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Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #182: Walking Dead Season 10 Premiere

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #182: Walking Dead Season 10 Premiere

October 11, 2019

Walking Dead Month continues as Nick Duke and Greg Phillips are joined by Sunday Groove podcast host David Sunday to discuss the season 10 premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead! Off the heels of a surprisingly strong back half of season 9, can TWD continue its momentum? Will Nick be sucked back into the show after abandoning ship last year? And can David find a music angle to the episode? 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.

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #181: Off the Page — Fear the Walking Dead

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #181: Off the Page — Fear the Walking Dead

October 4, 2019

WARNING: Before listening to this episode, watch the YouTube videos "Vince McMahon, Directed by David Lynch."

Nick Duke and Greg Phillips, the Hard-Traveling Fanboys, keep an HTF tradition alive as they begrudgingly begin another Walking Dead Month! To kick things off, they're jumping to season 4 episode 1 of the AMC spinoff Fear the Walking Dead! It's a jumping-on point for new viewers, as longtime Walking Dead favorite Morgan Jones (Lennie James) hops over to the spinoff and begins a new journey. But is it a journey worth watching? Opinions may vary. It's a do or die episode of the longest-running weekly episodic comic book podcast in all of Place to Be Nation!

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #180: The Longbook Hunters — The Great Darkness Saga

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #180: The Longbook Hunters — The Great Darkness Saga

September 27, 2019

Nick Duke and Greg Phillips continue their Longbook Hunters escapades by reading a Legion of Superheroes story for the very first time! That’s right, the boys give their thoughts on one of the most revered stories starring DC’s 30th century teens, as they go to war with the greatest evil in the entire DCU. Did the HTF walk away confused, disappointed or impressed? And did they agree? Also, are they boys, lads or kids? All this and more in a new Longbook Hunters!

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #179: Fix it or Nix It — Elektra

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #179: Fix it or Nix It — Elektra

September 20, 2019

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 Fix It or Nix It, Nick and Greg will tackle the worst of the worst in comic book movies — box office bombs, critical duds and movies that left fans scratching their heads. But rather than simply pile on the critiques of these stinkers, the boys are challenged to fix these movies and turn them into something watchable. In episode number two, the boys tackle the 2005 FOX-Marvel film "Elektra." It's one of the worst comic book films of them all, but can the boys find enough to turn this from a dud to a ... slightly more successful dud?

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #178: Off the Page — Batman: Hush

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #178: Off the Page — Batman: Hush

September 13, 2019

DC4U co-host Russell Sellers joins the Hard-Traveling Fanboys to review the latest DC Comics animated feature, a somewhat loose adaptation of the Jeph Loeb/Jim Lee hit story "Hush." The boys discuss the diversions made from the source material and whether those changes ultimately helped or hindered the 13th movie in the DC Animated Original Movie universe. 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, the boys take a look at comic book media outside the books themselves -- games, TV shows, movies and so forth.

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #177: Countdown — DC Animated Movies

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #177: Countdown — DC Animated Movies

September 6, 2019

The boys are back with another edition of Countdown! In honor of the recent animated adaptation of Batman: Hush, Nick and Greg unveil their lists of the five best DC Comics animated movies! From Dark Knight betrayals to heroic sacrifices, these tales cover the gamut and should be added to your movie collections (or just watch them on DC Universe). But whatever you do, don't try to socialize with Mogo! 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.

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #176: Secret Origins — WWE Referee Jason Ayers

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #176: Secret Origins — WWE Referee Jason Ayers

August 30, 2019

 In the debut of Secret Origins, a new recurring fifth-week feature, the Hard-Traveling Fanboys welcome a special first-time guest: WWE SmackDown Live official Jason Ayers! Greg and Nick grill Jason about his love of comics, from its beginnings through its ups, downs and recent resurgence. In the process, he explains how comics help cope with the travel involved with being a wrestling referee, the Marvel Comics stories that defined his youth, his fandom of Jonathan Hickman, the joys of back-issue digging, and the hilarity of the early '90s WCW comic. 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 Secret Origins, the boys talk with guests to uncover their personal history with comic books and the stories that turned them into fans.

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #175: The Longbook Hunters — The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #175: The Longbook Hunters — The Boys Vol. 1: The Name of the Game

August 23, 2019

The wildly popular new Amazon Prime TV series "The Boys" has its roots in a comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Darick Robertson (Transmetropolitan), and our own Hard-Traveling Fanboys dedicate this month's Longbook Hunt to the first trade collection of the 70-plus-issue series. Nick and Greg compare The Boys to Ennis' other work, and they delve into the complex morality of Billy Butcher and his band of misfits. 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.

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #174: Off the Page — Preacher Season 2 Premiere

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #174: Off the Page — Preacher Season 2 Premiere

August 16, 2019

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, the boys take a look at comic book media outside the books themselves -- games, TV shows, movies and so forth.

To celebrate the recent debut of Preacher’s fourth and final season, Greg and Nick pick back up with the show’s second season. Have the season 1 issues been ironed out? What works and what doesn’t? Will the HTF ever actually watch the rest of the series? (Probably not.)

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #173: Countdown — Best Rogues Galleries

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #173: Countdown — Best Rogues Galleries

August 9, 2019

The boys are back to settle a recent heated debate between them: what are the best rogues galleries in comic books OTHER than Batman's? Nick and Greg bring their lists to the table and the results are certainly unique and, at times, even attitudinal! Which villains get the respect they deserve, and which are thrown under the Fantasticar? 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.

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #172: Fix It or Forget It — Jonah Hex

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #172: Fix It or Forget It — Jonah Hex

August 2, 2019

For the first time in a long time, the Hard-Traveling Fanboys unveil a brand new recurring show! In Fix It or Forget It, Nick and Greg will tackle the worst of the worst in comic book movies -- box office bombs, critical duds and movies that left fans scratching their heads. But rather than simply pile on the critiques of these stinkers, the boys are challenged to fix these movies and turn them into something watchable.

In this first episode, the boys take on the Warner Bros. calamity "Jonah Hex," starring Josh Brolin! How did DC Comics' resident gunslinger go so wrong, and could his conversion to the big screen have been fixed? Nick and Greg give it a shot in this pilot episode.

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.

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #171: SCDD Wrap-up/The Longbook Hunters — Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #171: SCDD Wrap-up/The Longbook Hunters — Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt

July 26, 2019

SPIDER-MONTH concludes with an examination of one of the most famous Spider-Man stories of them all: "Kraven's Last Hunt." This seminal work by writer J.M. DeMatteis and artist Mike Zeck has been voted the greatest Spider-Man tale of them all in some polls. Does it match the hype? Greg and Nick recently read this classic for the first time, so they'll let you know! Also, the boys deliver the some of the biggest news and notes coming out of San Diego Comic-Con!

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.

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #170: Off the Page — Spider-Man (2002)

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #170: Off the Page — Spider-Man (2002)

July 19, 2019

Spider-Month continues at the HTF studios as the boys turn their attention to the movie that started it all for the wall crawler, Sam Raimi's groundbreaking hit Spider-Man! A true pop culture event upon its release, the movie spawned a franchise and has since been the source of many debates in comic circles. How does it hold up? How does it compare to modern superhero films? What classic superhero films does it homage? And for 17 years, Greg has harbored an intense dislike for Willem Dafoe's performance. Has his mind finally been changed?

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, the boys take a look at comic book media outside the books themselves -- games, TV shows, movies and so forth. 

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #169: Spider-Man: Far from Home Review (SPOILERS!)

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #169: Spider-Man: Far from Home Review (SPOILERS!)

July 12, 2019

 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. The boys are back for more Spider-Month content as they reveal their review of the new film Spider-Man: Far from Home! Nick loved Homecoming and Greg was less enthusiastic, so how do they feel about the follow up?

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #168: Countdown — Spider-Man Villains

Hard-Traveling Fanboys Podcast #168: Countdown — Spider-Man Villains

July 5, 2019

 

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.

The boys kick off SPIDER-MONTH with a countdown of their favorite Spider-Man villains! Did yours make the cut? Which legendary villain does Greg compare to "Old Man Elton John"? What are Nick's thoughts on animal-themed villains? All that and more in this episode of HTF!