Far too often, pop culture creators gear their work toward an assumed audience: 18-45 year-old white, straight men. But nerds come in all genders, races, and orientations. On this episode, we celebrate the release of our Nerds print issue by highlighting our favorite nerds who are pushing to broaden the idea of who consumes comics, TV shows, and films.
Comics writer Kelly Sue DeConnick joins us on the show to discuss how she pens innovative series like Bitch Planet and Pretty Deadly. Writer Vanessa Willoughby shares her perspective on Black nerdom, part of the print article "Geeking Out: Four Writers on Nerding While Black." We also hear high praise for the crime-fighting Kamala Khan, the first Muslim superheroine to headline her own series at Marvel.