Episode 79 – Dark Archer

The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

In a crossover event worthy of the CW itself, the Bellwether Friends, Anna & Alene, joined us to discuss the Arrow tie-in graphic novel The Dark Archer, written by Kait’s nemesis John Barrowman (and Carole Barrowman) with art by Daniel Sampere & Juan Albarran. Are you fan of the CW’s Arrow? Well, too bad, because this comic contains none of the characters you love from that show, only John Barrowman. Alternately, have you never seen Arrow? Don’t worry, neither has Kait, and she understood this comic just as well as everyone else did. (None of us understood this comic at all because it’s extremely convoluted.)

Spoiler warning: This episode contains some spoilers for previous seasons of Arrow, except not really because Renata cannot reliably remember anything that actually ever happened on that show.

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: Arrow Wiki page for Malcolm Merlyn

Arrow Wiki page for Nanda Parbat

Podcast-strology: WBS’s Compatibility with Bellwether Friends

Dramatic Reading Panels: (click to embiggen)

The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan AlbarranThe Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran


The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

That Sideboob Tho

The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan AlbarranThe Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran


The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan AlbarranThe Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran


The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman, Daniel Sampere, & Juan Albarran

Renata’s Future Tattoo

Candy pairing:  Alene says bulk chocolate fake M&Ms, Anna says a Choco Taco, Kait says Cool Ranch Doritos, Renata says a jawbreaker with a gummy dino.

Coming up next: Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 79 – Dark Archer

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Episode 78 – The Face on the Milk Carton

The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

 

It’s Flashback Summer. Do you know where your daughter is? Have you looked on your beverage container? Jenny (definitely not Janie), Co-Founder of Grinnell College’s Caroline B. Cooney Book Club, joined us to discuss The Face on the Milk Carton. Join us for this wild dive into the world of cults, dairy products, and microfilm!

Readers advisoryHere.

Patreon shout-out: Thanks to Ai for supporting our Patreon! Check out their podcast Decoding Keanu.

Footnotes: ‘Resentments I Have Formed Against Characters From “The Face On The Milk Carton” By Caroline B. Cooney’ by Mallory Ortberg

‘The Face on the Milk Carton’ Grows Up

Frequently Challenged Young Adult Books

The Face on the Milk Carton movie

When Bad News Was Printed on Milk Cartons

99% Invisible – Milk Carton Kids

The Devil’s Elbow: ‘The Stranger’ Recap

Who Killed Lois Duncan’s Daughter?

I Am Feel Uncomfortable When We Are Not About Me?

Candy pairing:  Jenny says something you’re allergic to or chocolate that is not Rainforest Alliance certified, Kait says Oreos, Renata says fruit juice popsicles.

Coming up next: The Dark Archer by John & Carole Barrowman.

 

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Episode 77 – Boxcar Children

Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler WarnerThe Mystery of the Purple Pool by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Flashback Summer goes all the way back to 1942 to read The Boxcar Children and The Mystery of the Purple Pool (Boxcar Children Mystery #38) by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Kait has returned from her Comet pilgrimage, and we were also joined by Katie Schenkel (@JustPlainTweets), writer of Moonlighters, to unpack the biggest mysteries of all: why the Boxcar Children made homelessness seem to appealing, and why their boxcar past equipped these extremely well-behaved children with detective skills. Pour yourself a glass of milk in your favorite pink cup and listen now!

Readers advisoryHere.

Footnotes: “The Boxcar Children” and the Spirit of Capitalism by Jia Tolentino

What the hell happened to the Boxcar Children’s parents?

Candy pairing:   Kait says Werther’s Originals, Katie says satellite wafers or candy cigarettes, Renata says bread.

Coming up next: The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney.

 

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Episode 76 – American Girl

Meet Addy by Connie PorterMolly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp
As Flashback Summer continues and the 4th of July approaches, we asked our guest Rebecca the most fraught question you can ask an American child of the 90s: which American Girl doll did you have? After the nostalgic dust settled, we also discussed Meet Addy by Connie Porter and Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp. We confronted America’s violently racist history, and also the fact that sometimes it’s hard to wear glasses at summer camp. Put on a bonnet and play this episode on your teeny-tiny Victrola today!

Readers advisory: Here.

Footnotes: How Two “Slavery With a Smile” Controversies Are Changing the Conversation About Diverse Children’s Books

The Making of Addy Walker, American Girl’s First Black Doll

Permanent Underwear Controversy

Twitter Thinks American Girl’s New Boy Doll Looks Like A Hipster Who Will Ghost You

What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life

Candy pairing:  Becca says Hershey’s chocolate, Rebecca says Blow Pops,  Renata says a chocolate-covered bug.

Coming up next: Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 76 – American Girl

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Episode 75 – Saddle Club

Horse Shy by Bonnie Bryant

Hey, do you like horses? If so, great news: Flashback Summer continues as Jess (from Book Riot Comics) joined Renata and Becca to discuss Horse Shy from the Saddle Club series by Bonnie Bryant! If you don’t like horses: too bad, because that’s literally the only thing these Saddle Club girls talk about. Saddle up and hear us unpack a book that traumatized many young horse enthusiasts!

Promotional note: Come see us live at the Freepoint Hotel in Cambridge, MA on June 20th at 7pm!

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Footnotes: #WeNeedDiverse Saddle Club Book Covers

9 Saddle Club Books That Totally Ruled Your World As A Kid

Candy pairing:  Becca says Neigh-cco wafers, Jess says a disgusting Tastee Delight sundae,  Renata says a stale granola bar.

Coming up next: Meet Addy by Connie Porter and Molly Saves the Day by Valerie Tripp (American Girls series).

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 75 – Saddle Club

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