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JC Carter, J.M. Bell, and Jocelyn Christensen

324 Antisocial

Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322!, This Week | 0 comments

This week on The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™! Marvel has a new senior VP. Gail Simone has an Iron Man story. Classic Star Wars is back at Marvel. On TV, we have reactions to The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery. Kevin Smith is making Howard the Duck for Hulu. Animated Star Trek is in development at Nickelodeon. In Comics, we talk about Savage Sword of Conan, Wonder Twins, Thor, and a letter to Marvel!

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MARVEL Hires COLLEGE HUMOR CBO as New Media Senior VP https://goo.gl/5pF6gW
GAIL SIMONE Takes Over TONY STARK https://goo.gl/GcpYVG
MARVEL Revives 1980s STAR WARS Title – With Classic Numbering https://goo.gl/fcC8kV
JOSH BROLIN Cast in DUNE (And He’s Feuding with DAVE BAUTISTA Again) https://goo.gl/avi2FW
Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meet in their first animated movie crossover http://bit.ly/2N9hjwM
DC’s Superhero Jesus Comedy SECOND COMING Canceled https://goo.gl/WdAugc
SECOND COMING Looking for Second Chance with Other Publishers https://goo.gl/dWz8BU
WOLVERINE, VENOM, PUNISHER, CONAN, More Headline SAVAGE AVENGERS Title https://goo.gl/BRFsuD 
BEN AFFLECK Addresses Leaving BATMAN Role https://goo.gl/FCVkv1
 
TELEVISION NEWS 
 
Patrick Stewart Reveals When His New Picard STAR TREK Series Will Take Place https://goo.gl/YuDFRk
Kevin F**king Smith Making ‘Howard the F**king Duck’ Show for Hulu https://goo.gl/q8P6Ru
MCU Veteran Cast in JUPITER’S LEGACY – Report https://goo.gl/Qpqmhn
Animated STAR TREK Kids Show In Development for NICKELODEON https://goo.gl/8dGjUj 
THE GIFTED Showrunner Thinks Show Might Move to Streaming Service https://goo.gl/8aw38X
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323 Talking Monkeys

Posted by on Feb 12, 2019 in The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322!, This Week | 0 comments

This week on The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™: Green Arrow is ending its run with #50. Bendis (@BRIANMBENDIS) and Mack’s (@davidmackkabuki) Cover will get an over-sized finale issue for their first arc. Rachel Skarsten (@RachieSkarsten) goes from Black Canary to Alice. On TV, ABC doesn’t want a female-led Marvel show. HULU is developing Terry Moore’s (@TerryMooreArt) Motor Girl as a series, and Legion has found its Professor X! In Comics, we review Black Widow, Daredevil, and The Girl in the Bay!

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GREEN ARROW #50 Went From a New Beginning to a Series Ending https://goo.gl/aP62GW
COVER’s Finale Gets Oversized (But with a Catch) https://goo.gl/G91Fri 
Former BLACK CANARY Actress Becomes BATWOMAN’s Big Bad https://goo.gl/AsXMsN 
JIM ZUB Co-Writing TONY STARK: IRON MAN https://goo.gl/LPkSQM 
TIM CURRY and KHARY PAYTON Offering 1-on-1 Video Chats As Part of New Start-Up https://goo.gl/Z8Hgza 
 
 
TELEVISION 
 
ABC’s Female-Led MARVEL Pilot Canceled – Report https://goo.gl/KQRmws
EC COMICS Gets Revival – On TV https://goo.gl/nnvjur
HULU Developing Terry Moore’s MOTOR GIRL As TV Show https://goo.gl/aKS2ni
Legion has found its Professor X for the third and final season http://bit.ly/2N2dIRi
Monster Hunter gets release date; Cosmos season two delayed; http://bit.ly/2N2eca4
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322 Hold 322

Posted by on Feb 5, 2019 in The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322!, This Week | 0 comments

This week on The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™: It’s our 322nd episode! We remember one of our own who has passed. A response to Bill Maher. Zombieland is getting a sequel! On TV: Star Trek: Discovery takes down mansplaining. The CW renews six comic book series. Travelers is cancelled at Netflix. In comics we talk about Doctor Strange #400, Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt, Man Without Fear, and Superman!

All this and Stan Lee! Face front, true believers! It’s the 322nd episode of The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™!

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Stan Lee Remembered at Hollywood Tribute: His ‘Greatest Creation Was Himself’ https://goo.gl/jBtDPW
BILL MAHER Tells Comic Book Fans ‘Grow Up’ https://goo.gl/uxk8V9
AQUAMAN Now DC’s Biggest Worldwide Box Office Hit Ever With $1.09 Billion https://goo.gl/RxDCem
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Cancels Sundance Trip Due to ‘Complications’ From Shutdown https://goo.gl/fHt3h4
Affleck-less The Batman and The Suicide Squad get release dates, plus more http://bit.ly/2St9PKl
The Undead Don’t Stand a Chance in Zombieland: Double Tap https://goo.gl/pcKsxT 
 
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Star Trek: Discovery’s mansplaining takedown returns to the series’ roots https://goo.gl/58wevi
The CW Renews Six Comic Book Series https://goo.gl/bBis6d
‘Travelers’ Canceled at Netflix After Three Seasons https://goo.gl/X1HMf2
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An open letter to Bill Maher

Posted by on Feb 3, 2019 in JC's Jocularity | 0 comments

Dear Bill,

Your recent editorial regarding comic books and comic book fans once again shows a misunderstanding you have with this art form. I am not using that term lightly, I do consider comic books an art form in the same vein I consider great literature, great paintings, great sculpture, great cinema, and great theatre all art forms. Of course, it’s clear that you do not share this opinion, which is fine. You are welcome to your opinion, but I would like to respond to some of your specific points.

First, you didn’t say this, but your producers put down a tag on the image of Stan Lee that said, “Goodbye, Mr. Strips.” While a funny play on “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” the joke does indicate that Stan Lee was predominantly a comic strip writer, and although he did write the Spider-Man newspaper comic strip for many years, unlike comic strip creators like Charles Shultz or Gary Trudeau, Stan Lee worked beyond the traditional 4-panel structure of the newspaper strip and worked in long-form story-telling as well. Just like telling a joke is different from a stand-up routine, and a stand-up routine is different from hosting a talk show. Yes, there are elements of the first all of them, but there’s a lot more that goes into the longer forms. It’s like eulogizing you by saying: “Bill Maher can no longer knock-knock.”

When a fan pointed out that they had learned about social injustice and racial tolerance from reading comic books, you then ordered them to read James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, or Michael Eric Dyson. Great choices, can we also include in that list their contemporaries: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Eve Ewing, and John Lewis? All of whom are currently writing comic books, with Coates and Ewing writing about social injustice and racial tolerance at Marvel Comics.

You said comic book movies aren’t great cinema, and although your joke about glowy things was funny (and accurate), you’re probably not aware that acclaimed films like “Road to Perdition,” “Blue is the Warmest Color,” “Whiteout,” David Cronenberg’s “A History of Violence,” and Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe” were all originally comic books. But maybe you can only relate comic book movies to superheroes, so never mind that “Black Panther” has been nominated for a best picture Oscar. I guess since the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences didn’t nominate “Religulous,” they must not know great cinema in your eyes.

You said that the Stan Lee’s estate was wrong when they said such literary giants like Dickens, Melville, and Shakespeare were not considered great literature in their time, and then went on to compare Shakespeare to comic books. As someone who had a double-major in History and English at Cornell, you shouldn’t need to be reminded that during Shakespeare’s time, theatre was considered the lowest form of entertainment, and despite his few command performances for Queen Elizabeth and King James, Shakespeare wasn’t considered to be in the same literary circles as his contemporaries like Sir Francis Bacon until well after his death. I can say similar things about Dickens and Melville, but since you quoted Shakespeare, I figured it was enough to say: “to thine own self be true.”

Finally, your main argument seems to be “If you like the same things you liked at ten, you need to grow up.” I liked watching NFL football when I was ten. Does that mean I can’t appreciate the game as an adult? I enjoyed reading Treasure Island when I was ten. Does that mean the book doesn’t have something to offer me as an adult?

Perhaps you could consider that despite their fantastical nature, comic books can offer nuances a person didn’t catch in their childhood. You could also consider that comic books, like any commercial entertainment medium, has to change, grow with its audience, and offer more options for growing sophistication, or be left behind. It’s not all about tights and capes, but were it not for pioneers like Stan Lee, who tried to give his characters real-life problems; Robert Crumb, who showed us comic books could be both subversive and informative regarding our culture; or Harvey Pekar who used the medium to tell his own, ordinary life story; that’s possibly all it would have been.

Of course, there are many things that I used to like when I was ten, twenty, thirty or even forty that I don’t like now, because they are permanently trapped in their time and place, and cannot grow with me. Old television shows that were great for their time, but when I re-watch them, I can see that they have a clear bias against certain groups; Movies that were entertaining for the minute, don’t hold up to my older, more experienced tastes; and comedians who haven’t changed their act in 30 years.

In fact, you pointed out the Millennial meme of #Adulting and blamed it on people who won’t stop liking things from their childhood. So I guess the hashtag for the meme about an old man who doesn’t think anything changes, should be #Stagnating.

Yours,

JC Carter

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321 Contact!

Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322!, This Week | 0 comments

This week on The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast : Marvel reveals a major change to Daredevil! Black Panther got SEVEN Oscar nominations. DC cut SEVEN jobs to refocus on publishing. On TV: We remember James Frawley, Punisher Season 2 is hanging on to more viewers, and CW has ordered a Lost Boys series. In Comics, we talk about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Oliver, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Batman!

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SPOILER Marvel Reveals Major Change To Daredevil https://goo.gl/u8gSgM
Fandral’s Death in THOR: RAGNAROK Helped Land Him SHAZAM! https://goo.gl/Jr2rP8
BLACK PANTHER Nabs 7 OSCAR Nominations Including ‘Best Picture’ https://goo.gl/NY9TET
GEORGE PEREZ Announces Retirement https://goo.gl/kaHhpL
STAR TREK: YEAR FIVE Brings the ENTERPRISE’s Mission to a Close https://goo.gl/cg4Psv 
DC Cuts 7 Jobs in Move to Refocus on Comics Publishing https://goo.gl/wHWTra
 
TV NEWS 
 
James Frawley, Director of ‘The Monkees,’ ‘The Muppet Movie,’ Dies at 82 https://goo.gl/T75pSg
CW Has Picked Up a Pilot for The Lost Boys TV Show https://goo.gl/FHRmZb
The Punisher S2 reportedly retaining more viewers than other Marvel shows http://bit.ly/2FRA0UL
USA Network Orders ‘Briarpatch’ Starring Rosario Dawson to Series https://goo.gl/9Bdg3g
BBC Orders Oscar Wilde Documentary With Stephen Fry, Freddie Fox https://goo.gl/T3HQGG
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320 That’s the power of math, people!

Posted by on Jan 22, 2019 in The World's Greatest Comic Book Podcast™ Hold 322!, This Week | 0 comments

This week on The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast™! Gail Simone is writing The Flash! Brad Walker is taking over Detective Comics. Vin Diesel welcomes you to the Valiant Era. On TV, Michelle Yeoh is getting her own Star Trek spin-off, and Supergirl will have TV’s first Trans Superhero! In comics we talk about Jessica Jones: Purple Daughter, Avengers #12, and Action Comics!
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How in the absolute f*ck did I miss that Gail was writing The Flash? https://goo.gl/uiTbJM
SIMONE & HENRY Launching New FLASH Title for WALMART https://goo.gl/ZnmtmW
BRAD WALKER Taking Over DETECTIVE COMICS https://goo.gl/kHZTAL
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE Director Turned Down Multiple DC Films https://goo.gl/8Mm2eA
VIN DIESEL Welcomes You to ‘Valiant Era’ in First BLOODSHOT Photo https://goo.gl/6aUMKU
Second FAR FROM HOME Teaser Trailer https://goo.gl/QiM1E5
World of Warcraft Is Getting a Little Stan Lee Cameo of Its Own https://goo.gl/WGhMF2
 
TV NEWS 
 
TV Academy to Eliminate Emmy DVD Screeners in 2020 https://goo.gl/A31bCV
MICHELLE YEOH (and SECTION 31) Getting Her Own STAR TREK Spin-Off https://goo.gl/GaHmLQ
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Boss Talks Tig Notaro, Picard Limited Series and Season 3 https://goo.gl/zf2pAK
‘Punisher’ Star Jon Bernthal on Season 2, Broken Bones and Frank’s ‘Self-Loathing’ https://goo.gl/Z2xRC2
‘Supergirl’ Drops First Look at Nicole Maines as TV’s First Trans Superhero https://goo.gl/VGdqx8
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