The Fanbase Weekly: Episode #223 (The Problem with Rebooting ‘Harry Potter’ & More)

In The Fanbase Weekly, the Fanbase Press staff and a host of special guests from across the pop culture spectrum discuss the top geek stories of the week.

In the latest episode, The Fanbase Weekly co-hosts welcome special guests Hale Leo (Mixed media artist, published poet, and tabletop game designer) and Kevin Bides (Brand Coordinator, Skybound Entertainment) to discuss the latest geek news stories of the week, including Warner Bros. Discovery's controversial plan to reboot the Harry Potter franchise for TV, the announcement of new comic book publisher DSTLRY, and reactions to Marvel's release of The Marvels trailer.

: Barbra Dillon (Fanbase Press Editor-in-Chief), Drew Siragusa (Senior Contributor), and Claire Thorne (Creator, A Geek's Guide to Cross-Stitch: Journeys in Space)

Special guests: Hale Leo (Mixed media artist, published poet, and tabletop game designer) and Kevin Bides (Brand Coordinator, Skybound Entertainment)

This month's sponsor: Ben and Keith, known as The Two Gay Geeks, are a gay couple of 27 years whose podcast, TG Geeks Webcast, as well as their website,, have highlighted and showcased some very bright and budding talent, including new and independent filmmakers, artists, and writers and other independent organizations, conventions, and the like. Currently, The Two Gay Geeks are on a much needed hiatus but will return again soon. In the interim, they have asked Fanbase Press to highlight several worth-while organizations throughout the month.

Today, we will highlight The Trevor Project. If you are thinking about harming yourself — please get immediate support. Connect to a crisis counselor 24/7, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the U.S. It is 100% confidential, and 100% free. The Trevor Project’s trained counselors understand the challenges LGBTQ+ young people face. They will listen without judgment. All of your conversations are confidential, and you can share as much or as little as you’d like.

20:01 - (Variety) HBO Boss Dodges J.K. Rowling Anti-Trans Controversy After Announcing HARRY POTTER Series: ‘Our Priority Is What’s on Screen’
39:20 - (ComicsBeat) David Steinberger and Chip Mosher explain DSTLRY, their new comics company
52:06 - (Marvel Studios) Marvel Studios’ THE MARVELS | Teaser Trailer


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