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Doug Jones from the watch on Pop My Culture podcast

Doug Jones (“Hellboy,” “The Watch”) returns to the show to chat with Cole and Vanessa about Comic Con, the Silver Surfer, contortionists, Spike Jonze, character olympics, The Expendables 2, Springsteen and McCartney’s power-cutting, mailbox fighting, creating Abe Sapien’s movements, Jackie Chan, Celine Dion, Mime Own Book, and Doug’s embarrassing Fantastic Four moment.Leave your answer to the firsts question (the first book or book series you can remember being obsessed with) on our website for a chance to win a Hellboy Blu-Ray, Mime Own Book pamphlet or postcard all signed by Doug!

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hosts Cole Stratton and Vanessa Ragland with Doug Jones
Doug Jones signed Hellboy blu ray and his Mime own book
Fallen Superheroes signed post cards


  • Comment by Kerry — July 25, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    The first book series I remember being obsessed with was The Babysitters Club. Then I moved on to Sweet Valley High.

  • Comment by Mattamatics — July 25, 2012 @ 1:07 pm

    The first book series I can remember being obsessed with is the Redwall series by Brian Jacques (RIP). He came to our local bookstore when I was in elementary school (after I had already started reading them) and he autographed my copies. They are still among my most treasured possessions.

  • Comment by Savory — July 25, 2012 @ 1:42 pm

    I loooooved the Redwall books despite kinda disliking reading anything. I think I’ve read them all over the years, with my favorite being Marlfox.

    I wish Brian Jacques came to my school 🙁

  • Comment by Joe — July 25, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

    The first series I was obsessed with was the Dark Toweer series by Stephen King. It was full of amazing imagery and the characters really grabbed me. The ending was a small let down, but now that there’s a new book, I may have to revisit that world.

  • Comment by Andrew Littler — July 25, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    First series: Redwall
    Favorite series; His Dark Materials

  • Comment by Rob S. — July 25, 2012 @ 7:54 pm

    Encyclopedia Brown. There were 2 other book series that were very similar. I THINK they were done by the same writer. Two-minute Mysteries, and Incognito Mosquito.

  • Comment by Darcie Wiley — July 25, 2012 @ 10:54 pm

    The first book series I was obsessed with was, The Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder,I loved the illustrations, too. After that it has to be Flowers in The Attic.

  • Comment by Jeff Larson — July 25, 2012 @ 11:16 pm

    What a great podcast. Best I’ve heard yet. Doug Jones is fantastic. Excited to see The Watch.

  • Comment by Paul Maki — July 26, 2012 @ 12:34 am

    The first book series I could say I was obsessed with was the Three Investigators. I’m old enough that the majority of the ones I ever owned were “presented by” Alfred Hitchcock, and featured him as a character in bookending first and last chapters.

    Great hearing Doug Jones. Always knew he was one of the Gentlemen, but for some reason always thought the lead Gentleman was Camden Toy. Glad to finally know the truth…

  • Comment by corinne — July 26, 2012 @ 5:32 am

    My first favorite series were the Castle Perilous books by John DeChancie. I’d read them all 5 or 6 times before I realized that the lord of the castle’s name was Incarnadine, not Incarnate.

  • Comment by GuanoLad — July 26, 2012 @ 6:39 am

    I didn’t start reading seriously until my teens. The first series I really enjoyed “The Belgariad.” Unfortunately David Eddings’s subsequent stories were really just rehashing the same plots again over and over.

  • Comment by zMaggieMae — July 26, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

    I loved the Little House on The Prairie books and The Trixie Beldon series.

  • Comment by Hal Weaver — July 26, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    My first book series obsession was the Edgar Rice Burroughs Pellucidar series (At the Earth’s Core). Fantastic stuff that is still fun to read.

  • Comment by Rebexas — July 26, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    In second grade, I remember being obsessed with Graeme Base’s books, especially “The Eleventh Hour.” I would spends hours obsessing over all the details in the illustrations, trying to figure out who ate the birthday feast.

  • Comment by Colin — July 26, 2012 @ 3:06 pm

    I loved the The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander having graduated from his magazine for kids Cricket. Luckily I never watched the Disney adaptation of The Black Cauldron till I was an adult as it would’ve disappointed seven year-old me.

  • Comment by Josh — July 27, 2012 @ 9:52 am

    I was a big fan of the Chronicles of Narnia. My parents read the first few to me, and then I took over. A little later on, I liked the Ender’s Game books.

  • Comment by Kelly Jo — July 29, 2012 @ 10:48 am

    The first book series I really got into was the Amazing Days Abby Hayes.

  • Comment by Trevor — August 1, 2012 @ 11:39 am

    I’m with Paul. Three Investigators was the first series I was into. I am both scared and excited to see if anyone ever does a movie adaptation.

  • Comment by Travis — August 1, 2012 @ 10:08 pm

    I’m with you guys. I was hooked on reading all the Hardy Boys, then moved on to reading every Louis L’amour western I could get my hands on.

  • Comment by Merrily — August 6, 2012 @ 10:47 am

    My first favorite were the John Bellairs “Lewis Barnavelt” series the first of wich was “The House with the Clock in it’s Walls”. About a REAL kid, not some precocious twerp. Lewis is a loner/nerd who solved mysteries with the help of his tomboy neighbor Rose Rita and his wizard uncle and HIS best friend witch/neighbor Florence. Bonus, the original covers were illustrated by Edward Gorey. Ah-mazing.

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