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169 : She’s got her $#!% Together and he’s got his $#!% in a Box at his Aunt’s!

Gotta keep the status quo! Such is the mantra of many comics fans. But can it work to switch it up? Has it worked to do a big character/story shift? That’s what we talk about this week. From Nightwing Batman, to Flash Thompson Venom, to Captain Marvel, what’s worked? And which is your Spidey Quo? – lonely, ridiculous shlub, or married and a jerk? We weigh in. That plus so much more…like, birds of prey dvd collections, Bat fly jeans, Galactus Gary Busey, hood farts, someone who might have been chappy, and the almost title of this episode, ‘I’m a mob princess over here, heeeyyyyyy!’ Join us, won’t you? Please. Save us. Call for help. 

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168: Stop Trying to Make Sage Happen

This week we’re talking about “pet characters”! Whether it’s the writer’s own creation or just one they’re a fan of, some writers and artists keep going back to the same characters: Peter David loves Marlo Chandler, Brian Michael Bendis loves Luke Cage, Todd McFarlane loves capes, and Chris Claremont just can’t quit you, Sage!

Also: we touch on the sad, sudden passing of legendary Batman artist Norm Breyfogle, try to keep up with comic movie release date musical chairs, and play a fun new game with our trusty deck of 1991 Marvel trading cards!

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167: I’m a Reporter

I tried to put that Eminem song about Venom in this one, but it just…it wasn’t in the cards, y’know? Also how silly is it that there’s a song about Venom that Eminem did? Were the guys from 21 Pilots busy? Ha, good one, episode introducer.

Anyway! This week, in celebration of Venom, we’re talking about what the sequel’s going to look like. And did you know that Sony has the rights to around 900 Spidey-related characters? We pitch movies featuring some of those folks, as well!

All that plus news, brews, and Bebop and Rocksteady just being very strong children.

 

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166: Going to Hal in a Handbasket on a Bicycle Built for Two Hals

This week we discuss Henry Cavill’s possible exit from the Superman movies? Maybe? Is that what’s going on? Or is he going crazy? Or are we? All of the above? That and we talk about the Joker Phoenix, the weirdness behind the abrupt cancellation of Chelsea Cain’s Vision series, a game of Character Storm, the Winter Soldier’s back up dancers and Jughead just wanting $5! It’s JUST FIVE BUCKS!!! All that and more…. for FREE!!! You don’t even have to pay for this stuff!! IT’S FREE!!!!

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165: That’s what Batman Said

It’s Cartoonists Against Humanity this week! We play a hand of Cards Against Humanity, with all of the questions and answers written by us. That’s right, this week we officially establish that Merk is the grossest member of the podcast.

Plus! A Porky Pig and Lex Luthor crossover? Sure, that sounds like it would be a cute thing to hear about in Read This Now, let’s take a l–oh Jesus! Those eyes! Those eyes. Those.

Eyes.

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164: Gunning Away

All’s relatively quiet on the Disney/Marvel front, and unless a miracle occurs, it looks like James Gunn’s firing from “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies is final. But a question remians: what’s next for the jilted director? We take a look at Gunn’s eclectic creative history and find a few potential comic movies he could turn into the next hit franchise!

But that’s not all! In the news, we work through the social-media hellstorm that is “comicsgate,” and the positivity that’s risen to fight its hate and harassment. And then… we finally resolve the most important question of all… Spider-Man: Threat or Menace!?

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163 : August Oddness Punching Monkeys

FIGHT BOOK CLUB!!! It’s that time again! Number 4 so far!!! Twice a year we do a round robin tournament. Everyone secretly picks a few champions and then we have our random matches, run by dungeony master Kyle, and decided by the triad of….well… us! Who will come out on top? And what do sandwiches have to do with it?? All this and Kyle does an art quiz, to see how we’re failing (and succeeding) as artists. Join us! 

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162: Do the Merk!

No tears for Claremont! This week, we discuss (at length!) the life and work of Chris Claremont. From the man that made the X-Men who they are today to… well, he’s– he’s doin’ stuff… this prolific writer of comics has certainly left an impact on all of us. But what happened? Where did he go? Is he relevant? Those questions and many many interruptions.

Plus: Merk creates a new card game, a mystery figure joins the League of Baldos, and we all avoid talking about the film Wild Hogs, even though we really, really want to talk about Wild Hogs.

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161: I Think that Bear was just Alan Moore – Buscemi Vision Edition

This week the boys delve into a secret. They reveal hidden truth. They admit to their failings as comic book nerds….. by revealing what ‘classic, must read, epitome of the craft’ books they haven’t read…. but talk about frequently. How many have you read? Can you admit to the ones you haven’t read?

All that plus Bry has a ‘read this now’ with a Rocketeer book! It’s got dinosaurs!! Which leads to a discussion of what our favourite dinosaurs are and why. It’s SHOCKING!!! Plus the ongoing saga of James Gunn, and the Silver & Black films! Plus PLUS…. Pink Panther and Green Hornet! Together at last!! Join us, pwetty pwease.

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160: Phish Speaks to Aquaman

This week it’s all about music in comics! We talk about some existing fictional bands, assemble an X-Men rock supergroup, make just… so many bad superhero music gags, and compile a complete ‘80s soundtrack for the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. And even sing a few songs! It’s musical madness up in here!!

Also! Some very big news, including the upcoming Batwoman TV series! A “Read This Now” about a surprisingly special Aliens licensed comic! And we create a five-course meal based on ‘90s DC heroes!

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