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  • Episode #141 – Batman: The Animated Series – 30th Anniversary – Part Two
    We are 30 years removed from the premiere of one of the most influential animated shows of all time. This month is the Batman: the Animated Series 30th Anniversary, and to celebrate, the panel will examine just what makes the show so influential after all these years! And we share […]
  • Episode #140 – The Hunt for Marvel Legends
    We’re diving into a different aspect of pop culture fandom than we normally cover and talking about the world of collecting. For many people, pop culture and fandom and collecting all go hand in hand. And that is definitely the case for us. Here, our crew shares a love of […]
  • Episode #139 – Disney D23: Announcement and News Reactions
    Every two years, D23 comes around, a big convention not unlike San Diego Comic Con, but solely covering the magical world of Disney.  It’s where they unveil everything coming out for the next few years.  Star Wars, Disney Plus, Marvel / MCU, Pixar, it’s all here and given the chance […]
  • Episode #138 – Batman: The Animated Series – 30th Anniversary – Part One
    We are 30 years removed from the premiere of one of the most influential animated shows of all time.  This month, Batman: The Animated Series turns 30, and to celebrate, the panel will examine just what makes the show so influential after all these years!  Part 1 of 2. Credits […]
  • Episode #137 – Pryde of the X-Men
    1992 was a stellar year for Marvel’s Merry Mutants. It was the year X-Men: the Animated Series premiered. What some fans might not know, is that before that, a little-known pilot was produced for another X-Men animated series in 1989.  The pilot, titled “Pryde of the X-Men” ultimately was never […]
  • Episode #136 – Team Heart and Soul
    Team Archetype series returns with every team’s Heart & Soul characters. The teams moral compass, the team’s north star. The glue that holds the team together. Join the panel as the talk Team Heart & Souls. Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman (on Twitter)Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)Clifton (on Twitter) Produced by Zack Slater Produced/Edited by Clifton (on Twitter) […]
  • Episode #135 – Definitive Five: Volume IV
    Definitive 5 has returned! Frank is back with a new list of some of pop culture’s most popular and interesting characters that have all appeared in movies, comics, video games, animation, & TV. We go through and each decides which version is the host of the definitive version of that character. […]
  • Episode #134 – Superhero Origins Retold – Part Two
    A follow up to last episode where the panel discussed the details about characters with multiple superhero origins stories.  We’re looking at a new batch of characters and detailing what changes were made.  Part 2 of 2 featuring: The Joker, Scarlet Witch, The Flash, Captain America, and the Justice League. […]
  • Episode #133 – Superhero Origins Retold – Part One
    Origin stories are of utmost importance when it comes to superheroes, detailing who they are and how they came to be to readers and audiences. The issue though, especially when characters could have been created as long as 80 years ago, is that aspects of the origin story can become […]
  • Episode #132 – San Diego Comic-Con 2022 Reactions
    It’s Comic-Con time again! The big one in San Diego! The time of huge announcements for exciting new projects and collectables. Join us as we react to all the big animation, comic book, TV, and movie news from SDCC 2022! Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman (on Twitter)Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)Clifton (on Twitter) Produced by […]
  • Episode #131 – Sweeps Weeks and Ratings Stunts
    Backwards episodes, Live shows, Marriages, and Murders: every show has that episode where they tried something crazy. A lot of times, it was a result of trying to get as many eyes on the show as possible for the much talked about “Sweeps Week.” Some of these episodes went on […]
  • Episode #130 – Big and Strong: Team Tanks
    We’re back with the latest installment in our Team Archetype series, this time around we look at the Tank Characters. Every team has one. The big guy, the muscle, the heavy, the immovable object; but this archetype can actually take many shapes and sizes. Join the panel as the talk […]
  • Episode #129 – Kids on Bikes
    The crew explores the “Kids on Bikes” sub-genre of action-adventure movies and shows that seems to be just a popular now, with shows such as Stranger Things, as it was back in its original E.T. and Goonies filled heyday of the 1980s. They discuss some of their favorite movies and […]
  • Episode #128 – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Review
    This week the panel reviews Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), the 28th Film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The panel discusses performances, story, and the many twists and turns of the film as well as what it could mean for future MCU installments. Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman […]
  • Episode #127 – Celebrating 60 Years of Spider-Man: Part Two
    The Amazing Spider-Man is celebrating his 60th Anniversary this summer! The crew wraps up their talk about all things Spidey. Bring on the bad guys! Because this time they turn their focus to the many rogues of Spider-Man. They also share thoughts about some of their favorite Spider-Man creators throughout […]
  • Episode #126 – Celebrating 60 Years of Spider-Man: Part One
    The Amazing Spider-Man is celebrating his 60th Anniversary this summer! The panel talks all things Spidey, and just what makes this character so enduring and unyieldingly popular. Part 1 of 2. Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman (on Twitter)Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)Clifton (on Twitter) Produced by Zack Slater Produced/Edited by Clifton (on Twitter) Engineered by Mike BlueLion209 […]
  • Episode #125 – Yo Joe! Looking back at G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero
    Growing up, our crew here was raised on a steady diet of G.I.Joe: A Real American Hero, which is currently celebrating several anniversaries. This year marks 40 years since the iconic toy line was launched along side the classic comic book series. In addition, it’s been 35 years since the […]
  • Episode #124 – Frank’s Many Mini Movie Reviews: Volume Two
    We’re back again for another round of Frank’s Many Mini Movie Reviews.  Join in and hear his thoughts on 2022’s The Batman and much, much more! Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman (on Twitter)Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)Clifton (on Twitter) Produced by Zack Slater Produced/Edited by Clifton (on Twitter) Engineered by Mike BlueLion209 Music: Arpy – Dan Henig  Support […]
  • Episode #123 – The Batman: The Review
    This week the crew dives into Matt Reeves’ The Batman. They give their thoughts on performances by Robert Pattinson, Zoe Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Paul Dano, Colin Ferrell, and more. And with host and resident Batmanologist, Zack, they share insights into the world of Batman from the comics and other media […]
  • Episode #122 – Team Comic Relief
    Every team has their class clown. The person who is there to lighten the mood with a quick joke or comment. Continuing with our Team Member Archetype series, join the panel as they discuss some of the best examples of Comic Relief characters. Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman (on Twitter)Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)Clifton […]
  • Episode #121 – Remembering Neal Adams and George Perez
    The comic book world lost two all-time great artists over the past several weeks. The crew is joined again by guest Devon Sanders as they look back at the legendary careers of comic creators Neal Adams and George Pérez. Credits Guest Panelist: Devon Sanders (on Twitter) Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman (on Twitter)Tommy Smithereens […]
  • Episode #120 – DC Cinematic Universe Redo?
    This week the crew imagines a world where they have been tasked with RE-launching a Shared DC Cinematic Universe. Starting anew from scratch, they spell out what characters/properties they would use and what stories they think should be told as the foundation of this new hypothetical movie universe. Credits Panel:Zack […]
  • Episode #119 – Where to Begin
    The world of superheroes can be daunting, especially for newcomers. With superhero movies and shows being as popular as they are now, more than ever new fans are interested in checking out their favorite heroes in their original medium: comic books. But where to start? That’s where we come in!  […]
  • Episode #118 – Frank’s Many Mini Movie Reviews
    Frank, unfortunately, had to go under the knife recently. But now that he’s all healed up and rested we thought it would be fun to go over all the films he checked out during that time. Join us for a bunch of mini-movie reviews, as Frank walks us through what […]
  • Episode #117 – Perfect Trilogies
    It’s used to be a common thing to hear, “the sequel is never as good as the original”. These days that isn’t necessarily true. Many films have sequels just as good if not better than the original. Trilogies are another story though. What seems to be the most common is […]
  • Episode #116 – Follow the Leaders
    Continuing with our Team Member Archetype series, today the panel looks at some of the best examples of Team Leaders. Arguably the characters that come to mind first when you thing about various teams and groups. Join the conversation as the panel discusses Team Leaders. Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman (on Twitter)Tommy Smithereens (on Twitter)Clifton […]
  • Episode #115 – Is Oscar Still Relevant?
    Unquestionably cinema’s highest prize in Hollywood is the Academy Award aka the Oscar. Over the years, though, their existence and relevance has come into question more and more by movie goers. Are the right movies being recognized? We tackle some age old questions here: How is great defined? What does success look like? What is […]
  • Episode #114 – March Main Character Madness: Part Three
    Our third annual March Madness Tournament concludes here! We started with 64 of the best main characters and here we are. This is it! We now find out who the panel’s favorite protagonist in all of pop culture! Also included are some honorable mentions of characters that didn’t make the […]
  • Episode #113 – March Main Character Madness: Part Two
    Our third annual March Madness Tournament continues! We’ve got even more crazy main character match-ups and even more arbitrary decisions. We’re on a mission to crown the greatest protagonist in all of pop culture. Part Two of our tournament takes us through the Round of 32 and the Sweet Sixteen. […]
  • Episode #112 – March Main Character Madness: Part One
    It’s our third annual March Madness Tournament!  Tommy takes the lead as we go through all of the first round matchups to crown the greatest protagonist in the history of pop-culture! Join us for Part One of this three part series where we pit 64 of our personal favorite main characters […]
  • Episode #111 – Spotlight: Tex Avery
    In the world of animation, there are few figures more important than Tex Avery. A bombastic creative force that brought his unique brand of comedy, energy, and wit. In addition he introduced us to many of the favorites we know and love: Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig, all […]
  • Episode #110 – Going Rogue
    Continuing with our Team Member Character Archetype series, today the panel looks at some of the best examples of the Team Rogue.  This Archetype includes some of media’s most popular characters — people love the scoundrel rebels type.  Join the conversation as the panel discusses Team Rogues. Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank […]
  • Episode #109 – The Last Boy Scout
    The hey-day for Action Movies was the 80s and early 90s, and few are more synonymous with the genre than Bruce Willis.  Everybody knows his most famous role, but he also starred in a lesser known favorite called The Last Boy Scout. As we do from time to time we’re […]
  • Episode #108 – Winning Sports Movies
    We talk a lot about heroes on Let Me Know How It Is. Characters who never say die. Characters who believe in themselves. Characters who find the courage to do the right thing no matter what. These characters are plentiful, but they don’t have to wear a cape to be a […]
  • Episode #107 – Taking a Look at Two-Face
    Batman has some of the best and most popular rogues gallery in all of comics, and Two-Face is one of the brightest villainous standouts. There is so much to his character: the grotesque visual, the two-toned/patterned suits, and of course the coin flipping. One of Two-Face’s many obsessions is also […]
  • Episode #106 – Smartest People in the Room
    Pop culture has more than its fair share of geniuses. Practically any property or franchise you can think of has a resident intellectual;  but which is the best? Who is the smartest of the smart? The panel today is looking at the Brains of the Operations, and we’re listing our […]
  • Episode #105 – Super Team Dynamics
    Team books are a staple of comic books. The Fantastic Four and the Justice League were break out hits in the 60s. Teen Titans and the X-Men were some of the hottest books of the 80s and 90s. And of course, there may be nothing in pop-culture hotter than The […]
  • Episode #104 – Building Worlds
    World building is a term that applies to the vastness of a fictional world. Its a concept that interestingly sees that when the fuller a universe becomes the more scrutinized the world gets as its devoted fan base tries to understand every facet of that environment. There is a component of […]
  • Giant-Size Annual #3 – Part Two – Looking Forward to 2022
    As promised, it’s Part 2 of our Year End Annual! This time the panel looks ahead to 2022 and lists all the movies, tv, & comics we have high anticipation and hopes for. Help us usher in 2022 with some hopefully future classics coming out way in the New Year Credits Panel:Zack […]
  • Giant-Size Annual #3 – Part One – Looking Back at 2021
    It’s time again for our Year End Annual! Here, in Part 1, the panel will look back and discuss all the pop culture goodness that came our way in 2021! Join the panel as we say goodbye to 2021 and get ready for the new year. Credits Panel:Zack SlaterFrank Melman (on Twitter)Tommy Smithereens […]
  • Episode #103 – Wonder Woman: Celebrating 80 Years
    There is no more iconic female superhero in the world than Wonder Woman. For decades, she has been a staple of pop culture and a symbol of feminism, and women’s empowerment and this year she’s turning 80! A warrior, a princess, an activist, a superhero, and a founding member of […]
  • Episode #102 – Fantastic Four: 60th Anniversary
    1961, the year that started it all. Some argue it’s the start of the silver age of comics. That part is certainly up for debate but what is not is that 1961 saw the release of one of the most seminal books of all time. 60 years ago, Fantastic Four […]
  • Episode #101 – One Hundred and One Hot Takes
    Can you believe it’s been 101 episodes so far?!  For such a momentous milestone, we just couldn’t settle for one topic. Or even two topics. No, for our 101st episode we are shooting out 101 of the hottest takes there are. That’s right! 101 hot takes in 101 minutes across […]
  • Episode #100 – Definitive Five: Part III (Choosing More of Our Favorite Versions of Characters)
    Definitive 5 is back!  Frank has assembled a list of some of the most popular and interesting characters from pop culture. The only thing they all have in common, is they have all appeared in movies, comics, video games, animation, AND Television.  In this third installment, the panel goes through […]
  • Episode #99 – Superman: The Animated Series – 25th Anniversary
    Can you believe it’s been 25 years since Superman: The Animated Series debuted on Kids WB?! Produced as a follow up to the incredibly popular Batman: The Animated Series, Superman shared many of the same creators and is just as definitive a take on the Man of Steel as its […]
  • Episode #98 – Disney+ Day 2021 Reactions
    Last year, Disney Investor Day was an unexpected flood of new and exciting news for upcoming Star Wars, Marvel, and Animation projects coming over the next few years. This year, the event is renamed Disney Plus Day and brings us even more new project announcements along with updates for some […]
  • Episode #97 – Shows Within Shows
    One of the little talked about, but fun aspects of a TV show or movie is the world that exists within that world.  Some of our favorite characters have an affinity for TV, movies, and comics just like us. We’re looking into some of the most memorable fictional creations that themselves […]
  • Episode #96 – Loveable Jerks
    There is a phenomenon in media where audiences are treated to characters who partake in less-than-savory actions and behavior. More than ever the phrase “no redeemable qualities what-so-ever” can apply to some of the most memorable figures in pop culture. Jerks, loveable losers, flawed anti-heroes, and down right D-bags. Saddle up, as […]
  • Episode #95 – Misdiagnosed Horror
    It’s Halloween time, and if we were going to ask you what you associate most with the season, horror movies might be one of the first things that pops to mind. Horror movies are big business and each year there are more and more of them. And that’s not including the […]
  • Episode #94 – DC Fandome 2021 Reactions
    Back in 2020 DC Comics started DC Fandome, a virtual convention showcasing their latest slate of comics, movies, Back in 2020 DC Comics started DC Fandome, a virtual convention showcasing their latest slate of comics, movies, animation, and TV news. Now here we are in 2021, and DC Fandome is […]
  • Episode #93 – When Characters Evolve
    Characters can sometimes take on a life of their own. What starts as a clearly defined character identity or traits can over time grow into something else. Something much further from the original idea. The reasons for this occurring can be as varied as the number of characters in existence. For today, the […]
  • Episode #92 – The Topic is Bond, James Bond
    Globally, James Bond is one of the biggest franchises that there is. This week will see the release of the highly anticipated, latest James Bond film and the last to star Daniel Craig, No Time to Die. Created by author Ian Fleming in 1953 with his first Bond novel Casino Royale, […]
  • Episode #91 – Best Buddies and Peculiar Pairs
    Whether it’s the best friend, the partner, the roommate, or even a tenuous temporary team up, pop culture is filled with examples of memorable duos. There is something exciting about seeing characters who are opposites get into trouble and play off of one another — always. Duos are maybe one […]
  • Episode #90 – Saturday Morning Memories
    Certain entertainment mediums can actually lay claim to a specific day of the week. New comics has Wednesdays. Movie releases have Fridays.  Football has Sundays. But in the case of cartoons, there was a glorious time when cartoons owned Saturdays. Saturday mornings to be exact.  The only time when you […]
  • Episode #89 – Carrying on the Legacies
    While many heroes you encounter in film, TV, and comics are one of kind, there are are plenty of occasions where you see a hero persona or identity that is occupied by multiple characters instead of just one. It could be a mantle handed down from one character to another […]
  • Episode #88 – Spotlight: Jack Kirby – The King of Comics
    The world of comic books has been home to many influential creators, and maybe the biggest of them all is none other than Jacob Kurtzberg aka Jack Kirby. Kirby worked as an artist, writer, and sometimes editor, where he developed a style and narrative structure that would define the medium. […]
  • Episode #87 – The Continued Influence of Citizen Kane
    Often touted as the greatest movie never made, Citizen Kane opened this week 80 years ago. It was not a commercial success in it’s initial release in 1941, but the Orson Welles classic is a tour-de-force of filmmaking that still resonates to this very day. Showcasing an innovative and complex narrative storytelling […]
  • Episode #86 – Favorite Fictional Schools
    Summer is over and that means one thing: school starts up again! That’s right, sorry kiddos, it’s back to school season. Even though summer ending can be a drag, we here at Let Me Know How It Is wanted to remind you that going back to school definitely can have […]
  • Episode #85 – Back to the Past with Samurai Jack
    The very nature of animation production grants creators many avenues to create something imaginative, special, and unique, and Gendy Tartakovsky’s Samurai Jack stands as a prime example of that. When Samurai Jack premiered on Cartoon Network in 2001 nothing had ever looked quite like it before, or for that matter, […]
  • Episode #84 – The Suicide Squad
    One of our most anticipated films of 2021 is Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn’s first foray into the DC Universe, The Suicide Squad. A no holds barred romp featuring a motley assortment of some of the DCU’s most misfit crooks and criminals who are a thrown into a […]
  • Episode #83 – Transformers: The Movie Turns 35
    35 years ago, children of the mid-1980s were enthralled by cartoons based around toy lines. They could be found everywhere on TV; weekday mornings, after school, and of course on Saturday mornings. That was Television only though, you didn’t see movies based around toy lines, that is until Transformers: The […]
  • Episode #82 – San Diego Comic-Con 2021 @Home Reactions
    🎵 It’s the most wonderful time of the year. 🎵 No it’s not Christmas time — it’s Comic Con!!!! (Kind of a Christmas in July, we suppose.) Just like last year, the good promoters and organizers are bringing San Diego Comic-Con to our living rooms – Comic-Con 2021 goes virtual! […]
  • Episode #81 – Watching (and Reading) the Detectives
    Everyone loves a good mystery. A well crafted “Who Done It?” is among the most exciting kind of story to read or watch; and a huge part of those stories is the Detective, a focal character who learns all the plot details of the case as the audience does. A common practice […]
  • Episode #80 – Blockbusters
    Everyone has heard the term “Hollywood Blockbuster.” You have probably seen at least a few dozen by now, but what actually classifies a movie becoming a blockbuster? What is the history? What are some of the traits these films have in common? How has the landscape changed over the years? Finally the panel will […]
  • Episode #79 – Happy 80th, Captain America
    During World War II, comic readers saw many characters address the conflict on the world stage head on. Creators on characters like Superman and Batman pivoted creatively to deal with the war effort in addition to other characters of The Golden Age, including a whole slew of new characters. Among […]
  • Episode #78 – Superhero Swap
    Back in the mid 1990s there was a bizarre and shocking moment in comic book history where a swap of two characters between the Big Two comic book companies almost took place. Marvel Comics and DC Comics had in the works a deal that would see one character from each company […]
  • Episode #77 – Spotlight: The Rocketeer
    There are certain movies that are remembered as being crucially important signifiers to Hollywood that comic books could be profitable subject matter; 1979’s Superman, 1989’s Batman, 1998’s Blade, X-Men from 2000 and Spider-Man from 2002 all played a part in building the modern superhero movie. One maybe not remembered enough however […]
  • Episode #76 – Fictional Dads (Good and Bad)
    Pop culture is filled with notable fathers and father figures. From Star Wars to The Simpsons, dad’s play an important part in the development of our lead characters. They can act as an influence towards positive growth, but sometimes through the sins of the father, they can also present some internal obstacles […]
  • Episode #75 – Super Suits on Screen
    We are currently living in the Golden Age of Superhero movies. It’s hard to remember the fact that superhero movies were far less prevalent than they are today; and back then when one was made, usually there were all kinds of changes where the finished product didn’t always resemble the […]
  • Episode #74 – Definitive Five: Part II (More of Our Favorite Character Versions)
    The Definitive Five returns!  There are occasions where you might find a single character appear in films, tv, comics, animation, and video games, and you might also find that there are often significant differences between the different versions.  Sometimes the changes are welcome and well-regarded while other times not as […]
  • Episode #73 – Spotlight: The Venture Bros.
    Adult Swim has produced many cult-favorite animated shows, and high among them is The Venture Bros.  An action-comedy about a failed scientist, his two dim-witted boys, their bodyguard and the globe-trotting adventures they go on. What once started as a fun, spoof of Jonny Quest, has grown into a beloved […]
  • Episode #72 – Remember When
    Chances are, somewhere, in your media viewing past, you have encountered a flashback. Be it in a comic book, tv show or movie; what was once a tool in the storytellers toolbox, flashbacks have now become so incredibly common place in media. Sometimes this trope can be gimmicky and overused, […]
  • Episode #71 – Who Would Win … ? (And Other Questions)
    If you have ever stepped foot into a comic book shop, chances are you were lucky enough have overheard or partook in some colorful comic shop conversation. Banter that typically centers on dream battles that pit characters of similar power sets against each other, exercises in logic, or even philosophical debate. In […]
  • Episode #70 – Episodes in a Bottle
    “Bottle Episode” is a loose term that describes a notable style of episode in Television. Stories set in one location or the famed “clip show” are two examples of the kind of bottle episodes fans will see. But, bottle stories don’t exist solely in Television;  comics and animation have had fun trying […]
  • Episode #69 – When Fictional Universes Collide!
    Every franchise out there is looking for a way to bring more eyeballs to their product and maybe the easiest way to create interest by fans is to bring two franchises together for a crossover, especially if those franchises come from different parent companies. Crossovers, despite seemingly being done more and […]
  • Episode #68 – Why Didn’t This Get Made?! – Animation Edition
    For every one of the numerous animated classics that have been released over the years, there are countless animated ideas that never come into fruition. It’s amazing to think of how many would-be-classics might have happened if development had continued on so many projects. In a follow up to last week’s […]
  • Episode #67 – How Did This Get Made?! – Animation Edition
    Generally speaking, in animation, if you can dream it and draw it, you can make it. Cartoons have so many examples of unexpected, daring creative ideas that become classics. On occasion, however, an occasional cartoon comes along that can be a bit of a head-scratcher. Maybe they’re based on something that doesn’t have […]
  • Episode #66 – Best Movie Year: ’84, ’89, or ’99?
    Each year, literally hundreds of movies are released in the United States, and any one of them has the potential to become a favorite for movie lovers, and perhaps even one day come to be considered a bona fide classic. With so many movies being produced each year, every so often […]
  • Episode #65 – March Sitcom Madness! – Part Three
    It’s time for Part 3, and the exciting conclusion of Sitcom Madness is here! In our second edition of the Let Me Know How It Is March Madness style tournament, we will collectively crown our favorite sitcom of all time! We are down to the final three rounds in this […]
  • Episode #64 – March Sitcom Madness! – Part Two
    Sitcom Madness Part 2! In our second edition of the Let Me Know How It Is March Madness style tournament, we will collectively crown our favorite sitcom of all time! The tournament started with 64 of the best sitcoms ever. Now we’ve narrowed it to 32, and we’ll continue to eliminate […]
  • Episode #63 – March Sitcom Madness! – Part One
    It’s March and that means one thing: March Madness! In our second edition of the Let Me Know How It Is March Madness style tournament, we will collectively crown our favorite sitcom of all time! The panel will match up 64 of their favorite sitcoms throughout the ages until there is […]
  • Episode #62 – Superman: Family, Friends, and Foe
    The world of Superheroes is made so much stronger by the supporting cast they host, and the world of Superman is no different. Appearing in literally thousands of stories across comic books, radio, TV, and film, Superman has been one of the most dominant pop culture properties since his creation […]
  • Episode #61 – Chosen Ones
    The archetype of the hero can come in many different forms, but a common one is the trope where a character is deemed the Chosen one. The idea of the “Chosen One” is most typically found in fantasy fiction; usually a character that is destined for greatness. Destined to be the heroic […]
  • Episode #60 – Definitive Five: Our Favorite Versions of Characters Across Media
    Often there can be variations for characters depending on which form of media you encounter them in. Sometimes the differences in these variations can be slight, while other times they can, of course, be very big. The panel will look at a list of characters prepared by Frank, and each […]
  • Episode #59 – Spotlight: Dwayne McDuffie
    Dwayne McDuffie is one of the most important creators in the modern era of comics. Probably best known, and most importantly, as the co-founder and one of the architects of Milestone Media, a comic book company focused on better representing minorities in comics. There he would create or co-create titles such […]
  • Episode #58 – Fictional Relationships (and Relationshipwrecks)
    Romantic subplots drive so much story in western media.  In fact, romantic subplots might be the single most common trait among all genres of storytelling in all forms of media.  Love is always going to be part of the action, whether it’s comics, tv, or film. As in real life, […]
  • Episode #57 – Super Heroic Ages
    If you’ve read comics for any length of time, chances are you have heard the phrase Golden Age or Silver Age. These phrases can apply to any medium, but in comics they are very specific eras; the one thing they all have in common is they involve superheroes, and each […]
  • Episode #56 – Great Moments in So-So Comic Book Movies
    Today, there is a trend of some half-dozen comic book movies released each year, and it doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. What it indicates is that right now we truly are in the golden age of comics being adapted into movies. Many of these films are quality movies, but the […]
  • Episode #55 – Spinning Off
    Sometimes when watching a movie or show, the story that’s told just isn’t enough. Even after the credits roll, sometimes the audience wants more. Sequels and prequels are not the only ways though. More can come in other forms. That’s where spin offs come in; a way to pursue and explore other stories […]
  • Episode #54 – We’ve Got More (Single) Issues
    This week marks one full year since the launch of Let Me Know How It Is! To mark this occasion, we will be revisiting our very first topic! In our first episode, Frank, Tommy, Clifton, and Zack listed some of their favorite single issues from all of comics, but with […]
  • Giant-Size Annual #2 – Part Two – Looking Forward to 2021
    2020‌ ‌didn’t‌ ‌go‌ ‌as‌ ‌planned‌ ‌for‌ ‌anyone.‌ ‌With‌ ‌many‌ ‌movies‌ ‌and‌ ‌TV‌ ‌releases‌ ‌being‌ ‌pushed‌ ‌back,‌ ‌2021,‌ ‌as‌ ‌a‌ ‌result,‌ ‌we will‌ ‌likely‌ ‌see‌ ‌roughly‌ ‌two‌ ‌years‌ ‌worth‌ ‌of‌ ‌content‌ ‌released.‌ ‌Needless‌ ‌to‌ ‌say‌ ‌an‌ ‌enormous‌ ‌amount‌ ‌of‌ ‌content‌ ‌is‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌way this year.‌ ‌For‌ ‌Part‌ ‌2‌ ‌of‌ ‌our‌ ‌Giant‌ -Size‌ […]
  • Giant-Size Annual #2 – Part One – Looking Back at 2020
    Last year Let Me Know How It Is ended the year with a Two-Part Giant Sized Year End Annual where we reflected on the things we had watched throughout the year and then looked ahead to the coming new year. This year will be no different. For Part One, the […]
  • Episode #53 – Deck the Halls with Christmas Specials
    Tis the season to be Jolly! Not to mention this is also the season for Christmas TV Specials and holiday-themed episodes from some of your favorite shows! Come celebrate the spirit of the season with the panel as they discuss some of their favorite Christmas episodes of all time. Fa […]
  • Episode #52 – Reactions to the Onslaught of News from Disney Investor Day
    Disney Investor Day was held on December 10th, 2020, and surprisingly they announced a massive slate of new projects to be released over the next few years. These exciting, and numerous, new projects from Star Wars, Pixar, Disney Animation, and of course Marvel Studios will be dropping on streaming services, such […]
  • Episode #51 – Spotlight – Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker
    Batman Beyond is one of the most beloved animated superhero shows of all time. The series’ straight-to-video companion movie Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker sent shockwaves through the fans of the show and of its preceding Batman the Animated series. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. release three straight-to-video, super […]
  • Episode #50 – Holly Jolly Hallmark
    The MCU, Star Wars, Pokémon; all are examples of properties that we would never have predicted how popular they would ultimately become when they first started. Believe it or not, another example of that is Hallmark movies. Hallmark made-for-tv movies have grown to become very popular throughout the year, but […]
  • Episode #49 – Current Cartoon Classics
    We’re huge fans of animation of all kinds here at Let Me Know How It Is, and as such, we like to spread the joy of the art form around a little bit. In this episode, Clifton, Tommy, Frank, and Zack will share their favorite current (or recently concluded) animation […]
  • EXTRA – Pop Culture Junk Food
    One indicator of a pop culture property’s success is the amount of merchandise that goes a long with it: toys, children’s books, school supplies, even bed sheets and beach towels are all relatively common. But in some ways, the true tell of a property’s popularity is whether or not it […]
  • Episode #48 – Marvel Cinematic Universe Memorable Moments
    In addition to being massively successful summer blockbusters, the movies of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) also garner a very passionate fan-following of both children and adults who tune in thanks to a continuously developing overarching story. Many people have their favorite movies or favorite characters within the MCU, but […]
  • Episode #47 – Spotlight: Home Alone
    Today, kids movies tend to be thought of as Pixar, talking animal cartoons, or even the marvel films to some extent. The live-action kids movie was something that was quite commonly produced during the 1990s however, and one of the most popular and most successful of its kind was Home Alone. Not […]

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