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Episode 24: Genre in General

9/18/2018
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At best, “genre fiction” often seems to be taken as synonymous with “popular” or “exciting”. At worse, it is often used a pejorative meaning “low brow” or “garbage”. But what is genre anyway? And why is the word used that way? Wayne and Mav are joined by a returning Hannah to sift through a discussion on … Continue reading "Episode 24: Genre in General"

Duration:01:14:51

Episode 23: Comic Studies-301: Course Syllabus

9/10/2018
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When everyone knows that you are a comics geek, it turns out people ask you quite often “so what should I be reading?” When your job is literally “be a comics geek” or moreover “teach other people to be a comics geek” then you get this question pretty much constantly. Since Wayne and Mav are … Continue reading "Episode 23: Comic Studies-301: Course Syllabus"

Duration:01:23:16

Episode 22: Monuments and Memories

9/3/2018
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A couple of weeks ago, a protest at the University of North Carolina resulted in the toppling of “Silent Sam” a statue that stands at the university to commemorate Civil War era Confederate soldiers. A week later, another protest at the site resulted in police using mass pepper spray on the student population. Confederate monuments … Continue reading "Episode 22: Monuments and Memories"

Duration:01:18:10

Episode 21: Sports, Patriotism, and Social Justice

8/28/2018
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If you live in the United States, then it’s almost football season. Even if you’re the kind of non-fan that likes to unaffectionately refer to it as “sports ball” you’re likely aware of the current President of the United States’ ongoing war with players — led by blackballed former quarterback Colin Kaepernick — who have … Continue reading "Episode 21: Sports, Patriotism, and Social Justice"

Duration:01:13:34

Episode 20: Monster Mash

8/21/2018
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“The Monster” and “The Monster Hunter” may be among the oldest figures in popular culture. It is the most basic of stories. Some great evil is threatening the community. Someone go kill it! It is a theme that has played out in countless books, movies, tv shows, comics and video games. The monster is a … Continue reading "Episode 20: Monster Mash"

Duration:01:27:52

Episode 19: Cosplayers of Color

8/14/2018
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It’s pretty well accepted in contemporary geek culture that “representation matters.” At least, it’s accepted by everyone except for the evil corners of the internet that we don’t really care about. And thankfully, because of this, recent years in geek culture have seen the addition of many diverse characters that have become cosplay favorites at … Continue reading "Episode 19: Cosplayers of Color"

Duration:01:15:28

Episode 18: She-Ra and the Male Gaze

8/7/2018
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If you happened to see a mid-tier 1980s cartoon superheroine get a costume update that was less objectifyingly sexy for a modern day reboot of the series in the last couple weeks and you were shocked to see a bunch of angry middle-aged men complaining about it… well then, “hello there! You must be new … Continue reading "Episode 18: She-Ra and the Male Gaze"

Duration:01:21:23

Episode 17: Music, the Soundtrack of our Lives

7/31/2018
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Wayne loves music. Do you love music? Yeah, we get it, everyone loves music. But Wayne really loves music! Why is that? Why do we connect so strongly with music, especially the popular music of our teens? Why do bands make covers songs? Why is your generation’s music better than the sucky stuff your parents … Continue reading "Episode 17: Music, the Soundtrack of our Lives"

Duration:01:11:02

Episode 16: Sex in Video Games

7/24/2018
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Way back on episode 3, Mav, Katya and Abby discussed violence in video games and the conversation segued into talking about video games with sex in them. We promised to do a follow up episode exploring that. Well, Wayne is away doing cool kid stuff this week like going to bars and listening to concerts, … Continue reading "Episode 16: Sex in Video Games"

Duration:01:18:44

Episode 15: Cinematic Violence & the Impossible Body

7/17/2018
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Remember that one fight in the Matrix that kicked ass? Wait, those all kicked ass. What about that fight in Kill Bill that kicked ass? Actually those all kicked ass too. Well what about that one time that Bruce Lee… Ok so I guess when you think about it, a lot of movie fights kick … Continue reading "Episode 15: Cinematic Violence & the Impossible Body"

Duration:01:16:16

Episode 14: Captain America – Patriotism & Nationalism

7/10/2018
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This week, the United States of America (or what currently passes for it) celebrated it’s birthday. Of course, if you’re a longtime geeky comic book fan, you might also know that July 4th is also the birthday of Steve Rogers, Captain America. Abby certainly does! And because she is essentially a human encyclopedia of geeky … Continue reading "Episode 14: Captain America – Patriotism & Nationalism"

Duration:01:23:17

Episode 13: Mythic Reboots

7/2/2018
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Some stories are timeless: Homer’s Odyssey, the legends of Hercules and King Arthur, the fairy tale of Snow White. These are stories that have been repeated so often that everyone knows them. They are part of the cultural consciousness. So, if that is the case, why do we feel the need to keep repeating them? … Continue reading "Episode 13: Mythic Reboots"

Duration:01:14:19

Episode 12: The Coming & Going of the Coming of Age

6/25/2018
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Dear Mr. Vernon, It was the summer of 2018 and it was the best year of our life. We spent that summer podcasting with… (you know, it’s really hard to get the effect of a voiceover narration in text. Oh well. Just pretend that was in the voice of a middle aged Daniel Stern looking … Continue reading "Episode 12: The Coming & Going of the Coming of Age"

Duration:01:26:31

Episode 11: Toxic Offenders & the Dark Side of Fandom

6/19/2018
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As great as internet is for creating a safe place for people to enjoy all manner of geeky hobbies, there’s a dark side of fandom. From Gamergate to 4chan, there are some segments of geek culture that have a reputation for being toxic. A reputation hat sadly threatens to tarnish the public perception fo geek … Continue reading "Episode 11: Toxic Offenders & the Dark Side of Fandom"

Episode 10: Sex, Gender & FanFic

6/11/2018
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To some the world of fan fiction is the ridiculous hobby of geeks. To others it is a massive repository of erotica and pornography. But to many, it is a safe haven for Othered communities that have been kept from the mainstream — a place where they can be given a chance to express and … Continue reading "Episode 10: Sex, Gender & FanFic"

Duration:01:01:30

Episode 9: Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust

6/4/2018
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Today we change focus and discuss something a little more serious than most of our topics. Mav is away on vacation this week, so Wayne is joined by Marcel Walker of the Holocaust Center in Pittsburgh, PA and Rochel Gasson of Duquesne University to discuss a very important and personal project that Wayne and Marcel … Continue reading "Episode 9: Chutz-Pow! Superheroes of the Holocaust"

Duration:01:02:26

Episode 8: Academia & Viral Social Justice

5/28/2018
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Earlier this month Duke University appeared in the news amid a minor controversy where a school administrator was offended by the rap music playing in a campus coffee shop and complained resulting in the employees (an African American woman and a Caucasian man) on duty getting fired. Later in the same month an African American … Continue reading "Episode 8: Academia & Viral Social Justice"

Duration:01:06:53

Episode 7: Comic Con Culture

5/21/2018
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Live from 3 Rivers Comicon! Comic book conventions began in 1960s as small specialized gatherings of science fiction fans clubs who met to trade magazines. Over the past several decades they have grown to become a staple of the the media landscape with their unique own culture: vendors, media releases, artist signings, cosplay contests, panels … Continue reading "Episode 7: Comic Con Culture"

Duration:00:54:00

Episode 6: Sex & Drugs & Riverdale

5/14/2018
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When we started this podcast, one of our first goals was to make sure we did and episode about the CW reboot of Archie comics, Riverdale. The show reimagines the classic Archie characters in a adolescent soap opera world of mixed genres: hardboiled detective, film noir, goth horror, teen romance, erotic thriller. To us it is … Continue reading "Episode 6: Sex & Drugs & Riverdale"

Episode 5: Infinity Franchises & Cinematic Universes

5/7/2018
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It’s the obligatory Avengers: Infinity War episode! Well, sort of. Infinity War is, as one might expect, the biggest movie in the world right now… and by certain metrics, the biggest movie of all time. So of course, every podcast has to talk about it. This week, Mav and Wayne are joined by Nicole Freim … Continue reading "Episode 5: Infinity Franchises & Cinematic Universes"