Public is invited to live podcast tapings of ‘Serious Fun’ Saturday, Oct. 5 at Brown County Library Comic-Con

For the third year in a row, three live podcast tapings of the Phoenix Studios podcast “Serious Fun” will be presented at the Brown County Library Comic-Con Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Central Library location. The podcasts will begin at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. All tapings are on the first floor of the Popular Library section. Below are the descriptions of each planned podcast.

10:30 p.m. – Artist and Author Gene Ha 

Ha is an artist and writer best known for his work on the series “Top 10,” the Batman graphic novel “Fortunate Son,” and “The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix,” as well as numerous other projects for DC, Marvel, Vertigo and other companies. He has also won four Eisner Awards and is currently working on the all-ages series “Mae.” 

1:30 p.m. – Author Martha Wells 

Martha Wells is a Hugo and Nebula award-winning author who has published numerous fantasy and science fiction novels, short stories, and non-fiction essays; she has also worked on stories for the card game “Magic: The Gathering” and her works have been translated into eight languages.

3 p.m. – “Anyone Can Wear the Mask” 

After decades of the same kinds of heroes under the mask, our superheroes are finally becoming more diverse on the page and screen – and it’s about time! In this special Serious Fun/Psych and Stuff collaboration, Prof. Bryan Carr (Communication, Information Science and Women’s and Gender Studies) and Prof. Ryan Martin (Psychology), and special guests talk about the economic, psychological and moral reasons why representation in superhero narratives matters, inspired by the Academy Award-winning “Into the Spider-Verse” and the character of Miles Morales. Audience members will also be encouraged to share their own thoughts and experiences.

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About Serious Fun: Take a journey into the frivolous with “Serious Fun,” a podcast by UW-Green Bay Communication and Information Science Prof. Bryan Carr. Hear from the scholars, professionals and fans that interpret and create pop culture. Whether it’s comic books, video games or reality TV, “Serious Fun” examines the media that shapes and reflects our lives. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu/podcasts/.