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Episode 213-“Taking The Millennium Falcon For Space-Shakes”

Thursday, August 27th, 2015
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We unfortunately start this episode watching Transformers: Age of Extinction. Riiiiight. Rather quickly Tech runs through his summation of ANT-MAN. We eventually get to books with the MAY INDIES! Beginning with SABRINA 3,  the excellent but late horror book. Madame Satan plots and Lucifer himself arrives! THE FADEOUT 6 features writers block, Dashiel Hammet, and Charlie finally gettin’ some. SOUTHERN CROSS 2 and 3 goes plot crazy with hallucinations, dead guys, and prophecies of DEATH. ARCHIE vs Predator 2 guests stars Sabrina, Jughead in drag, grenades, and general insanity. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 11-Jack and Lo-Pan endure the cost of breaking up a bar in hell-that being doing the dishes. HARROW COUNTY 1 Brings us a new type of supernatural problem, the Haint. which is new to us, not being southerners. Witches, backstory, fateful mob mentalities and more take center stage to present the horror. Over in AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE 8, it’s a an all moral quandary issue! Abandon Cheryl Blossom, now know as the creeeeepy Blaze? Were is the line? ODY-C 5 has visions, seductions and all the things you expect from Greek Gods that are there specifically to irritate you.

REBELS 2 presents with The Green Mountain Boys, irritated and lonely wives, raids on barges, more. DESCENDER 3 continues the high quality storytelling with robot dreams, fights, and the best character ever, DRILLER KILLER. OUTCAST 9 finally has things ramp up a bit as possessed people try to steal each other’s human’s life energy or soul or some shit; there’s an exorcism and a dead girl. UBER 24 and 25 Has a staggering number of things happening in them, you’ll just have to read it! SAGA 28 Death talk and toasting marshmallows-that’s this issue. WYTCHES 6 has a twist that is sheer evil. That’s where’ we’ll leave that. MASKS 2 #2-the less said about that the better. FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND 2 and 3 Mexican pyramids-the 50s-demon pteradactyls-hollow earth…Mignola goodness in full effect! BALTIMORE CULT OF THE RED KING 1 introduces unholy libraries, cults, natch-withches, and plots more complex than your average nuclear detonator. INVISIBLE REPUBLIC 3 is event heavy and character light, food riots, and recriminations. We finally finish off with RAGNAROK 5,  featuring a broth of many disgusting things, fire demons, and more Simonson awesomeness than you have any damn clue what to deal with.

Also,  take a second to look at our GO FUND ME for our table at EMERALD CITY CON 2016.

 

Episode 213



Episode 212-The Indignant Cusp

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
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It’s a DC Episode! We have to pad the episode some more, like usual. The Convergence books finish up this month, starting with CONVERGENCE SHAZAM 2; Lemme tell ya, Doc Shaner is a damn fine artist and probably the perfect artist for Shazam-bringing us the joy of giant robots, beautiful Gaslight Villains, and more. CONVERGENCE WONDER WOMAN 2 was on the other hand, an abomination of a story that was hard to follow, period, and mismatched. We then move on to CONVERGENCE: SHADOW OF THE BAT, which, really, took a feat of strength not to throw across the room. We diverge for a very long time debating the real point of random change ups for such a short period and their consequences.

Eventually we get to CONVERGENCE DETECTIVE 2, which mostly worked pretty well-almost entirely cause of the art. Superman had some really good character moments, in both his positive and negative elements. CONVERGENCE SUPERMAN 2 was just so odd it’s hard to even describe the real plot points. Eventually we get ato a book we’re happy with with ASTRO CITY 23, a wonderful book with monkey drummers and ninja gorillas.

 

Episode 212



Connecticut Comic-Conn Pictures!

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
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It was a pretty great day at Mohegan Sun Casino for The Connecticut Comic-Conn, #5! TechJedi and Reverend MadDuck ventured out and brought some proto nerd nephews, and this is what we saw! Full synopsis of the show in episode 215!

 



Episode 211-Scourge Would Want Her Rolodex

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
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We start with being driven nuts by LEPRECHAUN, then mention ANT-MAN real quick. We talk the travails of Dr Strange, and his potential troubles in the future flick-and then re-debate BvS. We finally get to Marvels and the flying space mirror of the BLACK VORTEX in CAPTAIN MARVEL 14.  Moving on rapidly to BLACK WIDOW 17 engaged in future fantasies with Matt Murdock; ALL NEW X-MEN 40 is the one where Jean “i can’t keep it in my head” Grey outs bobby. LEMIRE’S HAWKEYE 2 features the escape of Bart and Clint, and their first encounter with the circus. THOR 7 features trips to the moon, lonely hammers, The Destroyer, oil deals, and awesomeness. UNCANNY 33 gives us monster island, and that’s all we need. ALL NEW CAPTAIN AMERICA 6 Thin story beats in flashbacks really don’t support the rest of the issue-no matter how much they want it to. SILVER SURFER 11 is high quality as usual, but the gimmick of flipping the book to read parallel events through the time streams is just fuckin irritating. SILK 3 has poor Cyndi realize she’s beaten Rage too much, confronts back cat, meets Peter and the FF to figure out her powers.

SUPERIOR IRON MAN 7 & 8 calls back to Fraction’s run with the backup copy of Tony’s mind, now inhabiting systems connected to autonomous armor, and a trip to Stark’s space station. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 17 Anna Maria is smarter than Pete by an order of magnitude, frankly; Sajani is STILL mad, and Ghost is 90% through destroying Parker Industries. Ms Marvel 14-swooning is what you need to know here, aside from the strikingly real and gentle conversation with Bruno and Aamir. SPIDER-WOMAN 6 is so much fun, with Senor Suerte, loose alpacas, Porcupine, Ben Urich, Kangaroo…aw man. STAR WARS 4 is densely packed with plot-the negotiations with Jabba are intense and well done, the opposing viewpoints of Leia and Mothma are intriguing, rhodians are jerks..such a great book. DARTH VADER 4 Aphra and Vader reach Geonosis and confront the Geonosian Queen, and Vader is given the location of his replacements. Ending with Princess Leia 3, we enjoyed traitors, armor eating aliens, infighting, and intrigue.

 

Episode 211



Episode #210 -That’s Comic Book 101

Thursday, August 6th, 2015
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We touch lightly on the announcements, comic wise, at SDCC; Rev vows to consume no Star Wars news till release day. Recall drinking days seeing Special Edition in 1997; TechJedi expresses his reticence at BatmanvSuperman; Rev corrects him. Eventually we get to April’s Indie books, starting with RED ONE 2;filled with action and porn parties and moral crusaders; VELVET 10 comes next, with our titular heroine going cross country dodging gendarmes and dogs, ending in a farmhouse showdown. SABRINA 2 introduces Madame Satan, jilted lover of Sabrina’s father and after revenge on him through her.  ODY-C 4 has us waving Bye-bye; REBELS 1 introduces us to the small scale, backwoods Revolutionary viewpoint to the American Revolution. And it’s damn fine. MASKS 2 #1, well, it’s another attempt at reviving characters that frankly need to stay dead-Waid’s defibrillator has run out of juice.

Outcast 8 features birthday stress, possessed parishioners, and entire gas stations filled with demons. MANIFEST DESTINY 14 pleases us as always weird blue bird things, mystery illnesses, and men on the edge of mutiny. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 10-Jack has won a lot of actual total junk with made up poker hands, and trashes a bar with Lo-Pan, resulting in there indentured servitude washing dishes. SKULLKICKERS 32 the final fight is ramping up as it’s found the Tolkien Starro’s can’t take booze.  INVISIBLE REPUBLIC 2 Continued fallout from the events of issue 1 still concerns Maya and Arthur, bureaucracy keeps intefering with Babb’s investigation of McBride. DESCENDER 2 blows us the HELL away with the clever flashback implementation of restoring data to the android.  WAR STORIES 7 and 8 starts a new arc from a different perspective-the small scale German side, with a tiny tank crew trying to protect German refugees from the encroaching Russians.  REVIVAL 29 showcases Martha’s adventures with Tao and Crazy-Ass, with the Mayor’s wife blowing up press conferences. THE FADE OUT 5 Gil is almost caught out about his ghost writing-while Kamp is duing perverted things out in the woods.

BITCH PLANET 4brings us plotting in the shower, perverts, instruction videos on sports i can’t care about, and blackmail.  HOLMES AND HOUDINI 5 comes to a screeching, let down end. BIG MAN PLANS 2 is exactly as brutal and unsentimental as 1, and it edges just in front of something i’ll never read again. ARCHIE vs PREDATOR 1brings the kids all go on vacation, probably a plot hatched by the Blossoms; the plotting is too much and the kids go home, Predator in tow. SAGA 27 is essentially one giant drug trip, much like the other 26 issues-except the characters actually are *on* drugs now.

 

Episode 210



The Mean Geek-Tabling at Emerald City Comic Con

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
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HI!
I’m Adrian Hunter; two pals and I, Bill McGuinness and Andrew Kolstad, have been podcasting and doing cosplay photos for more than six years.  We are THE MEAN GEEK PODCAST.  Our sister site, with comics written by myself and Bill, featuring a bungling Clone Trooper and Vader’s PA- Ensign Filimus Johnson, is SUPERMACHOJEDIKNIGHT.COM Between Bill and myself, we have over 60 years of comics knowledge, reading, collecting, and even retailing. Why, we even ran the Southern Connecticut Comic Con in 2010! We have what we feel is a different take on comics reviewing-that is, we don’t review them. We talk about them much the way you would with your friends. For each book, we try to lay down the important events of the issue, note their significance, and get in a little history of the characters and books. Whereas many shows will focus on one book an episode, or maybe two, we bring you six-to-twenty-four! We get to the meat, we have fun with the book, and move on. We’re not journalists or critics. We just talk about the books. Oddly enough that doesn’t set us much apart from many podcasts or general fans. Some podcasts have six or eight people running them, and actually make a profit, or close enough.  Some podcasts are sponsored by stores or websites. Some have advertising revenues.  Some have merch. Unfortunately, that’s not us. We started the show in March 2009 with my laptop and a couple lapel mics, and me and Bill. 215 episodes later, that’s what we still have-but we’ve added a photographer, a mixing board, and some good mics for shows.

Due to the vagaries of one partner working odd hours, he being recently both married and having become a home owner, and another living on the opposite coast,  the logistics and costs of advertising and marketing are basically nil for us. Our one big splurge we can do to get the word out about the show and the strip is attend Cons and have tables, and talk to creators at the time.  Over our three years with tables at Emerald City Comic Con, we’ve had spots with well known comics creators like Ron Randall, teamed up with the Game on Girl Podcast, hosted Cosplayer and Nerdlesque performer Dezi Desire, Featured Cosplay group COBRA NORTH, spotlighted up and coming Indie creators from 80% studios, Charity org Thunderfrog Studios, historical comic YI SHOON SHIN creator Onrie Kompan, and we’ve even interviewed Alexis Cruz of Stargate.

We’re serious about fun with comics.

But the realities of the modern convention economy are putting us in danger of never tabling at our favorite show ever again.  Emerald City Con in Seattle has been bought out and taken over by ReedPop, the people that run so many other shows-shows so big, they literally have to split off smaller shows just to get the focus back on comics. For past shows, I’ve eaten just about all the costs of the shows we’ve tabled at. My partners really are partners-but I adjusted most numbers down so they would be comfortable
going-so everyone could have a great time without losing their shirts. I took up the slack and I didn’t care.  I subsidized everyone else so they’d be happy.  But it’s not certain that can be done again. ReedPop changed their “qualifications” for having tables in Artist Alley, where we made our bread and butter with other creators-all those wonderful people you read about above. That means if we want to represent, we have to get a 10×10 booth-almost 800 dollars before extra badges, electricity, marketing materials, food, banners, extra chairs, extra badges, gas, parking, and horrifically-the flights. If you give to our campaign, you’ll be adding to the greater comics community-the real people not sponsored, not profiting, but the real fans like you.

OUR GO FUND ME

 



Episode #209 They’ll Have A Plaid Superman, Just You Watch

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
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This is all about gettin it over with, ’cause it’s DC Convergence issues. Let’s not drag this shit out. So we start with SINESTRO ANNUAL 1-which is essentially origins for the Yellow Corp backup singers. We gloss over CONVERGENCE BATRGIRL, since that’s about what it should get. CONVERGENCE SHAZAM was so much better though, with Doc Shaner absolutely killing it left and right.  I thought I couldn’t hate Booster Gold ever, but CONVERGENCE BOOSTER GOLD made me do it.  CONVERGENCE DETECTIVE did make me happier, because Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz can do no wrong. But that’s all wiped away with CONVERGENCE SHADOW OF THE BAT. CONVERGENCE WONDER WOMAN just has nothing inspiring in there. By the book pointless. CONVERGENCE THE QUESTION has some cool relationship stuff and nice Montoya moments. Ending the Convergences for now is CONVERGENCE SUPERMAN, and the less said about that the better. Eventually we decide to put a fork in it with ASTRO CITY 22-revisiting the retirement motif again, to great affect.

 

Episode #209



Episode #208 Lucas Got Me Ridin’ Dirty

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
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This is Part 2 of issues left over from March’s Marvels.  If you remember, the battery puked on pt 1.

Rev and I talk wedding marches, mainly Imperial. We watch GRIMM AVENGERS and then launch to The Issues-

We start with STAR WARS 3, continuing the madness at lightsabres through AT-AT legs. SILVER SURFER 10 comes next, Twoomie is gone, Surfer’s hiding his powers, and an entire planet tries to save each other. HUH? MS MARVEL 13 gives us Kamala’s Danger Room and a suitor? What! HOWARD THE DUCK 1 brings us back to the World He Never Made, kinda-montage, adventure, and more! SQUIRREL GIRL 3 brings Doreen to Chipmunk Hunk, bank robberies, pieces of iron man suits, and fucking Squirrel Golems. SILK 2 slows things down with flashbacks, old flames, and internet searches? AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 16 everyone’s pissed at Pete, natch-while Black Cat plots with Oscorp people top take down Parker Enterprises.BLACK WIDOW 16 delves way way back into Nat’s formative years-and her first murder. UNCANNY XMEN 32 is where the new students have to make tough decisions-cause Havok reminds us Scott is a gigantic jackass. Look, just skip ALL NEW XMEN 39. There’s no point. CAPTAIN AMERICA 5 is, it seems, to have become a platform for actively addressing asshole readers. In the bst comic book tradition, Sam has the birds save the day, but the backup plan is flat out gross. And writers need to stop sending people up in the air to spread bloodborne disease. We finish it all with THOR 6, Agger’s origin, deals for interdimensional oil, Malekith, and the Mystery of NuThor ends with the Destroyer showing up.

As a special bonus, look up Marvel Team-Up (issue #137, to be precise)

Episode #208

 



Episode #207 The Marv/Darth Vader Conundrum

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
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This is actually Part 1 of March’s Marvels.

We begin toasting Christopher Lee.

Then we ramble on too long about The Rev’s wife; and discuss a little bit about what TechJedi feels is now a “curated” collection-including a recollection on Heroes Return. Finally before books we talk about TechJedi’s CGC attempts.

Eventually books get done, starting with Lemire’s HAWKEYE 1 featuring frog-catching and eating shit from stepdads-and incessant whining while taking down a hydra base. Moving to CAPTAIN MARVEL 13, continuing the fight in the Long Envelope, resulting in the salvation of Tic. GUARDIANS TEAM UP 1  bored me. SUPERIOR IRON MAN 6 give us devil-Tony selling plans to multiple rival countries; desks are thrown out windows-and Pepper beats Tony to the punch. SPIDER WOMAN 5 features blown training operations, charades in the drunk tank, and more fun options for our Friday night. and Porcupine! ZOMG! PRINCESS LEIA 2 Continues Leia’s mission to find Alderaanians  while flashing back to lessons on geopolitical and ethical quandaries through veggies and agriculture. DARTH VADER 3 shows us a new character, new assassin droid, and a road trip back to Geonosis.

 

Episode #207



Episode #206-Phasers on Literacy

Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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We start with some entertainment stuff, which frankly was depressing. We mourn B.B. King.

We jump into Indie Week with SAGA 26, where Marko plays vigilante at the Quik Stop. The Janitor brings in revolutionaries to the Rocket-Tree. HELLBOY 1952 4 feature a morgue run by half cyborg chimps, which pleases us. Nazis INVISIBLE REPUBLIC 1 features grand politics and revolution and flashbacks…but they’re IN THE FUTURE. SOUTHERN CROSS 1 Is a pretty good kick off for scifi comics, dragging us on a journey to the far side of the solar system via slow boat. CITIZEN OF THE GALAXY 1 is, frankly a disappointment to a hardcore Heinlein fan like TechJedi. WYTCHES 4 and 5 Stomach veins maps. ewww. Charlie goes looking for Sailor, and begins EXPOSITION CON 2015. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 9 features various Hells through which Jack unceasingly messes with Lo-Pan. WAR STORIES 5 and 6 brings to light how war can turn cynic of even the most optimistic man. BIG MAN PLANS 1, well, it’s pretty hardcore, and we’re not real certain which angle to view it from yet.

Continuing on Brings us, wow, even more scifi, TechJedi will have to change shorts-DESCENDER 1 shows us a pretty well built universe, although it may seem the scale of the reaction to the main point may be excessive. NAILBITER HACKSLASH FLIPBOOK brings in some ok stories, seemingly unconnected to anything else. REVIVAL 28 ramps up the intrigue and world building, with new powers revealed, intrigue, murder, and more. OUTCAST 7 really doesn’t have anything of interest happening. A lot of going from place to place and talking. In RAGNAROK 4, Zombie-Thor find Idunn’s apples, kicks troll ass, confronts fire demons, and more. FRANKENSTEIN UNDERGROUND 1 follows the suffering and travels of The Monster across time and the world, facing french mystics and other weirdness, including Luchadores and Hellboy. UBER 23 present HMS Churchill with armor, Maria provides blood for catalyst testing, Dunkirk saves some battleships, and Europe Burns. HIT 1957 1 Crime Noir comes to life with three cops, mafia bars, women hiding under assumed names…what more can we ask?

Episode #206