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.
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.
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)
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.
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?
We talk TechJedi’s experience at FCBD 2015; which, essentially, was not crazy hot but the kids love it all the time. So Boom. I break with a lot of people’s assessment of Avengers: Age of Ultron. We bandy some points here and there but skip the in depth stuff. Eventually we get to DC WEEK with the special covers based on movies.
Starting with SUPERMAN 39 and 40, giving us a really good scene with Supes pulling off hostages with nothing but cajones. GREEN LANTERN 40 is next, only purchased for the 2001 cover, but it is a good issue with Kilowog and Hal showing us great character moments; DETECTIVE COMICS 40 finishes the Anarky arc, with the supervillain explains routine. SINESTRO 11 Covert forces and drained rings and Bekka saving the day. BATGIRL 40 gives us the lovely purple rain cover, which appeals to my inner 80s 8th grader-but disappoints nonetheless, as we were expecting an explanation but got a Star Trek TOS episode. CATWOMAN 40 we got for the Steve McQueen cover-but Seleina being a crime lord piques. ASTRO CITY 21 finishes Quarrels story as we find Jack making bad decisions and Quarrel making interesting ones.
We mention finding Art Adams stuff, detail THE GREAT COMICS RE-ORG OF 2015. We wonder if Joker would really get tatted up or would get bored and shoot the artist after a while. We meander around speculating lightly on Suicide Squad. On to the February Indies!
We start with SAGA 25, giving us nothing new but the visuals with the “poor go off to war” routine. It’s high quality in it’s distinctions between the character bases, but the riff is not different. ODY-C 3 Lovers of Zeus die quite naturally; favor is curried with the gods,Plot, fight, disgusting cyclops people. Ewww. HELLBOY 1952 4 brings us back to the monkey frankenstein things. There’s talking gators, movie directors, grenades, and wackiness. CLUSTER 1 Pleases TechJedi with criminals on other planets fighting monster alien things. VELVET 9 has our heroine making good her escape and having to have long conversations on trains before being arrested again. UBER 22 The spy is revealed, Turing is Uber positive, Maria wages war her own way, mostly symbolically. Sieglinde 1 gets another mission; Goebbels makes speeches. BITCH PLANET 3 moves forward, teams being made, backstory developed, and so on. MANIFEST DESTINY 12 & 13 -Giant monsters, strange compasses, sexual backstory we’d prefer not to know; minor betrayals, blue owl things, all this pleases us. More arches, more fungal zombies, drunken crewmembers, and more insanity. Great read. HOLMES AND HOUDINI 4 Hoidinis is in jail and inches from deportation, but escapes, naturally. Cryptic riddles, Crimean war memorials, deduction, and a surprise cliffhanger! MEN OF WRATH 5 wraps us up with just about everyone but mom and baby dying-and shock follows shock as the Rath evil is over.
We ruminate a little bit on Jean Grey’s complete lack of empathy, concern for privacy , or ethics in the outing of her friend Bobby Drake. Eventually we get into some Marvels for the week and start with SPIDER WOMAN4. Jess hangs out with some Fabio’ed out Namor and that’s entertaining; SHE HULK 12 ends with Dr Druid and some final revelations on the blue case file. Ms Marve 11 and 12 has young hot Loki heading down to the neglected Jersey City to spike punch. Kamala has her final confrontation with the Inventor. SQUIRREL GIRL 2 has Doreen reminding TechJedi of Moss from IT CROWD, while Tippy-Toe determines Galactus is coming. THOR 5show us one pissy little Odin and one bad ass Titania, who shows us a different side of herself. CAPTAIN AMERICA 4 appeals to us with a Zemo story and flashbacks revealing more of Sam’s character. CAPTAIN MARVEL 12 shows me some neat physics in the Endless Envelope, as Cap runs off to find Tic. In SILVER SURFER 9 Galactus appears as Dawn demands the full poop from Norrin. SUPERIOR IRON MAN 5 details the stroy of the Black Lama. THOR ANNUAL gives us 3 fun stories about NuThor integrating into Asgard. Very Entertaining.
It’s the final battle in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 14 and 15, and so much happens it’s not even pointful to put it here. Lemme tell ya HAWKEYE 22 is pretty much just Home Alone in NYC. STAR WARS 2 shows us the kinda spanking we’d really expect if an untrained Luke really went against his pa. DARTH VADER 1 is a return to Sith-like form as Vader plots behind the Emperors back, even as he eats shit for the Death Star. RETURN OF THE LIVING DEADPOOL is a zombie apocalypse of deadpools. yay. SILK 1 is a pretty good opener as Cyndi not only fights a new villain but pitches a Silk investigation to JJJ. ALL NEW X-MEN 36, 27, 38 ends the episode with way too many issues at once-Castle Doom blows up, a new character appears, Emma trains Jean, and there’s a Guardians team up.
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Before we start DC Week we ramble for a little while, noting the Great Comics Re-Org of 2015; lamenting how few DC we feel are quality. We toast Herb Trimpe. Our Shitty Movie Of The Week is VIKINGDOM. Finally we get to books with DETECTIVE 39, Bats facing off Bullock while the city burns, and really, can we have a few villains without cults, for once? WONDER WOMAN 39 is next, giving us the no killing shtick again and Hippolyta the Jedi-and we debate her rage and warrior attitude. SINESTRO 10 brings us the continuing fight raging on Warworld, when the Corps arrives with a surprise. BATMAN 39 surprises us with the Batman negotiating with The Court of Owls. Alfred faces down a crisis. HARLEY QUINN VALENTINES SPECIAL humors us and gives us some fun as she chases Bruce Wayne. SUPERMAN 38 concludes the Ulysses line with BIG FIGHTING and new powers for Clark. BATGIRL 39 gives us the idea that Batgirl has a bounty on her, falls into a trap, and Dinah rescues her. AMERICAN VAMPIRE 6 Apes have gone to space and come back vampires. Nuff SAID. ASTRO CITY 20 concludes the episode with emotional rollercoasterism and screwed over nice guys. Crackerjack goes to find the Black Lab.
Tonight we bring you the January Indies, starting with Garth Ennis’ WAR STORIES 4, focusing on the tankers of the Yom Kippur War of 1973. He comes across with typical Ennis setup-intriguing, but a lot of exposition. ODY-C 2 is next, a strange little book that explains the loss of the Y chromo in pre pre history. Fraction lovers, among which we are ourselves, will not like us this ep. We swing into the unrelentingly grim, if quality MEN OF WRATH 4-a fine example of Southern Misery. HELLBOY 1952 pleases us despite Hellboy himself not yet having anything to contribute to the mission. Crime comes back to the show with THE FADE OUT 4-explicit photographers, dates that aren’t dates but are; with special guest stars Clark Gable and Ronnie Reagan. UBER 21 shows us the fall of Sieglinde and Katyusha’s ascendency; HOLMES vs HOUDINI 3 has contention between the two and apparent suicides, explosion, and wounded wives. Revival 27 has Dana in dire straights. BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA 8 has Pete getting hit by motorcycle, and trips to HELL! We clean up with BITCH PLANET 2. Sports, vague assurances of history and cliched bloodgames. This is a world with no backstory, a world not really built, and a world constructed completely to hammer home points alone, with a lack of subtlety that is staggering for an otherwise talented writer.