Tuesday, September 20, 2016

EPISODE 245 - DRAGONCON 2016 PART 1: WATCHMEN 30 YEAR, 35 MINUTES AGO



DragonCon 2016 is over but the fun hasn't ended.  I was fortunate enough to be on a bunch (12 in all plus a few I got pulled up on) of the panels on the American Sci-Fi Classics track this year and while not all of them have to do with comics some of them did.  One of those was the Watchmen: 30 Years, 35 Minutes Ago, which took place on September 5, 2016. This was a fantastic conversation where we talked about Alan Moore as a writer, the themes of the story, the amazing art by Dave Gibbons and we even touch on the prequels that were a published a few years back.

We also take a few shots at the Zach Synder movie.

If you liked what you heard on this panel and want to check out the various podcasts my fellow panelists host they are...

I do apologize for the sometimes spotty audio.  I recorded this with my phone and sometimes it was hard to hear people but I think you can get the gist of what was said.

I also apologize for not getting the name of the young lady in the Silk Spectre costume.  She was very nice and even posed for a picture with us.

Thanks again to Gary Mitchel and Joe Crowe for putting up with me again this year.

Next Time: Get out your favorite paper hats because it's time to celebrate some super-hero birthdays with the 2016 Superhero-versary Panel!


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

EPISODE 244 - THE KILLING JOKE



In the first installment of Views From a Superstitious and Cowardly Lot (the series within a series where I talk about Batman) Andy Leyland and I talk about Batman: The Killing Joke.  To say that this is a controversial story is an understatement.  For years The Killing Joke was considered a seminal Batman story.  A must read.  A violent look at the relationship between Batman and the Joker.  A game changer.  Now the worm has turned and The Killing Joke isn't seen as a bastion for mature comic book storytelling.  It's an unnecessary story that damaged Barbara Gordon as a character and furthers the trope of killing or maiming a female character to further a male character's story.

For nearly two hours Andy and I talk about all of these issues and more.  We look at the story as a story and then look at how this story treats its characters.  Barbara Gordon is brought up more than once and the two of us get to vent about how we're sick of rape being used as a gimmick.  I'm not going to lie.  This episode has some fun points but Andy and I go to some pretty dark areas and we don't shy away from it.  We ask a lot of questions and try to judge this story fairly.  What are our final thoughts?  Listen and find out.

As I mentioned Andy and I talk about some pretty serious issues in this episode.  Normally I keep this a pretty light affair but for this story things get real.  Because of that I wanted to warn everyone because I know there are people out there that, for a variety of reasons, get very upset when they hear about sexual assault and violence towards women.  Because of that I am issuing Views' first ever trigger warning.  Some people think that trigger warnings are silly and that people should just suck up and get over whatever is bothering them.  To those people I say, "Too bad."  I have seen the effects of PTSD and if giving out a trigger warning spares someone an episode then it is totally worth it.

Besides...my show, my rules.  Don't like it?  I really don't care.

Andy Leyland was nice enough to stop by.  Be sure to check out his other shows, which include: Hey Kids Comics, The Palace of Glittering Delights, Listen to the Prophets: A Deep Space Nine Podcast, The Fantasticast and Keep 'Em Flying: A Firefly Podcast.

Next Time: I will finally release the awesome Suicide Squad episode Thomas Deja and I recorded.  It's keen.  

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

EPISODE 243 - KINGDOM COME 20 YEARS LATER



Kingdom Come turns 20 this year.  Alan and Emily Middleton help me talk about it.  

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What?  You want more than that?  I mean what else can I say outside of the fact that Kingdom Come is now 20 and that the wonderful daughter/father team of Emily and Alan Middleton were nice enough to stop by to spend about three hours talking about this epic story?

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Okay.  I'll put a little more effort into these show notes.

This time out I am joined by the previously mentioned Alan and Emily Middleton (hosts of Shortbox Showcase and Dorkness to Light) to discusses the already mentioned Kingdom Come.  There are many different ways we could have tackled this subject.  The art alone merits its own episode.  We chose to tackle the story from the standpoint of the characters so after a short history lesson and a somewhat entertaining synopsis the three of us dive into the main players of this story.  Superman.  Batman.  Wonder Woman.  Captain Marvel.  The now badly named Mankind Liberation Front.  All of them get thrown under the microscope as we talk about what the stories means to those characters, what those characters mean to us and where things went right or wrong.  I also go over the merchandise, the adaptations and the legal problems that crop up when you publish a companion book to a series put out by a large corporation.

I'd like to thank Alan and Emily for coming out to play and the fun isn't over.  This is actually part one of a two part podcasting crossover event and the second part should be up in a few days over at the Dorkness to Light podcast.  There Alan and Emily were nice enough to have me on to talk about the biblical and spiritual aspects of this story.  Be sure to listen to that episode and everything else these two produce podcasting and blog wise because they're awesome and deserve your support.

Next Time: Thomas Deja stops by to talk about the first eight issues of John Ostrander's Suicide Squad

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

EPISODE 242: VIEWS ON REBIRTH MONTH ONE



DC Comics has once again revamped their line.  You might have heard about this.  It's been in the papers.  After five years of creative upheavals and weird directions and just bone headed decisions the powers that be decided that something was missing in the DCU and so they tapped Geoff Johns to craft a course correction for the line.  The result?  DC Rebirth.  

I usually shy away from covering newer comics for a variety of reasons but this is a pretty big deal and...shockingly some might say...I've really liked what DC has been laying down.  So I thought it might be fun to talk about the first month worth of books and I brought a friend along for the ride.  Joining me to this time out is Kevin Cushing, formerly of the Spider-Man Crawlspace Podcast and other fine shows.  Kevin has not been podcasting at all over the past year or so.  Some say he's been on the run from the mob.  Others say that he was framed for a crime he didn't commit and disappeared into the Los Angeles underground.  There's this rumor that he wasn't all that hot on new comics so he's stayed away from the microphone.  No matter the case he's back on Views and I was glad he decided to join me.

After a brief discussion about the DC Univerese: Rebirth one shot we dive into all of the Rebirth comics from June.  We spend a lot of time on the Superman books because it's my show and I am so in love with the new creative regimes on Action Comics and Superman that it just felt right to talk about them for so long.  We also go over Batman, Detective Comics, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lanterns, Aquaman and Green Arrow in that order, which just so happens to be the order I read the books when I pick them up at the shop.  It's a fun two hours worth of comic talk.  What titles did we like?  Did we have any problems with them?  Has Rebirth been worth it?  Listen and find out.  

Thanks again to Kevin for coming out to play.  Hopefully we'll get together to record another one of these next month!

Next Time: The father/daughter team of Alan and Emily Middleton stop by to start a two part crossover with one of their shows  that is all about the 20th anniversary of Kingdom Come!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

EPISODE 241 - TOTAL JUSTICE



Continuing the three month non-series The 2016 Views Summer of Absolute Awesomeness!  Every episode in June, July and August will be in some, way, shape, form or fashion remind me of reading comics in the summer!  Big events!  Books I read during the summer!  Stuff that's just a lot of fun!  That's what this non-series is all about!

The calendar says it's June so that means it's time for Views' annual anniversary episode!  As usual The Irredeemable Shag (host of the Justice League International: Bwah-Ha-Ha Podcast and co-host of The Fire and Water Podcast) is with me and our topic this year is total team work, total tech...TOTAL JUSTICE!  Twenty years ago Kenner Toys put out a line of action figures based on the DC heroes with the added hook of FRACTAL ARMOR!  What is FRACTAL ARMOR?  You'll have to listen to the episode to find out.  You'll also hear Shag and I go through EACH AND EVERY FIGURE of the line as well as EACH AND EVERY FIGURE of the follow up JLA line.  

But that's not all!  Between each segment you'll get to hear all of the songs from the Total Justice: The Ultimate Weapon audio drama that came out as part of the merchandise associated with this line.  Maybe audio drama isn't the best way to describe it.  Maybe pseudo rock opera is a better description because this thing is your typical JLA vs Darkseid story mixed with a bunch of songs that were mostly nineties rock but there was some hip hop mixed in there as well.  These songs are insane and because of that I have to share them with you.

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL!  For one of the talky talk segments Shag and I are joined by Tom Panarese (host of Pop Culture Affidavit and In Country) and Stella (host of Batgirl to Oracle: A Barbara Gordon Podcast and co-host on several of The Batman Universe shows) to talk specifically about the audio drama.  Stella and Tom are an added bonus for this anniversary episode with no increase in the cover price of the show!

During the episode Shag mentioned he had 12 Aquaman figures from this line.  Here's a picture of those figures which can also double as a snap shot into the mind of an addict.



I'd like to thank Shag, Stella and Tom for joining me on this episode and as usual for these anniversary shows I'd like to thank all of you for listening to Views.  I have been extremely blessed with a very loyal audience that has stuck with me through multiple weeks and months with no episodes and I hope you've been enjoying 2016 because I've managed to get new episodes out on a regular basis.  It means a lot that people want to hear me and my friends ramble on about funny books.

Next Time: Haven't decided yet but it is bound to be a lot of fun.



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

EPISODE 240 - IRON MAN REBORN



Continuing the three month non-series The 2016 Views Summer of Absolute Awesomeness!  Every episode in June, July and August will in some way, shape, form or fashion remind me of reading comics in the summer!  Big events!  Books I read during the summer!  Stuff that's just a lot of fun!  That what this kind of, but not really connected series of episodes is all about!

Welcome to another installment in my series of episodes marking the 20th anniversary of Marvel's Heroes Reborn initiative.  This time out the Armored Avenger gets the spotlight and since I know very little about Iron Man in general I have a special guest to pick up that slack.  Joining me is Luke Jaconetti (host of Earth Destruction Directive and co-host of Vault of Startling Monster Horror Tales of Terror, both available through the Two True Freaks Network) who is quite the fan of the cool exec with a heart of steel.  Together we take a close look at the first six issues of the Heroes Reborn Iron Man series and discuss the new origin, the inclusion of the Hulk characters into said origin, the team-ups with the other Heroes Reborn heroes and our opinions on the villains that this "new" Iron Man faces.  Other topics include the similarities between this initiative and the Ultimate brand that Marvel would begin less than ten years later, how the Mandarin in this books has a lot in common with the Mandarin from Iron Man 3, how weird it is that a series of stories can feel like they are moving forward and still marking time until the next creative team comes on the book and even some movie talk right there at the end.

Be sure to check out Luke's show via the links in the previous paragraph.  This episode was a lot of fun to do and we had so much extra audio that at some point I am going to put out a "shoot the breeze" type episode where we talk about fandom and a whole bunch of other random topics.  I don't know when I will be getting to that but I'll have it out before the end of the year.

Next Time:  It's the 9th Anniversary show, which means that the Irredeemable Shag will be dropping by as well as a few other surprise guests.  Our subject?  TOTAL JUSTICE!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

EPISODE 239 - DC VS MARVEL



Beginning the three month non-series The 2016 Views Summer of Absolute Awesomeness!  Every episode in June, July and August will in some way, shape form or fashion remind me of reading comics in the summer!  Big events!  Books I read during the summer!  Stuff that's just a lot of fun!  That's what this kind of but not really connected series of episode is all about!

Since fan first met fan the question of, "Who would win in a fight? (Insert hero name here) or (Insert other hero name here)?" has been asked again and again.  In 1995 DC and Marvel threw that question out to their readers and the result was part crossover, part high school election and all slugfest.  DC vs Marvel/Marvel vs DC pitted hero against hero with the audience picking most of the winners.  It was a mega-brawl with the fate of both universes at stake.  

Joining me to discuss this series is Donovan Morgan Grant.  Together we talk about the plot (such as it was) but mostly we gush about the fights.  Thor vs. Captain Marvel.  Aquaman vs. Namor.  Flash vs. Quicksilver. Jubilee vs. Robin.  Green Lantern vs. Silver Surfer.  Catwoman vs. Electra.  Wolverine vs. Lobo.  Spider-Man vs. Superboy.  Wonder Woman vs. Storm.  Superman vs. Hulk.  Captain America vs. Batman.  Don and I go through all of the fights as well as the other fun crossovers and meetings that made this series the epic time capsule it was.  We even talk about the Dr. Strangefate Amalgam Comic just for grins and because it was in the trade paperback.  Who did we think should have won?  What lessons did we learn from this crossover?  Was it all worth it?  Don and I ask and answer those questions and more.

I'd like to thank Don for coming on this episode.  He was my one and only choice for this topic because anyone that refers to DC vs. Marvel as "My Secret Wars" (the original one, not the more recent version) has obviously got some things to say about this event.  Don is the co-host of The Comic Revue Podcast and the now done and dusted The Next Dimension: A DragonBall Z Podcast so be sure to check those shows out and give them some love.

Unless you already are in which case...carry on.


One more thing before I sign off for the week.  The folks that make up the DCTV Podcasts network of shows are coming together for an event that supports a very worthy cause.  I'd tell you all about it but they have a fancy press release so I'll let that do the talking.

DC TV PODCASTS: SPINAL CORD RESEARCH FUNDRAISER ON JUNE 11! Podcasters assemble to help cure spinal injuries in a live marathon event.  

Tuesday, May 31, 2016 - The DC TV Podcasting Network is teaming up with the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation to help cure spinal cord ailments on Saturday, June 11, 2016.  

Founded by the late Man of Steel himself, the mission of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is to discover and fund innovative research as well as improving the quality of life for people who live with paralysis. We here at DC TV Podcasts couldn’t be more proud to be partnering up with the Foundation for this important cause in advancing research for spinal cord injuries.   
Here is how you as a listener can help and participate on Saturday, June 11, 2016, while also enjoying your favorite DC television podcasts for Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow as well as DC Movies.  

The podcasting fundraising event will be hosted via Mixlr at mixlr.com/dctvpodcasts and will begin at 11 AM PST/2 PM EST. The event will feature the great minds of DC TV Podcasts with hosts from Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast, The Flash Podcast, Legends of Gotham, Supergirl Radio, Legends of Tomorrow Podcast and DC Movies Podcast

The event will continue from 11 AM PST/2 PM EST into the evening with all six individual shows. The marathon will then conclude with a special DC TV Podcasts Assemble show featuring hosts from all six podcasts.  

Here is the following schedule for when all the live shows will begin:  

  • Quiver: The Green Arrow Podcast at 11 AM PST (2 PM EST) with Michael Cohen and Amanda Konkin.  
  • DC Movies Podcast at 12 PM PST (3 PM EST) with Chris Doucher and Ashley Robinson.  
  • Supergirl Radio at 1 PM PST (4 PM EST) with Rebecca Johnson, Carly Lane and Morgan Glennon.  
  • The Flash Podcast at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST) with Andy Behbakht, Lauren Gallaway and guest host Jason Inman.  
  • Legends of Tomorrow Podcast at 3 PM PST (6 PM EST) with Morgan Glennon and TBA hosts  
  • Legends of Gotham at 4 PM PST (7 PM EST) with Bill Meeks and Anne Marie DeSimone  
  • DC TV Podcasts: Assemble Show at 5 PM PST (8 PM EST) with multiple hosts of DC TV Podcasts TBA.  


Starting today, as well as during the marathon, head over to DCTVPodcasts.com/Fundraiser to find out how you can make a donation to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. 

We at DC TV Podcasts hope to see you in the live chat and enjoy all the exciting programming we have in store for you! Nothing would make us happier than our listeners donating to this significant cause and joining us at DC TV Podcasts in helping the Foundation in funding cures and research for paralysis.  

DISCLAIMER: Any podcasts that are represented on DC TV Podcasts are fan podcasts and are not affiliated with DC Comics, Warner Bros. TV, Warner Bros. Pictures, DC Entertainment, The CW, and FOX.  

About the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation:  
The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for individuals living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy. For more information, please visit https://www.christopherreeve.org/   

About DC Television Podcasts:  
DC TV Podcasts is a podcast network that features a collection of high-quality and popular podcasts devoted to DC Comics television series, such as The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, FOX’s Gotham, as well as the DC Movies in the DC Extended Universe! Join the hosts of Quiver Podcast, The Flash Podcast, Legends of Gotham, Supergirl Radio, Legends of Tomorrow Podcast and DC Movies Podcast every week for news, commentary and opinions about these comic book shows as well as DC Comics films. 

Be sure to check out the main site and give if you can. 

Next Time: Another installment of the Heroes Reborn series I'm running this year.  Come back next week for a 1996 updating of the cool exec with the heart  of steel.