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Fanbase Feature: Dream Journal – A Focus on Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Sandman’ – Episode 05

As a special feature of The Fanbase Weekly podcast, the Fanbase Feature focuses on and celebrates a specific element of geek culture.

In this Fanbase Feature mini-series, Dream Journal – A Focus on Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman will provide an in-depth analysis of Neil Gaiman’s iconic comic book series, The Sandman. In this 10-episode limited podcast series, each episode will analyze one of the 10 trade paperbacks that span the full run of the Sandman series, exploring the themes of Gaiman’s seminal series, but also delving into the role of dreams in narrative storytelling and the overall impact that stories can impart on their audiences.

In this fifth episode of Dream Journal, the podcast group POPSKL (Pissed-Off, Psychic Scary Kids of LA) discusses and dissects the stories, characters, themes, and importance of A Game of You, the fifth volume of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic series, The Sandman. Being creators themselves, they bring a unique perspective to this roundtable discussion about the themes of personal identity within A Game of You and inclusivity in storytelling. They also converse about what makes them tic, some recent or past dreams that have affected them, and some personal recommendations if you love The Sandman. POPSKL brings you big conversations for big stories, and The Sandman is one of the biggest. Soo, sit back, brew some java, and join the conversation.

Cast members
: Justin Peniston (writer – Hunter Black, Mega Man: Fully Charged), Kelly Sue Milano (writer – HexComix’s Hex 11), Lisa K. Weber (artist – HexComix’s Hex 11), Claire Thorne (founder – Unexpected Hobby, A Geek’s Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space), and Phillip Kelly (Fanbase Press Contributor, writer/director/performer)

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1:26 Script Reading, Introductions, and Synopsis
7:12 Wherein we discuss the Central character: Barbie and feminine versus the masculine
25:17 Wherein we discuss the secondary characters, the importance of trans representation, and one of the first trans characters in comic books: Wanda
50:30 Where in we discuss the importance of black representation in comic books and stories
54:33 Where in we discuss our own responsibility as creators to tackle issues of representation
1:15:05 Wherein we discuss Dream’s part in all of this
1:18:43 Wherein we discuss our own dreams
1:34:39 Wherein we give our recommendations, harass Justin, and sign off

The Fanbase Weekly
Theme Song Written and Performed by
: Adam WarRock

The Fanbase Weekly Theme Song Produced by: Mikal kHill

Episode Photo by: Bryant Dillon

Produced by: Phillip Kelly and Justin Peniston

Original Music by: Zach Pyke

Original Sandman Art by: William Orr

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