Sneaky Dragon Episode 268

by David Dedrick on January 21, 2017

Hola Sneakers! Welcome to Episode 268 of a little podcast we like to call Sneaky Dragon. This week on the show Ian and Dave get confused over numbers; say farewell to the comics shop under Hell Kitty Studios and discuss their closing out sale finds; take a trip back to the comics scene of the 90’s (caution: Name Dropping); check out Dave’s seeping leg wound; learn about rock climbing; take a trip to the dentist where Dave learns some tips on oral care; peruse the TV guide and talk a little television; Ian and Dave like La-La-Land, but Dave had some reservations; send good thoughts to Ian’s wife Pia, sister-in-law Vicki and friend of the show Branwyn Bigglestone who are all attending the Women’s March in Washington, DC; discover that CNN has invalidated itself; learn that Dave can get emotional too; listen to some good advice from Ian; and, finally, hear some bad advice from Dave for Ian’s Twitter joke.

Thanks for listening.


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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Louise January 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm

I’m not much of an activist, but at a concert I was in last night, in solidarity with the march in Washington, our all-female choir entered singing the civil rights song “Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me ‘Round.” Some of us carried signs and some wore the pink or red pussycat hats they made for the Vancouver march they participated in earlier in the day. The audience cheered and jumped to their feet. Of course we were pretty much the choir preaching to the choir (probably no alt right supporters there last night!) I think marching and singing does help to reinforce collective values and let people of similar convictions know they are not alone. Hopefully that will inspire people to take action. My sister the history teacher has been reminding her classes and friends that the U.S. constitution says that people have a duty to overthrow a government that is not working in the best interests of the people!

Speaking of not being alone, David, I am sorry to hear about your brother. I have a close relative who is always in financial straits due in part I believe to an “addiction” to an extreme form of religion. It’s not exactly the same as substance abuse, but I do believe they chase some form of high. I am torn between wanting to be generous towards them and wanting to tell them to go the place they believe I’ll be going if I don’t believe in the same things they do!


Ian Boothby January 22, 2017 at 6:15 pm

Everyone got through it safe and had an amazing time.

With addiction everyone who loves the person is affected in some way. And it’s really hard to accept that it’s not your fault. Next is that you can’t fix them. Sorry you’re going through that too.


Marcus January 22, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Halfway through the show, but if I don’t get the Sim stuff posted, I’ll forget, as is often the case, what I meant to post.

Sim would, I agree, have been a good choice for breaking b&w indie comics into mainstream outlets like bookstores. However, Dave, with that characteristic obsessive intransigence, maintained (throughout? My memory is hazy…at least for most of the run,) his original decree that Cerebus would ONLY be sold in comic book stores.

The trade order after Melmoth goes (I’m sure you’ve looked it up by now, but for anyone not wanting to bother):
Rick’s Story
Going Home
Form & Void
Latter Days
The Last Day

The 5 books after Melmoth form a half-joke sentence: Flight! Women Read(s) Minds, Guys!


David Dedrick January 23, 2017 at 10:36 pm

Thanks, Marcus. Actually, I only bought the Sim book to get you to comment.


Philip Jepson January 22, 2017 at 8:58 pm

I went to a woman’s march in my city, Roanoke Virginia, 200,000 people attended it went incredibly well. Very sorry to hear about your brothers problems Dave. Sending positive vibes to all affected.


David Dedrick January 23, 2017 at 10:38 pm

In my unaccurate view of Roanoke – picture the small town of To Kill A Mockingbird – that is the entire population of the town in the march.

Thanks for your good thoughts!


Chris January 23, 2017 at 10:34 pm

Sending awkward man-hug to Dave this week.


David Dedrick January 23, 2017 at 10:39 pm

Awkwardly accepting man-hug in a way that makes it too intimate – haunting both of us for the rest of our lives.


Chris January 23, 2017 at 11:21 pm

You just made my wife laugh her head off!


Nigel January 25, 2017 at 11:50 pm

For anyone who’s interested, a PDF version of “High Society” is currently available for free at . I don’t think this is quite the optimal way to read it, as there’s a lengthy series of pages in landscape orientation that need to be rotated ninety degrees, but otherwise it’s really top notch.


n matsumoto January 26, 2017 at 1:43 pm

I’ve only gone wall-climbing once (in Texas) but I found it to be a lot of fun too. I didn’t know there was a place nearby. I would definitely go Boulderin’ With Dave.


Marcus January 28, 2017 at 6:04 am

I keep remembering bits I wanted to say, and forgot as the show progressed.You two pack so much into each episode. That’s as it should be.

But, David, if be remiss if I didn’t say how sorry I am to hear of your family struggles. This is never easy. Thanks, again, for being so willing to open up your life and emotions. I’m thinking the best thoughts for you, here’s to hope and change. I love you as much as anyone can who’s never met you in person. (Unless I got my copy of Rounders from you at a San Diego Comic-Con one year in the 90s? I’m pretty sure it was with Ian that time, though.) Bon Courage.


Dylan January 30, 2017 at 12:31 am

I didn’t get a chance to listen to this until today – very sorry to hear of your family situation Dave. Families can be so hard sometimes, and the buttons they can push are hardwired into your emotions. Take care – there are lots of people thinking of you and wishing you well.


KittyLugnut January 30, 2017 at 6:43 pm

Hi Dave. I wish you and your brother the best. I have a lot of addiction in my family, a good friend who has mastered the art of self-destruction, and I have to say I have a little of both in me, too, but I usually manage to keep them mostly in check. I only bring it up because I think maybe I can speak from both sides of this issue, and I agree with Ian. Find a support group and do your best not to blame yourself. Whatever is going on with your brother is his to deal with, and until he truly wants to help himself, nobody else can help him. And if he does want help, he needs it from a professional. The best thing you can give him is love and support if and when he needs it (but not beyond your own means, and never enabling).

And take all of that with a grain of salt, too, because I sure as hell ain’t no professional.

Good luck to both of you.


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