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Monday
Aug242015

Reliving My Childhood Through Comics

 

"Mad Max: Fury Road - Furiosa," No. 1, Vertigo Oak City Comics Show is a one-day comic book show in Raleigh, North Carolina. Or it can also be called the fastest way to blow your allowance. Set in the Raleigh Hilton, this fairly new show offers comic fans quite a variety: a huge vendor room, artist tables, cosplay, and expert panels. Tommy Lee Edwards, one of the creators of Oak City Comic Show and the cover artist for the new Mad Max: Fury Road – Furiosa1, was there so I got my issue 1 signed. <squee>

For comic book vendors I am a dream customer because I’m so new to comics I don’t know what’s what. Everything is shiny to me. What captures my attention most often are the titles associated with TV shows from my childhood. It just goes to show, there’s nothing new—books, comics, TV shows, and films have been cross marketing for years.

ISIS

In one of our podcasts, Regina and I shared our favorite classic female television characters. One of mine is Isis from the 1975 live-action series. I shouldn’t have been surprised to come across an Isis­2 title but I was. Although the artwork is not as good as in the bigger titles, it’s impressive how respectfully she’s drawn.

John Carter, Warlord of Mars"John Carter, Warlord of Mars," No. 1

Created over 100 years ago by Edgar Rice Burroughs, John Carter is a mysterious immortal southerner transported to Mars. As soon as I saw issue 1 of Marvel’s John Carter, Warlord of Mars3, I knew I had to have it. Later I found an equally good copy of issues 2 and 3. <squee again>

The complexity and detail of the 38 year-old illustrations and stories is mesmerizing. And the scantily clad women who are constantly getting kidnapped are quaintly amusing.

Ms. Marvel

The biggest bonus of the day was getting issues 24, 75, 8, 106, and 19 of Ms. Marvel. Issue 1 will probably always elude me but I’m thrilled to have even part of the first series of one of my favorite comic heroes. This series is action packed with Ms. Marvel at the forefront of it all.

There’s a lot of study and commentary done on how females are treated in comics. It is thoroughly intriguing to me to read the actual publications and make these discoveries myself. For instance, somewhere between issue 7 and issue 10, they decided to color in Ms. Marvel’s midriff. Her breasts got a little pointier but she still maintained that super stylish winged haircut we all wanted in the 70s.

"Ms. Marvel," No. 1 "Ms. Marvel," No. 10

And don’t be mistaken—the guys have had plenty of their own well poised moments.

"Logan's Run," No. 2 7

"Kung-Fu Fighter," No. 2 8

The Toxic Avenger9"The Toxic Avenger," No. 11

This was purchased for purely sentimental reasons. The Toxic Avenger was one of my husband’s favorite movies. He rented it one evening back when we were dating. Being a lot more squeamish then, I mostly just listened to the movie from behind the couch while my then boyfriend and best friend laughed at me and the dreadful movie. The scene that got to me was when the Avenger lowers a milkshake churner into a guy’s mouth that he’s filled with ice cream, which you can see here in the trailer.

If the show hadn’t ended, I would still be there, flipping through long boxes filled with the long discarded pulps from someone else’s childhood. Discovering these stories through a new format lets me relive them in a new way. The story is what I’m collecting, not the book.


1Mad Max: Fury Road – Furiosa, Vol. 1, No. 1, August 2015, DC Comics, Vertigo, writer George Miller, artists Mark Sexton, Tristan Jones, Szymon Kudranski, colorist Michael Spicer, letterer Clem Robins, cover art Tommy Lee Edwards.

2ISIS, Vol. 1, No. 1, Oct. – Nov. 1976, “Scarab—The Man Who Would Destroy,” A DC TV Comic, National Periodical Publications, Inc., writer Denny O’Neil, artists Rick Estrada and Wally Wood.

3John Carter, Warlord of Mars, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1977, “The Air-Pirates of Mars. Chapter 1,” Marvel Comics Group, writer Marv Wolfman, artists Gil Kane and Dave Cockrum, colorist Glynis Wein, letterer Joe Rosen.

4Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, No. 2, “Enigma of Fear,” February 1977, Marvel Comics Group, writer Gerry Conway, artists John Buscema and Joe Sinnott, colorist Don Warfield, letterer Joe Rosen.

5Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, No. 7, “Nightmare,” July 1977, Marvel Comics Group, writer Chris Claremont, artists Jim Mooney and Joe Sinnott, colorist Don Warfield, letterer Joe Rosen.

6Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, No. 10, “Cry, Cry Murder—Modok!”, October 1977, Marvel Comics Group, writer Chris Claremont, artists Sal Buscema and Tom Palmer, colorist Phil Rachelson, letterer John Costanza.

7Logan’s Run, Vol. 1, No. 2, February 1977, “Part Two,” Marvel Comics Group, writer David Craft, artist George Perez, colorist Klaus Janson, letterer Joe Rosen.

8Kung-Fu Fighter, Vol. 1, No. 2, June-July 1975, “A Dragon Fights Alone!”, DC, National Periodical Publications, writer Denny O’Neil, artists Jim Starlin and Alan Weiss, inker Al Milgrom.

9The Toxic Avenger, Vol. 1, No. 11, February 1992, “Nukin’ Weasels,” Marvel Comics, writer Doug Moench, artists Rod Ramos and Ual Mayerik, colorist Bob Sharen, letterer Rick Parker.

Friday
Aug212015

Episode 150 - August Hangout

In this month's hangout, we took on the theme of our favorite Geekdoms. What is a geekdom, you say? Well, Rhonda asked the same question and I described it as:

Geekdom: A specific subset of a fandom you enjoy about which you have extensive or more than average knowledge.

So I enjoy young adult literature and Harry Potter is one of my Geekdoms within that fandom. It is a geekdom because I can geek out on all the minor details of the story and the lore, I know and have an opinion on the major arguments between the fans, and I jump at any chance to discuss it. 

Watch or listen to the episode to find out mine, Rhonda's, and Isabela's top three favorite geekdoms. I'll give you a hint: some are obvious and others quite surprising. (Rhonda's last one is my favorite!)

What are some of your favorite geekdoms? Where do you put your most intense geeky energy? Let us know in the comments and we will share your geekdoms during our September hangout!

Until next time, get your geekdom on!

Regina & Rhonda & Isabela 

Episode 150

Monday
Aug102015

Books of My Life

Every now and then, Entertainment Weekly magazine will ask a writer a stock set of questions about books they’ve read or written. This week I thought I would interview myself with those same questions. Who else is going to do it?  

A Book I Read in Secret as a Kid

This is a great question because the only reason I have an interest in reading is because of the books my dad gave me to read.

Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys were typical reading for me as a kid. One day my dad said I needed to read a real book and he gave me Twins by Bari Wood and Jack Geasland. Now this might seem like an extreme, but it changed my world as to what stories could be.

Books I’ve Read Over and Over

"Ender's Game" by Orson Scott CardEnder’s Game is the only book I can think of that I physically re-read. Since I didn’t read for most of my 20s, I lost a lot of time so I don’t spend it re-reading. So many books, so, so little time. I also know I won’t be able to capture that thrill the first time I read something that moved me.

There are more books that I’ve read and then listened to, like Ready Player One and Life of Pi.

The Classic I’ve Never Read

Actually, there are a lot on my bucket list. The top ones would be Catcher in the Rye, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Grapes of Wrath. My Kindle should be buried with me because I probably will only read these in the afterlife.

The Last Book That Made Me Cry and/or Laugh

Mark Watney in The Martian is so witty and personable I found myself laughing, gasping, and even talking out loud as I read it. Kudos to Weir for writing a character I want to be friends with.

"The Martian" by Andy WeirBooks I Wish I’d Written

To Kill a Mockingbird is such a layered story of relationships and society while being approachable by and relatable to anyone. It’s is one of the best all-around books of all time.

My Favorite Movie Adaptation

There are more of these on my list than you might think but I have to go with The Hunger Games series. Young Adult fiction is not my favorite genre so I’m actually surprised I finished reading the trilogy. Katniss is a difficult character to identify with and I felt the author jerked the reader’s loyalties around whenever it came to Peeta and Gale. But the films capture the world and relationships perfectly. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is especially wonderful and Katniss is a real tragic hero for me.

A Book I’ve Pretended to Have Read

"House of Leaves" by Mark Z. DanielewskiBasically I’m a terrible liar. Coupled with my logical, OCD personality I don’t even see the sense in lying about having read a book. Wait, I take that back. I’ve lied about finishing House of Leaves. More than half way through the book I was so confused and frustrated. Was I supposed to read all the gibberish and rambling? If I didn’t was I missing something? If I did was I a fool? I had invested so much time in it I couldn’t admit I couldn’t finish it so I just read the last chapter and declared it sufficiently read.

The Books People Might be Surprised to Learn I Love

'Machete Season" by Jean HatzfeldThere are concepts in life that elude us. We can’t wrap our brains around them. Genocide is one of those for me. The definition is simple but the fact of it is incomprehensible. I’ve read several books on the subject but Machete Season is one of the best. Jean Hatzfeld is a foreign correspondent who interviewed several Hutus who participated in the massacre of 50,000 Tutsi friends, family, and neighbors in Rwanda.

The Genre I’d Pick if I Could Read Only One

Hands down it would have to be sci-fi. I have romance so those books are fallacies to me. Fantasy is too detached from my world, places that I can’t attain. Horror is great but I don’t think I could take the constant downer. Everything else I can get in sci-fi. It appeals to my love of science, adventure, possibilities, and mystery.

On Your Nightstand Right Now

"What Remains" by Tim WeaverWhat Remains by Tim Weaver. Some of you may remember our interview with Weaver. Since then I’ve read all the Raker series and just saw on Instagram he’s already working on the next one.

Books That Changed My Life

After reading Twins, I raided dad’s paperback stash in the bathroom and found The Stand. This opened up the genre of horror and science fiction. I read everything Stephen King published after that.

I’ll Give You a Topic

What book changed your life?

Are e-books good for writers? publishers? readers? libraries?

Do you buy more books now because of e-books?

Thursday
Aug062015

August LIVE Hangout! Sunday, August 9th at 2pm Pacific

Hey Everyone!

We are looking forward to hanging out with you on Sunday, August 9th at 2pm PST. Check us out on YouTube and send us comments or topics @game_on_girl on Twitter

This month, our theme will be our favorite geekdoms and why we love the characters we love. 

See you Sunday LIVE!

Game on!

Regina 

Tuesday
Aug042015

Talk to Us: The How To’s of Podcast Interviews: Part 3 of 3

In Part 1 of Talk to Us, I discussed who to ask as a guest on your podcast and how to go about asking them.

Last week was a check list of logistical information to email once a guest is confirmed for your show.

This week, in the final segment: Before, During, and After the Show

 

BEFORE THE INTERVIEW

BIO

Do your research. Learn about their past, present, and future. Know what your guest has done and what they’re currently working on. Have they done interviews before? Are they published? There’s nothing that will discredit you as a host more than if you know nothing about who you’ve invited.

A radio personality got the opportunity to interview actor Jeff Daniels. Flippantly the host asks, “So why haven’t you ever been to the Oscars?” This embarrassed Daniels because he had to inform the ignorant host that you don’t go to the Oscars unless you’ve been nominated or have won. #HostFail

From your research, write the guest’s show introduction and email† it to them for their approval. They can catch errors, delete outdated information, or inform you of things they don’t want mentioned.

NAME

Make sure you pronounce their name correctly. Just come right out and ask them. Even if their name is Joe Smith, ask them, “Do you go by Joe?” If they have a title use it and verify with them what they prefer, “How would you like to be referred to on the show? Dr. Smith?” 

CHECK, CHECK

Always do an equipment check no less than thirty minutes before the show: reboot your computer, make sure your software is updated, check your internet connection, turn off noise makers like cell phones and email notifications, shutdown all unnecessary apps, etc.

DURING THE INTERVIEW

You never know how an interview is going to go. The guest could be talkative, they could ramble, or it may be like pulling teeth to get them to talk. The best way to be prepared is to have material or backup questions to fill your full interview time slot in case the interview runs short or needs more ideas.

DON’T INTERRUPT

Let your guest talk, that’s what your listeners want to hear so don’t squander the opportunity by talking as much or more than your guest. But there’s also a fine line that you’re in charge of.

INTERRUPT

If your guest has a hard time staying on topic or rambles, help them get back on track. Tangents can be fun but a good host knows when they become boring or are heading into interview gold.

emcee Chuck Barris of "The Gong Show

GONG

Finally, don’t hesitate to cut the interview short if it’s just a disaster and there’s nothing you can salvage in post-production. Sometimes you get bad guests but this doesn’t mean you have to post a bad show. You’re trying to build an audience as well. You have no obligation to post a dud.

AFTER THE INTERVIEW

Send the guest an immediate thank-you for appearing on your show. Emails are fine.

If your show is pre-recorded, prep it in a timely manner and post it when you said you would. Don’t forget to include the guests promotional contact information.

When the show is posted, send your guest a direct link so they can conveniently include it in all their social networking.  

DRAFTS

Each guest should receive the same three emails I’ve discussed:

  • Asking them to be on the show
  • What they need to know about being on the show
  • Thank you for being on your show.

Once you have crafted the emails I suggest you save them as drafts so you have the copy to reuse for future guests. It’s also a good idea to highlight the parts of the draft that should be customized for each guest. These visual reminders hopefully will prevent you from sending an invite to William Shatner from a draft email original addressed to “Dear Mr. Patrick Stewart.” Ouch.

JUGGLING

In actuality, you should probably try to schedule guests for two to four weeks’ worth of shows. Most people need more than a week to schedule time for an interview so if you’re posting weekly shows, schedule at least two weeks out so you’re not scrambling at the last minute to find someone you can interview

I'll Give You A Topic

Name one person alive and one person dead you would like to interview.

Is there a place in media for ambush journalism?


† Last week I mentioned limiting the number of pre-show emails to your new found guest. Last week’s email was about logistics. Send the bio in a separate email because you really want this to get their attention.