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207: He Got Screwed Again

We’re throwing you to the Kirb! It’s a Kirb stomp! We’re going to Kirb your enthusiasm with this freshly harvested episode about the king…. that’s right…. Charlamagne! Nope! We’re talking JACK KIRBY this week to celebrate his birthday (slightly late as Jack always preferred). We explore the life, the career and the constant screwing over of the King. All that plus Kyle runs a game using 90’s Marvel trading cards… What would they be like without their powers? Here’s one spoiler…Quicksilver is still a dick! Also a batch o’ news-Marvel Manga, Jason Aaron’s Thor is coming to a close, and the delimbing of Brian Wood. Join us with your ears!

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206: TOO MUCH NEWS

This week we catch up with the absolute hell of news that was announced in-between recording dates – from TV and movie announcements at D23 and beyond! And believe it or not, it’s not all Marvel! I mean, it’s like… 92% Marvel. But there are “Joker” reactions, Suicide Squad rumours, more Star Wars shows, and a friggin’ G.I. Joe spin-off! The MCU’s Phase 4 is steamrolling across the small and silver screens, but a certain web-slinger may be out of the picture thanks to a cross-corporation custody battle… But we’ve got the *real* scoop about an extremely not-fake conspiracy that’s torn Sony and Disney asunder!

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205: He who Deals It will Smeals It

The boys are back with a half hour episode packed with peanut brittle (or peanut buttle cry according to Bry), news about the New Mutants flic, Dr Doom, and Venom 2! Join us for a game of Character Storm where we make up characters on the spot based on ridiculous names (are you ready for G.R.O.N.G.? Because G.R.O.N.G. is ready for you!). And the maino topico this week is a trusty ol’ dramatic read of a trusty ol’ Fletcher Hanks comic from the 40’s. Meet Fantomah, Mistress of the Jungle!! Oh and Thomas Haden Church is back again. Can’t get enough of that THC!

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204: Get Away From Her You Bitch!

Alright! We had some pretty smarty pants discussions with some smart guests for the past two episodes… time to dumb this down a notch! AUGUST AUDNESS RETURNS!!  Like its sister episode, March Madness, each of our intrepid hosts picks three comic characters, and then the tournament begins! Who will be picked? Who will win? Who will be turned into a cat? Who will be ambushed whilst breaking the 4th wall? Which character will just befriend their opponent in a sneaky way to defeat them? Tune in to find out!
All that plus newsy news of Hulu’s ‘Adventures into Fear, Marvel shows & someone loots Loot Crate! Plus PLUS! Merk intros a new segment: Powers Gone Wrong! Listen and let us know if we should do it again or dump it into the Sarlacc!

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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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