This extended interview at Arutz Sheva (“Listen Now” link at top of page) was originally intended for Judy Simon’s one-hour radio show, Life Lessons. But I must have gotten a little carried away and Judy decided to continue recording anyway. Towards the end of the hour, during the live broadcast last week, Judy surprised me and the audience by extending the show into a two-hour special to include the entire recording.
So nearly two hours of interview starting with some life story talk and continuing into a lot about comics history and their rise as a formidable pop culture medium with an outstanding influence on the world. Arutz Sheva is a religious-oriented and national-leaning web-radio station. The target audience, mostly of Jewish and faith centricity, sets the tone for the discussion. But the extensive talk throughout about comic books could be seen as refreshing in that it brings the early history and some essence of the art form across to an audience that’s sometimes seen as traditionally at odds with many pop culture expressions, or at least may not readily embrace them in the same way that mainstream media does. I think this is a good sign in this part of the world, and for me, it helps bridge a sort of gap between the worlds I toggle. Judy’s supportive and open-minded way of conducting the interview helped make it the best such result I can remember, from among a lot of other similar media interviews and articles I’ve participated in over the years.