Therefore I Geek Podcast, Episode 78 Women in Refrigerators

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In which, Andrew, Tracy, and Dude reveal that they can actually have an intelligent conversation about a controversial topic, specifically about comic writer Gail Simone’s 1999 musings on why female characters in comics seem to end up violently damaged in order to further the story or provide motivation for their male counterparts.  Our heroes break the topic down and look at Gail’s initial conversation starter, and then move into the argument that has been created by various feminists based on that topic.  Dude vows to spend the rest of his life–or at least the next few weeks–breaking down the lists of characters who have died in comics to uncover the statistics that may prove or disprove the idea.

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Therefore I Geek Podcast, Episode 77 Hellblazer Vol. 1

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In which, Andrew, Dude, and Tracy have their first review threesome–diving into Vertigo’s Hellblazer Volume 1.  Dude especially enjoyed the characterization of John Constantine, and the ambiguous nature of his protagonism.   Tracy liked the flow of the writing–which felt “like a quality pulp novel”–and the lack of origin story.  We spend some time discussing the way the book blends the mystical with elements of mental illness. as well as the political commentary of the book (some more blatant than other).  This is a great horror novel with plenty of depth for multiple readings.

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Therefore I Geek Podcast, Episode 76 Suicide Squad

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In which, Andrew, Tracy, and Dude unpack the recent weapons policy that Baltimore Comic Con posted and quickly amended, as well as DC’s new movie Suicide Squad.  Andrew and Dude found very little to enjoy about the movie, while Tracy felt it was a good time–if not a classic to span the ages.  Notable quote: “[Captain Boomerang] wasn’t just normal-guy creepy, he was candy-and-windowless-van creepy.”

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Therefore I Geek Podcast, Episode 75 Batman: The Killing Joke

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In which, Dude breaks down the new animated feature film Batman: The Killing Joke.  Meanwhile, in another part of town, Andrew and Tracy discuss the original graphic novel by Alan Moore that inspired the film.  We talk about book-ending in writing and art for a satisfying novel, as well as briefly discussing the controversy surrounding this book–especially Gail Simone’s take on “women in refrigerators.”

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