Comic Book Couples Counseling Podcast
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.

CBCC 50! Dawn & Norrin - Silver Surfer: A New Dawn

CBCC 50! Dawn & Norrin - Silver Surfer: A New Dawn

August 19, 2020

Norrin Radd & Dawn Greenwood! The most anticipated couple ever tackled on the podcast. Strap in cuz we're hitting the cosmic skyways for our most epic 50th episode, and we begin our journey into the wild world of Dan Slott & Michael Allred's "Silver Surfer."

The romantic saga of Norrin & Dawn is one with deep roots to our hearts, and we've avoided covering them in the past for fear of not living up to their beautiful story. All good things come to those that wait! It's time to break down one of the most passionate comic storylines ever committed.

To help us on this trip across eternity is love guru Stephanie Barron Hall and her book "The Enneagram in Love." With her guidance, we attempt to type their personalities and highlight what each character brings to the relationship table. Of course, we turn Hall's book upon ourselves as well.

If you want to share your Eneagram types with us, don't forget to use #SurfAndTypes.

Issues covered in this episode: "Silver Surfer" Volume 7, numbers 1 - 5, plus "All-New Marvel Now Point One" No. 1, written by Dan Slott, illustrated by Michael Allred, colored by Laura Allred, and lettered by Clayton Cowles.

We also sneak in a little love for the new indies series "Adam & Eternity," written by Robert DeShaies II and illustrated by Dominic Pinto. You can purchase the first issue HERE.

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 49: Freddy & Laura - Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

CBCC 49: Freddy & Laura - Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me

August 7, 2020

Mariko Tamaki & Rosemary Valero-O'Connell tear through our emotions as we tackle their Eisner Award-winning "Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me." Their high school romance offers an authentically painful insight into young love with all its beauty and tragedy. It's impossible to come away from the reading experience without some sense of relatability and hope that those that read this graphic novel won't make the same mistakes you did in your formative years.

In this episode, Brad & Lisa describe their own relationships with advice columns and how Freddy's isolation leaves few options other than her anonymous emails to self-help guru Anna Vice. Sometimes, when we're in the thick of romantic despair, we don't recognize the support system already surrounding us.

This week's comic: "Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me," written by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O'Connell, and published by First Second Books.

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 @ Awesome Con - The Umbrella Academy

CBCC @ Awesome Con - The Umbrella Academy

July 31, 2020

Awesome Con refuses to let lockdown get in the way of community. The best damn comic book convention from the nation's capital invited us to lead a conversation surrounding "The Umbrella Academy," and we were happy to bring our recent "Extraordinary Relationships" insights to the table. Thank you, Dr. Roberta M. Gilbert.

We're also thrilled to have Liz Reed of Cuddles & Rage return to the podcast to aid in the discussion. We breakdown the first two volumes of Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá's comic book series using Gilbert's "Postures of Overwhelmedness," but don't worry, we get a little Netflix talk in there too.

This panel discussion is also available to watch through Leftfield Media's YouTube channel and Awesome Con's Facebook page. Give them a little love if you can. They're doing great geek work during this time of weirdness.

Be sure to follow Liz on most social medias @cuddlesandrage, and you can find "Bites of Terror" for purchase just by clicking HERE. You can also follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

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

CBCC 48: Dick & Babs - Convergence

CBCC 48: Dick & Babs - Convergence

July 21, 2020

The Dick Grayson & Barbara Gordon will-they/won't-they relationship ends here, and it only took another DC Crisis, sorry, we meant Convergence to make it happen. This week concludes our series on Dick & Babs by tackling the two-issue "Birds of Rage" mini-series written by Gail Simone. These conversations were a typical whirlwind of emotions, but we can happily report that we're leaving them as passionate fans of Dick & Babs romance. 

Nightwing & Oracle are left to defend their Gotham City from two encroaching Thanagarian warlords. Still, if they're to have any chance at defeating the enemy, the two lovers have to come together once and for all. There is nothing like a multiverse to make our dreams come true.

Issues covered in this episode: "Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle 1 - 2, written by Gail Simone, penciled by Jan Duursema, inked by Dan Parsons, colored by Wes Dzioba, and lettered by Carlos M. Mangual. Featuring covers by Jill Thompson.

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 47: Dick & Babs - Oracle & Nightwing

CBCC 47: Dick & Babs - Oracle & Nightwing

July 14, 2020

Dick Grayson & Barbara Gordon are all grown up. The flirtations are over. It's time to get serious with the romance.

The kids they once knew are gone. Batgirl & Robin the Boy Wonder are no more. In their place are Oracle & Nightwing. Can they get over years of almosts and shouldas to reach a partnership more meaningful than friends or sidekicks? It's going to take a lot of work.

Thankfully, we have Dr. Roberta M. Gilbert aiding us as our love guru with her book "Extraordinary Relationships: A New Way of Thinking About Human Interactions." Dick & Babs have to get right with themselves if they are ever to mean anything to another person. There must be pain before there is joy.

Issues covered in this episode: "Oracle: Year One - Born of Hope" from "The Batman Chronicles" No. 5 written by John Ostrander & Kim Yale, penciled by the brilliant Brian Stelfreeze, inked by Karl Story, colored by Mark Chiarello, and lettered by John Costanza. Also, "Nightwing" Vol. 2 Annual No. 2 written by Marc Andreyko, penciled by Joe Bennett, inked by Jack Jadson, colored by Jason Wright, and lettered by Phil Balsman.

P.S. if you're curious about further exploring Kim Yale's tremendous impact on comics, please listen to her piece on NPR from 2016 by clicking HERE.

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

CBCC Creator Corner: Tom Scioli on Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics

CBCC Creator Corner: Tom Scioli on Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics

July 7, 2020

Tom Scioli has spent his entire career cracking the Kirby code, and his latest book is his masterpiece. "Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics" is the single most magnificent celebration of the artist who revolutionized an industry and forever altered our pop culture landscape. We're beyond thrilled to have Scioli on the show this week, discussing in great enthusiastic detail the challenges and wonders of adapting a life as immense as Jack Kirby.

Of course, we dig into the complicated relationship between Kirby and Stan Lee, but we also marvel at his romance with Roz Kirby and the many other necessary courtships made along the way. For Scioli, tackling such an icon and an idol was a glorious burden and pleasure, marking a massive turning point in his career.

Where does Scioli go from here? He's not sure, but he does offer us some tantalizing morsels that we would love to see transformed into graphic reality. Tom Scioli's Star Wars? Um, yes, please.

"Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics" is currently available for pre-order HERE or wherever fine books are sold. Be sure to follow Scioli on Instagram and Twitter, and you can find us at our usual social media haunts: @CBCCPodcast, @MouthDork & @sidewalksiren.

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