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.
Just in time for the holidays, in this extended seventh episode of Dream Journal, the podcast group POPSKL (Pissed-Off, Psychic Scary Kids of LA) sits down with special superstar and Eisner Award-winning artist and writer Jill Thompson to discuss her work on Brief Lives, the seventh volume of Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic series, The Sandman. Together, we discuss characters, themes, and her craft. The podcast group – being creators themselves – bring a unique perspective to this roundtable discussion about the themes and characters within this volume which sends the storyline heading toward its conclusion. They tout big conversations for big stories, and well, this is one of the biggest! 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. Sit back, brew some java, and join the conversation.
Special Guest: Jill Thompson (Eisner Award-winning artist/writer)
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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Special Note: This is where we’d normally list time codes for when certain topics were discussed during the episode, but we didn’t find this to be conducive to our free-flowing conversation. If any of our listeners found the time codes to be helpful, please leave us a comment to let us know.
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