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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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183: Nothing Like Hot Yogurt

Does anybody here like food?

This week, we get reeeal snacky, and talk all about food in comics. Does Superman really need to eat? What is the worst thing that the Ninja Turtles have ever ordered on a pizza? Is Boo Berry a racist, or is calling him racist the actual racist thing? None of these questions are answered.

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181: Do the Webs Come From the Claws?

Do you ever get tired of the same old powers? Day after day, the same heat vision, the same boring adamantium claws? Well, have comics got the solution for you! That’s right, this week we’re talking about all the times our favourite heroes got ridiculous new powers! Sometimes Wolverine gets HOT CLAWS, sometimes Spider-Man gets stingers out of his wrists, sometimes Superman just blue himself. And each and every time, these new powers were here to stay! (R…right?)

But that’s not all! We’ve got controversies to discuss in the worlds of comics and comic-movie news, Merk breaks down the new status quo for Guardians of the Galaxy, and we just… get pretty silly all around. Enjoy??

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176: Batman’s Super Smooth Running Machine Christmas

Well it’s that time of year….. Time for the Zero Issues Boys to put together a little audio cheer in podcast form. This week’s cheerful bliss comes in the form of a Batman story on vinyl, telling the bizarre tale of Batman, Robin and Robin’s replacement, Dr John, as they sing Christmas carols, run in flip flops and and swing on chandeliers in homeless shelters. Join us for this short tale of Gotham’s miserable Christmas, won’t you?

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172: Chip Sahoyski

Krakakoom!

This week we go all over the place with a Lightning Round! What should Superman’s new power be? What comic book should have an awesome open world game? How much Batdick is too much Batdick? These questions and many more definitively answered in this “we recorded it a month ago so it isn’t necessarily current” episode!

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166: Going to Hal in a Handbasket on a Bicycle Built for Two Hals

This week we discuss Henry Cavill’s possible exit from the Superman movies? Maybe? Is that what’s going on? Or is he going crazy? Or are we? All of the above? That and we talk about the Joker Phoenix, the weirdness behind the abrupt cancellation of Chelsea Cain’s Vision series, a game of Character Storm, the Winter Soldier’s back up dancers and Jughead just wanting $5! It’s JUST FIVE BUCKS!!! All that and more…. for FREE!!! You don’t even have to pay for this stuff!! IT’S FREE!!!!

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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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151: With the Power of His Adult Man Brain

Betty vs. Veronica? Star Trek vs. Star Wars? Batman vs. Literally Anyone? Fans have debated these questions for decades, and finally, FINALLY, we settle ten of the biggest arguments in fandom once or for all! (And we mean it! No more debating after this!)

Also! Merk recommends three indie comics you should check out: Frankenstein: A World of Gods and Monsters, Eternal, and Futility! Kyle spotlights something special from Deadpool 2! And Bry and the boys dig into some news items involving Stan Lee, Marvel’s commitment to diversity, and the future of The Walking Dead!

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140: Long Pause, Then a Sawhorse

Oh my! Today is a day the boys travel in time! Whether it’s to tell you the comic news (because it’s recorded several weeks before it airs!), or Bry goes to back over a decade to make a superhero movie better, or we go ALLLLL the way back and talk prehistoric characters…. this is the length they go to to entertain! You’ll hear such bits as…. the super soldier sermon…just going to get space cigarettes baby!… Lex needs a face on his tummy… that’s right, his last name is STEGRON!….his father was a neanderthal who was just set in his ways….this is the 30 seconds we talk about that comic we haven’t read…my favourite part is when they refer to dinosaurs as honkers… How old is Zabu? Cut it open and count the rings…so Tony Shalhoub takes up archery…. AND SO MUCH MORE!!!! Join us, won’t you…

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139: They Made It Up!

Wakanda foreeeeveeer! Today, in advance of Black Panther coming out (oh, it’s out now? Cool, go see that!), we’re talking about T’Challa. From origins to current incarnation, we feel bad about not being smart enough to cover it all.

Plus! In advance of forgetting Valentines Day (look, we record these things in advance), we find some make-up gifts using the 1991 Marvel trading cards, and have a super-villain-or-actual-serial-killer quotes quiz. More fun than you can shake a bing bead at this week on Zero Issues!

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