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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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Episode 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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“Face it Tiger” by Married with Sea Monsters (as The Mary Janes)

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159: The Eye of Mike Del Mundo

 

This week, we’re trying our darnedest to make Doctor Druid into an interesting character. Yes, I know what you’re thinking, “who?”, but we cover that as well. Everything from Super Frasier to I-Know-I’m-Not-Doctor-Strange-But-Neither-Are-You to a heavy, solemn series about fathers, sons, and the real magic that makes a family.

Plus Bry and Kyle interrupt Merk a bunch and he tries not to get mad. He tries.

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158: Welcome Back, Kotyk

It’s all news, baby! This week it’s all news. Look, San Diego Comic Con was this past weekend, and we recorded last weekend, and we started talking news, and then we just. Couldn’t. Stop.

What sort of news are we covering? I refuse to tell you, you’re just going to have to listen to find out (and also guess about what we’re talking about).

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157: I Don’t Need Luck, I Eat Nuts

This week we pay tribute to the life and career of Steve Ditko! From the art, stories, and characters that helped shape comics, to his long and varied history in the industry, the wide-ranging influences he left, and the personal and political philosophy he lived and created by.

Also: We blast through a rapid-fire news segment, do a quiz about what ridiculous events did and didn’t cause Bill Bixby’s David Banner to transform into the Hulk, and perform a Dramatic Reading of the first-ever appearance of Squirrel Girl! A is A, and Zero Issues is Zero Issues!!


Artwork by Merk; originally posted on Line it is Drawn.

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