Hey Kids, Comics! #168 - Creator Spotlight #5: John Byrne

• February 6th, 2016

It's time to shine the old Creator Spotlight again!  

After darn near a year, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston have finally dusted the thing off and sent its illuminating beam in the direction of comic book legend John Byrne.
From the X-Men and Avengers to Superman and Wonder Woman, Byrne has been a staple of comics for close to 40 years.  Still going strong to this day, this prolific artist and writer was the natural target for the fanboy attentions of your HKC! hosts.
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Hey Kids, Comics! #167 - The Big House

• January 29th, 2016

Go to jail.  Go directly to jail.

No, it's not Monopoly!  It is, in fact, an issue of Hey Kids, Comics! devoted to jails and prisons.  More specifically, those in which super-villains tend to find themselves incarcerated.
From the Raft and Blackgate to Arkham Asylum to the Gulag of Kingdom Come, sending super powered baddies up the river has its challenges.  Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston act as your ad hoc wardens as they check out the slammer in comic book form. 
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Hey Kids, Comics! #166 - The Breakaways

• January 23rd, 2016

Welcome again to the comic book wonderland that is Hey Kids, Comics!

This week Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are breaking away from the norm with a show all about breaking away unexpectedly.  That is to say, comic book characters that became far more popular than their creators might have imagined.  From bit part characters that captured the imagination of readers to those that shone brighter than just a simple player in a one-off story, the history of the comic is full of such characters.
In the decidedly marketable-character driven modern comic publishing dynamic it is becoming increasingly difficult to find, or at least pinpoint, the breakaway characters as nearly every character seems to be built with at least an attempt at mass appeal in mind.  Though largely a thing of the past, the breakaways continue to occur, but are fewer and farther between.
This issue explores and even celebrates the characters that became more than anyone would have imagined or hoped.  
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The Rantcor Pit #46 - Not a Toy

• January 17th, 2016

Greetings Rantcorps!

As promised the prerecorded show is back on track after too long a hiatus and on its new schedule, going up on the JCU site the same Sunday as The Rantcor Pit Live streams live from watchonairlive.com.  
This episode explores the rift that began to form between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back producer Gary Kurtz and George Lucas.  As licensing became king in Hollywood, especially for Star Wars, the focus of the Saga franchise became highly driven by outside sources, most notably Kenner Products.  
Special guest David Bunds returns to the show to join Cole Houston and Eddie Medina in the discussions inspired by his bringing an article about the Kurtz/Lucas split to your co-host's attention.  Did toy and other merchandising concerns take precedent over storytelling by the time Return of the Jedi was looming large in the future at LucasFilm?  How much of a sway would it hold over the Prequel Trilogy?  Had that galaxy far, far away just become a plaything?
Find out today!
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The Rantcor Pit #45 - Wake Up Call

• January 16th, 2016
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Hey Kids, Comics! #170 - Star Spangled Saviors

• January 16th, 2016

Welcome one and all to the latest issue of Hey Kids, Comics!  

The show is back after a week off with a patriotic turn.  Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston take a look at super-patriotism as portrayed in comics.  From the super-heroes who have taken it upon themselves to be the figurehead of their country to those who's very presence invokes the flag of their nation, comics have produced such characters for decades.
Captain America naturally springs to mind at the outset, but what of others who are less obvious?  And then there are the blatant "let's have a national representative hero of this country who's name and costume reflects but the tiniest aspect of their culture" chestnuts!  These and others who fight the good fight in the name of, in the colors of, or as the embodiment of their homeland are discussed at length on the latest episode.
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Hey Kids, Comics! #164 - I’m Cryin’, I’m Dyin’

• January 1st, 2016

Happy New Year!

Ring in 2016 Hey Kids, Comics! style with a look forward at the cinematic universes of DC and Marvel.  Hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston take a speculative look at the various comic book movies that are going to be a huge part of our collective comic fan lives in the coming year.  
From Deadpool to Doctor Strange, 2016 will be an epic comic book movie year!  Find out now why some things that are going to happen on screen or potentially could happen have your hosts cryin' (tears of joy) or dyin' (a little inside).  
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Hey Kids, Comics! #163 - Super Secret Santas

• December 24th, 2015

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good Hey Kids, Comics!


Welcome one and all to a very special Christmas Day issue of Hey Kids, Comics!  Hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are proud to leave under your tree a holiday episode of the show.
Based on a concept by special guest Catherine "Mrs. JediCole" Houston, this episode explores what do you get super-heroes (and select villains) for Christmas?  From Batman and Iron Man to the Joker and Namor the Sub-Mariner, many diverse characters are shopped for as this trio becomes secret Santa to a wealth of comic book heavy hitters.  
If you think your family is hard to shop for, try picking out the perfect gift for the likes of Deadman!
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Hey Kids, Comics! #162 - Comicsportsballs II

• December 21st, 2015

It's back!

After well over two years Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston return to the unfamiliar territory that is sports!  Sports in comics anyway.  This week your hosts are joined once again by Eddie Medina as they talk up the long awaited sequel to HKC! #48, "Play Ball!"
Jason Adams joins the fun as wine flows freely and sports in comics, comic book sports figures, and sports related ads in comics all come to the fore.
PLAY BALL!
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Hey Kids, Comics #161 - Under the Tree

• December 14th, 2015

The holidays fast approach and Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston have your back!

Hard pressed to find "that perfect gift" for the comic book fan in your life?  Well allow the Hey Kids, Comics! guys to lend a hand.  This week's issue represents that annual Christmas wishlist and provides a selection of great choicest that can be found at toy, comic, and other retail shops.  
Be a hero this Christmas with some great gifts!
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