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Ask Chris #303: Guilty Pleasures
Q: Do you think there's any value in defining something as a guilty pleasure? If so, what's your comic guilty pleasure? — @ykwilpodcast

A: On the one hand, no, I don't. The concept of a "guilty pleasure" has always struck me as a weird way to shield yourself from the…
Ask Chris #302: All The Fun Of A VHS Tape In Comic Book Form
Q: Why are comic book adaptations of movies a thing? Do you think any are worth reading? -- Daniel, via email

A: You don't see them around too much these days, but when I was a kid, comic book movie adaptations --- official comic book movie adaptations --- were a pretty big deal. Or at least, …
Ask Chris #301: Comet The Super-Horse Is None Of Those Things
Q: I need a Comet the Super-Horse primer. What's his deal, Chris? -- @MagiknKitty5evr

A: All right, you might want to buckle up for this one, because Comet the Super-Horse is way more complicated than you might expect, even by the standards of the Silver Age. He has a history that literally co…
Ask Chris #299: Archie Goodwin Is… Mr. Nice
Q: Archie Goodwin is a guy who permeates comics history, but isn't much talked about. Can you talk a bit about his impact/career? -- @EvrLvnBluIdThng

A: When you get right down to it, the fact that we're not talking about Goodwin literally all the time is pretty surprising. He is, without…
Ask Chris #298: Putting The Detectives In ‘Detective’
Q: Generally, what's the difference between Batman and Detective Comics? I've heard right now Detective is going to focus more on the Batman Family, has that always been true? -- Anonymous, via tumblr

A: This is a very interesting question, because it doesn't just have to do with how…
Ask Chris #297: You Are… Lone Wolf!
Q: You've talked about playing Pathfinder recently. How long have you been playing RPGs and how did you start? - @daveexmachina

A: I've been up front about my deep and abiding love of the Gelatinous Cube and the kind of gridded-out world of dungeons that have to be cleaned by semi-sentien…
Ask Chris #296: Starman And The Challenge Of Holding Up
Q: How does a (great) but very 90's comic like Starman hold up today, given its dated references like Chris Isaak? -- @david_wolkin

A: What's that? You want me to write a thousand words about that one panel from Starman where Jack Knight compares himself to Chris Isaak because for some re…
Ask Chris #295: Rocketed To Earth From The Dying Planet Krypton
Q: What's your Superman preference regarding the Byrne Kryptonian Gestation Matrix versus being "rocketed to Earth as an infant?" -- @charlotteofoz

A: In the grand scheme of things, even I have to admit that this seems like a pretty minor distincton. That said, if there's one th…
Ask Chris #293: Batman’s Death Race To Oblivion!
Q: How would Batman fare in the world of Wacky Races? -- @sprucetonberry

A: I'm going to go go ahead and guess that this question was inspired by this week's release of DC's new Wacky Raceland comic, in which the classic road race cartoon was reimagined for the grim darkness of a pos…

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