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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!

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Direct download: Ep._250_Muppets_Christmas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:54am CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

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 CDT

Kenny and Daniel are back, and this week the boys take an episode-by-episode look at the second half of this season of Doctor Who. the guys talk about what they liked, what they didn't, and those low-hanging unanswered questions that we're going to have to wait ever so long to have answered. Kenny hasn't gotten his comics in a while, so Blake doubles up on his picks: Action Comics #2 and Mystic #3! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._240-DoctorWhoSeries6.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:50pm CDT

The new DC Universe is a month old now, and in an extra-sized episode Blake, Erin, and Mark sit down to talk about how that first month shaped up. Mark gives us the retailer's perspective on how sales have changed not just for the New 52, but for other titles as well, and the gang discusses the hits and misses of the last two weeks of titles. In the picks, Erin is just getting into the Dresden Files, Mark is a fan of Annihilators: Earthfall and Herc, and Blake cheers the premieres of Ghostbusters and Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._239-New52OneMonth.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:04pm CDT

Blake is alone for this week's short episode, in which he talks about the last few weeks of Geek TV! He gives an opinion on the last couple of Doctor Who revelations and chats about the season premieres of Community, The Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother. In his double-picks this week, he approves of Scott Snyder's Batman #1 and the new take on Star Trek coming from IDW! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._238_GeekTV2011.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:38pm CDT

Halfway through the first month of DC Comics' New 52, Blake and Erin sit down to discuss the comics they've read so far. They dig into Batman, Suicide Squad, Lanterns (both Green and Red), Demon Knights, Frankenstein, Batwoman, Static Shock and much more! In the picks, Erin goes retro with Image's I Hate Gallant Girl and Michael Crichton's novel The Lost World, and Blake stays contemporary with Resurrection Man #1 and Life With Archie #13. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._237-New52Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

Blake is by himself for part of the episode this week, and goes into a bit of a rant about Diamond Distribution and the reasons we can't seem to get an accurate comic book bestseller list. Then, Mike and Jason join up with him to review the new Steven Soderbergh film Contagion. In the picks, Blake doubles up on Action Comics #1 and Atomic Robo and the Ghost of Station X #1 Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._236-ContagionDistribution.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:01pm CDT

The DC Universe changes this week, and Blake and Erin are there to report on it! The two talk about the conclusion of Flashpoint, the first issue of Justice League, and some of the upcoming New 52 books hitting stores in the coming weeks. In the picks this week, Blake is down with Sergio Aragones' Funnies #2 and Doctor Who Annual 2011! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._235_AWholeNewWorld.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:10pm CDT

Erin comes back this week to talk about her day as an extra on the set of The Dark Knight Rises! There's no real spoilers here, but if you want to remaine 100 percent pristine, you may want to skip ahead to the second half of the show -- when Blake gets his nerd on and dissects the most gripping part of DC's New 52... the logo redesigns! In the picks, Erin enjoyed Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and Blake doubles up with Avengers Academy #18 and Batgirl #24. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._234_Dark_Knight_Day.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:51pm CDT

Scheduling problems, time constraints, Blake's tummy hurts... the point is, there's not really a new Showcase episode this week. But in this quick message, Blake does clue you in on plans for this year's annual Showcase Halloween par-tay, and tells you how you can help determine which movies will be next in line for Showcase commentary episodes. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!


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Direct download: Ep._233.5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm CDT

Blake and Kenny get together this week for the first-ever listener-chosen commentary episode, the 1992 animated film Batman: Mask of the Phantasm! The guys use this first ever DCU animated movie as a springboard to talk about the current movies, other shows in the same universe including Superman, Justice League, Static Shock and Batman Beyond, and eventually ask the burning question: Why has Mike never seen this movie? In the picks, Blake goes with Roger Langridge's new all-ages title Snarked! #0, Kenny takes Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #2, and Mike picks Booster Gold #46. Don't forget to check out the Fighting Fitness Fraternity to vote on future commentary episodes, and contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._233_Batman-Mask_of_the_Phantasm.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:09pm CDT

Blake and Kenny hang out this week and touch upon a wealth of new comic book topics, but not before giving their ecstatic review of the TV movie Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension! After that moment of geeking out, the guys talk about the Ultimate Spider-Man news, images of Henry Cavill as Superman and Anne Hathaway as Catwoman, the aftermath of War of the Green Lanterns, a more thoughtful reaction to the DC Relaunch, the prospect of a Tuxedo Gin movie, and more! In the picks, Kenny chooses Power Girl #26 and Blake goes with Flashpoint #4. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._232_PhineasandFerb.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:25pm CDT

The guys reunite this week to give their thoughts on the new Harrison Ford/Daniel Craig picture, Cowboys and Aliens! After, the take the time to chat about some of the movie and TV news from San Diego that was left out last week, such as a new Jurassic Park film and a Voltron reboot. Kenny reviews the new Thundercats TV show, and Blake takes the time to chat with Rebecca Marshall Ferris about her new documentary film Miller's Tale, about the life of actor/writer Jason Miller. In the picks, Kenny goes with 50 Girls 50 #2 and Blake selects the new nonfiction tome from Grant Morrison, Supergods. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._231_Cowboys.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:13pm CDT

Another San Diego Comic-Con has come and gone, and this week Blake and Erin get together and talk about the big anouncements from this year's show: crossovers between Star Trek and the Legion of Super-Heroes, Archie and KISS, the new Fables spin-off, the upcoming relaunch of the Defenders, and much more! They also give their review of Captain America: The First Avenger, do a Rampant Speculation on the upcoming Suicide Squad, and give a few picks. Erin has discovered Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and Blake doubles up with Sergio Aragones Funnies #1 and Locke and Key Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._230_San_Diego.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:34am CDT

This week the final Harry Potter film is in theaters, so to prepare, Blake and Kenny sat down and watched the entire seven-film saga in a Showcase marathon! The guys chat about each movie, then meet up with Mike at the movie theater to see the grand finale in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. In the picks, Kenny goes with Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #11, and Blake takes The Red Wing #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._229_Harry_Potter_and_the_Man-Cave_of_Pizza.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:26pm CDT

It's a busy July 4th Weekend, so Blake fires off this quickie, answering some listener e-mail regarding the works of Kevin Smith and DC's all-ages content, then moving on to a new segment on the show: RAMPANT SPECULATION! Each week, Blake and the crew will select a solicit for an upcoming book and try to figure out what it'll be about, beginning with September's Green Lantern: The New Guardians #1. And in the picks, Blake digs FF #5. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._228_Rampant_Speculation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:47am CDT

Blake is alone this week, so he takes advantage of the quiet to answer some of your e-mails that have been building up! Blake discusses his newfound love for Phineas and Ferb, the new Looney Toons Show, and other all-ages television, brand loyalty, War of the Green Lanterns, Brightest Day, and more! In the picks: Rocketeer Adventures #2. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._227_EMails.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:22am CDT

It's time for the final episode of our Nola Comic-Con coverage! This week, Blake sits down with a slew of webcomics creators, including Kevin Johnson of Strange City Heroes, Monty and the Mongoose of Flying Zombies, Agnes Garbowska of You, Me, and Zombie and others, Matthew Rainwater and Austin Price of Garage Raja, and Jessie W. Craig of Sweet Dreams Are Made of Worms. The panel discusses creating their own comics, working with the new digital media, and more! In the picks this week, Blake goes with Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._226_Webcomics.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm CDT

Thanks to the magic of the sneak preview, Blake managed to catch Green Lantern before its nationwide debut on July 17. How did the film stack up to a lifelong Green Lantern fan? Find out in this At the Movies Mini-Episode! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: ATM25-Green_Lantern.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:50pm CDT

This weekend, the Showcase crew caught the new J.J. Abrams/Steven Spielberg film Super 8. How does it stack up against the great Spielberg flicks of the 80s? Is Abrams making a name for himself as the next big name in sci-fi action? The boys offer their thoughts in this At the Movies mini-episode! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: ATM24-Super8.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:26pm CDT

This week, we're back to the panel room of the Nola Comic-Con, where Blake moderates a chat with several Louisiana-area comic creators about a variety of topics, including working away from the coasts, self-publishing, copyright, and digital comics. Panelists include Tim Lattie of White Picket Fences, Tedd Walley of Mathilda, R.J. Clark of The Rift, Vernon Smith of The Adventures of Dexter Breakfast, Kurt Amacker of Immortal 60, Kody Chamberlain of Sweets, Rob Guillory of Chew, Robby Musso of TransFormers and the super-mercenary artist Derec Donovan! Warning: This episode does include some explict language. In the picks this week, Blake loved Love and Capes: Ever After #5. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._225_Local_Creators.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am CDT

The latest film in the X-Men franchise takes Marvel's mighty mutants back to their origins. How does X-Men: First Class shape up compared to the rest of the films in the series? Blake and Kenny give their impressions in this At the Movies mini-episode! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: ATM23-XMenFC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:39pm CDT

This week, DC Comics made an announcement that rocked the world of comics. This Sunday, the Showcase boys get together to talk about it. What's the difference between a "reboot" and a "relaunch"? Will same-day digital change our reading habits? Which new books are we looking forward to, and what are some announcements we hope get made before all is said and done? In the picks, Mike likes Jack of Fables Vol. 8: The Fulminate Blade, Kenny chooses Flashpoint: Batman-Knight of Vengeance #1 and Blake goes with 50 Girls 50 #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._224_NewDC.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:56pm CDT

Our talks from the panel room of the Nola Comic-con continue! This week, it's time to talk to comic book artist Andy Kuhn, co-creator of the Image Comic and Cartoon Network original movie Firebreather! Andy talks about creating the character, the transition to film, and some plans for the future of Firebreather in this Showcase special. In the picks, Blake recommends Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #10! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._223_AndyKuhnHost.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00pm CDT

At the Movies Episode 22: Pirates of the Caribbean-On Stranger Tides

After a four-year hiatus, Captain Jack Sparrow is back on the high seas. Will the newest entry in Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean francise sail to new heights, or will it sink to the bottom of Davy Jones's locker? And how many bad pirate puns can Blake cram into this little blurb? Find out in this bonus mini-episode of the 2 in 1 Showcase podcast! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: ATM_22-Pirates4.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:51pm CDT

It's a Showcase first! Last week at Nola Comic-Con, the boys were lucky enough to host a few panel discussions, and we're bringing the audio to you. This week, we talk with DC superstar artist Francis Manapul about getting started, his evolving art style, his work on Flash, his appearances on the TV show Beast Legends, and a big hint about who's going to be writing his next project. In the picks, Blake recommends Rocketeer Adventures #1! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._222_Francis_Manapul.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:26pm CDT

It's the first of a series of special podcasts from this year's Nola Comic-Con! Blake, Mike and Kenny spend a few days on the convention floor, talking geek stuff like the finale of Smallville, the Neil Gaiman-penned Doctor Who, convention sketches, cosplayers, and why parking garages HATE Kenny "The Fan-Guy Fanguy." In the picks, Kenny went with Birds of Prey #11 and Blake chooses FF #3. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._221-Nola_Comic_Con_2011_Part_1.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:00pm CDT

It's time for another At the Movies bonus podcast! Blake, Kenny, Daniel and Jason get together to watch Marvel Studios' Thor. How did it shape up in the pantheon of comic book movies? How did it hold up compared to the comic? What, exactly, constitutes a spoiler, Kenny? Huh? (People wanting to remain spoiler-free, fear not: we bleeped out Kenny's blunder.) The summer movie season is upon us, and hopefully this will just be the first of a season of At the Movies Mini-Podcasts! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: ATM21-Thor.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:15pm CDT

It's Free Comic Book Day 2011, and the boys are back at BSI Comics! Blake, Kenny and Mike chat with our old friends Vernon Smith, Kurt Amaker of Immortal 60 and Monty and the Mongoose of Flying Zombies fame. PLUS: Your old buddy Chase is back with his inimitable brand of freewheeling movie and pop culture commentary. In the picks, Chase gives a shout out to Captain America: The Captain, Blake was into Avengers Academy #13 and Kenny dug DC Comics Presents: Son of Superman #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._220_FCBD_2011.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:11pm CDT

The boys are back this week to talk about the big movie coming to theaters this Friday. The guys discuss the coming Thor motion picture, the character's history, and favorite runs with the Mighty Avenger. Then, it's time for our annual Free Comic Book Day preview, where we run down all of the books available at a shop near you next Saturday! In the picks, Mike liked Captain America: The Captain Saga, Blake is down with Super Dinosaur #1, and Kenny digs [i]Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors #8[/8]. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._219_ThorFCBD.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:43pm CDT

Blake and Kenny are back together this week to run down all the movies hitting your theaters in the summer of 2011! From the big comic summer of Thor, Green Lantern and Captain America to the latest Harry Potter and TransFormers, offerings for the kids, movies for the gals, indie stuff you've never heard of, and REMAKES! REMAKES! REMAKES! Lots of remakes in August, is what we're sayin'. In the picks this week, Kenny goes with Justice League: Generation Lost #23 and Blake was into Doctor Who: A Fairytale Life #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._218_SummerMovies2011.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40pm CDT

Blake is back this week with his review of Scream 4! How does it hold up to the films in the original trilogy? Does it hold up? Can it hold-up? His spoiler-free thoughts are inside. Then, it's on to your e-mails, where we chat about the shutdown of Tokyopop, Brightest Day, Reign of Doomsday, the Metal Men, and recommendations for all-ages comics! In the picks, Blake loved the Captain America: The Fighting Avenger one-shot. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._217_Screaming.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:41pm CDT

After a week of throatal-type symptoms, Blake’s voice is shot, friends, and unable to talk he won’t be able to record a 2 in 1 Showcase podcast. BUT — that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to listen to this week! Earlier in the week, he joined the good folks of Flying Island Press for an episode of the Galley Table podcast, in which they discuss writing comic books and the challenge of bringing superheroes out of comics into novels, movies, and television. It’s a great conversation with some really creative guys, so be sure to give it a listen. Blake and (hopefully) the gang will be back next week. In the meantime, you can contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

The Galley Table Episode 31: Translating Comics

Direct download: Ep._216.5.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:59am CDT

Blake and Erin chat this week about the new footage from Wondercon of the Green Lantern movie! Then, Blake reviews the new movie Limitless, Erin reviews Bomb Queen Vol. 1, and they talk about the rest of the Wondercon News -- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, DC's Retro-Active specials, the Artist's Edition of Walter Simonson's Thor, and much more! In the picks, Blake loved the Jimmy Olsen one-shot, and Erin is enjoying John Dies at the End. Plus: more information about Blake's new eBook! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._216_GreenLanternFootage.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:04pm CDT

This week at Megacon, Geoff Johns announced he's going to be writing a new Aquaman series. Will there be other Brightest Day spin-offs? Also: Showtime cuts a deal for a Chew TV series and a new Captain America trailer gets our attention! In the picks, Blake doubles up with FF #1 and Green Lantern #64 before the big news -- Other People's Heroes is now available as an ebook! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._215_Announcements.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:22pm CDT

It's all Blake again this week as we delve into the news from the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2 for short! The new Wonder Woman costume, the newest cast member for The Dark Knight Rises, the new creative teams for Punisher, Daredevil, Moon Knight and Ghost Rider... and are Captain America and The Flash both re-launching again? Good grief. It's a double pick this week, Justice League: Generation Lost #21 and Ruse #1! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._214-C2E2.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am CDT

Blake and Erin return to Las Vegas this week, and take a little time away to chat about all the geektastic stuff that's happened on their trip, including a review of the film Battle: Los Angeles, Erin's feelings on Morning Glories, thoughts on airplane reads, including the hefty Superman: Our Worlds at War collected edition, and adventures across the real Sin City! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._213-VegasBaby.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:32pm CDT

Blake is running solo this week, and he uses the time to pay tribute to the memory of Dwayne McDuffie, including talking about some of his favorite McDuffie work and reviewing the new All Star Superman animated film. On a lighter note, this week Blake and Erin are jetting off to Las Vegas, so he discusses comics and books they'll be reading on the plane. In the picks, it's Darkwing Duck Annual #1! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._212-McDuffie.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:36pm CDT

The Amazing Spider-Man, Wonder Woman, X-Men: First Class... We're entering yet another era of reboots. And as the fear of any reboot is that it'll ruin the franchise, today the boys look back at some successful reboots to give us a little hope for the ones ahead. In this week's picks, Blake digs Twilight Guardian #2 and Kenny goes with Power Girl #20. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._211_Reboots.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:37pm CDT

The boys get to rambling this week on every topic that comes to mind, including the innovative Godzilla #1 promotion, changes to the Pixar comics, and movie chat about Iron Man 3, All Star Superman, Toy Story, The Muppets, and Blake explains why he would rather pay money to see the Justin Bieber movie than I Am Number Four. Also, Ducktales. In the picks, it's a Superman Family double feature: Kenny pulls out the Superman: Birthright paperback, and Blake discusses Supergirl #61. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!


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Direct download: Ep._210_Godzilla_to_Pixar.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:21pm CDT

Blake and Kenny sit down, a month after the game's release, to talk about their experiences in the new world of DC Universe Online. Afterwards, the guys start bouncing all over the world of comic book news -- Flashpoint, Fear Itself, the death in Fantastic four and much more! In the picks, Blake is ecstatic to welcome back Love and Capes: Ever After #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._209-DCUO.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:31pm CDT

The wildest dreams of Blake's students has finally come true: our hero has lost his voice. Yet he still manages to squeeze out a quick episode for you this week. Blake talks the Super Bowl movie trailers, the new Captain America poster, Superman casting news, and gives you this week's pick: Uncle Scrooge #400. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._208-SuperbowlSunday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:08pm CDT

The boys make the trip to the first ever Wizard World New Orleans. Listen to the guys as they walk the floor, give their thoughts on the convention, have chats with Sweets creator Kody Chamberlain and X-Men writer Victor Gishler, and listen to the musical stylings of Ethan Van Sciver! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._207-WizardNewOrleans.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:25am CDT

Blake and Erin get together this week to talk up the recent announcements for comic movie and TV projects! Casting for The Dark Knight Rises, new life for the Wonder Woman TV show, images from the sets of X-Men: First Class, Captain America and the Spider-Man reboot, and more! In the picks, Blake loves the new IDW Doctor Who #1, and five ears later Erin has made peace with Stephen King's The Dark Tower. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._206_MoviesTV.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:08pm CDT

Blake rolls over to BSI Comics for the launch party of the new webcomic Flying Zombies! Blake chats with the creators of the comic, "Monty and the Mongoose," along with special guest Nick Jones, then comes back to the studio to discuss the Flashpoint teasers, cracks in the Boom!/Disney deal, and to read your e-mails! In the picks this week, Blake digs Nick Spencer's newest effort, The Infinite Vacation. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._205-Flying_Zombies.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:46pm CDT

A little later than they would have liked, but Blake and Kenny are coming at you this week with their look back at 2010 in comics and geek culture. In this mammoth episode, the guys dish on big events for the publishers, the characters, the multimedia properties, and take a look ahead into 2011. It's the biggest Showcase of the year! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!


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Direct download: Ep._204-2010_in_Review.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:38pm CDT

Blake chimes in with a welcome to 2011 and a request for your help with a little movie project he's working on. After an e-mail, it's time for a pick of the week twofer, The Flash #8 and Green Lantern #61! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Direct download: Ep._203-Quickie.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:50pm CDT