Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Podcast Guest Appearances

I have had the great honor of appearing as a gust on some fine podcasts recently. Here are a few of the

In Trentus Magnus Punches Reality #196, I joined the esteemed Mr. Magnus to conclude our trilogy of episodes on Christopher Nolan's Batman films, to discuss The Dark Knight Rises.

It is "Assistant Editors Month" on Back to the Bins this month, meaning none of the regulars are appearing on the episodes. In episode #281, I appeared with Gene Hendricks and Luke Jaconetti to talk about the first issue of the A-Team Comic, a classic issue of World's Finest, and the premiere issue of The Destructor.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Finding Sanctuary, by Abbott Christopher Jamison, pages 111 – 126.
Gray Mountain, by John Grisham, pages 185 – 304 
The Kingdom, by Bryan M. Litfin, COMPLETED.                                                                            
COMICS:
Captain Thunder and Blue Bolt 5 & 10
Green Lantern 108 & 179
Kill Shakespeare 7 – 12
NecroWar 2
New Gods 10 & 11
Spawn: The Dark Ages 2
Startling Stories: Megalomaniacal Spider-Man
Warp Special 1


Saturday, April 15, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Finding Sanctuary, by Abbott Christopher Jamison, pages 70 – 111.
Gray Mountain, by John Grisham, pages 57 – 185.
The Kingdom, by Bryan M. Litfin.
Fully Alive, by Rich Nathan & Vineyard Columbus, COMPLETED.

COMICS:
Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest 246
Booster Gold 8
Domino Lady & Sherlock Holmes 1 & 2
Hawk & Dove 10, 11, 13 & 14
Justice League Quarterly 16
Ravage 2099 3                
Ray Bradbury Comics 2
Strange Tales 1 & 2
Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories 540
Xenozoic!, pages 196 – 217 (*)


(*) covering “In The Dreamtime,” the first story that was discussed by Ruth & Darrin Sutherland in episode 9 of their excellent Xenozoic Xenophiles podcast.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Podcast Guest Appearances

Over the course of the last couple of weeks, I was able to appear as a guest on some great podcasts, hosted by a couple of great podcasting buddies of mine. Here are two that recently came out.

As part of a podcast crossover, Em and I spoke with Tim Young on episode 542 of Deconstructing Comics. We talked about our history as podcasters, before chatting about the first trade paperback of the current volume of Power Man & Iron Fist. A few days later, Tim joined us on episode 51 of Shortbox Showcase. 


I joined my friend Trentus Magnus on episode 194 of his Trentus Magnus Punches Reality podcast. We discussed the Christopher Nolan film "The Dark Knight." Later in the month, our conversation about "The Dark Knight Rises" should appear on that podcast feed. 

Saturday, April 8, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Gray Mountain, by John Grisham, pages 1 – 57.
The Kingdom, by Bryan M. Litfin, pages 145 – 197.
Fully Alive, by Rich Nathan & Vineyard Columbus, pages 55 – 102.
Let It Go, by Peter Walsh, COMPLETED.
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly, COMPLETED.


COMICS:
100 Bullets 11
Adam Strange / Future Quest Special
Darkhawk 9
Detective Comics 622 – 624
Kill Shakespeare 1 – 6
New Adventures of Superboy 1
Superman 658 & 660
Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories vol 36, #12

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Podcast Guest Appearances

Over the course of the last few weeks, I was able to appear as a guest on some great podcasts, hosted by a couple of great podcasting buddies. Here are two that recently came out.

I had the opportunity to join my Book Guys co-host Paul on a recent episode of The Doctor Who Show. They did a special episode about fan music, and Paul and I contributed some of our favorites examples. 


I joined my friend Trentus Magnus on episode 194 of his Trentus Magnus Punches Reality podcast. We discussed the Christopher Nolan film "Batman Begins." Over the next month, our conversations about "The Dark Knight" and "The Dark Knight Rises" will appear on the podcast feed. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Death’s Mistress, by Terry Goodkind, COMPLETED.
The Kingdom, by Bryan M. Litfin, pages 115 – 145.
Fully Alive, by Rich Nathan & Vineyard Columbus, pages 1 – 55.
Let It Go, by Peter Walsh, pages 1 – 108.
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly, pages 225 – 292.

COMICS:
Action Comics 711
DC Comics Bombshell 24
Death-Defying ‘Devil 3
Deathstroke: Rebirth & 1 – 5
Infinity Gauntlet 5 & 6
New Warriors 19
Strange Tales 3, Strange Tales II 2 & 3
The Sub-Mariner 47
Superman: The Man of Steel 46
Wonder Woman 19

Saturday, March 25, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
The Kingdom, by Bryan M. Litfin, pages 1 – 115.
Finding Sanctuary, by Abbott Christopher Jamison, pages 41 – 70.
Death’s Mistress, by Terry Goodkind, pages 398 – 472.
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly, pages 181 – 225.

COMICS:
Adventures of Superman 524
Afterlife with Archie 7 – 10
Cloak & Dagger 1
Green Arrow 19
Green Lanterns 17 – 19
Morlocks 3
Superman 101
Tomboy 1 – 8

Saturday, March 18, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Finding Sanctuary, by Abbott Christopher Jamison, pages 1 – 41.
The Reason, by Lacey Sturm, COMPLETED.
Death’s Mistress, by Terry Goodkind, pages 282 – 398
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly, pages 138 – 181.

COMICS:
24 Underground 1 – 5        
Action Comics 710
Birds of Prey: Wolves 1
Green Arrow 18
Into the Badlands Special 1
Madame Xanadu 1
Ray Bradbury Comics 1
Sandman 47 – 49
Superman 100            
Superman: The Man of Steel 45
Walt Disney’s Donald Duck Adventures 2

Saturday, March 11, 2017

This Week in Reading


BOOKS:
The Reason, by Lacey Sturm, pages 1 - 108
Death’s Mistress, by Terry Goodkind, pages 128 – 282
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly, pages 97 – 138.


COMICS:
Adventures of Superman 523 & 551
Betty & Veronica 1, Jumbo Comics 247
DC Comics Bombshells 23
Free Comic Book Day 2014: Sherwood, Texas
Free Comic Book Day 2015: Wonderland
Just So Happens, by Fumio Obata, OGN
Mister Miracle 1, 4 & 7
The Omac Project Infinte Crisis Special
Superman: The Man of Steel 42, 44 & 60
Wonder Woman 18

Saturday, March 4, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Death’s Mistress, by Terry Goodkind, pages 1 – 128.
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly, pages 40 – 97.
The First Quarry, by Max Allan Collins, COMPLETED.
Nest, by Terry Goodkind, COMPLETED.

COMICS:
A-Team 1
Baker Street Peculiars 1 – 4
Detective Comics 934 – 940
Green Arrow 17
Nomad 2 & 3
Wonder Woman 17
World’s Finest 240
X-Men 2099 3 & 14

Saturday, February 25, 2017

This Week in Reading


BOOKS:
The Inquisitor’s Tale, by Adam Gidwitz & Hatem Aly, pages 1 – 40.
The First Quarry, by Max Allan Collins, pages 1 – 72.
Nest, by Terry Goodkind, pages 166 – 324.


COMICS:
Black Cat Comics 1 – 3
Action Comics 709
Adventures of Superman 522
Animal Man 61 & 63
Green Lanterns 13 – 16
Justice League Unlimited 3
Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman 6 – 10
The Titans 2
Unforgottens: Mission of Tranquillity 2
Wonder Woman 16

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Podcast Guest Appearances

Over the last month or so, I've been privileged to appear as a guest on a number of my friends terrific podcasts. There are a few more to be recorded and released in the near future, but here are two that have been recently released.

On episode 18 of the Fear the Walking Dead, I joined host Scott McGregor, Sara Tonin, and Mike Zummo to discuss the most recent episode of The Walking Dead. This was the start of the second half of season 7. Listen to us talk all about King Ezekiel, Rick finding a clue, and a pretty impressive zombie kill plan.

On episode 274 of Back to the Bins, Chris Tyler, Paul Spataro & I had some "Silver Age Fun." We covered The Return of Skyman #1, Doom Patrol #122, and The Incredible Hulk #144. Really good stuff, especially that last issue, which had a great Hulk vs. Doctor Doom throwdown.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
The Secret History of Twin Peaks, by Mark Frost, COMPLETED.
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman, COMPLETED.
Dead Men’s Boots, by Mike Carey, COMPLETED.
Nest, by Terry Goodkind, pages 1 –  166.


COMICS:
Captain Thunder & Blue Bolt 2 & 3
The One #2
Over the Garden Wall 1 – 4
The Phantom 18
Phantom 2040 1 & 2
Power Man & Iron Fist 1 – 5
Sonic Universe 56          
Superman 99
Superman: Man of Steel 43

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Ambrosia at The Purple Booker. Anyone can play along!

Just do the following:

Grab your current read.
Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page.
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title and the author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers! Everyone loves Teaser Tuesday!

From Page 30 of The Inquisitor's Tale, by Adam Gidwitz, with illustrations by Hatem Aly..

"We turn toward an old monk with a long white beard, sitting at the far end of the table. His thin hands are stained with ink."

Saturday, February 11, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
The Secret History of Twin Peaks, by Mark Frost, pages 1 – 221.
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman, pages 149 – 184
Dead Men’s Boots, by Mike Carey, page 242 – 396
Sneaky Pie for President, by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown, COMPLETED.

COMICS:
DC Comics Bombshells 22
Green Arrow 16
King Conan 19 – 22
L.E.G.I.O.N. 36, 39, & 43
Omega Men 4 – 7
The Weird 1 – 4

Saturday, February 4, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman, pages 129 – 149
Dead Men’s Boots, by Mike Carey, page 151 – 242
Sneaky Pie for President, by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown, pages 121 – 205

COMICS:
All-Winners 1
Archie Giant Series 590
Bigfoot: Sword of the Earthman 1 – 6
The Hellblazer 2 – 6
Over the Garden Wall Special
Saga 28
Teen Titans Rebirth
Wonder Woman 15

Saturday, January 28, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman, pages 98 – 129
Dead Men’s Boots, by Mike Carey, page 67 – 151 
Sneaky Pie for President, by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown, pages 1 – 121 

COMICS:
Batman 1 – 6, & Rebirth
Justice League Europe 7
King Conan 9, 10, 16, 17
Who’s Who in the Legion of Super-Heroes 1 & 2
Wonder Man 6 & 7
Wonder Woman 14

Monday, January 23, 2017

My Podcast Awards: 2016!

Since I (1) listen to a lot of podcasts, and (2) have a blog, I believe I am qualified to talk about my favorites podcasts of 2016.


Favorite Podcast That I Guested On In 2016
Runners-Up: Action Comics Weekly, Back to the Bins, Batgirl to Oracle, The Book Guys Show, Fear the Walking Deadcast, I'm the Gun, Pod Dylan, Pop Culture Affidavit, Secret Origins, Views From the Longbox, 90s Comics Retrial.
Winner: Unofficial 75 Greatest Marvels Countdown.

Best Produced Podcast
Runners-Up: The Arkham Sessions, Secret Origins, The Spirit Blade Underground.
Winner: No Agenda.  

Off Into the Sunset Award, for a show that wrapped up its mission in 2016, and rode off victoriously into the sunset.
Runners-Up: The Riverdale Podcast, Uncovering the Bronze Age, Unofficial 75 Greatest Marvels Countdown
Winner: Secret Origins.

Where Have You Been All My Life? Award, for a show that started in or before 2015, but that I didn't start listening to (or even heard of, in some cases) until 2016.
Runners-Up:  Comic Reflections, The Catch with John Fischer, Men in Blazers, To The Batpoles!
Winner:  Deconstructing Comics.

Podfaded But Not Forgotten Award, for a show that ended (or maybe seems to have ended) in 2016, and it's hard to know if or when it's coming back.
Runners-up: Mike's Amazing World of DC History, Superman & Batman, Traveling Through the Bronze Age, Who True Freaks.
Winner: Tales of the Justice Society of America.

Back From The Dead Award, for shows that seemed to maybe have been dead, but released at least one episode in 2016!
Runners-up:The Book Guys Show, Bookworm Banquet, The Jen and Dave Show.
Winner: Geeks On!


And now on to the two most prestigious awards ...

Best New Podcast of 2016
Runners-Up: The Fear of God, Is It Jaws?, Greystoked, Jaig Eyes & Jedi, The Parliament of Rooks, Pod Dylan, Radio Free GOP, Xenozoic Xenophiles.
Winner:  Mark's Mess Podcast


Favorite Overall Podcast
Runners-Up:  No Agenda, Secret Origins, The Tolkien Professor, The Tony Kornheiser Show.
Winner: Men in Blazers



SPECIAL COMMENDATION: Best Single Podcast Episode, 2016:
"The Minority Report," episode 116 of Batgirl to Oracle. In this episode, host Stella and guest Donovan talked about the state of various minority groups in comic books. It was in-depth, insightful, and interesting.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman, pages 47 – 98.  
Dead Men’s Boots, by Mike Carey, page 1 –  67.
Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice, COMPLETED.                     

COMICS:
Action Comics 715, 717, 852 – 854
Devil Kids 35
Green Arrow 15
Enemy Ace Special (1990)
Hot Stuff Sizzlers 26
King Conan 2, 5, 6 & 7
Peanuts 2
Trinity 5

Saturday, January 14, 2017

This Week in Reading

BOOKS:
Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business, by Gino Wickman, pages 1 – 47.
Prince Lestat, by Anne Rice, pages 272 – 397.
Alienation, by Jon S. Lewis, COMPLETED.

COMICS:
Archie’s Pal Jughead 71
Blackhawk 1 – 5
DC Bombshells 21
Doom Patrol 122
Green Arrow 14
Incredible Hulk 144
Spotlight 1
Superman 1 – 6 & Rebirth
Xenozoic!, pages 176 – 196 (*)

(*) covering the first story that was discussed by Ruth & Darrin Sutherland in episode7 of their excellent Xenozoic Xenophiles podcast.