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Capes On the Couch - Where Comics Get Counseling

Jun 5, 2019

WE'RE BACK! Not only is this our Season 3 premiere, but it's our first ever creator interview. We talk to Jeremy Whitley, writer for the Unstoppable Wasp, and ask him about Nadia Van Dyne. We ask about her Bipolar disorder, her amazing support system, and how his writing rendered the need for a skit obsolete! Listen now!


  • Intro

  • Background (11:12)

    • Created by Mark Waid and Alan Davis in Free Comic Book Day 2016 Civil War II (July 2016)

    • Daughter of Hank Pym and his first wife Maria Trovaya – Maria was abducted and killed by foreign agents, Nadia was raised in Red Room as assassin until they learned who her father was – placed her in science program to use her genetic aptitude

    • Reverse-engineered Pym Particles and escaped, hoping to meet her father – discovers he is dead

    • Creates a new Wasp suit to honor her father’s memory

    • Joins the Avengers and becomes a US citizen

    • Creates Genius In action Research Labs (G.I.R.L.) to recruit young women with science backgrounds

    • Takes the name Van Dyne to thank Janet for her help

  • Interview with Jeremy (15:30)

    • How he got started in comics

    • How he came to write Nadia
    • How he created Nadia's support system (33:45)
    • Nadia's treatment in-universe (43:20)

    • The artists' thoughts on a dialogue heavy series (46:00)

    • A skit on Nadia’s treatment became unnecessary (49:50)

    • What’s next for Nadia and what is next for Jeremy? (60:47)

  • Outro



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