more creative — representations can benefit patients and publishers alike.

Attorney Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) will moderate, highlighting how entertainment can be a force for good in mental health and why more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health representations are a “win-win” for media outlets and people with mental illnesses alike.

SDCC – Detecting Deviants in the Dark Night: Profiling Gotham City’s Serial Killers

Official Press Release

FORENSIC PSYCHIATRISTS AND FBI SUPERVISORY SPECIAL AGENT PROFILE COMIC BOOK SERIAL KILLERS

Upcoming Panel at Comic-Con International 2011 Applies Real-Life Forensic Psychiatry and Behavioral Profiling to Serial Killers in the Batman Universe to Enhance Accurate Understanding of Serial Murder

Los Angeles, CA, July 2011 – For the first time at Comic-Con International, forensic psychiatrists and an FBI profiler will analyze the behavior of some of the most prolific murderers among Batman’s rogues’ gallery. The panel of behavioral experts will present Detecting Deviants in the Dark Night: Profiling Gotham City’s Serial Killers on Thursday, June 21st, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in Room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California.

At Comic-Con International 2009 and WonderCon 2010, Broadcast Thought outlined aspects of real-life forensic psychiatry and applied it to various characters at Arkham Asylum, the infamous institution for the “criminally insane” in the Batman comics. At Comic-Con 2010 and WonderCon 2011, the three forensic psychiatrists examined the effects of psychological trauma on the development of the hero and villain.

Now, H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., return to Comic-Con and team up with Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., FBI Ret., Supervisory Special Agent, Behavioral Analysis Unit, to apply cutting-edge forensic psychiatric knowledge and law enforcement perspectives to notorious Batman villains including the Joker, Mr. Zsasz, Alberto “Holiday” Falcone, Onomatopoeia, Abbatoir, James Gordon, Jr., and others. To enhance the accurate understanding of real-world serial murder, the panelists will expose the personality constructs, motivations, and criminal styles of these fascinating characters.

During the panel, Broadcast Thought and Mark Safarik will explore how violent criminals who plague Gotham would be examined and profiled in real life. Learn whether these villains are actually serial murderers. Understand what characteristics and patterns define serial murder. What role, if any, does mental illness play in the development of serial murderers? How does law enforcement detect these deviants in the dark night? Could Batman, the Dark Night Detective himself, apply these same principles to solve Gotham’s most gruesome murders? The audience will enter into the minds of murderers as they explore the concept of psychopathy, apply techniques of behavioral analysis (“profiling”) to characters and their crimes, and compare Batman villains to actual serial murderers.

Detecting Deviants in the Dark Night: Profiling Gotham City’s Serial Killers takes place at Comic-Con 2011 on Thursday, July 21st, 2011, from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., in Room 8 of the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California. Drs. Bender, Kambam, and Pozios, along with Mr. Safarik, will be available for interviews before and after the panel.

About Broadcast Thought:

Broadcast Thought is comprised of H. Eric Bender, M.D., Praveen R. Kambam, M.D., and Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., three physicians specializing in forensic, child and adolescent, and adult psychiatry. These psychiatrists are both medical professionals and fans of film, television, comic books, and other popular media. Broadcast Thought provides expert consultation to the media and entertainment industries. Through “Accuracy in Entertainment and Entertainment in Accuracy,” Broadcast Thought adds new dimensions to portrayals of mental illness, evolves perceptions of mental health matters, and advances popular media in innovative directions.

Broadcast Thought’s Comic-Con and WonderCon appearances have drawn capacity crowds, and their approach has been featured on AOLNews.com, ABCNews.com, Entertainment Weekly’s “PopWatch” Blog, Discover’s “Science Not Fiction” Blog, and both the Comic News Insider and Crazy Sexy Geeks podcasts.

About Mark Safarik:

Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., (FBI Ret.), is a former Supervisory Special Agent of the FBI’s famed Behavioral Analysis Unit. Mr. Safarik is Executive Director of Forensic Behavioral Services, Inc. He has appeared as an expert on Dateline, Court TV, Forensic Files, and The Discovery Channel, and is currently a consultant to CSI: Las Vegas and Bones. Mr. Safarik currently stars in his own new television series, Killer Instinct, based on high profile murder cases from his career. The series, produced by NBC, premieres in September on Sleuth network.