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Where comic books and politics meet

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Where comic books and politics meet

    Martin Luther King, X-Men and Magneto: A Vintage Episode

    Martin Luther King, X-Men and Magneto: A Vintage Episode

    Our roundtable of historians, cultural critics and comics bloggers came together for a Martin Luther King Day episode 5 years ago. The world of X-Men and criticism has changed since but our panelists rocked and listeners loved it. So we brought this Classic episode out of the archives. Our guests: 
    Steve Attewell: He is the founder and writer of Race for the Iron Throne and writes People’s History of the Marvel Universe for Graphic Policy. https://twitter.com/StevenAttewellDavid Brothers – David works for a comics publisher, blogs about stuff at 4thletter.net, & tweets about everything at @hermanos. Find his life story at iamdavidbrothers.com.Gene Demby – Gene Demby is an American writer and journalist & the lead blogger for NPR’s Code Switch team.Véronique Emma Houxbois  writes Transmyscira column for Comicosity and hosts Read From the Rafters on YouTube as her drag persona Judith Slays. Named one of SyFy's Most Influential Women in Genre 2017. @emmahouxboisKendra James – Is a writer and the Managing Editor of StarTrek.com. https://twitter.com/KendraJames_and me, Elana Levin, host of Graphic Policy Radio https://twitter.com/elana_brooklyn

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams Graphic Novel with Steve Horton

    Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams Graphic Novel with Steve Horton

    "BOWIE: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams is a graphic novel from legendary artist Mike Allred and writer Steve Horton. It chronicles the rise of David Bowie’s career from obscurity to fame; paralleled by the rise and fall of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust. As the Spiders from Mars slowly implode, Bowie wrestles with his Ziggy persona. The outcome of this internal conflict will change not only DavidBowie, but also, the world."

    I'm joined by the book's writer Steve Horton -- https://twitter.com/tropicalsteve to talk about the making of the graphic novel and our shared love of Bowie (and shared love of artist Mike Allred's work). Whether you're an "Absolute Beginer" on Bowie or already deeply "Loving the Alien" you will get something out of this tremendous book-- and hopefully out of this episode too. 

    Share your thoughts with me https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn and maybe I'll show you my Bowie tattoo. 

    • 59 min
    The Mandalorian: Westerns, Samurai Manga and Muppets

    The Mandalorian: Westerns, Samurai Manga and Muppets

    What better collapse of the Disney vs auteurism fight then Werner Herzog talking to a Muppet? I'm joined by experts in the show's influences from High Noon to Lone Wolf and Cub. Learn about darksabers and other stuff you missed by not watching the Clone Wars cartoon.


    Brandon Wilson is a filmmaker and lecturer. Born and raised in Los Angeles, he attended UCLA where he took a B.A. in African-American Studies and an M.F.A. from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. Wilson has directed two micro-budget features: 2005’s The Man Who Couldn’t… which is on YouTube and Sepulveda from 2016 which is streaming for free on Vimeo. Wilson has taught Film Analysis for Filmmakers and Introduction to Editing courses at UCLA. He also teaches at Columbia College Hollywood and Long Beach Community College. In 2020 he’ll begin hosting a monthly cinema salon at The Metaphor Club, a Black-owned workspace and lounge for creatives in Leimert Park. He blogs and has been a guest on several film oriented podcasts. He tweets regularly as https://twitter.com/Geniusbastard

    Véronique Emma Houxbois is a fiercely queer critic, cartoonist, and consultant most recently spotted in the Pacific Northwest writing her Transmyscira column for Comicosity and hosting Read From the Rafters on YouTube as her drag persona Judith Slays. Named one of SyFy's Most Influential Women in Genre 2017, her credits include Love is Love for IDW/DC, Critical Chips Volume 2 for Shortbox, and Called into Being: 200 Years of Frankenstein https://twitter.com/EmmaHouxbois

    & of course I'm always at https://twitter.com/elana_brooklyn

    • 1 hr 17 min
    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

    Experts at pop culture storytelling, social movements and fan organizing joining me to discuss the final Star Wars movie, Rise of Skywalker.

    Porshéa Patterson-Hurst is the public opinion research associate for The Opportunity Agenda, a social justice communication lab in New York. She consults with allies in the field to identify and obtain pertinent research needs in the areas of immigration, criminal legal reform, and poverty. She is also the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Black Girls Create, volunteers with the Harry Potter Alliance, and co-hosts CastleBlackPod. https://twitter.com/Porshea_obvi

    Rafael Shimunov is an artist and political activist from Queens. He was a HIAS refugee as a child from Russian-dominated Uzbekistan. Shimunov serves on the executive board of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ), is a co-founder of The Jewish Vote and has worked with IfNotNow, Michael Moore and The Center for Constitutional Rights. His work has been covered by Rolling Stone, Newsweek, The Washington Post, NowThis News and Haaretz. https://twitter.com/rafaelshimunov

    Muppets, puppets and metaphorsBabu Frik and the tech worker insurgency“There can be another Snoke in a minute” (thank you Beyonce)Redemption arcs vs Restorative JusticeHow Star Wars' handling of queer rep is like a Bill Clinton speechSpin-offs both real and imagined (and Rogue One, the best Star War)And https://twitter.com/elana_brooklyn quotes the Hagadah like its Passover

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Best Comics of 2019 with Nea Chingy, Sara Century & John Arminio

    Best Comics of 2019 with Nea Chingy, Sara Century & John Arminio

    4 critics share our favorite comics of the year. We've got all-ages comics any kid will love, comics about Watchmen, comics about sex workers fighting for their rights, comics about Archie vs Predator. Hear which series had the best endings and find out the books we can't wait to read in 2020. You'll leave with a big reading list (or gift list).

    Nea aka Chingy L Gay is a writer, comedian, and critically acclaimed ex-girlfriend. She writes about queer identity, nerd s**t, and her weird sex life and has been featured at MTV News, Out Magazine, Jezebel, and Autostraddle. https://twitter.com/TheGayChingy

    John Arminio is a long-time comic book devotee and retailer who peddles his wares at Comix Connection in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Along with comics, another of his great passions is film, and you can hear him discuss that artistic medium on recent episodes of the podcasts Hellbent for Horror, Film '89, and 26 Movies from Hell. https://twitter.com/QuasarSniffer

    Sara Century is a writer of short stories, articles about comics and film, and many, many zines. She is an artist, comic creator and filmmaker as well as cohost of the weekly podcast Bitches on Comics. https://twitter.com/saracentury (Here's the episode of her podcast that I, https://twitter.com/Elana_Brooklyn guested on: https://bitchesoncomics.com/episode-14-a-quintessential-jewish-experience-of-christmas/)

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Captain Manhattan: Comics & Running for Office with City Councilman Ben Kallos

    Captain Manhattan: Comics & Running for Office with City Councilman Ben Kallos

    NY City Councilman Ben Kallos https://twitter.com/BenKallos grew up collecting comics, watching anime and reading science fiction as a Manhattan kid. While most of his time is now spent passing progressive reform legislation, getting trashcans installed across his Upper East Side district or taking care of his daughter, he still loves comics and scifi for the powerful stories they tell about the world around us.

    What's it like running for office as a geek?How an issue of Punisher 2099 changed his lifeThat Marvel Cease and Desist Letter. Being named an official Planeteer and working with Extinction Rebellion to declare a Climate EmergencyDo not dress up as Deadpool in any professional contextSpeaking at AnimeNYC Con-- “Comics are comics and animation is animation regardless of whether it’s in Japanese” Gundum Politics

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

Quasar Sniffer ,

A podcast for people who love comics

Graphic Policy radio is where you must go for all your in-depths comic book discussion, especially for people who know that comics have been political since at least the first time Captain America punched Hitler in the face. Host Elana Levin guides listeners and guests through topics ranging from representation in comics, writing and illustration humor, and why Jack Kirby's influence on the medium might still be UNDERrated. This is good stuff. Listen to it.

Marked Twain ,

Fun conversations

This has started to become one of my favorite podcasts, combining policy talk and nerdy comic book talk. Guests like Spencer Ackerman and Steven Attewell always make it worth while. only complaint: audio quality can be off and sometimes drops in and out a little, maybe because they’re using skype or google. Also when statements end sometimes there’s a few seconds of silence before they realize a point is over and someone talks again…maybe edit those empty spaces out a bit more if they can? Otherwise keep up the great work!

Milesisonline ,

Review for the Venture Brothers Episodes

This review is for the episodes of this podcast on the Venture Brothers only. They are the only episodes I've listened too thus far.

That being said I've rated this podcast 5 stars. Honestly it is not a 5 star podcast, yet. It does not deserve a 5 star rating but I want to be supportive because with a little bit of quality control it could easily be a 5 star podcast.

Ok so I actually really dig the content of this podcast.
I enjoy how they break down the references for me as well as the speculation on future plot and character development. Both host's have their expertise and mesh well together. I often find myself agreeing with them on a variety of topics.

The audio quality is horrific though.
Sometimes it literally sounds like they are recording while showering.
Also the male host breathes heavily into his mic often.

What they should really do is have each host running an audio recording program like audacity in the background that is set up to ONLY record their own personal mic. This will make editing so much easier. Instead of hearing the terrible sounds of the Skype or Google call you will be able to hear both host's loud and clear. With a little bit of further editing you won't hear them speak over one another either.
Also the opening theme song is always 200% louder then the rest of the podcast.

With a little bit of quality control this podcast could easily be stellar!

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