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  • Play Nice: A Games Journal

    12/03/2018 What up worldwide web, I hope none of you all, unlike me, are back on your bullshit. I’m once again a month late in writing about the games I’ve been playing. Today is Marvel’s: Spider-Man which I wanted to write about multiple times during the month of October. I’m behind here and (if anyone…

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    A Tale For Our Time Being and this Time-being

    Episode 23: Itaewon Class (Ep 1-8)

    Hi all, sorry for the (checks notes) five-month break. No real excuse except for everything and nothing at all. Working through an editing backlog so hopefully will get a number of episodes out over the next few weeks as we start recording new episodes. This one here though is a good listen. We get into one of Angela’s favorite K-drama’s and I fall pretty hard for it too.

    Episode 22: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

    Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata. This Manga has a strong personal connection for each of us because of when we both read it for the first time about five years ago. Angela was in high school and I was in college and neither of us were where or who we wanted to be.

    Episode 21: Fantastic Mr Fox

    It is finally here. All episode thus far have been leading up to this moment. No not really but we have been looking forward to this episode quite a bit in our Wes Anderson series. This is the Wes Anderson film we are most familiar with and something that we have been talking about in our episodes is the re-watchability of these movies, so movie was a good test of that for us.

    Episode 20: WandaVision Wrap-up

    This episode is being posted a little bit later than expected but here are our final thoughts on the full season of WandaVision. This is the episode where Angela makes lots of really great points that I struggle to respond to cause I get really in my feelings about this show. Or I would be really in my feelings if I was a little bit clearer about what my feelings are?

    Episode 19: Inside

    We take a look at Inside this week and try to see what’s in this horror-puzzle-2D-platformer from 2016. Turns out there is quite a bit in there for us to get into. It wouldn’t be a video game episode if Angela and I didn’t have at least slightly disagreeing viewpoint or opinions.

    Episode 18: Isle of Dogs

    We are back with another episode in our ongoing Wes Anderson Series. This time is it 2018’s animated movie, Isle of Dogs. We get into all the issues that the internet settled a couple of years ago and try to figure out our feelings on the orientalism and the way it aestheticizes Japan without seemingly having any point of view. We also wonder if it has the enduring charm and attraction that we found in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    A Tale For Our Time Being and this Time-being

    It’s a cliche right now to say things like “what even is time” in a sort of sarcastic way that doesn’t appreciate what a truly existential question that is. Yet it’s an unavoidable side effect of living during a pandemic when our new present appeared so suddenly over a 48 hour period in the middle of March. How can you wake up and everything is ostensibly fine and you go to bed with things breaking down around you

  • Paper Girls: The Ending

    Episode 17: Alice Isn’t Dead Part 1

    This podcast is sometimes just a podcast but sometimes it isn’t just a podcast. That was utter nonsense, don’t mind me. This podcast is always at least a podcast. But is Alice isn’t dead just a podcast? If you are slightly confused then maybe you will empathize with us during our conversation about the first season of the podcast Alice Isn’t Dead.

    Episode 16: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    When you check into the Grand Budapest hotel you can never leave… I think I got my references mixed up there, but you may never want to leave anyways based on how much we enjoyed our time with The Grand Budapest Hotel.

    Episode 15: Kentucky Route Zero

    This podcast is about the friends we made along the way, and also how capitalism tried to tear us apart. Okay that’s not exactly true but also not exactly false. Kentucky Route Zero contains multitudes and so does our podcast about it. At least I hope it does.

    Episode 14: Howl’s Moving Castle

    We have finally come to the end our Studio Ghibli series of Podcasts. We get into what turned about to be a surprising, funny and decidedly anti-war movie. This is maybe our broadest discussion around one of these movies but these movies, but the speaks to all the different ideas and themes that woven into this movie, all there for you to pay attention to or not.

    Episode 13: The Vision (2015-16) & WandaVision

    Hello, we are back after a week off, with maybe the most topical episode that we done yet. We are talking about a TV showing that is still coming out! We still have a throwback spin though. We are talking The Vision comic book series from about five years ago in conjunction with the the newly released WandaVision TV show.

    Episode 12: 2020 In Review

    We are here at the end of the year and we think that is worth noticing and celebrating. We spend sone time on this episode reflecting on what brought us joy, what distracted us, what we struggled with and how we changed over the course of a year that continuously felt unprecedented.

    Paper Girls: The Ending

    The final five issues of Paper Girls came out a year ago, and I finally got around to talking about them and what this series means to me. Spoiler: I really loved and it has something important to see about endings.

  • Where’s The Pod: 8/28/20

    Episode 11: Spirited Away

    We are back after the holiday break with another episode in our Studio Ghibli series. This time it’s Spirited Away, the only Studio Ghibli movie to win an Oscar. This is widely considered their best movie for reasons that we try to figure out during our conversation.

    Episode 10: BTS & Sufjan Stevens Holiday Music

    It’s a musical mashup episode in which we mash up two genres that have basically nothing to do with each other. For the first half of the episode We talk about the pop music sensation BTS and their new-ish album Be. We follow that up in the second half of the episode with a a thorough, or at least as thorough as we could be, discussion of the Christmas and holiday music of Sufjan Stevens.

    Bonus Episode: Kiki’s Delivery Service

    We are back with another Studio Ghibli movie! This time we watched Kiki’s Delivery Service and then we tried to talk about it. This is an extremely funny and pleasant movie but in way that’s different from a movie like My Neighbor Totoro and we tried to get at exactly why that is.

    Episode 9: Slaughterhouse Five (GN)

    Episode nine is here and this one is definitely not bad! No, it’s actually really good and we are proud of it. Angela and I discuss the recently released graphic novel adaptation of the Slaughterhouse Five. We were both a little nervous that we were going to struggle to find something to latch onto in here and really analyze. It ended up that we both dug into this question of how do you adapt a novel into a similar but still crucially different medium. What gets brought along and what is left behind.

    Episode 8: Princess Mononoke

    We are back for episode eight with our second Studio Ghibli movie. This week we watched the 1997 movie Princess Mononoke. I think we both expected something a little bit different based on the last Ghibli movie we watched but we both very much enjoyed the complexity we found here.

    Episode 7: Boys State

    Ohhh it’s a bit of spicy one. Episode number seven and we are already talking politics. This is our best episode yet though I think. We talk about the Recent Apple TV+ movie Boys State, where a bunch of teenage boys don’t learn how politics actually work, or maybe they do, we’ll get into into. Hope you enjoy.

    Where’s The Pod: 8/28/20

    Podcast recommendations are back, thIS week is heavily focused on games and food. An odd pairing but i think it works.

  • Black Panther #4

    Episode 6: Mystery Show Podcast

    It’s time for us to get very meta, by doing a podcast about another much more popular podcast. No but really this is a good one. Mystery Show occupies an important space for both of us but also kind of in what podcasts have become. It’s an interesting time capsule of that moment in podcasting but it definitely has many enduring qualities.

    Episode 5: My Neighbor Totoro

    Episode five, half way to ten! This week we talk about the Studio Ghibli movie My Neighbor Totoro. This is the first of a series of Ghibli movies that we will be watching over the next few months. This is very much an introduction to the works of Studio Ghibli for both of us and a process of learning how to talk about these movies.

    Episode 4: The King of Staten Island

    We did it, or Angela finally made me do it. We watched The new(ish) Judd Apatow movie made with comedian Pete Davidson and released earlier this year on the internet. This one gets a little heavy as we try to figure out exactly what this movie is trying to do and does it succeed.

    Episode 3: A Tale For The Time Being

    Episode Three is here. I know it’s too early to have a long lost episode but this is our lost first episode. We weren’t sure if we wanted to re-record the episode but we thought it was worth it, we hope you do too.

    Episode 2: Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension

    Episode 2 of the podcast is here! We get into the new album from Sufjan Stevens, The Ascension. You’re going to hear us struggle with these first impression and react to Sufjan’s opinions about his past work and how this album critiques that work. e first impression and react to Sufjan’s opinions about his past work and how this album critiques that work. I hope we did his work justice because he really is one of our favorite artists and his work has meant a lot to us over the years.

    Episode 01: Oxenfree

    Our first episode, and it’s international podcast day no less! We get into the narrative/interactive game Oxenfree and try to figure our what it’s all about.

    Black Panther #4

    The fight against The Manifold continues in the Maroon base, and one of our heroes won’t make it out alive.

  • Play Nice: A Games Journal

    3/11/2018 I’ve begun writing about Horizon (HZD) a couple of times over the last three weeks, and gotten maybe half way each time before I decide to finish it later. Then, between starting and finishing what I’ve written I’ll go play a bit more, which changes what I want to say. Even after playing for…

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    Runaways #13

    Paper Girls #25

    The final issue of this arc of Paper Girls, can they re-write their future and do they want to?

    X-23 #4

    Laura has found Gabby, but she’s too late. What will become of Gabby and what is the Cuckoo’s plan?

    Paper Girls #24

    Still stuck in the future the girls search for a cure, a way home, and a reason to keep on.

    Runaways #12

    Nico and Karolina, and Gert and Victor. Will they finally or is it all just too complicated?

    Black Panther #3

    Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Daniel Acuña Colors: Daniel Acuña Cover: In-Hyuk Lee & Daniel Acuña Published: August 22, 2018 Issue #3 of this new Black Panther run begins to answer some of the big contextual questions that have dogged the first couple of issues. Just as our unknown hero is unmoored from what he knows, […]

    Runaways #13

    Alex Wilder is back! How do the Runaways deal with him and the giant three-headed dinosaur he brought with?

  • Play Nice: A Games Journal

    2/2/2018 I didn’t really plan on writing this right now (it’s 11:30 pm on a Thursday) but I just sort of have to express some of what I’m feeling right now after getting near Horizon: Zero Dawn’s endgame. Thats right I haven’t finished the game yet, I am just very close to it, and it’s…

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    Paper Girls #25

    Runaways #13

    Alex Wilder is back! How do the Runaways deal with him and the giant three-headed dinosaur he brought with?

    Paper Girls #23

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Cliff Chiang Published: August 1, 2018 Timelines were beginning to turn in on themselves in the last issue of Paper Girls, but issue #23 takes everything up a notch as we see the beginnings of that fateful Halloween in 1988 night begin to play […]

    X-23 #3

    Gabby is gone, the Cuckoos are on the move, but Laura is not out of options and knows that she has something to fight for.

    Captain America #3

    Steve goes into middle America as he attempts to learns what has happened to this country (Plus there’s Black Panther).

    Mister Miracle #11

    It’s all been building to this, Barda and Scott versus Darkseid. Also Scott brings a veggie tray, and don’t think there isn’t a twist.

    Mister Miracle #10

    Faced with an impossible decision, Barda and Scott still have a birthday party to plan (plus there’s philosophy).

    Paper Girls #25

    The final issue of this arc of Paper Girls, can they re-write their future and do they want to?

  • Breath of the Wild Diary

    Day … … … I don’t know how long it has been since I started playing Breath of the Wild So after promising to add updates about Breath of the Wild on a much more consistent basis, I totally checked out for three months. I last posted here on October 19 and I wish I…

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    X-23 #4

    Runaways #11

    Follows on from the fallout of Karolina’s breakup and Molly’s lost friend. What’s up with the gang now, and is Victor getting a new body?

    Mister Miracle #9

    Barda and Scott have to negotiate the terms of a peace treaty, but they’ll need to survive if they want to make a deal.

    X-23 #1 + #2

    Laura and Gabby might now be Wolverine and Honey Badger any more, but they’re together and working to prevent what happened to them from ever happening again.

    Captain America #1 + #2

    Hydra rose and America fell. The image of Captain America was used to incite fear. Now that Steve is back where does he begin in a country that he struggles to recognize.

    Where’s The Pod: 9/19/18

    Kanye West has been in the news a lot recently, but the takes are all pretty one sided. These podcast probably won’t change your mind, but they will give you a more holistic view of a prominent cultural figure.

    X-23 #4

    Laura has found Gabby, but she’s too late. What will become of Gabby and what is the Cuckoo’s plan?

  • Breath of the Wild Diary

    Day 91 of Breath of the Wild (10/19/2017) I’m here, and I swear I didn’t forget about this project. It feels no good to have to say that after saying a very similar thing in my last post. That was at the end of September, and then I was “caught up” and needed to go…

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    Paper Girls #24

    Runaways #10

    Does Molly want to be a kid forever, or maybe growing up isn’t that bad? She does need role models though and maybe Julie can be that for her.

    Black Panther #2

    What if Star Wars and Wakanda and Black Panther, you get a bit of each in this issue as the mysteries of the intergalactic empire of Wakanda continue.

    Paper Girls #22

    The paper girls visit a library and get reprimanded for not having library cards. Also do they know the future leaders of Cleveland?

    Where’s The Pod?: 9/03/18

    Looking for something nice for your ears? Check out these podcasts and finally learn why those calls from 1-800 numbers are so weird.

    Paper Girls #21

    The paper girls have landed in the future, but also in Cleveland. What are they supposed to do next and who has been chasing them throughout the timeline?

    Runaways #9

    Is Dr. Doom going to doom the Runaways, and can they get this family/superhero team thing right?

    Paper Girls #24

    Still stuck in the future the girls search for a cure, a way home, and a reason to keep on.

  • Breath of the Wild Diary

    Day 65 of Breath of the Wild (9/23/17) After this post i will be mostly caught up to what I am doing in the game currently. I still haven’t sat down and really gone it for the last three weeks or so, and I have to find time to do that (might be some very…

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    Runaways #12

    Black Panther #1

    The start of something new. Ta-Nehisi Coates is taking Wakanda to space, but where’s T’Challa?

    All-New Wolverine #35

    This is the end, how does it all go down for Laura and Gabby and the beautiful future they have created?

    A Few Thoughts About “At the Gates of Valhalla” #1

    I had intended to write about The Mighty Thor: At the Gates of Valhalla #1, but this issue is more of a separate thing from the main series than I had expected, so I decided to forgo a normal review but still wanted to share some thoughts about this issue and the direction of the Thor […]

    The Mighty Thor #706

    Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman Published: April 25, 2018 It’s no use tiptoeing around what happens in this issue as it needs to be discussed because it’s important and wonderful and a big surprise (I was not expecting it al all). The review for The Mighty Thor #705 […]

    Mister Miracle #8

    Writer: Tom King Artist + Colors: Mitch Gerads Cover: Nick Derington Published: April 18, 2018 It’s an oft repeated tale about how having a kid changes you, and it lets you start sentences by saying ‘as a mom’ or ‘as a dad’ if that’ a thing you want to do (this whole ‘as a dad’ […]

    Runaways #12

    Nico and Karolina, and Gert and Victor. Will they finally or is it all just too complicated?

  • Breath of the Wild Diary

    Day 65 of Breath of the Wild (9/23/17) After finishing up in the Akkala region (found Kilton, went to the tech lab, took down a lynel) I headed southwest toward Gerudo Town and my third divine beast. That trip basically crosses the entire map from top right to bottom left, and if you’r not fast…

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    Black Panther #3

    Black Panther #172

    Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors: Laura Martin + Matt Milla Cover: Chris Sprouse + Matt Milla + Karl Story Published: April 18, 2018 The Wakandan pantheon of gods (the Orisha) locked away the originators (the original persons/creatures who occupied the land) in another dimension which secured the territory that is now called Wakanda […]

    All-New Wolverine #33

    Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Ramon Rosanas Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover Artist: David Lopez Published: April 4, 2018 This is the first issue of the final arc of the All-New Wolverine series. The arc is called “Old Woman Laura” and takes inspiration from the Old Man Logan story published a few years ago. This review and […]

    Runaways #8

    Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Triona Farrell Cover: Kris Anka Published: April 4, 2018 In the review of the previous issue of Runaways there was a lot of discussion/appreciation for the depiction of the state of the Runaways. They’ve come back together, they faced a baddie, and they’ve sort acknowledged how they all […]

    Runaways #7

    Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Kris Anka Published: March 21, 2018 Moments of perfection/inspiration/development aren’t permanent. That’s not entirely an easy thing to wrap your head around, especially if (like mine) your ideas about inspiration and genius and personal growth are largely influenced by what you see in the movies […]

    The Black Panther #171

    Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors: Laura Martin Cover: Brian Stelfreese + Laura Martin Published: March 28, 2018 What can lingering resentment and hate be used to accomplish? This is some of the subtext running through issue #171 of Black Panther in regard to the Asira as Ras the Exhorter plot line. In the […]

    Mister Miracle #7

    Writer: Tom King Artists: Mitch Gerads Colors: Mitch Gerads Cover: Clayton Cowles Published: March 14, 2018 There were two massive developments at the end of the previous issue of Mister Miracle, and this issue deals exclusively with one of them, but maybe not the one you expect (I absolutely didn’t). Right before Scott and Barda […]

    Black Panther #3

    Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Daniel Acuña Colors: Daniel Acuña Cover: In-Hyuk Lee & Daniel Acuña Published: August 22, 2018 Issue #3 of this new Black Panther run begins to answer some of the big contextual questions that have dogged the first couple of issues. Just as our unknown hero is unmoored from what he knows, […]

  • Breath of the Wild Diary

    Day 51 of Breath of the Wild (9/09/17) Here is the second in couple of posts that will come quickly in the next couple of days to fill in what my last play sessions from two weeks ago contained. I promise I won’t get behind again. There is at least one post, probably two, coming…

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    Paper Girls #23

    Black Panther #170

    Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors: Laura Martin Cover: Phil Noto Published: February 28, 2018 After the conclusion of the A Nation Under Our Feet storyline the next threat facing Wakanda has been the apparent absence of their protecting deities. This problem has been occupying T’Challa’s attention since before the Legacy event and the […]

    The Mighty Thor #705

    The Death of the Mighty Thor Part 6 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman + Matt Wilson Published: March 21, 2018 Would it have been better for Jane Foster if she never picked up the hammer? It’s undoubtedly too late to ask this question twenty some odd issues (twenty-nine […]

    All-New Wolverine #32

    All-New Wolverine #32 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Djibril Morissette-Phan Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover: David Lopez Published: March 14, 2018 The fallout from Laura’s interactions with the Orphans of X continue in issue #32 as Laura teams up with Amber to hunt down the man responsible for ordering the hit in  which Laura killed Amber’s father. […]

    All-New Wolverine #31

    Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Marco Failla Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover Artist: David Lopez Published: February 28, 2018 After a fantastic conclusion to the “Orphans of X” storyline, issue #31 seems to be a bit of a breather before the next arc begins. This is the third or fourth time that All-New Wolverine has taken a […]

    The Mighty Thor #704

    The Death of the Mighty Thor Part 5 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matthew Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman + Matthew Wilson Published: February 21, 2018 The history of all things, or of a single human, is understand in a linear fashion. As a thing that started and and then proceeded in some sort […]

    Paper Girls #20

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Cliff Chiang Published: February 7, 2018 After having some of the plot clarified slightly in the previous couple of issues, the opening pages of issue #20 complicated what we thought we new. The issue opens on the Grand Father (the older version, last scene […]

    Paper Girls #23

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Cliff Chiang Published: August 1, 2018 Timelines were beginning to turn in on themselves in the last issue of Paper Girls, but issue #23 takes everything up a notch as we see the beginnings of that fateful Halloween in 1988 night begin to play […]

  • Breath of the Wild Diary

    Day 50 of Breath of the Wild (9/08/17) I know, I know, I haven’t checked in with my BOTW progress for about three weeks (unacceptable) I put a massive amount of time in about two weeks ago, and then dropped it because of a lack of internet and time. I haven’t played for more than…

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    Mister Miracle #12

    Runaways #6

    Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Kris Anka Published: February 7, 2018 Issue #6 is the final in this first arc of the rebooted Runaways, and maybe sees our six protagonists in a worse place than when this series started. That is not categorically true, remember in the first issue Nico […]

    All-New Wolverine #30

    Orphans of X Part 6 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juann Cabal Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover: Dan Mora & Romulo Fajardo Jr. Published: January 31, 2017 For anyone who was worried that Marvel Legacy would disrupt what Tom Taylor has been working one in the All-New Wolverine book, can probably stop (for the moment) after the […]

    Black Panther #169

    Klaw Stands Supreme Part 4 Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors: Laura Martin Cover: Brian Stelfreeze & Laura Martin Published: January 31, 2017 To make sure that everyone is across what’s going on in Black Panther post Marvel Legacy and really since the A Nation under Our Feet story ended in issue #12 (numbering […]

    The Superhero Movie We Need, But Not The One We Deserve

    I meant to write this soon after Logan came out last March, and a rough draft has been sitting on my computer since then. After a recent rewatch and the announcement of Logan’s Oscar nomination I thought I might to a good time to finish this overdue piece. I can’t fully begin this essay without acknowledging […]

    Your Consideration Please

    As a person who offers their thoughts on the internet about the artistic and creative work that other people, who are much more talented and creative than me, put forth, I’m not totally comfortable with numerical rating systems. I realize that that they are very popular and that they are a tool a lot of […]

    The Mighty Thor #703

    The Death of The Mighty Thor Part 4 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman + Matt Wilson Published: January 17, 2018 After seeing Jane Foster collapse at the end of the previous issue, this one opens with her and agent Roz in a flying car above New York City […]

    Mister Miracle #12

    The final issue of Tom King’s Mister Miracle run, where we all learn something about love and choosing life.

  • Breath of the Wild Diary

    Day 26 of Breath of the Wild (8/15/17) So, I have spent to much time with BotW in the last week and unfortunately went two or three days without picking it. When I posted my last entry I had just stumbled onto Rito village after having filled out my map. I had about 20 spirit…

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    X-23 #3

    All-New Wolverine #29

    The Orphans of X Part 5 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juann Cabal Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover: Elizabeth Torque Published: January 17, 2018 The Orphans of X have raised some interesting questions for Laura concerning her role as a hero, and the legacy of Wolverine. Broadly speaking they are a group of villains, but they are […]

    Runaways #5

    Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Kris Anka Published: January 10, 2017 So (revealed on page one) it turns out that the weird mad scientist that has been hinted at in each of the previous issues is… Molly’s Grandma. There were heavy hints in the last issue that something was a […]

    Mister Miracle #6

    Writer: Tom King Artist, Inks, Colors: Mitch Gerads Cover: Nick Derington Published: January 10, 2018 For anyone who hasn’t read the first five issues of Mister Miracle (MM), this issue would serve as a great jumping on point (although those first five issues are great and people should read them). The heaviness and inscrutability of […]

    Black Panther #168

    Klaw Stand Supreme Part 3 Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Walden Wong Colors: Matt Milla, Chris Sotomayor Cover: Brian Stelfreeze Published: December 27, 2017 After some pretty heavy thematic development in the previous issue, this issue gives us  a bit of sweet Black Panther action. The issue opens with T’Challa’s mother (Ramonda) […]

    Paper Girls #19

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Cliff Chiang Published: January 3, 2018 So everyone’s safe, at least at the beginning of the issue, after the huge “heroes” robot fell on  future Tiffany’s house at the end of the previous issue. The four girls and Tiffany’s future partner (Chris) are all […]

    The Mighty Thor #702

    The Death of The Mighty Thor Part 3 Writer: Jason Aaron Art: Russell Dauterman Colors: Matt Wilson Cover: Russell Dauterman + Matt Wilson Published: December 20, 2017 There’s a moment in this issue of the Mighty Thor that echoes one of the prevailing sentiments from the recently released, Star Wars: The Last Jedi. At some […]

    X-23 #3

    Gabby is gone, the Cuckoos are on the move, but Laura is not out of options and knows that she has something to fight for.

  • Breath of the Wild Diary

    Day 19 of Breath of the Wild (8/8/17) To any one reading this and looking for a day one entry, you are not going to find it. This is the beginning of what will hopefully be a consistent running diary of my experience playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Nintendo…

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    Captain America #3

    Mister Miracle #5

    Mister Miracle #5 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist, Inks, Colors: Mitch Gerads Cover: Nick Derington Published: December 13, 2017 After being sentenced to death by Orion in the last issue Scott must decide how to spend his last three days of life. The issue opens with Scott and Barda placing their handprints into the Hollywood Walk […]

    Runaways #4

    Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Matt Wilson Cover Art: Kris Anka Published: December 13, 2017 After reuniting with Karolina in the last issue and the emotional sediment that was stirred up from that meeting, it’s almost just pure joy when Nico, Gert, and Chase show up on Molly’s doorstep. Before that the issue […]

    All-New Wolverine #28

    Orphans of X Part 4 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juann Cabal Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover Art: Elizabeth Torque + Nolan Woodard Published: December 13, 2017 So the Orphans of X have the Murmusa blade, and Laura, Gabby (now know as Honey Badger), and Daken are on the run. The logical/only place for them to run […]

    Paper Girls #18

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Colors: Matt Wilson Cover Art: Cliff Chiang Published: December 6, 2017 More is learned in this issue about the (moral/fundamental) divide between the ‘old timers’ and the ‘heroes’ that Erin, Tiff, KJ, and Mac have gotten caught up in. It was hinted at in (and mentioned in the […]

    Mister Miracle #4

    Writer: Tom King Artist, Ink, Colors: Mitch Gerads Published: November 8, 2017 In issue #1 of Mister Miracle (MM) the Highfather (not Orion) told Scott that Darkseid had acquired the anti-life equation. In issue #2 Scott is warned by Granny Goodness about the prophecy and how Darkseid fears him. In issue #3 Scott begins to […]

    Runaways #3

    Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Matthew Wilson Cover Art: Kris Anka Published: November 8, 2017 When Chase burst into Nico’s apartment at the beginning of issue one, there wasn’t too much consideration to why he went back in time and did what he did. Love was sort the blanket excuse used to justify […]

    Captain America #3

    Steve goes into middle America as he attempts to learns what has happened to this country (Plus there’s Black Panther).

  • Mister Miracle #11

    Black Panther #167

    Klaw Stands Supreme Part 2 Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk Colors/Inks: Laura Martin, Marc Deering Published: November 22, 2017 The black panther returns in this issue after the previous issue focused almost exclusively on Klaw. After discovering that some of the strange creatures coming out of the dimensional portals appearing in Wakanda were actually […]

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    The Mighty Thor #701

    The Death of The Mighty Thor Part 2 Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: James Harren Colors: Dave Stewart Cover Art: Russell Dauterman Published: November 15, 2017 The mangog is here and well… it really does mangog about in this issue. It runs across Volstagg/War Thor in Old Asgard where they proceed to beat up on each […]

    Paper Girls #17

    Writer: Brain K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Colors: Matt Wilson Cover Art: Cliff Chiang Published: November 1, 2017 There’s something nice about reading a comic book as it come out that you don’t get when you read it as a trade paperback. When you’re reading a good book that you really enjoy, by a writer […]

    Black Panther #166

    Klaw Stands Supreme Part 1 Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates Artist: Leonard Kirk & Marc Deering Colors: Laura Martin Published: October 25, 2017 The development at the end of the previous issue of Black Panther (#18), where T’Challa discovers that the monsters that have been coming through portals around Wakanda are beings created from hard sound, probably […]

    All-New Wolverine #27

    Orphans of X Part 3 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juann Cabal Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover Art: Terry Dodson Published: November 22, 2017 Much like that episode of Community this issue of All-New Wolverine is a bit of a bottle episode which takes place mostly inside Laura’s Aunt’s house (its not totally a bottle episode but […]

    All-New Wolverine #26

    Orphans of X Part 2 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juann Cabal Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover Art: Terry Dodson Published: October 25, 2017 Well, this issue answered why Daken has a weird third claw that is on the underside of his wrist and what it’s useful for. It’s a tool for surprising evil scientists who want […]

    Mister Miracle #11

    It’s all been building to this, Barda and Scott versus Darkseid. Also Scott brings a veggie tray, and don’t think there isn’t a twist.

  • Mister Miracle #10

    Runaways #2

    Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Matt Wilson Cover Art: Kris Anka Published: October 11, 2017 It’s only issue #2, so it is perhaps massively presumptuous to say, but this series might be a slow burn. Logically or emotionally, it would take quite a while for readjustment after Chase went years into the past […]

    The Mighty Thor #700

    The Death of The Mighty Thor Part 1 Writer: Jason Aaron Artists + Colors: Numerous Cover Art: Russell Dauterman Published: October 18, 2017 The Mighty Thor, number 700 (said in an appropriately booming voice) is very very good. This issue is what Marvel Legacy #1 was supposed/could have been. A grand tale consisting of separate […]

    All-New Wolverine #25

    Orphans of X Part 1 Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Juann Cabal Colors: Nolan Woodard Cover Art: Terry Dodson Published: October 11, 2017 One of the biggest moments of Marvel Legacy was the return of Logan, the original Wolverine, who is the focus of the first pages. In them Logan retrieves a sword “Forged from his […]

    Mister Miracle #3

    Writer: Tom King Art, Colors, Inks: Mitch Gerads Cover Art: Nick Derington Published: October 11, 2017 While the first two issues of Mister Miracle weren’t exactly fun, or light, they were interesting and engaging comics that could be wrestled with a little bit. That begins to change somewhat in issue #3.  In the first scene […]

    Paper Girls #16

    Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Colors: Matt Wilson Cover Art: Cliff Chiang Published: October 4, 2017 In case you haven’t been reading Paper Girls then please, the next time you go into your local comic book shop or you’re perusing Comixology, or go here, do yourself a favor and pick up the first […]

    Marvel Legacy #1

    Writer: Jason Aaron Artists: Esad Ribic, Steve McNiven, Others Colors: Matt Wilson Cover Art: Joe Quesada Published: September 27, 2017 An alternate title suggestion for Marvel Legacy #1: Hi, a significant portion of the Marvel Universe. Legacy #1 has been touted all summer as a sort of return to the status quo, to the classic […]

    Mister Miracle #10

    Faced with an impossible decision, Barda and Scott still have a birthday party to plan (plus there’s philosophy).

  • Runaways #11

    Runaways #1

    Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Colors: Matthew Wilson Cover Art: Kris Anka Published: September 13, 2017 If you haven’t read the Runaways before, it’s okay this book is still for you. That is no small accomplishment for writer Rainbow Rowell as the Runaways haven’t had an ongoing since 2009, and she can’t assume that […]

    Mister Miracle #2

    Writer: Tom King Art, Inks, Colors: Mitch Gerads Cover Art: Nick Derington Published: September 13, 2017 It’s fair to say that the action kicks off immediately in Mister Miracle (MM) #2. The opening  couple of pages are a gross/delightful fight between MM and some parademons on New Genesis. He starts off by blasting one unsuspecting […]

    Mister Miracle #1

    Writer: Tom King Artist, Inks, Colors: Mitch Gerads Cover Art: Nick Derington Published: August 9, 2017 Page four of Mister Miracle #1 (MM #1) presents a memory of a young Scott Free attempting to/actually drawing God and telling his teacher, in a very serious voice, that no one knew what God looked like until now. […]

    Runaways #11

    Follows on from the fallout of Karolina’s breakup and Molly’s lost friend. What’s up with the gang now, and is Victor getting a new body?

  • Mister Miracle #9

    Mister Miracle #9

    Barda and Scott have to negotiate the terms of a peace treaty, but they’ll need to survive if they want to make a deal.

  • X-23 #1 + #2

    X-23 #1 + #2

    Laura and Gabby might now be Wolverine and Honey Badger any more, but they’re together and working to prevent what happened to them from ever happening again.

  • Captain America #1 + #2

    Captain America #1 + #2

    Hydra rose and America fell. The image of Captain America was used to incite fear. Now that Steve is back where does he begin in a country that he struggles to recognize.

  • Where’s The Pod: 9/19/18

    Where’s The Pod: 9/19/18

    Kanye West has been in the news a lot recently, but the takes are all pretty one sided. These podcast probably won’t change your mind, but they will give you a more holistic view of a prominent cultural figure.

  • I Know It’s Manga, But Wait.

    I Know It’s Manga, But Wait.

    If you’ve ever felt alone or know what an existential crisis feels like than I reckon you will dig this manga, but maybe not.

  • Runaways #10

    Runaways #10

    Does Molly want to be a kid forever, or maybe growing up isn’t that bad? She does need role models though and maybe Julie can be that for her.

  • Black Panther #2

    Black Panther #2

    What if Star Wars and Wakanda and Black Panther, you get a bit of each in this issue as the mysteries of the intergalactic empire of Wakanda continue.

  • Paper Girls #22

    Paper Girls #22

    The paper girls visit a library and get reprimanded for not having library cards. Also do they know the future leaders of Cleveland?

  • Episode 23: Itaewon Class (Ep 1-8)

    Episode 23: Itaewon Class (Ep 1-8)

    Hi all, sorry for the (checks notes) five-month break. No real excuse except for everything and nothing at all. Working through an editing backlog so hopefully will get a number of episodes out over the next few weeks as we start recording new episodes. This one here though is a good listen. We get into one of Angela’s favorite K-drama’s and I fall pretty hard for it too.

  • Episode 22: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

    Episode 22: My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness

    Lesbian Experience with Loneliness by Kabi Nagata. This Manga has a strong personal connection for each of us because of when we both read it for the first time about five years ago. Angela was in high school and I was in college and neither of us were where or who we wanted to be.

  • Episode 21: Fantastic Mr Fox

    Episode 21: Fantastic Mr Fox

    It is finally here. All episode thus far have been leading up to this moment. No not really but we have been looking forward to this episode quite a bit in our Wes Anderson series. This is the Wes Anderson film we are most familiar with and something that we have been talking about in our episodes is the re-watchability of these movies, so movie was a good test of that for us.

  • Episode 20: WandaVision Wrap-up

    Episode 20: WandaVision Wrap-up

    This episode is being posted a little bit later than expected but here are our final thoughts on the full season of WandaVision. This is the episode where Angela makes lots of really great points that I struggle to respond to cause I get really in my feelings about this show. Or I would be really in my feelings if I was a little bit clearer about what my feelings are?

  • Episode 19: Inside

    Episode 19: Inside

    We take a look at Inside this week and try to see what’s in this horror-puzzle-2D-platformer from 2016. Turns out there is quite a bit in there for us to get into. It wouldn’t be a video game episode if Angela and I didn’t have at least slightly disagreeing viewpoint or opinions.

  • Episode 18: Isle of Dogs

    Episode 18: Isle of Dogs

    We are back with another episode in our ongoing Wes Anderson Series. This time is it 2018’s animated movie, Isle of Dogs. We get into all the issues that the internet settled a couple of years ago and try to figure out our feelings on the orientalism and the way it aestheticizes Japan without seemingly having any point of view. We also wonder if it has the enduring charm and attraction that we found in The Grand Budapest Hotel.

  • Episode 17: Alice Isn’t Dead Part 1

    Episode 17: Alice Isn’t Dead Part 1

    This podcast is sometimes just a podcast but sometimes it isn’t just a podcast. That was utter nonsense, don’t mind me. This podcast is always at least a podcast. But is Alice isn’t dead just a podcast? If you are slightly confused then maybe you will empathize with us during our conversation about the first season of the podcast Alice Isn’t Dead.

  • Episode 16: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    Episode 16: The Grand Budapest Hotel

    When you check into the Grand Budapest hotel you can never leave… I think I got my references mixed up there, but you may never want to leave anyways based on how much we enjoyed our time with The Grand Budapest Hotel.

  • Episode 15: Kentucky Route Zero

    Episode 15: Kentucky Route Zero

    This podcast is about the friends we made along the way, and also how capitalism tried to tear us apart. Okay that’s not exactly true but also not exactly false. Kentucky Route Zero contains multitudes and so does our podcast about it. At least I hope it does.

  • Episode 14: Howl’s Moving Castle

    Episode 14: Howl’s Moving Castle

    We have finally come to the end our Studio Ghibli series of Podcasts. We get into what turned about to be a surprising, funny and decidedly anti-war movie. This is maybe our broadest discussion around one of these movies but these movies, but the speaks to all the different ideas and themes that woven into this movie, all there for you to pay attention to or not.

  • Episode 13: The Vision (2015-16) & WandaVision

    Episode 13: The Vision (2015-16) & WandaVision

    Hello, we are back after a week off, with maybe the most topical episode that we done yet. We are talking about a TV showing that is still coming out! We still have a throwback spin though. We are talking The Vision comic book series from about five years ago in conjunction with the the newly released WandaVision TV show.

  • Episode 12: 2020 In Review

    Episode 12: 2020 In Review

    We are here at the end of the year and we think that is worth noticing and celebrating. We spend sone time on this episode reflecting on what brought us joy, what distracted us, what we struggled with and how we changed over the course of a year that continuously felt unprecedented.

  • Episode 11: Spirited Away

    Episode 11: Spirited Away

    We are back after the holiday break with another episode in our Studio Ghibli series. This time it’s Spirited Away, the only Studio Ghibli movie to win an Oscar. This is widely considered their best movie for reasons that we try to figure out during our conversation.

  • Episode 10: BTS & Sufjan Stevens Holiday Music

    Episode 10: BTS & Sufjan Stevens Holiday Music

    It’s a musical mashup episode in which we mash up two genres that have basically nothing to do with each other. For the first half of the episode We talk about the pop music sensation BTS and their new-ish album Be. We follow that up in the second half of the episode with a a thorough, or at least as thorough as we could be, discussion of the Christmas and holiday music of Sufjan Stevens.

  • Bonus Episode: Kiki’s Delivery Service

    Bonus Episode: Kiki’s Delivery Service

    We are back with another Studio Ghibli movie! This time we watched Kiki’s Delivery Service and then we tried to talk about it. This is an extremely funny and pleasant movie but in way that’s different from a movie like My Neighbor Totoro and we tried to get at exactly why that is.

  • Episode 9: Slaughterhouse Five (GN)

    Episode 9: Slaughterhouse Five (GN)

    Episode nine is here and this one is definitely not bad! No, it’s actually really good and we are proud of it. Angela and I discuss the recently released graphic novel adaptation of the Slaughterhouse Five. We were both a little nervous that we were going to struggle to find something to latch onto in here and really analyze. It ended up that we both dug into this question of how do you adapt a novel into a similar but still crucially different medium. What gets brought along and what is left behind.

  • Episode 8: Princess Mononoke

    Episode 8: Princess Mononoke

    We are back for episode eight with our second Studio Ghibli movie. This week we watched the 1997 movie Princess Mononoke. I think we both expected something a little bit different based on the last Ghibli movie we watched but we both very much enjoyed the complexity we found here.

  • Episode 7: Boys State

    Episode 7: Boys State

    Ohhh it’s a bit of spicy one. Episode number seven and we are already talking politics. This is our best episode yet though I think. We talk about the Recent Apple TV+ movie Boys State, where a bunch of teenage boys don’t learn how politics actually work, or maybe they do, we’ll get into into. Hope you enjoy.

  • Episode 6: Mystery Show Podcast

    Episode 6: Mystery Show Podcast

    It’s time for us to get very meta, by doing a podcast about another much more popular podcast. No but really this is a good one. Mystery Show occupies an important space for both of us but also kind of in what podcasts have become. It’s an interesting time capsule of that moment in podcasting but it definitely has many enduring qualities.

  • Episode 5: My Neighbor Totoro

    Episode 5: My Neighbor Totoro

    Episode five, half way to ten! This week we talk about the Studio Ghibli movie My Neighbor Totoro. This is the first of a series of Ghibli movies that we will be watching over the next few months. This is very much an introduction to the works of Studio Ghibli for both of us and a process of learning how to talk about these movies.

  • Episode 4: The King of Staten Island

    Episode 4: The King of Staten Island

    We did it, or Angela finally made me do it. We watched The new(ish) Judd Apatow movie made with comedian Pete Davidson and released earlier this year on the internet. This one gets a little heavy as we try to figure out exactly what this movie is trying to do and does it succeed.

  • Episode 3: A Tale For The Time Being

    Episode 3: A Tale For The Time Being

    Episode Three is here. I know it’s too early to have a long lost episode but this is our lost first episode. We weren’t sure if we wanted to re-record the episode but we thought it was worth it, we hope you do too.

  • Episode 2: Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension

    Episode 2: Sufjan Stevens – The Ascension

    Episode 2 of the podcast is here! We get into the new album from Sufjan Stevens, The Ascension. You’re going to hear us struggle with these first impression and react to Sufjan’s opinions about his past work and how this album critiques that work. e first impression and react to Sufjan’s opinions about his past work and how this album critiques that work. I hope we did his work justice because he really is one of our favorite artists and his work has meant a lot to us over the years.

  • Episode 01: Oxenfree

    Episode 01: Oxenfree

    Our first episode, and it’s international podcast day no less! We get into the narrative/interactive game Oxenfree and try to figure our what it’s all about.

  • Play Nice: A Games Journal

    Play Nice: A Games Journal

    Finally back! It has been a long time but lets talk about some game. Thoughts about God of War, Outer Worlds and a few more.