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Xavier is dead, and reality is rewritten. Apocalypse now reigns over North America, and Magneto leads the X-Men. Welcome to our new season of Power of X-Men: Apocalypse, the podcast where we review every single issue of the classic, reality-warping, high-octane, epic X-Men crossover event known as Age of Apocalypse! Each week hosts Dayspring and Scott Free tackle a different chapter of this legendary 90s event with guest from all around the X-Men multiverse! Note: All of "Season 1" is Genera ...
 
In 2001, Marvel's X-Men comics had just gone through ten years of stagnation. In sharp contrast to the monumental changes Chris Claremont routinely introduced to the characters, the X-Men had become a safe comic afraid to take risks. In an attempt to finally shake things up, Marvel tapped Grant Morrison, writer of JLA and The Invisibles, to reinvent the X-Men for a new generation. And for the first time since Claremont's initial run, Morrison introduced sweeping and controversial changes, th ...
 
Connecting fans with their favorite creators. X-Reads recaps classic issues of X-Men comics with celebrities, artists, and writers. Join Chris & Chandler as they jump through different eras of X-Titles from Claremont to Hickman and everything in between. New episodes publish every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Find us on social media @xreadspodcast.
 
Writer Doug Bost and musician Adam Bernstein discuss the things that grown men shouldn’t care about -- but these guys do. What’s on the table? Only fun stuff. Episodes focus on all aspects of the comic book universe, from the warehouse of a professional comic book hoarder to interviews with some of the greatest comics creators alive -- Neal Adams, Klaus Jansen, Chris Claremont, and more. With frequent guests, Doug and Adam also cover movies, music, classic TV, and important topics like, “Wha ...
 
For 20 years, the Claremont Review of Books has been the gold standard for conservative criticism and political analysis. Now the CRB comes to the podcast world with a new interview show hosted by Dr. Spencer Klavan, the magazine's assistant editor. As each new issue comes out, Spencer phones up authors whose essays have prompted deeper reflection and discussion. Over a drink and a copy of the latest CRB, he'll chat with the leading minds on the Right about what's going on in politics and li ...
 
Popcorn Talk Network, the online broadcast network that features movie discussion, news, interviews and commentary. Each week hosts discuss a round table discussion of the latest News and insight regarding Marvel movies. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/marvelmovienews/support
 
Optic Blast! is the comic book discussion show where comedy and comics collide. A monthly podcast that covers the highs, lows and most importantly the in-betweens of the comic book medium. Here at Optic Blast we love comics, and we hope to provide an insightful commentary on the comic book medium, but we’re not above making lewd jokes along the way.
 
Join our Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) community as we share behind-the-scenes insights on the innovation and collaboration taking place on campus. On this podcast, we share conversations with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other guests. Visit our website at kgi.edu and follow us on social media @KeckGrad.
 
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[It’s been a while since we dove into the archives. But now that hour’s come round at last—again.] In 1995, the comic book industry was approaching what later became known as “the Great Comics Crash of 1996”—triggered in part by Marvel Comics’ 1994 purchase of the business’ third-largest distributor, converting it to distribute Marvel’s stuff exclu…
 
Enemies abroad and unrest at home: Editor Charles Kesler and Associate Editor Spencer Klavan discuss the wide range of spring’s new CRB, including Mark Helprin’s in-depth analysis of the war in Ukraine, Nathan Pinkoski’s careful examination of how Spain’s republic self-destructed, and Dr. Kesler’s own comments on the precarity of Court-made rights.…
 
Justice Boles from the comic collector's dream app - Shortboxed - joins the show to discuss X-Men Schism and the epic break-up of Scott and Logan. On the show, Chris, Chandler, and Justice debate what songs would be on their breakup playlist and the misconstrued layout of San Francisco and Utopia that drives Justice (a local) mad! Find us on the AI…
 
Chicago Reader columnist Ben Joravsky was kind enough to invite me on his show this week—we talked Wednesday, the podcast was published Saturday—to answer questions about how and why I do what I do for Chicago Public Square. I was honored along the way to express my admiration for columnists Neil Steinberg and Robert Feder, Reader critic Jack Helbi…
 
This week’s transformative Chicago City Council development—the historic livestream video presentation of a committee meeting—brings to mind a time when the council was maddeningly tough to follow. In 1988, I was a newbie City Hall reporter for WXRT-FM. It was an assignment I relished not—partly because the council’s procedures were bewilderingly o…
 
Prepping to watch The Trial of the Chicago 7 on Netflix, I revisited my Sept. 16, 1994, interview with The 7’s defense lawyer, William Kunstler, who told me then that the trial “changed me totally. … “I never knew what it was to really fight until I watched Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Dave Dellinger, Hayden and so on fight in a courtroom—do things …
 
Chris and Chandler are joined by a roundtable of Marvel Queer Creators - Josh Trujillo (Hulkling & Wiccan, creator of Aaron Fischer aka the gay Captain America), Terry Blas (Reptil, Marvel Voices), and Carrie Harris (Liberty and Justice for All). Together they tackle the topic of Iceman - Bobby Drake - coming out of the closet in All-New X-Men #40 …
 
The final episode in the re-read of Grant Morrison's New X-Men run! This finale features a callback to two classic X-Men stories—The Dark Phoenix Saga and Days of Future Past. 150 years in the future, the X-Men led by Wolverine and Cassandra Nova Xavier are locked in a battle with the Beast over the fate of the newly resurrected Phoenix! We discuss…
 
Writer Steve Foxe swings by the PoX Treehouse to discuss his series X-Men '92! What was his approach for issue 2? Is the Quiet Council called the Inner Circle? What can we expect from the next upcoming issues, who was originally suppose to be the Moira character? We have a complete riot discussing this incredible series!…
 
We now come to possibly the most controversial arc in Morrison's run, where Xorn was revealed to be Magneto in disguise the whole time. We discuss the fan reaction to these issues back in the day, Marvel's rapid and sloppy attempts to undo the revelations, our own theories for what the arc was really about, and so much more! Issues Covered: New X-M…
 
Nathan Pinkoski, research fellow and director of academic programs at the Zephyr Institute, joins Spencer to discuss the Spanish Civil War and its implications for modern America. Contrary to the simple morality tale most people learn in school, the history of Spain’s Civil war was a complex demonstration of how a republic can die from self-inflict…
 
It's a different kind of episode! Instead of a one-issue recap, Chris and Chandler have gathered the Top 5 Times Doctor Strange Saved the X-Men to coincide with the wildly popular release of Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Listen in as they breakdown these crucial moments when Dr. Strange came to the rescue of the X-Men with issues: - The…
 
In this Industry Talk, we speak with Mimi Nguyen, a Regulatory Health Project Manager in the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technology Innovation in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. She helps manage and organize strategic initiatives, pilot projects, and cross-cutting working groups. Add…
 
It's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY and we get a preview of Judgement Day and the Hellfire Gala...and HOLY FRAK! We have Namorcosplay swinging by the PoX Treehouse to discuss the Eternals' motivations for attacking the mutants, our theories on what's going on with the Avengers in this preview, and...GASP how Spider-Man and Mary Jane are involved in all of thi…
 
It's FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! A year ago, I sat down with Comic Book Manager Carl Etter from ToyWiz to discuss the industry: what does a day-to-day workflow look like for comic book retailers? How did Hickman's reboot of the X-Men effect the industry? And the history of ToyWiz! Tune in NOW and support your local comic book sellers!…
 
The incredible cover artist David Nakayama, known for his iconic character color bleed variants, joins Chris and Chandler to recap Generation X #1 and praise the work by Bachalo and Lobdell in their seminal 90s creation. Together they recite the witty dialog with glee between Monet, Jubilee, Synch, Husk, Skin, Banshee, Emma, and Chamber. Find us on…
 
All three of us are back together to discuss the "guy's night out" story-arc. Cyclops has left the X-Men after Jean learned of his psychic affair. Wolverine beats Cyclops in a drinking contest, then drags him along on a raid on Weapon Plus and The World with Fantomex. We get an action-packed arc that plays to Chris Bachalo's artistic sensibilities …
 
Perry and Pat are just a duo for this episode to discuss the Murder at the Mansion three-part story-arc. Jean has just learned about Scott and Emma's dirty little telepathic affair and after confronting them, Emma ends up shattered! A classic whodunnit that sees perhaps the best use of Bishop and Sage as mutant detectives investigating Emma's death…
 
In this Industry Talk, Zach Myers, JD, Partner at Wilson Sonsini, talks about formation, financing trends, and strategies for life sciences companies. He has been recognized as a “go-to” attorney for Southern California’s private and public companies in the technology and life sciences sectors—especially biotechnology and medical device companies—i…
 
(Updated on the occasion of Stan Lee's death, Nov. 12, 2018.) Here’s Stan Lee, the man who created or co-created the core Marvel Comics universe, sitting down during C2E2 at age 94 for what his staff said was his last Chicago comics convention appearance. As you’ll hear, he had energy and enthusiasm to betray his age. His interviewers: Adrian F.E. …
 
Chris Flannery, Senior Fellow at the Claremont Institute, contributing editor of the Claremont Review of Books, and author of The American Story podcast, joins Spencer to discuss the enduring wisdom and meticulous composition of Abraham Lincoln’s speeches. These are words that were intended for posterity, so it pays to turn to them in our perilous …
 
Character Designer, Animator, and Director of X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men Steven E. Gordon joins Chris and Chandler as they x-read X-Men Children of the Atom #1. A fantastic retelling of the original 5, the book thrusts the story into modern day times and is packed with easter eggs. We mentioned some in the podcast, but can you fin…
 
We've now entered the final phase of the Morrison run and we're switching to a new format where we cover a complete story-arc per episode. First up is Riot at Xavier's, the final arc with Frank Quitely as the interior artist, the introduction of Quentin Quire, and the beginning of a new stride for this run. Issues Covered New X-Men #135 – Teaching …
 
What’s your favorite 70s TV theme song? Hawaii 5-0? Laverne & Shirley? Don’t have one? Well, Adam & Doug are here to help, unearthing classics and rarities from simpler times when gas was way too expensive, war seemed just around the corner, and the Fonz hadn’t jumped any sharks. Tune in with us and fan-favorite guests Mary Micari and Sam Mastandre…
 
In the prelude to the "Riot at Xavier's" story-arc, we're introduced to Quentin Quire in such a wonderful way, we almost forget this was his first appearance. We also get a wonderful new fill-in artist in the form of Keron Grant and the "resolution" of sorts of the "Beast is gay" subplot. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eforevolution…
 
Radio production, comedy and advertising visionary Dick Orkin’s death Sunday sent me back into the archives—waaaay back in the archives—to my days learning radio at my college station, WPGU. (Image: 2016 Radio Ink cover.) Aired Feb. 2, 1976, here’s my journalist-in-training report from the time I interviewed Dick Orkin, a man whose creation of the …
 
Steve Foxe (writer X-Men: House of XCII) joins the show to talk about one of the most impactful comics to him in his youth - X-Men (vol 2) #98! Part of "The Twelve" storyline, this story sees the X-Men at the end of their lives in the far distant future. Steve's imagination went wild after seeing all the new characters introduced in this future tim…
 
The final issue of the "New Worlds" trade is our focus. And if the last issue was a 9/11 tribute, this is something of a reflection of America's War on Terror. He Who Shall Not Be Named is unfortunately back as the fill-in artist, we meet the Mumbai X-Corp team, and the introduction of Dust! --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/eforevolut…
 
It’s time for the official G.A.M. review of Matt Reeves’ The Batman -- and, to cover every Bat-angle, we’re pulling in Sam Mastandrea plus Bat-Authority Sean Wasson. This is also the ONLY podcast anywhere that will musically connect Paul Dano’s Brian Wilson with Paul Dano’s Riddler. Enjoy the Bat-earworm! Original music by Adam Bernstein…
 
After a bit of a delay, we're back with a new episode! This is the debut of Phil Jimenez as a guest artist and a 9/11-esque tribute story that was billed as a memorial Magneto issue. We talk about Morrison's use of some new characters like Quicksilver, Thunderbird, and Storm, and about Marvel's reaction to 9/11 as a whole. --- Send in a voice messa…
 
In this industry talk, Dr. Allyson Berent talks about "A Parent’s Journey Through Drug Development and Wearing Many Hats". Berent is the Chief Science Officer for the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics and the Chief Operating Officer for GeneTx Biotherapeutics, developing a novel antisense olignonucleotide for the treatment of Angelman s…
 
In his latest editor’s note, Dr. Kesler identifies an emerging conflict between the anti-American Left, and the “post-American” Right. Spencer and Dr. Kesler discuss the conservative movement’s past and future as illustrated in essays from the issue. Plus: the CRB takes on the delicate subject of race in America.…
 
Chris and Chandler get to chat with the architects of their childhood, showrunner/writers of X-Men: The Animated Series, Eric & Julia Lewald! Taking us back to 1992, we discuss the formation of the show and extensively breakdown 'Night of the Sentinels Part One' that coincides with the comic book companion, X-Men Adventures #1. Nearly frame by fram…
 
To capture the amazing life of Steve Gerber, we went way beyond Wikipedia. We got great stories from the one and only Mary Skrenes (his writing partner on Howard the Duck, Omega the Unknown and more) along with Gerry Conway, Scott Edelman and JM DeMatteis. Plus music by Adam Bernstein! What more do you need?…
 
Chris and Chandler return to Ann Nocenti's work but this time with her mini series Beauty and the Beast starring Dazzler and the Beast. On the surface, the series looks to be a silly romp through Hollywood fluff, but peeling back the layers we discover all the sinister traps Hollywood has in store for stars like Dazzler. Oh, and apparently Doctor D…
 
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