316 – The Flintstones


We pick up “The Flintstones” by Mark Russell for the next installment in our Best of 2017 series and are caught off guard and blown away. This episodic resurrection of the cartoon/live-action/vitamin-based franchise lands a surprisingly perfect balance between humor and poignant social commentary. We talk about all the ways this comic is great: the moments we laughed, the moments that got us thinking, and the moments we took away. Could a Flintstones comic book actually be “Capital L” Literature? Plus, we talk about Star Trek: Discovery, Babylon 5, and Stargate’s daunting barriers to entry. This week’s comic discussion starts around 12 minutes in.

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Next time: “You & a Bike & a Road” by Eleanor Davis


315 – Beowulf


We’re all excited to be reading “Beowulf” by Santiago Garcia and David Rubin as the next entry in our “Best of 2017″ series. All three of us have at one time or another translated Beowulf from the original Old English and love the core story of a hero coming to save the Danes from the monsters that plague them. For this modern retelling, we discuss Garcia and Rubin’s take on the hero and the book’s supporting cast. We also dive into that gorgeous art, the theme of storytelling, and the phalluses. Yep. Plus, David plays his kid’s video game and Andy gets disillusioned from the return of Monsterpocalypse. This week’s comic starts at around 11:22.

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Next time: “The Flintstones” by Mark Russell


314 – Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book


Our Best of 2017 series continues with a special little graphic novel, “Everyone’s a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book by Jomny Sun” by Jonny Sun. An alien is left on Earth to research and study humans but ends up cataloging his interactions with all kinds of animals in the natural world. We dive into the metaphor of the book, the philosophical sampling going on, and talk about where to place this work in our brain space. Is this a comic or a philosophy book? Plus, we spend a lot of time up top yammering about the upcoming Solo movie, Dragonball Super, Cloverfield Paradox, and Star Trek: Discovery.

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Next time: “Beowulf” by Santiago Garcia and David Rubin