Comic Book Couples Counseling Podcast
CBCC Crossover: Deathmate with Ten Cent Takes

CBCC Crossover: Deathmate with Ten Cent Takes

December 3, 2021

Worlds collide as Image Comics and Valiant Comics smash their ugly bits and produce DEATHMATE, the most epic crossover event in comics? Perhaps! This week, we join the Ten Cent Takes podcast to discuss this mondo bizarro mini-series that dared to shake the industry in the early nineties.

And the best bit? At the center of Deathmate is a catastrophic love affair between WildC.A.T.S.' Void and Solar: Man of the Atom. This means we get to throw The Five Love Langues into the mix in an effort to make a little more sense of this beautiful madness.

After you listen to this insane deep dive, make sure to jump on over to the Ten Cent Takes podcast and smash that subscribe button. Also, be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram. You'll want these rad folks in your lives.

Follow our podcast on Facebook, on Instagram, and on Twitter @CBCCPodcast, and you can follow hosts Brad Gullickson @MouthDork & Lisa Gullickson @sidewalksiren.

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CBCC Creator Corner: Scott Snyder on His ComiXology First Wave

CBCC Creator Corner: Scott Snyder on His ComiXology First Wave

November 24, 2021

We welcome Scott Snyder onto the show to discuss his EPIC collaboration with ComiXology as well as numerous other projects and philosophies. And, yes, we talk Batman.

Snyder has written some of our all-time favorite comic books, from The Court of Owls to American Vampire to Nocterra. If he writes a book, we buy that book. We would be thrilled to chat with him about any number of those titles, but we've caught him at an incredible turning point in his career, and dammit, we were super lucky to do so.

His three most recent comics (We Have Demons, Clear, and Night of the Ghoul) represent an incredible surge in imagination and optimism. Snyder is not only betting on himself and his partners; he's betting on you and the industry's future. Scott Snyder is a beacon of hope/faith, and it was a joy to discuss how this positive attitude pulsates through these gnarly genre mash-ups.

Make sure you jump on over to the Best Jackett Press website, where you can get the details on the eight ComiXology Originals. You can also track him down on Twitter HERE, Instagram HERE, and subscribe to his Substack HERE.

Catch up with CBCC by listening to our latest Session with Black Canary and Green Arrow.

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

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Continue your conversation with CBCC by hopping over to our website where we have reviews, essays, and numerous interviews with comic book creators.

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CBCC 75: Dinah & Ollie - Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding

CBCC 75: Dinah & Ollie - Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding

November 18, 2021

Till Death Do They Part! When it comes to Green Arrow and Black Canary - that's been there, done that. They don't let a corpse get in the way of their romance. After years of hot, steaming action and betrayal, Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance finally tie the knot. In response, every hero and villain turn out for the festivities, and a terrible and most upsetting tragedy occurs when the smoke clears.

We close out our conversation on DC Comics' sexiest couple by covering their nuptials and the 14-issue Green Arrow/Black Canary series that proceeds it. Helping us sort through the romantic turmoil is love expert Megan Lundgren and her self-help guide The Relationship Book for New Couples: Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Connection and Build a Long-Lasting Bond.

Issues discussed this week: Green Arrow/Black Canary Wedding Special #1 and Green Arrow/Black Canary issues 1 - 14 published by DC Comics between November 2007 and January 2009. The comics are written by Judd Winick, illustrated by Amanda Conner, Cliff Chiang, Mike Norton, André Coelho, Wayne Faucher, and Rodney Ramos, Colored by Paul Mounts, Patricia Mulvihill, and David Baron, and Lettered by Ken Lopez, Pat Brosseau, Travis Lanham, Jared K. Fletcher, Steve Wands, and Sal Cipriano

Don't forget to join our Green Arrow/Black Canary conversation from the beginning with Sessions 71 and 72:

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

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Continue your conversation with CBCC by hopping over to our website where we have reviews, essays, and numerous interviews with comic book creators.

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CBCC Creator Corner: Mark Waid on The History of Science Fiction

CBCC Creator Corner: Mark Waid on The History of Science Fiction

November 10, 2021

Let's talk science fiction. And let's talk about it with Mark Waid. Wait, what? Oh yes, this episode is a very special and wild Creator Corner conversation. We sit down with the Humanoids Publisher (and writer behind Kingdom Come, Justice League: The Tower of Babel, Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Widow - AHHHHHHH! So Many!) to discuss their new graphic novel adventure, The History of Science Fiction.

Waid considers this comic by Xavier Dollo and Djibril Morissette-Phan "the crown jewel" produced in his time as Humanoids Publisher. Why? Well, we get into it. The comic is no dusty text; it's an exciting exploration of this beautiful genre that was once considered pop culture trash. Dollo and Morissette-Phan dig into its history, making the many sci-fi creators and their creations characters within their narrative, and it's a stunning achievement.

The History of Science Fiction also serves as this beautiful excuse to talk with Waid about the genre itself. The influences it has had on him and where he considers his own work rests within it. This discussion is a new favorite (it seems like we say that every other week), and we think you'll grab a lot from it. And, yes, we do talk about Taika Waititi taking on The Incal.

The History of Science Fiction will publish on November 23rd. Pre-order your copy at your favorite comic shop, or click HERE. Mark Waid can be found on Twitter HERE, on Instagram HERE, and on his website HERE.

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

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Continue your conversation with CBCC by hopping over to our website where we have reviews, essays, and numerous other interviews with comic book creators, including Jeffrey Brown discussing his new Batman and Robin and Howard OGN.

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

CBCC Creator Corner: Douglas Wolk on All of the Marvels

CBCC Creator Corner: Douglas Wolk on All of the Marvels

October 30, 2021

Author Douglas Wolk is no mere mortal. He's done what few, if any, have dared to do. Wolk read every Marvel superhero comic, all 27,000+, and compiled what he learned from this massive endeavor into his own epic tome, All of the Marvels. His book is a must-read for all comic book maniacs, and it was an absolute honor to chat with him about this grand experiment and discuss the life lessons he's learned as a result.

For many, comics appear as an impenetrable mountain. Where do you begin? Who's this character? What's this a reference toward? Wolk reveals that there is no good place to start and that embracing the not-knowing is where the true joy of the endeavor resides. Not only that, but when you read enough superhero comics, your notions of good and bad start to blur. What was once seen as dreadful becomes essential twenty years down the road. And even horrible comics contain tasty morsels.

All of the Marvels is now available wherever fine books or comics are sold. But if you need a little extra help to put a copy in your hand, you can order the book HERE.

You can find Douglas Wolk on Twitter HERE, and on Instagram HERE, and you can keep up to date on his work by visiting his Website HERE. Also, Wolk hosts the podcast Voice of Latveria, which you can find by clicking HERE.

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

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Continue your conversation with CBCC by hopping over to our website where we have reviews, essays, and numerous interviews with comic book creators.

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

Comic Book Couples Conning: Baltimore Comic-Con 2021

Comic Book Couples Conning: Baltimore Comic-Con 2021

October 26, 2021

After two years, we returned to the Baltimore Comic-Con and it was everything we needed it to be. We saw some friends, we met new friends. We bought some old comics, we bought some new comics. And, yeah, we stood in some lines, but as you should know, we love lines!

Not only that, we were able to meet up with comic book creators Kat Calamia and Phil Falco and talk to them in person, having just spoken to them via Zencastr, about their new Kickstarter project, Slice of Life!

In this week's episode, you'll be able to hear that conversation in full, as well as a rundown of our experience at our first-ever pandemic comic-con. Was it weird? Yeah. Was it weirder than any other con experience? Not really. We answer your questions and consider our comic-con future. And yes, there will be a comic-con future, and we're stoked about it.

Make sure you visit Kat Calamia and Phil Falco's Kickstarter page for Slice of Life. We've already backed the project (gotta get that Yuriko plush doll)! You can also find Kat on Twitter HERE and Instagram HERE. You can find Phil on Twitter HERE and Instagram HERE.

To stay up to date on all things Baltimore Comic-Con, hit up their website HERE. It's truly one of the best COMIC BOOK conventions around.

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

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SUPPORT THE PODCAST BY JOINING OUR PATREON COMMUNITY.

Continue your conversation with CBCC by hopping over to our website where we have reviews, essays, and numerous interviews with comic book creators.

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

CBCC 74: Dinah & Ollie: Green Arrow - Quiver

CBCC 74: Dinah & Ollie: Green Arrow - Quiver

October 18, 2021

With Green Arrow: Quiver, Kevin Smith and Phil Hester resurrect the Emerald Archer in a fantastical fashion, forcing Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance to stare directly into the abyss that is their relationship. This epic comic book series goes a long way in celebrating everything we love and love-to-loathe about these two characters, and it makes for one of our best couple sessions so far.

Helping us sort through the romantic turmoil is love expert Megan Lundgren and her self-help guide Relationship Book for New Couples: Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Connection and Build a Long-Lasting Bond.

Don't forget to join our Green Arrow/Black Canary conversation from the beginning with Sessions 71 and 72:

Also, don't forget to listen to our interview with Kevin Smith's cohort Jason Mewes, recorded during the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con.

Issues discussed this week: Green Arrow volume 3 issues 1 - 15, published by DC Comics between February 2001 and July 2002. They were written by Kevin Smith, penciled by Phil Hester, inked by Ande Parks, colored by Guy Major and James Sinclair, lettered by Sean Konot, and feature covers by Matt Wagner.

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

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Continue your conversation with CBCC by hopping over to our website where we have reviews, essays, and numerous interviews with comic book creators.

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

Patreon Preview: Reading Sandman for the First Time

Patreon Preview: Reading Sandman for the First Time

October 6, 2021

Neil Gaiman's Sandman is one of the most highly regarded epics in comics. It seems like everyone's already read it, but nope! Not us! Over on our Patreon, we've decided to finally tackle the DC Comics masterpiece one issue at a time. That's right, 75 issues, 75 episodes! And we want to make sure that all of our listeners get a chance to jump on board this massive adventure.

This week mark's the one-year anniversary of our Patreon feed. We're extremely proud of the community we've built around Comic Book Couples Counseling, and these folks help us keep this party going. From their brains have sprung some of our strangest ideas, and we'll be eternally grateful.

If you're intrigued by this gargantuan CBCC Sandman project, please consider supporting us by JOINING OUR PATREON COMMUNITY.

Sandman #1 was published by DC Comics in November 1988. The comic is written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Sam Kieth & Mike Dringenberg, lettered by Todd Klein, colored by Daniel Vozzo, assistant edited by Art Young, edited by Karen Berger, and features a cover by Dave McKean.

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

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CBCC 73: J‘onn J‘onzz & M‘yri‘ah J‘onzz - Martian Manhunter: Identity

CBCC 73: J‘onn J‘onzz & M‘yri‘ah J‘onzz - Martian Manhunter: Identity

September 28, 2021

Martian Manhunter! The glue that holds the Justice League together! But before that can ever happen, the last Martian known as J'onn J'onzz must come to terms with his own shameful history and the horrendous loss of his beloved M'yri'ah and daughter K'hym. Helping us confront such tremendous sorrow is Dr. Katherine Shear and The Center for Complicated Grief and their article, "H.E.A.L.I.N.G. Milestones: What To Expect from Grief." 

We interrupt our regularly scheduled program to partake in an epic podcast event - Unite the Seven. That's right, seven Justice League members, seven episodes. We got Martian Manhunter, but we encourage you to explore the other shows featuring unique spins on these iconic characters.

Issues covered in this episode: Martian Manhunter Volume 5, issues 1 - 12, published by DC Comics between February 2019 and April 2020. It’s written by Steve Orlando, illustrated by Riley Rossmo, colored by Ivan Plascencia, and lettered by Deron Bennett

Be sure to follow the podcast on Facebook, on Instagram, and on 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 art by @Karen_XmenFan.

CBCC 72: Dinah & Ollie - The Longbow Hunters

CBCC 72: Dinah & Ollie - The Longbow Hunters

September 16, 2021

When discussing Green Arrow and Black Canary, sooner or later, you must come to The Longbow Hunters. The 1987 three-issue prestige format series from DC Comics and Mike Grell attempted to pull Oliver Queen and Dinah Lance from the fanciful world of spandex and capes and drop them into the gritty reality of Seattle Washington. No more trick arrows, no more maniacal superpowered maniacs. It's time for "unspeakable violence" from all parties.

The Longbow Hunters finds Oliver Queen facing a midlife crisis while Dinah Lance feels as self-confident as she ever has. When Ollie desires children, and Dinah pulls away, can the two recover from such opposing values? We discuss using Megan Lundgren's Relationship Book for New Couples: Proven Strategies to Nurture Your Connection and Build and Long-Lasting Bond as our self-help guide.

To play along, click on over to our Shared Values page, and explore what human values mean the most to yourself as well as your partner. Then, also consider, what values mean the most to Oliver and Dianh. Do they share enough to make this partnership work?

Comics covered in this episode: The Longbow Hunters # 1 - 3, published by DC Comics between August and October of 1987. They’re written and illustrated by Mike Grell, colored by Julia Lacquement, and lettered by Ken Bruzenak

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

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