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Branded Microcast Episode 22, Soda suicide to suicidal soldiers!

I’m back with episode 22 of the microcast.  This time I have a couple of topics.  First off I continue the discussion of soda nostalgia and nerdery from last episode by looking at the crazy concoction known as a Suicide

…but I spend the majority of this episode talking about the Rambo cartoon and how there was a perfect storm in the 80s that would lead to an R-rated film being adapted into children’s animation.

I also throw out a couple nods to other podcasts, namely the Roboplastic Podcastalypse and the Retroist Podcast.


Episode 21: Dusting off the Branded Microcast for an anniversary…

I’m not that big on anniversaries, but Branded in the 80s turns 5 years old this month and since I’ve been getting prods to record some new episodes of the podcast I thought this would be a good opportunity. 

This time I invite the listener to peek behind the curtain a bit as I share a silly story about the debacle of my Soda Pop Culture column here at Branded.  I talk a bit about why I started it, what the plans were, and how it all fell flat (oh puns.)  Will I do more shows?  Nobody knows…

Some of the links mentioned in this episode:

Liz Vitale and her Puppatoons site

Charles over at Eclectorama

The Retroist

Some pictures of the insane amount of soda I purchased

Dusting off the podcast…

Well, with all the podcasting I’ve been doing lately with the newly revamped Saturday Supercast, I got the bug to dust off the Branded in the 80s podcast as well.  Don’t know how regularly I’ll put one of these out, but it was fun to record just the same.

Basically I spend around 50 minutes talking about some of my general thoughts on cartoons.   Filmation, Hanna Barbera, animation cels, a deconstructive/critical eye towards cartoons, Action for Children’s Television, and why you might want to listen to the Saturday Supercast.  I also threw in a bunch of cartoon theme songs (under the main conversation of the podcast), as well as the majority of the one Kidd Video studio album.

If you’d like to check out the Supercast, you can click on the link below and it’ll whisk you away to the archives.

Branded in the 80s podcast Episode 11: Rambling rambler rambles and stuff…

Well, I recorded another show, though I’m kind of iffy about it.  Basically I’m trying to get back into the swing of podcasting on a regular basis and I thought it would be best to just record anything that I’m currently thinking about.  At first I was just going to keep recording shows without posting them, but after thinking about it some more I decided that if I don’t post them I’m not going to get off my ass and record them in the first place.  I’m a goal-oriented person in this respect.

So what’s in this episode?  Well it starts off with me getting cranky about the upcoming complete Real Ghostbusters DVD release (see the previous post for more), and that I slide into a one sided conversation about story telling conventions, in particular the whole idea of alternate history as a concept.  Is it in depth?  No.  Do I ramble like a goon?  Yes.  It is 50% shorter than the last episode though, which brings me back to my more normal running time.  Next time, there will be some research, or at least some notes to guide me along. Enjoy!

Oh yeah, I also mention the Art & Story podcast with Jerzy Drozd and Mark Rudolph, but I forgot to give a link to their show in the episode, so here it is!

Branded in the 80s Episode 10?!? Yes it is…

Alright, I’m still not convinced that this is the brightest idea I’ve ever had, but I recorded a podcast last night talking about some of my experiences during the 2008 Wizard World Chicago comic con.  It’s a little different than the normal Branded in the 80s podcasts as it’s mired in the present and it’s pretty freaking long (for me at least.)  So be warned that it clocks in at just over an hour.  Mainly I discuss how much WW surprised me in contrast to conventions that I’m more used to like Dragon con, as well as how easily (relatively) I was able to break out of my more normal introverted shell in the convention situation…

It’s not that my voice MAKES your ears bleed, it’s that you’ll want to make them bleed after listening to it…

What’s this?!?  Another Branded in the 80s podcast?  Well, no, not exactly (though I love using the above header…)  I recently took some time out to record a show with my wife and Jerzy Drozd (of MLaT Comics, Art & Story Podcast, and Sugary Serials editor and creator) about the upcoming Wizard World Chicgo appearance we’re all going to make.  Basically we dig into the expectations, hopes, and fears we’re going to have at the show as well as some thoughts on what it’s like being an attendee versus being an exhibitor.  So if you are interested in hearing the soothing sounds of my voice (sarcasm folks) or are interested in listening to us chat about comic conventions, go on over to Sugary Serials and give it a listen (or click the picture below, it’s episode 17 of the Saturday Supercast.)

You can also right click and download the show from this link.

I also pop up on this past Monday’s Art & Story Alive, episode 18 (the sister podcast to Art & Story geared more towards furthering the conversation of the craft of comics art as well as encouraging listener participation), though only for a bit.  The topic was long form comics, how they work online, how to approach character and world construction and how they differ from short form comics (mainly strips, but also single issues and such.)  We also get into the concept of using photo reference to different degrees and whether this counts as cheating art-wise (if you’re curious on my opinion on this topic, I wrote about my struggles with it back in 2006.)  You can get the episode by right clicking and downloading it here.

Lastly, and also on the podcast news front, Branded in the 80s was discussed on episode 105 of the Paunch Stevenson ShowGreg and Rob take a little bit of time talking about the TV Guide and Peel Here columns as well as getting lost in my backwards site navigation a bit (just kidding guys, though I totally see your point on needing a "Next Page" navigation link at the bottom of the blogplane.)  You can get to the episode here.

Branded in the 80’s Podcast Episode #9, Stickers and crap…

I forced myself to stop puttering around last night and climbed back behind the mic again for another Branded in the 80s podcast. I so need to get back into the swing of podcasting, but I am one lazy bastard at times. This episodes all about 80’s stickers seeing as that’s whats been on my mind lately. I also recap a buttload of 80’s DVD news including some juicy, all-but-official news on a possible release for The Monster Squad.

For podcast listeners, here’s a rundown of the stuff talked about:

Stickers Magazine

Zero Heroes Sticker Cards


Bubbledog.com (*Update, quick apology to Bubbledog, I think I came off like an ass in the podcast during my rant.  Btw, everything is right-clickable on the site now.  This is what I get for going off script…)

Panini Stickers

Here’s some Amazon links to the various DVD releases I mentioned:


Airwolf Season 2

Airwolf Season 3

Bosom Buddies

Family Ties

Beauty and the Beast

Filmation’s Ghostbusters Cartoon

Million Dollar Mystery

Harry and the Hendersons

Night of the Comet


Here’s some news and rumors on the Monster Squad Special Edition release for October, 2007:

Release Rumor

Possible DVD extras Rumor 1

Possible DVD extras Rumor 2

Episode 6 Horror & Halloween!

Wow, it’s been awhile since my last actual podcast, so here we go.  First off, sorry folks but this is a big one.  I struggle with how to go about gathering my thoughts for these, and I go back and forth between working from a script and ad libbing my way through these.  This one was complete ad lib, so it’s all over the place and it took me awhile to get to the end.  So sorry about that.  The file is roughly 49 megs, so there’s that.

This one is all about horror and Halloween memories per an idea from a piece of listener mail from Anjalee.  She suggested a horror podcast and that’s what I delivered.  I wax nostalgic on horror themed children’s books, halloween record albums, haunted houses, Disney World, horror video covers, and a few movies too (sort of.)  There’s also some cartoon DVD release news (culled from the ever awesome tvondvd.com) and that’s about it.

The one thing I didn’t get to was a story about my scariest Halloween.  My mother had made me a super-man outfit and I went out with my dad trick or treating like normal.  Well, While we were gone, my mother dressed up like a witch, but she went a little wild (she looks a whole heck of a lot like the witches in the above picture considering that was her inspiration) and when we got back to the house she answered the door and scared the living bejebus out of me and five or so other kids.  I didn’t believe it was her and I think I may have even wet my super suit.  But anyway…

So sit back, relax and listen to my dumb voice.

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Episode 5 – 7/11’s!

In this episode I wax nostalgic on 7/11 convenience stores, Slurpees, and Nintendo Playchoice 10
arcade systems.

I think I’ve managed to fix the audio problem that’s been bugging me about the podcasts, but we’ll see.

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