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Episode 250: It's a Very Merry Muppets Christmas Podcast

The Muppets are back on the big screen, Blake's niece Maggie is in love with Kermit, and it's Christmas Eve. What better reason for Blake and Heather to sit down, watch, and discuss the Muppet specials A Muppet Family Christmas. The Muppet Christmas Carol, It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa? Also: learn the joys of podcasting with a 1-year-old! In the picks, Heather has become a big fan of ABC's Once Upon a Time and Blake gives a plug to the first issue of IDW's Memorial. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: Ep._250_Muppets_Christmas.mp3
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Blake comes at you this week to say farewell to two comic creators who passed away this week -- the legendary Joe Simon and the incredible Eduarto Barretto. On a lighter note, the holidays have hit Gotham City big-time this year, and Blake looks at Batman: Noel, All New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #14, and Batgirl #4. He stays in Gotham for the picks with the incredible Batman: The Black Mirror. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._249-SimonBarettaBatmanChristmas.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:03am CST

Blake and Erin talk about books both with and without pictures this week. New Kindle Convert Erin points you towards the "Black December" sale from the good folks at horror publisher Permuted Press, and Blake urges all writers to throw their support behind Operation eBook Drop. In comics chat, we discuss the passing of Jerry Robinson, the return of Valiant Comics and Marv Wolfman's Night Force, and the next big thing at Marvel, Avengers Vs. X-Men. In the picks, Blake triples with Animal Man #4, Hack/Slash Annual #3, and Snowy Joey and the Christmas Dinosaurs. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._248-ebooks.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:31pm CST

Blake and Erin spent the week in Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving, and this week they've got a trifecta of entertainment to talk about. From the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, they discuss the special exhibit Heroes and Villains: The Comic Book Art of Alex Ross. Then they shift gears to discuss the new Stephen King novel 11/22/63 and the online experience surrounding the new King miniseries Bag of Bones. And to cap it off, they delve into the movie event Blake has been waiting to see for 12 years: The Muppets. In the picks, Erin talks more about the Dresden Files and Blake doubles up with Wolverine and the X-Men #2 and Legend of Oz: The Wicked West #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._247-RossKingMuppets.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:33pm CST

Layoffs are one thing. Cancelled comics are something else. But a snowball seems to be rolling down from Marvel Comics, and this week, Blake tries to stand against it. Apologies in advance: this gets a little ranty. But he does dig good comics, and he gives his pick this week to Avengers Academy #22 Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._246-Marvel_Implosion.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:44pm CST

Blake is alone and hoarse this week, so he doesn't waste time and gets right to saying a few words about two men from the world of comics who passed away this week: historian Les Daniels and cartoonist Bil Keane. In the picks, he goes with Batgirl #3. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._245-DanielsKeane.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15pm CST

With Thanksgiving coming upon us, Blake and Erin talk about this year's slate of Holiday movie releases! They delve into all of the big releases, lots of the little ones, and gush profusely over the Muppets! In the picks, it's Animal Man #3 and Peanuts #0. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._244-Movie_Preview_2011.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:50pm CST

It's time for the official Showcase Halloween episode! This year, Blake and Erin get together to talk about horror movies... their favorites, the earliest ones they've seen, movies they hate, the icons that make horror what it is today, and those characters that could potentially join the ranks of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees in the future. In the picks, Blake gives us a New 52 Pick, Superman #2 and a Halloween pick, Casper's Scare School #1! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Episode 243: Icons of Horror

Direct download: Ep._243-IconsofHorror.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm CST

A week before Halloween, Blake is all by himself. OOOOOGH! It's honestly not as scary as it sounds. But in this brief episode, Blake hits you with some creepy coolness -- a review of the season premiere of The Walking Dead, a resounding endorsement of FearNet's upcoming Trick 'R Treat Halloween marathon, and for a few chuckles, the new hardcover Horrifiyingly Mad collection. In the picks, he goes with Justice League #2! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._242-HauntedHappenings.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:20pm CST

The boys are back this week to talk in-depth about a flurry of the new fall TV shows. Listen inside for our thoughts on Terra Nova, Community, The Big Bang Theory, Person of Interest, The New Girl and more! Plus, a new reader writes in with his perspective on the New 52! In the picks, Blake gets ready for Halloween with The Theater #1 and Animal Man #2. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

Note: The premiere of the TV show Grimm, which we speak about in this episode, is on Oct. 28. Either the network changed it or the website we referred to in this episode was wrong, or aliens altered the audio before it reached your ears, we're not sure which.

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Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:15pm CST