Manga Before Anime and a Few Other Tangents with Justin Williams (SuperTangent)

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You’ve got lots of manga titles. You’ve got lots of anime titles. And it always seems to be a manga coming first, then the anime coming after that. But why?

Listen in as Justin Williams from Super Tangent tries to discuss this with Chris. But tangents happen so there’s other stuff as well.

Learn such things as:

  • Sometimes the simplest answer is probably right
  • Can Chris and Justin ever stay on topic?
  • How can you have an arcade without a fighting game?
  • And so much more!

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.

You can find Justin over mostly in the Nerds and Knowledge Facebook group, technically on Twitter @SuperProclivity but not really, or the official SuperTangent website.

Music by Best Day, who does thinks that Spongebob is an anime.


Ultraverse Prime with Scott Niswander

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Time to dig back into the Malibu vault and pull out Prime, part of the Ultraverse universe. But he seems kind of familiar since Prime is a kid who turns into an adult super hero. Except the hero he turns into is based on whatever the kid wants it based on. So yeah, that’s a thing that happened.

Listen in as Scott Niswander from NerdSync comes by the show to talk about this Sega CD exclusive experience. And yeah that’s about all I can say about it.

Learn such things as:

  • This had to be for an earlier system, right?
  • How far back can you trace the ability to digitally read comics?
  • Did we really not mention that this was only released with another game on the same disc?
  • And so much more!

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.

You can find Scott at The NerdSync YouTube channel, on Twitter @NerdSync or on the NerdSync Patreon page. And seriously, check out the Scooby Doo video.

A big thanks to Behold!, as well as Reel Feels for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who will never have a cat as cool as Nyx or Sparta.


The Minds Behind Adventure Games with Patrick Hickey Jr

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Recorded waaaaay back in February but finally getting released now, listen in as I talk to Patrick Hickey Jr. about his new book The Minds Behind Adventure Games, the writing process, having an excuse to talk to cool people, the giant chore it is to decide what games get into his books, and future books that may or may not be an excuse to get to talk about all of the games he loves to talk about.

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


Ghost in the Shell with Billy (CommanderCast)

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Future tech heavy police states where still a thing of the future when we recorded this episode I swear. Can we please go back to simpler times where almost everything in Ghost in the Shell was fictional instead of just the tech?

Listen in as Billy from CommanderCast joins the show and through the power of recording way ahead of time we blissfully think that there’s no way that Ghost in the Shell could ever actually be happening in the real world. Please tell me we were right about that, even if it’s a lie.

Learn such things as:

  • Is this anime really as good as the fans say it is?
  • How can you do a tie in licensed game well?
  • What’s the secret to getting beautiful anime cut scenes?
  • And so much more!

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.

You can find Billy’s writing CommanderCast, or jump straight to his latest article which looks at the use of Squirrel creatures in Magic: the Gathering Arena or this older article that looks at the use of Zombies and zombie hoards, or listen to him in the second part of their 400th episode.

A big thanks to Match Club, as well as The Wheel Weaves for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who thinks anime is a type of sushi roll.


Break’s Over

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Alright, I can’t do this anymore. I need to be making this podcast. So it’s coming back!

To answer a few questions right off the bat:

  • We still aren’t in the new house. I blame…….everything……….
  • I miss talking to people about this stuff
  • I do talk about other things over at Caffeine and Spite now as well so if you want to hear more from me you can do that there
  • Patreon is about to maybe get some more stuff thrown their way that you can only get there
  • I love all of you and miss all of you and all that other mushy stuff

Why Hal Jordan Sucks with Dan McMahon (DC SuperSons)

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One of the things I like about comics is that there is such a history to everything. And inevitably that leads to someone hating certain iterations of a character, or with the “real life” identity of the character.

Good thing Dan McMahon from DC SuperSons has some feelings on the matter. Listen in as we discuss why Hal Jordan sucks.

Learn such things as:

  • Which Green Lantern is the best?
  • Why does Hal get a pass on so much?
  • What’s a dumber weakness between wood and the color yellow?
  • And so much more!

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.

You can find Dan at Supersons Podcast and on Twitter @DCSuperSons, or by checking out his personal Twitter @danthemcmahon.

Music by Best Day, whose favorite collor yellow.


Pro Wrestling with Charlie Davis (The Young Ones, Match Club)

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You know who knows about wrestling? Not Chris. Like at all. Except that it’s had some video games of various quality levels put out about it. But you know who does know a lot? Charlie Davis from The Young Ones

In our second Patreon First bonus episode I’m talking to Charlie about wrestling and why I should like it and why all the comics people I follow on Twitter like it.

Learn such things as:

  • Who some people are
  • Why the different “leagues” exist
  • Is this stuff even real?
  • And so much more!

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.

You can find the Charlie on Twitter @geneticghost, some writings over at Xavier Files such as this one where they look at Guardians of the Galaxy #2 or this other one where they look at Excalibur #7, their podcast The Young Ones on Twitter @youngonescast and The Young Ones website, and their new wrestling podcast Match Club on Twitter @matchclubpod and the Match Club website.

Music by Best Day, who is probably Undertaker.


On a Break

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No special messages this time or anything, the show is simply going on a break. Not sure for how longs.

I know that sounds ominous, but it’s really not that bad. Kayleigh and I are going into hyperdrive in our quest to get the house we’re going to die in. Not that I think the death part is going to happen anytime soon but I’m sick of moving. Part of this though means that I’ll have to take the time that would normally go towards getting the podcast ready to instead get the house ready to sell. Years of flea market trips and just general not keeping up with things to the level that a proper Southern home should be kept up with means that we’ve got some work to do.

So like I said, no set timetable on when Play Comics will be back. Could be after we’re in the new house. Could be before then if we get this place ready to go fast enough. We’ll see.

Patreon Episodes are still going on as normal because I have enough of those recorded to last a few months. Plus I can probably sneak in a recording there and be fine. Although if I need to do that then we have bigger problems with getting into the new house than I originally thought so I really hope that doesn’t happen.

If you need to get your fix of comic or video game podcasts then I suggest taking a look at the Past Guess page and finding someone from there. If they have a link by their name then they have a podcast that I think you should check out. Or at least something that I think you should check out. And if you really want to hear my voice but can’t make up your mind about which episode to go back to, I’ve got a random episode link set up so you can just see what happens there.


X-Men Mutant Wars with Anthony Sytko (Capes on the Couch)

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Hot take: the X-Men are a bit popular and were back in the 1990s and early 2000s as well. Shocking, I know. So it’s not a surprise when an X-Men related game comes out at all.

Listen in as Anthony Sytko from Capes on the Couch joins the show to take a look at X-Men Mutant Wars for the Game Boy Color.

Learn such things as:

  • Which character was the obvious favorite when making it?
  • Where did they pull these bosses from?
  • Why did they worry about timing this with a home video release of a movie?
  • And so much more!

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.

You can find Anthony on Twitter @CapesOnTheCouch, his personal account @AnthonySytko, and of course the Capes on the Couch website.

A big thanks to Fading Memories, as well as Round & Round for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who may or may not be afraid of mirrors.


Beast Wars Transformers With Jeremy Dennis (TransMissions)

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No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Although there might be something more than meets the eye about another Transformers game based on Beast Wars that came out not too long before the subject of the last regular episode. The Maximals and Predacons are at it again, or something like that since time gets screwed up all over the place here.

Listen in as Jeremy Dennis from TransMissions joins the show to help us take a look at Beast Wars Transformers for the PS1 and we we try to figure a lot of things out.

Learn such things as:

  • The joy of basing a game off the first season of a TV show
  • How waiting just a few years could have given this game much better controls
  • The surprise awesomeness of a kids TV show
  • And so much more!

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.

You can find Jeremy on Twitter @yakk0dotorg or over at the TransMissions Podcast Network.

A big thanks to Literary Loitering, as well as Geek Freaks for the promos today.

Music by Best Day, who is getting more sleep than me tonight and I don’t hate him for that at all.