Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Oddities and Endities

There's A LOT in this one, so check it out behind the cut!

Upcoming Episodes of AT4W

First up, here's the list of upcoming episodes of the show for the next two months!

12/5 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #1
12/12 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #2
12/19 – Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan #3
12/26 – Top 15 Personal Favorite Jokes of AT4W
1/02 – Marville #1
1/09 – Miller Time: Robocop vs. the Terminator #1
1/16 –New Guardians #1/#3 (haven't decided which of the two I'll look at)
1/23 – 15 Things That are Wrong With Identity Crisis
1/30 – Brute Force #3

And yes, before you ask, I know about Frank Miller's latest little epic "Holy Terror" and the idiotic garbage he's been spewing forth from his blog. Holy Terror will get an AT4W eventually, but bear in mind that my cutoff date is a year after release - so it'll be a while before we get to his racist nonsense starring not-Batman.

Also, for those wondering how the storyline ties in to certain things occurring for the fourth anniversary of That Guy With the Glasses or any extra scenes that may or may not exist on the Suburban Knights DVD, all I will say on the subject is that it will all make sense come February when the storyline concludes. That is all.

Lightbringer Returns!

Well, it's been a long time coming, but my webcomic is resuming! Yes, my webcomic that started with poor writing and poor art and now just has poor writing will be returning on December 7th! I have a buffer for a few months along with the new artist Sergio J. A. Ragno III (whose artwork you can find HERE! if you want to take a gander at his awesome work!

History of Power Rangers

Yep, it's that time again - time again to remind you the same thing I remind people every single time I do one of these, that History of Power Rangers has no set schedule and will be updated when I damn well feel like it and that I have a busy life and blah, blah, blah.

Look, I want to get these videos done with as much as the rest of you want to see them. Among the shows I do, History of Power Rangers is actually AS popular as Atop the Fourth Wall, but these things take time. People are trying to get around the "When's the Next History of Power Rangers?" question by asking what episode I'm on on a particular series. You want to know what episode I'm on? Follow my twitter. When I marathon some episodes, I talk all about it. Otherwise continue to be patient. They take time, they take effort. As of this post, I'm on episode 4 of Mystic Force. I have been on episode 4 of Mystic Force for a few months now because of all the other stuff I do. I do want to get these out of the way, if only to finally put History of Power Rangers behind me for a while. I honestly didn't think it would take as long as the project has, but that's life for you. Answers to common questions:

-No, I have not watched the Samurai/RPM team-up. I'm saving it for after I watch RPM.
-Yes I know about the Korean Power Rangers MMO. I don't care; I'm not a gamer. I play ONE MMO and that's Star Trek Online, and even then it's infrequent because I play it more for story then for playing with other people or the like or when I feel the need to unwind, same as when I play Team Fortress 2 and to answer your next question I don't have a favorite class. I play what I feel like playing.
-I currently do not have plans to go to Power Morphicon 2012. Then again, I didn't have plans to go to Power Morphicon in 2010, either, around this time, so we'll see if they invite me again.

And please don't feel I'm directing these remarks at EVERYBODY. People who are asking know who they are and people who aren't should feel smug that they're not bugging me about it.

MSTieCast Episode 5!

I recently appeared on MSTieCast, an MST3K-themed podcast!

You can check it out HERE! We discuss various geeky things, including of course Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well as my early days before I started reviewing comic books, like the fan-MST3K I made in 2005 that I originally built Pollo for!

Just a note, though - I hadn't listened to the theme song I had made for that in so many years that I forgot that I actually used a MIDI for that theme song as opposed to using the ending theme of MST3K like I say in the interview. My mistake. Still, enjoy!

Electric Tale of Pikachu #1 Revised!

Yes, with the help of the awesome Phelous, I have posted the updated Electric tale of Pikachu #1 episode with the effect, proper credits, and a new stinger! I do want to get a commentary for it out soon, but no guarantees about when that'll be. Life is difficult and all that fun stuff. Still, to make it easier on you so you don't have to hunt down the post again, here's the video! The updated effect is in the second story segment and the new stinger is, well, at the end.

I will try to get a split version made ASAP. It's just other stuff takes priority, including the Q&As recorded at Youmacon, which have taken me a bit longer to make because, well, all the other aforementioned busy stuff. Have I mentioned I'm busy? XD

Pollo Contest!

Yeah, that busy part of it ties into this, too. I received roughly 300 entries to the contest and I'm in the process of sifting through all of them and finding the ones that will make it to the next step in evaluation. There are a lot of good entries and it's difficult to choose for some of them.

However, when I have finally picked the winner, I will be posting a video announcing it, as well as it ending with images from every single entry (some easier to do than others due to some very creative ways people made their entries, like making it in comic form or detailed blueprints or multiple entries on the same image). Will it make the video about 10 minutes long? Most likely, but hey, people put work into this and it'll be one way I can thank you all for your hard work and patience.

On a related note, I have not been answering e-mails lately and again, sorry for that. 300 entries to the Pollo Contest and 280 unanswered e-mails from the last three months. Some e-mails may not get a response, partially because I have nothing to say in response (other than my deepfelt thanks for watching and enjoying) or because of previously-stated problems regarding AOL and Comcast e-mail addresses (or lesser-known companies that apparently also had me on their blacklists).

Which brings me to a new point I need to make:

Donation Info

I have a lot of comics. Far too many, in fact. All of my closets have plastic bins containing comics, a lot of which were donated by fans.

And they are, unfortunately, unusable. There's the occasional one where the comic is just in bad shape (I've never run into a single copy of the Power Rangers Movie Comic that was in good shape), but most of the time it's that people want to send me donations of comics that they THINK will be good for the show, but once I actually look over them for one reason or another they're no good.

Sometimes the books just require too much backstory explanation as to why they're bad. And occasionally that works, where character problems are just one of many issues related to why a comic is bad, but most of the time it's useless for a review. As I've said on the show before, the reason why I do so many comics that are the first issue is because it's easier to see why a first issue is bad just jumping into it than issue number 43 or 289. There are exceptions to this, of course. In 2012 we're going to be looking at Superman #701 - and believe me, it's bad without needing to know what happened all 700 issues before it.

Anyway, the point is that I'm getting far, FAR too many donations for me to deal with. I just don't have enough room for all of them and sometimes they end up in the trash if I need to make space (not often, but sometimes). As such, I'm going to finally lay down some ground rules before you e-mail me about donations:

-No more than three comics at a time. Of course there may be exceptions depending on what it is you want to send, but if it's unrelated comics please no more than three that you want to send. On that same note, do not send me an entire series. A miniseries MAYBE depending on what it is, but twenty issues of some random crappy comic is not going to do me any good if I decide I don't want to review it.

-Don't just list the comics. A lot of the time people have just sent me a list of twenty comics they want to donate and just give the names of them. I am not an encyclopedia of comic book knowledge and instantly know what the hell you're talking about if you want to send me X-Men #332 or something. Give me a description, give me an idea of why you think this would make a good episode. I might still turn you down, and for that I'm sorry, but it happens.

-If you want your name in the credits as the person who donated it, please include a post-it note attached the cover of the comic with what name you'd like to be credited as. I really have no qualms with giving credit for a donation, but when I get so many donations, I often won't actually get to reviewing a comic or even taking a look at if it'll make for a good review until half a year later and I've long forgotten who sent it to me. If you want the credit, include some way of identifying that it was you who sent it.

-No good comics. People, I have money. Reviewing comics is my job and I get paid for it. I can buy good comics without your assistance. I appreciate the thought, but a lot of the time they just take up space.

-For the love of God, stop sending me copies of Bloodstrike #1. I have like four or five copies of it now. I'll get to it eventually, I promise.

-If you want to donate something unrelated to comics, I'm not against it, but like everything else, I'd like to know what it is first. The reason I don't post my PO Box is so I don't become the internet's garbage bin.

Oh, and on that note: these rules aren't really applying for all the e-mails I still need to answer, since of course they had no way of knowing I'd be implementing these.

Just a reminder because apparently people don't know, but my e-mail is over on the right there, above the Twitter feed. You can tweet me or e-mail me a question, but please do not leave a question or the like on a video post that has nothing to do with that video. Yeah, I'll see the question, but it makes me a little grumbly when the comments go off on something unrelated to the video when there are easier options to get in touch with me.


Nothing much new to report - you already know I'm coming to MagFest and will be doing another Live Show. I'm in the process of MAYBE going to ConBravo come July, but there is nothing guaranteed just yet. I'll try to keep people up-to-date as things develop in that regard.

That's it for now! I will update with anything else I forgot if I can think of it!
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Captain America Comics #1

The star spangled man with a plan! That plan? Punch every nazi in the face. Twice.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Time Travel and Cybermats

Hey, people!

November 23rd marks the 48th anniversary of the science fiction series Doctor Who, a show I've loved since I was a little kid. As such, in honor of this occasion, I have two special videos for your enjoyment.

Why am I posting it on the 22nd, then? Well, because of Thanksgiving, I may not be able to get to "That's All I'm Saying" for this week, but I wanted to give you something. Plus I figured the videos are done, so I might as well release them, anyway. Besides, it's probably the 23rd on the other side of the planet. Or something. I don't know, just enjoy.

The first is something I've had on the backburner for a while - my theory of time travel and how I think it can work without paradox.

NOTE: This also is not the same as an alternate timeline, since the individual person's timeline itself is still continuing and happening as the individual remembers it, since that has become a part of the individual's causal past.

And next, people said they wanted to know how I built the cybermat featured in the All-Star Comics #16 review, so here's the tutorial!

In other news, in the next week or so, I'll be making an Odds and Ends post about the schedule of upcoming episodes, the Pollo Redesign Contest, and the return of Lightbringer. ^_^ ‎ Read more!

Monday, November 21, 2011

All-American Comics #16

A story of talking rocks, magic green train lanterns, and the man who could only be stopped by a stick!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

VLOG: 11-19-11 - Cybermat Test

On twitter, I've been posting pictures of my progress in building a cybermat from Doctor Who since the toy version keeps getting pushed back. Here's the test of it! ‎ Read more!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

That's All I'm Saying: 11-17-11

This week, Linkara looks at Green Lantern Corps #3, Justice League #3, Batman #3, Nightwing #3, Blue Beetle #3, Deadpool #46, and Wonder Woman #3. ‎ Read more!

Monday, November 14, 2011


Atop the Fourth Wall returns with a double feature starting off Secret Origins Month!

Secret Origins Month 2011 begins with the origin story of Wonder Woman, wherein she wears ridiculous clothes, doesn't know her own history, and falls in love with the first guy she's ever met.

All-Star Comics #8

Secret Origins Month continues with the Fantastic Four! Marvel at how they use their powers to cause as much damage to people and property around them!

The Fantastic Four #1
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Thursday, November 10, 2011

That's All I'm Saying: 11-10-11

This week, Linkara looks at Green Lantern #3, Batgirl #3, Batwoman #3, Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 #3, Batman and Robin #3, Frankenstein: Agent of SHADE #3, Batman: The Brave and the Bold #13, Mister Terrific #3, Ducktales #6, and Darkwing Duck #18.

NOTE: My shop didn't get Demon Knights #3, so I hadn't realized that it came out. Will be reading it digitally when I have more time. ‎ Read more!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Return of Atop the Fourth Wall LIVE!

What did Linkara review for his second live show? ‎ Read more!