By Michele Brittany, West Coast Bleeding Cool Correspondent
This week, comic book publisher Fanboy Comics (FBC), announced the addition of The Arkham Sessions podcast hosted by Clinical Psychologist Dr. Andrea Letamendi and Writer/Director Brian Ward. Letamendi has presented at San Diego Comic-Con International, New York Comic Con and was a featured commentator on Necessary Evil: Super-villains of DC Comics (2013, Warner Brothers), and Ward is a producer for Shout! Factory and host of Your Weekly Shout Out!
For the past year, Letamendi and Ward have critically and psychologically analyzed an episode a week from Batman: The Animated Series in order to provide insight into the Dark Knight, the villains encountered and the stories told. "My personal mission is to increase awareness and knowledge of psychology, including mental health disorders, and to provide a safe place to discuss these themes," according to Letamendi. "But, we're also getting the chance to talk about Batman, so you know each episode is going to be fun."
The first episode of the series was released this past Tuesday at Fanboy Comics and this series adds to a growing list of podcast offerings that include Week In Review, in which FBC talks about the top stories of the week with special guests; The Previews Party, hosted by Jason Enright who walks listeners through the current Previews catalogue; FBC Presents, include long form interviews with guests from "every corner of geekdom"; and Quality Time with Family Ties, a weekly discussion of an episode from the 1980s sitcom Family Ties.
"After more than a year of doing The Arkham Sessions, we couldn't be happier to finally be involved with people like the folks at Fanboy Comics," Ward said. "I mean, the word 'fan' is in their company name. They know what it means to be fans. And, those are the people we're wanting to call 'friends.' Oh, and 'boss.'"
Letamendi added to Ward's sentiment. "We are excited and humbled to team up with Fanboy Comics. It's great to know that we're now part of a community that's as interested in educating as it is simply entertaining."
Michele Brittany is an independent popular culture scholar and semi-professional photographer and editor of James Bond and Popular Culture: Essays on the Influence of the Fictional Superspy (McFarland & Company). She regularly posts reviews and analysis on the spy/espionage genre on her blog, Spyfi & Superspies and can be followed at Twitter @mcbrittany2014.