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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Aug 27, 2016

Today we explore the notion of an ultimate end, and how until the last century that religion seemed to corner the market on finality. Three examples that have arisen since 1900 that are extra-faith ends include the Mythos possibility (HP Lovecraft and supernatural with no care for man), the Atomic Age, and the one I want to talk about, the Singularity.

Is there any way a created, intelligent construct can't despise its creator? Will developing AI doom mankind? And what does the whole thing say about existence of G-d or the relationship between man and G-d? Blade Runner, Terminator, 2001, Her, and Rick & Morty may help us understand.

I for one fear our electric overlords.


Reach me at @carlsmithwriter on Twitter or to discuss your thoughts on this or any show-related matter.


Should I strive to release a Nerd Church only episode on Sundays? Let me know.

thanks to Dischord Records for allowing me to use music from one of my favorite bands ever, Nation of Ulysses.

Aug 27, 2016

On this LIVE episode I talk about the need for those of us in the nerd culture to support one another... whether it is in our creative pursuits or as human beings.

It clocks in at over an hour, and is effectively three 25 minute chapters to one audiobook. Listen as such if you prefer shorter experiences.

First segment is about support... and the Podcast Arcade.

In the second segment I talk about how being a nerd comes with a class trait of unhealthiness.  I also skewer nostalgia and gripe about the good old days never being allowed to pass out of frame. I also explain the rich history of the shopping malls of Council Bluffs, Iowa. You may be shocked to learn I haven't skateboarded much this summer and have also gained weight.

I name drop a lot of nerdy things, like the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon, Megaforce, Dune, Salute Your Shorts, Dinobots, No Man's Sky, and so on. If that matters.

Thanks as always to Dischord Records for allowing us to use music from The Nation of Ulysses ("Ulythium" and "Depression III") on our humble podcast.

Aug 24, 2016

on this LIVE mini-sode, we hear from Tim Benson about an incredible free event coming in September! It's called Omaha Bound, and it's a free seminar about comic creating from some of its current masters (Stan Sakai, Cullen Bunn, and many more!). 

Then we return to nerd church and talk about how giving & sharing a certain community is, and how another community should be better at answering the call. Why does the world of indie comics so often impress with how we help one another instead of competing? 



Aug 18, 2016

in this Live episode we look at why we stick out creative content into genres, what makes for good genre fiction, and so on. We look at No Man's Sky & the band Early Man. I may even touch on why Stranger Things got my goat. Lastly we chat about Hadrian, Donald Trump, how homosexuality has been treated by history, and why voting is stressful this year. 

Its a HUGE episode, the kind I'd like to see very few of. But think of it as a nice bonus welcome episode for those of you joining in now thanks to The Podcast Arcade.


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Aug 17, 2016

Taking a moment to tidy up some side issues. Episode 15 coming in the next 24 hours. Believe that.

Aug 11, 2016

on this LIVE episode, I talk about Suicide Squad... And why putting these villains in the limelight makes me uneasy. I also talk about suicide, and what being suicidal means to many of us who struggle with the urge. It's loads of fun... All cheer next episode... Promise. 

Aug 4, 2016

In this light LIVE episode, we talk about retro gaming, the appeal of video game RPGs, and how I think the tabletop experience is far more rewarding than sitting with a controller... in spite of my countless hours video gaming alone. 

This episode is intentionally "milk" because I wanted to have a chance to warn you all about episode 14, which will be a little heavier. We are going to talk about suicide, so trigger warning or whatever. You've been warned.

Thanks as always to Dischord Records for permission to use Nation of Ulysses as bumper music. Interact with me at @carlsmithwriter on Twitter or 

Please download and check out our cousin podcasts Daydream Instruction Manual, Worst Comic Podcast Ever, The Gravy Age, and Two Headed Nerd. Support and interact!