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John Odum and Jim Dandeneau
Discussing all "genre" media and geek culture from an unapologetically progressive perspective.
3 days ago
Stuntwoman Elisabeth Carpenter on the industry and her work in projects such as Divergent and Obi-Wan
Stuntwoman, musician, actor and all around polymath Elisabeth Carpenter talks with us about life and work as a Hollywood stunt performer including her work in genre projects such as Divergent, Captain Marvel and the Obi-Wan Disney+ series ..... where we try to get her to give us something insider-y, but she knew better than to incur the wrath of the House of Mouse. A great and truly unique episode of the show.
May 9, 2022
Sarah Gailey on "The Vampire Slayer" and more!
Hugo-winning Author and writer of the new BOOM! comic "The Vampire Slayer" joins Jim and John to talk about the comic, the impact of Buffy 25 years later, their upcoming novel, almost-wardrobe-malfunctions at the Hugo Awards, and more. Big fun!
Apr 25, 2022
Deconstructing the Prime Directive with Dr. Mark Card
John and Jim are joined by International Conflict specialist Mark Card to poke, prod, pry, and dissect the Federations' legendary "General Order One" - Starfleet's "Prime Directive" barring interference in other cultures. Does it work as foreign policy? Is it portrayed consistently? How does it stack up to other international norms and rules?
Apr 11, 2022
The politics of the Krakoan X-Men with Elana Levin
Tackling the rich politics of the ongoing Krakoa era of the X-Men with Elana Levin (Graphic Policy). Jim, Elana, and John look at the Krakoan X-Men's relationship to capitalism, governance, and more in the world that Hickman built.
Mar 28, 2022
Librarian Carolyn Brennan on libraries as the front lines of censorship (with some video game recommendations thrown in)
Carolyn Brennan, Co-Director of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier Vermont, Joins Jim and John for a discussion of Maus and other targets of book banning across the country, and how Librarians resist the pressure to censor (oh, and we ask her what games she's playing these days too).
Mar 14, 2022
Nate Cosby talks about his new "Alter Ego" comic
Writer, editor, and general comics industry force-of-nature Nate Cosby (Cow Boy writer, editor of about a zillion things...) talks with Jim and John about his latest: the crowdfunded superhero character study Alter Ego.
Feb 28, 2022
Three Top-10 lists! Most Overappreciated Sci-Fi Films part 2
Blast from the past part two! In the second part of this "lost" episode, John and former host Liane Allen have another conversation with filmmaker Bill Simmon in a follow-up to our very first episodes. This time, the three of us offer our lists of the top ten "overappreciated" sci-fi films. Between the three of us, there's plenty of material to get mad at each of us. Part one covers picks 5 to 1.
Feb 15, 2022
Roy Thomas! Comics! Partying in Vermont! His life as a rocker! And more!
Special video episode! John gets to talk with one of his heroes, the legendary Roy Thomas! We discuss his life in comics, antics at the legendary Rutland Vermont Halloween parade, singing at Carnegie Hall, his old band, Supersnipe, and what makes a hero super! How can you miss all that? Click on the episode link for the video, which includes rare photos of Roy from ages past!
1 hr 1 min
Jan 31, 2022
Three Top-10 lists! Most Overappreciated Sci-Fi Films part 1
Blast from the past! In part one this "lost" episode, John and former host Liane Allen have another conversation with filmmaker Bill Simmon in a follow-up to our very first episodes. This time, the three of us offer our lists of the top ten "overappreciated" sci-fi films. Between the three of us, there's plenty of material to get mad at each of us. Part one covers picks 6 through 10.
Jan 17, 2022
Does Gen Z Own Star Trek Now? Lacy Baugher Milas joins Jim and John to talk this and many other things.
Lacy Baugher Milas (Den of Geek, The Nerdist, SyFy Wire, and more), Jim, and John discuss Star Trek's "generations" and the way the series has changed over the decades -- and on the way we digress all over the place. Big fun.
Jan 3, 2022
Weekly World News CEO Greg D'Alessandro guests (with intro featuring Shannon Wheeler)
John and Jim are joined by Weekly World News CEO and Editor-in-Chief Greg D'Alessandro on the rebirth of the revered publication and the many new projects in store for Bat Boy and more. We're joined in the introduction by last episode's guest, cartoonist Shannon Wheeler.
Dec 20, 2021
Shannon Wheeler (Too Much Coffee Man) on the Mueller Report, The Bible, the quality of Portland coffee, and what's still funny
John and Jim have a freewheeling chat with Shannon Wheeler (God is Disappointed in You, The New Yorker) about Shannon's work, The Bible, social media, Too Much Coffee Man tattoos, and what's still funny in this world.
Dec 5, 2021
Jenny Jarzabski of United Paizo Workers and Paizo Freelancer Joe Blomquist: Are Unions Finally Coming to the Nerdosphere?
John and Jim are joined by RPG company Paizo (Pathfinder, Starfinder) staffer Jenny Jarzabski (a member of the United Paizo Workers union) and freelancer Joe Blomquist to discuss the recent successful organizing campaign at the company. We discuss their efforts, along with the burgeoning organizing campaign at Image comics -- and what future efforts to organize at more "geek" companies might look like.
Nov 22, 2021
Caitlin Rosberg (The AV Club) on Dune and the nexus of genre, format, form, and media.
Caitlin Rosberg joins Jim and John to discuss the Dune film and the sometimes uneasy handshake between movie adaptations and their source material with a few digressions along the way, of course (who should play Alia in the next Dune movie?).
Nov 7, 2021
George Marston (GamesRadar+) on NFTs, their role in the comics industry, and what the heck they are, anyway
George Marston of GamesRadar+ is here to explain Non-Fungible Tokens to you. We discuss their appeal, their limitations, and their implications to artists, the comics industry, and the very nature of the art marketplace - as well as some perhaps unexpected environmental impacts...
Oct 24, 2021
John and Jim review the buzz going into and coming out of DC Fandome
DC Fandome has passed. What sounds good? What looked good? What looked "meh," and what's the buzz around the Milestone Initiative, the new bisexual Superman, and more.
Sep 27, 2021
Zena Marie Therrien (Broken Compass, Emanation) on the Treatment and Status of Latinas in Genre Film
Writer and Independent Film Actor (Emanation, Broken Compass) Zena Marie Therrien, MSW, on where Latinas stand in Hollywood's move toward diversity (in genre and non-genre films and TV alike). Zena shares her thoughts on roles, on the invisible nature of Latinas in the industry, how studios treat Latin culture and filmmakers, and more.
Sep 13, 2021
Peter Galbraith, in which we don't end up talking about the Prime Directive, on What Went Wrong in Afghanistan (and Who's to Blame)
John and Special Guest Co-host Maryscott O'Connor break out of OWC's usual paradigm for an in-depth discussion with Author, Scholar, and Diplomat Peter Galbraith. From the perspective of his own involvement in the interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq, Peter shares his uniquely qualified analysis of what went wrong, and what an ethical foreign intervention should look like. (Yes, we were originally going to discuss the Prime Directive, but the universe had other ideas).
Aug 30, 2021
Archeologist Nathan White on Archeology in Genre Media (what they get wrong, and what they unfortunately get right)
John and Liane talk with Nathan White, the District Archaeologist and Tribal Liaison, US Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District. We discuss portrayals of archaeology and archeologists in genre film, how those portrayals perpetuate stereotypes and promote marginalization of indigenous peoples, and how the actual practice or archeology over the decades has itself been responsible for these and worse.
Aug 15, 2021
Emmy-winner Steve Benen (The Rachel Maddow Show) on the politics of the past, present, and future - as well as Star Trek, Firefly (and X-Men...?)
Steve Benen joins us to discuss his book The Impostors: How Republicans Quit Governing and Seized American Politics, living with a post-policy Republican Party, and blogging. We talk about Steve's early days as a blogger and podcaster, what's changed about our politics since the Trump presidency, why there is reason for optimism... and since this is OWC, we also talk some sci fi and comics.
Aug 1, 2021
Sean Branney and Andrew Leman (Co-founders, The H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society) on the "art vs. artist debate" and more
Sean and Andrew join John and Liane for a deep dive into the art vs. artist debate, looking at H.P. Lovecraft and his life, but also discussing how Lovecraft's work has been re-imagined in work such as Lovecraft Country, We also expand the discussion to look at the contemporary art-vs-artist poster boy, Joss Whedon, Sean and Andrew also discuss some of the projects they're working on,before the whole things morphs into a conversation about RPGs (Call of Cthulhu, anyone?).
Jul 18, 2021
Alexander Dunst ("The World According to Philip K Dick"): PKD's Legacy, Impact, and more.
Liane and I have a conversation with Alexander Dunst, Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Paderborn in Germany. Alex is a PKD scholar and edited the book of essays The World According to Philip K. Dick. PKD's work has, of course, been adapted into several Hollywood films (for better and for worse). and our discussion of the impact and implications of his work brings us to topics such as Artificial intelligence, the stigma of mental illness -- and we get to say "libertarian anarcho pacifist," ... nd how cool is that? Here's the conversation...
Jul 4, 2021
Film Critic Margot Harrison: The Ever-Changing Meaning of "Strong Woman Character"
John and Liane are joined by Seven Days film critic and editor Margot Harrison discussing the evolution of the strong woman character in genre cinema and television (and in general) over the generations. Join us as we dive into horror, superheroes... and also contrast and compare the heroines of the Star Wars franchise.
Jun 20, 2021
Rich Johnston (Bleeding Cool): comicsgate, the industry's cycles of outrage, and more
Comics industry gossip columnist and Bleedingcool.com founder Rich Johnston discusses "comicsgate" and how it fits into perennial cycles of outrage and conflict in the comic book world. He also offers a different viewpoint on the political nature of superheroes.
Jun 6, 2021
Jim Dandeneau (aka Jim Dandy, Den of Geek): cinematic universes and superhero politics
Jim Dandy (Dandeneau) of Den of Geek drops in for a conversation about cinematic universes; which ones fly high, which ones crash and burn, and what makes them work (or not). Also, we discuss the political nature of superheroes. Are they left wing? Right wing? No wing? Listen as we hash it out.
May 31, 2021
A Conversation with Star Trek's Tim Russ (part 2)
Following part 1's discussion which focused on race and diversity in Star Trek, we slide into a range of topics from a discussion of good TV (including what Tim is - and perhaps surprisingly isn't - watching) to boardrooms and broadband.
May 24, 2021
Paul Wilson and Tony Panacchio: The latest "Conjuring" Film, working with Shatner, Stan Lee, and much more
A show that begins with Paul discussing his new film "The Conjuring: The Devil Made me Do It," (and teasing his role in Showtime's upcoming series "The First Lady") and Tony on his work with the likes of William Shatner and Stan Lee, turns into a freewheeling conversation covering comic creators' rights, Jon Favreau, Star Wars, the Tekwar video game, anti-trust law, Aristotle, and what to keep in mind when you work with Kevin Smith.
1 hr 7 min
May 15, 2021
Tim Russ (Tuvok): Race and diversity in Star Trek
In part 1 of a 2 part discussion, Star Trek Voyager's Tim Russ joins Liane and John to discuss race in Trek and his portrayal of Voyager's Security Officer.
Apr 22, 2021
Filmmaker Bill Simmon: Underappreciated scifi films pt 1
John and Liane are joined by Burlington Vermont filmmaker Bill Simmon to compare notes (and top 10 lists!) of some of the most underappreciated or unfairly maligned science fiction films as mansplained by John and Bill. Part 1 of 2.
Apr 22, 2021
Filmmaker Bill Simmon: Underappreciated scifi films, pt 2
John and Liane are joined by Burlington Vermont filmmaker Bill Simmon to compare notes (and top 10 lists!) of some of the most underappreciated or unfairly maligned science fiction films. This is part 2 of a 2 part discussion, this time spending particular attention to films from women Directors.