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We're back to wrap up our Batgirls Character Corner with two special characters: Cassandra Cain and Kate Kane. Now, Kate really isn't a Batgirl as she never took up the mantle and her origin as Batwoman is pretty much autonomous from Batman but we're including her in this series anyway. Cassandra is also an interesting case. She's definitely a Batgirl, as she's the first to hold that mantle and get her own solo series, but in many ways she's closer to a Robin and a good case could be made for her being a direct heir to the Bat. 

We had a lot of fun discussing these characters and you're not going to want to miss this. This also might be the last Character Corner of 2017 but we'll be back in 2018 with more comic book character goodness.

Cassandra Cain

  • Batman No Man's Land 
    • Batman #567 - Mark of Cain - First Appearance
  • Batgirl Volume 1
  • Robin/Batgirl Fresh Blood
  • Gates of Gotham
  • Justice League Elite
  • Nightwing #81
  • Red Robin #17-25
  • Superboy #8
  • Batgirl Volume 2

Kate Kane

  • 52
    • #7 - First appearance of Kate Kane
    • #11 - First appearance of Kate as Batwoman
    • #33
  • Batwoman: Elegy (Detective Comics #854-860)
  • Detective Comics #861-863
  • Batwoman (New 52)
    • Volume 1 - Hydrology
    • Volume 2 - Drown The World
    • Volume 3 - World's Finest
  • Detective Comics (Rebirth)
    • Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen
    • Volume 2: The Victim Syndicate
  • Batwoman (Rebirth) Volume 1

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:22am EST

Kriss is joined by Justin (@LJay90) from ThreeFifsPodcast for a special Insanity Check episode where Justin explains what Net Neutrality is, how we got here, why it's bad and what we can do to fight back.

*You'll also find it funny as we go from "Doug Jones has no chance" to "Omg...I think Jones might pull this off" during the show.

How to write a good comment
 
Gigi Sohn, the former council to Tom Wheeler gives 4 steps to follow when writing an FCC Comment
 
1. Write about yourself and how the net neutrality rules have affected you
If you use the internet in any capacity, write about it. Have you used the internet to launch your small business? Connect with a loved one? Complete your degree program, whether it was high school, college, or post graduate? Write about that experience.
 
2. Write about what you understand you are buying when you purchase broadband Internet access
When you buy a package from Verizon, what is it that you're actually buying? For the decision to be upheld the ISPs have to prove that their customers aren't just buying "internet access", but if that's all you're using them for then write about that.
 
3. Write about the choices you have (or don’t) for broadband Internet access
Sohn writes that, "An April 2017 FCC report demonstrates the fallaciousness of such an assertion – it shows that 58% of Americans have access to either zero or one broadband ISP, and 87% have access to just two." If you don't have a true choice, write about that.
 
4. Write about what role you think the FCC should have in overseeing the market for broadband Internet access
If you don't want the ISPs to run rampant as they have attempted to in the past and believe in strong federal oversight, let the FCC know!
 
 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:49am EST

Here it is! The last Insanity Check of 2017. Kriss is joined by Ashanti for this episode and it's a fun one. We hit some of the more serious topics involving men & sexual assault, Trump voters being idiots and how technology has erased privacy and it's too late to do anything about it.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:25am EST

The second to last Insanity Check of 2017! Kriss is joined by Karen from The Black Guy Who Tips. We talk about Karen & Rod heading to to Seattle for PodCon and how we all have to find time to take a break and rest. We then delve into the latest craziness involving men pulling their dicks out at work and harassing women. Then there's the "wonderful" Senate tax "cut" bill that's passed the Senate and gotten one step closer to being law. Wonder how all those "Democrats are equally as bad as Republicans" folks are handling it.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:37pm EST

It's been a while but....WE'RE BACK! Feels like a while since we've done a Character Corner. But we're back now and it's time to enter once again into the Bat-Family, this time with the mantle of Batgirl. To the uninitiated, the Batgirl mantle might just seem like the female-version of the Robin mantle. But that couldn't be further from the truth. 

We start this two-part series exploring the most well known Batgirl, Barbara Gordon and her journey from the darker of a Police Commissioner to Batgirl then to Oracle and back to Batgirl. We then move on to Stephanie Brown who held both the title of Robin (albeit short) and Batgirl as well as coming into her own as Spoiler.

Next show we're talking Cassandra Cain, Helena Bertinelli and Kate Kane

Barbara Gordon

  • Detective Comics #359 – First appearance
  • Batgirl Year One
    • The definitive Batgirl origin story
  • Batgirl Special #1 by Barbara Kesel (1988)
    • Barbara retires
  • The Killing Joke (1988) - only because it's significant not because it's good
  • Suicide Squad #23 first appearance as Oracle (1989)
    • The death game (#38) revealed as Oracle
  • Batman Chronicles: #5 Oracle Year One
    • John Ostrander and Kim Yale work to fix what Moore and others did
  • Birds of Prey
    • Birds of Prey #8 
    • Birds of Prey – The Gail Simone Run (56-90, 92-108) – (2003-2007)
      • 69-73 Between Dark and Dawn
  • Birds of Prey volume 2
  • Batgirl vol 4 19-25
  • Batgirl Zero Year

Stephanie Brown 

  • Detective Comics 647- 649
  • Batgirl 20, 26, 28, 38
  • Birds of Prey 39 - 40
  • Robin 100-120
  • Robin/spoiler special
  • War drums
  • War games 1 - 3
  • War Crimes 
  • Batgirl rising
  • Batgirl vol 3

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 5:56am EST

With all the crazy stuff going on in the world it's beginning to look like maybe we got pulled into another universe. Kriss thinks we've been pulled in Earth-2 and we have plenty of stories this episode that seem to suggest that. Joi (@jumpedforjoi) from Black Girl Nerds joins Kriss to discuss Justice League, Lena Dunham being trash again and so much more. Check it out. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:47pm EST

It's been a crazy week and Justin (@LJay90) from 3FifsPodcast joins Kriss to discuss. Amazingly we have to start off by first saying we're anti-pedophilia, anti-nazi and anti-rape and as crazy as that sounds, this week proves that those are no longer givens. We get into the hot topic of all the men accused of sexual assault in Hollywood, politics and in our lives. Kriss tells the story of why he had to let go of his best friend and we also talk about the craziness of the GOP not distancing themselves from Roy Moore. You won't want to miss.

Topics:

  • The Agents of Shield Season 5 trailer
  • Disney is trying to take over the world
  • The money that comic book films make is insane
  • The brave women that come forward about sexual assault
  • The GOP choosing party and pedophilia over honor and morals
  • Why Men need to stand up and speak out
  • Kriss tells the story of what happened with a former host of the podcast
  • Fox News thinks Church is the best place to get shot
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
  • Woman ties son to top of mini-van to hold down kiddie pool  

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:35pm EST

Thor: Ragnarok drops this week and so it's time to wrap up our Thor Character Corner with part 2. First we quickly cover what happened when we last left Thor during part 1. Ragnarok happened and Thor and the rest of Asgard died. And Thor stayed dead for a while. When the road to Civil War started, Thor was still gone but Mjolnir makes an appearance, falling to Earth as the Gods died, tearing a hole that allows Doctor Doom to escape Hell. After a brief attempt by Doom to take the hammer for himself, we then get Tony Stark's bad idea to make a Thor clone that...has disastrous results.   

Finally Thor returns. We focus on two writers this episode that really encapsulate Thor's return and that's J. Michael Straczynski (JMS) and current Thor writer Jason Aaron. JMS and Aaron really lean into the idea of Thor and the rest of Asgard being Gods. In a way, Thor is written much like Jesus is from the Bible and there are a lot of great stories. Asgard is reformed above Broxton, Oklahoma and while it seems like this could be a repeat of what happened the last time Thor & Asgard floated above earth, this time is vastly different. 

JMS and Jason Aaron really call into question not only what it means to be a God and if mortals still need Gods.

You'll want to listen to our full Character Corner as we follow the journey of Thor (Odinson) to Thor (Jane Foster).

Issues:

  • Fantastic Four #536-537 - Moljnir comes back to Earth & Doom escapes Hell
  • Civil War #7 - Thor Clone destroyed by Hercules
  • Thor Volume 3 (JMS Run)
    • #1 - 12, #600-603, Thor Giant Size
  • Jason Aaron's Run
    • Thor: God of Thunder
      • #1 - 5 - The God Butcher 
      • #6 - Gorr's backstory
      • #7- 11 - Godbomb
      • #19-23 - The Last Days of Midgard (Future Thor fights Galactus)
    • Original Sin
      • Original Sin Thor & Loki 5.1 - 5.5 - The Tenth realm & Angela
      • #7 - Nick Fury whispers something to Thor to make Thor become unworthy & drop the hammer
    • Thor Volume 4 (Jane Foster as Thor)
    • Thors (Secret Wars book)
    • The Unworthy Thor
    • The Mighty Thor Vol 2
      • #19 - Thor vs the Phoenix
      • #20 - War Thor's origin

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:00am EST

This week Kriss is joined by Dalbin Osorio, candidate for Montgomery County Council District 1. Dalbin talks with Kriss about how his upbringing led to his focus on Social Work, the challenges residents in Montgomery County face, the fight for increasing minimum wage, better educational choices for students and more. This was a great episode that you're not going to want to miss out on.

Topics:

  • Running for Montgomery County Council
  • Why the minimum wage needs to be raised
  • Why the idea of the "self made millionaire" is a myth
  • Students need better education, schools and the tools to succeed in life
  • Mark Halperin is another Harvey Weinstein
  • Trump is incredibly stupid
  • Jeff Flake is a coward as are most of the republicans quitting after causing Trump
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
    • Terance Crutcher's murderer gets her record expunged. 

Guest

Dalbin A. Osorio

2018 Democratic Candidate for Montgomery County Council
Twitter: @DO4MoCoCouncil
Instagram: @dosorio2018
 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:16pm EST

Kriss is joined by Jeff (@JeffJSays) for this episode of The Insanity Check. We talk about Jeff helping out MTR Network at NYCC and why it's important for black media to work together. Then we address the Harvey Weinstein allegations and why its bigger than what most people think. Most people have something to say but a lot of those people need to do a better job with their actions.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 2:32pm EST