Have a drink. It might help that mortis attitude of yours.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

I could have been a podcast

Hey, hey folks.

The podcast is up and boy is it super duper. Devon opens up with some smooth jazz before Scip goes into a four part harmony - ALL BY HIMSELF! Then Brooks and Carey spin plates and juggle. If that isn't skill I don't know what is. Unfortunately, due to sound issues all that got lost. Instead you'll here us talking about Teen Titans, the ever growing wonder that is Geek Culture, and how Scip would have the single greatest superhero costume of all time.

Click here and check it out.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

You've Been Annihilated

So for this week's podcast I wanted to discuss Marvel's Annihilation, both the old storyline and Conquest. Unfortunately, out of the five podcasters, only one had read it all the way through (Brooks) and one had read parts of it (me). When I thought about this, it seemed like we mimicked the ratio the shop's customers. Few read it all, few read some of it, but most everyone lets it slide by them. The question for me is: why?

Why is a series-- one that has been going on for over a year and half and spawned accolades and hardcover collections-- getting such little acknowledgement for being cool? The Marvel Marketing Machine turned Illuminati, one big six-issue retcon, into sellouts. Why not something that is good?

I don't think that it's simply because the story takes place in space. After all, Marvel has always tried to make space stories important in their Universe. There was the Kree-Skrull War, Operation Galactic Storm, not to mention the never-ending cosmic events involving the Infinity Gems. Hell, Secret Wars showed the impact of cosmic beings on the Marvel U and toy sales. Heh.

I think it's a question of the type of story that is being told. You have Marvel taking a bunch of D-list heroes and making them cool again. The writers are adding powers and creating legacies while fighting cosmic level threats from bad guys. You have a series on minis leading into one huge self-contained story, which then spawns other minis and self-contained stories.

Marvel space is a dynamic place where there are beings of god-like power fighting for dominance in the great beyond. These characters have children (Drax and Moon Dragon) and familial relationships (Starfox and Thanos). There is a sense of interconnectivity and of legacy. To top it off, these characters are not prone to angst and complaining, although Adam Warlock did brood a lot.

Marvel Space, and as a result Annihilation, is like a DC crossover event. I mean, look who created half of those characters: Mr. DC-space himself, Jim Stralin. Look who penned Annihilation: Keith Giffen! Marvel could easily have connected Planet Hulk into the storyline, and could have easily used the events of House of M and Civil War to make Earth's heroes unprepared for the Annihilation Wave. There are ways to make everything connected, and to make the series impact.

But Marvel didn't. They let it be its own self-contained space opera and thus easily ignored by readers who are only paying money for things that tie together.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

My name is Ben and I'm a podcastaholic

Alright loyal listeners-

Tis that time again. That's right, it's time for another Big Monk Podcast. So I'm making my customary call out for dramatic readings and Lightning Round questions. If you guys listened last episode we had some great readings and questions sent in, so I know you can do it. So send the best of your best to Thosewednesdays@gmail.com. Super sweet.



And just so you know that clock is available for purchase at our cafe press shop.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Calling Out

For almost a year now I’ve been writing reviews for the Big Monkey Website. Every Wednesday (with the exception of three) I have commented on one comic that was hitting the stands. Due to some coding issues you can only read the four most recent, but that’s not what this post is about.

As someone who knows people trying to break into the industry, I understand that it can be tough just getting someone to read your comics. So here’s what I’m saying. If you, or someone you know, have published a comic or you have a webcomic and you want someone to review it, I’d be more than willing to. That’s a whole 88 people who will read my review of your work and that is better than nothing.

So if you are interested and have a comic go ahead and mail it to

Ben (Those Wednesdays)
C/O Big Monkey Comics
1722-B 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009

If you have a webcomic just e-mail the address to Thosewednesdays@gmail.com.

Tomorrow (hopefully) you'll be able to read my analysis of Rip Hunter's new chalkboard.

And that picture has nothing to do with the post. I'm just a big Tank Girl fan.