Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #117: Off the Page — The Dark Knight

July 15, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

DARK KNIGHT MONTH continues as Greg and Nick go Off the Page to take a look at the 10-year anniversary of the release of Christopher Nolan's classic film The Dark Knight! The boys wax philosophical about Heath Ledger's career-defining performance, Aaron Eckhart's breakout role and subsequent fall from grace, Christian Bale's underrated subtlety, Morgan Freeman's bow ties, and why this is the single greatest comic book film ever made. PLUS: Hear how the Hard-Traveling Fanboys first experienced this film and how that experience deepened their bond. It's a love fest, folks!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #116: Off the Page — Batman Begins

July 7, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick take a look at comic book media outside the printed page. July marks DARK KNIGHT MONTH at the HTF Studios! Greg and Nick kick it off with a look at the first movie in Christopher Nolan's classic trilogy, 2005's Batman Begins! The Manager, Todd Weber, joins the boys to talk about the importance and innovation of this movie, which resurrected a once-dead franchise and left an imprint still felt to this day.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #115: The Longbook Hunters — Daredevil: The Devil in Cell Block D

June 29, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

Over the course of their travels through comicdom, they have encountered numerous stories via the wonder of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Once a month, Nick and Greg will review one of those collections in The Longbook Hunters.

In this edition, the boys take a look at the beginning of writer Ed Brubaker’s multi-year tenure writing Daredevil, “The Devil in Cell Block D” (also available in trade as “The Devil Inside and Out Part 1.”

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #114: Countdown — Best Comic Book Dads

June 23, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And if there’s anything that fanboys love, it’s debating what book is better than another book or which character is “cooler.”

Enter Countdown, a monthly episode where Greg and Nick will each give a top five list and debate the merits therein.

It's a special Fathers Day Week episode of Countdown, and the boys are joined by none other than Ben Morse, the former Editorial Director of Digital Media for Marvel Comics, current UNLV professor and host of Marvel Age Master Class right here on PTBN POP! Ben and the HTF count down the best dads from the world of comics -- from kindly old farmers to high-tech badasses, these lists are sure to inspire and, in some cases, baffle!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #113: Off the Page — The Amazing Spider-Man 2

June 16, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick take a look at comic book media outside the printed page. In this edition, Russell Sellers joins Greg and Nick to talk about the movie that killed a franchise: The Amazing Spider-Man 2. What caused this film to go off the rails, and was it really bad enough to warrant Sony throwing in the towel? Also, was it all ultimately worth it? All this, plus an epic Harry Osborn rant!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #112: Hard Travelers for Hire — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

June 8, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Now, by listener request, Greg and Nick are embarking on a chronological voyage through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The boys' movie-by-movie trek reaches 2017 in this edition, as they tackle director James Gunn's "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2." As the followup to the MCU's biggest surprise hit, Gunn adds Kurt Russell and Pom Klementieff while progressing the cast of characters from the original. All that, plus Batista's nipples!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #111: 2018 Halfie Awards

June 1, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. On every fifth Thursday of a month, forces will align for a special GIANT SIZED edition of the HTF podcast! In this edition, PTBN POP stars Tim Capel, Russell Sellers and David Sunday join Nick and Greg for the most prestigious night of the year: the Halfie Awards! They turn back the clock to look at the best and worst in the world of comics since January!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #110: The Longbook Hunters — The Infinity Gauntlet

May 28, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Over the course of their travels through comicdom, they have encountered numerous stories via the wonder of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Once a month, Nick and Greg will review one of those collections in The Longbook Hunters.

This time around, the boys finally tackle arguably Marvel’s most famous “event book,” that staple of early ‘90s comic book kids’ lives, “The Infinity Gauntlet” by Jim Starlin, George Perez and Ron Lim! Greg and Nick discuss their histories with this title, 1991 fashion, the unusual Avengers lineup of the time, Adam Warlock weirdness, Thanos’ inability to take a hint, and much more! Plus: how does the book stack up with the movie it inspired, Avengers: Infinity War?

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #109: Countdown — Top Active Writers

May 18, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. And if there’s anything that fanboys love, it’s debating what book is better than another book or which character is “cooler.”

Enter Countdown, a monthly episode where Greg and Nick will each give a top five list and debate the merits therein.

This month, the Fanboys take a moment to survey the current landscape of comics and choose their top 5 active comic book writers (not named Geoff Johns)! Find out which newer writers made the cut alongside some grizzled vets and full-fledged legends.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #108: Off the Page — Avengers Assemble

May 10, 2018

In Off the Page, Greg and Nick take a look at comic book media outside the printed page. In this edition, they review the first two episodes of the ongoing Disney XD Marvel Comics animated series “Avengers Assemble.” As a replacement for the excellent “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes,” this cartoon had a lot to live up to. Does it clear the bar? (SPOILER: Absolutely not.)

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #107: The Longbook Hunters — The Man of Steel

May 4, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Over the course of their travels through comicdom, they have encountered numerous stories via the wonder of trade paperbacks and graphic novels. Once a month, Nick and Greg will review one of those collections in The Longbook Hunters. In this excursion, the boys celebrate 80 years of Superman by looking at one of the landmark stories in the character's celebrated history: John Byrne's 1986 miniseries "The Man of Steel." It's a story that changed the course of the oldest (and, some might say, greatest) superhero forever! Also: birthing matrices! Naked, hairy flesh! Katherine Hepburn! And more!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #106: Hard Travelers for Hire — Doctor Strange

April 27, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Now, by listener request, Greg and Nick are embarking on a chronological voyage through the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This time, the journey brings the boys to Doctor Strange, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as the breastular character. Nick and Greg don’t see eye to eye in this one, exactly, but they definitely respect the fact that he didn’t go through 10 years of Strange medical school to be called mister.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #105: PTBN POP! Comic Book Theatre — Watchmen, Part 2

April 21, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys. Some events, however, call for more than just two fanboys to discuss. Banding together with fellow comic book aficionados on these occasions, Greg and Nick will present a GIANT-SIZED edition of their weekly podcast.

After many months, we finally unveil the second part of our ongoing, certainly UNIQUE, audio adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen! Featuring a slew of Place to Be Nation and PTBN POP personalities, along with a few celebrities, it’s sure to leave an impression!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #104: Off the Page — The Music of DC Comics 75th Anniversary Collection

April 13, 2018

Mild-mannered reporters by day, Greg Phillips and Nick Duke share an intense love of comic books that has made them the Hard-Traveling Fanboys.

In Off the Page, Greg and Nick take a look at comic book media outside the printed page.

In this edition, the boys tackle their first musical episode! It’s all about the music of DC Comics, as this album collects some of the classic themes and musical pieces from throughout DC’s time on radio, TV and the silver screen.

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