The Protagonist Podcast #151: The Vision Family in The Vision (Comic 2015) “They seemed nice.”

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Joe and Todd are joined by returning guest Todd Petersen to discuss the Marvel comic book series The Vision. They touch on an awful lot of topics, because this is one of the most thought-provoking texts they’ve covered. Topics include the comic book form, issues of identity and prejudice, and just how many great ideas this series explores.

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The Protagonist Podcast #145: The entire cast in Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan (Comic 2003) “Our parents are super-villains!”

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Joe and Todd are joined by Scott Carelli to talk about the Marvel comic book series Runaways. They talk about villainous parents, creating fully-formed characters, and surprise twists.

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The Protagonist Podcast #137: Squirrel Girl/Doreen Green in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1 (Comic 2015) “We’re here to kick butts and eat nuts!”

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Todd and Joe discuss The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, one of the happiest comics they’ve read in a long time. They talk about subverting superhero tropes, the whimsy in the series, and the motivations for the character.

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The Protagonist Podcast #125: Jin Wang in American Born Chinese (Comic 2006) “It’s easy to become anything you wish . . . so long as you’re willing to forfeit your soul.”

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Join Todd and Joe as they tackle the wonderful graphic novel American Born Chinese by McArthur Genius Gene Luen Yang and discuss myth, stereotypes, and the difficulty of navigating identity in adolescence.

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The Protagonist Podcast #116: Sinestro and Hal Jordan in Green Lantern Vol. 1: Sinestro (Comic 2008) “In brightest day, in blackest night …”

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This week, Todd and Joe are joined by Norman Mitchell from The Lord of the Rings Minute Podcast to talk about Green Lantern: Sinestro. Topics of discussion include the glorious absurdity of some superhero comics and a deep dive into the concept of redemption.

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The Protagonist Podcast #113: Special: Valentines Day 2017 “I’ll never be as bad as my grandpa!”

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In our Valentines Day Special 2017, we are joined by special guest Alana Howlett to play a of Fictional play Fictional Dating Game. What fictional inventor would be the best match for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Donatello? Who is the best match to give Eponine from Les Mis a happily ever after? Listen to find out.

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#111: Tintin in Tintin (Comic 1939, 1960) “Be sure to hold on tight!”

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Todd and Joe talk about Tintin from one of the world’s most popular comic books, The Adventures of Tintin. We discuss the significance of the series, debate what genre it belongs to, and express our love for stories with a Yeti.

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#102: Tyler in Hero Bear and the Kid (2002-03) “100% nice 100% of the time”

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This week, Joe and Todd talk about Herobear and the Kid, a charming comic book written and drawn by Mike Kunkel. We discuss issues of belief, the surprisingly complex art and story, and the seasonal twist at the end.

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#095: Nami in One Piece (Manga 1999) “Girls have to be strong too.”

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This week, Todd, Joe, and Andrew discuss the most popular manga of all time, One Piece. We discuss Nami’s tragic back story, her awesome Mom, and the blend of absurd silliness and emotional depth.

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#087: Dr Strange in Dr. Strange: The Oath (Comic 2006-07) “The best that doctors can do is take care of the people who entrust their lives to us.”

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Get ready for the upcoming film by listening to Todd and Joe talk about Doctor Strange: The Oath. They talk about magic, doctors, and the impact of abstract threats in a narrative.

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