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351: What the #@$% is Going On!?

We’re all reeling from the bloodbath of cancelled projects at Warner Bros and HBO Max after David Zaslav’s Discovery FUSION-HA‘ed with Warner Brothers. The cancellation of Batgirl shocked the Internet and the impact of the takeover seems to keep spreading by the day. As we react to Warnergeddon, we also go through some other announced, scheduled, and even pre-existing projects that have met the corporate reaper’s blade. What can we expect for the future of DC, and perhaps WB as a whole? And along the way, let’s decide who should replace Ezra Miller as the Flash… and discover the secret of Alan Moore’s Five-Way Revenge!

But first there is other news, if you can believe it! The four-season – and completed – Infinity Train is erased from existence by Cartoon Network! It’s time for Guardians of the Galaxy: the Ride: the Comic! Chris Claremont shares some very uncensored opinions at C2E2, and oh ho ho you’d better believe the internet reacted.

And last but not least! We review and discuss LYCAN: SOLOMON’S ODDYSSEY, a new historical werewolf horror (but more!) graphic novel by Dennis Robinson, Sal Donaire, Ezequiel Dominguez and Joel Saavedra, published by Hive Head Studios. Spoilers: we dug it! And we’ll tell you why you may dig it too! [And incidentally, we’d love to do more indie reviews, so please reach out to us if you’re interested!]

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341: See You In the Grease Pit

Welcome to the grease pit!
What does that mean? …. I’m not sure even we know…..
This week we celebrate the 20th anniversary of FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with a look at it’s history and beginnings.
We also talk news of Spidey’s 60th anniversary, a rumbling in the Conan licensing ranks, and the CW bloodbath of cancellations.
Merk also delves into a non comic book film he discovered on the ‘flix that deserves your wide eyed, deer caught in the headlights, how did this get made sort of attention. It’s a Jean Claude Desert Heat Inferno Coyote Ugly Moon sort of evening. Make it a blockbuster night.
All that and teasing Spider-Man for fat hands, eating a whole bowl of spaghetti for Spidey and Thai Pods!
Welcome to FREE COMIC BOOK PODCAST DAY!….. which we do every week….EVERY WEEK……

An oil spill in Western Siberia (Surgut region) is found during a Greenpeace investigation tour.

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339: She Was a W.I.L.F.

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is upon us! And we can finally tell you that Kevin Feige himself approached us to watch the movie in advance, under a strict embargo not to spoil the movie until it’s released. SO WE’RE BREAKING THAT EMBARGO! But… they made us watch it separately, and… weird, it seems like we each saw a very different movie?? That seems… odd. But it ALSO means THREE TIMES THE VERIFIED DOCTOR STRANGE SPOILERS, dear listeners! And that is a mystery that sells a new listen to a podcast, as we all know! And as an added bonus, learn about all the variant cameos, and what Kevin Feige’s hat choices mean for the future of the MCU!

BUT FIRST! We go through all the news we recently missed: Frank Miller Presents a new publishing company! CW Arrowverse cancellations! Bone PRE-cancelled at Netflix! Ezra Miller’s Hawaiian crime spree continues! And we discuss the work and legacy of the recently departed Neal Adams, a legend who defined the industry forever.

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309: The New Fifty-Zero

The New 52 debuted 10 years ago – more like the OLD 52, am I right?? – so it’s time to take a look back on its impact, its legacy, its highs and lows, what can be learned from it, why it was better than we often give it credit for, and… what’s thiiiis? TWO quizzes worth of trivia!? All that and so much more – so join us in a New 52 retrospective that will (among other things) reveal the chilling secret of S&M Solomon Grundy!!

But first! We react to the new Sandman trailer! We discuss the duelling copyright ownership lawsuit(s) between Marvel creators vs. Marvel the company! And after the mind-blowing revelation that Chris Pratt will play Mario, we cast classic video game characters (and recast Mario) among the famous MCU actors! Who will be Ms. Pac Man? WHO!?

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276: Where’s Rambo and Your Scary Dead Boyfriend?

Rambo and dead boyfriends! Wandavision is pretty great, amirite? This week we delve into the mysteries of episode 4 of that MCU show as well as exploring intercompany comic crossovers. What did we love the best? What disappointed us and crushed our comic souls? and then we EACH get to give the elevator pitch …. what company crossover would we want to see? All that plus Netflix Sandman casting, a trip back to the Snyder Castle and Mother Box Happy Meals…..Join us, won’t you?

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195: It’s Just You Guys and Bill Sienkiewicz and that Duck that Cosplays


On this week’s very special episode of Zero Issues Comic podcast, the boys discuss the creative side of making comics: the trials, the tribulations, the pitfalls, the struggles…. and the fun stuff too. They delve into the how and why of comic creation, from 3 panel strips to long form graphic novels to web comics. How to break creative blocks! How to approach storytelling! How to get super frustrated! They also talk about long range artistic goals, and tricks & traits they’ve absorbed from other artist’s works over the years. All this and a ton of news, including; Dark Phoenix fizzles at the box office, Justice League too late, Jessica Jones having a secret release on Netflix, a new Legion of Super Heroes comic announcement, Bry lamenting over Wally West, the return of the JSA and Chip Zdarsky’s new Image book! Join us won’t you?

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170: The Hypno Hustler Halloween Special

It’s that time of year so break out yer spooky face and join us for the Hypno Hustler Halloween Special! Find out about a (not) possible Deadman show with Scott Bakula & Jennifer Love Hewitt! Learn how to get Morgan Freeman to play a ghost! Find out if Gentleman Ghost is an ol’ timey racist! Hear the pitch for the newest Netflix Archie like show with everyone’s favourite dead kid! Plus… Crossed! Howling Commandos!Woody Allen as Carnage! All purpose killing people guy! Sabrina! Gritty, street level Trigon! Macho Wolf Man! And really soooo much more…. including not one but 2 ridiculous songs! And one’s about Bry in the tub… no…. wait… come back…..it’s a bubble bath….  

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132: Is a Gun Cheaper to Produce Than a Dragon?

“The Punisher” has hit Netflix, and at least two of us have seen it all! In a short and breezy episode, we digest the series and the character, talk about what makes Frank “Big Pun” Castle tick, dig into the politics of the show (it’s there, you can’t blame us!), come to terms with a Microchip who isn’t Newman, and figure out where it fits into the widening Marvel TV Scale of Quality.

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Advent Calendar 04: DC Streaming

Gosh, that Jessica Jones sure was something, huh? But what if there were a world where DC, instead of having shows on multiple networks, had taken the Marvel approach of doing streaming shows? The ZI Boys (that’s our dance crew name) pitch their dream DC streaming shows in today’s Advent Calendar episode, and there are some pretty neat ideas to be heard!

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Episode 39: Daredevil – The Horniest Man in New York

Hey, you guys like Daredevil? We sure do! We like gritty Daredevil, we like swashbuckling Daredevil, we like Affleck Daredevil, even… We like ’em all! Except Shadowland, Shadowland was dumb. Let’s chat about this fella!

Oh, and hey! Zero Issues is now one year old! It can walk, a little, and is real close to saying its first word. My guess for what that word will be: neeeeeerds.

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