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Castlevania: A Very Warren Ellis Anime. with Leslie Lee III & Kat Overland

Warren Ellis‘ Castlevania show for Netflix is about powerful old men who want to bring the world down around them and the OT3 who say “nope” to all that. I’m joined by two critics who know their anime way better than I to talk about the show: Kat Overland is a freelance culture critic and the small press editor at Women Write About ComicsLeslie Lee the 3rd is a writer and host of Struggle Session.

We open with a Spoiler-free discussion of if you should watch the show. Answer: yes, there are lesbians. And the Byronic is actually likeable. 

Then deep dive into the show:

Those Two Geeks Episode Fifty Seven: Spec Books

Alex and Joe talk about the elephant in the room and how people are reacting to Covid 19 before delving into spec books, and how they’re both good and bad in the long run. If you want to jump to the spec books discussion it’s right around 18.58 or so.

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.

Tea and Spinach! Politics of Popeye, King Features Comics Strips to Memes

The comic strips you grew up with, and your great-grandma grew up with, are probably from King Features Syndicate: a comics syndicate over 100 years old! Tea Fougner is the Editorial Director for Comics at King Features Syndicate and joins us to talk about comics strips past and present.

As Tea says, “Comics is a format, not a genre.”

Find out:

  • Which vintage adventure strips will modern readers enjoy?
  • Popeye: Origins
  • The kweerness of Krazy Kat
  • The 1970s splenders of Apartment 3G
  • The Lockhorns are someone’s hip meme
  • Popeye on socialism and economic policy
  • “Mandrake the Magician was Doctor Strange before Doctor Strange”
  • How to read King Features comics. Literally.
  • Popeye is compassionate

Tea tweets as https://twitter.com/teaberryblue.

It’s Superman vs. the KKK in a New Serial Podcast and Upcoming Film

Superman ant-racist

Dillon D Jordan’s PaperChase Films and FANDOM have announced the launch of a serial podcast based on the original broadcasts of the iconic “Superman Radio Show”.

The podcast will be hosted and Executive Produced by Roth Cornet, Head of Development for FANDOM along with Max Dionne, supervising producer and Michael Chiang, senior vice president of programming. Comedian Ed Greer will co-host the podcast.

Superman vs. the KKK recalls the day of radio-drama as an incredible story that mixes undercover journalism, brand activism, and the power of pop culture.

Along with the podcast release, PaperChase is working on the highly anticipated feature film, Superman vs the Ku Klux Klan, produced by Adi Shankar, Dillon D Jordan’s PaperChase Films, and Marc Rosen. Executive producing will be Vikram Salgaocar. Superman vs the Ku Klux Klan is based on the book of the same name by Rick Bowers.

This true-to-life story follows Stetson Kennedy, a man who courageously went undercover to infiltrate the KKK in 1946. In a remarkable alliance, Mr. Kennedy, the Anti-Defamation League and the Producers of the Superman Radio Show, joined forces to expose the cultish insanity of the KKK, severely damaging their influence.

Those Two Geeks Episode Fifty Six: The Mother Of All Tangents (it started with Dan Didio and Wolverine casting rumours)

Alex and Joe talk about Wolverine casting rumours for Captain Marvel II, and start talking about Dan Didio being replaced as DC’s publisher before getting wildly off track (while still staying on topic somehow).

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.

V for Vendetta: A mask becomes un-Moore’d in time

V for Vendetta is marching in streets from Catalonia to Hong Kong; a centuries old symbol reinvented in the 1982 graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, and further popularized by the Wachowski Sisters movie of 2005. Even Occupy was almost 10 years ago?!  Why has this mask and story lived on in protests? How is V for Vendetta a unique dystopian text?

I’m joined by Ajay Singh Chaudhary PHD, executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research and Ange Tran, artist and designer working on projects for radical social change. 

We discuss how the mask has been an effective tool and why the movie and comics still work for us.

Discussed: 

  • Histories of the Guy Fawkes mask
  • “The movie was about Bush the comic is about Thatcher” – https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn
  • If V is passe then what’s next for protest garb?
  • “The mask has a story that people understand.” – Ange
  • Mask as floating signifier “Things become Un-Moore’d from their initial foundations “- Ajay
  • More Frankfurt School social theory than usual, even for this very nerdy podcast.

Follow Ajay on Twitter and Ange Tran is on Twitter as well. See more of Ange’s work here.

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipated Comics Critics

Perfectly choreographed fights against sexists who had it coming! Does DC Entertainment‘s Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey movie keep the spirit of the beloved comics alive? From the comics to the big screen we’ve got an expert panel: 

Nadia Shammas is an Arab-American comic writer and native Brooklynite. She’s best known for being the creator of CORPUS: A Comic Anthology of Bodily Ailments and the author/co-creator of SQUIRE, a YA Middle Eastern fantasy set from HarperCollins next year. You can find her and her movie takes on Twitter https://twitter.com/Nadia_Shammas_

Véronique Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer critic, cartoonist, and consultant 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 Frankenstein. https://twitter.com/EmmaHouxbois

Sara Century is a writer of short stories, articles about comics and film, and many, many zines. She is an artist, comic creator, and filmmaker as well as co-host of the weekly podcast Bitches on Comics. https://twitter.com/saracentury

Join us for:

  • New Yorkers’ opinions on Harley’s accent & parking in Gotham 
  • “Disaster capitalism, Spirit Halloween costume” Emma on some of Harley’s prior unfortunate looks
  • A chaotic neutral Batman and Robin 
  • Asking for more explicit conversation about why cops are pigs
  • How I define Harley’s real superpower

Those Two Geeks Episode Fifty Three: Outtakes!

Alex and Joe talk about… look, if I’m totally honest we didn’t get a chance to record anything this week, so I’ve cobbled together the outtakes from episodes 50-52. Topics include an action figure set Joe gave me as a Christmas gift, the Netflix series You (expect spoilers if you haven’t seen the first season – there is a time stamp warning in the recording) and various Batman stuff.

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.

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