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  • Parallel Man: Invasion America #1 Review

    Back in Episode 89, we talked with guest Christopher Jones about working in the comics industry and one of his upcoming projects, Parallel Man!

    Parallel Man #1 Cover
    Parallel Man #1 Cover

    I just finished reading the first issue, and I just wanted to share a few thoughts on it:

    Parallel Man is a science adventure comic. Much in the same way that Star Trek, Blake’s 7 or even Doctor Who can have just about an unlimited number of exciting settings, PM is the same. Rather than travelling though space or time (and space), Parallel Man deals with Skip Technology that allows you to jump between multiple Earths. Some of them are fungus worlds, others are populated by reptilian humanoids, and many have been dominated by a threat that is revealed in this premier issue.

    Rather than expanding their empire out, these people have expanded their empire sideways, into different Earths. This seems to have led to amassing some pretty awesome technology, and most of it is demonstrated rather than explained, something I’ve always been partial to in comic book storytelling.

    Comics are a visual medium, and as such, Parallel Man doesn’t rely on exposition to convey what’s happening, they show it and you pick it up as you go, because you’re clever and don’t need to have your hand held though a comic.

    First issues are tricky. They have more weight to pull than any other issue in a series, because they need to introduce the reader to this world and the characters in it, give you just enough plot to set the hook, and then somehow make you give a shit in only about 30 pages. First issues can be clunky, but I think Parallel Man pulled it off well. They dive right in, and by the time the issue is over, I wanted more.

    Parallel Man: Invasion America #1 comes out October 8th. I’d highly recommend talking to your Local Comic Shop to pre-order an issue. As it’s a new comic by a new publisher, there’s a good chance they won’t pre-order a ton of them, and you should check it out.

    This could be the start of something big. Future Dude is planning animation, mobile games, and deck builder games all running… in parallel. Here’s some preview animation, with some release date info.

     

    Parallel Man Facebook Page

    Future Dude Entertainment


  • Episode 112 – Don’t Stop Not Believin’

    Journey, Dont-Stop-Believing, 2013, davincis demonsThis week we gathered in the luxurious trailer studios to record an episode with our friend Eric Thompson.  Eric (like Tim) grew up in the Catholic Church and he takes us on an exploration of the difference between being devout and being bored.  We learn how Tim ditched church with the help of his Father (who had once been in school to be a Catholic priest), Eric’s Tattoo, and a lot of other interesting things.  Eric also has some good answers for our five questions.

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  • Episode 111 – Guardians of the Galaxy

    landscape_xlargeThis week we unleash our geek love for Guardians of the Galaxy, which is still in theaters waging battle with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  And by “waging battle,” we mean “kicking the butt of.”   We talk a bit about the source material and about what we all think work about the movie.  Then we get into the larger picture of Marvel movies.  Also, there are a lot of spoilers.  If you haven’t seen Guardians of the Galaxy, you may want to skip this episode and come back later.  At the end of the episode, we read off five answers from Australia!

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  • Episode 110 – Sunday Assembly

    sunday-assembly-edmonton-58Our guest this week is Hertzey Hertz, who joins us to talk about Sunday assembly, a secular gathering for atheists/agnostics/nones who are looking for a community.  While we talk a lot about the Twin Cities chapter, there are assemblies popping up all over the world.  Many of the people we’ve talked to over the last two years have mentioned that the loss of a community is one of the major obstacles to shedding religion.  The Sunday Assembly movement is a new movement that attempts to fill that void for some people.  Of course Hertzey also gets to answer our five questions!

     


  • Episode 109 – Reality Boners

    RamsayThis week’s episode is a brand new installment of our Geeky boners!  As always, we spend the entire episode nerding out about our latest obsessions.  Molly’s latest obsession is actually a fairly old one that takes the form of a well read book.  Nick has been playing the beta of a new game.  Tim has been binge watching…well…a whole lot of different stuff.  Once we all get our nerd on, we read five answers from Australia.


  • Episode 108 – Atheist Comedians

    imagesThis week we are joined by our good friend Joseph Scrimshaw.  Joseph is a professional comedian and we have noticed over the time we’ve been recording this podcast that there seem to be a large number of comedians who are atheists and agnostics.  While we completely fail to provide any data supporting this theory, we talk about it anyway.  We also talk about some religious comedians and how Tim has watched them and doesn’t think they are very funny.  As a repeat guest, Joseph also asks us five exciting and very important questions!  Please note there is a wonderful opportunity for some new fan art at the end of the episode.  Go to town people!

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  • Episode 107 – Transgender Issues

    transgenderToday’s guest won a guest spot on our podcast at our Die Laughing silent auction.  It was a hotly contested prize but Miranda Richards was our winner.  We sat down to record with her in an echo chamber of a hotel room at CONvergence 2014.  Miranda is transgender and we spent our time with her discussing her transition, the response of her family and a lot of other issues.  Nick also talked about his brother, who is also transgender.  Since we have read Miranda’s five answers on the air, she also got the opportunity to ask us her own five questions!  It was a very interesting conversation about a topic far outside many peoples’ consciousness.

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  • Episode 106 – Game of Thrones

    iron_throne_by_twilight5694-d5a8hbj-e1357180993266The second episode recorded live at CONvergence 2014.  Our guest was Rebecca Watson, who joined us way back in Episode 4.  It may have taken us over 100 episodes to get her back but the wait was worth it as we try to cram as much Game of Thrones geekery into 30 minutes as we possibly can.  Because we talk books and TV series, it is fair to say that we don’t get very far.  Even so, a spoiler warning is certainly warranted.  Once we ran out of time to talk Game of Thrones, Rebecca had five questions for us to answer.  One of them made her giggle a lot.


  • Episode 105 – Jessica Fletcher is a Serial Killer

    jessicafletcherToday’s episode was recorded live at CONvergence 2014.  We even got the audience to sing our theme song.  Our guest was Raychelle Burks, better known as Dr. Rubidium!  Ray is a chemist so we spent the entire episode talking about Chemistry!  Actually that was the plan.  We ended up spending quite a bit of time talking about “Murder, She Wrote.”  We did eventually get to Chemistry, though, so if that’s your thing, just hang in there.  Ray also got a crack at our five questions.

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  • Episode 104 – Geyser Boners

    DSC01415This week is a brand new geeky boner episode!  Our current geeky boners are all over the place.  Molly talks about some books she has read many times before.  Nick talks about a new Anime he’s really enjoying.  Tim talks about a national park he visited with his family.  We also read five answers from one of our listeners.  Right near the end, we talk our our CONvergence schedule for the coming weekend.  If you are at the con, find us!

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