Cosplay Ladies of Comicon: Myratheon Cosplay

The cosplay of Boston Comic Con 2014 did not disappoint, and we took another opportunity to profile some of the amazing work that was on display.

First up:  Myratheon Cosplay

Costume made by: The lady herself!  This was an original design and which all components of the costume were hand made…even the mask and her hand carved sword!

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So fierce!

 Favorite costume piece/biggest challenge: That mask you guys, this pic, taken in the crowded convention hall does not do it justice, so be sure to check out her facebook page for more pictures.  The Anubis mask is Myratheon Cosplay’s favorite part of the costume (The Red Menace and I felt the same).  It was also her biggest challenge.  In speaking with her you could definitely get a sense of how proud she was of her work…and she should be!

Cosplay experiences: Myratheon, has, for the most part had good experiences with the Cosplay community.  No doubt signs like this help:
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Her hard work has been well received which has helped her gain confidence.  She did however have a tougher experience at Connecticon where she received some negative feedback on her gender-swapped costume of Scar from Disney’s The Lion King.  Some of the organizers felt she was sexualizing a Disney character.  Her response?  “Since when do lions where clothes?”  Check out pics of this costume and decide for yourself…

Thoughts on Clown Spiders:  Here’s a place where Myratheon Cosplay and I differ.  She found our Clown Spider stickers adorable!

 Where will she be next: You can see her next at Rhode Island Comicon!  Maybe you’ll see some of  The Ladies there too…

 

Tiny Doom’s Boston Comic Con round up!

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This year’s Con shirt

After a great experience with a 2-day pass last year, I (and The Goog and The Red Menace) decided to attend all 3 days of Boston Comic Con 2014.  Armed with Ladies SWAG and excited to see friends, cosplayers, and creators, we embarked on our 3-day Con Saga.

Friday- Thanks to picking up our bracelets the day before, we had no trouble getting in at 2pm when the con started.  Because many people were still at work, or traveling, Friday was the “lightest” day in terms of people traffic.  It was still plenty busy, but you could move, find people, and browse booths easily.  It was a delight!

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Sean Astin Q&A

Speaking of a delight, The Goog and I decided to catch the Sean Astin Q&A.  I haven’t been to many of these, so don’t have a huge basis of comparison, but I thought this session went very well. Astin is delightful and charming, giving people what they want.  And what they want is to talk about Goonies and Lord of the Rings.  After sharing some stories about his time in Boston helping his daughter look at colleges, that’s exactly what he got into.

As he said himself, Astin is a talker, and even though he had probably told these stories hundreds of time, he was engaged and enthusiastic about sharing his experiences.  He said quotes, did voices, and totally knew his audience.  The question “How was working on Lord of the Rings?” (can you even imagine how many times he has been asked this?) prompted a story about meeting Sir Edmund Hilary while in New Zealand.  Astin uses the same answer regarding his LOTR time as Hilary gave him when he asked how the view was from Everest, “Pretty good!”

I was very impressed by the way Astin handled the crowd.  He was super professional, making sure everyone got a chance to ask their question, even if that meant a rapid fire round at the end.  And yes, he did weigh in on the whole Justin Bieber/Orlando Bloom thing.  Unsurprisingly, he’s totally Team Orlando.   It was a great start to the con.

Then The Red Menace and I did some wandering and somehow ended up doing an interview for a documentary! The film -maker asked questions about the appeal of comics, and how we thought they connected with people’s dreams and ideals.  In a bit of a mishap, the first time around the camera wasn’t rolling, but that was OK, because we think we did better the 2nd time around.

Of course, there was also commerce….

Friday’s purchases:

 

Saturday-  You guys.  Saturday was cray.  Fun, but totally bananas and much more crowded than Friday.  However, the Ladies still managed to find some fun.  The Red Menace, Cartoon Sara and I (Smalerie had already left for the day) were interviewed by our friend Izzy for Somerville Community Access Television.  This was technically the 3rd interview TRM and I had done at the Con and I think we were starting to get the hang of it.  Then it was all business, handing out stickers and bookmarks like it was our job, ’cause it kinda was.  So, if you are reading this right now because you got one of those stickers or bookmarks….Hello and thank you!  Let us know you are here in the comments :-)

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Our new favorite Ladies, modeling some great stickers!

 

The big news for the TD/Goog household is that we brought home a Stan Sakai sketch.  The Goog was very excited to have the opportunity to get a sketch and asked for one with Usagi and Gen.

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Sketch in Progress

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The finished product, matted and framed

 

Saturday’s commerce:

  • Post cards from Mod Hero  (I bought some of these last year too, love love love them)
  • A super cool old costume Starlord print from Block Nation

Sunday-  Day 3.  Feet a bit more sore, but still ready to browse, purchase, and maybe get into another Q&A we headed into the Con on Sunday morning.  Thanks to The Goog and his mad seat saving skills The Red Menace and I were able to join him at the Jason Momoa Q&A!

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Jason Momoa and his sunglasses

This was a lot different than the Sean Astin Q&A, let’s say, less family friendly (but perhaps more hilarious).  First off, Momoa spent some time out in Southie the night before and as he told us, the man likes his beer. He likes his beer so much that while they were filming GoT in Ireland, it was his idea to have a wide waistband as part of Khal Drogo’s costume so he could drink beer and do no sit-ups.

Despite being a bit um, sleepy, he engaged with the crowd in his own way, jumping in to take questions pretty quickly.  Questions largely centered around Game of Thrones, Stargate, Conan (he is a huge Robert E. Howard and Frazetta fan), his own directorial work, and rumors of him playing Aquaman in an upcoming DC comics movie.  Before you start to wonder if we got any secret heads-up on Aquaman, we didn’t.  In fact, the man went stone cold when that topic was brought up.  Some of the audience took that as him not wanting the part, but The Ladies and The Goog think his silence is likely because he’s not allowed to talk about any potential role yet.

Momoa has a great sense of humor, often referring to himself as a fool.  He told a hilarious story about how when filming a nude scene for GoT he went out and bought the craziest polka dotted fuzzy sock he could find (ladies size XL) to cover his man parts.  Needless to say poor Emilia Clarke didn’t stand a chance in keeping it together.  Apparently, he also walked around naked just to make people uncomfortable.  Momoa also was a really good sport about some of the stranger requests from the women in the audience.  He gave hugs, flexed his arms, and on numerous occasions, spoke Dothraki (which I have to admit, was totally something I wanted to hear).  He also shared how he used to prepare himself, and the other Dothraki for their roles.  To get in the right headspace, he would do a Haka, which is a super intense Polynesian war dance.

The Jason Momoa Q&A was the only one we were able to get to for the day.  The one for John Barrowman already had a huge line, and as fun as that would have been, we decided our time might be better spent hanging out with over with the awesome people at  Bad Kids Press!

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Check out this motley crew!

This table had info about projects like The Adventures of the GWF, Nefarious Twit and Rogan, not to mention info on Comicazi events (many of which the Ladies frequent)!  That was a lot of bang for our (making our way through the crowds) buck.  And while I haven’t mentioned it yet, the Sunday crowds weren’t as bad as Saturday, but it was still pretty busy.  This is great for all the writers and artists!  Everyone we talked to said they had great days at the Con.  However, this is less great for one Tiny Doom.  After 3 days of being at elbow/armpit height, it was time to call it a Con.

Sunday’s commerce:

  • The Red Menace and I had some fun digging through a treasure chest of skull bracelets from Skully Kouture.  We each walked away with a set of 3.
  • A super fun super hero painting from Reks Dox

Final thoughts- 3 days at the Con was fun, tiring, exciting, and hopefully created an even stronger comics community in Boston area.  BCC seems to get more popular each year and I wonder if they are starting to outgrow the current space (with the more popular celebrity guests I think this is already the case).  While it may not rival NY or San Diego, Boston Comic Con did a great job of focusing on comics and the people who create them.

Stay tuned for some mid-week Cosplay profiles for the Con!

 

The Red Menace Tells You What to Read Next!

Boston Comic Con is this week, so I thought we were overdue for some comic book reviews. If you’re going to be in town for the con, keep an eye out for us! When we’re not walking around talking to cosplayers and getting tongue-tied in front of our favorite artists, you’ll be able to find us at either the Comicazi  (B605-609) or the Bad Kids Press (C405-409) tables. You might even see us in the audience of the special live Hadron Gospel Hour show!

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Hadron Gospel Hour is a fun comedy-scifi podcast, and they’ll be performing live at 2 pm at The Boston Button Factory as part of Boston Comic Con! Sound like it’s up your alley? You can grab tickets online for just $8 via http://hadrongospelhour.brownpapertickets.com/ or  at the door for $10.

Now that all of that excitement is out of the way, on to the reviews!

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 Astro City by Kurt Busiek, Art by Brent Anderson and Alex Ross

Plot: Astro City is an epicenter of superhero activity – imagine Metropolis, Gotham, and Central City all rolled into one. Sure, a few heroes live in places like Boston and Detroit, but Astro City is the hub of superhero life. However, plenty of regular folks live there too, and Busiek’s stories are all about the way everyone’s lives – from the most famous hero to the lowliest thief to the guy who runs the newsstand – interact and affect one another.

Why Read It: Other writers have explored this territory before – the interplay of ordinary human lives with the extraordinary powers of superheroes and villains – but few have done it with the depth and heart that Busiek achieves. (Heck, Busiek himself did it in Marvels.) In part, this is because the characters are all entirely his own, so he’s not bound by seventy-plus years of continuity and world-building. Sure, many of the characters are clearly analogs of more recognizable heroes – The Samaritan, for example, is instantly recognizable to any Superman fan – but they still aren’t those characters and they can act in ways that Marvel and DC’s heroes just can’t. Busiek also spends quite a bit of time with the other side of the coin, the regular folks who need to live in a city where it’s commonplace to see men and women in crazy costumes fighting above your head, and it’s innovative to see stories about non-powered folks who are necessarily victims who need saving or girlfriends (who need saving) or angry military men trying to bring down the heroes – these are just the people who live in and love Astro City.

I’d recommend starting with Life in the Big City, first volume of the series, even though most of the stories are stand alone and could really be read in any order, for the most part. Life in the Big City is a series of short stories from different perspectives and provides a great introduction to the world Busiek’s created.

 

Bonus: Alex Ross’ beautiful painted covers, which are typically reprinted in the trades. I don’t always love Ross’ photo-realistic style (scandalous, I know!) but the weird world of Astro City is completely suited to it. In a bonus bonus, many of the characters and settings in Astro City are fun nods to the larger world and history of comics, so if you are super into continuity and comic book culture, there are still a lot of fun in-jokes for you.

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Top 10 by Alan Moore, Art by Gene Ha and Zander Cannon

Plot: Like Astro City, Top 10 is all about a city, Neopolis, that is full of superheroes. However, unlike in Astro City, there’s no interaction between powered and non-powered folks, because in Neopolis, every man, woman, child and pet is super-powered. The hot dog vendor cooks his wares with heat vision. The guy selling watches on the street corner? They’re signal watches. But Neopolis is far from a utopia – it has all of the violence, vice and drugs of any city in the real world – and Top 10 is all about the cops who have to manage it.  The 10 in the title refers to the 10th precinct, and the concept is a Hill Street Blues-style cop drama – but in a place where the cops and the robbers all have super powers.

Why Read It: You’ve probably heard of Alan Moore if you’re even remotely familiar with comics. He’s famous for writing books like Swamp Thing and Watchmen and V for Vendetta. He is not famous for writing Top 10. It hasn’t been optioned as a movie or TV show, and it’s printed by America’s Best Comics rather than DC or Marvel – but honestly, it might be my favoirte book of hi. It manages to be about the same things his better-known works are about – social justice and who really has the power in society, how that power warps and changes people, how to fight back – while being way more fun. The main characters have a wide range of superpowers from the ability to administer electric shocks to invulnerability to being a talking dog with a  penchant for Hawaiian shirts, and there’s a sense of humor to the whole endeavor, despite the serious nature of some of the crimes the 10th precinct has to investigate.(There’s a particularly funny side plot involving a teen delinquent Godzilla and his much larger dad.) The artwork adds to the sense of play – it’s bright and colorful and busy without being confusing.

Bonus: The sight gags. That packed artwork is full of sly in-jokes and humor – every bit of graffiti and signage is a comic book reference (and often a dirty joke) and the background characters get up to a variety of hi-jinks while the main action happens around them.

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Gotham Central by Ed Brubaker and Greg Rucka, Art by Michael Lark

Plot: Much like the cities of the previous two books, Gotham is an urban landscape with a bit of a super power problem. Sure, Batman’s there to deal with the really big issues, but plenty of other crimes happen that he doesn’t have time to tackle. We all know about Commissioner Gordon and the role he plays in keeping  the city in semi-order, but whaat about the rest of the force? How do they handle being detectives in a city where a routine murder investigation uncovers a plot by Mr. Freeze?

Why Read It: Gotham Central is everything I like about Astro City’s regular people land how they’re affected by folks with powers and Top 10’s police procedural in a super-powered city and blends them seamlessly, all while telling the tale in a mainstream, well-known comic’s continuity. This no “What-If?” story – the plot lines of Gotham Central are part of the larger Batman and DC universe. Batman’s presence is sparse in the book, yet clearly morphs the attitudes and approaches of the cops in his city. Still, it’s great to see stories set in Gotham where the villains aren’t taken down in epic battles, but by detectives trying to get their jobs done the way all detectives do, by following the clues and getting into the heads of their crazier-than-average criminals.

Bonus: Some really great female characters, including Detective Renee Montoya, who goes on to bigger and better (?) things in later DC series.

So there you have it, three comic book series with a bit of a twist on the tradition superhero narrative. I hope to see some of you at Boston Comic Con this weekend – we have new and exciting swag to share with you! If you find me, ask what the deal with the Spider Clown Clown Spider is.

 

Go Smurf Yourself: A Review of The Smurfs Anthology

As we grow into adulthood, we become aware of certain universal truths – all living things must die, everyone will experience loss at some point in their life, etc.

But just as undeniable, but slightly less cited is the following truth: There are few things that can rouse blinding hatred like a Smurf. And as a child, I was able to witness this first hand each time the 80s cartoon came on TV. Without getting into too much detail, we were a house divided with young Smalerie solidly in the pro-Smurf camp. Even as an adult, I can’t hate them. They were one of my earliest introductions to fantasy as a genre, and The Smurfs and The Magic Flute was the first film I remember seeing in the theaters.

So when Papercutz generously sent us a copy of their Smurfs Anthology (Volume One), I was the natural Comicazi Lady of Choice. While reading this and making my notes for this review, I was tempted to rouse Little Smalerie again, but she is currently sleeping under the coffee table while watching Strawberry Shortcake in Big Apple City and I’d hate to bother her.

So here we go, a totally mature and grown-up review of the Smurfs where I don’t even suggest once that you replace the word “smurf” with obscenities for your own amusement.

The Smurfs Anthology, Volume 1 by Peyo

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The Book Itself: I can’t begin this review without taking a moment to point what a high quality book this is. It’s well bound, hardcover with no pesky dust jacket, and has a nice, clean, modern design. For any Smurf fan, it is more than worthy of precious bookcase space and tough enough to withstand multiple readings by you or younger members of the family. Even the pages are nice and glossy without showing every single fingerprint.

Anthology Extras: Between each volume collected in the book, you will find a short introduction by Matt. Murray. And yes, he does use a period after his first name, so be gentle my eagle-eyed editors. The world’s most famous (and only?) Smurfologist, he provides some brief cultural context to the stories without becoming heavy-handed or diving too deep for an average Smurf fan.

Murray even takes an opportunity to address the infamous Black Smurf story line. Taking a cue from the Hanna Barbera cartoon years earlier, Papercutz changed the color of the black Smurf to avoid any racial controversy. Murray explains Peyo’s use of this coloring by stating that in Europe the use of black as a color for the diseased, almost zombie-like Smurf in the story would have been seen more as a reference to the Bubonic plague, since the color wouldn’t be connected with race until the Smurfs made it overseas. I’m not entirely convinced of this myself considering that Peyo would have been familiar with the Swarte Piet (or Black Peter), a controversial assistant to the Dutch/Belgian version of Santa Claus. However, Murray’s take would also work within the story-line, leaving the final decision up to the reader.

The stories themselves: I found myself quite surprised by these stories. Growing up with the 80s cartoon and Smurf books that were actually story books from the show, I was surprised by some of the humor. Since the Smurfs volumes are presented chronologically, there are actually running gags that keep popping up. Also, the Smurfs are not depicted as sweet or as annoying as I remember them to be. They are at times cheeky, selfish, and kinda prone to anger and the occasional trick. That’s not to say that I enjoyed every moment of this book, however. Peyo can sometimes get caught up in his own storytelling, repeating the same details over and over again in case we don’t remember it from the page before. While at times it is part of a gag, other times it just makes the story drag.

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What is also great about this volume is that it not only has the Purple/Black Smurf story, but is also contains “King Smurf”, which is considered by many to be the best story that Peyo wrote for the Smurfs.  A commentary on how power ultimately corrupts, Murray once again does an excellent job introducing this story framed within the context of European history and the second World War.  The plot is simple enough for a morality lesson for the kids reading it, while also serving as an eerie reminder to adults that in many ways this isn’t a complete work of fiction.

Extra bonus: I openly admit that I was thrilled to find that The Smurfs and the Magic Flute is included at the end of this anthology. I had only recently discovered that The Smurfs were a spin-off of Johan and Peewit (pronounced Peewee). Taking into account that the episodes of the cartoon that included them were always my favorites, I kinda always stood by them as characters when I began to outgrow the Smurfs themselves. Also, the gag where Peewit tries to speak Smurf to Papa Smurf and ends up insulting him to his very core is kinda adorable, especially when the normally serene Papa Smurf has a fit over it.

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Conclusion: I think this is a great, solid collection for any Smurf fan, but i’m not convinced that it will convert any non-fans into the fold. The stories can still feel too dated or cutesy for some.  But for those of us already leaning in the pro-Smurf direction, reading this volume can, at the very least, be an enjoyable walk down memory lane.

FTC Full Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book  from Papercutz.  I was not compensated with money or flutes (magic or otherwise) to write this review.

 

Here’s your to let us know how you feel about these smurfy little blue guys.  Take the poll below and feel free to voice your opinion (as strong as it may be) in the comments below.  Let the debate begin!

The Five Most Traumatizing 80s TV Toons

Searches for terrifying or shocking kids’ cartoons usually turn up the same old lists of cartoon conspiracy theories (which never make sense and always conclude that the cast of the show is actually dead) or “adult” scenes from old theatrical shorts (which are often taken out of context and come from cartoons that weren’t intend for kids in the first place.) But there’s no need to resort to crazy theories or cartoons that were really for adults to find ‘toons that can leave some permanent scars on young viewers. Even if you just check out one decade – the one I spent my formative years in – and limit yourself to television animation, you can find a treasure trove of shocking and disturbing animation aimed squarely at children. Here are just five of the most nightmare-inducing animated TV episodes of the 80s.

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What’s it about? Good guy scientists battle bad guy subterranean monsters with occasional help from elemental creatures.

Why is it nightmare fuel? Inhumanoids is not a great cartoon, in part because the heroes were totally forgettable and wore terribly designed armor. What it had going for it was the monsters, and the creators of the brand knew it because the show is named after them. There was a lava spewing monster, a plant creature, and others. But the most terrifying member of the Inhumanoids is D’Compose. D’Compose had a weird reptilian skull for a head and an exposed ribcage. His power was turning people into monstrous undead creatures.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 101: Part 2

Remember about 4 weeks ago when I shared Part 1 of my primer on Guardians of the Galaxy…..well now it’s time for Part 2!

As before, I’m giving you comic-based info since I haven’t seen the movie yet, and am largely trying to stay away from information beyond the trailers.  And there have been some pretty fun trailers, with excellent soundtracks.  Check this extended trailer featuring The Runaways’ “Cherry Bomb.”

Hopefully you checked out Part 1 already, so 3 guardians to go…

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He’s called The Destroyer, not the giver of hugs

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Son Of Summer Reading

As I pondered what topic to write about this month, I toyed with a few different options. Should I write about my weekly bread project? Try another recipe from The DC Super Heroes Super Healthy Cookbook? Nothing seemed quite right. Well, I thought, it’s the heart of summer…maybe I should make some summer reading recommendations…wait, did I do that last year?

As it turns out, not only did I write a summer reading post last year, I did it exactly this week last year. So it seems like the right way to go. I bring you – The Son of Summer Reading! (But hey, if you want me to write about either of those other things, let me know in the comments. I can’t tell if the bread thing is great or hideously dull.)

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Three Things: To Drink…Maybe?

 

This year, those of us who live in the Cambridge area got a beautiful shiny gift in the form of an H Mart in Central Square. While much smaller than the Burlington location, it’s a game changer for people who don’t drive or often find themselves in Central Square due to work and/or other appointments. I happily fall into that latter category.

The thing about H Mart is that it is super slick. Staff clear your trays at the food court once they notice you rising from your seat. On rainy days a person greets you at the door and helps you stuff your soaking umbrella into a plastic bag. This place is oddly classy for what is essentially a supermarket.

Since The Boy is not only my secret weapon when it comes to thinking of blog posts but is also a big fan of dishes that are essentially sauce and meat on rice, I promised him Go Go Curry (more on that another time), if he would join me on a mission to find a whole bunch of weird things and eat/drink for the enjoyment of our readers. 30 mins later, filled with equal amounts of excitement and dread, we left the gleaming H Mart palace of awesome, loaded down with drinks, scary/potentially deadly ramen, and snacks that were chosen purely on how cute the character on the bag was.

And so my friends, I give you round one: Smalerie and The Boy Drink Stuff!

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In order to keep with the theme of our three things post, The Boy (with a little help from me) picked out three drinks with various levels of appeal. And yes, I realize that there are four items described below, but that was because I kinda just wanted a milk tea, and I picked it out based on the fact that it was cute and came with its own straw, just like a Sip-it!

Ranking from Most to Least Delicious:

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Cartoon Sara Listens to Three Podcasts (That Aren’t Night Vale)

Before we start, let’s get one thing straight: I love Welcome to Night Vale. “A Story About Them”? Fiction podcasting at its finest. But you all know about Night Vale already because Tiny Doom talked about it nearly a year ago and you’re probably all listening to it already. And while I love Night Vale, I have been taking a break from it due to the current storyline feeling a little too close to real world events. So here’s what I’ve been listening to in the meantime and why I think you should be listening too.

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The cast of The Thrilling Adventure Hour

Last I checked, none of my fellow Ladies were listening to The Thrilling Adventure Hour and I’m hoping I can change that. The Thrilling Adventure Hour is a series of stories in the style of old time radio plays, performed for a live audience and recorded for your listening pleasure. It’s kind of an anthology podcast featuring various recurring segments, most with continuing story lines, though it’s still pretty easy to dive in anywhere. With stories about superheroes, space cowboys, time travel, the occult, and a millionaire who takes up life as a Hobo in order to find and court the Hobo Princess, there’s sure to be a segment that fits your tastes. Or you can just do like I do and listen to everything.

Bonus: The podcast features an amazing array of brilliant comedic talents as both regulars and guest stars, but the two who will probably be most exciting to our readers are John DiMaggio and Nathan Fillion. DiMaggio can primarily be heard as the title character in “The Adventures of Captain Laserbeam” while Fillion plays Cactoid Jim, a recurring character from “Sparks Nevada, Marshall on Mars” who eventually got his own spinoff series.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 101: Part 1

Note: This post could be considered slightly spoilerly for some Marvel comic story lines involving the Guardians of the Galaxy.

If you’ve been to an action/sci-fi movie at the movie theater lately you have probably seen the trailer for the next Marvel Studios movie, The Guardians of the Galaxy.  Unless you are familiar with a deeper cut into Marvel’s cosmic world, you may be asking yourself the question asked in the trailer, “Who are these guys?” Well, like many comic book back stories (and some Facebook relationship statuses), it’s complicated.  My aim here is to give you enough to lay groundwork for the movie, and to hopefully pique your interest in reading some of the comic story lines. The Guardians were created back in 1969, I’m not going to focus too much on that team, mostly because I love the 2008 team.  But I think it’s interesting to note that this team has been around for a good while (and were NOT just created for a movie).  For the purpose of this post I’m going to go over the team member that are in the movie, but like many teams membership changes.

The Basics: 1-guardians-of-the-gal The Guardians of the Galaxy are a team of aliens and super-powered beings put together by Peter Quill (Star-Lord).  He puts this team together after the Phalanx/Kree war, with the goal of protecting the universe proactively rather than just coming together when the worst is happening.  Based on the movie trailers the movie origin seems to be a little more “rag-tag outlaws teaming together for a cause bigger than themselves.”  And there is a bit of that in the comics, but the war has already given them the motivation to know that a more proactive protective force is needed.  That said, forming a team takes time, and shortcuts are taken to push them together more quickly…which never ever back-fires, right? The Guardians establish their home base in a space station called “Knowhere”.  From Knowhere, the Guardians can go anywhere they are needed thanks to a teleportation system.
Bonus points:  Knowhere is the severed head of a Celestial, and the chief of security is a Cosmonaut dog named Cosmo who has telepathic abilities.

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