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This weekend was the cultural event of the century, the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To prepare for it, Blake and Erin spent a week watching and reviewing the first six Star Wars movies one-by-one, before finally finishing up with a massive spoiler-rich analysis of The Force Awakens. (Don't worry, the spoilers don't come until after they've discussed the other six movies.) In this extra-sized episode, they talk about everything they love -- and hate -- about the seven movies of the Star Wars saga.

And what's cool this week? While Erin is still too enraptured by Star Wars to think of another recommendation, Blake is there to talk about the first half-season of CBS's Supergirl and the first issue of IDW's Mickey and Donald Christmas Parade.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: Ep319-Star_Wars.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:35pm CST

It's the most wonderful time of the year! The lights are glowing, the chestnuts are roasting, and the demonic spirit of vengeance has arrived to wreak destruction upon those who don't respect the spirit of the season. This week, Blake and Erin take a look at writer/director Michael Dougherty's new yuletide horror movie Krampus. Is it a worthy addition to the canon of Christmas terror? How does it stack up to Dougherty's new Halloween classic Trick 'r Treat? And who the heck was King Wenceslas anyway? The answers to at least some of those questions lie in this week's episode!

And what's cool this week? Blake liked the first issue of 451 Entertainment's new comic book Humbug, while Erin supports the abstract concept of courtesy. No, really.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: ATM49-Krampus.mp3
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It's almost Halloween, and that means it's time for another Showcase Creature Feature! This year, the gang gets together to tackle another legendary Universal Monster in Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Revenge of The Creature, and The Creature Walks Among Us! Does the Gillman hold up against the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and the Wolfman, or is he all wet?

And what's cool this week? Kenny has discovered the wonder of Loot Crate, while Blake was impressed by the first issues of Dark Circle's The Shield and IDW's Back to the Future.

On a more serious note, on Oct. 16, Erin's brother's home caught on fire. His family (including his wife, three children, and a fourth on the way) lost virtually everything they had, including their dog, Phoebe. Erin has started a GoFundMe campaign to try to help them get back on their feet. We've never asked for money on this show, but we're making an exception this time. If you can, please go to GoFundMe.com/BlashFamily and make a donation -- any size would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: Ep318CreatureFromtheBlackLagoon.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm CST

The first ever Louisiana Comic-Con was held this weekend, and Blake and Kenny took the trek to Lafayette to check it out. Blake gives his impressions on the new convention, and discusses the gang's new game: Cosplay Bingo!

And what's cool this week? It's a triple pick, with Superman: Lois and Clark #1, Plutona #2, and Paper Girls #1.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: One-Shot_21.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:47pm CST

It's time for another Your Turn to Pick! This week, in memory of the late Wes Craven, Blake chooses his 1982 DC Comics movie Swamp Thing. We talk about the movie, Blake suffers a tragic misunderstanding about the nature of two of the characters, and then we discuss Craven's legacy as a filmmaker and which Nightmare on Elm Street movie is actually best.

And what's cool this week? Erin is in love with Ms. Marvel, while Blake dug the finale of Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars and has found a new reason to anticipate the upcoming Superman: Lois and Clark.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: YTTP4-SwampThing.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36am CST

This weekend was D23, the big biannual Disney convention out in California, and some massive nerd news hit the internet. In this episode Blake and Erin chat about the announcement of Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, as well as some tidbits about upcoming Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm movies, the expansion of Frozen at Epcot Center, a new Jungle Cruise restaurant, and more!

And what's cool this week? Erin picks the first season of the freshly binge-watched Arrow, and Blake enjoyed the first issue of DC Comics Bombshells.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

 

Direct download: Ep317D23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:57pm CST

It's time for a Your Turn to Pick movie episode! This week it's Erin's turn, and she'd pulling out a film from her childhood, the 1981 fantasy film Dragonslayer. How does it hold up to an adult pair of eyes? And will Blake (who's never seen it before) enjoy it without the filter of nostalgia?

And what's cool this week? Blake gives us a double dose of comic recommendations with Superman #42 and The Thrilling Adventure Hour Presents Sparks Nevada, Marshall on Mars #4!

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: YTTP3-Dragonslayer.mp3
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It may be Marvel's biggest risk yet -- this week the Showcase crew discusses how Ant-Man stacks up against the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! Is it too little, too late, or will this be the movie to prove that good things come in small packages?

And what's cool this week? In what may be the most diverse array of choices ever, Erin is in the midst of an X-Files rewatch, Jason recently discovered the classic The Manchurian Candidate, Mike is finishing a read of Jamie Delano's Animal Man, and Blake just binged the sitcom Holliston.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: ATM48AntMan.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:17am CST

Last weekend was the annual bacchanalia of nerddom known as Comic-Con International: San Diego. And just like every year, Blake and Erin... weren't there. Instead, with the help of Showcasers on the Facebook Page, they spent the week gathering the coolest and most interesting info from the con to discuss on this week's show. Their thoughts on the Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer. New directors announced for Star Wars. The return of some classic comics and the launch of some new ones. This week, we go through it all...

And what's cool this week? Erin enjoyed the first two issues of Starfire, and Blake gives his endorsement to Archie #1 and Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #2.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: Ep316SDCC2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:50am CST

Last week, Marvel released their new slate of titles to follow Secret Wars. This week, Blake and Erin peruse the previews and talk about which ones look like they'll be worth reading and which ones they're probably going to pass on. And they also discuss the most important question: just how "all-new, all-different" does it really look like Marvel is getting?

And what's cool this week? Blake is enjoying Bizarro #2 and Will Eisner's The Spirit #1!

 

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: Ep315AllNewAllDifferentMarvel.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:34am CST