Ming Chen is a pioneer in podcasting, in addition to being a member of Kevin Smith’s ViewAskewniverse. Star of the AMC series Comic Book Men, Ming has been a positive face on comic fandom and geek culture over the past decade. In this episode, he and I sit down and discuss the business podcaster-to-podcaster, as well as reflect on his love of video games and our affinity for bootleg DVDs.
Pat Jankiewicz is an actor, writer, and collector of pop culture knowledge. He’s written for Star Trek Magazine, Starlog, and is the author of books on Buck Rogers and The Incredible Hulk. Pat and I get into a great discussion on how the comic industry is shifting, and the importance of grabbing new readers. There’s also a great discussion on the differences between online conventions and real-world ones.
Ron Marz is a longtime writer of comic books, having worked for DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, and other companies. I get to share my fondness for Ron’s work at DC in the 90s, as well as that era of comics in general, then he and I swap notes about how comic fans deal with change… and the unique challenges that presents to the writers of comics. SPOILER: I’m a big fan of his Green Lantern story, Emerald Twilight.
I had a great time discussing Hungry Trilobyte with Don Smith from The Life Radio Show, out of WWSU. We got to cover a lot of ground on why fandom helps people cope, and how to use it to prompt creativity and positivity. I cover my favorite Treks, analyze the newer Star Wars movies, and gush over MST3k in the 21st century.
Amanda Deibert is a writer, currently working with DC Comics on titles such as Wonder Woman ’77 and DC Superhero Girls. She’s also a working mother with a huge social media following, and in our chat, we talk about the balance between professional interests and being a good parent and spouse.
Amanda has a lot of really fun projects in the works, such as Work for a Million, a lesbian detective novel, and John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and find her full body of work on her official website.