It’s hard to talk about Spirit Blade without sounding like either a raving fanboy or a nitpicky hater. I purchased the first edition of this story to listen to it in the car on family vacation. I was immediately hooked. The audio design was wholly immersive, the music was resonant and complex, the lyrics were clearly extremely personal. I wound up buying copies for all of my friends and family (Christmas was conveniently near). Not satisfied with his original product, Paeter Frandsen (the creator at Spirit Blade Productions) remastered and released the Special Edition two years later, putting to good use the experience he gained in producing the sequel – Spirit Blade: Dark Ritual – and Pilgrim’s Progress: Similitude of a Dream.
The Special Edition makes everything that was good about the original into something truly remarkable, without actually fixing any of the flaws in the production. Even so, this is both the creator’s and this listener’s preferred production of this story.
Join me over at Comics Unlimited as I talk to owner Matt Hawes about the new Spirit movie, the influence that people like Will Eisner have had on comics literature, and an upcoming documentary of the life and career of Smilin’ Stan Lee! Plus the Happy Show! Can’t forget the Happy Show! I’ve got extra exclamation points in my budget this week!!!!!
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!
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!