Comic Book Couples Counseling Podcast
CBCC 56: Miyamoto & Tomoe - Tomoe’s Story

CBCC 56: Miyamoto & Tomoe - Tomoe’s Story

November 26, 2020

When it comes to Miyamoto Usagi & Tomoe Ame, there are things that are hidden. These unsaid feelings strike at the very core of their relationship, and in many ways, "Tomoe's Story" is Stan Sakai's final statement regarding their romance...even though we still have one more episode after this one to explore their undeniable chemistry.

Usagi Yojimbo: Book 22 operates in a very different manner than the previous storylines we've covered. There is no singular plot driving the narrative. Instead, it's a series of short stories that add up to a bittersweet send-off for the couple. Did we love it? No doubt, but with that love comes pain as well.

We attempt to navigate our feelings using Lori Tsugawa Whaley's "Let the Samurai Be Your Guide: The Seven Bushido Pathways to Personal Success." This week, it's all about integrity. How do you get it, and what do you do when you have it?

If you're looking to do a little extracurricular reading for this week's episode, we recommend delving into Mark Turetsky's excellent essay, "There Are Things That Are Hidden: Usagi Yojimbo #93" via Shelfdust.

Comics covered this week: "Usagi Yojimbo" Volume 3, issues 90 - 93, and "Usagi Yojimbo Color Special" issues 1 - 3, written, illustrated, & lettered by Stan Sakai.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

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CBCC 55: Miyamoto & Tomoe - The Mother of Mountains

CBCC 55: Miyamoto & Tomoe - The Mother of Mountains

November 12, 2020

Back to back, Miyamoto Usagi & Tomoe Ame must battle the Blood Princess and rescue an enslaved village in "The Mother of Mountains." The two Samurai warriors reveal the courageous core of their character time and time again within the pages of Usagi Yojimbo, and this storyline showcases how such a code is infectious to those around them, including the reader.

This week, we continue to apply Lori Tsugawa Whaley's "Let the Samurai Be Your Guide: The Seven Bushido Pathways to Personal Success" to the unrequited romance between Miyamoto & Tomoe, as well as our own relationship. How can we exemplify the Way of the Samurai in our daily lives? We attempt to figure it out.

Comics covered this week: "Usagi Yojimbo" Volume 3, issues 83 - 89, written, illustrated, & lettered by Stan Sakai.

Don't forget to watch "The Sword and The Pen" documentary short film explaining the origins of Stan Sakai on Vimeo.

You can also read Mark Turetsky's "There Are Things That Are Hidden: Usagi Yojimbo #93" via Shelfdust.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

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CBCC Creator Corner: Brea Grant on Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter

CBCC Creator Corner: Brea Grant on Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley’s Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter

October 30, 2020

Brea Grant will not let 2020 stand in her way. In addition to writing two films, directing one, and starring in several others, Grant also recently launched a new graphic novel from Six Foot Press. "Mary: The Adventures of Mary Shelley's Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Granddaughter" is a beautiful genre celebration purposefully linked to an extremely relatable coming-of-age saga.

We cannot think of a better way to celebrate Halloween than hanging out with Grant in the Creator Corner and discussing her compulsion to explore the legacy of a literary icon. Plus, there is some serious chatter regarding the pros and cons of Sexy vs. Stitchy Frankenstein monsters. Can you guess where Lisa falls on this matter? It's a trick question.

After listening to this episode, you'll want to continue your Brea Grant obsession by diving into her podcast, Reading Glasses. You can also check out her other Mary Shelley-related interview over at People I Think Are Cool and hear an interview earlier this year, where Grant discusses her film "Lucky" on the ITMODChatCast.

Other important links mentioned in this episode: Liz Reed of Cuddles & Rage is currently co-curating the art exhibition "Draw Me Like One of Your Final Girls" at the Spoke Art gallery. Hear Brad's interview with Grant's Reading Glasses co-host, Mallory O'Meara, on the ITMODChatCast.

Don't forget; you should follow Reading Glasses on Twitter @ReadingGPodcast

And, hey, if you want the answers to those last two Bonus Questions, you gotta join our Patreon Community

Be sure to also follow our podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

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CBCC 54: Miyamoto & Tomoe - Grasscutter

CBCC 54: Miyamoto & Tomoe - Grasscutter

October 24, 2020

Stan Sakai's "Usagi Yojimbo" is one of the great comic book series. Few compare, none top it. We begin our journey discussing the unrequited romance of Miyamoto Usagi and the Lady Tomoe Ame with the epic "Grasscutter" saga. Neither character meets on the page, but here is where we see them in their purest form. To see them alone is to know them together.

To help us in our quest to understand our heroes, we consult "Let the Samurai Be Your Guide: The Seven Bushido Pathways to Personal Success" by Lori Tsugawa Whaley. As we discuss in this episode, winning the internal war determines the outcome of any external challenge. Stay true to yourself, and the path will clear before you.

Comics covered this week: "Usagi Yojimbo" Volume 3, issues 13 - 22, written, illustrated, & lettered by Stan Sakai.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

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Podcast logo by Aaron Prescott @acoolhandfluke, podcast banner & the Epic 50th Poster art by @Karen_XmenFan.

Patreon Preview: Fantastic Four - The Rise of the Silver Surfer

Patreon Preview: Fantastic Four - The Rise of the Silver Surfer

October 11, 2020

Surprise! Since our last episode, we launched a Patreon Page! It's been up a week, and we've been having a ton of fun with those that have already joined. However, if you don't follow us on Twitter & Instagram, we wanted to make you aware of what's been going down.

We've raised the paywall on our first episode, and dropped it into this feed, so you can give a listen to what we're doing over there. We hope you join us in this next venture in Comic Book Couples Counseling. It's an investment on your part to make sure this show keeps on chugging.

Welcome to Comically Reel, our brand-new spin-off podcast where we devour and discuss cinematic comic book adaptations. In our first episode, we travel back to a time before the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where 20th Century Fox dominated the superhero market with their X-Men franchise, and we're attempting to replicate another success in Marvel's first family, The Fantastic Four.
 
Directed by Tim Story, "Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer" landed with a soft thud in 2007. Lisa never bothered to watch it back in the day, but ever determined to consume every single comic book movie, Brad jammed it hard into his eyeballs. Initially, he did not like it. However...
 
The world of pop culture changed dramatically during the last thirteen years. Lisa and Brad are different kinds of movie and comic book obsessives today. They adore the FF now more than ever, and the Silver Surfer has risen as one of their favorite comic book characters. Also, Chris Evans is full-time FLAME ON whether he's the Human Torch or Captain America. That's just a fact.
 
Revisiting the sequel, they were incredibly surprised by their reaction. Is it good? Bad? Underrated? Great? Join us to find out.
 
Also, how rad is our Jack Kirby intro music this week? That comes courtesy of Adam ILLUS Wallenta. Be sure to follow him on YouTube and Twitter. You can purchase his CDs HERE, find him on Bandcamp HERE, Spotify HERE, Apple Music HERE, and Tidal HERE.
 
As always you can follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.
CBCC 53: Dawn & Norrin - A Power Greater Than Cosmic

CBCC 53: Dawn & Norrin - A Power Greater Than Cosmic

October 1, 2020

Anywhere & Everywhere - Hang On! Our month-long conversation surrounding Dawn Greenwood & Norrin Radd must finally come to a close with this epic discussion regarding "Silver Surfer: A Power Greater Than Cosmic." We have covered many couples on this show, but few as important to our relationship growth as these two. Grab your tissues, things get emotional this week.

What does it mean to love another person? With such passion must come as much pain as pleasure, and this week, we attempt to answer whether the highs make up for the inevitable lows. Using Stephanie Barron Hall's "The Enneagram in Love," we navigate the spaceways and determine exactly how Dawn complements Norrin and vice versa.

Issues covered this week: "Silver Surfer" Volume 8, issues 7 - 14, written by Dan Slott, illustrated by Michael Allred, colored by Laura Allred, and lettered by Joe Sabino.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

Podcast logo by Aaron Prescott @acoolhandfluke, podcast banner & the Epic 50th Poster art by @Karen_XmenFan.

CBCC 52: Dawn & Norrin - Last Days/Citizen of Earth

CBCC 52: Dawn & Norrin - Last Days/Citizen of Earth

September 20, 2020

The Silver Surfer & Dawn Greenwood have run out of space...and time. Thanks to the cruel machinations of Doctor Doom, all of reality is crumbling and it's up to this month's couple to remake the universe. Are they up to the task? Are we?

In this week's episode, we cover a lot of ground, crawling out of Galactus' planetary scraps, and entering the mind-bending trip of Dan Slott & Michael Allred's award-winning Möbius strip Silver Surfer issue. Oh! And we get the first kiss!

We're rooting for Dawn & Norrin Radd, but they have many lessons to learn about each other before they can romantically link. Thankfully, we're using Stephanie Barron Hall's "The Enneagram In Love" as our discussion & dissection tool.

Issues covered this week: "Silver Surfer" Volume 7, numbers 11 - 15, and "Silver Surfer" Volume 8, issues 1 - 6, written by Dan Slott, illustrated by Michael Allred, colored by Laura Allred, and lettered by Joe Sabino.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

Podcast logo by Aaron Prescott @acoolhandfluke, podcast banner & the Epic 50th Poster art by @Karen_XmenFan.

CBCC 51: Dawn & Norrin - Worlds Apart

CBCC 51: Dawn & Norrin - Worlds Apart

September 10, 2020

Galactus enters just as the romance between Dawn Greenwood & Norrin Radd, The Silver Surfer, starts to heat up. Can love blossom when Norrin suffers from such impossibly deep shame? Does it matter when a giant space god steps in for a planetary snack?

This week, we continue our passionate conversation surrounding one of our all-time favorite couples, and we use Stephanie Barron Hall's "The Enneagram in Love" as our guide. Special bonus: this self-help book also holds a secret within its creation. Whoa.

At the start of this episode, we successfully type the personalities of Dawn & Norrin with Hall's method, and it helps us navigate the confusion and pain at the center of "Silver Surfer: Worlds Apart."

Issues covered this week: "Silver Surfer" Volume 7, numbers 6 - 10, written by Dan Slott, illustrated by Michael Allred, colored by Laura Allred, and lettered by Joe Sabino.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

Podcast logo by Aaron Prescott @acoolhandfluke, podcast banner & the Epic 50th Poster art by @Karen_XmenFan.

CBCC Road Trip 3 - Dawn & Norrin & Groot

CBCC Road Trip 3 - Dawn & Norrin & Groot

September 2, 2020

The Silver Surfer rides...with us as we travel across seven states on our return from Grandpa Joe's funeral. To stave off boredom, we're trapping you in the back seat of our car as we put our Norrin Radd & Dawn Greenwood through the Enneagram Personality Test to determine their types, and use "Groot" issue 3 as our narrative guide.

This is a wild episode, folks. Hosts Brad and Lisa are in full goofster mode. Prepare yourself.

"Groot" number 3 is written by Jeff Loveness, illustrated by Brian Kesinger, colored by Vero Gandini, and lettered by Jeff Eckleberry. Most importantly, it's one of two comics to feature Dawn Greenwood outside the Dan Slott & Michael Allred storyline. As such, it's essential reading for fans.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

Podcast logo by Aaron Prescott @acoolhandfluke, podcast banner art @Karen_XmenFan.

CBCC Road Trip 2 - Four Color Fantasies Charity Auction

CBCC Road Trip 2 - Four Color Fantasies Charity Auction

August 25, 2020

Four Color Fantasies is an institution within the industry. They're a comic book shop with deep ties to the community, and a drive to give back to those that have supported them throughout decades of operation. This week, we're joined by comic book slingers Erik & Steve as they discuss their awesome Comic Sketch Cover Charity Auction, where every dollar earned benefits the Literacy Volunteers of Winchester, Virginia.

Honestly, as you'll hear in this episode and are already well aware of, it's fickin' weird out there. Any opportunity to revel in positivity is one worth taking. Four Color Fantasies shows us how to celebrate the art form we love while also helping those around you.

This episode is a gift. Here is your opportunity to score incredible original art from insanely talented folks like Daniel Warren Johnson, Adam Hughes, Peter Bagge, and a whole helluva lot more. Listen to the conversation, then jump on over to the Four Color Fantasies Facebook Page to place your bids. You can also hunt them down on Twitter @fcfcomics.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

Podcast logo by Aaron Prescott @acoolhandfluke, podcast banner art @Karen_XmenFan.

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