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The Tolkiening of America continues this week as the Showcase guys take in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. In a (mostly) spoiler-free discussion, the guys talk about how the movie diverges from the book, how they feel about the additions to the original story, and their overall feelings about the film.

And what's cool this week? Jason has been watching Gypsy Sisters, Kenny got a new toy from Japan, and Blake is doing his annual re-read of The Autobiography of Santa Claus by Jeff Guinn.

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It's time once again for the Showcase gang to sit down and indulge in some holiday hijnks! This year's Christmas marathon brings the boys face-to-face with some of the lousiest Christmas specials ever made, including several suggestions by you! Listen in as the guys tackle Christmas in PacLand, The Smurfs Christmas Special, He-Man and She-Ra: A Christmas Special, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, The Alpha-Bots Christmas, and the granddaddy of them all, The Star Wars Holiday Special! Not gonna lie, guys, we needed the RiffTrax crew to get us through that one.

And what's cool this week? Blake is still jazzed about the new Astro City, and talks about the new storyline that kicked off with issue #7.

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This week, the upcoming Man of Steel sequel got another confirmed cast member -- Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman! Predictably, the internet started to have a hissy fit. This week, Blake takes on the Wonder Woman Whiners, as well as those getting huffy over Indiana Jones, and asks for your suggestions for this year's Showcase Christmas Marathon.

And what's cool this week? It's a triple dose of cool with Earth 2 #18, Amazing X-Men #2 and Disney's newest animated film, Frozen.

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It's an event fifty years in the making: Blake and Erin gush over the Doctor Who anniversary special The Day of the Doctor! In a spoiler-saturated discussion they talk about John Hurt, the return of David Tennant, Easter Eggs and surprises galore, and exactly what this episode means for the future of the franchise. They also talk the mini-episode prequels The Night of the Doctor and The Last Day; the BBC drama about the creation of the series, An Adventure in Space and Time; and the recently-concluded IDW anniversary series Prisoners of Time.

And what's cool this week? Erin is reading Crag DiLouie's The Infection, and Blake is having fun with Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #2.

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After some very busy weeks for our boys, the Showcase crew finally gets together to see Thor: The Dark World, give a spoiler-free review of the movie, and discuss its place in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? Jason is enjoying season two of Revolution, while a jury duty-bound Blake hasn't had time for anything but the six-minute short "The Night of the Doctor," the prequel to next week's Doctor Who 50th anniversary special.

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With the end of the year approaching, the second Hollywood Blockbuster season is here! This week, Blake and Erin take a look at two months' worth of releases -- the big-budget movies, the smaller Oscar bait, and anything else that catches their eyes. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? Erin is still heavy into The Dresden Files: Cold Days and Blake gives it up for Sandman: Overture #1.

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It's the season of returns in this week's Showcase, as Blake returns to Pittsburgh and Erin returns to the show! We start off with the return of The Walking Dead for season four, then delve into the announcements from this weekend's New York Comic-Com! The return of Miracleman! The return of the New Warriors! The return of Stephanie Brown! The return of Solar: Man of the Atom! The return of Serenity! So many returns it's giving Blake a nosebleed! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? The dead return to Riverdale in the first issue ofAfterlife With Archie!

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With Halloween approaching, it's time to start dipping into the well of available costumes... but that brings up the eternal question, what should I be? Blake talks about some of the creepier "sexy" costumes, the dearth of options available for a geek in a non-geek crowd, and asks for your suggestions for this year's cleverest Halloween get-ups. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? In comics, it's Tim Seeley and Mike Norton's Revival, while on DVD there's the massive 7-hour documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.

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This week, Apple released the big iOS7 update, which is pretty cool. Also, the iTunes 11.1 update... which is the exact opposite of cool. Blake rants a little bit here. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? To make up for this rant, Blake hits you with a quadruple dose of cool, with Flash #23.3: The Rogues, Avengers A.I. #3, Herobear and the Kid: The Inheritence #2 and some Valiant classics you can grab cheaply right now.

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Blake and Kenny make the trek to Slidell for the second Magic Mini-Con! The guys chat with Vernon Smith about his new comic Hide, Travis Hymel and Joe Badon about the upcoming Memoirs of the Mysterious, as well as Travis's webcomic Punch and Joe's Outside the Lines graphic novel, and Kurt Amacker gives us an update on the Cradle of Filth comic. The guys also talk about how Marvel has stolen the name of our podcast, chat about cosplayers, and sit in astonishment at the proliferation of Kickstarter campaigns in the universe today. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? Kenny recommends The Legend of Korra Book One on Blu-Ray and Blake enjoyed the first issue of DC's Forever Evil!

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With Villain's Month starting this week at DC Comics, Blake talks briefly about the controversy with the special covers. More importantly, he talks about the conclusion of Trinity War and the run-up to Forever Evil. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? Blake recommends Itty Bitty Hellboy #1 and the BBC America series Orphan Black!

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It's the news that made the Internet have a collective meltdown... the new Batman has been announced. Blake and Erin talk about the controversial choice, then Blake Nerd Rages about... Nerd Rage. Also: the new Lobo design, Justice League Canada, Star Trek on NetFlix and the X-Men/Fantastic Four movie universe all come under discussion. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? Erin is deep in a re-read of David Eddings's Belgariad and Blake recommends Trinity of Sin: Pandora and the podcast Welcome to Night Vale!

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Blake and Kenny take in two superhero flicks this week. How does The Wolverine stack up against the rest of the X-Men franchise? How does Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox measure against the rest of the DC Animated films? The guys give their thoughts here.

And what's cool this week? Blake recommends Flash Annual #2, and Kenny is watching Beware the Batman!

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One-Shot #10: Star Wars Suggestions

With Star Wars Episode VII moving forward, inevitably some casting rumors are going to start circulating. After hearing some of the names being mentioned, Blake thought it was time he sent a little message to Disney to tell them how to get it right. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? Blake recommends The Rocketeer and The Spirit: Pulp Friction #1 and the short story collection Machine of Death!

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This week, Blake decides it's high time the Showcase got a new coat of paint, a slightly amended format, and a much snazzier archive page. Welcome to the first episode of the All New Showcase! In this episode, Blake explains the reasons for the change before sitting down with Kenny and Erin to talk about all the news from this year's San Diego Comic-Con International. Witchblade Vs. the Darkness, the Simpsons meeting the Griffins and the Planet Express crew, Riverdale swaming with zombies, JMS taking on the Twilight Zone, new series for Harley Quinn, the return of Nightcrawler, Avengers 2 gets a title and Man of Steel 2 gets a guest-star! This and much, much more in the first All New Showcase! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And what's cool this week? For Kenny, it's Pacific Rim, for Erin it's the works of the late Richard Matheson, and for Blake it's The Argonauts!

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This week's regular episode will be delayed a tad so that the boys can talk about all of the announcements at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, but in the meantime, here's a quickie to tide you over. They're already taking on a mission with Marvel, and now next year, Disney's Phineas and Ferb will collide with the Star Wars universe. What does Blake think about this? Find out in this 2 in 1 Shot! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Blake is back this week with a double monster movie review. This week he looks at Guillermo Del Toro's new epic Pacific Rim and Pixar's prequel Monsters University. We also double up on the picks with Astro City #2 and Quantum and Woody #1! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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The boys have been waiting years for this moment -- a new Superman movie. How does Man of Steel stack up to the films of the past? The guys also discuss the newest comic in the pantheon, Superman Unchained, and talk a little about some of their favorite Superman stories of all time. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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It's regenerations galore in this week's TV-focused episode of the Showcase! With the news that Matt Smith will leave Doctor Who at the end of this year, the question arises, who will be the twelfth Doctor? And will he finally be ginger? Meanwhile, Smith's former companion Karen Gillan is regenerating into a villain in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. In a shocking move, fired Community showrunner Dan Harmon is regenerating back into the show for season five! And how does the new NetFlix regeneration of Arrested Development stack up to the old stuff? Also this week, we talk about DC's "Villain's Month," and in the picks Blake is digging Rocket Queen and the Wrench and Hope Larsen's graphic novel adaptation of the classic children's novel A Wrinkle in Time. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Kenny makes his triumphant and long-awaited return to the microphone this week, as he and Blake get into some recent TV and movie madness. In highly spoilery fashion, the guys discuss the Doctor Who season seven finale, The Name of the Doctor, then proceed to dig into Star Trek Into Darkness, as well as the real "Avengers Vs. X-Men" moment brewing between Fox and Disney over who's going to use Quicksilver on screen, X-Men: Days of Future Past or Avengers 2. In the picks, Kenny goes with the non-graphic novel Spice and Wolf Vol. 1, and Blake bids adieu to the Geoff Johns era with Green Lantern #20. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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In this week's 2 in 1 Shot, Blake takes a look at this week's announcements from TV land! S.H.I.E.L.D. officially picked up as a series! Community gets season five! And he reads an e-mail about the demise of Young Justice, offering a little commentary about the state of animation. In the picks, it's G-Man: Coming Home. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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It's Free Comic Book Day, and the guys once again joined the gang at BSI Comics to hang out, create, and chat with each other and the fans. This year, Blake talks with Mark Rhodes of Zeus and the Guardians of Olympia, Chris Marino of Mucho Man, Tedd Walley of Mathilda and Kurt Amaker of The 69 Eyes. Blake also reviews a few of the FCBD offerings, and he and Mike offer their thoughts on Iron Man 3. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

And while you're online, be sure to check out Blake's new short story "Associated Pressure" on your Kindle or Kindle App, free through May 8!

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Next week is Free Comic Book Day 2013, and once again, Blake and Erin are here to walk you through the books being offered. What are this year's can't-miss titles? What are books you've never heard of that may be worth your time? And what special treat has Blake cooked up for you guys? Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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The temperatures are rising and it's almost time to seek refuge in a nice, air-conditioned movie theater. This week, Blake and Erin walk you through all the big releases of Summer 2013 -- what we're excited about, what we couldn't care less about, and a heck of a lot in-between. In the picks, Erin is getting into the BBC's Sherlock, and Blake's favorite new comic of 2012 Danger Club, returns from hiatus. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!


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Our pal Adam from the Graphic Panels Podcast has declared the week before Free Comic Book Day, beginning April 29, to be Comics Kick Ass Week -- a time to celebrate what we love about comics, and we here at the Showcase are going to tell you how to help spread the word. Blake talks about what's got him excited about comics this week and tells you how to do the same. In the picks this week, it's Batman and Robin #19. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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They're both back! Overcoming Herculean computer problems, this week Blake and Erin are both audible as they talk a little bit about the current movie crop. Erin sings the praises of Jurassic Park in 3D, while Blake gives his opinion on the remake of Evil Dead and the new DVD release of John Dies at the End. The two also talk this week's episode of Doctor Who and mourn the passing of comic greats Carmine Infantino and George Gladir. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Erin, who is much nicer than Blake, told him to go ahead and post this week's episode despite a catastrophic recording error that chopped out her half of the conversation. So if you're up for it, here's an hour of Blake talking to himself about the new Doctor Who episode, some news from Wondercon, and the book Wool by Hugh Howey. If you don't want to listen to that, he doesn't blame you. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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If Digital Comics are your thing, clear the space off on your iPad... Marvel is making a bold move this week at the South By Southwest Expo. Blake also gives a short spoiler-free recommendation to Oz the Great and Powerful. In the picks, it's Animal Man #18, the epilogue to the Rotworld crossover. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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This week, Blake starts to chat about what happens in Batman, Inc. #8 and instead gets sidetracked on a rant about spoilers. They're everywhere. They cannot be avoided. So maybe it's just time to give into the madness. WARNING: This podcast contains spoilers for... well... everything. In the picks, it's Doctor Who: Prisoners of Time #2. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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This week, Blake and Kenny sit down to chat about comic book news -- the new Green Lantern creative teams, the return of Power Girl's classic costume, George Romero bringing his zombies to Marvel Comics, and more! Then, with a little help from our Facebook friends, we pick into big properties that are NOT currently being published in this age of licensed comics... James Bond, Gargoyles, Silverhawks... where are their comics? In the picks, Kenny is reading Geek Magazine and Blake is reading Locke and Key: Omega. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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It's a big week for Bruces and Blake and Erin take in Willis's newest film, A Good Day to Die Hard, and talk about the repercussions of Wayne's lastest battle with the Joker in the conclusion of Death of the Family. We also talk about the return of The Walking Dead, rejoice in the crapitude of Birdemic: Shock and Terror, and Blake recommends that if you're not reading Morning Glories, you go back and start at the beginning. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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Blake's world is mildly shattered this week as a pratice of Disney's comic book publishing comes to light. He picks himself up with some comforting news about Thom Zahler's Love and Capes, and wraps it up with a shout-out to Witch Doctor: Mal Practice. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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This week Blake and Erin sit down to talk about the big news from Lucasfilm -- J.J. Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode VII. We explain why we're cautiously optimistic about this development before we get into other comic-to-screen news, including the end of the Chew TV show, the cancellations of Young Justice and Green Lantern, developments for Man of Steel and X-Men: Days of Future Past and more. Plus, we talk about DC's Black History Month sales through Comixology, and Blake tosses a pick at Avengers #4 Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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DC Comics quietly confirmed this week the new Scott Snyder/Jim Lee Superman title is going to be called Man of Steel, which is what most of us assumed all along... so why all the secrecy about it? Blake ponders, then hits you with a pick of the week, Keith Giffen's Threshold #1. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!


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It's finally here, friends... the Showcase crew goes through everything interesting in the world of comics and pop culture for the past 12 months! This mammoth podcast touches on Marvel Now!, the New 52, The Walking Dead, hit movies, not-so-hit movies, LEGO, Aquaman, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, the Avengers, the X-Men, Hello Kitty and virtually everything else. And as always, the crew closes it out with their picks of the year. Go to the bathroom first, because this episode is a giant. Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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This week, Erin and a scratchy-voiced Blake took in the new Tarantino western Django Unchained and the broadway adaptation Les Miserables. Can Tarantino do for the slave trade what he did for the Third Reich? Will Hugh Jackman live up to the Les Mis 10th Anniversary Concert Erin fell in love with years ago? Will Blake be able to talk for a full 16 minutes without his voice bailing out entirely? Find out here! Contact us with comments, suggestions, or anything else at Showcase@CXPulp.com!

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