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Friday, December 30, 2005

Show #18 - Dec 30

Show 18 on MP3

At last the Harlan Ellison Special! With my fabulous co-host, Katheryne from Philly. We spend an hour talking about "A Boy and His Dog" in three different media expressions:

The original story (in "The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World")
The movie
The graphic novel

Richard Corben's website

If you're a fan of Harlan's check out his website and buy stuff directly from him.

Nice cover, eh?

Hot hot hot!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Show #17 - Dec 17

Show 17 on MP3

Topics this time around:

I visit Comic Relief in Berkeley and it rocks
Conan Volume 1: The Frost Giant's Daughter from Dark Horse
Late Bloomer by Carol Tyler
Essential Silver Surfer
Tips on discussing things on the interweb
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Show #16 - Dec 11

Show 16 on MP3

Reviewed this time around:

Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comic Book by Gerard Jones
Librivox.org presents audiobooks
Bad yaoi from Sin Factory
Ultimate Spider-Man Vol 1 by Bendis & company
Astonishing X-Men 1-11
Carnet de Voyage by Craig Thompson
The Summer of Love by Debbie Dreschler
Spider-Man 2 - special DVD edition and a bit o' heresy

Read Katheryne's Spider-Man fanfic!

Music, as always, by Mayerson.
Other music I listened to this week that I love: Split Enz, Waiata

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This podcast is sponsored by the Lincoln Heights Literary Society - Ontology On the Go!

Peter Parker? Toby McGuire? Sam Raimi? Elijah Wood? Who can tell?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Men of Tomorrow

I just got done reading Gerard Jones' book Men of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters, and the Birth of the Comics Book (to be reviewed on an upcoming show) and I was struck by his characterizations of science fiction fans in the 1920s. Observe:

...And through fandom, there was now a community - others to encourage keeping one's core in that other world even when school or work demanded the presence of one's outer self...It was a generation of misfits who were given a choice other than the complete withdrawal from the world or indentured service to it...Once in the subculture the boys fine-tuned one another's identities around the self-definition "science fiction fan" - an indifference to clothes and appearance, a manic but unsentimental bonhomie in their meetings, an amused disdain for the drones who didn't understand them...In their correspondence they strutted with forid self-advertisement masked as self-parody, held onto each other with in-jokes and acerbic wit, like fifth-graders with collegiate vocabularies. They craved clearly marked territories. They argued endlessly, obsessively, about whether science fiction must be based on proven concepts or could stray into speculation...They labeled and listed and ranked and included and excluded and collected and with passionate exactitude - such hyperrational ordering being the most entertaining way to keep the disorder of life and emotion in check.
(pp 34-37 of the hardcover edition)

Hmm. Monkeys still be monkeys.