Game of Thrones – S6E4 – Book of the Stranger – Recap...

Hi, and welcome to another installment of my Game of Thrones recaps. For any new readers, be forewarned, I like to use nicknames. It all started as a way to keep a bunch of characters who mostly looked alike straight in my head, but even now that I’ve read the books and know everyone’s name, in a few cases, the nicknames have stuck. I welcome any and all comments. And away we go… We open on Jon Snow and Bear Claw, er, Longclaw. I don’t think I’ll ever not mistake the name of that sword with the name of Josh Gad’s semi-recurring character on New Girl.  Edd is talking to Jon, trying to convince Jon to stay. But Jon is headed south. He’s been up at Wall long enough and wants to get warm. Edd is feeling abandoned. Just as Jon basically says nothing could keep him at the wall,  Brienne, Sansa, and Pod show up at the gate. Well, almost nothing could keep you at the Wall, Jon. Did everyone catch the way Tormund eyed Brienne? I am 100% shipping Redbeard/Brienne. Who’s with me? They need a good couple name. Who has a good one? Jon and Sansa hug like they’re in November Project. #hugeveryone. They eat together for the first time since early in season one. Jon says, “We never should have left Winterfell.” Sansa agrees with him. Remember back in season one when Sansa was the worst? I mean, back then I think I liked her even less than Cersei and Joffrey, and Joffrey is pure evil! Aunt Lysa falling out the Moon Door was the best thing to happen to Sansa this series. After that, Sansa transformed herself. I remember last season telling a friend that I liked Sansa now...

Stan Lee to Make His Final NYCC Appearance...

New York Comic Con announced yesterday that this year would be Stan Lee’s final appearance at NYCC. No reasons were given, and this news coming so quickly on the heels of Darwyn Cooke’s death immediately had me fearing the worst. But hopefully Stan is doing well and at 93 years of age just wants to kick back, relax and escape the grind of constantly touring for conventions. How does this affect your personal NYCC? Are you going to make it a priority to get Stan Lee’s autograph this year? I’ve met Stan twice and have his autograph on three comics, so getting his signature again isn’t a priority for me. That said, I know I will definitely be signing up for a photo with Stan if it’s offered. And yes, I will be wearing my Spider-Man costume from The RPC Studio.  Hmm, I better start doing some situps. That spandex outfit DOES NOT hide a belly. All the best and excelsior, Stan! We hope you’re in good...

NYCC 2016: How to Buy Tickets...

Written by David Henehan. In an effort to deter the rampant scalping of tickets that has plagued New York Comic Con in recent years, show promoter ReedPop has announced some big changes the NYCC ticket buying process for 2016. The biggest news is the implementation of the new Fan Verification System. Similar to the system that is in place for tickets to San Diego Comic-Con, this new system requires that everyone who desires to buy a ticket for NYCC first set up a user profile. That profile will be good for buying one ticket for each day of NYCC. For example, Groot wants to buy tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. He could either buy one 3-Day Pass or buy individual tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. What he won’t be able to do is buy both one 3-Day Pass and one Saturday ticket, because that would violate the one ticket per day rule. What if you need a friend to buy you your ticket? That’s not a problem, as long as you first set up your Fan Verification profile and give your friend the email address attached to that profile. For example, Rocket needs Groot to buy him his ticket. Groot wants a 3-Day Pass and Rocket wants tickets for Saturday and Sunday. Once ticket buying begins, Groot puts in an order for tickets, and associates his profile for his 3-Day Pass and Rocket’s profile for Rocket’s Saturday and Sunday tickets. This will all be done on one order. When are tickets going on sale? We don’t know yet and NYCC has no plans to publically announce when tickets go on sale. Fans who set up a Fan Verification profile will be emailed with the timeframe in which they can buy tickets 48...

Game of Thrones – S6E3 – Oathbreaker – Recap...

Hi, and welcome to another of my recaps of Game of Thrones. For any new readers, please note, I like to use nicknames. It’s hard keeping everyone straight when they’re all bearded brunettes with long hair or blonde siblings who like to shtup each other. The episode open at the Wall, because WHERE ELSE IS IT GOING TO OPEN AFTER LAST EPISODE’S ENDING? Davos in shock by what he sees, Jon Snow breathing on the table. Jon is in even more shock than Davos. Smokey Vajayjay enters the room. She’s surprised too. That look on her face really drives home that she had 0% faith in her ability to bring Jon back. They ask Jon what he remembers. Smokey wants to know about the afterlife. Jon remembers being stabbed, but as for after death? He says it’s nothing, just nothingness. Jon actually does not seem relieved about being alive. He seems more confused about being back than happy about it. On a side note, this is the cleanest Jon has ever looked since Season 1, Episode 1. Jon heads to the yard, where his brothers in the Black and the wildlings are assembled. They’re all shocked, though Tormund manages to get a good joke it. He says that everyone thinks Jon’s a god. Jon says that he isn’t one. Tormund gets the best lines of the episode with his response: “I know that. I saw your pecker. What kind of god would have a pecker so small?” Even Jon has to smile at that one. The show cuts to a boat at sea. Sam and Gilly are on the boat. Sam is puking nonstop. Gilly is pretty upbeat, which is a total change from the books. I remember her crying her way through this...

Game of Thrones – S6E2 – Home – Recap...

The episode opens and we finally get to see the old man who is the three eyed raven. He’s not as woven into the tree as I pictured in my head from the books. He seems more encapsulated by the branches, like he just needs someone to saw him out. I’m firmly in the camp that the TV show does it better, but here I think the TV show lost out to the books. Bran is at the old man’s feet. Remember Bran? It’s been awhile! Wow, Bran has really aged since we’ve last seen him. That’s what happens when you leave a teenager out of a whole season of a show. Bran is seeing the past, specifically his dad, Ned, as a kid in Winterfell. And Winterfell never looked so good. The place is at peace, something Winterfell hasn’t seen since early in season one. Young Ned and Young Ben are practicing their swordplay in the yard. Lyanna Stark *cough* Jon’s mom! Jon’s mom! *cough* Even Bran is surprised by happy everyone is. “They were all so happy,”  he exclaims. The definition of happy in Game of Thrones is fascinating, I mean they’re still hitting each other with blunted swords. Whoa! Hodor as as a boy! And he’s talking! Hodor’s name is Wylis! Get ready for all the Hodor “Whatchu talkin’ about Wylis?” memes. Hodor is older than I thought. The old man pulls Bran out of his vision of the past. In the present, an extra from the Broadway show Cats is checking out Bran. I know, I know, she’s one of the Children of the Forest. Put your keyboard down, angry German fan. Bran asks Hodor about his past. Surprise, surprise, Hodor only responds, “Hodor.” Man, Meera has gotten older too. Meera looks like she could be Tom Hiddleston’s...

Game of Thrones – S6E1 – The Red Woman – Recap...

It’s finally here! The return of Game of Thrones! And the return of my recaps! You might remember that in order to get over some serious Games of Thrones withdrawal between seasons 4 and 5, I started reading the books. The withdrawal hit even harder between seasons 5 and 6, and I’m happy to report that I am now caught up on all the books that have been published to date. That’s right, I’m now one of those “That’s now they did in the books” people. Yay. Um. Hey, where are you going? Don’t worry, I still plan to keep these recaps full of the humor you’ve come to expect, but I might actually remember a name or two now (though Margaery will ALWAYS be Princess Low Cut). Thanks for joining me for another season. Please enjoy… Wow, that was one long ass Previously on Game of Thrones to start the episode. Did they show a scene from every episode of the series? Is a long Previously on… supposed to make it easier to tell all the brunette northmen with beards apart from each other? Or is it for people who are checking Game of Thrones out for the first time and thinking, “I’ll just jump in on this show 6 seasons in.” Smart choice there, big guy. Thankfully the Previously on… finally ends and the opening credits start. We can all agree these are the coolest opening credits of any TV show ever, right? The episode starts on the Wall. Where else would it start? My friends, family, coworkers, casual acquaintances,  baristas and I have been theorizing for 10 months as to whether or not Jon Snow is dead. If the episode started anywhere else in the Seven Kingdoms, I would have thrown...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 120 – Wytches vs Outcast Apr29

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 120 – Wytches vs Outcast...

A little late this week, but here it is, the 120th episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast! Did you not make it to comic book store yet this week? Good, because we have our picks for the best books that came out on Wednesday, 4/27/16. Do you read Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches from Image Comics? If so, you’ll want to listen to this episode. Billy and Dave both read Wytches Volume 1 this week and discuss it in depth in the Tuesday Night Book Club. How does it compare to our other favorite horror comic, Outcast? Listen and find out! Happy Tuesday/Friday! http://ia801502.us.archive.org/14/items/TuesdayNightComics120/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20120.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 119 – Wonder Woman: Earth One!...

What’s up, comic people?! Dave and Billy are back and they’re here to dive deep into Wonder Woman: Earth One by Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette. Plus, the guys give you their picks for the must-read comics of this week! http://ia801508.us.archive.org/31/items/TuesdayNightComics119/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20119.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 118 – Rogue One! Outcast! KIRKMAN!...

Billy and Dave are back for another week of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast! The guys debate the Star Wars: Rogue One trailer, give their picks for this week’s new comics, and get really into Outcast by Robert Kirkman and Paul Azaceta. Next week in the Tuesday Night Book Club: Wonder Woman: Earth One. Your homework is to read it this week to be ready for next week’s show. http://ia601508.us.archive.org/6/items/TuesdayNightComics118/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20118.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSShttp://ia601508.us.archive.org/6/items/TuesdayNightComics118/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20118.mp3Podcast (tuesday-night-comics-podcast): Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 117 – Supergirl vs Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice...

Get ready for it! Episode #117 of the Tuesday Night Comics Podcast is here! We’ve got all the picks you need to be ready for new comic book day tomorrow! Plus, why Billy will now buy anything the team of Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto create from here on out! And Dave compares and contrasts CBS’s Supergirl to Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Plus, more news on DC: Rebirth!   http://ia801501.us.archive.org/3/items/TuesdayNightComics117/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20117.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 116 – The New Fifty-Tues! Salvation Run!...

DC made a whole bunch of Rebirth announcements this past week at WonderCon, and we’re ready with the final installment of what we’re calling The New Fifty-Tues, where Billy and Dave pitch titles and creative teams for the Post-Rebirth DCU! This week on the Tuesday Night Book Club the villains take over as Billy and Dave review DC’s Salvation Run. Did it live up to the hype in Billy’s mind? Plus, our picks for new comics coming out Wednesday, 3/30/16 and reviews of the comics we’ve read recently. http://ia601507.us.archive.org/28/items/TuesdayNightComics116/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20116.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Lego Justice League: Cosmic Clash – Review Mar25

Lego Justice League: Cosmic Clash – Review...

While everyone is working themselves up into a frenzy over how bad a movie Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice may be, a VERY entertaining movie starring Batman and Superman was quietly released on DVD and Blu Ray recently, Lego Justice League: Cosmic Clash. The Superman and Batman rivalry plays a big part in Cosmic Clash. Sure, maybe not so much that they’d name the movie after their rivalry, but it’s mentioned often and clearly drives Batman’s relationship with Superman and the rest of the Justice League. I have to hand it to screenwriter James Krieg, the guy knows his DC superheroes. This shouldn’t be a surprise, as he penned the screenplays for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox and the previous Lego Justice League movie, Attack of the Legion of Doom. He also wrote episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Green Lantern: The Animated Series and Beware the Batman. There are a lot of Easter eggs and in-jokes sprinkled throughout this movie that were a nice wink and nod to longtime DC comics fans. My favorite was the incorporation of Batman’s outfits from Grant Morrison’s time-travel epic, Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne. Can we please get a Lego minifig of Caveman Batman?! The movie does come with an exclusive Lego minifig of Cosmic Boy. Spoiler alert: The Legion of Superheroes are in this time-spanning adventure. The Cosmic Boy minifig is done right, even including Lego pieces representing his magnetic powers. While it was cool to get a Cosmic Boy minifig, I really wish that the minifig was one of Batman’s time-traveling guises. Again, can we please have a Caveman Batman minifig?! Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom don’t make it into this movie. The bad guys are Brainiac and to a lesser extent,...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 115 – Are we a little late this week or a little early for next week?...

Big news! Billy is a dad! Because of that, the email exchange below almost replaced the podcast this week. But Billy and Dave managed to sneak into the studio during one of Billy’s daughter’s naps, and here we are with a new episode! Is it a little late for this week or a little early for next week? You decide! But before you enjoy the podcast, please enjoy the following email exchange between Billy, Dave, Nick (occasional Tuesday Night Comics guest host) and Bryan (Billy’s cohost on The Billy and Bryan Show) about The Killing Joke, Alan Moore, John Byrne and Supergirl. From: Bryan To: Billy, Dave, Nick Subject: Newswire: Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reunite for Batman: The Killing Joke animated film [feedly] In the words of Joe Biden, this is a big fucking deal, right? Newswire: Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy reunite for Batman: The Killing Joke animated film http://www.avclub.com/article/mark-hamill-and-kevin-conroy-reunite-batman-killin-233778?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=feeds— via my feedly newsfeed From: Nick To: Bryan, Billy, Dave I would normally be excited about something like this but man, do I hate the Killing Joke. From: Bryan To: Nick, Billy, Dave Oh yeah? I thought it was one of the big ones. (I mean, if I’ve heard of it, it must be something.) Do most people like it? From: Nick To: Bryan, Billy, Dave It is one of the “classic Batman stories” but I don’t like it – I think I’m probably in the minority, though. I definitely do not need to read a story featuring (technically) children’s characters where (spoilers for a nearly 30 year old comic) Batgirl is paralyzed and possibly sexually assaulted and Commissioner Gordon is sodomized by circus people, all in the quest of being “edgy.” Again, though – people do seem to like it, and it is Alan Moore and the...

Tuesday Night Comics Episode 114 – Miracleman! The New Fifty-Tues! Big Announcement!...

As we approach DC: Rebirth, Billy and Dave present their take on which comics they would put out if they were running DC and with whom they would staff said comics. It’s the New Fifty-Tues! This week, it’s the Batman books! Find out which Batbooks made the cut! Also on this week’s episode of the Tuesday Night Comics podcast, Billy and Dave read and review Miracleman Vol 1: A Dream of Flying by Alan Moore, Alan Davis and Gary Leach. And the comics industry eulogizes artist Paul Ryan. Also, in this episode: an important message to you, from Billy and Dave, about the future of this podcast! http://ia601507.us.archive.org/13/items/TuesdayNightComics114/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20114.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

Tuesday Night Comics Podcast 113 – Vixen! Vixen! VIXEN!!!!...

It’s all things Vixen this week on the Tuesday Night Comics Podcast. Billy and Dave watched Vixen’s debut on last week’s Arrow, her animated series on CW Seed, and read Vixen: Return of the Lion by G. Willow Wilson and Cafu. The guys also take on the job of DC editorial, as they staff DC’ books for the Tuesday Night Comics version of DC: Rebirth. We’re calling it the New Fifty Tues. This week we tackle the Superman line of books. Plus, Billy and Dave give you their picks for what comic books to look out for on new comic book day this week and review a lot of comics. Plug in those headphones and tune in, fanboys and fangirls! http://ia601502.us.archive.org/1/items/TuesdayNightComics113/Tuesday%20Night%20Comics%20113.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...