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203: Rock Me Sexy MODOK

Drs. and professors Judith Leggatt and Monica Flegel join us again to help smarten this podcast up! First, we subject our guests to a ridiculous quiz, covering everything from creators and credits to boy band archetypes to the circumference of Merk’s head! Then, we dig deep into recent controversies in comics and “geek” fandom, and what happens when the characters we love become something some of their fans don’t recognize. What — if anything — do creators and companies “owe” their long-time fans? At what point do fans become gatekeepers? How does social media distort our expectations and encourage a sense of entitlement? What are the effects of “politicization” of comics and pop culture, and how does it influence our habits… and spending? All that, and we solve comics’ “culture war” forever!!

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164: Gunning Away

All’s relatively quiet on the Disney/Marvel front, and unless a miracle occurs, it looks like James Gunn’s firing from “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies is final. But a question remians: what’s next for the jilted director? We take a look at Gunn’s eclectic creative history and find a few potential comic movies he could turn into the next hit franchise!

But that’s not all! In the news, we work through the social-media hellstorm that is “comicsgate,” and the positivity that’s risen to fight its hate and harassment. And then… we finally resolve the most important question of all… Spider-Man: Threat or Menace!?

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