VFCast Season 3 Episode 20: Jedi Mind Tricks and More Slasher Movies

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Title: Hack/Slash: Volume 1: First Cut
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Tim Seeley Artist: Various 
Publisher: Image Comics (Previously Devil’s Due Publishing) 
Release Date: Various

Even after after podcasting and more thought about Hack/Slash I’m just not sure that one can identify as a feminist and enjoy this book as much as I do. Its just … exploitative. Perhaps it is problematic for models of female sexual awakening to be written and imagined by male authors, but I really don’t think that male authors have to constrain themselves to male protagonists.  but something about the sexy, sexy, girl in danger upsets me, in a sexy and dangerous way. Then again, perhaps that is just the rectification of the chattel norm as perpetuated by the heteronormative power structure I am so subconsciously comfortable with. Perhaps Seeley’s examination of violence, de-sexualized, for the most part, stands as a criticism of the “violence against is always rape” script of mainstream superhero comics. Perhaps it is just fun to watch pretty girls hit monsters with bats!

Being a feminist comic book fan is hard, ya all! If you care about feminism and comics, read this one and tell me what you think?

[For those of you who noticed that this podcast posted late, you can blame Alan Kunts, our errant Vestrymen blonde correspondent. Homey got married last weekend, I was in the wedding, whole think sort of murdered my productivity.-lwebb]

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Jack Ruby – “ Hit and Run”, The Humberts – “Charlene”, and Whore Paint – “This Body”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 19: Junk Science Follies of the Wu Tang Band

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So it has been a while since we podcasted. My tire blew out on the way to work last week and that kinda threw everything into chaos. Fortunately Fred Van Lente and Clayton Henry are having a great year.

Archer and Armstrong’s art walks that line between cartoony, hyper realistic, and just plain fun better than a Dick Grayson fighting a polar bear on a tightrope. Perhaps there is a pit of lava under them, but that might be reaching too far.

Also we touch on this in the ‘cast above, but having a martial artist named Archer use a crossbow seems a little on the nose. His name is Archer, that doesn’t mean he has to be an archer. He could just be a badass with a name that makes him sound like another badass. He seems to prefer kicking people to shooting them. Krav Maga! [I’m pretty sure he uses his ‘signature’ crossbow exactly once in this volume. -L]

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature You Say Party! We Say Die! – “ Laura Palmer’s Prom”, and Steve Mackay – “The Prisoner”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 18: Ed Brubaker vs, Italian Cinema, Fight!

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Fatale might be more than Leland and I gave it credit for. Perhaps it is an examination of evil. It is just possible that in each chapter the kind of evil Brubaker is examining becomes more abstract, less driven by understandable human desires. By the last act we have an evil that totally sublimates human reasoning, replacing them with elemental evil.

I often think that when others like something more than we do that we are missing something, not catching a key part of the book. Perhaps we missed some subtle joke, some intense moment of character exposition, some dark sorcery driving the whole book from “good” to “great.”

Perhaps we are just bastards who hate fun. Who knows?

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Youth Avoiders – “ Run”, and Crown the Invisible – “The Spaniard that Blighted My Life”. Intro music is “Action Figure” used by permission from Masai.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 17: Saga: Star Wars for Perverts!

No part of me is ever ‘safe for work.’ I am an unsafe worker, bitches. I got fired by OSHA! This podcast is, however, less safe for work than our normal podcast.

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Title: Saga Volume 1 
Author: Brian K. Vaugn
Artist: Fiona Staples   
Publisher: Image Comics    
Release Date: October 10, 2012

So for the next month or so we are gonna be catching up with the hip kids. Every time someone says to me “Wait you are not reading x” we are gonna buy that ‘x’ thing and read it. You can imagine how quickly our reading queue is filling up. We are starting with Saga.

What do you want me to say about Saga? You are surprised that we haven’t been reading 545_-_1024x768_amalgam_comics_batman_cape_claws_comic_darkclaw_fusion_marvel_comics_moon_rooftop_skin_tight_wallpaper_wolverineit? So are we. You want me to tell you how awesome it is? Listen to the podcast if you want to know what we think about it! You wanna it to be more Batman-y? Just read the parts with The Will and ignore everything else [Wait… since when is Batman an amoral bounty hunter? -L]. Same thing if you want it to be more Wolverine-y, actually. You could also read Dark Claw in that case. I think you might enjoy reading Saga more, though.

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Eaters – “Ginger Ninja”, and Long Hair – “Ye’ Vessel”. Intro music is “Action Figure” used by permission from Masai.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 16: Huge UnChanges to the Status Quo!

NAZI robots! Cap with Thor’s Hammer. That one dude from Broxton being awesome! The UnDeReCaptaining of Steve Rogers! All this and more!

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Say what you will about Fear Itself, and Leland and I have tons to say in this podcast, but we both left the book with more smiles to be counted to our lives than when we came. As I am writing this a second round of explosions is going off in and/or near Boston. I am actually really happy that we read this book this week. It feels like emotional armor against the onslaught of tragedy and pain. Fraction’s message of optimism, hope, brave leadership, and a dedicated populace is helping to shape how I view the current tragedies. I go to sleep tonight, just about midnight on 4/18/2013 thinking of my friends in Boston and praying they are all safe. I hope that our leaders and first responders are efficient, effective and safe. Somewhere out there I hope that a first responder, or someone from Boston has the same response to this book as I do. I hope it helps…

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Gillicuddy – “Thinking of You”, and Karsten Pflum – “Coil Up Swedish Pony Riding”. Intro music is “Action Figure” used by permission from Masai Andrews.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 15: Albuquerque Has Comic’s Creepiest Dentist

It’s and eat or be eaten, whether you’re homo neanderthalensis or homo sapiens superior. Don’t blink, food your mogwai after midnight, and don’t forget that the enemy is in your own mind as we extoll the virtues of Grant Morrison’s New X-Men!

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Title: New X-Men Vol. 1
Author: Grant Morrison
Artist: Frank Quitely  
Publisher: Marvel Comics   
Release Date: May 28, 2008

I fucking love Xorn. Xorn is awesome, and I will fight you if you disagree. Yes terrible, strange, and confusing things happened to Xorn following the end of Morrison’s run on New X-Men but I want to forget about that and just remember how fucking likable and awesome Xorn the healer is. Morrison writes likeable outcasts better than almost anyone writing comics today. I suppose that is why Xorn works, both at the beginning and end of this arc. I love Xorn, so his betrayals, his compassion, and all his choices really hit home. We really liked this book! You should buy it! [Xorn has maybe 6 lines of dialogue in this entire book. -L]

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Albuquerque locals A Hawk and a Hacksaw– “Hora Pa Bataie”, and Candlegravity – “Wanting Some”. Intro music is “Action Figure” used by permission from Masai Andrews.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 14: Why would you would you want to be Van Halen when you could be Stan Lee?

The Umbrella Academy movie is in development hell. This is a sad thing. Fortunately there is another volume out that we have not read yet. Still Brad Silberling would kick the ass of this movie so hard, and I’m sure its soundtrack would explode my ears with joy, so hard.  I guess we get another Superman move instead.

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Title: The Umbrella Academy Vol. 1
Author: Gerard Way
Artist: Gabriel Ba 
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics  
Release Date: June 24, 2008

I love the games Gerard Way plays with names in this book. The protagonists are superheroes whose real names are just numbers and have code names are straight out of the Legion of Superheroes naming conventions. You want alienation? Take Dean and Sam from Supernatural, but have John Winchester think of them so much as solders that he refuses to give them names besides “Soldier 1” and “Soldier 2.” You want to talk about chosen family? Have your protagonists choose their own names, and make those names be their only names. Sure code names tell us a lot about a character, but if there is no Bruce Wayne behind the mask, if Batman is his only identity, his only name, then the choice of the name takes on even more significance. Kraken chooses  a terrifying name because he wants to be terrifying. Kraken doesn’t put on a mask and pretend to be terrifying, his only personality is the personality he chooses. Also he is good with knives.

Vestrymen Grade: I’d say “pull” but nothing is currently being published, so go and buy the trade.

You can download this fuckin’ podcast right here: Vestrymen Season 3 Episode 14

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Kazoo Funk– “Baby, You’ve No Eyes”, and Ancient Laser – The Last Americans. Intro music is “Action Figure” used by permission from Masai Andrews.

VFCast Season 3 Episode 13: A Goat with a Woody, that is too hard to resist!

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Title: Quantum and Woody: Volume 1 Director's Cut
Author: Christopher Priest
Artist: Mark D. Bright 
Publisher: Valiant Comics (Acclaim Publishing)  
Release Date: I donno, originally in '97

There is a darkness in me, one that grow and twists and burns. It calls me in the night to do things, questionable things, things never to be spoken of. I am becoming it’s creature, it’s thrall, it’s dark servant. I will do it’s bidding, I will serve this dark power, the one that flows from the darkest corners of my soul, and I shall be REBORN!

I love superheroes, but sometimes I get so very tired of the trite nonsense that the genre is often filled with . If you are a comic book fan I’m sure you do to. Mr. Priest clearly has the same warm feelings for old school superheroes that The Vestrymen have, but he has a complicated enough relationship with them to make reading 90s superheroes seem like a good idea.

Vestrymen Grade: Buy

VFCast! Season 3 Episode 12: Kung-Fu Mystic Medical Rom-Com!

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Title: Doctor Strange: The Oath
Publisher: Marvel Comics Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Marcos Martin
Release Date: 12/12/2012

Having had a LOT of fun with Doctor Strange and Brian K. Vaughan recently, when we remembered that there was a Vaughan created story staring the Master of the Mystic Arts it was just too tempting to read that thing.

Also did you remember that Doctor Strange was an MD? Did you read the 70s-tastic Marvel Comic’s Night Nurse? Do you want ol’ Doc Strange to have homoerotic tension with his “Man-Servant” Wong, while flirting with a girl, using Sherlock Holmesian quips? If you answered yes to all of these questions you are likely our first, and most loyal listener. How are you, Christi?

You can download this podcast: Vestrymen Season 3 Episode 12

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Reigning Sound– “Shaw”, The Undynamic Pop Experiment – “Jo(h)n”, and Cosmic Analogy Ensemble – “Ain’t No Love Lost”. Intro music by Jonathan Coulton.

VFCast! Season 3 Episode 11: [Insert long and awkward Mormon joke here]

Orson Scott Card is in the news and so we read the only OSC book we had floating around! Get ready for Indians, Folk Magic, Mormon Overtones, and a model of the compassionate hero in Red Prophet.

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[Begin interjection by Leland:]

Wet dog, yo.

First and foremost, we apologize a trillion times for the lateness of this podcast. My vacation, combined with the unexpected death of my puppy, led to a series of unfortunate events that pushed publishing the podcast back further than anticipated from when we recorded it on Friday. We hope you still enjoy it, late as it may be. Here is a picture of my late dog, because we know you all love pictures of dogs almost as much as you love videos of sleepy kittens. We’re sorry, we are for real.

[End of interjection. Carry on, Cabel.]

Whatever you think about Orson Scott Card’s politics or social beliefs I always find his creative voice to be unique. Card is geeky without being too self-aware, and is thoughtful while avoiding the descent into pseudo-intellectual profundity. Card’s heroes are deeply committed to kindness without the feeling like OSC is cheating for them; He never oversimplifies the worlds he creates in order to give ‘softies’ an artificial advantage. Card’s characters are always aware of intersectionality, race, and gender politics without often making me feel like I’m being preached to. Card is not either of The Vestrymens’ favorite author, but he generally spins a good yarn, and I loved Ender’s Game.

Red Prophet is a unique experience, both as a comic book, and as story archtype. I wonder what OSC’s Superman story would have been about.

You can download this podcast here: Vestrymen Season 3 Episode 11

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Crete Boom– “Evil Brother”, Lucey Foley – “Making Circles”, and Bell X1 – “The Great Defector”. Intro music by Jonathan Coulton.