Archive for June, 2013

A Thing Of Beauty…

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on June 30, 2013 by quizlacey

I’m breaking the format of the blog today to talk about… this!

FF Banner New

If you’ve been listening to the past couple of episode of the show, or following us on twitter or on facebook, then you’ll have seen variations of this image popping up as cover pictures and avatars.

A few months ago, I was guesting on an episode of The MOMBcast with a friend of mine, Michael Georgiou. Mike is a ‘drawthor’, a writer/artist and the creative force behind the Elemental Micah series (available for just £9.99 from this link!), and a good friend of mine. Check out his links to his own site, Elemental Micah, and a series of images he did to celebrate 10 years of his original creation Steve and Bob featuring Bob in a variety of geek-related costumes!

Mike was a little drunk, and pestered me with abuse for a few minutes about bringing back my semi-regular podcast, 20 Minute Longbox. A couple of weeks later, whilst hanging out with Mike, he made me a deal – if I put out four episodes of the Longbox in the 6 weeks before MCM London Comic-Con, he would provide me with cover art for one of my shows.

Four episodes of the Longbox later, and I was in a position to request some artwork. I asked him for the name of the show, in the traditional Fantastic Four font, with the team interacting with the letters in some way. A couple of weeks later – outside the cinema waiting to go in for The Man of Steel on the night of my 30th birthday – Mike presented me with the above image.

No pun intended at all – it’s fantastic, and far more than I expected when I was putting together an idea for the image.

Thank you Mike!

(And as for the 20 Minute Longbox? I then went on to produce four more episodes featuring interviews from the MCM London Comic-Con, and the show will return to carry on with random comic selection in a few weeks time)

 

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The Fantasticast Episode Forty-Three: From Rorschach To Father Jack

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2013 by quizlacey

Hey, look at that – we’re all caught up now!

Episode 43

Hello and welcome to the new look for the Fantasticast. The wonderful Mike Georgiou has designed a band-spanking new image for the show, which you’ll have seen on our facebook page, on our twitter account, and, if you’ve grabbed the episode through itunes or another podcatcher, you’ll be seeing it on the show’s page there.Check out Mike’s work at his website,follow him on twitter, and maybe grab a copy of his great comic, Elemental Micah. And huge thanks go to Samuel Savage for adapting the image into our new format episode cover image!

Anyway, in today’s episode, Andy and Steve face off against the returned Frightful Four, featuring the first appearance of The Trapster, in Fantastic Four #38. Then, a spot of undercover work at NASA goes awry in Strange Tales #132. Along the way, we’ve got masked psychopaths, Man of Steel spoilers, a reluctant admission that Strange Tales may not be crap, some new Avengers (no, not New Avengers!), and a sweary priest.

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_43.mp3]

We are now available on Stitcher, both through Stitcher.com and through their app.

Send feedback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

The Fantasticast Episode Forty-Two: Happy Birthday To Us

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2013 by quizlacey

Episode 42

Hello and welcome to the latest Fantasticast episode. Steve has just turned 30, and Andy has just turned a little-bit more, so it’s celebration time. Or at least it would be if we hadn’t recorded 2 weeks in advance and forgotten when this was due to be released…

This week, we look at Fantastic Four #37, as the team head into space to exact bloody vengeance upon the party responsible for the death of Dr Storm. Then, in Strange Tales #131, Johnny and Ben face off against the Mad Thinker, who has clearly been watching The Dam Busters.

If you’re looking at the image and thinking ‘gosh, that looks different’, then you’re right. Michael Georgiou – http://www.mikedraws.co.uk/ – has created a wonderful cover image for the show that you’ll see rolled out across the websites, facebook and twitter pages very soon. Then, Samuel Savage took a shot at creating an episode cover image, so we thought we’d use it. Thanks to Mike for his amazing talent, and to Sam for the episode graphic.

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_42_final.mp3]

We are now available on Stitcher, both through Stitcher.com and through their app.

Send feedback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

The Fantasticast Episode Forty-One: Andy’s Amazingly Awesomely Authentic American Accent

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 27, 2013 by quizlacey

Our podcast episode catchup continues apace…

Episode 41

It’s challenge week over at The Fantasticast, as a surprising e-mail to the show leads Andy into uncharted vocal territory.

Fantastic Four #35 sees a whole slew of firsts for the title. The Wizard and Paste-Pot Pete escape from Strange Tales, The Sandman transfers over from Amazing Spider-Man, and we get the first ever appearance of a member of the Inhumans – Medusa. Then, in Strange Tales #130, Steve and Andy’s American accent get to grips with a guest-appearance by none other than… The Beatles.

Joining us at the very end of the episode (and at no other point) is Beatles and Marvel Comics podcaster Josh Lapin-Bertone to briefly look at the Fab Four’s appearance in Marvel continuity and to introduce the number one song, co-incidentally a Beatles track. Many thanks to Josh for joining the show for a couple of minutes.

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_41.mp3]

We are now available on Stitcher, both through Stitcher.com and through their app.

Send feedback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

The Fantasticast Episode Forty: Love (And A Sodding Big Dragon) Is In The Air

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2013 by quizlacey

Continuing our catch-up with recent episodes of The Fantasticast:

Episode 40

In the second half of our coverage of books cover-dated February 1965, love blossoms unexpectedly. Steve and Andy take a look at Fantastic Four #35, as a giant dragon somehow comes to life and terrorises Ben and Reed’s alma mater. Then in Strange Tales #129, some gubbins involving a train and some pathetic henchmen.

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_40.mp3]

We are now available on Stitcher, both through Stitcher.com and through their app.

Send feedback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

The Fantasticast Episode Thirty-Nine: Amazing Spider-Man Classic

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2013 by quizlacey

 

Yes, it’s been a few weeks. I’ve been busy, putting together a series of interviews from May’s London MCM Comic-Con for the 20 Minute Longbox, turning 30, and meeting Joss Whedon, Neil Gaiman and turning 30 all in the space of one fantastically geeky week. I’m behind on linking recent episodes, so I’m going to use the next few days to catch the blog up to date with this weekend’s episode, before returning to the grind of chronicling every single usage of Flame On, It’s Clobberin’ Time, and more.

First up, an episode of the show that featured no issue of Fantastic Four or Strange Tales…

Episode 39

Today, we throw the rules out of the window and staunchly refuse to read any issue of Fantastic Four or Strange Tales. Instead, guided by editors notes, we attempt to put the comics cover-dated February 1965 into some sort of continuity order.

So, we start with Amazing Spider-Man #21, co-featuring The Human Torch. It’s a three-way smackdown between Johnny Storm, Peter Parker, and Abner Jenkins. You know, The Beetle! We then briefly head over to Avengers #13 to see how the Four deal with the plans of Count Nefaria. And yes, I say Avengers #13. Unlike on the show, where Steve repeatedly says Avengers #12. Ignore him…

We also spend some time with your e-mails, and then – we’re off! We’ve split the episode into two, to prevent audio overload and to allow Steve some time to edit. So, you get weekly Fantasticast for the next couple of weeks. Enjoy!

Listen to the episode below, or click this link to go to the libsyn page for the episode.

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_39.mp3]

We are now available on Stitcher, both through Stitcher.com and through their app.

Send feedback to the show to fantastic4podcast@gmail.com or through the comments on this blog.

 

 

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