Comic Book Couples Counseling Podcast
CBCC 26: Peter & Mary Jane - To Have and To Hold

CBCC 26: Peter & Mary Jane - To Have and To Hold

July 15, 2019

This week we jump into another Spider-Man comic that revisits iconic moments of continuity to deliver a deeper understanding of the relationship between Peter Parker & Mary Jane Watson. Originally published in "The Sensational Spider-Man" Vol. 2 Annual #1, "To Have and To Hold" by Matt Fraction & Salvador Lorroca is one of the most beloved single issues in modern Marvel history. For a couple that has faced many insurmountable odds, "To Have and To Hold" finds Peter & M.J. at one of their lowest points following the events of "Civil War" and acts as a vow renewal of sorts right before the company editorial swings in to magically annul their marriage with the controversial "One More Day." We continue our conversation using Dr. Alexander Avila's "Lovetypes" as our relationship guide, and we discuss what keeps these two together despite a world determined to tear them apart.

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CBCC Bonus Episode 6: The SDCC Survival Guide

CBCC Bonus Episode 6: The SDCC Survival Guide

July 12, 2019

Comic Khhhhhhhaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnn!!! It's that time of year again, and to celebrate Brad & Lisa have whipped up a special episode compiled of all their tips & tricks that they've learned after nine straight years of Comic-Con International: San Diego. To help in that endeavor, our hosts are joined by special guest-stars Darren Smith & Bryan Young of the In The Mouth of Dorkness podcast. Together, the team suggests a few key strategies that might aid you in acquiring tickets for next year's show as well as the nitty-gritty tactics required when you land in Comic-Con. There is no other time of year like SDCC and 2019 is shaping up to be a convention for the books. Let's party.

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CBCC 25: Peter & Mary Jane - Parallel Lives

CBCC 25: Peter & Mary Jane - Parallel Lives

July 8, 2019

Is love possible within the confines of the superhero lifestyle? Peter Parker may have gained new confidence when he was bitten by that radioactive spider, but he also bounced around a half dozen relationships before marrying Mary Jane Watson. What separates their relationship from other supporting players like Liz Allen, Betty Brant, and Gwen Stacy? This month, Brad & Lisa explore the unique nature of Peter & Mary Jane, and they begin their journey with the controversial 1989 original graphic novel "Parallel Lives" from writer Gerry Conway and artist Alex Saviuk. To aid in their conversation, they're using Dr. Alexander Avila's "Lovetypes: Discover Your Romantic Style And Find Your Soul Mate."

Be sure to keep up to date on all things CBCC, by following us on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow the hosts as well @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.

CBCC Bonus Episode 5: The Stephen King Roadtrip

CBCC Bonus Episode 5: The Stephen King Roadtrip

July 2, 2019

Happy 10th Anniversary!! Brad & Lisa celebrated ten years of ghoulish wedded bliss by hitting the road @ traveling north. Why? They wanted to reconnect with nature. Stephen King's nature. Brad & Lisa traveled to Bangor, ME, and saw all the sights they've read about in books like "It," "'Salem's Lot,'" & "Cujo." This bonus episode was recorded from the road & they dish on all the gorgeous selfies they snapped along the way. Also, they dig a little bit into the classic graphic novel adaptation of "Creepshow" from Michelle Wrightson & Bernie Wrightson. Has a better comic book adaptation ever been? No.

Next week, we'll return to our regularly scheduled program (& audio quality), to kickstart our new series on Peter Parker & Mary Jane Watson. Be sure to follow along with the podcast on Instagram & Twitter @CBCCPodcast, & follow the hosts @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.

CBCC 24: Arthur & Mera - Sea of Storms

CBCC 24: Arthur & Mera - Sea of Storms

June 23, 2019

This week, we close out our conversation regarding Arthur & Mera by jumping back to The New 52 with "Aquaman: Sea of Storms" written by Jeff Parker & illustrated by Paul Pelletier & friends. We find our royal couple in a period of transition, still reeling from the catastrophic events placed on them by Geoff Johns. Parker brings Aquaman back to basics, pitting the Atlantian against krackens, Hercules, high school reunions, and Swamp Thing. Arthur & Mera's relationship continues to be a push & pull between the land & the sea. Using Dr. Sue Johnson's "Love Sense" as our guide, we finally determine whether or not this couple should remain together. And yes, we talk a little about the recent revelatory events that have occurred under the stewardship of Kelly Sue DeConnick.

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CBCC 23: Arthur & Mera - The Drowning

CBCC 23: Arthur & Mera - The Drowning

June 12, 2019

The recently engaged Arthur & Mera attempt to bridge the divide between land & sea by establishing an Atlantian Embassy on American soil. Unfortunately, Black Manta is waiting in the wings, and he's going to destroy Aquaman's heart by slaying his new fiancee. As we begin to wind down our conversation surrounding monogamy and it's future in the life of our royal couple, Brad & Lisa tear into their romantic plight using "Aquaman Vol 1: The Drowning" and Dr. Sue Johnson's "Love Sense" as their guide. Is Arthur & Mera's relationship doomed to a fishy aroma, or will they find true happiness under the sea? Brad & Lisa think they're getting close to answering that question.

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CBCC Bonus Episode 4: The Overlook Film Festival & Creature from the Black Lagoon

CBCC Bonus Episode 4: The Overlook Film Festival & Creature from the Black Lagoon

June 5, 2019

This week we interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring you another special road trip edition of CBCC. While Lisa was busy bringing home the bacon, Brad ventured down to New Orleans to partake in the Overlook Film Festival where he saw a bunch of rad horror movies and spoke to several incredible filmmakers like Mick Garris and Larry Fessenden. Podcasting trapped inside a car on the freeway, Brad is joined by special guest William Dass of the In the Mouth of Dorkness and Bill & Clair's Excellent Adventures podcasts to discuss their experiences down south as well as chime in regarding the classic graphic novel adaptation of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon" written by Steve Moncuse and illustrated by Art Adams.

Be sure to follow the podcast on Instagram and Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and follow the hosts @MouthDork, @sidewalksiren, & @WBDass. Next week, we'll return to our conversation surrounding Arthur & Mera as we discuss "Aquaman: The Drowning."

CBCC 22: Arthur & Mera - The Trench

CBCC 22: Arthur & Mera - The Trench

May 26, 2019

"How's it feel to be nobody's favorite super-hero?" As part of the DC Comics New 52 relaunch, the superstar comic book team of Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis attempt to explain the appeal of Aquaman to a world of haters. Arthur may have a lot to prove, but his lady love Mera needs none of surface-lover's adulations. In our second episode exploring the strong bond between Atlantis' ultimate power couple, we continue to dissect how parental attachment haunts their relationship, and we're using Dr. Sue Johnson's "Love Sense" as our scalpel.

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CBCC 21: Arthur & Mera - Mera: Tidebreaker

CBCC 21: Arthur & Mera - Mera: Tidebreaker

May 21, 2019

"When we come out of the shadows, does the darkness stay with us?" We launch our new series on Arthur Curry and Mera by diving into the original graphic novel, "Mera: Tidebreaker." Written by Danielle Paige and illustrated by Stephen Byrne, this young adult adventure kicks off a new series of DC Ink titles geared to score teen readers. Brad & Lisa discuss how these characters fare in the footsteps of "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games," and how this angsty insight alters the perception of superheroes Aquaman & Mera.

As always, we have a trusty relationship guru to guide us through the plight of our lovers. This month we're using "Love Sense" from author Dr. Sue Johnson and contemplating attachment theory's effect on romance. Are we ever free from the generations that came before? Probably not.

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CBCC 20: Thanos & Death - Thanos Wins

CBCC 20: Thanos & Death - Thanos Wins

May 12, 2019

"Ask the most powerful beings how the universe will end, and they will answer with two words: Thanos Wins." We conclude our discussion surrounding the Mad Titan Thanos & his lovely Mistress Death by devouring the time-traveling apocalyptic horror "Thanos Wins" written by Donny Cates, illustrated by Geoff Shaw, & colored by Antonio Fabela. Wallowing in the dark psychology of two cosmic monsters was a unique endeavor, but thankfully we had Brene Brown's "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead" as our guide.

While we are sad to say goodbye to these waring lovers, we're also excited to remove ourselves from their painful, mad attraction as well. The conversation was rich and challenging. We are most likely never to encounter a romance quite like this one again.

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