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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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186: March Madness V: Madness takes Manhattan

March-o Madness, oooooh yeeeeaaah!!

In this, the fifth edition to our March Madness/August Audness series, we once again pit eight characters against each other, tournament-style, to see who the absolute toughest is, not counting Superman or Goku or whatever.

Also! So much news! So much news, it’ll make you sit up in bed and say “wow, it’s so much news.” News!

Previous Madness Tournament episodes can be heard here, here, here, and here!

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171: Heckblazers

You ever read an issue of The Invisibles…on weeeed? Look, we were going to post this episode ever, but we got soooo high, and, like, we were all whoooooa… I know I’m offending someone with this writeup, and y’know what? I’m sorry that your subculture has been co-opted by bros. It’s not your fault, and I shouldn’t be picking on you about it. I’m sorry.

Anyway we talk about weed in comics this week. Oh and Bry’s asleep, so he’s veeeery quiet.

Sorry.

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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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137: A Very Solemn Snoogans

Whatever happens in Madripoor stays in Madripoor! The boys once again welcome Ryan the TBay Movie Guy to talk SECRET IDENTITIES – the history of the alter ego, the heroes who use them, the ones who go public, the methods and effectiveness of hiding your masked self, the real-life celebrities who share a civilian name with superheroes, and more!

Also! Kyle guides us in a round of Six Degrees of Batman, we dig into news about Captain Marvel and Dragon Ball Super, and then perform another dynamic Dramatic Reading of the classic comic where Superman adopted Jimmy Olsen!

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Episode 26: Todd Shewchuk – Inversion!

We did it! We got our first guest (not counting a cameo from Merk’s wife here or there)! And to no one’s surprise at all, it’s Todd Shewchuk of Comix Plus Music Exchange!
We’re all over the place this week, with topics ranging from films, to marketing trends, to mega events and the fact that Scott Snyder was able to keep a plot twist a secret for longer than two weeks.

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Episode 17: Women in Comics – Going to GregLand!

Holy moly, this episode is about feminism, because some man decided that we all needed to see Spider-Woman’s butt. So we’re doing it! We talk about underlying problems in comics, and some of the people that are fighting to change them. We also make Merk (and you? And you!) read Shortpacked!, pitch a great-sounding Black Widow movie, and did somebody say quotes from the internet?

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Episode 4: Do You Call Pants Jimmies?

Tonight, on a very special late edition (get it?), the boys discuss comic book death! Everything from Aunt May to Jason Todd to, uh, Archie. And more! PLUS: One of the hosts will DIE!

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