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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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155: Wolverine Gets Deported

It’s just past Canada Day! It’s the Fourth of July! Tensions are rising on the Canada-US border! So for three Canadian comic fans and creators… what does this mean!? This week we talk all about the impact of an increasing trade war and border-security squabble on our favourite fictional Canadian-Americans, and poke a little good-natured (ha ha, good natured, we promise) fun at our national rivalries! Alpha Flight ruuuules!!!

Also: So much news! Bry pits Kyle against Merk in a Canada vs. USA comic quiz! And Merk tells a spooooooky story about he and C.G. Rackham’s travel to a haunted Ontario comic-con!

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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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ThunderCon: Webcomics and Podcasts

Presenting a special, glow-in-the-dark holo-foil miniseries event: the ThunderCon Live Special (Part 3 of 3)! We had the pleasure of sitting on three panels during ThunderCon on October 25th, so for the next few days we’ll be sharing those as some bonus episodes! Today: Kyle, Bry, and Merk are joined by Mandy Osipenko of the podcast series LittleGeekLost to talk all about creating webcomics and podcasts!

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ThunderCon: The Rise and Fall of Mainstream Fandom

Presenting a special fold-out die-cut cover miniseries event: the ThunderCon Live Special (Part 2 of 3)! We had the pleasure of sitting on three panels during ThunderCon on October 25th, so for the next few days we’ll be sharing those as some bonus episodes! Today: Kyle, Bry, and Merk are joined by Todd Shewchuk once more to talk about “The Rise and Fall of Mainstream Fandom”.

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ThunderCon: The Changing Face of Comics

Presenting a special, chromium-embossed miniseries event: the ThunderCon Live Special (Part 1 of 3)! We had the pleasure of sitting on three panels during ThunderCon on October 25th, so for the next few days we’ll be sharing our recordings as some bonus episodes! Today: Kyle, Bry, and Merk are joined by Todd Shewchuk to discuss “The Changing Face of Comics” and all that entails.

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Episode 50: Trivia – Winners Don’t Drink Drugs

Did you miss us? We missed you!

This week, we’re celebrating fifty episodes (plus a bunch of bonus episodes, a whole Advent Calendar full of minis, and more) with the biggest, dumbest “don’t get it right and you drink” trivia contest ever!  Who will bring home the Koozie of Champions? Who has the most obscure questions? Who thought that we should record this episode immediately after recording two other episodes?  Really guys, who thought that, we’re all cuckoo.

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Episode 49: Ultraviolence – Think of the Children

Ready for a bit of the ol’ ultraviolence? We are! We kinda are. This week, we point a barbwire baseball bat at over-the-top violent comics. Are they good? Can they ever be good? Is it an effective storytelling technique, and what’s the line? We try to figure that out, on location from the Korova Milk Bar.

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Episode 48: Canadiana – Get Pucked

Canada and comics! Two topics the Zero Issues boys are especially qualified to discuss. This week’s episode is about Canadian comic series, characters, and creators! We’re talking about all your favourites, like Red Ketchup, the Polka-Dot Pirate, Nelvana of the Northern Lights, Captain Newfoundland, Purple Rider, and of course… Puck! Pour yourself a glass of Ontario craft beer and join us for an in-depth and funny chat about all things Canadiana in comics! And only like 7 weeks too late for Canada Day!

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Outro Music: “Log Driver’s Waltz” by The Bay Street Bastards
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Episode 47: Merchandise – I’ve Got the Kessel Runs

Zero Issues is back, and this time we’re talking all about comic and pop culture merchandise! Particularly the really weird, bad stuff. Join Kyle, Bry and Merk as we ask “why would anyone decide this was a good idea?”, discuss a fake line of superhero beers that should totally be real, quiz each other on whether strange items of merchandise are real or fake, and ponder if Marvel is purposely tanking their own properties.

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