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Ben Days of Our Lives: A Comics Nostalgia Podcast

First of all, we know, we know we're not using the term “Ben Days,” or “Ben Day Dots,” with any great precision. If you want to dig into the history of comic book dots, and what they do and don't have to do with a process invented by a man named Ben Day, here's a great series of blog posts on the topic: https://legionofandy.com/2013/06/03/roy-lichtenstein-the-man-who-didnt-paint-benday-dots/ Also, the name of our podcast, and attendant imagery, is probably making you think of an earlier era of comic books than the one we're going to begin by treating: the 1980s. The emphasis is on the “days of our lives” part rather than the “Ben Days” part. Then why have we got the “Ben Days” part? Because Dave really likes puns, and because we both like the serialized, soap opera elements of the superhero comics of our childhoods. Hello! We are David Fiore and Elise Moore, a couple of grad school dropouts, born in 1974 and 1975 respectively, with positively Proustian attachments to the superhero comics we read in the 80s. Dave, however, went really crazy for a few years and also read a ton of comics from the 1960s during this period, so it's possible that one day we'll stray outside the 80s. But in the meantime, we've got a lot of 80s titles we want to get through. Such as: the Wolfman/Perez New Teen Titans Amethyst (first mini-series and ongoing series) The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl Grant Morrison's Animal Man We don't know much of anything about comic books from the 90s onward, so we'll try not to refer to them too much, because we'll just sound curmudgeonly. Whereas we'd prefer the tone of this podcast to be celebratory. We both have backgrounds in textual analysis, which we've also applied on our first podcast as a team, ANOTHER KIND OF DISTANCE: A TIME TRAVEL PODCAST, where we look at time travel movies. However, that's a project to cover every time travel podcast ever made, whereas here, we're only looking at comic books we want to cover. So we expect that we'll find more to our liking on this podcast: even if the titles don't always live up to our memories, the memories will probably dispose us to treat them with respect and affection. So if you love these titles too – and we're not aware of other podcasts devoted to them – please put your earbuds in place, sit back, and remember with us! Our adorable and handily legal Facebook cover photo art was created with the help of Freepik.com and Addtext.com.
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Feb 1, 2017

We're here with our penultimate AMETHYST: PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD original maxi-series episode: 3/4, covering issues #7-#9. Amethyst gets a love interest and a nifty wedding outfit, while continuing to prove that STEM subjects are way more important than English to being a Gemworld ruler. There are more sad, creepy deaths in families. Dark Opal gets even screwier as Amethyst thwarts more of his plans, needs a Twitter account.

Get in touch with Dave and Elise at bendaysofourlives@gmail.com or through our brand new Facebook page for the show!

Audio Credits:

Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Outro: Ookla the Mok - "Stop Talking About Comic Books (Or I'll Kill You)"

 

Link:

TM Maple tribute at Sequential

Dec 18, 2016

Elise and Dave take a look at AMETHYST, PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD nos. 4-6, the point at which a 7-year-old Elise came in, in 1983. This run of issues features some of Ernie Colón's best artwork and two of the series' most memorable covers (as Elise can vouch), as well as some signs of hastiness. Dark Opal cranks up the evil; we meet new important Gemworld denizens; and the hosts ponder the question of what exactly happened to the eldest Princess Emerald. 

Get in touch with Dave and Elise at bendaysofourlives@gmail.com or through our brand new Facebook page for the show!

Audio Credits:

Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Outro: Ookla the Mok - "Stop Talking About Comic Books (Or I'll Kill You)"

 

Link:

TM Maple tribute at Sequential

Nov 11, 2016

Dave and Elise turn their attention to Elise's favourite non-team title from the 80s, Gary Cohn, Dan Mishkin, and Ernie Colon's AMETHYST: PRINCESS OF GEMWORLD maxi-series, and give an enthusiastic account of the first three issues (plus the preview in LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES vol. 2 #298). Elise is depressed to remember which of the characters shares her birthstone, tries to do a feminist theory analysis of Amethyst's nipples. Dave gets excited about the prominence of a golden retriever as a character.

Get in touch with Dave and Elise at bendaysofourlives@gmail.com or through our brand new Facebook page for the show!

Audio Credits:

Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Outro: Ookla the Mok - "Stop Talking About Comic Books (Or I'll Kill You)"

 

Link:

TM Maple tribute at Sequential

Sep 28, 2016
Dave and Elise tackle New Teen Titans Vol. 1, Issues 10-12. Ask whether the Terminator's motivations, or plans, really make sense; debate whether Wonder Girl is in danger of a dub-con or non-con romantic relationship; rejoice at the first appearance of T.M. Maple. Dave concludes that gods can only be totalitarians or do-nothings, and either way are jerks. Elise marvels at the creators' deft touch with the epilogue feels.

Get in touch with Dave and Elise at bendaysofourlives@gmail.com or through our brand new Facebook page for the show!

Audio Credits:

Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Interstitials: Art Brut - "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake" 

Outro: Ookla the Mok - "Stop Talking About Comic Books (Or I'll Kill You)"

 

Link:

TM Maple tribute at Sequential

Sep 2, 2016
Elise and Dave look at a milestone issue of The New Teen Titans, No. 8, “A Day in the Lives,” and have a few nits to pick. We ask searching questions, like: is Wonder Girl's feminism consistently presented? (Answer: no, because the comics have to have as many hot babes in them as possible.) Did George Perez make a mistake when he drew college student Wally West's humble middle-class Blue Valley home as a mansion? (Answer: no, because DC comics need everybody to be super stinking rich.) We agree that Vic Stone has the best moments (finally) from this run of numbers 7-9. On either side of the centerpiece, The Fearsome Five return, and there's some even campier stuff with board member-murdering puppets.

Get in touch with Dave and Elise at bendaysofourlives@gmail.com or through our brand new Facebook page for the show!

Audio Credits:

Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Interstitials: Art Brut - "DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake" 

Outro: Ookla the Mok - "Stop Talking About Comic Books (Or I'll Kill You)"

Jul 15, 2016

Dave and Elise follow The New Teen Titans to the end of their first, rather shaky arc, all the way through to the breakthrough issue, #6. We contemplate the differences between the artistic styles of George Perez and Curt Swan (guest penciller of issue #5) and the editorial personae of Marv Wolfman and Ernie Colón and attempt to analyze the political philosophy of Trigon (“He's like Hitler and Satan!”).

Get in touch with Dave and Elise at bendaysofourlives@gmail.com or through our brand new Facebook page for the show!

Audio Credits:

Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Outro: Ookla the Mok - "Stop Talking About Comic Books (Or I'll Kill You)"

May 23, 2016

In our first episode, Dave and Elise begin our celebration of the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans run with the first three issues of the NEW TEEN TITANS (November 1980, December 1980, January 1981), plus the preview that appeared in DC Comics Present No. 26. We also tell our comics origins stories, share our love for the letters page and missives from Marv, and explain why, with misgivings, we gave up the superhero comics habit toward the end of the 80s. We hope you've got plenty of nostalgia for this decade and title too – they were great ones!

Get in touch with Dave and Elise at bendaysofourlives@gmail.com or through our brand new Facebook page for the show!

Audio Credits:

Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Interstitials: Art Brut - "DC Comics & Chocolate Milkshake"

Outro: Ookla the Mok - "Stop Talking About Comic Books (Or I'll Kill You)"

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