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A fluke of nature? Some dumb luck? One might suggest that the stars somehow aligned and created some crazy gravitational pull. Or maybe – just maybe – one of its founders, a century and a half ago, made some sort of deal and sold their soul…? Whatever the reason, beloved South Georgian Bay (from here on in, casually referred to as “SGB”) has somehow ended up with more than its fair share of extraordinary people, places and things! Dean Hollin – entertainer, broadcaster, music historian, and ...
 
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Join Anna, Mav, and Andrew plus special guest Lisa, Nocturne's BFF and co-host of the Nightcrawler-centric Simply Amazing podcast, to talk Kurt/Wanda, Wanda/Vision, histories of fandom, Wolverine & the X-Men, Nightscrawlers, Talia Josephine Wagner, Dave Cockrum's saucy stash, Real Housewives, “Age of X-Man,” Earth-2182, Exiles, roleplaying games, D…
 
The sages foretold: lo, there will come a story, told in three parts, in which jokes are stale and motives are baffling. Nobody likes it; nobody wanted it. Yet it exists. And thus, Anna, Mav, and Andrew must discuss it. But the sages also foretold a savior: a shining beacon of righteous insight destined to cleave "The Promethium Exchange" in twain,…
 
We're (still!) back and so's our first returning guest, Dr. Michael Hancock, talking what makes a bad comic re: Excalibur #36, "Xs and Os!" It's a teamup/throwdown with Silver Sable and the Outlaws, featuring dubious understandings of civil rights, Rachel's sexuality, and nuclear power (it involves clones and monsters, right?). We didn't love this …
 
We're back! And debating the merits of punchable problems in Excalibur #35, "Heartbreaker," with comics scholar Dr. Jocelyn Sakal Froese! With their help, we apply a graphic medicine framework to an issue in which a kidnapped girl and a despair-hungry demon named—naturally—D'Spayre force Rachel to revisit her defining trauma (again), with some new …
 
Well, this is it. The end of "Girls' School from Heck" and the Claremont era of Excalibur. But we're going out with a bang and our pom-poms raised high, as Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by Dr. Julia Round, an expert in all things gothic and girls' comics, to talk exploitation vs character growth plus memories, hopes, and regrets in Excalibur #34…
 
This week, Anna, Mav, and Andrew are going back to school (again) with Excalibur #33, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” part two of “Girls’ School from Heck!” And now that we’re here, talking leather, lingerie, kung fu, jelly donuts, and why Kitty’s always mad at hot girls with artist extraordinaire Valentine M. Smith—we may never want to leave. Plus, Kurt …
 
A little late for "Back to School" but just in time for the comics studies + girlhood studies + Excalibur matchup of your dreams, it's Anna, Mav, and Andrew discussing Excalibur #32, "Someone Will Die for This!" with comics scholar Dr. Charlotte Johanne Fabricius! We're bringing our A-game (and our very best penmanship) to the opening salvo of the …
 
Don't let the title fool you—some men are islands, and those islands claim Krakoa as a father and have sworn revenge on Nightcrawler! That's right—it's time to talk Kurt Wagner vs Vega-Superior, The Son of Krakoa! And also, the X-Men...??? Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by superhero scholar John Darowski to talk adventure story tropes, Kurt's inv…
 
Sink your teeth into an early Halloween spectacular as vampire expert Dr. Cait Coker, editor of The Global Vampire, joins Anna, Mav, and Andrew to talk Excalibur #30, “‘Twas a Dark and Stormy Night,” in which Meggan's got new fangs and birthday boy Alistaire forgets Kurt's always had them. We talk gender, sexuality, magic, and—yes!—vampires, sortin…
 
It's a dreamy pod-friends reunion as the multitalented Wayne Wise, co-founder and co-host of VoxPopcast, joins Anna, Mav, and Andrew to say "weird" a dozen plus times about Excalibur #29, "Dream a Little Dream," in which the dreams are nightmares and the nightmares involve anthropomorphic horse assemblages with very human breasts. It's not the Exca…
 
There's a reason they say you can't go home again—because sometimes, the crowd at your old college bar doesn't remember you, and your girlfriend has to shapeshift into your twin brother and shotgun a pint to convince the locals you're not a "sissy." All of which can only mean one thing—Anna, Mav, and Andrew are talking about Excalibur #28, "The Nig…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by Connor Goldsmith, literary agent and host of the Cerebro podcast, to talk films inside comic books inside famous film studios in Excalibur #27, “Reel People.” We talk through some common Excalibur themes, including sex and gender transformations, reality-warping, and self-reflexivity, and debate …
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, and Andrew recruit author Darby Harn to help them make sense of some less-than-stellar storytelling in Excalibur #26, “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” It’s another Higgins/Lim joint, and while the art’s a bit better, the writing’s a bit worse, recycling multiple past and present traumas. But we still find plenty to talk …
 
The Cross-Time Caper is still over... or is it? Resolution careens into crisis into conversations about both as Anna, Mav, and Andrew welcome author and critic Steve Sellers of Omen Comics and Comic Crusaders to talk loose threads and cosmic consequences in Excalibur #25, "Guess Who's Coming for Phoenix?" (Spoiler: it's Galactus!) When we're not ge…
 
Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by professor, poet, literary and cultural critic, and friend-to-all-mutants Dr. Stephanie Burt to celebrate the not-so-epic conclusion of the Cross-Time Caper, plus Kitty turning 15 (again). We all swoon hard for an issue in which Kitty goes glam, Rachel becomes Kitty, Meggan becomes Kurt, and Brian... is just kinda…
 
Here comes the Judge Dredd homage you've been waiting for, with Scott Weatherly, editor of the recent anthology Judging Dredd, joining Anna, Mav, and Andrew to talk all things Mega-City One-inspired in Excalibur #23, "Here Comes the Judge." Defying the fascist rule of the Justicers, everyone finds something to do—and someone to love—in a jam-packed…
 
Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by Dr. Safiyya Hosein, whose research focuses on representations of Muslim and Arab characters in superhero comics, to talk about those very things in Excalibur #22, "Shadows Triumphant?" When we're not working our way through deeply problematic Orientalist stereotypes and caricatures related to supervillain Amahl F…
 
Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by Dr. Martin Zeller-Jacques to tackle Excalibur #21, "Crusader X," which Mav describes as "definitely, technically a comic." The players and pencils are new, but the plot is intentionally—though not always enjoyably—familiar, as we revisit Rachel revisiting her trauma (again) in an issue that restages the Dark Phoe…
 
It's out with the Claremont/Davis, in with the Higgins/Lim with Excalibur #20, “The Eye of the Beholder,” a flashback issue we’re charitably describing as “What If Excalibur was Set in the Silver Age?” Literature professor and recovering Gambit fan Dr. Asha Jeffers joins Anna, Mav, and Andrew to talk villains of the week, a suffusion of thought bub…
 
We've pulled the strings of reality to create another epic podcast team-up as Justin and Alicia of The X-Wife Podcast join Anna, Mav, and Andrew to talk Excalibur #19, "Madripoor Knights!" But the team-ups don't end there! Chris Claremont teams up with celebrated penciler Rick Leonardi, Jamie Braddock teams up with Jamie Braddock, Kurt teams up wit…
 
On this episode of This Here Wow! Dean chats with longtime SGB resident and business owner, Dr. John Miller who’s work with Andrew Siegwart is resulting in so many positive strides forward for the local LGBTQ+ community, it’s hard to keep track! The upcoming Collingwood Pride Festival and the recent installation of a Rainbow Crosswalk are just two …
 
In this episode, manga scholar Dr. Mimi Okabe steers Anna, Mav, and Andrew through the mecha/shōjo/shōnen (?) inspired Excalibur #18, “Wild Wild Wheels!” Featuring cars, cars, and more cars plus a dirty pair of Adam Warren homages speeding through a world that worships racing, including star race car driver Jamie Braddock. We discuss the politics o…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by Liz Large of ComicsXF to ride a “Warlord”-inspired hangover straight into a never-ending bacchanalian party, discussing drinking, dancing, and dueling in Excalibur #17, “From the Crucible—A Captain?” When we’re not unpacking what might be the series’ most explicit sex scene (featuring none other …
 
Some people say you shouldn’t go full Nightcrawler. The GGW pod disagrees. Especially Anna, Kurt Wagner’s (Unofficial) PR Manager, who’s hoping he’ll be hiring her in an official capacity after this episode on the sword and sorcery extravaganza that is Excalibur #16, "Warlord." Comics scholar Dr. Keith Friedlander falls from the sky onto the deck o…
 
On this week’s episode of This Here Wow! Dean darts all around SGB revealing wows within wows – that once all have been taken into consideration – add up to one great big WOW! Some newer, some older, “the same, but different” – each one bringing their own unique stamp to the SGB landscape. At the end of the day (or the beginning, in most cases) a b…
 
In this episode, Dazzler stan and all-around X-Men aficionado Dr. Nicholas Miller joins Anna, Mav, and Andrew to talk serious political allegories and equally serious gender play in Excalibur #15, "Technet: Impossible Missions!" We work through conflicted feelings about an affecting but messy story invoking imperialism & apartheid before fully embr…
 
In this episode, we laugh, we cry, we over-intellectualize the self-reflexivity of itty-bitty X-Men on the run from the spineless dictator of a reality TV-based hellscape. Which can only mean one thing: we’re talking about “Mojo Mayhem,” the second Excalibur special and the first to co-star Sugah, Wolvie, Lil Dazzler, Lil Havok, Shower, Lil Longsho…
 
On this episode of This Here Wow! Dean chats it up with two ‘transplants’ – whose entirely independent and unrelated journeys getting here to South Georgian Bay have been anything but typical. What they do have in common is a sweet satisfaction and sense of excitement that both are bringing to the SGB community!…
 
Summer’s rolling in, which means it’s time for an epic crossover! Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by Sean Ross of the Secret Wars & Beyond Podcast to slice-and-dice our way through the too-silly-to-exist shenanigans of Excalibur #14, “Too Many Heroes,” featuring appearances by the Silver Skateboarder, Deathlok-Captain America, a too-giant Giant Ma…
 
On this episode of This Here Wow! “…the Import Section” – Dean gets a bit more than he expected – musically speaking. A local Artistic Director, whose approach to programming his 2021 summer season is so impressively broad, not only ‘wows’ Dean, but conjures up memories of beloved days of his youth, when a trip to the city always included an hour o…
 
On this week’s episode of This Here Wow! host, Dean Hollin, gets a bunch of the ins and outs – learning more than he ever expected, from a local artist – about the centuries-old art of basket weaving – (and how appropriate is this, considering it’s Victoria Day Weekend) – using “the Queen of basket-making material” – willow. And if that weren’t eno…
 
What do Gloria Anzaldúa, Donna Haraway, and Kitty Pryde have in common? Find out in this week’s discussion of Excalibur #13, “The Marriage of True Minds,” where Anna, Mav, and Andrew are graced by the intersectional insights of comics scholar & queer archives specialist Dr. Margaret Galvan! Topics include the multivalent feminism of one K. Pryde, t…
 
In this episode, Alan Davis is back and Excalibur’s gone—on the Cross-Time Caper, that is! Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by educator, supermom, and Excalibur superfan Kathy Stevens to talk Excalibur #12: “My Friends Call Me Billy the Kid!” We're off the rails and back on track with an issue featuring zero Nazis and lots of sexy dryads, tentacle …
 
If a good belly-laugh is what you’re looking for, a solid dose of Kevin Hart, Monty Python, The Second City, Ellen DeGeneres, or the like will probably do the trick. But, if making your gut just plain happy is the goal, a shot of two of what a local SGB-er has been brewing and bottling is probably a much better way to go! On this episode of This He…
 
This episode, talking Excalibur #11: “The Price,” is a pod-friends reunion as Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by Dr. Michael Hancock, the self-proclaimed “Beta Ray Bill of comics and games research” and co-host of Three Panel Contrast (aka Andrew & Anna’s other/OG podcast!). There’s less Nazis but more (friendly!) griping about another Alan Davis-…
 
On this episode of This Here Wow! Host, Dean Hollin, chats with Erica Angus – Executive Director of Theatre Collingwood. A bit of a “Captain” she is – steering ship “Live Theatre” through a storm called “Covid-19”. Long before the storm hit, her actions and guidance were worthy of applause – of late, however, she’s been earning herself – in my humb…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, and Andrew team up with Dr. Travis Smith, author of Superhero Ethics, to discuss the ethically fraught Excalibur #10: “Widget,” in which Brian spends way too many pages punching his Nazi counterpart, while Kitty finds a new (inappropriate) crush and confronts a disturbing demon self. We do the most complaining we’ve ever…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by monster hunter/lover Dr. Sam Langsdale (@s_langsdale), co-editor of Monstrous Women in Comics, to talk a little quantum mechanics and a whole lotta Meggan in Excalibur #9: “The Two-Edged Sword.” Topics include the gendered qualities of monstrousness, the subversive charge of ugliness, the particu…
 
In this episode of This Here Wow! host, Dean Hollin, is feeling inspired by his two truly exceptional guests. One is a local artist who has created an ever-growing outdoor gallery of her art that invites meandering and is oh-so perfect for the times – the other, not merely a survivor but an incredible example of unwavering determination and resolve…
 
On this episode of This Here Wow! – host, Dean Hollin, chats about two extraordinary structures found at opposite ends of SGB whose functions – while entirely different in nature – have relied on more than a bit of glass for their rather exceptional service and success. A local educator enthusiastically gushes about the house of glass she currently…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by specialist in superhero style Monica Geraffo (@monicamarveloux) to discuss the sartorial splendors of Excalibur #8, "Excalibur’s New York Adventure." We talk tracksuits, unstable molecules, impossible garments, and, as usual, lots of politics of representation in a story where Brian's gym togs ne…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, and Andrew are joined by film and comics scholar and self-professed Kitty Pryde fanboy Matt Linton (@ABoyCalledMonk) of The Kino Club 313 Blog for another day in the Inferno, discussing Excalibur #7, "Goblin Morn." We celebrate Kurt’s healthy flirting with a (non-binary?) animate gargoyle, and talk Kitty as Final Girl/Co…
 
On this episode of This Here Wow! Dean chat with noted black history authority, Janie Cooper-Wilson about all that we might have to learn from historic gravesites. He also chats with local choir director “Kimductor” about diving into virtual concerts – staying synchronized – and getting to the finish line with nary a scratch. Henry also adds a thin…
 
This week on The Here Wow! Dean reflects on just a few of the people, places and things that continue to make life in SGB so very “Safe in Sound” as it were. Guests include a more than century old room with some of the best acoustics you could ask for – a voice that’ll give you goosebumps – and a labour of love that continues to offer area musician…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, Andrew, and special guest Laura Grafton (@llgrafton) of Masked Mom Review enter the Inferno with Excalibur #6, "Goblin Night." We talk temptation, seduction, demonic fashion, sexy pajamas (and when Kurt became the police of them), and why Kitty needing to pee is an all-time great moment in comicdom. Also, Laura coins a s…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, Andrew, and comics scholar Dr. Shawn Gilmore (@gipperfish), impresario of VaultofCulture.com, discuss Excalibur #5, "Send in the Clowns." We talk British comics influences, the rise and fall of Courtney Ross, the flexible roles of villains, and a whole lotta supersex, including a very queer, very creamy climax we can onl…
 
On this edition of This Here Wow! Dean’s guests include a Wasaga Beach man who’s convinced that a creative economy is the way to go – and is helping to lead the way there. He spends some time with Collingwood’s recently appointed Poet Laureate – who is just so darned charming and so very talented. He also gives a posthumous ‘shout-out’ to an indivi…
 
In this episode, Anna, Mav, Andrew, and their special guest, romance comics expert Sydney Heifler (@romancecomicbks), discuss Excalibur #4, "Still Crazy After All These Years." We barely talk about Murderworld, but we do talk super-smooches, super-styles, super-symbolism, super-shapeshifting (that’s definitely not Freudian at all), and why it’s sup…
 
On this edition of This Here Wow! Dean’s guests include a gentleman whose efforts with the Canadian Down Syndrome Society certainly helped to getting the United Nations to proclaim March 21st as World Down Syndrome Day. He chats with Kyle and Sam – a couple of individuals living here in SGB, with Down Syndrome – both of which impress the bejeebees …
 
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