We Be Geeks 207: It’s All Roses With Meredith Finch

In this episode, we welcome writer Meredith Finch who has written novels and comics, including a stint on Wonder Woman.  Meredith came on to promote her new creator owned comic book, Rose, which comes out from Image Comics on April 12th

 In addition to talking about Rose, Meredith talked with us about the importance of art in comics, the problems some publishers have with keeping a schedule, and the difficulty creative teams face in keeping up with monthly issues.  We discussed various publishing methods, the prices of modern comics, and the problems with the big company crossover events that permeate the industry these days.

Not only is Meredith an accomplished writer in her own right, but she also happens to be married to superstar artist David Finch, and she told us how some of the experiences David has had helped her when she entered the world of comic writing. 

We talked to Meredith about her love of fantasy fiction, and why she chose that genre for her upcoming comic Rose.  Meredith also shared her love of cats with us, a love shared by the We Be Geek crew, and how that helped to create one of the main characters in Rose. 

Meredith was a fantastic guest, and it was fun talking to her about comics.

Marvelette Missives – Scooby Apocalypse

A group of meddling kids and their dog attempting to solve a mystery – that sounds pretty familiar. But what if the group is comprised of an investigative reporter, her loyal cameraman, a scientist, a dog trainer and a dog who happens to be the subject of experiments into creating more sentient canines, and the mystery is the end of the world? Well guess what – that’s exactly what you get with Scooby ApocalypseMore

We Be Geeks 206: We Be Geezers

Tonight, we have Shannon Mccarter on from Network 1901 on with us. We talk about her theory of Jyn and Cassian surviving the Death Star blast at the end of Rogue One. We talk about Fangoria ending after 38 years. We talk Shailene Woodley pulling out of Divergent’s tv show. Looks like this show is turning out to be a dumpster fire and probably will not make it to air. We talk Judge Dredd 2 and if it will be coming out as an animated series. We talk Ben Affleck reportedly wanting to leave Batman and what that will mean for the DCEU. We talk Mel Gibson being in talks for directing Suicide Squad 2. We discuss Shannon’s age and come to the realization that we are really, really old. We talk Rebels coming to an end after 3 seasons and what could be next. We talk the new Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Disney Land. We talk Network 1901’s new Star Wars podcast, Discovering Star Wars. We also talk Network 1901’s other podcasts as well.

Marvelette Missives – The Pulse

The Pulse was a comic following Jessica Jones and her time at “The Pulse”, a weekly section of the Daily Bugle newspaper. There are a lot of familiar characters here, including reporter Ben Urich, publisher J. Jonah Jameson and a load of superheroes including, of course, Luke Cage. So basically, for Marvel fans it’s a great read.  More

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Iron Fist

In barely a month, on March 17, Netflix will premiere the latest in its street-level heroes shows. Iron Fist is based on the Marvel character of the same name who first appeared in comics in 1974.  More

We Be Geeks 205: Life Model Geeks

This week on We Be Geeks: We are all together again to talk all things geek! Agents of Shield has continued to improve with each season. From Inhumans to LMS’s (Life Model Decoys.) Supposedly longtime viewers will be rewarded once the third season 4 arc has been revealed. Peter Capaldi is expected to leave Doctor Who after this season, which leads to the question, Who will the next Doctor be? Of course the regeneration will be right around the Christmas episode this year.  We dive into this topic and discuss our thoughts on this important matter. What the heck is going on with the Batman movie? This is the question I think we have been asking ourselves for a while now. Ben Affleck has decided that he will not be directing it. He has so much on his plate, so he made the decision. Now we are left with the question on everyones mind. The Secret of NIMH is getting a remake! The Rats of NIMH with James Madigan making his directional debut. The movie will be a live action CGI hybrid film. We are not too sure how to feel about this considering the original is so loved. It set a high bar, and hopefully we won’t be disappointed. Gotham, the show we all love to hate was a topic. Supposedly Jerome is back in the winter finale of Gotham. How? I’m not really sure, since he was seriously dead the last time I saw him. Also the Riddler finally has a costume! Apparently, no cane though. That may be coming soon though. All this and some more, but you have to listen!

Marvelette Missives – Introducing Wynonna Earp

If you’re looking for a female protagonist who’s not a typical hero, enjoy the paranormal side of things and like a touch of Western then Wynonna Earp may be the show for you. A descendant of Wyatt Earp, Wynonna returns to her hometown (appropriately named Purgatory) to protect it from demons, as her great grandfather once did. But, of course, it’s not that straightforward.  More

We Be Geeks 204: The Point Of Terminal With Bruce Zick

This week we talk with Bruce Zick the creator of Terminal Point, and the new collected graphic novels put out by Caliber Comics. We talk about his web comics, and the difficulty of holding people’s attention with denser books. We talk about the journey of turning Terminal Point into a graphic novel. We talk the Zone Continuum web series. Want to know what duo shade is? Find out here. We talk the difference between the Zone Continuum and Terminal Point. We talk time travel, and the problems that go with it. We talk about what brought him to write Terminal Point and his love for science fiction. We talk promotion and the problems getting books out there nowadays. We break news on The Atomic Legion making a possible comeback. We talk Stan Lee’s impact on comics.

Marvelette Missives – Deadpool v Gambit

In the miniseries Deadpool v Gambit (released as a trade last fall), the Merc with a Mouth teams up with the smooth Cajun con man to, what else, pull another con. The two have a secret history of working together even though, as happens with most people who know him, Gambit doesn’t much like Deadpool. But the real issue here is who’s really being conned?!  More

Deadpool Snubbed at the Oscars

It’s that special time of year for cinephiles around the world. The 89th Academy Award nominees have been formally announced. As Trevor Dueck notes, the nominees and favorites are largely who you’d expect. Think La La Land. 
 
I’m not here to argue that Ryan Gosling and company aren’t deserving of their record-tying 14 noms. But there was one massive snub in the nominations that I cannot abide. 
 
Some are yelling in protest across the sea that Pixar’s Finding Dory didn’t get any aquatic love. Others are upset that Amy Adams’ nomination for Best Actress never “arrived.” For me, there’s another snub that hits hard and deep. Not one single Oscar nomination for Deadpool! 
 
If all the Best Picture nominees were on par with La La Land, I might not be complaining, at least not so vigorously. And I have no quarrel with Arrival, Moonlight, Hell or High Water or Lion. But for the love of everything holy, please tell me how Mel Gibson’s violent church film Hacksaw Ridge is better than The Merc with the Mouth?
 
I think I get what the Academy is saying. Deadpool is not “artistic” enough for its overly pretentious award show. But that sells the film well short. It might be a sardonic super-hero movie, but it’s also an inspirational love story about a man dealing with the ill effects of cancer and learning to give back to his community. Sniff, sniff … excuse me.
 
It might not have singing and dancing to the same jazz song played ad nauseam, but what it lacks on that front it more than makes up for with smug, fourth-wall busting humor.
 
Some might complain about Deadpool’s gratuitous violence. But that can’t be the source of its snub. Hacksaw Ridge has just as much, and past Oscar nominees have as well. Think Pulp Fiction.
 
But fine, Academy. Keep your precious Best Picture category for more artsy (read: less funny) films. Couldn’t you at least recognize Deadpool in your more obscure categories like Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Ryan Reynolds had gorgeous hair! And what about T.J. Miller’s coif? No, instead you only nominated three films in this category, and one of them had to be freakin’ Suicide Squad. 
 
How hard was it to put eyeliner on Jared Leto? He was probably already wearing it when he showed up!
 
So I am protesting these awards with the hashtag #OscarsSoDead…Pool? Okay, the hashtag is a work in progress, but I will continue to voice my displeasure until the Academy starts recognizing a more diverse range of genres. 
 
Do you want to know who I blame for this?
 
Mel Gibson.
 
#OscarsSoMel?

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