Useless Drivel – Seven Days, Suckas!

The best workday of the week is finally upon us, at it’s time to get your weekend started off in one of the weirdest possible ways! Join your hosts Robert, The David, and Matt as they regale you with their stories of weird happenings, weirder behaviors, and questionable gift giving. From Japanese buck-fiddy stores and punk rock karaoke to parking lot lurkers and questionable food choices, this weeks’ episode has a little bit of everything to wet your whistle. Hardly intelligible and questionably entertaining, it’s a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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Episode 86 – Film-to-TV Adaptations We Want to See

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We all have our favorite movies. We also all have out favorite TV shows.  Every once in a while, we even get to see our favorite movies become TV shows, and then we get all excited and it’s like “ERMAHGERDIT’STHABESTTHINGEVER” and then FOX goes and cancels it….  Join us this week as we discuss some of the movies we feel should get a shot at their own air time on the “boob tube” (even a mini-series would be nice)!  Get the doctor to fill out your paperwork, dry those Whovian tears, and definitely watch out for 8-year-olds as you kick back and listen to a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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WonderCon 2012 and the World of Mike Mignola

I know Monday’s are supposed to be reserved for my weekly Pen and Paper topics, but I’m still basking in the geek glow that was WonderCon this past weekend.  Tomorrow’s podcast is chock full of awesome geeky goodness from the Con, but I withheld the majority of my Hellboy/Mike Mignola universe news for my post today.  Although I didn’t attend many panels at the convention (choosing instead to spend way too much money on the sales floor), I did make sure I cleared my schedule to hear what was on the upcoming agenda from my favorite comic writer/artist.

*** CAUTION – THERE BE SPOILERS AHEAD!***

Mignola held a very informal Q&A panel for about an hour an a half, opening the floor to questions from his fans, offering those of us in the audience topics in the next few months.  One of the most important questions on the lips of the audience was in regards to the resolution of Hellboy The Fury #3 in August 2011, in which Mike Mignola killed his most iconic character.  Was the death of Hellboy always the intention that Mignola had?  In his own words, and I believe much to the satisfaction of the audience, Mignola told the audience that as he wrote Hellboy and subsequently created his and the B.P.R.D. universe, the characters and world took on organic lives of their own, and while he knew there were certain benchmarks he intended to hit (Hellboy will lose his eye, this will be the character that kills him, etc.), he really left it to the story to bring about its own natural conclusion.  Fortunately for us as fans of the red-skinned, blue-collared occult detective, death only proves itself to be a doorway to a new chapter, as Mignola continues to work full-time as both writer and artist for the upcoming release of Hellboy in Hell, slated for later this year.

Thankfully, despite all this, there will be plenty of Hellboy universe goodness heading our way in 2012, so here are some highlights from the panel:

  • Hellboy Library Edition Volume #5 and #6 are on the way.  Volume #5 will be the largest of all, with 60+ pages in the sketchbook section alone.  Edition # 6 will include The Storm and The Fury, as well as the collected works from The Bride of Hell and Others trade paperback.
  • Writing for all works in the universe are left in the hands of John Arcudi, Scott Allie, and Mike Mignola only.  This is to ensure that the Hellboy/B.P.R.D./Lobster Johnson/Witchfinder/Lord Baltimore series all maintain sensible continuity, thus keeping the worlds away from ret-con wipes.
  • Joe Golem and the Drowning City was originally intended to be a graphic novel, but is now an illustrated novel coming out later this month.
  • Hellboy has always been Mike Mignola’s “voice” in the comics, while Kate Corrigan‘s looks and “voice” are based on his wife.
  • B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth – The Pickens County Horror #1-2 will feature Mignola’s favorite monster, Vampires.
  • Keep an eye out for the illustrated novella, Father Gaetano’s Puppet Catechism: A Novella – written by Christopher Golden and illustrated by Mike Mignola – slated for release in October.  Happy birthday to me!
  • Hellboy in Hell will feature Hellboy, in Hell, having encounters with all manner of mythic and historical figures, which will result in adventures and stories only the mind of Mignola can fabricate.  I happened to tell Mike that if he were to have Hellboy encounter H.P. Lovecraft, I might name my first child Hellboy.  Everyone thinks I’m kidding… and I’ll be watching for that Lovecraft nod.

So, if you aren’t a Mignola or Hellboy fan, you could probably care less, but if you are, there is plenty to look forward to from the mind of Mignola this coming year.  Oh, and on a personal note, when Lance Henriksen interrupts you mid-sentence with Mike Mignola, who is subsequently interrupted by Steve Niles, just bask in the awesomeness of WonderCon, because that’s what I did!

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The Inaugural Monkey in the Cage Podcast

We have arrived!  In this, our inaugural episode, we introduce ourselves to the podcast listening world, offering insight into our geek pedigree’s, gaming interests and touching on a host of inside jokes.  We welcome all of you out in internet land to start joining us in our weekly discussions on gaming, geek culture and everything in between.  Sit back and relax as we here at Monkey in the Cage make a valiant attempt to entertain you, the gracious listener.

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