TalkCast 381 – The HSPPA




James Azrael

James Azrael

This episode is all about how a hobby becomes an obsession and morphs into, of all things, a museum. Our guest for this episode is James Azrael of The HSPPA (Horror & Science Fiction Prop Preservation Association). Musician/producer/actor James leads the HSPPA as Head Curator at all events and is accompanied by an incredible team of Event Curators to discuss everything on exhibit, answer questions and educate fans with histories, stories, behind the scenes facts.

The HSPPA started out with James’ personal collection, spanning over 30-years and has grown into a traveling extravaganza, based primarily in the Midwest, for now.

 

James talks about the current incarnation of the HSPPA and his hopes and dreams for its immediate and long-term future. We also got to talk about the two books currently available from the HSPPA:

If you get a chance to see their show at a convention or event, do so; it’s well worth it.

Enjoy the chaos

 

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Also James Azrael

Also James Azrael

The Writer’s Block Presents: Writer’s Block




Many, many writers have had those moments where they’re staring at a blank page and thinking, I can’t think of a single thing to write. I may never have another creative idea again in my lifetime. Maybe it’s followed by, Boy, I sure could go for a chocolate chip muffin (as I am thinking as I type this). I can’t tell you these moments are easily fixed. I can tell you you’re not alone.

When faced with such a crisis, the best advice I’ve ever received is to do something else. Anything else. Push your chair away from that screen and find a different activity, preferably something creative or physical, to give your mind a break. If you like to paint, paint. If you’ve been meaning to plant a small vegetable garden, now’s the time. Is your wrist sore because you don’t have the proper carpal support for your computer mouse? Break out that sewing kit and get to stitching a small wrist pillow. Bake a dozen chocolate chip muffins from scratch, then send me some. Do anything . . . other than write.

You’ll likely find your mind will wander during these activities. For example, I hate sewing, but my wrist was shooting stabby “I need some support here” pains up my arm, which really just added insult to the injury of feeling like I’d never have a creative idea again as long as I lived. I cut up an old pillowcase and filled it with dry rice. I sewed it by hand, on purpose, just so it would take longer, and give my mind time to wander. Right around the time I was stuffing the rice in, grain by grain, my husband asked what I’d be making for dinner. Within five minutes, I had the germ of a story idea, about a disgruntled housewife who stabs her husband in the eye with a large sewing needle. She then dismembers the corpse, stuffs the pieces into a roasting pan, and sets the oven to “self-cleaning.” Had I not forced myself to take a break from the computer, this never would’ve happened.

Don’t force the words to come. Take a break. You’ll be pleased to find inspiration can grow from the most ordinary things.

See? A wrist support can also work as creative therapy.

See? A wrist support can also work as creative therapy.

TalkCast 380 = The Fate of the Jewish Super Villain




C.T. Phipps

C.T. Phipps

Continuing with our on again off again theme, what’s so funny about science fiction, on this episode our guest is C.T. Phipps, author of, among many other things, The Rules of Supervillainy series that features the unlikely anti-hero Gary Karkofsky. The discussion is a typical author interview, talking about bizarre pop culture references, the use of Bill and Ted Go to Hell, why Gary’s wife is killed multiple times and where in the hell does all this cone from. The bottom line is, TC is a very interesting guy who puts those interests into his books, and for that matter is a rather prolific writes currently working in 3 different series:

 

C.T. is a very funny guy and really interesting to talk with.

Enjoy the chaos.

 

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The Rules of Supervillany

TalkCast 379 – The Wit and Wisdom of Alexander Jablokov




Alexander Jablokov

Alexander Jablokov

 

In this episode we spend time talking with science futurist and science fiction writer Alex Jablokov. We spent the show talking about various facets of his life; how and why he found his love for science fiction, when he began writing, why he stopped writing and why he restarted his writing career. It’s a fascinating hour of articulate conversation about the craft and the passion and why it’s important to him.

Enjoy the chaos.

 

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TalkCast 378 – The Atomic Frenchie




Little Giant Comics OLD School COMIC SHOW

 

It is yet another two-guest show for us.  Our first guest is Jason Brodnick. Jason is the force behind the Little Giant Comics OLD SCHOOL COMIC SHOW being held on April 28th.  in Concord New Hampshire. Jason talked with us about the reasons behind an large, one day event in a central location wit a family friendly entrance fee, plenty of parking and it the tradition of a “comic” conventions, mostly comics. This convention is a hybrid of the larger events and micro-cons combining what Jason feels is the best of both worlds.

 

 

 

The Atomic Frenchie

The Atomic Frenchie

Our second guest is the ever-popular New York Times Best Selling Author Thomas E. Sniegoski, a great friend of the show. Tom drops in to talk about his contribution to the upcoming edition of My Peculiar Family II Kickstarter. As is usual when Tom joins us, it is a fun relaxing wide-ranging conversation. Tom also got to talk about his newest book collaboration with Tom McWeenie, The Atomic Frenchie. This is a wonderfully funny kind of graphic novel about a French Bulldog Super Villain (in no way related to his own dog Kirby whatsoever). We talked about how the story came about, how he reached out to Tom McWeenie to collaborate on this and the trials and tribulations of bringing something so different to press. Tom was, as usual, his effervescent self and is was just a joy to have him back. (There may or may not have been leaked as nugget about Toms newest project towards the end of the interview, just sayin’)

To be honest, there may have been news afterwards but Dome had some wonderfully annoying technical difficulties and didn’t hear anything after Toms interview ended.

Isn’t chaos wonderful?

 

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The Atomic Frenchie

The Atomic Frenchie

TalkCast 377 – (Insert Snappy Title Here)




It’s another two-guest episode.

Nicole Dubuc

Nicole Dubuc

An actress, a show runner, a voice actor and a comic book writer all walk into a podcast.

Well tonight that’s one person, the multi talented writer of Darby Pop Publishing’s Bruce Lee comic, Nicole Dubuc. We get a chance to talk about all of her past and current roles and the many things she is doing now. Nicole talks about why the Bruce Lee – The Walk of the Dragon comic is so special to her and her working with Shannon Lee in putting this project together. We barely scratched the surface of who she is and what she does.

 

Griffin Ess

Griffin Ess

Then Griffin Ess joined us. Griffin was ostensibly here to talk about Nuclear Physics and the Rise of Neo-Colonialism in Global Diversity. At the last minute he decided to change his agenda and instead we talked about his unique contribution to My Peculiar Family 2 (currently at a Kickstarter near you) both in written form as well his very interesting reward. He also revealed a bit about his upcoming Kickstarter with his co-conspirator George O’Connor, his current projects on Shaded Areas and the affects of chocolate on the human nervous system (a pet project of his).

 

News Topics:

Enjoy The Chaos

 

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TalkCast 376 – How Things Work in My Peculiar Family




My Peculiar Family II

My Peculiar Family II

In this episode we have a discussion with three people with unique responsibilities in the production of My Peculiar Family II:

Each talks about their introduction to the project and what, in their mind, makes this volume unique. Enjoy the conversations and follow the Kickstarter.

 

 

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My Peculiar Family Returns – Volume II Celebrations




My Peculiar Family II

My Peculiar Family II

We are pleased to announce that the story of Chyna Dales’ odd family now continues on Kickstarter. The newest book in this series contains 16 all new stories and features the work of:

Some of the amazing rewards include, original paintings and artwork, signed books and even Glow In The Dark Keychains! Over the next few shows we will feature many of the contributors to this newest volume. Please check it out if you have a chance.

Original Cover Art by Karen Gosselin

Original Cover Art by Karen Gosselin

TalkCast 375 – Vampire Accountancy




Drew Hayes

Drew Hayes

Have you ever read a book and said to yourself, “Self, I would love to talk to the guy who wrote this stuff.” Well, in this episode I get that chance. I first found a copy of The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant in a books store a few years back. It was so different and amusing and so unlike anything currently available in urban paranormal vampire stuff that I finished the book in one day. Having devoured it, I immediately found whatever else I could written by Drew Hayes and each was better than the previous.

Drew Hayes, it turns out has written a bunch of stuff and its all slightly off kilter and interesting as hell. Drew and I spent this episode talking about some of his ongoing series, The “Fred” Series, Super Powered, NPCs and a bunch more you can find here. One of the more interesting things we spoke about was what its like being an independent author and how it affects his interaction with readers and fans.

I’m really glad I stumbled onto his work. I hope you will be to.

Enjoy the chaos

 

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TalkCast 374 – Keith Gleason in Plastic City




Plastic City Comic Con

Plastic City Comic Con

In this episode we are joined by Keith Gleason to talk about Plastic City Comic Con 2018. It’s being held at the Wallace Civic Center in Fitchburg Ma. again this year on Saturday April 21st from10am to 6pm. One of the best of the new breed of Micro-Cons, Plastic City is now 3 years old and because of its size and place has some wonderfully unique features:

  • Entrance fee: $ 5.00
  • Kids 12 and under free
  • Free parking

Keith talked about many new things happening this year including special guests Corin Nemec and J.M. Dematteis and his Kickstarter to help bring more awareness to the convention and his work, a comic called The Mighty Mascots.

One of the most important aspects about Plastic City Comic Con is that they have no intention of moving to a multi-day format or new location for the foreseeable future. The thinking behind that is to keep costs low for the participants as well as attendees. In this respect, Keith is working very hard to commit to the Micro-Con concept and the fact that this is their third year is proof that the Micro-Con is a very viable option for all and tons of fun. Join Sci Fi Saturday Night there and say hi.

In This Weeks News Conversation:

Enjoy The Chaos.

 

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