Oh My Geek! Podcast Episode 010 — We Are Live!

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So, once again, thanks Current Comics!

Now, onto our tenth episode which was recorded live from the National Steinbeck Center here in Salinas. And yes, you read that right — we were live!

Our private audience contained three friends (guinea pigs) who sat in for a test podcast to help us gear up for a live show we have planned sometime in the future. Stay tuned, and keep listening.

That said, we have a lot of stuff covered in this podcast. Nick hosts a game show, Jesse and Nick talk about The Pirate Movie, and then we dive into a ton of news headlines.

Here are a few of them.

Valiant’s Unity series is ending with a comedy special. Unity ends due to the team disbanding after Valiant’s other series Book of Death, and the comedy issue will feature writers Matt Kindt along with writers from The Late Show With Steven Colbert, The Daily Show, and The Best Show podcast’s co-host Tom Scharpling.

DC bringing us more Harley Quinn with Harley’s Little Black Book, coming in December. The series will have Harley teaming up with other popular DC characters and will be written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with Conner also producing the interior artwork along with a bevy of guest-artists.

Cassandra Cain returns to the DC continuity in the weekly Batman and Robin Eternal series. Bruce Wayne will not be Batman in the series, but who cares — Cassandra!

Apple showed off its newest toys at its annual conference. Among the new products and refreshes — the redesigned Apple TV. The newest iteration of Apple’s media machine costs twice as much as the previous version, coming in at a price of $149. Why the price hike? The new Apple TV sports an all-new interface with Siri and a remote that doubles as a video game controller and microphone. The device also runs apps — You can even use it to book a place to stay on AirBnB.

Pokemon has gone MOBILE. The augmented reality game will work with a Pokeball-shaped peripheral to “find” Pokemon using directions from your mobile app. The trailer shows people trading and battling Pokemon, and in one instance – a raid brought hundreds of people together to pit their Pokemon against Mewtwo with a 10-minute time limit. After winning the battle, everyone was rewarded with a Mewtwo. The game goes live 2016.

Jessica Jones’ Netflix series gets it release date: November 20th, 2015 with 13 episodes ready for binging. Jones is based on the Alias comic by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. Jones also stars David Tennant, Rachael Taylor, and Carrie-Anne Moss along with the first screen appearance of Luke Cage played by Mike Colter.

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Warner Bros. announced that a new Christopher Nolan movie will be released July 21, 2017. What could it possibly be?

Nickolodeon is working on a movie that will bring some of their most popular but dated franchises to the big screen in a crossover movie similar to Marvel’s Avengers. Ren & Stimpy, Rugrats, Hey Arnold!, Angry Beavers, and Rocko’s Modern Life could have some or all of their casts included in this new movie.

Anthony Daniels isn’t a fan of how Disney’s dealing with Star Wars Episode 7, calling the secrecy surrounding the project “beyond ludicrous.” Daniels said, “When I got the script, it was typed in black on paper of the deepest red so you couldn’t photocopy it.” He talked about being admonished by Disney when he tweeted a potential spoiler and was commanded to delete it. Daniels had an opinion on the new movie, “When JJ told me the story of the new one, my eyes sort of glazed over,” and the prequels, “The effects are clever but pointless. The skill is there, but so what? Coldness, that’s the word. Bleakness, even.” Daniels did say some positive things — he’s a fan of Abrams using practical special effects as opposed to computer generated ones.

Harry Potter fans were blown away when JK Rowling said the movies got the pronunciation of the big bad’s name wrong. It’s Voldemort – the T is silent.

Zack Snyder believes Steven Spielberg is right about the superhero genre dying off, but he he thinks Batman and Superman are above all that. Snyder said, “Batman and Superman are transcendent of superhero movies in a way, because they’re Batman and Superman. “They’re not just, like, the flavor of the week Ant-Man — not to be mean, but whatever it is. What is the next Blank-Man?”

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Wonder Woman #37 Review

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When was the last time Bruce Wayne took off to the Bahamas just to chill, heal up, and get his mind back in the game? Nope — it just doesn’t happen. When you become a superhero, your work is never finished. Every moment you’re not on the battlefield, it’s research and reaction. Blood pressure probably claims more superhero lives than any particular villain.

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[Comic Review] Electro Shock Therapy — The Amazing Spider-Man #6 Review

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The masking will not be televised.

J. Jonah Jameson’s knack for getting in his own way — possibly boosted by Black Cat’s bad luck powers rubbing off on him — keeps Peter Parker’s face obscured long enough for Silk to cover him up. In the chaos that follows, Silk and Spider-Man escape, leaving Felicia and her partner Electro scrambling for another plan to defeat our resident super spider and his partner.

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An Interview with Nigel Twumasi

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With a dash of dramatic flair, and the subtlety of a bull in a China shop, the Samurai Chef judges his contestants’ dishes with his katana. 

The various Kitches competing for an ultimate victory know their dishes live or die by the blade, and they’ll have to come up with some interesting tactics to defeat the Samurai Chef. 

Nigel Twumasi of publishing house/clothing company mayamada answered a few questions about their newest project, what inspires him to do what he does, and what fans can expect from a story that involves food, samurai swords, and chefs who’ll have to cook up something tasteful and deadly.

Check out the website for the first volume of Samurai Chef and think about supporting them through crowd-funding sources like Kickstarter.

And to whet your appetite even more, check out this Samurai Chef Origins story arc that Nigel sent over.

Can you introduce yourself and give us information on your company, mayamada?

My name is Nigel, one of the two mayamada co-founders and writer of the Samurai Chef comic. mayamada is a story-driven brand inspired by the anime / manga art style. We’re based in London and our company is a creative mix of clothing, comics, and original characters. Everything we do revolves around on a fantasy television network that we’ve created and filled with an all animal cast of characters.

Think Looney Tunes meets Japanese television, and you’ll get the idea.

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Can you give us a quick synopsis of Samurai Chef?

Samurai Chef is an action-comedy story with a lot of food. It begins as a simple cooking competition a la Iron Chef, but when the Elite Chefs turn up with special ingredients that turn their dishes into battle-ready opponents, the contest between dish and judge is taken to a whole new level!

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The comic is obviously inspired by Japanese manga/anime and cooking shows. How are these elements being used particularly for Samurai Chef, and what are the creators hoping readers will get out of the story?

The entire mayamada universe is inspired by that style of art and personality in the characters and story. It goes through from our comics to our clothing designs. The Samurai Chef is one of the stories within mayamada, and there are others including 11th Hour and Hot Lunch. We’ll be getting into those once the Samurai Chef story is done.

With Samurai Chef, we want readers to have a light-hearted and accessible entry into reading comics and manga. Different mayamada stories will have a different tone and theme, but overall, our aim is to make them accessible so more people can get into comics, manga, and reading in general.

For instance, we’ve taken Samurai Chef to local schools and bookshops, and the reaction has been great. We’re hoping this continues as we produce more stories.

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One of the things that really impressed me about the issue was the art, especially the food panels which actually made me hungry. Are the creators foodies or experienced working in kitchens?

We have a great artist on our team by the name of Pinali (@Pinalinet). She has been working with us from the beginning and does the majority of our artwork from t-shirt designs to the website and, of course, the Samurai Chef comic.

To my knowledge, no one in the team has worked in a kitchen! Both myself and my co-founder Lao are somewhat interested in food, though. Lao likes cooking shows, and I like to parody things, so that’s where some of the influences came from.

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The Samurai Chef — is he an actual chef? And what is his scoring based on?

I can confirm Samurai Chef can cook although you won’t see it in either volume 1 or 2 or the story. Last year, we created a free prologue comic called Samurai Chef Origins which gives the background into the character and where his skills came from.

The scoring in the show is based on the difficulty Samurai Chef has dispatching a Kitchen’s dish. Over the course of the show/story, the contestants become increasingly clever in how they cook their dishes until Elite Chefs enter the show, and the competition goes up a few notches.

The story seems to revolve more on the individual kitchens working on beating the Samurai Chef at his own game. What can readers expect to find out about the individual teams?

They can expect each Kitchen to bring its own personality to the story. This is seen in the particular dish each [Kitchen] cooks and the way Kitchen members respond to the Samurai Chef and sometimes each other.

You’ll see the personalities from each Kitchen grow stronger as the book progresses and even more so in the second book which will be out this year.

In the later stages of the story, there is more focus on individuals within Kitchens which allows us to shed some light on what happens outside of the show itself.

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You’ve used crowd-funding for your projects. Tell us what the experience is like and what you’ve learned in the process. What advice can you give other comic creators looking to self-publish?

We’ve learned that you have to be consistent about getting news of your project out to those that will be interested in it. Friends and family are an important first step, but it’s also important to find those people interested in your project’s particular niche and start speaking with them.

Ideally, this would be done before the project goes live, but it’s essential either way.

You also have to be realistic in setting your funding goal. That means not going too  high that you can’t make the goal and not too low that you can’t afford to fulfill the project if you do get the money.

It can be worrying not knowing if you’ll be funded or not.

As well as the financial side, we’ve learned that is almost as important to use a crowdfunding campaign to raise awareness of your project as it can bring up some unexpected opportunities once it goes live.

After that it’s about being consistent and continuing to find ways to get word of your project out from the first day to the last. There is no guarantee, but it can be done.

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Samurai Chef Origins

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Nigel Twumasi, co-founder of mayamada and writer of Samurai Chef, sent over a full story arc.

Here they are, Samurai Chef Origins!

 

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