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This episode was record back in 2008 and lucky me, I was able to find it and share it with you. Please be aware that the audio quality is poor. This was recorded using our cellphones and software to record the call but I think it is still fun to hear our rapport.

Sit back, geek out and enjoy listening to Mr. Gene and I talk about our favorite movie – Star Wars and other related things.


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“But, Aquaman, you cannot marry a woman without gills! You’re from two different worlds! (sees neutron bomb approaching) Oh, I’ve wasted my life.”

Treehouse of Terror VIII – Homega Man

The days of collecting comic books have long disappeared from my like the hair on my head. Yet, when I think about both of them, I am saddened by the thought as I see them as old forgotten friends that used to mean the world to me. Today, I still read comics though more graphic novels than the single comic book floppy issues. I consider graphic novels to be the original binge watching before the internet as several comic book issues were bundled together and not having to read one issue at a time and each month at a time.

Back in the day, my fondest memories of collecting comics were when they still cost $0.35. For a $1.05, I would spend my allowance-ish on just three comics and had to be very selective. X-Men was always my top pick with Spiderman which had to win me over with the art cover to be chose. Yet, DC would always be Superman and Batman regardless but in the 70’s the stories were fair. I loved DC’s Legions of Superheroes especially Dawnstar who was super hot. (Enough of the fanboy drool.)

My stepfather was the one who pushed me into collecting comic books. He worked with me on collecting all issues of Marvel’s What If? series. There was a comic book store he used to take me near my mom’s job which I loved going to with him. I made sure each back issue I bought was read and put away carefully; this was before plastic bags and boards. I remembered this rule about protecting my comic book collection after he told me his mother threw away his collection when he went into the Air Force. All those prized collection could have been worth the fortune had they been passed down to me. However, my collection, despite the good condition, will never fare the ideas of by a new car or paying off my college loans.


While I have not seen last nights episode, I am still encouraged by this sudden wave to comic book properties to the small screen. However, as with all things comic book properties, the transition from one medium to another can be boost to the property or a complete bust. Take the Wonder Woman tv series with Linda Carter which last three years on network tv and yet can not make the transition to the big screen or even return back to its tv roots. The latest incarnation was a pilot from David E. Kelley which was decent enough update to these comic book character but could not get green light to make more. Amazon is another version on WW which the CW was going to do last year but had to hold off to rework the storyline; this is just but series one to keep an eye for but there’s more.

Powers by Michael Bendis was another comic book property that seems to be on hold. The premise can easily translate to the small screen as cops are on the beat to solve murders of supers. A crime drama with a touch of superpowered elements could work provided the stories and characters provided they are compelling to the audience to invest the time. I’m just hoping that the news of the second episode of SHIELD will be just a hiccup along the way.

To the surprise of no one, Disney’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.Ddelivered impressive numbers during its ABC premiere Tuesday night. The numbers show that 11.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the premiere along with a score of 4.6 adults 18-49 rating. As Entertainment Weekly points out, that makes S.H.I.E.L.D. TV’s highest-rated drama debut in almost four years.

Given S.H.I.E.L.D.’s time slot — 8 p.m. with no lead-in — the numbers become even more impressive given that the show had to compete with NBC’s The Voice and CBS’s NCIS – two of the most popular shows on television. Not only did S.H.I.E.L.D. compete with the hefty competition, it actually ended up tying The Voice in the overall demo (4.6) and resoundingly beat NCIS, which came in at 3.4, although S.H.I.E.L.D. still lost to NCIS in total viewers at 19.4 million.

via 7 Comic Book Properties on the Fast-Track to a TV Series | Wall St. Cheat Sheet.


Here I am working in the post apocolyptic world the Mayans failed to eradicate. Mayan FAIL! I am sitting in a library kiosk bidding my time between patrons with my thoughts about this issue my friend Gene and I had talked about late last night. It would have been interesting if the world was destroyed because then I would not have to be here at work and, more importantly, hearing this news about Peter Parker/Spiderman dead. I’m sorry to say this is really nothing more than a business decision to increase sales. I think it’s the lack of direction and originality that placed us where we are today with comic books. Gene and I have had this conversation over and over again about the problems with comics. Basically, there is no right solution to the problem or should I say problems but let me list them to get them off my mind.

Price – Back in the 70’s, growing up with comics were not only fun but affordable. With a $1.05, I was able to pick up 3 comics a week from the local store. I was not interested collecting several copies of the same book in the hopes of selling them in the future for massive profit; I just needed one. I was enjoying the stories because they were fun to reading. Many times, the stories were complete within the issue and a few that had a small arc maybe 3-4 issues. I did not mind wasting my allowance because as each week passed, my collection kept on growing and I kept on re-reading my treasures. Over the decade and a half, my interests in comics were waning by my interests in females, clothed females and the price of comics were well past the price of $1.05 now for each one.

Stories – One of the main draws for me are the stories  that were told as well as the amazing artwork. For me, while I love DC with all my hearts, The Uncanny X-MenThe Dark Phoenix Saga by Chris Claremont was THE storyline growing up. A couple of years ago, I did a career day and I talked about my love of comics books which helped my reading. When I mentioned my favorite comic book storyline, I was recalling the moment how Jean Grey sacrificed herself on the moon fighting along her X-Men comrades. The pain of Scott seeing Jean being killed before him was unbearable and then ultimately leaving the X-Men. You could have heard a pin drop in the classroom as the kids were there; in the moment with me. That was a mark of great storytelling. You know you’re old when you find yourself saying, “Well, back in my day…” but while I read the comics today, there are complicated storylines and story-arcs that reach across multiple books if not the entire comic book line. If you missed one or two books, you were lost. The only way to enjoy them is to have a graphic novel collection to capture the scope but then the cost would be helluva lot more than a $1.05.

The BIG event – When the 90’s rolled around, the Death of Superman was the BIG event that made this old comic book reader shelling out money for this incredible story. Yes, there was Crisis on Infinite Earths, which came out before and killed many iconic characters, but the death of Superman was something unheard of and beyond what came before. Looking back, this is no different from what has happened to Spiderman, or the Human Torch or Captain America or …. This BIG event becomes meaningless over time and I refuse to play the game. I might read it but I don’t want to buy it. It’s one thing to have the hero kill or vanquish the villain and then years later the villain shows up again. It’s another thing when you plan on killing a major character to only have them return a year later. I was duped as a reader and I don’t want to be taken again. I don’t want to hear the words, “This changes every thing…” because nothing changes.

Over Christmas, I got an iPad which I was more than overjoyed with. My tablet from last year somehow got cracked and became inoperable. When it was working, I had downloaded digital comics from various apps and read what I could while online. The experience in reading in was awkward at times as I would have to change the rotation of the tablet from portrait to landscape or zoom in to read the text. I’m glad comic books are heading into this new medium but there needs to be a better way. When Gene and I were talking about the death of Peter Parker, I had my iPad open to a digital copy of Batman vs. the Hulk. While the file was a PDF, there are no software enhancements to read each panel close up except to zoom in, I was ok with this because of the size of the screen and the clarity was amazing. This led me to believe, I might have answer to my problem.

Since I loved collecting comics so long ago, I find no value in them today other than to read them online or borrow from the library. I have to go digital all the way. I am willing to pay the low rate, like Netflix low, per month to read the comics online or through wi-fi. I just feel this will be the only way that I can enjoy myself with comics again as well as access to my older comics which I don’t want to take out of my storage. I’ll put up with the constant killing of heroes or rebooting of series, I just want to have a wonderful time reading comics again without the hassle of buying.


Via Scoop.itThe Monster Scifi Show

The first issue of Marvel’s new Infinite Comics format comes out on the iPad tomorrow.

While I have an iPhone 4S, I still crave the larger screen a tablet can offer. However, the cost of a tablet and the cost of comic books are still to high to be accessible.