Throwing the Gun: The Pen and Cape Society's Superhero Podcast

Submitted by C B Wright on

Have I talked about this? I know I've tweeted about it, but I'm not sure I've ever talked about it here. Let me rectify that situation...

Shortly after I joined The Pen and Cape Society, four of us started a podcast. It's called Throwing the Gun (named after the trope where villains keep throwing their guns at superheroes) and it comes out... uh... every other month or so (I edit the podcast, and the editing process is usually the long pole in the tent). If you like podcasts and want to give another a try, we just released Episode 11. You can find the entire run in the links below.

EPISODE 1

1. Main topic: We discuss our favorite "unpopular" superheroes.
2. Nerdfight: Drew and Chris fight about Man of Steel.
3. Stuffed in the Fridge: We discuss the Throwing the Gun trope.

EPISODE 2

1. Main topic: Light and Dark themes in superhero prose, comics, TV, and movies
2. Nerdfight: What's the best live action superhero show on TV?
3. Stuffed in the Fridge: We discuss the Stuffed in the Fridge trope.

EPISODE 3

1. Main topic: Jim Zoetewey walks us through the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Modern ages of comics.
2. Nerdfight: Reboots! Are they good? Are they bad?
3. Stuffed in the Fridge: We discuss the "Destroying the city to save it" trope.

EPISODE 4

1. Main topic: Web serials! Cheyanne is thinking of starting one, so she asks Chris, Drew, and Jim about what's involved.
2. Interview: Van Allen Plexico and the New Pulp movement.
3. Stuffed in the Fridge: We discuss cliffhangers.

EPISODE 5

1. Main topic: Role playing games! Specifically, SUPERHERO role playing games!
2. Interview: Jeff Dee and Jack herman, the creators of Villains and Vigilantes.
3. Stuffed in the Fridge: We discuss the Red Shirt Army trope.

EPISODE 6

1. Main topic: Drew and Cheyanne talk about what's involved in going pro. Jim and Chris talk about how it would be nice to go pro.
2. Interview: Marion Harmon, author of Wearing the Cape
3. We talk about the worst writing advice we've ever been given.

EPISODE 7

1. Main topic: Traditional, Indie, and Hybrid Publishing.
2. Cheyanne rants about book promotional scams.
3. Stuffed in the Fridge: We discuss how computers have been used and overused in stories.

EPISODE 8

1. Main topic: A 2015 retrospective! What we've learned, what we've done, what we hope to do.
2. Stuffed in the Fridge: We discuss the use of Santa (and Krampus) in comics, and whether we would ever do it.

EPISODE 9

1. Main topic: Secret Identities -- are they still relevant?
2. Drew and Cheyanne discuss the process of making audiobooks.
3. Stuffed in the Fridge: Gorillas in comic books. Lots and lots of gorillas. What the hell, DC?

EPISODE 10

1. Main topic: COMBAT! We talk about the different approaches to writing and using combat.
2. Interview: Cheyanne Young (Author of the City of Legends trilogy)
3. Stuffed in the Fridge: We discuss "depowering" as a trope.

EPISODE 10.1 - UNAUTHORIZED EXPANDED NERDFIGHT EDITION

Percival Constantine (author of the Vanguard series) and C. B. Wright (author of the Curveball serial) "discuss" Batman v. Superman.

EPISODE 11

1. Main topic: Series vs standalone books.
2. Stuffed in the Fridge: Heel/Face Turns and Face/Heel Turns.