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In just a few weeks we'll be making the annual journey out to New Jersey for our 5th year attending the Steampunk World's Fair for a weekend of fantasy, music, and discovery. Needless to say: we are excited.

We've spent many hours in the past boasting about all of the new things we've found and people we've met at the Fair. One of them being the ever talented Michelle Greenwood of Greenwood Creations. Michelle is an artist with a specialty in pyrography and to put it bluntly: her work is stunning. We've been big fans of Michelle and her art since we first stumbled into her vendor room at the 2013 World's Fair and we've been visiting her every year since. Join us this week when Alex and I get to learn more about Michelle, her craft, and the subtle art of burning things without setting them on fire.

Check out Michelle's work HERE or in person at the 2017 World's Fair in just a few weeks!

-Jr.

Direct download: 4.18.2017_Episode_266.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 4:35pm EDT
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Well, friends.

We're talking about wrestling this week. And when we talk about wrestling that's a pretty good sign our pal Matthew James is making another appearance on the show. Seeing as Wrestlemania happened a few weeks ago and for the first time in 11 years I was able to witness a professional wrestling event on TV we figured it would be the perfect time for Matt to make his glorious return to our microphones.

It has also been over a year since Matt was last on the show and really that's just not acceptable.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 4.6.2017_Episode_265.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:09pm EDT
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There's a bit of a time limit on this one so I'm trying to get it uploaded ASAP.

Time limit you ask?

Well, maybe click HERE and check out the project that comic book writer Todd Dezago has been working on for the better part of three years. It's enormous and honestly, it's incredible. We were lucky enough to have Todd join us this week so we could get all the info on his latest project "The Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute" and how dozens of artists all came together to celebrate the life and work of a beloved creator.

Check out our chat with Todd and maybe consider tossing some change at a good cause and get a great book in return. Sounds like a win/win type of deal to me if there ever was one. But like I said earlier: There's a time limit on this one so be sure to get your listen on sooner rather than later.

-Jr.

Direct download: 4.5.2017_Episode_264.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:11pm EDT
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It seriously feels like we just had Israel Skelton on the show a few weeks ago. But it has definitely been more than a few weeks. In fact it's been more than a few months. It's been 6 months, to be exact. I'll just go ahead and chalk it up to Israel becoming such a good friend of the show that the time between episodes seems to pass that much quicker. Like a podcast wormhole....or something...I'm not sure. This joke is dead. Moving on.

Not only is Israel one of my favorite people to talk to but he's also one of my favorite people to throw money at because he and his crew make, to put it bluntly, super rad stuff. Between Alex and me we own upwards of a dozen collectibles manufactured by The Crew and with all the upcoming product coming out it seems our collections are about to undergo another expansion. An expansion that possibly includes enormous men on top of hamburger containers and head-lopping vikings.

No, seriously. None of that is made up and I'm so happy about it.

-Jr.

 

Direct download: 3.31.2017_Episode_263.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:26pm EDT
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It's easy for me to get defensive when it comes to reading negative reviews of PAX. It's my favorite show and it's easily the thing I look forward to the most every year. I'll admit it: I'm biased as hell. And really the negative reviews seem to be few and far between and almost everyone I've talked to said they had yet another year of great times. But there's one thing that I see every now and then that bugs the hell out of me.

"PAX was boring."

I don't get it. I can't help but think "were you at the same PAX I was?" because with everything that's available to you over the course of three days I find it very hard to believe that "boring" is a proper adjective to describe the show. I have a theory, though. It's pretty simple:

People expect PAX to happen to them.

It might come as a shock to some but even at a show as enormous as PAX you might have to get your hands dirty when it comes to finding that next big "thing" you're looking for. I feel like there are people who walk into the show and are disappointed the second they don't have all of their expectations shoved directly into their face and I feel bad because those people are going to have a bad time right from the get-go. I don't want people to have a bad time. I want them to have a good time. So if you ever find yourself bored at a big show filled with all of your favorite types of things here's a simple solution: Grab a program, take a seat, and find something new that seems interesting to you. At the very least it'll give you a goal and something to look forward to. If it wasn't your cup of tea try it again and move on to the next thing. You're bound to find something you dig.

Enough ranting, though. Part 2 of our 2017 PAX East recap is here and while last week we focused on the panels and people this week we're talking about games. We played everything we could get our hands on from console to tabletop and now we're here to tell you all about it. Huge thanks to all the crew and staff of the BCEC and Penny Arcade for putting on yet another great show. Let the countdown until next year begin. Thanks for listening, everyone.

-Jr.

Direct download: 3.18.2017_Episode_262.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:05pm EDT
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PAX

I'm not going to lie here: I have no idea where to start with this one.

Saying the last week has been rough would be putting it lightly. We've talked at length about the post-con depression that some people experience when they get home from a weekend of fantasy and entertainment. It doesn't happen at every show and sometimes it's not a terrible thing to cope with...but this one was tough. Going back to the real world after three days of being with my best friends, in a beautiful city, surrounded by the things we love is borderline torture. But so far I've managed.

It turns out the four of us had a lot to say about PAX so our coverage this year is going to be split up into two neatly organized episodes for you. This week features our thoughts on the panels we saw, the people we met, and the shows we witnessed. We had the pleasure of catching some of the most entertaining and intriguing events this year and I can't wait for you to hear about them.

Check out the photo album HERE and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter so you can stay informed on future updates.

See you next week for part 2 of our PAX East coverage where we focus on one thing and one thing only: Games. You won't want to miss it.

-Jr.

Direct download: 3.17.2017_Episode_261.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:05pm EDT
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Hey!

So it's time for your yearly dose of nostalgia while we celebrate doing 5 years of a podcast. I'm keeping this super short this week because we're leaving for PAX in less than 10 hours and I have yet to pack/charge/shower/sleep. And all of those things need to be done. Cuz I don't want to have no clothes/kill my batteries/smell bad/fall asleep at the wheel.

Makes sense, right?

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 3.9.2017_Episode_260.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:22pm EDT
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It took an extraordinary amount of willpower to pull myself away from Breath of the Wild tonight. My shiny, new Switch arrived yesterday just as my vacation started in a timing coincidence that could only be described as "really, really awesome". I've only put about 6 hours into BotW so far but those 6 hours have been very good. It's been some time since I've gone adventuring in Hyrule but I'd be hard pressed to find any other fictional world that I always feel so immediately familiar with. The next 8 days of my life should be pretty rad...especially the last 3 of them.

Because PAX East is almost here.

In what could be possibly the most logistically informative hype up episode we've ever done our friend Jeff Kalles from Penny Arcade returned this week so we could partake in one of my favorite pastimes: Talk about PAX.  And who better to talk PAX with than someone who plays a major part in making sure it even continues to exist. If you missed our last chat with Jeff check it out here to learn all about the world of Dungeons & Dragons played in front of a massive live audience.

We're gearing up for our 4th trip out to the BCEC and with every passing year I get even more annoying with my level of excitement. This year in particular is cause for even more excitement than normal because our very own Alex is making his return to the Expo. After taking the last 2 years off we finally wore him down with stories of games, panels, and people to the point where he could resist no longer. This makes me happy. And while the thought of being in Boston in early March near the water might deter some folks from wanting to make the trip for fear of freezing temperatures I, on the other hand, am well aware that I'm going to be spending three days with three of my best friends playing games, watching shows, and meeting people. Absolutely worth it.

Huge thanks to Jeff for carving out time to chat with us during what we assume to be an insanely busy time for him. Be on the lookout for tons of PAX related coverage in the coming weeks and if you're heading to Boston for the show be safe and have fun. And play the games. All of them.

-Jr.

 

Direct download: 3.2.2017_Episode_259.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:31pm EDT
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It's around 9pm on a Saturday night. I'm sitting on the couch next to my wife while we watch sea creatures destroy each other to the calming voice of David Attenborough and I'm uploading an episode featuring our best pal Jon where we talked about toys and action figures for the better part of an hour.

Not a bad night if you asked me.

It would probably be a good idea to bust out your nostalgia hats for this one. About 30 minutes in I was itching to go digging around in my storage bins to see what buried treasure I could find. With any luck this episode will have the same effect on you.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 2.25.2017_Episode258.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:52pm EDT
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I get called "a DC guy" a lot.

And it makes sense. I've spent much of my comic book reading career touting how much I dig DC and how Marvel books didn't really interest me. I also have the Justice League tattooed into my skin. Like, it's gonna be there forever. And it would be safe to say that probably 85% of my collection is comprised of DC books. So yeah I don't really get upset when people say I'm "a DC guy".

But let's bust out a hypothetical situation here: It's a beautiful Wednesday afternoon and there are new comics on the stands waiting to be purchased. We hit up our local comic shop and start browsing. Once we hit the register, being a DC guy myself you'd probably expect to see a handful of JLA/Green Lantern/Batman books among a few other titles.

But these days?

It would be more like a Green Lantern book, maybe a Justice League book, maybe some Thor because I love Thor......and a variety of Image books. Walking Dead. Invincible. Saga. Black Monday Murders. Sex Criminals. Rat Queens. Morning Glories...to name a few. These days I'm a big fan of Image Comics. And it's not uncommon for me to be walking out of my comic shop with more Image books than Big 2 books combined. And I'm ok with that.

So anyways, what I'm getting at here is Image Comics is in the midst of celebrating their 25th Birthday and we thought that was worth noting as they've provided us with countless hours and pages of entertainment. Check out this week's episode to hear more. Plus we talk about other comics, too.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 2.16.2017_Episode_257.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:00pm EDT
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