One of our most listened to episodes of Graphic Policy Radio discussed the X-Men and their use as an allegory of the civil rights, it covered the series throughout its many incarnations and writers. The discussion also veered into the depiction of minorities in “comic” entertainment and Marvel’s continuity. In honor of MLK day, we represent that podcast discussion.
Alex and Joe talk about DC movies and a bit of comic stuff. And probably other stuff, too – I’m writing this a week after we recorded, and I’ve forgotten what we said.
As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jcb_smark if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.
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.
Brandon Wilson is a filmmaker and lecturer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended UCLA where he took a B.A. in African-American Studies and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Wilson has directed two micro-budget features: 2005’s The Man Who Couldn’t… which is on YouTube and Sepulveda from 2016 which is streaming for free on Vimeo. Wilson has taught Film Analysis for Filmmakers and Introduction to Editing courses at UCLA. He also teaches at Columbia College Hollywood and Long Beach Community College. In 2020 he’ll begin hosting a monthly cinema salon at The Metaphor Club, a Black-owned workspace and lounge for creatives in Leimert Park. He blogs and has been a guest on several film oriented podcasts. He tweets regularly as https://twitter.com/Geniusbastard
Véronique Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer critic, cartoonist, and consultant most recently spotted in the Pacific Northwest writing her Transmyscira column for Comicosity and hosting Read From the Rafters on YouTube as her drag persona Judith Slays. Named one of SyFy’s Most Influential Women in Genre 2017, her credits include Love is Love for IDW/DC, Critical Chips Volume 2 for Shortbox, and Called into Being: 200 Years of Frankensteinhttps://twitter.com/EmmaHouxbois
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 pertinent research needs in the areas of immigration, criminal legal reform, and poverty. She is also the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Black Girls Create, volunteers with the Harry Potter Alliance, and co-hosts CastleBlackPod. https://twitter.com/Porshea_obvi
Rafael Shimunov is an artist and political activist from Queens. He was a HIAS refugee as a child from Russian-dominated Uzbekistan. Shimunov serves on the executive board of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), is a co-founder of The Jewish Vote and has worked with IfNotNow, Michael Moore and The Center for Constitutional Rights. His work has been covered by Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Washington Post, NowThis News and Haaretz. https://twitter.com/rafaelshimunov
Muppets, puppets and metaphors
Babu Frik and the tech worker insurgency
“There can be another Snoke in a minute” (thank you Beyonce)
Redemption arcs vs Restorative Justice
How Star Wars’ handling of queer rep is like a Bill Clinton speech
Spin-offs both real and imagined (and Rogue One, the best Star War)
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).
Nea aka Chingy L Gay is a writer, comedian, and critically acclaimed ex-girlfriend. She writes about queer identity, nerd shit, and her weird sex life and has been featured at MTV News, Out Magazine, Jezebel, and Autostraddle. https://twitter.com/TheGayChingy
John Arminio is a long-time comic book devotee and retailer who peddles his wares at Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Along with comics, another of his great passions is film, and you can hear him discuss that artistic medium on recent episodes of the podcasts Hellbent for Horror, Film ’89, and 26 Movies from Hell. https://twitter.com/QuasarSniffer
Alex and Joe talk about The Mandalorian, the at-the-time upcoming Rise Of Skywalker and a bit of comic stuff.
As always, Alex and Joe can be found on twitter respectively @karcossa and @jc_hesh if you feel the need to tell them they’re wrong individually, or @those2geeks if you want to yell at them together on twitter, or by email at ItsThose2Geeks@gmail.com.
NY City Councilman Ben Kallosgrew 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 scifi for the powerful stories they tell about the world around us.
Creative team Liana Kangas and 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!
Dead Beats: The Dead Beats music shop is filled with deadly secrets. Run by the mysterious Shoppe Keeper, customers can browse through cursed records, evil sheet music, and instruments of the damned! Our host has dozens of spooky stories to tell you from some of the top names in comics. You’re gonna wanna put on your favorite album when you crack open this anthology.
Joe Corallo is a comics editor who curated and co-edited the Eisner nominated and Ringo Award winning Mine! anthology, edited the GLAAD nominated Oh S#!t It’s Kim and Kim as well as the Dead Beats anthology with Eric Palicki. He’s also a writer whose work includes writing and co-creating She Said Destroy at Vault Comics.
Liana Kangas co-created and illustrated She Said Destroy and has done artwork for 2000AD, Black Mask Studios, A Wave Blue World, Image and more. Her work is featured in both the 2018 and 2019 Ringo Award winning anthologies; Mine! and Where We Live. She illustrated a story for the Dead Beats anthology written by Eric Palicki. Listen to Liana’s Dead Beats play list: http://bit.ly/dpplaylist
Also they got Doom Patrol legends Rachel Pollack, Richard Case and John Workman reunited!
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 critic from Oklahoma. She has done cover work for various Image and BOOM! Studios projects, as well as comics for anthologies across a spectrum of publications and publishers including the Eisner-nominated Twisted Romance from Image Comics. She has written critically for Fantagraphics, ComicsAlliance, Study Group Magazine, and The Comics Journal. She co-hosted the Trash Twins podcast with fellow cartoonist Katie Skelly. Her major comics works include Dysnomia, Hecate Snake Diaries, The Leopard, Goro, Euripedes’s The Bacchae, and her latest work Aorta. Most of these can be purchased in either print or digital editions through her site: http://Mercurialblonde.squarespace.com.
Teaching herself to draw as an adult
“If I’d drawn as a teen I would have bene inspired by Rob Liefeld but I started as an adult so it was Guido Crepax and Egon Schiele”
“People act like transgender was invented on Tumblr 5 years ago. But it’s in the Euripides. It’s in the Bible.”
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-girlfriend. Her work focuses on queer dating, pop culture, and her weird sex life and can be found at Out Magazine, Jezebel, Them, and Autostraddle. https://twitter.com/TheGayChingy
Steven Attewell writes about the intersection of history, politics, and pop culture in The People’s History of the Marvel Universe for Graphic Policy, and at https://racefortheironthrone.tumblr.com/ (where he’s been covering HoX/PoX issue-by-issue). In his day job, he teaches public policy at CUNY’s School for Labor and Urban Studies. https://twitter.com/StevenAttewell
Comparing AOC and Krakoa
“No it’s not a cult!”
Who gets to tell big stories in comics
Mutant Social Reproduction in the Marxist sense & the sexy sense
Free All Political Prisoners!
“My medication is an endless supply of Charles Xaviers”