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The Boston Comic Con (or Fan Expo Boston?) was this past weekend and for the first time in 3 years we were finally at full power again. Our time at the BCC is always a positive experience but as we get older and our schedules line up less and less it can be difficult to get the whole metaphorical "gang" together at the same time for more than a few hours. And let's face it: When we can get the whole group together that "positive experience" turns into an amazing experience that legitimately resonates for weeks after it's over. Sadly the past couple years one or two of us couldn't make the trip due to schedule conflicts and while we still manage to enjoy the show there's definitely a noticeable void left by our missing crew member. But this year? The stars aligned. The schedules were free. And it was good.

In fact, it was more than good. Because not only did the Core 5 manage to sync up once again, but we had a 6th member join us on our annual trip to our favorite city to the north. Someone who had to fly over an entire ocean to get here. Someone who, despite having met some of us only hours beforehand fit right into the group with almost no effort at all and even though it was her first comic con ever she handled it like a damn champ and is already looking for more.

Tune in this week as we're joined by the lovely Sinéad Spelman as we recap our experiences from this past weekend at the Boston Comic Con!

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 8.17.2017_Episode_283.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:08pm EDT
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"Hey man, did you see that?"

A common phrase muttered among us and our friends when we make the annual excursion out to the bay for the Boston Comic Con. With all of the incredible talent literally lined up in front of us every year, ensuring your friends witness that amazing thing you saw a minute ago is a top priority.

Last year, a prime example of "Hey man, did you see that?" was LA based artist Kris Kehasukjaren aka Kehasuk. His use of color and detail combined with his ability to tell a detailed story within a single image had all of us blown away. A quick visit to his website will show you exactly what I'm talking about as both fans of Japanese animation and nostalgic characters should have no trouble finding a piece they can relate to.

After having the opportunity to meet him last year at BCC and spending the better part of the ensuing months admiring his work on Instagram, Kris was kind enough to join us this week so we could dive a bit deeper into his creative process and get to know the man behind the works of Kehasuk. Check out his website linked above, find him on Instagram and keep your eyes peeled for those 24 hour sales; outside of catching Kris at a show it's the best chance you'll have to snag a piece of his work.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 8.10.2017_Episode_282.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 4:43pm EDT
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If we're being honest here; I honestly thought Pokemon GO would have a shelf life of 4-5 months at absolute maximum before everyone would get bored and move on. I was kind of right. If I were to count how many people I knew still playing at the beginning of this year I could probably fit them on one hand. I figured it was done for.

Then.

It kinda came back. Screenshots of new Pokemon suddenly began appearing in my Twitter feed and before I knew it people were back on the grind, wandering the streets trying to hunt down those rascally pocket monsters. Sure, it didn't have the massive boom of success that it saw last summer. But make no mistake: people were playing again and they were excited about it.

So what happens when you get 20,000 of those excited people together in one place all to play the same game at the same time? You get Pokemon GO-Fest. And if you're thinking "Wow. 20,000 people all in the same location playing the same game that requires a mobile connection...that must've been tough to pull off!" You would be correct.

This week: we discuss the massive challenge of trying to run an event based solely on a mobile game and we review a heart-pounding multiplayer game with a single objective: Survive.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 8.5.2017_Episode_281.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 6:44pm EDT
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Alright, I have managed to stop playing Splatoon 2 long enough to attempt to get this uploaded. I finally hit level 10 so now I can enter the competitive server and find out just how bad I truly am. It should be a great time. Can't wait.

But seriously enough about videogames featuring squid-kids making each other explode with toxic ink-guns. It's time get down to business: meaning it's time to talk about Dungeons & Dragons, of course. You see, a few months back when Jeff Kalles was kind enough to make a return appearance in our PAX Logistics episode he alluded to some mysterious announcements that were coming our way. Of course later we come to find that the creative minds behind Acquisitions Incorporated were starting a new franchise and their adventures were going to be live-streamed on a weekly basis. That franchise, an tight-knit cast of creators, would come together to be known as The "C" Team.

Now, in order for the "C" Team to exist there has to be someone behind the scenes prepping the table, pushing the buttons, and putting everything together every week so we can get our hearty helping of role playing entertainment. That someone is Elyssa Grant. Project Manager and Producer at Penny Arcade and former producer at Wizards of the Coast, Elyssa sat down with us this week to give us a behind-the-scenes look at The "C" Team and all the fantasy that goes with it.

Be sure to check out The "C" Team streaming live every Thursday at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern on the Hyper RPG Twitch channel. It's always a blast and you never know who might show up next...

-Jr

Direct download: 7.26.2017_Episode_280.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:56pm EDT
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Before we get into this week's jam I just wanted to apologize ahead of time to anyone who happens to go back into our archive and check out our previous posts that may have featured an image or two. The posts weren't too common but they're definitely out there; mostly on our convention recap episodes. If you were to go view them now instead of seeing the beautiful images we were attempting to show you you're now going to see a rad Photobucket error image that will let you know we're not paying customers. For those unaware, Photobucket made some interesting changes to their terms of service recently and now they don't allow for 3rd party hosting unless you pay an annual fee of $399.99.

Fantastic.

At this point I can't tell if I'm too bummed out, too lazy, or just to stubborn to go back and re-host all the images we've posted in past episodes so for now we'll just say that we're going to leave the images as they are in a lame attempt at a peaceful protest.

Yeah, we'll go with that.

Anyways. We have an episode to get to. Long time listeners and fans of our Vintage OMV episodes will probably dig what we have for you this week. We had a lot of different things to talk about ranging from zombies, to comic con, to award ceremonies and we made sure to cover them all. Except the Justice League trailer that dropped 5 minutes before we started recording. There's a lot there and frankly I'm still trying to process all of it so it's probably best that we just leave it alone for now...

-Jr.

Direct download: 7.22.2017_Episode_279.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:46pm EDT
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I'm going to risk coming off as a total baby with first world problems here but sometimes recapping a show can be a huge bummer. Now stay with me, I'll get to the point in a minute.

Colin is in studio with us this week to help recap our annual excursion to our state capital in which we experience the show that is ConnectiCon. And like I said a moment ago: I'm kinda bummed. Not because I didn't enjoy the show, not because anything bad happened or I didn't have a good time. I'm bummed because it's over. When doing these recaps it's essentially spending a night with my best friends talking about how much fun we had a few days ago with the harsh realization that we have over 360 days until the next one. This year was especially tough because compared to past years, my time was very limited. I had to attempt to cram everything I wanted to see into just over a day and it proved both difficult and exhausting. But totally worth it.

Anywho. Enough complaining. Alex, Colin and I had the honor of attending ConnectiCon for the 5th consecutive year and now it is our duty to tell you about it. Be sure to check out our photo album HERE, toss some likes around, and tag any friends that you might recognize. If you dig our show recaps be on the lookout for more in the coming months. Next Stop: Boston!

-Jr.

Direct download: 7.13.2017_Episode_278.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:36am EDT
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For those attending ConnectiCon this weekend (and by this weekend we mean tomorrow...possibly tonight if you're at the Nerd Prom) we put together a nice little preview to get your excitement juices flowing. And don't worry; I know what you're thinking. You're thinking "wow, was "excitement juices" really the best description to use there?" and the answer is: No. Probably not. But, if you're like me and have to spend most of the day stuck at work before you can enjoy a weekend of fun and entertainment than this week's episode should at least help get you mentally prepped for the multi-genre juggernaut known as ConnectiCon. Plus, if you haven't already you can check out last week's episode featuring artist and ConnectiCon 2017 guest Brent Peeples. Rad, right?

Also this week we take a metaphorical dive into the world of comic book backissues and dollar-bin finds. You'd be hard pressed to find any comic collector who hasn't at least casually sifted through a longbox of beat up backissues and everyone has their own unique goals and experiences when traveling into the world of comics past. Are you the type of collector looking for the last key issues to complete your full run of your favorite series? Or maybe you're just hunting through the stacks to find that one grail issue that's evaded your grasp for all these years. The best part is that no matter your goals or intentions there really is no wrong way to go about it. Buy what you like, maybe experiment a little, and have some fun.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 7.6.2017_Episode_277.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:18pm EDT
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ConnectiCon is but a week away and while diverting my attention from the upcoming Summer Games Done Quick marathon is going to be a difficult task I'm still pumped for our yearly adventure to the best convention that's less than 10 miles away.

The multi-genre show known as ConnectiCon is a strange beast. Most of the shows we go to are fairly easy to describe. Some shows are good for comics, some shows are good for games, other shows are good for multimedia entertainment. ConnectiCon is kind of....everything? If there was one consistent criticism we've voiced about the show in the past it would be "needs more comics". But we get it. It's not your everyday comic con and that's cool. We've come to understand when we head to ConnectiCon there's not a huge chance we'll be walking out with pages of original art, signed books, and sketches.

Then we saw that comic artist Brent Peeples is one of the featured guests attending the show this year so naturally we jumped at the chance to have him on as kind of a "let's get excited about ConnectiCon by chatting with someone who has talent that is also going to be at ConnectiCon" and being the rad dude that he is, Brent obliged.

So join us this week for our exclusive chat with Brent and officially kick off the hype train for ConnectiCon 2017!

(I hate that I just used the term "Hype Train".)

-Jr.

Direct download: 6.25.2017_Episode_276.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:37pm EDT
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While wandering the halls of The Seampunk World's Fair vendor shops every so often you come across a room that you know is going to be a problem. What type of problem is up for debate. Some might see wanting to spend hundreds of dollars and buying up the contents of an entire shop as a bad problem. Others might see a room brimming with quality creations that make choosing their favorite a near impossible task to be the best kind of problem.

Or it could be a little bit of both.

Enter Dellamorte & Co. Long-time vendors at the World's Fair the crew from Dellamorte & Co. specialize in decorative and functional art. Meaning: They make beautiful pieces that do more than just sit there on your shelf. Most of the products they create are things you can actually use in addition to admiring their quality. Need to decorate your Christmas tree but you have an affinity for Plague Doctors? Yup. Need some candlestick holders that also display your love of Kraken tentacles? Double yup. Or maybe you're just in need of a good old fashioned bottle opener shaped like Thor's hammer.

Yup. Dellamorte & Co. has got you covered.

Join us this week while we chat with Ray, a resin caster with Dellamorte & Co who was kind enough to give us a glimpse into the world of the Curators of the Reliquary Macabre. Oh, and survive a mid-episode power outage without even missing a beat.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 6.22.2017_Episode_275.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 1:34pm EDT
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It's no secret that Wonder Woman is here and she is here to stay. As of this writing the critically acclaimed, amazonian ass-kicking blockbuster is estimated to hit $550 million dollars within the next 24 hours.

The movie came out 13 days ago.

13 days. Almost $550 million dollars.

Now, for those expecting the typical episode where Alex and I weigh in on the phenom that is Diana of Themyscira, diving into the good, the bad, and the fantastic all the while proclaiming how "rad, just super rad" it was until our faces turn blue.....you might be in for a bit of a surprise. Not that we didn't think it was great. I'm pretty sure we both agree it was a damn good flick; but this week you're not going to hear our thoughts, opinions, or criticisms. In fact you're not going to hear us at all.

You're going to hear Kt. You're going to hear Vicky. And you're going to hear Nichele. Three very good friends of OMV, three unique women all from different backgrounds, three people that we met at totally different points of our lives and this week they've done us the honor of taking over the show so they could talk about that Wonderful Woman.

If you're interested in learning more about this week's hosts be sure to click on their names above. Those links will take you to their respective pages where you can check out and support their work.

Now if you'll excuse me, I've been dying to go listen to the latest episode of my podcast.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 6.14.2017_Episode_274.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:17am EDT
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