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Eating the Fantastic

I’ve been going to science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comic book conventions since I was 15, and I’ve found that while the con which takes place within the walls of a hotel or convention center is always fun, the con away from the con—which takes place when I wander off-site with friends for a meal—can often be more fun. In fact, my love of tracking down good food while traveling the world attending conventions has apparently become so well known that one blogger even dubbed me “science fiction’s Anthony Bourdain.” So after toying for quite awhile with the idea of attempting to replicate in podcast form one of my favorite parts of any convention—good conversation with good friends over good food—it’s finally happening. During each episode, I’ll share a meal with someone whose opinions I think you’ll want to hear, and we’ll talk about science fiction, fantasy, horror, writing, comics, movies, fandom … whatever happens to come to mind. (There’ll also be food talk, of course.) Please note—this will not be a pristine studio-recorded podcast, but one which will always occur in a restaurant setting, meaning that mixed in with our conversation will be the sounds of eating and drinking and reviewing of menus and slurping and background chatter and the servers popping in … in other words, it’ll be as messy as life. And hopefully as entertaining, too. And now … please pull up a chair to the table and get ready to dig in.
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Dec 27, 2019

Chow down on cannoli with author Bob Proehl as we discuss how it really all began for him with poetry, the way giving a non-comics reader <em>Watchmen</em> for their first comic is like giving a non-novel reader <em>Ulysses</em> as their first novel, why discovering <em>Sandman</em> was a lifesaver, the reason the Flying Burrito Brothers 1968 debut album <em>The Gilded Palace of Sin</em> matters so much to him, why he had a case of Imposter Syndrome over his first book and how he survived it, the reasons he's so offended by <em>The Big Bang Theory</em>, what he meant when he said "I actually like boring books," his love for <em>The X-Files</em>, <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em>, and the <em>X-Men</em>, whether it's hard to get a beer in New York at six o'clock in the morning, why he wasn't disappointed in the <em>Lost</em> finale, and much more.

Dec 13, 2019

Join Elsa Sjunneson-Henry for lunch in Little Italy as we discuss her roller coaster of emotions the night she won a Hugo Award earlier this year during the Dublin Worldcon, how that editorial gig increased her empathy, the way writing roleplaying games and being a Sherlock Holmes nerd taught her about world-building and led to her first professional fiction sales, the dinosaur-themed Twitter feed that gave birth to her most recently published short story, the novel she's working on which she describes as <em>The Conjuring</em> meets <em>The Stand</em>, her expertise in obscenity law and fascination with the history of burlesque, why she felt the <em>Bird Box</em> novel handled blindness better than the movie, her background in competitive improv and the way that helped her within science fiction, advice on how not to let Internet trolls get you down, and much more.

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