Matthew Cicci is a PhD candidate in Film & Media Studies at Wayne State University. He geeks on comics, tabletop rpgs, sports, and excellent television shows. His academic interests largely hinge on fandom – he is interested in how fans participate and evolve as their beloved media property expands, contracts, etc. He is, not surprisingly, especially interested in superhero fandom and tracing how fans deal with the increasing explosion of superheroes across film and television. Matt currently has a book chapter under review on the ways in which the Incredible Hulk’s alter-ego, Joe Fixit, signifies and encapsulates the burgeoning consumerism of the 1980s. Most of Matt’s time is dedicated to completing his PhD; his research pressures how the recent ubiquity of the superhero both affects traditional superhero fandoms and potentially invites new fans who engage their fandom differently. All that aside, he is most proud of the fact he has hooked is 3 ½ year-old daughter on She-Hulk comics.
The musical feature for this episode is Marj, a punk band out of Nashville, TN.