Geek Tragedy #65: Kyle Scrooge- Bane of the Holidays!

November 30th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep65.mp3[/podcast]

The holidays are upon us, and that means Kyle becomes even more curmudgeonly than normal! A sick Dave is unable to hold back the Grinch-like tide as the Geeks review Star Driver, 4321, and the newest Firefly comic. Also a new Pick of the Week, and Stuff You Should Know About!

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Geek Tragedy #64: Gaming Algebra

November 23rd, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep64.mp3[/podcast]

X-box(100) = iOS(30000) x 10? That sounds about right to Dave and Jaimel, but Kyle has apples in his eyes!  Also, an autobiography you should REALLY know about, and new reviews of wrestling and movies!

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Episode 64 Show Notes

November 23rd, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 64: Gaming Algebra

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Starters:

  • Visit our Flickr
  • Get Well Spoony!
  • GT *really* done with Gawker Media
  • Happy 25th Anniversary Usagi Yojimbo, Microsoft Windows, Calvin & Hobbes

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. Colin Farrell in the running for lead in Total Recall remake
  2. Mel Gibson’s cameo in Hangover 2 given to Bill Clinton
  3. Eli Roth producing killer clown movie
  4. Batman XXX spawns more parodies
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. Guillermo Del Toro joins The Hulk
  2. South Park sued over “What What (In The Butt?)”
  3. Record 119,000 people “cut the cord” on cable in 3rd quarter 2010
  • From the Gaming Desk
  1. iOS has more than twice as many games as Intellivision + Atari 2600 + NES + Master System + Genesis + SNES + PS1 + N64 + Saturn + Xbox + PS2 + Gamecube + Xbox 360 + PS3 + Wii + XNA + XBLA + Gameboy + GBA + DS + PSP combined
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. USA bans air mail packages from Japan over 16oz
  2. William Gibson declares that Hatsune Miku “requires further study”
  3. Ken Akamatsu starts website where out of print manga can be d/led for free, no DRM, ad-supported
  4. Japanese EGL store Angelic Pretty to open San Francisco location
  • From the Cellar:
  1. Rickets returning to Britain due to bad diets, gaming, internet
  2. Harry Potter kills endangered owls
  3. Panasonic discontinues Technics 1200
  4. Panasonic debuts 103-inch TV, only $100,000
  5. Maid cafe for women, “Princess Heart”, opens in Japan
  6. Klingon rapper hits the scene
  7. Bill Nye passes out at speech, no one helps, Tweeting instead

Five-Minute Reviews:

  • William Gibson’s Zero History
  • Four Lions
  • WWE Raw Old-School Special
  • Panty & Stocking w/ Garterbelt: 2nd Chance

Pick Of The Week:

New Release Tuesday:

Stuff You Should Know About:

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Episode 63 Show Notes

November 17th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 63: Goldie Gold > Skyline

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Starters:

  • LBCC/AmberCon Memories
  • RIP Dino DeLaurentiis
  • RIP Yoshinobu Nishizaki
  • Remembering Mike Nebeker

Geek News:

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. Zac Efron possibly cast as Kaneda in Akira remake
  2. Test audiences rate Green Hornet “Excellent”, 93% positive
  3. Live-action Bubblegum Crisis movie in the works
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. Starz, Sam Raimi developing live-action version of Noir
  2. Napoleon Dynamite TV series coming to Fox
  3. Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, Hulu block Google TV
  4. The Simpsons renewed for 23rd season
  5. Details of the Thundercats reboot emerge
  6. Survey shows Republicans like V, Big Bang Theory, The Office; Democrats like Mad Men, Dexter, Community
  • From The Wrestling Desk
  1. Hulk Hogan promises to eliminate “fake” stuff from TNA
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. Bathing With Hinako (and Hiyoko) coming at Christmas
  2. Studio 4°C animates French anti-smoking short
  3. “K-On” fourth most Tweeted word in Japan in 2010
  • From the Cellar:
  1. Nathan Fillion explains why Mal is better than Han
  2. Hasbro brings 3D to iPhone with “My 3D Goggles”
  3. E-Ink, Inc. demos color E-Ink display – sunlight readable, up to 1 month battery life

Five-Minute Reviews:

  • Gorillaz live at Oracle Arena
  • Skyline
  • Megamind
  • Treehouse Of Horror XXI

Saturday Morning Rewind:

New Release Tuesday:

Pick Of The Week:

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Geek Tragedy #63: Goldie Gold > Skyline

November 16th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep63.mp3[/podcast]

The Geeks are back with a Saturday Morning Rewind so bad that no one can un-hear it! You’ve been warned. Remember, no matter how bad it gets… it’s still better than Skyline. Also, Dave’s  beer-fogged memories of AmberCon and Long Beach Comic Con!

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Episode 62 Show Notes

November 10th, 2010 by Kyle

Episode 62: We’re the Shat!

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Starters:

  • RIP James “Dann-o” MacArthur
  • GT done with Gawker Media
  • BTTF Contest

2) Geek News

  • From the Hollywood Desk:
  1. Audience members faint, vomit, paramedics called to James Franco film 127 Hours
  2. Zemeckis says Roger Rabbit sequel still in the works
  3. One more BTTF screening coming
  • From the Television Desk:
  1. Caprica canned
  2. Univision may soon be #1 US TV network
  3. ESPN 3D not making any money
  4. Tron animated series coming
  • From the Anime Desk:
  1. Viz starts selling manga through iPad app.
  • From the Gaming Desk:
  1. Playstation Phone coming, says Engagdget
  • From the Cellar:
  1. Softbank Japan unveils 3D phone

New Release Tuesday:

Pick Of The Week:

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Geek Tragedy #62: We’re the Shat!

November 9th, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep62.mp3[/podcast]

While Dave drinks away the weekend in the Pacific Northwest, Kyle is joined by Browncoat Lisa for all the news that’s fit to print, as well as an all new Pick of the Week!

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Geek Tragedy #61: GT Halloween Spooktacular!

November 2nd, 2010 by Kyle

[podcast]http://npccomics.com/podcast/gt/GT_ep61.mp3[/podcast]

A few days late, but still great! The Geeks and Geekettes  get together for a discussion of all that is both geeked out and spooky! Happy Halloween!

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Time for Reflection

November 1st, 2010 by Dave

So, another Halloween has come and gone. And this one has definitely been one of the more memorable for me, mainly because of the week leading up to it. Going to Game 1 of the World Series, hanging out at Long Beach ComiCon at the Hero Initiative get-together, interviewing Thomas Jane and Tim Bradstreet at LBCC, and capping the weekend off with Gorillaz on Saturday night and hopefully a Giants win tonight for the World Series. It’s definitely an exciting time right now for me. And it’s all got me thinking about a lot of stuff.

In the Celtic tradition, Samhain (one of the holidays that Halloween grew out of) was not just a celebration of the departed, it also marked the new year. Much like January 1, it brought up reflections of years past, pondering on how life is going, and desires for improvement over the coming years. And overall, my life has it’s good points and bad point right now. Having my father’s estate finally settled is a big issue over and done with, and it’s been letting me do some of the great things I’ve been lucky to do recently. But there’s also the bad stuff; and honestly, I’m mainly the sole source for that.

While I did get the interview with Tim Bradstreet and Thomas Jane, I really wasn’t ready for it because of a combination of poor decisions and my habit of trying to cram in too much to do in too short a time. I rushed myself because I needed to get to the airport to catch my fight and it shows in the interview. So, to Tim and Thomas, I apologize for not being totally on the ball for the time I had with you both. I promise that if you’re at WonderCon, I’ll be much more ready to go to talk with you guys.

Speaking with Tim and Thomas also made me aware of something else: I’m focusing way too much on the Big Two and their foibles and ignoring most of the other guys. Part of this is because I’ve got a lot of stuff to do in terms of material to review (tv, anime, movies, comics, games). Part of it is because of my financial priorities, with checking out new stuff being down on the list and things that I have more personal control over (like gaming) being higher. But a big chunk has to be that deep down, I’m rather a negative person. It’s easy for me to take shots at the Big Two and say there’s nothing fun in comics these days while not seeing what everyone else is up to. LBCC helped show me that it’s the other guys that are putting the fun back in comics; both from reading ‘Bad Planet’ from Tim and Thomas’ label Raw Entertainment, and finally getting around to reading Robert Kirkman’s awesome ‘Invincible’. It makes me want to see what else I’ve been missing from companies like Aspen, IDW, Image, and Top Cow.

I think the biggest hindrance to me right now is my negativity. It keeps me from taking the podcast more seriously; which means that when cool opportunities arise like what happened this weekend at LBCC come around, I won’t get taken seriously. It keeps me from seriously working on any of the dozen story ideas I have that Jamiel keeps trying to drag me to commit to paper. It’s keeping me from really believing that my Giants can win the whole thing tonight. It’s been my defense and my comfort for most of my life and it’s hard to move past it. Believe me, I’ve been trying.

Ultimately, though, I know I can’t change the world through snark. I don’t think that magically one day, all the people that I say are ruining comics/tv/movies/video games are going to wake up and agree with everything I say, even though there’s a lot of folks that seem to agree with me. The only thing I can do and have control over is to keep trying to push forward, keep picking myself up when I fall and let my family & friends help. I have to move out of a negative ‘do it later’ mentality and find the balance between immediacy and long-term planning.

So, there you have it: my reflections on the year that was and thoughts on the year to be. I can’t say if or how well I’ll succeed this year, but I can promise that I’ll try to make it as entertaining as possible.

Keep listening, and thanks for all the support.

And since the veil is thin this time of year: we all miss you, Mike.

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Fear: The Great Motivator

November 1st, 2010 by Dave

The Punisher is hunting me.

Let me clarify a bit. This weekend, I went down to Long Beach ComiCon with Jamiel & Ladon to spread the word about NPC Comics in the Southland. I was just there for Friday and the first hour of Saturday, since I had to fly back up to the Bay Area for the Gorillaz concert in the Coliseum Saturday night. But that Friday night….

Friday night I went to the Hero Initiative get-together and got to hang out with Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Tim Bradstreet, Dave Johnson, and…Thomas Jane.

Yes, Thomas Jane of ‘The Punisher’ and now ‘Hung’ as well as a slew of other great movie and comic projects. So I got up the nerve to ask him and Tim Bradstreet for an interview the next morning, figuring I’d be able to get it in before I had to go catch my flight.

Now, I’d done my homework on Thomas Jane, the actor, but I was sorely lacking info on Thomas Jane, comic-book writer. That was all my fault and you’ll read my mea culpa later. But we got a great interview with Messers Jane and Bradstreet about Raw Studios, Dark Country 3D, and their upcoming projects that will be included in the podcast or put up on the blog as soon as possible.

So, a bit shamed faced, I picked up the ‘Bad Planet’ collected edition and promised Mr. Jane that I’d read it and give it a review as soon as possible. I read through it on the flight back to Oakland and was planning on posting the review on Tuesday to go with this weeks podcast. Saturday night was Gorillaz at the Coliseum, Sunday was recovering from travel and hearing loss as well as work in the evening. Then I called Jamiel Sunday evening on my way home from work to see how the rest of Saturday and Sunday went at the con. And he uttered the words: ‘Yeah, Thomas Jane stopped by and was looking for you.’

When The Punisher starts looking for you, time to get things taken care of, pronto.

So, without further delay, here’s my review of ‘Bad Planet’.

Overall, I liked it: it’s well written by Thomas Jane & Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) and has excellent artwork by James Daly, Lewis LaRosa, & Dave Kendal. At the core you have an invasion of Earth by a seemingly unstoppable alien horde, with only an escaped alien convict able to stop them. The Convict (the closest thing to a name he/she/it has) has personal reasons for wanting to stop the onslaught, warrior’s pride that eventual changes into the desire to prevent Earth from earning the designation of ‘Bad Planet’, basically turning it into a no contact planet for Galactic civilization at large for the rest of time.

The artwork from the assembled team, under the art direction of Tim Bradstreet, is a nice change of pace from the usual fare from the Big Two. Bradstreet’s stylistic use of light and shadows is very clear throughout much of the series, but the artist pool also brings their own individual styles to the panels, producing a nice mix like when you have a master cinematographer working with a master director.

Story is always my big draw for a comic, and ‘Bad Planet’ certainly does have a solid story and good pacing. When I interviewed him, Thomas Jane proudly proclaimed that this was the only ‘true science-fiction comic’ out on the market, and I can agree with him to some extent. It’s definitely an homage to the days of EC Comics and 50’s sci-fi popcorn flicks, which isn’t really a bad thing. ‘Bad Planet’ brings back a different kind of sci-fi storytelling that’s been missing recently even from the text scene: simple, direct, and genuinely fun. It’s not social application of science/tech gone amok like Corey Doctorow, and it’s not military fiction with a garnish of sci-fi like Dan Abnett. It’s not the pseudo-science of Reed Richards or Star Trek, instead, it’s got enough moderately advanced science in there to help frame and shape the story, but not totally define it.

As further proof that ‘Bad Planet’ falls into the ‘science fiction can be fun and not serious commentary’ category, quite a few sections are done in 3D full color art, which, kitch factor aside, does look awesome. It really is a modern version of a 50’s ‘Terror From Beyond the Stars’ movie done as a comic. And just like ‘Machete’ shows just how fun camp films can be when made with real talent, ‘Bad Planet’ shows just how great the style of those 50’s comics and films can be today.

So, a sincere thanks to Thomas Jane, Tim Bradstreet, and everyone at Raw Studios for showing me patience and turning me on to ‘Bad Planet’. And an even bigger thanks to you guys for doing something that I’ve long been complaining about: putting fun back into comics.

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