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Kriss talks with Sam Stevquoah about his own production company's flagship animated project, Mill City's Finest. Sam describes Mill City's Finest as an "urban, superhero coming of age story" in the same vein as Young Justice and Static Shock

We chat about how Sam got involved in animation, what makes this series so unique and culturally diverse and what's next to get more people behind this project. 

Make sure you follow Sam and Mill City's Finest on social media.

Twitter:  @Stevquoahjr @mcfseries

Instagram: @Stevquoahjr

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcfseries

Mill City's Finest Youtube Page


Avengers Infinity War is in theaters now and is already crushing records (and souls). While you wait for Avengers 4 to come out, now is a perfect time to catch up on Thanos in the comics to see just how accurate the movie is. But before we can get into Thanos, we first have to give a brief overview of Marvel Cosmic. We've touched on Marvel Cosmic a bit with Inhumans and when we talked Alex Summers. But Thanos throws us right in the middle of it. Jim Starlin really helped solidify the cosmic side of Marvel and so we give a condensed rundown of the Celestials, Eternals, Adam Warlock and more. Trust us, we will revisit all of this more in later episodes in more details.

We then jump forward a bit to go through Jason Aaron's Thanos Rising which while it's more recent (2013), it gives a pretty great (and dark) view of Thanos' origins. Then its back to the early 90's and Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones (or rather, Soul gems as they were called) in Thanos Quest, the Infinity Gauntlet crossover and more.

We end with the recent Thanos solo book that if you're not reading it...you're missing out on greatness.

Reading List (As usually with Marvel, most of these are on Marvel Unlimited)

  • First Appearance
    • Iron Man #55
    • Captain Marvel #25 - 32
    • Avengers #125
    • Captain #33 - 34
  • Thanos Returns
    • Strange Tales 178 - 181
    • Warlock 9 - 15
    • Marvel Team-up 55
    • Avengers Annual #7
    • Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2
  • Silver Surfer
    • #34 - #38
  • Thanos Quest
    • Thanos collecting the Soul Gems (what the Infinity Stones used to be called)
  • Infinity Gauntlet #1 - 6
  • Infinity War
  • Secret Defenders 11-14
  • Cosmic Powers
  • The Thanos Imperative
  • Thanos Rising (Jason Aaron)
  • Infinity #1 - 6
    • #1 - First appearance of The Black Order
  • New Avengers
    • Vol 3 #23
  • Secret Wars
  • Ultimates
  • Thanos

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:34am EDT

We're taking a bit of a break this week from the Insanity Check but that doesn't mean we don't have anything for you. Kriss talks to L Joy Williams from Sunday Civics about getting more people involved and increasing civic engagement. She talks about the civic engagement booth she was going to run at Universal FanCon and what she's doing to help at the grassroots level to get more people involved. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:45am EDT

Fifty-Two.

That's how many people were listed on the about page for Universal FanCon. A lot of them (not all) are silent as to why a fan convention that took in almost $57,000, has been planned for two years and was scheduled to start NEXT WEEK was suddenly canceled leaving fans, guests, vendors and others wondering how this got to this point. Kriss is joined by Justin from 3FifsPodcast (who was going to have a panel at Universal FanCon) to discuss the audacity and complete bullshit behind this clusterfuck.

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

We finish up the Dark Knight himself with what might be the greatest and longest streak of great stories for a solo character. From the time Grant Morrison takes over Batman to today’s Tom King Run, we have what is arguably the best storytelling at DC. It gets weird, it gets crazy and it brings in things all the way from the 50’s & 60’s. If you want to truly understand Bruce Wayne and Batman, pick up the Grant Morrison Batman omnibus and strap in, you’re going to be in for a ride.

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:40am EDT

This week Kriss is joined by Dalbin Osorio who is running for Montgomery County Councilperson District 1 here in Maryland. Obviously this is going to be a politics heavy episode so strap in.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:09pm EDT

Kriss is joined by long time MTR Network contributor, Shanna (@ShittyBonMots) for this week's episode. They talk about a wide-range of topics from WonderCon to Misdemeanor Michael getting dragged to the problems with Bernie Sanders. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:20pm EDT

We’re back with Part 2 of our Batman Character Corner. Part 1 focused mostly on the early comics up through the introduction of Tim Drake in Batman #440. For this episode, before diving back into the comics, we wanted to cover the other media that Batman has been prevalent in. Considering that TV has had a big impact on Batman in the comics, we felt throwing this episode in between the two comic focused episodes was best. Both the 66 TV show and the early 90’s Animated Series have led to some characters making their way from the TV screen to the comic book pages. Also Batman’s presence on TV and in film have had an huge impact on his popularity and for many, was their first introduction to not just Batman but comic book characters.

So sit back and listen as we dive into the world of Batman from TV to Film to even Video Games.

TV:

  • 66 Batman
  • Super Friends
  • Batman The Animated Series
  • Justice League
  • The New Batman Adventures
  • Batman Beyond

Live Action Movies

  • Batman The Movie
  • Burton/Schumacher
    • Batman
    • Batman Returns
    • Batman Forever
    • Batman and Robin
  • Nolan
    • Batman Begins
    • The Dark Knight
    • The Dark Knight Rises
  • Snyder
    • Batman v Superman
    • Justice League

Animated Movies (too many to list all):

  • Mask of the Phantasm
  • The Red Hood
  • The Dark Knight Part 1 & 2

Video Games:

  • Arkham Asylum
  • Arkham City
  • Arkham Knight

Kriss is joined by Mr. Spann from The Spann Report for a long overdue show. Spann recently reporded the 200th episode of The Spann Report and they talk about the ups and downs he's experienced with getting into Podcasting the last 7 years. 

Topics:

  • Doing solo shows is hard. 
  • Finding the right people to podcast with
  • Finding your own voice and not letting what others are doing stop your progress
  • Mr. (Killer) Mike...what are you doing?
  • Apparently there will be an opioid memorial because...white
  • Laura Ingraham learns that she can't attack the white kids of Parkland like she did black people

Check out Mr. Spann's shows as well as merchandise (get that SJW shirt)

 
Direct download: Take_Two_-_Insanity_Check_602.m4a
Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:00pm EDT

It all started with an idea. 10 years ago Marvel Studios launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe and nothing was the same again. Ten years and 18 (soon to be 19) films and over 15 BILLION dollars. It’s the highest grossing movie franchise of all time and Marvel Studios is one of the most innovative companies and movie studios there is. So how did it all start? We break it down and go over the history of Marvel Studios from creation all the way up to our reaction to the Infinity War trailer. So strap in and give it a listen.

Phase 1:

  • Iron Man
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man 2
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Marvel’s The Avengers

Phase 2:

  • Iron Man 3
  • Thor: The Dark World
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ant-Man

Phase 3:

  • Captain America: Civil War
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming
  • Thor: Ragnarok
  • Black Panther
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp
  • Captain Marvel
  • Avengers 4