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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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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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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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177: Christma-ka-ka-KOOM!

Christmas day is almost here, so it’s time to celebrate with a LIGHTNING ROUND in your stocking! (You… you heard us!)

Join us on a fast-paced, maaaybe raunchier-than-usual mad journey as we pitch comic holiday specials (including the returns of Jeremy Piven Hawkeye and Scott Bakula Deadman), come up with new toy lines in a Character Storm, compete in a holiday comics quiz, decide which heroes and villains believe in the War on Christmas, and perform a Dramatic Reading of the time the Avengers went up against SANTRON! Oh, and more. So much more!

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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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157: I Don’t Need Luck, I Eat Nuts

This week we pay tribute to the life and career of Steve Ditko! From the art, stories, and characters that helped shape comics, to his long and varied history in the industry, the wide-ranging influences he left, and the personal and political philosophy he lived and created by.

Also: We blast through a rapid-fire news segment, do a quiz about what ridiculous events did and didn’t cause Bill Bixby’s David Banner to transform into the Hulk, and perform a Dramatic Reading of the first-ever appearance of Squirrel Girl! A is A, and Zero Issues is Zero Issues!!


Artwork by Merk; originally posted on Line it is Drawn.

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153: Everyone’s Singing

Isn’t it weird that the sound of lightning has its own name? I think it’s weird. Why do I bring that up? Because this week’s all-audio podcast is a Lightning Round!

Gasp as Bry tells us what Gen 13 is! Recoil in fright as Merk hosts the most difficult quiz game of all time! Marvel at Kyle’s deft knowledge of bad sitcom The Single Guy!

All that and the Third Summers Brother, finally revealed but better than Vulcan.

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