Monday, June 29, 2015

Episode 85 - Suicide is Painless



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from June 24, 2015. 
And the return of The Couch with writer Brian Wood!

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is kill yourself. Seriously, that’s what Aaron texted when Andrea asked him. What a dick. Alternate title would be something like making a deal with the devil, kinda like the arrangement our co-hosts have.



The Couch - Brian Wood 32:10
This week on The Couch we welcome back Eisner-nominated writer, illustrator and graphic artist Brian Wood. We talked to him in Episode 26 last year. Since then, he’s been pretty prolific: wrapping up his creator-owned series The Massive, published by Dark Horse, debuting his new series Rebels with artist Andrea Mutti, also published by Dark Horse, and just last week, the first issue of Starve hit stores, drawn by Danijel Zezelj and published by Image Comics. Brian has also written X-Men and Moon Knight for Marvel and Star Wars and Conan for Dark Horse. His series Demo, with artist Becky Cloonan, was recently released in a collected edition by Vertigo.


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This Weeks Intro: Suicide is Painless (M.A.S.H Theme)


This Weeks Outro: Pop Evil - Deal With The Devil

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Episode 84.1 - Have You Heard the News?


                                 
                                           Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.


Intro
News

Outro




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This Weeks Intro: The Rolling Stones-Yesterday's Papers


This Weeks Outro: The Kinks- Did You See His Name

Monday, June 15, 2015

Episode 84 - She's A Witch



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from June 10, 2015.

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is dark days, darker nights. Lady witches. Ladies hunting witches. Ladies hunting lady witches. It’s almost as if there’s an overwhelming historical precedent for associating women with witchcraft.




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This Weeks Intro: The Fuzztones - The Witch


This Weeks Outro: John Fogerty - Wicked Old Witch

Monday, June 8, 2015

Episode 83 - It's My Life



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Three (!!!) comics from June 3, 2015. 

Show Notes:

Guys, reality bites. It’s a common theme in media - it’s the driving force in so much storytelling, from musicals to movies to television to comics. And we talk about that a lot on the show. This week, we’re focusing in a little more closely on the the characters themselves, who, (to pull again from musical theater because Andrea writes these notes and so she make the rules) are characters waiting for life to begin. On the cusp of greatness, but not necessarily mean that in a positive way. Something’s coming. I don’t know what it is is but it is gonna be great. It’s gonna change lives. In one way or another.



Airboy #1 41:40



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This Weeks Intro: Bon Jovi - It's My Life


This Weeks Outro: Frank Sinatra-That's life

Monday, May 18, 2015

Episode 82 - Break Down These Walls



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two comics from May 6 and May 13, 2015. Plus a Second Opinion, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Avi Chetlin.

Show Notes:
This week we’re talking about the realities we build for ourselves, and what happens when the walls come crashing down. Comics, video games, drugs, love. It’s all the same. Literally an opiate for the masses. Sometimes we work so hard to construct the world we want to believe is real, it’s all the more painful when the fantasy refuses to usurp real life permanently. And other times we’re so convinced by the illusion, that the reveal that it’s merely fantasy catches us entirely off guard.


Never Boy #3 20:00

Ms. Marvel #15 30:08


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This Weeks Intro: Melanie Fiona- Break Down These Walls


This Weeks Outro: Martika - Toy Soldiers

Monday, May 4, 2015

Episode 81 - It Takes Two (or More)



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Three comic books from April 29, 2015. Plus a Second Opinion, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Ben Diederich

Show Notes:
This week we’re talking about Avengers and New Avengers, the current runs of which will go down in history as the best large scale comic event ever. With issues #44 and #33 respectively, we end three years of complex build up of multiple storylines and infinite characters all leading to Secret Wars.

And in contrast, we’re also going to talk about Alex + Ada #14, which is about as different from an event comic as you can get. Understated, emotional growth between primarily two characters. Aaron suggested the theme be “there can be only one”, a tongue in cheek reference to a single Earth left in Avengers. But Andrea countered with “it takes two”, or three or four or twenty-seven. There’s plenty of room for all kinds of comics. Let’s dive into these polar opposites and see what we see.

Avengers #44
New Avengers #33
13:35



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This Weeks Intro: Asher Roth - Last Man Standing


This Weeks Outro: Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Episode 80 - Follow Your Arrow



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

One comic from April 22, 2015. Yup, you read that right: just one.

Show Notes:

Welcome to A Very Special Episode of Comics Therapy. This week we’re looking at some of the themes of identity brought up in All New X-Men, as well as their implications for representation in comics as a whole. We've never deliberately spent an entire show discussing a single book, but sometimes things happen in the world that we can’t ignore, and the existing plan goes out the window. Consider this our Isaac & Ishmael, hopefully with slightly less pretension, but with many of the same intentions.




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This Weeks Intro: Mama Cass Elliot - Make Your Own Kind Of Music


This Weeks Outro: Kacey Musgraves - Follow Your Arrow