The Big 500 – Thirteen Years talking *to* Webcomics (Part 1)

Last time on the blog, we took a retrospective look at some of the people who’ve helmed the fair ship Digital Strips as it sailed the still-virgin waters of 2005 internet radio and beyond. But those stalwart few aren’t the only voices who’ve been heard on the podcast – in fact, a wide variety of people and perspectives on the Webcomic world have graced this digital stage. If you’re a relatively new listener, you might not be familiar with the proud lineage of the Digital Strips creator interviews, as they more or less came to a close in 2009 – therefore, this week we’re looking back on some of the Digital Strips interview alumni and seeing where those creators are today. Continue reading

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DS 501: Badass Jaeger Moves

Create your own jaeger for Italy: Spaghetti MeatballsPost-500, we’re taking a quick timeout so Steve can explain the intricacies of Jaeger combat to Jason. It’s not all fun and games, though, as it’s in service of the Pacific Rim Uprising tie-in comic from Webtoons! Steve also gives us a quick synopsis of Travis Hanson’s RPG one-shot comic, Life of the Party. Finally, the guys start the post-500 era off right with a review of Steve Conley’s The Middle Age. Goofy fantasy and dad-style puns are in your future, if you can stand up to the bullying sword you’re carrying around.

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Digital Strips Episode 500: Then, Now, Forever

Five hundred episodes is a long time to do anything. Daily, weekly, monthly, annually, it gives you perspective on the subject you’re taking a good, hard look at and makes you appreciate the creativity at work. To celebrate the milestone, The Midnight Cartooner and The Geek welcome back co-founder Daku the Rogue to see where it all started, and where they think it might all lead. Along with nostalgic messages from Becky Dreistadt, Frank Gibson, Ryan Estrada, Gary Tyrrell, Meredith Gran, Chris Grine, and Terence “The Average Joe” MacManus, the guys talk about everything from anime beefs to the challenge having kids presents to your beloved hobbies. It’s been a wild ride, and thank you, loyal Strippers, for being with us for it. Here’s to an indeterminate number more!

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Today I Learned (Nothing) Episode 56: Sensory Desperation Chamber

Wherever You Go, There You AreBathroom behavior and etiquette can be difficult to teach, especially when your own standards are found lacking. Pee wherever you want? Flush if it feels right? These are the morals that are eroding in our great nation today and Steve and Jason are doing nothing to help that.

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Digital Strips Episode 499.5: Almost The Big One

The big one is just aheadBefore we get to the big kahuna, it’s time to show off some news and comics. Jason is stoked that Kris Straub’s Broodhollow is coming back (thanks for Patreon backers), Steve found a series of tabletop RPG tropes we could all stand to learn from in The Handbook of Heroes, and Shen produces another gem with a recent Owlturd strip.

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Today I Learned (Nothing) Episode 55: An Army of Deficient Mommies

Multiplicity starring Michael Keaton and Andie MacDowellEver consider cloning yourself? Steve’s son wants more of his dad, but his reasons aren’t exactly loving and tender. Meanwhile, Jason’s pulling all his knowledge on the subject from Multiplicity and The Prestige, so the conversation takes a turn for the zany and macabre. Finally, Steve’s wife has been watching the Island and has some ideas of her own.

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Digital Strips Episode 499: Looking Back To Look Ahead

Japanese poster for Street Fighter II: The Animated MovieBefore they look to the horizon and gaze into the future of what Digital Strips might be, the guys pause to look back, at the year that was (in comics, don’t worry, we’re not looking at ANYTHING else) and recall their favorite finds from 2017.

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Pro Grapplers Episode 71: The E-seven-ation Chamber

Brock Lesnar breaks Shawn Michaels' arm while HHH looks onOn the Road to Wrestlemania, it’s always best to add more men to everything! Also this week: SmackDown Live continues to be the third-best WWE show on Tuesday nights, the Revival remembers just how much they hate legs, Bayley and Sasha tear it up but get shut down by Nia, Elias is over with the universe but under Braun’s double bass, LANA IS THE BEST LANA NUMBER ONE, Kairi Sane is finally getting mad (and even), and a plea to just keep the shows as they are, please.

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Today I Learned (Nothing) Episode 54: John Mick

Mickey Mouse peeks out of a doorWhile Steve talks about digestive issues at Disneyland, Jason uses his pain to develop his screenplay for a Hangover x Disney movie. It’s one of the best story ideas ever conceived, so don’t steal it.

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Digital Strips Episode 498: Look At The 11-Year-Old Space Boy

Marty McFly scares his father, George McFly, with his radiation suit in Back to the FutureMan, bodies get old and give up on us, and that sucks. Know what will never give up on us, though? Those sweet, wonderful webcomics! Like Lookism, a shrewd look at the life of a bullied student and what it’s like to get a measure of beautiful revenge, and Space Boy, a timeless escapism into the unknown, in more ways than one. Also, a talented 11-year-old has taken their hand at Trump comics and the promise they show has to be seen to be believed. The resistance is NOT futile!

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