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Legends Podcast #245; TED (Comedy)

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This episode takes Op, Beef and Wing to Boston to watch the Christmas miracle of TED. We discuss plot, reference, jokes, casting, accent and so much more! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! these discussion will be spoiler fill and will use an explicit language, so consider yourself warned.

 

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Legends Podcast #229; Overboard (Comedy)

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This episode takes Wing, Op, Beef, and Katherine to the house of a kidnaper in Overboard. We talk hair style, kidnaping, children educations, Kurt Russell and so much more! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! these discussion will be spoiler fill and will use an explicit language, so consider yourself warn.

 

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You can find us on iTunes under ”Legends Podcast”. Please subscribe and give us a positive review. You can also follow us on Twitter @LegendsPodcast or even better, send us an e-mail. You can find all our contact informations here on the Network page of GonnaGeek.com Our complete archive is always available atwww.legendspodcast.com

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Wedneday’s Webcomic: Nimona

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Just in time for Halloween, I bring you Nimona, the tale of an evil genius and his minion. Ballister Blackheart was going it alone as a supervillain until teenage Nimona showed up on his doorstep with a can-do attitude, penchant for violence, and shapeshifting powers. Blackheart’s villainy isn’t black and white however, as his own strict code of honor from his days working for the Institution for Law Enforcement and Heroics before his terrible betrayal tends to keep him from achieving the heights of villainy. Cheerfully violent Nimona has her own mysterious reasons for wanting to take the Institute down, which she sulkily avoids whenever the subject comes up. Over the course of their villainous schemes they discover the Institute is hiding something truly horrendous, and must use all of their villainous wiles to expose their foes to the unsuspecting populace.

Nimona takes place is a fascinating, Magitech medieval universe. While all the characters wear armor and joust and talk of magic, there are televisions, ray guns, and giant robots to enjoy as well! The art is in full color, with a sketchy and expressive children’s-book style of drawing. What will really astonish you is the incredibly-drawn monsters Nimona can turn into throughout the comic! While mainly a comedy, the comic cleverly holds a mirror, darkly,  up to our notions of good and evil, heroes and villains, and what it means to stand on your own moral platform rather than one given to you.

The author, Noelle Stevenson, both writes and draws this comic. Nimona updates bi-weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and should be published by HarperCollins in 2015. It has been nominated for a Harvey award for Best Online Comics Work and has been awarded the Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Webcomic of 2012 by Slate Magazine and the Center for Cartoon Studies. Stevenson is a full time writer and artist and is also known for the fanart comedic strips, the Broship of the Rings.

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He’s so heroic! Just look at that codpiece!


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Servants of the Imperium

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Things take a personal turn today, as I bring to you the webcomic Servants of the ImperiumThe comic, I believe, is heavily reminiscent in humor and art to the epic The Order of the Stick, but distinguishes itself by being set in the Warhammer 40K universe created by Games Workshop. I will confess right here, to not originally having little love of the 40K universe. I had always found it a depressing, heinously violent, and overly testosterone-driven setting with overpriced miniatures and an antisocial, unpleasant fandom. Not very open-minded of me, I realize, but nothing about the single minded Space Marines of the miniature game really caught my interest. Then I fell in love with a man who was not only obsessed with tabletop gaming of all kinds but had many boxes of  lovingly assembled Space Marines, volumes of the “Black Library,” played the RPGs with his friends, and thanked/blamed-it-on the Pestilence God Nurgle when he got sick.  Since this man also tried knitting, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and Jane Austen for me I made an effort to see the good side of life in the 41st Millenium. This story really helped me get there.

I will stress I wasn’t  a complete novice in 40K terminology when I started reading the comic, but I feel a novice with familiarity of science fiction can enjoy and embrace the setting. It starts out with a few one-shot gags in black-and-white but quickly becomes a longer story in full color. The art style is in simple but expressive stick figures. The story follows Lord Severus Hunt, an Inquisitor devoted to hunting down the heretics against the God-Emperor in the Imperium of Mankind 39 millenia into the future.  His (mis)adventures protecting the galaxy from the forces of evil are accompanied by a growing roster of acolytes, including the trigger happy, oddly chipper bounty hunter Krin, the socially backward and deadly assassin Brianna, and a sarcastic Psyker with a penchant for exploding heads named Lyle. As the plot develops, it is not only darkly humorous, but takes a few nods from the grand adventure stories such as Treasure Island. There’s action, treasure, treachery, intrigue, monsters, romance, and lots of comedy! The comic really showed me what is human about the grim and dark setting that is the 40K universe.

The author, Rob Leigh, pulls a lot from his experience as a GM from the 40K series of Roleplaying books from Fantasy Flight,  especially the Dark Heresy series. There was a longer hiatus earlier this year while he was a bit burned out by his surprising success, but I am happy to say that the comic is once again in full swing. He also reviews 40K roleplaying books in the website’s blog section, but does not seem to have any other projects online.

Stumbling on this comic really showed me coolness and charm of the 40K universe; the hard scrabble for survival, the strangeness and similarities of the culture, and the glimmers of humanity in the vast, cold horrors of space. I was able to go from here to the Roleplaying books, then to fluff of the actual miniatures game. I can finally wrap my head around the motivations of the Space Marines, and even recently latched onto a chapter to call my own, the Blood Ravens. Maybe my sweetheart will even talk me into painting some miniatures….

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This is a comedy set in the grimmest setting western literature has ever created. I don’t know how he pulls it off.


Bachman’s Best – Dads

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Dads posterThe best thing I saw last week was Dads the new Fox show starring Giovanni Ribisi and Seth Green, from the creators of Ted and Family Guy, namely Seth MacFarlane. I watched the 2 episodes on the Fox.com website and found it really enjoyable. Green and Ribisi are in situations where they are both stuck living with their out of date slightly burdensome dads, basically a sitcom premise.

I wanted to write this article specifically to address some of the ridiculous reviews I saw for this show. Critics, bloggers, others with opinions have been complaining that the show is sexist, racist, and blah, blah, blah. Notice that I mentioned right off the top that the show is from the creators of Ted and Family Guy, one of the producers is Seth MacFarlane, which should give you a really good idea about the humor level involved in this show. It’s a sitcom, it’s a funny sitcom premise, the characters get roped into ridiculous scenarios that only happen in far-fetched sitcom worlds.

And it’s funny! This might be the best funny acting I’ve seen from Ribisi since his role as Pheobe’s mentally eccentric younger brother on Friends.  Green in the 2 episodes I saw carries a fair bit of the show and does it with panache.  Mull and Riegert play very different dads with weird quirks and annoying strange habits, as they should in a sitcom.

In this ridiculously over sensitive politically correct world it seems that no one is allowed to enjoy a show when any of the jokes make fun of any one. It’s just sad, people are complaining about this show for ridiculous reasons. Jokes are made at the expense of peoples sex, race, ethnic backgrounds, relationships, ability to dress as a school girl and giggle, basically all things that sitcoms have been doing for the past 40 years. It also makes me wonder why there were people that attacked this show but no one gave this show credit for having multi-ethnic cast filled with great female actors. Vanessa Lachey and Brenda Song are both great on the show and Tonita Castro is amazing!

This is a show written for a new generation of adults dealing with parents moving back in and making fun of the situation because comedy is one of our greatest coping mechanisms. It’s fairly well written, it’s got some great sarcastic jokes, the crew seems to be having fun making the show and I found it really entertaining.

Give it a watch, give it a chance, and decide for yourself. And if you find that it’s not the show for you, that’s fine, but don’t feel the need to get offended and bring your bile to the internet. Remember, no matter what you are watching your shows on there is a button, or a dial, or a tab, something, that will let you change the channel. Now I’m not saying that well written criticism is bad, but just because you don’t like something doesn’t mean that it needs to be labeled as racist or sexist or any other ist, maybe it’s just not the show for you. It’s just a sitcom people, not the end of the world. Go find the stuff you like, quit wasting your energy telling us all about the stuff you don’t.

Dads cast


Bachman’s Best – Firefly

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The best thing I saw last week was the complete run of Firefly. I again watched all 14 episodes over the week on Netflix streaming. I’ve done this 4 or 5 times since it became available on the Netflix instant queue, and this week I’ll probably watch the film Serenity again as for me it does kind of work as a great topper after you watch the full show.

Sadly I was not a Browncoat from day one, I think I only ever caught one or two episodes as they went live on Fox before the shows sad cancellation. And I do remember seeing ads for the show and thinking “Cool, this looks like it could be a The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. in space!”, which I thought was a great idea. What I saw was an interesting show that seemed fairly cool and then it faded into the background noise. Then the movie Serenity came out, which I saw on the big screen. Mainly due to having seen Nathan Fillion’s performance in one of Joss Whedon’s other epic projects, Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

After all that I saw Firefly was available for streaming and one weekend I set down and watched it all over the course of a weekend. Now I understand why this show has such ardent fans. Now I see why there are Browncoats at all the conventions. Now I see that I want to be bad guys, and I want my world shiny. From design to script, characterization to set design, fight scenes to cursing in Chinese, Firefly is as well built as it is full of heart.

At its most basic Firefly is Joss Whedon’s idea of a western set in space, think half Brisco County Jr., half Star Trek. But what this cast of characters brought to the screen is so much more than that that it’s almost unbelievable. A whole that is far more powerful than the sum of its parts.  Nathan Fillion leads the crew of Serenity, a Firefly class starship, as Malcolm Reynolds, an ex-soldier that fought against the Alliance that now has most of known space under its control. Being a man of honor that has no problem being unscrupulous in the eyes of the government he is in the unique position to smuggle, rob, and basically be a pain in the backside of the Alliance. Mal has put together a crew capable of handling almost any situation, even if it’s not in the most straight ahead fashion. Over the course of the show you see a crew grow closer as a family as they face situations that always seem to be more gray than the original black and white seen at the outset. They fight, they sneak, they rabble rouse, they generally are just damn entertaining and you’ll enjoy being along for the ride.

If you’ve got the Netflix queue up and running I would say to give it a chance, I have trouble thinking of someone that would not enjoy this show. And if you don’t want to face down a stack of 14 episodes than watch the film Serenity which does stand alone as it was written to work even if you’ve never seen a minute of the show. It may not be your favorite thing ever, you may not become a Browncoat, but I bet you’ll think it’s shiny!

Firefly cast


Wednesday’s Webcomic: Guilded Age

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Guilded Age is a long-running, intricate, and hilarious high fantasy webcomic that surprises you with its depth and cleverness at nearly every turn, and one enormous plot twist you will not,  and I repeat not see coming. Billed as “the Saga of the Working Class Adventurer,” Guilded Age tells the story of a small group of ne’er-do-wells questing for cash. When they happen to get together and form a startlingly effective team, their local government decides to put them on salary to solve problems and spread peace, although this is usually achieved by the judicious use of violence. As their work takes on more and more political importance, their team grows, as well as the possibility that the very existence of their entire world is in jeopardy.

The comic uses interesting jumps in the story in the beginning, by telling you short stories from the team’s later missions while telling you the story of how they came together in the first place. As they reach the first climax in the story the comic the storytelling shifts into a direct line, with some side stories, frequent guest art interludes, and perspective shifts to the antagonists. Indeed, the many antagonists of this story are fascinating, with deep motivations and surprising placement. Layered between the crass jokes and jabs at MMO tropes is a nuanced plot with subtle politics and existential themes. The art is appropriately serious or cartoonish when appropriate with rich watercolor washes and tones. There was a changing of the guard in artists, and the change in style is subtle but distinct.

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I’m going to wax poetic about this opening page here: Here is a beautifully drawn, colorful page that not only introduces and summarizes most of the principal characters but sets the tone for the entire epic adventure! This is a bar setter for opening pages.

The Authors and Their Other Works

The Guilded Age is created by a team: T Campbell, who writes both comics and crossword  puzzles,  Phil Kahn, a connoisseur of the internet and webcomics who also writes and draws a comic called Grown Ass Mans, and John Waltrip, known for the Robotech comics he worked on with his twin brother. The first artist was Erica Henderson who has worked in video games, comics, and illustration.


Wednesday’s Webcomic: The Order of the Stick

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Order of the Stick

This week’s recommendation is a big name, but I would like to reiterate that if at least someone hasn’t read a fantastic comic then it is worth my time to recommend it.  I am also hesitant to give any plot details whatsoever, as I believe it should all be experienced first hand. The Order of the Stick is a long running, fantasy parody comic with pithy gaming humor and complex, cerebral story lines worthy of the high fantasy pulp novels that inspire it. The art, while simplistic on the surface, will surprise you with it’s range of expression and flexibility. The story begins with one shot jokes that point out the practical failings of actually living in a Role-Playing Game as the characters discuss their levels, skill points, and passing their skill checks as if they were brushing their teeth or walking the dog. Very quickly and subtly an over-arching plot develops, and then another, and then another, and then they weave together deftly into one mind-boggling overarching storyline. The characters, which at first appear to be a fairly simple collection of fantasy trope characters, slowly reveal interesting depths and motivations. One character’s lack of explicit gender at first seems to be a simple joke, but over time becomes one of the most notable challengers of traditional gender roles I know of. The romances are also one of the most realistic and human parts of the story. Despite their cartoonish fantasy world they have all too familiar ambitions of a great romance, achieving mastery over their skills, building a family or a fortune, or simply finding some stability. The villains themselves are complex and challenge the black and white notion of good and evil in a fantasy universe. Thanks to one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns of all time, The Order of the Stick is also available in its entirety in print.

The Author

Author Richard Burlew was formerly a professional graphic designer. A long time player and GM of Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, Burlew has also contributed to the Dungeons and Dragons monster manual and other canonical publications. The comic has updated mostly consistently over the course of it’s nearly decade long publication, although a private chronic condition occasionally prevents updates. In September of 2012, a serious hand injury prevented publication for a long stretch, but after surgery and physical therapy updates are back up to full swing with Burlew reporting he has made nearly a complete recovery.

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From this humble beginning has grown one of the greatest fantasy epics I have ever read. For real. Have I ever steered you wrong?


Bachman’s Best – CM Punk’s Grammar Slam

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CM Punk Grammar Slam

The best thing I saw last week was CM Punk’s Grammar Slam presented by the Nerdist Channel on YouTube. Here I found a kind hearted wrasslin man trying to increase the correct use of grammar on the internet and hopefully lower the community rage created by those unable to use correct grammar in their communications with the world through social media.

CM Punk’s outrage at people unable to properly use there/their/they’re when communicating with fellow humans is as funny as these videos are informative. Specifically when he goes through tweets sent to him saying that some other wrestler is going to “kick you’re ass!” It’s great stuff.

Personally I’ve been called a grammar Nazi on Twitter and Facebook, I don’t really mind.  Call me names, just spell them correctly and use them properly and I’ll be okay with almost anything. And here’s a hint people, when you are low on space in a tweet use the text term “yur” it works for both forms of your/you’re and it saves space. Just don’t use “your” when you mean “you’re – the contraction of you-are” and tell me it was because you ran out of space.

The links below, go enjoy these videos, maybe learn something, and join the legions I believe will now be using these to Rick Roll the grammatically challenged.

 

CM PUNK’S GRAMMAR SLAM!

 

Now if CM Punk would just do one so I can figure out that damn to/too/two thing…