L.A. Comic Con Announces "Comic Con Meta*Pod"— A New Nerd Podcast Launching in Partnership with iHeartRadio

The Weekly Show Debuts with a Stars Wars Special Theme in Honor of May the 4th— Featuring Mandalorian Star Giancarlo Esposito as the Show's First Guest

LOS ANGELES – MAY 04, 2022 - Los Angeles Comic Con, LA’s largest event for comics, gaming, sci-fi and pop culture, is excited to announce a new weekly podcast for the nerd community, “Comic Con Meta*Pod,” in partnership with iHeartRadio. The show kicks off today in full force with a May the 4th Star Wars special featuring Mandalorian actor Giancarlo Esposito, Clone Wars and Bad Batch composer Kevin Kiner, and an epic trivia battle between The Droid Builders and The Mandalorian Mercs. Hosted by Hector Navarro (podcast host for Nerdist Book Club! SpongeBob BingePants and Heroes Reforged!) and art/culture critic Joelle Monique (writer for Teen Vogue, Playboy, and Vulture and executive producer for the iHeartPodcast Network), “Comic Con Meta*Pod” brings fans around the world the hottest nerd news headlines, celebrity interviews, fiery trivia battles between their favorite fan clubs, detailed fandom deep dives, spirited nerd debates, and music spotlights with celebrities and themed bands.

"We couldn’t be happier that our podcast has launched on an epic day for the nerd community - May the fourth,” said Chris DeMoulin, CEO at Comikaze Entertainment, L.A. Comic Con’s parent company. “Our show hosts, Hector and Joelle, have great chemistry and will be an awesome duo for listeners, who will be able to hear from some of the most beloved names in comic books, video games, anime, film, television, and more. This will also be a sure way to keep the community informed about the latest breaking news in the industry each week— giving L.A. Comic Con a strong foothold in the digital world as new media becomes the dominant form of sharing information and connecting with the expanding nerd audience."

Each week, “Comic Con Meta*Pod” will feature an eclectic mix of interviews with celebrities, comic book creators, and the entertainment professionals that breathe life into your favorite pop culture media, discussing all your favorite genres from sci-fi, video games, anime, comic books, film and television. Confirmed guests for future episodes include renowned actors such as Donald Faison (Scrubs, Clueless), Seth Green (Family Guy, Robot Chicken, Austin Powers), and Sarah Chalke (Rick and Morty); along with the brilliant minds behind some of the most celebrated comic creations such as Trina Robbins (Wonder Woman), Peter David (The Incredible Hulk), and Jim Krueger (Justice).

"When iHeart teamed up with Los Angeles Comic Con, I was ecstatic. To be able to work with such an incredible team including Los Angeles Comic Con’s Chris Riley and the wildly talented Hector Navarro was an honor,” said Monique. “We can’t wait to hear back from the global convention community. We're honored to present our show to the incredible people who make pop culture conventions so special. “

Each show will consist of a rundown of the latest nerd news headlines, where Joelle and Hector recap the top pop culture stories of the week. This will be followed by guest interviews featuring actors, showrunners, comic book creators, content creators, influencers, and other entertainment industry professionals. Lastly, each episode will end with a lively rotating segment, including but not limited to: trivia battles, nerd debates, expert fandom deep dives, music spotlights with celebs and themed bands, and comic book reading recommendations.

"Comic Con Meta*Pod” is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network and new episodes will drop every Wednesday on iHeartRadio and all other platforms. You can listen to the first episode of the podcast here: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/1119-comic-con-metapod-96144484/

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The iHeartMedia Digital Audio Group includes the company’s fast-growing podcasting business -- iHeartMedia is the number one podcast publisher in downloads, unique listeners, revenue and earnings -- as well as its industry-leading iHeartRadio digital service, available across more than 250 platforms and 2,000 devices; the company’s digital sites, newsletters, digital services and programs; its digital advertising technology companies; and its audio industry-leading social media footprint.

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