Shop Talk // RIP John Byrne

“A lot of collectors lost their collections in the Calgary flood. I saw it happen, you know? Laaaaaaaht of people lost their lives. John Byrne died in it, I think. I saw it, I think.”

-A random walk-in customer. The same guy who lays claim to having murdered Frank Frazetta. But that’s another story.

TV // Once Upon A Time

Admittedly, I’m arriving to this show quite late. My initial disconnect came from how much the series seemed to resemble Fables, a particular favourite comic series of mine. The fact that ABC had put a version of Fables into pilot production the year before, only to pass upon it and pick up this series from their production umbrella the year later stunk a little, so I judged it before taking in a single scene.

Within a month of Once Upon a Time first airing, Fables creator Bill Willingham spoke with the creators of the show and later wrote a great piece imploring people to give the show a second… or rather a first chance. I didn’t, because I was behind and you guys there are so many comics and television shows and movies out there you guys and I let things sit like that for quite some time. Then, this past week, when I got sick, Danica and I decided to pass the time by finally checking out the show on Netflix.

We devoured the first season in little over a week. It’s really good, you guys. Really good. Danica once described it as “Lost meets fairy tales”, and that’s exactly it. The plotting is tight and the back story is fascinating. Almost every episode leaves you on a cliffhanger that you leaves you clawing for more. Also, there’s smooching. I mean, the entire show is built around smooching – or rather, the idea of love, and the inherent power it contains both intact and fractured. It’s pretty much my jam right now. If you’ve yet to see it, give the first episode a go and get back to me. And hey, if you’ve been watching the show all along, can we talk about the season one stuff? Because damn. Damn.

Doctor Whooch // Episode 022 // Time Travelling Egyptian Wil Wheaton

In which Brandon and Danica are both kinda’ sick. So. There’s that.

In this week’s episode, your awesome hosts are feeling not-so-awesome, but a love of Doctor Who conquers all! With hooch in hand, we explored “Pyramids of Mars” – a fourth Doctor serial that was… whelp, interesting. Weird stuff happened, and the Doctor was a bit of a jerk, but hey, there were explosions and running! Which was nice.

Outro music is “Cold Hands and Chapped Lips” by Hot Panda

Podcast picture is by GIRL NAMED SHIRL PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Doctor Whooch // Episode 021 // Ianto, No!

In which we discover just what a sexy Cyberwoman looks like, and the feels get all weird on us.

This week’s episode (our first that can legally drink in the US!) our special guest James Leask (of Comics! The Blog fame) joins us for another two episodes of Torchwood (“Ghost Machine” and “Cyberwoman”). Things start weird and get weirder pretty quick. This is what happens when you have a drunk podcast, I guess.

Outro music is “Stop the Rock” by Appolo 440.

Podcast picture is by GIRL NAMED SHIRL PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Doctor Whooch // Episode 020 // Tequila Blood Moon

In which we rediscover the sensation of tequila and things progress from there.

In this week’s episode, we continue to explore Classic Who with the third Doctor’s debut serial, “Spearhead from Space”. Also, crunk things happen as we invent a new drink* and dovetail into talk about the new Veronica Mars movie in a section we like to call “Veronica Bars”.

Outro music is “Commotion” by Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Podcast picture is by GIRL NAMED SHIRL PHOTOGRAPHY.

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Doctor Whooch // Episode 019 // Tall Skinny White Boys

In which Brandon and Danica talk about their sexy crush on a certain spaceman. No, not that spaceman.

This week, we’re watching Torchwood (specifically the first two episodes of Series One, “Everything Changes” and “Day One”), which unsurprisingly goes really well with being drunk. In short order, Brandon serenades the audience, and Danica lets him. Then things got weird.

Outro music is “I Think I Like You” by Dorona

Podcast picture is by GIRL NAMED SHIRL PHOTOGRAPHY.