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Welcome to an issue of Hey Kids, Comics! where hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston monkey around with Flash's Rogues Gallery. Yes, it is time for the latest chapter of an arc that explores the villains of the DC Comics' own master of the Speed Force. Enjoy a show all about the expatriate of Gorilla City and his life of crime.…
 
When your super power is running fast, REALLY fast, you might not be taken as seriously as many other heroes in the DC Universe. And as an unanticipated result, you will likely attract some of the most oddball villains of all time! So it is that Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston have found themselves in a new story arc that revolves around Flash's Rog…
 
There are some really oddball characters in comics. And sometimes they inexplicably make it into the mainstream. Not always, but at times it does happen and leaves fans scratching their collective heads. Thus your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston find themselves talking about some of their favorites. And some of their least favorite characters …
 
Way back in 1995 Marvel Comics did the unthinkable - unless you were Marvel Comics in the 90s - they went into self-distribution as Heroes World. This was part of their vaunted, and soon failed, Marvelution. (Read all about that here.) Now DC Comics has found an excuse to do something similar, likely crippling an industry that has been hobbling alo…
 
With over 350 individual issues, annuals, and specials behind them, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston take a look back at the history of the show. Derived from JediCole's budding research (actually listening to each issue and taking copious notes), a discussion begins that opens up memories of in-jokes, recurring characters, and a staggering volume of…
 
It's baaaaaack! The bane of 90's collecting has returned in a new and different form. While the madness of the foil-enhanced, poly-bagged, embossed, holographic, gimmick covers and editions of comic publications have largely gone extinct, the powers that be have found new ways to generate sales through exclusives and variants that hearken back to t…
 
There's a dark side to the Justice League of America, sort of, that rears its ugly head from time to time in the form of the Crime Syndicate of America. Dark analogues of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, the Flash, and Green Lantern from the extra-dimensional Earth-C. They are the topic of discussion as Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston talk up the dia…
 
How do you get fans excited about the shared universe that is populated by hundreds of characters from the familiar to the obscure? Well if you are comic book publisher in the 80s, you create the definitive guide to (almost) every single character in the catalog. And that is exactly what Marvel and DC (most famously) did with "Marvel Universe" and …
 
"Declaration of Independents" concludes in the best possible way, with a special guest! Your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston discuss the history, publications, and fate of Akklaim Comics with none other than show favorite Weldon Adams. Prepare for some incredible insights into what happened when a video game company set their sights on the suc…
 
Hey Kids, Comics! is not going to call the whole thing off this week. Quite the contrary! Your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are back from their holiday hiatus and ready to take a swing at examining one of the biggest successes in the "big indy" family - Comico ("The Comic Company"). Enjoy the next to the last chapter of Declaration of Indpe…
 
"Declaration of Independents" continues with a chapter that explores one of the more curious examples of the the little big indy and name recognition as a vehicle for success or failure. When big egos collide and lawsuits fly, you have the tale of Defiant Comics with Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston taking up the challenge of chronicling the fate of …
 
Welcome to the second chapter of "Declaration of Independents. This week Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston explore the rise and disappearance of Malibu Comics. Among the more successful of the big indys of the 90s, Malibu's characters garnered Hollywood attention with live action and animated television series...then they were simply and quietly taken…
 
A new story arc begins with Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston exploring the "Indy Boom" and some of the publishers that came and went in a time when comics were at the height of their powers. Catherine Houston joins your hosts this issue as they discover that celebrity names were not enough for Tekno Comix, a corporate-style publisher with ambitions i…
 
After the heavy topic of "Joker" last week, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston needed a bit of a change of pace and a more lighthearted topic. Send in the Zoo Crew! Yes, Captain Carrot and company are the subjects of the latest issue of the show with special guest Weldon Adams. Yep! As promised when Weldon was last on the show.…
 
SPOILER ALERT! If you have not yet seen "Joker" and want to avoid spoilers, listen to this issue another time. As "Joker" rises to become the most financially successful movie based on a comic book in the height of the Tanzanite Age, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston at last tackle the weighty subject of this unique take on Batman's greatest foe. They…
 
The Hell?! Three hundred thirty three regular issues of this show?! With such a benchmark, and the inescapable joke it invokes, the denizens of Hell itself are the topic of this week's show. Well, those that occur in comics anyway. So get ready for some devilishly good conversation as Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston go all demon-like!…
 
Remember, Remember the Fifth of November The gunpowder treason and plot If you don't remember November 5, 1605, it is certainly not a necessity. As long as you remember Alan Moore and David Lloyd's masterpiece, "V for Vendetta". This is the topic as Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are joined by the scholarly Kelly long for an overview of the comic a…
 
Well it was bound to happen! After all of these years and over 300 issues of the show, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston were enough full of themselves to decide to cast Hollywood pictures based on comic books ala the old "Casting Call" segment from Wizard Magazine. But they are not going it alone! Eddie Medina of The Rantcor Pit Live also joins in wi…
 
From Toby to Tom concludes with...Tom Holland! Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston, along with friend of HKC! DeNae Cortez, explore the Spider-Man films with Tom Holland in the title role (except for those movies that were Captain America or Avengers-driven). Discover a virtual world of Hollondness this week!…
 
Welcome to the middle chapter of a the three-part exploration of the actors and films of the three incarnations of modern Spider-Man films. This week Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are joined by podcaster Rick Gutierrez (of The United States of Geekdom) to discuss Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man II as well as Andrew Garfield as Peter Park…
 
It's time for a mini-arc on Hey Kids, Comics! Though this series was planned before the Disney/Fox Spider-Man issue/non-issue that had fans pulling their heads off, it will still be treated as a celebration of Spidey staying in the MCU a bit longer. Toby to Tom will be an exploration of the three cinematic Spider-Man actors since 2002. This week yo…
 
One word...Blade! Yes, Marvel's own vampire hunter and day-walker went from obscure background character in Tomb of Dracula to perennial superstar as one of the first Marvel comic book characters to make a splash on the big screen. In the years since the human/vampire hybrid has grown in stature with appearances in multiple titles including his own…
 
Garth Ennis' 2006-2012 comic series from Wildstorm and then Dyanamite finally saw its live action adaptation this year as a Netflix original series after years in development Hell as a feature film. Your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston, along with Catherine Houston, take a long hard look at the series that takes a long hard look at a world whe…
 
It began in the late 60s. A phenomenon known as the Underground Comix Movement. Creators began self-publishing their own comic books that were often drenched in social relevance, especially to the counter-culture of the day. In a unique turn for this show, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston explore one of the most important eras of comic book history w…
 
Hot on the heels of the last story arc, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston opted to take on a weighty real-world issue - the appropriation of comic book iconography. Often controversial, the adoption of comic book character's imagery by groups both public and in the shadows has become rather prevalent in recent years. From the widespread use of Punishe…
 
What's the job pay? A question posed by a unique brand of street-level heroes in comics. Sure being the good guy is its own reward, but frankly it does not pay the bills! Your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston take a look at various heroes-for-hire as "Hit the Streets" concludes.By Jedicole Universe
 
Street-smart street-level heroes know the score. Sometimes you need a good firearm at your hip to survive the level of criminal that you find in a world of super-powered criminals and high tech devices. Yet for some there is an allure in guns and other projectile weapons that transcends necessity. Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston discuss the comic bo…
 
Hit it! Yes, it's time to "Hit the Streets" again with Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston as Hey Kids, Comics! latest story arc reaches the pivotal center episode! This week your hosts take a hard swing at the heroes who fight crime largely bare knuckled. Some have powers or weaponry to bring to bear in the battle against evil, but when the chips are d…
 
Let's face it, criminals are generally nocturnal creatures. To combat them takes a brand of hero who sleeps by day and fights crime by night. This issue finds Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston delving into these night owls (including Nite Owl) and their capacity to shine light on what bad guys do in the dark!…
 
What makes a super-hero a "street level" hero versus any other kind? That is the pressing question in this week's issue of the show. Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston launch the 'Hit the Streets" arc with a look at the heroes (and villains) that fall into this category as well as some of the regular folks that have been a part of their careers.…
 
The Tanzanite Age of Comic Book Movies has resulted in a remarkable offshoot...the comic book movie action figure! Yet even before this golden time there were toys based on movies based on comics. Your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston take a look at the highs and lows, the inadvertent spoilers, and the storied history of comic movie toys.…
 
It's that time of year again! Summer has arrived and the annual Summer Fun issue is here at last! Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston could not think of anything that was as much fun this summer as "Spider-Man: Far From Home", so naturally this blockbuster became the subject for this year's edition. SPOILER ALERT! - This issue is heavily laden with spoi…
 
For the last few years there has not been a year without the sound of your hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston railing against the collection assassin that is the San Diego Comic Con exclusive - regardless of the vendor. 2019 will see this tradition continuing as they share their thoughts about this year's slate of "can't-get-it-if-you-are-not-her…
 
The boys are back! Okay, the old dudes are back! Hey Kids, Comics! returns from an unscheduled late Spring hiatus with the promised look at comic book henchmen. From the themed gangs that aid in the malfeasance of comics' top crooks to the unexpected henchmen you never knew were out there, this issue has it all! To paraphrase Professor X, when it c…
 
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