Goadkicker: The Podcast

Books, comics, movies, music... parenthood, religion... pretty much anything that falls out of my head. Companion podcast to the BCWYWF (Be careful what you wish for) comic/magazine series, and the growing line of Goadkicker products.
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Apr 4, 2017
  1. In this episode we review the new LEGO themed sandbox video game, the Fiverr service, and spend some times in nerd church talking about sports
  2. intro and outro music generously loaned by Dischord Records. Music by Nation of Ulysses. 
Mar 16, 2017

Big one folks! Ever wonder what Carl's view on reality is? Ever feel like life is just a fictional narrative and you're a character cast in it? Ever catch yourself embracing fiction  as significant but leaving actual human emotion untouched? 

Mar 10, 2017

just peeking into my current projects and discussing the art of endings, beginnings, and role playing 


intro & outro music by Nation of Ulysses, with gracious permission of Dischord Records 

Feb 21, 2017

This episode we talk about how we often represent much more than just ourselves. We spend some time discussing an ignored and misunderstood segment of society: those who are asexual, and how our fiction seems to be devoid or insensitive to this significant population.

intro/outro music is by Nation of Ulysses, permission generously granted by Dischord records

Feb 14, 2017

won't even try to summarize this episode except to say there comes a time when we all need to remember nerd culture is a vacation from not a substitute for real life. 


Music at open & close by Nation of Ulysses, permission generously granted by Dischord Records 

Feb 2, 2017

we had to re-upload this file, the prior one was corrupted


in this episode we discuss the Patreon model of art endowment, internet panhandling, how we value art and artists... and we announce a new 52 week project where we will help 26 random strangers by encouraging them and making donations to their go fund me's.


intro and outro music by Nation of Ulysses, with generous permission from Dischird Records

Jan 24, 2017

in this episode, recorded live in council bluffs, we talk about how the nerd community does, and should, exemplify empathy for the rest of the world. We discuss the manga Grey. Next we examine what makes horror "horror", and I review why I loved the movie The Witch... or The VVitch 


as always the music used in the intro and outro is by Nation of Ulysses, with permission generously granted by Dischord Records 

Jan 21, 2017

Teela has one complicated and mysterious origin, and just may be the single most enthralling of all the characters!

Jan 15, 2017

The Thunderdads talk how accessible the toys were without comics/toons to help prime the story

Jan 15, 2017

I found a Slime Pit for $5. Hear my glee.

Jan 11, 2017

A new he man cartoon in the Filmation continuity... released in 2016!

Jan 10, 2017

first episode of 2017. We're calling is season 3. We talk about the life of Carrie Fisher, make a resolution to think about our online offenses, and look into how death can help nerds focus on loved ones still living. 


Intro/Outro Music by Nation of Ulysses, used with generous permission of Dischord Records

Jan 9, 2017

Eddie talks Man E Faces... the tri-polar hero

Jan 9, 2017

first installment of my new bonus podcast within a podcast Make Eternia Great Again. In this episode, Carl talks about Mer-Man.

Dec 13, 2016

its the 2016 Christmas show! So naturally I talk about a Gremlins, idolatry, mall bookstores, and hope.


thanks to Dischord Records for permission to use Nation of Ulysses music for our intro and outro!!! Too rad!

Dec 9, 2016

On this episode, we chat about the notion that the jobs and relationships we have will not make us blissfully happy every waking moment, and that somehow we need to learn to put effort into things that may not immediately reward us.

Thanks as always to Dischord Records for allowing us to use two clips of the fantastic Nation of Ulysses as our intro and outro.

Dec 1, 2016

On this our 30th episode (recorded live in Council Bluffs) we talk about inspiration, the cons of using iPhones but forgetting they are primarily phones, fan fiction, Waterworld, Infinity Blade, and the tremendous breech of trust that comes when fan fiction meets journalism/social media. 

Thanks as always to Dischord Records for their generous permission to use Nation of Ulysses' music as our show intro and outro!  

Nov 22, 2016

Unlike Thanksgiving, this episode is probably better in well-spaced smaller portions.

on this episode (recorded live in Council Bluffs, Iowa), we chat about what I'm thankful for and the notion that kayfabe (a shared delusion between spectator and performer) exists in more than pro wrestling, but in our social institutions too. 

Thanks to Dischord Records for letting me use Nation of Ulysses music as the show intro and outro. 

Nov 18, 2016

This week I attended the funeral for a family friend's 11 year old son. Things like that get you thinking. And with 2000+ mourners in line at the visitation, you have lots of time to think. 


This episode we discuss how we live our nerdy lives knowing the end is always looming overhead. We talk about the role hobbies and distractions play in keeping us sane. We end by wondering if networking is a crucial behavior and if hobbies don't supplant that behavior... and set us up for failure as adults. Oh, and I talk about King Kong, Black Hole, Batman, and so on

Nov 10, 2016

On this episode we join in the first Podcast Arcade crossover event! On every podcast released from this network this week, you will hear Bigfoot related joy!

check out all the podcasts at 

why is Bigfoot such an alluring myth? 

Who is Bigfoot Jones?

Nov 5, 2016

What is culture? Would anyone buy a Goadkicker devotional? How great is adventure time? Is the internet a remorseless beast bent on man's destruction?

Nov 1, 2016

in this episode we finish the story of Roger Martinez, the frontman of one of the first Christian metal bands who later turned to a life of atheism and blasphemy. What happens when we are uprooted from our world view and social connections? How frayed are the ties keeping us tethered to sanity? And what about the notion that a field such as Christian heavy metal may harbor frauds? 


Next episode we return to nerd culture in general and take a break from the marginal world of Christian musicians. Thanks for indulging me! 

Oct 27, 2016

In this episode we shed some light on 3 different types of nerds

1. Sports - how the national past time is really just Magic the Gathering for the masses

2. Nanowrimo - why an aspiring writer needs to avoid it and just get to work, and why a writer that says "someday I want to..." will probably never do it. 

3. Christian pop rock - in nerd church we talk about hypocrisy is a charge that is often leveled at people but isn't always truly fair... and we set up the topic for next episode... Roger Martinez, the Christian heavy metal front-man that after years of ministry and recording with Vengeance Rising began to deny the existence of Christ and started pursuing atheism. 

Oct 20, 2016

On this episode I ask how much of us as nerds is determined by genetics. I also talk about autumn in Iowa & the harvest. On nerd church I ask where we draw the line ethically when it comes to interacting or advertising to us nerds, if one knows we have exploitable attributes.


Oct 15, 2016

in this episode, recorded LIVE in Council Bluffs, Iowa... We talk about the pros and cons of introducing children into an otherwise perfectly self-indulgent adult nerd lifestyle. We also chat about toy collecting, specifically the results of my informal online poll about your favorite GI Joe, Star Wars, He Man, Transforner, and assorted other toys. 

There are some strange audio gaffs at the transitions between segments. I apologize for these and I think I figured out why the music was cuing up in duplicate. 

Thanks to Dischord Records for use of Nation of Ulysses' music 

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