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Therefore I Geek Podcast Episode 53, Mitch Gerads

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In which, our fearless heroes talk to Mitch Gerads, the artist of Sheriff of Babylon–our current favorite comic from Vertigo.  Mitch gives us the (incredibly compelling) story of how he started in graphic design and ended up living his dream as a comic artist.  We also talk life at Vertigo, working with Tom King, his own personal–kinda strange–process, and how much he likes his editor.

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Editorial | Greek Mythology in Popular Culture

Several months ago, I wrote a blog post discussing the ubiquitous references to Norse mythology in modern day pop culture, but Scandinavian folklore certainly does not have the market cornered. The wise King Solomon once said, “There is nothing new under the sun,” and it certainly seems that way sometimes in media and entertainment. Tired rom-com plot lines are trotted out every year—sometimes with the same dialogue—and Adam Sandler doesn’t seem to be able to create an original story to save his life. However, Greek myths have a life all their own, and when incorporated correctly, they appeal to an ancient tradition that really enhances the story.

In comics, as with most entertainment, there are two ways to incorporate myths: either the artist can harken directly back to Greek stories by incorporating members of the pantheon directly into the cast of characters. Examples of this are Hades from the Lady Pendragon comics, various appearances of Artemis and Aphrodite in all manner of comics, or even Hercules as a member of the Marvel Avengers team. Alternatively, comic creators can sneakily refer to Greek myths or just steal inspiration without giving direct credit. A good example is in Aquaman, the not-quite-Poseidon character about whom Marvel is in the process of creating a movie.

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Jason Momoa as Aquaman in the upcoming film.

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