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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 86: DC Rebirth Week 12, Comics…This is How We Do It!

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 86: DC Rebirth Week 12, Comics…This is How We Do It!

It’s Rebirth time for DC Comics and Weird Science DC Comics Podcast. With the prospect of new listeners joining in, Jim and Eric change…nothing! They at least allow new listeners to get up to speed before diving into the books because they are nice guys. Enjoy!

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    DC Superpowers Podcast Issue 21

    DC Superpowers Podcast Issue 21

    Your Dynamic Duo of Junior Justice Leaguers are back with issue 21 of the DC Superpowers Podcast.  More

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      Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: The Hellblazer #1 and Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1

      Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: The Hellblazer #1 and Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1

      Spotlight on! Jim, Eric and Reggie get together to talk two of Reggie’s books…The Hellblazer #1 and Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1.  It’s all good fun, luv!  If you like what you heard here, come check out our weekly podcast where we review every single DC Comic book that came out this week as well as news, listener mail and nonsense.  See you there!

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        GW1 Issue 67 – The Game’s the Thing

        GW1 Issue 67 – The Game’s the Thing

        We have the rest of our Gen Con coverage this week, including interviews with game companies both big and small. First we have a bit of news coverage, plus details on some game testing with our pal Marcus Calvert.   More

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          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast–Ep. 138: Homeless Frisbee Guy!

          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast–Ep. 138: Homeless Frisbee Guy!

          The HOBI Gang welcomes the Ditt-man back into the studio to talk not seeing Jason Bourne, Anna Kendrick as Squirrel Girl, and if Darth Vader is the most beloved villain of all time!  The guys debate the loving of Wolverine while Jason tries unsuccessfully to rebound from his last awful Draft Day by drafting a new cast of the Wonder Years!  The Ditt-man tries to understand dating apps while Blake and Jeff attempt to understand the appeal of Chewbacca Mom.  The guys debate what a mammal is and list their Top 5 Coolest Weapons from Television and Film!  This episode is sponsored by the www.CincinnatiComicExpo.com and a promo from 365 Flicks Podcast!

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            Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 85: DC Rebirth Week 11, Comics and Pretzel Continuity

            Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 85: DC Rebirth Week 11, Comics and Pretzel Continuity

            It’s Week 11 of DC Comics Rebirth and while Reggie is away, Jim and Eric will play.  Actually, they talk a whole lot of comics and even though Reggie is in Virginia, him and Chris still give us a Cosmic Treadmill segment that’s dedicated to all the lovers out there.  In fact, this episode is dedicated to all the lovers in the world…or at least the sexy ones.  Enjoy!

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              142 Star Wars and Pyromaniacs, A Comix Movie!

              142 Star Wars and Pyromaniacs, A Comix Movie!

              Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
              I’ve still got lots of audio to share with you from Kansas City Comic Con!!
              We’ll hear from actor Aaron Stanford from 12 Monkeys and Pyro from the X-Men film franchise!
              I got a chance to talk to Elite Supergirl to here about her great charity work and how you might help out!
              I talked with Jeremy Howard, puppeteer for BB-8 in Star Wars The Force Awakens, but I wasn’t allowed to record with him…so I recorded a recap of our conversation. Jeremy is the man who told me about the death of Kenny Baker.
              Comix: Beyond the Comic Pages is a great documentary by Micheal Valentine. He’s here this week to talk about his film, talking with Stan Lee, and his love of comics! And even better we’ll tell you how you can attend a special screening of Comix here in Kansas City!!
              Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland!

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                The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 137–Tomatoes, Onions and Danny McBride!

                The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 137–Tomatoes, Onions and Danny McBride!

                The HOBI Gang welcomes film critic and author Jeff Morris, aka Scab Jeff, back into the BOB Studios to talk the Olympics ending, never having enough pretzels and the horrible idea of remaking Dirty Rotten Scoundrels! Morris tries to get Blake into Black Mirror, Jason is intrigued by Bad Moms and Jeff invents a very Smurf-like language with his name. The guys have a new contest for their listeners and Jeff hates tomatoes in this week’s Top Five Actors People Love But We Can’t Stand!  Episode sponsored by the Cincinnati Comic Expo at: CincinnatiComicExpo.com 

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                  GW1 Issue 66 – Epic Geek Trips

                  GW1 Issue 66 – Epic Geek Trips

                  This week we’re covering what we were up to on our summer vacations… or at least the trips we took the first week or so in August. Ken and Vicky explored Gen Con in Indianapolis and share one of the many interviews (with more to come next week). Kylan and Miss Dawn headed in the other direction for a variety of geekness and have stories to tell.   More

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                    141 Tinkerbell at Kansas City Comic Con 2016!

                    141 Tinkerbell at Kansas City Comic Con 2016!

                    Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                    This is it Neverlanders, this is the weekend I spent at Kansas City ComicCon!
                    I met so many interesting people and got so much amazing audio, that I can’ fit it all into this show!
                    What I do have for you is a great conversation with the legendary Margaret Kerry, reference model for Tinkerbell in the Disney Classic Peter Pan!!!
                    She was so much fun that I can’t contain it all in this podcast! Be on the lookout for video on our YouTube channel!
                    Before we talk to Mrs. Kerry, we’ll have a fun review of the new Disney film, Pete’s Dragon! Does it live up to your memories of watching the classic film? Is it worth your hard earned dollars? I’ll be happy to tell you!
                    Next we’ll talk with Lost Boy Eric (Retlaw) about his families experience last weekend at Friends of the Magic in Disneyland! We heard some great ride audio last week, but now we get to hear the stories of the magic!
                    Also…did you see that new Star Wars Rogue One trailer?
                    Grab your pixie and let’s fly to Neverland! More

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                      Marvelette Missives – Classic Geek Filmdom

                      Marvelette Missives – Classic Geek Filmdom

                      For geeks of a certain age (north of 35), there are certain movies that should be on the “of course I’ve seen it” list. I’m not talking the obvious ones that should be on all geek lists regardless of age, like the original Star Wars trilogy or Lord of the Rings. No, I mean the less mainstream, the ones only lovers of scifi/fantasy would love… the true classics.  More

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                        GW1 Issue 65 – Stay Out of the Car, Carl!

                        GW1 Issue 65 – Stay Out of the Car, Carl!

                        It’s SDCC Volume two as we bring you another cross-over with We Be Geeks. We talk about a lot of the news that came out of San Diego Comic Con and what we liked best about it.  More

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                          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Episode 136–The Nine Lives of HOBI!

                          The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Episode 136–The Nine Lives of HOBI!

                          The HOBI Gang welcomes Andrew Satterfield, founder of the Cincinnati Comic Expo, into the BOB Studios to talk all the in’s and outs of running a convention!  Blake returns from GenCon 2016 and is upset by the lack of Dungeons and Dragons presence but Jason hopes a visit from Marlon Wayans would help Blake feel better. Jeff and Andrew can’t agree on their taste in films, Blake falls in love with women’s volleyball and the guys debate the quality of Suicide Squad!  The gang talk their Top 5 Comedy Films since 2000 and struggle for a bad idea! Check out the Cincinnati Comice Expo at http://cincinnaticomicexpo.com

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                            140 Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, and a Haunted Mansion FOTM 2016 Meetup

                            140 Harry Potter, Harley Quinn, and a Haunted Mansion FOTM 2016 Meetup

                            Welcome back to the Neverland Podcast!
                            Are you ready to spend some time in Disneyland with some podcasting pals at Friends of the Magic 2016? Eric (our beloved Lost Boy Retlaw) was there to represent our beloved Neverland with some tough trivia, great prizes, and a trip through the Haunted Mansion!
                            But before we try to keep from becoming the 1000th Happy Haunt, we have some great Disney and Star Wars news followed by some reviews!
                            There is a new Harry Potter book out there, and Jeremy (our beloved Spider-Pan) read it somewhere in between text books just so he could review it for you!
                            Jeremy hasn’t been too excited for Suicide Squad, but he decided he’d check it out for the good of the show. Is it as bad as the critics say? He’ll tell you what he thought of it.
                            Eric got lots of fun audio from around Disneyland, including a preview for Pete’s Dragon, and we’ll give it all a listen!
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                              The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 135–The Winona Show!

                              The History of Bad Ideas Podcast, Ep. 135–The Winona Show!

                              The HOBI Gang may not have a guest this week but that doesn’t stop them from their excitement for the Preacher season finale, Stranger Things or Oregon Trail!  The guys are ready for Suicide Squad to be released and Jason is giddy about a new Rocketeer film while Blake wonders how Jeff and Jason can’t understand that Ab Fab is not Sex in the City, the England years.  The guys try their best attempt at re-drafting the classic Heathers film and Jason feels he may actually win a Draft Day!  The gang has a preemptive Box Office Bust in the form of Ben-Hur and close out the show with a Top 5 Films We Don’t Want Remade!

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                                Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Film Review!

                                Suicide Squad Non-Spoiler Film Review!

                                Written by Jason Brigger

                                Director: David Ayer

                                Writers: David Ayer

                                Starring: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Joel Kinnaman, Will Smith and Viola Davis

                                Suicide Squad explodes into theaters on Friday, August 2, 2016 and hopes to change the fortunes of Warner Brothers and DC Films after the marginal financial success of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  The prior films did not win over film critics and left a much divided fan base in their aftermath and while Suicide Squad is not everyone’s cup of tea, it is better than the DC films before it.

                                In short, Intelligence Officer Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) takes a nonsensical idea of assembling a team of the most dangerous supervillains and give them top-secret missions to complete that the normal person would not touch, let alone succeed.  The U.S. government is worried about the increase of meta-humans in the world and decides “why not?” which is flawless logic, and supplies weapons to Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and other villains all under the guardianship of Rick Flag (a very buff Joel Kinnaman).  This “Suicide Squad” must learn to work together and not kill each in order to stop a mysterious mystical entity.  Oh, did we mention that the Joker (Jared Leto) comes along for the ride as well?

                                The Good:

                                -The Squad.  Yes, the audience will be introduced to a lot of new characters in this film but despite the lack of adequate backstories for all, it’s a hot mess of fun.  Never before has a group of villains been this much fun to watch and with the majority of the characters appearing on film for the first time, the film feels fresh, something the DC Film universe desperately needs at this time.  The characters of El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Harley Quinn, the Joker, and Deadshot all receive well written back stories and the audience will feel vested in their character arches throughout the film.

                                -The Joker.  Any fear from fans of the Joker are left in the dust as Jared Leto delivers a performance that is just a level below that of Heath Ledger’s Joker from The Dark Knight.  This Joker is a littler darker than previous versions and some die-hard fans may be upset that this Joker is more mob boss than serial killer but at the end of this film, it leaves the audience wanting to see more of the Joker, which for the franchise, is a good thing.

                                -Harley Quinn.  Margot Robbie turns a possible one note character into a superstar in one film.  Robbie is masterful as the Joker-smitten psychiatrist turned psychotic anti-hero.  Ayer’s writing allows fans new to the character of Harley Quinn to understand her broken psyche while still giving the purists enough references back to her animated roots to enjoy.  While Quinn provides most of the comedic relief of the film, she also is written as a truly dangerous person that is looking for anarchy above all else.  Warner Brothers should be commended for the casting of Robbie in this role and a role that Robbie has truly made her own.

                                The Bad:

                                The Enchantress.  Suicide Squad falters by providing “street-level” and “gritty” villains battling a mystical witch, who just doesn’t seem to fit in the story.  The Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) would be a fine villain fighting the more mystical superheroes in the DC Universe but in a film that is more realistic, she just doesn’t fit.  The Squad is better suited for facing off against a mob boss or a domestic terrorist rather than a mystical being and her even more mystical and out of place brother, Incubus (Alain Chanoine).  It also doesn’t help that the alter ego of the Enchantress, June Moone, is in a relationship with Rick Flag that just doesn’t feel authentic to the film.

                                -Too Much Will Smith.  Smith’s character, Deadshot, is a complex and interesting character but the “too much of a good thing” applies in this film.  My biggest worry was that the film would become a “Will Smith Film” and at times, the film certainly does transform into his film.  Smith “mugs” for the camera way too much and for an ensemble film, is too front and centered and limits the screen time for other more deserving characters.  Smith may be the biggest star attached to the film but Robbie’s Harley Quinn and Hernandez’s character of El Diablo come across as more deserving of screen time.

                                The Middling:

                                – The Story Itself.  The cohesiveness of the plot is not the strongest as the audience only sees the Squad have one mission to complete throughout the film and unfortunately that mission is very reminiscent of the more recent Judge Dredd and The Raid films.  I would have liked to have seen the Squad bond through a montage of several missions prior to facing the main villain but in the film’s defense, the story and the film becomes better in the film’s second and third acts.

                                -The Lack of Character Development.  While Ayer does a commendable job for the well-developed stories of some characters (see above), the backstory for Killer Croc (Adewale Akinuoye-Agbaje) and Captain Boomerang is far less compelling.  Besides a criminal rap sheet for Killer Croc that is shown to the audience at the beginning of the film, the audience never really understands what he is or why he became that way in the first place.  While the backstory is a little better for Captain Boomerang, the character never really advances past a one note villain that much rather drink than engage in the action of his fellow teammates.  On the opposite side of the spectrum, too much backstory was written about the mysterious bodyguard for Flag, Katana (Karen Fukuhara).  Katana is definitely a fun and kick butt character but too much information was given for a character that should have been left unknown.

                                Final Grade: C+ (A Little Above Average)

                                Suicide Squad is not a great film but is a fun action/comedic film that is DC’s best film to-date that will leave the audience wanting to know more about the cast of characters in the Squad.  While Suicide Squad could have used a little more “tightening up” on the script and even a better main villain to defeat, the groundwork is there for a franchise that has the ability to improve in later films.  The film is reminiscent of the great Deadpool film released earlier this year as Suicide Squad is something completely different from what the audience has come to expect from Warner Brothers and DC.  If the studio can build off the uniqueness of this film, the DC film universe has a good opportunity to improve and build a bigger audience, something they need at this time.

                                You can catch Jason Brigger on the geek-centric podcast, The History of Bad Ideas, as new episodes are released at www.webegeekspc.com every Wednesday or subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps.  You can listen to their latest episode right here: http://webegeekspc.com/history-bad-ideas-podcast-ep-135-winona-show/

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                                  GW1 Issue 64 – Stranger Than Strange

                                  GW1 Issue 64 – Stranger Than Strange

                                  We immersed ourselves in Stranger Things and there’s a lot to talk about! But first, we cover a little of what we’ve been doing lately, plus a few news items you might find interesting. More

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                                    Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 82: DC Rebirth Week 8, Hunks and LP’s

                                    Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 82: DC Rebirth Week 8, Hunks and LP’s

                                    Week 8 of DC’s Rebirth is upon us and Jim, Eric and Reggie are here to tell you all about it.  Overall, it was a good week with Batgirl and Red Hood kicking off their new series and some of the others going strong.  Of course, the guys have a couple issues along the way and it all turns into a nearly 8 hour gabfest.  Enjoy! More

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