Turok 3 Shadow of Oblivion with Mike O’Brien (DC SuperSons)

Turok was a big thing in the Nintendo 64 era. Big enough to get 4 games on the console. And I’m sure the fact that Acclaim controlled both the game and the comic. So of course you’ve still got all the super well connected aspects of the series.

Listen in as Mike O’Brien from behind the scenes of DC SuperSons as he comes to talk about the final Nintendo 64 entry in the series.

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Mr. Butterchips with Alex Schumacher

I think some of the best social commentary comes from the viewpoint of a character who can say what they want without really worrying about the consequence. Someone who can just say what’s on their mind and that’s that. Even better when it’s an animal just because I find that more entertaining.

So I’m really glad that Alex Schumacher and I finally got together to talk about his new book collecting a bunch of his web comic Mr. Butterchips.

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Ranma 1/2: Hard Battle with Steampunk Link (SNEScapades)

One of the things that I like about anime (and manga probably too if I’d consistently read it) is magical realism. There’s just something cool about a world where paper animals can be brought to life or dragons are real or things like that and it’s not a big deal. Or where people can fall into a haunted spring and get transformed if they’re hit with the right, or wrong, temperature of water.

Listen in as Steampunk Link from SNEScapades comes on the show to talk about this game about a crazy manga where people switch genders and turn into animals nobody seems to really care about anything except literally fighting over a girl before school. Except the teachers, they don’t care at all.

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Ch05en: Kris with Will Dickstein

One of the things I’ve really come to like about comics is that there are so many stories happening at once. You can tell there’s something overarching going on but can also focus on what’s just in front of you at the moment. 

The problem for me has been knowing where to start, what tie ins need to be read and what can be skipped, if something is going to be a good jumping on point, that sort of thing. 

Will Dickstein might have that solved with his Ch05en series. The newest edition, which focuses on Kris, was my first experience in this world and I didn’t feel lost at all reading it. In fact I really want to go back and read more of it now to see what else is going on. 

So no matter if you want to start with this Kris centered story or anywhere else in the series you’ll be in a good place.

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Shadow Man with Insane Ian

You know what’s a great idea? Being a game publisher/developer and just buying a comic publisher so you can have IP to make games with a built in audience? So should you grab Marvel or DC? How about Valiant? Yup, that’s what happened.

Listen in as Insane Ian comes on the show to take a stab at Shadow Man for the N64, PS1, and Sega Dreamcast and we try to figure out if this game is good or not because it’s in a really awkward place and we can’t quite figure it out.

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Why Manga Before Anime and Other Tangents with Justin Williams (SuperTangent)

You’ve got lots of manga titles. You’ve got lots of anime titles. And it always seems to be a manga coming first, then the anime coming after that. But why?

Listen in as Justin Williams from Super Tangent tries to discuss this with Chris. But tangents happen so there’s other stuff as well.

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Ultraverse Prime with Scott Niswander (NerdSync)

Time to dig back into the Malibu vault and pull out Prime, part of the Ultraverse universe. But he seems kind of familiar since Prime is a kid who turns into an adult super hero. Except the hero he turns into is based on whatever the kid wants it based on. So yeah, that’s a thing that happened.

Listen in as Scott Niswander from NerdSync comes by the show to talk about this Sega CD exclusive experience. And yeah that’s about all I can say about it.

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The Minds Behind Adventure Games with Patrick Hickey Jr

Recorded waaaaay back in February but finally getting released now, listen in as I talk to Patrick Hickey Jr. about his new book The Minds Behind Adventure Games, the writing process, having an excuse to talk to cool people, the giant chore it is to decide what games get into his books, and future books that may or may not be an excuse to get to talk about all of the games he loves to talk about.

You can find Patrick on Instagram @patrickhickeyjr, Twitter @reviewfixpat, and of course his personal website and Review Fix.

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Ghost in the Shell with Billy (CommanderCast)

Future tech heavy police states where still a thing of the future when we recorded this episode I swear. Can we please go back to simpler times where almost everything in Ghost in the Shell was fictional instead of just the tech?

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