The Pitch: National Novel Writing Month is about to begin! And what better way to celebrate than to make your family suffer through it with you? Tomb or Tome is a podcast where two brothers and a sister get together and talk about what they’ve written, week by week! Can they create a novel in a month’s time? Or will their tomes… become their tombs?
As this is the introductory episode, Darryl lays down the quirky rules going into the 2017 NaNoWriMo: each sibling contributes two characters and two locations that *everybody* has to use. Then the siblings pitch the premise behind their respective books (or in Liz’s case, five separate short stories!), describe how they’ll use each others’ characters & locations, and theorize what problems they’re likely to encounter. Will the Steffens survive 2017’s NaNoWriMo? Only time will tell!
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In a particularly NSFW episode, the gang talks about the dumb laws our dumb species has come up with. At least it starts off that way before devolving into a lot of dirty fetish talk.
First the gang talks about old dumb laws like monarchies and dueling. Then they transition to the modern day with stories of weird legal loopholes. Also weird modern politicians. Ryan reminisces on the origins of the show while Sly introduces the new clickbaity direction. Meanwhile Phil’s secret identity is revealed and Darryl is sorry the listeners had to be exposed to this entire episode.
So we’ve recently launched “DM It All”, a new show where we talk about D&D and other tabletop gaming books. Curious about D&D history and old adventures? Well, we discuss that here. Our first episode is covering the Tomb of Horrors, one of the most infamous dungeons in D&D history. You can see the actual Tomb of Horrors episode by Darryl & Sly here.
This podcast episode is not the final video but it is our first attempt at it. This is a more casual and abridged walkthrough of the dungeon where Ryan tries to navigate the Tomb while Sly plays the role of dungeon master. While not the style we settled on for the final video, it’s a fun approach regardless and we figured the final product was still worth featuring.
With the Black Panther movie smashing the box office, we decided to read some comics about Black Panther smashing systemic oppression. It might only be in our dreams but it’s important to us, damn it.
We briefly talk about the long history of Black Panther in comic books and read a story about him facing off the Ku Klux Klan. No, it’s not some pseudo-KKK knockoffs, it’s the actual KKK. Well it is some pseudo-KKK knockoffs at first but he fights the real ones later. In this episode, Ryan finds his spirit animal in comic books. Phil is butthurt people think he and Darryl are the same person but is it really Darryl and Sly that are of one mind in this episode? Tune in to find out!
The Ultimates was Marvel’s first attempt to modernize the Avengers and it became the source material for the film. Did we finally find a Millar book where the comic was better than the movie? Well no, but at least it’s not hot garbage.
The gang time travels from 2099 to the Bush Years to see Millar back when he still put some effort into his comics. Ryan gives his reasons for why this book is good and prays it doesn’t disprove his arguments in the meantime. Phil is not sure if it’s really satire or just Millar being Millar. Darryl is not fooled by the obvious supervillain that is Millar and is desperate to out him. Sly on the other hand is just trying to find the trademark Millar cuckoldry.
In this episode, we cap off 2017 with some major topics we’ve been meaning to cover like the Trump turnover and Mueller’s Trump investigation. We also cover the GOP tax bill, the perfect news story to sum up year one of hellworld. Or is it hellword? It is, but maybe not as hellworld as it could have been.
We talk about Trump’s administration and the massive turnover it has experienced during the course of the year. To be fair, the administration is currently undergoing a tumultuous event. That event being the Trump Presidency. We also discuss the Trump investigation by Robert Mueller and Republican reaction to it. And just in case you think the GOP is any better, we also talk about the new Tax Bill. Ryan assures everyone that things are going great and it’s time to be complacent again. Darryl accidentally spills the beans on our Immortal government officials. Phil is not optimistic that the Trump presidency will end with Trump’s decapitation while Sly has a dark prophecy for the Post-Trump future.
Our spooktacular Halloween is behind us, but the fact that someone made Inhumans is even scarier than zombies or witches could ever hope to be. It’s something that can only be seen to believe. We watched the first two episodes of this show. You don’t know what we sacrifice for you people.
We’ve long complained about the Inhumans, like in our Civil War II episode and our Death Of Cyclops episode. It’s finally time to really dig in to what makes these characters so beloved. Is it their slave labor work force? Maybe it’s their super racism? Is it their impossible to describe superpowers? To each according to his ability, what are you gonna do? Phil kinda liked this show, but only until he thought about it for a second. Everyone wonders if Sly thinks the Inhumans make good foils. Darryl just wants to know *WHY*they made this show. Ryan is just so happy he watched this with ex-host Joe and not by himself.
Welcome to the pilot/test episode of Judging It By The Cover, a show where people try to guess works that are impossible to predict. These stories are known for blindsiding their audiences in some way, but will any of our guests predict whats in store for them?
Our first film is Book of Henry, a flop from just this year that people already forgot about. This film was so maligned that it might have cost the director a job working on the next Star Wars film. But what exactly is so bad about it? Is the backlash just discrimination against dog authors or transgender time travelers?
In this episode, we talk about guns. It’s bizarro world so we all play right wing devil’s advocate until Sly agrees centrism is the right way to go.
After the brutal mass shooting from a few days ago , we decided to discuss gun control in America (this sentence works regardless of the date you happen to read it). We talk statistics, possible solutions and why the right wingers actually have a few good points? Not the NRA or the ones in congress passing looser silencer regulations, but maybe in general. Ryan has been replaced by his dad for this episode while Phil finds it hard to play devil’s advocate when people agree with him. Sly manages to go a whole episode without yelling at Phil while Darryl wants our oppressed audience to arm themselves against the rightwing hosts of this show.
It’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.