Avengers_Age_Of_Ultron-poster1Episode 202: Avengers Age of Ultron Review

Back in Episode 102 I sat down with Van Allen Plexico to discuss the Avengers.  It’s kind of fitting that one hundred episodes later I once again talk about that team.  It’s also a sign that I have been really lazy about doing this show  because episode 102 was released about five years ago.  That works out to about twenty episodes a year.


Anyway, Avengers: Age of Ultron has hit theaters and as I was really excited to see it my wife Rachel and I went opening night.  A day or two later we sat down to talk about what we thought about the flick.  Actually we kicked things off by talking about the trailers we saw for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Fantastic Four and Ant Man, which led to a few tangents about those films and characters.  Then we get into the movie by talking about the stories and the characters involved.  Rachel asks a lot of questions that I just didn’t have the answers to but it was a fun conversation anyway.  The language gets a little blue so if you’re at work you might want to throw on some headphones.

Next Time: An episode recorded months ago that I haven’t gotten around to editing yet.


10698631_10204823957348298_8475674055346344996_nEpisode 201: Twenty Year Reunion

And so starts the next hundred episodes of Views.

Back in episode 101 I waxed philosophical about the direction I wanted to take the show in for the then foreseeable future.  For this one I wanted to do something a bit different.  In October of 2014 my wife and I traveled from Georgia to my homelands in Pennsylvania.  The reason; my twenty year high school reunion.  It was an incredibly emotional trip for me so I thought I would spend an hour and a half or so talking about it.  Comics are mentioned so I don’t deviate too far from the show’s mandate but the bulk of it chronicles our trip there and back again.  Here all about our stopovers in Virginia, hanging out with old friends, an awesome Batman video game, the reunion itself, the trip back and the horrible hotel we stayed in for a night that had a cheap rate for a reason.

Check out below the cut for some pictures from the trip.

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Episode 200

Episode 200: The Red and The Blue at 200

Another milestone has been achieved!  Episode 200 is here!

Sure it’s not the 200th episode of the show.  That happened awhile go and was a lot of fun but as far as the numbering goes this is episode 200 and I thought it was something worth celebrating.  Joining me this time out is my permanent semi-regular co-host Andy Leyland (of Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast and Listen to the Prophets fame) and we get to do something we’ve been kicking around for some time now.  See, Andy and I talk a lot over Facebook and in between talking about The Greatest American Hero and how awesome Leverage is and what we are currently reading we discuss ideas for podcasts that because both of us are rather busy will probably never happen, at least in an ongoing fashion.  Andy, being the smart guy that he is, suggested we take some of those ideas and do them as episodes of Views and thus this episode was born.

One of the ideas we kicked around was called The Red and The Blue, which was nothing more complicated than Andy and I picking a Superman comic and a Spider-Man comic and talking about them.  We gave this idea a test drive by talking about Superman (Vol. 1) #200 and Amazing Spider-Man #200 and boy did we have a lot of fun doing it.  Superman #200 was an imaginary tale where Jor-El and Lara and all of Kryptonoplois are spared the destruction of Krypton by a kinder, gentler Brainiac.  They have a second son and through a series of events come to Earth.  One of those sons will be Earth’s Superman…but which one?  Then over in Amazing Spider-Man #200 Peter confronts the man that made him who he is today…the burglar that shot Uncle Ben!

Next Time: A solo show that is completely devoid of notes and barely has anything to do with comics but was something I wanted to do anyway.


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Episode 199: Man of Steel…The Roundtable

Prevailing wisdom tells us that you don’t talk about politics or religion in polite company.  Given how things have gone down since June of 2013 I think it is fair to say that you could add the film Man of Steel to that list as well.  Contentious is one of the more benign words you could use to describe the reaction to this movie and it seems that for the most part you can’t have a conversation about Man of Steel without having a street fight break out.  It’s not a given but at the same time I have seen it happen enough to shy away from most conversations about the project.

Back in 2013 I was fortunate enough to be part of a roundtable discussion of the 1950’s Adventures of Superman television series over at Two True Freaks.  It was a lot of fun and the four of us that were on that episode were itching to get together to talk about something else Superman related.  We all agreed that there was a civil conversation to be had about Man of Steel and several months ago we all got together to prove that such a thing could happen.

Joining me in this mammoth episode are Andy Leyland (of Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast and Listen to the Prophets fame and my permanent semi-regular co-host), Paul Spatro (of Back to the Bins and Listen to the Prophets fame) and Bob Fisher (of Superman Forever and Long Play fame).  We spend over three hours discussing Man of Steel in depth and deal with the more controversial aspects of the movie including the depiction of Jonathan Kent, the amount of destruction seen in the movie and the final battle between Superman and General Zod.  It’s a long conversation but I think it proves that you can talk about this movie with people and still walk away as friends.

Quick note: the audio quality gets a little dodgy in places.  Apparently Skype didn’t like us talking about this and there are places where words drop out.  It might be slightly distracting but I don’t think it ruins the episode.  I just wanted to let you know.

Next Time: EPISODE 200!  With Andy Leyland!


Episode 198

Episode 198: Views From A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far, Far Away…

I like Star Wars.  I am not the Star Wars fan some of my friends are but holy crap do I love that franchise.  Back in October of 2014 I went through one of my periodic check ins with the property and started watching the moves and reading the books and generally having a good time reconnecting with an old friend.  Andy Leyland (of Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, The Fantasticast and Listen to the Prophets fame) picked up on this and since he likes him some Star Wars too we sat down and spent nearly three hours putting our thoughts on digital paper.  Through those two plus hours we go through our personal histories with Star Wars, what toys we had, our thoughts on all six movies and the expanded universe.

Special thanks to Andy for not only coming on to the show again but also for tracking down the graphic you see above.  One of the things we talked about was how Star Wars was presented in the UK and I thought this made a fitting episode graphic.

Next Time:  Andy Leyland.  Bob Fisher.  Paul Spataro.  Me.  Man of Steel.


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Episode 197: The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman-Blue!

For the final episode of 2014 I wanted to talk some Superman.

I know…shocking.  Why would I ever want to talk about Superman?  It’s happened so rarely on this show.

All kidding aside I have, for some time now, been wanting to get Trentus Magnus (he of Trentus Magnus Punches Reality fame) on Views to talk about Superman and considering he has had me on his show twice now to talk about imaginary Superman stories it seemed fitting to ask him to come on over and sit a spell.  The Amazing Story of Superman-Red and Superman Blue is quite possibly the greatest of all the Silver Age imaginary Man of Steel stories and Trentus and I spend a good hour talking about why that is.  Sure I am a tad snarky in my synopsis but the love Trentus and I feel for this story comes through.

After that we get into a conversation about, for the lack of a better way to describe it, the state of Superman fandom.  This talk was inspired by an e-mail Trentus sent me some time ago so it seemed like a good idea to address it while he was in the room, so to speak.  What is with Superman fans these days?  Why can’t we seem to get along?  Why do we hurl such vitriol at each other?  Trentus and I have a very even tempered discussion about the subject and I hope you enjoy it.

Next Time: To kick off 2015 Andy Leyland is back and the subject is one that is near and dear to both of our hearts.  Star Wars!


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Episode 196: DragonCon 2014 Panel – Yo Joe!

This time out I conclude my series containing the audio from the various panels I was on at the 2014  DragonCon.  The subject?  G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.  This panel took place on the last day of con, which was September 1, 2014.  I was lucky enough to be part of a great group of Joe fans including track director Joe Crowe (one of the directors of the American Sci-Fi Classic track at DragonCon and high muckity muck at RevolutionsSF), Noel Wood (who is part of some kind of podcast but I cannot find the info on it but man is he an awesome G.I. Joe cosplayer), Will Price (of the Shauncastic podcast) and Jonathan Williams (of the Wrestling With Pop Culture website).  Gary Mitchel also makes a brief appearance right there at the end.

The panel was primarily about the 1980’s version of G.I. Joe and we cover a good bit of ground.  The toys are discussed.  The cartoons are discussed.  Favorite characters are discussed.  Joe learns about the Viper episode.  Things get silly.  Things get deep.  There’s even a musical number right there at the end.  All in all it was a fun celebration and I want to thank Gary and Joe once again for asking me to be a part of it.

During the course of the panel I mentioned a fan vid of the opening to the animated G.I. Joe: The Movie set to Toby Keith’s “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.”  A few years back I was a guest Geek Out Loud where Big Honkin’ Steve and I talked G.I. Joe.  During the course of that episode I talked about how I wanted to see the opening to the animated movie set to that Toby Keith song.  Someone went out and did it.  I don’t know if this is that exact video but I do know that at one point there was a version that attributed the idea to Geek Out Loud.

Next Time: Trentus Magnus and I get together to talk about a classic Superman imaginary story.


Marvel Movies

Episode 195: From Howard to Hasselhoff, A Marvel Movie Panel

Hey, it’s another panel from 2014’s DragonCon!

Thanks to the very awesome Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel I was on another American Sci-Fi Classics panel!  This time out the subject was Marvel movies, but not the more recent ones.  No, on Sunday night a bunch of us took to the stage to extoll the virtues and…not virtues of the many television and handful of theatrical Marvel live action productions.  From The Incredible Hulk to the two Captain America pilots to the Dr. Strange pilot to Howard The Duck to The Punisher to the Amazing Spider-Man to Nick Fury and everything in between.  If it was live action and it was Marvel and it was before 1998 we at least touched on it.

The panel was made up of some pretty cool people.  Joe acted as moderator to me, author and podcaster in his own right Keith DeCandido, co-host of The Flopcast Kevin Eldridge, Philip Schweier of ComicBookBin and Batman 66 Bat-Probe writer Geena Phillips.  They were a great group of people and I had a lot of fun.  Be sure to check out what everyone does online and in the real world and everywhere in between!

Next Time:  Yo Joe!


TransformersEpisode 194: Transformers – 30 Years At The Eye of the Storm Panel

Thanks to the awesome Gary Mitchel and Joe Crowe I was on a bunch of panels on the American Sci-fi Classics track at this year’s Dragon Con.  One of those panels was Transformers: 30 Years At The Eye of the Storm, which was all about…well, the Transformers.  It’s kind of in the name. My fellow panelists included Gary, Joe, Shaun Rasado (from the Seancastic podcast), Will Price (also of the Shauncastic podcast) and Noel Wood (who is part of some kind of podcast but I cannot find the info on it but man is he an awesome G.I. Joe cosplayer).  We talked just about everything Transformers over the course of the hour.  Our first experiences with the property, our favorite characters, the comics, the animated series, the animated movie and a whole lot more.  In fact the only thing we don’t talk about is the recent live action films, which is really odd but also really telling.

There’s also a sing-a-long at the end.

No really…there is.

I want to thank Gary and Joe (which I will be doing quite a bit over the next few weeks) for inviting me to be part of this fun panel.  It was great and I hope you all enjoy it.

Next Time: Marvel Movies…not the ones you are probably thinking about.


tumblr_n8itoskoLH1r7epq8o1_1280Episode 193: Dragon Con 2014 Talk With Mike and Shag

One of my favorite parts of Dragon Con is when my semi-regular co-host The Irredeemable Shag and I sit down for an hour or so and talk about the con.  Last year this did not happen as for a variety of reasons that I don’t feel like getting into here Shag wasn’t able to attend the con.  Maybe he was starting a new job.  Maybe he was framed by a crooked sheriff and is now roaming the country righting wrongs with his bad ass martial arts skills.  Maybe he dropped out of sight for a few weeks to help a down and out town reclaim their pride.  Maybe he learned cool break dancing skills to help some kids keep a community center open.  I don’t know.

Shag is everything to everyone.  At least that’s what the contract we have says I have to say about him.

Anyway, we spend an hour or so talking about what we had been doing at con up to that point.  What panels did we attend?  What panels was I on?  What comics did I buy?  Why does Shag insist I hate a show when I have never said anything about it good or bad?  We also discuss the changes that Dragon Con has gone through over the past few years and about whether or not it will really be for us anymore.  It was a fun conversation and, as always, be sure to check out Shag’s blog Firestorm Fan, the podcasts he hosts with Rob Kelly and others through the Fire and Water Podcast Network and that new blog he just won’t shut up about The Legion of Super-Bloggers.

Next Time: More Than Meets The Eye!  I was on a Transformers panel and I recorded that bad boy.