FYMP Podcast #29 – Morality and The Man of Steel

In this episode we’re joined by Samantha Nelson! Samantha is the Senior Editor at Escapist Magazine and creator of The New Mythology column there. She also contributes regularly to The Verge, The A.V. Club, and The Chicago Tribune. Samantha also podcasts for the Critical Hit podcast.
In this episode we talk about the DCEU’s Superman, morality, and the antihero phenomenon that Matt and I previously touched on in episode 9 of the FYMPcast. We also touch on the world of manga, anime, and adaptations, as well as great cartoons of the 1990s.

More of Samantha’s Work:
How Captain America Defeated Superman
Black Panther’s Killmonger is the MCU’s Magneto

Timestamp Recap
(02:00) Guest Introduction: Samantha Nelson
(06:47) Manga, anime, and adaptations
(12:45) Formative fiction
(19:53) Gargoyles and displaced heroes
(21:41) The Superman Stories
(24:01) How Captain America Defeated Superman
(32:42) Morality, anti-heroes, and the Man of Steel

Stories Discussed
Movies – Detective Pikachu, Battle Angel Alita, Pacific Rim, All-Star Superman, Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel
Creators – Joaquim Dos Santos, Zack Snyder
Comics – All-Star Superman
Manga/Anime – Battle Angel Alita (GUNM), Rurouni Kenshin
TV – Gargoyles, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra, Batman Beyond

Dis/Honorable Mention
Creators – Ryan Reynolds, Brandon Sanderson, Mark Millar, Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, Frank Quitely
Movies – The Lion King
Comics – We3
TV – Superman, The Animated Series, Lois & Clark, Batman: The Animated Series, Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Mad Men
Books – Dune, The Foundation Series, The Mistborn Series
Manga/Anime – Sailor Moon, Dragonball Z, One Punch Man, Death Note, Perfect Blue

FYMP Podcast #28 – Who Watches the Watchmen?

In this episode Matt’s back! And just in time for a conversation about the most well-received graphic novel of all time: Watchmen. After a quick fiction catch up, we discuss the original Watchmen comic, it’s various spin offs and adaptations (including the upcoming HBO series), and try to figure out why adaptations and additions to the original have had such a hard time capturing what made the original so special. We also recommend some of our favorite recent comics, books, and movies and are briefly visited by 2 of Matt’s daughters 🙂

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FYMP Podcast #27 – The Magic of Reframing: A Conversation with Kalle Moen

Kalle Moen is the head of product at Nomad X and the engineering manager and tech lead of a separate US based venture. He’s also a digital nomad, and a former professional magician and entrepreneur. The conversation ranges from magic, to social engineering, to the art of creating unique experiences and reframing worldviews.

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FYMP Podcast #26 – The Edge of Success: A Conversation with Adam Mitchell-Hardt

In this episode I spoke with career coach Adam Mitchell-Hardt about some inspirational pieces of fiction and their implications for finding fulfillment in the work that we do. We discuss the apathy that many people feel in relation to how they spend their days, and the possible solutions to that problem that find their reflections in books and movies. You can find out more about Adam at his website: http://www.adammitchellhardt.com & on IG:  adammitchellhardt

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FYMP Podcast #25 – Buffy, Vampires, and the Chosen Family: A Conversation with Sami Gardner

In this episode I had the pleasure of speaking with career coach, podcaster, fiction connoisseur, and Buffy superfan Sami Gardner! Our wide-ranging conversation on vampire fiction centers around Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the often underappreciated gem of late 90’s early 2000’s TV. We talk about why the show was so special, and why messages about chosen communities resonate with modern people so much. You can (and should) find more about Sami on her website: samigardner.net

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FYMP Podcast #24 – The Art of Stand-Up: A Conversation with Adam Palmeter

In this hilarious episode I spoke with artist and stand-up comedian Adam Palmeter! We talked about the intersection between traditional art and performance art, the psychology of the comedian, and life lessons taken from stand-up. You can find more of Adam’s work on IG: @adampalmeter, or at his website: www.adampalmeter.com

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FYMP Podcast #23 – The Highs and Lows of Comedy and Culture: A Conversation with Dave

In this episode Khemit and Dave chat about comedy, humor and what makes funny things funny. We talk about the differences between American and British comedy, the relationship between discomfort and comedy, the role of humor in societies, if and when comedy goes too far, and our favorite and least favorite examples of funny stuff.

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FYMP Podcast #22 – Personality Type and Stories: A Conversation with Idahosa Ness

In this episode, hyperglot and serial entrepreneur Idahosa Ness joins us!

Idahosa is the founder of The Mimic Method, a language learning program that helps you learn languages by ear, and MindKeepers where he focuses on helping people spend more time in a good state of mind using various tools and techniques. We talk about the different frameworks used for personality typing, the purpose and utility of learning about personality types, and how personality type plays a role in stories and in people’s lives.

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FYMP Podcast #21 – Journey to the East: A Conversation with Walter McDaniel

In this episode of the podcast we had the pleasure of speaking with artist, entrepreneur and fellow East Coaster Walter McDaniel! We talked about topics including his background as an artist, his current work, storytelling, fictional influences, his advice for people with atypical aspirations. After the conversation with Walter, Matt and Khemit discuss Walter’s work, Journey to the West, and the art of translating mythology.

More information about Red Dragon Media can be found at www.red-dragon.cn

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FYMP Podcast #20 – Why Epic Book Series’ Get Worse & The Psychology of Success

In this episode we try to answer the question of why epic book series’ tend to get worse as they get further along. We also discuss the pressures and psychological effects of success on writers, what it takes to maintain productivity and motivation as a human being, and the incredible value of being bad at things.

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FYMP Podcast #19 – The Last Airbender and the Multiple Dimensions of Cartoons

In this episode we talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender and other non-anime cartoons that were MUCH more than just children’s shows. We discuss cartoon series’ that transcend their genre and have something to offer to both kids and adults, and draw contrasts with those that don’t. The discussion, as always, gets into the essential elements of storytelling and the meaning behind the characters we know and love.

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FYMP Podcast #18 – Annihilation – Understanding the Impossible

In this episode we discuss the Alex Garland movie Annihilation. Tons of themes to unpack so we dive right in, and there’s a healthy dose of our usual tangents on myriad other works of fiction that tie into those themes. We also discuss the psychology of Hollywood, the human ability to create, and the effects of streaming services on the movie industry.

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FYMP Podcast #17 – Unbreakable & Split: the War Within

In this episode we break down the themes behind the 2 films in M. Night Shyamalan’s newly shared universe: Unbreakable & Split. The Unbreaka-verse? The Split-verse? Shyama-Land? Whatever you want to call it, there are some seriously interesting themes in these movies. We take a deep look a what they are and their implications in our lives.

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FYMP Podcast #16 – Movies as Guidance: What Stories Can Tell Us

In this episode of the podcast we shift gears a bit to talk about how movies and stories can be used as more than just entertainment. We discuss a few movies we love because we think they have something to say about how we lead our lives. There’s much more to stories than we usually notice and we talk about how they can also be used as tools for gaining clarity about ourselves. Let us know what you think!

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FYMP Podcast #14 – Avengers: Infinity War and the Marvel Mythos

Avengers: Infinity War, the sequel to end all sequels, is finally here! Thank Thanos! We take you on a tour of the film (spoiler free for the first 30 minutes) and the comics that spawned it. In this episode you’ll hear our thoughts on the movie and the MCU mythos, and learn about the origins of the scenes and characters you liked the most.

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FYMP Podcast #13 – The Dark Tower, IT, & the Cinematic World of Stephen King

In this episode Matt and Khemit discuss the recent Stephen King adaptation of The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. They then discuss the many King book-to-film adaptation that have been made over the years, many of which you probably didn’t know came from that author! As always, there are recommendations for books and movies throughout.

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FYMP Podcast #12 – The Book Brain Dump: Sci-fi & Fantasy

 

In this podcast Matt and Khemit talk about their favorite lesser known science fiction and fantasy book series’. If you’ve been looking for a new (or old) series to read, this is the episode for you. We start with a discussion of classic fantasy, move on to classic sci-fi, and then give our top picks. Let us know if we mention your favorites or miss any must-read series’!

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FYMP Podcast #10 – The Great Star Wars Debate

star wars debate

Matt loves Star Wars. Khemit does not. This week we try to figure out who’s right by discussing the merits and shortfalls of the Star Wars Universe. We discuss everything from the original trilogy to The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi to books and comics set in the Extended Universe. Also featuring a not-to-be-missed Grudge Match after which the galaxy will never be the same.

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FYMP Podcast #9 – The Rise of the Anti-hero

anti hero

What accounts for the rising popularity of the anti-hero in fiction? In this week’s podcast we explore that question and others related to the idea of heroes in stories and in the real world. We discuss Alan Moore and the origins of the trend in comics, as well as  recent hero stories like Man of Steel. Plus, our very first Grudge Match between 2 VERY anti-heroes! Continue reading “FYMP Podcast #9 – The Rise of the Anti-hero”

FYMP Podcast #8 – Rick & Morty, Dirk Gently, and the Existential TV Boom

rick and morty

Khemit and Matt dig deep into modern TV to find the best examples of existential, nihilistic, and absurdist inquiry including Rick & Morty and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. This episode explores why many of these shows resonate with us and what that means for our own lives. Recommendations galore, plus the introduction of the Grudge Match segment!

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FYMP Podcast #7 – Comics vs. Manga: The Anatomy of the Graphics Arts

comics vs. manga

In this podcast we’re diving deep into the differences in storytelling between comics vs. manga. As a topic close to our hearts, you should find this interesting even if you don’t consider yourself a fan of either. If you need a good recommendation or a good starting point for exploring comics and manga, this will provide both. Reach out to us on Facebook to join this conversation!

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FYMP Podcast #4 – The “Why” of Blade Runner 2049

In our 4th podcast we deep dive into the world of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, and the mind of Ridley Scott. Our discussion touches on common themes in science fiction as well as common pitfalls in the genre. We limit ourselves mainly to films on this one, so if you’re a movie person, this is for you. Beware: here there be spoilers.
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FYMP Podcast #3 – The Mature Sci-Fi TV Renaissance

In our 3rd Podcast we talk about the much-welcome resurgence in mature sci-fi Television that is taking place at the moment. We use shows like Altered Carbon and The Expanse to guide the conversation, and take frequent detours to talk about other great and not-so-great TV along the way.

The occasional cuts you may notice are excised interruptions by Matt’s inexhaustible children. Perhaps we’ll compile them into a stand-alone podcast some day!

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FYMP Podcast #2 – Game of Thrones and the Violence Equation

In this recommendation-heavy podcast, we discuss book series’ ranging from Game of Thrones and The Dark Tower to much more obscure works of fiction with violent themes in an attempt to divine the true nature of violence in books.

We attempt to answer the question: what makes brutality in fiction good, bad, or neutral? In this one, you’re guaranteed to learn about at least several great books you’ve never heard of.

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FYMP Podcast #1 – The Story Begins

In this, the inaugural FYMP’cast, we discuss our reasons for creating it, introduce ourselves and our approach to the world of stories & fiction. We attempt to lay the groundwork for what will be an outlet and delivery system for our massive accumulation of trivia on all things fictitious, as well as our philosophy on the importance of storytelling.

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