Funko Age of Ultron mini glow in the dark bobble head Hulk: Video Review

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In the Latest video review, I take a look at a very tiny Hulk. While he would be no match for that MCU Abomination, he does glow in the dark, which earns him a place on my dedicated Glow in the Dark shelf.

Check him out below and be sure to jump over to youtube  and give it a like and subscribe.  If you are looking for more images of Funko items head HERE for our full album.

 

Podcast interview with Jonathan Cathey CEO of The Loyal Subjects: Reveals, News and Discussion: Joe, TMNT, TF, MMPR, MOTU, Attack on Titan, How To train your Dragon and more!

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Jonathan Cathey Ceo/owner of the Loyal Subjects comes on to discuss how he got in to the business, the upcoming (and currently hot topic) G.I.Joe wave 2 and how that line has changed, as well as TF, streetfight, MOTU and more.

You can listen via the embedded player below, or use the drop down menu above to find us on Itunes, Stitcher, or directly on our audio host at podcastgarden. Be sure to look at the pics, info and links below! You will want to check them out, as additional images have been added since this was first posted, and links to full galleries with even more images are below. (If I put them all on here, this might never load!)

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Nerdrahtio (and Tom Brooks) Interviews Josh Blaylock about Operation Nemesis and some Joe talk and even more!

operationnemesisThe Legendary Tom Brooks from Reasonably Intelligent Ramblings joined us as we interviewed Devils Due founder Josh Blaylock. We first discuss his new book, Operation Nemesis, the most serious thing we have ever talked about Nerdrahtio. You could read me review HERE, but as a reminder, it’s about a real genocide, real revenge, real war, and real court room drama, with Nazi’s, religious conflict and more.

We then turn to Josh Blaylock’s time with G.I.Joe (after a short trip talking about weird for 15 minutes or so) and other upcoming and ongoing comics published by Devils Due.

Finally Tom Brooks, Tom Mathias and myself (Sam) chat comic tv news, followed by FSS and other G.I.Joe talk with our news desk.

You can listen via the embedded player below or use the drop down menu above to locate us on Stitcher, Itunes or directly at our audio host: Podcast Garden.

Several images follow in relation to our Joe Talk but I first want to plug Tom Brook’s blog, click his happy mug to head over and check it out. There you will find tons of images of the FSS figures we end up talking about.  I’d also love for you to help add some images!  If yo ucould provide us with an image of heartwrencher from the DDP comic, or white guy varient Alpine we could host here (or maybe something else you here us talk about), we would appreciate it. E-mail us at nerdrahtio@gmail.com

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Introduction and First Review

CapShield05Greetings! My name is Steve-O. You can just call me Steve-O. Most people do. I am probably one of the biggest Star Wars nerds you could find when it comes to knowing about the lore and characters of that universe. I am unique in that I am one of the fans who brazenly claims to love the Prequels and Special Editions no matter what kind of ire that gets me from the so called ‘purists’.

My other interests include the following universes: Marvel characters, DC characters, Firefly, Mass Effect, Assassin’s Creed, Battlestar Galactica, Tomb Raider, Game of Thrones, Star Wars the Clone Wars, Vikings, Arrow, Flash, Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, Transformers, Terminator, TMNT, The Bourne series, Elder Scrolls, Dragon Age, Kingdoms of Amalur, World of Warcraft, Star Wars the Old Republic, Guild Wars 2, The Matrix, and so on and so forth.

And now onto my very first review since its only been out a week and I see no one else has gotten to it on the website: Avengers Age of Ultron FULL SPOILER WARNING IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE STOP READING NOW

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Operation Nemesis Review: A Real World Assassination and War story from the writer who brought G.I.Joe Characters: Kamakura, Armada, Zanya and more to life.

operationnemesisI am most aware of Josh Blaylock’s work in the Devil’s Due era of G.I.Joe. Back in the early 2000’s his company, which he founded, brought Joe back into action in the comic world. He picked up after the Marvel Comic by Larry Hama, and threw in some nod’s to the toon, character twists, and brand new faces as he kicked off what would become the DDP Joeverse,I still lament the loss of it today. This is a very different book.

We had previously had Sam Wells, who also worked at DDP, on the podcast, and I knew he was going to have Josh Blaylock at his booth (Toy de Jour) at Joecon. I looked forward to meeting him for the first time in person. I don’t recall if we met until we were both at the Wake for Gary Head, and I think we ended up talking for near an hour. I asked him what he was doing now, and he shared with passion about this new graphic novel, and the history behind it. I know this is a long-winded intro to a review, but I felt like I need to share that this passion, shines through into the book and given the subject matter, not only can I see why, but I can greatly appreciate it and find common cause in the desire to share this story with as many as possible.

The Armenian genocide that happened in Turkey before WWII was shockingly brutal, and yet you may have never heard of it. This tale takes you through part of it, and shows you an act of vengeance, primarily through the eyes of Soghomon Tehlirian. His tale is astonishing. In 1921, he shot the former leader of Turkish Ottoman Empire in Berlin, Talaat Pasha, and Soghomon never denied it, yet walked away a free man. The vengeance killing opened the doors to spread news about the horrific slaughter of over 1,500,000 Armenians and other minorities, primarily Christian. Talaat Pasha claimed he was deporting them, but documents admit he was deporting them to their death.

This presentation of history can be hard to read at times but the visual format presents it in a unique and impactful way. The arrangement of newspaper clippings and additional sources for information draw you not only into the story but at least for this reader, drew my heart to the victims of this tragedy. The newspaper clipers also lengtehened the content of reading, giving you an extra bang for your book, although I think it is already worth the 18.99 cover price.

Silva’s art has a style that is refreshing in this era of super hero exposure. His art often is symbolic, captures movement, and seems more interested in conveying a story and emotion, than many other mainstream books would allow. This style is wonderful for story telling, but here as it’s paired with such a tragic story, it more powerful communicates emotion and that makes it perfect for what was written.

There are head shots, there is foul language, but it never feels gratuitous. It’s there because it’s real, and because we shouldn’t over gloss such an important piece of history, or it would lose much of its impact. Mature readers only, but please give this a read, everyone needs to know this story.It reminds us of an important lesson and tells us of a forgotten horror. History repeats, don’t be silent, don’t cover your eyes when you see evil on the March. Turkey still denies the events to this day, and attempts to silence talk about the massacres. Currently we see ISIS slaughtering Christians by the entire village, they are spiritual descendents of Talaat Pasha, who committed his crimes before Hitler. The silence of so many in the face of horror even emboldened Hitler as he said, ” Who, after all, still speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?” (August 1939, in preparation of the Invasion of Poland, as quoted within Operation Nemesis)

Spies, apparitions of a dead family, flashbacks, revenge,courtroom drama, an evil on Par with the Nazi’s and even Nazi’s themselves all presented only as comics could allow. Give this a read!

10/10

You can find it HERE on the Devils Due store, or HERE at Amazon.

(and I don’t give that score lightly or often)

 

 

Indie Comic Star Madman in 3D

The Indie madman3DComic Star Madman is looking to go 3D via some 3D cards on kickstarter. You may remember a Madman action figure made it out via kickstarter in the past thanks to Fresh Monkey Fiction.

Press release below:

Mike Allred’s seminal pop culture hero Madman starts a Kickstarter campaign for 3D Trading Cards today. With copy and design by writer/comics historian Christopher Irving, and conversions by Christian LeBlanc of last year’s Madman In Your Face 3D Special Starring Frank Einstein, The Madman Comin’ Atcha 3D Trading Cards chronicle 20+ years of the hero’s comic book adventures in a retro-inspired trading card line.

“Christopher is a long time friend who has always been enthusiastic and supportive of what we do,” Allred notes. “It’s been big fun to let him loose on this, sit back, and watch him run wild! And you’ve all seen what Christian LeBlanc is capable of. Gonna be soopah cool!”

The trading card idea came after Irving and Fresh Monkey Fiction’s Bill Murphy successfully funded the Amazing Heroes Madman action figure late last year.

“It was a no-brainer to make trading cards of Madman,” Irving says. “And that’s fun. Sheer, sheer fun on pieces of cardboard. But since Madman, by nature, has to be different and more ginchy than the rest, I was jazzed to have Christian hop on board with me for this.”

“It was the honor of a lifetime to render Mike’s comics in 3D, and I’m ecstatic to be able to linger in Snap City for these cards, which we envision as a series of ‘greatest hits’ moments celebrating Mike’s work,” Christian says. “Just like before, I’m also fanning out over the amazing guest artists I get to work with. Visually and thematically, I feel like 3D just ‘works’ for Madman and his world.”

The Madman Comin’ Atcha 3D Trading Cards feature a 44-card deck with 36 Madman cards and an 8-card subset of The Atomics. A 10-card Artist’s Edition pack features conversions of classic Jack Kirby, Alex Toth, Frank Frazetta, and Darwyn Cooke Madman pin-ups; it also features original Madman images by Dean Haspiel (Billy Dogma, The Fox), Simon Fraser (Doctor Who, Nikolai Dante), George Folz (The Roman Nose with Seth Kushner), Terry Huddleston (Thaniel), Bizhan Khodabandeh (Little Red Fish), and Ethan Young (Tails, Nanjing). There are also bonus cards for higher pledge levels. The highest levels feature cards autographed by the new contributors and Allred himself.

The 30-day campaign is seeking a minimum goal of $3,500, with two stretch goals that will grow the set.