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Kriss and Dpalm are back with another Character Corner episode. This time its Part 1 of a two part series on the Robins. Weve covered most of the Robins already in previous episodes like Batman's Rogue Gallery, Tim Drake,  all the Batgirl episodes and our three part Batman series. But weve never really dug deep into each of the Robins and gone into their differences and how they tell the larger story of Batman.

We’re starting with Dick Grayson and Jason Todd not just because chronologically they were the first two robins but also because they represent the larger issues weve seen with Batman & DC Comics when they get translated to movies and TV. Everyone knows Dick Grayson is the first Robin but the reality is, by the time most of us were reading comics and aware of Batman, Grayson was far removed from being Robin. Same could be said for Jason Todd. Jason was first introduced in 1983 and was killed off in 1988. The first two Robins came and went before most people today were even 10. And thats where we see DC getting into trouble. The mantle of Robin is almost just as important and divisive as Batman. There isn't another sidekick character in which you have 4-5 drastically different character holding the title and all of them are just about important. Dick, Jason, Tim/Stephanie and Damien.

Were gonna go through each Robin and talk not just about some of their key issues but really dive into how theyre different from each other, and the role they play in Bruce/Batmans life. First up...the heir & the prodigal son: Richard & Jason.

Key Issues:

  • First Appearaances
    • Detective Comics #38 - First appearance of Dick Grayson/Robin
    • Tales of the Teen Titans #44 - First appearance of Dick Grayson as Nightwing
    • Batman #357 - First appearance of Jason Todd (Pre-Crisis)
    • Batman #366 - First appearance of Jason Todd as Robin (Pre-Crisis)
  • Early Years
  • Enter Jason Todd
    • Batman #408 - First appearance of Post-Crisis Jason Todd
    • Batman #410 - Post-Crisis Todd's first appearance as Robin
    • New Teen Titans vol 2 #20
    • Nightwing Year One
    • Batman #416 - Jason & Dick meet for the first time; Bruce admits to why he replaced Grayson
  • Death of Jason Todd
    • Batman #422
    • Batman #424 - Does Jason kill Garzonas or not?
    • Batman #426 - 429 - Death in the Family
  • Batman Prodigal
    • Batman #512
    • Shadow of the Bat #32
    •  
    • Detective Comics #679
    • Robin Vol 4 #11
    • Batman #513
    • Shadow of the Bat #33
    • Detective Comics #680
    • Robin Vol 4 #12
    • Batman #514
    • Shadow of the Bat #34
    • Detective Comics #681
    • Robin Vol 4 #13
  • Nightwing series
  • Return of Jason Todd
  • Battle for the Cowl
  • Batman & Robin
  • Grayson
  • Red Hood and the Outlaws (Rebirth)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:57pm EDT

We're all the way back, as we're in full fall swing talking Fantasy Football, sing the praises of the WNBA Finals, and learn about team tennis. Plus, we get more lies from Urban Meyer, the return of America's favorite college football team, and finally talk about Syracuse football on the show. I know.

Guest: Ashanti - @NotTHATAshanti

 


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 5:35am EDT

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Bacon from the ADDSpace Podcast. This episode starts off extremely nerdy and no apologies will be made.

Topics:

  • Seattle Weather
  • Kriss and Bacon stan for Captain Benjamin Sisko, the greatest TV Dad ever
  • The old Star Wars trilogy has a lot of holes in it
  • Boba Fett was a worthless character
  • Forced Diversity isn't a thing
  • Brett Kavanaugh pulls out a binder full of women
  • Reproductive rights go beyond cisgender women
  • Great Moments in White Privilege

Guest: Bacon


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Category:general -- posted at: 7:48am EDT

A Simple Favor is yet another great movie featuring women from Director Paul Feig. Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively are great individually and amazing together. The film blends the comedy elements with the more serious thriller aspect extremely well without sacrificing the tone or being distracting. This is a film that will have you both laughing and paranoid about how well you actually know your "best friend".

Kriss and Phenom break down what makes this film work so well.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:44pm EDT

Shane Black's The Predator is a massive disappointment for the franchise. The film is all over the place and both adds too much and not enough at the same time. It's such a shame because what works particularly well for this film is the cast. The "Loonies" (Trevante Rhodes, Keegan-Michael Key, Thomas Jane, Alfie Aleen and Augusto Aguilera) work well together and would make for one hilarious Expendables/Bad Company movie. Sterling K Brown shines as a villain (almost too well).

But outside of that, the film tries so hard to not be a Predator film is frustrating. It's not until almost the end of the film when a Predator actually does what Predators do, hunt. And even then it's almost as if it's an afterthought. Oh and the use of Jacob Tremblay to portray an autistic child is downright offensive. 

Listen to Kriss and Phenom break down just how bad this film is.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 11:42pm EDT

UDPod is brought to you this week by Nike; they don't sponsor us, but they should. UDPod: Not for sale, but taking payments. This week, we've got friend of the pod Mike on to talk Nike, Colin, Serena and all the college football mockery that losing at home to Kentucky can muster. At least I'm not a Gator.

Guest: The Homie Mike


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Category:Sports -- posted at: 6:37am EDT

Kriss is back with another episode of the Insanity Check to cover this week's dose of insanity in the world. This week he's joined by Tim (@peoplescrtic)

Topics:

Guest: Tim

  • https://blog.seattlepi.com/peoplescritic/
  • @peoplescrtic

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:07pm EDT

Peppermint is what happens when someone sees the backlash that Bruce Willis' Death Wish remake got and says "Maybe if we just make the main character a white woman, it won't be so problematic." Thing is...it's still problematic. This film could have been different. Trailers for it suggest that Jennifer Garner's character will not just be going after the Latino gang members that killed her husband and daughter but the corrupt system of judges, cops and lawyers. But that's mostly a head fake. The majority of Riley North's rage and violence is aimed at Latino men who are made to look especially savage. It's problematic and also tiring to see the same concept over and over again in a Hollywood that claims to want to support diversity.

Listen as Kriss & Brandon break down why this movie is so bad.

 


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Category:TV & Film -- posted at: 5:08am EDT

Welcome back to Secret Sauce! On this episode Asa and I talk about

  • How this world now affects my humor
  • Are you truly experiencing failures or having a learning experience?
  • Facing obstacles and how we react to them

I also interviewed Janeen Jason a certified Sommelier in the local atlanta area. We talked a bit about her trajectory into becoming a Sommelier, the lack of color in her field, her future in wine and some wine suggestions. To get in contact with Janeen her info is below:

  • Vinoteca    - 299 N. Highland Ave NE Atlanta Ga 30307
  • www.shopvinoteca.com
  • jjason@shopvinoteca.com

Asa's black woman shoutout

My black woman shoutout


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Category:Society & Culture -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Some people think Labor Day is a day off; at UDPod, we put in that work. As is annual tradition, my dad is our holiday guest back to help us kick off college football. We talk abut NFL players getting paid, LeBron inviting Amercia, and the national treasures that are the Williams Sisters. Check out Domonique Foxworth's great piece on life after football.

Guest: Papa Palm

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Category:Sports -- posted at: 9:11am EDT