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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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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. 

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Dalbin A. Osorio

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

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

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 EDT

We’re a few weeks out from Thor: Ragnorak being released so I guess it’s time to drop our latest Character Corner: Thor Part 1!

First off, we recorded this over a month ago so please excuse any outdated references. If you’re listening to this I’m assuming Trump hasn’t killed us all so that’s a positive. Anyway, in this first part of a two part series, we cover Thor Volume 1 and Thor Volume 2. Our main focus though is the Walt Simonson run from volume 1 that ran from issues 337 – 382. Simonson both wrote and draw these issues and the entire run is a masterpiece. He introduces Beta Ray Bill, gives us an epic battle with Sutur, Skurge’s Last Stand and even turns Thor into a frog. It’s a wonderful run that is always at the top of any “Best of Thor” list.

We then get into Dan Jurgen’s volume 2 which starts off rough but really picks up with the death of Odin and Thor taking over as the All Father. We find out why Thor’s connection to humanity is needed and the disastrous results if Thor fully embraces being a God without that connection. And then Ragnorak comes.

In both volumes 1 & 2 we see the story of Ragnorak with volume 2 fully seeing Ragnorak coming to fruition. If you want to prepare for Thor: Ragnorak come November 3rd, make sure you listen to this Character Corner, then check out the issues below. Every issue should be on Marvel Unlimited, so get to reading.

 

Issues:

  • Thor: Tales of Asgard (2009) – Remasters old Jack Kirby & Stan Lee stories that flesh out Odin & Asgard
  • Journey Into Mystery #83 – First Appearance of Thor
  • Avengers #1
  • Thor Volume 1
    • Walt Simonson’s Run
      • #337-340 – The Ballad of Beta Ray Bill
      • #340 – 353 – The Sutur Saga
      • #362 – Skurge’s Last Stand
    • Thor Volume 2
      • #36 – 43 - The Death of Odin
      • Gods on Earth – # 51- 58, Iron Man #64, Avengers #63
      • Spiral - #59-67
      • #80 – 85 - Thor Disassembled (Ragnarok)

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

We're back from New York Comic-Con! Brandon (@Phenomblak) joins Kriss to talk about NYCC 2017 and how much we've grown from the first Con back in 2013. We talk about what was different this time, some of our equipment, why we can no longer run a two-person crew anymore and more. 

We then cover the news from the Marvel retailer's only panel at NYCC that revealed the racist and bigoted comic book store owners and we have a few choice words for these idiots (Spoiler alert: they're bad at running a business). We also touch on the Harvey Weinstein allegations but it will be covered more on the next episode.  

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Topics:

  • NYCC Recap
  • Cigarette breathe vs Weed vs Coffee Breath
  • Kriss isn't a fan of the smell of weed
  • Great Moments in White Privilege
  • Complaining comic book store owners are just bad business owners
  • Men Are Trash - the Harvey Weinstein allegations are proof of this
  • Do You Even Sci-Fi Bro?
    • Will police robots end racial bias? (of course not)

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:55pm EDT

Journey with The Doctor and Tim Lewinson, writer and creator of Savage Empire, into a world of time rifts, urban warfare, and dinosaurs.  Tim joins me to discuss his debut novel, how his work in video games lent itself to writing, the difference between the media, creating a diverse world with 3 dimensional characters, and the amazing story that Savage Empire introduces.

Find Timothy on Twitter: @vancouvertim and on Instagram: @likestofight

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@TheDrIsIn2015

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 10:10am EDT