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Each week we discuss a great character in a great story.

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Each week we discuss a great character in a great story.

    Protagonist Podcast #276 Martin Banks from Off to be the Wizard (novel 2013) “He had spent a lot of time thinking about himself and had come to the conclusion that he was definitely not self-absorbed.”

    Protagonist Podcast #276 Martin Banks from Off to be the Wizard (novel 2013) “He had spent a lot of time thinking about himself and had come to the conclusion that he was definitely not self-absorbed.”

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    All-star guest Branden Ushio is back to discuss Martin Banks from Off to the Wizard, the first book in the Magic 2.0 series by Scott Meyer. Topics of discussion include how narrative surprises work in this story, how the world building is accomplished, and the relationships between characters.







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    Scott Meyer - Official websiteScott Meyer - WikipediaMagic 2.0 book series - Amazon

    • 58 min
    Protagonist Podcast #275: Flora Buckman and Ulysses from Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure (novel 2013) “I promise to always turn back toward you.”

    Protagonist Podcast #275: Flora Buckman and Ulysses from Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventure (novel 2013) “I promise to always turn back toward you.”

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    It's a special bonus episode of The Protagonist Podcast for anyone who needs a little more entertainment in their lives right now. Joe's daughter Lizzie got permission to do a podcast episode as a book report for her fifth grade class, and we've decided to drop it in here as an extra episode for our loyal listeners. Flora and Ulysses was written by Kate DiCamillo and illustrated by K.G Campbell, and we hope you enjoy the discussion about this charming book.







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    Flora & Ulysses - WikipediaKate DiCamillo - Official websiteK.G. Campbell - Official website

    • 35 min
    Protagonist Podcast #274: Ash Ketchum in Pokemon (TV 1998) “Helping Butterfree to grow, Ash just might have grown himself.”

    Protagonist Podcast #274: Ash Ketchum in Pokemon (TV 1998) “Helping Butterfree to grow, Ash just might have grown himself.”

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    Joe is joined by special guest Michael Meehan to discuss Ash Ketchum from the tv show Pokemon. Topics of discussion include the breadth and depth of the Pokemon fandom, what makes Ash stand out from other characters in the show, and why the series has endured for so long.







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    Pokemon - WikipediaPokemon.com - Official websitePokemon (anime) - Wikipedia

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Protagonist Podcast #273: Death and Mao Xiaolian in East of West (comic 2013) “You should fear her as much as you fear him.”

    Protagonist Podcast #273: Death and Mao Xiaolian in East of West (comic 2013) “You should fear her as much as you fear him.”

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    Returning guest Norman Mitchell joins Joe to discuss Death and Mao Xiaolian from the comic book series East of West. Written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Nick Dragotta, East of West tells a post/pre-apocalyptic story that mashes several genres together. Topics of discussion include the use of time in comic book storytelling, the use of tropes in the story, and the incredible amount of world building that is accomplished in the first five issues.







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    East of West - WikipediaJonathan Hickman - Wikipedia

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Protagonist Podcast #272: Jack v. Jack (special 2020)

    Protagonist Podcast #272: Jack v. Jack (special 2020)

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    Returning guest Chris "Mav" Maverick joins Joe and Andrew to play a new game they're calling Jack v. Jack. Joe and Mav each have teams of characters named Jack from fiction, and Andrew has made up several scenarios. Andrew presents a situation, then Mav and Joe each play a Jack and explain why their Jack is best suited to deal with the situation. Then Andrew must declare a winner.







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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Protagonist Podcast #271: Fa Mulan in Mulan (film 1998) “I did it to save my father!”

    Protagonist Podcast #271: Fa Mulan in Mulan (film 1998) “I did it to save my father!”

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    Returning guest Kestra Darowski joins Joe and Andrew to discuss Fa Mulan from the 1998 Disney animated film Mulan. Topics of discussion include other projects that were in development before Mulan took shape, the themes of the movie, and the notable characters.







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    Mulan (film) - WikipediaMulan (1998) - IMDBMulan (2020) - Wikipedia

    • 1 hr 9 min

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