T.I.P.S! 143 The Voyage Home, pt. 2, feat. Tony...
It’s The Voyage Home, part 2. After technical issues prevented us from discussing the 13 sexiest ways to die last episode, we enlist Tony Consiglio as a special guest to help us review them this week. Also, Tony tells us about a recent altercation he got himself into at a local Pet Smart, which culminated in things getting settled outside. Comments welcome! This week’s...
T.I.P.S! 142 The Voyage Home, pt. 1
Following a brief hiatus, we’re back in The Lair, discussing: Alex’s cleanly shaven face, Mike’s baby-naming dilemmas, Star Trek IV: The One With The Whales, and the start of an excellent online article, all about the Sexiest Ways to Die. Unfortunately, technical issues get in the way of us completing the list, but don’t worry, we’ll be back early next week with...
T.I.P.S! 141 Rise of the Planet of the Godzillas
We are pleased to welcome comics maker and rival podcaster, Ian Boothby into The Lair to discuss a number of topics: The origins of Ronald MacDonald, a creepy man who rose from the trash-heap. 1998’s thrilling big-budget Godzilla starring action-hero Matthew Broderick, who bravely asserts man’s rightful place of dominance on the planet. Also: there’s a Renaissance Festival...
T.I.P.S! 140 - Tale As Old As Time
True as it can be Barely even friends Then somebody bends Unexpectedly Just a little change Small to say the least Both a little scared Neither one prepared Beauty and the Beast Comments welcome! This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Wade Follis! Submit your own illustration of Inky to firstname.lastname@example.org Subscribe in iTunes Original Article
T.I.P.S! 139 - Bulls
A frank discussion about Bullies and the Natural Order of Things, plus: Alex has some tips on some excellent “bulls” you may want to play on your target nerd, if you happen to be the Bull-ee, not the Bull-ied. Also, an update on some breaking inflatable doll news out of China, our love of people who become geologists, and some spoilers about the upcoming London Olympics opening...
T.I.P.S! 138 The Generation Gap, feat. Tony...
The Desert Panther, Tony Consiglio, joins us once again, as we struggle to explain the Generation Gap. It’s actually quite interesting: Tony was given a test at his day job where the workers were given phrases, and had to identify which generation the speaker came from. I am not sure why the company thinks Tony can’t tell the difference between a Millennial and a Baby Boomer by...
T.I.P.S! 137 Comic Store Heroes feat. Thor Parker
Midtown Comics big-wig, and star of the upcoming National Geographic pilot, Comic Store Heroes, Thor Parker creeps into The Lair this week to explain to us how the show is not like The Big Bang Theory, and how he became a vegetarian for unrequited love, and then later became a vegan out of bitter spite. Plus, Mike can’t throw a wiffle-ball and Alex gets into an argument with some New York...
T.I.P.S! 136 - Slush Pile VII
It’s Slush Pile time, one of those special episodes where Mike and Alex clear away some of the discussion ideas that have been kicking around for a few months now, but have never made it into an actual show. Topics include The Devil Went Down To Georgia, Twitter, The X-Man Colossus, The Amish, overpraising our children, and the Sexuality of Superheroes. Comments welcome! This...
T.I.P.S! 135 - The Mile-High Club/The Sea-Level...
The Desert Panther, Tony Consiglio, creep back into The Lair for a spirited discussion upon a wide-variety of topics. First, some warm-up chatter about sitting on the can too long vs. joining the Mile-High Club (I’m kicking myself for not making a joke about the dangers of joining the “Club” and accidentally hitting the toilet flusher, so just imagine I said something along...
Episode 134 - I'll love you forever, lock of hair!
The Panthers are pleased to welcome John Kovalic back to The Lair for an hour-long episode that mostly circles around one very important topic: should Mike be throwing all of his childhood memories into the garbage as he settles into his new house? Should he hold on to early drawings? Diaries and journals? What about love-letters from past girlfriends? And what should he be doing with trophies...
Episode 133 - Good Friends
We’ve got a listener phone call this week, wondering if we consider Randy Newman a Novelty Musician (answer: Yes.), but before we get to that, we’ve got discussions about the silliest sport on Earth (Rugby), whether there’s intelligent life on other planets (probably, and we hope they never come to visit us), as well as talk about eating well and keeping regular. Also, if...
Episode 132 - The Amazing Race
Alex and Mike are back in The Lair with a jam-packed episode! First, Mike’s Next Big Announcement Which Will Surely Have No Effect On The Regularity Of The Show (get read for lots of Ink Banthas episodes in November…), then Alex’s Man of The Week: a man who collects his own offspring like some people collect Vinyl LPs. A discussion about stress and decision-making, where...
Episode 131 - The Ink Banthas Show! Episode II
Mike is on assignment down at the J’ore so Alex returns to the Bantha’s Den for another round of STAR WARS chit-chat, this time with Josh Flanagan. Why do the prequels make people so angry? Is George Lucas really more machine, now, than man? Speaking of which, what’s the deal with Lobot anyway? If you aren’t sick of STAR WARS yet you will be by the end of this one. ...
Episode 130 - NOT More 50 Shades of Grey
No, it’s NOT more readings of the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, it’s plain-old Alex and Mike yakking it up alone in the Lair, just like old times. We address the fact that Tony’s tour-de-force is gonna be a tough one to follow up on, and it’s almost like we don’t even try. Hear about our recent con experiences (TCAF, The Wild Pig Show in NJ), seeing Marvel’s The...
Episode 129 - 50 Shades of Grey
The Desert Panther, Tony Consiglio, creeps once again into The Lair, this week to perform a dramatic reading of the erotic smash-hit Twilight fan-fiction book, 50 Shades of Grey. If any Books On Tape producers are out there listening, please hire Tony to narrate your recordings. Especially sexxxxy ones. Comments welcome! This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied...
Episode 128 - The Ink Banthas Show!
It’s The Ink Banthas Show! Mike is wrapped up in house buying and moving mayhem, so it’s a Very Special All Star Wars Episode this week with Alex and guest host: Pete the Retailer. Hopefully this will become a recurring feature, as I (Mike) really enjoyed listening to the two of them talk about everybody’s favorite trilogy (and, I guess, uh, the prequels too). They make some...
Episode 127 - Vajazzles and Brozillians feat....
Friend of the Show, Julia Wertz returns triumphantly to The Lair to discuss a variety of topics. One, a story Mike has about his bike commute which Julia rates a B-. Two, a discussion about Hollywood adaptations of our comics, which Julia rates a B+. And three, a lengthy discussion of Brozillians, Food-Tubes, Porky-Pigging, and Vajazzlin’, which gets straight A++++’s from all of us....
Episode 126 - Cannibals and Hipsters
An experiment this week: what kind of podcast can the fellas record when one of them (me) has just awoken from an impromptu nap? The answer: a pretty OK one, I think! We give sort of a half-answer to a listener question about popular webcomics, claiming we don’t spend much time on the show discussing comics, and then proceed to spend an entire hour talking about comics. In addition to...
Episode 125 - Las Panteras de tinta Mostrar!
Alex returns from Sunny Spain and Watery Amsterdam with a report of all his adventures. It’s a short but sweet episode as we welcome Alex back to America, the land of Proper Extra-Large Clothing. Comments welcome! This week’s illustration of Inky the Domesticated Panther supplied by Jeremiah Conway! Submit your own illustration of Inky to email@example.com Subscribe in iTunes...
pro T.I.P.S! Tony Consiglio
By popular demand, Tony “The Desert Panther” Consiglio is finally brought into the Ink Panthers pro-T.I.P.S! professional lounge for a freewheeling discussion about his comics and career. Hear how he and Alex met, hear about Tony’s experiences in art school, and learn about the time a man’s leg came crashing through the ceiling at the deli Tony once worked at. A must...
Episode 124 - Tilting at Windmills, Flying Too...
Alex is about to embark on a trip to Europe to attend a Spanish convention, so we discuss all the things he has planned on his journey, and how it’s good he gets to impress his wife every now and then by taking her to foreign comics shows. The topics this week run the gamut: Amsterdam, Yanni, Our Insignificance In This Vast and Cold Universe. They Might Be Giants, Phish, Dexters, and...
Episode 123 - Afraid of King Kongs
“The Famous Panther”, iFanboy’s Josh Flanagan joins us once again in The Lair to hear all about Mike’s recent trip to San Francisco (expect plenty of griping about crazy San Francisco street people, naturally) and the Game Developers Conference he attended. Plus, hear Mike’s big announcment: after 13 years, he’s saying goodbye to New York City and relocation...
T.I.P.S. clips: Lessy Love
T.I.P.S. clips: Mitt Romney Falls Flat on His Face
Mitt Romney Falls Flat on His Face A T.I.P.S. clip from episode 120, featuring Tony Consiglio. Original Article
Episode 122 - The Band Burglar
There’s lots and lots of business to discuss in this episode! Should we start offering sponsorships? Would random paid-advertisments in the middle of a Tony Consiglio yarn add or detract from the show? Does the podcast qualify in the Journalism category for the Harvey Awards? Should you vote for it? How many Harveys has Alex won, and where does he keep them? What do we think about the...
Episode 121 - feat. Zack Soto
Studygroup Comics head honcho, Zack Soto, creeps into the Lair this week for a wide-ranging discussion: Friday Night Lights, Friday Night Lights, and Friday Night Lights. Plus: some mean-spirited jabs at the aging Baby-Boomer population, coupled with the question of When Will Generation X Wise Up and Start To Respect Their Elders (also coupled with the question of How Much Will The Millennial...
Episode 120 - Halftime Spectacle
The Panthers welcome The Desert Panther, Tony Consiglio, back into The Lair for an episode packed with controversy, disagreements, and fireworks. Should Weird “Al” Yankovich perform at halftime in next year’s Superbowl, as a blatant pander to all the football-hating Nerds who don’t deserve it? Are any of the Panthers OK with their wives slinging their arms around our...
Episode 119 - The Language Barrier + Angouleme Pix
Mike returns from his recent trip to the Angouleme Comics Festival in France, and gives Alex a lengthy run-down of all the goings-ons. As is his custom, Mike takes a “vacation from vegetarianism” when traveling abroad, though unfortunately for the animals, it’s possible that this most recent journey could have been a game-changer. Also, Mike has to come to terms with the fact...
Episode 118 - Still Here
The Panthers are back in The Lair, with a lengthy discussion about drawing political satire cartoons. Plus, we run down the list of 2012’s upcoming Nerd Movie Releases, and talk about what looks exciting and what doesn’t. The Hunger Games? Seriously, it’s a movie about kids fighting each other to the death, and people can’t wait for it to arrive? And what about that...
Episode 117 - Everybody Wants Something
The Holidays are behind us, so Alex and Mike creep groggily back into The Lair to catch up and discuss the things that happened over Hannukah, Christmas and New Years. Warning: the first ten minutes or so are particularly rusty, as the Panthers shake off all the egg-nog and candy-canes and struggle to get their heads back into the game. Hear about Alex’s Ukelele, Mike’s Cello and...
Episode 116 - Best of 2011 feat. Josh Flanagan
It’s the final Ink Panthers of the year, and iFanboy’s Josh Flanagan joins us in The Lair to give us the rundown on the best movie, tv show, book, comic, music, and Death of a Major Evil Foe of America, of the year! It’s quite a list, so have a pen ready - lots of recommendations coming your way. Plus: some followup on the recent discussion about The World’s Most Famous...
Episode 115 - Animal Husbandry
Back by popular demand, The Desert Panther, Tony Consiglio invades The Lair to tell us all about his recent studies of animal behavior. We talk about How to Escape a Pit-Bull Attack, What Kinds of Animals at the Zoo are the Best, Which Immense Creatures trigger our Lizard Brain Fight or Flight Mechanisms, and a lengthy discussion about Cattle Breeding, which also explores the differences between...
Episode 114 - featuring Renee French
An explosive episode! The Ticking and H Day creator, cartoonist Renee French creeps into the Lair for a very mature conversation about some important things. Such as, how everything would be better if instead of twitter, we had I Am Legend zombies swarming the planet. Yes, the zombies are unpleasant, but at least they aren’t barraging you with minutiae about mundane things all day and...
Episode 113 - ComeOnBabyLeaveSomeChangeBehind
This episode is either super-fun or super-irritating, depending on your familiarity with all of the worst songs of the 1980’s and 1990’s and your patience for Mike and Alex’s poor recall of pop-culture facts. First up a discussion about the recent passing of one of the last surviving Munchkins from The Wizard of Oz, and some questions about how casually famous people have...
Episode 112 - Max Headroom
Mike and Alex are alone in The Lair and they have a number of important things to discuss. First up, a revisit to Mike’s failed and now-it-turns-out backfiring raw food diet. He should just stick to his regular diet of locally produced cheeses and salted breads. Then, does anyone want to be told that they are a bad driver? Is it just one of those things that everyone just assumes that they...
Please give if you can
Hi Fanthers, Like everyone, we were shocked and saddened to hear of the unexpected death last week of Rosalie Lightning Hart, the infant daughter of the cartoonists Tom Hart and Leela Corman, two people we have known in the comics community for many years. Their friends have setup a paypal account, for anyone who is able to donate any money, to a fund, the purpose of which is to help the family...
Episode 111 - featuring David King
Reliable cartoonist, David King, (Lemon Styles, Danny Dutch) calls into the Lair from his home in San Diego to talk “stud tails” and Ugg Boots. Mike tells everyone about his visit to the Occupy Wall Street protests, and smugly points out that he is a cyclist, thus putting himself in a higher category of human being than Alex and David. Alex discusses provocative in-your-face Fine...
Episode 110 - Slush Pile V
It’s a very masculine musky Lair the Panthers are creeping back into after a week off. Mike is worried about turning into a straight-laced, uptight Dad, so does his best to make the conversation “raw”. This means mostly talking about “grundles” and other man-things. Other Slush Pile topics include: Having the same name as an unpopular video game protagonist,...
Episode 109 - 3rd Annual Halloween SPOOK-tacular!
Feeding Ground’s own Mike Lapinski joins us in The Panther’s Crypt for a frightfully frightful episode! We’ll discuss the rules of Lycanthropy versus the rules of Draculas. Ghost tours, costumes, and Gentlemen Frankensteins. Twilight and The Amityville Horror. It’s a GHOULish good time, only slightly brought down in the middle when the topic of our nation’s shameful...
PRO T.I.P.S! with Andy Runton
It’s the triumphant return of the PRO T.I.P.S interview, and this time it’s Alex sitting in the comfy Hosting Throne, welcoming special guest (and longtime friend of the show) Andy Runton into the Professional Panther’s Lounge for a chat about his career, his Owly comics, collaboration, and more! Comments welcome! Subscribe in iTunes Original Article
Episode 108 - Jury Duty RAW
The Slinkiest Panther, John “The Wiggly Reader” Kerschbaum pads his way back into The Panther’s Lair to make his triumphant return to the show. We talk about a number of important topics, such as A Citizen’s Duty to Take Jury Duty Seriously, because plainly a Trial by Jury is a better system than the Medieval Trial by Ordeal, and clearly those are the only two choices....
Troop 142 Infomercial
It’s a special episode this week, as Mike finds himself on the PRO T.I.P.S. couch, talking to Alex about his new graphic novel, Troop 142. After Mike overcomes some initial un-comfortableness about answering questions, the Panthers settle into a rhythm, and have a pretty good chat about the origins of the book, Boy Scouts, drug use, autobiography, and male friendship. And remember, Troop...
Episode 107 - The Mattress Professionals
Mike is back from APE, the Alternative Press Expo, and has all the updates you’d expect. What was it like renting someone else’s apartment for the weekend? Was he able to sleep there alone? Then, Alex has some complaining to do about Public Displays of Affection (PDA), and Mike talks about the most extreme example he can remember seeing. THEN, The Desert Panther, Tony Consiglio...
Episode 106 - Big City Values
Mike returns from his tour of Scotland to fill Alex in on all the news. First up: what is the ruling on regaling friends on all of the pleasant things that happened on a perfectly nice vacation? Yea or Nay? Also: Mike saw the movie CARS, and is outraged. Speaking of outrage, Alex is feeling it himself at New York 1’s lousy coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests, and seriously...