Episode 43 – Uncaged Part 2

It’s that time again!  We like to keep it fresh, so it’s time for round two of our monthly uncaged episode.  What’s our topic?  We don’t have one!  What are we talking about?  That’s a surprise!  Are you going to enjoy what your hear?  Abso-farking-lutley!!  Join us this week as we talk about whatever the hell we want as well as fielding the burning questions from our loyal Monkey Lovers out there.  Do some ab exercises, get that bikini wax, and be sure to go crazy with the spray tan because it’s about to get wild and crazy up in here on an all new summer time bonanza episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 42 – Favorite Books

Let’s face it.  If it wasn’t for books, we could hardly classify ourselves as geeks.  From the stacks of tomes in our tabletop roleplaying libraries to the shelves lined with everything from history to science fiction, if a geek is anything, they are well read.  Join us this week as we discuss our favorite books and authors, as well as the works that have been most influential on our creative minds.  Be sure to grab your custom bookmark, set aside those reading glasses, and put that awesome book back on the shelf (just for a bit!) as you settle into that comfy reading chair and listen to a whole new episode of Monkey in the Cage!

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Episode 37 – San Diego Comic Con 2012 Survival Guide

It’s almost here!  We’re just over two weeks away from international Geek Mecca, San Diego Comic Con 2012!  The panels, the parties, the comics, THE SWAG!!!  We can’t wait to get out on that show floor and tear it… oh yeah, we weren’t able to get passes this year.  BUT WAIT!  We know people who did!  Join us this week as we are joined once again by The David, our Comic Con guru, as well as the oft mentioned “The Girlfriend” (aka Amanda) as we discuss some tips and tricks for surviving four days at SDCC, both inside and out.  Gas up the Batmobile, pack extra underoos, and watch out for hobos (true story) as we prepare for four days of awesome geekdom on a whole 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.


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!


Episode 10 – Merry Monkeymas!

Season’s greetings to all you out there in the internet world!  Christmas is just a few days away and we, being the consumer whores we are, are celebrating the only way we know how.  Join us this week as we exchange gifts of questionable and embarrassing nature while simultaneously testing the limits of friendship and faith in humanity, for the low low price of $25 a person!  Plug in and listen up, because this is an episode you truly won’t want to miss.  From all the Monkeys to all of our listeners, Merry Whateveritisyoucelebrate!

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Things that go Bump in the Night

Looking for something to help get you in the mood for Halloween?  Here are a few suggestions of things that have each taken a turn or two keeping me up at night.

Movie:  Poltergeist

“They’re heeeere…”  A modern classic if you ask any fan of the genre.  It was released in 1984 making me four years old and entirely too young to be watching it but that didn’t stop me.  This movie alone is probably the reason that ghost stories  both fascinate and frighten me still to this day.  Also, being roughly the same age as little Carol-Anne probably didn’t help either.

Television:  American Horror Story

A new series that premiered less than a month ago but has already made a huge impression on me.  A multi-layered story filled with tragedy, secrets, tension, and sex all intermingled with a huge creep-factor and some pretty messed up murder scenes.  If you’re into horror or ghost stories you will love it and with a two-part Halloween episode it’s perfect for this time of year.

Literature:  Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Yes, I know this is a children’s book.  But that didn’t stop it was giving me the chills.  The movie, while fantastic, didn’t make my skin crawl quite like the book.  The Dave McKean illustrations alone had me speed-reading  just so I could turn the page.  As soon as Coraline found herself in the other world with other-mother and her creepy button eyes I knew this was a different kind of kids’ story and I loved every minute of it.

Games:  Fatal Frame II:  Crimson Butterfly  (Playstation 2)

Japanese horror stories have a way of creeping me out that sticks with me.  There are still random times after using the bathroom in the middle of the night that I think “long arms” from the original Fatal Frame may be lurking in my closet waiting for me.  Your character is armed only a camera to defend herself against hostile ghosts like “broken neck woman”, “woman in box”, and “fallen woman.”  All women, huh?  Yeah, way to be sexist, Fatal Frame.  The overt scares are great but it’s the subtleties that really make this game shine.

Graphic Novel:  30 Days of Night by Steve Niles

Screw your sparkling vampires.  Steve Niles’ take on the vampire genre is the stuff of nightmares.  Ruthless, ugly, and teeth like sharks– 30 Days of Night made vampires scary again.  The added talents of Ben Templesmith almost make the gore-splashed pages beautiful.  But there is no denying that these vampires will tear your throat out, as many of Barrow, Alaska’s residents can attest to.