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3 doctors; 2 comics classics; 1 amazing conversation, each and every month.

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3 doctors; 2 comics classics; 1 amazing conversation, each and every month.

    Ep 21 - Justice League International & Superior Foes of Spider-Man

    Ep 21 - Justice League International & Superior Foes of Spider-Man

    For this episode, the panel compares the 1980s classic series "Justice League International" by Keith Giffen and JM DeMatteis to the 2013 "Superior Foes of Spider-Man" series by Nick Spencer and Steve Lieber. Topics of discussion include the comedic potential of the superhero genre, the complex nature of group dynamics, and the relative punch-ableness of Guy Gardner vs Fred Myers. Additionally, Anna provides an academic review of "The Superhero Film Parody and Hegemonic Masculinity" by Jeffrey A Brown.

    • 58 min
    Ep 20 - Flinststones & Transformers vs GI Joe

    Ep 20 - Flinststones & Transformers vs GI Joe

    In this episode, the panel looks at a pair of recent reboots of iconic intellectual properties, Mark Russell and Steve Pugh's "Flintstones" and Tom Scioli's "Transformers vs GI Joe." We discuss reboot culture, visceral escapism, farcical social commentary, and a vacuum cleaner who can crush your soul with its unflinching optimism toward its armadillo friend who is also a bowling ball. Michael will also be providing a review of "Show Sold Separately" by Jonathan Grey.

    • 1h 5 min
    Ep 19 - Ghost World & Summer Blonde

    Ep 19 - Ghost World & Summer Blonde

    For this episode, the panel compares Adrian Tomine's "Summer Blonde & Other Stories" to Daniel Clowes' "Ghost World," leading to an in-depth discussion of the 1990s alternative comics scene, the portrayal of isolated youth, and the trope of self-flagellating, sex-obsessed male protagonists.  Andrew provides a review of Charles Hatfield's "Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature." 

    • 59 min
    Ep 18 - Marvels & New Frontier

    Ep 18 - Marvels & New Frontier

    This month's episode compares Darwyn Cooke's "New Frontier" to Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross's "Marvels." Topics of discussion include trading on nostalgia, comics revisionism on a publishing house scale, and more discussion of phallic imagery than you'd think these two comics could possibly warrant. Anna will also present a review of Peter Coogan's "Superhero: The Secret Origin of a Genre."

    • 1h 9 min
    Ep 17 - Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck and Howard the Duck

    Ep 17 - Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck and Howard the Duck

    This month is comparative ornithology with a close luck at Steve Gerber's iconic "Howard the Duck" comics alongside Don Rosa's "The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck." Topics of discussion will include the figure of the duck as a vehicle for absurdist metaphor, the subversion of the American dream, and the questionable erasure of historic comics production practices. Michael will also provide a review of Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart's marxist critique of American cultural imperialism, titled "How to Read Donald Duck."

    • 1h 5 min
    Ep 16 - X-men: Asgardian Wars and HoXPoX

    Ep 16 - X-men: Asgardian Wars and HoXPoX

    In this episode, we explore Chris Claremont's favorite Chris Claremont story in "X-men: Asgardian Wars," alongside the latest X-men sensation, Jonathan Hickman's "House of X/Powers of X." Topics of discussion will include X-men as a metaphorical vehicle, Hickmanisms, iconic visual styles, and the fact that Anna knows "Excalibur" issues better than Andrew does. We'll also feature a review of Joseph Darowski's "X-men and the Mutant Metaphor."

    • 1h 1m

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