Geekorama

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

S1E25 - So Whatcha Doin’?

July 30th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re going to give you a sneak peek at some of the exciting things happening in our author careers. We finally open up about our own writing in the superhero genre, and talk at length about why we’re branching out to touch upon other sub-genres.

 

Pop-Culture Trivia-July 1971 Swamp Thing

A humanoid/plant elemental creature, created by writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, the Swamp Thing has had several humanoid or monster incarnations in various different storylines. The character first appeared in House of Secrets #92 (July 1971) in a stand-alone horror story set in the early 20th century.The Swamp Thing television series first aired on the USA Network from 1990 to 1993, with Dick Durock reprising the role of Swamp Thing from the movie adaptation. DiC Entertainment's Swamp Thing animated series debuted on Fox Kids in April 1991, with Len Carlson providing the voice of the title character. A live-action series based on the Swamp Thing and produced by James Wan was released in 2019 on the DC Universe streaming service, with Alec Holland portrayed by Andy Bean while Swamp Thing is played by Derek Mears in a "physical costume."

GEEK OUTS

  • Trish - The Last Kingdom on Netflix. It’s a blatant soap opera, but it include Vikings, so who really cares?
  • Jeremy - Some wonderfully bad horror movies (warning, I spoil pretty much everything.) What happens when you take AirBnB, annoying people, and a crazy dude with a hammer?

 

Deep Dive - What’s New in Our Superhero Worlds?

  • Trish - I’m pivoting my Superhero universe to start focusing on more romantic novels. For TL Heinrich, it will be superhero first with slow burn romances and read quite a lot like Paranormal and Urban Fantasy with romantic elements more front and center. For Trish Heinrich, it’s Romance first, superheroes second with a good dose of steam.
  • Jeremy - The second series is with the editor and I'm looking at a busy fall. After my pilot series focusing on action adventure, the prequel is much more of an alternate history / urban fantasy vibe. While that's with the editor I'm working on a much thicker science fiction novel that takes place centuries in the future. My current strategy is to maintain a superhero focus while touching on other genres to expand readership. We'll see how this pans out!

 

QotW: What is your favorite superhero sub-genre?

 

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S1E24 - Which Superman Will Save Me?

July 23rd, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re discussing which portrayal of Superman is the best Superman. Since there have been a long list of people who have portrayed him, we focus on the live-action roles of (mostly) modern iterations of the Man of Steel.

Pop-Culture Trivia - July 1981 - Vixen Premieres

Created by Gerry Conway and Bob Oksner. She first appeared in Action Comics #521. a superheroine in possession of the Tantu Totem, which allows her to harness the spirit (ashe) of animals. She can conjure the power and abilities of any animal past or present.

 

Two versions of the character appeared in The CW's Arrowverse. Original comic book character Mari McCabe debuted in the CW Seed animated series Vixen, voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke, who also reprised her role in an episode of the live-action parent series, Arrow. Legends of Tomorrow introduced a World War II-era Vixen, Amaya Jiwe, identified as Mari's grandmother, portrayed by Maisie Richardson-Sellers.

GEEK OUTS

Trish - The Old Guard...HOLY CRAP! Netflix has managed to outdo themselves with their newest movie. Starring Charlize Theron, this graphic novel adaptation leaves us wanting more, and perhaps we’ll actually get it!

 

Jeremy - Graphic design and photoshop tutorials have become a way of life. Finally putting those art degrees to use, I’ve been focusing on book cover creation which really means I spend most of my day reverse engineering some of the best book covers in the science fiction genre.

 

Deep Dive - Which Superman Will Save Me?

Many have assumed the role as the Man of Steel and his nerdy alter-ego, but the question remains, who did it best? We duke it out as we cover the live action actors who have donned the cape and brought this titan to life. Sorry Turkish Superman (Süpermen Dönüyor) you only get an honorable mention. Be warned, we get choked up in this episode!

QotW: Who is your favorite live-action Superman/Clark Kent?

 

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S1E23 - What to Read While You Wait for WW 1984

July 16th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re discussing what you can read to tide you over until Wonder Woman 1984 (hopefully) gets released in theaters.

Pop-Culture Trivia - 1965 Wonder Girl: Donna Troy

Originally there is a bit of confusion about this character because, in an effort to make Wonder Woman more palatable after the publication of Seduction of the Innocent, they did a series of Impossible Tales showing WW as a child who was called Wonder Girl. Then in a July 1961 WW comic, Wonder Girl is referred to as a separate person from Diana. The first time Wonder Girl appeared as a separate person from WW was in The Brave and the Bold #6. Commonly connected with Teen Titans, she is considered a founding member of the team. 

Her most iconic iteration has to be the George Perez and Marv Wolfman run on Teen Titans in the 1980’s. Donna has a SLEW of weird, retconned origins including: being a magically brought to life reflection of Diana so the young Princess had an age-appropriate playmate, a golem brought to life by Wally West’s incomplete memories of her from a previous iteration who is then forced to relive all her previous lives, resurrected by Titans of Myth so she can be exploited as an anomaly that existed prior to the Crisis. Recommended reading: Teen Titans by George Perez and Marv Wolfman.

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Warrior Nun! A great Netflix show that has an interesting approach to a female dominant cast. The acting is top notch. The topics get dark and there is plenty of humor. Netflix shoots itself in the foot with a tragically abrupt ending that is bound to be unresolved knowing how easily they cancel shows.

Jeremy - The perfect marriage of comics and graphic design can be found with HelloMuller. The designer who created the design behind Powers of X and House of X is nothing short of visual eye candy. The best part is, he has a long history with comics. To see more of his work (and an amazing video that punches you in the face) check out: https://hellomuller.com

 

Deep Dive - What to read while waiting for Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman #9 by George Perez - The Essential Wonder Woman Story

Wonder Woman #3, 5, 7, 8 - The Rebirth Storyline (involves some crazy plant gods!)

Max Lord: too convoluted and spread out over a bunch of cross over issues to give really good comics to read, basically here’s a quick rundown of the character: a successful businessman, he starts out as a very weak hero during the Crisis on Infinite Earths mega comics cross-over. Post Crisis he ends up putting together because the world needs heroes. It’s revealed later that he’s doing this for nefarious purposes and all hell breaks loose. He’s now, canonically, a villain. Portrayed in both Smallville and Supergirl, he makes his big-screen debut in WW 1984.

 

QotW: What do you hope to see in the WW 1984 movie?

 

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S1E22 - The Legacy of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine

July 9th, 2020

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For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re discussing the legacy of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, where it started, where it went, and what we hope for the future...

Pop-Culture Trivia-Green Lantern: Alan Scott

  • He was a railroad engineer who came into possession of a magic lantern that spoke to him and said it would bring power. From this, he crafted a magic ring which gave him a wide variety of powers. The limitations of the ring were that it had to be "charged" every 24 hours by touching it to the lantern for a time and that it could not directly affect objects made of wood. Alan Scott fought mostly ordinary human villains, but he did have a few paranormal ones such as the immortal Vandal Savage and the zombie Solomon Grundy.  He was part of the Justice Society of America, had his own comic as well as appeared in Comics Cavalcade and All-Star Comics. At the end of WWII Supers fell on hard times and his comic was canceled. He never again had his own title and later his character was revamped and renamed to Sentinel to avoid confusion with Hal Jordan’s Green Lantern.

GEEK OUTS

Trish - Lucifer!!! OMG gimme the fifth season NOW!

Jeremy - I’ve been obsessed with Jamin Winans’ soundtrack for the movie Ink. In my pursuit of indie movies I found this amazing low-budget film that relies on high concept and creative execution. With no money for SFX or music, Jamin Winan had to execute it himself. 

Check out the Trailer: https://youtu.be/ZBGeErufQdY 

Deep Dive - The X-Men’s First Wolverine

Trish’s fave Wolverine moments: XMen First Class “Go fuck yourself” and the rage he felt after Xavier was murdered in Logan.  Worst moment? The entirety of Days of Future Past.

Jeremy’s fave Wolverine moments: The ultimate Wolverine moment is in X-Men when he gives Cyclops the finger with the middle claw. How can you not love him from that moment on? Sorry Cyclops, you brought this on yourself. Worst moment? Can we pretend that Wolverine: Origins never happened? Please?

 

Confused about Wolverine’s timeline? You’re not alone, but this video might help.

 

QotW: What is YOUR favorite Hugh Jackman Wolverine moment or film?

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S1E21 - Superheroes As a Means of Propaganda

July 2nd, 2020

For this week’s episode of Geekorama, we’re discussing the role that propaganda has played in the history of superheroes.

Pop-Culture Trivia- Batwoman: Kathy Kane

  • July 1956 Batwoman aka Kathy Kane made her debut. Here’s a little trivia about this interesting addition to the Bat-family: There are really two different women who have worn the moniker of Batwoman, the first was Kathy Kane who was introduced as a potential love interest for Batman to help combat accusations that Batman was gay propaganda. In spite of the fact that she became quite popular with readers, in 1964 the character was shelved and Barbara Gordon aka Batgirl took over as the female counterpart to Batman. In 1977, thanks to pressure from fans, Batwoman was brought back to assist Batgirl with defeating Killer Moth and Cavalier. Soon after she was killed off by the Bronze Tiger. Finally, in 2011 she was returned to the original continuity of the comics, revealed to be Bruce’s aunt who fought crime by his side after she was widowed and that they had become lovers before it appeared she was killed off

GEEK OUTS

Trish - A Blade so Black by L.L. McKinney. It’s like Buffy and Alice in Wonderland had a baby. SO good, world-building that is vibrant but not overdone in exposition. A female protagonist that is three dimensional and avoids the ‘strong female character’ tropes. LOVED IT, going to buy the sequel.

Jeremy - I’ve been binging the latest season of the 100 on the CW. It marries some of my favorite things: regressed society with advanced technologies, tribalism, and a whole lot of bad decision making. It’s been a great show and really delved into the brutal nature of survival, however, the newest season is struggling. Really, you’re trying to work in a Back to the Future plot?

Deep Dive -Superheroes in the Propaganda Machine

In recent years we’ve heard the ongoing criticism, “Keep politics out of comic books,” and the people shouting that, you’re incredibly stupid and seem to forget that the very nature of comics is rooted in political propaganda. However, let’s start this dive into history with an English lesson:

Propaganda
noun

  1. : the spreading of ideas, information, or rumor for the purpose of helping or injuring an institution, a cause, or a person

 

WWII (The Obvious Starting Point for Many of our Modern Heroes)

  • Superman - Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster (both Jewish) met at Glenville High School in Cleveland Ohio and in March 1938, 
  • Captain America - Created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby (both Jewish) through Timely Comics. While Simon created the identity of “Super American,” later changed to “Captain America”, 

Utilized in other forms of Propaganda

  • Wonder Woman - The engine of American ideology drives Wonder Woman, which is in the end a movie about violence...And so the surreality at the heart of American identity gets recycled, producing comic book movies to feed our least noble hungers. https://newrepublic.com/article/143100/wonder-woman-propaganda
  • Wonder Woman & Superman - In Deadly Legacy, DC joins forces with UNICEF to create a story line that specifically addresses “landmine awareness” for children. She along with Superman step outside their patriotic roots to delve into a much different message than national pride.
  • Green Arrow & Green Lantern (Drug Addiction) - Written by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams, the story line focuses on the duo combatting muggers who are robbing to score money for drugs. Amongst them, Green Arrow’s sidekick and now heroin addict, Speedy. 

HIV/AIDS Awareness

  • Superman / Wonder Woman - The French organization AIDES created two images depicting Superman and Wonder Woman with AIDS and the caption of, “Protect Yourself.” 
  • X-Men - 1993 during X-Cutioner’s Song, Stryfe unleashes a virus that infects mutants at random. This runs parallel to the mounting worry surrounding HIV and comes to a culmination when it kills Illyana Rasputin on the page in Uncanny X-Men 303.

 

QotW: What superhero do you love who also has a problematic origin story?

 

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