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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.


Saturday Supercast Episode 20 is Live!




Continuing the discussion of the 1st G.I. Joe mini, A Real American Hero, this new episode of the Saturday Supercast delves into the final three episodes of the series which debuted on network TV back in September 1983.  Again, joining Jerzy Drozd in this episode (you can find part 1 here) are Kevin Cross and, well, me.  This first story arc featured the introduction of the conflict between G.I. Joe (the codename for America’s daring, highly-trained special mission force) and Cobra (a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.)   This mini series effectively set the tone for the episodes that would follow, not to mention having a drastic impact on the decade of animation that debuted in its wake.


The cartoon was produced by Sunbow who also went on to work on other series like the Transformers, Jem, the Visionaries, and the Inhumanoids.  Though the title screens were left off for this mini series, the episodes talked about in this discussion include:


Part 3: The Worms of Death




Part 4: Duel in the Devil’s Cauldron




Part 5: A Stake in the Serpent’s Heart




We also talk about the FHE VHS home video release of this first mini series, Larry Hama (writer of the comic series as well as a consultant on the show), Ron Friedman (writer for this and a handful of other Sunbow shows), Arthur Burghardt (voice of Destro), Chris Latta (voice of Cobra Commander), Frank Welker (voice of Wild Bill), Michael Bell (Voice of Duke), and Rob Paulsen (voice of Tripwire).  We also get into the underused original line-up of characters, in particular Steeler who gets a nice send off in the episode World’s Without End (parts 1 and 2), the myth of Hercules and Linus, Transformers Animated, the new live action G.I. Joe movie, The Rise of Cobra, the recent G.I. Joe cartoon Resolute, Warren Ellis, unmasking mysterious characters, the original Star Wars Clone Wars cartoon, Lancelot Link, Hasbro, getting into anime as a teenager, antihero boredom, and the great Jack Kirby.  You can find the 1st G.I. Joe mini series on the Season 1.1 DVD set put together by Shout! Factory, which was released this past Tuesday.


We’re keeping the podcast’s feed over at the Sugary Serials site, so if you want to subscribe to it, you can do it over there or you can use this link.  I’m really excited to be podcasting again, and can’t wait to dig into more cartoons.  So head on over to the Sugary Serials and check out episode 20 of the Saturday Supercast today or you can download it by right clicking and selecting save here!


If you have any questions, comments, or heck, even complaints, you can drop us a line at Saturday Supercast!



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Joining up as a co-host on the re-launched Saturday Supercast!




Hey guys, just wanted to take a second and announce the re-launch of the Saturday Supercast podcast over at Sugary Serials.  This is a sort of secret podcasting project that I’ve been working on with Kevin Cross (comic artist and co-host of the Big Illustration Party Time podcast) and Jerzy Drozd (of Sugary Serials, MLaT Comics, and the Art & Story podcast.)  Basically we’re intending on creating a podcast that deconstructs cartoons much in the same way Tony and Ted deconstruct horror flicks over at the Horror Etc. show, or Ben and Dan do cult film over at Mondo Movie.  We’re going to try and set up a roundtable discussion that seeks to deconstruct the various cartoons we love, taking them apart and seeing what makes them tick; what works well, what doesn’t, and what it is we love about the medium.  It’s hopefully going to be a love letter to animation and what makes cartoons so great.


For the launch of this new format for the show, we decided to tackle one of the mainstays from our younger years, the first 5-part mini series of the G.I. Joe cartoon called A Real American Hero, which originally debuted on network TV in the fall of 1983.  This first story arc featured the introduction of the conflict between G.I. Joe (the codename for America’s daring, highly-trained special mission force) and Cobra (a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world.)  This mini series effectively set the tone for the episodes that would follow, not to mention having a drastic impact on the decade of animation that debuted in its wake.





The cartoon was produced by Sunbow who also went on to work on other series like the Transformers, Jem, the Visionaries, and the Inhumanoids.  Though the title screens were left off for this mini series, the episodes talked about in this discussion include:


Part 1: The Cobra Strikes




Part 2: Slave of the Cobra Master




We also talk about the show’s theme song, Marvel Cartoon Productions and the G.I. Joe comic book series (including the origin of the animated series in the comic commercials), as well as the toys and file cards, Steve Gerber, Buzz Dixon & the G.I. Joe Writer’s Guide, He-Man and Star Wars toy commercials, Action for Children’s Television, a couple of the releases of the Mini Series on DVD (Battle Packs and the Shout Season 1.1 DVD), and backlit animation techniques.


We’re keeping the podcast’s feed over at the Sugary Serials site, so if you want to subscribe to it, you can do it over there or you can use this link.  I’m really excited to be podcasting again, and can’t wait to dig into more cartoons.  So head on over to the Sugary Serials and check out episode 19 of the Saturday Supercast today or you can download it by right clicking and selecting save here!


If you have any questions, comments, or heck, even complaints, you can drop us a line at Saturday Supercast!



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Day 27 of the Halloween Countdown: Branded/Art & Story Podcast crossover!

Wow, this month is flying by.  It’s already the week of Halloween, how in the hell did that happen?!?  Well, I stumbled a bit last week in terms of keeping up a daily posting schedule, but it’s certainly not the end of the world.  I am on vacation from the stupid day job this week, so I should be able to cram it chock full of Halloween-y goodness.

First up is my half of the Branded in the 80s/Art & Story Podcast cross over event.  When Mark Rudolph, Jerzy Drozd, my wife and I got together to talk about horror storytelling and Halloween we recorded enough material for both of our podcasts.  Their half, episode 61 of the Art & Story podcast is up and available at their site, and now here’s the second half.  We end up talking for around 40 minutes about some Halloween memories past (in particular costumes and some fun candy gathering hyjinks) as well as talking a bit about how we celebrate the holiday today.  Talking with these guys is always fun for me, so I hope you can get some pleasure from the conversation as well.  To listen you can either click on the banner below, or right click and save it to your computer for ipod/mp3 player listening and such.

Again, if you enjoy this podcast, take a minute to check out the Art & Story show, as Mark and Jerzy have really put together a great podcast…

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

X-Entertainment.com

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:

CHiP’s

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

Solarbabies

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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