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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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193: Keith David as Galactus – I want Keith David Wearing a Helmet

It’s a LIGHTNING ROUND episode! What does that mean? That means we have a number of quick short topics & games & shenanigans that we barrel through, and this week we do that with a returning guest, Mr Ryan Mackett, artist, movie reviewer, and lover of superman and sharks (check out his stuff here!) ! What topics & games you ask? As Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider, what radioactive animal bites you, and what happens? What character would you like to write a character defining arc for ( a la Grant Morrisson X-Men)? We do a crazy round of fantasy casting actors into dream (and at times nightmare) roles in comicdom. All that and a game of 1991 Marvel Trading Cards-a card is picked and you have to argue a ridiculous viewpoint for that character, ie-Why would Wonder Man make an amazing US President? All that and a bag o’ chips, or is it just a bag o’ chips? Listen and decide, shrewd believers!

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192: Of Televisional Crime-Detecting Units & Radiophonic Thought-Recording Rays

Zounds! Once again we dig into the Fletcher Hanks Bible to perform a mind-bending dramatic reading from the adventures of the Super Wizard Stardust! This time, ol’ Dusty goes up against a mad scientist who plans to reverse the Earth’s gravity in a scheme to have all the world’s automobiles and ships to himself! (A description can’t do it justice, trust us.)

Also! In honour of Brightburn, we pitch some movie ideas that give a horror twist to other beloved superheroes! And in the news: which X-Men are dead now? (Or which AREN’T at this point?)

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191: You Need a Team Goth

Remember when Cyborg suddenly became one of the big leaguers in the Justice League? Cream of the crop? Top of the hill? Next gen in the old leaguers club? It worked. He’s one of … them… now. Amongst the legends. Well, this week we ponder other characters making that leap into the big leagues. Each of us pitching a different hero. Who will it be? Will you agree? Disagree? Have we gone mad? Listen to find out! That and we talk about a new little gem of an animated film that has bats and turtles all over it! All that and more! Join us, won’t you? PS Bry Hates Arrow.

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190: And Now Here’s My Mommy

It’s a special Mother’s Day Episode on ZICP! This week we interview OUR moms to talk about comics & see how THEIR comic knowledge stacks up! Somebody gets voted off the island at the end! Plus we have a round of MATERNAL KOMBAT…. a tournament of comic book moms battling til the end! 8 moms enter, one mom leaves! And to warm us up, Kyle starts a little game of Six Degrees of Kevi….er…. Six Degrees of Dick Grayson. Join us… and our Moms, won’t you?

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189: But Wait… There’s More! or: Danny Needs More Pudding

Believe it or not, other movies than Avengers: Endgame exist! But not every comic movie can be a billion-dollar hit, so this week we spare a little love for the underdogs, the forgotten ones, the… uh, the Jonah Hexes? Then we catch up on some other recent comic movies we missed, whether that means finally getting around to Aquaman, being charmed(?) by Shazam!, and being among the few to see the Hellboy reboot! AND Merk challenges Kyle & Bry to a comic movie box office quiz! That sounds fun AND educational! That’s right, it’s edufunctional!

But first: a controversial event-comic twist turns ugly prompting us have a few words about harassment and threats in fandom, and we talk about the current state of comic conventions in the wake of Central Canada Comic-Con’s cancellation.

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188: Endgame 2 – Taserface Will Return

It’s here! Endgame is out and we are all over it this episode… kind of… in a total non spoilery way… until we talk spoilers. Ok. So we tried to do a non ‘just a simple review’ episode of Endgame. Everyone is going to do that. Instead we talk about 1. all the crazy easter eggs that appeared in Endgame (they didn’t. Trust us. No, these really didn’t) and 2. we talk about what all the survivors from infinity war did in their time off after the ‘snap’ and 3. Ridiculous ways Endgame should have went. So don’t worry! If you’ve seen it, dive in! If you haven’t, we’ll tell you when we’re about to talk about spoilers so you can skip ahead, which isn’t much really…. until the last ten minutes… when we go full spoiler. We couldn’t help it!!! It’s so good! We needed to talk about it!!! But don’t worry…. any spoilers are spoiled by a spoiler warning that we’re about to spoil our non spoiler episode. Phew. Spoilerific!
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