Comic Book Couples Counseling Podcast
CBCC Creator Corner: Cuddles and Rage on ‘Bites of Terror’ Part II

CBCC Creator Corner: Cuddles and Rage on ‘Bites of Terror’ Part II

March 24, 2020

You're invited to our first-ever crossover event with the ITMODChatCast gang (a.k.a. our other podcast) as we delve further into the creative and romantic partnership of Liz Reed & Jimmy Reed, the fiendishly brilliant cartoonists who collaborate as Cuddles and Rage. Their new graphic novel, "Bites of Terror," hits bookstores today, and we believe you will want to devour this comic asap. Not for nothing, but both Brad and Lisa appear in some form within its ghoulish contents.

"Bites of Terror" is an anthology graphic novel that mixes the spirit of Tales from the Crypt with the tastiest of treats straight outta your kitchen. Cuddles and Rage are masters of blending the evil with the sweet, and while every story is suitable for all ages, the adults in the crowd may get an extra special snap with every delightfully demented tale.

If you want to hear part one of this conversation, do so by clicking HERE.

Be sure to follow Liz & Jimmy on most social medias @cuddlesandrage, and you can find "Bites of Terror for purchase just by clicking HERE. You can follow CBCC on Instagram & Twitter (& maybe TikTok one day) @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.

CBCC 40: Rogue & Remy - Mr. & Mrs. X

CBCC 40: Rogue & Remy - Mr. & Mrs. X

March 22, 2020

Rogue & Remy forever! Wedded bliss finally arrives for our happy couple, but first things first, they gotta survive the honeymoon, which includes an unwanted appearance by Deadpool. We conclude our conversation surrounding Rogue & Gambit by finishing off Kelly Thompson's run on the characters with Mr. & Mrs. X volumes one and two. We're sad to see them go, but ecstatic to finish our exploration with such an epic run of comics.

Before we get to that, though, as well as wrapping up our time with Drs. Gottman & Abrams and their self-help book "8 Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love," we want to take a few moments to acknowledge the weirdness we're all living in now by celebrating the comics and artists keeping our sanity.

All Hail:

Please give these folks your attention. They're kickin' butt in the field of comics.

Other issues covered in this episode: "Mr. & Mrs. X" No. 1 - 12, written Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Oscar Bazaldua, David Lopez, and Javier Pina, colored by Frank D’Armata and Nayoung Kim, and lettered by VC’s Joe Sabino and Travis Lanham. Featuring stellar covers by Rachel Dodson and Terry Dodson.

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

CBCC 39: Rogue & Remy - Ring of Fire

CBCC 39: Rogue & Remy - Ring of Fire

March 6, 2020

Rogue & Gambit" by Kelly Thompson. This is the episode we've all been waiting to dive into. The last batch of shows have all been about context, filling out the nooks and crannies to Rogue & Remy's relationship, so we can get down to the delightfully dirty business of shipping the greatest X-Men couple. Have we gone too far? We dunno. Kelly Thompson's work on these characters have made us true believers, and we're thrilled to continue to explore their dynamic using "Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" by Drs. Gottman and Abrams as our guide.

Issues covered in this episode: "Rogue & Gambit" No. 1 - 5, written by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Pere Pérez, colored by Frank D'Armata, and lettered by Joe Caramagna

If you're looking for the interview Thompson did with Marvel about her 90s comic book obsession, then click HERE.

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

CBCC Emergency Podcast Broadcast: Giant-Size X-Men No. 1

CBCC Emergency Podcast Broadcast: Giant-Size X-Men No. 1

February 26, 2020

Red Alert! Red Alert! We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this special mini-episode delving into this week's #NCBD release of "Giant-Size X-Men" No. 1, featuring story and art from Jonathan Hickman and Russell Dauterman. After weeks of anticipation, the comic is finally on the stands, and we couldn't wait to get our eyes upon it. Jean Grey & Emma Frost together again for the first time. Did it live up to the hype? Good question. We've got an answer.

Honestly, though, this gorgeous wordless comic is just an excuse to talk about our first X-love, Jean Grey and Scott Summers...and Logan...and Emma. It's Jott vs. Scemma: Battle Royale.

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

CBCC 38: Rogue & Remy - The Mackie Minis

CBCC 38: Rogue & Remy - The Mackie Minis

February 24, 2020

Rogue and Remy finally shed their past sins, but is that enough to bring them closer together? We delve into the two Howard Mackie mini-series from the 1990s that defined the romance of the popular X-couple. It's a lot of comics to cover, but they are essential to the conversation if we're ever to join them in the next stage of their relationship. Gambit's past refuses to stay where it belongs, and Rogue refuses to let its murky shadow get in the way of the love she so desperately wants to partake in but is still struggling to accept herself. This is a hot and heavy melodrama, and we are here for it.

Now, more than ever, we need the aid of Drs. Gottman and Abrams, and their relationship guide "Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love." What are the keys to listening? Putting judgment aside is essential. Being open and honest with who you were and who you are is crucial. 

The issues covered in this episode: "Gambit" Vol. 1 No. 1 - 4, written by Howard Mackie, penciled by Lee Weeks, inked by Klaus Janson, colored by Steve Buccellato, and lettered by Richard Starkings. Also, "Rogue" Vol. 1 No. 1 - 4, written by Howard Mackie, penciled by Mike Wieringo, inked by Terry Austin and Jason Gorder, colored by Dana Moreshead, Mike Thomas, and Digital Chameleon, and lettered by Richard Starkings and Comicraft.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalkersiren

 

 

CBCC 37.66: Rogue & Remy - Gambit Vol. 5 No. 11

CBCC 37.66: Rogue & Remy - Gambit Vol. 5 No. 11

February 3, 2020

Rogue & Remy - No More! Say it ain't so. This week, we return with another Travel Episode, recorded live from the Denver International Airport. Before we dive into the romantic plight of Rogue & Gambit, we download a little about all the rad films we saw at the Sundance Film Festival. We focus on a few flicks that we think our listeners will appreciate and want to put on their radar. After that, we dig into the 11th issue from the 5th Volume of the "Gambit" solo series. Times are rough for our couple, and it's hard to believe they will ever move beyond this stage in their relationship.

The issue covered in this episode: You guessed it, "Gambit" Vol. 5 No. 11, written by James Asmus with art by Clay Mann and Paco Madina, inks by Clay Mann, Seth Mann, Juan Vlasco, and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg

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

CBCC 37.33: Rogue & Remy - X-Men Vol. 2 No. 30

CBCC 37.33: Rogue & Remy - X-Men Vol. 2 No. 30

January 23, 2020

We're going to the chapel as we deviate just slightly from our regularly scheduled programming. As we prepare for the Sundance film festival in Park City, Utah, we've recorded an episode straight from our hotel room! And it's a conversation we probably should have had way back at the beginning of our podcast when we tackled Scott Scummers & Jean Grey. Well, better late than never. Besides, this historic wedding is a significant moment in the romance between Rogue & Remy. Will they? Won't they? Does it matter? Let's get into it.

As heard last week, we're using "8 Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" as our relationship guide, and it came in quite handy on this episode. Trust. Boy, the X-Men sure do have issues with trust, but what about Brad & Lisa. Tune in to find out.

The issue covered in this episode: Duh! X-Men Vol. 2 No. 30, written by Fabian Nicieza with art by Andy Kubert, inks by Matt Ryan, letters by Bill Oakley, and colors by Joe Rosas.

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

CBCC 37: Rogue & Remy - 90s X-Men

CBCC 37: Rogue & Remy - 90s X-Men

January 9, 2020

New Year, new X-couple! Rogue & Remy start as an impossible flirtation but eventually transform into one of the most popular pairings within the marvelous merry mutant family. Was their romance destined, or did it take a whole lot of painful communication to make it work? We begin where all stories should, in the beginning, witnessing their first awkward triflings, their first disastrous date, and the second one that sealed the deal. We dive systematically into the heyday of the 90s comic scene by hopping around a seemingly random batch of adjectiveless X-Men comics.

To aid us in our conversation, because we're no experts, are the relationship gurus Drs. John Gottman, Julie Schwartz Gottman, Doug Abrams, and Rachel Carlton Abrams. We found that their book "Eight Dates: Essential Conversations for a Lifetime of Love" had plenty to say about the cat and mouse antics between Rogue and Gambit, and will easily serve as the backbone for this month's batch of episodes.

Issues covered in this episode: X-Men Vol. 2 No. 3 - 4, X-Men Vol. 2 No. 8, and X-Men Vol. 2 No. 24.

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

CBCC Special Report: The Best Comics of 2019

CBCC Special Report: The Best Comics of 2019

December 22, 2019

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never thought upon; The flames of Love extinguished, and fully past and gone... Woo-Hoo! Here we go, friends! We've made it to the end of the year!! Congratulations to all of us. As is always the case, one of our favorite aspects to the climax of any year is the assembling of Best Of lists, and we couldn't let all the others have the fun. This week, we put our brains together and determined what the greatest achievements in the four-color realm were in 2019. The task was difficult, but also incredibly fun and made for a great conversation between Brad & Lisa.

Now, some of you may want a handy guide to this week's episode. We try to remain spoiler-free, but in some cases, that was impossible. To help you out, we've listed the time stamps for each category so that you can jump ahead if need be.

The Categories are:

Best Free Comic Book Day Comic - 15:53

Best One-Shot - 21:25

Best Single Issue - 24:54

Best Comic Book TV Series - 33:33

Best Comic Book Movie - 40:07

Best Ongoing Series - 44:25

Best Graphic Novel - 47:29

Best Collected Comic - 52:19

Final Wrap-Up - 56:39

There you go. Hopefully, we don't enrage too many of you out there, but if we didn't name one of your favorite comics, then please reach out to us. We love this radical art form, and we want to read all the good comic books.

You can find us on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast. You can email us at cbccpodcast@gmail.com, and you can follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren. Thanks for sticking with us on our first year of podcasting, and we look forward to continuing the conversation in 2020. Up next, Rogue & Gambit.

 

CBCC 36: Alec & Abby - The New 52 Swamp Thing

CBCC 36: Alec & Abby - The New 52 Swamp Thing

December 14, 2019

All good things must come to an end. This week, we say goodbye to Alec Holland and Abigail Arcane, as well as our love guru Common and his memoir of self-reflection, "Let Love Have the Last Word." We've absolutely adored our time with these fabulous creatures, but we're excited to contemplate where they go from here. Our conversation uses The New 52 storyline "Season's End" as our backbone, and upon it, we find two very different beings than when we last discussed their relationship. In fact, one of them is not even the same lifeform as before. Whoa. New 52 gets weird, but that's how we like our Swamp Thing.

Author Charles Soule is a big-idea man, and he pits Alec and Abby against some rather epic abominations in the form of The Machine Kingdom. What hope does The Green have when competing against the cold logic of Calculus? Is there time to love when the apocalypse is on the horizon? Are Alec and Abby a forever-couple? We answer within.

Issues covered in this episode: Swamp Thing Vol. 4 numbers 35 - 40, Swamp Thing Annual No. 3, and Swamp Thing - Future's End No. 1.

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