Leading up to the release of The Dark Knight Rises, we tracked down the writer and artist who created Bane to reveal how the villain came to be. In addition to exclusive interviews with some comic book greats, this piece features some really fantastic original artwork, including a Graham Nolan sketch of Bane wielding a hobo trash can.
When Ned Bitters wrote a column saying that people don’t actually like Bob Dylan’s music, they just pretend to like it to seem sophisticated, it opened the floodgates. Dylan supporters flocked to the site to take umbrage with Bitters’ claim. Whether you are pro-Dylan or anti-Dylan, the entire debate is highly entertaining to read.
From his epic Star Wars filibuster on Parks and Recreation to his reoccurring role on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, Patton Oswalt has a knack for showing up in every nerdy place his fans would hope to find him. In 2016, we talked to Oswalt about balancing acting with stand up, living in an Elmore Leonard novel as Constable Bob on Justified and his thoughts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Aaron R. Davis’ friend Harlan came up with the following theory while watching Steven Spielberg’s films: “Penis symbolism is everywhere. Spielberg is terrified of not being able to measure up, so it’s all about either conquering it or mastering it. And that’s it.” Davis applies this theory to wide variety of Spielberg’s films in this fantastic column.
Joel Murphy reached out to a nationally-syndicated movie critic asking for some advice. The response he got back was an angry tirade. So Murphy decided to devote an entire column to tearing film critic Roger Moore apart. The column itself is great, as are the comments from readers, but the best part is that Moore himself was actually foolish enough to leave a comment.
In 2015, there were riots in Baltimore after Freddie Gray died in police custody. Molly Regan was able to write about the riots – and people’s reaction to them – with grace. When most news outlets were making sweeping assumptions and generalizations, this piece by a longtime Baltimore resident was a welcome counterpoint.
Joel Murphy and Lars Periwinkle have hosted an annual tournament on Hobo Radio since 2014. As Covid spread in 2020, they decided to channel their anxiety about the pandemic into the tournament by pitting fictional characters against each other to see who would survive the longest in lockdown. The winner was surprising.
When HoboTrashcan launched in 2005, it featured this interview with Michael K. Williams, who at the time was playing Omar on The Wire. This interview set the tone for every interview to follow and helped legitimize the site. Sixteen years later, as Michael K. Williams continues to do amazing work, it’s still one of our crowning achievements.