Comics aren't just about superheroes in capes. Each week we'll discuss, debate, and nerd out on some of the medium's greatest, latest, and strangest works. From Alan Moore to Uzumaki, to everything in-between, we aim to smash, and talk for far too long on the books we love.
Hosted by reporter/podcaster Ryan Joe and recovering marketer Raman Sehgal. We're setting phasers to...fun?
December 31st, 2021 | Season 3 | 59 mins 2 secs
To close the year out we decided to recap ALL of the comic book movies + TV shows we coped with in 2021...basically the blatant cash grab that was every major DC + Marvel property we risked life-and-lung for: WW84, Black Widow, Justice League: The Snyder Cut, Falcon & Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If?, THE Suicide Squad , Shang Chi, DUNE. Eternals, Spider Man: No Way Home
December 24th, 2021 | Season 3 | 38 mins 52 secs
christmas, comics, grant morrison, holiday, santa claus
In this special holiday episode, we'll take a look at how legendary comic book writer Grant Morrison re-invents... Santa Claus.
December 17th, 2021 | Season 3 | 39 mins 1 sec
brian michael bendis, comics, spider-man
The EXPLOSIVE finale of our epic read-through of ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley.
December 10th, 2021 | Season 3 | 59 mins 58 secs
INSTEAD of talking about the latest Spider MCU movie, we are reading ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN, by Brian Michael Bendis' and Mark Bagley.
Ultimate Spider-Man ran from 2000-2011, re-imagining Peter Parker a modern day, fifteen year old orphan and prodigy living in Queens. With the bite of a genetically modified spider, Peter's all-to-relatable teen trials and tribulation are dialed up to 11, as he navigates a world far to similar to our own, grappling with the introduction of super-powered beings. What starts off as a very teen superhero drama quickly breaks out of classic origin territory and becomes an eleven year storyline that many say is among Spider-Man's greatest runs. For this episode well only be reading volumes 1-13 which represents the first 78 of 160 issues. Next week we'll get thru the rest, seeing the series thru it's inevitable, ultimate conclusion...
December 5th, 2021 | Season 3 | 40 mins 20 secs
black hole, charles burns, comics, graphic novels
What if the X-Men all got their powers through STDs and their powers are totally useless?
November 26th, 2021 | Season 3 | 46 mins 18 secs
Replaying our 2020 episide about Matt Fraction + David Aja's seminal 2015 HAWKEYE run - that the NEW Disney+ Hawkeye show is obviously based on. This is a fun character-driven romp with Barton, Bishop, and...bros?
November 20th, 2021 | Season 3 | 46 mins 15 secs
Grafity's Wall is the 2018 graphic novel written by acclaimed creator Ram V, illustrated by Anand Radhakrishnan and colored by Aditya Bidikar. The book follows the follies of aspiring street artist Grafity and his friends on the streets of Mumbai. Across 4 individual yet interconnected stories, we get a glimpse into hopes and dreams on the cusp of adulthood... in an impossible city, while exploring the daily trials and tribulations of Indian Youth. A commentary on the gentrification and rapid change the culture of the modern-day subcontinent faces...far and away from the India our parents always told us about. This is anything but a Bollywood number.
November 12th, 2021 | Season 3 | 47 mins 35 secs
This week we are doing a double feature about THE ETERNALS. Both the MCU's latest film installment by Chloe Zhao, and also Neil Gaiman's 2006 comics reboot. Both adaptations of Jack "King" Kirby's original work posit the question... what if our species and civilization were not guided by the divine, but simply by space aliens with an ulterior motive, and their really good looking immortal agents?
November 8th, 2021 | Season 3 | 38 mins 53 secs
This week, we look at the mad manga creator Shintaro Kago's absurd and surreal comic series DEMENTIA 21, about aging out in modern day Japan.
October 31st, 2021 | Season 3 | 34 mins 41 secs
gou tanabe, lovecraft, mountains of madness
If you ever wanted to see a cinematic version of HP Lovecraft’s At the Mountains of Madness, Gou Tanabe’s adaptation is as close as you’ll probably get.
October 29th, 2021 | Season 3 | 56 mins 10 secs
This week, we dig into Denis Villeneuve's DUNE, the latest film adaption of Frank Herbert's sci-fi classic. Spoiler alert - it's really damn good.
October 22nd, 2021 | Season 3 | 43 mins 36 secs
Matt Wagner's GRENDEL is a indie noir series of comics from the 90s about an anti-hero, which evolved into a study on the nature of aggression. The story follows Hunter Rose, AKA Grendel, an assassin who ascends to the top of New York City's criminal underworld, alongside his orphaned little girl ward and werewolf arch nemesis. Bookended by silly things like "plot" - the book dives into a bunch of one shots illustrated by various artists telling micro tales of Grendel's adventures in various styles and artists like Tim Sale, Mike Allred, Michael Oeming, and many more. It was recently announced that Grendel will get his own own Netflix series starring Abubakr Ali.
October 15th, 2021 | Season 3 | 36 mins 34 secs
This week we are reading IN WAVES, by AJ Dungo. A heartbreaking, sober work of a young man's love, along with a history lesson. This book is NOT just about the history of surfing, tracing the tales of Duke Kahanamoku and Thomas Blake,...it's also a heartfelt recollection of young love and loss, as the author recounts his time with his girlfriend Kristen, who succumbed to cancer.
October 12th, 2021 | Season 3 | 38 mins 44 secs
In two graphic novels cartoonist Derf Backderf dissected two aspects of American history that most people would like to pretend never happened: the early life of the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, and the events in Kent State that led to the murders of four unarmed students. In this episode, we'll get into how Derf's expert storytelling makes sense of the senseless.
October 2nd, 2021 | Season 3 | 53 mins 25 secs
We're veering BACK veering off course -to a galaxy far far away for STAR WARS VISIONS - the new Disney+ series of anime shorts where the Japanese have their way with some sweet sweet Lucasfilm IP.
September 27th, 2021 | Season 3 | 43 mins
cartoonist, chris reynolds, comics, mauretania
What do you get when you cross film noir with a technical manual? You get the comics of Chris Reynolds! The indie cartoonist has been putting together strips since the 1980s and in this episode, we'll take a look at the collection, assembled by legendary cartoonist Seth, in the compilation The New World: Comics From Mauretania.