Off Panel #385: Kang and Friends with Susana Polo
Polygon’s Entertainment Editor Susana Polo returns to the show for a free-flowing chat about the wider world of comics. Polo discusses Polygon’s content development process, how much of the focus is on what works, whether that impacts her view of comics, the Eternals as a Tumblr fave, Kieron Gillen and Esad Ribic’s run, downstream impacts of downturns at Netflix and HBO Max, She-Hulk and Jack of Hearts, the comics conversation, the X-Men line, favored D-list characters, superheroes as copaganda, the greatness of Friday, Sandman’s fandom, Defenders Beyond, 2022’s electric year in bio and autobio comics, the impact of editors, and more.
You can find Polo on Twitter and her work at Polygon.
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Thanks to Deanna Chapman, who stepped in and edited this episode, ensuring the podcast sounded much better than usual this week.
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