What was the worst moment you've seen in a stand-up routine?
I don’t remember any of his jokes, but I saw a very sad man in his 50s do a set at an open mic and absolutely no one laughed. Not at one thing. Not even a pity laugh. It was that awful. I felt so, so terrible for the guy, but he also deserved it. He was the least funny person I’ve ever seen hold a microphone.
He’s one of many reasons I gave up going to open mics. They just weren’t worth the embarrassment by proxy for me.
They had a pretty great one against Sting and Luger at Superbrawl 1991, but I’d say their best matches were probably in Japan. Here’s a good one featuring Jushin Thunder Liger and a guy I shouldn’t name:
I listen to podcasts on my work commutes, as many do. So this morning on my way to work I listened to you and Chris talk about Loki: Ragnarok and Roll on WRA, then on my way home I was listening to Harmontown, and Eric Esquival just happened to be in the audience at that and ended up on stage. Weird, huh?
We've been thinking of starting a podcast, going through the Invisibles issue by issue and providing commentary and anecdotes and the like. Do you think there's an audience for that kind of thing, and what exactly are the expenses that go into doing a weekly podcast? Thanks!
Sure. You can do a podcast about anything. Literally anything. As long as the commentary is insightful or funny or just has a lot of personality, an audience will gravitate toward it.
As far as expenses, the big expense is your time. Podcasts a time-consuming endeavor, especially if you want it to be good. You can definitely talk for an hour and a half and just throw it up on iTunes, but I wouldn’t recommend it. At least take a little time to edit and produce. It has to be worth the time you’re going to invest in it, and sometimes you’re going to feel like it’s not.
Monetarily, you’ve got to get mics, a computer that will run Garageband and/or a mixing board, some pop filters, etc., but those are all one-time expenses. The big investment really is your time.
This is going to come off vague, so I have to apologize in advace for that, but: You mentioned on an episode of War Rocket Ajax that you'd gone back and read one of those Old Noir Books (Hammet's Sam Spade, or Chandler's Marlowe, that sort of thing) and you hadn't liked it. Do you recall which one it was? And while this second question is QUITE the stretch, do you remember what episode it was? It's been driving me nuts trying to remember.
I have been trying to figure out what you’re talking about for a week and I just plain don’t remember. Sorry!
Sorry, racelift is a dumb TVTropes term; I meant to ask do you think Marvel will leave Iron Fist as a white dude in the Netflix series or change his race in an attempt to make the character less problematic?
I think if they wanted to make a show with an Asian hero they would have made a Master of Kung Fu series. Iron Fist seems like a very conscious choice.
Was there any one piece of a story in any medium that was ruined for you in one scene?
Sure. The dog scene in the newest Walking Dead video game episode is one that immediately comes to mind. As I said in my review on ComicsAlliance, if I didn’t have to review it, I would have quit playing.
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Chris and Matt venture into uncharted territory this week by making their first real encounters with the Fist of the North Star franchise the much-maligned live-action adaptation starring Gary Daniels and Costas Mandylor.
Not only is the fighting terrible, so are the costumes, the sets, and everyone’s accent. Are you ready for some bad Michael Caine impressions, even though Michael Caine is not in this movie? This episode’s for you!
We've had jackets, seams, chinstraps and pouches galore incorporated into superhero costumes over the years. What do you think will be the next big thing to take the superhero fashion world by storm? My money is on the tactical codpiece.
I’m gonna go with those weird shoes that look like feet
Do you have a good "meeting someone whose work you love" story?
I don’t know if I have just one. I’ve met lots of comics creators who turned out to just plain be the nicest people.
I will say it definitely got better after I had a podcast and sort of pre-met these folks on the internet. My interactions with creators I really liked—George Perez, say—were really fannish and embarrassing before I got to know some. Now, I can see creators at cons and just strike up conversations, even if they haven’t been on the show. It’s a lot better that way.