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This issue: Dr. Peter Coogan drops by to talk about upcoming conventions and the Institute for Comic Studies.


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Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. You can follow him on Twitter @MajorSpoilers and tell him your darkest secrets...


  1. This was a cool episode. This was the first one with Dr. Coogan that I listened to. I didn’t even know there was an Institute for Comic Studies before this episode. I liked his theories on why NYC is the center of so many comics.

  2. Nice interview although I don’t agree with many of his views. For example he dismisses any ideas or theories that may cast the slightest negative image on comics. He says the person’s ideas are moot because the individual doesn’t possess a PhD or diploma in art, literature or some related field of study.

    • You’re misunderstanding the difference between academic research and personal opinion… Peter himself might agree with Comic Book Guy, but that doesn’t mean he’s a valid academic source. It’s the same thing in any research based academic field… personally, I have a degree in philosophy, but as much as I might like to, I can’t quote Matthew in a paper, whether I agree with him or not. As a field of study emerges, eventually a body of research becomes accepted. For many fields, like mine, this happened ages ago, but Peter was saying that one exciting thing about comics studies is that this body of sources is beginning to emerge now, which will shape research for years and years to come. As someone who has written a crap ton of papers over the years, I can understand his excitement.

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