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Another Kind of Distance: A Time Travel Podcast

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Elise Moore and David Fiore aspire to cover every time travel film ever made (in this continuum, at least). Together, we'll dive deeply and dialogically into this eternally compelling genre. Our discussions will draw from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, narratology, and aesthetic theory. We'll even try to wrap our minds around the physics, when the films demand it. It's an ode to paramours and paradox by two people who really give a flux. Please let us know what you think of our approach - and chime in with your own impressions. We're all living in the same time period - we ought to take advantage of that, don't you think?

Elise Moore and David Fiore aspire to cover every time travel film ever made (in this continuum, at least). Together, we'll dive deeply and dialogically into this eternally compelling genre. Our discussions will draw from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, narratology, and aesthetic theory. We'll even try to wrap our minds around the physics, when the films demand it. It's an ode to paramours and paradox by two people who really give a flux. Please let us know what you think of our approach - and chime in with your own impressions. We're all living in the same time period - we ought to take advantage of that, don't you think?
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Toronto, ON

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Elise Moore and David Fiore aspire to cover every time travel film ever made (in this continuum, at least). Together, we'll dive deeply and dialogically into this eternally compelling genre. Our discussions will draw from philosophy, psychology, anthropology, history, narratology, and aesthetic theory. We'll even try to wrap our minds around the physics, when the films demand it. It's an ode to paramours and paradox by two people who really give a flux. Please let us know what you think of our approach - and chime in with your own impressions. We're all living in the same time period - we ought to take advantage of that, don't you think?

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English


Episodes

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #141 & #142

7/11/2019
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Conway cannily caches a crepuscular clone cameo near the crescendo of a seemingly throwaway Mysterio two-parter straight out of the Scooby Doo script slush pile. So many incredible developments in these issues! MJ and Pete’s autumnal stroll through Central Park; Betty and Ned – engaged at last; J. Jonah Jameson leaves the country; and Spider-Buggy: No More! And, as usual, the paratext pushes the conversation in a million different semi-coherent directions – most notably some reflection on...

Duration:01:20:38

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #139 & #140

7/5/2019
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It’s nearly all-Jackal-all-the-time from here until the issue #149 climax, and Dave couldn’t be happier! Elise gets a lot of mirthful mileage out of the arch-fiend’s vestigial green loincloth. Does that furry freak’s costume feature a Jackal member? Is it even a costume? We’ll let her discover that pertinent point in the fullness of time. We also bear (yes, I said it) witness to the sad rise and fall of The Grizzly, savour an MJ-centric missive from the perceptive Nan Brower, and respond...

Duration:05:20:15

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #137 & #138

6/28/2019
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In issue #137, Goblin fils Harry Osborn throws on his dad’s weird old rubber duds, steals an atomic bomb, and then really proves he’s lost it by positing that Flash Thompson is “one of the three people closest to [Peter Parker] in the world.” (Or does he have precognitive access to the heartwarming events of the following issue?) And what about that next issue? Well, friends, it’s called “Madness Means the Mindworm!” ‘Nuff said! Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:04:20:50

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #135 & #136

6/21/2019
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This week, we are delighted to find Maoist politics smuggled into the Tarantula’s origin story, of all places (as narrated by The Punisher, in his second full appearance). Then, a Gestalt Green Goblin (far more than the sum of what’s left of Harry Osborn’s mind) lights the fuse that writes finis to Peter Parker’s swingin’ Silver Age pad. Worst roommate breakup ever! Bonus: Stan’s Soapbox sales pitch re: our hero’s imminent Electric Company gig prompts your hosts to wax nostalgic about all...

Duration:05:08:14

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #133 & 134

6/14/2019
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This week, we get a mildly memorable Molten Man fizzle at the conclusion of #133 before the Conway/Andru team moves into a mode of sustained magnificence that will endure from #134 all the way to #149. En route, we learn a lot more about Liz Allen; Peter acknowledges that he should probably switch to thought bubbles whilst skulking around crooked office buildings after midnight; marvel at the hubris it takes to enter the international terror game armed only with a bola; digress a great...

Duration:04:06:58

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #131 & #132

6/7/2019
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This time on the podcast, Canada’s Atomic Production stats take a serious hit during an improbably incendiary wedding ceremony for Doc Ock, Hammerhead, and their respective minions (with Aunt May a charming Runaway Bride). We also spend a little more quality Christmas time with Mary Jane and Betty Brant, before Jazzy Johnny Romita jumps in for a joltin’ jaunt back to yesteryear with Liz Allan and The Molten Man, neither of whom had been seen since Steve Ditko left the book. Credits: Intro...

Duration:03:41:32

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #129 & 130

5/30/2019
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Elise and Dave find the Conway/Andru combo hitting on all of their ever-lovin’ cylinders in this pair of bronze age blockbusters! First, we meet two antagonists for the ages: The Nihilistic Knight (Frank Castle) and the gangrenous furry men call… The Jackal! Then: it’s the return of the repressed Aunt May/Doc Ock romantic subplot that no human being could possibly have wanted to see – and it’s a tour de force. Menaced by Mendelssohn! So many magnificent moments. So much food for thought....

Duration:04:50:51

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #127 & #128

5/24/2019
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It’s the return of the venerable Vulture! Or is it? The answer lies at the end of two of the least consequential comics in the Conway canon! With the impassioned reactions to issues #121 and #122 ebbing out of the lettercols and the magnificent madness of the Jackal era just ahead, this disposable duology felt like something of an oxygen-depleted breather. Mary Jane Watson’s involvement in these proceedings is particularly baffling – and, frankly, best excised from your memory. Still,...

Duration:03:29:04

The Bronze Age Relapse - Amazing Spider-Man #125 & #126

5/17/2019
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The subplots are strong in these ones – but the “A” stories are on the disposable side (literally, in one case). First up, the Jameson family - torn asunder by the heartbreak of space Lycanthropy! Then: Marvel chickens out on actually affixing their teaser title (“Where Stalks the Kangaroo!”) to issue #126, but they deliver a powerful lesson in being careful what you wish for to the letterhack who begged for the return of the marsupial malefactor! Also: new penciler Ross Andru arrives -...

Duration:04:39:47

The Bronze Age Relapse - Amazing Spider-Man #123 and #124

5/10/2019
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This week on the podcast, Luke Cage and the Man-Wolf show up to distract Peter from his Gwen-grief for a while; but, far more importantly, for the long run, Mary Jane wants a word. Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:04:50:08

The Bronze Age Relapse - Amazing Spider-Man #121 and #122

5/3/2019
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This week on the podcast, we cover Amazing Spider-Man 121 and 122. A death no one ever wanted and the page every comics reader needed. ‘Nuff said! Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:04:11:46

The Bronze Age Relapse - Amazing Spider-Man #119 and #120

4/26/2019
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This time on the podcast, an enigmatic telegram lures Peter Parker north to Montreal, where he hopes to decipher the secret of Doc Ock’s sudden fixation on Aunt May. Instead, our hero gets caught between Bruce Banner’s bad-tempered alter-ego and the military-industrial neurotic known as “Thunderbolt” Ross. Among the casualties are a property lawyer named Rimbaud and Expo 67’s far-famed geodesic dome (3 years before a real fire wrecked it in our dimension). Also: Peter checks in with...

Duration:05:03:30

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #117 and #118

4/18/2019
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This time on the podcast, get set for more electrifying electoral action, as Spidey bears witness to the fearful fate of The Disruptor and his demagogic double Richard Raleigh. Also: JJJ shows his ass (nearly getting Joe Robertson killed in the process); MJ delivers her flakiest fake-out yet; and we all discover what it takes to truly be… a Smasher! And, in the paratextual material: intimations of FOOM, the origin of “inventory stories”, and Jim Steranko’s History of Comics gets a plug...

Duration:03:58:17

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #115 and #116

4/12/2019
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In the way-out wind-up to Romita/Conway’s Gang War trilogy, both contestants appear to take their eyes off the ostensible prize. Doc Ock channels all of his considerable nerd charisma into extending Aunt May’s contract as his housekeeper, and Hammerhead catches a chartered flight for parts unknown. Then: just in time for Election Year 1972, Mixed-up Marvel musters a modified mayoral melodrama out of mothballs for those who missed it the first time around (in the black-and-white pages of...

Duration:04:43:24

The Bronze Age Relapse: Amazing Spider-Man #113 and #114

4/5/2019
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This week on the podcast, Peter Parker’s every effort to track down his Aunt May lands him smack back in the middle of a gang war. It’s Doc Ock vs. Hammerhead (who makes his debut in these pages) for control of the New York City rackets. Also: Peter’s roiling regrets finally rear up an ulcer! Meanwhile, in the paratext… The Bullpen Bulletins burgeon with ballyhoo for a wealth of woman-centered winners (The Cat, Shanna the She-Devil, and Night Nurse) – none of which got their due on the...

Duration:04:27:17

The Bronze Age Relapse - Amazing Spider-Man #111 and #112

3/30/2019
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This week, Elise and Dave embark upon a new adventure in seriality with the first of 20 episodes or so on Gerry Conway’s increasingly beloved run on Amazing Spider-Man! Marvel majordomo Stan Lee’s ascent to the executive ranks in 1972 left a gaping hole on the scribe side of the company’s most prestigious splash page credit marquee. Enter one 20-year old fabulist, fresh from his trials on Daredevil, Thor, and Sub-Mariner, and eager to make his mark on a title chronicling the life and loves...

Duration:06:09:40

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans (Baxter Series) #5 and Tales of the Teen Titans #50

3/20/2019
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Dave and Elise bid adieu to the Wolfman/Perez Titans, going out on a pair of unconventional crescendos. In the epic wind-up to the Baxter series’ opening pentalogy, the team is pushed to the sidelines by an Azar/Trigon clash that’s been brewing since the beginning of time, give or take an eon. Then, over at your friendly neighbourhood newsstand, the group pulls together for that rarest of miracles, an event where everything goes not merely as planned, but “right” in the most comprehensive...

Duration:05:22:50

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans (Baxter Series) #3 & #4

3/16/2019
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Wolfman and Perez put their protagonists through a diabolically dialectical doppelganger wringer this time. First Raven turns against the team. Then she turns each of the Titans against their own sneering doubles, whom they kill. Then they all turn against Raven. And kill her. Or do they? Or is she Raven? Anyway, a ‘roided up Trigon seems to think so. Pretty rough way to wind up this superheroic struggle session. Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:03:39:00

Ben Days of Our Lives - New Teen Titans (Baxter Series) #1 & #2

3/8/2019
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Trigon Warning! After several years of brooding behind the scenes and occasionally popping out of her room to assault her closest friends, Raven returns to the centre of the Titans narrative, unwittingly egged on toward full demon/dad possession by new teammate Jericho. Boasting full pencils and inks by George Perez, these issues got the new format series off to a rollicking (if off-schedule) start. Credits: Intro music: Debbie Harry - "Comic Books"

Duration:03:19:03

Red Time For Bonzo – Episode 16A: Hell’s Kitchen (1939)

3/5/2019
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After a long winter’s recording layoff, the Red Time For Bonzo crew reassembles to discuss Hell’s Kitchen, a Warner Dead End Kids programmer powered by the studio’s characteristic Late New Deal fervor. The Gipper doesn’t have a whole lot to do in this remake of 1933’s The Mayor of Hell, but he once again finds himself playing a mediating role as the collegiate consiglieri to gangster-cum-reformer Stanley Fields. Scripted by correctional connoisseur Crane Wilbur, the film traces folk hero...

Duration:02:13:37