The Incomparable

The Incomparable

A weekly dive into geeky media we love, including movies, books, TV, comics, and more. Jason Snell talks with a rotating panel of regular guests. Winner of the 2012 Parsec Award for best fan podcast! Find out more at

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#106: Dance With a Dalek in the Pale Moonlight

September 3, 2012 at 11:30PM • 47 minutes

FLASH! A bonus (unedited) episode, in which we react quickly to the premiere episode of this season of Doctor Who, "Asylum of the Daleks." Plus: The Incomparable won an award! For podcasting! We react quickly to the announcement of the Hugo Awards. And we do many, many Dalek impressions.

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, and Monty Ashley.

#105: That Mr. Hitler Seems Nice

September 2, 2012 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 12 minutes

Our Book Club reconvenes to discuss Jo Walton's Small Change trilogy of novels, "Farthing," "Ha'Penny," and "Half a Crown." (We fire off the spoiler horn before each novel.) These novels explore an alternate-history in which Britain makes peace with Nazi Germany, and focus on a detective who just wants to do his job--but his job keeps changing in increasingly awful ways.

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

#104: Kids Have Bad Taste

August 25, 2012 at 7:45PM • 1 hour 30 minutes

Believe it or not, some of us have managed to breed successfully. Even Steve Lutz. So we talk about what media we provide for our kids. Topics include dealing with the Star Wars prequels, Spongebob Squarepants, how young you need to be to watch "Apocalypse Now" or "The Exorcist," why "Tron: Legacy" cost Ben dearly, why John became a master weaponsmith in his childhood, Jason's debates with his son over whether Spider-Man or Batman is better, Lisa's childhood reading of "The Godfather," picking video games for your kids, and how your children's peers will just ruin them anyway.

Special guests Ben Boychuk, Dan Frakes, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Lisa Schmeiser, and Steve Lutz.

#103: Fat-Guy Comics

August 18, 2012 at 8:00PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

Our Comic Book Club returns to discuss super-team comics. What makes them work, and what makes them fail? And our primary subject is Top 10, Alan Moore's other amazing twelve-issue superhero comic series. If you haven't read it yet, you should! (This week's panelists are Jason Brightman and Lisa Schmeiser.)

Special guest Lisa Schmeiser.

#102: Princess Indiana Jones

August 12, 2012 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 28 minutes

Pixar takes on princesses with the new film "Brave." We discuss Pixar's mother/bear-daughter story, but also the larger issues of female characters in animation and film in general. What's wrong with the Disney Princesses? Why can't girls play Belle or Ariel as if they were an action hero, anyway? How does Merida compare with the female protagonists in Miyazaki's work? Did Pixar change its own fate?

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Frakes, John Siracusa, and Serenity Caldwell.

#101: Insular Nerdosphere

August 5, 2012 at 2:45PM • 1 hour 2 minutes

Our Book Club discusses "Redshirts" by John Scalzi. It's a book that's far more complex than its elevator-pitch premise would suggest, but did our panel appreciate its winking narrative-within-narrative structure? And more broadly, why are we worried about some of our favorite geek creators turning inward and pandering to the nerd audience?

Special guests Glenn Fleishman, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

#100: Who Cares What We Think?

July 24, 2012 at 10:30PM • 1 hour 19 minutes

In our hundredth episode, we take a look at why we do The Incomparable. Can entertainment be appreciated without analysis and criticism? We also discuss how The Incomparable came to be, and pick some of our favorite (and least favorite) moments. Please forgive us for this self-indulgent meta-episode. We promise not to do another one until number 200.

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, and Steve Lutz.

#99: Convenience Store Clerk of Dune: A Summer Reading List

July 15, 2012 at 11:30PM • 1 hour 22 minutes

Summer's here and it's time to get to the beach with a good sci-fi novel. Our panelists are well read and of exquisite taste, so we've got a boatload of suggestions for you. From funny to serious, there's a book in our list that will hit the spot the next time you're looking for something to read.

Special guests Dan Moren, Glenn Fleishman, Lex Friedman, Scott McNulty, and Serenity Caldwell.

#98: Obscure References and Sadness

July 6, 2012 at 11:00PM • 1 hour 29 minutes

We tackle the works of Jonathan Coulton as our Geek Music Appreciation series continues. Join guest host Lex Friedman as he and our panelists build a JoCo playlist and discuss why Coulton has so much geek appeal. But just because Lex is guest-hosting doesn't mean that Jason Snell won't make a dramatic appearance at the end, so keep listening!

Special guests Greg Knauss, John Siracusa, Scott McNulty, Jonathan Coulton, and Lex Friedman.

#97: Everybody Loves Hypnotoad

July 1, 2012 at 3:00PM • 59 minutes

Good news, everyone! We're here to talk about the animated TV comedy "Futurama." Join guest host Glenn Fleishman, special guest Andy Ihnatko, and virgin guests Jonathan Seff and Dean Putney as we discuss Bender, Fry, Dr. Zoidberg, and even Morbo.

Special guests Andy Ihnatko & Glenn Fleishman.