Comics

PCP Episode 050.5: Fun ‘n Games


We wrap up the last hour of our special two-parter with a few laughs from a couple of games. We take in a couple of rounds of Would You Rather (the results are expectedly disturbing) and top things off with What am I Thinking (object: two people have to read each other’s mind by way of saying the same word at the same time). Listen, it makes sense over radio, trust us.

PCP Episode 050: Email


It’s an episode about nothing in particular so consider this our homage to Let’s Do This. We wanted to do something special for our 050th episode but, we decided to just chat things up. Things go all over the place in this first of a two-parter. We discuss Marcus’s job woes, babies that will look like Sasquatch, Thurnis and Mathew tell homeschooling stories, strange punishments and read emails that go everywhere as well. The DC52, our dreams/aspirations and some of the more intense moments in PCP history.

PCP Episode 044: Ultimate Comics


First off, apologies for the technical difficulties on the Weekly Dose. What can we say? Technology done goofed. But, that’s not the case here. It’s reboot season! The comic landscape has been in a state of radical change recently. No doubt, this will likely affect the very future of the industry itself but, we figured we’d take this time to recollect on the past of the industry. More specifically, in preparation of Marvel’s reboot of its Ultimate Universe, we look back on the comics that took an edgier angle to the Marvel brand like Spider-Man, Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men and some of your other favorite properties.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Death in Comics


Happy Labor Day and apologies for last week’s Weekly Dose absence (a faux earthquake and a hurricane didn’t help matters for us but, we were hit with technical difficulties. At any rate, we’re back and are talking about comics again. Oh, and as a warning, the beginning song is the “Flame On” song by Human Torch (voiced by Brian Austin Green) that we mentioned recently. But, on to the meat of matters: deaths in comics is the triumphant return of Brother Josiah to the PCP brownstone as we discuss what should be the ultimate for some of our favorite characters. Be sure to check back in for 044: Ultimate Comics this Wednesday.

PCP Episode 042: Classic Comics Cartoons


We’ll be taking it easy on you guys this week with what I like to call a diet-sized episode. One of the crew’s favorite things to do is just shooting the breeze about old cartoons. We love the nostalgia. What can we say? Anyway, we dip into that well again by recounting some of the comics cartoons that came out prior to the 2000s. We omitted the Bruce Timm shows this time so that we can save them up for an episode of its own. Even still, there were plenty of shows we had to leave out so we’ll likely be revisiting this era again. But, what are your favorites that we left out? Tell us any way you can.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Leaker Madness


Between TDK Rises, Spider-Man, Avengers, Superman: Man of Steel and countless other films, leaking footage and content seems to be turning into an industry in it of itself. Trailers, promotional photos and sneaking anything not nailed-down off the set has run exceedingly rampant. It used to be that if you didn’t want to see this material, all you had to do was not seek it. The current climate has it so that people pass judgement projects before their completion. These movies are a long way off so, we thought we’d take some time to assess why we do (ironically doing just that which we’re scrutinizing). What do you think? Do movie studios tell us too much about the films we want to see or do people simply judge too quickly?

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Diversity in Comics


No doubt, you’ve heard the kerfuffle that transpired last week when Marvel announced that the helm of Spider-Man in the Ultimate universe has been taken up by a half Black and half Hispanic character: Miles Morales. Needless to say, while the majority of people responded with a reasonable “maybe it’ll be good, maybe it won’t” reaction. Unfortunately, there was also a vocal minority that cited this “blackwashing” as “reverse-racism” and more affirmative action. We’ve decided to gather around and put our feelings out on the matter of diversity and tokenism. Please give us your thoughts and be sure to check back Wednesday for 040: South Park for a slightly less topical episode.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Captain America Review

Coming hot off the heels of Comic-Con, what better movie to see than the character that preceded the industry itself: Captain America? In all honesty, he’s only been ranked a private but, we’re not gonna be the ones to make the nitpick. Anyway, here’s our review for the last pin of The Avengers framework in Captain America: The First Avenger. Be forewarned, we do spoil at least two notable plot points here. If you’ve seen the movie, you’re good to enjoy a Schnapps with us. Be sure to tell us your thoughts and to return on Wednesday for 038: Final Fantasy. PCP Wants U…to enjoy this show.

PCP Episode 030: Fantastic Four

Man, we really thought that we were going to have a good, informed discussion about Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four but, you know us by now. Don’t get us wrong, we definitely drop the knowledge on the subject but we always end up falling off the rail. Seriously, we have never gotten so much mileage out of making fun of a villain like Dr. Doom. It’s good stuff, I promise. We talk the Future Foundation’s dynamics being the basis for Captain Planet, their friends and loved ones, off-and-on members and the best rogue’s gallery comics (dare we say). We also touch on how the franchise led to one of the greatest superhero movies of all time and their adaptation into the Venture Brothers and Batman Beyond.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Transformers 3 Review


Happy birthday America! What a better way to spend your 235th birthday than with a nice, tall glass of Pop Culture Podcast? Seriously, we have a lot of shout-outs to give as usual in this one before we get in to our signature delivery of entertainment news. What’s it this week? We talk more Thor in 2013, Tom Hanks (hopefully) trolling us, Marcus’s Gamefly woes and the secrets of DC relaunch lying within a shot-glass. We’re also test a restructured anime/manga section. This week includes Bleach, Deadman Wonderland, A Fairytale, Medaka Box, Tokyo Hitman Reborn and more. Yes, more! In tv, we discuss CM Punk’s delivery of the greatest promo ever. We close things up with our review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Beware, there are spoilers. We’ll be posting our 035: Devil May Cry this Wednesday so be sure to come back for that.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Ocarina of Time 3D Review


Congratulations to Spill on Spill Dot Con and to New York on basic human rights. Still, the rent is too high and the crew is in full effect! After a couple of, let’s call them more intimate episodes, all six of us are back to record. What’s more? We bring the funny and plenty of news after 10 minutes of shout-outs to you, our friends and listeners. We talk McDreamy as Dr. Strange, The Hobbit and smell-o-vision in movie news. We talk news PS3s and Arkham City DLC in video games. We’ve got plenty of comics news as well as the return of our anime & manga section. In TV news we have 100 Bullets being adapted, FX’s Powers development and the upcoming Green Lantern series. We wrap this one up with a review of Ocarina of Time’s 3DS port. Don’t forget to check back in Wednesday for 034: Transformers in prep for the upcoming movie. If you don’t know Transformers beyond the the Bay flicks, check it.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Green Lantern Review


Happy post Father’s Day folks. Another week, another Weekly Dose. This time you’ve got the crew discussing casting two Robin Hoods in Superman: Man of Steel, a new director for Wolverine, a look at the Avengers team, the continuation of the recent hacking epidemic, the DC relaunch again and the X-Men Regenesis. We also go into a roundtable discussion pitting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 against Battlefield 3. Most importantly, we have our review of the Green Lantern movie. Don’t forget to check back in for our 033 on director Michael Bay.

PCP Episode 032: Green Lantern

 We, the poozers of PCP, have been put on suspension by the Guardians of the universe after having lost the great Book of Oa. Once again, we’ve gotta stop going to Bangkok. As a result, we are going back to basic training for the Lantern Corps. We won’t be going over the manual but, we will be having a crash course on the books that have gotten us this far in preparation for the big-screen adaptation. In brightest day…in blackest night…no one should go into this film without doing their homework. So give us a listen.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: X-Men First Class Review


It feels good to have the full band back together even if it means we talk too much. To put it simply, we did a lot of jibber-jabber this time (we recorded an uncut 2 hours). But, we’ve trimmed that down for you guys to avoid spoilers for all of the stuff we talked about. This includes a possible Hawkman movie, Sony’s Vita and PSN service, the road to E3’s near completion and the especially big week in comics. We’re talking deaths and the entire industry being shook up. As promised, we have our review of X-Men: First class (don’t worry, it’s spoiler free except for a single instance). We wish we could give the entire review, spoilers included because it was just such a good time but, that’s not fair to those who haven’t seen it yet. It’s the full crew this time and very full show. Don’t forget to check out episode 031: Spring Movies in Review.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Hangover Part II Review


First and foremost, happy Memorial Day America. Now, sorry folks but, me done effed up again. Apparently things got pretty crazy the other night and we lost half of the crew. Don’t worry though, Carrol from HR will track them down (hopefully they’re still with those nice lady-boys). In the meantime, you have the original wolf pack holding it down. We managed to get a bonus-sized episode as we discuss directors leaving movies that should not be, the Avengers (again), Green Lantern getting down to the wire, the road to E3, racism in the comics world, Ghostrider being a chick and each of us reviews a tv season finale (Cougar Town, Supernatural and Modern Family). But, wait! That’s not all! We also discuss what is apparently the greatest superhero movie of all time and close up with our review of The Hangover: Part II. This week we’ll be doubling up on episodes to make up for lost time so be on the lookout for 029: Role-Playing Games and 030: Fantastic Four

PCP Episode 028: Spider-Man


PCP-PCP-does whatever a…y’know what? We know when a bit won’t work and that song simply can’t be adequately parodied anymore. But hey, this is our third ode to a Marvel property and will certainly not be our last. Seriously, that crazy ol’ coot Stan Lee won’t leave us be. It’s always “excelsior this” and “hello true-believers”…it’s exhausting! Anyway, we talk the comic lineage of everyone’s favorite, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We talk his loved ones, one of the greatest Rogue’s galleries ever and Norman Osborne’s hair.Are they waves or cornrows? The answer may surprise you. If nothing else, we’ve got every significant theme song that isn’t in Japanese.

PCP Episode 027: Smallville


The boys of PCP lend a hand at the Kent Farm in rural Kansas. Looking back on the origins of the boy who would be Superman, we bid the 10 year television farewell. We take a look back on the series as a whole and review the ultimate episode, Finale, in-depth. As much as most of us rip on the series and some of its fans (ie Marcus and Josiah), we implore you to always hold on to Smallville.

PCP Episode 025: The New Class


As previously indicated, the structure for the Pop Culture Podcast has been reformatted. Though all members of the old cast are not in communication having cited “creative differences” as the cause. However, they did agree to individually meet with Carol from HR for brief one-on-sessions to discuss the falling out. We present this “Behind the Podcast” as an apology and fond farewell to the old crew. We hope that this will somewhat compensate for the inconvenience of the show’s rebuilding. You will be happy to find that a substitute cast, all friends of the old one, has been formed. We’d like to introduce you to Rob, Sam, Mat and Omega’s pilot episode as they make up for the delayed Weekly dose.

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Comics Stagnation


Entertainment news with the Pop Culture Podcast crew for the week of April 17 to 24. Sometimes we get silly in these shows but, we try to keep focused during our weekly doses but, things started that way (and for the better). Between the giggles and the snickering fits we do have a full show for you guys. We discuss Jason Statham as a Cheeky Bastard in the new Parker adaptation, Skynet having taken effect on the Playstation Network, Peter Parker is dead, the return of Kenshin and much more. We close out with a discussion on the stagnation of the comics industry. Remember to tune in to episode 024: The Mighty Thor on Wednesday.

PCP Episode 024: The Mighty Thor!


Come! Be seated at at Odin’s table. The ambrosia is sweet and plentiful. Join Loki’s disciples of mischief and immaturity, PCP, as we discuss your favorite hammer-wielding hero since Shaquille O’Neal’s tour de force performance as Steel – the Mighty Thor. We’re a week from the long-anticipated movie and are really boosted…I mean, “moist with anticipation” or something. If thou art unfamiliar with the corresponding texts, this shall be a worthy crash course. LET THE THUNDER ROAR!

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Superman (Secret Origins) Review


Entertainment news with the Pop Culture Podcast crew for the week of March 27 to April 3. This week, we continue the our week in death trend by killing off the segment. Yep, no one died anywhere in the world last week! The streak is over! But, what did happen was more Green Lantern footage, Batman reboot news, Black Panther getting a green card, Wonder Woman costume changes and much more. We also have Josiah’s review Superman: Secret Origins. Don’ forget, this week’s episode is all about Kingdom Hearts (no, we do not know anything about KH3).

PCP’s Weekly Dose: Sucker Punch Review


Entertainment news with the Pop Culture Podcast crew for the week of March 20 to 27. This week the crew continues our “Who Died This Week” segment by discussing the passing of Elizabeth Taylor and offer a retraction of a prematurely delivered story last week . We also talk Superman casting, Akira-rape, Spider-Man Inc, the Captain America trailer and much more. We also have the Audie’s review of Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch that leads to some good debate amongst the crew. More importantly, we have the triumphant return of PCP’s long lost brother Josiah as he returns from his pilgrimage spreading the PCP gospel. This week, make sure to check out PCP 020: Pro Wrestling. It’ll be a slobber-knocker!

PCP Episode 014: Scott Pilgrim


Once upon a time, at the P.C.P. Brownstone, 4 evil exes were getting a life. And if you have you one, you wouldn’t waste an hour of it on an epic Scott Pilgrim anaylisis of epic epicness… now would you? Yep, more Canadians! We’ve discussed the film and the game so now all that’s left is discussing Bryan Lee O’Malley’s 6-volume graphic novel. We talk the hipsterisms, game references and genuine relationship elements that made us fall in love with the books. Join Avery, Josiah, Marcus and Shegaw (evil ex #0011, Andrew, was unavailable due to a date with the cleaning lady) for 45 minutes of soundboard.

PCP Episode 010: Best of 2010 Avery Awards


Now that all the self-serving smug of the Golden Globes is over and done with, we can get to some award show where you don’t buy your way in – PCP’s Best of 2010 Avery Awards. The “Avery’s” if you will. To be clear, you can in fact buy us out but, we have no ceremony, credibility or actual trophy (sorry to ruin the illusion). Just to let you all know, there are some candidates that got robbed. We’re talking unforgivably so. But, our format is that we can only vote on the media we’ve actually experienced first hand. It’s not the best system but, it’s near the worst. Not much of a pardon, I know. But, if you’d be so kind, take it easy and enjoy us wax poetically about the best dramatic film, game console, manga, animated series, indie comic book, music video and so much more. We do mean more. Seriously. I’m talking defenestration and at least one of us in traction.

PCP Episode 009: X-Men


Your favorite band of merry mutants is back. No, not the disciples of Professor X, but us over at the Pop Culture Podcast (I know, a grand statement of hubris on our part). This one is a spin-off of our previous comic books episode and focuses on the house that Wolverine (whom Avery hates by the way) built into a multi-million dollar franchise. We talk mostly the books this time but, we get into a taste of the shows and movies here and there as well. Check it out, comment and subscribe to us on iTunes if you’d be so kind. We’d be ever so grateful.

PCP Episode 003: Comic Books


This episode, the Pop Culture Podcast crew discuss comic books (which one should be able to infer from the title). We talk our origins in comics, the states of Marvel and DC, our favorite comic book characters and comic hype (plus what it means to be hardcore vs casual).

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