Dr. Lisa Funnell is an Associate Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies department at the University of Oklahoma. In addition to authoring books on the James Bond mythos, such as ‘Geographies, Genders and Geopolitics of James Bond’ and ‘For His Eyes Only: The Women of James Bond’. Her work has led her to teach a university class on the changing role of women in the James Bond universe. The overall goal of the course is to mirror how women’s changing roles in the series mirror their changing roles in real life. During our chat, I get to pick Dr. Funnell’s brain about what it’s like to balance fandom and scholarly analysis, particularly when a dated perspective might make us uncomfortable. She also has a great take on the sharp turn the 007 movies took in the 90s.
Nana Visitor is best known for her portrayal of Kira Nerys on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. In more recent years, she has spoken about her love of gourmet cooking and has written a cookbook, titled In My Kitchen.
Here’s where you can keep tabs on Nana and her adventures:
Kevin Stark is the curator of the Toy and Action Figure Museum in Pauls Valley, OK. Since 2005, the museum has served as a beacon for toy fanatics and a wealth of knowledge for people unfamiliar with the hobby. Staffed with friendly, passionate fans, the museum has detailed exhibits for the diehard collector, fun displays for the curious tourist, and a play area for the kids. Because, after all, toys are MADE for them, first and foremost!
Here’s where you can keep tabs on all the fun stuff going on at the museum:
Catherine Sutherland is best known for her role as the Pink Ranger on the Power Rangers TV series. In recent years, she has become a favorite at scifi conventions and is active in many charities such as The Bumblebee Foundation, Love Your Melon, and Metavivor. Her first book, The Boy With the Heart on His Sleeve, is due in early 2019.
Jerry Bennett is one of the best comic illustrators in Oklahoma and one of the most popular convention guests at conventions across the country. Jerry and I catch up and spend time talking about comic fandom, Batman, Star Trek, and how Oklahoma makes it easy to enjoy it all. During the discussion, I struggled to remember the name of a comic expert from Oklahoma, who ended up being E. Nelson Bridwell. Bridwell’s works can be read in the compilation book Super Friends: Saturday Morning Comics Vol. 1 . Be sure to catch up with Jerry at the following sites:
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