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Fanbase Feature: 40th Anniversary Retrospective on ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’ (1982)

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, The Fanbase Weekly co-host Bryant Dillon is joined by special guests Norm Harper (writer – Fanbase Press’ The Sequels, Haphaven / LEGO blogger) and Ben Ragunton (podcast host – The Two Gay Geeks) to participate in a thorough discussion regarding E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) in light of the film’s 40th anniversary, with topics including how director Steven Spielberg’s own childhood experiences surrounding his parent’s divorce served as the film’s inspiration, the controversial changes made for the 20th anniversary’s “Special Edition” edit, the dark and disturbing potential sequel that was never produced, and more. (Beware: SPOILERS for E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial abound in this panel discussion!)

Cast members
: Norm Harper (writer – Fanbase Press’ The Sequels, Haphaven / LEGO blogger), Ben Ragunton (podcast host – The Two Gay Geeks), and Bryant Dillon (Fanbase Press President, writer – Something Animal, Identity Thief)

This month’s sponsor: Brett Weldele, Greg Smith, and Travis Webb are back with Starlite Issue 5! Everyone’s favorite stark-raving mad teenage superheroes are back in action, battling trans-dimensional spired wizards and space pirate cats! The Kickstarter campaign will launch at the end of June. Updates and previous issues can be found on

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Theme Song Written and Performed by
: Adam WarRock

The Fanbase Weekly Theme Song Produced by: Mikal kHill

Episode Photo by: Bryant Dillon

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