Three Panel Contrast
Ep 31 - Darth Vader & Dr. Doom

Ep 31 - Darth Vader & Dr. Doom

July 5, 2021

In this month's episode, the panel embraces the dark side for a comparison of Gillen and Larocca's "Darth Vader" and Stern and Mignola's "Doctor Strange and Doctor Doom: Triumph and Torment." Topics include the narrative challenges of telling stories around traditional antagonists, the artistic challenges of emoting through silence and masks, and the ethical culpability that lies in programming a torture-bot to do your dirty work.

Ep 30 - Vision and the Scarlet Witch & Beauty and the Beast

Ep 30 - Vision and the Scarlet Witch & Beauty and the Beast

May 1, 2021

In this deeply romantic episode, the panel compares Steve Englehart and Richard Howell's "The Vision and the Scarlet Witch" to Ann Nocenti and Don Perlin's "Beauty and the Beast." Topics include queer subtext, machine sex, and the complex genre bending that occurs when mixing superheroes and soap operas.

Ep 29 - Wolverine: The Long Night & Fanastic Four Radio Serial

Ep 29 - Wolverine: The Long Night & Fanastic Four Radio Serial

April 1, 2021

In this ep our panel takes a deep dive into a pair of comics-inspired audio dramas in the form of the podcast "Wolverine: The Long Night" and the classic 1970s "Fantastic Four" radio serial, featuring both Stan Lee and a young Bill Murray. Topics include transmediation, the thespian's approach to grunting and Michael teaching himself sound engineering and design for the sake of our most elaborate cold opening ever.

Ep 28 - Paper Girls & 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank

Ep 28 - Paper Girls & 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank

March 1, 2021

In this episode the panel looks at a pair of 80s-themed comics with "Paper Girls" by Brian K. Vaughn and Cliff Chiang compared to "4 Kids Walk Into a Bank" by Matthew Rosenberg and Tyler Boss. Topics of discussion include male creators writing female protagonists, latchkey parenting, and 'are the 1980s the new 1950s in terms of media nostalgia?'

Ep 27 - Daredevil

Ep 27 - Daredevil

February 1, 2021

For this episode, the panel compares the Bendis/Maleev run to the Waid/Rivera/Martin run. Topics of discussion include setting as character, problematic portrayals of disability, and the merits/pitfalls of morosity as a tonal aesthetic.

Ep 26 - Jimmy Olsen

Ep 26 - Jimmy Olsen

January 1, 2021

In this month's episode, we pair Jack Kirby's legendary 1970s run on Jimmy Olsen with Matt Fraction and Steve Leiber's recent Jimmy Olsen maxi-series. Topics include the historic legacy of Kirby and his departure from Marvel; the challenges in fleshing out side characters into a protagonist role; the gap between irony and sincerity; and the most epic cold opening in our podcast's history, courtesy of Michael.

Ep 25 - Blankets & This One Summer

Ep 25 - Blankets & This One Summer

December 1, 2020

In this month's episode, the panel tackles the subject of sexual awakenings as they manifest in "Blankets" by Craig Thompson and "This One Summer" by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki. Topics of discussion include censorship in comics, how our hormones can lie to us, and the unique capacity for comics to visually embody profound physical experiences.

Ep 24 - Excalibur & Exiles

Ep 24 - Excalibur & Exiles

November 1, 2020

In this episode, the panel compares "Excalibur" by Chris Claremont and Alan Davis to "Exiles" by Judd Winick and Mike McKone. Topics of discussion include franchise-branching in the X-Universe, alternate-reality storytelling challenges/opportunities, and character voice within a group dynamic.

Ep 23 - Diceman & You Are Deadpool

Ep 23 - Diceman & You Are Deadpool

October 1, 2020

In this episode, the worlds of gaming and comics collide with a comparison of the cult classic "Diceman" by Pat Mills & various 2000AD creators to "You Are Deadpool" by Al Ewing & Salva Espin. Topics of discussion include procedural rhetoric in comics, the experience of peripheral time in layouts and the eternal question of which Deadpool is peak Deadpool.

Ep 22 - Andre the Giant & Dororo

Ep 22 - Andre the Giant & Dororo

September 1, 2020

In this episode, Anna, Michael and Andrew return from pandemic hiatus to discuss two stories about heroes and the bodies that define them....or perhaps don't. We're reading Box Brown's "Andre the Giant" against Osamu Tezuka's "Dororo," discussing ableism in comics, embodied identity, and the grim terrors of the Sengoku period of Japan weighed against the glory days of WWE (then WWF) wrestling.

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