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Travis Bickle On The Riviera

Hi there! I'm Tucker Stone, one of the three guys who hosts a podcast called Travis Bickle on the Rivieria. I've written for places like Flavorwire, The Comics Journal, Comixology and The Factual Opinion, and am currently punching the clock at Nobrow, a publisher of comics, graphic novels and children's books. Back in 2012, my friend Sean Witzke, a movie critic whose most recent work can be read at Grantland, started this podcast as a way to continue the conversations (and arguments) we had been having about movies amongst our mutual blogs.

Although neither one of us had listened to a lot of podcasts, we felt that our cantankerous, expletive laden diatribes might be of interest to others, and in the years since, we have been extremely lucky to be proven right: people, for whatever reason, like to listen to a couple of miserable depressives wax nostalgic over action movies from the 80's. (It probably didn't hurt that the hugely talented Michel Fiffe drew our logo image!)

When I became a father in 2013, longtime friend of the show and frequent guest host Morgan Jeske came on board to keep Sean from going stir crazy with backed-up opinions. Jeske--the talented cartoonist behind books for Image Comics like Change and Zero--rapidly made himself indispensable, and after my return to the show, it only made sense to welcome him on as an official host, turning this gruesome twosome into the trio it had always been destined to be. As the episodes have piled up (you can check out our episode guide, with every movie, director and special episode listed here), the show was continually graced with a murderers row of guests from the world of comics and film--you can see all of those amazing people at that link as well.

All of that brings us right up to right now, a cold day in October: the day where we ask for help. Simply put, the increased interest in the show has meant that we've had to put a bit more into the nuts and bolts of paying for it than we used to, and we thought 133 episodes (at most recent count) was enough to try passing the hat to help meet the costs. The show isn't in danger of going anyway anytime soon--Sean, Morgan and I like hurting each others feelings just a little too much for that to be a real concern--but we would appreciate the breathing room that financial support will allow.  Below you'll see the various levels of pledge options and the rewards they provide--we're pretty excited about them, especially the one where we send you surprises you can't return--but even if you come away thinking that we don't deserve one thin dime, it still means a lot that you stopped by in the first place. Thank you for reading, but most of all thank you for listening!

May 4, 2022

Tucker is joined by Tessa Strain and Geoff Lapid to talk about Michael Bay's Ambulance, which may not have performed as well as some hoped at the box office, but performed extremely well in Tucker's heart--and that's the only metric that matters! We're also blessed with some hot takes on cold violence, with the Los...


Apr 6, 2022

This week, Tucker & Celia are talking about After Yang, which is great, and Celia's take on Batman, which is that she watched a shitload of Batman movies, and Tucker's take on Batman: Venom, which he has given on way more podcasts then is necessary.


Mar 10, 2022

In this episode, Celia and Morgan valiantly attempt to keep the podcast on the rails, but Tucker has been isolating himself proving once again that outside of Soprano's, there no such thing as the Golden Age of Television. But when they do get him back to movies, there's only one movie allowed: THE BATMAN. Maxwell...


Feb 3, 2022

This week, Celia, Morgan and Tucker are joined by Matt Seneca to talk about Robert Altman and his 70s standard: Nashville. We also spend some time with Licorice Pizza in Tucker's attempt to deliver an even worse take than the bad one circulating (he nails it! whoops!) but for the most part we'll are just happy to...


Jan 14, 2022

New year, new you: same us. It's time to talk about Kathryn Bigelow's Near Dark, to knock the dust off talking in general, and to pontificate on what is to come with Kathryn and her secrets. Celia, Morgan & Tucker are here, so is Bill Paxton and the rest of his Aliens cronies--unfortunately, Adrian Pasdar is as...