Episode 444: Thanks, Mom! This Is Your Fault

Will Ferrell as Ron Burgundy, showing off his gunsRoguealikes are a dime a dozen these days, but Steve and Jason think they found one and it’s a thumb-busting, clip-emptying good time. Enter the Gungeon is one part gun porn, one part procedural generation, and two parts AH RUN SHOOT IT SHOOT IT DIVE ROLL AAAAAHHHHH. Try it, you won’t be disappointed. On the back half, Steve did his job and brought a returning Charles Christopher, Is This What You Wanted, and The World Is Flat to the table for consumption. Jason, however, took the week off, and so he must listen to Steve’s stories about his high school public access show in the outro.

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Episode 443: Call Me Al?

Richard Karn as Al Borland from Home ImprovementJason wants to talk about his time with the Overwatch beta, while Steve is hung up on Paul Simon tunes. Luckily, there is room for both on this podcast! However, there is not enough room in their precious lives for all the webcomics of the world, so it’s time for another Webcomic Colonic! On the chopping block this time are some fine comics, including Monsieur Charlatan, Judecca, Garfield Minus Garfield, PLOX, Hominids, and Unicorn Soup. Stay tuned after the outro to find out how Steve narrowly avoided being peed on as a youth.

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Episode 442: Today, In Civil War News …

John Cena appears on Live With Kelly And MichaelWhen you love both sides equally, how can you possibly be expected to choose? Ripa and Strahan or Iron Man and Captain America, whatever the rivalry, the quandry remains the same. It’s not difficult at all to get excited about the webcomics in this episode, though! We talk about the Eisner nominees, Overwatch getting its comics due, and yet another Ryan Estrada project to get pumped about. Stay tuned after the outro to hear Jason whine about yard work, even though he is an adult.

TEAM RIPA TIL I DIE

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Episode 441: Gathering of the Stuckalos

A whippetWhen it’s time to upgrade, you have to pull the trigger. That’s why Jason has made the leap, from Android to iOS, and he couldn’t be happier with the change; the road to get there, not so much. Meanwhile, Steve challenges Super Art Fight to answer the call and show up in Utah. Are they up to the challenge? Also, Jason … might not understand what whippets are. While that question floats in the Inter-ether, the guys look at the second installment of the Battleborn comic, Kitsune Sho, and the legacy of Homestuck. Stay tuned after the outro for a good reason not to hurricanrana the unwilling.

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Episode 440: Done Men

Amazon Dash button for ordering Trojan condomsSteve finally saw Batman v. Superman and is of two minds about it. Jason is also of two minds about Miitomo, Nintendo’s first mobile app, but in a literal sense. Together, the guys look at the April Fool’s webcomic prank (additional article via The Verge), more awesome work from Stu Campbell, and Ironclad Man. Tune in after a short outro for Amazon Dash talk and find out just what Steve would do with these task-happy buttons.

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Episode 439: Your Flash Is Not My Flash

Batman and Superman star in an animated film togetherWe have opinions! About things we haven’t seen or experienced for ourselves! Welcome to the internet! Both Steve and Jason have seen enough of Zack Snyder’s previous body of work to know what to expect though, and that makes up the bulk of their distaste. But have no fear, because webcomics are here to turn that gray, gloomy day into a blue, bright one! Jason reminds us how awesome The Meek and Randall Munroe are, and Steve wants us to think long and hard about our opinions on non sequitur comics with Mr. Lovenstein and nellucnhoj. After the outro, it’s a two-fer deal on Rambletrons with discussions about things Steve will never admit to owning and misunderstood nursery rhymes.

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Episode 438: Today Is No Pants Day

pastamaniaIt’s Wrestlemania season again, Hulkamaniacs! And the Hulkster is celebrating by winning a massive court case against the evil Gawker Media, dude! But will he be welcomed back into the open arms of his former employer, brother? Stranger things have happened, even in professional wrestling.

In the meantime, there are webcomics to talk about! Steve found Randowis, so the guys try to figure out who or what Randowis is. They also delve into the story behind Battleborn with a motion comic. Is there a story? Our investigation reveals there might possibly be! And Steve tries to convince Jason that Bats vs. Supes (the comic, not the movie) is worth a look. Tune in for the decision and more, including Steve’s personal scale of satisfaction which may or may not include being set on fire.

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Episode 437: I’m a Relephant

Xtreme - Chapter DosChina! Japan! USSR! No matter where you’re from, you can fight for the title of world champion! Or something, I never really got the story of Street Fighter. Steve does, though. Boy does he. He’s also gone to some deep and dark places with the game series he holds so dear. Once that journey has concluded, it’s on to the mini-bosses! Comics! I meant comics. Like El Indon, another webcomic essentials list, a creator crossover, and a wrestling story that may or may not ever get finished.

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Episode 436: Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Things

WWE Superstar Sheamus sporting a flattened mohawk

Another week, another nostalgia trip. This time, the guys spend the first segment reminiscing about Ghostbusters and Ninja Turtles. Can either of the new films be good, or at least worthy of the venerable titles they carry? Think back to what those properties were back in the day and you have your answer. And TMNT has Bebop AND Rocksteady, which is all Steve needs to get his butt in the seat. However, it’s all new stuff in the second segment, with looks at Greasy Space Monkeys, Jake Likes Onions, some new webcomics-based books, and a new comic experience from one of the 2 Broke Girls! Tune in to find out which one, and listen after the outro for a discussion about blood, sweat, and barbed wire.

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Episode 435: Supportive White Husband

Kaa, from The Jungle Book, voiced by Scarlett JohanssonWhen the Oscars come around, Steve and Jason like to talk about the films that won’t possibly be nominated for Best Picture. Steve is really high on the new iteration of The Jungle Book (especially the slithering sexiness of ScarJo’s Kaa) and Jason is curious just what the plot of the next Captain America will be. Once the moving pictures are behind them, it’s time to get into … more moving pictures. In this case, though, it’s the haunting, scrolling work by Stuart Campbell, These Memories Won’t Last. Then, Jason gets nearly every fact about Nilah Magruder’s Dwayne McDuffie award win wrong and Steve brings it home with a ton of tasty treats with a whole mess of Anyone For Rhubarb? one-shots. Post-outro, the Rambletron is loaded with reasons why white husbands are worse than Chinese ones.

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