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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#166: I Assume Everyone is Awful

November 2, 2013 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 15 minutes

Awful people can make great art. Nice people can write bad books. Can you separate the creator from the art? We struggle with Orson Scott Card and his (rightfully) classic novel "Ender's Game" and go on to list other writers and series who we've had to break up with. To make things not entirely disappointing, we also talk about authors and series that have never let us down.

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Lisa Schmeiser, and Scott McNulty.

#165: Grieving for My Left Thumb

October 26, 2013 at 2:00PM • 1 hour 51 minutes

In this double-length episode we talk about two video games even non-gamers like Jason can enjoy, "Gone Home" and "Brothers." We ponder what makes a game challenging, and if a game must be challenging to be good. John likes both games, but has a list of grievances. All disagreements will be settled with a duel of '80s mixtapes at dawn! Plus: What other games are we playing?

Special guests Dan Moren, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.

#164: Put In the Zom and Out Comes Com

October 19, 2013 at 9:00AM • 1 hour 25 minutes

Grab a pint and marinate your brain as we discuss the "Cornetto Trilogy," three films by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright that are linked in theme if not in characters: "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and recent release "The World's End." Why aren't there more smart genre comedies? How do Pegg and Wright so deftly handle different genres? How are these movies like the Commedia dell'arte? Why do Jason and Jeff want to punch Nick Frost, then hug him? Plus, we give even more Incomparable love to "Spaced."

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Serenity Caldwell, and Jeff Carlson.

#163: What If Galactus Was Made of Jello?

October 11, 2013 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 8 minutes

The winner of our iTunes review contest had us read John Birmingham's "Weapons of Choice," which our Book Club used as a jumping-off point to talk about alt-history novels, time travel, military SF, and a whole lot more. You don't need to read the book to appreciate the episode! Plus: What are we reading?

Special guests David J. Loehr & Scott McNulty.

#162: Disintermediated Peep Shows

October 4, 2013 at 10:15AM • 52 minutes

Live! From a (somewhat echoey, sorry) room in Portland Oregon, we talk about the exciting new world of Internet-aided content creation. How have sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo and even Amazon changed how people create and consume books, movies, TV shows, and music? And what's the missing piece of this content revolution?

Special guests Glenn Fleishman, Greg Knauss, and Jeff Carlson.

#161: Southern Skeleton (D&D part 4)

October 1, 2013 at 10:00PM • 1 hour 45 minutes

Bonus episode! Here's an edited fourth installment of our Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Our heroes have made it inside a strange desert temple and have mostly not died... yet. But the night is young and the basins in this temple are full of an unknown magical fluid, so anything could happen!

Special guests Dan Moren, Scott McNulty, Serenity Caldwell, Steve Lutz, and Tony Sindelar.

#160: Super-secret Sony MiniDiscs

September 27, 2013 at 6:45PM • 1 hour 40 minutes

Take the red pill and enter "The Matrix," 1999's influential sci-fi/action classic. Why does Morpheus talk like a fortune cookie? Is Keanu's woodenness an asset or detriment? Was skeuomorphism the fall of man? And if we accept that living things can be used as batteries, why wouldn't the machines just use cows? Grad students, we are about to blow your minds. Whoa.

Special guests David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Steve Lutz, and Erika Ensign.

#159: Full Shatner

September 19, 2013 at 10:00AM • 1 hour 16 minutes

We conclude the second Incomparable Film Festival with 21 more films we think are worth seeing, in fantasy draft format. Don't miss the exciting Lightning Round, and stay tuned when it's all over for our expert post-draft analysis! (Part 2 of 2.)

Special guests Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, Monty Ashley, Steve Lutz, Andy Ihnatko, John Siracusa, and Philip Michaels.

#158: Peak Clooney

September 14, 2013 at 11:15AM • 1 hour 9 minutes

It's time for the second Incomparable Film Festival! We pick 35 films that we think are worth seeing, in fantasy draft format. From horror to comedy to drama to sci-fi to kung-fu, we've got just about every genre covered. (Part 1 of 2.)

Special guests Andy Ihnatko, Dan Moren, David J. Loehr, John Siracusa, Monty Ashley, and Steve Lutz.

#157: Bros and Arrows

September 7, 2013 at 12:00PM • 1 hour 15 minutes

An entire comic book about Hawkeye, the lesser Marvel superhero with a bow and arrow? Okay... this looks bad. But seriously, bro, this is one of the very best comics being published today. We cover the first two trade-paperback editions of Fraction and Aja's series, including Lucky the Pizza Dog, 50 Shades of Purple, and how hooking up a laserdisc player is similar to defusing a bomb. Hop on board and join us--we're great at boats.

Special guests Dan Moren, Lisa Schmeiser, Merlin Mann, and Tony Sindelar.