Thursday, June 30, 2016

Plume Snake Interviews

Hello, kids!  It's been a couple hours (ridiculous exaggeration) since my last entry.  Let that be a lesson to you; don't have a full time job!  Sure, jobs are awesome when it comes to being able to support your way of life.  They can also be very fulfilling and help you establish both responsibility and accountability, but let's be takes away from time I could be sitting here delivering you...

Sorry, I was starting to bore myself.

I have a few drafts written, however, but for this entry I would like to point you to Podbean or to your iTunes store!  Podbean is a free app that delivers you approximately a jillion podcasts.  JILLION IS A REAL NUMBER.  Anyway, when you are there, search for "Field of Geeks" and you will find a ton of great content for comic lovers, movie lovers, pop culture lovers...we don't have a lot for lovers of Tibetan Philosophy, but I can make some calls.

We have recently had the honor to do a couple interviews with some great creators over at Plume Snake Comics.  We had Ethan Murphy and Arianna Tressel-Orner on to discuss Slate & Ashe.  It was great discussion and they stuck around for the rest of the show and discussed all sorts of cool things!  I can say that Slate & Ashe is extremely enjoyable for any fan of great entertainment.  I can't say enough about how great Ethan and Ari were to talk to.  Give it a listen!
Shamelessly lifted from the Plume Snake site.  

Last week we put up our interview with Alex Odom and Austin Eichelberger, the CEO and VP of Plume Snake Comics, respectively.  Both are also creators and have some great stuff out there.  Blanky Bot is my write-in candidate for President this year.  The Lioness was great, and I am really looking forward to Last Stop 'til Earth.  Both of these gentlemen were great to talk to, and I enjoyed getting to chat with them about their business model.

Check them all out at Plume Snake!  Plume Snake has a great Twitter presence, as well!

Field of Geeks on Facebook!  On Twitter!  On YouTube!

Coming up: quick hit reviews of Slate & Ashe, various Rebirth titles, Pigantula, Blanky Bot, and more!  Dumpster Diving will return with Sandman Mystery Theater!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Slate & Ashe #1, Rebirth Hits, and Steve's Soap Box

Greetings, people of Earth (or Shikk'Ctho Colony, as we call it on my home world)!

Spoiler Free Reviews

Slate & Ashe #1
Plume Snake 
Ethan Murphy
Luigi Teruel
Isabel Tanalgo

This issue upset me dearly.  Primarily because I can't read the next installment yet!  Like Game of Thrones or weekends, this issue went by way too fast.  We have an issue that combines heartfelt sorrow, humor, and intense action all in one all-too-short issue.  Ashe has my vote for issue MVP because he is headstrong, can throw out one-liners, and has the best side mirror aim I've ever seen. AND I'VE SEEN PLENTY, THANK YOU.   At the end, it looks like Ashe has his work cut out for him.

The art: I really enjoy the visuals, and the coloring was great.  If page 15 doesn't impress you, I am not sure what to tell you.  Even the little details...boarded up window, dumpster, air vents in the car...the art delivered.

5 out of 5 Switch-Locks

Rebirth Recaps

I picked up everything but Aquaman.  Why not Aquaman?  I don't have a good answer.  I will probably buy it, but the voices in my head were adamant.  Sorry Aqua-fans!

Of my favorites...

Action Comics: We see Iron Luthor helping out the fine citizens of Metropolis after the death of their Superman (the New 52 version).  Classic Supes is having none of it, and confronts Luthor.  GREAT dialogue, and it was nice to feel like I was reading SUPERMAN again.  A couple of surprises in this issue, including the last panel.  Great issue, but Luthor...we will see where this goes.

4 out of 5 Jimmy Olsens

Detective Comics: TIM DRAKE.  That is all.

Just kidding, there is more.  We see Batman and Batwoman putting an unlikely team together to get them into shape.  Shape.  Ha.  Clayface is in the comic, so I made a funny.  Well, funny might be a bit generous...

Great to see Tim, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain back.  I am predisposed to love this book. 

Downside: the Red Robin logo, and "Orphan"...that describes most of the Bat-Family.

4 out 5 Batarangs

The Flash: Wally and Barry.  Barry and Wally.  Finkle and Einhorn.  This issue has great dialogue, be it Barry and Wally, or even the internal Barry thoughts as he is in the Batcave...awesome.  VERY excited to see where we go next.  Welcome back, Flash.

5 out of 5 stars

Quick hot on Wonder Woman...good read, great art...she has a lot of internal dialogue.

Steve's Soap Box

I know I jumped on DC with my lack of pleasure regarding the New 52, but I am very impressed with the start of Rebirth.  A quick start out of the blocks are great, but if this is a 440, I hope we don't hit the wall.  If we care about these characters, we will continue to invest in them.  If the thing(s) we invest in is fundamentally changed, we sell our stock.  DC's stock is increasing, and this is a great chance to increase their market share.  I'm back after a long absence, I can't be alone. 

Lastly, I need to stop reading comments on Facebook between comic fans.  I was going to post some of the quotes, but the negativity is draining.  All I will say is it is okay to like both DC and Marvel.  GASP!!!  THE HORROR!  I also like Star Wars and Star Trek.  Find the good in things.  There's a lot of it out there.

Go to Podbean and check out the Field of Geeks podcast!  We just put out another episode, and we hope you enjoy it. 

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Quick Hits

I KNOW!  I've been away.  It's been for a great reason, though.  I had a birthday (I don't feel a day over 732), and the family and I went out of town for some R&R.  Good times.  I am working on a bigger update this week.  Normally, we here at Steve's Comic Blog like to keep it fairly short and sweet.  There have been numerous studies about sitting on the toilet too long, and I'm trying to do my part to keep it short.  COLON POWER!!

Anyway, here are the quick hits...

  • Plume Snake Comics.  What are you waiting for?  Head over there now, and for $5, you get to read a TON of awesome stuff.  In my last entry, Ethan Murphy graced us with his presence, and having read Slate & Ashe, I am excited to bring you my full review.  Also, I think I accidentally said Snake Plume on the last podcast.  I have been disciplined in accordance to company policy.  My signature on that document was not to be construed as an admission or denial of observations set forth.
  • DC Comics' Rebirth.  We are 3 weeks in, and the results have been pretty fun.  Clearly the roadmap has been laid, and it will be exciting to see how it all plays out.  TIM DRAKE AND WALLY WEST?!?  Testify.
  • Injustice 2 trailer was released.  I tried throwing my credit card at my iPad, but apparently we do not perform transactions in that manner (stupid, I know).
Big update coming Sunday, 6/12/16, hope you like to read!

Places to go...

Plume Snake Comics
Field of Geeks
The Bathroom