Chicago ComicCon Unlimited

I drop in on Comics Unlimited to see how Matt Hawes enjoyed his trip to Chicago. Of course we go on for more time than is really necessary about stuff that no one else finds interesting, but I think we saved all the juicy bits for the podcast. Matt tries to hit the Chicago Con every year, but he does it from a dual standpoint, not only as a comics enthusiast and fanboy, but also as the owner of a retail store, and his perspective of this event is slightly different. Matt Billman of Living With Zombies (.net) snuck out the door just as I turned on the microphone, so we don’t get to hear from him, but you’ll find a link to his site in the post anyway. Take that, Billman!

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Megatrain Boarding Call

I’m in the reaction chamber with Phil Elmore, action-adventure author and editor of the upcoming anthology Spirit of St. Louis, a collection of flash fiction revolving around a post-apocalyptic future where incredible roaming megatrains have taken the place of cities. The setting visuals are described as “art-deco steampunk”, and each 1000 word flash fiction entry will be illustrated by a tarot card style painting by John “Johnny Atomic” Jackson. Elmore has issued a general call for entries into this particular project and the planned series that it preludes.

Just as a bonus, we also kick around some other projects going on at League Entertainment, including Duke Manfist: the Justifier, and Phil’s upcoming project “Augments”. We share our thoughts on some of the problems and unique joys of being an anthology editor, and the vital role of imagery and artwork in selling a written work.

Critical Press Media has also issued a call for manuscripts for two new Benefit Projects to be compiled over the summer: “Miracles”, and “Forerunner”. More information about both of those can be found on the submissions page of the Critical Press Media site.

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Bards Redux

The October/November Bard contest is over, and we have some clear results.  The Podcasting for Water Benefit book is done, and John Wilkerson speaks a bit about his perspective on the past year.  Some cool music from The Get, and the final few days to take advantage of a huge offer from Spirit Blade Productions.  Merry Christmas to all!

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Brave and the Batman

The gang is back in house, properly bribed with chili and cornbread.  We caught up on the latest episodes of the new Batman cartoon – Brave and the Bold – and then talked a bit about other animated Batman incarnations, along with other shows.  Plus, Curtis and Greg tell me about the new RPG from Palladium Books, “Dead Reign”.  Zombie hunters beware!

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Gifting Protocol

Big things in the wind for the show and the web site.  Not just here, either.  Get a great deal on Spirit Blade while you can over at The Spirit Blade Underground.  In celebration of the season and the coming changes, I’m giving away comic book grab bags to all those who write and ask.  Just email your name and address for a Christmas gift from me to you.  I said on the show it was going to the end of the year, but I’ve got a set number of these marked out, so the offer is good while supplies last.  Gifting practices are the topic today, along with randomness from my wife, Petra.  So grab a cup of cocoa and have fun with us!

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