“First Second, the comic book publisher, made contact and they make the Adventure Zone books with the McElroy family, so they had already had some success turning a podcast into a graphic novel, so they wanted to give it a go with Bubble“says Morris in episode 472 of the Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast. “I’m just a huge fan of the publisher and never said yes to anything faster in my life.”
Morris had the idea of Bubble visiting a friend who lived in a crowded Brooklyn apartment. This made him wonder how many inconveniences a person might be willing to endure in order to live in a trendy neighborhood. “I got this idea from a person who lives in a hip city, but she also has to fight monsters, robots and zombies, and when she goes for a run in the morning she has to kill monsters, but there is a great pop donut -on the way, so that’s pretty cool, ”Morris says.
One of the enemies his heroes must contend with is the Beard, an aggressive bar-quiz team that spurts a never-ending stream of hot holds. Morris thinks most people will probably recognize this particular type of shrill know-it-all, especially when it comes to movies and comics. “There’s always a bigger nerd,” he says. “No matter how much you know about Justice League International or Silver Age Batman, there’s always someone who knows a little more, who’s been in it a little longer.”
Morris hopes people learn to curb their worst impulses, especially in an attention economy that increasingly rewards histrionics. “You have to realize that people have pop culture memories, and they have pop culture emotions,” he says. “We don’t live in a vacuum. So if someone tells you what they like, or why they like it, listen to them, be respectful. Just make sure a pop culture conversation is fun, because it should be. “
Listen to the full interview with Jordan Morris in episode 472 of Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy (above). And check out some highlights from the discussion below.
Jordan Morris on Jesse thorn:
“Jesse Thorn, who I do Jordan, Jesse, come on with – my talk podcast – he was my RA in my college dorm. We were both comedy nerds – he’s a little less of a sci-fi nerd than I am, but we were definitely both comedy nerds. He had a Children in the room poster, I remember, and I’m like, “This is the guy to be friends with.” So we started doing funny stuff together in college. … Jesse is a year older than me. When he graduated he moved to San Francisco to continue studying radio, and I moved to LA to continue pursuing television. I was here for maybe two years, two and a half years, and he moved to LA, and we started doing our old college radio show as a podcast. So that was kind of the start. “
Jordan Morris on world building:
“What I love so much about Marvel comics is that it’s this crazy world of superheroes, mutants, and gods, but they’re just referencing pop culture. They know who. Beyonce is — in the world of Marvel comics, Spider-Man knows who Beyoncé is. And I think it’s so awesome. I’m always a little bit removed from genre stuff when they feel like they have to make a pop culture that doesn’t exist – they have to make a version of Beyoncé so people can refer to it. It always gets me a little bit out of that, and I think more often than not it’s a little cheesy and ridiculous. So I liked the idea of making a sci-fi story, but their whole pop culture is our pop culture. … It’s just more fun making jokes with things people recognize.
Jordan Morris on hipsters vs. geeks:
“I think the hipster / geek Venn diagram overlaps quite a bit. I think maybe the main difference is that hipster clothes look better – or look different, I guess I should say. I do not know. I think these two groups are quite similar, and whether it’s a guy with a handlebar mustache who wants to talk to you about Japanese knives and pour himself a coffee or a guy in a Ninja Turtles sweatshirt who wants to tell you about why Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics are better than cartoon, they are very similar people who are passionate and passionate about something. … Passion is great, but it definitely creates some funny and weird characters, and I think hipster and nerd are similar people. They are on the same side of the coin, I think.
Jordan Morris on The adventure zone:
“The McElroys and I are older dudes who grew up with everything we talked about – Star Wars, the Marvel Comics, Mystery Science Theater 3000, The simpsons. So I think we kind of have a similar benchmark bank that we use, and I think we all share a love of the genre that takes itself seriously but also jokes. The fantastic stuff in The adventure zone is really well thought out. It’s a really great fantasy world, and there’s some familiar stuff and it’s got some new stuff, and it’s such a good mishmash of traditional tropes and pure imagination, and parodying familiar stuff that you see in fantasy, and also to deliver a great fantasy story. So I think Bubble and The adventure zone share a sensibility, although one is fantastic and the other is science fiction. They walk at a similar pace.