Oct. 15, 2021

#45 The Power Of Comics With Matthew Smith

About the episode
Kevin and Sean interviews Dr. Matthew Smith, Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Communication at Radford University, as well as the co-author of several books about comics, including The Power Of ...


About the episode

Kevin and Sean interview Dr. Matthew Smith, Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Communication at Radford University, as well as the co-author of several books about comics, including The Power Of Comics: History, Form, and Culture. The trio discusses Matt’s journey with comics and how they influenced him, his life trajectory in becoming an author on comics, and how he became one of the curators for the Marvel Universe of Super-Heroes exhibit, which is a collaborative partnership with Marvel Studios. Then the group wraps up the interview with a game of “Explain a Comic Book Character Badly”

About the guest

Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D. is Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Communication at Radford University in Virginia. He holds a Ph.D. in Communication (1998) from Ohio University and has published eleven different books, including The Secret Origins of Comics Studies with Randy Duncan (Routledge, 2017) and The Power of Comics: History, Form and Culture, 2nd Edition (Continuum, 2015) with Randy Duncan and Paul Levitz. He is Past President of the Comics Studies Society, co-editor of the Routledge Advances in Comics Series, and co-curator of Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, a traveling museum exhibit that has hosted more than 900,000 visitors in its four-year run. 

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"Comic Books" by Steven Miller, used under CC BY 2.0 / Desaturated from original.