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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Afronerd Welcomes Saxophone Legend, Maceo Parker to the Show This Wed 3/27 @ 7pm

Howdy, folks! We preempted a few shows to address other behind the scenes ventures as well as to collect our thoughts and energies in lieu of our next iconic guest. Be sure to set your clocks and calendars for Wednesday, March 27th at 7pm when iconic musician/saxophonist, Maceo Parker stops by to discuss his new memoir, 98% Funky Stuff: My Life in Music . To our loyal supporters (and even detractors) this is not the show to miss. Call the show live at 646-915-9620! And that's just the first act, for the remainder of the program Captain Kirk and Dburt will wax about the latest in current events and news. See you all at 7pm and remember, keep it cool, calm, copacetic and FUNKY!

Afronerd Welcomes Saxophone Legend, Maceo Parker to the Show

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Special Saturday Show-Interview with Director, Jon Schnepp (Death of Superman Lives Doc) & His Kickstarter campaign; Bale in JLA Film? Drones & Newsome vs Carolla-Starting @ 6pm EST!

Howdy and Salutations, citizens! Welcome to a special Grindhouse broadcast airing tonight at 6pm eastern. First up, pull up a chair and listen to The Comic Shoppe featuring your hosts-Daryll B., Captain Kirk and Dburt as they unravel the following topics: the crew welcomes noted director/producer, Jon Schnepp (Metalocalypse, The Venture Bros) to discuss his latest Kickstarter campaign, The Death of Superman Lives; a recent tidbit from Latino Review affirms that Christian Bale might don the Bat cowl one more time for a JLA film; are Marvel and DC still in the business of creating new comic book characters and lastly, if time permits, our thoughts on iconic writer and artist, Jerry Ordway's assertions that ageism in the comic industry is pervasive, preventing maturing artists from working. Call the hosts live at 646-015-9620.

Next up, for the second half is Afronerd Radio airing at 7pm. Hosts, Dburt and Capt. Kirk will shed light on the following issues: continuing from last week's show-the NRA in an effort to broaden their message has a Black spokesman, Colion Noir (to the chagrin of rap mogul, Russell Simmons); a heated exchange takes place between Lt. Gov of CA, Gavin Newsom and radio host, Adam Carolla over Black/Brown poverty; Congressman Rand Paul drones on and on about...Obama's drones and lastly, why hasn't a film been made about the Civil War era's greatest spy (of color), Mary Bowser? Just another fiery and informative show...as usual-Excelsior!

Jon Schnepp on Supes Lives Doc @ Grindhouse @6pm!

And if you missed our last episode, listen to it now:

It's The Mid Week & It's Afronerd Radio @7pm!

And then we have Daryll B.'s latest pulp musing. Imperius Rex!

Before I begin this LinkBlog, I would like to send my condolences to the friends, fans, and family of WWE's William Moody a.k.a. Paul Bearer. I had 2 opportunities to talk to him at independent wrestling shows and both times Moody was very informative and open about his thoughts about the business. He always entertained/scared the ^&%^& out of me and I loved him for it. Rest In Peace Paul Bearer!

Longtime listeners/followers of The ComicShoppe will remember an argument we had on air with a caller about why we tend to see everything in color. Well, during Emerald City Comic Con, David Brothers had his own interesting situation involving "interesting" cos-players.


Now I not saying that it is wrong to dress up in homage to a character you like/love but in being a "blackface" Geordi, are you saying that one of the most important things you remember about Geordi is his race? I think the visor would be quite enough for fans to see you and remember the character. The less said about being a "blackface" zombie, the better...

On the other side of 4th Letter, Gavok comes very close to moving me in his requiem for Damian Wayne....


...but I still not sorry for disliking the lil punk... May he rest in "comic peace"... until Talia gets him to a Lazarus Pit or unleashes another clone that is.....

I love when Newsarama does their Top Ten lists because it always gives me something to ponder and I have 3 of them this time. First up is 10 things their staffers noticed/hoped for within the Iron Man 3 trailer...


Ultron huh? Hmmm following the alternate story from "Next Avengers" where Tony admits to creating him? Hmmmmm.....

Next one has Graeme McMillian wondering who of the current Nu52 supporting characters would have the most effect on the rest of the DC Universe if they "kicked the bucket?"


The Steve Trevor one is a good one but the Orion theory.... I really digging the Orion theory...

Finally, who was the best Robin....?


Damn straight Dick Grayson wins this one for me but I really hoped the version of him from Thrillkiller was going to make the list too....

Sorry to hear about this....


All the best to Brian Wood and his family and friends.....

Damn you Joss Whedon!


I love your work but did you have to ruin my dreams of seeing The Hulk punching out The Silver Surfer in a gladator arena on a foreign and hostile world? BOOOOO!

I don't have anything but sympathy for Chris Sprouse here....


He was literally caught up in the crossfire here and no matter what he chose, an audible faction was going to raise a fuss...

We just can't let this one die can we?


Thank you Marvel... Thank you Sony... *Groans*

After that one I need to laugh a little...


Teen. Hulk. Hulk. Hound. Oh. MY. GAWD! *Shakes Head* I think we are all better off today not seeing these. Seriously....

Both Greg Burgas and Sonia Harris went to ECCC last weekend and came back with interesting tales.



I definitely have to hang out for most of the day in the independent creators section to pick their brains for information during the next NYCC. Then again I might not come back out again after getting caught up in some of their tales..... Best news out of both articles for me: More Astro City by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson coming this year! Woooooo

So many things to say about Brian Cronin's Meta-Messages last week:


Even when I first read this, I said out loud in my comic shop at the time "Gene's" that this was fucked up... Sorry about that Gene... whereever you are now... Like Hank Pym's wife beater "status quo" and Kyle Rayner's "GF in a fridge", I hated this situation for Carol AND anytime a writer tried to validate it.

Finally, something I neglected to add to last week's blog... The Line it is Drawn gang mashes up superheroes and famous album covers....


The thing I miss the most with the incorporation of better technology within the music biz? Great album cover art.... Thx for this CSBG!

Thx for taking this journey around my comics space with me Folks! Until next time, Keep Fantasizing!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Grindhouse Studios Presents 2 for 1 Shows @6 & 7pm! Issues-Matt Crane's Sesame Street Fighter Kickstarter Project; Robin Dies (Again!!), Sequestration, Educational Tech & More!

Howdy, citizens! Join us this Sunday for another fun and fact filled mission in the guise of radio broadcast entitled Afronerd Radio-The Grindhouse Edition. Pull up a seat and listen to the aural entree commonly known as The Comic Shoppe airing at 6pm with your hosts, Daryll B., Capt. Kirk and Dburt. The issues at hand are: the crew welcomes graphic designer, Matt Crane to discuss his current Sesame Street meets Street Fighter Kickstarter campaign; the media's lack of spoiler control regarding comic book plot lines-case in point, the recent revelation of the impending death of Robin (again) ; and speaking of Kickstarter projects, our thoughts on a proposed documentary highlighting the failed Tim Burton reboot of the Superman film franchise and lastly, time constraints notwithstanding, the latest in film news (Matthew Vaughn's X-men and Fantastic Four projects, Avi Arad's Robosapien,etc). Call the hosts live at 646-915-9620!

Then not to be outdone, there's Afronerd Radio airing at 7pm. Join Capt. Kirk and Dburt as they lend analysis to the following topics: another study shows the wealth gap between the races has widened threefold; a HuffPost piece by Sugata Mitra, professor of educational technology at Newcastle Univ. posits the future of schools and learning; what the beginning of sequestration really means and lastly, two op-eds from The Root bear mentioning-The White male disdain for Mrs. Obama's posterior and Black female rejection in the workplace and academia. Excelsior!

Grindhouse Studios Presents 2 for 1 Shows @6 & 7pm!

And if you missed our last episode, listen to it now:

Happy Hump Day! Afronerd's Mid Week Show @7pm!

And then we have Daryll B.'s latest blog entry. Imperius Rex!

Open letter of frank honesty to our fans, detractors, and anyone that might stumble across the blog for the first time. We at the ComicShoppe do see race and division within a lot of our passions. How could we not? It has been pushed in our face since we were younglings. We give voice to our disappointment and rage as well as our pride and happiness. How else would an internet radio show work or we even be heard. We will not agree on a lot of topics because growing up and age difference will have subjected us to different factors that have shaped our worldview. Through all of that, the ComicShoppe tries to approach every topic with a learned perspective and will continue to try to present you with all the facts we have on the subject being debated. We can only give you our opinions... you have to think and read up to make a decision for yourselves. That's the best thing about free will... total anarchy in terms of personal decision making and favorites. After all, the world would be a boring place if we all thought the same.

So as I enter the 3rd year of dwelling in the ComicShoppe, I promise that you will love me and hate me; think I am a savant and a madman; want to praise me and throttle me; but you know what? I wouldn't have it any other way. Time to let this week's LinkBlog roll....

-Seems that David Brothers and us were on the same wavelength this week:



Kudos to him for the Black Panther letters page. It was thought provoking to read Reggie Hudlin's answers to the gentlman who was "outraged" that Black Panther beat Captain America.

-Big ups to Comics Alliance for giving us the nay and yay of the retailers about stocking the Orson Scott Card involved Superman book:



In addition, Adam WarRock shares his personal opinion about the situation as well as a new song from the standpoint of a fan of OSC until he read about the author's beliefs.


Again, as an artist, you can believe what you believe but once you become vocally public about them, everything gets hard to separate the craft from the politics.

-I still don't know what DC was thinking with this.....


"Ooooh let's get edgy with a WTF campaign to draw eyeballs to our books!" Wasn't this the same company that famously canned The Boys by Garth Ennis? They don't have a risque bone in their bodies..... Hypocritical ones yes... Risque, NO....

-Here's a question that we at the ComicShoppe have pondered since the show began:


I have finally come to the conclusion that.. we have no conclusion. Too many factors weigh into this for one answer to solve everything. Although I will say that there is something to the old "comic books are for kids/are too kiddie for me to be seen reading them" stigma.

-Here we go again:


I am just tired of getting plot points spoiled in newspapers. Tell me what other form of suspense in art goes out and INTENTIONALLY gives away shocking events beforehand? Imagine if this was done with The Usual Suspects or The Crying Game? And folks say they don't understand why I get angry with this....

-Finally, I never saw this pattern but kudos to Robot 6 on spotting this...


I loved creating you so much I have to kill you. Brutal... And I still miss Aztek....

That's it for me this week. Until next time Readers, Keep Fantasizing!