‘Comic Con Meta*Pod’ Debuts with ‘Star Wars’ Special Featuring ‘The Mandalorian’ Star Giancarlo Esposito


Star Wars fans are in for a treat on May the 4th! The Mandalorian star Giancarlo Esposito has been tapped as a guest for the premiere episode of a new weekly podcast launched by Los Angeles Comic Con, entitled Comic Con Meta*Pod in partnership with iHeartRadio.

The show is 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).

Each week, Comic Con Meta*Pod will feature an eclectic mix of interviews with celebrities, comic book creators, and entertainment professionals from fans’ favorite pop culture media, from sci-fi, video games, anime, comic books, film, and television.

Confirmed guests for future episodes include actors such as Donald Faison (ScrubsClueless), Seth Green (Family GuyRobot ChickenAustin 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).

Fan conventions have been getting an extended digital life since the pandemic, and Comic Con Meta*Pod aims to deepen that relationship. “We’re honored to present our show to the incredible people who make pop culture conventions so special,” said Monique, the show’s co-host.

Each show will consist of a rundown of the latest nerd news headlines, where Monique and Navarro will recap the top pop culture stories of the week. This will be followed by guest interviews and 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.
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 a trivia battle between The Droid Builders and The Mandalorian Mercs. 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.

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