TalkCast 368 – Author Brian James

Brian James

Brian James

Author Brian James joins the show to talk about his newest book Mjolnir. The Viking gods have been banished from Asgard by Odin. Today they make the best of life on Earth. Thor is a professional athlete, Freya a prostitute, and Loki sells cheap products on QVC. Lurking in the background of their lives is a prophecy; one that declares that their time is at an end. Ragnarok is about to throw the gods into a state of civil war and the one who controls the hammer of Thor may be able to change the arc of destiny.

The book is a quirky mix of Viking Lore and Alternate Universe Sci Fi mixed together into a wonderfully intense world story.

Brian talks about how this worldview came to be and how his high school years formed a direct line to this book. It’s an interesting story, an interesting author and fun interview.

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TalkCast 367 – The Other Shakespeare

Nick Shakespeare

Nick Shakespeare

Nick Shakespeare joins the show to talk about the difference between a storyboard artist and a comic creator. We met Nick at Keene Comic Con earlier this year and had a wonderful discussion about his latest creation, The Siren’s Song as well as his work in television and film as a storyboard artist. Surprisingly (perhaps only to me) there are many more similarities than differences. Nick also talks about the way storyboards look depend on the director you’re working with as well as the genre. All in all, its an interesting discussion about a not so well know artistic endeavor and Nick proves to be both eloquent and knowledgeable.


In The News:

Peter Capaldi’s last (and Jodie Whittaker’s first) appearance as the Doctor teased in official Doctor Who Christmas Special synopsis

Captain Marvel Casts Jude Law As Dr Lawson Opposite Brie Larson

Fantastic Beasts 2: Cast Photo And A New Title

‘Avengers 4’ Promises To Be A Finale For The Heroes That Built Marvel Studios

Scooby-Doo’s Daphne and Velma Starring in Live-Action Origin Movie

Studio Ghibli Promises Future Projects After Appointing New President

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Sirens Song

TalkCast 366 – Silent Knight

George O'ConnorIn this episode, we talk with our old friend and multi-talented bon vivant, George O’Connor whose latest invention is a new comic based on what Santa does the other 364 days of the year. In a venture whose inception was the result of a conversation in 2016, this story came alive with the help of DaFu Yu doing ink and penciling, Lesley Atlansky as colorist and Beth Scorzato as editor. We talked in some depth about the process of this particular project and how it is significantly different from anything George has done before. Join us as we explore some of the subtlety and nuance of this amazing new series. Download your own copy here.


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Silent Knight

A 5 Timers Club Inductee

An Official 5 Timers Club Inductee

TalkCast 365 – Andrew Stanleigh

The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2

The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2

In this episode we are joined by Andy Stanleigh to discuss his new Kickstarter, SCI: The Jewish Comics Anthology Volume 2. It’s a more than interesting process as to where and when this series began, where it is today and the product that his small press publishing house AH Press has been producing since 2011.

AH stands for Alternate History, a themology that carry’s thru, to some extent, in all of their publications. The inception of AH, in some ways, is rather dependent upon Andy’s own personal background and history as well as the amazing serendipity of reconnection with old friends and ideas to begin and continue this wonderfully inventive process and productions. Join Andy and the cast as we discuss what Alternate History Comics has done, is doing and has coming up. It’s an engaging interview with a fresh voice in comic invention and publishing.

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AH Comics



The Writer’s Block Presents: One Lunatic’s Dream

There are two types of people in this world. One is the sensible, rational type. They set realistic, achievable goals: grow up, get a job you like and are good at, meet someone awesome, get married and have two awesome children. My sister is one of these people. So is my sister-in-law.

The other type knows maybe what they want, which may or may not be sensible and/or achievable, and comes up with wild, perhaps unrealistic, ways to achieve those dreams. That’s probably me.

When I was a kid, I read a lot, played with the farm cats a lot, and I had the obnoxious tendency to correct other people’s grammar. But I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up: a writer.

That’s not entirely accurate. I wanted to be a writer and Wonder Woman. But when I found out that the job of Wonder Woman was already taken by Lynda Carter, I settled for just writer. So how did I decide to go about attaining that goal? Let’s take a look:

Idea #1:  Move to an isolated island where I could write at my leisure.

Hahahaha! The naiveté dripping off of that sentence still cracks me up. After college, I moved to Block Island in an effort to be one of those reclusive writers who sits on the beach all day and writes about the waves and crap. Did it work? Ha! Here’s the thing: it is expensive to live on a resort island year-round. Bills need to be paid. I indulged my dreams of writing by churning out a weekly column for the local paper, but I worked full time for the town, took on bookkeeping jobs to keep the lights on, and was surprised when the publisher of the newspaper asked me if I’d moonlight as a proofreader. Hmm. That obnoxious “let me correct your grammar” thing had gotten me a side job. But none of these things really gave me time to write. It was time to move back to the mainland.

Idea #2: Open a bookstore so I could read and write all day.

Sounds perfect, right? In an era where independent and chain bookstores were failing every day, why not open a bookstore? I loved it. And I hated it. I was writing sporadically, reading even less, and I was doing things like reconciling accounts payable and receivable, doing taxes, and talking to customers all day. And, of course, correcting their grammar in my head. The business, and my writing, suffered.

Idea #3: Get a day job I like and am good at to support my writing habit.

Those sensible people of the world with realistic goals might be on to something. I’d worked in human resources in the past, but although I was good at it, I didn’t enjoy it. So what to do? What was I qualified to do that I could stand doing? And then one little line jumped out on my résumé—Proofreader, The Block Island Times.

Could I parlay that into a job I liked? Was it possible that someone would actually pay me to correct their grammar? The answer, I am happy to report, is yes.

To all of you aspiring authors out there, I recommend this: Sure, you can try the crazy stuff, like moving to an island or opening a bookstore. But if you want to write, find a day job you love. Mostly because it makes it a lot easier at night when you sit down at your computer if the power is still on, plus, you won’t be ready to jump off a bridge due to said day job. Maybe that career path is in customer service, because you like people. Maybe it’s as a medical billing specialist, because you don’t like people. Or, if you’re like me, maybe you can take one of your most obnoxious personality quirks and turn it into a paycheck. Because I can tell you this: I am a writer and I am a copyeditor.  No matter if I’m working as one or the other, I love what I’m doing.

And sometimes, I even wear my Wonder Woman tiara while doing it.wonder woman

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TalkCast 364 – Cameron J. Quinn

Cameron J. QuinnOn this episode we have a wonderful; conversation with Cameron J. Quinn and explore the many sides of her artistic career. Cameron writes in many genres including Paranormal Romance, Horror, Urban Fantasy, and Thrillers. We talk about the beginning of her new series She explains how and why she delves into each genre as well as how the writing addiction first came to her (at the age of 6). We also talk about her work as the Marketing Director at Amphibian Press and her longtime friendship and partnership with V.S. Holmes. One of the biggest themes in the interview was how to traverse the complex and intricate work of independent publishing. All in all, it was enlightening and great conversation.



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 How To Get Arrested

The Statesboro Chronicles

TalkCast 363 – The Worldbuilding of Mag Na Mell


Mag Na Mell BannerIn this episode we talk about the web-comic Mag Na Mell with its creators Emily Rhain Andrews and Christian Konczal, co-creators of a new Worldbuilding community based on an alternate world filled with Gods and monsters and war. We discuss how it began and why it came to light. We also got insight into what “Worldbuilding” in gaming means for participants in that specific universe. If it sounds complex it is. It is also quite wonderful and it’s in large part based on their web comic. Trust me, its better to let them explain such things as  transmedia storytelling, and how copyright plays into it all.

Ladies and Gent’s, Sci-Fi Looks At The News:

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Amazing artwork from Emily



TalkCast 362 – Keene Comic Con, The Birth of Another Micro-Con

Keane Comic ConWe are joined by Terry Thomas, the main organizer of Keene Comic Con, which will have its premiere event on Saturday October 14th. in Keene, NH. Terry is here to talk about the how and why of the birth of this event, the unique nature of the Mini Con and the role that it plays among the conventions. The Keene Con is being produced in collaboration with Enterprize Comics, etc., Comic Boom and Toy City. The cost will be             $ 10.00 for adults with kids under 10 free with an adult. Check their page for more information.

In The News

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Bonus Video

The new Philip K. Dick series is currently only on UK channel 4, which has also co-opted “The Great British Bake Off. As Zombrarian noted, the tone of the series has been “slightly altered” Here is the preview.

TalkCast 361 – Keith Gleason

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On this edition, our guest is Keith Gleason of Reckless Sidekick Productions. Keith has been a frequent Convention companion of ours for years. He joins us to talk about a bunch of new projects including updating Hero Envy, and new titles Swamp Tales, Reckless Chronicles and Kid Switch.

We also talk about the resurgence of the “Small Convention” idea and how it brought about Keith putting together Plastic City Comic Con.

In a wonderfully fragmented news segment we discuss:

The Orville
The Good Place


Former guest, author Richard Paolinelli sent us some information about an anthology project called “The Planetary Anthology” he is involved with. It is a series of 9 books with each volume centered on the nine planets in our solar system, Richard is the editor of the “Pluto” book. This volumes theme is “wealth and/or death and he is currently seeking submissions for his volume. If you’re interested, the criteria is:
• The story must incorporate one of those two themes, or be set on Pluto itself or involve Pluto in a significant way.
• 5,000-10,000 words
• Submission deadline is February 1, 2018
If you need more information, contact Richard at his website.
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TalkCast 360 – GraniteCon 2017 Preview

The Graniteer

Our first guest is Chris Proulx chief mastermind of Granite State Comic Con. We get a behind the scenes look at the amazing amount of work that goers into putting the show together. Chris talks about some of the many special guests for this years event. We also talk about the many wonderful participants in Artists Alley and Vendor Row, the usual outstanding Cosplay event as well as an outstanding array of events occurring through the weekend. Also, new this year is some amazing convention only merchandise.

The second guest is the amazing and talented artist and creator Rhiannon Mccullough. Rhiannon is a convention regular and her unique creations are amazing and distinctive. She talked about some tumblr_ovuecwwH0r1su74sso1_500changes she is doing this year in order to branch out to different communities and we spent a fair amount of time talking about the future of the independent artisan place in the convention scene. She also talked about her eastern inspiration. The last time she was on was July,2012 (she sounds exactly the same!!!).

Join us all at Granite State Comic Con, Sept. 16-17 in Manchester, N.H.

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