Category Archives: Supercontext

Supercontext is a podcast autopsy of media.

The Divided States of Hysteria by Howard Chaykin

This controversial comic series about terrorism and identity politics predicts a dystopia that not everyone is willing to agree with. We look at the angry arguments from both Howard Chaykin and his detractors about whether this is artistic expression or just shock value. And… we ask what no one else seems to address. Does Chaykin’s story successfully meet its intended goal?

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Supercontext: Minisode 002

As long-time listeners know, one of our hosts is moving across the country, and our production schedule has been disrupted.

To ease the transition, this week’s Supercontext is a shortened, totally subjective chat about what media we have been consuming and enjoying.

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Supercontext: My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by Emil Ferris

We look into the story behind-the-scenes of this surprisingly profound comic: from Ferris’ struggle with West Nile virus, to the book’s seizure en route through the Panama Canal. In addition, we discuss Ferris’ theme of “personal monster dilemmas” and how the process of creating this was like melting valuable dross from gold.

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Supercontext: Girl In A Band, by Kim Gordon

This memoir by a music icon was expected to be a tell-all about scandal and betrayal. But we discuss how it’s actually about defense mechanisms that give the illusion of cool confidence.

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Supercontext: Minisode 001

As long-time listeners know, one of our hosts is moving across the country, and our production schedule has been disrupted.

To ease the transition, this week’s Supercontext is a shortened, totally subjective chat about what media we have been consuming and enjoying.

If anything caught your interest, please consider buying through our Amazon links below to support the show!

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TV

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Supercontext: Wind River

This 2017 film, written and directed by Taylor Sheridan, is trying to be a respectful crime drama set on a Native American reservation. We discuss Sheridan’s mission and choices, as well as the criticism and praise it received for its depiction.

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Supercontext: Jen Kirkman, “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)”

Jen Kirkman is a prolific comedian, known for her acerbic, dry wit. We look at her 2015 Netflix special and wonder what it says about mainstream lifestyles, feminist courage and life after forty.

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Supercontext: Will Eisner’s A Contract With God

This graphic novel, by one of the elder statesmen of comics, pushed the medium into new formats, genres and methods of distribution. We discuss how Eisner used a very personal tragedy to create it, as well as its unique representation of Jewish American identity.

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Supercontext: Rick & Morty, Season 1

This animated adult comedy from Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon is on a mission to violate boundaries, while indulging in themes of nihilism and toxicity. We discuss how it’s written and animated, along with its representation of women and its non-unionized production team. 

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Supercontext: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

The first book in Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy focuses on humanity’s weird relationship with nature and how we react to the unknown. We look at how VanderMeer wrote the book, the unique publishing strategy behind it and his choice to strip the characters of their identities, while still representing an all female cast.

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