Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Episode 74 - Under My Thumb



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two books from February 18, 2015. Plus a Second Opinion, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Matt Roberts.

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is under the thumb of the man, or as we like to call it, just another week talking 'bout the patriarchy. Both books feature oppressive regimes targeting and eliminating undesirables that don’t fit into their precious worldview. Coincidentally, both leaders of those regimes are middle aged white men, drunk on the power of their own ignorance. Like Aaron.




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This Weeks Intro: Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb:


This Weeks Outro: Lauryn Hill - I Get Out:

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Episode 73.1 - One Is The Loneliest



Life. It gets in the way sometimes. Back to normal next week!




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This Weeks Intro: Aimee Mann - ONE:


This Weeks Outro: Eric Carmen - All By Myself:

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Episode 73 - Rebel Girl



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Three books from February 4, 2015. Plus a Second Opinion, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Mike Garvey.

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is girls behaving badly. We’re looking at two female characters doing traditionally male jobs - hired killer and secret agent - and discussing the trials and tribulations of being a member of the softer sex in that hard, hard world. Along the way, we’ll touch on classic gender roles in the home and office, and our perceptions of those expectations today. And just for fun, Marvel’s Agent Carter will be making an appearance in both of these conversations, since it not only fits thematically but is also another stunning example of midcentury misogyny. Basically we’re talking about women who can kick your ass and look great doing it.

She really can have it all! The faithful husband, beautiful children, perfectly coifed hair and promising career. Let's hear it for domestic tranquility, everyone.

Velvet #9 33:37
So many layers of lies - and at the center, one of the most complex and compelling female characters being written today.



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This Weeks Intro: Bikini kill - Rebel Girl:


This Weeks Outro: Daryl Hall & John Oates - Maneater:

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Episode 72 - We're Going In Circles



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Three books from January 29, 2015. Plus a Second Opinion, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with Cleon Soares.

Show Notes:
This week’s theme was going to be the very pithy “everything old is new again,” which was both a not-so-subtle call out to how lax we’ve been with our recording schedule, but also an acknowledgement that all three titles we’re discussing this week have been a long time coming. But after we read them, at least one of us (spoiler: Andrea) was left feeling really depressed. (Like, more so than usual.) Sure, we’ve been waiting for Danger Club for awhile. And High Crimes is always worth the wait. And even what is going on over there on the X-Men-slash-Avengers unity team has been building for quite some time. But did you notice how heavy they all were? Maybe it’s not that everything old is new again, maybe it’s that everything dies?! Let's discuss.

It's not about mountain climbing. It's about deciding whether you want to even live to try to do so.

Existential teenage heroes and a force greater than the gods that can destroy us all.
(Plus, since we're talking fatalistic philosophy, some more High Crimes action as a bonus.)

Starting over again. Again.




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This Weeks Intro: One Direction - Same Mistakes:


This Weeks Outro: They Might Be Giants - Everything Right Is Wrong Again:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Episode 71.1 - Con Missing


Life. It gets in the way sometimes. Back to normal next week!




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This Weeks Intro: Diana Ross - Missing You:


This Weeks Outro: Aaliyah - I Miss You:

Monday, January 19, 2015

Episode 71 - Cowboy, Baby



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Two books from January 14, 2015. Plus a Second Opinion, featuring questions answered by a different listener each week, with James Kaplan.

Show Notes:
This week’s theme is EPIC SPACE WESTERNS. What is our fascination with the wild west, and why does it work so well to translate it to the final frontier?

Copperhead #5 18:17
Space Western, a la Firefly

Star Wars #1 31:33
Space Samurai, a la The Hidden Fortress



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This Weeks Intro: Kid Rock - Cowboy:


This Weeks Outro: James Taylor - Sweet Baby James:

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Episode 70 - Public Image



Comics Therapy. No Reviews. Just Analysis.

Up this week, Andrea talks about Image Expo. Aaron whines because he wasn't there. It'll knock your socks off.

The manga Andrea mentions is called Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer. The story and art are by Satoshi Mizukami.

We'll be back to our regular format of comics chatter, Second Opinions and The Couch next week.



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This Weeks Intro: Public Image Limited - Public Image:


This Weeks Outro: Jordan Pruitt - Outside Looking In: