Podcast

The Ethics of Arrows, with JP Fairfield

JP and ArrowMy guest this week is JP Fairfield, of the Nerdgasm Noire Network and Operation Cubicle podcasts.  Together we explore the latest season of Arrow, the costs of being a hero, and why long suffering Quentin Lance deserves a break!

 

 

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Logan on Logan

LoganShould heroes be clean cut and re-assuring, like Cap’, or messy and troubling, like Wolverine?  Returning guest Logan joins Matthew for a discussion of the movie Logan. They talk about the movie’s portrayal of violence, the power of pride in overcoming stigma, the death and renewal of hope, the danger of putting heroes on pedestals, and the lessons we can take from Logan to our own world, especially in this current political moment.

 

 

 

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Is Magneto Right?

DoesMagnetoIs Magneto a villain, or a hero? Can we agree with his goals, even if not his methods? How does the fight for mutant justice echo similar discussions in our own world? Paul and Matthew talk about Magento and the X-men movies, up to and including the recent, Logan.

 

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What do you think? Should Magneto be the hero, not the villain? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

Why So Serious? Paul & Matthew talk The Joker

 

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Are we all just one bad day from where the Joker is? What makes the Clown Prince of Crime such a great villain, and who played him best? Paul and Matthew dive into these questions on this week’s podcast.

 

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Who was your favorite Joker? Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

 

The Chosen Podcast! With Rebecca Rose Vassey

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This week, Rebecca Rose Vassey is our guest for a discussion of the Chosen One trope in superhero media. Does a hero need to be chosen? Who gets to choose and who gets to accept or reject being chosen? What are other ways of identifying a hero?  Rebecca, aka Diva Darling, is a burlesque performer, writer, shenanigator, and pop culture geek, who joins Matthew for a discussion that dives into Buffy, Dr. Strange, Hunger Games and the Lego Movie.

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As Diva Darling, Rebecca Rose Vassy is a variety performer with an emphasis on nerdlesque. As a writer and blogger, she’s best known for pottymouth rants and absurdist humor. As a lifelong nerd and geek, she loves subverting tropes and overthinking pop culture. Join her shenanigans at divamojo.com, on Facebook as Diva Darling, or on Twitter at Diva_Mojo.

What do you think of the Chosen One idea? Is it a trope you love or hate? Do you have favorite or least favorite examples to talk about? Agree or disagree with something we said? Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook!

 

 

Writing Heroes

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This week, special guest Robin Gee joins Matthew to discuss balancing ethics with story as a writer. They talk about Robin’s webcomic, Pin Porter, as well as Supergirl, Calvin & Hobbes, and Lord of the Rings.

 

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Robin is a maker of comics, designer, illustrator, and sometimes writer with a strong interest in social and environmental justice. She co-creates the webcomic Pin Porter: Girl Detective, makes short comics to put on the internet, and occasionally writes about comics for Panel & Frame. She lives in Madison Wisconsin with too many books and not enough cats.
You can find her on twitter, read her webcomic Pin Porter, or read her comic shorts.

Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Heroes, On Screen and Off

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What makes a hero? Should our heroes be paragons of virtue we strive to be, or flawed people we can relate to?Who are our heros in real life, and how are our ideas of heroism changing, on screen and off?

Matthew discusses these questions and more with special guest Adam Hulse, focusing in particular on Spiderman, Batman, and Superman.

 

 

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Who are your heroes, on screen or off? What makes someone a hero to you? Let us know! Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

 

 

V for Dystopia

evey-vThis week, Paul and Matthew are joined by Logan Grendel, who talks with them about V for Vendetta, dystopian stories, and the ethics of violence. (It all ties together, we promise!)

“Dog man” Logan Grendel is a writer, artist, and activist born and raised in New York City. He is also a lifelong fan of comics, fantasy, and dystopian tales of all kinds. His own photo/graphic novel creation Harlequin’s Song was completed in 2006, and has never seemed more timely.

 

Urban Dog Care NYC is Logan’s dog-walking business and main source of dog stories, about which you shouldn’t ask unless you have several hours to spare. For a brief, humorous look at his findings, read his new book Putting Paws to Pavement.

 

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We would love to hear your thoughts and responses.  Continue the conversation with us on Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

 

Villains who have a Point: Astra From Supergirl

astraWas Astra right in Supergirl season 1, that some terrible acts can be justified in order to save the world? Is there some value to authoritarism if it leads to solving our problems? Should we just put the scientists in charge?

 

 

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This is the first in a series that we will from time to time return to over the coming months, in which  Paul and I explore what happens when you find yourself agreeing with the ‘villain.’ So often we get villains who have goals we might see as admirable, but our hero tells us the methods are wrong. But are they always?

Let us know what you think!