All posts by Brandon Schatz

ha ha no

It’s a funny joke right? I mean, my first thought was to laugh, but after a couple of seconds, I just got tired.

Valiant is advertising the most gimmicked variant of all time for this December, and they’re asking retailers to order 250 copies of the new Quantum and Woody title to get it. And I just… no. No. You can’t actually promote how ridiculous stuff like this is and then turn around and ply your very own stipulations. It’s not funny, it’s part of the problem.

Sell us the story. Then we’ll talk.

Doctor Whooch // Episode 122 // Baby Daddy in 12 Seconds or Less

In which we kick off our first Companions Season of episodes by talking about one of our favourite episodes to discuss drunk.

Welcome back to Doctor Whooch! For this batch of episodes, we’re going to have a bunch of special guests, starting with our good friend Allen Gould! He arrives on the show to talk about a very sexy episode of Doctor Who where a couple of the characters bone down later. Spoilers!

Also discussed? Hobbits, Culkins, Tim Riggins in Space, Once Upon A Time and Aldis Hodge. And Doctor Who eventually, whatever. Specifically: how Donna really gets a raw deal in her season of the show.

Comics Taste Test for Sept 13, 2017

Happy new comic book day, party people!

Here at Submet, we’re starting up a weekly feature where we gather up all of our #preNCBD (pre New Comic Book Day) tweets into one easily digestible blog post so that everyone can get a little taste of what’s hitting the stands.

For a full list of what’s coming out, feel free to check out Variant Edition’s Incoming Post from this week.

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Danica LeBlanc // Twitter

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#VERecommends // Slam Vol 1

WHAT IT IS: A story about two women who are saved and wrecked by roller derby, and friendship, possibly in that order.

FROM THE PUBLISHER: Bestselling novelist, screenwriter, and retired Los Angeles Derby Doll Pamela Ribon (Going in Circles, Why Girls Are Weird, Moana) joins artist Veronica Fish (Archie, Silk) for a tale of friendship, heartbreak, and truly epic jams. In roller derby you take your hits, get back up, and learn how to be a better jammer, a better blocker, and a better friend-if the competition doesn’t tear you apart!

WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT: It’s about heart. It’s about friendship. It’s about a fight that you feel deep in your bones, that you love and you hate when you push your body so hard. It’s about roller derby, and it breathes and fills your lungs with life. It’s a book you want. A book you need. Read this.

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Welcome to Submet (or) It’s Not Okay


(art from This is Not Fine by KC Green)

The world is on fire.

The world is on fire, and as it burns, we watch and we wait, and we hope for the best. We cringe at every new story, but in all honesty, there’s not much we can do. Not individually.

The key phrase there is: not much.

Welcome to the relaunch of Submet Industries. Humming in the heart of Edmonton under the watchful eyes of cats, this machine has been rebuilt to fight the world, and win. Enough garbage. It’s time to take our money (what little of it there is) and determine the location of our mouths. It’s time to put all the assholes on blast and build something good. It’s gonna be hard, but what else are we supposed to do? We can’t just sit here and let things lie. The world is on fire. So we’re going to try and build a better one, using what we have.

Variant Edition // The molten core of Submet. We’ve taken great pains to build Variant Edition into a different kind of comic store, and we will be continuing and redoubling those efforts.

The store functions as our mission statement, offering people mindful pop culture experiences while attempting to build a safe space for all. It’s the home base of a community, and it’s the foundation for what’s to come.

With summer over and Edmonton’s big event season wrapped (more or less), we’re back putting on events for the community. This Sunday, we’ll be running our twice annual clothing swap. We’ll soon be running several book launches for local authors. And of course, we’ll be continuing to push stories that embolden and inspire, as well as feature a diverse array of characters. We’ll be doing all of this, and so much more. Including…

(logo by Randi Hamel – who does amazing work, give her money)

The Return of Yegs & Bacon // After a year long hiatus (and several requests for its return) Edmonton’s only pop culture and comics morning show returns in a new format. We’ll be bringing back this podcast soon, with a renewed focus on attempting to fix what’s broken in the comic book industry, and within pop culture circles in general. It won’t be about what’s wrong, but about exploring avenues regarding how things can be fixed or made better. This will be part of our voice, which we will use to help promote positive discourse.

Gender Is Not A Genre and Other Panels // Going forward, we’ll be running many panels at the shop, just like we did before, including panels that discuss and dissect various forms of representation in media, as well as a wide array of other topics. Many of these will be released as Yegs and Bacon podcast episodes, in hopes to promote voices that need to be heard.

Content From Elsewhere // While we produce all of this ourselves, we’ll still be using the various platforms we’ve been invited to as a means to build outwards. We… we realize that we can do all of this because of who we are, and where we are. While we’re not monetarily rich by any stretch of the imagination, we are passing cis-het white folks and are thus rich with our privilege. What we want to do is use what we have to help build better spaces and communities, and reach further and further out.

Along those same lines, a lot of the posts that will be appearing here will be sharing other articles from other people. We want to share other important voices, and we want to point people in the direction of folks who are doing things we admire. We just… want to do what we can.

(logo by Jay Runham)

Doctor Whooch // On an infinitely more frivolous note, Doctor Whooch will be returning for a six episode season this fall, where we’ve invited many of our friends to discuss Doctor Who episodes of their choosing. These episodes will be airing twice monthly through to December when all of Submet will go into holiday mode as we push through the holiday retail season, and recharge our batteries.

The Future // Our end goal with all of this is… intense. Ideally, we’d like Variant Edition and Submet to be subsidized to the point where we can sit back and allow other important voices to be more easily heard. We want to make something that can mean something for others, and not just ourselves. The specifics of what that would look like? Well, we’ll just have to see when we get there. We have so many plans. Print objects. Podcasts. Websites. Paid contributors. (Not necessarily in that order.) In the end, we want to build something useful for many, instead of something that’s just a shrine to our own ideas. We’re just two introverts who want the world to stop being so much of a horror. And with your help… maybe we get there.

Right Now // For now, we’re going to be building content here at Submet and beyond and posting with some regularity for the next 13 weeks. We’re gonna stop when we edge into December because… well, we own a small retail business and it’s December. Things are gonna get a little crazy. With any luck, we’ll be able to do this, and provide you with some entertainment on the regular. With even more luck, we’ll start building an audience that will help sustain what’s to come. It’s going to be a journey, and we hope to have you alongside us.

Let’s see what we can build.

Comics Taste Test for Sept 6th, 2017

Testing out a little thing in preparation for THE WORLD TO COME.

Hmm.

HMM…

 

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Danica LeBlanc // Twitter

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Doctor Whooch // Episode 121 // Gallifrey Public Radio Crossover: It’s About Time

In which we are sober AF, so we sound awkward AF.

On this very special episode, we’re featuring the main conversation from this week’s Gallifrey Public Radioepisode that we guested on. Hosts Keir, Jay and Haley were wonderful people to talk about the casting of the newest Doctor with, something we didn’t even know was happening when we first scheduled this crossover! Anyway, if you want to hear five awesome people gush about Jodie Whittaker for over an hour, WE HAVE YOUR BACK!

Also, if you enjoy this episode, you need to check out Gallifrey Public Radio, and just go back there every week. Tell them we sent you.

Oh, and also follow them on Twitter: @gallifreyradio.

Oh and also also, you can listen to when Danica guested on Keir’s other podcast here: In Defense Of – Between the Panels

oh and also also also we love you thanks byeee

Thirsty Thursdays

If you listened to last week’s edition of Doctor Whooch, you know that we’re taking a break from time travel and libations (for podcast purposes) for a while, and will return in the fall. Until then?

Welcome to Thirsty Thursdays.

Weirdly, if you try and type anything about “cats” and “women” you get some pretty sexually explicit images. WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT?!?

Every Thursday. Pictures for your thirst, and quite possibly, the odd article written while under the influence.

HELP US OUT.

We’re but two folks on the internet, with our own likes and dislikes. Send us pictures of your thirst! What are you into? Share – and let us know if you want to be credited, or absolutely do not want to be credited. We’ll run a few of them each week alongside what we find.

Weirdly, this is the first part in a big change coming to Submetropolitan. Keep your eyes out for more.

Doctor Whooch // Episode 120 // Bill Deserved More

In which we say good-bye for now, and good riddance reaaaaalllll soon.

On this week’s season finale of Doctor Whooch, Danica and Brandon are talking about the season finale of Series 10 of Doctor Who, “The Doctor Falls”. It’s like Wonderfalls, but way more depressing. Because at least stuff happened in that. Do you remember Wonderfalls? Anyways.

Listen to them talk about how elevators work, or how nothing was really accomplished by anyone. Also there were a lot of guns and two Masters and still, nothing. Oh, and the Doctor was a whiny baby, but like, what’s different about that?

Outro music is “Wedding Bell Blues” by The 5th Dimension.

Podcast picture is by GIRL NAMED SHIRL PHOTOGRAPHY

Doctor Whooch // Episode 119 // The Fires of Tumblr

In which we have no regrets. But also, no egrets. 🙁

Holy hell, is this season almost done? No? Oh FFS. Whelp whatever. On this episode, we’re talking about “World Enough and Time” which was boring until very suddenly it wasn’t. Marvel as Danica explains the show we’ve all been watching for over a decade! Swoon as Brandon yells about how Stephen Moffat is terrible at gender politics! Or actually, they both do that. A lot. That guy is NO GOOD.

Outro music is “Monster Hospital” by Metric

Podcast picture is by GIRL NAMED SHIRL PHOTOGRAPHY