On The Adventure Zone, Fandom, and the Pitfalls of Black-and-White Reasoning

On June 1st, 2017, First Second Books released art for their upcoming graphic novel for The Adventure Zone, a popular D&D podcast. The art featured redesigns for the three main characters who were all depicted as white in their original designs, as shown in the title image for this post. The redesigns made one character black ...

PodCon IndieGogo Closes with a Whopping $243k

PodCon, the first genuine convention for podcast fans, closed its Indiegogo campaign last night with a final sum of $243,686. While the campaign did not reach its goal of $300k, the Indiegogo has a "flexible" goal, meaning the convention will move forward, supporters will get their perks, etc. Podcon.com now reroutes to a full site ...

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A Rock and a Hard Place – The Adventure Zone Graphic Novel and Representation

Originally posted on The LauraKBuzz Network:
For those unaware of the long running D&D podcast The Adventure Zone and the current discussions surrounding its graphic novel adaptation, here’s a primer. The Adventure Zone was initially created in mid 2014 as an isolated spin off episode of the My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast. The…

WNYC’s Invisibilia Returns for Season 3 with a Two-Part Episode on Emotions

Today, WNYC's standout Invisibilia returns with a two-part episode on emotion. Episode 1 opens up with this lofty claim: Today, we introduce a completely different way of thinking about emotion--a way of thinking about emotion that, honestly, blew our minds. Invisibilia made the waves with its stellar first two episodes, and fans have been waiting some ...

A short hiatus: 5/21/17 – 6/4/17

Podcast Problems will be on a short hiatus from today, 5/21/17, until two weeks from now, 6/4/17. Next week, I'll be in NYC for a wedding. The week after is my birthday week, so I'm giving myself a little break. That doesn't mean I'll be taking a break from podcasts though, of course. I'll try to ...

This Week in Podcasts: 5/14/17 – 5/20/17

This Week in Podcasts a weekly roundup of mini-reviews of all of the podcasts I’ve listened to in a week. If you see any podcasts that you feel are missing from my list, there’s a good chance I haven’t listened to the show yet! Feel free to give me recommendations–as well as any feedback or ...

Episode Review: Welcome to Night Vale’s Live Show, “Ghost Stories”

If you read this blog often, you probably know that I have a complicated relationship with Welcome to Night Vale. While the first year of audio (ending in "One Year Later") is borderline perfect, the show has dipped in quality more than once over the years, leading to recent episodes that have left me unimpressed and ...

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