“First Second, the comic book publisher, they got in touch, and they did Adventure Zone books with the McElroy family, so they had already had some success adapting a podcast into a graphic novel, so they wanted to give it a shot with Bubble“, Says Morris in episode 472 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “I’m just a big fan of the editor, and I’ve never said yes to anything faster in my life.”
Morris had the idea for Bubble while visiting a friend who was staying in a crowded Brooklyn apartment. It made them wonder just how many negative aspects a person might be willing to endure to live in a fashion district. “I had this idea of a person living in a hip city, but they also have to fight monsters and robots and zombies, and when they go on their morning run, they have to kill monsters, but there’s a big pop. donut -up on the way, so it’s pretty cool, ”Morris says.
One of the enemies his heroes have to fight is the Beard, an aggressive bar trivia team that spits out an endless stream of hot shots. Morris thinks that most people will probably recognize this particular type of strident knowledge, especially when it comes to movies and comics. “There’s always a bigger nerd,” he says. “No matter how much you know about Justice League International or Silver Age Batman, there’s always someone who knows a little more, who’s been there a little more.”
Morris hopes that people will learn to curb their worst impulses, especially in an economy of attention that increasingly rewards histrionics. “You have to understand that people have memories related to pop culture, and they have emotions related to pop culture,” he says. “We don’t experience things in a vacuum.” So if someone tells you what they like, or why they like it, listen to them, be respectful. Just make sure a conversation about pop culture is fun, because it should be. ”
Listen to the full interview with Jordan Morris in Episode 472 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Jordan Morris on Jesse Thorn:
“Jesse Thorn, what do I do?” Jordan, Jesse, Go with – my chat podcast – was my RA in my college dorm. We were both comedy nerds – it’s a little less sci-fi nerd than me, but we were definitely both comedy nerds. He had one The children in the Hall poster, I remember, and I’m like, “This is the guy to be friends with.” So we started doing comedy stuff together in college. … Jesse is a year older than me. When I graduated, I moved to San Francisco to pursue radio research, and I moved to LA to continue pursuing TV. I was out there maybe two, two and a half years, and we moved to LA, and we started doing our old college radio as a podcast. So it was kind of a principle. “
Jordan Morris on world construction:
“Something that I like so much about Marvel comics is that it’s this insane world of superheroes and mutants and gods, but they just refer to pop culture. They know what Beyoncé is -in the world of Marvel comics, Spider-Man knows who Beyoncé is. And I think it’s so great. They’re always a little out of sorts of gender stuff when they feel like they have to create a pop culture that doesn’t exist — they have to create a version of Beyoncé for people to reference. This always strikes me a little, and I think more often than kind of corny and eye-rolly. So I liked the idea of creating a sci-fi story but all of its pop culture is our pop culture. … It’s just more fun to make jokes about things that people recognize. ”
Jordan Morris on hipsters vs. geeks:
“I think the Venn hipster / geek chart overlaps quite a bit. I think maybe the main difference is that hipsters ’clothes fit better – or they fit differently, I think I should say. I don’t know. I think these two groups are pretty similar, and it’s about a guy with a dumbbell mustache who wants to talk to you about Japanese knives and pour over coffee or a guy in a Ninja Turtles sweatshirt who wants to talk to you because Ninja Turtles comics are better than cartoons, they are very similar people who are passionate and into something. … The passion is fantastic, but it definitely creates some funny, weird characters, and I think the hipster and the nerd are similar people. They’re on the same side of the coin, I think. ”
Jordan Morris on The Adventure Zone:
“The McElroys and I are guys of a certain age who grew up with all these things we talked about – Star Wars, Marvel comics, Theater of Mysterious Sciences 3000, The Simpsons. So I think we just have a similar reference bank that we pull from, and I think we all have a love for gender stuff that is taken seriously but also joked. The fancy stuff in The Adventure Zone it’s really well considered. It’s a really fantastic fantasy world, and it has some familiar stuff and it has some new stuff, and it’s a great mix of traditional tropes and pure imagination, and parodies of familiar things that you see in fantasy, and also provide a great fantasy story. . So I thought Bubble and The Adventure Zone share a sensibility, even if one is fantasy and one is sci-fi. They march at a similar pace. “
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