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With a Pencil: A Six-Episode Series About the John Wick Universe

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Shea Serrano says: 'With a Pencil' is a six-episode podcast series about the John Wick universe. Three episodes will be about each of the three individual movies, while the other three will be about specific parts of a movie that get stretched into bigger conversations. It’s going to be good. Or bad. I don’t know. All I know is a lot of people are going to die.

23 Episodes
By the time this final episode of 'With a Pencil' is over, you will have a definitive list of inductees into the Action Movie Hero Hall of Fame. Or maybe you won't. Shea is joined in the deliberation by writers Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker.
It's finally here! 'John Wick: Chapter 3—Parabellum' is released, and we can finally talk about it. What was the hardest part of the movie to watch? Who has the best cameo? Who gives the best performance? Shea is joined by director Oz Rodriguez and writer Jamil Smith to get to the bottom of these questions and more.
Ira Madison III and Chris Ryan join Shea on a journey to dissect 'John Wick: Chapter 2.' Each of them brings up tiny moments in the movie that they loved or noticed and the panel discusses.
Is Common a good actor? Why does John kill Gianna D'Antonio instead of just letting her kill herself? And does Laurence Fishburne or John Leguizamo have the best cameo? All of these questions and more are answered on this week's episode of 'With a Pencil.' Shea is joined by Juliet Litman and Rembert Browne to discuss.
Shea Serrano is joined by authors Lilliam Rivera and José Olivarez to decide who’s the best tough-guy movie dog owner. The three options: Bob Saginowski and Rocco from 'The Drop,' John Wick and Daisy from 'John Wick,' and Robert Neville and Sam from 'I Am Legend.' Lilliam's young adult novel 'Dealing in Dreams' and José's book of poetry 'Citizen Illegal' are both out now!
Shea Serrano is back from podcast retirement to host 'With a Pencil.' In Episode 1, he sits down with Sean Fennessey and Judnick Mayard, two people who love the franchise as much as he does, to talk about John Wick, Chapter 1.



On this last bonus episode of the season, Shea answers questions about Chong Li from Bloodsport. We find out what what Jean Claude Van Damme’s best movie is, whether Chong Li is actually deaf and which villain from our entire series would win in a death match against Chong Li.
We are closing out the first season of 'Villains' with the most terrifying martial arts movie villain: Chong Li. Shea is joined by The Ringer’s John Gonzalez and Kevin Clark to discuss his dirty fighting tactics and massive muscles.
Shea is talking Nino Brown from 'New Jack City' on this week’s bonus episode of 'Villains.' We’ll find out who Shea is more scared of: Nino Brown or Alonzo Harris from 'Training Day.' Are Nino Brown and N’Jobu from 'Black Panther' working toward the same goal? Who would Shea cast as Nino in the 2019 version of 'New Jack City'? Plus, Shea tells us a ghost story. Thank you to Soul Candle for the music played during the ghost story. You can find more of their music at
This week, writer Jamil Smith and The Ringer’s John Gonzalez join Shea to discuss Nino Brown, the gangster movie villain from 'New Jack City.'
This week we’re celebrating the new year by answering questions about Regan MacNeil from William Friedkin’s ‘The Exorcist.’ We’ll also hear from some very special guests on what they would do if they needed to be exorcised.
‘Halloween Unmasked’ host Amy Nicholson and film critic Monica Castillo join Shea to discuss the gross terror of Regan MacNeil from ‘The Exorcist.’
This week, Shea answers questions about Amy Dunne from 'Gone Girl.' Does Nick and Amy’s baby have a chance of growing up like a normal child? Did Amy actually ever intend to kill herself? Is 'Gone Girl' the worst movie to see on a first date? You’ll find out in this episode.
This week, 'Villains' meets 'Binge Mode' as Mallory Rubin and Jason Concepcion join Shea to discuss Amy Dunne from 'Gone Girl.'
Shea answers questions about Ernesto de la Cruz from 'Coco.' He tells us why Mamá Coco didn’t recognize "Remember Me" as her father’s song, if Mamá Imelda is actually the villain in 'Coco,' and whether Ernesto de la Cruz is supposed to be Vicente Fernández or Pedro Infante.
Micah Peters and young adult novelist Lilliam Rivera join Shea to discuss the charismatic villain in Disney Pixar’s ‘Coco.’ We used music from Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal in the episode. Check them out here!
Shea answers questions about last week’s episode on Killmonger from 'Black Panther.' We find out why he chose Killmonger over Heath Ledger’s Joker for the ultimate supervillain, what kind of movie it would have been if Killmonger was from the South, and who would win in a fight: Killmonger or Adonis Creed.
This week Shea sits down with Chris Ryan and writer Kara Brown to discuss 2018's most discussed supervillain: Killmonger from ‘Black Panther.’
On this week's bonus episode, Shea and Larami discuss what they would do if one of their children brought home a "Regina George type" to meet the family, Cady's most villainous moment in the movie, and the rap song Kevin Gnapoor would dedicate to Regina George.
This week Shea Serrano, Amanda Dobbins, and Juliet Litman head back to high school to discuss Regina George from ‘Mean Girls.’ Music from Rod Hamilton and Tiffany Seal is featured in this episode. Check them out here!
Comments (9)

Fred Kass


Jun 2nd

Matthew Deneuville

Wait till you see Chapter 3 you love it n 1st time I'm listening to your podcast

May 15th

Tristan Chua

waiting for season 2... mawrrr

Mar 17th

Joshua Gutierrez

Chong Li has stoic charisma. He is a bad mofo you just never mess with at anytime. If you are willing to inflict pain and suffering just for the hell of it, then there is no shot at redemption. Chong Li may be the worst villain in these episodes because he simply does whatever is necessary to get his way and hurt people. We all can have sympathy for the morally complex villain who tears down only to try and rebuild for a better tomorrow. There is something so absolutely terrifying to me when someone who is just bigger and stronger than you can hurt you just because he feels like it.

Jan 21st

Ahmad Thomas

you guys missed one important point. G Money was Nino's half brother. great podcast as always....tho

Jan 3rd


Great Podcast Series

Nov 23rd

Ryan Wheeler

it's Shea Serrano, the voice of the people. Cool to add Villains to my podcast rotation.

Nov 16th

Joseph Sanchez-Aguilar


Nov 9th


Best podcast ever!

Nov 8th
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