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Heads up that I will be attending a few conventions this month:
March 7th-9th - Wizard World
Happening at the Sacramento Convention Center
March 28th-30th - Emerald City Comic Con
Happening at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle
This week we look back at the iconic first issue of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird… 80’s style! That’s right, we go back in time and imagine what it’d be like to review TMNT issue 1 in 1984 right as it came out. Eastman and Laird weren’t comic titans yet, just aspiring indie comic creators from New Hampshire. Without all the weight that the turtles carries in our minds, how do we really feel about TMNT if we’d never heard of it before? Find out in this special episode of the Geek Life Podcast.
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This week we spotlight the unique and wildly entertaining Hunter Black by Justin Peniston & William Orr. Hunter Black follows the assassin aptly named “Hunter Black” after his escape from prison. He was set up, and he’s gonna find out who’s responsible and make them pay. Armed with his sword “The Revenger”, Hunter is ready to cut a bloody path to justice. This comic is lovingly rendered in classic Noire film style, complete with greytone illustration and copious internal monologue. Be sure to read Hunter Black at HunterBlackComics.com, follow Justin on twitter @HunterBlackComx and like their facebook page!
This week John Harter recommends The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe. This fantasy Noire book follows private investigator Eddie LaCrosse, as he investigates a missing princess but before long, he’s swept up in a web of mystery and deceit involving a brutally murdered royal heir, a queen accused of an unspeakable crime, and the tragic past he thought he’d left behind. You can grab your free book at AudibleTrial.com/GeekLife and The Sword-Edged Blonde by Alex Bledsoe is a great place to start!
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This week we spotlight Psycho Derby 2030 by Chip Buchanan. Chip’s exciting vision for a future where the derby takes place at break-neck speeds on hovering mag-lev skates is ambitions and entertaining. Jump into the lives of the future derby girls, and see what it’s like to survive in the brutal full contact sport of Psycho Derby! You can read and purchase Psycho Derby 2030 on WhamBamComics.com and check out Chip’s portfolio at ContentGraphics.com. Be sure to follow Chip on twitter @whambamcomics & like his facebook page!
If you wanna check out the local (bay area) derby, check out the links below:
Check out Sonoma County Roller Derby:
Also around the Bay, there’s the Bay Area Derby Girls, which is a busy league (San Francisco/Oakland/Richmond):
Silicon Valley Roller Girls:
For 1970s-style, banked track, co-ed derby you should check out the Bay Bombers. They’ve been around for decades and represent old-school derby. Sometimes you can catch their televised matches on Channel 20.
Music is provided by AirPlus Recordings+. This week’s song is “Neon Future" by Armed Nation, available on the new AirPlus Recordings record “Departures and Arrivals”. If you like this song, be sure to support Armed Nation and AirPlus Recordings!
This week we spotlight the excellent comic DASS by John Jamtli. DASS follows the indomitable Petter Dass, real life Lutheran clergyman and foremost Norwegian poet of his generation. However, in this comic he is also a wizard battling against witches, demons and trolls, all set in the beautiful Nordic countryside! So basically Petter Dass is a frikkin bad ass. The comic comes in iOS app form and will make future issues available through in-app purchases. The app is well made, easy to use and navigate presenting the comic nicely. We had lots of fun learning about some Norwegian history and mythology while reading this comic and just can’t recommend it enough. You can purchase DASS for the low low price of $1.99 on the iOS app store. Be sure to check out the DASS homepage and like their facebook page!
The Geek Life Podcast is sponsored by Audible. This week we recommend Marvel Comics: The Untold Story by Sean Howe. This excellent book shares the fascinating inner workings and behind the scenes accounts of Marvel Comics. JP grabbed this one and has been glued to it. Untold Story sheds light on the real history of Marvel and shares what it was really like in Marvel’s famous “Bullpen”! Remember, you can go to AudibleTrial.com/GeekLife to get a free audiobook download! We all use the service ourselves and just love it, seriously, we can’t stop listening to audiobooks…
Music is provided by AirPlus Recordings+. This week’s song is “Seeing Stars" by RunC.T. available on the new AirPlus Recordings record “Departures and Arrivals”. If you like this song, be sure to support RunC.T. and AirPlus Recordings!