Wolverine is everywhere and there’s nothing we can do about it because he’s popular and makes money for Marvel and why wouldn’t they keep using a character that’s popular partly because he’s used so much and always in front of consumer’s faces?
That’s what we explore this week with Didge from Geekset Podcast. Listen in as we discuss the prevalence of Wolverine and some surprising omissions from the villains in the Game Boy Color game Wolverine’s Rage.
Be sure to visit Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men to see how you can help support people effected by Florida’s recent passing of HB1557, commonly known as the “don’t say gay” bill.
Internet people like their cats, there’s no doubt about that. So of course cats get put into their creative projects as well. Which makes it really fun when you get to mix cats with witches and wizards and card games. Especially when the real life cats decide that those silly humans need some feline help making sure everything comes out just right.
Sword adventures are always cool. Especially when you actually get character development stuff with it and great art and a wonderfully written story and looks let’s face it we’re looking at a cool comic today that you can still catch relatively early and I’m just excited to get to share it with y’all.
Good thing we have Zoe Tunnell, writer of Blade Maidens, to help calm me down. Except that’s a big lie because she’s super excited to tell y’all about it as well. So yeah, this is going to be fun.
Movie tie in games get fun. Do you have someone play the movie and they know everything that should be happening? Or do you have a movie tie in game that tries to go beyond the movie and risk making something that people don’t like? And does it matter if it’s a super successful everyone in the world has seen it movie vs more of a niche film?
We’re taking a stab at those questions and more when Adam Reck from Battle of the Atom stops by the show to talk Blade 2 for the PS2 and Xbox.
Time to get this one out of the way. This podcast exists because of X-Men. The most requested game for people to be a guest for are X-Men games. Specifically it’s this one. What some people would say is “the perfect X-Men game” and I’ve heard this from many many people.
Listen in as Zack Jenkins from ComicxXF comes to finally talk about the game that everyone has been waiting for. X-Men Legends 2.
We all know the basic story. Kid has troubled relationship with father. Kid wants to win father’s approval. Kid sells soul to a demon in order to get the ability to impress said father. Sometimes the fun isn’t in figuring out where the story is going, it’s in figuring out how the story is going to get there.
That’s why we have Allen Dunford here to help take a look at this Faustian tale of woe, promises, and what it takes to twist a deal to be in your favor no matter what. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out the Kickstarter page for Pocus Hocus #3 and get in on the fun for yourself.
Eventually we had to take a look at the world of kids and little monsters that fight. For a lot of people this was their first foray into the world of manga and anime. But we didn’t know that, and we probably wouldn’t have cared at all if we did. There were kids just like us that got to play around with these amazing creatures that we all wish we could have as a pet.
That’s right, we’re talking Digimon with Michael Shea from The Basement Lounge about that show I definitely didn’t try to make you think was that other anime about monsters fighting each other. Which I’m realizing now doesn’t narrow things down enough at all.
Some of my favorite stories are the ones where I’m plopped into a new world and have to figure things out with the characters. Ones where you’re not spoon fed all the information and get exposition that makes sense or have it outside of the story itself (ie footnotes or something). And putting it with a story about extended wars from other worlds and people trying to escape so their family doesn’t get caught up in it without an escape? Yeah go ahead and sign me up for that.
Erica Schultz has that part of writing down. Which is really good because it means I can get lost in the story of Forgotten Home and not distracted by stupid exposition that you know wouldn’t actually happen in real life. Plus, and I say this totally seriously, possibly some of the best advice I’ve been given yet about how to get into comics.
Quick, what’s the most important part of a comic? Trick question, because everything is important and this wouldn’t be the art form that we love if it all wasn’t there.
We’ve got Taylor Esposito here to let us in on some of that sweet sweet behind the scenes stuff that people don’t always get to know about.
One of the best things about comics is that things can sit in the background for years before they become important. Maybe it’s just a throwaway line about an adventure some characters had. Maybe it’s something as silly as a character not liking carrots and then 10 years later it’s the crux of a story line. Or maybe, just maybe, it’s taking a character that’s been kind of stuck in the shadows and putting them in a position not only to get some of the spotlight, but also to bring other things out into the light that quit frankly should have been there a long time ago.
Now I’m not saying that if Stephanie Williams was just writing about Nubia’s dislike of a certain root vegetable she wouldn’t be on the show. But she’s taking Nubia and putting her in the center of a mini series called Nubia and the Amazons and making it about so much more than the character that happens to have a name in the title. And I don’t think I’m overselling it when I say that this series is really, really good.
What’s Christmas without a little violence? No not the present throwing kind, I’m talking about full on Robot vs Santa showdowns with al the trimmings.
If you’re like me, you don’t want to experience it any other way now, and that’s why we have Steve Urena and Misty Graves here to tell us about X-Maschina, a comic set in way too close future about what happens when Santa has to fight robots and if that isn’t enough to get you excited then we need to have a talk.
Be sure to check out the Kickstarter campaign for X-Maschina.
It sucks that we live in a world where I have to be excited that something like The Color of Always exists. But we do, and I’m excited because more people need to see themselves in comics. Plus, like we say at least 57 gajillions times in the episode, the art is just beautiful.
You don’t have to take my word for it though. Brent Fisher and Michele Abounader can back me up on this one. Listen in as we take a look at this LGBTQIA+ love anthology that’s put together with…….ummm………. love I guess?
Alright I promise that this isn’t a Legacy Comix podcast. Although I can see where some people might think that. But let’s get real Legacy is doing some great things right off the rip, and I couldn’t pass up the chance to talk to them again and get a different perspective from someone that isn’t Patrick.
This time we’ve got John Svedese here to spill the beans on what’s going on, and we recorded it after the Kickstarter campaign started so there’s none of this nebulous “if things get funded” sort of nonsense.
It’s time again to thank the people who have helped me make this show as great as it is, including but not limited to:
- The friends I’ve made as a part of the Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men community
- Everyone at the Gonna Geek podcast network
- More specifically everyone on the Legends of Shield podcast
- Patrick Hickey Jr.
- Erica Schultz
- All of the people who enjoy this show and what I do enough to give me money
Really, just listen to the episode.
Sometimes calling something a game is a rather strong use of the word. Especially when you’re looking at it through American eyes. Double especially back in the early to mid 1990s when we just didn’t really have the concept of visual novels over here.
Listen in as Nick Weaver, creator of the Thumbles comic on Webtoon, joins the show to help take a look at a portion of the gaming medium that we didn’t have much context for based on a manga that we also didn’t have much context for over on this side of the world.
Sometimes books don’t have pictures. Or rather they have a few pictures that can’t in any way be considered a comic. But that doesn’t mean that those books are any less complicated than the art form we love over here at Play Comics. And with that comes a way for people to actually look things up without worrying about getting spoiled. Enter Spliki, the spoiler free wiki. I finally made the name connection while I was writing these show notes because I’m a dummy.
Good thing we have Brett from The Wheel Weaves podcast to help dig into why people should check out both this book series in particular, and the dangers of getting into a franchise that already has year and years and years and years and years of lore just waiting to be spoiled for you because the internet is a dangerous place.
Writing comics and making games is fun and all, but don’t you want other people to see them? You can probably sucker get friends to look at them but I have a feeling your dreams are bigger than just the people you know in real life. But how can you pull that off?
Kickstarter might be a good idea. Now if only I could get someone from over there on the show. I know, how about Oriana Leckert? Who better to help us understand the inner workings of Kickstarter than the Director of Publishing & Comics Outreach? Yeah, I can’t think of anyone better either.
There’s only about 2 reasons why people my age are into the X-Men. Either someone older (siblings, parents, whoever) exposed them to the greatness, or we watched X-Men the Animated Series. That’s it. There is no other reason at all.
Which makes this episode very special because we get to hear from Eric and Julia Lewald who between them wrote, developed, show ran, and generally shaped our views of the world through X-Men the Animated Series. I can’t even try to be witty here because I’m still so excited that this happened
And don’t miss the fact that there are books you can buy, one of which isn’t full of pictures. Because for some reason people like those.
I’d say most of the time, writers labor over a story for a while. Weeks, months, years, maybe their entire life. Heck I’ve been sitting on my idea for a while and I’m starting to suspect that y’all think I’m just making up the fact that I have an idea.
And then there’s Ryan Drost who just had Stealth Hammer fall into his head from that place where good ideas live. Listen in as we see what this story is all about and hear about some little quirks that went into it’s creation. And of course be sure to check out the Kickstarter page for Stealth Hammer #2.
Mark from Lesser Known Comics heard the last episode (Legacy Comix with Patrick Hickey Jr) and felt like some of the LKC team needed to come on the show to clear some of the air. So that’s what happened.
Listen to what Mark Bernal, Jackie Anne Wiedemeier, and Charlie Ragnorok had to say about that previous episode and about working with Lesser Known Comics.