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Podcast: CCR26-King of the Zombies

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Join the Chrononauts as they review 1941’s “King of the Zombies.”  Which goes about as well as you’d expect.

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You can watch the movie on Youtube.  (NOT RECOMMENDED!)

Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and Way of the Buffalo, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License

This podcast was originally posted at Skinner.FM on July 22, 2016.

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Hugh Likes Comics: New Super-Man

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New Super-Man #1
Written by Gene Luen Yang
Penciled by Viktor Bogdanovic
Published by DC Comics
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Superman is a cultural icon that carries a lot of cultural baggage.  A staunch defender of Truth, Justice, and The American Way, DC Comics has often struggled against the massive amount of inertia this creates for a character.  Superman as a flawless, heroic figure who rescues kittens from trees and never steps a toe out of line becomes dated, boring, and even corny.  But attempts to ‘modernize’ the character can likewise be criticized as feeling forced, too dark, or just plain not fun.  Which is why I find Gene Luen Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic’s “New Super-Man” so interesting.
The eponymous character isn’t Clark Kent at all, but Kong Kenan, the teenage son of a Shanghai mechanic.  Kong isn’t quite the heroic figure we’ve come to expect.  He’s a downright selfish, arrogant bully.  But when a video of him standing up to a super-villain goes viral, he’s recruited by a secretive government ministry to become a superhero.
The story itself is a bit rushed in the first issue, but Yang lays down a lot of groundwork for future stories.  Mostly we get a character sketch of Kong, but the Shanghai he inhabits feels vibrant and authentic in a way that seems like a step forward for comics, even if it is literally the least they could do.  Bogdanovich’s expressive, detailed art is outstanding, and really keeps the otherwise basic origin story moving along.  He’s helped by gorgeous, eye-catching coloring by Hi-Fi.
“New Super-Man #1” is a somewhat cookie-cutter first act of a super-hero origin story, but there are enough neat twists to get me looking forward to where the story goes next.  You can pick it up now from Comixology or your local comics shop.

Podcast: CCRC9-Fist of the North Star(2015)

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Watch along with the full compliment of chrononauts as we comment on the first episode of the new “Fist of the North Star.”  Times may change, but you’re still already dead.

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And Click HERE to watch the show on Youtube!

This podcast was originally posted at Skinner.FM on July 18, 2016.

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Hugh Likes Podcasts: Alice Isn’t Dead

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Alice Isn’t Dead
Joseph Fink/Jasika Nicole/Disparition
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America can be a weird, lonesome place.  This is something the creators of ‘Welcome to Night Vale,’ no strangers to weirdness themselves, learned firsthand while touring with a live version of the hit podcast.  Co-writer Joseph Fink was inspired to write a new show based in part on his experience of traveling across the country.  But like the original, ‘Alice Isn’t Dead,’ takes place in a world much stranger and scarier than our own.
While ‘Night Vale’ uses its off-kilter atmosphere for humor, Alice is a straight-up horror story, with a fair bit of mystery thrown in.  The podcast follows a truck driver, played by Jasika Nicole, as she travels the country in search of her missing wife.  Along the way, she tells her story into her CB radio as though it were a letter or a diary.  At first she just wants answers, but she quickly becomes embroiled in an inexplicable conspiracy, and attracts the attention of The Thistle Man, a supernatural impossible serial killer.  From there, things only get worse.
Produced by Disparition, each episode is a rich soundscape.  I expected the CB chirps and engine hum that provide the basic sound floor to take me out of the story, but they are expertly mixed, and rather than distract, they provide a sense of realism and tension to the performance.  Set on the lonely highways and the weird nowhere towns of the American imagination, “Alice Isn’t Dead” is a creepy mystery that proves that the Night Vale creative team have real chops behind their satire.  You can find the show in iTunes, or at nightvalepresents.com.

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Podcast: Balticon 50: Podcasting For the Listener

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Here is another panel podcast from BalticonHeather Welliver, Nuchtchas, Mark Kilfoil, and Hugh talk podcasts with the audience in mind, list some of our favorites, and answer questions.

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This podcast originally appeared at Nimlas.org on June 30, 2016.

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Podcast: MMN11: American Ninja 4

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Watch along with JRD, Opopinax, Nutty, and Hugh as we tackle “American Ninja 4: The Anihilation!”  A movie so 80’s they had to release it (directly to VHS) in 1990!

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And HERE to watch the movie on YouTube!

For bonus fun, be sure to turn on YouTube’s predictive captions feature.  It tries so hard!

This show is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

This podcast was originally posted at Skinner.FM on June 28, 2016.

Podcast: CCR 25: The Killer Shrews

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Your hosts, Hugh of Way of the Buffalo, Rich the Time Traveler, Opopanax, and Jurd, have gathered this evening to consider 1959’s The Killer Shrews

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Click HERE to watch the movie!

Chrononaut Cinema Reviews is presented by http://skinner.fm and Way of the Buffalo, and is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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