VFCast Season 4 Episode 4: Dollar Theatre Special: Pacific Rim

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DIRECTOR: Guillermo del Toro
PRODUCED BY: Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures
IMDB for more info?: Here!
RELEASE: July 12, 2013

Guillermo del Toro is a godsend to the American geek. In the podcast we will speak in pseudo-academic terms about him, his filmography, and his amazing beard. We don’t, however, come right out and hail him as a visionary responsible for pushing a stagnant Hollywood to do more, to reach farther, to take risks, and to animate awesome giant monsters.

I’m in the tank for Toro. I’d bet Leland is too, if you asked him. We are not #journalists, but we are part time critics. I believe critics should reveal to you their predispositions before they do the criticism. Here is my predisposition: I will try and see almost any del Toro movie on opening weekend. I will tell others to do the same. I will pilot a giant robot against hordes of giant monsters if he asks me to.

To War!

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Good Old Neon – “Home with the Device” and Riff Action Family – “Not OK”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai.

Vestrymen Season 4 Episode 3 : Motherfuckin’ Bronies up in hea’!

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Title: My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic: Volume 1
Author: Katie Cook  
Artist: Andy Price 
Publisher: IDW   
Release Date: May 28, 2013

I hear you, Rainbow Dash. I feel that way every Friday night. I am awesome, but none of the fillies that hang out around my cloud want to talk to me, either. That might be because I call them “fillies.”

I am so very over the hard demographic delineation of certain things being “for” one group of people or another. Batman is not “for” little boys, nor is my little pony “not for” men 20-35. Good art is good art. Engaging writing can be targeted but people outside your target demographic are gonna love it. The loudest example of this, in geek culture of late, is the attack on “fake geek girls.”

The fact that Bronies are not accused of being “fake MLP fans,” illuminates the hypocrisy of geek culture’s entrenched misogyny. This (mostly) white, (definitionaly) male move into an assumedly female dominated fandom has elicited a few chuckles here and there, a little bit of gender baiting, but overwhelmingly Bronies have been welcomed with open arms by MLP’s established adult fan base.  The Insecure Masculine assumes it is welcome anywhere its gaze decides to fall, but recoils in hate, fear, and loathing at the “invasion” of its “protected spaces” by  outsiders (geek girls).

I’m not saying Bronies shouldn’t love what they love, or even that any individual Bronie is consciously pulling tools out of their napsack in order to feel more comfortable about their chosen passion. I would never tell someone that their love of a “kids” TV show for girls makes them less of a man. I would however ask male geekdom, particularly white male geekdom to offer the same welcoming hand to non-white, non-male fans of video games, superheroes, and miniatures, that their bronie brethren have received.  Rage won’t make you happy, and exclusion won’t make your hobby or passion better. I’ll likely keep talking about this as long as there continues to be problems reported at cons, so if your a fan of our podcast be awesome rather than an asshole and we can talk about something else! 🙂

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Plastic Flowers – “Fog Song” and Talk Less, Say More – “Black Eyes”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai.

Vestrymen Season 4 Episode 2 : Who butchers the God Butcher?

Title: Thor: The God of Thunder, Vol. 1: The God Butcher
Author: Jason Aaron  
Artist: Esad Ribic 
Publisher: Marvel Comics  
Release Date: June 11, 2013

This may be the season where the teaser image at the top of the podcast’s blog post is just something vaguely related to the material that I enjoy. Sometimes it will be a sweet picture of old Nick Fury chillin’. Sometimes it will be an even sweeter picture that makes me terrified that someday I might actually meat Jason Aaron and he will eat my liver. Perhaps it will be a picture of Venom Galactus, you never know what is coming in the future, boyz and gurlz[zz].

When I was a kid I used to think how sweet it would be if Superman and Spider-Man would just have more comics together. Well, really I was more of a Batman/Spidey guy, but it’s the same thing, you know? These days I imagine what it would be like if Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic made a comic book together. Alternatively, in my comic book fantasy world, David Aja could draw a story written by Matt Fraction.

What you say? All those things have happened? I really should spend more time wishing for world peace and less time wishing for strange comic book related things.

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Coconut Monkeyrocket – “Bloops, Bleeps, Bongos, Brass” and Still Pluto – “My Own God”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai.

Season 4 Episode 1: Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy; Illegal Wars are Harder

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Title: Fury MAX: My War Gone By, Vol. 1
Author: Garth Ennis 
Artist: Goran Parlov 
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Max Imprint) 
Release Date: December 19, 2013

So I feel like I should address something. I’ve lied to you right out of the gate. That picture? The one of Fury sitting there, holding some strange tech thing and reading? That never happens in this book. Not only does it not happen, but nothing even a little bit like this happens in this book. I really, really think that image is great, and I couldn’t even tell you why.

We’ve discussed the work of Garth Ennis before. We where not huge fans of the first work of his we read. Wanted feels mean spirited, lazy, and trite. This book is lots of things, but I wouldn’t call it lazy or trite. I might call it overly gruesome, dark, and brooding. If you’ve ever ready anything by Ennis before, these should be things you expect. By the bucket full.

I really like Captain America and I really like evil twins. They are even better handled with a little bit of grace and charm. If you’ve ever thought that you’d like to see an Anti-Hero version of cap, read this damn book.

I have no more random thoughts to spew in your general direction, now go listen to the podcast!

The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Mudhoney – “Chardonnay” and Chris Gheran – “Dante”. Intro music is “Action Figures” used by permission from Masai.

Skype Log: Cabel And Lee get political!

[12:48:21 AM] Leland Webb: It is time
[12:55:09 AM] Cabel Schoen: what time?
[12:55:20 AM] Leland Webb: Time for books?
[12:55:21 AM] Cabel Schoen: http://gawker.com/freejahar-when-conspiracy-theorists-and-one-direction-478152664
[12:55:26 AM] Cabel Schoen: I like books
[12:56:19 AM] Leland Webb: well fuck me
[12:56:26 AM] Leland Webb: never send me links again
[12:56:36 AM] Cabel Schoen: 🙂
[12:56:49 AM] Cabel Schoen: the world is a slightly worse place that you could ever have imagined
[12:58:15 AM] Cabel Schoen: http://i.crackedcdn.com/phpimages/quickfix/7/3/5/190735_v1.jpg
[12:59:26 AM] Leland Webb: I need to do more drugs
[12:59:37 AM] Cabel Schoen: 1000% more drugs
[12:59:54 AM] Leland Webb: Seriously, I can’t live in this world anymore without more drugs

Continued Hiatus

Leland and I are both working a lot, and are planning on getting back to podcasting in the next two weeks or so. For now here are something completely un-comic book related that I’ve found amusing:

Here are the last 3 Spotify Playlists I created:

Frank – Amy Winehouse

New Moon Shine – James Taylor

Rhino Hi-Five: Waren Zevon

Here is a video with Nathan Fillion! Internets love Natan Fillion!

Why I am the worst comics blogger:

*Spoiler Alert*

I have yet to see either Iron Man 3!

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

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Title: Hack/Slash: Volume 1: First Cut
Author: 
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.