Episode 23-Star Wars, Alan Moore and Stuff

59 mins. Our most rambling episode yet in which we hardly yak about comics, but do talk about all the different versions of Star Wars, and the good years of The Simpsons, plus wearing scarves, Johnny Mnemonic, Cheers, crying at Spock’s death, Liz Hurley and more ramblonic nonsense.

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1:45 NEWS

Star Wars on Blu-Ray in September, writer Neil Gaiman as himself on The Simpsons, the Batman teen toon that could’ve been in Gotham High, casting truth for Judge Dredd and casting rumours for Dark Knight Rises.

23:15 WHAT WE’VE BEEN READING

Steel #1, zombies in the Wild West series Rotten, and the classic run on Swamp Thing from Alan Moore and Stephen Bissette.

41:50 FEATURE DISCUSSION

It’s the battle of the beards as writer Alan Moore vs writer Jason Aaron. Actually they don’t fight as such, but Aaron talks about a recent Moore interview and then we dissect it as only geeks can.

We finish by talking about Star Wars games and podcaster vanity.

Simpsonised Superheroes

The Simpsons is a wonderful creation. Able to merge all facets of pop culture effortlessly the longest running animated series is a fanboy haven of in-jokes and parodies. The tie-in comics by Bongo have been written by one of my fave writers, Chuck Dixon, and an issue of Simpsons Comics even featured a fight between writers Grant Morrison and Mark Millar.

And now, there’s this. The product of artist Dean T. Fraser, Springfield Punx takes some great characters from the halls of pop culture and re-designs them as they would appear on The Simpsons. There’s much more at his blog, but here’s a few of my faves – Superman, Batman, Nightwing (AKA Dick Grayson, the first Robin), Robin III (AKA Tim Drake in his cool new costume), Joker’s main squeeze, Harley Quinn, amputee Aquaman from his morose days in the 1990s and finally, Lion-O, leader of the Thundercats. Still hungry for more? Then you can also check out Project Rooftop, which is filled with even more wild re-imaginings of superhero costumes from a gaggle of talented artists.

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