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Apr 13, 2017

AMC’s Comic Book Men and USA Today Talk Podcasting at Bell Works in Holmdel

Holmdel, NJ (April 11, 2017) — On May 4, Ming Chen, star of AMC TV’s hit unscripted show, Comic Book Men and his co-star, Michael Zapcic, join Felecia Wellington Radel and Alex Biese, hosts of the popular podcast, Fan Theory, at Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ, to do what they love best — talk about pop culture. Both teams podcast about pop culture and produce weekly shows that blend contemporaneous banter about real life with special features like movie reviews and fan favorite guest interviews. The event will be held May 4, from 7:00 P.M. to 8:30 P.M.

Fan Theory will provide a big picture view of corporate-backed podcasting linked to an established media resource (USA Today/Gannett). They will also discuss how podcasting helps build community and feeds into other conversations that open doors to affiliated business opportunities, including the creation or enhancement of events based on a podcast or the larger fan community.

Mike & Ming will bring the ‘organically grown’ experience of podcasting to the table – building an audience and message around a very personal/personality driven passion. Also, using podcasting to promote a strongly held, personal agenda, ie: a more inclusive society; a culture that values storytelling and shared goals and aspirations; and encouraging the ‘average geek’ to get creative and create something that celebrates what’s important to them in their lives.

Joining the four podcasters will be Neil Mody, president of SpareMin. Based in New York City, SpareMin developed new technology currently being used by major media outlets to do on-the-spot audio capture and upload that allows users to produce relevant, relatable content in real time. All panelists will share their experience as podcasters and their thoughts about the future of podcasting.

“Podcasting is not only here to stay but it could become even bigger than blogging.  Podcasting captures the most primal, instinctive mode of communication, just two people talking, better than any other medium.” Neil Mody

The host, Bell Works, is the stunning re-imagining of the former Bell Labs building designed by famed architect Eero Saarinen. This will be the first event in Bell Works’ newly renovated auditorium. From the invention of the transistor to the development of the telephone to teams pioneering the world’s fiber optic network, the legacy of embracing the new and the next makes a podcasting event in this building seem like a perfect fit.

The panelists will take questions from the audience and are even hinting at a special opportunity for audience participation at the event.

Ming Chen and Michael Zapcic host two, weekly podcasts, I Sell Comics and The Ming and Mike Show. Follow them @mingchen37 and @michaelzapcic.

Fan Theory is the podcast that explores all aspects of pop culture with the people who help create it. Follow Fan Theory on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and catch up on past episodes on

SpareMin is a software startup promising to do for self-produced audio what Youtube did for self-produced video.

Bell Works is the two-million-square-foot adaptive reuse initiative in Holmdel, N.J., led by Somerset Development. As the former Bell Labs and home of some of the most monumental technological innovations of the 20th century, Bell Works is the reimagination of a historical building, interpreted as a “metroburb” for the future. Designed by renowned architect Eero Saarinen, including a timeless open-atrium scheme, the building served as an innovation headquarters for over 6,000 Bell Labs employees from 1962 to 2007. Today, it’s being revived as a dynamic, collaborative workplace, complete with a blossoming ecosystem of technology, traditional office, retail, dining and hospitality. Learn more by visiting