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Ep 144: We look back at the epic career of the godfather of Marvel Comics. His history, his influence, the ups and downs of his career and YOUR stories about the man who touched us all with his creations.

Join us for this celebration of Stan Lee – Excelsior!

Segment 1

On tonight’s show, Michael and Hassan pay tribute to the legend Stan Lee. They discuss the tremendous impact Stan Lee had on the comic industry and how the world responded to news of his passing. They then reflect on how Stan Lee gave joy to readers through his comics and later on through his cameos in the MCU. They highlight Stan’s skill with writing dialogue and  how he popularized the superhero genre as an allegory for our real lives.

Segment 2

Hassan and Michael continue their tribute by recognizing how central Stan Lee was to Marvel’s success. They are joined by Casey from BadCoyoteFunky, who shares his experience of meeting Stan Lee and getting his Marvel No Prize signed. They pivot to Stan’s many characters. Hassan shares how he saw humanity in the flaws of the Marvel characters Stan created, which allowed him to sympathize more with the characters.

Segment 3

Michael and Hassan count down the best Stan Lee cameos. They debate the best Stan Lee cameos from the past three decades. They react to the outpouring of Excelsior on social media after Stan Lee passed. They consider how the cameos in the Marvel movies elevated Stan’s celebrity later in life. They touch on Stan Lee’s marketing genius. Listen to hear which Stan Lee cameo they think was best!

Segment 4

Spinning The Racks: The guys react to Armie Hammer slamming celebrities for posting pictures with Stan Lee. They debate celebrity motivations for posting pictures with Stan Lee in the aftermath of his death. Michael takes heart in how celebrities are in awe of a comics legend. Hassan and Michael consider their own tributes to Stan Lee on social media and reflect on their motivations. They conclude with their thanks to Stan Lee for his influence on their lives and careers.

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NEXT WEEK: It’s Thanksgiving! We give you our picks for what we were thankful for in 2018. PLUS: We’ll welcome Fright Night’s William Ragsdale and the directors of the new film “When We Dance”

PODCAST | Big thanks to Comic Book School and Buddy Scalera for allowing us the opportunity to broadcast their educational panels as podcasts and streams.

This panel features former and future SoS guests Joe Rybandt (Dynamite Entertainment), Lysa Hawkins (Valiant Comics – on the show Nov 28th) and Jimmy Palmiotti.

About Spotlight:

Each week we’ll spotlight one of our tremendous celebrity guests in a stand alone video and podcast. We’ll also dig into the vault to bring you interviews with folks who haven’t yet been on the show! This week: Our New York ComicCon Special Edition!

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NEXT WEEK:  Thomas Ian Nicholas of American Pie fame drops in as we continue our Fall TV Preview!

Ep 143: The Walking Dead has officially moved on from Rick Grimes (and Maggie too). Or has it…? We discuss the future of the show and characters. Has the zombie brand reached it’s peak?

PLUS: Still got Election Fever??? Come vote on the most politically subversive Pop Culture Popcorn flicks of all time.

AND: Super excited to welcome Travis McIntire from Source Point Press on to talk about their amazing line of comics

Episode 5 – Photo Credit: Jackson Lee Davis/AMC

Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan begin the show with The Walking Dead and weigh in on where the show will go without Rick Grimes. The guys agree Negan’s storyline lasted too long and how the show tends to overdo things. They speculate what will happen with the 3 feature length Rick Grimes films. They recap The Walking Dead’s mistakes over the seasons and wonder why anyone still watches the show.

Segment 2:

Hassan and Michael guess which characters will take the spotlight with Rick Grimes leaving TWD. They then count down the most politically subversive films to celebrate election day. They debate whether Ghostbusters promoted conservative values and if Demolition Man promoted libertarian values. Is Starship Troopers fascist? What about Idiocracy?

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Segment 3:

Travis McIntire joins the Sire to discuss the development of Source Point Press. Travis shares  his experience working with the Michigan Comics Collective and how Source Point developed by going to hundreds of comic shows countrywide to build Source Point’s following. Travis previews his favorite upcoming 2019 Source Point releases, especially Savants by Gary Reed.

Segment 4:

Spinning The Racks: Thanos did nothing wrong? Hassan and Michael debate whether heroes or villains are more violent and who’s good or bad in superhero films. Upcoming Explorers TV series? Interstellar object may have been an alien probe? Tune in to hear their reactions!

 

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NEXT WEEK: We’ll look ahead to the final slate of Comic Book Movies in 2018 including Spider-Man into the Spiderverse and Aquaman. PLUS: We’ll welcome Fright Night’s William Ragsdale and the directors of the new film “When We Dance”

Ep 142: Put the Halloween Candy away and snuggle up to some Ghosts and Goblins and Hassan and I debate the Mount Rushmore of Slasher Films, the top five Horror classics of all time and some spooky spin the racks!

Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan celebrate Halloween discussing the horror film industry and its commercial success. They decide which horror movie killers would make their Mount Rushmore. Freddy Krueger, Jason, Michael  Myers, and..? Michael and Hassan debate who would make the fourth face on their horror movie killer Mount Rushmore. Listen in to hear their thoughts on Leatherface, Pinhead, Chucky, Ghostface, and Candyman.

Segment 2:

Hassan and Michael continue their search for the fourth best horror movie killer and bring up Chuckie. They break down the difference between a scary movie and a horror film. Then we hear their top 5 horror films all time. Tune in to hear them review Scream, Nightmare on Elm Street, and other classic horror films.

Segment 3:

Michael and Hassan discuss The Shining and The Ring; debating where these films belong in their all time horror movie lists.They bring up Blair Witch Project, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Saw,  and The Grudge. They share their memories of seeing these films and whether each film makes the cut. Michael gives his Top 5 all time horror films.     

Segment 4:

Hassan gives his Top 5 horror film list. Hassan and Michael then go Spinning The Racks: The newest Halloween is the biggest success in the franchise’s history and highest grossing slasher film of all time. They discuss Poltergeist and where it would fall in their respective best horror film lists.

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NEXT WEEK: We’ll look ahead to the final slate of Comic Book Movies in 2018 including Spider-Man into the Spiderverse and Aquaman. PLUS: We’ll welcome Travis Mcintire publisher of Source Point Press to talk about breaking into the comic book publishing business.

PODCAST | Ep 141: Holy Hornhead! Did you binge Daredevil Season 3?? We did! And we’ll go through every dark delicious episode for Easter Eggs, Tasty Nuggets and more in our full on REVIEW

PLUS: We play the percentages when we debate the FUTURE OF THE MARVEL NETFLIX U in our always fun segment WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

AND: Want to know how to Train Your Dragon? Ask Richard Hamilton, author of the Graphic Novel adaptations for Dark Horse Comics and creator of the new GN “Scoop”

Daredevil Season 3 Reactions

Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan begin tonight’s show discussing the state of the Marvel Netflix Universe in light of the recent Iron Fist and Luke Cage cancellations. They weigh in on the Disney streaming services and speculate Disney’s plan for future Marvel shows. They play Over, Under, Push debating the odds on various topics: Will a Punisher film come out?, Will Jessica Jones season 3 begin filming? Will Luke Cage and Iron Fist return in new show?

Segment 2:

Hassan and Michael review Daredevil Season 3. They compare strengths and weaknesses of the show against past seasons. Hassan shares his thoughts on the pacing and the character development throughout the season. Michael brings up the the new villains introduced during Season 3 and why he doesn’t like seeing some superheroes on screen.

Segment 3:

Michael elaborates on why he finds some shows lose sight of the original character in the comics. Richard Hamilton joins the show to talk about his work on Troll Hunters and How To Train Your Dragon. Richard shares how his comic, Scoop, is inspired by his Cuban heritage and experience interning with CNN in college. Hassan, Michael, and Richard discuss how comics have become more rooted in nonfiction and moved away from superheroes.

Segment 4:

Michael and Hassan review listener reactions to Daredevil Season 3. Spinning The Racks: Wonder Woman Sequel Release Date Pushed Back. Hassan revisits how Netflix Marvel shows sometimes fall short in comparison to Marvel movies. Michael weighs in on expectations for upcoming DC films. The show ends on a light note with the story of Cops in England searching for Ross from Friends look alike.

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NEXT WEEK: It’s Halloween! So that means the GREATEST HORROR MOVIE RANK’EM! We rank the Top 20 Horror Films of all time!!! (We’ll probably get through 3…)

 

PODCAST | Do you like Robot Chicken? OF COURSE YOU DO! And we’ve got Mike Fasolo one of it’s Emmy Award Winning writers joining us to talk collecting statues and season 10. Plus, he’ll make fun of Hassan and we all love that.

PLUS: Daredevil Season 3 Reactions: A Return To Form Or A Bigger Mess Than Before?

Daredevil Season 3 Reactions

Segment 1:

Michael and Hassan react to the Iron Fist cancellation on Netflix. Michael and Hassan debate about how ending the show was either the right thing for characters of the show or the biggest mistake made by the streaming site. They also explain why the show’s cancellation is a benefit for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Plus, a quick Daredevil Season 3 reaction and how Michael B. Jordan stars in every Marvel film.

Segment 2:

More Daredevil talk as the guys go more in depth on Season 3. Michael and Hassan go through different reviews, which mostly rave the show’s success. Hassan then criticizes the episode length of Marvel shows, the content in general, and the long gaps between seasons. Also, how other Marvel shows like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage continue to expand as Marvel starts up its streaming site. Can the new Marvel streaming service can help connect all superheroes stories together?

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NEXT WEEK: We review the upcoming Daredevil Season 3 and welcome How To Train Your Dragon’s Richard Hamilton to talk about adapting the famous animated films into comics.

 

PODCAST | It’s our post NYCC Hangover episode! Did you see the Aquaman trailer? Did you catch the 15-minute Dark Phoenix footage? We bring Jeffrey Kaufman, creator of Jolly Jane and NYCC exhibitor on to give you his take on the biggest show of the year!

PLUS: How about that record breaking Venom movie? We give you our full review and Easter Eggs. Plus: What’s next for the Venomverse?!

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Venom Movie Reaction

Segment 1

Michael and Hassan begin the show with a review of Venom. They look through different reviews from critics and then give their own take on the film. Both hosts have different feelings on the plot as Hassan questions Michael about the “good parts” to the film and how it was erratic. Plus, is seeing a free movie a waste of time?

Segment 2

Michael and Hassan continue the conversation about Venom. They go more in depth about the storyline (SPOILER ALERT!) and explain the areas of the film could have been better for all Venom fans to enjoy. The guys also compare Venom with other movies such as Ant Man and Deadpool. Also, a quick comment on the Easter eggs.

Aquaman Trailer Review

Segment 3

The NY ComicCon was last weekend and the guys review the biggest headlines, trailers, and characters of the event. Both Michael and Hassan were very interested in the upcoming Aquaman film as they talk about the aesthetics and potential plot from the five minute preview. Then they both dive into some X-Men talk and worry about the changes that may come to these films following the Disney-Fox merger, including Dark Phoenix.

Segment 4

Spinning The Racks: More ComicCon talk as Michael and Hassan debate on James Gunn directing the Suicide Squad sequel. Also, everyone agrees… MORE FEMALE SUPERHEROES!

 

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NEXT WEEK: We preview the upcoming Daredevil Season 3 and welcome How To Train Your Dragon’s Richard Hamilton to talk about adapting the famous animated films into comics.

 

PODCAST | Each week we’ll spotlight one of our tremendous celebrity guests in a stand alone video and podcast. We’ll also dig into the vault to bring you interviews with folks who haven’t yet been on the show! This week: Thomas Ian Nicholas

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NEXT WEEK:  Thomas Ian Nicholas of American Pie fame drops in as we continue our Fall TV Preview!

PODCAST | With Morbius now announced, it looks like Venom is just the beginning for SONY. We play The Good, the Bad and the Ugly for a potential Marvel-Like Universe in the making.

PLUS: We preview New York Comic Con with Mainstream artist Tony Moy.

AND: We interview Vampire Diaries actor David Alpay!

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Segment 1

Michael and Hassan are joined by Tony Moy for tonight’s show. Michael and Hassan begin with their takes on the new Venom movie. Tony discuss the difficulty of making a great villain movie and a Venom movie without Spiderman. They then speculate the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly about a potential Venomverse or SonyVerse. Our hosts debate whether the Venom movie diverges from the comics and what projects Sony has planned after Venom.

Segment 2

Our hosts continue their discussion of Sony’s potential future movies. Is Sony at risk of becoming like DC? They debate whether Sony can successfully build a franchise around villains while loaning characters to Marvel. The discussion pivots to how Sony has failed to make Spiderman villains compelling in the past and how that could happen with Venom. Hassan breaks down the challenges he sees with villain based-films.

Segment 3

Hassan, Michael, and Tony discuss expectations for NY Comic Con this weekend.They compare past and present Comic Cons. Tony tells how he connects with fans sharing his work and stories. We then hear Michael’s interview with David Alpay. David shares his experience working on Vampire Diaries and The Tudors. David describes how his interactions with fans at conventions inspire him when working on these two shows.

Segment 4

Spinning The Racks: Our hosts debate whether Russian trolls are to blame for Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s negative press. #ComicsGate leader, Richard Meyer suing Mark Waid over Jawbreakers Controversy. Does Meyer have a case?

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NEXT WEEK: We give you OUR take on the Venom movie – was it as bad as they say? PLUS: We welcome Jolly Jane’s Jeff Kaufman on to talk about his Kickstarter.

PODCAST | We run the Dark Phoenix through the the Trailer ‘Truth or Trash hot stove !’ Does this movie have any shot at being good? And with Disney looming… what’s the point??

PLUS: Has Walking Dead gone from Must Watch TV to Save it For Later? We give you the skinny and play WATCH, SAVE, DELETE as we preview the final crop of Fall TV shows both new and returning.

AND: We welcome Thomas Ian Nicholas of American Pie fame – is there a 20th anniversary film in the works?

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Segment 1

Segment 1

Michael and Hassan begin tonight’s show debating the X-Men: Dark Phoenix trailer and expectations for the film. Will it be a success or another Fox X-Men flop? Michael weighs in on challenges Fox has faced making X-Men films; Hassan expresses his concerns about Fox’s poor treatment of past characters and X-Men continuity. Stay tuned to hear the verdict on the latest X-Men movie.

Segment 2

Hassan and Michael offer their predictions about Dark Phoenix and how it will compare to films by Marvel. Our hosts discuss Marvel’s successful promotion strategy to illustrate how Fox has struggled to develop and market their X-Men franchise. Hear why our hosts agree Dark Phoenix is Trailer Trash.We then pivot to the Fall TV shows deciding Watch, Binge, or Delete for the upcoming seasons of Daredevil and The Walking Dead.

Segment 3

Our hosts continue their Fall TV show preview with Riverdale. Tonight’s guest, Thomas Ian Nicholas, joins the show to discuss his recently released fantasy novel and a potential upcoming American Pie reunion. Thomas discusses his creative process and how he developed his fantasy novel. Thomas then weighs in on what he’s heard so far about a potential upcoming American Pie 20 year reunion movie.

Segment 4

Spinning The Racks: Our hosts pay homage to Norm Breyfogle, celebrating his art and career in comics. Michael and Hassan discuss the Birds of Prey film and its casting choices. Andrew Lincoln returning to TWD as a director? Check in next week for the NY Comic Con Preview.

 

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NEXT WEEK: Our NYCC preview show! We welcome Tony (Mainstream) Moy in studio as we interview Vampire Diaries David Alden and preview the biggest east coast ComicCon of the year!