Why Robin? Why Does Batman Work with an Underage Sidekick?

| May 26, 2011

Front and Center: The Psyche of Superheroes

| February 20, 2011

Wayne Bryant interviewed me about the psyche of superheroes: What does Batman tell us about ourselves? Perhaps an even better question is, what do our thoughts about him and the fact that so many people think about Batman say about our society? Travis Langley, Ph.D., a professor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, researches those […]

Why Is a Kid Batman’s Crimefighting Partner?

| July 12, 2010

I’m getting ready to do a panel at Comic-Con later this month to discuss Batman’s crimefighting partnerships. Last year Dr. Robin Rosenberg and I got to discuss the psychopathy of the Joker with creator Jerry Robinson, “The Laughing Fish” author Steve Englehart, The Dark Knight executive producer Michael Uslan, and TV’s original Batman himself, Adam […]

Interview: Paul Dini (Arkham Asylum, Harley Quinn, Ewoks, and Pomegranate Blackberry Yogurt)

| March 19, 2010

Paul Dini, writer for comics and cartoons based on the DC Comics line of characters, has had a huge influence on American television over the past fifteen years. He’s been a writer and often a producer of animated shows including Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: The Animated Series, and […]

From Superman’s Couch to the MoCCA: Vice-President Danny Fingeroth

| September 23, 2009

Comics professionals Robert Sikoryak, Danny Fingeroth, Arie Kaplan, Jerry Robinson and Eddy Friedfeld at the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art.

Former Marvel Comics editor Danny Fingeroth, whose book Superman on the Couch helped to inspire Papa Llama Travis Langley’s research on comics fans, has been named as the Senior Vice-President of Education at New York’s Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (MoCCA). From Comic-Con International’s schedule – July 23, 2008: 1:00-2:30 Comics Arts Conference Session […]

Comic-Con Joker Panel Was Wild: Recap and Reflections

| September 6, 2009


It’s amazing how much information a single experience might yield. A few months ago, Peter Coogan – who, with my colleague Dr. Randy Duncan, co-founded the Comics Arts Conference, the academic conference-within-the-convention held in conjunction with both WonderCon and San Diego Comic-Con International – asked if I’d like to help moderate a CAC panel on […]

Comic-Con: Jerry Robinson, Michael Uslan, and Adam West on the Joker’s Origins

| August 31, 2009


Continued from “Comic-Con Excerpts: The Joker’s Relationship with Batman.” Concluding our report on the San Diego Comic-Con International panel “Is the Joker a Psychopath? You Decide!”  which our own Papa Llama, in his secret identity as psychology professor Dr. Travis Langley, moderated and co-organized. Other panelists: Dr. Robin Rosenberg (therapist and editor – The Psychology […]

Comic-Con Excerpts: The Joker’s Relationship with Batman

| August 29, 2009


 Continuing Papa Llama’s report of his San Diego Comic-Con International panel with fellow psychologist Dr. Robin Rosenberg, comic book writer Steve Englehart, The Dark Knight producer Michael Uslan, and Batman himself, Adam West: After Steve Englehart discussed via telephone why he felt that the Joker is insane, I asked my fellow panelists for quick thoughts […]

Comic-Con International Joker Panel: Actors Playing the Card

| August 11, 2009

Cesar Romero as the Joker (1966-1968).

One topic I wanted to introduce during our San Diego Comic-Con International panel on the psychopathy of the Joker was how the role affected the actors. We’d lined up the Joker’s creator Jerry Robinson and “The Laughing Fish” author Steve Englehart to discuss the comic books and producer Michael Uslan to discuss filmmaking, but didn’t […]

Joker Panel Interview: Steve Englehart on The Laughing Fish

| August 9, 2009


During our Comic-Con International panel on the psychopathy of the Joker, one panelist had to attend via remote. Back when comic book writer Steve Englehart had expected to attend Comic-Con in person, he was going to sit on the panel with us. When his travel plans changed so that he would not be coming to […]