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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 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.
For 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.
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.
On this episode, the boys are joined by Michael M. Raider (of We’ll Get It Right Next Year: An Adventure In Cinema and Wheeeeeengs fame) to discuss some edgy Garth Ennis to welcome in EDGELORD AUGUST PART 1.
IT’S EDGELORD AUGUST. We’re talking about Crossed, a book that Ryan refers to as “Walking Dead but instead of zombies, they come back as shitlords.” Sly doesn’t understand Scottish stereotypes. Michael tries his damnedest to give deep intellectual analysis of this masterpiece. Darryl didn’t even read all the right books. Maybe Phil will be back next time? We really hope so, we don’t want to do another edgelord book without him.
Be warned, we’re talking about excessive gore, dying babies, murder, sexual violence, all sorts of things that are universally terrible.