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We’re back! While our Summers Brothers episode was technically the first Character Corner of 2018, we recorded it in 2017, so this Lex Luthor episode is the first real episode of 2018. And you all are in for a treat. This episode is slightly different from our other Character Corners. We still go through the history of Lex but we spend more time really discussing and breaking down the core of the character. Unlike other DC characters, the core of Lex Luthor has strangely been consistent throughout his depictions. Sure his early first appearance in Action Comics #23 really set up as the ridiculous comic book villain stereotype, but the interesting thing about Lex is how his depiction mirrors the “stereotyped” bad guy of the era he’s in.  He’s been a ridiculous caricature of a bad guy in the 40’s, evil real estate billionaire, overweight and shrewd corporate exec and even a billionaire evil President. Each version might have a reworked background but for a DC character, he’s oddly enough very consistent in how he’s portrayed.
 
The basis of Lex is always his absurd hatred of Superman followed by his true belief that if not for Superman, he himself would be a good guy/hero. There are some really great non-canon stories that show this (Lex Luthor: Man of Steel and All-Star Superman for example). 
 
This is a great episode that you’re not gonna want to miss as we break down what makes Lex Luthor tick. Oh and Kriss makes it very clear, Lex doesn’t qualify for his “Villain Agenda”. Find out why.

Key Issues (we cover a lot more than what’s listed here):

  • Action Comics #43 - First Appearance
  • Non-Canon 
    • Lex Luthor: Man of Steel
    • All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison)
      • Issue #5 - Clark visits Lex in jail
  • The Man of Steel (1986) - John Byrne redesigns the character
    • Issue #4 - sets up a hostage situation on his own boat to try to hire Superman
  • The Death of Superman: Superman vol1 #149
  • Superman vol 2 #2 - Is told Clark Kent is Superman, doesn’t believe it
  • President Luthor
    • President Luthor: Secret Files & Origins
    • Our Worlds at War
    • Superman - Batman (Jeph Loeb)
      • Vol 1 - Public Enemies - Whole series is great, first 6 issues deal with the end of President Lex 
  • Superman: Birthright (Mark Waid)
  • Infinite Crisis
  • Fifty-Two
    • Issues 34 & 35 - Turns off the Everyman powers for citizens and makes it “rain bodies” on New Years 
  • New Krypton saga
    • Superman: New Krypton
    • Superman: Last Stand of New Krypton
    • Superman: War of the Supermen
  • Superman: The Black Ring
  • Forever Evil
  • Rebirth
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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 12:18pm EDT

This is a special Insanity Check. This week Kriss was reminded that he launched his first website, TheInsanityReport.com which then led to the Insanity Check podcast, 11 years ago. He's joined by Rod from The Black Guy Who Tips and they talk about what got them into Podcast, what lessons they've learned and give advice to those who want to start. They also reminisce about the infamous 4LOKO Podcast Party.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:48pm EDT

We’re back with the latest Insanity Check episode and we have a lot to talk about. It’s no longer funny: We really have to discuss this whole Sex Bot thing going on. Make no mistake, sex bots will be what kill us all. I’m not even joking. It all goes down from here. 

Oh and we end this episode by scaring the shit out of you. You're welcome.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:19pm EDT

Mid-Week Mini-Insanity Check content. I wanted to take a minute to comment on some of the things I've been seeing surrounding the white washing of the #MeToo movement. The bottom line is we have to stop using black women for their ideas while refusing to not only give them recognition but support.

I also comment on the Aziz Ansari situation, R Kelly, Bill Cosby and more. Make sure you check out some of the content from Black Women below who can go into way more depth, nuance and are infinitely more qualified to talk about this subject than I am.

Tarana Burke talking about #MeToo

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 11:56pm EDT

We're back with a new episode of the Insanity Check. This week Kriss is joined by Dpalm so you know this show is going to go off the rails. But we actually keep it pretty civil. Kriss doesn't even troll Dpalm about Georgia's collapse in the National Championship Game. He's a good friend.

Topics:

  • Thank you to all our supporters
  • Deadpool 2 moves up its date
  • Gambit loses its third director & New Mutants gets delayed 10 months (not good folks, not good)
  • Trump confuses Haiti  and African Nations for his own mouth and calls them a "shithole"
  • At this point, the real problem with Trump are all the shitty people around him (Pence, Paul Ryan, Stephen Miller)
  • No, we don't need (or really want) Oprah as President
  • Rapid Fire Quick rants
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
    • Male sexbots are coming

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 3:41pm EDT

Happy New Year everyone! The Insanity Check podcast is back for the new year and we're talking breaking the cycle in 2018 with Leslie Mac from Safety Pin Box. 

Also, we're pleased to announce that we will be hosting two Black Panther Screenings opening weekend. One in LA and one in DC. We're hoping tickets will go on sale Friday, January 12th at Noon est. Below is the theater information for each screener:

  • LA: Friday Feb. 16th 8pm Cinemark at Pike in Long Beach

  • DC: Saturday Feb. 17th 12 pm Regal Cinema Gallery Place Stadium 14 Washington DC

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:36am EDT

We’re starting 2018 off right by going through the essential comic books for Scott Summers and Alex Summers. That’s right it's Cyclops and Havok time. Any chance we can get to talk X-Men, we’re going to leap at it. This was a fun episode to do because Cyclops and Havok have such long and rich histories not only with the X-Men but X-Factor as well. 

Scott Summers first appeared in X-Men #1 and Alex debuted in issue #54. Scott starts off as the boy scout and natural leader while Alex is more reluctant to lead and a bit more rebellious. Throughout their history in the comic books though, they gradually switch places as Alex becomes more of a team player & leader and Scott becomes a revolutionary. 

Here are some of the essential comic issues we covered:

Scott Summers:

  • Uncanny X-Men 1 - First appearance of Scott Summers (Cyclops) and the X-Men
  • Classic X-Men 42 - Mister Sinister in the orphanage
  • X-Men Giant Size #1
  • Uncanny 125 - 128 
  • Dark Phoenix Saga
  • X-Factor Vol 1
  • Uncanny X-Men 243
  • X-Men Vol 2 
    • #1 - 3
    • #30 - Scott Summers marries Jean Grey
  • Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix
  • Search for Cyclops 1 - 4
  • New X-Men - Grant Morrison - #114 - 154
  • Astonishing X-Men - Joss Whedon
  • Messiah Complex
  • Schism
  • Avengers vs X-Men
  • Uncanny X-Men - Bendis
  • Death of X

Alex Summers:

  • Uncanny X-Men 54 - First appearance of Alex Summers
  • Uncanny X-Men 58 - First appearance of Alex Summers as Havok
  • X-Factor Minus 1
  • Incredible Hulk #150
  • Uncanny X-Men Volume 1
    • Issue 158
    • Issues 233- 255
  • Wolverine/Havok Meltdown
  • X-Tinction Agenda
  • X-Factor #87
  • X-Factor 101 - 105
  • Mutant X
  • Rise and Fall of the Shi'ar Empire - Uncanny X-Men 475 - 486
  • X-Men: Emperor Vulcan
  • X-Men Kingbreaker
  • Uncanny Avengers
 

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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 EDT

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 EDT

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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