Super Hero Speak – #238: Madison Rayne

This week the guys sit down with 5 times female wrestling champion, Madison Rayne. Madison along with her husband, Josh Mathews, and artist Derick Eason have created a graphic novel Adventures of the Queen Bee. So she shares with the guys all the details about the book. Plus J.D. geeks out on her and asks all about her wrestling career. All this and more, so sit back and enjoy!

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ComicsVerse Podcast Episode 98: Emma Dumont of THE GIFTED on FOX Talks About Playing Polaris


“I am Polaris.” Words I never expected to hear my whole life. I didn’t even expect to hear it when I spoke with Emma Dumont who plays Polaris (aka Lorna Dane) on Fox’s THE GIFTED.

Polaris’s Journey

I picked up my first X-Men comic by the time I turned seven years old. Polaris (aka Lorna Dane) almost instantly earned a spot on my favorites list. She persevered through witnessing a genocide, her fiance abandoning her at the altar, being possessed by a psychic vampire, the list goes on and on. Despite her difficult journey, at the core of Lorna Dane’s personality lies the naked struggle for a human being to survive, to persevere and thrive.

Episode 96: Investigating X-Men’s Polaris in Comics and Fox’s THE GIFTED

Polaris’s story is universal. We have all experienced it one time or another. Unfortunately for some, they experience these downturns a lot more than most. For more than thirty years, I imagined what the experience of meeting Lorna Dane might feel like. This Emma Dumont interview granted me that wish, a wish I never fathomed would become reality.

Emma Dumont Researched the $%@& out of Lorna Dane!

Once, a friend described comic book fandom as similar to the NRA. I wish he was 100% wrong. We’re all too aware the national conversation has descended into the gutter. It somehow managed to seep its way into comic book culture, a medium sprung out of oppression. In the past, comic book fans criticized movie counterparts from their favorite comics harshly. On occasion, cause exists when an actor’s disdain for portraying a comic book character is obvious. In the case of Emma Dumont, nothing could be further from the truth.

Recently, ComicsVerse conducted a two-hour podcast all about Lorna Dane (aka Polaris). I, personally, re-read over 200 issues in the months preceding the podcast. Before our interview started, I meant to ask if Emma had read any comics with Polaris in them. I felt so nervous that I forgot to ask. Not too long into the conversation, I realized Emma was as versed, if not more, in all the comics featuring Polaris we read, every comic book reader’s dream when it comes to how they want actors to approach their favorite characters!

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont in the "got your siX" episode of THE GIFTED airing Monday, Nov. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont in the “got your siX” episode of THE GIFTED airing Monday, Nov. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Eliza Morse/FOX

Emma Dumont, the Artist

I often caught myself talking too much during the interview. Please accept my apologies in advance. Talking with Emma felt so natural, like talking with any number of my good female friends. Just when I thought things couldn’t get more awesome, something profound happened. We gave it lip service several times in the interview.

However, experiencing this felt so different than simply knowing it. Emma Dumont committed herself so intensely to the role of Lorna Dane that differences between them ceased to exist. I’m not hyperbolizing. I bore witness to art in its purest form — an artist sitting in their truth with their need overlapping their character’s need. It wasn’t a scene. Emma certainly wasn’t acting, and that didn’t take anything away from the experience.

Emotional Truths

Hollywood too often stinks of bullshit and huge egos. Emma Dumont’s humility and sense of self appear to allow her to create art on network television. Emma doesn’t hold any punches when it comes to expressing her fear that THE GIFTED too closely resembles life under the Trump Administration for minorities. Referring to herself as a privileged white girl, she states her plight.

Emma Dumont’s goal is for people to understand how closely the discrimination and oppression her character experiences in THE GIFTED is real for too many people. Emma’s commitment to understanding something she says she hasn’t experienced makes her goal even nobler. However, after discussing her history in more detail, Emma felt like an outcast growing up too.

THE GIFTED After Show Episode 1: The Gift Gets Real

What we are privy to in Emma Dumont’s portrayal of Polaris is nothing short of lucky. As the audience, we get to experience Emma struggling in a world that discriminates and judges. Every week, we get to see her live in her pain. The world isn’t safe for everyone. Emma Dumont wants us to know that so fiercely she surrenders her comfort and emotional armor in order for us to see what its like for people who have it worse than we do. In sacrificing that, Lorna Dane becomes even more of a living breathing human being.

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont and Sean Teale in the "boXed In" airing Monday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D'Alema/FOX

THE GIFTED: Emma Dumont and Sean Teale in the “boXed In” airing Monday, Oct. 30 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2017 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Guy D’Alema/FOX

Emma Dumont: “I am Polaris”

I grew up with Polaris as part of my life, and I care deeply about her character’s portrayal in comics and on the screen. I feel connected with her journey, and I meant it in the interview when I said Emma Dumont is the Polaris X-Men fans have been waiting for. My only regret is not telling Emma she’s the artist Polaris has been waiting for.

Emma Dumont isn’t kidding when she says “I am Polaris.”

I went into the interview knowing Polaris is a superhero. By the time the interview finished, I left knowing Emma Dumont is a superhero too.

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Previews Spotlight #122: 2017-12

John discusses the contents of the December 2017 Previews catalog and plays clips sent in from listeners spotlighting items they picked.

We had 1 other podcast/blog represented this month:
Superman Fan Podcast

and 10 listeners:
Nicholas Fenner
Chris Braly
Mo Walker
Jason Kim
Martin Pierro
Alan Bowman
Jerry Rademacher
Todd Cassel

Items mentioned:
p.30 (John Mayo) PREVIEWS #353
p.41 (Nicholas Fenner) Mata Hari #1
p.44 (Chris Braly) Originals: The Essential Edition HC
p.60 (Drew) Vinegar Teeth #2
p.71 (Billy Hogan) Terrifics #1
p.71 (Mo Walker) Terrifics #1
p.74 (Nicholas Fenner) JLA/Doom Patrol “Milk Wars” crossover
p.74 (Mo Walker) JLA/Doom Patrol #1
p.76 (Mo Walker) Doom Patrol/JLA Special #1
p.81 (Nicholas Fenner) Brave and the Bold #1
p.82 (Jason Kim) Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 1 HC
p.83 (Heidi) Young Monsters in Love #1
p.84 (Chris Braly) Action Comics #1000: 80 Years of Superman HC
p.85 (Billy Hogan) Action Comics #’997 and #998
p.86 (Nicholas Fenner) Aquaman #33
p.87 (John Mayo) MERA: QUEEN OF ATLANTIS #1
p.88 (Nicholas Fenner) Batgirl #20 and Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #19
p.89 (Nicholas Fenner) Batman #41
p.105 (John Mayo) INJUSTICE 2 #19
p.109 (Nicholas Fenner) New Superman and the Justice League of China #20
p.111 (Martin Pierro) Trinity #18
p.114 (Billy Hogan) Superman #40 and #41
p.118 (Alan Bowman) Wildstorm #12
p.138 (Chris Braly) Sheriff of Babylon: Deluxe Edition HC
p.146 (Drew) Punks Not Dead #1
p.149 (Jerry Rademacher) GI Joe vs Six Million Dollar Man #1
p.187 (Chris Braly) VS #1
p.187 (Mo Walker) VS #1
p.188 (Drew) Beef #1
p.194 (Nicholas Fenner) Descender #27
p.196 (Chris Braly) Moonshine #7
p.216 (Alan Bowman) Lazarus Sourcebook #3 : Vassalovka
p.231 (Jason Kim) Walking Dead #176
p.M2 (Mo Walker) X-Men Red #1
p.M2 (Jerry Rademacher) X-Men Red #1
p.M18 (Alan Bowman) Mighty Thor #704
p.M38 (Chris Braly) Black Panther Annual #1
p.M47 (John Mayo) LOCKJAW #1
p.M52 (Drew) Thanos #16 
p.M75 (Martin Pierro) Star Wars: Thrawn #1
p.M82 (Todd Cassel) X-Men Grand Design TPB
p.M84 (Jason Kim) Thanos: The Infinity Siblings OGN HC
p.M106 (Todd Cassel) Master of Kung Fu Epic Collection
p.250 (Billy Hogan) Athena Voltaire #1
p.250 (Martin Pierro) Athena Voltaire #1
p.265 (Alan Bowman) XII #1 
p.274 (Heidi) A Cat Named Haiku HC
p.276 (Chris Braly) Afterlife With Archie Volume 2 TPB
p.289 (Drew) Come into Me #1
p.295 (Todd Cassel) Cyanide and Happiness:A Guide to Parenting by Three Guys with No Kids SC
p.295 (Heidi) Cyanide and Happiness:A Guide to Parenting by Three Guys with No Kids SC
p.296 (Chris Braly) Jim Henson’s Labyrinth #1
p.317 (Heidi) Yurushi GN
p.322 (Jerry Rademacher) Pumpkinhead #1
p.370 (Nicholas Fenner) Jazz Maynard Vol. 2 #1
p.377 (Jerry Rademacher) Battlecats #1
p.377 (Martin Pierro) Battlecats #1
p.394 (Drew) Shiver Bureau #1
p.399 (Nicholas Fenner) A Wrinkle in Time TP
p.413 (Jerry Rademacher) Under TPB
p.428 (Heidi) Box Boy GN
p.440 (Jerry Rademacher) Cult Classic: Return of the Graveyard Gang #1
p.454 (Jerry Rademacher) Peek-A-Boo #1
p.455 (John Mayo) MUSKETEERS #1
p.888 (Jason Kim) Shoutouts

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 153: DC Comics, Batman, Superman and Children Problems

Jim and Eric talk about a ton of books as well as how Dancing Mike made the right decision by not having kids.  Branden seems to agree at the end of the Marvel Minute as well! Continue reading

Deconstructing Comics #582: Kaigai Manga Festa 2017, pt 2

Comitia/Kaigai Manga Festa sign

This week, part two of the Kaigai Manga Festa 2017 roundup, recorded in Tokyo on November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight.

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Weekly Comics Spotlight #538: 2017-11-29

John and Drew discuss MYSTIK U #1 by DC, X-MEN BLUE #16 by Marvel and SWORD OF AGES #1 by IDW PUBLISHING.

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00:00 Intro
00:44 DC: MYSTIK U #1
15:51 Marvel: X-MEN BLUE #16
35:21 General discussion
47:04 Next Week Promo
47:16 Wrap up
47:47 End of episode.

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Longbox Review Presents The Gutters: Star Trek: The Motion Picture Commentary

Happy holidays! My present to you this year: commentary on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, which was released on December 7, 1979. Pop in your Director’s Cut DVD and follow along as I talk through one of my favorite Star Trek films.

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Wayne’s Comics Podcast #306: Johnathan Lewis

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, Johnathan Lewis, Penumbra, Wild Hare, Bunny Lord, Shades of Vengeance, video games, comics,

This week is a special one for me as I interview Johnathan Lewis from Penumbra, a comic from Shades of Vengeance! He’s the first fan of the podcast (that I know of) who I’ve interviewed, so I consider it a significant milestone! We discuss his just-concluded and successful Kickstarter as well as exploring Penumbra in depth, including the heroine herself and her supporting cast, how the comic came to be, and what we might expect from the Mistress of Shadows in the future! To access Penumbra, go to this link! Don’t miss this fun interview with a successful comics creator!


Arc Reactions – 87 – The Punisher (Netflix)


We discuss Marvel’s The Punisher season 1 from Netflix. We talk about the pacing, the violence, the issues raised on the show, and more.


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Superman Fan Podcast Episode #373 Part II: Superman Family Comic Book Cover Dated September 1964: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen #79!

Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen 79, September 1964!

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SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN 79, September 1964, was published on July 9, 1964. It contained 32 pages for the cover price of 12¢. Mort Weisinger was the editor, and the cover was pencilled by Curt Swan, inked by George Klein and lettered by Ira Schnapp. It featured the issue’s third and final story.

– (14:44) JIMMY OLSEN’S FORGOTTEN GIRLFRIEND (8 pgs.), written by Leo Dorfman, pencilled by Curt Swan and inked by George Klein.

– (34:56) THE MENACE OF INSECT ISLAND (8 pgs.), written by Leo Dorfman and drawn by George Papp.

– (48:47) JIMMY OLSEN’S PEN PALS letter column.

– (57:14) THE RED-HEADED BEATLE OF 1,000 B. C. (9 pgs.), written by Leo Dorfman and drawn by George Papp. This story was also reprinted in SUPERMAN IN THE SIXTIES.

Also highlighted in this episode are the issue’s ads and other features, including the short article, JIMMY OLSEN’S TIME TRIPS.

We will finish looking at the Superman Family of DC Comics cover dated September 1964 with: PART III: 80 PAGE GIANT 3 (starring Lois Lane and co-starring Lana Lang), PART IV: WORLD’S FINEST COMICS 144 & PART IV: ACTION COMICS 316!


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Airship 27 Podcast #34: The Shrike

Captain Ron Fortier and Chief Engineer Rob Davis bring you aboard the Airship 27 for another pulp-tastic episode!

The duo talk about their latest releases and much more!


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Last Ship Season 4

John and Kay have a spoiler filled discuss about the fourth season of The Last Ship.

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Radio Free Asgard 296

This week we have a look at the final chapter of our Pluto story in The Mighty Thor #201! This time around we meet Heimdal’s dwarven slave, Hogun loses his helmet, Pluto murders a tree, Odin comes back to life, and Ego Prime comes to Earh! A lot going on here, so don’t miss it!