VFCast! Season 5 Episode 7: Just when I thought we’d gotten away from the Elder Gods, time traps lay at the bottom of the ocean.

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Title: The Underwater Welder 
Creator: Jeff Lemire 
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions 
Release Date: August 7, 2012

This book has a lot going for it. If you want to know about those things listen to the podcast. At it’s best it is a discussion of what it means to be unprepared for the responsibility of becoming an adult. At its worst it is super mansplaney.
Why do men leave their wives? Our secret pain cannot be understood by vagina people. Why is there a crisis of masculinity? I’m not sure, but man is a man’s pain real. Man is it not to be misunderstood, dismissed, or ignored. The pain of dealing with all this power, prestige and awesomeness is just too much for us to bear. I guess we will have to go underwater, where it is safe.
Perhaps I am being unfair. Jeff Lemire is writing from his own expedience, and mixing it with the fantastic. He is a good writer, and fantastic artist, and a deeply thoughtful man.
I just get tired of that being the only kind of book we read on this ‘cast.

Next week! Kelly Sue DeConnick!

Season 5 Episode 6: Maybe it is better with acid?

Title: Action Comics: Vol 3: At The End Of Days 
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Rags Morales 
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: December 11, 2013

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When a thing you love ends how do you remember it? Do you remember the good times? The times before it all went wrong? We don’t remember the past objectively anyways. Perhaps life is just about joy, about purity, about perfect moments.

Or perhaps the dark time matter. Perhaps surviving the hard times makes the good times better. Perhaps when we look back we we strip something vital, something important, something that matters, if we strip away all the flaws, the confusion and the betrayal.

All I know for sure in life is that Dune was a stand alone novel, and The New 52 Action Comics only had two volumes.

Season 5 Episode 5: Elder Godhood and the Life Cycle of a Fish-Man


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Title: Hellboy Volume 1
Creator: Mike Mignola
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: 3rd Edition: December 9, 2003

Listen to me! The Many-Sided-Ones knock! You think we are just Podcasting about their glory three weeks in a row because they make for great villains? You think we like talking about their many sided glory? We love them with a dark love. Our dedication to their glory flows not from our own engines. The Mechanic removed that which shines in us. Now we rot. We rot with the glory and power of an ant forced to behold the full splendor of a man. Our many sided parts, jokered passion, our ardor are not a warning, but rather a joyful noise! We are The Men of the Vestry; We show you What-Is-To-Come!

Alternatively titled Sometimes Red Dudes Get Unreasonably Angry About Frogs.

VFCast! Season 5 Episode 4 – Two Men, One Boy

Title: Batman/Starman/Hellboy Issue 1 & 2
Author: James Robinson
Artist: Mike Mignola
Publisher: DC & Dark Horse
Release Date: January 1999

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This is a crossover book drawn by a very popular creator and written by a cult favorite about the most popular character in comics and his dudebros. James Robinson has a very devoted fan following (Cabel and Leland included) and Mike Mignola is an extremely influential writer/artist.

So why can’t I find anything about it online? Seriously, the Wikipedia entry isn’t even important enough to get tagged with the “it’s just a synopsis” tag. It is so unimportant that no one (us included) even cared to mark that it was a bad entry.

Why is that? This should be an important book, right? There are big things happening. It is Starman’s first multiverse crossover. It is Mignola’s first time to professionally draw Batman. It has semi-false advertising on the cover.

We enjoyed it, so I guess all my confusion is somewhat moot.

Meh.

[I mentioned I would link to our Starman podcast. Stay a while and listen! -L]

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Clockcleaner – “Caliente Queen”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai. All other music is property of Leland Webb and Vestrymen from the Future!

VFCast! Season 5 Episode 3 – A Boy and his Dog

Title: Battlepug Vol. 1: Blood and Drool
Author: Mike Norton
Artist: Mike Norton
Publisher: Dark Horse
Release Date: July 4, 2012
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No time for pug, Dr. Jones!

Sometimes, a man must stand alone. He must face the demons of production cycles and deadlines while his mates… do other things. This week that man was John, and boy-howdy did he do a bear’s job of the thing!

The gulf between print comics and online media is becoming smaller than a stereotypical and slightly racist Asian child sidekick. That being said, it’s always interesting to see how page-a-day serials from the web translate into printed volumes. If the glimpse I got of Battlepug is representative of the whole, John has found something wicked-awesome to chat with you guys about.

If you like babes, bears, barbarians, and especially battle pugs (whatever those are) you need to get VFCast! Season 5 Episode 3 in your ear-holes so hard.

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Alison Eales – “Overblown Gestures”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai. All other music is property of Leland Webb and Vestrymen from the Future!

VFCast! Season 5 Episode 2 : Low Hanging Fruit

Title: Chew Volume 1 : Taster’s Choice
Author: John Layman
Artist: Rob Guillory
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: December 8, 2009

It is strange to really dislike something so universally beloved. It is also strange to talk to your buddies, with very similar tastes about it. You start out really gentle, like… “Dude, what did you think of, Chew? Did you like it?”

And he doesn’t want to ruin your good vibes, if you dug on it, so he is all like “Well I thought it had …. problems…”

And then you feel a gush of relief. “Yeah, some. I think i  can name a large number, actually.’”

There are podcasts out there that love to hate the books they read. We do not. We have more fun-loving on something than hating on it. The podcast is a lot of fun. It is worth the effort. We have thought about only podcasting on things we can give a positive review to.

We don’t. Somehow it feels dishonest to do that. I can’t quite put my finger on it….

Still, there is a sense of relief when you realize your friends hate the same things you do, rest of the world be damned.

But Agent Chu digs me, don’t you, Chu?

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Season 5 Episode 1: Hey kid, Do you like Magic?

Title: Hellblazer: Volume 1, Original Sins
Author: Jamie Delano
Artist: Rich Veitch
Publisher DC Comics (Vertigo Imprint)
Release Date: March 11, 2011

The world is what it is. Leland, The Bear, and I often disagree. We often hate things the other two love. We disagree about the role of government, non how non-pronouned individuals fit into a society with fairly rigid gender roles and the relative merits of semi-vigilante law keeping by 501-c(3) organizations.

We all agree that the world basically is as It is. Our wishes can’t change it into something IT  is not. You can wish to elemental forces; you can wish to your creator in the sky; you can even wish to the unique and exotic power of crystals; None of your wishing can cause the World to change.

It is dangerous to believe otherwise.  When you do you undermine your ability to perceive the world as it is. Worse you your ability to engage the world with the tools we have. Your rationality, your wild essence, and even your physical and instinctual understanding of the world are all weakened when you refuse to engage what is in front of you; when you ignore what logic, reason, and experimentation have shown to be true.

Don’t be John Constantine, boys and girls. He is a worse version of you.

Also he is very, very sad.

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