Presenting the Award-Winning BLACK TRIBBLES, a look at everything in geek culture by the 6-headed hairy hoard of Philly's own Black Tribbles. An insane network of delicious podcasts await you starting with the mothership, BLACK TRIBBLES PRIME, a weekly radio show broadcast on WPPM 106.5FM Philadelphia. Also there's GUTTER TALK weekly comic book shop talk from the Hero Complex in Manayunk, The GHOULS NEXT DOOR, an insightful dive into the world of horror and macabre, GARBLED PODCAST, conversations on the world and the people on it, and specials galore!
The Tribbles use their comic book artist friend N. Steven Harris as the inspiration for AN OPERA? WHO DIES? Then they delve into the potential landmines that lie ahead for Patrick Stewart's return to the iconic role of Jean-Luc Picard, comparing Star Trek: Picard to Luke Skywalker's fate in the sequel trilogy of Star Wars movies. The show ends with a rehash of Fast and Furious chronology and the cautionary tale of Generation Z and their screens.
Len the BatTribble is very fascinated by the cult-like allegiance of the members of the 'Church of Plus Ultra' aka the devoted fans of the hit anime & manga My Hero Academia. We explore the stories, their inspiration and the fandom of the animated sensation of the last few years.
Welcome to 2020 as The Black Tribbles look at the Orlando Jones-American Godz controversy, wonder what a Tribbles comic book would look like, ask who is Isaiah Pureheart, how evil would an Amalgam Tribble be and what are our favorites of the 2010s. Plus, Far Sector stars in the Garden.
The Black Tribbles review the Year in Star Wars, from the questionable saga finale The Rise of Skywalker to Disney+'s western-centric slice of the galaxy - The Mandalorian - and the opinions are...salty! Spoiler warnings for both and harsh language ahead.
JD, Brandon, Noel, and Len cram themselves into JD's kitchen to discuss STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER! Spoilerific review starts around the 24-minute mark! Take a listen and then feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree.
The Micheaux Mission returns with the Black Tribbles for a provocative and polarizing discussion on HBO's WATCHMEN. Points are raised, countered and the conversation is intense. Thank you Damien Lindelof, Regina King, Jean Smart, Louis Gossett Jr., and others.
After sharing their thoughts on the Wonder Woman 1984 and Black Widow movie trailers and noting the recent loss of two Star Trek stalwarts, the Tribbles enjoy an evening of astronomical wonder with Bill & Brendan, the Philly Moon Men, as they chat about NASA's Artemis mission and all the things cool about the Moon.
Len, Brandon, and JD read listener emails from points all across the globe then dig into a SPOILER ALERT review of The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event for 2020. The cameos rock but that story...?
We are halfway through the holiday season and while this time of year brings joy and fond memories for a lot of us it also comes with this uneasy tension. The possibility of a disaster hovers over us but does it have to? Sit back relax as we revisit our Holiday Survival Guide.
The Ghouls are trying their hand at the Occult. What is it? Who's involved? How does media represent it and why does it feel like an answer? We watched The Endless and A Dark Song to explore different approaches to this very deep and provocative topic.
Our annual Hip-Hop Show features our very own Voice of Reason, R-Son the SUperTribble chops it up with SUBSTANTIAL, groundbreaking rap artist of video game and anime fame about his ventures in Japan, Turkey, and Shang Chi. Plus more stories and music lessons to fill 2 hours. AND A FREESTYLE!
JD, Brandon, and Len sit in the Hero Complex (with Kristen, the Dog Whisperer in the background) and chat about the Titans Season 2 finale and its high crime against common sense, The Mandalorian on Disney+, Harley Quinn on DCU and more.
The Ladies Tribble - Kennedy aka Storm Tribble and The Uncanny Tribble, Ariell - spend an evening with YATIDE BADAKI, one of the stars of Starz's American Godz to talk about the role of sexuality in the depictions of strong women in pop culture. Plus, we remember when Ariell and Star Trek's Nichelle "Uhura" Nichols joined the Tribble Nation. What a way to get into The GRRL Show 2019!
Recorded live at the historic Respect: Women's Podcast Festival in August 2019 at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse.
The Ghouls have tackled nightmares but now we're tackling dreams to ask ourselves - what's real? Are we living in the matrix? How can we be sure the world exists and that this podcast is real? We watched Before I Wake and Paprika to dive deep into our subconscious for answers.
We no want no Joker sequel because that's precious time away from STAR WARS corner as we gutter talk it up about Star Wars Rebels, The Mandalorin, Star Wars games, books, and more. Plus we remember comic book artist Steve Dillon finally and Mister Rogers poignantly. AND THERE'S MORE!
This month we're diving back into older topics but with a new spin. We've talked about exorcisms and haunted houses but this time we're talking about demonology - what it is and what it's definitely not. Kat shames self-proclaimed demonologists and Gabe debunks the Warrens. We watched the Conjurings and Hostage to the Devil.
After 15 years, MIKE DENNIS shudders his ReelBlack Presents monthly screenings of black cinema. What's next for the local film historian, critic, and filmmaker? He gives the dish on his future plans as well as his thoughts of the state of black film today, including pointed words about Tyler Perry Studios.
The River Brothers of Philadelphia's POWER COMIX (Derrick, Michael, and Chris) tell of their 4-color creations aimed for children, powered by their impressive imagination, their long history of comic book devotion and their 'massive' shoulders.
JD and Len with special Tribble guest Randy aka R-Son, the Voice of Reason aka SuperTribble chop it up at the Complex about the NEW Tim Drake, Comic Book Adaptations, the vision of the Vision and much more.
ARMPIT WAXING? SALTY ANTS? PENIS FASHION? The Black Tribbles bring their podcast network and friends into the PhillyCAM studio for hi-jinks and more as they play the fabulous new game for fundraising dollars - THE WHEEL OF DARE!
Special guests Nick and Ramon of the Garbled Podcast and Gutter Talk's Johnny Destructo
It’s been a long time in comics since a character was created who just so happened to be a person of color. Or has it? With the comic book blockbuster movie, proving to be a cash cow there’s a big push to recreate characters as people of color (or you could just create characters that are diverse, to begin with, but anyways). So we’re looking at the ones that have worked and why. We also make a pitch to re-imagine the X-men and what that might mean moving into the MCU. I'm joined again by Bria, “The Professional Jawn” of Jawnisim, “KnightSparkz” of Amerime Media.
On our final report from Amalgam Comics, we chat with new podcaster Michael Roberson-Reid of Punk Rock Barbershop about his cool venture and his 'baby astronaut', plus we are visited by two superheroines - fellow Black Tribble Kennedy aka Storm Tribble and Amalgam's Marisel Villarreal-Rios who literally is Supergirl.
Ghouls end their Horror Writers Series with Joe Hill, a master in his own right of the genre. Kat talks about how Joe has a knack for turning trauma into literary gold and Gabe fangirls over his unique style of combining the supernatural with the very real. We watched Horns (Many Spoilers) and NOS4A2 (also spoilers).
Amalgam Comics' ARIELL JOHNSON, The Uncanny Tribble (just the first of her names), has Halloween memories to share, scares to interrogate and smiles for days. Plus we chat up DUIJI 13 of Philly's Vinyl Tap and avant-garde creative 'M'.
At Amalgam Comics' Halloween Comicfest, writer/creator DAVID CROWNSON reveals the secret origin of his timely and hot-selling Harriet Tubman, Demon Slayer plus we chat up more folks about their Halloween faves.
The scouts of THE GHOULS NEXT DOOR podcast lead the Tribbles through an exploration of their dreaded phobias, scary movie remembrances, open water frights, melting ice drenched, Blair Witchian screamfests and more. Plus, we remember the late John Witherspoon.
Sitting around the Hero Complex, JD and Len review Brandon's overview of the slate of HBO Max shows including the new Green Lantern series by Greg Berlanti and they pitch their own take for the show. Supergirl's Superman doesn't measure up. Joe Hil does Horror comics. JL8 is a thing. And there's a word from their sponsor.
Meet 11-year-old writer/artist BRYCE BULLOCK who created the Spiderman/his father inspired superhero duo Daddy Long Legs and Inch Worm and turned it into the Bullock family's colorful and growing comic book business. Plus Bryce really really likes Halloween!
Check out Bryce Bullock and Pankake Images - https://www.pankakeimages.com/daddy-long-legs-and-the-inchworm
BatTribble sets up shop at Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse for Halloween Comicfest 2019 aka Free Comic Book Day and chats up the many guest and kids about their favorite Halloween candy and their favorite Halloween/Scary movie. Good n Plenty? Really?
Kennedy and Ariell welcome COREY and JOSHUA of the mindbending Code Coffee and Culture Podcast for a fun evening of geekery and phone call mystery. Enjoy!
Check out Code Coffee and Culture https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/code-coffee-culture-s2ep6/id1347752401?i=1000442109977
(SPOILER ALERT) We review HBO's Watchmen and Len gushes on the incredible Regina King; Brandon has a newfound perspective on the Man of Steel and what is Jonathan Hickman trying to say about the Jean Grey - Scott Summers - Logan triangle.
The Tribbles take in the first Comic-Con 4 Kids in Philadelphia and chat with artists Jamar Nicholas and Keith Williams, The Rivers Brothers of Power Comix, Bryon and Demetrius Bullock of Pankake Images' Daddy Long Legs & Inch Worm and Simone Crudup of Simone's Sheroes.
The Tribbles have a very interesting chat with B. VAN RANDALL aka The Ghetto Nerd of Detroit's Verse Comics. You can hear him but we couldn't in the studio. Thank heaven for text messages! Plus we come up with some truly unique and delicious stunts for our upcoming WHEEL OF DARE fundraiser.
Listen in on our round-table discussion on Joaquin Phoenix’s “Joker”. This week we are joined by Puchi Saru, Bria, “The Professional Jawn” of Jawnisim, “KnightSparkz” of Amerime Media and Jessica Rambo, from the Pop Inn in Chalfont PA. There’s no mincing words here this film maybe the single greatest achievement by DC in their cinematic universe. The first 10 minutes are also on Puchi Saru’s YouTube channel so go check that out!
Ghouls are talking about their #1 best horror dad, Dean Koontz. Kat and Gabe gush over how likable and enjoyable Dean's writing is. Kat fawns over Ben Affleck in Phantoms and Gabe freaks out (trypophobia warning) over Demon Seed.
The Tribbles name Tyler Perry their Tribble of The Week and shots are fired all over the studio. Plus, comedian Darryl Charles sits in for a discussion about Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix's JOKER and the different iterations of the character in DC history.
This month we're covering some of the Greatest Horror Writers! We're kicking off this series with the king himself, Stephen King. We dive into his life and dissect his writing. The Ghouls watched IT Chapter 2 and Pet Semetary (2019 - SPOILERS).
We're finishing up our Representation series and we are joined by the phenomenal guest, Rob Buscher of the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival to talk about Eastern Asian representation in horror. We discuss the second season of AMC's The Terror to explore the Japanese horror of the supernatural and the terribly real.
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The Ghouls are joined by guest Pascale of Liberty Resources to talk about how people with disabilities have been treated in horror. I think you can see there's a trend in that the answer has been not very well. We talk films Hush and A Quiet Place to discuss the right and wrong way to portray deafness on screen.
The ghouls have a special episode featuring guests Marina and Pascale, tackling the film Midsommar and the many ways in which it let us down, specifically involving the many marginalized communities it abuses for its subpar plot. For more on why you should also be more critical of the media you indulge in - tune in!
JD is not excited about Spiderman's return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Len is un-wowed by Matt Smith's Doctor Who but loves Amy (kinda) and River (really), and Brandon is around for the ride to Elseworlds and beyond.
We take a look at overrated and underrated Comic Book runs like Saga and Batman (which is which?) and turn a hypercritical eye at the Titans second season. Listener mail, guests in the store - this one has it all + more Brandon.
The Tribbles discuss new merch for the Nation, answer a curious Star Trek rant from a fan, introduce 2 new features and take a trip along the fanciful mystical cobblestone streets of Amazon Prime's CARNIVAL ROW.
Have you ever thought about what your dream home would look like? What if you built it from scratch? Is it even a home? Maybe you're all about that #tinyhome life or #vanlife. Join us as we explore the world of ecological living in the modern age.
Tyquill Williams of Brannew Entertainment and Lorne Peart of PhillyCAM's MAGZ FM bring the saki to the Tribbles for a rollicking 400th episode of their Thursday night radio show, featuring Superhero Pictionary and the rules of bicycling.
Ghouls are talking representation and this week we're talking to our friend and Kat's co-worker, Marina about how mental illness is shown in horror. History has been unkind to the mental illness community but we have had some victories. We talk about a win, the film Babadook which has done a great job of this!
Ghouls are talking about LGBTQIA representation in horror with the amazingly talented singer/songwriter/musician/beautiful human Jacqueline Constance. Ghouls learn about the Hayes Code, queer horror (both real and on-screen) and talk about the indie horror film, What Keeps You Alive.
JD and Len welcome back Randy aka R-Son the SuperTribble as they talk with photographer/author KRISTEN KIDD about her new coffee table book about Women and the canines in their life, Women’s Best Friend. And Brandon goes completely off the rails…or is it Len’s fault?
This week Ramon and Nick are joined by Kennedy aka The Storm Tribble of Black Tribbles Fame, as we look at the topic of transhumanism and the idea of being able to evolve past the bodies that we were born with. Is this the future of humanity, the melding of machine and flesh, or will we evolve into something altogether different?
The Ghouls are joined by guest, Sergio Galeano to talk about how the Latinx community is represented in Horror. We talk about La Llorona, Hulu's Into the Dark Series: Culture Shock and shout out to Guillermo Del Toro for his amazing job on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark!
Twin siblings Len aka The BatTribble and his sister Leslie (Dada Tribble) relive their glorious Saturday mornings (1970-78) of Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo, Jabberjaws, HR Puff n Stuff, Electra Woman and THE ODDBALL COUPLE (and many, many more!)
On this episode, Nick and Ramon focus on the current events that have made national headlines as well as affected us locally. We talk about the multiple shootings this summer, the plans with the thirty-meter telescope (T.M.T), the revolution brewing in Hong Kong, and an update on the Democratic race for the Presidential candidate.
Tyquill Williams of Brannew Enteratinment loves himself some anime, especially DRAGONBALL Z and shares his story on how he was inspired to create his organization of self-improvement and social awareness.
Ghouls are talking about representation in our new series and today's episode is about sex workers. We talk one of our new favorite horror films, CAM and chat with our good friend, Léa about the real horror sex workers face!
This week we talk about the aftermath of the revolution brewing in Puerto Rico, what lead up to it, and what's next. We also look into what made the protest in Puerto Rico so successful and how it has reminded the world that people should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of its people.
Wrapping up our Apocalypse series with the most depressing scenario we could think of - the cosmic apocalypse and the honest truth that we mean nothing. The Ghouls are talking about how the universe can kill us, how we've only been here a moment and how the end is nigh! We watched Lars Von Trier's Melancholia to really get into the mood and to top it off, watched The Universe TV Show's episode on the Cosmic Apocalypse.
Roy and Chanell Burton of the delicious Jawn Appetit podcast bring their marital joy for the muscled stars of syndicated weekdays in the 80's - He-Man and the ThunderCats - into the studio for lessons, singing and good times.
Special interview along with radio show Pulling Focus host Gretjen Clausing where we talk with Ashlee Blackwell, horror movie expert and founder of the website, Graveyard Shift Sisters. We talk to her about representation in horror, black films/directors/actors and the unique approach to telling our stories through genres like horror.
This week we talk about the comments made by President Trump towards "The Squad". The Squad is a diverse group of freshmen House of Representative made up of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Illahn Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. What does the American dream mean when you have Americans telling other American to go home? We also talk about the 50 year anniversary of the Moon landing and the latest announcements from Marvel phase 4.
This week the Ghouls are talking about the good, green Earth and how we're destroying it leading it to inevitably strike back with natural disasters and resource depletion. We talk the films Soylent Green (It's people!) and The Day After Tomorrow (which turns out was actually today). Is Climate Change real? What does NASA have to say? Was M. Night Shyamalan right when he made a film about the trees killing us?!
Its the end of the world and we are telling you all about it. This week the Ghouls are tackling the nuclear holocaust - including information on Chernobyl, Hiroshima and the real-life lack of fail-safes our own government had when handling the big bombs. We watched Chernobyl (HBO) and the classic Kubrik fun-time apocalyptic romp, Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
BILL & BETH of The Roddenberries and MOLLY, the kitschy soul behind Adopt-a-Tribble, join the Tribbles in remembering Star Trek the 70s Animated Series, but it's all an excuse to boldly trek as we have never trekked before.
Do you remember Disney's THE WEEKENDERS? Neither did we! But our guests Andrew and Alisha do and they're bringing it to Saturday Morning Summer along with deep affection for Avatar, The Last Airbender.
This week, *cough cough* Ghouls are exploring the Viral Apocalypse. What happens when you don't wash your hands, board planes and touch everything in your way, GWYNETH PALTROW?! We talk the scary, pandemic film, Contagion and the quarantine show, Containment. Tune in to find out how viruses spread, what's the deal with vaccines and how YOU can prevent the next epidemic.
While talking about HBO's new miniseries "Chernobyl" with our guest Nick Valenza of Valenza Wood, we get into a bigger discussion about nuclear energy, it's safety, and it's possible role as a transitional form of energy. We also talked about underwear bandits, the kardashev scale, and humanity's potential to do good in the face of disaster.
The Tribbles enjoy a great time with the premiere Star Trek tribute band - The Roddenberries - and meet up with Gaaays In Spaace, the Priority One podcast and they Adopt A Tribble, even a Gribble! Plus, new 'royal' music fromThe Roddenberries!
Its the end of the world and we are telling you all about it. This week the Ghouls are tackling the nuclear holocaust - including information on Chernobyl, Hiroshima and the real-life lack of fail-safes our own government had when handling the big bombs. We watched Chernobyl (HBO) and the classic Kubrick fun-time apocalyptic romp, Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
This week a conversation about ethics in the modern age. Or at least that’s what it started out as and then like most conversations it evolved into trying to understand what ethics means and how it can be tied in with morale’s. We go thru a few examples of ethical dilemmas and try to understand that ethics is not a black and white subject.