So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish!

Since we began The Drawing Room podcast, we’ve housed our shows on the website, which is provided by Russ’s Marvel Chronology Project. Our hosting service does not limit our storage space, and has no download limits. It doesn’t cost us anything, beyond what we are already paying to host the MCP.

It’s recently come to our attention that, while the hosting service doesn’t limit our activity in any way, included in our Terms of Service is the stipulation that we not host any large files intended for multiple downloads. This means that we have been in violation of our Terms of Service.

Our host has not contacted us about this violation, but we believe it’s only a matter of time before our success will lead to our downfall, and once it’s brought to their attention, they will immediately take down not just The Drawing Room, but also the Marvel Chronology Project, Whimsieville, The Marvelous Zone, and everything else. As much as we’ve enjoyed producing the podcast, we can’t risk sacrificing the health of our other sites. And besides, guys, it’s just not good karma to violate your TOS.

We have searched—unsuccessfully—for a podcast host that can meet our needs, without charging. While we’ve enjoyed the creative venture of producing a podcast, as long as we receive no income from it, we cannot justify spending money on it. Consequently, we have been forced to indefinitely suspend production and distribution of the podcast.

This is not to say there will never be another Drawing Room podcast. We continue to kick around ideas, and perhaps some day, we’ll return to this creative project. In the meantime, we want to thank all of you for your support through these three and a half years. We’ll keep the site up, and the Forum will always be available for discussion.

Chrissy & Russ

UPDATE 12/14/14 – Just want to thank all of you for the well wishes and great comments! Also want to let you know that since we are no longer doing the podcast, Russ and I have decided to undertake watching Dark Shadows “like normal people”—that is to say, starting tomorrow, we plan to watch one episode every Monday through Friday, the same way the audience back in the 1960’s got their Dark Shadows.

Along the way, we may have a comment or two, and if so, we’ll post something on the Forum. So we certainly hope that you all will keep your eye on the Forum as part of your Dark Shadows experience.

It’s been great doing the podcast. We learned a lot, and hope that someday we’ll be able to get back into podcasting. Thanks again for all your support!



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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired April 29 – May 10, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Old McCollins had a dream, E I E I O….
  • “Is it really that important for you to learn everything about yourself?”
  • Overacting 101
  • Superfluous Lang
  • How much more story can we squeeze out of Lang?
  • Wicked Stepmother—Deluxe!
  • David’s B.S. Meter is in full operational mode
  • Mirror, Mirror, on the wall…
  • Where did Adam’s face come from?
  • The Dying Bride
  • Pleasant Memories of Live at the Old House
  • A challenging time for Barnabas
  • Knock, knock! Crazy-Gram!
  • Angelique’s unnecessary risks and damage control
  • Dream a little dream…or not
  • Dead body breathing, off tape-recorder recording, closed doors slamming
  • Buckets o’ dry ice!
  • Oops! Unintended results


  • Dopey Horses

david2The advent of the Nehru jacket…

skirt2…and the return of the “World’s Fair Skirt”

kiss4“Like I don’t have enough mother issues ALREADY!!”


skull3Skull on a Stick!

lamp1Dramatic Lighting

bogart4“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid…”

labmirror1Here’s looking at you, Barnabas…

williecrazyAnd here’s lookin’ at you, Willie. Glad to have you back, you crazy ol’ son of a gun!

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired April 15 – April 26, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Is it all too much?
  • Lang, the multi-tasking mad scientist
  • Kindness, sweetness and gentleness of spirit (rolls eyes::)
  • Call Me Irresponsible…
  • Stupidly glossing over
  • Vicki is almost happy
  • The Easy Outs: Selective Recognition and Mass Hallucination
  • Itchy Fingers comes to town…then nothing…
  • Maggie’s crazy new roommate
  • The Victoria Winters Roommate Matching Service…not!!
  • Russ’s Time Travel Rubber Band Theory
  • Angelique is not like everyone else
  • The Collins are inbred…but in a good way
  • Lang’s elaborate laboratory
  • An ugly scene with cue cards, a gun, and a telephone


  • Are the Beatles not live because Paul is dead?
  • Brady bunch beginnings?

aamarriedThe happy couple…

aainlaw3…and the unhappy sister-in-law

lab2Mah WAH HA HA HA HA!!!!

aadc3Dream Curse…Commence!!!

aaportrait1“I know you think you know who I am, but I don’t know if you know that who I think you are is who you really are.”

aascreamSomething to scream about

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired April 1 – April 12, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Back to the future
  • What about David?
  • Barnabas and Julia mend fences
  • The lovers’ inconvenience of being born in different centuries
  • Lang begins with a bang
  • Hoffman, Lang, Van Helsing—which was it supposed to be?
  • The Anti-Vampire Treatment hospital release form?
  • 15 minutes could save you from an eternity of vampirism!
  • The old man gets all the young chicks
  • Marry her or kill her? Decisions, decisions…
  • How are Stoddard & Peterson like Hepburn & Grant?
  • The strange and haunting journey…
  • Bradford/Clark Mystery Theater
  • We’re overdue for a criminally insane murderer


  • Martin Luther King Jr. goes to the mountaintop
  • George Hamilton is a survivor
  • On the Cutting Room Floor

51carNight Drive to Destiny

51drsDueling Doctors

51barnabasreflection“Here’s lookin’ at you, kid…”


51dontunderstand“I don’t UNDERSTAND!!”

51smugjuliaOh my, how the dynamic has changed!

51armDr. Lang’s new show on the DIY Network

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 25 – 29, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Time is running out
  • Once upon a time, there were three little foreshadows…
  • The crossbow, the bare hands, and an unlikely promise
  • History, the Way You Like It
  • 1796 Scorecard: who’s dead, who’s crazy, who’s incarcerated?
  • The hinges of character development
  • Apart from being a vampire, how did he change?
  • First, learn your ABC’s…then I’ll kill you!
  • Barnabas, the engine of destruction
  • Obsessive love + supernatural power + being a sociopath = the delightful disaster!
  • The Time Travel solution to grief
  • Shattered glasses, collapsed lives, and the broken back of the camel
  • But he’s a GOOD dastardly villain!
  • The silver cross, the chains, and the unlikely peace


  • History for a song
  • Cookie Monster pays us a visit

couple1Too little, too late

aahands“I’ll kill ya with my bare hands!”

cell3“I’ll find you.”

poison1Tough times for strong women

fearNot so suave anymore, eh?

barn1The bleary-eyed vampire

vickiMistress of Death?

gallows8The end of the beginning…

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 18 – 22, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Is Vicki changing history, or preserving it?
  • If someone is crazy, does that mean you can’t believe ANYTHING they say?
  • When Joshua Collins speaks….
  • Hats, doors, names and voices from beyond
  • Fashion Faux Pas… or pregnant?
  • Unemployed jailer, seeks position as escape artist…
  • Time Travel is confusing
  • Crazy woman with a gun
  • Is it better to be shot…or in jail?
  • Daniel, the poor victim of being a kid
  • Forbes: good guy gone bad, or bad guy fully flourishing?
  • Honey vs. Vinegar
  • Chrissy thumps the table, and Russ forgets everybody’s name
  • Incompetent criminals move the plot along
  • Once upon a time, there were three storylines…
  • Vicki bleeds paint (or wax) from a traveling wound
  • Who’s that cackling from my wall?


  • “I detest you! Let’s be partners…”
  • Our new feature: Get you to youtube!

mapes2“You say Bath-eee-ya…I say Bath—aye…ya…”

zcell2The Collinsport Gaol: It’s no Fort Knox

gun4The Great Escape

zescape1The OTHER Great Escape

zdream1Repeat after me…It’s JUST a dream…

zhuddle1Nothing says safety and comfort like a loaded pistol…

zmilli1The shy bride…who’s completely bonkers!

MODSQUADCARChrissy likes the Mod Squad wagon

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Hey, guys.

I know what you’re saying. “Uh oh.”

We were in the process of building the new podcast, with tons of kewl stuff, when my computer exploded. We lost a lot of work, and have to return to the drawing board, which, coincidentally, is in the drawing room. We cruised Best Buy and snapped up a new computer. I’ve spent the last two weeks reinstalling software and moving a lot of our data over from the server, but we still have a lot of work to redo.

Losing a computer is a really depressing experience. No matter how diligent your backup process, you’re going to lose stuff, stuff you were just working on. And sometimes you have to back up and start over again. But on the flip side of the coin, sometimes you discover that, over time, you’ve gotten a little bit complacent. You create something (let’s say, an audio clip). Months later, you discover a way to make that audio clip better, but you say to yourself, “Ahhh, it’s good enough.” And so, you let it ride, and leave something that’s not as good as it could be.

Well, “good enough” isn’t good enough.

I don’t think I’m revealing any secrets, when I say that Chrissy and I live in the general area of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Three years ago this week, our town was devastated by an F4 tornado. Our family and friends were fortunate enough not to be among the direct victims of the storm, but I did lose my job, thanks to no building to report to. I worked for a year with temp agencies, before finally latching on to a good position.

It’s taken three years of rebuilding and renovation, but the city is finally starting to see the fruits of its labor, as government, business, industrial and residential areas start to rise from the rubble, better than before. But to be done right, that improvement takes time.

That’s what we do, when losses strike. We reflect, then we rebuild, better than before. And while I’m not comparing the devastation of a deadly tornado to losing a computer, or a podcast, the principles remain the same.

Now, an opportunity has presented itself to us, to make things better. And we’re taking advantage of that opportunity to rebuild some of our clips, and re-examine some of our options for audio & video editing software. All of which we hope yields a better product for you.

We’re rebuilding, and I think, coming back stronger than before, on June 7.

You’ll see what I mean.

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 11-15, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • I, Vampire
  • The Economy of Language
  • “Oh my God, I can’t believe this is really happening…”
  • Secret Passageways
  • The Pain in the Neck Patriarch becomes the Voice of Reason
  • Makeup! Lights! Camera! Action!
  • The marriage, the money and the maniac
  • A lack of joint decisions puts the new marriage out of joint
  • The dark side of Nathan Forbes gets even darker
  • The Poster Child for Naivete
  • No more pretty dresses for Millicent
  • Supernatural Supreme!
  • Does it take a witch to summon a witch?
  • Who’s that knocking at my door?


mapes1Bathia Mapes

damsel3Barnabas, that’s not very cousin-ly of you…

faceWait!! WHAT???

tower4Best not to conduct your secret business in a TOWER…

comeout2Oh, my son…my son…

ex3OUT, damn spirit!!

seance2“Strange things may happen. Ignore them.”

Barnabas comes out to Joshua

Does Naomi miss her cue?

ux42On comics stands this week

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired March 4-8, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • Barnabas the Bricklayer: Hero or Villain?
  • Trask, you can’t HANDLE the supernatural!
  • Robin Hood on steroids
  • Chrissy psychoanalyzes the vampire
  • Atonement is a bitch, and Reputation is king!
  • Trask & Forbes: a curious alliance
  • The best laid plans…work out just fine!
  • Jeeves would not approve…
  • The Narrator knows all!
  • Whatever happened to Andre Dupres?
  • The houseguest that will never leave
  • Assault with a deadly cane
  • Russ throws Chrissy a softball
  • “A maid will answer the door” ROTFL!!
  • Something old, something new…
  • Three Bells…but is the geography well?


Note: Chrissy’s Synopsis this week is accompanied by music from Hold On To Me, from Placebo’s latest CD, Loud Like Love.


Dark Shadows Festival Caribbean Cruise

Monster-Mania Dark Shadows Reunion

Round 2 Models – Dark Shadows Model Kit

Dynamite Comics Dark Shadows Comics trade paperback (pre-order)

aaasign1Barnabas gets the upper hand…

aaanat3…and Natalie sees the handwriting on the wall

aaafanBefore there was Facebook, people communicated on…Fan-book…

aaadresses2Collinwood Fashions

aaadream4♫ “Girl ‘o My Dreams…” ♫

aaabook2“This…can’t be good…”

aaablackmail1 - CopyThe Faces of Blackmail

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These episodes of Dark Shadows originally aired February 26 – March 1, 1968.

In this installment of The Drawing Room:

  • It’s not the end…yet!
  • When all else, fails, tell the truth
  • The Paranormal Paradox
  • “And then I woke up…”?
  • Special Effects Fest on Wednesday
  • Is Reverend Trask practicing the evil art of Feng Shui?
  • Barnabas botches it badly
  • Is it Quittin’ Time for Ben?
  • “I hate. And I can do something about that hate.”
  • Emo-Vampire joins The Avengers
  • Internet Tough Guy
  • A Tale of Three Detectives
  • Verbal Swordplay
  • Props for the use of props
  • The debonair and powerful vampire…drops his cane
  • Foreshadowed is forewarned…or is it?
  • Best Slap of the Series


  • Would you like to fly in my beautiful balloon?
  • Tote bags, bobbleheads and discount coffins

adockThe neck, Barnabas!! Aim for the neck!!

acomfortComfort in a Difficult Moment


afraidBe afraid, Trask…be VERY afraid…

amaudeThe Lovely Miss Maude Browning

Batman199-00This week in comics…

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