Useless Drivel – Hopspocalypse and Polar Bears

Polar Bear SantaSo, even though Christmas is right around the corner, we couldn’t help but bring you an early Christmas gift.  But is it really a gift if it’s something we give to everyone on a weekly basis for free?  Of course it is!  Matt and Robert are joined by Tim for the third time (who may have unknowingly tread into co-host territory) to talk about all manner of alcoholic beverages, the mythical magic of Santa, Batman, and more!  Sit back and relax, kick your feet up and prepare to get uncomfortable, because it’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Useless Drivel – Comics, Comix, Komix

Batman Gotham JusticeSome way, some how, your hosts were able to actually convince a guest to come back on the podcast this week.  Now, we aren’t saying that there was a certain amount of bribery involved, but, there was probably a certain amount of bribery involved.  Robert and Matt are joined this week by tattoo artist and comic geek extraordinaire, Tim, to talk all things Batman, comics, and whatever randomness comes out of their mouths.  Sit back and relax, and let your earholes be soothes with a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point.

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The Curious Case of Gail Simone, or Why We Should be Worried about the Comics Industry

If you were online at all Monday, you may be aware that DC Comics released writer and creator Gail Simone from the “Batgirl” title.

My reaction: shock, fear, shock, disbelief, utter disappointment [for DC Comics], and a glimmer of excitement [Marvel, you are calling her, right?].

Gail Simone, if you are unaware of who she is, is one of the most popular writers at DCU. During her career she has written “Deadpool,” “Birds of Prey,” “Wonderwoman,” “The Secret Six,” and of course, “Batgirl.” She is among the loudest supporters of DCU and particularly of the New52. Gail has been out there waving the banner and beating the drum to encourage her loyal fans to continue after DC (for a lack of a better word) destroyed their continuity. She has had one of the most successful books of their run and THE most successful female-led book.  To top it all off, the most recent issues have been met with praise from fans and critics alike.

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Episode 55 – Movies That Scared Us as Kids

One person’s scary movie is often another person’s comedy, but, being a kid in the 80’s meant you were pretty much on the same page with everyone else when it came squirming in your seat and being afraid of the dark.  Join us this week as we discuss the movies that kept us awake at night when we were kids.  Most are familiar, some a little less so, and there might be one or two in there that make you think, WTF!?!  So, be sure you’ve got a swimming buddy, make sure to keep that night light on, and whatever you do DON’T RUN UPSTAIRS as you settle in for an all new episode of Monkey in the Cage.

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Episode 52 – Monkey Birthday & Gaming Recap

Well, we did it!  We actually made it a full year – 52 weeks and 52 episodes – without killing one another, destroying our friendships, and offending and alienating the podcast masses!  Join us this week as we not only take a look back at our first year, but discuss where we’re at and where the MITC crew is headed in year number two!  Oh yeah, we’re also recapping Robert’s GMing rotation, chock full of Board-gamey and RPG goodness.  So, settle in and take a listen as we go shout-out crazy and thank all of our listeners, supporters, and most of all each other for a great first year here at Monkey in the Cage!

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Monkey Birthday Giveaway!

Monkey in the Cage’s 1st Birthday is fast approaching!  In honor of our upcoming Episode 52 we are giving away a copy of DC Comics The New 52 Hardcover Compilation!  That’s right you heard me right, folks!  The New York Times calls it, “Audacious.”  USA Today calls it, “Epic.”  And I am almost positive they are referring to this giveaway and not the book itself…

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