Tuesday, February 9, 2016

EPISODE 219: DRAGONCON 2015 FLASHBACK PART 2: A TRADITION IS KEPT AND A PANEL BREAKS OUT




The flashbacks to DragonCon 2015 continue this week with a fun conversation and a surprise panel.  Joining me for the first hour is my semi-regular co-host The Irredeemable Shag.  You know Shag, right?  Head honcho of Firestorm Fan and one of the founders of the Fire and Water Network?  It seems that we've known each other for a solid decade now and the conversation we had was supposed to be about that but since it's us things fell off the rails quickly.  The topics may be slightly out of date but it was a lot of fun and you even get our impression of drunken DC creators planning Infinite Crisis.

After that is a surprise panel.  I mentioned last week that Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel are the directors of the American Sci-Fi Classics track at DragonCon.  That track is full of fun programming but sometimes there isn't enough room for everything we want to talk about.  Sometimes a panel happens spontaneously.  Such a panel happened between two other panels one night and I was lucky to be a part of it.  So sit back and listen to me, Tegan, Gary Mitchel, James Palmer and Jessa Phillips as we talk about the Highlander television series and movies.

Did I type movies?  I meant movie.  Because according to Tegan there can be only one. 

There's even a sing-a-long at one point.  That's how crazy things got.

Be sure to check the links I've attached above to check out everyone's web musings.  They deserve your support!

Next Time: The final DragonCon 2015 Flashback!  This time it's all about the never released Fantastic Four film from 1994!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

EPISODE 218: "LIVE" FROM DRAGONCON...THE SUPERHERO-VERSARY


This time out I am presenting the audio from the panel I moderated at DragonCon back in September of 2015.  For the second year in a row Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel (the directors for the American Sci-Fi Classics track at DragonCon) invited me to not only be on some panels but moderate one that was all about the 75th anniversaries of a handful of DC characters.  Joining me on this panel were Joe Crowe (he of the RevCast and the RevolutionsSF website), Bobby Nash (award winning author) and Philip Schweier (of ComicBookBin.com).  For a little over an hour we talked about the heroes hitting the big 7-5 in 2015 including Robin The Boy Wonder, Captain Marvel, the Jay Garrick Flash, the Alan Scott Green Lantern, the Spectre, the Al Pratt Atom, the Joker and...someone else.  After going through the presentation I put together the audience got involved and some great conversations about the characters broke out.

This panel was a lot of fun to moderate an I had a ball putting together the PowerPoint presentation which you can view in PDF form by clicking on this link.  

I'd like to take a moment to thank Joe Crowe and Gary Mitchel for having me be a part of the American Sci-Fi Classics family.  They have made DragonCon fun for me again and I appreciate them letting me play in their sandbox.  

Be sure to check out the links associated with the people on this panel too.  Because they're awesome.

Next Time: Another DragonCon related episode...this time with 100% more Irredeemable Shag!


Monday, February 1, 2016

WHAT THE WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?!

So I guess some explanations are in order here.

For years I have hosted the home base of Views with the company I rent Internet space and bandwidth from.  For years this ran smoothly.  Lately things have soured and after having one of the pages of the site hacked with malware I got sick of the day to day problems that comes with hosting a site or blog yourself.  I was at a loss as to what I could do until I remembered something.

Views first home was still in existence.

So welcome to Views' once and future home.  I am in the very early stages of all of this but within the next month I hope to have, at the very least, an index page in case you came here to download old episodes.

For the moment feel free to check out the site that used to be before I clean everything up.

In other words...


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX IS MOVING

Or has moved to a certain extent. Recently I took out some space on the web and now Views has it's own URL and everything.

So from now on you can find Views From The Longbox at the following link:

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX

The site is a little light on content right now, so you can still find all of the old episodes here, but soon everything will be moved over there, so adjust your bookmarks as you want to.

Thanks for everything. I hope you'll like the new digs, especially when everything is up and running.

Here's the link to this week's episode, just in case you wanted it.

Episode 37: The Mike and Shag Show- Starman Rocks!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Episode 36: The Mike and Shag Show: The Rediscovered Country Episode




Another episode, another guest host. Shag's back and this time he's not taking any prisoners. Actually he's not not taking prisoners either. Frankly he's just talking about comics with Michael again. This week and next Shag and Mike discuss some of their favorite books of the nineties with this installment dealing with Marvel. Shag takes a team of heroes that turn out to be a team of villains while Michael handles a certain Star Spangled Avenger. Plus, Shag has a little bit of an announcement. All this and a very mean tag after the ending theme.

WARNING: THIS SHOW HAS LANGUAGE THAT IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR...EVERYONE. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

And I am back on track. Next week is another Brave and the Bold/Marvel Two-In-One style team up with Shag. The week after that...

Well, come back next week for an "exciting" announcement.

Episode 35: The @#$% Brian Michael Bendis Episode Part 2

Episode 35: The @#$% Brian Michael Bendis Episode Part 2

More of Ryan and Michael talking about comics. They start this "grand adventure" by discussing the pros and cons of current comic book storytelling and things kind of fall apart from there. After a brief digression into the cinema of the nineties Ryan and Mike talk about the Blade films and what Ryan believes to be the fatal flaw of Batman Begins.

WARNING: THIS SHOW HAS LANGUAGE THAT IS INAPPROPRIATE FOR...EVERYONE. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.


Sorry I didn't get this posted sooner. The show was up last week, but I was busy as hell with other things. Hope you enjoy it anyway.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Episode 34: The @#$% Brian Michael Bendis Episode Part 1


http://www.mediagauntlet.com/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=38&Itemid=

WARNING: THIS EPISODE CONTAINS LANGUAGE THAT MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR...ANYONE. LISTENER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

After taking a week off to deal with some family stuff Michael is back with yet another team-up two parter. Joining him for the next two weeks is Ryan Speck, one of Michael's oldest friends and the guy who runs the site that hosts this show. After many a delay the two are finally getting together to talk about the subject that started their friendship in the first place; comics. Following a longish explanation about how the two met and a bunch of names that probably mean nothing to you Mike and Ryan get down to it by discussing Ryan's collecting past, why he really doesn't collect now, his time with the Wild Agents of Marvel, the X-Men and why he hates Brian Michael Bendis. This episode runs about an hour (as does the next installment) but flows along rather nicely once it gets started.

Other Sites of Interest

Fortress of Baileytude: My daily Superman blog

Media Gauntlet: Ryan's Site and the host of this show.

Once Upon a Geek: My semi-regular co-host Shag's blog.