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Episode 124: The JV Club
Boys of Summer: Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko
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The JV Club #124: Boys of Summer: Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko

The last duo of Boys of Summer: the insanely talented and terrific Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, the minds behind Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Art! Music! Travel! Adventure! And of course, squirrel suits. PLUS! A VERY, VERY special rendition of “Boys of Summer” from Paul and Storm!

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  1. Jose says:


  2. JImmy says:

    Second time I’m listening to it. Love these two great minds so much. Only wish it was longer…

  3. bekki says:

    I’m stuck in the hospital with respiratory issues and I’ve listened to maybe 20 JVClub  podcasts so far.  It’s brought be a lot of joy and laughs and a has been a happy distraction, so, thanks, Janet!!

  4. Sydney says:

    Sorry to see the Boys of Summer go, but looking forward to what comes next.

  5. Raha says:

    They was so different! oh… Bryke forever ~__~

  6. JillyBean says:

    YES!!! Janet Varney is there nothing you can’t do? Bryke forever

    • GingerSnaps says:

      You should watch your double negatives. She can do a lot of things, most of them are normal everyday human things, but she will never be able to transform into a spaceship.

  7. Esdeem says:

    This was such a great listen. I definitely identified with the talk of the solitary love of fictions, and the difficulty of getting into fantasy novels. I did read Dragonlance when I was in junior high, but I think that came more from my brother and some friends reading it, and I probably couldn’t tell you a thing about them today. I thought then, and still do now at times to to be honest, that the writing in those books was pretty dense at points. I DO recall getting into Douglas Adams in a big way, starting with Hitchhiker’s Guide back in elementary school I think.

    As far as the discussion on not being into something as big as some of the fandoms are today, I honestly believe the internet facilitates a lot of that. I remember going to conventions in the early 90s, and it was always really cool to come across someone who, say, really loved old school Transformers stuff, but it wasn’t really common. I can also remember what a big deal it was when the world wide web first started getting big and you could find a community of people who really loved stuff that was fairly obscure, or enjoyed it in the same way you did.

    And speaking of nerdy and obscure stuff, I honestly can’t help but wonder if time in Bhutan had some influence on Pabu’s creation, since it’s part of the red panda’s natural habitat and they’re a pretty important and respected animal in those parts(yes, these are the things a nature/red panda nerd focuses on).

    And finally, really loved the Paul and Storm version of Boys of Summer at the end. I could listen to that all day!

  8. Carolyn says:

    Yay!  Perfect timing!  I discovered this podcast in 2012 because I was a fan of Avatar and The Legend of Korra and was hooked and have been listening ever since.  I loved that this came out a few days after the finale of season 3 came out.  Great job in those episodes by the way.  Awesome acting

  9. meethor says:

    Paul and Storm… SO AWESOME! Great episode.

  10. Jeremiah says:

    Great interview? Greatest interview.

  11. PJ says:

    Suits as a statement of non-conformism, I remember that. We had a kid like that in twelfth grade. I don’t think he was ska however.

    Wonderful discussion as always, but the pre-internet solitary loving of fiction or other forms of art is something I remember as well, and I remember JK Rowling talking about it as well in an event once. This kind of personal attachment still exist today (like book X is “my” book and no one else should like it the way I do), it’s just less apparent since internet is filled with discussions, not inner monologues.

    And I agree with Mike, Dragonlance I could not get into. Same as most fantasy, it’s just not good. I loved Lord of the Rings and much later discovered the original works of Robert E Howard, but most of the popular fantasy stuff, ugh, I couldn’t and still can’t stand it. Though I still love the concept of fantasy…

    • TEC says:

      DragonLance is actually great. ….though that’s a ridiculously broad statement.
      Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s DragonLance is good. The rest is luck of the draw.

      Lord of the Rings is fairly good, but I’d take the DragonLance Chronicles and Legends trilogies over the Fellowship Of The Ring a billion times over.

  12. Andrew says:

    YES! I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR THEM TO BE ON YOUR PODCAST MY ENTIRE LIFE (well, since the first “Boys Of Summer” episode)!

  13. Briana says:

    I totally would have had a huge crush on Mike when I was in high school. Really dug the “ripped out of your element” talk, I went through something similar when I was a kid. Great interview, one of my favorites!

  14. Paula says:

    You are very handsome Bryan ALL OF YOU ARE VERY HANDSOME!!

  15. James says:

    Mike and Bryan are just the greatest ever!