Episode 164: DragonCon 2013
It’s out later than I wanted it to but here is my DragonCon2013 episode. I recorded this on the Sunday morning of the con, which explains why I sound so tired at the beginning of the episode. This is a rambling affair as I had no notes or no clear idea what I wanted to talk about. To be honest this was one of the stranger DragonCon in the decade or so since I have been attending and I think this episode reflects that. Still, I manage to actually talk about a few things including why the dealers’ rooms sucked so hard they had their own event horizon, why I like to talk to fans that have an older perspective than I do, the joys of a Willy Jacks breakfast burrito and why fandom really hasn’t changed all that much in the past few…decades.
Next time: Rob Kelly stops by to talk about his new book Hey Kids, Comics!
Episode 163: Mike and Shag Find Their Joy!
This time out my semi-regular co-host (the Irredeemable) Shag (you know, the co-host of the Fire and Water Podcast and the head fan in charge of Firestorm Fan) joins me to talk about…well, finding your joy. No, not the dish washing detergent because you can find that at just about any super market. This joy is more personal and isn’t lemon scented. On a recent (at the time of this writing anyway) episode of Fire and Water Shag and his co-host Rob Kelly (he of the Aquaman Shrine and Ace Kilroy and former guest of the show as well) talked about being an…experienced (because that sounds better than older) comic book fan and Shag put forward the theory of finding your comic book joy. We continue that conversation for a bit and talk about where we are as comic book fans pushing middle age. Then we look at the cover date of October from the years 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004 and talk about the books we bought at the time and then the books we bought later. It’s a fun two hours where two…advanced (in years) comic book fans talk about reconnecting with the thing that brought them into the hobby in the first place.
If you want to see the covers to the comics we talk about check out the links above. Thanks as always to Mike of Mike’s Amazing World of Comics for doing what he does!
Next time: E-Mails! Messages! Random Thoughts!
Episode 162: Superman IV: The Commentary For Peace
This time out I am not only continuing my Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend series but I am also continuing my commentaries for the Christopher Reeve Superman films but with slight twist. Actually two twists. The first twist is that I am going out of order and doing a commentary for Superman IV: The Quest For Peace before I do a commentary on Superman III. The other twist is that I have a guest with me! Joining me is Scott Gardner of Two True Freaks fame. Scott has been on the show before and we’ve talked about Superman before but this episode is a bit different. Most people like to rip this film apart or at the very least try to tell you how bad it is. While Scott and I certainly recognize the flaws this movie has we also feel that someone needs to speak to the positive qualities it also possesses. The commentary gets a little…PG-13 as far as the language goes but a good time is had by all. So sit back, fire up the DVD player and give Superman IV another shot.
I’d like to thank Scott for coming on the show and making this a fun commentary to record! He is welcome back any time…as long as the check clears that is.
Next time: No clue. I have a few ideas. Stay tuned.
Episode 161: Titans Together!
This time out Thomas Deja (one of my semi-regular co-hosts as well as the host or co-host of Better in the Dark and DJ’s Comics Cavalcade) joins me in an episode that was four years in the making. See, back in 2009 or so Thomas e-mailed me about…something and mentioned that if I ever did an episode about the Teen Titans that he wanted in. Well, the time is now. Tom and I cover the Titans from their crazy Bob Haney beginnings all the way up through their short lived seventies revival to the Wolfman/Perez era through…the rest of the Wolfman run and into the Jurgens version of the team. We spend some time discussing our feelings on the Devin Grayson era and those feelings are rather angry and spiteful. Things pick up when we get to the Geoff Johns run but fall apart quickly after that. The whole thing wraps up with a discussion on the New 52 where we try to end things on a positive note. I think we were successful but it was rough going there for a while.
Be sure to stick around after the end music to hear the trailer for Tom’s upcoming novel New Roads to Hell. You can find out about that and his other writings by going to the Nocturne Travel Agency.
Next time: I go back on my previous word about having guests on my Superman movie commentaries. I also go out of order so be on the look out as I and a special mystery guest give our commentary on…Superman IV: The Quest For Peace.
Episode 160: Ace Kilroy Needs Your Help!
Rob Kelly (he of the Aquaman Shrine and the Fire and Water Podcast fame) returns to the show to discuss a project near and dear to his heart. A few years back Rob and his friend Dan O’Conner started a web comic called Ace Kilroy. It’s an action packed strip set in the late thirties and features plenty of two-fisted action and monsters. Two seasons of Ace have been produced with a third season being prepared as you read this if you are reading this in the summer of 2013. Last year Rob and Dan did a Kickstarter Campaign to produce a print edition of Season One of Ace and now they are at it again for Season Two. I know that this show is normally reserved for talking about comics in a rather timeless fashion but I really believe in this series and that’s why I had Rob on to talk about how he and Rob came up with Ace, my thoughts on the first season and some fun conversation in between.
You can find the Kickstarter Campaign for Season Two by clicking on this link. Rob explains how all of that works in the show so pay attention towards then end of the episode for that. Click on this link to check out Ace’s home base and read some fun, free comics. As a preview here are a few samples of the action packed fun that is Ace Kilroy!
Also here is a picture of the very awesome Ace Kilroy Mego Style doll!
Next time: The Titans episode with Thomas Deja! Promise!
Episode 159: Seven Years Ago
Man of Steel is finally upon us and now two years of anticipation will come to an end. Personally I am looking forward to the film and between that and seeing all of the Superman related merchandise in the stores I got this weird sense of deja vu. It all felt familiar and I realized that the reason for that feeling was that I went through a similar thing seven years ago when Superman Returns came out. And thus an episode is born. This time out I am free of notes and go completely off the cuff as I remember what it was like back to be a Superman fan in 2006. Before that I relate the “epic” story of how I got my Man of Steel preview tickets from Wal-Mart but after that I cover the merchandise, the trades, the comics, the action figures, the DVDs and a bunch of other things that came out seven years ago.
It feels like forever and yet it feels like yesterday.
Next time: Thomas Deja pops by for some Teen Titans talk.
Episode 158: Infinite Crisis
This time out I am joined by Micheal Leyland (the other half of the fantastic Hey Kids, Comics podcast) to talk about the DC Comics event Infinite Crisis. It was a story several years in the making and not only did it serve as a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths but also to re-establish the DC Universe for a new generation and it would have stayed that way if DC didn’t reboot most of their universe six years later. Pithy comments aside Micheal and I spend the first part of the episode talking about the build up to Infinite Crisis and then look at the series issue by issue. I also make a few blunders along the way that Micheal was too polite to give me a whole lot of crap about.
During the course of the episode I mention a website that annotated Infinite Crisis. You can find that site by clicking on this link.
I’d like to thank Micheal for coming on the show. He was fun to record with and welcome back any time.
Next time: Another installment in my Superman at 75: The Celebration of Legend series!
Episode 157: Silver and Bronze Age Origins Part 2
Andrew Leyland, former guest on this show and co-host of Hey Kids Comics (with his son Micheal) and the Fantasticast (with Stephen Lacey) is still with me this time out as we live up to the “Bronze” portion of the episode title. After looking at a briefer take on the Man of Steel’s back story we dive right in to Action Comics #500. This issue is covered from top to bottom as we discuss not only the story but how this version fits in with the time period it was published in. There some fun digressions, a lot of good conversation, some bad accents and even references to where being attracted to an underage Lana Lang will get you and how the Parasite is a magnificent male specimen. All in a little under two hours, which is pretty good for Andy and I as we tend to talk and talk and talk.
Speaking of Andy I would like to thank him once again for coming on to the show.
Next time: The Superman III commentary!
Episode 156: Silver and Bronze Origins Part 1
Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend continues this time out with the first of a two part look at the origin of Superman! One of the more enduring elements of the Man of Steel’s legend is his back story…who he is and how he came to be. That story has changed and evolved over the years and I thought it might be fun to take a look at the various iterations. For the next two episodes I’ll be examining that origin from the perspective of the Silver and Bronze Age and seeing what elements shaped the Man of Steel in those eras. Joining me on this journey is Andrew Leyland, former guest on this show and co-host of Hey Kids Comics (with his son Micheal) and the Fantasticast (with Stephen Lacey). In this first installment we look at Andy’s favorite take on this version of the origin in the form of Superman (Vol. 1) #146 before traveling into the future to discuss how Jeph Loeb and the other Superman creators circa 2001 tried to take the origin back to the Pre-Crisis era. Along the way we get into a number of discussions and surprisingly most of them involve Superman.
I just want to thank Andy for coming on the show and as always he is welcome back any time. Speaking of that…
Next time: The second part of this discussion where we look at how Superman’s origin was presented in the seventies.
Episode 155: The SUPERMAN II Commentary
Superman at 75: The Celebration of a Legend continues this time out with my commentary for Superman II: The Adventure Continues! For some the decision about which version of the film to talk about might take some serious thought but to me the answer was always clear. As much as I like parts of the Donner Cut my heart will always belong to the original, theatrical version directed by Richard Lester. I go into the reasons for this during the commentary as well as trying to make what I think are decent and well thought out points before getting distracted by the movie. The commentary begins right at the beginning of the episode so like the Superman: The Movie commentary the episode starts when the film starts. I don’t know how well it will synch up but hopefully I’m not horribly off the mark.
Next time: Andy Leyland stops by again for the first installment of a two part episode focusing on Superman’s origin in the Silver and Bronze Age!