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In lieu of the holidays absolutely destroying me with busy-ness I've decided to take it easy this week.

No worries though. You can expect the usual rambling blog posts to return asap.

I'm just really tired.

And whiny.

And trying to mentally prepare myself for all the "2014 oh no damnit I meant to write 2015" mistakes I'll be making in the coming months.

It's a tough life.

Anway. We hope you all had an amazing holiday and be safe this new year. Enjoy the episode!

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.27.2014_Episode_145.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:05pm EST
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It makes me really happy when cool people do funny things.

It also makes me happy when those same cool people troll the living hell out of people trying to take advantage of Black Friday.

This week we talk about how one company managed to convince 30,000 people to buy actual poop on Black Friday. The funny part is those 30,000 people were all aware of what they were buying and it still sold out. It sold out. Meaning they had a large supply of it...and enough people bought it to the point where there wasn't any left to sell. This is a serious story. Nothing I've typed in the last paragraph is false. Need proof? Click here. I'll be the first to admit I was 2 clicks away from owning it myself. I, like many it seems, was convinced that there had to be something more to it. And I, like many, was wrong.

I'm not sure if the proper lesson is "Live and Learn" or just simply "Always read the FAQ". Or maybe "Don't expect much on Black Friday from a company that clearly hates Black Friday." I suppose the answer is All Of The Above.

In other news: The Art Mercenary is back! The Steampunk Savage himself Brett Kelley joined us this week to talk poop, BKV, and he even pitched a new book he's really digging.

Does it get any better than that?

The answer is no. Enjoy, folks.

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.18.2014_Episode_144.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 6:50pm EST
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Before you start ruthlessly mocking me: Yes. I spent the entire episode calling it episode 142 despite it being episode 143. Can you please just leave me alone and let me brood in my own stupidity? Thanks.

Now that we got that out of the way.

Our guest this week is Rob Balchunas! It had been a crazy long time since we last had the pleasure of talking with Rob so his return was an exciting time for us. Really most of the episode is Alex and me grilling Rob about all the cool stuff he's done over the past year. Like this. Did you spot him? Neat, right??

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.12.2014_Episode_143.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 4:54pm EST
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You ever have that moment when you're talking to an artist/creator at a convention and they're just really cool?

This week's guest is that guy.

His name is Rich Woodall and he's the creator of the indie hit Johnny Raygun! Not only has he created his own book but his work has also been featured in books like Invincible, Savage Dragon, and Atomic Robo to name a few. Check out our interview with him and you'll hear all about his upcoming projects and some neat stories chronicling what it's like to break into the industry.

If you're looking to catch up on the rest of Rich's work you should definitely click this link and buy everything you see there. Then while you're reading all the things you just bought you can listen to us ask Rich questions! How cool is that?!?

So cool!

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.4.2014_Episode_142.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:59am EST
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Alright so I swore I'd get back to this as soon as possible and apparently that time has come. You'll have to forgive me as I got a package from a brilliant man out in California that I just couldn't wait to open. (New video coming soon, btw).

So.

Smash Bros for the Wii U came out this past week and while there was the usual excitement that came along with the release there was also a bit of...nervousness?

See I, like many people it seems, was nervous that the 3DS version was good enough to the point where we didnt need a Wii U port. Why spend money on a second copy of the game when there are only small tweaks here and there. It features the same roster, most of the same maps, and similar game modes with things like Smash Run being replaced by a Mario Party type game called Smash Tour. Add in the fact that I can take my 3DS version on the go with me everywhere and we've built up a pretty good case as to why we don't need to spend $60 again.

Now you don't honestly believe I'd ever not buy a Smash Bros game, right? Despite all the concerns I may have had about buying a "2nd version" of a game I still went to the midnight release and I was still up until two in the morning playing it nonstop. Why??

The answer is simple.

Nintendo. Have faith in the Nintendo. For the Nintendo knows what we want and the Nintendo will treat us justly. Do not doubt the Nintendo for that will only lead to embarassment. Let Nintendo do it's work. And rejoice when the Nintendo gives us its gifts.

Anway, check out this week's digs to hear all about how perfect the new Smash Bros game is.

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.28.2014_Episode_141.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:45pm EST
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Remember two years ago when Jesse made his OMV debut to talk about Black Ops 2?

That was awesome.

Remember last year when Jesse made his sophomore appearance on OMV to talk about Ghosts?

Also awesome.

Well, it seems it's that time of the year again and there's yet another Call of Duty game out. Do you see a pattern here? You guessed it: Jesse is back. And we're talking CoD. Not only is Jesse back, though. We have a 2nd special guest this week and his name is Parsons. Eric Parsons to be exact. He is a fellow gamer who aids us in slaughtering zombies from time to time. He's also the guy who is the last man standing every. single. game. But we don't need to get into that right now...

Sadly, as you'll hear this week it seems they've decided to move away from the whole zombie thing and have added a different type of survival mode. While this makes me sad it also makes me happy. Happy meaning I can just stick to the games I already own and not spend money on a new one. Let's just hope that they keep the Zombie servers up for...uh...maybe forever? That would be neat. That's a realistic expectation if I've ever heard one.

Ah well. Guess I'll go play Smash Bros for the next 6 hours while I wait in line to get the new one. I can't think of a better way to spend my night...

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.19.2014_Episode_140.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 6:29pm EST
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So. PAX tickets went on sale.

This might be a bit of a sore subject for some people. If you haven't heard....3 day passes sold out in a matter of minutes. Not exaggerated minutes. Literal minutes. As in less than 500 seconds.

And people are pissed. Not necessarily because 3 day passes sold out so fast but because they had no idea they were even on sale. In order to try to prevent organized scalping the folks over at Penny Arcade decided not to let anoyone know tickets were going on sale.

And that didn't sit well with certain folks...and in normal 2014 fashion they took to the internet to express their disapproval. Hilarity ensued. Alex and I talked about it. Check it out.

Also, while you're at it: Check out episode 3 of Hey. Look at these comics. This week Alex gave us a rundown of a product he helped Kickstart called ComiCases.

 -Jr.

Direct download: 11.14.2014_Episode_139.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:24pm EST
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If there were any four words in the English language to describe this week's episode they would be:

 

Not. Safe. For. Work.

 

Seriously. If you're not in an area where you can openly listen to someone say certain four letter words repeatedly then you should probably pop some headphones in.

Why all the cursing? Let's just say Ken and Jess went to RICC this past weekend and came on to tell us all about it. Or at least they tried. They managed to get some words in in-between fits of rage.

Again, this episode is definitely explicit. It's awesome. But explicit. Don't say I didn't warn you. Seriously, though. It's awesome.

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.6.2014_Episode_138.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:28pm EST
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It's not every day that we have a record holder on our show.

In fact...there have been a grand total of zero days that we've had a record holder on our show...until now.

Our guest this week is Bob Bretall. Not only is Bob a huge comic fan, the founder of comicspectrum.com, and an all-around great guy but he's also the proud owner of the Guinness World Record for the largest comic collection. With a collection of over 95,000 unique comic books Bob has been officially recognized and enshrined in the record books. Pretty neat, right?

Don't believe me? Go to your local Barnes & Noble/bookstore and grab the new record book, flip to page 172 and boom. That's Bob.

Episode 137 is all about Bob, his website, his record, and how to be a true comic collector. Check it out!

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.30.2014_Episode_137.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:25pm EST
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Enjoying the episode?

Well we also have a new video for you to watch! This time it's just me showing all the Invincible I picked up this past summer. Despite the fact that I've always dug the book I had one of those revelations over the past few months that turned it into a Top 3 book for me. I went from being the guy who waited for the hardcovers to the guy who is checking Ottley/Kirkman's twitter every week for info on the new issue.

Part of me wants to blame it on the declining quality of Big Two books over the past year or so (personal opinion, of course) but really it's just because Invincible is that damn good. I've always been a fan of Kirkman's work since I read my first issue of Walking Dead in 2006 but what makes the book a total home run is the art. Ottley just nails it and when combined with Kirkman's storytelling you just get one hell of a book.

You know, this happens every time. I mention Invincible then I go on some huge tangent about how dope it is. We literally did this like...3 weeks ago. Well. Either way. Check out our new video...I talk about Invincible some more in it. Enjoy!

 -Jr.

Direct download: 10.24.2014_Episode_136.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:56am EST
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