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AI Comic Pod Awards 2016

AI Comic Pod Awards 2016

As the year draws to a close, it seems only fitting to write one last article and it will sum up our recent 2016 Awards podcast and the accompanying Twitter polls as promised. A huge thank you to everyone who has taken the time to vote and share these polls, your engagement is so appreciated and there's been some great debate about these results which is what we want! We hope to do more interactive episodes like this in the future …
Peter Parker: The Relatable One

Peter Parker: The Relatable One

From billboards in New York's Times Square to toy stores, book shelves and even music stores, Marvel Comics' flagship character seems to be everywhere as fans await the latest Spider-Man movie. However, Spider-Man's enduring popularity has little to do with his ability to climb walls, his super-human strength, or his somewhat creepy-yet-cool costume. Fans have loved Spider-Man because he has trouble paying his rent. He was not the most popular guy in school and does not always get the girl. …
Ultron: The Rise of Rogue AI

Ultron: The Rise of Rogue AI

Ultron walks into a bar, and orders a drink. The bartender says, “We don’t serve robots!”. Ultron replies, “You will.” Artificial intelligence (AI) is a reliable theme in science fiction. In the Avengers: Age of Ultron, the AI arises from one of several alien Infinity Stones, with a bit of dabbling by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner, who are trying to protect the planet from potential invaders. The evil AI, named Ultron, seizes on a directive to protect the planet …
Marvel Ranked - Your definitive guide to each and every film

Marvel Ranked - Your definitive guide to each and every film

It's your definitive ranked guide to Marvel's filmography, starting at the beginning of Phase 1 in 2008 with Iron Man, all the way through to Doctor Strange released this year. To coincide with the release of the @AIComicPod's 1 year anniversary pod, Rory Greenfield, Stuart Bridson and Gags Tandon rank each and every Marvel release. No doubt it's been a challenge with the quality available, we really are spoilt for choice. If you fancy listening to us talk about our rankings …
Superman: Our Jewish Hero

Superman: Our Jewish Hero

Superman's real name is Kal-El, son of Jor-El. The suffix El means “of God” in Hebrew, with Kal-El defined as “Voice of God”. Before Krypton's doom, Kal-El's parents put him in a Moses-like basket, sending him down the Nile of intergalactic space until he landed safely on Earth. Superman and Moses relied on their faith in the kindness of strangers and both had sets of parents who chose to send their sons into the unknown. This all sounds a bit …
V for Vendetta: Terrorism Justified??

V for Vendetta: Terrorism Justified??

In thinking my next idea for writing I wanted to a full length Alan Moore article and then thought better of it because his body of work is astonishing. What I will do is break down some of his finest works ever and hope that you appreciate him as much as I do. The first one I wanted to tackle is Moore's classic graphic novel "V for Vendetta". I know Stu and Rory already talked about the movie in a …
A Batman Family Secret?

A Batman Family Secret?

I know, I know this isn't worth my time to read. The writer is just making up a bullshit theory blah, blah, blah. Give me 10 minutes of your time and let me explain. For 80 years, Batman and Joker have punched and laughed their way into the greatest rivalry in comics. This have been countless stories written about the two but one that has been hinted about in comic book and movie lore. The Joker is Batman's brother.... Don't …
Sympathy for the Devil: Daredevil and Depression

Sympathy for the Devil: Daredevil and Depression

I could write a puff piece about Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) and tell you his background, creation, favourite books, TV show, etc... but I thought I would write something different though, something worth talking about even if it doesn't quite make everyone comfortable. Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer in Manhattan's Hells Kitchen section who, in his downtime, dons a scarlet suit and fights crime as Daredevil. Most are familiar with him at this point because of the amazing Netflix …
Console to Cinema - Halo

Console to Cinema - Halo

The world of gaming is hugely diverse and immersive from the cute and fun to dark and depressing there is a game out there for everyone. The amount of detailed story that the industry churns out on a yearly basis you’d expect the transition from console to cinema would be a smooth one, well it isn’t. Huge titles such as Halo and Metal Gear Solid have been expected to make their silver screen debut, but most seem to get stuck …
Heroic Ethics: Spider-Man, My Idol

Heroic Ethics: Spider-Man, My Idol

I wrote this in part for Kaylon Karrim and his inquisitive mind! A huge part of Anfield Index and a guy I call a friend. Looking back over the three categories of normative ethics under philosophy - Virtue, Duty and Consequential - what fails to emerge is a clear-cut, definitive category that encompasses what we think of when we think of a superhero. Each category has heroes who adhere to its principles but also is easy to criticize each category …
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Episodes

The On The Box Podcast: The OA

The On The Box Podcast: The OA

Gags Tandon is back with another episode of the On The Box Podcast! This week he is joined by Joey Connors and debutant Simon Dowling! They cover the recently released sci-fi, drama come mystery show: The OA. The lads discuss if they've ever seen anything like it, go through the story and discuss major points and finally speak about the finale which had everyone that had watched the show speaking about exactly what just happened! All this and more... On The Box!
The On The Box Podcast: What's coming up in 2017 On The Box!

The On The Box Podcast: What's coming up in 2017 On The Box!

Gags Tandon is back once again and this time invites his Desi Podcast partner Harinder Singh to look ahead to what is in store for TV lovers in 2017! They look at the returning shows from the winter breaks first, as well as looking at new seasons of the popular shows that are returning. They then turn to the brand new shows that will make their debut this season and give their views on what they think of them! All this and more... On The Box!
The 1Up Podcast: Mass Effect of Star Wars

The 1Up Podcast: Mass Effect of Star Wars

Guy and Marco discuss the impact of Star Wars games through the year and discuss upcoming titles. They also discuss the Mass Effect trilogy and look at the new Mass Effect coming out.
The On The Box Podcast: The Night Of Review

The On The Box Podcast: The Night Of Review

Gags Tandon is joined by Nina Kauser and Rory Greenfield to review the summer blockbuster The Night Of! Gags and the panel go through the plot extensively and talk about the performances of the stars of the show! All this and more - it's Stranger Things... On The Box!
On The Box Podcast: Stranger Things Review

On The Box Podcast: Stranger Things Review

Gags Tandon is now the host of the On The Box Podcast and he invites Kaylon Karrim and Joseph Connors to talk about the blockbuster 2016 show: Stranger Things. Gags and the panel discuss the following: - How the show reminds them of other cool shows/movies. - How the show reminds them of their childhood - the 80's feel. - Discuss the plot, music and monster mythology - Character discussion - favourites, performances etc - Favourite moments in the show - Any negatives from the plot? As always there's a Gags Tandon curveball as he pits Kay vs Joey as they partake in the Stranger Things quiz! All this and more - it's Stranger Things... On The Box!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 31 - Comic Pod Awards 2016

AI Comic Pod: Episode 31 - Comic Pod Awards 2016

Rounding off an incredible year for the AI Comic Pod, Rory and Stu are joined by Marco Lopes to hand out the official gongs for the first inaugural Comic Pod Awards! How many will Deadpool walk away with? Can anyone stop Civil War from running away with the Best Movie award? Make sure you have your own picks ready as this is going to be an interactive one with all of you!
AI Comic Pod: Episode 30 - Marvel Cinematic Universe - Ranked

AI Comic Pod: Episode 30 - Marvel Cinematic Universe - Ranked

Rory Greenfield and Stuart Bridson have returned back to where it all started, as inspiration for this special anniversary episode. Joined once more by Marvel enthusiast Gags Tandon, all three rank each film from best to worst, from Iron Man (2008) all the way through to Dr Strange (2016). The boys pull no punches, discussing the highs and lows of each film. There is debate, insight and of course some great laughs along the way. Join us once more and please do let us know your top 5.
AI Comic Pod: Episode 29 - Doctor Strange Review

AI Comic Pod: Episode 29 - Doctor Strange Review

Dr. Stephen Strange has crashed onto the big screen and introduced a new world of mysticism into the MCU so why not join AI's very own Ancient One (that's Stu btw) as he's joined once again by Joey Connors to discuss all things Strange!
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