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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 CDT

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.

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Direct download: Ep318CreatureFromtheBlackLagoon.mp3
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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.

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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 CDT

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 CDT

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!

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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.

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

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 CDT

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!

 

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Direct download: Ep315AllNewAllDifferentMarvel.mp3
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Blake and Erin return this week for another Your Turn to Pick movie podcast! This time it's Blake's turn, and he pulls out Adam Green's (Hatchet, Frozen) newest horror film Digging Up the Marrow. They talk about the monsters, the nature of characters in horror movies, and what kind of movie is creepy enough to make Erin jump at her own ringtone. If you haven't seen the movie yet, check it out before the Petits get super-spoilery.

And what's cool this week? Erin loved Disney/Pixar's newest flick Inside Out, and Blake doubles up with a pair of comic books Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead By Dawn #1 and Infinity Gauntlet #2.

Direct download: YTTP2-DiggingUpTheMarrow.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:27pm CDT

Over 20 years after the tragic incident at Isla Nublar, Jurassic World is open for business? Does Colin Trevorrow's return to this legendary franchise do justice for the fans? Blake and Erin give you their thoughts on the summer's biggest film to date.

And what's cool this week? Blake wants you guys all to march on down to your local comic shop and pick up Action Comics #41 and Thom Zahler's charming Long Distance #1.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: ATM47JurassicWorld.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:06pm CDT

It's time for an all-new Showcase feature! Have you ever sat around with your friends, family, or significant other, trying to choose a movie to watch and finally giving up and turning to reruns of The Simpsons? Blake and Erin certainly have. And that's where this new series comes in! In every episode of this irregularly occurring feature, one of your hosts will choose a movie with no input from the other. They'll watch and review it, no matter what it is. The first time up is Erin's turn to pick, and she went with the 1990 Scorcese classic Goodfellas.

And what’s cool this week? Erin has gone crazy over the Japanese mobile game Neko Atsume, while Blake is happy with the end of DC's Convergence.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: YTTP1-Goodfellas.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:47am CDT

This Memorial Day weekend, Blake and Erin take in a double feature of sci-fi movies that couldn't be more different. The reboot/sequel/whatever of the Max Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, is up first -- does it live up to the original films? Is Tom Hardy crazy enough to replace Mel Gibson? And who is Erin's new geek crush? Then, Tomorrowland. Can Brad Bird keep up his winning streak? Will this finally give Disney a new live action franchise? And what would Walt think?

And what's cool this week? Erin's enjoyment of Matt Fraction and David Aja continues with Hawkeye Vol. 3: LA Woman, while Blake still can't stop talking about the season finale of The Flash.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:34pm CDT

Free Comic Book Day rolls around once again, and once again Blake and Kenny -- joined for the first time by Erin -- man a table at BSI Comics in Metairie. This time around the gang chats about recent events in the Flash and Gotham TV shows, give their thoughts on Divergence, All New All Different Avengers, Fight Club, Dark Circle and the other Free Comic Book Day titles, and then come back with a review of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

And what's cool this week? Kenny is having a blast with LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Erin is totally biased and chooses her husband's new book Everything You Need to Know to Survive English Class but slightly less biased with a viewing of the classic Akira, and Blake is still reeling from Batman #40.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: Ep314FCBD2015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 6:29pm CDT

After a bit of a rain delay, Blake is back with this year's Free Comic Book Day preview! Which books is he looking forward to? Will Marvel's wars remain a secret? Just how divergent can DC Comics get? And how can Archie Comics put out two books with no Archie?

And what's cool this week? Blake's having a blast with Scott Sigler's Infected series!

Join the Showcase crew this Saturday at BSI Comics, and get an early copy of Blake's new book, Everything You Need to Know to Survive English Class!

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Direct download: OS20FCBD2015.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:46pm CDT

Memorial Day Weekend is racing towards us, and that means it's time for the annual Showcase Summer Movie Preview. Blake and Erin cruise through IMDB's "Coming Soon" pages this week to talk about Avengers: Age of Ultron and several other movies that will not make as much money as Avengers: Age of Ultron. We go from the blockbusters-in-the-making like Jurassic World, Tomorrowland and San Andreas to movies like Trainwreck, in which the reviews seem to write themselves. Also: Erin shows her street cred and Blake bemoans the state of modern horror!

And what's cool this week? "Wait For the Trade" reader Erin has gotten heavily into Matt Fraction and David Aja's Hawkeye, while weekly comic junkie Blake enjoyed the heck out of Convergence #2 and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: Ep313-SummerMovies2015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:26pm CDT

Blake is back! After a short discussion of his absence, and a sincere thank-you to those who helped raise his spirits during his hospital stay, we get into the first week of DC's Convergence event. What happens when the heroes of DC's pre-Flashpoint universe encounter those from other worlds? Wally West! A pregnant Lois Lane! Captain Carrot! There's good stuff here, guys.

And what's cool this week? Only two episodes in, Blake is totally won over by Marvel's first Netflix series, Daredevil.

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Direct download: OS19-Convergence1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm CDT

Shocking the world, this week Disney and Sony announced an unprecedented arrangement to bring Spider-Man home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In this mini-episode, Blake talks about what it means for the future of Spidey, for the MCU, and how another property that was recently relaunched with a successful film, then followed up by a disappointing sequel, may be just the thing to combine with Spider-Man.

And what's cool this week? Spider-Verse wraps up in Amazing Spider-Man #14 and 1000 years of history are on display in Justice League 3000 #14

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Direct download: OS18-Spider_in_Disneys_Web.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:13am CDT

Marvel and DC have both made big announcements lately about the big events that are coming down the line, and this week Blake and Erin break them down. We talk about Secret Wars and the announced (so far) crossover titles, DC's Convergence and the June mini-relaunch of the DCU!

And what's cool this week? Erin is all about Sex Criminals Vol. 1 and Blake is into Superman #38 and Abigail and the Snowman #2.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

 

 

Direct download: Ep312-SecretConvergence.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:37pm CDT

The convention tour has started again, and this week the Showcase gang walks the floor of Wizard World New Orleans 2015. Blake, Erin, Mike and Kenny talk about some of their finds, the challenge of collectible-diving, and ask the true burning question: are we reaching a saturation point for comic book conventions?

And what's cool this week? Mike is making his way through Dexter and Batman: Zero Year, Kenny is a fan of Gotham, Erin reading Tale of the Body Thief and watching Breaking Bad, and Blake had fun with Ant-Man #1.

Music provided by Music Alley from Mevio.

Direct download: Ep311-WW2015.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:34pm CDT