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February 21, 2021 55 min

I have a feeling we're about to start hitting a bunch of manga based games. Might as well make one of the early rounds of that be a boxing game.  My ability to think of any more boxing puns is on the down for the count so let's be serious.  Today we're taking a look at Victorious Boxers: Ippo's Road to Glory.

I've got Trevor H from Catching Up on Cinema to help guide me through this one and possibly maybe get my...

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February 14, 2021 34 min

You know what my favorite part of doing this podcast has been? Making such talented friends and having an excuse to share their stuff with the world. For real, it's even better than the comics people give me to read.

For example, I got to talk to Fernando Pinto about a few different things from him that I'm very happy to either have in my house right now or will have some time in the future in Warped and Gun Punch. Both are...

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February 7, 2021 32 min

I'm not sure if you're aware of this, but the world is a bit crazy night now. But mixed in with all of the craziness are little bits of normalcy that can help make things be not so jarring.

Good thing I've got Mike Campbell from my local shop Captain's Comics and Toys to come by and talk about their upcoming Captain's Comic Expo.

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  • What special precautions are having to be made at cons this y...
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    February 6, 2021 31 min

    Chris once again gets sucked in by a creator going out into the world and pushing their stuff. This time it's the tale of a young bounty hunter and her side quest to find herself. Hurry up and get in on the story by backing Endless Moons on Kickstarter.

    Listen in as Tommy Jauregui gives us an insight into Endless Moons, how it came to be, and how you can get yourself a copy of this great story. Learn such things as:

  • How can yo...
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    We all know KISS the band, right? Those makeup wearing rock dudes who just want to rock and party and put on a good show. Well, did you know that they've had comics stretching back to the early days of their career? Or that there's a game based on one of the runs? I didn't. Well, I knew there was the KISS game but only that it existed.

    Good thing I have Scarlett O'Dell from Gatecrashers here to help straighten every...

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    January 24, 2021 48 min

    Horror and comics just seem to go hand in hand. Horror comics had a large hand in the creation of the comics code many years ago, and it seems like so many people have a secret love and/or talent for horror. So why not have a place where you can let that out without a big commitment?

    Enter Steve Foxe, half of the creator team behind Razorblades. Listen in terror as we talk about the creation of a collection of things that go bump i...

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    The world of comics and games, as evidenced by the existence of this podcast, have a decent amount of crossover. But a game where you introduce a whole new team to an already established universe? And have a tie in comic? That's got to be pretty rare, right?

    Listen in as Robert Secundus from Comics XF comes on the show to help take a look at Marvel Nemesis Rise of the Imperfects.

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  • Are tie in comics worth re...
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    January 12, 2021 32 min

    What do space and the ocean have in common? A lot of things actually. Like people getting lost and having close encounters with giant monsters who probably want to eat them.

    Listen in as Frank Martin comes to talk about his new Kickstarter comic project The Polar Paradox.

  • What is so fascinating about the ocean anyway?
  • Do I as a reader really need to know a super detailed backstory about every character?
  • What are some good ways to mak...
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    These days when a series is based all around fighting and punching people in the face it's a surprise when there isn't a fighting game to go along with it. But did you know that there was a time when Street Fighter II hadn't come out yet? And that people were making fighting games before it?

    Listen in as Andrew Mecha Davis from Popanimecomics joins the show to help take a look at Fist of the North Star 10 Big Brawls for...

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    It's a thing we've all seen before. Post apocalyptic worlds and the groups who rise to power in which to rule them. And it's something I'll never really get tired of because all that really means is that you have a fairly familiar stepping stone into a story that can truly go anywhere. That's what we have here in Scout's Honor (published by those AfterShock dudes who are trying to take all my money by doing ...

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    January 5, 2021 40 min

    Comics have  such a long history that there's no way anybody can know everything about every character. M.O.D.O.K. is that way for me. I have an idea of who this giant killing organism is but only because he's happened to be in other things.

    Good thing I have Jordan Blum, one of the writers on the current mini-series M.O.D.O.K Head Games, on to let me know how much fun this series is (he's right) and how it's OK tha...

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    No matter what you want to think, the Ang Lee Hulk film exists. And there's a game to go with it. Yup, it's a movie tie in game and we all know how those were back in the day.

    Or do we? Listen in as Josh Sutton from Panels to Pixels takes a stab at convincing you that not only is this a good movie to go watch, but it's also not a horrible game to go with it. Learn such things as:

  • Do people really want a comic book movie...
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    Let's cut to the chase here. I'm a sucker for creators who I see out in the world pushing their stuff. Rich was out in the world pushing his stuff. It certainly doesn't hurt that Sea of Sorrows is the kind of thing I'd want to read anyway. Historical horror with a lot of it happening under the sea? Yup, sign me up right now. I even wrote a review you can read here.

    So like I said, I'm really excited to have Rich...

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    December 20, 2020 44 min

    I look at comics all the time here in this Creator Talk set of bonus episodes. And I've looked at a card game that you play in the real world with actual, physical cards like some kind of caveperson. But somehow I've never looked at an actual video game. Until now that is.

    Time to get old friend Eric Bailey from Tiny Bookshelf to break through that barrier with his game Octobug. You play as a spider trying to get to the end...

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    Ninjas are cool. Aliens are cool. So why not make a ninja that's also an alien? And also has a team of rag tag environment saving sidekicks to help him out? Saving the environment via something aimed at kids and hoping they'll pressure their adult overlords into following suit is still cool right?

    Enter Steve Honeycutt from Ray Can't Sleep to help us take a look at this alien life form that inexplicably wants to save th...

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    December 6, 2020 41 min

    There are tons of stories about little kids who get to go to other worlds and have grand adventures. Like literally tons, and I'm cool with that. But what I really want to know is how they handled things afterwards. Outside of Peter Pan related things (and Narnia but I think that's a bit of a stretch) there isn't really anything.

    That's where Chris Mancini from White Cat Entertainment can help out. Listen in as we t...

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    Post apocalyptic mayhem. New societies and population groups popping up and insisting that they are living the right way. The power struggle between might and right. Giant weaponized vehicles storming across the desert sands. OK, maybe not that last one, but what do I know?

    Good thing I have Jordan Forbes from Shonen Flop to help me out with a look at Fist of the North Star on NES. Listen in as we look at yet another game that shou...

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    Let's get one thing straight. Lonely Receiver is a really fun read. Jen Hickman and Zac Thompson are really great humans.  Together the make a really good team on a book that you really should be reading. And to have two of the people working on it to come talk about it? That's really super cool.

    Listen in as Jen Hickman and Zac Thompson come talk about where this crazy (in the best way possible) series came from, how they ...

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    Everyone that I know who knows who The Addams family is knows them from the 1960s TV show or the 90s movies. A few people from this game. But basically nobody that I know knew that The Addams Family was a comic. For real, do you know anybody who knew that? I sure didn't.

    Neither did this week's guest Michael Bivens from Silent Journeys. But he very much did know about the old TV show. I'm really glad I had someone for t...

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    We need something wholesome and real life looking and coming of age but also magical. I wonder where we could get something like that right now. Hmmmm, let me think over that one.

    Normally I'd ask Sophie Goldstein if she had anything, but I already know that a possible answer here is here recent book An Embarrassment of Witches. Just trust me and go read this one. It's great, she's great, show us pictures of your cats.

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