Talking Marvel

View a conversation between Kelly Sue DeConnick, the mastermind behind Carol Danvers’ rebranding as Captain Marvel, and Benjamin Saunders, chief curator of Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, as they discuss their affinity for and work within the Marvel Universe with host Patrick A. Reed.

Meet the Guests

Kelly Sue DeConnick is best known for surprise hits like Carol Danvers' rebranding as Captain Marvel (with enthusiastic support from fan supergroup "The Carol Corps"); the Eisner-nominated mythological western "Pretty Deadly," which was co-created with artist Emma Ríos; and the Eisner-nominated "Bitch Planet", co-created with Valentine De Landro. DeConnick lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband, Matt Fraction, and their two children. Under their company Milkfed Criminal Masterminds, Inc., DeConnick and Fraction are currently developing television for Legendary TV.

Benjamin Saunders is the chief curator of Marvel: Universe Of Super Heroes. He is a professor of English at the University of Oregon and the founding director of the undergraduate minor in Comics and Cartoon Studies, the first of its kind in the country. He is the author of “Do the Gods Wear Capes?” (Continuum, 2011), an examination of modern American super hero comics, and coeditor of “Comic Book Apocalypse” (California State University, 2016), an anthology of essays on Jack Kirby. He thinks reading comics makes people smarter.

Patrick A. Reed is a NYC-based pop culture historian, curator, and journalist who specializes in the fields of comics, popular music, and Hip-Hop culture. He has written for clients including MTV, IDW, Sony Music, and ComicsAlliance; conducts programs on comic and Hip-Hop culture at universities, conventions, museums and festivals around the country; and is the Curatorial and Marketing Consultant for the Marvel: Universe Of Super Heroes exhibition.