Archive for May, 2014

The Fantasticast: Where On Earth Is The Episode?

Posted in Uncategorized on May 31, 2014 by quizlacey

Episode 82 of The Fantasticast was released at 1am BST on Saturday 30th May. Two hours later, it was pulled from the internet, with only a couple of drunked tweets and Facebook comments to mark its passing.

What happened?

Well, the simple answer is that Steve cocked up. Twice.

First of all, he set an expiration date for the podcast, rather than a release date, meaning that his timed release failed and the episode went out for three minute on Thursday evening. One fast delete later, and all was fine. Unfortunately, whilst re-uploading the episode, he accidentally selected Andy’s raw audio track, rather than the finished episode that he had spent several hours editing.

At 3am in the morning, as his epic all-night game of Cards Against Humanity entered it’s 7th hour, he noticed twitter messages and Facebook comments, and pulled the episode.

The correct one has now been uploaded and will be released at 1am BST on Sunday June 1st. Sorry US listeners, you’re going to have to do the time-zone conversion yourselves!

Steve

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Fantastic Four #23: The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm 9

Posted in The Humanity Of Benjamin J. Grimm with tags , , , , , , on May 29, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #23, page 13, panel 5

Fantastic Four #23, page 13, panel 5

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Lured to Yancy Street, The Thing is attacked by one of Doctor Doom’s powered henchmen. Not content with giving Ben a run for his money in the punching stakes, the minion also has a cosmic beam gun which triggers a transformation back into his human body. It’s perhaps a sign of the relative regularity of this event – on average, once every three issues Ben returns to human form – that his first thought isn’t ‘Hurrah! My humanity has returned’. Instead, he’s more concerned with who might have been able to invent such a beam gun.

Disappointingly, due to the small panel size (this is a 7 panel page), the transformation is very underwhelming in art terms. The dashed outline looks rushed and a little lazy, and what should be a big event for Ben comes across as just another beat in the fight.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #23 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_23.mp3]

Fantastic Four #23: It’s… ASBESTOS 19

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , on May 28, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #23, page 11, panel 3

Fantastic Four #23, page 11, panel 3

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

Told you! He’s a nasty sort, that Maharaja, tricking adolescent males into getting into his car all whilst wearing ethnic clothes and having dark skin. If Johnny was responsible enough to go and vote, it’s pretty certain that UKIP would be the part he chooses.

More impressively, the MaharajaMinion has managed to use a double-coating layer of asbestos on the car’s bubble-dome without impacting on visibility at all.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #23 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_23.mp3]

Fantastic Four #23: Yancy Street Pranks 4

Posted in Yancy Street Pranks with tags , , , , , , , on May 27, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four  #23, page 10, panel 2

Fantastic Four
#23, page 10, panel 2

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

It’s page 10 of this 23-page story, and the plot is only just beginning to get underway. A newspaper reports that a random Maharaja wants to give Johnny a random supercar. In future pages, this random Maharaja will turn out to be one of Doctor Doom’s minions. I really can’t see why this should be turning up nearly halfway through the book. This could be a great inciting incident for the story, the events of the first couple of pages, with Johnny being kidnapped and the mastermind behind it revealed to be Doctor Doom. The recruitment of the minion would then be a two-page flashback,  before the rest of the story continues. 23 pages is a lot of space for a story, and with Kirby still cramming 7 or 8 panels onto a page, it quickly becomes clear that the number of pages outweighs the amount of plot.

In the midst of all of this, we see Ben reacting to a Yancy Street prank in an uncustomarily calm manner. Instead of getting angry a breaking some furniture, he appears to be sitting at a writing desk, deciding how best to respond to the letter.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #23 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_23.mp3]

Fantastic Four #23: Sue’s Force Fields Of Awesome 6

Posted in Sue's Force Fields of Awesome with tags , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #23, page 8, panel 1

Fantastic Four #23, page 8, panel 1

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

It would be a terrible thing to suggest that this issue of The Fantastic Four is light on plot. I’m sure there are strong thematic reasons why, in an issue featuring Doctor Doom recruiting a bunch of Z-list semi-powered goons to be his henchmen, the Fantastic Four should go through a leadership crisis.

However, three pages is a bit too much, considering most of this time is spent on Johnny and Ben fighting. Any thematic links are lost by making the election a joke, and when Sue gets fed up and breaks up the fight, the reader can’t help but empathise with her.

Strongly.

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #23 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_23.mp3]

Fantastic Four #3: It’s… ASBESTOS 18

Posted in It's... ASBESTOS!!! with tags , , , , , , , on May 25, 2014 by quizlacey
Fantastic Four #23, page 7, panel 3

Fantastic Four #23, page 7, panel 3

Written by: Stan Lee

Illustrated by: Jack Kirby

Inked by: George Roussos

Lettered by: S. Rosen

There are two wonderful things about this panel.

First off, the Fantastic Four have an asbestos rug. I’m sure this is both stylish and comfortable, and not in any way an ugly grey fibrous sheet that no-one wants to walk on without protective footwear.

Secondly, Ben has the cheek to call Johnny out for his temper tantrums. Whilst there could be a line drawn between Johnny’s emotions and his spontaneous ignitions, it’s very clearly Ben who has the anger management issues in this period of the Fantastic Four. I’m sure he’s been responsible for more intentional destruction of items inside the Baxter Building than Johnny has!

Check out our coverage of Fantastic Four #23 on our twenty-third episode: (Asbestos) Grease Is The Word

[audio http://traffic.libsyn.com/ffcast/FF_Episode_23.mp3]

The Fantasticast Episode 82: Fantastic Four #71 – And So It Ends

Posted in Podcast with tags , , , , , on May 24, 2014 by quizlacey

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Pac-Man Gobbling Kirby Krackle

Episode 82 of The Fantasticast is upon us, and Steve’s in a begging tenaciously-requesting mood. Desperate for shares, retweets and iTunes reviews, he’s taken to the airwaves to ask for your help.

Once this is out of the way, Steve and Andy get down to what is possibly our shortest episode to date, as the Fantastic Four engage in an issue-long fight scene, exchanging subplots and subtlety for wall-to-wall action. We’ve got it all – giant green robots, random unconsciousness, and a huge status quo change that definitely won’t be undone during the next issue at all, oh no.

Along the way, we wonder what would have happened (as our titles suggests) if Pac-Man had gobbles Kirby Krackle for energy, and Andy learns how to pronounce the word ‘Leicester’.

Click on this link to go to the libsyn page for this episode, or listen below.

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