Monday, January 20, 2014

The Club of Heroes Episode 57: The Rob Ford/Laser Pointer Debacle

The Bullpen is back! Chris and Evan run the discussion gauntlet of television, comics, cartoons, and 90's nostalgia. Apologies to Rob Ford, Rob Liefeld, Alan Moore, and anyone else who might take issue.

You can listen to or download the episode HERE!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Club of Heroes Podcast Episode 56: Anthony Misiano, The Man Who Laughs

Chris and Evan steal an evening with actor/cosplay icon/shaman Anthony Misiano a.k.a. Harley's Joker. Discussion includes his starring role as the Clown Prince of Crime in The Batman Chronicles, his production company Inventive Works, Sean Connery, and Soul Tits.

You can listen to or download the episode HERE!

Monday, December 2, 2013

The Club of Heroes Podcast Episode 55: Emotionally Subnormal

After a long hiatus, the podcast returns! We welcome you to Chris and Evan's Masterpiece Theatre as the boys discuss the 2007 film There Will Be Blood and analyze some of Alan Moore's comments about geek culture from The Guardian. Keep an eye on your Teapot Dome!

You can download or listen to the episode HERE!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Colonel's Picks for November 6th, 2013

Greetings from CoH central! It's that time again, where your favorite comic reading Colonel lists his picks for the week. Make haste to your nearest comic book retailer and throw away your hard-earned money. Like I always say, you can't take it with you!

Amazing X-Men #1 (Marvel)

Jason Aaron has been my X-Writer of choice for the last couple of years and now he's in charge of a second monthly title. I'll admit there are quite a few X-Men books on the stands currently, but Aaron's stuff is just too good to pass up. Joining him on the art is the uber-talented Ed McGuiness, whose work is always refreshing and energetic. Their opening arc promises the return of a certain swahbuckling fuzzy elf who hasn't been seen in a bit, so don't blame me if this one reeks of sulfur and brimstone.

Ghost Cop #1 (Antarctic Press)

V.J. Boyd and Chris Dibari's new series about an undead detective doesn't sound like the most original concept in the world, but I'm on board for at least the first issue just to see if they can deliver on the premise of a 21st century "Spirit". Can they do Eisner proud? Let's find out.

Legends of Red Sonja #1 (Dynamite)

Gail Simone's Red Sonja has been hacking and slashing her way into fans' hearts for a few issues, and now a second companion series is on the way. This is an anthology series, featuring work from an all-female writing team. Among the femme fatales attached are the award-winning Nancy Collins and former Bat-scribe Devin Grayson! The ladies are running the show and this Colonel wouldn't have it any other way.

Transformers: Dark Cybertron #1 (IDW)

James Roberts and the incomparable art of Phil Jimenez kick off a crossover between IDW's Transformers titles that sees Shockwave make his bid for power and make strange bedfellows out of usual archfoes Optimus and Megatron. This will be the comic book equivalent of violently smashing your precious Transformers figures together and watches the pieces fly! And c'mon! Phil Jimenez is drawing it!

Protectors Inc. #1 (Image)

What happens to the heroes when the bad guys are gone for good? In this new series by crafty comics veteran J. Michael Straczynski and Gordon Purcell, ther heroes have become franchises and their sponsors keep them on a short leash. When they start getting picked off one by one, it falls on an everyman detective to figure out whodunnit! I'm interested to see if this is simply a Watchmen riff or a story with its own flavor.

And that's the stack for this week folks! Remember to tip your waitress and check out the latest CoH Podcast, where the boys go in-depth about the legendary Martin Goodman! Also, do me a solid and check out Real Men In This Town, another podcast by some friends of ours! Their latest single just dropped and you don't wanna be "that guy" do you?


Sunday, November 3, 2013

The Club of Heroes Podcast Episode 54: Magic Martin and the Red Circle Shell Game

Evan returns! In this episode, the boys talk turkey about the man behind Marvel, Martin Goodman. There's a lot known about Stan and Jack and Steve, but what about the man behind the curtain? Dive into his life from humble beginnings in a hobo camp to becoming the most prolific comic book publisher of the Golden Age!

You can download or listen to the episode HERE!

And that sweet sketch up top of Mr. Goodman is by Drew Friedman. Check out his blog as well.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Countdown Day 7 - The Fairy Faith (2001)

Theo: You're pretty hard-boiled, Tinkerbell.
Applecore: Call me that name again and you'll be wondering how your bollocks wound up lodged in your windpipe — from below. Just because we don't get to your side of things much anymore doesn't mean we don't know anything. 'If you believe in fairies, clap your hands!' If you believe in fairies, kiss my rosy pink arse is more like it. Now are you going to shut your gob or not?

Greetings my creepy cadre. This film is a unique one.

What is its place in the greater Halloween countdown scheme you ask? It is the only documentary on the list and it isn't necessarily scary nor horrific. What is interesting to me however, is that it is the only documentary that I know of that addresses the phenomena of Fairy belief as it exists today in areas such as Cape Breton, Ireland, and Scotland.

Director John Walker interviews people who believe in Fairies and while he does touch on the subject from a historical and folkloric perspective, the bulk of this film has to do with a modern perspective in the belief in and encounters with Fairies. The Fairy Faith is excellent overview of what role traditional beliefs play in a increasingly homogenous world. If you'd like some Halloween viewing that isn't going to turn your stomach, look no further.


Halloween Countdown Day 8 - The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2009)

I was digging through the recesses of the backlog when I rediscovered this lovely short. Filmed in California over the course of 22 days with a budget of a mere $600 dollars, this is one of the most entertaining and well produced fake trailers I have ever seen. Bilingual bonus for the character names Jack Cucchiaio and his arch nemesis, the Ginosaji.

But don't take my word for it. Why not check it out for yourself?


Until next time!