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Posted: Friday July 14, 2017

"Kraven's Last Hunt" continues as he heads into the sewers and takes down Vermin. Then, we hop across the pond to read the first part of "Man of Iron." It's Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #131 and The Transformers #33.

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Posted: Saturday July 8, 2017

We know who's behind Cobra Commander's armor, but do the Baroness and Serpentor? One of them is going to find out in G.I. Joe #64. Then, we're going to find out what's going in the entire Marvel Universe (and the New Universe) in Marvel Age #55.

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Posted: Monday July 3, 2017

I go headlong into the Marvel mainstream as Kraven's Last Hunt continues in The Amazing Spider-Man #293 and Frank Castle takes on a white supremacist militia in The Punisher #3. Plus, since my copy of the Punisher's book is an actual physical comic book, I get to look at letters and ads! Oh the fun we have!

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Posted: Sunday June 25, 2017

In 1977, one of the biggest phenomenons of the decade was released, a movie that so encapsulated that moment in time that it's been preserved for being culturally relevant. That movie? Saturday Night Fever. I take a ride to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn 40 years ago to hang out with Tony Manero and his friends as they escape their directionless lives for the dance floor of their favorite disco. I'll talk about the movie, its place as one of the great post-adolescent films, and the multi-platinum-selling definitive disco soundtrack.

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Posted: Thursday June 22, 2017

After looking at another issue of G.I. Joe Special Missions where a few Joes pull off a perfect A-Team-esque caper, I begin what I consider one of the highlights of the summer of 1987 and that's "Kraven's Last Hunt," which starts in Web of Spider-Man #31.

Plus ... I strap an onion to my belt and decide to ramble on about turning 40.

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Posted: Monday June 19, 2017

Got a job? Got a couple of bucks? Need a car? Come on down to episode 21 of Origin Story where I can sell you some Used Autobots in The Transformers #32. That's right ... it doesn't matter if you have bad credit or no credit, you're going to get a fight between robots, humans, and other robots!

Plus, I take a look back at two classic music videos from 1987. And talk about boobs.

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Posted: Friday June 9, 2017

Charles and Diana ... Luke and Laura ... Peter Parker and Mary Jane ... all couples whose weddings were the must-see events of the 1980s. This episode, I'll be taking a look at that last one, as I look at both The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 and Marvel Age #54. Plus, I'll also be continuing my look at the "Joes in Captivity" storyline with G.I. Joe #63.

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Posted: Thursday June 8, 2017

Buster Witwicky fights off Ratbat in the Car Wash of Doom and The Punisher takes down a drug cartel in Bolivia! It's the latest episode of Origin Story where I have a two-fer of Marvel Comics from 1987, starting with The Transformers #31 and ending with The Punisher #2.

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Posted: Wednesday June 7, 2017

Stalker, Quick-Kick, and Snow Job are in the gulag; Outback returns to Joe headquarters; Billy enters the ninja; and I talk about Trivial Pursuit. It's all here in the latest episode of Origin Story, where I cover G.I. Joe #62.

Now with fewer audio glitches!

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Posted: Monday May 29, 2017

The "Joes captured behind the Iron Curtain" storyline continues as Outback, the one who got away, escapes and fights his way across the border in G.I. Joe Special Missions #6. As always, I take a look at the comic and give it a review. Then, I spend time talking about the Stephen King novels published in 1987, especially his fantasy story The Eyes of the Dragon.

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NOTE: There were some technical issues with the audio and I may sound a little digitized and underwater. Hopefully, I will resolve those issues by the next episode.

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Posted: Tuesday May 23, 2017

They were cool, they were hip, they were the "in" thing, and they lasted all of three months. They were fads.

Slap on a bracelet, flip a water bottle, hug your Beanie Babies tight and join me as I take a look at seven huge youth-driven fads (with some old people getting into it) from the mid-1980s until today. I examine the background behind each, some of its effects, why they were often banned from schools, and how they died out.

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Posted: Friday May 19, 2017

I'm back to a single issue and rambling on with an onion on my belt. This time around, I look at the conclusion to the two-part Scraplets story from Transformers in issue #30 of the series. Plus, I wax nostalgic about my VHS copy of the 1986 John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off.

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Posted: Wednesday April 12, 2017

It's time to return to the music of the early 1990s ... and I'm bringing Amanda along for the ride as well! This time around, we take a look at ten albums that influenced us as teenagers. You'll hear us talk about Seattle icons such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam; legendary Nineties recording artists like Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, Green Day, Stone Temple Pilots, and Mary J. Blige; as well as everyone from Madonna and Queen to the Dixie Chicks and Denis Leary.

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Posted: Saturday April 8, 2017

This time around, I have three ... that's right, THREE comics in ONE episode! I start off with the last of my FCTC-era Superman books for this show, which is Superman #7, then head over to Marvel for some military-grade violence! First, there's the first issue in an UNLIMITED series with The Punisher #1 followed by the start of my all-time favorite G.I. Joe storyline with G.I. Joe #61.

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Posted: Sunday March 19, 2017

Different distributors in the 1980s means different release dates for comics means that I'm putting this episode out two days before the last one. This time around, I take a look at The Adventures of Superman #429 by Marv Wolfman and Jerry Ordway, which puts the spotlight on Cat Grant in a sense, or at least gives us more insight into her relationship with her son Adam and his father. Plus, I walk down WWF memory lane by talking about Wrestlemania III and the legendary match between Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.

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Posted: Friday March 17, 2017

In this episode of Origin Story, Bumblebee and Blaster head to Arizona and wind up victims of The Scraplets. Plus, I manage to make an Office Space joke at the expense of the Decepticons! It's all in Transformers #29. Plus, I ramble about Top Gun even more, complete with Diet Pepsi commercial!

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Posted: Thursday March 9, 2017

IT'S TIME FOR TODD MCFARLANE! YAY!!!

This time around, I take a look at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #60, the issue that was commanding a pretty good price on the back issue market in the early 1990s because of the art by (then) future Spider-Man artist and Image co-founder Todd McFarlane! I review the comic and dig a little into its backstory (courtesy of Comic Book Legends Revealed) as well as share memories of a sleepover party from 1987 that has something to do with comics and G.I. Joe.

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Posted: Wednesday March 8, 2017

Ride into the Danger Zone with the Joes and Cobras as I cover a comic that featues a good old-fashioned mid-1980s dogfight in G.I. Joe: Special Missions #5! I review the comic and also talk about the perfect timing that was my owning at least a few Joe planes and my obtaining the Top Gun soundtrack, complete with my thoughts on Harold Faltermeyer's "Top Gun Anthem."

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Posted: Monday March 6, 2017

In the tenth episode of Origin Story, I head on over to Marvel's Distinguished Competition to check out an early FCTC-era Superman story with Adventures of Superman #428. I review the comic, gush about Jerry Ordway's art (because you have to), ship Clark Kent and Cat Grant, and reveal that I didn't realize when I was nine years old that the hostage on the cover of the comic was actually a guy (sorry Jerry--both of you). Also, I talk about how I remember buying this comic, which includes a story that will embarrass my sister ... which is always a bonus.

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Posted: Wednesday February 22, 2017

So no one told you this podcast was gonna be this way ... although someone told me and Stella when we sat down to dinner to talk about the iconic 1990s sitcom Friends. We spend a couple of hours talking about the show, its characters, and our favorite moments. Plus, there are tons of clips for your ears and Stella sings "Smelly Cat." Repeatedly. But don't worry, dear listener, because we'll be there for you when the rain starts to pour.

Okay, I'll stop.

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Posted: Sunday February 19, 2017

In the ninth episode of Origin Story, I go back to The Transformers with issue #28 of the series, which is the return of a recurring villain named The Mechanic. Plus, I take a moment to talk about movies that were out at this point in 1987, especially the Sylvester Stallone "classic," Over the Top.

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Posted: Friday February 17, 2017

In the eighth episode of Origin Story, I delve into my first of several regular series G.I. Joe comics from 1987, starting with issue #59, where Cobra Commander, Fred, and Raptor take on a convoy. Plus, I talk about sales tax. Yes, sales tax.Please dont forget to leave feedback at the Pop Culture Affidavit Facebook page and check out Pop Culture Affidavit for the show notes.

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Posted: Monday January 16, 2017

For the past 75 years, she's been a hero and role model, and this summer she is getting her own feature film. I'm talking, of course, about Wonder Woman. To honor the mighty Amazon, I'm taking a look at two series entitled The Legend of Wonder Woman. The first, from 1986, is by Kurt Busiek and Trina Robbins and takes place right after Crisis on Infinite Earths, closing the door on the pre-Crisis incarnation of Diana while opening the door for the landmark George Perez run. The second, from 2016, is by Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon, and is an all-ages, out-of-continuity retelling of WW's origin story.

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Posted: Thursday January 12, 2017

In the seventh episode of Origin Story, I delve into my first of several regular series Transformers comics from 1987, starting with issue #27, where in the recently departed Optimus Prime's absence, Grimlock seizes command of the Autobots. Plus, I talk a little about my kind of sort of discovering music on the radio in January 1987, which means Bruce Hornsby and the Range.

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Posted: Friday December 30, 2016

In the sixth episode of Origin Story, I wrap up my coverage of the ultimate Hasbro crossover by taking a look at G.I. Joe and the Transformers #4. Do the Joes and Cobras save the world with the help of the Autobots? Will Hawk and Barbara get back together? Does anyone care about the Anthony storyline? Plus, Bumblebee becomes Goldbug! And I ponder the nature of nostalgia.

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Posted: Thursday December 22, 2016

Many Christmases ago, Frank Costanza, fed up with the commercialism of Christmas and upset at how it caused him to reign blows upon another man who also wanted the same doll he was about to buy for his son, decided to create a new holiday--a Festivus for the rest of us. In the spirit of Frank and this holiday, Michael Bailey joins me for a very special Festivus episode.We begin by exploring the origins of Festivus, both through its appearance on Seinfeld and its real-life history. And then carry on the traditions of the holiday with the airing of grievances, where we talk about what's bothering us in pop culture this year as well as the feats of strength, wherein we take a look at the 1992-1993 Image Comics miniseries Brigade.So get out the aluminum pole and get your family around the table so you can tell them all the ways you've disappointed them before they try to pin you because it's time to celebrate!

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Posted: Thursday December 1, 2016

Shockwave tries to destroy the world! It's time for another look at G.I. Joe and the Transformers and this time around, I'm looking at issue #3 of the series, which raises the stakes as Cobra has to ally with G.I. Joe and the Autobots. I also share some memories of Christmas 1986.

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Posted: Monday November 7, 2016

It's Election Day and that means it's time to talk politics ... sort of! This episode, I'm joined by Rob Kelly (The Film and Water Podcast) to talk about the 1976 film All The President's Men, which stars Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman as Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two Washington Post reporters who broke the Watergate investigation in the 1970s. We discuss the film as well as a little bit of its historical context and hold it up as one of the iconic movies of the 1970s.

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Posted: Thursday November 3, 2016

Thirty years ago, I begn collecting comics for the first time. Now, Im taking you back to those days with “Origin Story,” a comics podcasting miniseries where I will look at all of the comics I bought in 1986-1987 in “real time.”

With this episode, I return to the series I started with, G.I. Joe and the Transformers. I take a look at issue #2 and see how the Decepticons make an alliance with Cobra and possibly plan to double cross them. Are we working toward a big conclusion or are things just dragging along? Listen to find out! Plus, I reminisce about October/November 1986.

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Posted: Wednesday October 26, 2016

Thirty years ago, the New York Mets beat the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 World Series. For those of us who are die-hard Mets fans, it was an experience that we'll never forget, and one that we have savored since then, as we patiently (and sometimes even painfully) wait for the Amazins to hoist the World Series trophy once more. Join me and my guest Paul Spataro as we look back on the 1986 season, NLCS, and World Series and share our memories of what it was like to be a kid (in my case) and be at some of the greatest games in Mets history (like Paul).

PLUS ... stay through to the end of the show for an exciting announcement about a BRAND NEW PODCAST!!!

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Posted: Sunday October 16, 2016

Thirty years ago, I begn collecting comics for the first time. Now, I'm taking you back to those days with "Origin Story," a comics podcasting miniseries where I will look at all of the comics I bought in 1986-1987 in "real time."

This time, I step away from Marvel and head over to DC for The Adventures of Superman #424, which marks the beginning of that title in the post-Crisis era. Does it still hold up after 30 years? Will I be able to say anything that Michael Bailey and Jeffrey Taylor haven't already said? Will I fill out the postcard in the middle of the comic and attempt to win a copy of the Man of Steel special edition hardcover 30 years after the contest expired? Well, you'll just have to listen!

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Posted: Friday October 7, 2016

Thirty years ago, I begn collecting comics for the first time. Now, I'm taking you back to those days with "Origin Story," a comics podcasting miniseries where I will look at all of the comics I bought in 1986-1987 in "real time."

For episode two, it's time to dive into one of my favorite series of that era, which is G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #55, "Unmaskings." I give a summary and review of the issue as well as take a look back at some mid-1980s television in my second segment.

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Posted: Friday September 30, 2016

Thirty years ago, I begn collecting comics for the first time. Now, I'm taking you back to those days with "Origin Story," a comics podcasting miniseries where I will look at all of the comics I bought in 1986-1987 in "real time."

In this first episode, I take a look at the book that started all of this, which is a crossover that every kid would have loved to see play out because they had already been playing the crossover in their basements and bedrooms with their toys. I'm talking about Marvel Comics' miniseries G.I. Joe and The Transformers. This time around, I will summarize and review issue #1 of the series.

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Posted: Sunday September 25, 2016

More con talk! I wrap up my coverage of the 2016 Baltimore Comic-Con by sitting down with Professor Alan to talk about our experience at this year's convention. We discuss con prep, creators we met, what we bought, and what we thought. Then, join me, Stella, and The Irredeemable Shag for a conversation over Mexican food during Shag's recent visit to Charlottesville. Plus ... listener feedback!

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Posted: Tuesday September 6, 2016

It's that time of year again--time for the Baltimore Comic-Con! And this time, I'm not alone!

In the first of two episodes covering this year's convention, I am joined by my son, Brett, as we take a look at the Kids Love Comics portion of the Baltimore Comic-Con and he experiences his very first convention. Along the way, we have footage from the "Create Your Own Superhero Logo" session as well as the "Scribble Scramble" competition. Plus, creator interviews with Franco (Aw Yeah, Superman Family Adventures, Tiny Titans) and Alexis Fajardo (Kid Beowulf). AND ... Brett winds up on TV! Come check it out; it's loads of all-ages fun!!!

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Posted: Sunday August 21, 2016

Thirty years ago, Rob Reiner directed the seminal coming-of-age film Stand By Me. To celebrate its anniversary, Michael Bailey and I take a look at the film as well as the Stephen King novella "The Body," upon which it's based; as well as the music on its soundtrack. We also discuss why it's an essential movie for anyone who grew up in the 1980s.

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Posted: Wednesday August 10, 2016

It's time to throw your Sublime CD into the stereo of your teal Mustang and then do the Macarena while downing some Molson Ice because we're going back to the summer of 1996. Join me and my special guest--my wife, Amanda--as we take a look at the lineup from the 1996 HFStival and then discuss the music of that summer.

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Posted: Thursday July 28, 2016

THIS IS IT! THE BIG FINALE! And oh what a good one we've got for you! I'm joined by The Irredeemable Shag to talk about a book that not only showcases a plethora of DC superheroes, but characters from just about every DC genre I've covered. It's Showcase #100, a 36-page spectaculary by Paul Kupperberg, Paul Levitz, and Joe Staton!

We cover the issue, give our critique, and then wrap up by having a quick talk about new comics and finding your joy. So check it out as we take this miniseries home.

Thanks goes out to everyone who co-hosted on the show and everyone who listened and wrote in. It's been a lot of fun. Let's do it again sometime!

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Posted: Tuesday July 19, 2016

It's time to go back to class as I sit down with Professor Alan (The Relatively Geeky Network) to discuss documentaries. We take a look at the genre as a whole, talking about what makes a good documentary and the mistakes that documentarians often make (from our opinions as viewers) as well as go in depth with a few of our own choices, including King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, Room 237, and This Film is Not Yet Rated. There are a number of films mentioned and several recommendations as well.

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Posted: Wednesday July 13, 2016

My look at the history of DC Comics through its many genres reaches its penultimate episode with the last non-superhero genre but the very first it published (literally), which is Westerns. While giving an overview of the many cowboys and frontiersmen that DC published since 1935, I take a look at New Fun Comics #1, which featured a story starring cowboy Jack Woods on its cover before heading over to a 1950s Nighthawk story and then Jonah Hex #48.

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Posted: Tuesday July 5, 2016

It's an all-star "live" episode as I get the chance to sit down with Professor Alan and Stella and then Stella herself and talk about topics random and geeky! Enjoy such conversations as the novels of Thomas Hardy, DC Rebirth, the Human League, Bat-splaining, and Mad Men. Plus, LISTENER FEEDBACK!!!

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Posted: Sunday May 8, 2016

If you were a comics reader in the late Eighties and early Nineties, you probably saw their ads--either a long list of back issues against a yellow background or a striking picture of the latest HOT character advertising what was going to be a RED HOT book. Well in this episode, I'm joined by Michael Bailey of Views From the Longbox (among other podcasts) for the first part of a two-part crossover about collecting comics in the decade that subtlety forgot.

For part one, Mike and I spend time talking about being teenagers during the boom years and specifically look at buying back issues through the mail. We talk about our experiences with Mile High Comics, the stalwart mail order service that so many of us have dealt with or bought from at one point or another. Then, we answer a question that crosses the minds of comics fans whenever they're flipping through some Nineties comics: Whatever happened to American Comics/Entertainment This Month?

And after you're done with that, check out Episode 233 of Views from the Longbox, which will drop later this week, where Mike and I continue our discussion, this time turning our attention to Wizard: The Guide to Comics. It's the most EXTREEEEEEEEEME two-parter EVER!

Oh, and special thanks to Andrew Leyland.

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Posted: Sunday April 17, 2016

This time around, I'm joined by Andrew Leyland (Hey Kids, Comics!, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast, Listen to the Prophets) to discuss what has to be one of the most underrecognized (and maybe even underrated) Batman stories of the late 1980s, perhaps even of all time. Written by Jim Starlin with art by Berni Wrightson, it's the four-issue prestige format miniseries from 1988, The Cult. We take an in-depth look at each of the issues and also talk a little bit about Batman and comics in general.

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Posted: Sunday March 20, 2016

This Friday, Batman and Superman will meet on the big screen for the first time in our lifetimes in the film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. So, in order to "cash in" on this, I'm taking a look at the beginning and end of the World's Finest team by looking at two pre-Crisis Batman and Superman team-ups.

First up is World's Finest #271 by Roy Thomas and Rich Buckler, which is a very long recap (including a long text piece) of the origin(s) of the Superman-Batman team. Then, it's time to recap World's Finest #323, which was the final issue of the long-running series and the "end" of the classic Batman-Superman team. I summarize and review both comics and also give my opinion and feelings as far as anticipation for the big, blockbuster film are concerned. Plus, listener emails!

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Posted: Wednesday March 2, 2016

With three episodes to go in the series, I'm joined by Luke Jaconetti from Earth Destruction Directive (among other podcasts) to talk about DC's long history of war comics. Over the course of our conversation, we take a look at a classic tale starring Sgt. Rock and Easy Company as well as the Creature Commandos and The War That Time Forgot in Weird War Tales #100.

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Posted: Wednesday February 10, 2016

It's time for YET ANOTHER PLAYLIST EPISODE! Inspired by Andrew Leyland's movie scores episode of "The Palace of Glittering Delights," I've compiled a playlist of songs from movie soundtracks that are both classic and obscure but are in many ways spectacular. I've got Simon & Garfunkel, The Bee Gees, Queen, Irene Cara, and (of course) Kenny Loggins. So many movie memories! So many songs left off the list!

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Posted: Monday January 25, 2016

Well, it's been a month since Christmas and you've all finally listened to all of the holiday-themed episodes that everyone else on the TTF network put out ... so why not one more? That's right, folks--we've kept the lights up and drinking egg nog way past its expiration date to bring you a look at FOUR Christmas-themed DC Comics. First up is a treasury-sized Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer read by yours truly and Brett, complete with running commentary. I follow that up with Stella who discussed a Golden Age Batman story live at our local Starbucks. Then, it's time to check in with the boy of steel and the Legion of Super-Heroes in a classic story that I reviewed with Michael Bailey. And finally, I fly solo for Team Titans #6. It's festive! It's jolly! It's a month overdue!

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Posted: Monday January 18, 2016

It's the first episode of 2016 and I'm back from Vegas, baby, so I've decided to take a look at one of the biggest independent film success stories of the mid-1990s, Swingers. Directed by Doug Liman and starring Jon Favreau (who also wrote the screenplay) and Vince Vaughn, the film is a comedy about guys, Hollywood, and attempts at romance in their twenties.

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Posted: Thursday December 17, 2015

Be a good citizen! Don't do drugs! Understand the dangers of unprotected sex and fight the stigma of AIDS. These are all part of various DC Comics public service announcements over the company's 80-year history. In this episode, I tackle citizenship by looking at a classic one-page Superboy PSA; fight the war on drugs by looking at not one, but all three New Teen Titans Drug Awareness giveaways; and I contribute to AIDS awareness by looking at one-page PSAs featuring the DCU's best and brightest as well as the mini-comic Death Talks About Life.

This episode is dedicated with heartfelt condolences to Mr. Shawn Engel, whom the TTF family recently lost. My thoughts go out to his family and friends in this difficult time.

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Posted: Wednesday November 25, 2015

My look at 80 Years of DC Comics continues with a review of the fantasy genre of comics, one that spans much of the company's publishing history. I start off in the 1950s with a classic Kanigher-Kubert Viking Prince tale from Brave and the Bold #3 and then fast-foward to the 1980s for the 16-page Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld preview story "Duel in Dark Magic," which appeared in Legion of Superheroes #296. Finally, I tackle one of Neil Gaiman's classic Sandman comics, where he gets some help from Charles Vess on art and William Shakespeare himself in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from Sandman #19. Plus ... listener emails!

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Posted: Wednesday October 28, 2015

Just in time for Halloween, it's a look at DC's horror offerings! I take a look at some classic 1970s horror with stories from Ghosts and Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion (a story by none other than Jack "King" Kirby himself) and after a very quick look at an issue of John Constantine: Hellblazer, finish up with the first story in American Vampire #1.

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Posted: Thursday October 22, 2015

If there's one genre that DC is known for as much as its superheroes, it's science fiction. A staple of the company since it's very early days, it has spawned thousands of stories, and in this episode I take a look at 80 years of DC Comics' science fiction. What's covered, you ask? Don Drake on the Planet Soro, Tommy Tomorrow in "Columbus of Space," Adam Strange in "War on Earth and Rann," a story called "Killing Time" from Mystery in Space, Hex #11, and the Warren Ellis/Colleen Doran graphic novel Orbiter. Plus, interludes from Real Fact Comics that show us all what a wonderful future the Golden Age had in store for us!

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Posted: Friday October 16, 2015

My recap of the summer of 2015 concludes with a look at this year's Baltimore Comic-Con! I take you through all of the tedious prep, talk about the comics I had signed, and gush about what I bought!

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Posted: Wednesday October 14, 2015

It's time to beam aboard and join me as I take a brief look at one of DC's most successful licensed properties comics: Star Trek. In this episode, I take a quick look at Star Trek (1st series) #33, an issue billed as a "Twentieth Anniversary Special" that has the Excelsior as captained by James T. Kirk and his former Enterprise crew meet up with the crew from ... the Enterprise?!

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Posted: Thursday October 8, 2015

The summer 2015 recap continues with a Disney World episode! Join me, Amanda, and Brett as we head to Orlando in July and cover past and present vacations, what we loved doing, what we loved to eat, and a little bit of Agent P's World Showcase Adventure!

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Posted: Wednesday September 16, 2015

Our walk through the non-superhero history of DC Comics is back with a look at licensed properties comics. And this one is full of guest stars! Stella! Andy Leyland! Charo! Brett Panarese! The 1972 Miami Dolphins! People who steal other people's tired bits!

This episode starts off with Stella (Batgirl to Oracle) sitting down with me at Starbucks to talk about a story from a Dale Evans comic from the 1940s. Then I head to the 1970s and bring you the hot rod racin' action of Hot Wheels! After that, we head into the 1980s and Andy Leyland (Hey Kids, Comics! The Palace of Glittering Delights) and I talk about the first issue of V: The Comic Book. Finally, I sit down with Brett for an issue of Scooby-Doo Team-Up. All the stars are here, waitin' for you!

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Posted: Wednesday September 2, 2015

Stella! Shag! Summer! It's time for the first of a three-part look at the summer of 2015 and it starts off with a talk about movies between me, Stella (Batgirl to Oracle), and The Irredeemable Shag (The Fire & Water Podcast). Then, it's time for listener feedback.

BUT WAIT ... THERE'S MORE!

To hear the rest of the conversation that Stella, Shag, and I had, check out the first two episodes of this three-episode podcast crossover:

The Fire and Water Podcast, Episode 136

Batgirl to Oracle, Episode 105

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Posted: Wednesday August 5, 2015

Remember all of the awesome music we used to jam to growing up in the '80s and '90s? Remember all of the important bands that you heard just as they came out and before they became huge? Well, in this episode I'm going to take you on a nostalgic musical journey that has absolutely NONE OF THAT! No, it's time for an honest look at our formative years with 16 memorable soft rock and pop hits from the 1970s and 1980s, the same hits I was forced to endure while sitting the back of my parents' car on the way to my grandparents' house. So buckle up ... it's time for The Softacular.

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Posted: Wednesday July 29, 2015

High school reunion month concludes with my all-time favorite reunion movies and one of my all-time favorite John Cusack movies, Grosse Pointe Blank. For this look at the high school reunion of Martin Blank, professional killer, I'm joined by Michael Bailey (From Crisis to Crisis, Tales of the JSA, Views from the Longbox) and we talk about the movie, its characters, its music, and how well it holds up nearly 20 years after its release.

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Posted: Friday July 24, 2015

Everything's a laugh riot here for this episode of my DC Comics retrospective, as I take a look at books that put the funny in funny books! I start out by taking a very quick look at couple of the short comic strips in New Fun Comics #5, then Brett and I read a story from Sugar and Spike #3 before Michael Bailey joins me for an in-depth discussion of The Adventures of Jerry Lewis #86. Finally, I finish up with quick looks at Ambush Bug #4, Ambush Bug Nothing Special #1, and Bizarro #2.

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Posted: Wednesday July 8, 2015

High school reunion month kicks off with a look at the 1996 movie Beautiful Girls, which was directed by Ted Demme and has one of those "Everyone from the Nineties" ensemble casts, which includes Timothy Hutton, Matt Dillon, Michael Rappaport, Rosie O'Donnell, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman, and Natalie Portman. I take a look at the film and offer up my favorite and not-so-favorite moments. Plus, listener emails!

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Posted: Wednesday July 1, 2015

For as long as DC has been publishing, talking animals have been part of their lineup. In this episode, I take a brief look at the history of DC's funny animal comics with a story from The Fox and the Crow as well as some Looney Tunes stories. Plus, I take a look at the first appearance of Captain Carrot! Along the way, reading the comics for and with me is my 7-year-old son, Brett. So sit back and enjoy the zaniness!

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Posted: Thursday June 25, 2015

It's the 50th episode of Pop Culture Affidavit! For this special episode, I take a look back twenty years to the year I graduated from high school. Along the way, I look at how senior year of high school is represented in movies. It includes stops at, among other things, American Pie, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Can't Buy Me Love, and Paper Towns as well as a host of personal memories about my own senior year of high school (which ended on June 25, 1995). Was high school the best time of my life? Was it a waking nightmare? Was it a little bit of both? You'll have to listen to find out.

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Posted: Tuesday May 26, 2015

In 1997, Sean McKeever self-published his very first work, The Waiting Place, a story about the ennui that comes with being a young adult trapped in a town that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. It was soon picked up by Slave Labor Graphics and McKeever along with Brendon and Brian Fraim and then Mike Norton finished the entire saga of the town of Northern Plains and its denizens in three volumes plus an epilogue.

I spend this episode taking a complete look at The Waiting Place, which has been one of my favorite comics coming-of-age stories since I bought the volume one trade in 2001. This includes a full synopsis as well as a review.

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Posted: Wednesday May 20, 2015

My look at non-superhero comics throughout DC's 80-year history continues with the crime-drama genre and to represent that, I've chosen the 1988 miniseries Cinder and Ashe, which was written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (praise be his name). It's a story about two private investigators looking for a missing girl and getting drawn into a political conspiracy that involves a man from their past they both thought dead.

This episode is part of the #ConwayXover, a crossover among several podcasts that will be celebrating the work of Gerry Conway as well as putting a spotlight on issues concerning creator equity in comics. Special thanks to Michael Bradley for inviting me on board!

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Posted: Wednesday May 13, 2015

It's the fifth part of my look at 80 years of DC Comics and I cover not necessarily a type of comic, but a type of character. It's an all-gorilla episode! Listen as I recap a classic Congo Bill story as well as Secret Origins #40.

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Posted: Wednesday April 29, 2015

It's time for another look back at a classic teen movie and this time I've pulled out all the stops for one of the quintessential 1980s teen flicks, Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I'm joined by Todd Liebenow of The Forgotten Filmcast to talk about the film, and its influence. We cover all the bases, including an iconic performance by Sean Penn and an iconic moment that comes courtesy of Phoebe Cates.

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Posted: Sunday April 12, 2015

Help me support the Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville-Albemarle by donating to my 2015 Wordplay team!

Wordplay is an annual trivia contest held in April at the Paramount Theater in Charlottesville. Teams of three compete to win prizes, but also as a way to fundraise for the Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville-Albemarle, an organization dedicated to providing education and literacy resources for those who are illiterate or English language learners.

My team and I, the Dominating Dragons of William Monroe HS, are looking to raise $500 and we need your help. If you can give any amount, please click the link below to donate. All donations are tax deductible and it helps out a very worthy cause.

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Posted: Wednesday April 8, 2015

80 Years of DC Comics rolls on as I take a look at an issue of Legends of the DC Universe starring my all-time favorite superhero team, The New Teen Titans! This episode is part of a mega podcast crossover with the Lantern Cast and I was happy to read this issue and review it.

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Posted: Wednesday April 1, 2015

"The Meat Loaf Episode." Enough said.

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Posted: Wednesday March 25, 2015

For 77 years, DC Comics has been the home to Superheroes. But for 80 years, it has been the home to action-adventure. Join me as I take a look at action-adventure stories featuring Steve Conrad, Johnny Peril, King Faraday, Nemesis, and Dick Grayson in an episode that spans most of the company's history.

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Posted: Wednesday March 11, 2015

Riding the coattails of The Palace of Glittering Delights, I've got my own TV theme song countdown. There's comedy! There's drama! There's Canadians! There's Hasselhoff! Join me as I count down twelve of my all-time favorite TV theme songs.

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Posted: Wednesday February 18, 2015

It's a coattails-riding self-indulgent trip down comedy memory lane as I spend 30 minutes talking about Saturday Night Live, which just had a huge 40th anniversary special this past Sunday. Here, I look back on another anniversary special from the show, its 15th anniversary special, which aired in the fall of 1989, and I also talk about how the show has had an effect on me since I've been watching it for the last 25 years.

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Posted: Thursday February 12, 2015

My celebration of 80 Years of DC Comics continues with a genre that was once pretty strong and popular but is no longer around, which is romance comics. I'm joined by Stella from Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast and we take a look at Secret Hearts #153. There's fighting! Old boyfriends! Professions of love! And lots and lots of girls crying. Plus ... horoscopes!

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Posted: Tuesday February 3, 2015

It's literally a literary episode of Pop Culture Affidavit as Professor Alan joins me to talk about books and movies; specifically, adaptation. We get into what makes a good adaptation, what makes a bad adaptation, talk about movies based on books that we love and hate, and even discuss what books we'd like to see and not see made into films (with a little tangent conversation about television).

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Posted: Tuesday January 27, 2015

Presenting the first episode in an all-new podcast miniseries from Pop Culture Affidavit, 80 Years of DC Comics. Throughout these twelve episodes, I am going to be taking a look at the various genres of comic books that DC Comics has produced in its 80-year history. For my first episode, I start off easy by talking about superheroes. More specifically, I go through 10 moments in DC Comics published during my lifetime that have I've enjoyed or that have had some sort of impact on me. So while it doesn't necessarily cover all 80 years of the company, it's a personal look at DC, company I've been very loyal to since I started seriously collecting comics more than two decades ago.

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Posted: Tuesday January 13, 2015

So it's Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanuaaaaaaaaaaaaary. Blah. BUT, thankfully I'm here to bore you all to death ... I mean, get you pumped up for another year of pop culture randomness! Join me for 40 minutes of rambling where I talk about Christmas, highlights from last year, and what I'm looking forward to this year.

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Posted: Monday December 29, 2014

It's the end of the year and that means it's the end of my year-long series, "1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties!" I close things out with another grab bag that features music, movies, television, politics, and the Internet and then give a final, closing statement about why 1994 is the most important year of what's proven to be an incredibly important decade.

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Posted: Wednesday December 17, 2014

BECAUSE NOBODY DEMANDED IT, it's time for yet another Christmas episode! And this year, I'm saving you from the barrage of crappy Christmas "classics" out there with my own TOP TWELVE COUNTDOWN of CHRISTMAS FAVORITES! Plus, a special long-distance dedication!

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Posted: Wednesday December 10, 2014

We're nearing the end of 1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties and in the penultimate episode of the series, I'm showcasing what is one of the most important television series of the Nineties, The Real World. Specificlally, I take a look at season three: San Francisco, which starred Judd Winick, Pedro Zamora, and "Puck." The episode includes a run-down of the history of The Real World up to that point, a look at the season and then a look at the season's legacy as well as Winick's 2000 graphic novel, Pedro and Me.

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Posted: Sunday November 23, 2014

It's Thanksgiving time and 1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties continues with a look at the biggest night of network television that year--NBC's Thursday night Must See TV lineup! Join me and my wife, Amanda, as we sit and watch the episodes of Mad About You, Friends, and Seinfeld that aired on November 17, 1994. It's a kinda sorta commentary?

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Posted: Thursday November 6, 2014

Save your seat on the couch, throw on some P-Funk, try to figure out the Caine-Hackman theory, work on your thesis, and get really offended because it's time to take a look at the 1994 college flick PCU! Yeah, while it's not the most important film of 1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties, it's still one that we all remember, probably because of the number of times it aired on Comedy Central. Anyway, I take a look at the movie's plot and talk about five of my favorite things about the Jeremy Piven classic.

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Posted: Wednesday October 15, 2014

With episode 37, I return to 1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties with the only thing that I could possibly cover for episode 37: CLERKS! And to join me for this discussion of Kevin Smith's classic debut is Trentus Magnus, the award-winning host of Trentus Magnus Punches Reality. We guarantee that it is so awesome, it will break you.

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Posted: Wednesday September 24, 2014

It's National Banned Books Week and this time out I take a quick look at censorship, challenged and banned books, challenged and banned comics, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, and why and how censorship of this sort still exists.

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Posted: Tuesday September 16, 2014

Pop Culture Affidavit, the podcast that covers everything random in the world of popular culture has finally arrived at Two True Freaks! To celebrate our big move and the podcast's third anniversary, it's time for the third annual Baltimore Comic-Con episode! I take a look at the 2014 convention and talk about creators I met, comics I had signed, and what a whirlwind day it was. AND be sure to check out the show notes for all sorts of exclusive pictures!

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Posted: Monday September 1, 2014

My MSCL two-parter concludes with an extra-sized celebration through conversations with longtime fans of the show. Join me, Sarah Bunting (of TWoP and Previously.tv fame), Cory, Mark, Andrea, and chelle as we talk about MSCL, its impact on our lives, our history as fans, and the show's legacy twenty years later.

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Posted: Monday August 25, 2014

Twenty years ago, a television show premiered that, while it lasted only one season, had a clear impact on its devoted fans. The show was My So-Called Life. In honor of its twentieth anniversary and its place in 1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties, here's the first of two episodes. In this one, I give my so-called origin story and take a look at each episode.

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Posted: Wednesday July 30, 2014

Sit back, relax, drink some of Jimmy's coffee, give your girl a foot massage and make sure the gimp has a $5 milkshake, it's time to take a look at the movie of 1994: Pulp Fiction. I take a look at each section of the movie, talk a little bit about the film's soundtrack and discuss its lasting influence as well as why it should have been Best Picture.

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Posted: Wednesday July 9, 2014

What do Beverly Hills, 90210, the 1994 Baseball Strike, and Zima all have in common? They're all covered in the latest episode of Pop Culture Affidavit! As part of my series of posts and episodes called 1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties, I take a look at ten completely random things from 1994. It's movies, television, music, and current events all in one convenient episode!

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Posted: Thursday June 26, 2014

Fifteen years ago this summer, moviegoers were treated to one of the best and most consistent moviegoing experiences in history. Walk with me through ten movies from the summer of 1999, from The Phantom Menace and its ultimate disappointment to The Blair Witch Project and its being the scariest surprise of the season!

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Posted: Thursday June 12, 2014

Twenty years ago, the New York Rangers won their first Stanley Cup since 1940. Join me as I reminisce about that amazing run and talk about my life as a Rangers fan as well as share the memories of some of my friends.Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed to popcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Wednesday May 28, 2014

1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties continues with a look atThe Crow. Over the course of this episode, I take a look at the comic book by James O'Barr as well as the 1994 film starring Brandon Lee. Does this film hold up after twenty years? Tune in and find out!

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Posted: Wednesday May 7, 2014

It's the big conclusion of my conversation with Michael Bailey about 1994 in comics. Whereas we spent last episode talking about the comics industry, we spend most of this episode talking about what we thought were the most important comics of the year.

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Posted: Thursday April 17, 2014

As my look at 1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties continues, it's time to take a look at the comic books. Joining me for this endeavor is Michael Bailey of Views from the Longbox (among other podcasts). In this two-parter, we're going to talk about the comics industry of the 1990s, what the big releases were in 1994 as well as what our favorite books were that year.

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Posted: Monday March 24, 2014

"Dear Mr. Vernon ..." On March 24, 1984, five students sat through detention in the Shermer High School library. Now, I take a look at my favorite movie of all time, The Breakfast Club. I break down the movie's plot and give my review, sharing what makes it so special.

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Posted: Tuesday March 18, 2014

1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties continues with one of the most Nineties of Nineties movies, Reality Bites. I take a look at the Winona Ryder/Ben Stiller/Ethan Hawke classic and also talk about its place in popular culture as well as talk about why it failed at the box office as did so many other attempts ot market to "Generation X."

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Posted: Wednesday February 26, 2014

Do you have the time to listen to me whine? No? Well, do you have the time to listen to me talk about Green Day's Dookie, which was released twenty years ago and is one of the most important albums I ever purchased? You do? Great! I'll give some history on the album, go through it track by track and then explain exactly why, when I was 17 years old, this punk classic changed my life.

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Posted: Monday January 20, 2014

Happy New Year and welcome to the first in a series of posts for this year, "1994: The Most Important Year of the Nineties." All this year, I'm going to sit down and take a look at what was going on twenty years ago. That means movies, comics, music and all sorts of other stuff all this year! To kick off, it's an "intro" episode where I talk a little bit about last year and also relate why I think 1994 is such an important year in the decade of the 1990s.

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Posted: Friday December 20, 2013

This time out, I present to you Dylan Thomas's "A Child's Christmas in Wales," a literary selection appropriate to the season.

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Posted: Thursday November 14, 2013

The latest episode is a little late but I promise you it's well worth it. This time around I take a look at one of my absolute favorite rock and roll stories, Eddie and the Cruisers. I delve into P.F. Kluge's original novel; talk about the 1983 feature film starring Michael Paré as Eddie Wilson, along with Tom Berenger and Ellen Barkin; and I even cover the sequel, Eddie and the Cruisers II: Eddie Lives! So come along for a rock and roll ghost story for the ages!

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Posted: Wednesday October 9, 2013

This time around, I have yet another guest on the show and it's an awesome special guest, my friend chelle who spends about 90 minutes with me talking about the 1993 Counting Crows debut album, "August and Everything After." We talk about the album's history and go through it song by song and bring up everything that we like about the album and the band, which has been around for 20 years now.

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Posted: Sunday September 22, 2013

This episode, Rob Kelly joins me to talk about his new book, "Hey Kids Comics: True-Life Tales From the Spinner Rack!"

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Posted: Saturday September 21, 2013

It's the one year anniversary of the Pop Culture Affidavit podcast and I'm celebrating in fine style with coverage from the 2013 Baltimore Comic-Con! I attended on Saturday, September 7 and you'll get to hear me talk about the con as well as talk to some comics creators I met, including Art Baltazar and Franco, Michael Golden, Rob Kelly, and George Perez!

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Posted: Friday August 30, 2013

Introducing a brand new occasional feature for the Pop Culture Affidavit Podcast: COMMENTARIES FOR THIGNS THAT DON'T NEED COMMENTARIES! For this first commentary, I take a look at the 1989 Andrew McCarthy/Jonathan Silverman classic, Weekend at Bernie's.

So grab some popcorn, prop your dead boss up on the couch, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

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Posted: Friday August 23, 2013

This time out we have an extra-sized and extra-AWESOME episode of the podcast. Joining me is my friend and fellow podcaster Michael Bailey (of Views From the Longbox and From Crisis to Crisis) and we spend THREE FULL HOURS discussing the films of Savage Steve Holland!

Who is Savage Steve Holland, you ask?

You may not necessarily recognize the name but any child of the Eighties will recognize the phrase "I want my two dollars!" That's right, Savage Steve directed Better Off Dead ..., the 1985 John Cusack classic about breakups, French foreign exchange students, psychotic paperboys, and weird neighbors who sit at home crocheting and snorting nasal spray.

But that's not all we talk about. We also reminisce about Savage Steve's other two films: the 1986 beach romp One Crazy Summer, which also stars John Cusack as well as Demi Moore and Bobcat Goldthwait; and we talk about his least-known but most-underrated film, How I Got Into College.

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Posted: Tuesday August 6, 2013

This time around in the podcast I take a look at the 1992 Cameron Crowe-directed film Singles, a romantic comedy whose soundtrack became one of the definitive albums from the 1990s. Starring Campbell Scott, Kyra Sedgwick, Bridget Fonda, and Matt Dillon and set in 1991 Seattle, Singles follows several characters in their twenties as they go through the complexities of trying to date and find love.

But of course, many people remember it for its music: Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Mudhoney, Smashing Pumpkins, and other bands important to the era make appearances on the soundtrack and even in the film, which is a great snapshot of a particular moment in our cultural history.

I spend the episode discussing the movie as well as my opinion of it and then spend a little bit of time on the soundtrack as well as a bit on its lasting legacy.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed to popcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Wednesday July 17, 2013

Turning the lens on myself, it's been ten years since I wrote and self-published a novel entitled "Sayville." Was it worth the money I paid to self-publish it? Is it worth the money you might pay to read it? Well, probably not. Is it worth hearing me talk about it for two hours of your time? That's debatable.

But if you're interested, you get a synopsis of the book and its characters, my reaction to reading it for the first time in a few years, and quite a bit of history as to how it came about and what went in to writing it.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed to popcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Wednesday July 3, 2013

In 1989, Cameron Crowe wrote and directed one of the seminal movies of the teen film genre. Starring John Cusack, Ione Skye, and John Mahoney, it's Say Anything ..., one of my favorite movies of all time.

Join me as I take a look back at the movie, talk about my favorite scenes and also take a look at the soundtrack.

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Posted: Thursday June 20, 2013

Hey everyone, take advantage of this special offer where you will get a ton of CDs for JUST ONE PENNY!

Does that sound familiar? If it does, then you're familiar with Columbia House, the record, tape, CD, and video club that flourished in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s and provided mail-order entertainment for America, one person at a time (or at least that's what the commercial says).

So, this time around, I not only take a look at Columbia House but at my personal experience with Columbia House, as I got my very first CD player when I was sixteen years old (twenty years ago!) and also signed up, eventually starting my music collection with thirteen CDs.

I had very different tastes in music back then.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed to popcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Wednesday May 22, 2013

Do you know it's been twenty years since Zack Morris graduated high school? Take a look back at the crew from Bayside High as I talk about Saved By The Bell--its history, its characters, my favorite episodes, and its legacy. Plus, a look at "Graduation," the final episode to feature the original cast.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed to popcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Monday April 29, 2013

In 1985, Joel Schumacher directed a seminal film that perfectly captures the angst of youth having been unleashed onto the world after graduating from college. Okay, that's giving this movie too much credit, but St. Elmo's Fire is still one of the best illustrations of Post-Collegiate Stress Disorder, or PCSD. So let's go back to the Eighties with one of the ultimate Brat Pack movies!

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Posted: Thursday March 28, 2013

This time around, I take a look at Chynna Clugston's comic series, "Blue Monday," a teen series with a kickass '80s soundtrack.

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Posted: Wednesday February 27, 2013

When you're a total geek and you've got a ton of money to blow, what do you do? Well, you spend it on getting a popular girl to go out with you! At least that's the premise of "Can't Buy Me Love," a 1980s romantic teen comedy if there ever was one.

So take an hour or so and go back to 1987 and all of its bad hair as I talk about this Patrick Dempsey classic as well as dive into my own personal review archives, all in the name of love. And getting people to listen.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed topopcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Thursday January 31, 2013

It's a new year and that means it's time to just see what's going on. Join me as I ramble on for an hour and a half about movies, books, television, and plans for this year. Here we go ... "Once More Into the Geek!"

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed topopcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Saturday December 22, 2012

Wait, didn't we just have an episode of this MONTHLY podcast LAST WEEK? Well, we survived the apocalypse so it's time to celebrate Christmas! And what am I doing to celebrate Christmas? Well, I'm taking a look at one of my favorite toy lines ever, G.I. Joe!

While I am also a fan of the cartoon as well as the Marvel comic book series and do mention them a couple of times, I decided to stick to the toy line. Over the course of this episode, I talk about the my five favorite action figures, my five favorite vehicles, and five action figures and vehicles I always wished I owned but didn't.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed topopcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Monday December 17, 2012

Hey everyone, it's time for THE APOCALYPSE!!! And while you're sitting around wondering if a civilization that's been dead for the better part of half of a millennium was right about the world ending, I thought I'd supply you with some music.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed topopcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Monday November 26, 2012

Welcome to episode 3 of Pop Culture Affidavit! This time around, I take a rather in-depth (some would say unnecessarily in-depth) look at Guns N' Roses' "November Rain," a song whose video dominated MTV in the summer of 1992. The episode comes complete with a history of the song, commentary for the video, and yours truly playing the piano (badly ... very, very badly). By the end of the podcast you'll really wish you had Slash's hat.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed topopcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Monday October 29, 2012

Welcome to episode 2 of Pop Culture Affidavit! Just in time for Halloween, I take a look at Stephen King's IT, with a review of the 1986 novel as well as the 1990 television movie that tells the tale of a group of childhood friends who set out to destroy a child-killing clown lives in the sewers of their hometown, and also wind up fighting a greater evil.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed topopcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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Posted: Friday September 28, 2012

Welcome to the VERY FIRST Pop Culture Affidavit podcast! Once a month, I will take a look at something completely random in the world of popular culture. Sometimes it'll be movies, sometimes it'll be music, sometimes it'll be comics ... it's honestly whatever is catching my attention at that moment.

For the first time around, I'm going to talk about "How I Spent My Summer Vacation" ... or as I called it, GEEK YOURSELF 2012! (yeah, it's a dork of a name). My summer included movies like "Prometheus" and "The Avengers" as well as a trip to the Baltimore Comic-Con.

Show notes and pictures are available at http://popcultureaffidavit.com, which is also where you can see regular weekly blog entries about the randomness that is pop culture. Feedback can be addressed topopcultureaffidavit@gmail.com

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