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Amusement Park Podcast Special Edition: DC Universe early access!

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Surprise! It’s a two-episode week for the Amusement Park Podcast. Hopefully, you listen to both!

With the early launch of the DC Universe streaming service — full of movies, TV shows, animated films and series, and comic books — Chris and I decided to record a special edition of the show and share our thoughts after playing with the app for a few hours (and a couple days earlier than the announced launch).

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Thanks for listening to our bonus episode! Enjoy DC Universe this weekend if you signed up, and let us know what you think of it after listening to our podcast.

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Amusement Park Podcast 005: Jason Statham is my man crush

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Coming up with stuff to discuss hasn’t been a problem for us, five episodes into the Amusement Park Podcast. But it’s always helpful when the news fairies bring us a hot topic shortly before we record.

The apparent break-up between Henry Cavill and Warner Brothers, and Cavill no longer playing Superman on the big screen provided plenty for us to talk about. Chris Cox and I also discuss Entertainment Weekly‘s Captain Marvel cover story, review Season 2 of Netflix’s Iron Fist, and say goodbye to the Oscars’ “Most Popular Film” award.

Have we already been doing this for a month? Four episodes says we have. The fourth edition of The Amusement Park Podcast is now available.

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Enjoy your weekend (be safe if you’re in the Carolinas) and thank you for listening!

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Amusement Park Podcast 004: We broke the internet. Or maybe not

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Have we already been doing this for a month? Four episodes says we have. The fourth edition of The Amusement Park Podcast is now available.

This week, we respond to Entertainment Weekly‘s Captain Marvel reveal, ask if there’s just too much damn TV to watch, review Operation Finale, Searching and Juliet, Naked and share what we enjoyed from the past week.

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This is the week we get our website up and running. I can feel it! In the meantime, you can listen to episodes and find subscription links over there. Maybe we’ll have some blog posts too. Really!

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Enjoy your weekend and thank you for listening!

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Amusement Park Podcast 003: Puppets Gone Wild

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Three episodes in, we’re officially on a streak! Just in time for your Labor Day travels and leisure, episode 3 of The Amusement Park Podcast is now available.

This week, we respond to DC Universe’s launch announcements, review The Happytime Murders, check if Chris has canceled MoviePass yet and share what we enjoyed from the past week.

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Our website is almost ready to roll. Right now, you can listen to episodes and podcast subscription links there. Hopefully, we’ll get our blog up and rolling this week with summer being (unofficially?) over. That’s the plan.

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Enjoy your Labor Day weekend! Thank you for listening.

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Amusement Park Podcast 002: ‘They should’ve stopped at 4’

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Chris Cox and I had so much fun recording The Amusement Park Podcast last week that we decided to do it again this week. OK, that was kind of the idea.

Next week, we may have a proper website for the podcast where episodes will be archived, while Chris and I will chime in on the pop culture stories that interest us (maybe as something of a preview or response to that week’s show). We’re workin’ on it!

For our second episode, we lament the time we wasted on Sharknado 6, wonder if the majority of moviegoers care who directs a film, and share what we enjoyed from the past week.

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Thanks for checking in!

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Who needs another podcast? Well, at least two guys…

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While trying to push myself back into blogging, I’ve sometimes thought about whether or not I should start a podcast instead. A growing number of people seem more interested in listening to something than reading. (I might be leaning that way, as well.)

I don’t feel as confident in production and so forth to do with audio what I think I can do with words. But maybe I’ll get there someday if I put some work into it.

In the meantime, my buddy Chris Cox have talked about doing a podcast off and on for a couple years now. Chris and I used to talk every week on the radio in Louisiana. Presumably, we were supposed to talk baseball, but often veered into pop culture by the end of the segment.

After Chris left radio, I was surprised and flattered when he mentioned wanting to do a podcast someday. Of all the people he worked with and spoke to on the radio, I’m the one he wanted to chat with? But we always had fun and could riff on a variety of topics.

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Naturally, life got in the way and circumstances kept us from following through. I wasn’t sure we’d ever do a podcast (and I’m guessing Chris thought the same thing). Maybe this was the 2018 equivalent of “We should start a band, man!”

But as I’ve been thinking more about finding (or reviving) a more personal outlet and looked at podcasting as a possibility, it felt like time to take the plunge when Chris brought it up again recently. Let’s do this!

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Remembering Steve Ditko, whose place in comic book history feels underrated – and he wanted it that way

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Friday night brought some sad news for longtime comic book and superhero fans with the news that Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man for Marvel Comics with Stan Lee, had passed away at the age of 90.

Ditko’s death (along with Harlan Ellison’s recent passing) is a reminder that many of the creators responsible for the stories and characters which established the geek culture we currently enjoy did so 50 to 60 years ago. Each time Stan Lee pops up on news alerts for lawsuits, estate disputes or elder abuse allegations, my initial instinct is that he died. The man is 95 years old, though he seems spry in his continued Marvel movie cameos.

Of course, it means we’re getting old too. I probably first read Ditko’s Spider-Man stories 30-plus years ago. When I began reading comics, John Romita Sr., Gil Kane and Ross Andru were the guys drawing Spidey. Marvel’s reprints of the original Spider-Man comics led me to Ditko.

Sure, maybe I just wanted more Spidey stories back then. But this was probably also an early example of appreciating artists by going to the beginning, like listening to a band’s first album or watching a director’s early films. What were those original Spider-Man comics like and how did they compare to the stories I first read?

Ditko’s art fit the idea of Spider-Man so well. A superhero with the powers of a spider would be a bit creepy, right? And Peter Parker was a nerd who got bullied, crushed on girls, was adored by his uncle and aunt, and was a brilliant student. Romita’s version of Spider-Man was a bit too polished, though fit the post-high school version of the character. But Ditko’s version, in addition to the world these characters populated, looked a bit unusual.

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