Friday, September 29, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 180 – Star Trek: Discovery

The Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to watch Star Trek: Discovery!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Horror of Candy Corn

By Jerry Chandler

Next month is October. We must prepare properly.

Halloween and the run-up to it is a time of chills and thrills. Sadly, with regards to one great American Halloween tradition, the thrills have gone and been replaced by way more chills than there used to be. What was once something that was looked forward to has now become a thing of scorn and derision, and the only tradition that most people now have is of trying to avoid what was once enjoyed. This, my friends, has been the sad fate of candy corn.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Thinning the Herd

By Dave

It’s been too long since I sat down and looked at the pull list I have with my Local Comic Shop. I have a huge stack of unread comics at home, and part of that stack consists of books that I have lost interest in and am now buying out of habit. Like The Wicked + The Divine, which has meandered so badly that I don’t even know what’s going on. I probably have six unread issues at home, not including a one-shot that I couldn’t be bothered to read.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: Steve Blum Interview

by Beth

You may not know Steve Blum by name, but if you've ever watched anime (or regular cartoons) or played a video game in the last 15 years then you know the voice. He's been in hundreds of video games, and I recognize his voice immediately now. DOOM, Halo, Bioshock, Dragon Age, Fallout, Mass Effect, Final Fantasy, WoW, KotOR, and too many others to name. If there's a video game franchise, Steve Blum has been part of it at some point. He holds a Guinness Book world record for the most prolific video game voice actor. He was at 261 in 2012 at the time he received this award, but a quick glance at his IMDB page shows he's blow that mark out of the water. Sometimes I'll be playing a video game, and pick his voice out of a group of NPC's that I'm walking past. I always turn around to find out which character he is in the bunch. I just prefer to give my in-game gold to a dwarf with a familiar voice is all. And to me there is no voice no more familiar than his.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Gone Too Soon, But Never to be Forgotten

By Jerry Chandler

I came to support a friend, but I initially stayed around largely for the Black Saint. That’s perhaps the best way to describe the start of the path that set me on my way to meet and become friends with Santos Ellin Jr. My friend, NC indie filmmaker Bill Mulligan, had met John “Doc Rotten” Slattery during the making of the indie film Fix It In Post. They hit it off well and Doc invited Bill onto one of his older podcasts to discuss a subject near and dear to Bill’s heart, films that were never released. Of course, in support of my friend, I tuned in and shared the podcast when and where I could. Plus, hey, it was a genuinely enjoyable podcast discussion, and it led to Doc having Bill back for a different podcast, the Decades of Horror the 1970s podcast to discuss The Wicker Man. It was there that I (so I initially thought) first encountered The Black Saint and his gleefully expressed love of the types of films that filled the exploitation theaters in the New York of the 1970s.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

In the Shadow of Bones

By Jerry Chandler

If you are competitive by nature, you strive to be the best there is at what you do. You see it in all walks of life. We even turn entertainment into a serious competition with teams of fans rooting for their film or television show to be the one to get the big awards. Certainly for athletes- especially for athletes in combat sports where things are decided on a one on one basis –it’s almost impossible to not be competitive. Even when dealing with teammates, there’s a comradery that pushes each other to be the best that’s based in large part on that competitive drive. You even see the competitive drive in individuals who perform in the “fake sport” of professional wrestling. Everyone involved in such endeavors wants to be able to point to their career when it’s all said and done and say that in their prime they were the undisputed best in the world during their day.

Typically, by whatever metrics one uses to quantify this, it’s fairly easy to make this claim. Various awards and titles exist that make it clear who is the best in their time. With boxers and mixed martial artists, there’s both the win/loss record and the title to point to. Usually, pointing to these things gives one a clear-cut answer. Sadly, now and forever more, that cannot be said for Daniel Cormier and Jon “Bones” Jones.

Dragon Con 2017: Bill Corbett Interview

by Beth

Having been approved for 2 press conferences, 1 group interview, and 1 individual interview at Dragon Con this year was extremely exciting. Exciting and terrifying.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Devlin's Domain - The Fan ( Der Fan )

A few months ago I reviewed a documentary called I Think We're Alone Now that was about deranged people with an unhealthy obsession with the 80s pop singer, Tiffany. They say reality is often stranger than fiction, but in this case the fiction is coming from Germany. Leave it to the Germans to take a tale of an obsessed fan to the absolute extreme. I assure you that this is a nightmare worth having.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Beth's Dragon Con 2017 Recap: Part 2

by Beth

If you missed the first part of my recap you can catch up here. I meant to get this up sooner, but the con crud was bad this year. I've still got some fluid in my lungs, but I don't want to die anymore so that's an improvement. Here, at last, is what went down on Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Christina's DragonCon Wrap-Up Part One

By Christina

Captains and kilts and big gothic concerts.  Possibly the weirdest tag line in history if you didn’t run in our circle.  But you do, so it isn’t.  This pretty much sums up the highlights of my Labor Day weekend, which I shall now regale you with.  None of us likes Post Con Depression, so let us stay at the Con for a while longer, shall we?  Allow me to take you back there as I recap my personal highlights from DragonCon 2017.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Needless Things Podcast 178 – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie Needless Commentary

Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

How Much Will a Female Doctor Change Doctor Who? Not Much.

By Jerry Chandler

When the big reveal came, when we all first saw Jodie Whittaker walking towards the TARDIS, all fandom hell broke loose. Since then, things have calmed down a little bit. But the debate is still going (as is common with everything in fandom) about how much of a sea change we’re going to witness with the show and the Doctor when the Doctor finally faces the world for the first time in his over half a century of television as a she. I’ve been watching it discussed on social media since the announcement was made, and there were more than just a few discussions (and panels) where I saw the topic came up at this year’s Dragon Con. But, in all reality, much to the disappointment and dismay of some out there, we’ll likely see very little real change with the show and especially with the Doctor.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews September 2017: “I’m Late, I’m Late!”

By Dave

If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in November.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Beth's Dragon Con 2017 Recap: Part 1

by Beth (obviously)

On Thursday morning I woke up with no other plans than to pack my bags, and saunter casually down to Dragon Con. I was only spending the night on Saturday since the Dirty Dirty Con Con Game Game Show Show (abbreviated as DDCCGGSS from here on out) wasn't going on until midnight this year. I was lucky enough to secure a bed in "the Phantom Suite" so that I could stow my shit early. I had more gear than usual since Gnoll talked me into pulling out our Halloween costumes from last year, and cosplaying as Team Rocket from the Pokemon cartoon. I also had to do a "sexy Thanos" makeup for the DDCCGGSS which was definitely a first for me. I figured that if Thursday is the new Friday I'd be better off taking my luggage early. Then, a little before 11am I got an email from media relations that 4 of my 10 interview requests had been approved. Panic time!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Toy Stories – Star Wars: The Last Jedi Force Friday II

By Dave

Force Friday II – the big launch for not just Hasbro’s, but everyone’s products for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi – happened while I was at Dragon Con. To be honest, I didn’t care.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Jerry’s Dragon Con 2017 Wrap-Up

By Jerry Chandler

Dragon Con 2017 is over. The 2017 Labor Day weekend has come and gone. The hallways of the many hotels and buildings that were filled with the morethan 80,000 people who came to Atlanta for Dragon Con seem almost unnaturally quiet now. Extraordinarily tired people from all over the world are making their way home and crashing and recovering from their days of high energy fun, lots of running and walking, and very little sleep. A few unlucky souls are even launching straight into their workweek and seemingly feeling the dreary nature of the daily grind all the more acutely due to the contrast of the Dragon Con weekend. But all this means is the countdown to the next Dragon Con has officially begun in the hearts and minds of the fans who love the convention. But before we cast our attention fully towards preparing for the next one, let’s look back on the fun we just had.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Dragon Con 2017: The Dragon Award Winners and Other Stuff

by Beth

So another Dragon Con is in the books, and I'm frakking exhausted. I didn't plan well by having my first post-con post go up the day after the con ends, but here we are. (I know I said I'd talk about Game of Thrones, but the finale came at a bad time for that. Plus, Phantom and I are talking about doing a podcast since we both have so much to say about the most recent season). I'm sure you're all as tired as I am so hopefully you'll forgive me for getting some press release business out of the way this week before really getting fully into my coverage next week. I promise you it'll be worth the wait. I didn't see a ton of panels (the ones I did see were great though), but I did get four of the ten interviews I applied for so it really will be worth it. Check back every Tuesday in September for my continuing Dragon Con coverage. But first...