Look! Up in the air! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a flying dude with more muscles than he knows what to do with! That’s right kiddos, the “Superhero Summer” continues as this week we discuss the new incarnation of pop-culture’s first heroic icon. We’re joined in-studio by our special three-peat guest – artist extraordinaire and comic book aficionado Dennis Salvatier! Be sure to ditch those red undies, work out your back-pecs, and practice punching people into ghosts as you prepare for a brand new super adventure on this week’s Monkey in the Cage!
Hey all you out there in internet-land! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays are coming at you a day early from the busy podcast-monkeys over here at To-Ag Studios! Join us this week as we discuss crazy Christmas traditions from around the world, a few of our own, and most importantly – The Second Annual MITC Gift Exchange!! That’s right! We’re once again trying to see who can embarrass who the most, so finish up that last minute shopping, throw another Yule Log on the fire, and be sure to leave some cookies and milk out tonight for whoever might come down the chimney and enjoy a new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
The subject of time travel has attracted me since I was a kid. Funny enough, my first exposure to it was Disney’s ‘disnification’ of the Charles Dicken’s classic, A Christmas Carol named Mickey’s Christmas Carol. This adaptation was given a more lighthearted approach, but one thing that stayed the same was the death of Tiny Tim. When I saw Mickey say goodbye to his son with glassy, tear-filled eyes, it broke my little heart. It still breaks my heart. So I was happy to see Scrooge change his ways. My next brush with time travel was 1984’s The Terminator. The idea of an unstoppable killing machine that can travel through time to kill you had me piss scared. As you can see, my dear parents didn’t have a problem exposing me to multiple acts of violence and coarse language — but you throw in some Linda-Hamilton-boobies and now we have a problem. If you could sit in that room (in 1985) you’d see two adults watching the conception of humanity’s hope against the machines and a small boy with a sheet over him looking like a covered piece of expensive furniture that belongs in an old English manor.
One of my favorite things to do here on the site is feature independent artists. I think it’s important to support creativity in any way possible. Whether it be a simple compliment when something speaks to me, purchasing prints, or a small feature or shout-out here on the site, I try to do whatever I can to encourage people who follow their passion and put themselves out there. There is one particular designer/illustrator who is near and dear to us here at Monkey in the Cage…
Another Comic-Con has come and gone, and the Monkey in the Cage crew is WORN OUT! Even with back-up and thorough planning, tackling the awesomeness that descends on San Diego every year proved to be more challenging and rewarding than ever, and we weren’t even on the floor (legitimately)! Join us this week as we are once again joined by our favorite intern, Jared the Intern, and artist/illustrator extraordinaire Dennis Salvatier to recap all of our experiences outside of the convention center. Gas up the Batmobiles, throw back a couple of beers, and don’t let those zombies get you as we talk SDCC 2012 on a brand new episode of Monkey in the Cage!
Animal Man by Jeff LeMire & Swamp Thing by Scott Snyder
When I started on my journey into DC’s New 52 I had no intention of pulling Animal Man or Swamp Thing. But at the urging of past guest, Dennis Salvatier, I decided to give them a shot. Dennis knows his comics and has become something of my comic book sensei. After loving his last suggestion of Scott Snyder’s Batman I knew he wouldn’t steer me wrong. So, off I went into both The Red and The Green…