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April 30th, 2016    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #1: Countdown - DC’s New 52

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 edition of their weekly podcast where Greg and Nick will give a top five list and debate the merits therein.

In this edition, the Fanboys discuss some of the gems of DC's controversial New 52 initiative.

April 29th, 2016    

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 16: To Live Forever – Star Trek: Generations

The generations meet as Star Trek: Generations arrives in The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular’s Star Trek film vault series. Glenn & Scott break down The Next Generation‘s arrival on the big screen, including all the ways and all the times the torch was passed, how Captain Picard is like Tom Bombadil, what it means to have a TV production staff making a movie, aging, regret, the pull of duty, the dual symbolism of the Nexus, James T. Kirk: Existentialist, Data & Picard’s feels, symbolic sacrifices, normality, and what we leave behind. You don’t have to wait until Tuesday for this episode of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!

Find Glenn’s article on the wider Star Trek franchise in 1994 here.

If you have any questions or suggested topics for a future Star Trek mailbag episode of the Spectacular, contact Glenn or comment on the PTBN Facebook page!

April 28th, 2016    

Rank & File: Top Ten On-Screen Comic Book Characters

In the latest installment of Rank & File, Jordan brings in a panel of 3 terrific guests to talk about comic book characters! Ben Morse, Greg Phillips and Todd Weber are this months panel and they have each created their list of the 10 Best On-Screen Comic Book performances-including movies, television and even animated entries. The guys talk Smallville and it's success as it relates to Seinfeld, iPad pros, and of course some pro wrestling as well. Does our list match yours? Can anything top Heath Ledger's Joker? And did Greg find a way to rank Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern multiple times? Tune in and find out!

April 26th, 2016    

Imaginary Stories #5: Lee and Kirby’s Fantastic Four

Kelly and Johnny explore one of the seminal books of the Silver Age of Comics - Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's groundbreaking Fantastic Four!

The boys take an in-depth look at:
-The genesis of the title
-The most memorable stories from the duo's 102 issue run
-The importance of the Fantastic Four in starting a comic book revolution

Face Front, True Believers, it's time for a new Imaginary Stories!

April 15th, 2016    

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 15: Goy Vey

It’s time for a quick Campaign 2016 update on The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, as Glenn & Scott welcome Steve Wille back to the podcast to examine how some of the candidates are campaigning among Jews in the lead-up to the New York primary. Candidates are rolling out matzah, quizzing Yeshiva students, listing their favorite figures from the Tanakh, bragging about their grandkids, and much more — and the ol’ Spectacular is ON IT. By the end of the show Scott hardly has any face left to palm. So get a bagel, try to parlay it into some votes, and enjoy a policy-light and sarcasm-heavy discussion!

April 15th, 2016    

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 14: Don’t Let it End This Way – Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

It’s the end of an era, as Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country comes under the watchful eye of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular. Glenn & Scott examine the final voyage of the collected Original Series cast, including its story’s parallels to the end of the Cold War, the celebration of Star Trek‘s 25th anniversary from the perspective of its 50th, the crew’s abruptly increased space-racism, the return of Nicholas Meyer, things and supplies, logic as the beginning of wisdom, and more adventures in budgetary restrictions. There’s also no small amount of debate as to what exactly one should call Spock’s violation of Valeris. (Warning: discussion of rape and torture from 38:31 to 53:40.)

April 8th, 2016    

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 13: What Does God Need with a Starship? – Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is the latest entry into the Star Trek film vault series, as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular investigates one of the most derided entries in the franchise. Glenn & Scott welcome special guest Erik Amundsen for an in-depth discussion of the strengths and weaknesses of Star Trek V, the character dynamics, William Shatner’s turn in the director’s chair, how the film also reflects Shatner’s interests as an artist, the film’s place in the development of the Star Trek franchise, the meaning of Uhura’s nude fan dance, Doctor McCoy’s stance on euthanasia, and whether The Final Frontier deserves the reputation it’s accrued. The three also consider two very important questions: what does God need with a starship, and why is Captain Kirk climbing a mountain?

We need our pain, but sometimes the words aren’t important, what’s important is that you have a good time singing.

Find Erik’s published fiction at Jabberwocky, Apex Magazine, Lackington’s, and twice at Clarkesworld.

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