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June 29th, 2016    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #10: GIANT-SIZE - The 2016 Halfie Awards

Emanating live from Vancouver, B.C., Place to Be Nation proudly presents the third annual PTBN Comics Halfie Awards! Greg Phillips (@gphillips8652) and Nick Duke (@nickduke87) are joined by Todd Weber (@toddweberguitar), Tim Capel (@cyke68), Russell Sellers (@russell_sellers) and newcomer Stephanie Holly (@bunnymeowmeow) to hand out awards to the very best (and worst) in comics at the halfway point in 2016. Featuring Gerard Depardieu, musical interludes from Todd Weber, questionably legal Tom Holland, autoerotic asphyxiation and the 1994 Halfie Awards.

June 27th, 2016    

Lucha Undead #29: Rob McCarron

Rob McCarron of Shake them Ropes podcast sits down with us this week to talk about his radio voice, pretzels, Howard Stern and if he believes in ghosts.  OoOoOh, spooky.

Follow Rob @ShakeThemRopes and VoicesofWrestling.com and check out some of his work at: http://www.prowrestlingsheet.com/author/rob_mccarron/

June 25th, 2016    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #9: Countdown - Best Comic Book Theme songs/Scores

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 column where Greg and Nick will give a top five list and debate the merits therein.

This time, the Fanboys are joined by the host of the Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, the one and only Glenn Butler, to discuss the top five pieces of comic book music. Nick and Greg talk about theme songs, while Glenn counts down the best film scores from the world of comics.

June 24th, 2016    

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 23: It’s Exciting – Star Trek (2009) Score

Michael Giacchino arrives in the pantheon of Star Trek composers as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular follows up on its discussion of the 2009 movie with a separate discussion just about its score. Glenn & Scott briefly summarize Giacchino’s career heading into Star Trek before breaking down the new themes he brought to bear, the plethora of alternate cues considered for the main title card, how a rare fully-original end credits sequence aids the musical storytelling of a film, what story is told by the return of Alexander Courage’s TOS theme in its entirety (and then some), and how Giacchino’s talent for crafting beautifully emotional music as well as thrilling bombast helped him make the most of the movie’s more intimate moments among its many action sequences. Scott can’t resist drawing comparisons to Jerry Goldsmith’s last several Trek scores, while Glenn prefers to concentrate on the positive. So tune in to this supplemental edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular!

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!

June 24th, 2016    

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 22: Captain of the Enterprise – Star Trek (2009)

JJ Abrams arrives in the Star Trek film vault as The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular hits the 2009 movie. Glenn & Scott welcome special guest Greg Phillips for an extensive discussion of how Trek was rejuvenated for its eleventh film outing, what was involved in bringing the original series to the big screen in a way it had never been before, the different takes the new cast has on their roles, new designs for familiar objects & environments, how the movie has its cake and eats it too by moving the action to an alternate universe, Fratboy Dudebro Jim Kirk, and the many ways that Star Trek was brought back from the wilderness. Scott’s analysis of the title card in particular is not to be missed. So tune in to the new edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular — you can do zat!

(Note: This show was recorded before the death of Anton Yelchin, and as such does not address the sad and untimely news. Also, as this show was running long and the customary score discussion promised to be a lengthy one on its own, that topic was spun out into its own supplemental episode. Look for that episode directly following this one in your blog and podcast feeds.)

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!

June 23rd, 2016    

Todd Weber’s Conversation: Comics! with Andy Halleen Part 1

This time Todd interviews his longtime friend Andy Halleen with the intention of discussing a broad overview of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The conversation meanders into a far-reaching talk about Rock and Roll, Dean Malenko, Stan Lee’s toupee, Bebe Besch vs. Bebe Buell, Rock and Roll, more Aquaman talk, Comic convention shenanigans, Monday Nitro memories, Rock and Roll and the unofficial oral history of a foul group of miscreants known as the CWO. ​

June 22nd, 2016    

Sellers Points #4: Marvel (!?), Spider-Man “The Clone Conspiracy”, Comic Con, X-Men and more!

It's a larger-than-life episode as Russell does the unthinkable and...Makes His Marvel?!? Join him along with special guests Cyclops super-fan Tim Capel and Marvel.com's own, Ben Morse, as they talk about Spider-Man "The Clone Conspiracy," a few Marvel Comic Con teases, all things X-Men, childhood comic favorites, some recent controversies and, the long-awaited segment "How Do You Say This Name?" Mysteries will be solved and new questions will be raised in the most epic episode yet! And don't miss the continuing war of words as Tim answers Todd's "Wolverine was right" challenge from last episode.

June 21st, 2016    

Lucha Undead: Top Beer #2

Tim and Adrian drive to their first brewery in Los Angeles, El Segundo Brewing Company, to try some IPA's. Before getting there they shoot the shit about how terrible the desert is, controversial Chinese commercials and Tim hints at a New World Order ;)

June 20th, 2016    

Imaginary Stories #6: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew

Kelly and Johnny return to their beloved early 80s DC Universe for an exploration of Roy Thomas' and Scott Shaw!'s Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew!

Highlights from this episode include...

-The history of the book's creation and the genre of Funny Animal comics
-An in-depth examination of the original 1982-83 series and subsequent resurrections
-Plus: obsessive comic book letter writers, the brilliance of Curt Swan, Johnny's darkest secret, and much, much more!

June 16th, 2016    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #8: The Longbook Hunters — Green Lantern: Rebirth

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 episode, Greg and Nick are joined by Jennifer Smith for a lively discussion about the 2005 book "Green Lantern: Rebirth" by Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver.

June 14th, 2016    

Lucha Undead #28: “Talk Soup with Chad Campbell”

Chad Campbell of PTBN and host of Where Big Boys Play (@bigboysplaywcw) sits down with us and talks wrestling, music, comics and why he likes Disney World!

June 13th, 2016    

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 21: On the Orlando Shooting

Feeling the need to explore some issues around the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando this past Sunday, Glenn & Scott convene again on The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular. They discuss the nature of hate crimes, the widespread marginalization and dehumanization of LGBTQIAP+ people, easy access to guns, and the ubiquity of "thoughts and prayers."

June 12th, 2016    

Sellers Points #3: Aquaman, Aquaman Rebirth, Lots of Aquaman and more!

How many sea puns can one show fit? Find out in this special edition of Sellers Points as Russell welcomes special guests (yes, plural!) Nick Duke from the Hard Traveling Fanboys and Todd Weber from Conversation: Comics/Weber Has Issues/somebody help the guy with a name for his show, please. The trio talk all things Aquaman in the wake of Aquaman Rebirth #1 and the future of the character in both comics and film as well as his upcoming appearance in the Injustice 2 video game. Plus pretty much every other topic three guys suffering from adult ADD can veer off into at any given time. It's a boat load of shenanigans and it only gets fishier from there.  

June 9th, 2016    

The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular, Episode 20: This Is All a Damned Inconvenience – Star Trek: Nemesis

A generation comes to its end as Star Trek: Nemesis takes its place in the latest Star Trek film vault edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular. Glenn & Scott are joined by Steven Graham to try to figure out just what Shinzon’s plan is and how it’s supposed to work, what it means to seize the means of production on Romulus, how well the movie explores its ideas about mirroring and nature vs. nurture, action scenes that feel like they’re there to be used in a video game, and how the final voyage of The Next Generation treats The Next Generation. So set a collision course for the latest edition of The Glenn Butler Podcast Hour Spectacular! (Warning: discussion of sexual assault.)

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!

June 9th, 2016    

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #7: The Rundown - June 2016

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 with that intense love comes an appetite for the latest news from the comic book world. Each month, in The Rundown, the Fanboys will run down their top news and notes from the comic book world.

This week, we take a look at the news and notes from a packed month in the comics world.

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