Rich Howard, Emily Buza, and Neal Powell are creating Animation and Storytelling Analysis Podcasts
23

patrons

$110
per month
Welcome to Whelmed: The Young Justice Files, a twice-weekly podcast that discusses the brilliant DC Animated series Young Justice. In addition to reviewing each episode, we connect each episode's storyline to the tightly-woven metaplot, crack open Easter Eggs and shine a light on subtle foreshadowing, produce in-depth "Secret Origins" episodes for the show's characters, and analyze what storytellers of all kinds can learn about their craft from the show. We also invite creative professionals, production staff, and cast members on for Discussion Sessions about what they do, how they do it, and what it is about Young Justice and DC heroes that inspires them.

NOTE: We have completed reviewing all of Seasons 1 and 2, so while we wait for Season 3 we are releasing bonus content once a week!

Whelmed is, and always will be, free to everyone with a podcatcher. Having said that, each episode takes 4-8 hours of outlining, recording, and editing. As we are currently airing 1 review episode and 1 bonus episode a week, that is a lot of time for a team with school, day-jobs, and families, [and in the case of Neal a whole other podcast network].

But believe it or not, we want to do MORE! And that's where you come in.

In addition to helping us pay for backup editing, original music, special effects, and updated recording equipment, we want to bring you even more material, including:

  • Young Justice and DCAU-inspired Actual Play RPG podcasts, guest starring both gaming and animation-industry professionals
  • Original Commissioned Artwork
  • More Discussion Sessions 
  • More "Secret Origins" episodes covering the villains and supporting cast
  • In-Depth Reviews of the Young Justice Comics
  • In-Depth Reviews of other DC Animated Universe movies and series
  • Special Production and Cast Interviews (once WB lifts their lockdown on Greg, Brandon, and the Team)
  • And much more

Your support will help us pay for our expenses and allow us to bring even more to the table. And in exchange, we're offering behind-the-scenes looks at our episodes, free articles and gaming PDFs, the chance to play in tabletop roleplaying game sessions with us and some of your Whelmed Teammates, and even a Discussion Session with YOU!

If you can't back us monetarily, we completely understand. Telling a friend about the show, leaving ratings and reviews on your podcatcher of choice, and sharing posts on social media are amazing ways to help and never forget that we appreciate every one of them.

Thanks Team for all the support and encouragement so far, and remember...Stay Whelmed.
Tiers
Delta Squad
$2 or more per month 12 patrons
  • A personal thank you from us on the air! 
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
Gamma Squad
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
  • Access to the outlines of our episode-review and "Secret Origins" episodes. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of how our episodes come together!
  • A personal thank you from us on the air!
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
Beta Squad
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
  • You will receive a free PDF copy of the superhero RPG, Masks, from Magpie Games.
  • Shoot us a "Letters Page" question we'll answer on the show. Curious about your favorite hero or villain? Confused about a particular story arc or plot twist? Want to know our opinion on a live-action or animated film, TV show, or short? We'll answer it on the show!


Plus:

  • Access to our episode-review and "Secret Origins" outlines
  • A personal thank you from us on the air!
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
Alpha Squad
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Team Alpha members will be entered into an RPG Lottery! FOUR times a year, Neal, Emily, and/or Rich will run an online Superhero-themed roleplaying game session for our Team Alpha and higher backers. For each month you are a part of Team Alpha, you will receive 1 entry into the lottery for one of those games!


Plus:

  • You will receive a free PDF copy of the superhero RPG, Masks, from Magpie Games.
  • Shoot us a "Letters Page" question we'll answer on the show. Curious about your favorite hero or villain? Confused about a particular story arc or plot twist? Want to know our opinion on a live-action or animated film, TV show, or short? We'll answer it on the show!
  • Access to our episode-review and "Secret Origins" outlines
  • A personal thank you from us on the air!
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
::RECOGNIZE:: YOU
$50 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
  • You'll receive your own Team Access Code in the voice of our computer, including a digital copy for your personal use!
  • You'll receive that code when you are interviewed in your own Discussion Session with Rich! We'll talk about your history with DC comics and Young Justice, how you've been inspired by the show, and get your passion recorded for posterity!
  • If you are currently being ::RECOGNIZED:: in the month you are attending GenCon, AcadeCon, Metatopia, San Diego ComicCon, or any other game convention at which Rich and/or Neal is attending, we will run a special, on-site roleplaying game session for you and a friend. The other seats at the game may be filled by other Patreon backers, or by gaming industry podcast and design professionals.


Plus:

  • You will be entered into the RPG Lottery! FOUR times a year, Neal, Emily, and/or Rich will run an online Superhero-themed roleplaying game session for our Team Alpha and higher backers. For each month you are ::RECOGNIZED::, you will receive 2 entries into the lottery for one of those games!
  • You will receive a free PDF copy of the superhero RPG, Masks, from Magpie Games.
  • A personal thank you from us on the air!
  • Access to our episode-review and "Secret Origins" outlines
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
Goals
$110 of $150 per month
Elseworlds Reviews

We will begin producing Bonus Review episodes for other DC Animated properties such as the Animated films Under the Red Hood, Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern: Emerald Knights and more. These reviews will have the same attention to comic history, storytelling analysis, and character origins that you expect from Whelmed.
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Welcome to Whelmed: The Young Justice Files, a twice-weekly podcast that discusses the brilliant DC Animated series Young Justice. In addition to reviewing each episode, we connect each episode's storyline to the tightly-woven metaplot, crack open Easter Eggs and shine a light on subtle foreshadowing, produce in-depth "Secret Origins" episodes for the show's characters, and analyze what storytellers of all kinds can learn about their craft from the show. We also invite creative professionals, production staff, and cast members on for Discussion Sessions about what they do, how they do it, and what it is about Young Justice and DC heroes that inspires them.

NOTE: We have completed reviewing all of Seasons 1 and 2, so while we wait for Season 3 we are releasing bonus content once a week!

Whelmed is, and always will be, free to everyone with a podcatcher. Having said that, each episode takes 4-8 hours of outlining, recording, and editing. As we are currently airing 1 review episode and 1 bonus episode a week, that is a lot of time for a team with school, day-jobs, and families, [and in the case of Neal a whole other podcast network].

But believe it or not, we want to do MORE! And that's where you come in.

In addition to helping us pay for backup editing, original music, special effects, and updated recording equipment, we want to bring you even more material, including:

  • Young Justice and DCAU-inspired Actual Play RPG podcasts, guest starring both gaming and animation-industry professionals
  • Original Commissioned Artwork
  • More Discussion Sessions 
  • More "Secret Origins" episodes covering the villains and supporting cast
  • In-Depth Reviews of the Young Justice Comics
  • In-Depth Reviews of other DC Animated Universe movies and series
  • Special Production and Cast Interviews (once WB lifts their lockdown on Greg, Brandon, and the Team)
  • And much more

Your support will help us pay for our expenses and allow us to bring even more to the table. And in exchange, we're offering behind-the-scenes looks at our episodes, free articles and gaming PDFs, the chance to play in tabletop roleplaying game sessions with us and some of your Whelmed Teammates, and even a Discussion Session with YOU!

If you can't back us monetarily, we completely understand. Telling a friend about the show, leaving ratings and reviews on your podcatcher of choice, and sharing posts on social media are amazing ways to help and never forget that we appreciate every one of them.

Thanks Team for all the support and encouragement so far, and remember...Stay Whelmed.

Recent posts by Rich Howard, Emily Buza, and Neal Powell

Tiers
Delta Squad
$2 or more per month 12 patrons
  • A personal thank you from us on the air! 
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
Gamma Squad
$5 or more per month 5 patrons
  • Access to the outlines of our episode-review and "Secret Origins" episodes. Get a glimpse behind the scenes of how our episodes come together!
  • A personal thank you from us on the air!
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
Beta Squad
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
  • You will receive a free PDF copy of the superhero RPG, Masks, from Magpie Games.
  • Shoot us a "Letters Page" question we'll answer on the show. Curious about your favorite hero or villain? Confused about a particular story arc or plot twist? Want to know our opinion on a live-action or animated film, TV show, or short? We'll answer it on the show!


Plus:

  • Access to our episode-review and "Secret Origins" outlines
  • A personal thank you from us on the air!
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
Alpha Squad
$25 or more per month 2 patrons
  • Team Alpha members will be entered into an RPG Lottery! FOUR times a year, Neal, Emily, and/or Rich will run an online Superhero-themed roleplaying game session for our Team Alpha and higher backers. For each month you are a part of Team Alpha, you will receive 1 entry into the lottery for one of those games!


Plus:

  • You will receive a free PDF copy of the superhero RPG, Masks, from Magpie Games.
  • Shoot us a "Letters Page" question we'll answer on the show. Curious about your favorite hero or villain? Confused about a particular story arc or plot twist? Want to know our opinion on a live-action or animated film, TV show, or short? We'll answer it on the show!
  • Access to our episode-review and "Secret Origins" outlines
  • A personal thank you from us on the air!
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!
::RECOGNIZE:: YOU
$50 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
  • You'll receive your own Team Access Code in the voice of our computer, including a digital copy for your personal use!
  • You'll receive that code when you are interviewed in your own Discussion Session with Rich! We'll talk about your history with DC comics and Young Justice, how you've been inspired by the show, and get your passion recorded for posterity!
  • If you are currently being ::RECOGNIZED:: in the month you are attending GenCon, AcadeCon, Metatopia, San Diego ComicCon, or any other game convention at which Rich and/or Neal is attending, we will run a special, on-site roleplaying game session for you and a friend. The other seats at the game may be filled by other Patreon backers, or by gaming industry podcast and design professionals.


Plus:

  • You will be entered into the RPG Lottery! FOUR times a year, Neal, Emily, and/or Rich will run an online Superhero-themed roleplaying game session for our Team Alpha and higher backers. For each month you are ::RECOGNIZED::, you will receive 2 entries into the lottery for one of those games!
  • You will receive a free PDF copy of the superhero RPG, Masks, from Magpie Games.
  • A personal thank you from us on the air!
  • Access to our episode-review and "Secret Origins" outlines
  • Message us your superhero name and power set (Family Friendly please) for our own Whelmed Team Roster!