Episode 37: Yeezy’s Choice: The Party of Pants Poopers or Gambino’s America?

Celebrity Culture is kinda fucked up
“I think the president pooped his pants”

We’re trying to keep it lighthearted again! Do we succeed? Kind of! We’re talking celebrity worship in politics! Kanye, Ted Nugent, other conservative celebrities, Donald Glover, and more! Mostly pooping your pants, though.

Do you know what Ted Nugent did to dodge the draft? Here’s a hint: He made a big ol’ mess. Why does the rightwing love Kanye so much all of a sudden? Does George Bush finally care about black people? And Childish Gambino’s This is America is amazing, but is Donald Glover’s Bro Rape still ok to laugh at? Just how accountable should people be for the art they made years ago? It’s the end of the school year and I’m exhausted, I’m not writing my usual essay here, y’all. Oops, I ended the show notes.

Coates on Kanye

This Is America

The New Yorker Donald Glover Story

Donald Glover’s Instagram Letter

The Internet Never Forgets

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Issue 67 – The Original Iran Deal: Kill Robin and Appoint Ambassador Joker

Death In The Family
“Ethiopia is only 1700 km from Lebanon as the crow(bar) flies!”

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! It’s time to help Robin find his mom! All four of them! Iran’s in the news a lot lately, so we recorded an episode two weeks ago, before anything happened to help hype it up for everyone. We’re getting our cohesive synergy on by following up our episodes on DC’s political stories of the 80s and some of Jim Starlin’s work to bring you Jim Starlin’s mark on the Batman Universe, Death In The Family. Just like Thanos, he set out to kill half of our main heroes. So who died: Batman or Robin? We’ll give you a hint, it’s definitely not Batman.

Read Along with Batman: Death In The Family And The Two Issues Before It

In this episode, we get some pretty serious whiplash from all the tonal shifts here. First, Ryan goes looking for some nose candy before Robin throws him off a balcony. Sly is FINALLY respecting Ryan’s choice of favorite characters (Jason Todd 4eva). Darryl just can’t stop wondering if Batman’s a real dad or not. And Phil has some thoughts on American foreign policy regarding serial killers.

Content Warning: As is so often the case, we talk about some pretty gratuitous violence here, including suicide.

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Episode 36: Metal Gear Solid: Don’t Let Your Memes Be Dreams

“A sneaking episode?”

Metal Gear has… Oops? We talk about Metal Gear Solid and how much Hideo Kojima predicted when it comes to modern politics. Phil and Sly try to convince Ryan that these games are amazing, while Darryl adds a healthy grain of salt  into the discussion. We mostly talk about Metal Gear Solid 2 and Revengeance, but touch upon all of them at least a little bit.

On this episode, we talk about how Metal Gear Solid’s villains just want to Make America Great Again. We also cover all sorts of different types of “isms.” And we spend way too much (or not enough?) time talking about memes. Ryan tries to seem cool but ends up just hiding behind his gamecube. Sly is all about dream meme genes. Phil finally reveals his hypocrisy when it comes to hating dumb media. And Darryl takes nanomachines so he can beat us up. Just like Metal Gear, this episode is both way more serious and way sillier than it has any right to be.

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Issue 66 – Thanos: God Of Death Or Pilot Of Helicopters?

Thanos moer liek lame-os m i rite
I am become death, you cornered kitty!

Special episode alert! Who’s ready for an editorially mandated CROSSOVER? It’s the EVENT of the SUMMER! Divisive Issues will NEVER be the SAME AGAIN! We’re joined by Henry from Midtown Comics to talk about the inconsistent history of Thanos, the star of the mega-blockbuster, Avengers: Infinity War!

Comics we cover: Spidey Super Stories 39 and Thanos Quest

Hoo boy, this was a wild ride. We give a quick synopsis of the history of Thanos leading up to Infinity Gauntlet, the book that inspired Avengers: Infinity War. How did Thanos get all the Infinity gems? Is he actually worthy of this decade long hype? And just how many skateboarding heroes does Marvel have? Henry’s a wonderful guest, despite his love of Sexy Fauxbo… I mean Lobo. Ryan traveled through time to 1979 to write the first issue we covered. Sly just can’t get behind the Marvel movies changing his precious Infinity GEMS into Infinity STONES. Darryl finally finds his soul (gem) mate in Thanos, his powerful purple prince.

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Announcement! Huge news! New Network Branding, Patreon, and more!

We made it
Our new network art – created by Sly

The Comrade network is relaunching as Flying Machine! And we have a patreon now with monthly bonus episodes! And other cool things!

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Issue 65 – Better A Dead Lantern, Than a Red Lantern

Red Lanterns get way cooler when it's a cat that vomits blood in the 00s.
“If all superheroes are equal, how are some Superer than others?”

Oops, We Talked Politics this week, everybody. We cover one arc of Steve Englehart’s Green Lantern, Red Lantern. An alien Green Lantern defects to Russia at the height of the Cold War and meets Gorbachev. It goes about how you would expect. Oh, also a 12 year old girl uses a ring to turn into an adult and make out with Hal Jordan. Yikes.

In this episode, Ryan’s dreams finally come true and he gets to talk about Green Lantern lore FOREVER. We talk a lot about Guy Gardner, the greatest Green Lantern ever. Somehow, Phil follows suit and falls in love with Guy, too. Darryl’s love for Salaak (and Ch’P) make their first appearance. Sly’s just a simple, gorilla man commie. If you’re interested in some of the old stuff we talk about, some old episodes we reference: Steve Englehart’s Doctor Strange getting cucked by Ben Franklin and the last time Green Lantern got political, John Stewart’s first appearance.

Comics Covered: Green Lantern 207-210

Theme song: The Ballad Of Red And Green By Eric Manwiller

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Episode 34: Oops, Everything Is Awful And We’re All Gonna Die

You can only fight your own pessimism for so long,
We feel younger already!

Against all odds, we’re back. Last episode, we talked about how much we had to look forward to! Well, not anymore. It’s time to dip into our endless reserve of pessimism and talk about some dark futurology. Let’s be real, y’all, it’s not looking good out there lately.

We talk about some of our biggest fears for the future. Darryl talks the trend of hyper-partisan politics and gives the secret origin of Jesus Christ: microbiologist. Ryan talks automation and his own miserable existence. Phil talks antibiotic resistant bacteria and has no faith in human decency vs. the allure of McNuggets. Sly talks immortality and really “Slys it up” in style.

P.S. Ryan would have talked about Climate Change but we did a whole episode on that.

Further Reading:

Hyperpartisanship

Automation In The Trucking Industry

A Trucker’s Take On Automation

Automation In America

How Safe Is Your Job?

Retired Cells

Anti-Aging Pill

The Blood Of The Young

Theme Song: The End Of The World As We Know It by R.E.M.

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Issue 64 – Yu-Gi-Oh: It’s Time to D-D-D-Die!

Yu-Gi-Oh's all kinda messed up, y'all.
“Do You Wanna Play A Game?”

We stay in the world of manga to talk about Yu-Gi-Oh! Everyone’s favorite card game! Too bad the manga has nothing to do with the card game and just has a kid ironically murdering people!

In this episode, Sly reveals the moral code for Sly’s America. Ryan starts his career writing gag manga. Phil tricks us into shutting up for a few minutes. And Darryl has to choose which of us to marry. All this and more!

Comics Covered: Yu-Gi-Oh Chapters 1-7

Theme song: The Yu-Gi-Oh Theme

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Episode 33: It Can’t Be All Bad, Can It? An Optimistic Look Towards The Future

Being Optimistic is hard, dudes
“The Kids Are Our Future”

We’re looking to the future! We (try to) focus on the bright side of humanity’s future. Optimism? In MY political podcast?

Darryl walks us through some of the pros and cons of generational trends as the Parkland students show us that all hope is not lost. Sly pays his dues and breaks down the return of the unions of the world as they bargain for more power again! Ryan struggles to pronounce Universal Basic Income, but manages to explain Finland, Alaska, and California’s experiments to fight automation and disappearing jobs! Phil couldn’t bear to think about anything positive in this hellscape we’ve ended up in, but he’ll be back next episode!

Further Reading:

Polling on UBIs

Alaska’s UBI Program

Some Milquetoast NYT Nonsense

Finland’s UBI

California’s UBI

West Virgina’s Teacher Strike

Game Developer’s Unionize

Gen Z

Theme Song: Ooh Child by The Five Stairsteps

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Issue 63 – My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness – The Title Says It All

Lesbians, ya know?
“My Private Report On Too Real Relatability”

We’re pretty sick of doing dumb and bad books, so we let Darryl pick one. He picked an autobiographical manga that really resonated with all of us, and hopefully you, too. A young woman’s journey through her crippling depression and anxiety as she comes to terms with herself and her sexuality as a lesbian. Not a lot of goofs here, y’all.

On this episode, we get another insight into the kinds of books Darryl would do if he controlled the podcast (hint: good ones). Ryan hides behind jokes (what else is new). Phil finally finds out if sex work is legal in Japan. Sly finds a secret boy hole that none of us knew about.

Just a heads up, we talk extensively about sex, prostitution, depression, anxiety, self harm, and suicide in this episode.

Comics Covered: My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness

Recommendation: Jeffrey Brown’s Graphic Novels

Theme song: Turn Me On

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