Podcast - Episode 31: Favourite (and Least Favourite) Marvel Characters

Coming at you after a week off. We recorded when I was fresh off my trip to Toronto, which was better than any trip to Toronto in the dead of winter has a right to be. Highlights include, in no particular order:

  1. Seeing Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (and sitting very close to the stage!);
  2. Watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier with J.Bone;
  3. Eating at Bahn Mi Boys more than once;
  4. Drinks and strippers with J.Bone;
  5. Not having any kids with me at all;
  6. $hopping!;
  7. Sleeping through the night in a dark, quiet room;
  8. Hanging out with (ECMA-nominated!) Sean "Wordburglar" Jordan, and recording an episode of his Weekend At Burgie's podcast;
  9. Did I mention no kids?;
  10. Meeting Owen Craig from Panel Culture finally;
  11. Just generally hanging out and talking to J.Bone, who I feel like I could talk to forever, honestly. So glad we finally got to hang out in person.

But, as The Boss says, you can't break the ties that bi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-yi-ind, so now I am back in snowy Nova Scotia, and there is in fact a blizzard happening here as I write this. And both of my kids are home.

Also, a belated birthday shout-out to Dave, who turned, I dunno, a thousand last week? Oh shit! Don't invite me to a birthday roast! I will scorch that place!

So this week, since Dave and I were guestless for the first time in a few weeks, we decided to list our favourite (and least favourite) Marvel characters. We did the same with DC characters way back in our third episode.

Before we got to that we discussed some of the news from the past couple of weeks, first and foremost the announcement by DC of a new line of Hana-Barbara comics. And that line-up includes a batshit insane Scooby-Doo relaunch:

Where is the detective squad that will stop these monsters?!

I also talk about the Lego: Marvel's Avengers video game that was recently released, and how one of the levels is a PLAYABLE BUCKY'S DEATH SCENE! I put together some screengrabs in a Tumblr post:

Bucky!!!!!!

This week's episode sees the return of MITCHELL, who joins us to share some of his thoughts on Marvel characters. His segment has a slow start, but it pays off, I think.

We do not see the return of HILLARY this week, though. She feels bad, but she just couldn't condense her thoughts on these new X-Files episodes into a coherent segment. This is a very exciting time for her. I completely understand because, as you may recall, we needed to devote an entire podcast episode AND bring in a special guest to discuss the first Civil War TRAILER. So having a hard time gathering your thoughts about two whole episodes of your very favourite thing in the world is understandable.

What I'm saying is that the Civil War movie will probably require five episodes to cover.

I am not going to mention the new Civil War trailer in this blog post, even though it's all I'm thinking about, because we will be talking about it on next week's episode. Probably at great length.

Podcast - Episode 30: Jessica Jones and the Super Ladies of TV!

We turned the big 3-0 this week, guys! And to celebrate, we had Tiina Johns back on the show! We finally talk about Jessica Jones, and a bit about other heroic ladies on television. A very little bit. This may be a good topic to revisit in a later episode.

Here's the fresh new look for Captain America:

And here's the first cover, with a lil' Winter Soldier in the background:

Bucky! Is that really you, buddy?!

Speaking of Winter Solider (and I usually am), I forgot to mention these hot new Bucky drawings J.Bone posted on Instagram this past week:

Shady character #civilwar #wintersoldier #winterschildren #buckybarnes #drawing #jbone

A photo posted by J.Bone (@originaljbone) on

Awwww, look at him!

Here's that Chris Evans Glenn Frey tweet that Dave mentioned. God bless Chris Evans and his adorably earnest Twitter account.

Don't worry. Jeremy Renner's Twitter account is still amazing:

And here's a little Sebastian Stan in Ricki and the Flash, dancing like a goof with Rick Springfield:

Alright, that's it for two weeks! I am off to Toronto to bother J.Bone and see Bruce Springsteen! Go see Pride and Prejudice and Zombies! It's great!

Podcast - Episode 29: The X-Files!!!

Holy smokes, guys! The X-Files is coming back this week! We had to have superfan Hillary Titley (the Scully to Dave's Mulder), on the show to gush for awhile. So this episode ended up being pretty long. Twice as long as a regular episode, actually. And I think Dave says, like, five words.

Here is our guest, Hillary, holding the framed, signed oh-so-90s David Duchovny photo that we mention:

I was going to post a link to the Civil War panel video but I realized that I included it in last week's post. Hmmm. Well, we can look at some pictures of Chris Evans in a tux at the Golden Globes instead:

Oh knock it off, Christopher.

And here is Sebastian Stan at an afterparty, all safe and happy and sockless:

Did they coordinate their navy tuxedos? We can only guess! (Yes. Of course they did).

It's a long episode, guys. You don't have time to read stuff. I'm done.

Podcast - Episode 28: Great Writing/Bad Art & Great Art/Bad Writing

This week we totally talk about actual comic books! We talk about books that had such great writing that we were (almost) able to overlook the not-so-great art. And then books that had art that was so great that we bought them even though the writing was just terrible. It gets kinda mean, not gonna lie.

And the panel at the top of this post is, of course, from JLA (great writing by Grant Morrison, just dreadful art by Howard Porter). Here are a few more of the comics we mention:

1. Animal Man with great writing by Grant Morrison, not-so-great art by Chas Truog:

2. Miracle Man with great writing by Alan Moore, not-so-great art by Chuck Beckum:

3. Godland with great art by Tom Scioli and not-so-great writing by Joe Casey:

4. Doom Patrol with great writing by Grant Morrison, not-so-great art by Richard Case:

5. Our favourite example: Superman/Batman with great art by Ed McGuinness, terrible writing by Jeph Loeb:

Hey, if you want to watch the entire Captain America: Civil War panel from Wizard World New Orleans, you can!!! Right here.

And if you want to see how extremely handsome and snugly Chris Evans looked while doing that panel, here's some visual reference:

I'll finish this with a picture of that Winter Soldier Dorbz toy that is coming out and is adorable. And some very funny fan art inspired by it.

Nah, I lied. I'm gonna end this with a selfie of Sebastian Stan in a tux on Golden Globes night:

Podcast - Episode 27: 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!

Welcome to 2016, or as I like to call it, the year of Captain America: Civil War!

Dave and I get excited about all sorts of things that are going to be coming out this year.

First of all, here are the crazy adorable, impossibly awesome crochet Captain America and Winter Soldier that J.Bone made for me!!!!

THEY ARE SO CUTE! I LOVE THEM!!!!!!

I know why you guys come here: hilarious Captain America: White panels. Here you go!

I actually forgot to mention this one on the show. It made me laugh out loud for real:

"Soft spot." Skull knows what's up.

Here's Steve and Bucky rolled into a tight ball. This goes on for a few panels:

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Here are the very oddly posed In Memoriam statues of Cap and Bucky:

And here's Captain America riding off into the American Flag sunset, his shield concealing the middle finger he's flipping Fury, probably:

Oh, Captain America: White. I miss you already.

Here is that VERY short Disney Channel clip about Civil War. It's a minute long and it made me lose my mind three times.

BECAUSE OF THIS:

I WASN'T PREPARED!!!!

I have been looking at a lot of Stormpilot fanart on Tumblr. There is some great stuff. Like this:

But don't worry. I still make time for great Stucky fanart. Like this:

And speaking of Stucky, here is that Vanity Fair piece about the Steve/Bucky fandom.

Alright! First episode of 2016 done! Thanks for listening. Will we ever do a Jessica Jones episode? Stay tuned!

EDIT!!!!

Good lord I forgot to post the gif that Matt made me for Christmas! Here it is:

And also, here is a link to the advent calendar he made for me in 2010. And here's a taste of what it was like: