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Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast

Podcast focusing on Barbara Gordon’s path from Batgirl to Oracle

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Episode 160: No Man’s Land Part 1

Guest-starring Michael Bailey! After some discussions involving the new “Death of Superman” DC animated film and season three of Supergirl, Michael and I dive into the first part of my five-part series of “No Man’s Land.” (See below as to what issues we cover.) After the break, I talk about my thoughts on the Batman wedding issue and do a semi-review of Nightwing #44-47. Chris gives his Batman Adventures/Batman and Archie review, and then I finish up with my anime watchlist and literature recommendations. No Man’s Land issues covered: Batman: No Man’s Land #1 Batman #563-564 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #83-84 Detective Comics #730-731 Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #116 Azrael #51-55 The post Episode 160: No Man’s Land Part 1 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

3hr 2mins

28 Aug 2018

Rank #1

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Episode 149

I take the opportunity of having a solo episode to discuss what I have been up to, movies I have seen, and the current state of the nation. I also review Birds of Prey: Batgirl #1 from 1998 and only briefly talk about Nightwing #22, also from 1998. After addressing some sizable listener questions, I then review Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15 and Batgirl #16/68. Chris gives us his Batman Adventure review, and I finish the episode with my literature recommendations and some Star Wars talk. The post Episode 149 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 53mins

14 Nov 2017

Rank #2

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Episode 130: DC Superhero Girls “Hero of the Year” Commentary Special

Part 2 of BTO’s 7th Anniversary! Like Part 1, I am joined by Joshua Lapin-Bertone and Donovan Morgan Grant. This time around we are watching and commenting on the 2016 film Hero of the Year, part of the DC Superhero Girls franchise. Will Lady Shiva be invited for Thanksgiving dinner? Wait and see! The post Episode 130: DC Superhero Girls “Hero of the Year” Commentary Special appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 59mins

28 Dec 2016

Rank #3

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Episode 100

Join me for this momentous occasion, and help me celebrate the 100th episode of Batgirl to Oracle!  Joining me on this extra special episode are Bryan Q. Miller – who helps me review Suicide Squad #48, #49, and #51 – and Richard Stoneless – who helps me review Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #1 and Convergence: Batgirl #1.  Later, I look back through the history of BTO and pick out my top 10 moments from the first 100 episodes of the podcast.  Finally, Kimberley Rockmore makes a brief reappearance in order to promote Bubba Moose’s Sophomore album, Moo$e on the Loo$e.  Stay tuned after the show for some hilarious bloopers!  Thank-you for listening for 100 episodes! The post Episode 100 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

3hr 28mins

13 May 2015

Rank #4

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Episode 22: Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty Interview

In this special episode, I talk about Batgirl: Year One with its creators Mr. Chuck Dixon and Mr. Scott Beatty!  We talk about their history in the business, the story overall, Marcos Martin's art, particular characters and their roles, and wrap up with thoughts on the future of the direct to video release of this story! The post Episode 22: Chuck Dixon and Scott Beatty Interview appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 32mins

10 Jun 2011

Rank #5

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Episode 69: Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Robin Commentary

Time for another Halloween-esque commentary featuring Batman, Robin, and Scooby-Doo!  This time I am joined by Tom Panarese on a commentary of 'The Dynamic Scooby-Doo Affair.'  Keep a close eye on all those strange animation mistakes and watch out for Batman's secret ring!  The post Episode 69: Scooby-Doo Meets Batman and Robin Commentary appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 17mins

31 Oct 2013

Rank #6

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Episode 177

After a brief discussion on my summer so far, video games, and Hadestown, I fully review Birds of Prey #15-17. After one listener email, I take a short break, and Chris’s Cornucopia of Curiosities, my anime (non)recommendations, and my literature recommendations round out the episode. The post Episode 177 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

56mins

2 Jul 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 141: Interview with Carolyn Cocca

Carolyn Cocca is an associate professor in the department of politics, economics and law at the State University of New York (SUNY), college at Old Westbury and author of the Eisner Nominated book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation. The book examines the history, changing representation, and fan-reception of Wonder Woman, Barbara Gordon, Padme, Leia, and Jaina from Star Wars, the ladies of the X-Men, Buffy, and Captain and Ms. Marvel. In this interview we spend time talking about the book, the Bechdel Test, Barbara Gordon, female-led films, authenticity and more! You can order your own copy of Carolyn’s book by heading to Amazon. The post Episode 141: Interview with Carolyn Cocca appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 26mins

28 Jun 2017

Rank #8

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Episode 58

This commentary special finds Donovan Morgan Grant and myself watching 'Over the Edge,' a Batman: The Animated Series episode that neither of us had seen before.  What a shocking episode it turns out to be! The post Episode 58 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

44mins

1 Apr 2013

Rank #9

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Episode 173: BGSU Batman Conference 2019

I talk about my experiences at the BGSU Batman Conference from April 12-13, 2019. Audio from the conference includes: Barbara Gordon as the Epic Heroine and the Men Who Influence Her Journey (Stella) How Gotham Adapts Batman to the Small Screen (Joshua Lapin-Bertone) How the Heteronormative Patriarchy of Batman is Challenged by the Diversity of His Supporting Cast (Donovan Morgan Grant) The Batgirls: Fifty Years of Feminism in Gotham City (Carolyn Cocca) The Fusion of Comic Book Motifs and Romance Novel Tropes in the Evolving Relationship of Barbara Gordon and Dick Grayson (Nancy Northcott) The post Episode 173: BGSU Batman Conference 2019 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

3hr 19mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 169: Shipper Special #8 with Chuck Dixon

Birds of Prey #8 Director’s Cut! The post Episode 169: Shipper Special #8 with Chuck Dixon appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 6mins

12 Feb 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 167: No Man’s Land Part 5 and 9th Anniversary

Guest-starring Joshua Lapin-Bertone and Donovan Morgan Grant! Happy 9th Anniversary to BTO! Before diving into the fifth part of my five-part coverage of “No Man’s Land,” we all review what our 2018 has been like. After the break, we review Batgirl #80/28 and #81/29. Josh gives us another crazy Shipper Spotlight before Chris’s Cornucopia of Curiosities and my anime watchlist and literature recommendations round out the episode. We end the episode with our hopes and expectations for 2019! No Man’s Land issues covered: Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #125-126 Azrael: Agent of the Bat #59-61 Catwoman #75-77 Nightwing #38-39 Batman: No Man’s Land #0 Batman: Shadow of the Bat #93-94 Batman #573-574 Detective Comics #740-741 Robin #73 The post Episode 167: No Man’s Land Part 5 and 9th Anniversary appeared first on The Batman Universe.

4hr 52mins

18 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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Episode 113: Shipper Special #5

Do you enjoy a good romance? How about a bad one? Well, you’re in luck, because you are about to experience both of them in good supply! Join Donovan Morgan Grant and me as we lay out the best (and worst) shippers found throughout Batman: The Animated Series, The New Batman Adventures, Batman Beyond and the accompanying films. With so many pairs to choose from, what could possibly go wrong?! The post Episode 113: Shipper Special #5 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

2hr 17mins

10 Feb 2016

Rank #13

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Episode 128

November is Sweeps month, and do you know what Sweeps brings? The Irredeemable Shag! After some discussion on Rebirth and Batman as an accessible character, Shag and I review the 1996 crossover story “Final Night.” After Shag takes his leave, I review Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3 and Batgirl #56/4. Finally, Chris gives his Batman ’66 review and I give two non-fiction literature recommendations. Stay tuned after the main show to hear some bloopers and conversations between Shag and I that did not make the cut. The post Episode 128 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

3hr 21mins

16 Nov 2016

Rank #14

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Episode 107

Another guest has to defend his honor from the Irredeemable Shag? Donovan Morgan Grant joins me to talk 90’s Batman, Azrael and Knightfall, as well as throwing down the gauntlet in his rivalry with Shag. We then briefly review and discuss two limited series from 1992, Gotham Nights and Sword of Azrael before doing full reviews on Batgirl #44 and Gotham Academy #10. Chris Karnes gives his Batman ’66 review, and Babs in the Tube and my literature recommendations finish up the episode. The post Episode 107 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

2hr 31mins

7 Oct 2015

Rank #15

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Episode 90: Batman: The Brave and the Bold Commentary Special

Time for another Halloween-esque commentary featuring Batman, Deadman, Etrigan…and Sherlock Holmes?! This time I am joined by Michael Bailey on a commentary of “Dawn of the Dead Man!” and “Trials of the Demon!” As always, Michael brings his A-game with all his DC history and knowledge! So listen, enjoy, and learn a thing or two! The post Episode 90: Batman: The Brave and the Bold Commentary Special appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 21mins

31 Oct 2014

Rank #16

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Episode 54: Shipper Special #2

Prepare yourselves for an intergalactic Shipper Special the likes of which listeners of BTO have never experienced! Join Donovan Morgan Grant and myself as we make our way through the various shippers of Robotech! Get ready for some wacky stuff to celebrate Valentine's Day! The post Episode 54: Shipper Special #2 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 42mins

8 Feb 2013

Rank #17

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Episode 140

(Vintage comics) Recap episode. After gushing about the new “Wonder Woman” film, I go through five issues of Detective Comics in 1997 where Barbara appears but doesn’t necessarily have an impact on the story. I give a full review of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10 and Batgirl #63/11. Chris gives his Batman ’66/’77 review and I finish the episode with my literature recommendations. Stay tuned after the show for a special look into “Alien: Covenant”! The post Episode 140 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

1hr 28mins

14 Jun 2017

Rank #18

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Episode 74: Shipper Special #3

(Rated PG-13 for some risque themes/discussion) Ready yourself for a crazy experience, as Donovan Morgan Grant and I discuss Mad Love, the story following everyone's favority, kooky therapist-turned-psychopath-girlfriend, Harley Quinn.  We each then share and discuss one other story from our Mad Love TPB.  We wrap up the episode with an audio commentary on the animated adaptation of Mad Love.  We may have returned to comics, but rest assured we still have as much fun as ever! The post Episode 74: Shipper Special #3 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

2hr 36mins

14 Feb 2014

Rank #19

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Episode 76

After three long years, my good friend Kevin Cushing returns to the show!  Before we get started with the reviews, we discuss the current standing of DC Comics, how much we enjoy Marvel Comics, Arrow, and Game of Thrones.  We then review Detective Comics #518 and #519, Batgirl #28, and Birds of Prey #28.  We briefly talk about The Movement #10, and Chris Karnes reviews the latest Batman '66.  Finally, we wrap up the episode with our literature recommendation.  Stay tuned after the main show for some fun bloopers, and stay tuned after that for a discussion of Game of Thrones with my friend Jason. Be aware that this discussion is SPOILERIFIC!  Do not listen if you only watch the show! The post Episode 76 appeared first on The Batman Universe.

3hr 26mins

14 Mar 2014

Rank #20