Posted in Comics n Stuff, Podcasts

Stuff I enjoyed: Robservations

I go to work, it’s fairly negative right now. I put on the TV, it’s fairly negative right now. I go out, oh wait no I don’t, at least not as I used to.

The point is, there’s a lot of reasons to not be cheerful, so I want to do some about positive stuff.

A big part of my online fandom has been comic-related podcasts and a big part of my collecting was the 90’s and when I look back at the era, I can reappraise the comics of the era a bit more dispassionately, but with a sprinkle of nostalgia. Knowing that the era was thought ill of for a reason, but recognise that I still liked a whole lot of it. It was my era.

One of the more divisive figures of that era was Rob Liefeld.

Getting a big break on the Hawk & Dove miniseries in the late 80’s, Rob Liefeld went on to make his name on New Mutants, pushing out writer Louise Simonson to get himself into more of the writing side and took the book from the mid-card to something of a heavy-hitter. He followed this up with the to-date 2nd best selling comic of all time, X-Force 1. He then left Marve, co-founded Image comics, then left Image comics and took part in half of the at times fairly maligned Heroes Reborn comics event. All this before he was 30. This is a man who has lived the comics experience, had ups and downs and really has an intersting story.

Now I have been on many sides of the argument with this guy, he’s been very successful and a great cheerleader for comics, but he’s also done some bad comics and his command of anatomy is as bad as his consistency in panel to panel art, which is to say bad. His stuff isn’t technically good, but it is exciting and chock-full of energy. He’s been something of a divisive figure and this makes him someone worth listening to.

I fell back into finding his podcast, which can be found here and started listening as a change to what I was listening to. You know what, it’s actually fun. Rob talks about comics with an abiding love, coupled with knowledge and the perspective of a more artist leaning fan. I don’t always agree with what he says, but it’s a perspective issue and I can hear something and disagree, no one is harmed, nothing is lessened.

He also talks about his career and who he’s met and worked with and it’s a very inside baseball look at the industry. It’s a little self-revisionist, but who’s history isn’t? Are you the badguy in your story when you tell it? It’s not high-art, but what it is, is a look at comics from a fan turned pro, who never lost his fanboy status. I don’t think any more of his art than I ever did, but I am a little more forgiving. He is a friendly and positive guy talking about comics with love and knowledge and it’s been both fun and informative. If you are a comic fan, it’s worth checking out, if you are not and know someone who is, it does give you insight into that kind of guy.

Well that’s me for a bit, take care everyone.

Posted in Podcasts, Shared Stuff

Podcast a-go-go2 

My history with podcasts is almost inexorably linked to my battle with depression over the past 6 years.

But one podcast predates it, the excellent House to Astonish. Two men in Scotland talk comics with insight, humour and more than a little snark. They’ve been at it for ten years and this is the anniversary episode. I finished listening to it today and knew it was one to share.
[House to Astonish] Episode 168 – House to As10ish with Al Kennedy and Paul O’Brien

http://podplayer.net/?id=58539081 via @PodcastAddict

Posted in Podcasts, Shared Stuff, TV Stuff

Podcast a-go-go

As I wrote in a previous post, my affection for Star Trek goes quite a way quite back. The Next Generation was where I really grew to love Trek and one of my favourite podcasters has recently done an episode of his excellent Palace of Glittering Delights all about TNG and it really is worth a listen. TNG was never a perfect show, but with over 180 episodes and 4 movies, there was some great stuff in.here and he looks at 10 he enjoyed. I have an order I listen to podcasts in, being so behind on my subscriptions, but Palace always jumps the queue.
[Palace of Glittering Delights] 101 – Top Ten (ish) Treks II

http://podplayer.net/?id=58481977 via @PodcastAddict

Posted in Podcasts

5 Podcasts that I am enjoying

It is a fair thing to say that the internet has been to comics (and general geek) fandom a heavily mixed blessing. Whilst it has given many a voice and a collective that they would not have ordinarily have, it’s sometimes a bit sad what we do with that voice.

For me, it’s been universally positive. The main reason for this is that I can treat the vitriol and offensive stuff for what it is, the impotent whining of people who should no better. Apart from the spoilers it’s all been positive. Firstly I’ve been able to do this.

For those who have followed me on this blog, you know that I have struggled this past four years or so. Truth is, I have been battling depression and anxiety for a long time and the past four years have seen me trying to recover from this, with vastly different degrees of success. One of the first rounds of therapeutic  measures led me to writing. This has been an outlet and a connection to the world that I would not have ordinarily have and that’s been a positive as has my experiences here on wordpress, you have all been so good to me here so thanks for that. Secondly has been podcasts. These lovely little audio programs have been a god send when I’ve been alone during times when that was the most frightening time. Now they’re just a form of entertainment that helps me get from A to B when I am out and about. I share individual episodes on here, but I wanted to highlight some of the ones that I am enjoying because it’s nice to share nice things, instead of our outrage and confusion.

1: Stacey’s Pop Culture Parlour

https://popcultureparlour.podbean.com/

Brummie lass Stacey is joined on a mostly monthly (barring special episodes) basis with a rotating cast of guests. Varying topics based mostly on what people have been enjoying it covers a wide variety of pop culture topics, from music to TV to comics to movies and more besides. Warning, some choice language appears, but she is charming as are her guests and even if you don’t know what the episode is about ( much like those on the show) you’ll probably like something they talk about. It has for example made me a big Rick and Morty Fan. Also worth checking out on the same feed is her Community inspired Stace and Barry in the Mornin’.

2: Crisis on Infinite Midlives

http://www.crisisoninfinitemidlives.com/

Two Bostonian former stand up comedians love comics, tv and booze and it’s all on display here. Rob and Amanda are foul mouthed, often drunk and very ‘Get of my lawn!’ but they are also funny. A mixture of news, reviews, tangents and abuse, this pair are definitely NSFW, but there are very funny. Their episode titles are often quotes from the show and it’s often an interesting point about how they get to them and how Rob will slip in familiar sound clips whilst Amanda is expecting something else.

3: OHOTMU or Not

The fire and water podcast network is a loose affiliation of shows organised by the hosts of the Fire and Water Podcast ( Rob Kelly and the irreDEEMable Shag) who have gathered a load of podcasts by their friends and contributors. There are many shows by different people on different topics, including the Supermates show by the husband and wife team of Chris and Cindy Franklin, there’s PodDylan a look at Bob Dylan’s music, song by song, Film and Water Podcast, which obviously is about movies and a plethora of others. The one that I always look forward to is oHOTmu or NOT.

oHOTmu or NOT is a review of the Official Handbook Of the Marvel Universe by geeky bogger Siskoid. The difference between this and the other index shows of this kind is that he’s joined by 6 or 7 of his friends, all Canadians like himself, but with no great comics knowledge and often seeing these characters for the first time and giving a honest opinion on appearance, concept and brief history. What follows is also NSFW, but it’s usually funny as the drinks are flowing and there’s little held back. How hot or not the characters are is discussed and a good time is had by all, as a listener though, you skip the inevitable hangover.

http://fireandwaterpodcast.com/show/ohotmu-or-not/

4: Palace of Glittering Delights

There’s no way I could do this without looking at the Two True Freaks network of shows. Many of the podcasts I have mentioned already have either been guests of or hosted shows on this network of friends and fellow fans. This one is almost always a favourite listen. Andrew Leyland (from too many podcasts to mention) has his own little corner of the net to talk about whatever he likes, from films, TV and comics he enjoys and he does enjoy. Being a simliar generation to me, I remember a lot of the stuff he talks about and his also being and englishmen means there’s even more cultural crossover. His shows are well written, honest and funny and even if I am not a fan of what he talks about, he’s made me more curious about it. Have met Andy at comic marts here in Liverpool and he is as charming and personable in person, he’s also got me buying more back issues than I have room for, but that is the nature of the sickness that is comic fandom. His most recent episodes have been looking at Untold Tales of Spider-Man and it’s made me want to re-read them. Can’t ask for better than that from a Northern chancer talking idly about funny books.

http://twotruefreaks.com/shows.php?show=37

5: White Rocket Entertainment

https://whiterocket.podbean.com/

This is a relative new one, and there isn’t one particular show that has stood out for me as a result, but doing this 5 something posts, has got me in the habit of listing things in 5s. (Yes, am aware I need help)

This is a different set of shows with another vast array of hosts and topics. There’s the On her Majesty’s Secret Podcasts, Avengers Assemble, red-watches of Quantum Leap, Babylon 5 and Space 1999 as well as Comics with Normies, where a comic fan convinces his non-comics reading friends and neighbours to read a random issue he got from a car boot sale and they talk about it. This is a facinating idea, which is more or less entertaining each time.

 

Well now that’s out of my system, on to other things.

TTFN internet people.