Useless Drivel – Karma, Destiny, and Aquaman?

aquaman-vs-batmanEach and (almost) every week, Matt and Robert get together behind the mics, and talk nonsensically and sometimes nasally about all manner of things that our meager following of listeners already know about.  That being said, it’s time for a brand new episode!  Sure, we don’t fact-check, have wild speculations, and more often than not are just dead wrong, but none of that matters.  What matters is you, the listener, and your dedicated masochistic ways!  So sit right down and plug right in for a brand new episode of Useless Drivel – A Podcast Without a Point!

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The Curious Case of Gail Simone, or Why We Should be Worried about the Comics Industry

If you were online at all Monday, you may be aware that DC Comics released writer and creator Gail Simone from the “Batgirl” title.

My reaction: shock, fear, shock, disbelief, utter disappointment [for DC Comics], and a glimmer of excitement [Marvel, you are calling her, right?].

Gail Simone, if you are unaware of who she is, is one of the most popular writers at DCU. During her career she has written “Deadpool,” “Birds of Prey,” “Wonderwoman,” “The Secret Six,” and of course, “Batgirl.” She is among the loudest supporters of DCU and particularly of the New52. Gail has been out there waving the banner and beating the drum to encourage her loyal fans to continue after DC (for a lack of a better word) destroyed their continuity. She has had one of the most successful books of their run and THE most successful female-led book.  To top it all off, the most recent issues have been met with praise from fans and critics alike.

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Monkey Birthday Giveaway!

Monkey in the Cage’s 1st Birthday is fast approaching!  In honor of our upcoming Episode 52 we are giving away a copy of DC Comics The New 52 Hardcover Compilation!  That’s right you heard me right, folks!  The New York Times calls it, “Audacious.”  USA Today calls it, “Epic.”  And I am almost positive they are referring to this giveaway and not the book itself…

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My Little Obsession

I am not ashamed to admit it… I love My Little Pony:  Friendship is Magic!  I loved My Little Pony as a little girl so when I saw it’s latest series streaming on Netflix I futilely attempted to get my son to watch it with me.  The boy is barely a year and half and would much rather watch Batman: Year One than MLP… true story.  Both he and his father are resisting my attempts to turn them into Bronies!

Here’s some My Little Pony fan art by John Joseco of the ponies playing dress-up!  Just for funsies. Continue reading

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Super Emo Art

Super Emo Walter from The Big Lebowski by JSalvador

Oh, hey!  It’s me again.  I know, I know two posts from Karen while she’s on vacation?!  What the heck?  Well, I’m doing Ramses a solid and covering for him while he works out some creative blocks.  His vacationitis is worse than mine.

There’s no doubt that Matt & Robert are both “super emo” without us so here’s some amazing art by JSalvador to get you all over the hump.  See more heartbreaking adorableness after “the jump.”  Continue reading

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Going Comikaze Into the Con

Rob types fluff and rolls dice. Those two hobbies sparked the immeasurably original nickname, The Typing Dice. When he’s not as his desk job, he’s prepping for his insanely fun 4E Forgotten Realms campaign. But even when he is at his desk job, he’s sneaking time to do the same, and daydreaming about building the best game room ever – a lifelong goal. One day he will design a tabletop game for the gods, and when they roll dice the world will hear thunder.  You can find him on Twitter @TheTypingDice or email at TheTypingDice@gmail.com.

The tee shirt that warranted me many high-fives.

Let me put this out there first and foremost. I am many things: GM, Writer, Gamer, and Literature Major, but not, and I repeat not an avid comic book reader. I would say I’ve read fewer than twenty comic books and five graphic novels in my entire life. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy them, or appreciate the fantastic art and channel of storytelling, because I do. I’ve just never gotten into them. I wanted to lay my cards face-up on the table so you know I will be approaching this article from the standpoint of a newbie to comic conventions.

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