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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
This week we’re talking about magic! Also, Magik. ALSO: various magic doctors, Zatanna, making non-magical characters into magical ones, Captain Britain, and, ummm, Belasco Hot Sauce? It’s gonna be a journey. A MAGICAL journey. (Sorry about that.)
You know those series that are, like, shorter than regular series? Of course you do! They’re miniseries, and they’re often great! So join us as we discuss the pros and cons of self-contained limited series, talk about our favourite examples, ponder how they fit into the current comics landscape, and go off on some tangents about Doctor Strange, Secret Wars, and Alan Moore’s fancy wedding hat. All that and more in the Zero Issues Miniseries Episode: Part 1 of 1!
It’s a full-sized lightning round! Make yourself a team of Avengers, take down the Hulk with three trick arrows, and fix Free Comic Book Day! All that and so much more, it’s cazy how much more, this is a dense episode where we bounce all over the place. Stop reading this and press play!
It’s an extra-special, extra-current Zero Issues, recorded just last night! Kyle, Bry, and Merk discuss recent events in comics: from the controversy over half-page ads, the trouble with advance previews, some Secret Wars impressions, and recent comic and “real” book recommendations! All that, and a sing-along too!
Are comics growing up? That’s the question that Merk springs on us this week, and what results is maybe one of the smartest episodes we’ve done yet. We’ve come a long way from Ben-Day dots, and we’re celebrating the journey that our favourite pastime has gone on. Join us as we laugh a little, cry a little, and drink a mature, adult amount. And no more, for real.
This week’s episode is brought to you by The Sovereign Room, Bight, Crocks, and The Foundry. We did our part, now you give us money!