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203: Rock Me Sexy MODOK

Drs. and professors Judith Leggatt and Monica Flegel join us again to help smarten this podcast up! First, we subject our guests to a ridiculous quiz, covering everything from creators and credits to boy band archetypes to the circumference of Merk’s head! Then, we dig deep into recent controversies in comics and “geek” fandom, and what happens when the characters we love become something some of their fans don’t recognize. What — if anything — do creators and companies “owe” their long-time fans? At what point do fans become gatekeepers? How does social media distort our expectations and encourage a sense of entitlement? What are the effects of “politicization” of comics and pop culture, and how does it influence our habits… and spending? All that, and we solve comics’ “culture war” forever!!

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202: If You Believe that, I’ve got Four Supermen to Sell You

Welcome True Auditory Believers!

This week is a special episode of ZI because we have guests! Smart guests! Drs. Judith Leggatt & Monica Flegel of Lakehead University (English Department) join us to discuss…well… a ton of comics stuff! From the SDCC announcements (including a few ‘lesser known’ announcments [did you know IDW is doing a Degrassi series?]), to the adaptation of The Boys appearing on Prime, all of us desiring to see Thunderbolts on the big screen, a quick JL vs BvS (if there is such a thing).

We also delve more specifically into politics and diversity in comics, race and gender-bending, and the panic reaction of ‘some’ to these storylines & characters. The good doctors are writing a book about these exact topics so…..let’s see if the smarts rub off onto the boys, shall we?

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201: I Regret Not Owning Hulk Hands

One week later!

We continue our retrospective on the first 199 (and then some!) episodes of the podcast. Bry, Merk, and Kyle all have special surprises! Bry makes us swear to him, swear to him to play video games! Merk makes us choose the best episode title EVER! Kyle sings an entire song! All that and the absence of Hulk Hands in this, episode 201/episode 200-2/episode 200 II: The Secret of the Ooze!

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199: Giant Watcher Baby Head

Take this podcast to the moon! To, uh, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, we’re talking all about the moon in comics! Who’s lived there! Who’s the moon god’s avatar! Who took a rock from the moon and then turned into a werewolf sometimes, for reasons! And what would be the reality of writing your name on the moon, anyway? It’s lunar madness, we tell ya!

But that’s not all! We tackle the “end” of Mad Magazine, Paper Girls being adapted for TV, the rebirth of Hellblazer, art swiping allegations against Arthur Suydam (and the great “homage vs. stealing” debate), the continuing controversy around police using the Punisher symbol, and then we perform a dramatic reading of a Fletcher Hanks… classic. All that, AND a poem!? Wow, this episode is as big as the moon!

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198: Mama Momoa!

We spent a couple episodes talking about Canada, so since the 4th of the July like just happened, so what better way to celebrate than listen to three Canadian dorks talk about made-up American cities!? Most superheroes tend to hang out around New York, so instead we’re gonna take a look at the rest of the USA… which we’re mostly familiar with through comics. Central City is a real place, right? What superheroes are protecting the Midwest? Montana? Uh… Delaware? And can you remember who served in the 50 State Initiative? Because Kyle’s got a quiz for ya!

But first: Never-ending MCU easter eggs we’ll never find! “Far From Home” theories that we got way wrong! Danny DeVito as Spider-Ham! The Abrams Family Spider-Man project! And a “Read This Now” about the entire Wonder Comics line! And the greatest Superman villain of all: TERRA-MAN!

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197: Raising Cable

This week the boys take it on the road! …. or at least talk about comic characters taking it on the road. With Spidey: Far from Home coming out they discuss heroes out & about, traveling the world! And it’s interesting how many times Spider-Man has gone international…. and killed people! Seriously! JJJ was right! He’s a menace!! We also go over Peter’s bizarre multi city trip to Canada on the Bugle’s dime (JJJ was just trying to get rid of that psychopath!) Hear about the Chameleon bribing kids with drugs for their science notes and the tale of the RIGHT RIDERS (Brett Butte & all)! Which character would you take to Mardi Gras? Find out why Kyle would take Hawkman and why he seems to think all international festivals revolve around the throwing of beads. All this plus the DC Vertigo ‘thang’ and why Netflix won’t be dropping Good Omens anytime soon.  Seriously, this is a good one. Join us for a little trip… 

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196: Dial B for Blister

Canada Day approaches! And to celebrate we’re talking all about superheroes who exhibit the most important Canadian quality: a thin veneer of politeness! (And even that’s asking a lot of these guys, yeesh.) What characters and creators are sorry? And who should be? Oh, you’re gonna find out, friends. If you want to. Sorry to assume!

But that’s not all! We’ve got just way too much MCU news, rumours, and wild speculation. And we take a trip to the Blister Zone in another Character Storm! …ew.

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195: It’s Just You Guys and Bill Sienkiewicz and that Duck that Cosplays


On this week’s very special episode of Zero Issues Comic podcast, the boys discuss the creative side of making comics: the trials, the tribulations, the pitfalls, the struggles…. and the fun stuff too. They delve into the how and why of comic creation, from 3 panel strips to long form graphic novels to web comics. How to break creative blocks! How to approach storytelling! How to get super frustrated! They also talk about long range artistic goals, and tricks & traits they’ve absorbed from other artist’s works over the years. All this and a ton of news, including; Dark Phoenix fizzles at the box office, Justice League too late, Jessica Jones having a secret release on Netflix, a new Legion of Super Heroes comic announcement, Bry lamenting over Wally West, the return of the JSA and Chip Zdarsky’s new Image book! Join us won’t you?

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194: It Takes a Papa Smurf to Build a Village

Ryan Mackett, the TBay Movie Guy, joins us once again! In honour of Father’s Day, we celebrate all the best dads and father figures in comics – your Uncle Bens, your Pa Kents, and all the other Dads and Honourary Dads that inspire us to be our best selves and tell us to stop screwin’ around with the thermostat, dammit. And there may be a Dad Quiz! That’s right: DAD QUIZ!

But first, we dive into the news (and inevitable controversy) of Robert Pattinson’s casting as Batman, and then submit Mr. Mackett to a barrage of random questions! Things get personal, we connect, it’s all very lovely.

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