Unfortunately, Ken couldn't make it in for this episode so Chris helms the show himself. He talks about the movies that he got this year for Christmas and then fills the void of a missing Ken by talking about some of the movies that he's picked up recently.

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This week, the gang reflects on 2016 with their favorite moments in television, music, movies, and video games. It was an action-packed year so listen along as the boys break it down!

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Sam's revisiting of the Indiana Jones series continues with the gang talking about 1984's sophomore effort, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Infamous for its attempts to unnerve the audience through creepy crawlers, violence, and darker subject matter, the second Indiana Jones film is regarded as one of the weaker entries. Listen as the boys talk about the flick and how they think it compares to rest of the series including where it succeeds and where it falls short.

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This week the boys go in-depth about the latest Star Wars film Rogue One so beware of spoilers if you still want to be surprised by the flick! Also, Sam talks about La La Land and discusses why it's possibly his favorite film of the year. Finally, the gang talks all manner of glam rock from Sweet to T. Rex!

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Jake's exploration of all things Kiss kontinues with him inviting fellow Geek Out co-host Sam back on to talk about the band's 1985 album Asylum! Now three albums deep into the makeup-less era, the band finds a stable guitarist in Bruce Kulick after going through a rotation of guitarists to replace Ace Frehley. Listen as the boys talk about the album track-by-track and how it stands in greater Kisstory!

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It's just the core Geek Out gang this week as the boys actually take the time to catch up. Listen as the boys compare notes on the most recent films they've seen from Jake and Sam watching the soul-crushing Manchester By-the-Sea and Chris watching the yuletide laughfest of Office Christmas Party. Also, the boys talk Spider-Man, Fast and the Furious, and...Paul Giamatti?

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The boys talk about the underground hit from Monty Python alum, Terry Gilliam, "Brazil"! They discuss their Criterion Collection editions which feature both major releases of the film and a slew of supplementary materials about the making and breaking of the film for it's theatrical run.

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This week, the boys talk to comic book writer and playwright Sean Lewis about his new Image Comics series The Few with Hayden Sherman. A post-apocalyptic tale in the finest tradition of Mad Max and Cormac McCarthy's The Road, Lewis talks about the book's inspirations, the transition of writing for comics as opposed to writing for the stage, and provides an update on the television adaptation of his previous book, Saints!

The Few is out in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, January 18! 

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about the first volume of the Image Comics series Throwaways by Caitlin Kittredge and Steven Sanders! A paranoid action adventure telling the tale of high-powered fugitives on the run from a shadowy organization, Throwaways is a no-holds barred story with shades of Stranger Things for good measure! Listen what the boys thought of it!

Throwaways, Volume 1 is out in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, December 21!

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Sam unveils his new Geek Out show, TBD, focusing on whatever he's interested at the time. This time around, he's all about Indiana Jones focusing on the iconic film franchise's first installment, Raiders of the Lost Ark! With the rest of the Geek Out crew in tow, they talk about their love of the film and Indiana Jones in general, talk about discovering Indiana Jones, and reveal their favorite moments and bits of trivia behind it! Check it out!

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This week, Caitlin Kittredge and Steven Sanders come on the show to talk about their Image Comics series Throwaways! A tale of fugitives on the run from a shadow organization with shades of Three Days of the Condor and Stranger Things, Throwaways is paranoid, high-powered action at its finest. Caitlin and Steven talk the book, its departure from their usual work along with its influences, and where the story is going next! Also, the gang talks The Edge of Seventeen and Moana!

Throwaways, Volume 1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, December 21! Look for the start of the second story arc on Wednesday, February 8!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about the debut issue of the new Image Comics series Rockstars by Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison! A murder mystery behind one of the world's biggest, most infamous rock bands leads to a peak behind the curtain as murders linked to their legacy appear to resume! Listen as the boys talk about the book and their favorite rock'n'roll urban legends!

Rockstars debuts on Wednesday, December 14 in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology! 

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Jake welcomes back Sam on the show this time to talk about Kiss' 1984 album and their sophomore effort without their iconic makeup and stage personas, Animalize. Very much a product of its era, the album has the band try to make their own impact in the dominant hair metal scene but how does it hold up? And how does new lead guitarist Mark St. John fare in his only studio album with the band after replacing former guitarist Vinnie Vincent? Take a listen as the boys go track-by-track to find out.

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This week, Joe Harris and Megan Hutchison come on the show to talk about their Image Comics series Rockstars, a murder mystery linked to one of the world's greatest and most infamous rock bands! The gang talks to the creators about the book, its inspirations and origins, and leads to a whole larger discussion about the nature of rock'n'roll and art. Also, the gang has a spoiler-filled discussion about Arrival, talks the expanding legacy of Metallica, and Jake REALLY likes Captain Britain.

Rockstars debuts on Wednesday, December 14 in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology!

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This week, Sam and Jake give an advance review of One Week in the Library by W. Maxwell Prince and John Amor! The Image Comics graphic novel deconstructs the power of the literary word itself across seven vignettes each representing a day of the week and in its own unique presentation! Listen to what the boys thought of it!

One Week in the Library is out in comic shops everywhere and Comixology on Wednesday, December 7 and in bookstores on Tuesday, December 13!

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Chris goes full tilt boogie on the 1967 BBC series "The Prisoner"! Recently, he purchased the whole 17 episode series and felt like spending the whole episode talking about how cool it is!

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Tom DeFalco is a living legend in the comic book industry. He helped develop the digest magazines for Archie Comics, co-wrote the iconic Spider-Man storylines Maximum Carnage and The Clone Saga, and co-created Dazzler and Thunderstrike for starters. This week he talks to the boys about the debut issue of Reggie and Me, the latest addition to Archie Comics' growing line of titles set in New Riverdale, this time focusing on its greatest villain. Also, Tom talks why Archie has endured for 75 years and his work with a certain webslinging wallcrawler...finally, the gang settles to age old debate if Doctor Octopus is jacked.

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This week, Sam and Jake have an advance review of the debut issue of Reggie and Me, the latest addition to Archie Comics growing line of titles in New Riverdale! Focused on Riverdale's greatest supervillain and Archie's nemesis and rival, Reggie Mantle, the boys discuss this new title, the creative team of Tom DeFalco and Sandy Jarrell, and how the book fits into New Riverdale!

Reggie and Me debuts via Archie Comics in comic shops everywhere along with Comixology and the Archie App on Wednesday, December 7!

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In the final episode of Deconstructing The Beatles, Sam and Jake cover the non-album tracks the Fab Four released in the second half of their career as an ensemble from Christmas 1965 to their breakup in 1970. Also, now at the end of all things, the duo ponder why The Beatles in the first place and about the power of music in general. Thanks for following along, folks.

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This week the boys speak with Kevin Gould about his hip-hop concept album Stereo Myth and the grindhouse-tinged hero's journey narrative it tells! This leads to the gang talking about Kevin's inspirations, good kung fu grindhouse cinema, and the works of...Werner Herzog? Also, the gang talks about Doctor Strange! We're chock full of content this week, folks.

You can download and/or stream Stereo Myth absolutely for free here!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about She Wolf by Rich Tommaso and published by Image Comics. A surreal, psychological take on lycanthrope legend with satanic underpinnings, Rich takes on both the writing and art duties for the book with a watercolor-like approach to make the whole story feel more like a dream...or nightmare. Listen to what Jake and Sam thought of it!

She Wolf is out in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, November 16!

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Jake is back this time with fellow Geek Out co-host Chris, in his Kiss My Podcast debut, to discuss the 1983 Kiss album Lick It Up! A personal favorite of Chris', the album was an effort by Kiss to reinvent themselves and bring the focus back to their music rather than their personalities by stripping off the makeup that had made them so visually iconic in favor of putting out a solid rock album. But how does the album itself hold up? Listen as the duo go track-by-track on the album that defined Kiss for the 1980s!

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This week the boys speak with writer W. Maxwell Prince about his upcoming book One Week in the Library through Image Comics! The gang talks to Will about the origins of the book, the seven vignettes within, and his aptitude for deconstruction. The discussion also turns to his IDW books The Electric Sublime and Judas! Finally, the gang shares what they did the week leading up to Halloween!

One Week in the Library is out in comic shops everywhere and Comixology on Wednesday, December 7 and out in bookstores on Tuesday, December 13!

The Electric Sublime and Judas are both available now!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about the debut issue from the Image Comics series Violent Love by Frank Barbiere and Victor Santos! A pulpy combination of Bonnie and Clyde and Natural Born Killers, the comic book series tells the tale of an outlaw couple with revenge on the mind! Listen as the duo talk about the first issue and what they thought of it!

Violent Love debuts in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, November 9!

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Halloween Horror Month 2016 ends on...Halloween 2016! In honor of the late Gene Wilder, the gang has decided to do a commentary for the classic Mel Brooks' film Young Frankenstein which stars and was cowritten by the late comedy actor. Watch along and listen as the gang talks about the movie and their personal favorite Mel Brooks' films as they rewatch one of the greatest horror-themed comedies of all time! 

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Ken talks about a few more movies he picked up while in CA, specifically those of a more ooky-spooky nature, cause Halloween is just around the corner! Also, both guys recount some of their Laserdisc-centric fun from NYCC 2016!

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This week, the boys talk to comic book writer and artist about his Image Comics series She-Wolf, a surreal, psychological take on the lycanthrope legend! Rich talks about the book's influences, the series' distinct art style, and gets to talking to the gang about the Criterion Collection! Also, Chris watches the reboot of The Prisoner while Jake discovers who the greatest rock'n'roll band of all time is!

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This week, Sam and Jake are talking about Alex de Campi and Tony Parker's new Image Comics series, Mayday! A tale of Cold War espionage set in the early 1970s with plenty of sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll! Listen as the duo talk about the debut issue!

Mayday debuts in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, November 2!

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Halloween Horror Month continues with Josh's pick, Jason X! The tenth installment of the Friday the 13th franchise was both an effort to reinvigorate the venerable slasher series while keeping the iconic killer in the public consciousness after the long-gestating Freddy vs. Jason fell into development hell. Regarded by some of the Geek Out crew as their favorite Jason solo flick, how does it hold up? Watch along and listen to find out!

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Just because Sam and Jake have covered all The Beatles' studio albums doesn't mean they're quite done with the Fab Four just yet. As the boys have alluded, the band released dozens of non-album tracks and a double compilation was assembled years after the band's break-up collecting them all from EPs to B-sides to other curios (Did you know The Beatles re-recorded their two biggest singles at the time for the German-language market?). Listen as Sam and Jake begin to wrap up their Beatles podcast by looking at the first volume of this compilation.

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This week, the boys talk to comic book writer Frank Barbiere about his new Image Comics series Violent Love with art by Victor Santos! Frank goes into the origins of the story, his influences, and what to expect in the first arc of the ongoing series! Also, Frank drops hints about the return of his other Image Comics series Five Ghosts and an update on an adaptation of the series! 

Violent Love debuts in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, November 9!

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This week, the boys review The Saviors by James Robinson and J. Bone! The Image Comics series is collected telling the tale of a chronic slacker in the American Southwest that is dragged into an alien conspiracy with murderous extraterrestrials secretly living among us! Listen as the boys discuss the collection!

The Saviors is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, October 26!

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In a special Geek Out episode, the gang talks to writer Dani Colman about the Kickstarter campaign for her comics anthology, Couture! Inspired by a century of fashion all over the world and with a whole host of superstar comic book artists, the anthology is a collection of fifteen short stories using fashion as jumping point into each respective story! Listen as Dani explains the project, its origins, and details about the Kickstarter campaign!

For more information about Couture and to help contribute to the project, visit the Kickstarter page here!

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Halloween Horror Month continues with Chris' pick, John Carpenter's The Thing, an adaptation of the short story Who Goes There? and the 1950s horror classic The Thing from Another World. A particular favorite (And hugely referenced) film of the Geek Out trio, The Thing marked the beginning of Carpenter's collaborations with Kurt Russell and turned the former child actor into a mature leading man. Watch along and listen as the trio revisit this the iconic sci fi horror film!

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Jake is back with his buddy Chris Swartzlander this time to discuss the 1982 Kiss album, Creatures of the Night. An attempt to return the band to its hard rock roots after the disastrous reception to their previous album, Music from "The Elder", Creatures of the Night marked the arrival of new lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent and the departure of original lead guitarist Ace Frehley (Who still gets credited on the album). Listen as the duo go track-by-track on the last album of the classic makeup era!

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Alex de Campi comes back on the show for our first three-peat along with artist Tony Parker to talk about their new Image Comics series MAYDAY! The series is a tale of Cold War espionage laced with sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll! Listen as the duo talk about the book's influences, the extensive research behind the tale, and about the impact of music on the story and creative process! Also, the gang talks about their experiences at New York Comic Con including a fateful encounter with Frank Miller!

Mayday #1 is out in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, November 2! 

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This week, the boys talk about BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT by Jesse Blaze Snider and a whole host of superstar comic book artists. Both a personal story for Jesse and a social commentary, the book is a one-shot collecting all six stories set to the BLACK DISTRICT EP. Check out what the gang thinks!

BLACK LIGHT DISTRICT is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, October 12!

Check out the EP here!

Also, be sure to check out Jesse's debut solo album here!

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Halloween Horror Month continues with Jake's pick, the 2013 reimagining of Sam Raimi's quintessential horror franchise Evil Dead! The entire gang are noted aficionados of the series (Even recording a commentary for Army of Darkness last year) and were excited about the prospect of the 2013 relaunch that saw the franchise abandon slapstick comedy in favor of returning to its horror roots. Watch along and listen as the gang rewatch this modern horror classic!

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Ken just got back from a trip to the West Coast where he went to a magical shop with more Laserdiscs than he's ever seen. Hear him chat with Chris about the loot he brought back with him. So much that we might even record a second episode with more!

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This week, prolific comic book writer James Robinson comes on the show to talk about his Image Comics series The Saviors! What starts as a discussion about the alien invasion series becomes a full-on conversation about James' entire career in comics from his other Image work with Airboy to recent work at Marvel with Scarlet Witch and the Fantastic Four to exploring Two-Face and restarting the JSA at DC. It doesn't get much better than this!

The Saviors is out in comic book stores and on Comixology on Wednesday, October 26!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about Head Lopper by Andrew MacLean! Originally a self-published book, the Norse tale of swords and sorcery was picked up by Image Comics whom helped publish the second half of the initial miniseries. Listen what the duo thought of the book!

Head Lopper is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, October 5!

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It's October which means it's Halloween Horror Month for Geek Out with the boys doing a commentary for a horror-themed every week! This week, Sam picks Ernest Scared Stupid, a childhood favorite of his and Chris' that sees Jim Varney's iconic character take on an evil troll! Watch along and listen as the gang revisits this goofy horror flick from years past.

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This week, the boys talk about the final studio album the Fab Four ever recorded together, 1969's Abbey Road! After the fractious, acrimonious Get Back sessions of the beginning of the year, the band began to sense that the end of their time as an ensemble was imminent so they decided to put aside their differences for one last time to record what would ultimately become the final musical collaboration the four Beatles would participate together. Listen what Sam and Jake think of the album track-by-track in a wild, crazy episode.

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This week, the boys talk to writer Simon Spurrier about his Image Comics series Cry Havoc, a tale of squad-based black ops lycanthropic action! Si talks about the book, his influences with the story, and reflects for a moment on his time writing the Marvel Comics character Legion. Also, the gang talks about their thoughts on The Magnificent Seven!

Cry Havoc is available in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology now!

Si was incredibly generous enough to transcribe the interview portion of this episode so we decided to include it below:

  1. Let's start from the beginning: CRY HAVOC is at once a love story complicated by supernatural horror and a squad-based black ops military tale in the vein of THE DIRTY DOZEN. How did this story all come about?

 

Like most of my ideas: organically, bit-by-bit. I tend to think of creativity in terms of oysters wrapping layers of spit round a grain of sand, rather than some exquisite pearl arriving fully formed. Ideas are far less about magical inspirational thunderbolts and far more about time, mutation and effort.

 

I've always been a nut for folklore, so I suppose that's where it begins. I'd started seeing some weird patterns in mythology: repeat beats and unexpected analogues with a bunch of the prevailing preoccupations of our age. Identity, dispossession, self-control, prejudice. It's all there. Ultimately I realised I was sympathising with a lot of the monsters which served as moral shepherds in the old stories: don't go near the deep water or x will get you... ; don't talk to strangers, one of them might be y... All our best bogeymen are really just cautionary common sense dictats dressed-up in creative creature-feature ways - metafictional Bad Cops - and the tragedy is that our own modern world has lost all interest in these splendid beastly manifestations. We live in an age which takes everything literally; we've forgotten the importance of things whose reality is hazy. Which, y'know. Totally sucks.

 

So, okay, I found myself wondering what it would be like to be one of those creatures. How would you respond to feeling redundant, forgotten, unneeded? How would you go about making yourself, and your people, relevant again? And how would that story play on a very human level?

 

Before I quite knew what I was doing, all these ingredients were blending themselves together and demanding a particular shape. A story about a woman struggling with the chaos inside herself, infected by an occult curse, who's forced to travel into a warzone (in the company of other metamorphosing monsters) to try and heal herself. And stumbles upon a far wider (and wilder) global situation as a result.

 

Depending how you look at it, Cy Havoc's either a thoughtful (but exceptionally violent) take on the classic "monsters with guns!" subgenre exclusive to comics, an intensely political dissection of the human race's obsession with control, or an extremely personal story about a woman trying to work out who she is against a backdrop of fiends, firepower and fragility.

 

  1. Folklore surrounding lycanthropes and people able to transform between humans and animals have existed for millennia; what was it you really wanted to say about that sort of story when conceiving and writing CRY HAVOC?

 

All stories are transformative, of course. Shapeshifters have served as a useful shorthand for all sorts of thematic tissue. Western conceptions of vampires, for instance, have wound-up centred around notions of class, culture and decadence - the long shadow of Byronism. The werewolf lends itself well to more interior (and often secret) struggles: sexuality, madness, identity... The beauty of having even the shallowest grounding in international folklore is that one quickly realises how thoroughly boring the Hollywood darlings of the monster world really are when compared to their global cousins. Vampire analogues from Asia, to pluck a random example, are not only a billion times more inventive and horrifying than our widow's-peaked cape-wearing cliches - I vaant to suuck your blutt! - but serve completely different functions in the cycle of cautionary superstition I mentioned a moment ago.

 

I wanted to tell a monster story which was quite overtly about something. I wanted it to be fun and crazy and violent and beautiful and all the things you'd expect from a book about slavering creatures, sure, but also deeply and accurately rooted in "real" lore - if you know what I mean - and all of that serving a very specific function. I won't spoil the end of the arc, but for all Lou's ups and downs this tale ends with a really brave, positive personal revelation, hinging around notions of identity, self-belief and mental wellness. We literally couldn't have reached that point without relying on the complex, nuanced, but visually wonderful canon of metamorphosing monsters we've played with.

 

  1. Early on, you quote Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS which has parallels to this story of a rogue figure going native in a warzone and starting up their own cult of personality. Was HEART OF DARKNESS a major influence on CRY HAVOC?

 

Sure, of course -- although (pedant that I am) Heart of Darkness is the story of the visitor, Marlow, not the rogue Mr Kurtz - just as Cry Havoc's central story is about Lou, not Lyn O'Dell and her Afghan refuge for monsters.

 

Actually, I'd argue Heart of Darkness is just one exceptional example of an ur-myth which has been around since before history was history. A reluctant hero undertakes a journey into the frightening unknown, often seeking to retrieve or destroy a piece of civilisation which has been lost to the wild. Along the way the traveller realises the true journey has little to do with the wildness of location and everything to do with the wildness of the human heart. What starts out looking like a physical quest winds up being a spiritual transformation.

 

That sounds horribly trite, when you put it like that, but there it is. I like to think Cry Havoc subverts and mutates that archetype in some pretty major ways, but Conrad's prose is too beautiful to resist a nod at the start of the journey.

 

  1. Apart from HEART OF DARKNESS, there are multiple literary quotes kicking off each chapter and the title itself being a Shakespeare quote from JULIUS CAESAR. What were some of your major influences with the story?

 

The quotes serve several functions, but most importantly they orient the reader's expectations about the different stages of Lou's journey. And, frankly, they remind the casual browser that beneath the monster-mashing violence on the page there's a loooot of meaty stuff going on. Emergent motifs of cages, restraint, captivity, expression, humanity, reality, and stories about stories themselves. Cry Havoc is absolutely the sort of book which rewards re-reading.

 

Me showing off, basically. I can make a pretty good case for everything in CH serving a function of the character, tale or theme, but I can't deny I relished the chance to drop a big smoking formalist experiment on readers with my first proper Image book. That all my collaborators - Ryan on art; Matt, Nick and Lee on color; Emma on design and Si on letters - that they've all made the reading experience as effortless as possible is testament to their collective brilliance.

 

Too many influences to mention - ambient rather than specific, frankly - but I've always enjoyed describing CH as "Jarhead meets Pan's Labyrinth", so let's go with that.

 

  1. What made Ryan Kelly the perfect artist to visualize the story?

 

Simply, he's the best storyteller working in the industry today.

 

Modern comics are overflowing with incredibly stylish talents and exceptional illustrators, but I worry we're losing touch with the single most important skill any artist needs: narrative momentum. That requires a grasp of the nuts-and-bolts technical guff - directorial craft, basically, and you'd be amazed how many A-list artists don't have the first clue about eye-tracking, crossing-the-line, angle-selection and so on - plus a thoughtless intuition for the flow of a story.

 

Comics is quite simply the art of controlling the dissemination of information across a series of units of time and space. Doing so in the most perfectly-paced, easily-followed, beautiful way possible is the holy grail. That's especially true if you're talking about a story bumper-packed with experiments, formalist shenanigans and multiple layers of meaning.

 

I just wrote Cry Havoc. It's Ryan who makes it readable. It doesn't hurt that his sense of monster design and location is second to none. That guy's a big, big talent.

 

 

  1. CRY HAVOC features a whole host of colorists. What was the intention to have such a robust bullpen of colorists have craft the story and was this planned from the beginning?

 

Planned from quite near the start, anyway. While plotting the series I realised Lou's story was demanding that it be told in three separate but parallel threads. Simply, by placing them side-by-side rather than consecutively we accessed all kinds of fascinating enhancement and juxtapositional patterns in her life, struck-up relationships between unexpected moments, and in general could do some really unique comicbook storytelling. The biggest problem with that sort of experimentation is that one risks losing one's audience. They've never seen anything quite like it, so how are they supposed to know that the scenes on this page don't follow-on chronologically from the scenes on the previous page?

 

It's been an accepted technique in comics, tv and movies for yonks that flashback scenes be rendered in black and white, or a similar reduced palette, so audiences don't get too muddled. I figured what we needed was a more sophisticated version of the same, which could differentiate not just two but three separate time periods, and do so in a rather more nuanced way than simply switching to b&w.

 

All this was taking shape at the same time a much-needed conversation was going on in the broader comics community, about how poorly colorists have historically been treated; rarely credited, often dismissed or ignored altogether in critical analysis as a Support Role.

 

We realised we had in our hands a means not only of helping to visually distinguish our three narrative threads from each other, but to demonstrate in powerful fashion just how much of an impact colorists truly have on the feel of a comicbook page.

 

Thanks to the different - but differently beautiful - styles and palette choices of Matt, Nick and Lee, a reader can quickly and thoughtlessly orient themselves in the chronology of Lou's tale while reading Cry Havoc. One artist, three colorists; three very different vibes.

 

Worth saying, I hope we're on the cusp of an even wider enlightenment in comics, with all the other so-called "support" roles - inker, letterer, designer, editor - achieving the same levels of critical legitimacy as colorist are beginning to receive.

 

It's a collaborative medium. It all falls apart when you take away ANY of these roles. Conversations about Who's More Important Than Whom are fundamentally idiotic.

 

  1. This collection contains extensive annotations of the series like an in-depth commentary for the readers. Was this something you had wanted to include from the beginning?

 

Absolutely, yeah. I didn't want to overburden readers with detail, but I wanted it to be accessible to those who're interested. Story decisions, formalist techniques, real-world history and detail, and above all folklore.

 

  1. As this is only the first volume and a lot of the major characters find themselves at a crossroads by the story's end, can you hint at what we can expect moving forward?

 

I approach every story with a very clear ending in mind. This is a pretty massive topic, so I won't go too deep, but I believe stories are a primal technology in the human understanding of reality. I also believe comics are the most perfectly evolved form of narration to tune-in to that perceptional reality. That all sounds massively pretentious, sorry, but I'm not making it up. As creators and readers we all deserve to be a little more proud of how utterly fucking sophisticated our chosen medium really is. Fabulously clever while seeming fabulously simple. Comics are magic.

 

Anyway, I digress. My sense is that a story isn't a story unless it has an end, so I'm pretty down on the increasingly outmoded notion of the true "ongoing" book; as in, a story which just runs and runs. Most publishers, and most creators, are more sensibly focused these days on a form of modular storytelling in which each arc of an ongoing book serves as a self-contained story, with subsequent arcs feeling more like sequels than some perpetual breathless continuation.

 

I mention all this to illustrate that, for me, Book 1 of Cry Havoc is a full story. In its simplest conception it's the tale of a woman, Louise Canton, trying to work out how to coexist with herself. There's a whole bunch of other stuff going on - monsters and mercenaries and global politics and conspiracies and drugs and mental illness and romance and a giant boar who can't stop masturbating and blah blah blah - but yeah, that's the core thread. By the end of Arc 1 Lou has closed that particular book. She knows who she is, she knows how to be.

 

Arc 2, if and when it happens, will adjust the lens. Per current thinking, I reckon it'll be the story of how Lou applies that knowledge to the wider world. Who else is affected, what changes... I have a looot of ideas, and a lot of fun stuff to say.

 

But, yes, "if and when", not "when". Put simply, creator owned comics are difficult and exhausting and have precisely no guarantee of remuneration. That's especially true of something as ambitious and difficult to describe as CH. Ryan and I - the whole team, actually - sweated blood and planted full crops of grey hairs in making this book. We couldn't be prouder of it, and the reception has been miiiiind-blowing. But, sorry, uncomfortable truth, we're not exactly putting in orders on that brand new yacht we've been eyeing-up just yet.

 

We have every intention of circling back for Book 2 in the near future and, oh boy, it'll be worth the wait. But we have to spend a little while spinning some other plates first. (For instance, I'm building up to announcing a new Image book which will be about a million miles away in subject and scope - can't wait to tell you more about that.)

 

Until then, Cry Havoc is a story. Which has its ending. And which - I genuinely believe - really matters as a result.

 

  1. At the risk of getting my nose brown, your run on the Marvel Comics character Legion is perhaps the most definitive for the character. With Legion getting his own television series, I was wondering if you had any reflections on the character as a whole and the time you had writing him.

 

Really glad you enjoyed it. It's... difficult to reflect on that work. I like to think everything I wanted to say about that character, and more importantly the themes I wanted to explore with him, are there on the page. It's achieved this weird sacrosanctity in my memory, and I'm weirdly resistant to saying anything more about it. It doesn't need a director's commentary, behind-the-scenesery, bloody endless playlists, to enhance the experience. It's a story about a kid whose worst enemy is his own brain. In the end he finds a way - the most bittersweet and mischievous way imaginable - to harmonise himself with it.

 

(I say "mischievous" because at least a small part of my decision to end that series the way I did was to ringfence the story. Whoever else comes along and reboots, rethinks or retcons the whole thing, those 24 issues will always be A Thing.)

 

I suppose the only important thing to say, with the benefit of a little distance, is that I continue to be moved, every year, by people who felt that run spoke to them in a really positive way. If I fuck up every other story I ever write, if I never do anything worthwhile ever again, I can say with my hand on my heart that I helped a few brave, struggling young people love themselves a little better than they did before.

 

 

  1. Something we ask everybody that comes on the show: What are you currently geeking out over?

 

Oh heavens, all sorts of things.

 

Musically, I'm on a Puscifer binge at the moment. Their latest album Moneyshot is as excellent - and undefinable - as anything they've ever done. If you haven't yet picked up the M for Milla mix of The Mission, featuring Milla Jovovich, you are so urged. Barnstormer.

 

Comics... I've been working my way through Peter Bagge's Buddy Bradley books, which are an extraordinary mix of hilarious, heartbreaking, horrifying and uncomfortably real. A clear primogenitor of The Simpsons, but with drugs and sex and suicide and people behaving abominably. A genuine clusterbomb of a series.

 

In prose, I just committed myself to the gargantua that is Alan Moore's Jerusalem. So far: not just as mind-meltingly clever as you'd expect but dripping with humanity and heart. He really is an exceptional brain. 

 

I recently took out a subscription for Fortean Times, which I heartily recommend. Informative and endlessly entertaining weirdness. Exactly the right balance between agnostic scepticism and incredulous delight in the unknown. Perfect breakfast browse.

 

TV: rewatch of Deadwood recently completed. I just did my first stint as a staff writer on a US show, actually, so I've been even more infuriatingly formalist about viewing experiences than usual. Deadwood remains, in my opinion, the best written ensemble show ever made. Not just for the exquisite dialogue, which - exquisite - but for the cleverness of its transitions. Comics creators could learn a looot from that show.

 

Movies: I finally got around to The Ninth Configuration. Holy shit. That's all I'm saying about that. Holy shit. Watch it. I could name about six super-successful movies of the modern era which either owe a great debt, or have cribbed mercilessly, from it.

 

Videogames: finished Fallout 4 - beautiful but narratively annoying - and went straight back to Witcher 3 for the latest DLC. Curmudgeonly monster-hunter who just wants to get paid, annoyed to discover himself surrounded by flouncy knights and cod-Arthurian chivalric wank. That's 100% my bag, baby.

 

Boardgames: Sherlock Holmes, Consulting Detective. Breathtakingly clever. Just get it. Get it right now. Go sit in a lovely pub with your favourite people and Go.

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about the Image Comics series The Discipline by Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez! A psychosexual horror story, The Discipline sees an unfulfilled, sexually frustrated Manhattan housewife drawn into an ancient secret war between two supernatural races. Listen as the duo talk about the first volume which collects the series first six issues!

The Discipline is out in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, October 5!

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The Bourne commentary series ends this week without its title character front and center for the commentary on the 2012 film, The Bourne Legacy. After star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass refused to return to the franchise, Universal developed a spin-off flick featuring new superspy, Aaron Cross, played by Jeremy Renner. How does the 2012 spinoff hold up, especially now with a new Bourne film in theaters? Watch along and listen to find out!

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This week, Jake and his buddy Chris Swartzlander talk about perhaps the most divisive Kiss album, 1981's Music from "The Elder". An attempt to capitalize on fantasy concept heavy metal albums that were coming into prevalence at the time, Kiss brought forth their own epic concept and even incorporated orchestral elements...but how does the album itself hold up? Listen as the duo go track-by-track that led to original Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley's departure from the band!

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Jake sits down with Guys Like Us episode 4 alum Chris to discuss the pilot episode of the new Lethal Weapon TV series that premiered on FOX last night.

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This week, the gang takes it back to the classic lineup with the three Geek Out boys just catching up in their own rambunctious way. Sam and Jake talk about a recent concert they went to seeing Heart, Joan Jett, and Cheap Trick and how much their music means to them. Additionally, the gang talks about watching Snowden and Sully, two very different biopics and offer their own interpretations of He-Man's iconic catchphrase! A goofy old time for all!

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This week, the boys talk about the first volume of Boom! Studios comic book adaptation of the classic 1990s TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers by Kyle Higgins and Daniel Bayliss! Listen as the gang talk about the book and their own childhood memories of growing up watching super sentai. 

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Volume 1 is out in comic book shops everywhere on and Comixology now!

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The Jason Bourne commentary series continues with The Bourne Ultimatum! The 2007 film is often regarded as a high point for the film franchise but it's been quite some time since the gang has seen it in its entirety...so how does it hold up nearly a decade later? Watch along and listen as the boys find out!

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Laserdiscs had a lot to offer and they wanted you to know! So they made a good deal of discs that were just chock full of clips that were just shining examples of their sharp picture and flawless sound. These discs probably were intended as just things to be played in loop at department stores but have since become great collectors' items! Ken also has a couple other examples of clip discs that were actual commercially bought and sold.

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This week, the boys have Jesse Blaze Snider on to talk about his EP Black Light District and its accompanying comic book one-shot through Image Comics! Jesse talks how surprisingly personal the EP became, how to define one's own success, and the importance of sticking to one's guns when dealing with issues instead of tiptoeing around them. Also, the boys talk their memories of concerts past including their history with DC's iconic 9:30 Club!

Black Light District is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, October 12!

You can listen to the EP online here!

Also, you can listen to Jesse Blaze Snider's first LP here!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about the debut issue of Image Comics' new horror series Cannibal by Brian Buccellato, Jennifer Young, and Matias Bergara! A pandemic horror set in a small town deep in the Florida Everglades, Cannibal features a contagion that gives those infected an insatiable hunger for human flesh while maintaining their sentience. Listen as the duo talk about the debut issue!

Cannibal #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, October 5!

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The revisiting of the Bourne franchise continues with the 2004 film The Bourne Supremacy! The first sequel in the series marked the arrival of director Paul Greengrass who would go to become second only to Matt Damon as one of the most important figures in the film franchise. Sam and Jake often dismiss the second Bourne flick as the weakest of the original trilogy but does that estimation hold up under closer scrutiny over a decade later? Watch along and listen to find out!

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Even though Let It Be was the last studio album The Beatles released, it was written and recorded months before their penultimate album, Abbey Road, so we're covering it next! While there had been increasing tension and strife for months, Let It Be marked the moment where the Fab Four would be dealt irreversible blows that would ultimately lead the band's break-up. However, despite the acrimonious sessions and divisive production, it does have several songs that stand among the band's pantheon of truly great songs; listen as Sam and Jake go track-by-track discussing it. 

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This week, the gang talks to Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez about their Image Comics series The Discipline! A tale of supernatural horror, ancient warring entities, and the occult, the first volume comes out Wednesday, October 5! Peter also talks about ending Hellblazer and writing for British publications versus American publications. Also, the gang talks about their Labor Day weekend!

The Discipline is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, October 5!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about Kill Six Billion Demons by Tom Parkinson-Morgan which gets its first print collection on Wednesday, September 7! Listen as the duo talk about the first volume in all its epic, mind-bending glory!

Kill Six Billion Demons Volume 1 available in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, September 7!

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The start of a new commentary series! With a new Bourne film in theaters (And the first in nearly a decade to star its namesake character), we're revisiting Matt Damon's most famous role as amnesiac superspy Jason Bourne! With the franchise's original installment nearly 15 years old now, how does one of the first major post-9/11 films hold up all these years later? Watch along and listen to find out!

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This week, Jake is reunited with his brother Mick to talk about Kiss' 1980 studio album Unmasked! The last studio album to feature the classic lineup until the 90s, Unmasked saw the band continue to explore more mainstream musical sensibilities as they began to implode from within. Listen as the Bozek Brothers go over this album track-by-track!

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A triple-header of an interview this week with the boys talking to the creative team of the new Image Comics series Cannibal! A horror story set deep in the Florida Everglades, small town intrigue runs alongside murderous contagion. Listen as we talk to each of the creative team about the book from the art to its inspirations!

Cannibal #1 debuts on Wednesday, October 5 in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology!

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The boys do their first book review for Top Cow with the debut issue of Eclipse by Zack Kaplan and Giovanni Timpano! This sci fi crime series is set in a world where the sun's rays have become so deadly that any organic light caught in its path is instantly incinerated. As humanity takes refuge during the day, a detective discovers a killer is on the loose and he has no intention of slowing down adding to his body count...listen to what the gang thinks of the book!

Eclipse #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, September 7!

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The celebration of 50 years of Star Trek comes to an end with our commentary for Star Trek Into Darkness! JJ Abrams returned to the franchise he helped reinvigorate and decided to put his own twist on a villain as iconic and imposing as Khan! Warmly received critically and commercially but divisive for fans of the series, there was some backlash over this reimagining of one of the more beloved Star Trek stories...but what do the boys think of it? Watch along and listen to find out!

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Ken and Chris are talking horror! Join them as they discuss some of the finer points of their favorite scary movies from their LD collections!

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This week, the boys talk to Tom Parkinson-Morgan about his web comic Kill Six Billion Demons which will have its first volume see print for the first time on Wednesday, September 7 collected by Image Comics! A demonic fantasy of epic proportions, the gang talk to Tom about it, his influences, and what led him to bring the story to print!

Kill Six Billion Demons is available in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, September 7!

To keep up with the web comic, go to the official website here!

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This week, the boys review their first book for Boom! Studios with the debut issue of The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh. Published on the all-age friendly imprint Boom! Box, the new series follows a young man that gets drawn into the magical world that goes on behind the scenes of his high school's drama department! Listen to what the gang thinks of the first issue!

The Backstagers #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology now!

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After a two-week birthday interlude, the celebration of 50 years of Star Trek resumes and enters the home stretch with JJ Abrams' 2009 cinematic reboot of the franchise! Critically acclaimed worldwide and a commercial success that brought the space-faring series to a whole new generation of audiences, Star Trek got a brand new lease on life from the future Star Wars filmmaker with its new cast and big boost in the action department. Listen as the boys revisit the flick that reinvigorated the venerable franchise and basically got Abrams' his shot at directing a rival series in a galaxy far, far away!

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Sam and Jake reconvene to talk about the second disc from The Beatles' eponymous 1968 studio album. Having outlined the major factors of the band's growing tension and internal strife while discussing the first half of the album and its origins, the duo jump right in as they go through the record's second disc from the electrified guitar licks of Paul McCartney's raucous birthday to the tranquil orchestration of John Lennon's Good Night. The Fab Four are beginning to splinter and things aren't going to be pretty...

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This week, the boys talk to Zack Kaplan about his comic book writing debut with the Top Cow series, Eclipse! Set a in a world where the sun has grown deadly hot and humanity is forced to take refuge indoors during the day, a NYC cop is tasked with taking down a bold, mysterious serial killer! After that the gang talks about Pete's Dragon and Sausage Party before turning to the topic of birthdays and the discussion gets DEEP with the gang reflecting on where they are now personally and what they hope to happen in the future.

Eclipse #1 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, September 7!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about Simon Spurrier and Ryan Kelly's Image Comics series Cry Havoc! The genre-blending comic has its first six-issue story arc collected with elements of lycanthropic supernatural horror and military squad-based special operations action! Listen as the boys talk about the series and make some literary comparisons and allusions!

Cry Havoc, Volume 1 is out in comic books shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, August 17!

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The birthday interlude continues with Jake celebrating his birthday by having the gang revisit the classic 1987 flick, RoboCop. The science fiction actioner had a huge impact on Jake's formative years as a child and stands as the first R-rated film he ever saw. Listen as the gang watches the unrated cut of the film, their favorite moments, and about the satire throughout the flick!

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Jake brings back fellow Geek Out co-host Sam to discuss Kiss' 1979 comeback album after taking a year to work on their own solo projects. What resulted when the ensemble regrouped was Dynasty, a studio album made to reposition the band for the masses and to capitalize on the growing interest in dance music and disco. It also marked the true beginning of the end for the band's classic lineup as years of hard partying and internal strife began to catch up with them. Listen as the boys go track-by-track to discuss Dynasty!

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This week, the gang talks to Chynna Clugston Flores about her classic comic book series Blue Monday getting remastered by Image Comics! Chynna talks to the boys about what elements from the book may or may not be directly inspired by events from her own high school days, trading mascot horror stories with Jake, her recent work on the Gotham Academy/Lumberjanes crossover, and weighing in on The Cure versus The Smiths. Also, the gang shares their initial thoughts on Suicide Squad!

Blue Monday: The Kids Are Alright is out in comic book shops everywhere and on Comixology now! Volume 2, Absolute Beginners gets remastered and released on Wednesday, October 26!

The first three issues of Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy are out today! 

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This week, Sam and Jake review the Image Comics series Ringside by Joe Keatinge and Nick Barber. The duo talk about the neo-noir set against the backdrop of the wrestling entertainment industry and more specifically about the start of the series' second story arc with issue 6! Listen what the gang thinks of it!

Ringside, Volume 1 is available in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology now!

Ringside, Issue #6 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, August 10!

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The boys take a couple weeks off from doing Star Trek commentaries to celebrate a couple of birthdays. First up, Sam has the gang revisit 1980's The Blues Brothers, one his favorite films of all time and just a general feel-good musical and action-comedy all at once. Listen as Sam and Chris publicly list why the flick is a musical and just generally have a good time while the gang rewatches the extended version of the 1980 classic!

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One thing that was introduced with laserdiscs was the inclusion of special features. From the simple addition of theatrical trailers all the way documentaries and commentary tracks. The boys have each chosen two movies from their respective collections to discuss the what features were added to the discs.

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The boys are back with an interview, this time with comic book artist Tommy Patterson talking about his Image Comics series Citizen Jack. In a divisive election year full of colorful personalities, the book is especially timely...but Patterson reveals that he and writer Sam Humphries have been working on the book even longer! Also, the gang discusses conspiracy theories with the artist before turning the discussion to Star Trek Beyond and Jason Bourne!

Citizen Jack gets collected by Image Comics on Wednesday, August 3 available in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology!

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This week, Sam and Jack talk about the Image Comics series Citizen Jack by Sam Humphries and Tommy Patterson. The horror-tinged political satire proves especially sharp this election cycle and Sam and Jake discuss volume one collecting the series first six issues and how prescient the story ended up being along with what they think of the series in general.

Citizen Jack is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, August 3!

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The celebration of 50 years of Star Trek continues as the gang rounds out The Next Generation's adventures on the big screen with a commentary for Star Trek: Nemesis. The tenth Star Trek film was envisioned as a potential final outing for The Next Generation cast while trying to reposition the franchise as more of a science fiction actioner to leave room open for more sequels. As history shows, that never happened and the franchise was more or less rebooted seven years later but what do the boys think of it now? Watch along and listen to find out!

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Sam and Jake start examining the work of The Beatles' late period that sees the Fab Four gradually start to come apart at the seams. This episode focuses on the numerous reasons their favorite band begins to break up but, despite the relatively heavy subject matter, the episode is a real goofy one from jump. The real focus is on the first half of the band's self-titled album to help launch their own record label Apple Corps but what do the boys think of it? And do they think The White Album needs to be a double album? Listen and find out!

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The gang is back with a host-centric episode and lots to talk about. Chris and Josh talk about the latest Star Trek flick, Star Trek Beyond, and how it stacks up to the rest of the rebooted trilogy. Chris also discusses going to WWE Battleground and seeing the Verizon Center react to the divisive Roman Reigns. Sam and Jake reflect on their experiences at Comic-Con 2016 and tell some anecdotes about the San Diego pop culture celebration. And the gang talks about the first looks of a lot of upcoming comic book shows and movies revealed at the convention! An episode of Catching Up where we actually catch up!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about the first volume of Blue Monday by Chynna Clugston Flores which gets a remastered release via Image Comics and new colors by superstar colorist Jordie Bellaire! A semi-autobiographical love letter to high school in the early 1990s, Blue Monday focuses on Bleu Finnegan, a teenager with a deep affinity for mod culture, Buster Keaton, and Pepsi. With a pronounced manga influence and predating the similarly themed Scott Pilgrim and Octopus Pie, Blue Monday is easily a favorite of Sam's. Hear what the boys thought of the book overall!

Blue Monday Vol 1 is out in comic book shops and on Comixology on Wednesday, July 27!

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Even though Star Trek Beyond is already out in theaters, the celebration of 50 years of Star Trek continues with our commentary for Star Trek: Insurrection! With the franchise reinvigorated by the success of Star Trek: First Contact, the studio decided to make the ninth Star Trek film considerably lighter than its dark, violent predecessor. Sam often lists this film as one of his least favorite in the series but does that dubious distinction hold? And what do the others think of it? Watch along and listen to find out!

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You wanted the best and, in 1978, the best band in the land temporarily and amicably went their own ways to each record their own respective solo album which were released simultaneously in September of that year. Each member of Kiss imbued their album with their respective influences and musical sensibilities but what does Jake think of it? This time around, he's invited his buddy and fellow Geek Out co-host Sam to return on the show to briefly talk about each of them; four albums discussed here for the price of one!

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This week, the boys talk to Austin Eichelberger, comic book creator and Vice President of Richmond-based Plume Snake Comics. Plume Snake is a startup subscription service that gives subscribers access to a whole library of indie comics published through the company. Listen as Austin talks about Plume Snake's origins, the company's mission statement and inspiration, and a bit of his own background in the comic book industry. Also, the gang talks about the new Ghostbusters!

To sign up for Plume Snake, check out their website here!

Be sure to enter the promo code PS-NWX-1MT to get a free month-long trial subscription!

 

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This week, Josh joins Sam and Jake to talk about the debut issue of the new Dark Horse Comics series Black Hammer by Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston. A revisionist take on classic superhero teams and a bit of a mystery, Black Hammer focuses on a prematurely retired superteam living together in a small town. Listen what the boys think of the book, how they think Ormston and Lemire mesh well as collaborators, and how the book hits a lot of classic Lemire tropes!

Black Hammer is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, July 20!

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The countdown to Star Trek Beyond and the celebration of 50 years of Star Trek continues here with Star Trek: First Contact! Considered by many to be the finest film featuring The Next Generation cast if not one of the greatest films in the entire franchise, First Contact pits the crew of the Enterprise on a time-traveling collision course with Picard's most personal foe, the Borg! Listen as the gang revisits this classic flick in time for its 20th anniversary!

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In this installment, Chris and Ken discuss where they buy their Laserdiscs. It can range from online to in-person sales. Stores and private sellers. Join in and have a listen!

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Justin Jordan is back this week (Honestly, he never really left) to talk about his other Image Comics series, Luther Strode, and series artist Tradd Moore is here to join him! The duo separately discuss the final installment of the Luther Strode trilogy, The Legacy of Luther Strode, along with some of their influences with the book. Also, Justin talks about his work with DC and Tradd talks reinventing Ghost Rider for Marvel Comics. This episode is fully loaded and ready to rock!

The Legacy of Luther Strode is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology now along with the first two installments of the Luther Strode trilogy!

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This week, Sam and Jake review the third and final installment of the Luther Strode trilogy by Justin Jordan and Tradd Moore and published by Image Comics! The duo look back on the trilogy as a whole and talk about how everything builds to this final miniseries from Jordan's writing to Moore's art style. Perhaps an interview with those two about the book is coming soon...?

The Legacy of Luther Strode is available in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology now!

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After a brief holiday interlude, the celebration of 50 years of Star Trek and countdown to Star Trek Beyond resumes with Star Trek Generations! The first cinematic outing featuring the crew of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the seventh Star Trek film began production while the The Next Generation was winding down and featured several cast members from The Original Series to help hand off the baton to the new guys. Watch along and listen as the gang revisits the 1994 film!

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In what shapes up to be the shortest episode of Deconstructing The Beatles, Sam and Jake talk about the original tracks on the soundtrack album for the Fab Four's animated film, Yellow Submarine...all four of them. Contractually obligated to include four brand-new songs, The Beatles provided the record label with four songs before leaving to study Transcendental Meditation in India in what would ultimately become their final extended period of the camaraderie and unity that had defined their early rapport. Listen as Sam and Jake talk about those songs and the film as a whole!

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This week, the gang has a double-header interview with Justin Jordan and John Bivens to talk about their Image Comics series, Spread! Listen as the gang talks about the book, their love of the horror genre, and more! Also, the longstanding gentlemen's wager between Jake and Josh is finally settled in this episode!

Spread #14 is out in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology today! The first two volumes along with issues #12 and #13 are available now!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about the debut issues of the new Dark Horse Comics series Bounty by Kurtis Wiebe and Mindy Lee. Wiebe is currently best known for his Image Comics fantasy series Rat Queens so the duo compare this bubblegum-pop sci fi tale with his swords and sorcery epic; a book with eye-catching visuals aided largely by colorist Leonardo Olea.

Bounty #1 is available in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, July 6! 

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We're taking a quick interlude from Star Trek commentaries to help ring in our nation's Independence Day with a commentary for...Independence Day! Will Smith's star-making summer blockbuster turns 20 this year and, with a sequel currently in theaters and Independence Day falling on a Monday this year, it all just seemed too good an opportunity to pass up! The 1996 film figured prominently in the gang's childhoods when it premiered but how does it hold up now? Watch along and listen to find out!

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This week, Jake invites his friend Mike Dudolevitch of The Nuclears to talk about Kiss' sixth studio album, Love Gun! By 1977, Kiss were at the peak of their popularity selling out concerts all over the world, singles owning the radio, and their records going platinum and Love Gun certainly kept the hit parade going. Listen as the duo go over the album track-by-track and talk about their favorites!

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This week, the boys are joined by their personal friend, writer and filmmaker Ryan Nichols who is kickstarting the physical production of his longstanding passion project, The Delta Anthology! Ryan has been working in creating this anthology of interconnecting short stories with a myriad of artists for years and is ready for the book to become a physical product with all the creative work behind the project complete. The gang catches up with him, discusses his inspirations, his deep appreciation of martial arts, and some of his recent professional endeavors. Also, Chris and Jake discuss the films Central Intelligence, The Conjuring 2, and Independence Day: Resurgence. Finally, Sam discusses his trilogy of concerts this weekend and talks about his side project with Image Comics!

The Delta Anthology Kickstarter runs until Wednesday, July 27 and can be found here. Be sure to pitch in and help spread the word!

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This week, Sam and Jake talk about the debut issue of the new Dark Horse Comics series Cryptocracy by Van Jensen and Pete Woods! Cryptocracy tells the tale of the world secretly run Illuminati-style by nine powerful families from the clandestine shadows! Listen as the duo talk about the first issue and speculate on its implications for the rest of the series!

Cryptocracy debuts in comic shops everywhere and on Comixology on Wednesday, June 29!

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The countdown to Star Trek Beyond and celebration of 50 years of Star Trek continues with the commentary for Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Commissioned as a 25th anniversary celebration of the venerable science fiction franchise (Has it been 25 years since this film came out already?), the sixth Star Trek film proved to be the final adventure for the entire original crew and served as an allegory for the end of the Cold War from which the series was originally conceived...but what do the boys think of it now a quarter of a century later? Watch along and listen to find out!

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In this episode, Chris and Ken discuss the two presentation formats. The sleeker, higher quality CAV or the simpler, more efficient CLV? We talk about them and the strange phenomenon of movies where one side is CLV and another is CAV!

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