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Almost an X-Man

Two Grown Men Read Dazzler

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Welcome to the Almost an X-Man Podcast! Join Matt and RJ as they visit some of the most entertaining, but unheralded books in comics, beginning with Dazzler’s solo series. You can follow, or message us through Twitter, Instagram, and other platforms @DazzlerPodcast or email us at dazzlerpodcast@gmail.com.
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Hi, I'm Wil Boudreau, AKA The First Gen X Man. Did I ever tell you about the time I made a pizza commercial with a certain very recent ex-president? Or how about the time I was fired by a New Jersey mobster? Or that summer when I definitely did not become a movie star? Of course not. We've never met. But now you can hear these funny stories and more. Ripped from the endless adventure that is my life.From growing up in the shag carpeting covered suburbs in the 1970's.To working as an advertis ...
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