Archie Andrews and the Riverdale gang are some of the most enduring characters in comics history. They’ve teamed up with superheroes, met countless pop music icons, taught Bible lessons, and fought Sharknados. Their stories range from innocently humorous vignettes to deeply emotional personal drama; Archie married both Betty and Veronica in divergent story arcs that converged again with Archie’s death. Archie Comics as a company has taken on a number of licenses through the years and never been afraid to push the boundaries of comics as an art form. I guess it was inevitable that the zombie apocalypse would eventually make it to Riverdale.
You thought the end of the world had already come and gone, right? Not so much. The word “apocalypse” means “sudden awakening”, as in the sudden realization of new information or a new state of being. Prepping for a doomsday scenario is less about waiting for the world to end than about embracing new ways of thinking about the world we have. Is the apocalypse around the corner? Are we about to have a radical shift in the way we think? It’s worth considering. This episode Curt and I prep for the coming of the rifts, or since we don’t want to tread too heavily on any one magical paradigm’s toes, the sudden and irreversible onslaught of a magic in general. The segment ends kind of abruptly due to … uh, microphone apocalypse? We conclude with the next installment of Rock the Dragon!
It’s a full-blown war of the worlds here in the reaction chamber. Curt and I get our prep on for the coming day when the aliens invade our shores. We know its coming. You know its coming. It’s up to us to convince all the poor saps who just won’t see the light that the visitors are not our friends! It’s a short prep, but we put some basic things in our prep kit and review a smattering of historical documents. The Martians are coming!
Animal attack movies have a long and storied tradition in cinema. Curtis and I decide just what constitutes an animal apocalypse and do what we can to prep for it. Some of our picks include classic movies like Kingdom of the Spiders, The Birds, and Squirm. We ask for your help in identifying a couple of movies that we can’t remember, and then proceed to bug out, dig in, and fight back. Tune in for a peek at the next apocalypse as well, and continue checking the blog for artwork, bonus episodes of the OTR “Escape” that tie in to this week’s apocalypse, and special bonus episode interviewing Phil Elmore about what going on at The League Entertainment.
Still no theme music, but Curtis and I give our opinions on The Avengers opening weekend, along with John Carter. These are both excellent movies that didn’t receive nearly the critical attention they deserved. To be sure, The Avengers raked in the money and received quite a bit of praise – for all the wrong reasons. And poor John Carter…. there goes my hopes for a sequel. Where are the toys? Who dropped the ball on that? Sprinkle in a dash of stories from previous Fear the Con adventures and top it all off with the Amish Apocalypse. Afterwards we tease the next apocalypse, and I completely forget to mention the upcoming interview with Phil Elmore! Enjoy the show and join us again next week for a new apocalypse and an interview with freelance author Phil Elmore!
This time around, Brett Bernstein from Precis Intermedia joins me in the reaction chamber to talk about where he’s going with his company and some of the products they are putting out in the near future. Bernstein is currently re-releasing many of the older gaming products from the 80s and 90s as ebooks, including many of the Masterbook line. Some of his flagship products include Bloodshadows, Shatterzone, Two-Fisted Tales, and Ancient Odysseys. Meanwhile, Curtis and I prep for the Arctic Blast Apocalypse, getting ready for a rogue planet to knock the Earth out of orbit and away from the sun. We’re prepared to survive. Are you? Announcements include updates about the Atomic Earth Kickstarter and our plans to attend Fear the Con 5 in St. Louis.
Doomsday Preppers is unarguably the most entertaining show on television right now, so Curtis and I naturally have to pick it apart and find out just why this is so. The most important part about the show is that it has inspired us to begin prepping for the apocalypse ourselves. Being who we are, just one apocalypse isn’t good enough so we are prepping for a new apocalypse every podcast episode. This week: the zombie apocalypse. Also, Atomic Earth 2.o Kickstarter begins if it kills me!!