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Ep 94 - Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet - Show Notes

This Week: A new era begins for the Black Panther! MacArthur Genius and National Book Award-winning writer T-Nehisi Coates (BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME) takes the helm, confronting T'Challa with a dramatic upheaval in Wakanda that will make leading the African nation tougher than ever before. When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt--but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!


Drinking Game Rules:

We The People - Every time the group “The People” is mentioned, take a drink. 

Comic Book, or Philosophy Book? - Every time there is a long discussion of philosophy, take a drink.

Back in my day - Tells a story from the past, or fable: take a drink.

What is past is prologue -  Every time the past events are discussed as why Wakanda is in its current state, take a drink. 


Panther Punch



  • 375 ml Blue Curacao (half of a 750 ml bottle)
  • 1 L Mango Vodka
  • 1.75 L Lemonade (my mom uses Simply Lemonade)
  • 12 oz can Sprite
  • lemon slices, optional


Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher or jug. Serve cold with lemon slices, if desired


Wakanda War


  • 2 oz brandy
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • 1 tsp superfine sugar
  • 1 oz club soda
  • garnish: orange slice and cherry

Add first all ingredients to an old fashioned glass, muddle and fill with ice and garnish.


The Backhand Panther 

  • 7/8 ounces (25 mL) of raspberry liqueur
  • 5 ounces (150 mL) of an energy drink
  • 1/3 ounce (10 mL) of lychee liqueur
  • 4 strawberries
  • 10 ice cubes
  • Sugar syrup


  • Hull (the top) the 4 strawberries. Place one of them on the side and the other three in the cocktail shaker.

  • Pour a small amount of the sugar syrup in the cocktail shaker.

  • Use the muddle stick or fork to pound or press the ingredients together.

  • Fill the cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes.

  • Pour in the lychee and raspberry liqueurs.

  • Cover and shake the cocktail shaker.

  • Fill your collins glass with ice and strain the mixture into the glass.

  • Add some of the energy drink on the top.

  • Garnish the drink with the remaining strawberry and enjoy.


Royal Flush

  • 3 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 1/2 oz Crown Royal
  • 3/4 oz Peach Schnaps
  • 1/2 oz Black Raspberry liquor

Shake the shit out of it, and pour over ice.  Garnish with a cherry and serve.

Next Month: Considered the greatest graphic novel in the history of the medium, the Hugo Award-winning story chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.

Episode 94 - Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet,  is out on January 29th.  Find this, and all our other episodes on iTunesStitcherGooglePlay, and TuneIn

Ep 92 - JSA: Justice Be Done - Show Notes

This Week: The worlds first super-hero team returns in these stories that revamp the team for todays sophisticated comics readers. The new team which includes Black Canary, Starman, Dr. Fate, the Golden Age versions of Flash and Green Lantern and many others as wellfirst gather at the funeral of the original Sandman, Wesley Dodds, only to head into action together against the Scarab and the classic DC villain Mordru! in JSA: Justice Be Done


Drinking Game 

That hard to fit on a business card - Whenever someone introduces themselves with a long backstory, or a list of their powers, take a drink. 

‘Member? - Anytime a character mentions the good old days, take a drink.

Cat Man - Every time you see wild cat with his mask on, take a drink.   

Also Known As -   Every time a character list of another characters alias’, take a drink. 

Don’t Kick the Baby -  Any time a character talks about protecting the baby, the a drink. 


Star Spangled Smash


  • 1 3/4 cups vodka
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup cane sugar syrup
  • 1 bunch fresh mint leaves
  • 1 pint fresh raspberries
  • 1 12-oz. bottle ginger beer


1. Stir together vodka, lemon juice, syrup, mint leaves, and raspberries in a large pitcher.

2. Stir in ginger beer just before serving.

3. Serve in ice-filled glasses.


Carthusian Sazerac

  • Absinthe
  • 2.5 oz rye whiskey
  • 0.25 oz  green chartreuse 
  • 0.5 teaspoon simple sure
  • 2 dashes lemon bitters

Shake the shit out to it. Pour into Absinthe rinsed glass. Garnish with lemon twist.  


Sand in the Crack

  • 1 oz coconut rum
  • 1 oz of spiced rum
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • splash of cranberry juice

Layer Rum first, then Pineapple juice, then cranberry juice to give it a sunset look. 

Next Week: At some point in their lives, all young people believe their parents are evil ... but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives - vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy

Episode 92 - JSA: Justice Be Done,  is out on January 15th.  Find this, and all our other episodes on iTunesStitcherGooglePlay, and TuneIn

In Search of Davey Waynes

As the theme song to Cheers goes: “Some times you wanna go where everybody knows your name.” And sometimes you just want to be reminded that you may be the most un-cool person in LA.  It was early on a boring Sunday. A time chosen for the lack of potential crowds as we set of in search of new speakeasy experiences.  Our guest for the evening had been told about a secret bar, where you entered thru a fridge at the back of a garage.  After a quick internet search we found our target, and we set off to find “Good Times at Davey Waynes”.


Ok, so its sort of a speakeasy.  When we arrived at the address we could hear sound of the loudest fucking bar band in the world bleeding thru the walls and attacking the neighborhood. We were told that you would find a random open garage, and the old fridge at the back of the garage was the entrance to the bar.  It may have looked more like a garage in the past, but with a fence out front, and a guy checking I.D.’s at the door, the secret is out.  


With our ID’s checked we went thru the fridge and up the wood paneled stairs.  More wood paneling greeted us upstairs in a room that was intended to resemble a seventies living room.  With the band blaring on our right, we saw salvation in the form of an outdoor patio to our left.  Outside, multiple levels of the wooden porch was littered with Hollywood hipsters leaning on any available railing, exhausted from the energy it took to smoke their American Spirits, and ironically wear 90’s clothing at the same time.  


Along the far side of the deck was an old white camper trailer that served as a bar.  The inside walls were peppered with old playboy centerfolds.  As required by hipster law, the uninterested bar tender’s well waxed curled handle bar mustache looked like Dali in a tank top.  All but two of the cocktails had been 86’d as was indicated by white e tape covering the sign to the side of the camper.  Of the two choices, I had to go with the “Princess Leia” (seriously, we have standards here).  The drink was mainly ice, and was comparable to the lesser cocktails on the Red Robin menu.  


Unable to find a space to chat amongst the coolest corpses in town, we braved the main room.  We approached the band, but the pure furry of fuzzy distortion pushed us down a wood paneled (shocking) hallway.  We arrived an a longer more traditional bar, with no barstools and no seats, save a chair at the end of the bar with ajean jacked hanging from the back.  We couldn’t quite tell if this was part of the theming.  Unable to find a location either quiet enough for a conversation, or a place to at least sit down, we abandoned our “Good Times At Davey Waynes” in search of a comfortable place to sit.


My wife and I have been hunting speakeasies for the last four years, and our excursions have introduced us to some of the best bartenders, in some of the best bars in the country.  It is important to note, that for us, it’s all about the quality of the cocktail being made, and the service experience that accompanies it.  In our travels, the cocktail has been the prize at the end of the rainbow for those willing to jump thru the hoops to find them.  Most of the time there is something worth the trouble.  In this situation, there was not.