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I am forever indebted to Brett and Alex. They are two of my closest friends and they have introduced me to more incredible things over the last decade than I could possibly have imagined. Not only that, but then they have the patience to deal with me as I gradually slide down a spiral of fascination and obsession. They really are saints.

2013 was a big year in terms of "Jayare gets obsessed with stuff" as that was the first time Brett and Alex took me with them to a Steampunk show down in New Jersey. It was at this show that I was introduced to a smorgasbord of acts, people, and performances I never knew existed: One of them being the musical powerhouse known as "Frenchy and The Punk".

Described as a "Multi-cultural genre-bending NY Folk Cabaret Duo", Frenchy and The Punk have been traveling and performing around the world since 2005 and have shown no signs of slowing down. In fact, they're currently raising funds to release their latest studio album and are going to be touring the United States with another OMV favorite: The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing. Hop on over to their website for tour dates, merch, and all that other great stuff.

So why am I rambling about Frenchy and The Punk, you ask? Well as it turns out they had a little bit of free time between shows and gave us (along with Brett Kelley) the opportunity to chat with them about their past, present, and future in one of our most anticipated interviews to date.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 5.11.2018_Episode_321.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 12:13am EST
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It's been a while since we've had one of those real late Saturday night "oh man I hope they didn't forget to make an episode this week" episodes so we figured we were due for one. But this is a late one for good reason:

It's Free Comic Book Day.

And free comic books we did acquire. Then we had to do other adult stuff but that's boring and not relevant. But free comic books were achieved and now we're going to talk about them. If you missed out on FCBD 2018 be sure to mark the first Saturday of May for next year and start planning. Or you can hit up your local comic shop and see if they have anything left over; you never know what you might get your hands on that turns out to be your next obsession.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 5.5.2018_Episode_320.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:35pm EST
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Today was a good day.

I woke up around 7 in the morning because that's what normal people do on a Saturday, right? Then I went to see Infinity War at 9:45am with Alex because, again, that's what normal people do, right? Then we found a wild Colin, kidnapped him, forced him to eat Red Robin with us, then planted a microphone in front of his face for an hour and half to hear his thoughts on the latest movie in the Marvel Universe.

Then we threw a frisbee around and played some lawn darts.

The only part that's not true is the kidnapping thing. Colin willfully (I think) joined us today but literally everything else in the previous statements are true. Because those are things normal people do. Especially the lawn darts.

Good days are good.

We say it a bunch in the episode but I'm going to put it here, too:

This episode contains massive spoilers for Infinity War.

You've been warned.

-Jr.

Direct download: 4.28.2018_Episode_319.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:09pm EST
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Welcome Home

This year's PAX recap was a tough one. Not only is it extremely difficult to fit an entire weekend full of the best things in the world into one episode; but we had to do it down a man. Sadly; our brother-in-PAX Colin couldn't make it to the studio as he was in a heated battle with every microphones worst enemy: The Common Cold. Despite the enormous handicap we were able to push on and with Joe's help we managed to put together a hell of a recap full of games, panels, and experiences.

2018 makes it PAX East #5 for us and this year we did things a little differently. Meaning: This year, in addition to the "core group", we also had some new members join in including two people who have never been to a PAX before. Ever. Meaning: We got to introduce rad people to a rad show and damn was it neat.

Former OMV guests Ken and Bob joined in on the fun this year along with a new friend Kevin. Each of them came to PAX because of a shared fondness for gaming but what was really fascinating was the diversity that each person brought to the table. Ken, being our resident fighting game expert, disappeared within minutes because SoulCalibur. Bob couldn't get enough of the Wyrmwood booth and when he wasn't schooling me on live-action D&D knowledge he was shooting some hella rad footage. And Kevin? Kevin is huge into board games and probably walked away from PAX having played more games than anyone. He even threw down some quick words about the weekend. Check it out:

"It was cool as hell. I was amazed at how orderly and accessible it was. The prices (for food and parking) were reasonable and people were super friendly and laid back. The sheer number of games (both board and digital) available to try was daunting but awesome. I was surprised by the number of games I tried (and bought) that had already been released, but I had never seen before. The kickstarter area was a kickass highlight of the event. Hanging out with you guys was an added bonus, but next year I want a bed!" - Kevin B.

Next year, Kevin. You will have a bed.

Until then, check out this week's 'sode as we recap all of our PAX-periences and be sure to check out this year's photo album HERE which also features some contributions from Bob because he's better at taking pictures than me plus he's just a fantastic human being and said we could post them.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 4.17.2018_Episode_318.mp3
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For the second year in a row I managed to actually watch Wrestlemania instead of catch 5 second gifs while my friends live-tweet the event. I still don't really consider myself an avid fan of professional wrestling but I have to admit the big pay-per-views can be hella entertaining sometimes. Even though I am a sucker for the nostalgic and I (unfairly) compare everything new to everything I loved as a child I still find myself getting invested in a match every now and then to the point where a genuine emotional response is then provoked out of my face-hole.

Brings me back to the old days of Brett Hart/Bob Backlund cross-face chicken-wing insanity that caused me to scream at my friend's television for what felt like an eternity.

I definitely thought that was real, btw.

But it wouldn't be a Wrestlemania recap without Matthew James, though. So Matthew James is what we got. Tune in this week for recaps, reactions, and TONS OF SPOILERS from The Greatest Spectacle in Sports Entertainment.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 4.10.2018_Episode_317.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 4:20pm EST
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According to our calculations we've been doing this whole podcasting thing for 6 years now. If you went back in time to 2012 and told us that we'd be 316 episodes deep with 100+ different guests in 2018 we would probably attack you with vicious intent as we're absolutely terrified of time travel paradoxes.

But seriously.

We did a lot of patting-on-the-back recently when we hit episode 300 so I'll try to keep the gloating to a minimum and instead I'll just say thank you. To everyone who tuned in to even a single episode over the years and to all the guests who took the time out of their day to let a couple of doofuses ask them questions. Thank you all.

Here's to another year of casting those sweet, sweet pods.

-Jr.

Direct download: 4.3.2018_Episode_316.mp3
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Flashback to November of 2012. A spry, 26 year-old Jr is getting ready to head out to only the second midnight release of a video game in his life. You see, after getting an Xbox 360 he got addicted to Halo 3. And then Halo: Reach. It was only natural that Halo 4 would also cause massive levels of excitement as well. He's managed to convince his friend who has to work at 7am to spend the night at his place so they can play until they pass out. It would be a night to remember; full of steak dinners, triple kills, and accidental betrayals. It was good.

Never would I have imagined that almost 6 years later I'd have the opportunity to talk with one of the people responsible for creating the game and yet, here we are. Because our guest this week is concept artist Kory Hubbell and he was indeed one of those people.

Working on some of the Halo games isn't his only credit, though. He's currently a Senior Concept Artist for Amazon Game Studios and he also dabbles in art direction for table top games like the about-to-be-funded "Brutality". Check out our chat with Kory as we take a trip into the world of concept design and PvP Medieval Brawler Board Games. It's the perfect opportunity to learn something new such as: how to get a job as a concept artist or how to design the perfect Spartan helmet (just be careful when you mess around with the visors, though...).

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 3.29.2018_Episode_315.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:54am EST
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We gotta hand it to the fine folks over at Super Art Fight. We've been bothering various members of their troupe to come on our show for something like 4 years now and every time we've come knocking they've always been willing to chat with us. This time was no exception.

Ross Nover joined us this week and like all the other members of the Art Fight crew he is a person of many talents. Specifically, he's the creator of "The System" webcomic and he also represents one-half of the hosting responsibilities for the live Art Fight bouts. With over 800 individual comics to his name and an encyclopedic knowledge of obscure cultural references we're starting to think that, despite what the t-shirts say, Ross might not suck all that much.

Plus the dude can take a hell of a chop from a professional wrestler. (See: ConnectiCon 2017)

For those heading to PAX East in a few weeks you'll have a great opportunity to meet Ross and some other members of the Art Fight roster as they're making their PAX debut on Friday night. If you can't make it out to Boston don't fret: they also have a Kickstarter going at this very moment so you can bring the Art Fight competition into your own home. It may not be quite as Sexyful as the real thing but it will be a good substitute to hold you over until you can make it out to a live show.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 3.15.2018_Episode_314.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:11pm EST
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Among his many talents, our pal Joe has a knack for spotting truly remarkable creators while walking the aisles in Artist Alley. And among my many talents, I have a knack for listening to him when he tells me he thinks he found someone I should check out. A prime example of this would be this week's guest Nooligan. During one of our ventures to Boston Comic Con a few years ago Joe pointed me in the direction of Nooligan's table and since then the entire OMV gang has amassed a trove of prints, books, sketches, and pins. I think it's safe to say Joe was right again.

Join us this week as we learn more about the artist behind the name and how he found success with a unique style, a chill mentality, and some Chuck Taylors.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 3.13.2018_Episode_313.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 2:25pm EST
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What happens when you give a man an ungodly amount of money so you can buy the movie rights to his comic book characters?

*sigh*

It seems we're going to find out.

Join us this week as we discuss Netflix's most recent comic-related acquisition: Extreme Studios....

*siiiiiiigh*

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 3.10.2018_Episode_312.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:31pm EST
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Our guest this week goes by the name of Savage and let me tell you what Savage's deal is:

He makes rad cosplay.

We first met Savage last year at our favorite backyard convention: ConnectiCon. We were all completely blown away by his original Metapod cosplay design and after seeing Savage pop up in photo albums and cosplay videos across the internet it was clear we weren't the only ones.

Fast forward a few months to Katsucon 2018 and look who pops up in the latest Legend of Micah video. Seeing Savage's updated version of his Metapod design was the last straw: we needed to talk to him and get our learn on. Luckily for us he was more than willing to give us a call and join us on the show to talk about cosplay, conventions, and magnets.

Yes, magnets.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 3.4.2018_Episode_311.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:59pm EST
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THE Zach Charbs is back in what could easily be described as one of the most anticipated returns in the history of Opinions May Vary. It seems like just a few months ago we were chatting with Zach about our Batfleck thoughts while having extended conversations about Wesley Snipes fighting vampires.

That was 4 years ago.

But we're going to make up for the time lost by talking about two things Zach has an expansive knowledge on: Video games and vinyl records. I also took this week as an opportunity to tell tales of diving through 13 year-old boxes of storage and finding treasures from my childhood that were thought to be lost long ago. Who knew refusing to throw anything out would pay off so handsomely?

Now if you'll excuse me, there's a copy of Star Fox 64 that is just screaming my name.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 2.24.2018_Episode_310.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 2:23pm EST
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Usually when we sit down to talk with someone I have a general idea of the questions I want to ask or the points I want to touch on. Obviously not every minute of every episode is planned out (they don't call us the Kings of Tangents for nothing) (also no one calls us that) but inevitably some unplanned topics or questions always tend to come up as we dive in and get talking.

This week, while talking with Amber Dionne about The Society for Creative Anachronism, I think we may have set a record for "Most questions asked that we didn't know we were going to ask". In other words, talking with Amber about the SCA was absolutely fascinating and every topic we discussed birthed an insatiable hunger to learn more about it.

Check out the episode and you'll see what I'm getting at.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 2.16.2018_Episode_309.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:50pm EST
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This one is a little long but it's worth it because the SombreBlanco himself is back in the studio and we're talking about games where people punch each other until someone passes out. 

Ken, by the way. Ken is our guest this week. He knows more about fighting games and the fighting game community than I know about anything else so I tend to get a bit excited when I have the opportunity to put a microphone in front of his face. With the new Dragonball game fresh off a hot release and the recent EVO lineup announcements it's safe to say we had plenty to talk about.

And talk we did.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 2.10.2018_Episode_308.mp3
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If there's one lesson I've learned today it's that the Overwatch League is extremely detrimental to my productivity. I guess there's just something about people who are enormously skilled at a videogame that I pretend to be good at with my friends that I find addictive and entertaining. And now there's city-specific teams to root for? With merch? And skins? Come on.

But don't worry. I know you're craving that weekly dose of OMV deliciousness and today we've got a great one for you.

This week we're joined by freelance/comic artist Jonboy Meyers. A 20 year veteran of the comic and design industry, Jonboy's work can be found in various comics like Royals and Teen Titans and video games like Hearthstone and League of Legends. Of course, that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Jonboy's credits; check out his website HERE to see more.

Tune in this week as we sit down with Jonboy and learn about what it takes to make a living in the world of design and illustration.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 2.1.2018_Episode_307.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 4:47pm EST
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Usually we make it a few months into the year before we start talking about conventions. With PAX East being one of the earlier shows we can typically hold out until around March/April. This year we made it to January 27th. But this isn't our normal "omg we're so excited for this year's conventions"...instead we're diving into a different part of events that are essential to the operation of any show: The Volunteers.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 1.27.2018_Episode_306.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:53pm EST
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I'm a little pressed for time at the moment so you'll have to excuse my brevity but we have a really neat episode for you this week.

With the recent news of Marvel acquiring the rights to the legendary Conan the Barbarian again, we thought it would be fitting to do one thing: Talk about Conan the Barbarian. I consider myself a very lucky man in that my partner in crime happens to be somewhat of an expert on the topic. While I have almost zero knowledge of the character myself; I jumped at the opportunity to sit down and ask Alex all about the Barbarian king/pirate/destroyer/adventurer etc and in the span of a few hours I learned more than I could have possibly imagined about Robert Howard, Cimmerians, and Vincent D'Onofrio. And it was good.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 1.18.2018_Episode_305.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:18pm EST
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By Alex

“Why would you want to talk to me?” said this weeks guest when I asked him about joining us for an episode. 

Because he gets to hang around some of the coolest and biggest names in the comicbook industry, travels to 20 or so conventions a year while dealing with event organizers, has amazing art pass through his hands on a regular basis, has been able to make a business for himself, facilitates fans getting work from some of their favorite artists and I’m sure there’s a few more things.  

Jason Schachter is an artist agent and creator/owner of Essential Sequential. It’s possible you’ve seen a row of purple banners at some major conventions attached to names like Tim Sale, Klaus Janson, Cary Nord, Eric Canete, Dave Johnson, Matteo Scalera and others. You can thank Jason for that.

I pitched being a guest for an episode to Jason back at NYCC 2017 and thankfully convinced him to find time to make us jealous with stories of having dinner with Frank Miller among other fun tidbits.  We enjoy talking with the people that work to pull the strings and make the show happen as much as we do the stars of the show, and I was curious to know what goes into working as an agent for his talented group.

You can find Essential Sequential on Facebook and their website https://www.essentialsequential.com/

(also I’m in the middle of a cold so please excuse my coughing which Jayare had to try and mute throughout the episode)

Direct download: 1.11.2018_Episode_304.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 12:22pm EST
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As all of us up here in New England attempt to recover from the most recent snow storm we noticed that our dear pal Charlie and his gang over at Sketchprices recently eclipsed the 10,000 member mark. We saw this as cause for celebration because that's about 33 times more fans than we have and let's face it: Charlie is just a great guy and we're always looking for excuses to talk to him.

It seems like only yesterday when we happened upon the original Sketchprices website, marveling at its simplistic beauty. Delighted to find that there were indeed other people out there devoted to the idea of "Hey....how much does this artist usually charge?". Now we're happy to know there are at least 10,000 other people out there who also share that line of thinking and by the look of things that number is only going to keep increasing.

Which is great because it gives us more excuses to bother Charlie with return appearances.

Click the link above to check out the page if you haven't already. And depending on when you're reading this you might still have some time to enter their upcoming raffle supporting the Hero Initiative.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 1.6.2018_Episode_303.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:05pm EST
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I'm struggling to think of a proper adjective to describe 2017. It was um....yup.

It was.

This week we're recapping some of our favorite (and a few of our not so favorite) things from 2017. I did manage to come up with some of my favorite moments and happenings but I also had the strange realization that I spent 2017 doing a lot of nothing. And man is that a bummer. But it's also a bit of a blessing in disguise because while I'm not normally a "resolution" type of person...it's giving me a good excuse to come up with one. 

I'm still working on the final wording of it but it'll be something along the lines of "Do more stuff". Or "Be a better nerd". You get the idea. The time for being a lazy adult doing only adult things has passed. Next year the time has come to do more stuff.

Until next year,

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.30.2017_Episode_302.mp3
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True story: One time I tried to do a backflip on a trampoline. At the time, I had about 3 hours of total experience on a trampoline so I was feeling pretty good about myself and my abilities. I mean, it's a trampoline. How hard could it be?

Well.

If we're being honest here I'm pretty sure I came close to paralyzing myself that day. Last I knew, you're not supposed to land on your neck when attempting a backflip. And it turns out trampolines aren't giant pillows, either. Like I said, that's a true story. Joe was there. You can ask him about the horrifying noises that came out of my mouth after folding myself in half during my backflip attempt. Life has a funny way of teaching lessons.

So anyway, this week we're joined by our friend and performer Joshua Williams who, unlike me, can do backflips and he doesn't even need a trampoline. You see, Joshua specializes in gymnastics, parkour, tumbling and freerunning. He uses these skills not only to compete and better himself but he also had the opportunity to travel on tour with the Marvel Universe Live show and per our usual routine: we jumped at the chance to chat with Josh about his talents and experiences because they are much cooler than our own.

Happy Holidays, everyone!

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.14.2017_Episode_301.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:56pm EST
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Well as you may have guessed by the title it seems we've done this whole podcasting thing 300 times now. *Insert joke about Spartans here.* We spent the majority of the episode getting quizzed by our pal Dave to see how much knowledge about our own show we've actually managed to maintain. Spoilers: A lot has happened over the last 5 1/2 years. And we are old. Please don't judge us.

I don't have a whole lot to say this week that wasn't already said in the episode so I think I'm going to celebrate our third centennial by taking it easy and just saying thanks. To anyone who has tuned in to an episode, clicked around on our website, or even just liked a photo on Facebook we send out our most sincere Thank You. Your support and willingness to put our voices into your ears is much appreciated.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.14.2017_Episode_300.mp3
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As the monumental 300th episode looms in our near future we thought it might be fitting to throw together a compilation of "Best-Of" moments that didn't quite make it into the anniversary montage earlier this year. So while I spent the day shoveling snow out of my driveway and trying to force ideas for Christmas presents into my brain, Alex spent the day splicing together this week's jam into what we're calling The Best-Of B-Sides.

This one is pretty neat because, like you, I have absolutely no idea what this episode is going to contain. You might be thinking "hey man you're not going to quality check it before uploading to make sure Alex didn't cut together a humiliating montage of the stupidest things you've said over the past year?" And the answer is no. At the end of the day my faith and trust in my podcasting partner knows no bounds. In 5 years the man has never let me down or done me wrong so when it comes to Episode 299....there's no hesitation from me at all.

It's either that or I'm just really lazy.

He wouldn't do that though...right?

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.9.2017_Episode_299.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:10pm EST
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We're approaching 6 years of doing this thing in a few months and we still don't have a concrete mission statement. Mission statements are usually important, right? Do podcasts need mission statements? Who knows. The point is; we don't have one. We've done 5 minute brainstorms in the past but at the end of the day our goal is to talk to interesting people and show you neat things. It's not perfect and it sounds like something a 5 year old would write but ultimately it's what we aim to do.

This week's guest is no exception as we were joined by Toni aka The MadEtcha. If you've ever checked out any of our Steampunk World's Fair reviews then you've definitely heard us mention MadEtcha and her incredible glass etchings before. Her work has a "you have to see it to believe it" quality. Every time I've tried to describe one of her pieces my description never really compares to the quality of the actual work. So, I guess it's my responsibility to drag all of my friends to Jersey to check out her booth.

Should be easy enough.

Anyway, you can check out Toni's work HERE or stop by her booth at the Wicked Faire early next year or the World's Fair in May!

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.3.2017_Episode_298.mp3
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After doing the whole convention thing for some time now we've kind of nailed down a method to how we cover a show. It might not necessarily be the "right" way of doing it but we've always tried to bring you content and coverage that the everyday con-goer would want to hear about. I think we've done a decent job so far but I never really took the time to consider what might happen if our process had a monkey wrench thrown in it. Sure, there have been hiccups here and there. My camera died at PAX East last year. Alex has bowed out of shows with Colin and Joe filling in for him. But at the end of the day we're still able to get great content and put together with concise recaps for you.

But what about something major? Like covering a show by myself. In a city I've never been to. At a show that, up until last weekend, had never happened before. That's a bit more than a hiccup. And it caused me to change the way I approach covering shows on the fly and to be quite honest: It was tough. I never realized just how much I leaned on my cohorts for support when we talk with developers and test out new games. To be at a show in a foreign place without the guys by my side was a shock to the system to say the least. But, with the non-stop support of my amazing wife (who got to attend her first con!) I was able to remember a few things about the show and even put together a photo album which you can check out HERE.

Hopefully my ramblings this week will give you a good impression of what you can expect to find at any future Unplugged shows. Despite being outside of my comfort zone for the better part of a weekend I'd be lying through my teeth if I said I wasn't already thinking about next year's show. Luckily, there's only 131 days until PAX East. Let's keep the countdown going, shall we?

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.25.2017_Episode_297.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:05pm EST
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Seeing as I have to be up to make the drive to Pennsylvania for PAX Unplugged in about 7 hours and the title of this episode pretty much speaks for itself....I'm going to keep this brief and stick to the facts:

  • Colin joined us this week.
  • We talked about the latest season of Stranger Things.
  • This episode is EXTREMELY spoiler heavy.
  • No, seriously. Massive Stranger Things spoilers in here.
  • If you have any interest in Stranger Things but haven't watched it yet...maybe come back to this one later.
  • Some of us have a newfound love of Sean Astin.

Just cold, hard facts.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.15.2017_Episode_296.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:03pm EST
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Remember last week when I went on a big "yeah there's no more spooky stuff this year" rant?

Turns out I'm an idiot and we actually have a little more spooky stuff for you because this week Alex sat down with Dave Richard, the Creative Director behind the hit survival game "Dead by Daylight"! We've talked about Dead by Daylight at length in the past having been introduced to it at PAX East before we were finally able to get our hands on our own copy and needless to say we're hooked. What we thought was just a fun game of cat and mouse turned out to be an intricately designed and terrifying game of survival that keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time you're playing.

Huge thanks to Dave and the Dead by Daylight crew for giving us some time out of their busy schedule to talk about their game. I think it goes without saying that we can't wait to see what they come out with next.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.11.2017_Episode_296.mp3
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This week we're back to our regularly scheduled programming as Alex and I dive into the recesses of our brains to discuss those certain things that we hold dear to our hearts regardless of their quality or current status in the popular "meta". You know, that one movie that you loved as a kid and will still watch to this day even though all your friends say it sucks. Or that videogame that your siblings despised that will never leave your collection despite not having the necessary console to play it anymore.

Those things. Those beautiful, nostalgic things that we hold blind allegiances to because they mean something to us. That's what we're talking about this week. And it is good.

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.4.2017_Episode_294.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:22pm EST
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Just in case you didn't hear enough of us this week we're back with another episode diving right into the heart of the spooky. When we heard OMV Legend Jon was going to be heading back from his trip out to the west coast we decided it would be just plain irresponsible to not have him on. Yes folks, you read that right: The Duke of Spoop himself has made his return to the Nutmeg state to tell us tales of ghosts, hauntings, and the supernatural.

Now let's all just take a second and drink in how fantastic "The Duke of Spoop" is because if you asked me I think it belongs on a t-shirt. A t-shirt that only Jon is allowed to wear and only when he's recording podcast episodes with us. Then we'll auction it off in like 30 years for an obscene amount of money only to find out that we actually auctioned it to Jon and he was playing us the whole time. It's always the person you'd least expect....That Jon. Always the swindler, he was.

Classic.

Brb. I need to make a t-shirt now.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.26.2017_Episode_293.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:26pm EST
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The title to this episode will make little or almost no sense unless you tune in. And even then it still might escape you. In all honesty I'm having some regrets over the title and I'm starting to get pretty self conscious about it. How about we just move on?

I think I've managed to say "It's not Halloween without _______" at least once per episode this month. But seriously, it's not Halloween until the mastermind behind Decimated Designs Kyle Pasciutti sits in front of our microphone. Kyle has gained a bit of a reputation with his episodes as he always brings someone different with him to talk about various spooky things and this time was no exception. Joining Kyle in his haunting return were his pals Joe and Ricky. With the three of them all being veterans of various haunts and attractions (One of them having even competed in a season of Face Off) it's safe to say the levels of spooky were pretty off the charts this week.

Doesn't get much better than that.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.23.2017_Episode_292.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:34pm EST
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October 2017. Week 2. The air is *finally* starting to cool. The leaves are changing color. Everything smells and tastes like pumpkin. Halloween is approaching.

Let the spooky-ness continue!

This week we're joined by Monique and Peter of the Exit 7 Players to talk about the upcoming Addams Family Musical in Ludlow, MA. It's not every day you get Morticia and Gomez Addams in your studio to talk musicals so obviously we jumped at the chance to make it happen. If you're in the area, you like to support local theater, or if listening to Monique and Peter convinced you that you ABSOLUTELY NEED TO SEE THIS SHOW then you can click HERE and snag some tickets.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.10.2017_Episode_291.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:38pm EST
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It is officially October and despite the New England weather being uncharacteristically warm for this time of the year the fact that it's October means one thing:

It's time to get spooky.

It has become tradition to spend most, if not all, of the month of October talking about spooky and scary things with a vast collection of spooky and scary guests and this year is no exception. To help us kick off the festivities this week we were joined by haunters Bobby and Dave. They're the masterminds behind the production company "Evidence of Evil" and they specialize in some of our favorite things: scaring people with haunted attractions and coming up with new, creative ways to scare people at haunted attractions. Like Zombie Lazer Tag (awesome) or their latest creation that combines elements of escape rooms and haunted houses (really awesome) called The Chamber.

Check out our chat with Bobby and Dave to learn more and find out where you can experience these new ways to get the living daylights scared out of you.

Until next week,

-Jr.

 

Direct download: 10.5.2017_Episode_290.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:28pm EST
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I'm struggling a bit with the write up for this episode. You see, when you start out talking about t-shirts, then move to robots, then slide into New York Comic Con discussion it can be a bit difficult to think of smooth transitions. So at this point I guess I'm just going to keep it simple and let you know that if you wanted to hear about t-shirts, robots, or NYCC this week....you're in for a treat because you just won the jackpot for "The Most Random Lottery in the World".

Congratulations! Your prize is, um....this podcast episode.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.28.2017_Episode_289.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:26pm EST
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I'm going to start off with a quick warning as this episode contains some pretty major SPOILERS for a couple different things like Attack on Titan and Yuri on Ice. Either skip ahead to around the halfway mark or get yourself caught up before listening otherwise you might have a bad time. And we don't want you to have a bad time.

Now on to the fun stuff.

Megan, our favorite niece, is back in studio this week as she and Alex, our favorite uncle, recently returned home from a day trip to the local Camp Anime event that's run by our local comic shop, Matt's Sports Cards and Comics. With this being Megan's first time attending Camp Anime we were anxious to hear about her experiences at a show that, at least to my knowledge, doesn't really have an equal. As a veteran of other shows like ConnectiCon, Megan is no stranger to the con scene. But when it comes to a show dedicated to anime that's also run like a summer camp it can be a little difficult to anticipate what exactly you're going to see there. Maybe you'll see someone dressed as your favorite Dragonball Z character practicing their archery? Or maybe you'll see an entire group of Titan Scouts getting together as they prepare to scale the rock wall? Either way if you're into Anime and you're into camp: You're probably going to have a good time.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.20.2017_Episode_288.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 5:33pm EST
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In his last free Saturday for the next 6-8 weeks Alex decided to take advantage of the time off and enjoy a beautiful day trip to a local show. Seeing as he's going to be completely surrounded by spooky, scary monsters and zombies for the foreseeable future, he figured what better way to spend the free time than by going to the local...HorrorFest.

I guess some people just can't get enough spooky in their lives.

Join us this week as Alex tells us tales of his trip to the HorrorFest and we determine the best way to greet a fellow co-worker at four o'clock in the morning. Per usual, it's a rich and hearty dose of compelling OMV content.

Is it October yet?

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.16.2017_Episode_287.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:59pm EST
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What happens when a bunch of badass women get together, slap on some rollerskates and hold competitions involving some of the greatest nicknames ever created?

Roller derby is what happens. And good lord is it fun.

A few weeks ago Alex and I had the opportunity to make an appearance at the local Western Mass Roller Derby meet as they faced off in an epic rematch against their rivals from Hartford, Connecticut. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hesitant at first due to the fact that A) I'm an old man who doesn't like to be out late and B) I literally have no idea how roller derby works. As with most things I'm hesitant or unsure about it turns out I was being a moron and not only did I end up having a great time but now I almost, kind of, maybe understand how roller derby works. Win-win!

Join us this week as Nichele (a bonafide member of the Western Mass Roller Derby team) and Dave (a bonafide badass who killed me when I was Hitler in Secret Hitler that one time) stop by the studio and enlighten us with tales of skates, elbows, and flat-track hardwood floors.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.9.2017_Episode_286.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:31pm EST
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Bob and Jared are two of my favorite people on this planet because not only are they both hilarious human beings who have a natural talent for making people laugh but they're also just good f***ing dudes. Like, the best dudes. The pinnacle of dude. So when the opportunity arises to have the both of them on the show we kind of jump at it with little-to-no shame at all. I wouldn't necessarily say we beg them but to say we've debated cash bribes wouldn't be completely out of the question. Kidding, of course. (mostly)

Luckily they humor us and seem almost willing to come on the show with minor resistance. That's a win-win situation if I ever saw one.

So join us this week as The Dead Henchmen themselves are both back in the studio so we can talk about movies, making movies, and the people that excel at making movies. Maybe once you're done listening you can check out the movies they've made and maybe support them in the upcoming Fantastic Fest competition? Because seriously. They're some good dudes. And supporting good dudes is just a nice thing to do.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.1.2017_Episode_285.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 1:25pm EST
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Tonight Alex and I are going to be making an appearance at the Western Massachusetts Roller Derby bout sharing a table with our partner in crime, the Art Mercenary himself Mr. Brett Kelley. Meanwhile, Conor McGregor is going to be fighting Floyd Mayweather in a real-life boxing match. Because this is real life.

There are moments where I wish I could go back in time and tell myself about all the things that are happening in the future to see my own reaction. I bet I'd be able to make myself cry within 3 minutes just based on events that have happened in the last 6 months. But things like tonight? I like to think that I would shake my own hand and assure myself that I made good decisions in the future. A few good decisions, maybe. At least the ones that led to me making an appearance at a local roller derby bout. For sure.

But enough about awkward time travel conversations with myself. We have a rad episode for you this week featuring our friend Carley Winn where we talk about all things Cosplay and Conventions. Be sure to check out her work HERE and give her a follow on all of the various social mediums. As always enjoy the episode and thanks for putting us in your ears! 

Until next week.

-Jr.

Direct download: 8.23.2017_Episode284.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 4:20pm EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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So I missed out.

Shortly after the Steampunk World's Fair there was another show in the nearby area called The Watch City Steampunk Festival. I was tired. I was steampunk'd out. And I needed my beauty rest. I also had to mow the lawn but that's beside the point.

The point is despite having engaged in a weekend of Steampunk just one week beforehand, Alex was able to make it out to Watch City and enjoy all the sights and sounds Waltham, Massachusetts had to offer. One of those sights being a humble art booth by the name of The Corey Press. After his initial pass Alex was intrigued. After his second pass Alex was interested. Should a third pass have happened I think Alex would have been indebted. In the end it's probably best I wasn't there because A.) Pressuring your friends to buy things at shows is one of my favorite past times and B.) I think I also would have gone broke myself.

Still better than mowing the lawn, though.

At this point I doubt I have to say much more but for the sake of tradition: the creative mind behind The Corey Press, an artist and merchant named Drew, joined us this week for a rousing game of "how do you do the thing you do and why do you do that thing?"

And it was good.

-Jr.

Direct download: 6.8.2017_Episode_273.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:40pm EST
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Now that I'm the Guess Who champion I can focus on other important matters such as providing you with your weekly dose of podcast entertainment featuring one of our greatest pals Jon.

This one was a bit bittersweet as it could be a while before we have Jon back on the show live and in person as he is making the trek out west to see what California is like. Seeing as we have a growing list of friends on that coast we told Jon that he is to ensure that he gives our regards to each and every one of them. A reasonable request, is it not?

But seriously, though. Last time Jon joined us we talked at length about figures both of the action kind and the collectible kind. Today, Jon brought over some pieces of his personal collection once the three 30 year old men decided to stop playing with toys we got down to it and discussed the important issue at hand: Collectibles and collecting said collectibles. With some tangents.

Some of you might be thinking "you know that's great and collectibles are super rad and this is the best episode of OMV I've ever heard...but what if I wanted to also hear a good podcast about video games?" Well, my friend. You are in luck. Our friends and multiple-time OMV guests Colin, Zach, and Ken have joined forces to form the Local Co-op Podcast and they have officially kicked off with their first episode. Click that link to check them out and be sure to throw some love their way as I'm sure it's only a matter of time before we convince one or all off them to come back on and hype it up themselves. 

That's all I got for this week. Be sure to check out the episode and join us in wishing Jon the very best of luck on his trip out west.

Until next time,

-Jr.

Direct download: 6.3.17_Episode_272.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:03pm EST
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Besides making rad films and being an all-around great person our pal Jared Skolnick has a knack for generating discussion. Every so often he'll post a simple question (usually focused on cinema) that prompts friends and followers to respond with their respective choices. Something along the lines of "Best soundtrack to accompany a fight scene" will garner dozens of responses, video clips, and side conversations and in a world full of people always yelling at each other on the internet, it's a fantastic relief.

A few weeks ago Jared posted the following statement:

Check it

See what I mean? Simple. It's not even a question but it's something that you immediately want to dive into and figure out. A 16 word sentence resulted in an episode almost an hour and a half long. That's longer than some of our multi-day convention review episodes. So yeah, like I said: Jared has a knack for generating discussion.

We're just lucky enough to have a way to record it.

-Jr.

Direct download: 5.27.17_Episode_271.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 6:58pm EST
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Alright, I suppose I can stop reading Saga long enough to get this uploaded.

Last night Colin made a last minute appearance after flying home from a stay in Ireland so Alex and I could grill him on the differences in nerd culture between two lands that have a massive body of water between them and it was fascinating.

Afterwards Colin and Alex engaged in some intense games of Alex's customized version of "Guess Who?". In what can only be described as a madhouse of intense competitive children's gameplay only one man was able to come out with the victory. In case you were wondering: It was livestreamed on our Facebook page and the video is somewhere up there for you to check out.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 5.19.2017_Episode_270.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 6:26pm EST
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It has come and it has gone. Last weekend Brett, Alex and I made our yearly venture down to New Jersey for the 2017 Steampunk World's Fair and, as usual, it was fantastic.

Sitting here a week after the show, having returned back to the real world and going to work all week I still find myself reliving different moments and humming tunes that have been stuck in my head for days now. It's not easy to describe the World's Fair to someone who has never been before and most of the time I just tell my friends they have to go. The just need to go and experience it for themselves. For those that don't have the opportunity to do so, I like to think our recaps do a decent job of immersing people into the SPWF experience but really it's like the old saying goes:

You have to see it to believe it.

Check out this week's episode for our recap and click HERE for some pictures that we snapped.

-Jr.

Direct download: 5.10.2017_Episode_269.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:16pm EST
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So there was this time when we were on our way to the Steampunk World's Fair and I realized I forgot to upload the most recent episode so we had to turn around and head back to my house so I could keep our streak going.

That time was right now.

Brett and Alex are literally standing in front of me waiting for this to finish uploading and it's great.

Anyway, tomorrow is free comic book day. Go get some comics.

We are off to the Fair. Expect lots of talk about the Fair in the coming days.

-Jr.

Direct download: 5.3.2017_Episode_268.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:27am EST
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BREAKING: Three adults gathered in the same room with microphones in front of their faces in an attempt to bring you a dose of weekly podcast entertainment.

THIS WEEK:

  • Comic books
  • Videogames
  • Controversy
  • Ryan Vella
  • Seasonal Allergies

NOT NECESSARILY IN THAT ORDER BUT FOR THE MOST PART IT'S IN THAT ORDER.

ENJOY.

-Jr.

Direct download: 4.29.2017_Episode_267.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:58pm EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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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 EST
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As far as I'm concerned any length of time between Brett Kelley appearances is too long. We managed to last 3 months this time but it felt more like 6. Either way. Brett is back this week and we're just really happy about it. The reason for Brett's return this week is pretty simple: He went to a new show called "Glimmerdark" and he's here to tell us about it.

The past couple of years Brett has made the trek down to New Jersey to attend the Wicked Faire. The past couple of years Brett has also provided us with a recap of said Wicked Faire but since it was announced last year that the Wicked Faire would be no more...we were a bit disappointed to say the least.

Luckily it seems the Wicked Faire has been reborn into a new show called Glimmerdark and being the true gentleman that he his Brett once again made the journey to New Jersey to attend and subsequently made the journey into our studio to regale us with his tales of wonder and mystery. And it was good.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 2.11.2017_Episode_256.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:53pm EST
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Three times I've tried to get this episode uploaded today and three times I've been distracted by various YouTube videos. My current distraction is this incredible cover of Voodoo Child by Stevie Ray Vaughan. I mean seriously.

But anyways. We do have an episode for you this week and it features our friend Alyson aka The Vulgar Seamstress. She's joining us for one simple reason: To talk about anime. It's probably been mentioned many times in the past but when it comes to anime Alex and I are a bit old school. By old school I mean we both own the enormous 8 disc Trigun box set that at one time cost upwards of $200. Alyson, however, has a vast knowledge of anime both new and old and now you have the opportunity to spend the next 70+ minutes listening to her talk about it.

Personally I've watched one actual anime series in the past decade and that's really unacceptable. It's just that thing that I always say I need to experience more of...but then I just kind of forget or willfully ignore it. It takes a lot to get me to actually sit down and watch something to completion. I'm really, really good at starting but never finishing. For example here are some shows that I've started, enjoyed, but have yet to complete: Breaking Bad, Daredevil season 2, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Making a Murderer, and Season 4 of Arrested Development to name a few. Come to think of it, off the top of my head aside from Parks & Recreation I think House of Cards and Stranger Things are the only shows I've been able to actually complete recently. I'd like to think it's because I'm so busy with being productive and doing adult things I just don't have time to finish anything. But in reality its mostly because my nights are taken up with Overwatch and reruns of shows I've already finished.

I guess I just have a hard time with commitment. Or I'm lazy.

Yeah, it's probably the latter.

-Jr.

Direct download: 1.30.2017_Episode_255.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:56pm EST
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I think I've slept through about 18 of the past 24 hours. I don't deal with being sick very well. With that said; I have an obligation to provide this week's episode to you because simply put: It's pretty good.

Here's a breakdown for you: A friend of ours named Tighe called us on Skype and we got to talk to him about what it's like to be able to do cool things and to have talent.

Pretty neat, right?

Also here's a fun fact: It took me 6 tries to write that 2nd paragraph because I'm so hopped up on medicine I can't see straight. There was a minor debate in my mind to just leave it the way it was typed out for comedy's sake...but honestly Tighe was such a rad guest I felt like it would have been a disservice to him to have the post riddled with spelling errors and nonsense.

Now it's time for more sleep.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 1.22.2017_Episode_254.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:12pm EST
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This week was neat.

Alex and I didn't have a guest lined up so we knew it was going to be just the two of us. During our pre-show "oh shit what are we going to talk about" meeting something crazy and completely unexpected happened: We started talking about comics.

Ok so maybe not completely unexpected because it happens literally every time we hang out. But it also got me thinking because it was conversations like the one we stumbled into today that ultimately led to the genesis of this very show.

So we rolled with it and did a sort of "throwback" episode and just talked about comic book characters we felt were underrated/over-hyped and it was glorious. I'm sure you'll have your own opinions for this week's topics and I urge you to share them with us. Maybe even on our Facebook page if you were so inclined.

I swear to God if anyone says one bad word about Maxwell Lord, though....

Anyways, enjoy this week's jam.

-Jr.

Direct download: 1.21.2017_Episode_253.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 8:06pm EST
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Ok,

So there's this thing called Super Art Fight that we've talked at length about in the past. We've been to a bunch of their shows, we've thrown money at them in exchange for art and t-shirts, and we've had a few of their members on the show....twice.

Jamie Noguchi is here this week for number three. 

Both a founder and performer with Super Art Fight, Jamie has also been producing a webcomic for the last 7 years, posting art all over the internet, and providing motivational advice in the form of three simple words. Join us this week as we dig a bit deeper into the mind of the "King of Brush Style" and discover the secrets behind the Jamie Noguchi System™.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 1.14.2017_Episode_252.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:31pm EST
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Let the record show that I've made it perfectly clear I'm not that great at most competitive videogames. There have been times....brief periods of time....where I thought there was a game I was good at. Then someone would come along and give me a swift and harsh reminder that when it comes to videogames I will always be drowning in mediocrity. Now with games that actually have a "ranking" (Halo 3, Overwatch, etc) there was always one thing I was good at: sitting right in the middle. I can never come close to the top but I'm also competent enough to stay out of the bottom.

I've accepted the fact that playing games as a career is out of the question for me. My skills combined with my age (30 is ancient in the competitive scene) leave me at a severe disadvantage. Combine that with intense competition anxiety and you have the perfect mixture for someone who will spend their days only playing games from the comfort of their living room.

Luckily we have friends who are good at games and make an effort to play them at a competitive level. Sometimes even attending that funny thing called a tournament. Want to hear us talk with our friend Ken about fighting games and fighting game tournaments for an hour?

You're in luck.

-Jr.

 

Direct download: 1.7.2017_Episode_251.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:41pm EST
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Writing a huge post about how 2016 was awful and how glad we all are that it's over would seem a bit...expected. Plus there are dozens of other people who have already put their thoughts down about 2016 who are much better than me at expressing themselves. Take this recent Penny Arcade strip for example. That pretty much sums it all up.

So for now I'll just say that 2017 is upon us. We have a lot of neat ideas for the future and hopefully we'll be able to share those ideas with you soon. We hope you enjoy the last episode of the year as we chat with our good friend Babs and recap some of the more positive things 2016 gave us.

Until next year,

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.29.2016_Episode_250.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 6:27pm EST
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Hey all,

Gonna keep this short today as I have tons to do before xmas festivities kick off. 2016 marks my first attempt at hosting Christmas for my family so it should be....fun? That's not quite the right word. More like...oh god I have no idea what I'm doing. 

Yeah. That sounds better.

Anyway. Join Alex and me as we chat about past xmas traditions and current Overwatch controversies. It's a doozy.

On behalf of Alex and myself we hope you have a safe and merry holiday full of food and joy and more food. See you next week.

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.24.2016_Episode_249.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 2:52pm EST
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2016 has been a "Year of Firsts" for us.

For example; this year featured the first time:

  • I missed an episode.
  • I abused the term "hot takes" to an almost absurd level.
  • We got to interview a voice actor (Hint: See: last week)
  • Daniel Govar taught us about Peacocks.
  • Our jaws were literally dropped for over an hour by Larry Houston.
  • We dove into a fantasy world of Dungeons and Dragons with Jeff Kalles.
  • We got to talk fan fiction with Rob Bricken.
  • Our guests included both a professional wrestler and an emperor.

And today:

  • We recorded an episode from the comfort of our own homes because we were too snowed in to drive anywhere.

All in all? Not a bad year if you asked me. And those were just the "firsts"...not even beginning to count all the other amazing guests and segments we had this year.

Not bad at all.

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.17.2016_Episode_248.mp3.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:17pm EST
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I've put close to 100 total hours into Overwatch since last May. That might not seem like an enormous amount for someone who considers themselves an avid gamer...but 100 hours is a lot for me especially for a game that doesn't even have a campaign. It might help that almost every single close friend I have also has the game and we play almost on a nightly basis. But still.

It's safe to say that Overwatch is pretty fantastic especially when I'm on the winning team...which unless Joe, Alex and Colin are carrying me winning seems to be a rarity these days. But that's beside the point.

The point is the voice actor who plays my favorite character in the game came on the show this week and let Alex and me ask him questions. His name is Keith Silverstein and not only did he provide the voice for the best character in the game, but a quick scan of his IMDB profile will show you the other 186 credits to his name. Such credits include Hunter X Hunter, One Punch Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and many, many more. In other words: There's a really good chance you've already heard his voice before listening to this episode and there's an even better chance you'll have a huge appreciation for Keith and what he does for a living after listening to this episode.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.5.2016_Episode_247.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:37pm EST
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It doesn't truly feel like a new Pokemon game has been released until we have Jess on the show to talk about it.

So Jess came on the show to talk about it.

This episode isn't so much of a review as it's more of a "We already expected it to be rad, and it was. So now we're going to talk about how rad it was". If you're looking for in-depth analysis and a fair and balanced review you can check the other 10,000 sites out there who have already done so. If you're looking for casual conversation featuring many throwbacks to the Golden Age of catching fictitious super-powered monsters; you're in luck.

Now to get back to training this Vulpix; I can't stop until it has at  least 8...no...9 tails. (See what I did there? That was clever.)

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 12.2.2016_Episode_246.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:41pm EST
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UPDATE: Joe threw some words down so I added them along with my own. Check them out:

The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is among the most popular web comics ever to be put on-line, and Chris Hastings has spearheaded the writing and the art of the project since 2004.  I stumbled across it in December of 2009, and ended up catching up on the entire 4 year run at that point in one afternoon.   At one point I handed a copy of the first McNinja book to frequent guest Brett Kelley to show him a joke probably a ninja joke involving Jose Cuervo and after he laughed, he flipped over another page, and then another, and then grabbed the second book.  Hastings has a talent for pulling humor out of every medium that he works in, from writing to drawing to skit comedy, and you all have the pleasure of experiencing the auditory version of that with this week’s episode.

  In addition to a great webcomic, Hastings has churned out several fantastic comic books including Gwenpool (which has recently popped out a trade) and Adventure Time (a five year running book that Chris joined in 2014).  He also churned out the Deadpool arc of Fear Itself, and Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe, both of which allow the hilarious Hastings to paint with a large comedy brush.  I’m obviously a hugely obsessed fan, but it comes from a place of immense talent and deep hilarity. 

 This week’s episode has Alex, Jayare, and myself interviewing Hastings a little about his career, talking about how he goes about creating comedy gold, the importance of creating compelling characters, his sketch comedy, and then like 15 minutes on how apparently Hearthstone is awesome.  It was nothing short of being one of the best hours of my life, and I sense you will all find hilarity and enjoyment from it as well.

Finally, if you are going to check out Dr. McNinja and haven’t before, start here with the first official storyline or here with the first color storyline.  The current arc is the last one, and nearing completion – avoid it at all costs, because in addition to being an awesome payoff for hundreds of pages of hilarity, it is crazy spoilerific.  Thank you to Chris Hastings for joining the episode, and Jayare and Alex for letting me join them in interviewing one of my personal heroes.

-Joe

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I apologize in advance if I've written this before but it bears repeating:

One of the greatest feelings in the world is when you talk to someone you really admire and you confirm that they're a genuinely good person. That they fit that image that you've formed in your head based off of a 2 minute conversation or a quick Twitter exchange. They live up to the absurd and probably unfair expectations that you've set for them simply because you enjoy the product they create. They're not obligated to humor you and sacrifice their spare time while you fanboy for the better part of an hour...but they do it anyway.

To put it bluntly: It's awesome.

Our guest this week is the one and only Christopher Hastings. (Longtime listeners will recognize the name mentioned in past episodes.)  He's the creator of the hit web comic "The Adventures of Dr. McNinja", he's written comics for Marvel such as "Deadpool: Fear Itself", "Longshot Saves the Marvel Universe", and "The Unbelievable Gwenpool". He also writes the Adventure Time comic and makes frequent appearances in the local New York sketch comedy scene (More on that in the episode). He's also one of those people I talked about in the beginning of this post. We've admired him for a while, we're all fans of his work, and after spending an hour and a half with him on Skype we can confirm that he's just as rad as the stuff he makes for us.

To reiterate: Awesome.

Enjoy.

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.22.2016_Episode_245.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:55pm EST
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As the title suggests: This episode is a little different from our normal weekly jam and I think you're gonna dig it. There's no guest. There's one topic. And it has nothing to do with anything we've ever covered on the show.

This week: Alex takes us on a journey both terrifying and inspiring.

Enjoy.

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.19.2016_Episode_244.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:20pm EST
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This might sound absurd but this week was Brett's first appearance since May. We went 6 months without having Brett on the show. Half of a year has passed since he last sat in front of our microphone. I wanted to make a list of all the things that have changed since then but it would just turn into me complaining about Donald Trump and I'm guessing you're not here to be reading about that hot garbage.

So anyways.

Brett came in this week in celebration of a few things: His Steampunk coloring book that he Kickstarted earlier this year has started finding its way into the hands of eager backers (including ours) and he's got an upcoming show at the local Easthampton comic shop "Comics N' More" for everyone to check out.

Those are two awesome things and this week you get to hear us talk about them. Now if you'll excuse me I have some super important podcast business to attend to that definitely isn't laying on the floor coloring in my new Brett Kelley coloring book.

Just super important podcast business.

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.9.2016_Episode_243.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:55pm EST
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In the words of the lovable robot Bender:

I'M BACK BABY.

Super chill episode this week while we prepare to get back into our regular schedule of recording our conversations with neat people. Join Alex and me as we chat about videogames and comic cons.

It doesn't get much better than that.

-Jr.

Direct download: 11.5.2016_Episode_242.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:13pm EST
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I'm not sure how to get this one started as this episode is a bit foreign to me.

Because I'm not in it. And I had no part in its creation.

See. I got a new job recently. And part of this new job means passing a really hard test with a short amount of time to study and learn the material. So every minute of my life for the past two weeks has been spent grinding for this test that I'm *hopefully* going to take next week.

Because I've been so busy...I took the week off from the show and Alex manned the Board with the help of dual guests Joe Sherry and Jon. I haven't even listened to it yet...I'm just uploading it on good faith...which could be a mistake. Probably not, though...probably.

Oh God.

Nah. I'm sure it's fine.

.....

-Jr.

Direct download: episode_241_with_jon_and_joe.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 4:51pm EST
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I'm not gonna lie: I almost completely forgot to upload this...and the streak was almost ruined.

BUT I REMEMBERED. MAYBE AT THE LAST MINUTE, YEAH...BUT I REMEMBERED.

Anyways. This episode was kind of inevitable. It's tradition for Will to join us at least once during the month of October to talk spoopy things and this year was no different. And we're talking about Stranger Things.

So.

This one gets a bit spoiler heavy so if you're that one person that hasn't watched Stranger Things yet you should remedy that then have a listen to our weekly chat. Unless you dig spoilers. In which case this episode is perfect for you. 

Either way. Stranger Things is incredible (did you catch the contest we had on Facebook a while back? Exactly) and this week we're talking about it. 

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.4.2016_Episode_240.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:12pm EST
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I can't remember if it was Bob Ross who coined the term "happy accident" but for now I'm gonna go ahead and say it was.

This episode could be considered one of those happy accidents. In the best way...because a few times now we've seen this great Tony Stark cosplayer tearing through Boston Comic Con. His outfit consists of maybe some boots, maybe some gauntlets, some sunglasses, and that sweet case of armor from Iron Man 2. To put it bluntly, it's awesome. The handful of times we've been able to talk to him were great and it was evident he was a rad dude so obviously we were going to try to get him on the show.

Cut to Alex doing his thing and hunting the internet for contact info when he stumbles upon his Facebook page and what does he see? It turns out this guy is HUGE into the haunt life and has been working at various haunts for more years than I can count. So initially we sent out to have him on the show because of his spot-on Tony Stark...and found out that we could potentially have a new guest for our month of Spooky.

You see? Happy accidents.

-Jr.

Direct download: 10.4.2016_Episode_239.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 4:29pm EST
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UPDATE: Sad news folks:

"Due to unforeseen circumstance, The Only Scream CT has unfortunately closed for the 2016 haunt season. We plan to reopen next year, and trust us, we’ll be back with a vengeance!

In the meantime, we have partnered with our friends over at Creeperum in Hamden, CT to bring you a special offer and make sure you can still get your frights in this season. Use Code: “scare18” when you check out on their website and receive a nice discount as our thanks for all the support you have given us"

Get out there and support your local haunt!

 

Here at OMV the month of October has become synonymous with recording episodes with our friends who like spooky things. Seeing as Alex spends a good chunk of his month making monsters at our local haunt, it proves very difficult to not immediately get into that Halloween feel. So we embrace it. We cherish it. We nurture it until it is a fully grown and hideous demon spawn and then we record a podcast about it.

And our friends join us.

This week it's Kyle and Noah. You might remember Kyle as he's chilled with us a few times in the past to talk about his gig at Decimated Designs and while Noah may be new to OMV....he's definitely no stranger to the haunt life. Between the three of them Kyle, Noah, and Alex combine to over 20 years of spooky experience and being able to just sit back and watch them go was truly astonishing. And now you get to listen to it while I go prep for our New York Comic Con excursion tomorrow.

Neat!

-Jr.

 

Direct download: 9.14.2016_Episode_238.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:25pm EST
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When it comes to conventions I frequently rely on Alex for continuous hand holding. Unless we're at one of the enormous, in-your-face oh my god I'm so overwhelmed with amazing things shows like NYCC or PAX....I tend to get a bit lost and I overlook all of the awesome things I should be paying attention to.

Last summer when we went to MASSive Comic Con in Worcester I was starting to slip into that mode. It was a smaller show, it was a Sunday, there weren't a lot of people there and there wasn't a whole lot going on. Luckily I have Alex. You see, Alex is smart and does research on things and knows who is going to be at the shows he's attending......like artist/writer Keith Champagne. Alex had visited Keith at a prior show and was aware of his work and how chill of a guy he is. I, with no reason to argue, followed Alex to his table and did my usual hover routine while he struck up conversation.

A half hour and many dollars later we left his table with merchandise in hand (including 3 pages of original art and two hardcovers) and yet another fantastic interaction to brag about.

I guarantee you if I didn't have Alex with me I would have done one lap through the show and gone home. I would have never met Keith, I wouldn't have read The Mighty (which was so good), and we wouldn't have a guest on the show this week.

The thought of all of that is just tragic. Alex....what would I do without you?

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.29.2016_Episode_237.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:44am EST
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While wandering around the aisles of the Boston Comic Con last month I saw my partner in podcasting crime engaged in what looked to be a hearty conversation full of wonder and laughs. As I made my approach Alex noticed me and eagerly invited me to join in. I believe his exact words were something like "HEY. LOOK WHO IT IS!"

It was our pal Israel from Skelton Crew Studios. After exchanging the usual pleasantries Israel started to hint that there were big things on the horizon for him and The Crew. This resulted in the exchanging of the usual obscenities (all from me) and desperate attempts to coax out whatever secrets he was hiding. But alas. His resolve proved to be unmatched.

But that was last month. Time has passed. Contracts have been signed. New collectibles are coming. And Israel joined us this week to give us the 4-1-1 on some of them.

My wallet is already aching in the best way.

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.22.2016_Episode_236.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 3:05pm EST
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My computer was determined to stop this episode from happening. First I was almost late getting to Alex's place because of an update that held up my laptop from shutting down. Then during setup it had to then install said update.

Which took over an hour.

It even gave me the fantastic message of "Do not turn off your computer. This will take a while." Thanks for the heads up, laptop.

Lucky for us our guest this week was super patient and had no problem engaging in some casual bullshitting while we waited for my computer to finish pooping its metaphorical pants. We've mentioned our pal Kirby a few times in the past. He's another employee of the Boston Comic Con and while that's rad he's also a journeyman who loves to travel to conventions all over the country.

So we talked about that. And it was good.

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.17.2016_Episode_235.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:32pm EST
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I've spent almost the entirety of my day working on a campaign for an upcoming D&D game which is extremely fitting given the episode we have for you this week.

You see, I've done little to hide my admiration for everyone over at Penny Arcade. I've mentioned that website in some way, shape or form dozens of times during our tenure not to mention the three years of PAX that I can't seem to shut up about. To put it bluntly: They just do neat shit.

An example of their neat shit: How about playing D&D in front of thousands of people multiple times a year? How about expanding that game into a 12 part mini-series on YouTube that was concluded in front of a packed symphony hall and streamed in movie theaters across the country? Not quite enough? How about we add guest stars like Wil Wheaton, Morgan Webb, and Patrick Rothfuss and games that are run by Chris Perkins himself. I mean come on.

That's some neat shit.

At the end of the day shit like that doesn't just come together on its own. Someone has to plan, organize, and execute months in advance so we can all sit down and watch five people play Dungeons & Dragons for 3 hours. The man behind the curtain....the unsung hero goes by the name of Jeff Kalles. He's the Senior Sales Manager at Penny Arcade but as you'll hear during our chat that doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of all that he does.

Mere days after putting on quite possibly the largest live D&D show ever Jeff was kind enough to Skype in so we could learn about everything that goes into the role playing phenomenon that is Acquisitions Incorporated.

And good lord was it some neat shit.

-Jr.

 

Direct download: 9.8.2016_Episode_234.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:42pm EST
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Watching the live feed from PAX West is really killing any productivity I had when I began uploading this episode...

BUT WE BACK. AND WE GOT AN EPISODE FOR YOU.

This week we're joined by fellow steampunkers/hobbyists/all around awesome people Katie and Brendan of Redfield Designs. Some of our listeners may find that name sounds familiar....that's probably because it's been mentioned on our show pretty much every time we talk about The Steampunk World's Fair or other related events. You may have even seen the fabulous Brett Kelley rocking his custom made Redfield Design three piece suit. (It's the one that almost made you pass out because he looked so damn good in it)

They're also both members of the infamous Red Fork Empire. Remember when we talked with The Emperor a few months back? No? Go ahead and have a listen. We'll be here when you get back.

Join us this week for some chatter about enormous space marines, my struggles with sewing machines, and the Oscar count for Mad Max: Fury Road.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 9.2.2016_Episode_233.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:58pm EST
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Way back....like wayyyyy back when OMV was in its infancy we tried to be the news podcast that would cover movies/comics/video games. We'd scour the internet looking for the latest headlines and stories to offer our opinions on and while that format didn't last very long (thankfully) one of the sites that we'd always rely on was the one called Topless Robot.

Even before we started doing the show Alex would frequently hit me up with links and articles he figured I would find interesting. In a sea of "geek blogs" re-posting all of the same stories with the same press releases Topless Robot was a breath of fresh air that wasn't just the standard "BREAKING: SOMETHING HAPPENED. MORE DETAILS TO COME". It was more "Hey. This happened. Here's an opinion on it that's both humorous and informative."

There was also fan fiction. And not really the kind of fan fiction you'd expect...or maybe it was the exact kind of fan fiction you'd expect....either way just listen to the episode and all will be explained.

Founded by Rob Bricken in 2007-2008, Topless Robot was his baby until 2012 when he took a gig at the insanely popular site io9 and since then he has moved up to the role of Editor. With a monthly readership in the millions....it sounds like it's equal parts terrifying and amazing. I mean..I get excited when our episodes hit triple digits...I can't even begin to imagine hitting seven of them. All the time. And getting paid actual money to do it.

Sadly if you were to visit www.toplessrobot.com right now you'd find that under the new management it got a bit of a facelift and hasn't had new content posted since December of last year. Bummer. Luckily Rob is still cranking out material over at io9 for us to enjoy and the Topless Robot archives are still intact for those looking to re-live some old geek nostalgia.

Enjoy!

-Jr.

Direct download: 8.24.2016_Episode_232.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 2:13pm EST
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Hey all,

Just Alex and me this week telling tales of our trip to Boston last weekend for the 2016 Boston Comic Con. We only went for one day but we somehow managed to fill an entire episode with just the two of us...I can't really tell if that's a good or bad thing...for now I'll say it's good and start arguments with anyone who disagrees with me. That's the right way to do it, yeah?

Anyways. We've been talking about BCC a lot these days. So to some this might bring a bit of closure to our weeks of anticipatory statements.

Also. MAN was it hot last weekend or what?

-Jr.

Direct download: 8.19.2016_Episode_231.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 7:32pm EST
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Any collector will tell you that proper comic book storage is right up there with eating and drinking on the priority list. It's pretty simple: If you want to keep your stuff in order and in good condition you're going to need comic boxes. Most of the time these boxes are white cardboard and while they're essential they're also plain and boring.

But what if...they weren't that.

Did you catch that? It was the perfect segue.

Because our guest Chris has a company called Boxes in Action that specialize in taking the ordinary comic box and turning it into a work of art. Click that link and you'll see what I mean. Want more? Click the play button and check our chat with Chris to learn all about it. 

-Jr.

Direct download: 8.11.2016_Episode_230.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:49pm EST
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UPDATE: It was brought to our attention by Bob and members of the Boston Comic Con Staff that some of Bob's comments were deemed inappropriate and we were asked to remove them after the episode was posted.

It's no secret that we're huge fans of the Boston Comic Con. We've long touted that it's one of the best shows around for people who like comic books and the artists/writers that create them. I guess after 6 years of attending, 3 years of tabling and hours upon hours of recap episodes it was only fitting that we get someone who actually helps make the show happen on our humble podcast.

And it finally happened because Bob Shaw has made his much anticipated OMV debut. Join us this week as we do our best to hype the upcoming BCC and list a bunch of names that might intrigue you. Honestly most of the episode consists of three comic book nerds talking about some of their favorite artists who might be in the city of Boston next week. How could you possibly miss out on that?

Oh by the way...not only does he work for one of the best comic book conventions on the East Coast but Bob is also an art representative for some of the industries top names. Wanna buy some art? Check out his site.

See you in Boston!

-Jr.

Direct download: 8.4.2016_Episode_229_v2.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:31pm EST
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The Boston Comic Con is literally 2 weeks away. Literally. We'll be there on Friday as good 'ol regular attendees spending too much money and gushing over our favorite artists. It'll be a good time.

You know what else is a good time? Chatting with the artist who was tabling next to us last year. We kind of have a small habit of doing this. Remember Dave? Well we're doing it again with our pal Ed Yancey. Ed is an artist based out of New York who like us is fueled by self-deprecation but unlike us he is full of talent. Pretty simple. Check out this week's episode to hear us chat with him about what it's like to be Ed Yancey and also to hear Jr. relive some horrible middle school art class memories. It's great.

Also, if you're interested in checking out Ed's artwork you should probably click HERE

-Jr.

Direct download: 7.29.2016_Episode_228.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:38am EST
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Alex and Colin are really tired of me using the phrase "hot takes". In one night they went from having never heard it used before, to understanding its definition, to absolutely hating it....and me. Someone give me a count of how many times I say "hot takes" during this episode and I'll give you a shout-out next week. Because you'll have earned it. Cuz I say it a lot.

So we saw Star Trek: Beyond last night and immediately hit the studio to record some initial thoughts and reactions with minimal prep time...aka WE RECORDED SOME HOT TAKES. And it was good. Colin was gracious enough to join us via telephone that straight up sounded like an ESPN Radio interview. And while we try not to have the same person on two weeks in a row this one just kind of fell into our laps and we couldn't risk losing these hot takes.

We'll probably have someone other than Colin on next week. Probably. Maybe.

A quick warning of some mild spoilers this week. We tried to keep it to a minimum but some important stuff fell out of our mouths a couple times. Those hot takes man. Just too hot.

-Jr.

Direct download: 7.22.2016_Episode_227.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 9:58am EST
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As I sit here staring at my phone cursing the Pokemon Go error screen I have a little time for some reflection. See, I'm a bit nervous this week as it's time for our yearly coverage of our favorite local show ConnectiCon and I'm scared that after 4 years of coverage we're just going to sound like broken records and repeat the same stuff we said last year...or the year before.

Then I remember that in 4 years of attending ConnectiCon I've literally never had the same overall experience twice. It's one of those shows that might stay in the same place, keep the same name and feature some of the same acts but it always has this incredible ability to show you something new. Super Art Fight? Rad. Love those guys and gals.  Super Art Fight with Cyanide & Happiness competing against them? A dream come true that I haven't even dreamed yet. (It was amazing. I'd show you the pictures but I can't because they don't exist. Shoulda been there!)

You'll remember wayyy back in our first year I wasn't too blown away with what ConnectiCon had to offer. That's because I was an idiot and I was comparing it to every other convention I'd ever been to and expected it to be exactly the same. That's the brilliance of the show, though. It's literally NOTHING like any convention we attend throughout the year and Alex has pointed out in the past that if you go in without a plan or just expect the show to present itself for you...you might leave disappointed. But I said it last year and I'll say it again: Take your time. Do some research and find something that interests you.

Overall I found that past years definitely left me more satisfied but as I point out in the episode...it's through no fault of ConnectiCon. I'm just greedy and I wanted more. More time, more money, more pictures. I was borderline insatiable and just wanted to consume the show in it's entirety (Side Note: That's the creepiest yet most accurate thing I've ever written). But sadly time is a finite bastard and eventually the show had to end....and we had to record some thoughts about it.

So join us and Colin this week as we recap our favorite backyard show that is ConnectiCon.

Oh, and check out our photos, too. CLICK HERE for that.

-Jr.

Direct download: 7.13.2016_Episode_226.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:06am EST
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A long, long, long, long, long time ago we took a shot at having this guy Charlie on our show. He was the creator of a website that was devoted to the collection of sketch pricing from various artists at conventions. While there's no exact science to sketching and pricing literally varies from con to con; it was an amazing tool for giving you an idea of how much you might anticipate spending on one of your favorite artists.

As it turns out this guy Charlie is rad as hell and is now one of the show's closest friends.

Unlike OMV, Sketch Prices is ever evolving and Charlie and his crew are constantly looking for new ways to improve their product. They just recently launched the open group on Facebook so anyone can join in and contribute/admire as they please. Click HERE to check it out.

This week's jam also brings us our review of the MASSive Comic Con from a few weeks ago up in Worcester, MA. You might remember Alex and Brett visiting the show last year. This time it was Alex and I working our usual OMV magic aka "trying not to spend too much money". Check out the episode for the full recap.

One last thing: ConnectiCon is literally happening right now. We're going to be there soon so make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for all of the inevitable updates.

Peace

-Jr.

Direct download: 7.6.2016_Episode_225.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 11:51am EST
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ConnectiCon is but a week away and over the past couple of years it has really solidified its place near the top of my "Dude I'm pumped for this show" list. It took a few years to grow on me and way back in 2013 I remember thinking it was a one day show at best.

That has changed.

See, I know what ConnectiCon is now. And I know what kind of show it brings to the table. I also know that our friends from Super Art Fight have been there every year since we started going...and they're going to continue that tradition next week. So what better way to celebrate than to have two of the guys who make the whole thing possible on our show so we can gush about how much we dig them and their production for well over an hour.

Shameless and damn proud of it. Besides, it's been WAY too long since we last talked to them and that was a problem that needed fixing right away.

For more info on the beautiful insanity that is Super Art Fight click HERE. Check out their schedule, find a show near you or check out their podcast if you can't make it out. You can trust us when we say it'll be worth your time.

-Jr.

Direct download: 7.2.2016_Episode_224.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 10:43pm EST
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After about 5 years of existence and 223 episodes of a podcast it seems my laptop is showing signs of age. It's to the point where I won't open the internet while we record and I turn the brightness on my screen all the way down in hopes that it keeps the fan to a low hum and not the screaming whirlwind that it's turned into recently.

Shame, really....as I'd really like to not have to buy a new computer any time soon but it's looking more and more like I'm going to have to bite the bullet or else risk being disconnected from the internet for a while.

*shudder*

Anywho. This week's jam features a good friend of ours named Dave who is just a rad person who enjoys doing rad things with rad people. He's pretty much the epitome of what we aim for in our guests. He's been a friend of the show for a few years now and we figured it was long overdue for him to make his OMV debut.

Enjoy!

#nerfbastion

-Jr.

Direct download: 6.23.2016_Episode_223.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 1:48am EST
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Our guest this week is the man responsible for countless Instagram screen caps/Facebook messages to Alex saying "dude did you see this?!" or "god damnit it's literally perfect" etc etc. His name is Daniel Govar. And he makes art. (Really good art. Like damn good stuff.)

We've been fans of Govar for a while now and long-time listeners will probably recall hearing the name a few times in the past (especially during our chat with Tony Moy last year). Alex has thrown money at him on multiple occasions and I've expressed my jealousy at the results of his thrown money on a consistent basis...meaning pretty much every time I'm over his house.

His shit is just really good and he's a good dude to boot.

So enough gushing for now...as there's plenty more in the episode. Seriously. It's to the point where we have to warn our guests that we tend to fanboy a bit and our interviews sometimes turn into a compliment barrage. But we're working on it...and maybe someday we'll learn how to do this interview thing correctly. Maybe.

We hope you dig our chat with Daniel as much as we did and if you're at Heroes Con this weekend make sure to stop by his table and say "hey" for us!

-Jr.

Direct download: 6.17.2016_Episode_222.mp3
Category:Comics Movies & Videogames -- posted at: 1:34pm EST
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