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ITHACONversations: Reflection and Review

In the final episode of ITHACONversations for Ithacon 44 Edward sits down with three of his classmates from the Ithacon class at Ithaca College. This class is totally unique as it is the only college course in the country specifically about the business and culture of comic book fan conventions. These four students, along with their classmates and professors, were involved heavily in the planning and execution of Ithacon 44. Listen to them recap and reflect on their experiences this semester in the last episode of this podcast for this semester.

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ITHACONversations: Inspiration and Mythology w/ Walter Simonson

This week on the penultimate episode of ITHACONversations I share my final interview from Ithacon 44. My guest is Walter Simonson, a legendary comic book artist and writer most well known for his run on Marvel's Thor from 1983-1987. During this time he created many ideas that have inspired the cinematic version of the character seen in Avengers: Endgame. He has also worked on Marvel's Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and DC's Superman, Batman, Metal Man, and Manhunter. His Thor art was also used as the poster for Ithacon 44!

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ITHACONversations: Power Pack creator Louise Simonson and Superman Newspaper Strips w/ Sid Friedfertig

On this week's episode of ITHACONversations I talk to two people who have made major contributions to the Man of Steel. First is Louise Simonson, one of the featured guests of Ithacon 44. She is a comics legend, having worked as an editor for Marvel comics on titles like the Uncanny X-Men, as well as writing and creating characters like Marvel's Power Pack, Apocalypse, and Cable, as well as DC's Steel. She has also written for Spider-Man, Star Wars, the Fantastic Four, and Wonder Woman. My second guest on this episode is known as Brooklyn's number one Superman fan, and judging by his work that is possibly an understatement. For over 30 years, Sid Friedfertig has been collecting the Superman newspaper strips that were originally printed from 1939-1966. Most of these strips were thought to be lost and haven't been read by anyone other than Friedfertig in over half a century. With many strips written by Superman co-creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, these are major pieces of comics history, almost lost to time. Friedfertig's collections of Superman strips are a major undertaking and he talks all about it in this episode. 

You can buy Sid Friedfertig's books on Amazon.

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ITHACONversation: Hart Seely and Jamal Igle of Ahoy Comics

This week on ITHACONversations, Edward sits down with Hart Seely and Jamal Igle of Ahoy Comics. Ahoy is a Syracuse-based comic book company that recently launched its second wave of titles. They were also a featured publisher at Ithacon 44. Hart is a former reporter for the Syracuse Post-Standard and he's also written for The New York TimesThe New YorkerNational Lampoon, for Nation Public Radio, and more. He's currently the publisher of Ahoy comics. Jamal is a veteran comic book artist who has worked on several big name properties like DC's Firestorm, Zatanna, Superman, and Supergirl. He's the creator of books like Molly Danger, Venture, and Black. Currently he is the artist for Ahoy's The Wrong Earth.

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ITHACONversations: Post-con Update

Ithacon 44 was a rousing success, but now that it's over this show will be taking on a changed format. This update should give all of the information you need to know what's upcoming from ITHACONversations including release dates and guests. Thank you to everyone who made Ithacon 44 such a blast! We hope you come back again next year.

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ITHACONversations: Creating Comics in The Digital Age w/ Steve Ellis

In the last episode of ITHACONversations before Ithacon 44 on March 23 and 24, Edward Willshire sits down with Steve Ellis. Steve is a comic book artist and illustrator who's worked on comics like Iron Man and Green Lantern as well as his own creations like The Silencers, The Only Living Boy, and the Harvey Award-winning High Moon. Steve discusses his history in the comic book industry as well as how the rise of digital comics has changed his work, conventions, and the entire comics fandom.

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ITHACONversations: Comics and Education w/ Katharine Kittredge

This week on ITHACONversations we dive deep what it means for Ithacon to be held at Ithaca College. Edward Willshire interviews Katherine Kittredge, the professor responsible for bringing Ithacon to IC, on the educational role comic books can play. As well as how pairing a fan convention with an academic institution can yield positive results for both.

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ITHACONversations: The Business of Conventions w/ Ed Catto

Two Ed's are better than one! This week on ITHACONversations, Edward Willshire interviews Ed Catto, Marketing Strategist, Brand Builder, and Retropreneur. He is also a lecturer at Ithaca College in the business school. He currently is the co-professor for the Ithacon: Promoting and Managing Conventions class. The Ed's speak about the business and marketing side of fan-conventions.

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ITHACONversations: The History of Ithacon w/ Bill Turner

ITHACONversations is the official podcast of Ithacon and the newest show from Passion Project Online. Ithacon is the second longest running comic book convention in the United States. Every week, host Edward Willshire will interview a member of the Ithacon team leading up to Ithacon 44 on March 23 and 24. Learn about the history, business, and design of conventions and meet some of the people behind it all. This week, meet Bill Turner. the original chairmen and founder of Ithacon. A long time community member, Bill has been a member of the Comic Book Club of Ithaca for over 45 years and a life long fan of science fiction.

 

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