Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #79: The Longbook Hunters — The Walking Dead Vol. 2: “Miles Behind Us”

October 22, 2017

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. Walking Dead Month continues at the luxurious HTF studios in Vancouver, as the boys review the second trade paperback collection of Robert Kirkman’s hit series The Walking Dead. What did Greg and Nick think of this critical and commercial smash? The answer may surprise you ... quite frankly.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #78: Countdown — Worst Walking Dead Characters

October 13, 2017

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. Walking Dead Month continues as the boys are joined by Jennifer Smith of the Geek & Sassy podcast to talk about their LEAST favorite characters in the Walking Dead multiverse. This covers everything from the comics to the games to the hit TV series. Be sure to tune in. CORAL!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #77: Off the Page — The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Season 1

October 7, 2017

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 their love of comics isn’t limited to the page. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick will examine pieces of comic book media outside the comics themselves. In this edition, Nick and Greg kick off Walking Dead Month with a discussion of the 2012 interactive "point and click" game The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series. The show turns from discussions about the series' voice cast to tales of a video game hitting Greg and Nick right in the heartstrings. Enjoy!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #76: The Longbook Hunters — Southern Bastards: Here Was A Man

September 29, 2017

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 Wild Eyed Southern Boys ... err, Hard-Traveling Fanboys delve into their southern roots to discuss the first volume of Image Comics' Southern Bastards. by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #75: Countdown — Best Retcons

September 22, 2017

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 episode focuses on a topic typically reviled by fanboys and fangirls: retcons. Short for "retroactive continuity," these occur when comic book writers change characters' established histories for the sake of new stories. While many of these changes are for the worst, we've picked out some that not only work well, but fundamentally improve their characters and universes.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #74: Off the Page — Batman: The Telltale Series

September 15, 2017

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 their love of comics isn’t limited to the page. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick will examine pieces of comic book media outside the comics themselves.

In this edition, Sellers Points host Russell Sellers joins Nick and Greg to discuss the 2016 interactive "point and click" game Batman: The Telltale Series. The show turns from discussions about the series' voice cast to a philosophical analysis of Bruce Wayne and, eventually, an impromptu boxing tournament known as The Burt Young Classic. Enjoy!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #73: Hard Travelers for Hire — Captain America: The Winter Soldier

September 8, 2017

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. Winter is coming. The Winter Soldier, that is. And what he does in his free time is his business, quite frankly. Greg and Nick are joined by PTBN contributor (and co-host of Survey Says) Tim Capel to discuss one of the greatest superhero sequels of them all. Where does this one stack up with the previous movies watched in Hard Traveles for Hire? You may be surprised to find out.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #72: PTBN Pop! Comic Book Theatre — Watchmen

September 1, 2017

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.

Folks, this is it. After months of build, the Hard-Traveling Fanboys and Place to Be Nation POP! proudly present to you the debut episode of COMIC BOOK THEATRE! In this debut episode, the vocal talents of the PTBN crew bring to you our audio adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' seminal masterpiece "Watchmen." Listen ... if you dare!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #71: Countdown — Marvel Netflix episodes

August 26, 2017

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. In this episode, the boys celebrate the debut of "The Defenders" by counting down their favorite episodes of Marvel Netflix's universe-within-the-MCU. From Daredevil to Luke Cage, every show is represented on their lists ... except one.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #70: Off the Page — Green Lantern: Emerald Knights

August 18, 2017

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 their love of comics isn’t limited to the page. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick will examine pieces of comic book media outside the comics themselves.

In honor of Rowdy Roddy Piper, who passed away two years ago, the boys look at his only work within the world of mainstream comic book adaptations: the 2011 animated film Green Lantern: Emerald Knights! Hear why the boys love his portrayal of a fan favorite side character and why they consider this to be perhaps the greatest version of Green Lantern outside the comics.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #69: The Longbook Hunters — The Longbow Hunters

August 10, 2017

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, we finally see the Longbook Hunters take on their namesake: the 1987 Mike Grell-created mini-series Green Arrow: The Longbow Hunters! The boys delve into this prestige format miniseries to discuss its influence, its innovation and its place among the classics of the creative golden age of the mid-1980s.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #68: Hard Travelers for Hire — Thor: The Dark World

August 4, 2017

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.

In this edition of the Hard Travelers for Hire, producer and podcast host Todd Weber joins Greg and Nick to discuss Thor: The Dark World, the 2013 sequel that drew one of the most tepid critical responses of the MCU. The boys discuss the positives, the negatives, and Nick's inexplicable obsession with "boats with wings."

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #67: SPECIAL EDITION — San Diego Comic Con

July 28, 2017

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. This week: a SPECIAL EDITION of the Rundown based on all the news, notes and previews released during last weekend's San Diego Comic Convention! To handle all this news, the boys are joined by fellow PTBN Pop contributors Tim Capel, Russell Sellers, Jennifer Smith and Todd Weber!

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #66: The Rundown — July 2017

July 21, 2017

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 this special extended edition of the Rundown, the boys talk about all the news and notes from the comic book world over the past month, from Marvel Legacy to Sony's upcoming slate of Spider-Man-related films. NOTE: This was recorded before San Diego Comic-Con.

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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #65: Off the Page — DC Comics Deck-Building Game

July 15, 2017

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 their love of comics isn’t limited to the page. In Off the Page, Greg and Nick will examine pieces of comic book media outside the comics themselves.

In this edition, Greg and Nick are joined by longtime listener Andrew Garner and Sellers Points host Russell Sellers to play through the DC Comics Deck-Building Game by Cryptozoic Entertainment. It's the first time we've tried a live podcast while playing a game, so prepare yourself! Also, stick around for an extended review of Spider-Man Homecoming! A spoiler warning is included near the end before said spoilers.

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