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Show Notes

 

Segment One - Bringing it to the Table

5:15 - John reminds everyone about the audio drama competition and talks of the passing of Eartha Kitt.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8:46 - Judy gives a quick review of the Disney flick, Bedtime Stories.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12:13- Andrea opines about the guy talk of the Geek Show podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16:41 - Keith takes a brief look at New Year's marathons on television.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20:11 - Orenthal pimps Mike's Comics.

 

 

 

24:19 - "The RainCloud Man" promo by Big Finish Productions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25:39 - Geek Cred podcast promo.

 

Segment Two - Review Segments

27:00 - Andrea reviews The Black Dove, part of the Holmes on the Range western mystery series.

 

35:06 - Spoiler Alert!  Keith talks about this year's Doctor Who special, "The Next Doctor".

 

48:14 - Jay Smith briefly explains his new segment, "My Guilty Pleasure" and makes a plea for blood donations during this holiday season.  You can get more information on where to donate blood by visiting givelife.org.

 

51:00 - Out of the Coffin promo.

 

Segment Three - Glenn Hauman Interview (53:20)

Glenn Hauman fulfills one of the unspoken staffing requirements at a comics company. "Dwayne McDuffie at Milestone, Mike Richardson at Dark Horse, Denis Kitchen at Kitchen Sink, Jim Shooter at Marvel and Valiant-- every comics company needs to have at least one ridiculously tall guy on it. With me on board, we'll have somebody who can change light bulbs and play center for the inter-company baseball league."

When he was in junior high school, Glenn took art lessons from John Buscema, the legendary (and quite tall) Marvel Comics artist. "I knew I could never draw like that that," he says. Instead, he found other ways to make comics his career, starting with working in a local comic shop in high school, and then the production department at DC Comics.

He has fifteen years of experience in publishing, including work for Random House, Simon & Schuster, DC Comics and Apple Comics. Mr. Hauman has worked as a graphic designer, editor, photo retoucher, CD-ROM producer, story consultant for films, and radio show co-host of "Destinies - The Voice of Science Fiction" on WUSB 90.1 FM at SUNY/Stony Brook.

His latest Star Trek e-book, Creative Couplings, has been getting press coverage for its portrayal of the first Klingon-Jewish wedding. In addition to Star Trek, he's written other licensed tie-in works for X-Men and Farscape, and urban fantasy for Baen Books.

He has been a featured speaker on the future of publishing at numerous industry trade shows. He was a founder of internet pioneer companies BiblioBytes, Hell's Kitchen Systems (bought by Red Hat in 2000), and Lot Auctions.

Most recently, Glenn has been working as a webmaster, assistant editor, and production manager for arrogantMGMS, a comics packing company now involved with ComicMix. Glenn manages theirGrimJack.comJonSable.comMundensBar.com websites; he also runs the websites for comic book prosPeterDavid.net and BobGreenberger.com.

"My career is the definition of varied, and the one constant is that I find myself doing something new that still draws on past experiences," Hauman said. "I can't imagine something that draws on all the things I've done and all the things I want to do more than ComicMix."

 

Segment Four - The Wrap-Up

1:23:17 - Scott Ziegler's Contagious audio book.

 

1:25:30 - Orenthal hates Batman: The Brave & the Bold, but he'll continue to watch it.  Go figure.

 

1:31:22 - Plugs.

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John and Jay Smith are joined by Merchant Wares owner Rebecca Kindergan to discuss the fundamentals of this unique gaming platform.  Make sure you rate the episode below and take the time to comment on it here.

 Rebecca Kindergan has been larping for over 14 years and runs an online and event-based Larp Supply and Costuming company, www.merchantswares.com, from her home in the hills of northern NJ.  When she's not sewing, making boffer weapons, or preparing for events, you can usually find her chasing mythical monsters with foam weapons for their gold pieces.  Otherwise, she's an avid hiker, fisherwoman, Queen of Road Trips and just hanging out at home with her husband, Brian and their pet catfish.  
In the quest for larping, she's been to Nero in many places, including Nevada and New Brunswick Canada, as well as all over the northeast and East Coast.  Currently, she plays NeroEquinoxKnight RealmsMadrigal, and is always looking for more larps to try out.

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Our fourth episode features news, reviews and an interview.  Check it out and make sure to rate the episode here and comment on it here!  In addition, check out the video player at the bottom of the page featuring another episode of the old TV series.  Mike Fichera, who is appearing in this episode of the podcast, appears in the TV episode dealing with the effectiveness of special effects.

 

Table of Contents

  1. Each of the gang brings something cool and new to the table.
  2. Andrea reviews reviews What It Is by Lynda Barry, Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert by Scott Adams, and Nerds on Parade by Dave Kellett. (21:50)
  3. Rhymephile fills us in on the releases of X-Files: I Want to Believe and The Dark Knight.  (25:30)
  4. David looks at some great gift ideas, including the Grant Morrison All-Star Superman collections, for the comic collector we all know and find odd. (35:00)
  5. Keith reviews Primeval and Sanctuary, plus fills us in on Sons of Anarchy. (41:50)
  6. Orenthal speaks with Mike Fichera about Marvel Comics' newsest release, Amazing Spider-Man 08 Yearbook, a recap of the dramatic events in the life of Peter Parker in the past year. (49:25)
  7. Orenthal opines about this year's Philcon in his Pop Fiendish segment. (1:06:25)

 Mike Fichera - Inspired by the death of great-grandfather Cacciatore ("the Hunter"), killed by a spider bite on a Sicilian farm, Mike began a lifelong interest in the wall-crawler. Like Peter Parker, he grew up in Queens, NY playing with microscopes, computers, and science kits, hoping to create web-fluid and gain spider powers. His sister provided his first comic: Spidey Super Stories #12. Faithfully scrapbooking the newspaper dailies for many years, he joined Spiderfan.org when the web was young becoming a staff writer. After helping write and organize the Spider-Man Encyclopedia, Mike's first official writing credits began with the Spider-Man 2005 Handbook and subsequently in the 2006 A-to-Z series.

Since then, Mike has contributed to the A-to-Z 2007 Updates, the "Legacy" Handbooks for the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, various spotlight Handbooks for Iron Man, Hulk, and X-Men, as well as the Marvel Atlas. In 2007, he led theSpider-Man: Back in Black Handbook, and this year, he's led the 2008 Spider-Man Yearbook coming out on his birthday, Christmas Eve, December 24. The Yearbook is half "Saga" - which will be a recap of 2008's Spider-stories, and half Handbook focusing on the new characters to debut this year, as well as some old ones who popped up (including the Squid and Scorpia). He's currently working on the A-to-Z Permiere Hardcovers, which repackage all the various Handbooks from 2004 to the present, with updates and polishing of the graphics.

In addition to image refurbishment, his artwork has been featured in a few Handbooks including the Spider-Slayers, and a biology text-book cross-section of Spider-Man's arm back when he had organic webbing.

His expertise has been featured on AM Atlanta with Tom Hughes and the syndicated Mitch Albom Show.

 

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With this episode, we're splitting up the content and running the show twice a month.  Our first episode up is a Roundtable episode.  Keith rejoins the fold as he and John discuss the longest running science fiction television series with James Moran and Louis Trapani.

 

 James Moran was born in York in 1972. He studied journalism in Dublin before moving to London, and wrote short stories while working in the computer industry. He won the UK Sci-Fi Channel short film competition, and had his script Cheap Rate Gravity, made into a short film. His first feature-length screenplay was Severance, a horror movie starring Laura Harris and Danny Dyer. James has written episodes for Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Spooks, Spooks: Code 9, Law & Order: UK, and Crusoe, and his typing fingers are currently resting in a bucket of ice. He loves movies, TV, reading, photography, and documentaries about things that explode.

 

 New media producer, Louis Trapani founded the Gallifreyan Embassy, aDoctor Who and British science-fiction fan organization in June 1985 after seeing that there were no localDoctor Who fan groups in the south-eastern New York area. The Gallifreyan Embassy of Long Island quickly established itself in the '80s volunteering on PBS pledge drives, appearing at conventions, interviewing variousDoctor Who related cast and production members of the television series. Since that time, it now has a world-wide membership and audience. Louis has appreciated science fiction all his life and this interest goes beyondDoctor Who. He currently hosts and produces Doctor Who: Podshock, a weekly international podcast covering all of Doctor Who, The Sonic Newsdriver, a podcast covering current Doctor Who news, The Hitchhiker's Guide to British Sci-Fi, as the name implies a show which covers all British science fiction media, as well as other shows set to launch that cover broader science fiction and fantasy. Louis has majored in the media arts department at the School of Visual Arts and has worked in the creative media realm in various ways. He has spearheaded Art Trap Productions for the last 15 years in that field. He is an artist, activist, tech addict, Mac geek, producer and director.

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Bringing it to the Table

 

John discusses The Chronic Rift's Audio Competition.

Andrea talks about the New York Anime Festival.

Orenthal announces his Pop Fiendish segment at the end of the show.

 


 

Review Segments

Andrea reviews the Greywalker book series.

David reviews the latest Spider-Man reboot.

Derrick joins us with a review of the movie, Appaloosa.

Corey comments on Resident Evil 4 in time for Halloween.

Rhymephile fills us in on the DVD release of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

 


 

The Roundtable

John and Judy discuss the continuing evolution of horror with author Joseph D'Lacey and critic Paul K. Bisson.

Joseph D’Lacey is the author of the novel MEAT, published by Bloody Books, in which he draws on the realities of factory farming and slaughter to create a hellish dystopia. The research turned him vegetarian, making the book a cautionary statement on the growing human appetite for flesh.

Joseph has been writing horror for the last ten years but strays into other genres at the drop of a scalpel. Eco-horror is the worm currently eating his brain. His forthcoming novel ‘The Garbage Man’ deals with the dangers of landfill waste and the many other things people would prefer to keep buried…

Find out about MEAT at www.meatnovel.com or read Joseph's blog athttp://horrorreanimated.wordpress.com

 

 

Wonder Woman, Star Trek, Six Million Dollar Man & Bionic Woman, and The Omen - for a poor kid growing up in Boston (where there wasn't much to do except watch TV or go outside and find trouble), they were doorways into the worlds of science fiction, fantasy, horror, and comics.  And they remain the cornerstones of Paul K. Bisson's inner Fanboy.

Today, Paul is an actor, writer, independent media producer, and all-around Geek.  He still collects comics (mostly DC and definitely Wonder Woman), he founded the member-rich Bionic Fan Network
(http://www.bionicfans.net) and an ambitious online Bionic encyclopedia, The Bionic Wiki (http://www.bionic.wikia.com), he's the webmaster of The OmenChronicles, the only fansite devoted to the Omen film series (http://www.omenchronicles.com), and he's developinghttp://www.fancommentary.com -- a social networking site where people can upload their own audio commentaries for their favorite movies and TV shows.

For over 20 years, Paul has called Salem, Massachusetts (The Witch City) his home.  He has performed on local and regional stages and has appeared in or voiced local, independent, and industrial films and
commercials.  An avid supporter of PEG (Public, Educational, Government) television, he has produced nationally-recognized media and serves on a board of directors.

Paul has earned a living (read: day job) in industries food service, call center management, Internet service, debt collection, and of course, retail.  He currently pushes pencils and taps keyboards in the
home and business alarm industry.  But all that's about to change at the end of the year as he makes the move to Los Angeles to continue his artistic career.

Paul is honored to be a part of the discussion in this latest incarnation of The Chronic Rift!

 


 

The Wrap-Up

Orenthal delivers his new rules of geekdom in his Pop Fiendish segment.

The results of the favorite Doctor poll from the website are revealed.

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Way back in 2008, John thought it would be a good idea to get together with his friends on a more regular basis and talk about those things they loved most.  He likened it to their experience twenty years earlier on the public access show, The Chronic Rift.  It only seemed natural to record the experience and make it a podcast.  This is the first episode from September 2008 and it basically sets up what the gang hoped to accomplish with the podcast.  This episode features both a Roundtable and an In Review segment and was originally only supposed to be released once a month.  The size proved too much and it was agreed that the two portions would become episodes of their own.  From there, the Spotlight episodes were then created.

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