Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Post FCBD Festival 2017 and NCBD highlights (Episode 303)

Thank you for joining us for the 2017 Free Comic Book Day Festival. We had so much fun giving away 20,000 free comic books.

Also, here's a look at some highlights of what's new in comic books this week. Enjoy.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Episode 23 - Ant-Man and Patty's new Birkes

This episode: Image Expo news, our Ant-Man movie review, and an exciting new purchase by Patrick! Special Permanent Guest Host Jake DeSersa returns with Amy Nunag, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, and Matt Traverso, who, incidentally, co-produced this episode. This entire episode was recorded on Matt's iPhone 5S.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Episode 22 - Abuzz with comic book news

With SDCC and other big comic related events and news, geekdom is abuzz with lots of news. Permanent guest host Jake DeSersa and crew take you on an hour-long tour of the latest comic book news. Jake is joined by Amy Nunag, Patrick Clarke, Tony Asaro, Matt Traverso, and Cameron Mosbarger. This entire episode was recorded using Hindenburg Field Recorder for iPad.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Episode 21 - Studio Ghibli Conversation - Part 2

Parts one and two were recorded back to back, and you can tell. The energy is good. The conversation is bouncy. And one of the guests has not seen a Ghibli movie. We know, we know: genius idea. Thanks.

Permanent guest host Jacob is joined by wanna-be permanent guest Matt Traverso, semi-permanent, semi-host Patrick Clarke, newbie Elias Claude, the only-lady-in-part-two Amy Nunag, and piping hot Justin Piper.

Episode 20 - Studio Ghibli Conversation - Part 1

Jacob DeSersa asks tonight's Ghibli fans two questions: 1. Which Studio Ghibli movie was your first? 2. Which was your favorite?

Jake is joined by regular Tony Asaro. Special guests on this episode include Tony's sister, Katie Asaro, and husband and wife Beau and Sarah Straub.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Psycho bonkers for Psycho Bonkers

In Psycho Bonkers you'll meet Shine, Shiza, and Gabbo; driver, sentient car, and reliable robot friend, respectively. In the midst of racing on a futuristic, dangerous course, Shine's story unfolds. Her story is one of sorrow, triumph, friendship, and surprise (big surprise in issue 2!).

Life lobs challenges at Shine, and Shine hurls herself right back at those challenges.

As an all-ages book Psycho Bonkers addresses loss and overcoming adversity. Whether intentional or not, it works. Many a young reader -- and adults like myself -- will enjoy this book. The story moves quickly, the characters are delightful and the art and colors are like candy for the eyes.

Editor's Note: There's one issue left on the shelf here at Empire's Comics Vault as of this writing. If you want it, let Ben know and he can order more for you.

About Psycho Bonkers
Published by Aspen Comics
Story by Vince Hernandez
Candy, I mean, colors by Federico Blee
Pencils & inks by Adam Archer
Letters by Josh Reed

Move over James Bond, Hello Dick Grayson

By Ron of the Empire

Having read and enjoyed Convergence, I thought I'd give a few DC Comics titles a try.

I started with Grayson, issue 9. It reads like a spy thriller, codenames and all, and that's not a bad thing. With so many Robins around, this is a refreshing take on an old favorite. It also represents a refreshing break from heavy hero-villain storylines. Let's hope it stays that way for a while.

Not having read the first eight issues, I'm finding a few characters that are unfamiliar to me, however I'm certain I'll quickly become acquainted with them in the upcoming issues, which, incidentally, I'm looking forward to.

With this new take on Dick Grayson, suddenly his old school name fits perfectly (you may remember the tiring and now nearly three years old online conversation about whether his name should be changed). In fact, you can practically imagine him introducing himself in a Bondesque manner:

"Grayson. Dick Grayson."

My guess is that this spy prefers smokier spirit than martinis.

E3, 3D Holographic Minecraft, and Fallout 4 with Short Nerdy Guy

Get your E3 update right here with Sacramento's own Jay Wheeler, aka, Short Nerdy Guy. When he updates you on the 3D holographic Minecraft, you'll suddenly realize, "the future is now."