The Minds Behind Shooter Games with Patrick Hickey Jr (Corrected)

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I can’t get into first person shooters. But let’s get it even wider than that, I usually can’t get into shooters at all. They’re just not my genre of choice.

Patrick Hickey Jr. might just change that with his latest book The Minds Behind Shooter Games. I’ll probably never be good at them but after reading the background that Patrick was able to pick up. I might not love the games, but I love hearing about the stories behind how these games came into existence.

This episode is brought to you in part by Lesser Known Comics. Be sure to check out the Lesser Known Comics website for the most up to date news on what they’ve got going on.

Learn such things as:

  • What happens when you start a conversation with “This game is trash”?
  • How does Patrick get
  • Patrick is writing a comic!?
  • And so much more!

You can find Patrick on Instagram @patrickhickeyjr, Twitter @reviewfixpat, and of course his personal website and Review Fix.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who hasn’t read any of Patrick’s books yet.

Support Play Comics by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics

Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-89f00a for 40% off for 4 months, and support Play Comics.


The Minds Behind Shooter Games with Patrick Hickey Jr

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I can’t get into first person shooters. But let’s get it even wider than that, I usually can’t get into shooters at all. They’re just not my genre of choice.

Patrick Hickey Jr. might just change that with his latest book The Minds Behind Shooter Games. I’ll probably never be good at them but after reading the background that Patrick was able to pick up. I might not love the games, but I love hearing about the stories behind how these games came into existence.

This episode is brought to you in part by Lesser Known Comics. Be sure to check out the Lesser Known Comics website for the most up to date news on what they’ve got going on.

Learn such things as:

  • What happens when you start a conversation with “This game is trash”?
  • How does Patrick get
  • Patrick is writing a comic!?
  • And so much more!

You can find Patrick on Instagram @patrickhickeyjr, Twitter @reviewfixpat, and of course his personal website and Review Fix.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who hasn’t read any of Patrick’s books yet.

Support Play Comics by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics

Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-89f00a for 40% off for 4 months, and support Play Comics.


Wonder Woman with Michael Conrad and Becky Cloonan

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When you think of the most iconic characters in the DC Universe then Wonder Woman is definitely up there. Easily one of the most important characters in comics. But with that longevity and popularity comes an interesting problem, a lot of stuff has already been done. So when you can get a fresh take on things it’s always great, and even better when it’s a well done comic.

That’s what we have here with Michael Conrad and Becky Cloonan. Listen in as we talk about the best parts of a limited Future State run, plans for their run on the ongoing Wonder Woman story, and go off on some of the most relevant tangents this show might have ever had.

Learn such things as:

  • What’s the best/worst way to solve arguments with your partner?
  • Who is most likely to get a Wonder Woman related tattoo next?
  • What are some of the ways you can make it work when you work with and live with someone?
  • And so much more!

You can find Michael on Twitter @michaelwconrad and the Michael W Conrad website. You can find Becky on Twitter @beckycloonan. You can find both of them at Mystery School Comics Group where you can buy cool stuff and help make sure they get to keep making great comics like this.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who does not have a pet kangaroo.

Support Play Comics by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics

Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-89f00a for 40% off for 4 months, and support Play Comics.


The Pride Omnibus with Joe Glass

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One of the great things about comics is that there’s a story for everyone. A character for everyone. Or there can be, some groups are just more well represented than others. What can you do?

If you’re Joe Glass, you can go write a comic that has been popular enough to spawn a 400+ page omnibus release. I’d say that’s doing a little something to make sure that marginalized portions of the population can get some more and better representation wouldn’t you?

This episode is brought to you by everyone who has made The Pride possible. Which might even include you. Pick up your copy from your local comic shop, Amazon, or Joe’s personal pick Big Bang Comics.

Or you can prove to me that you read show notes by telling me that I have this offer to give away a copy in the show notes and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a free copy. Assuming I can ship it to you without costing me a small fortune, and if that’s the case we’ll work something out.

Learn such things as:

  • How do people possibly miss the point of this series?
  • How many things had Joe written before popping this wonderful series out?
  • Who is the worst group of fans in all of comics?
  • And so much more!

You can find Joe on Twitter @JosephGlass, on Instagram @joeglass, YouTube @JoeGlassComics, and his website Joe Glass Comics.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who hasn’t read this one yet.

Support Play Comics by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics

Check out our podcast host, Pinecast. Start your own podcast for free with no credit card required. If you decide to upgrade, use coupon code r-89f00a for 40% off for 4 months, and support Play Comics.


Goblin with Eric Grissom and Will Perkins

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Comics is a team sport. Unless you’re talking about one of those super talented people who can do everything, but we’re not talking about them right now. We’re looking at a book made by two people who are both good at what they do.

Those people: Eric Grissom and Will Perkins. The book: Goblin. I have both of them here to talk about this wonderful story that you really will have to read. Spoiler alert though: it’s pretty good.

This episode is brought to you by the wonderful patrons of Play Comics. Want to help support the show? Head over to PlayComics.com/Patreon and you too can get early episodes and other special patron only goodies.

Learn such things as:

  • How many dinosaurs can one artist squeeze into a definitely not dinosaur focused book?
  • Who is going to find Eric’s long lost early web comic?
  • How do you get a pull quote on someone’s book?
  • And so much more!

You can find Eric on Twitter @egrissom and his website EricGrissom.com.

You can find Will on Twitter @DillGerkins, on Instagram @willperkinscomics. and his website WillPerkinsComics.com.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who has made friends with the monsters under his bed.

Support Play Comics by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics


Lesser Known Comics with Mark Bernal

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Sometimes a dumb idea actually turns into something. You know, like telling your wife that you’re starting a comic publisher. Or not telling her and just kind of doing it until one day neither of you can deny that this is exactly what’s going on.

I’ve never done that. But you know who has? Today’s guest Mark Bernal from Lesser Known Comics. So listen in as I pick his brain about how you can sneaky start a publisher and some of the best parts of doing so as a relative newcomer.

This episode is brought to you in part by Lesser Known Comics. Partly because it just makes too much sense not to do it, and partly because they have a Kickstarter going where you can pick up some print copies of their comics.

Learn such things as:

  • What are the benefits of listening to employees?
  • How do you just back into running a comic publisher?
  • What are some benefits to knowing Patrick Hickey Jr.?
  • And so much more!

You can find Mark and Lesser Known Comics on Twitter @LesserKComics, Instagram @lesserknowncomics, or the Lesser Known Comics website.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who is probably not very good at baseball.

Support Play Comics by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics


The Kitchen Witch with Steve Orlando

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There’s only a few things we have to have to survive in this world. Two of those are comics and food. But what if, and I’m being totally serious here, what if you could find a really good comic about food? I’m sure there are others, but Kitchen Witch is really good so that’s what we’re going with right now.

Good thing we have Steve Orlando here to talk to about The Kitchen Witch. Makes total sense since he wrote it. After all, that is how these things usually work. And if you’re not convinced that buying The Kitchen Witch is a good move after listening to this then I’m going to have to seriously think about if we’re able to be friends.

This Episode is brought to you in part by 215 Ink, which makes total sense since they’re publishing it.

Learn such things as:

  • What’s Steve going to make me when I go over to visit?
  • Wait, kitchen witches are a real thing?
  • How many things can Steve be working on at once? (We actually don’t get an answer to this, but it’s a lot)
  • And so much more!

You can find Steve on Twitter @thesteveorlando and on Instagram @thesteveorlando. Also buy his comics. They’re good. You won’t regret it.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store.  Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who doesn’t know how to make blue box Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. He’s got the blues.

Support Play Comics by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics


Batman: Chaos in Gotham with Erin (Girls Talk Comics)

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We’re never going to get away from Batman are we? Oh well, at least Chaos in Gotham is based on everyone’s favorite Batman animated series. And Batman might possibly have one of the best rogue galleries in comics so you’ve got to think something could be pulled off here.

Good thing we’ve got Erin from Girls Talk Comics to come help us look into the situation. So suit up, because this is a fun one.

This Episode is brought to you in part by Alex Schumacher, SLG Publishing, and Mr. Butterchips.

Learn such things as:

  • Why is Joker a jerkwad?
  • How disappointing is it that [your favorite villain] isn’t in this game?
  • Why don’t we have more games where you can be Batgirl?
  • And so much more!

You can find Erin at the Girls Talk Comics podcast, and on Twitter @girlstalkcomic1.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

A big thanks to [Capes on the Couch](https://capesonthecouch.live/), as well as [Chrises on Infinite Earths](https://chrisesoninfiniteearths.podiant.co/) for the promos today.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who doesn’t know how to drink water.

Support Play Comics by contributing to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics


A Silent Night with Justin Richards

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More than anything else right now, I want to make sure that everyone one of you is doing alright in every way possible. We’re going through a lot of shit and while taking care of your mental health is really important we as a society aren’t in a place yet where it’s always something that can be talked about openly. That needs to change.

This is one reason why I’m so excited to talk to Justin Richards about his Kickstarter project A Silent Night. Dealing with depression and anxiety is something that you definitely don’t have to do alone. I’m not saying that backing this Kickstarter project will help, but it will get the conversation out into the world in a more public way and I have to see that as a good thing. Plus Justin is just A grade good people. Can’t really go wrong there.

Learn such things as:

  • What’s the thought process behind such a personal project like this?
  • How do you get people to submit to such a dark topic?
  • How important are the fuzzy friends?
  • And so much more!

You can find Justin on Twitter @EmoComicWriter, Instagram @emocomicwriter, and of course the wonderful Kickstarter page for A Silent Night.

If you want to see Thor the best thing I can say is to check out this episode on the Play Comics website because I have pictures there. Spoiler Warning: They’re both pretty cute.

If you want to be a guest on the show please check out the Be a A Guest on the Show page and let me know what you’re interested in.

If you want to help support the show check out the Play Comics Patreon page or head over to the Support page if you want to go another route. You can also check out the Play Comics Merch Store. Use the coupon code “ireadshownotes” for 15% off your order.

Play Comics is part of the Gonna Geek Network, which is a wonderful collection of geeky podcasts. Be sure to check out the other shows on Gonna Geek if you need more of a nerd fix.

You can find Play Comics @playcomicscast on Twitter and in the Play Comics Podcast Fan Group on Facebook.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who does not have his own Thor.

Support Play Comics by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics


Break For Real

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Alright guys, we really need to get the house ready to sell. Despite saying that I’ve been working on that most of the free time has been spent working on the podcast in one way or another. Good for content, not so good for getting into a new house.

Here’s a quick summary of what I say in the episode:

  • I don’t know how long the break will be because I don’t know how long it will take to get into the new place
  • I’m not halting production during this time, but I am really slowing it down. Weekends before Kayleigh wakes up, a night or two during the week, stuff like that.
  • Everyone I’m already scheduled with a time (not just lined up with a game) is still going to happen. Mostly because it’s all this week.
  • Comic reviews and the newsletter are still going on because I can work on that in pieces and while sitting on the couch watching cartoons
  • I’ll still go on other shows because that’s such a relatively small time commitment
  • I never really took the break last time before that I said was going to happen….
  • … and that’s leading to a bit of burnout already. I have to do better with keeping the backlog of recorded episodes built up and not recording 3 or 4 episodes in a single week.

I still love doing the show. I’ll still be around social media and stuff. And I’m going to figure out something for the Patreon people. I actually have a few ideas for that.

Intro/Outro Music by Best Day, who can come help us if he wants. But it’s cool if he doesn’t.

Support Play Comics by donating to their Tip Jar: https://tips.pinecast.com/jar/playcomics