Welcome to the premier of the Lost Boys Pop Culture Podcast. Yep, one podcast isn’t enough so Jim and Eric are starting another one…maybe. Listen to them talk about trips to the circus, their hate of Monopoly and what they think about the Nintendo Switch. If that’s not enough, hear them talk about Jerry Rice, discount supermarkets, The Black Adam movies and their top 5 Pixar movies. Enjoy!
With Loki in charge of Asgard, Thor, Balder, Sif and the Warriors Three have to fight a pair of flying hands! Odin gets sent to bed (apparently) without his supper, Loki grows really big, and everyone keeps stating the obvious! (Hey, it’s a Stan Lee comic) Plus there’s a big bald guy! Nuff said!
On December 18th, 2016, Anna Garcia drank an entire bottle of wine and attempted to retell the origin of Spider-Man (the original comic storyline, not the movie version). Spider-Man has always had, in my opinion, the best narrative construction of any superhero. He checks all the boxes of the “perfect” situational storytelling for any young hero:
Complex, vulnerable, and tragic lead in Peter Parker, check.
An outcast in high school who gets superpowers, check.
Lives with an older woman allowing him to get away with sneaking around, check.
A balance of villains who are people close to him and those he has never met before, check.
A supporting cast that is as interesting as he is (Harry, MJ, Gwen, etc.), check.
Contained to one city (more grounded than trying to saving the world), check.
On the most fundamental level, there is no better hero to write. So naturally, I figured why not try and retell the original comic origin? No, that wasn’t good enough; let’s try and retell this story while intoxicated…
This is ComicsVerse’s new series, Drunk Comic Origins!
Anna Garcia is a Screen Arts student at the University of Michigan and also happens to be a good friend of mine. She graciously volunteered to be our drunken storyteller and throughout the experience continued to make the claim that she was “on an adventure!” Anna has always been a big fan of the web slinger and was able to give a somewhat accurate rendition of the original story. The basic plot points that we covered were:
Pre-powers Peter Parker
The spider bite incident
Selfish post-powers/pre-Spider-Man Peter Parker
The tragic loss of Uncle Ben
Peter’s transformation into Spider-Man
A rundown of the supporting characters
All story rights are reserved to Marvel. At the end of the day, this is a spoof. The following is brought to you by ComicsVerse.com and is a Mid-Youth Crisis Production. Drunk Comic Origins contains explicit language. Please Drink Responsibly.
Reviews: God Country #1, Khaal #1, Superman Vol 5 #14, U.S. Avengers #1, Unstoppable Wasp #1, Emerald City series premiere, Sleepy Hollow S4 premiere
Jimmy is joined in studio again by the Jon-uary co-host, Jon Hoche! Batman joins the boys in the beginning but has to be sent away early. They chat about last week’s Best of 2016 show and you should go check it out if you missed it! News includes: The Green Lantern Corps movie is in the works, Tangled: Before Ever After will bridge the gap between the movie and the new series debuting on Disney Channel, a new gibbon species has been named after a Star Wars character, Superman gets another costume upgrade, a Marvel Secret Empire tease reveals more, the next X-Men film may be called Supernova, FX’s Y: The Last Man may finally have a script coming, an upcoming Rogue One comic series will expand upon the movie and more!Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!
This week Dave sits down with Troy Brownfield and Steve Ekstrom and together they discuss their new project The Terminal. Terminal, a new 192-page comic book anthology, is exactly that. The beginning of a new storytelling initiative. The beginning of a few careers. The start of something big… Imminet Press! We hope you enjoy and please support their Kickstarter.
This week the Two Guys with PhDs start off by getting political. While some listeners might not like it when Andy and Derek become polemical on the podcast, the guys just had to speak out about the brouhaha surrounding Congressman John Lewis’s recent comments on Trump’s illegitimacy. The Two Guys stand with Representative Lewis, a man of courage, honor, and action. And it’s heartening that copies of March are selling out all over the place!
But enough of the bad Trump. The guys find more serious another entity of that name, this one orchestrated by the legendary Harvey Kurtzman. Trump: The Complete Collection is the second volume in Dark Horse’s Essential Kurtzman series. This beautiful hardbound edition collects the only two issues of Trump ever published, as well as the many never-before reproduced illustrations from what would have been the third issue of the magazine, had Hugh Hefner not pulled the plug. Both Andy and Derek appreciate the collection — especially Denis Kitchen’s outstanding essay and annotations! — and while some of the humor appears dated (or even falls flat at times), this text stands out as an indispensable historical contribution.
After that Derek and Andy check out two recent #1 issues, Sean Lewis and Hayden Sherman’s The Few (Image Comics) and Erin Nations’s Gumballs (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing). The former is a leisurely paced and extra-long issue centered around a future where the United States is now a fractured territory due to water scarcities (at least the guys think this is the series’ premise). Sherman’s art stands out here. And Gumballs is a single-creator anthology that’s a mix of autobiographical sketches, character portraits, and poignant cultural observations. The guys look forward to seeing what transpires in both of these series.
Welcome back! We’re on Episode #2 of the Weekly Comics News Show — an (obviously) weekly program that brings you the latest in comic book news, releases, and more. Host Patrick Aloia and his guest hosts (this week — Kay Honda) will scour through releases and news stories every week to get you exactly what you need to be up to date in the world of comics.
This week we’re featuring stories on STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE comic release, the app HOOPLA, and Marvel’s MONSTERS UNLEASHED. The ROGUE ONE comic is set to add more to the ROGUE ONE story, the HOOPLA app is going to have DC REBIRTH comics available for reading, and the highly anticipated Marvel event MONSTERS UNLEASHED is finally coming out.
For DC, we’re also talking about RAVEN #5, which is just as excellent as the rest of Marv Wolfman’s series has been, BATMAN #15 which will continue to explore the relationship between Batman and Cat Woman. For Marvel, we have IRON MAN #3 and the final issue of Genndy Tartakovsky’s CAGE. For Image, Sean Lewis’ THE FEW has us very excited, along with Ed Brubaker’s KILL OR BE KILLED, THEY’RE NOT LIKE US #13, and more. We’ll also talk about Valiant’s HARBINGER RENEGADES #3, and IDW’s REVOLUTIONARIES.
Stay tuned for new episodes of the Weekly Comics News Show, and on all of ComicsVerse’s video content. Check out our Facebook Live and Instagram Live videos while we produce the show to meet the hosts, the crew, and get a peek at what it takes to get a weekly show running.
On this podcast we talk about The Defenders, The Watchmen button and a digital General Leia. Then it’s comics time with reviews of God Country, Heavy Metal and Justice League/Power Rangers. Go, go listen!
ComicsVerse presents the Weekly Comics News Show — a weekly program bringing you the latest in comic book news, releases, and more. Host Patrick Aloia and his guest hosts (this week — Lilie Le Prevost) will scour through releases and news stories every week to get you exactly what you need to be up to date in the world of comics.
This week we’re featuring stories on CBLDF’s release statement, and a big surprise in YOUNG JUSTICE. CBLDF’s statement on Simon & Schuster’s decision to publish Milo Yiannopoulos’ memoir is largely non-committal but also admonishing of efforts to protest the book. YOUNG JUSTICE’s co-creator Greg Weisman confirmed that a character in the DC cartoon series is LGBT.
For new releases, we’re featuring Marvel’s INHUMANS vs X-MEN, which is on their third issue (#2 since they started with #0) where things start to come to a head between the X-Men and the Inhumans as they fight for survival. And for DC, we’re featuring ALL-STAR BATMAN, which begins a new storyline featuring Mr. Freeze, which proves to be as fun as you’d expect. The featured Image release is the highly anticipated GOD COUNTRY, which has a big sword, which is good and important. We’ll also talk about Darkhorse, BOOM! Studios, and IDW.
Stay tuned for updates on all of ComicsVerse’s video content and our new weekly comics news show, and check out our Facebook Live and Instagram Live videos while we produce the show to meet the hosts, the crew, and get a peek at what it takes to get a weekly show running.
It’s awards season, and you know what that means: networks will cynically use the concept of an awards show to fill time by looking back at old entertainment rather than looking forward and creating something new. By which we mean: welcome to the third annual Crisis On Infinite Midlives Crises awards!
2016 was a weird year for comics and genre entertainment: there was some spectacular work from areas that no one would have guessed even a year ago, and some real garbage fires from people and organizations who one would think we could count on. And we go back and sift through all of it, one last time, before we move onward and upward into an uncertain year where Wolverine will retire, Spider-Man will come home, Warren Ellis will regain his authority, and we choose to believe that General Leia Organa will, to coin a phrase, just fade away.
In this episode, we discuss:
Best and worst comic series / miniseries
Best and worst comic event
Best single issue
Best and worst genre movie
Best and worst genre TV
Biggest surprise and disappointment of 2016, and:
Most and least anticipated entertainments of 2017!
And, the disclaimers:
This show contains spoilers. That said: this show contains discussions about all comics and genre entertainment of 2016. You’ve had a lot of time to get up to speed here. Still and all: consider yourself warned.
This show contains adult, profane language, and is therefore not safe for work. We talk about Civil War II and Spider-Clones here, which means we’ll use language that will get you fired. Get some headphones.
Eric is away…or is he? Actually, he isn’t, but noone was sure until the podcast was over. Reggie joined in to fill the slack and the three of them talk about so many books that this one is for the record books. They also talk 70’s television, the chances that 4 adults would shit their pants in one week and other questions of the Universe. Enjoy!