Episode 56 – Sabrina The Teenage Satan Worshiping Orphan

"More like Melissa Bone Heart!"
Who needs Betty or Veronica when you have one of Lucifer’s handmaidens?

Our Spooktacular month continues! Last year we covered Archie’s Gritty Zombie Reboot so this year, we returned to Riverdale for another horror story! Well… not quite Riverdale, but the nearby town of Greendale. It’s time for the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina The Teenage Witch! Phil doesn’t remember the show at all, but even he’s pretty sure they didn’t worship Satan on ABC’s TGIF or even the reruns on the much edgier TeenNick. Content warning: Like with most of our Halloween episodes, this book contains a lot of violence, mention of sexual assault, and some adult themes. Spooky, right?

To round out our Halloween block of episodes, we go back to another book written by Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Just like with Afterlife With Archie, he scares the hell out of us with some campy 60s characters. At least Ryan didn’t cry this time. Sly brings back his beloved Dracula voice. Phil forgot to finish the book, but helps point out a lot of religious parallels, so we’ll let it slide this time. Darryl just wants to marry an old lady who loves Bye Bye Birdy (and happens to be in a coma). Ryan has some pretty messed up lines in the sand on what he calls “dark” stories.

Happy Halloween, everybody! I hope it’s spooky! But not as spooky as the real world has been lately. Come on, even horror fans have their limits.

Theme Song: Theme Song from the Sabrina The Teenage Witch Animated Series

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Episode 21 – Rightwing Aunties vs. Antifa: Protest The Way I Tell You To!

White moderates will hate you no matter how you act, so you might as well protest against all forms of injustice.
“Why can’t you protest like Martin Luther King? He was one of the good ones!”

On this episode, we discuss some of the recent waves of protest in America. We start with the NFL kneeling controversy started by Colin Kaepernick. Then we touch upon how Trump has only made the issue more divisive. Plus we cover some history and Antifa.

This episode serves as Part 3 in our never-ending argument: Trump’s President Now: Should We Punch Nazis? and Charlottesville Happened: Can We PLEASE Punch Nazis Now?

This episode gets a little heated. Darryl gives some comprehensive context for the current NFL controversy, including Kaepernick’s meeting with a veteran player to assess the most respectful way to protest. Ryan’s an incredibly bitter nerd who seriously hates football for it’s violent tendencies, but is starting to come around to Antifa and… their violent tendencies? Phil’s back to talk about… you guessed it! Appealing to centrists and history! This time it’s all about unions and protest in America. And Sly lives up to his title as the Alex Jones of Oops, I Talked By Politics! by rage-quitting the show. How’s that for a protest?

P.S. This episode was recorded before this happened, but lol homophobic sentient-loaf-of-white-bread VP Pence is protesting football in the fakest way possible.

MLK’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail

A History Of Antifa Protest, Their Handbook
Sly was just on Ryan’s other podcast, WGiRNY, to promote the beautiful merch he made for them.
Theme Song – Baby, I’m An Anarchist by Against Me!
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Issue 55 – Gyo: Fart-Powered Spider Fish

GyoIt’s time for our Divisive Issues Spooktacular month. For our first story, we return to horror manga and the creator we applauded the most last year: Junji Ito. Will we be as positive about our first full work from him?

The story is Gyo, which literally translates to “Fish.” The story does start out being about fish walking on land but it’s not too long before we get into bloated body horror and demented carnivals. This story was unfortunately too spooky for Phil but the rest of the gang is here. Ryan giggles like a child whenever farts are involved while Sly gets mad if you dare explain anything in a story to him. It also turns out Darryl is some kind of freak that doesn’t produce oily black substances from his body.

Theme Song: Under the Sea by the Little Mermaid

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Episode 20 – Immigration: You Gotta Respect The Hustle

On this episode, we give some backstory and context for immigration issues. Then we sit down with Luis, an immigrant from El Salvador who recently got his citizenship. We also spend a lot of time talking about what makes America a great place, both for the people that are already here and those looking to move here. Because Liberals can be patriotic, too, dammit!

Despite our usual worldly confidence (read as: arrogant and sheltered elitism), we really don’t know what immigration policies we should be striving for. Phil tries to contextualize it by looking at how we’ve treated immigrants in the past (poorly). Sly opens up about his experiences as an immigrant himself. Ryan tries really hard not to talk about health care by giving us some statistics and facts on DACA. That’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Obama’s Executive Order to allow undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to stay in America. As a result, we spend a lot of time talking about the nature of patriotism and how important protest is.

Huge thanks to Luis for his great stories about what it was like coming here as a kid, the bittersweet feelings of going back home, just how hard it is to know where our country should go from here, and so much more.

And please keep calling your senators about the Graham-Cassidy Health Care bill.
Qualifications For DACA
Facts Regarding DACA and Immigration
Fact Check for Jeff Sessions on DACA
Luis’ Latin America Nights in Atlanta
Theme Songs – Down Under – Men At Work & Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – Hamilton Mixtape

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Issue 54 – The Maxx: Tricking 8-Year Old Kids Into Feminism Since 1993

The Maxx - He's like Purple Hulk but... Homeless?
The Maxx – He sure looks deep and nuanced, right?

On this episode, the gang reads the first four issues of The Maxx. He looks like a weird, purple Hulk with an overbite, but he’s a lot deeper than that! We swear. Why won’t you believe us?!?

Read along: The Maxx Vol 1

After reading Darryl’s beloved Death’s Head 2 last time, we dip back into Sly’s childhood for The Maxx. Even though it seems like a goofy dystopia, this book apparently introduced Sly to feminism. Does it hold up? Or is our protagonist just a damn snowflake, polluted by our liberal SJW culture? Darryl is really unconvinced if this book is a subversion of an inversion. Phil actually likes a book we picked for the show? Ryan loves this book even though he missed pretty much the whole plot. And is that… Sly apologizing for being salty? It can’t be!

 

Content Warning: This book heavily features sexual violence against women.

Theme: Max Power From The Simpsons

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Episode 19 – Separating Artists From Their Obama Death Squads

What if the artist is a fraud?
“Galaxy Brain Feminism: Cheating on your wife for 16 years and blaming the patriarchy”

On this episode, we attempt to answer questions that have been plaguing society for years. Can you separate the art from the artist? Where do we draw the line? When is it fair to superimpose the context of the artist into analysis of the original text? Is it hypocritical to call out unethical consumption when you take part in an unethical capitalist system?

This episode has it all. Orson Scott Card, the writer of Ender’s Game, a sci-fi story preaching tolerance, thought Obama was going to become our permanent dictator and had a lot of racist reasons why! Up and coming rapper XXXTentacion writes some pretty powerful songs about teenage depression, but also might be a violent sexist! Turns out feminist nerd favorite Joss Whedon is… not that at all. Does that change his work? Does that make Firefly sexist now? This episode gets real into the weeds about capitalism, you know, like every other episode that Phil and Sly are on.

Orson Scott Card’s Rant

The New Wave Of Rap Violence

Joss Whedon’s Ex-Wife’s Blog Post

Reconsidering The Feminism Of Joss Whedon

Theme Song – Radiohead’s Creep

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Issue 53 – Death’s Head II: Voted Best Character By 90s Kids

Don't worry, Death's Head is now Death's Head II
Death Head’s II has killed Death’s Head 1!

On this episode, the gang let Darryl pick the book we read. Last time he picked one, it was an existential horror manga that stuck with us for months. This time, it’s a super extreme 90s Marvel book that probably would’ve fit in better during Edgelord August. Apparently Death’s Head II is a rich character with history from Transformers to Doctor Who. Buckle up, it’s quite the journey.

Read along: Death’s Head II Vol 1 and Revolutionary War: Death’s Head II

In this episode, we journey into the minds of our two most intriguing hosts to see where it all started, Death’s Head II. Or maybe Death’s Head I. And maybe Minion. Don’t forget Death’s Head 3.0! Or maybe Death’s Head Cubed? Who knows? There’s a lot of lore to unpack here. All will be revealed as you learn Sly’s original screen name and internet persona. Just why does Darryl want to be Death’s Head II when he grows up? Why does Phil hate time traveling so much? Ryan, as usual, has no idea what’s going on, despite Darryl hyping this when Ryan interviewed him about growing up with these comics.

Theme: We’re In Business by Andrew Thompson

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Episode 18 – North Korea and the Two Mad Men

North KoreaIn this episode, we discuss North Korea and what we should do about it. In order to come to the conclusion that we have no idea what to do about it.

Special Guest Lauren returns again to talk with the non-Ryan hosts this time. She helps drop some knowledge on Kim Jung-un’s country and the horrible things he does to it’s citizens (including the women and children). Darryl can’t even keep the crazy North Korea shit straight in his head. Capitalist Phil uses this opportunity to discuss the fundamental flaws of Communism while Comrade Sly dodges his questions to instead speak out against Capitalist imperialism.

Theme: Kim Jong Style – Key of Awesome

North Korea’s Peace Deal

North Korea Cites Gadaffi and Saddam to Justify Actions

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Issue 52 – Mark Millar’s Wolverine: Old Man Logan

Old Man LoganFor part two of Edgelord August, we revisit the man who brought us to the rodeo: Mark Millar. Old Man Logan was technically the source for the recent Logan film. Is this is another example of a film adaptation being better than a Millar book? (Yes)

We’re back to the usual crew to discuss the usual Millar garbage. Sly tries to hold it in all episode but can’t resist the urge to pop his claws. Ryan gets ready for what is sure to be a fun and goofy story. Phil is back and ready for some more edgelord shit. Darryl points out the politically relevant nature of this 2008 story.

Theme: The Children’s Marching Song

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Episode 17 – Charlottesville: The KKK Is Not OK

Tiki Torches are the new hoods in Charlottesville
Counterprotestors in Charlottesville, VA, surrounded by White Nationalists

On this episode, the four of us are back together for a serious episode about the horrid events in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you don’t know, we recap the events of the “Unite The Right” rally, and give some context with a brief history of the KKK and white supremacy in America. We discuss a different history of the police than last week’s bonus episode with Ryan’s dad. We also talk about the centrist response to these events. Things have really changed since last time we talked about punching Nazis. Phil’s finally back to really give us some global history on slavery and racism. Darryl’s even more on Sly’s side than Ryan, who’s moderate views are wavering now that *cracks knuckles* Nazis are openly rallying.

List of Unite The Right Groups Present in Charlottesville
Phil’s oft-recommended Eyes On The Prize Documentary
Birth Of A Nation – The Early Anti-Black Propoganda Film
Tim Wise’s Documentaries
Ken Burns’ Documentaries
Intercept Article on White Supremacists and the Police
An example of how Nazis are treated in Germany
Ryan’s Best Acquaintances Episode

Theme Song: The KKK Took My Baby Away By The Ramones

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