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From Superhero-Fiction
Authors Trish Heinrich and Jeremy Flagg Geek Out Over Superhero Pop Culture

S1E13 - QuaranCon2020 Superhero Author Panel

April 30th, 2020

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For this episode Trish and Jeremy joined with QuaranCon for a panel of Superhero Authors. Join them and Matt King, Michael C. Bailey, Karen Diem, and Taylor Elwood to discuss the art of writing action packed stories with superpowered heroes. Join in the laughs and look at the inspiration that led to our novels.

 

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S1E12 - Sense8: It’s all about Love

April 23rd, 2020

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Trish - having a hard week, to be honest. The volatile emotions of her kids, remote learning, and the stress of the times we’re living in have created a perfect storm. She’s fighting the fight, flight, freeze instinct of her brain but it’s really hard right now.

Jeremy -is proud to say that the smutty superhero romance in the Children of Nostradamus Universe has been accepted and will be released in a few months. He also wrote “The End” on book two in the Daughter of Nostradamus series that should be out in a couple of months.

This month in Pop-Culture History

  • 1947 Jackie Robinson became the first African American in over 50 years to play on a professional baseball team. In ten seasons with the Brooklyn Dodgers, he played in six World Series games, including the 1955 Dodgers Championship, and six consecutive All-Star games from 1949-1954.
  • 1967 Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the US Army because he was a conscientious objector to the war in Vietnam. He was immediately stripped of his heavyweight title and sentenced to 5yrs in prison. For 4yrs he and his legal team fought to appeal the verdict.
  • 1978 The Amazing Spiderman debut on CBS, and was the first live-action TV series based on the character. Though a ratings success, it was canceled after just thirteen episodes.

Geek Outs!

Trish- Nancy Drew on the CW. Nancy Drew purists will HATE this new vision of the character but I’m LOVING it!

Jeremy- Devs is a little something for everybody. The Hulu Original is eight episodes of sci-fi adjacent thrilling conspiracy theories. It asks the question, is the future fixed, or do we have free will?

Deep Dive- Sense8 (A Show About Relationships)

“This is proof, that for all the differences between us and all the forces that try to divide us they will never exceed the power of love to unite us.” - River El-Sadawi

Sense8 is many things. On the surface it's a show about eight people interlinked and bound to one another in a supernatural manner. As they discover their newfound abilities, they must do so before they are hunted down and killed by one of their own. This Netflix series may have ended prematurely, but it tells a complete story and ends with an emotional bang that takes casual fans and makes them "senates."

Sun & Joong-Ki

Lito & Hernando & Daniela

Nomi & Amanita

Kala & Wolfgang & Rajan

Riley & Will

Capheus & Zakia

All of these people overcome incredible obstacles both personal and from the wider world to be together, and to love in the way that is true to them. This show is many things but at its core it is about love.

 

Question of the Week:  What’s something extreme or weird that you’ve done for your fandom?

S1E11 - Galaxy Quest - Never Give Up! Never Surrender!

April 16th, 2020

Trish - Working on Fire & Ice, Book two Heroes of High Tide and bingeing season three of Miss Fisher so I can watch the movie.

Jeremy - Just sent, “We Must Endure” off to the editor and got a chance to put together my box set for the Night Quartet and the pre-order is live.

This month in Pop-Culture History

  • 1564 William Shakespeare was born (we think)
  • 1970 an oxygen tank exploded in space on Apollo 13. The crew never made it to the moon but they did survive to tell the tale.
  • 1992 the first discoveries of planets outside our solar system were announced by Alexander Wolszczan & Dale Frail. The planets orbit the pulsar PSR 1257+12.

Geek Outs!

Trish- History documentaries on YouTube. The She-Wolves of England and History Buff

Jeremy- Also, history documentaries? I’ve been watching WWII documentaries to help fill out the world in the Daughter of Nostradamus series. To help make it more “me” I even started watching comic book documentaries about the Golden Age of Comics. I finally understand the appeal of Archie Comics!

Deep Dive: Galaxy Quest 

The overall feel of the movie is a love letter to fans of great science fiction movies and TV; specifically Star Trek. The movie respects fans, and is full of heart. Though written as a comedy, it was directed as a drama, meaning that the characters took everything seriously.

The cast is a who’s-who of actors from TV and Film, some known at the time and others just breaking out. Sigourney Weaver is the only one who had experience filming anything Sci-Fi. And Tim Allen wasn’t the first choice to play the leader fo the intrepid crew of the Protector.

This movie was pure lightning in a bottle. None of it should have worked. Everything about it was a risk and on paper, it looked insane. But, it did work and is considered a classic Sci-Fi Comedy.

For more on Galaxy Quest:

Never Surrender: Documentary on Galaxy Quest

Film Joy Movies with Mikey: Galaxy Quest

Question of the Week: What is YOUR fandom?

S1E10 - Will The Real Batman Please Stand Up?

April 9th, 2020

Trish - is trying to find a silver lining as the word comes down from the Governor of her state that schools are closed until the fall.

Jeremy - Jeremy is preparing to release a short story and trying to patiently wait for his audiobook to come online. He’s failing miserable at the patience part.

This month in Pop-Culture History

  • 1975 Microsoft was formed by a partnership of Bill Gates and Paul Allen in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1986 Geraldo Rivera hosted a live two-hour special titled The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault. They found nothing.
  • 2008 Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an Indy car race, defying decades of sexist thought and action by the Indy car racing sport.

Geek Outs!

Trish- The audiobook of The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West  Socio-political commentary and comedy at it’s BEST because as you’re laughing, you also cringe as West gets right to the heart of it all. And Secret Diary of a Call Girl, for some high class, wonderful smut with dashes of funny and serious.

Jeremy- Has resumed his comic book reading and jumped into the story arc “House of X” and “Powers of X” that started in 2018. The story is weird, somewhat unfamiliar and a little bit aggravating, but it’s a fresh take. How far they go with it and what is the outcome for the long haul of the X-Men is up in the air. However, the graphic design of the info dumps in the book are stunning and show attention to detail. It’s worth checking out if you’re an X-Men fan.

Deep Dive 

Everybody has a strong opinion when it comes to their favorite portrayal of a hero, but none can compare to the tenacity of Batman. We focus on the cinematic universe despite Jeremy’s insistence that Adam West transcends all mediums. We also make sure to give a shout out to the amazing voice work of Kevin Conroy. But who is the best and who is the worst? We’ll tease you with our least favorites...

Trish’s Least Favorite: George Clooney and Val Kilmer (Sorry Val, I will always love you!)

Jeremy’s Least Favorite: Ben Affleck, Boston loves you, but I do not.

To hear our Favorites, listen to the podcast!

Question of the Week: Who is YOUR favorite Batman and why?

S1E09 - Hot Aliens, Locks, Sonnets & Picard, Oh My!

April 2nd, 2020

Trish -Finally getting some writing done! It feels so good and I’m gonna start outlining book three this week. Also proofing my audiobook, it’s slow going.

Jeremy - I’ve submitted my Superhero romance to the publisher. I’ve started working on a superhero novella for my readers and I’m nearly done writing the second book in my prequel trilogy. I’m on fire!

 

This month in Pop-Culture History

  • 1902-The first full-time movie theater in the US opened in LA, it was called “Electric Theater”
  • 1982 NASA announced that the first female astronaut would be Sally K. Ride and the first black astronaut would be Guion S. Bluford, Jr.
  • 2000-Pokemon card game premiered

 

Geek Outs!

Trish-The new Roswell. I loved the original but the new one is darker, older and has great representation.

Jeremy- Locke & Key is the next on the list of binge series. Created by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez the show straddles fantasy, mystery and a tinge of horror. Three episodes in and willing to report, I decided to do my laundry while it was on. Those who love a slow burn with intriguing fantasy elements will love it. Unfortunately at this point, Jeremy wants to lock the kids in a closet and lose the key.

 

Deep Dive: Picard (SPOILERS! You’ve been warned!)

Loved: 

  • Riker and Deanna, the emotion of their episode was perfect
  • 7 of 9 in all her kick but glory, and thankfully sans catsuit
  • Space Vegas! Not the actual name but who cares when Picard is in an eye patch and sporting a fake French accent?
  • Showing that Starfleet isn’t perfect.
  • The ragtag crew, and especially Raffi.

Hated:

  • The deus ex machina in the second to the last episode that retconned a major plot point.
  • The hollowness of an emotional moment in the last episode.
  • Not enough 7 of 9!!!

For more Trek goodness: Special shout out to Movies with Mikey. Watch his two-part Star Trek special here.

 

Question of the Week: Who, in your opinion, was the best Star Trek Captain?

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