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

S1E16 - Book Club: Soon I Will Be Invincible & Wonder Woman Odyssey

May 28th, 2020

Trish- Revising Fire and Ice and starting to write some short stories for subscribers. She may be starting to like writing some steamy scenes into her superhero stories!

Jeremy - Put “The End” on the Eleanor Valentine trilogy and now digging in to edit three books back-to-back.

This month in Pop-Culture History

  • 1980 Friday the 13th is released and becomes a major Box Office success. It was the first Indie film of this kind to secure this kind of distribution by a major studio.
  • Batman made his first appearance in comics. Co-created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger and published by DC Comics. The character made his first appearance in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939).
  • 1993 Cheers ended after 11 seasons with a three-part feature-length send-off. It was watched by 80.4 million people; roughly the population of California, Texas, and NY combined. Fun Facts: Cheers was a complete flop it’s first season, the songwriters that created the Cheers theme also wrote the Punky Brewster theme, and the spin-off Frasier is one of the most successful television spin-offs of all time, lasting 11 seasons.

Geek Outs!

Trish- She-Ra and the Princess of Power One of the most inclusive w/o being cheesy, impressive reboots of a classic 80’s cartoon. The show is so different from the source material that it really can’t be compared. I bawled at the end of the final season.

Jeremy- Been reading the relaunch of the X-Men series after House of X and Powers of X. It’s well-drawn, but honestly, it’s already suffering from the same problem earlier X-Men books had, too much cross over and not enough distinct storylines. It’s worth checking out if you like the characters, but seeing Apocalypse as a good guy is a hard pill to swallow. Hopefully, we get a better clue where it’s going in the next six months.

Deep Dive Book Club

Trish’s Selection: Soon I Will Be Invincible
By Austin Grossman

DNF, not because I didn’t like it, but because I got obsessed with a Superhero Romance series and read four books in two and a half weeks! From what I read, I do very much recommend it if you want a different take on supers and villains. As a bonus, check out the Romance series that has captivated my attention here. 

5 stars out of 5

Jeremy’s Selection: Wonder Woman - Odyssey
By Michael Straczynski (Writer) & Don Kramer (Artist)

For the first foray into Princess Diana, it is an interesting premise. Meeting with an oracle found under a New York bridge, she learns that "what is is not what was." Something about history has changed and rewritten the plot to Wonder Woman. Her home was destroyed as a child and she was raised by Amazons on the run from modern day men. It takes an old story and makes it current and there is a ferocity in the justice Wonder Woman dispenses. It maintains her ethos, but she has no problem getting brutal. There is more blood than one would associate with the Princess. The first half of the plot is interesting and tells a nifty tale, but after that it spirals into a weird magical backstory that just feels as if it went off the rails. It might have gotten an extra half star except for the self congratulating blabbering about the redesigning of Wonder Woman's costume that sounds more like a bunch of dudes patting themselves on the back than actual redesign. With that being said, it's worth checking out for a new spin on an old classic.

4 stars out of 5

QotW:  What superhero and villain combo is your favorite?

Bonus Episode - The Origins of a Superhero

May 25th, 2020

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The authors at Superhero-Fiction.com decided it was time to get together and hold a convention of our own. For five nights twenty authors go together to talk about the world of superheroes. We'll return to regularly scheduled episodes of Geekorama next week. Until then, enjoy these amazing panels.

The Origins of a Superhero

What makes a good superhero origin story? Adopted aliens, orphaned children, and teams assembled by a bald mentor, we’ve seen just about every origin story possible. What makes them compelling and leave us wanting to see them as they grow?

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Bonus Episode - Superheroes On Screen

May 24th, 2020

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The authors at Superhero-Fiction.com decided it was time to get together and hold a convention of our own. For five nights twenty authors go together to talk about the world of superheroes. We'll return to regularly scheduled episodes of Geekorama next week. Until then, enjoy these amazing panels.

Superheroes On Screen

The world has exploded with superheroes. Whether it be on the big screen or the silver screen, heroes with super powers are everywhere. What has taken these comic book properties and made them so accessible to new audiences? What might the future hold for these stories?

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Bonus Episode - The Not So Nice Anti-Hero

May 23rd, 2020

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The authors at Superhero-Fiction.com decided it was time to get together and hold a convention of our own. For five nights twenty authors go together to talk about the world of superheroes. We'll return to regularly scheduled episodes of Geekorama next week. Until then, enjoy these amazing panels.

The Not So Nice Anti-Hero

Deadpool, Harley Quinn and Bloodshot have showed us that not every super powered tale involves a good guy. There are plenty of bad guys running rampant that we absolutely love. What does it take for the “not-so-pure” to rise to the level of protagonist of the story? 

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Bonus Episode - Creating The Power Behind Supers

May 22nd, 2020

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The authors at Superhero-Fiction.com decided it was time to get together and hold a convention of our own. For five nights twenty authors go together to talk about the world of superheroes. We'll return to regularly scheduled episodes of Geekorama next week. Until then, enjoy these amazing panels.

Creating The Power Behind Supers

Powers might not make the heroes, but it doesn’t mean they can be boring. With comic books consuming everything from monsters created by gamma rays to people both with uncanny abilities, how do you come up with unique powers for your heroes? 

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Bonus Episode - Superhero Romances

May 21st, 2020

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The authors at Superhero-Fiction.com decided it was time to get together and hold a convention of our own. For five nights twenty authors go together to talk about the world of superheroes. We'll return to regularly scheduled episodes of Geekorama next week. Until then, enjoy these amazing panels.

Superhero Romances

Even Superheroes need a little loving. One of the most prominent sub-genres with superheroes is romance. What does it take to write a superhero love story and what happens when things get steamy? How does having powers change the rules of love?

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S1E15 - What Makes a Novel a Superhero Novel?

May 14th, 2020

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Trish - Almost done with this draft of Fire and Ice and ready to revise!

Jeremy - Also, almost done with the third book in his next series, hurray!

This month in Pop-Culture History

 

  • 1959 Supergirl, Kara Zor-El flew onto the scene, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino.

 

  • 1980 Empire Strikes Back is released. Fun Fact: The movie was NOT a hit with fans, they hated Han and Leia together, they hated the ending, and many hated Darth Vader being Luke’s Dad.
  • 2010 - Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live, thanks to a push by fans on Facebook. She won an Emmy for her appearance and further cemented herself as one of the Queens of comedy. (There’s a GREAT Documentary on Netflix about Betty White if you want more awesome in your day.)

Geek Outs!

Trish-The Lady from the Black Lagoon  Chronicling the life and lost legacy of Millicent Patrick, this book is part biography of an amazing woman from Hollywood’s golden age, and part memoir of the author’s struggles with misogyny in Hollywood today. I was deeply moved by this book and can’t recommend it enough! If you’re a fan of movie monsters you need this book.  Get the book!

Jeremy- The Walking Dead - I don’t have a lot of time lately to spend on media, but the newest season is keeping me interested. The Whispers are a creepy ass villain and there’s even a bizarre zombie sex reference. But overall, there have been some episodes that made even my skin crawl and that’s a huge feat. The dead weight has been skimmed from the plot and we’re left with a tightly written story about survival and what happens when good people are pushed too far.

Deep Dive - So you think it’s a Superhero novel, huh?

Is it or isn’t it a Superhero Novel is one of the most talked-about and hotly debated topics when any superhero author brings up how their category has been overrun by non-superhero books. Today, Trish and Jeremy will introduce you to an easy way to answer this question. If only someone from Amazon were listening and would do something about this…

To help make it easier to figure out if a novel is indeed a superhero novel, we created the Heinrich-Flagg Test. To be considered a superhero novel, at least two members of the Avengers (from any given roster) must be able to exist in the novel without changing their origin or their powers.

So let’s try it with some popular characters:

  • Harry - Harry Potter - Fail
  • Katniss - Hunger Games - Fail
  • Eve Tanaka - Heroine Complex - Gray Area (leans toward Pass)
  • Buffy from Buffy - We tried, but Fail

QotW:  Who do you want us to put to the test? Send us that hero that is in the gray area between great hero and superhero.

S1E14 - Book Club: Trail of Lightning and The Walking Dead

May 7th, 2020

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Trish - Working hard to get Fire and Ice finished and to the editor so she can meet her second deadline extension; pandemics are hard!

Jeremy - Negotiating literary contracts and trying to make decisions for seven years down the road!

This month in Pop-Culture History

Very Special Star Wars addition! May the Fourth Be With You!

  • Denis Lawson who played Wedge Antilles in A New Hope is Ewan McGregor’s real-life uncle. McGregor has vivid memories of going to see A New Hope to cheer on his uncle.
  • In the story development for Return of the Jedi, Lucas toyed with the idea of Luke taking off Vader's helmet and then declaring “Now I am Vader” and turning to the dark side (providing further proof that George should never be allowed to make final story decisions about the franchise.)
  • The sets on Phantom Menace where Liam Neeson appeared had to be rebuilt to accommodate his 6’4” stature, costing an additional $150,000 in production costs 
  • Laura Dern who played Admiral Amilyn Holdo, couldn’t stop saying “Pew!” when she fired her blaster. In spite of some handy editing and camera angles, you can still see her saying it in the final cut.
  • The kiss that Luke places on Leia’s forehead in The Last Jedi was unscripted, but Hammill felt that since this was it, the last time he’d see his sister, it was a fitting good-bye. (And now I’m crying!)

Fun Star Wars Trivia Quiz,

Geek Outs!

Trish-Clone Wars Series finale. NO SPOILERS, but I will say that it’s some of the best storytelling (if not THE BEST Star Wars storytelling) I’ve ever seen.

Jeremy- Knee deep in the horrific. The Endless and The Platform are two horror movies worth checking out on Netflix. The Endless involves brothers returning to a cult and has a bit of Lovecraftian horror and the Platform is essentially the vertical version of the Cube. Not amazing, but worth adding to your quarantine watchlist. 

Deep Dive- 

Trish’s Book- Trail of Lightning

It wasn’t my thing (I’m a bit biased against dystopian novels), but it was a solid book with good characters and if you like weird dystopia, this is the book for you! It features a monster hunter, authentic indigenous voices in America, and a whole lot of magic. There is a bit of weird that happens between the main character and her mentor that makes the plot a bit unsettling, but overall, it’s compelling enough to consider reading the second book in the series.

4 Out of 5 Stars

Jeremy’s Book- The Walking Dead: Days Gone By

There was a lot to like in this series by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. I’ll admit, I watched the show before reading the comic so there is a bit of bias in that regard. The first issue is compelling. Rick wakes up from a coma in a world gone mad and filled with zombies. The angles and techniques used to create a sense of isolation start with a bang in this six-issue arc. However, the moment Rick finds his wife and son amidst a group of campers outside of Atlanta, it starts to fall apart. The storyline feels rushed and there isn't’ enough time to develop the love triangle behind Rick, Shane and Lori. There are too many interwoven stories that cloud the primary story. This is where the show, with two seasons to see this arc to fruition was better able to create a tense atmosphere with intrigue. But despite its shortcomings, there is enough intrigue to warrant a read and even continue (hopefully the bumpy road at the start is due to publisher jitters.)

3.5 Out of 5 Stars

 

Next month Book Club

Soon I Will be Invincible by Austin Grossman

Wonder Woman: Odyssey (#600 - #614)

 

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?

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