The Captioned Life: a comics & pop culture podcast

The Captioned Life: a comics & pop culture podcast

Welcome to The Captioned Life, a podcast about the impact of comics and pop culture on life and society. From roundtable discussions to movie reviews and interviews, we ask the basic question of how comics has impacted people and the world we live in. Hosted by Kevin Stahlecker and Sean Winningham, two guys who live in different parts of the country but united by their love of comics.

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November 15, 2021 48 min
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Eager with anticipation of the release of the new film Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Sean and Kevin sit down to talk to Jacob Bartlett of the Circle City Ghostbusters to talk about their favorite memories from the franchise and what it’s like to be a member of a recognized professional Ghostbusters cosplay group. They even play a game of Ghost-Busted and try to determine the truth behind some of the weirdest haunts in ...

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One of the biggest movie events of the year has finally dropped, and we're here to review it! Marvel Studios' "Eternals" has arrived, and Kevin & Sean join Ellie Khanverdi ("Oh, Shoot!" Podcast) and Ethan Simie ("15 Minutes Of Marvel" Podcast) to discuss their overall reaction to the film. They go over the strengths and "not-so-strong" aspects of the film, whether it was...

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November 1, 2021 65 min
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Batman is one of the most iconic superheroes in pop culture with one of the longest-running stories (and jokes) out there. In this episode, Sean shares some interesting facts about Batman, how the hosts got introduced to the character, and a discussion about the hosts and listeners' favorite Batman comic story, villains, and film/tv version of Batman. Then the duo wraps up the episode by doing a mad lib story ...

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Kevin and Sean interview Dr. Matthew Smith, Dean of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and Professor of Communication at Radford University, as well as the co-author of several books about comics, including The Power Of Comics: History, Form, and Culture. The trio discusses Matt’s journey with comics and how they influenced him, his life trajectory in becoming an author on comics, and how he became ...

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October 1, 2021 52 min
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Sean and Kevin talk to actress and author Elizabeth Lambert, who is the creator of the Webtoon comic, “UltraViolet”. The trio discuss Elizabeth’s journey into comics and webtoons, the very real world of balancing creating comics with copyright, and what it was like working with Rob Schneider on his latest film, “Daddy Daughter Trip”. The gang ends the episode with a little Spider-Man trivia. 

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September 15, 2021 33 min
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Kevin and Sean interview David Hazan, the writer of the comic series “Nottingham” published by Mad Cave Studios. Nottingham is a crime mystery retelling of Robin Hood with twists. This is not your typical Robin Hood story! The hosts talk to David about how he got into comics, what inspired him to do this story, what we can expect from the series and future issues of “Nottingham”, and finally played a series of “Wh...

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September 8, 2021 65 min
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In this episode, the co-hosts and special guest Molly Farnsley reviews the latest movie to be released as part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Shang-Chi, and The Legend of the Ten Rings. We give a little background about Shang-Chi as a character from the comics as well as how much the movie aligns with the comic and how much is original content. Join us as we talk about what makes this movie gre...

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September 1, 2021 49 min
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Every character and superhero has an origin story. In this episode, Sean and Kevin discuss their own origin story of how they got into comics, how the podcast show started, and their favorite superhero origin story from the comics. At the end, Kevin engages the duo in a game of "Would You Rather", where the hosts are given two origin stories and discuss which one they would rather have.

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    August 15, 2021 41 min
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    Kevin and Sean interviews Molly Farnsley, an webcomic writer and artist, to talk about her journey and her series “Everpresent,” a fantasy-based webcomic that she has created. Listen in to learn when Molly started to teach herself how to draw, what Everpresent is about, and a fun game called “The Captioned Kingdom”, where we create our fantasy-given names.

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    Molly has been creating stories since she...

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    In preparation for the return of Free Comic Book Day, we talk to local comic shop owners Jen King of SpaceCadets Collection Collection in Oak Ridge, TX, and Michael Costello of Downtown Comics in Indianapolis IN. Listen in as we discuss the history of FCBD and how these unique shops plan to celebrate the event. LINKS! Downtown Comics: https://stores.comichub.com/downtown_comics_circle Space Cadets Collection: http://www.spacecad...
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    July 15, 2021 43 min

    On this episode of The Captioned Life Podcast, Sean and Kevin discuss their experience at Indy PopCon 2021. It was the first con either had attended in over a year, and the first they’ve ever attended together. They break down the good, the bad, and the unfortunate of the weekend’s festivities, and even get Madden in on the action to offer up a kids perspective. If you’ve ever been curious about attending an event like PopCon, or j...

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    July 11, 2021 37 min
    On this special bonus episode of the Captioned Life Podcast, we sit down to review the new film, Black Window. It’s been nearly 2 years since we’ve gotten to see an MCU film in the theatres, and we were able to see this one in the IMAX. We also let junior intern Madden join us for the conversation, as we got to record in the same room for the first time.
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    July 1, 2021 52 min
    In this episode of the Captioned Life podcast, we discuss our separate (but together) summer vacation trips to the Universal Studios in Orlando, FL. Come ride the movies with us as we cover our favorite and least favorite aspects of resorts, parks, rides, and more, and hear which ride other fans think needs to be replaced. If you’re a theme enthusiast or just curious as to how Universal makes use of their massive library of intelle...
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    June 14, 2021 41 min
    In the latest episode of The Captioned Life, Sean and Kevin celebrate Fathers’ Day by discussing the worst dads in comics. After taking some suggestions from social media, they each list their bottom three dads and talk about the criteria that makes each such a dead-beat. It’s a fun yet heartfelt episode that you can listen to with your own kids or dad, as long as none of you are maniacal overlords hell-bent on galactic domination....
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    In this episode of the Captioned Life, we discuss our favorite comic book superhero secret hideouts and what makes them interesting and unique. We also break down how those secret hideouts are used to convey themes of isolation and loneliness in comics, and how society has come face to face with those very issues in the wake of Covid 19 restrictions during the last year. It’s a fun conversation, but also one that dives a little dee...
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    May 15, 2021 32 min
    After watching the new film, Mortal Kombat on HBO Max, the guys sat down to discuss what they liked and didn’t like. It’s a big slice of nostalgia pie, but did Sean and Kevin have the stomach for this new helping of video game goodness and all those fatalities? Listen as they give their no holds barred review with the blood code activated. LINKS! Mortal Kombat (IMdB) - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293429/
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    On this episode of The Captioned Life, Dr. Sheena Howard joins Sean and Kevin for a conversation about her new book, Why Wakanda Matters: What Black Panther Reveals About Psychology, Identity, and Communication. Together we talk about the impact the 2018 film Black Panther had on the Black community and beyond, the legacy of Chadwick Boseman, and which superhero of color should be next in line for the Hollywood treatment. You can f...
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    Now that the season finale of Marvel Studios' "The Falcon And The Winter Soldier" is out, we sit down to talk about what we liked and disliked about the series. We also touch on its themes of racism in the show, what we thought about the big reveal of the Power Broker, and what bugs Kevin about how Marvel shows are released.
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    April 15, 2021 39 min
    The new original graphic novel, Count, answers the age old question: What do you get when you combine classic literature with sci-fi adventure? In this episode we get the chance to talk to author and artist, Ibrahim Moustafa about his genre bending epic and how it came to be. The Captioned Life Crew also tries their hand at reimagining classic tales to see if they can stack up with their guest. If you’re a fan of comics, this insig...
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    In this episode, the Captioned Life Crew sits down with comics writer, David Pepose to discuss his new book, Scout’s Honor. We get David to peel back the layers on his writing process and some of the tough themes he tackles in this coming of age story, set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. This almost therapeutic interview with a really great storyteller is not to be missed. Find David online at https://www.davidpepose.com/ and on ...
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