Netflix is releasing a new Marvel series on November 20th. Jessica Jones is a PI who has given up on her super heroic life for many reasons, including mental and emotional trauma from the Purple Man, Dr. Zebediah Killgrave. Jessica Jones’ story was told in the comic book series “Alias” by Brian Michael Bendis under Marvel’s mature MAX imprint.

The comic book shows a well nuanced and complicated protagonist who is not always easy to like, but who is so much more real than many of the spandex set. It is one of the few times in fiction that sexual assault is addressed in a way that isn’t only for the purposes of making the big bad really hated or to add fake depth to a story.

While my hopes are high for the series based on the quality of Netflix’ Daredevil, please consider purchasing the graphic novels of Alias.

This week on TheoNerd, Ben and Andrew have a conversation with gaming podcast host and retro computer fan, Ken Gagne. Ken joins us in a conversation about the controversy at the 2015 SXSW, his love of independent and retro games, and his interest in process theology.

Ken hosts the podcast Polygamer, a podcast about equality and diversity in gaming.

Ken is an editor and contributor for Gamebits and Juiced.GS

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This week on TheoNerd, Ben and Andrew have a conversation with comic book author and scholar, A. David Lewis. David authored The Lone and Level Sands and Some New Kind of Slaughter, as well as American Comics, Literary Theory, and Religion: The Superhero Afterlife. We talk about how he came to love comics, why there is crossover for him with religious studies, and what he plans for his reboot of the original Muslim superhero, Kismet the Man of Fate.

 

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TheoNerd is a podcast at the intersection of nerd cultures and theology, philosophy, and religious studies. Your hosts, Ben, and Andrew, are both scholars and nerds and talk about topics in the gaming community, comics, and nerdy pop culture fields and how those topics speak with theology, philosophy, and religious studies. This episode tells the TheoNerd origin story.

 

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Welcome to TheoNerd. Ben and I are the hosts of TheoNerd, a blog and podcast about the intersection of nerd culture and theology/religious studies. As a practical theologian, my work focuses on the practices of lived religion as the foundation for my scholarship. I see lived religions happening in communities sharing stories they hold sacred, with exemplars showing what is virtuous in the community.

As a life long nerd, my understanding of nerd communities shows that they are full of these characteristics. Continue reading