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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!


GI Joe
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.


tumblr_n8itoskoLH1r7epq8o1_1280Episode 192: Dragon*Con E-Mails

Back in late August the wife and I attended Dragon*Con 2014 and a fun time was had by all.  Seriously.  Everyone looked like they were having a good time.  This episode is the first in a number of episodes I’ll be releasing in the weeks to come that were recorded while I was at Dragon*Con.  Some of these will be panels I was on.  One will be Shag and I doing our usual con talk.  This time, however, the subject is entirely up to you.  In between all of the fun and walking through huge crowds and hanging out with friends and drinking alcohol I managed to snag a few hours to go through the e-mails and feedback I have received over the past nine months.  I am terrible about responding to all of the e-mails and such and I could have filled another hour with the comments left here at the home base for Views but I did want to at least try to get to your comments and questions.

So sit back, relax and hear what you the listeners have to say about the episodes that have come out this year.  You’ll laugh.  You’ll cry.  It will become a part of you.

Or something like that.

Next Time: The Irredeemable Shag and I record live in the same room and tell you more about what we did at the 2014 Dragon*Con!


Episode 191- Forever EvilEpisode 191: Forever Evil

It might seem odd that I would want to cover this event several episodes after Andy Leyland and I talked about the pros and many cons of the New 52 but my muse is kind of strange and often makes no sense.  The thing is that while I definitely had some problems with the story I rather liked Forever Evil as it was coming out.  So did my guest for this episode, Stephen Lacey.  Stephen is a blogger and podcaster in his own right, most notably as the co-host of The Fantasticast.  I’ve know Stephen for years and while he was guested on another show I do this is his first time on Views.  Because of that we kick off the episode by listening to how Stephen got into comics.  After that we launch into the build up to Forever Evil, the main story that took place over seven issues, the tie-in issues of Justice League and Justice League of America and we even touch on some of the tie-in mini-series that I couldn’t be bothered to read.

I’d like to thank Stephen for sitting in with me on this episode and be sure to check out he and Andy talking about the Fantastic Four from the beginning.

Next Time: E-Mails!  From DragonCon!


AvengersEpisode 190: The Busiek/Perez Avengers!

And there came a day…a day…well, a day like a bunch of others…when a collection Earth’s mightiest podcasters united together against the common threat of boredom.  And on that day…the Avengers were discussed!

Dramatic enough?

Anyway, a few weeks ago I sat down with Van Allen Plexico (noted author and co-host of the White Rocket Podcast and the AU Wishbone Podcast, Joe Crowe (one of the directors of the American Sci-Fi Classic track at DragonCon and high muckity muck at RevolutionsSF) and Gary Mitchel (not an old friend of Jim Kirk but another director for the American Sci-Fi Classics track at DragonCon and co-host of the RevCast) to talk about the first three issues of the Kurt Busiek/George Perez run on the Avengers!  We also reveal Joe and Gary’s comic book origins, discuss the rest of the Busiek/Perez run on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, relate an almost scary incident from last year’s DragonCon, go over why Ultron is scary, touch on why Van was justifiably upset at Iron Man 3, gush over Marvel’s movie success and a whole lot more.

I wanted to thank Van for coming back to the show and Joe and Gary for coming on for the first time.  They are welcome back any time.  If you are heading to DragonCon this year be sure to check out the American Sci-Fi Classics track.  It is a lot of fun and you never know what’s going to happen between panels.

Next time: FOREVER EVIL!!!!