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I'm a long time fan of science fiction, fantasy, comic books, gaming and the like. Also a former Employee of Wizards of the Coast, and one of the founding members of the Camarilla Fan organization. Follow me on Twitter @caliban1227.

Fanboy News Network Episode 53

“Happy Haunts Materialize”

Jeff is joined by guest co-host and full-time sibling Jillian Venters of Gothic Charm School.

The subject of this episode is their recent trip to Bats Day in the Fun Park 19 at Disneyland.

A review of their experiences staying at the Disney on site hotel Paradise Pier and joy of adding concierge suite to their package.

How Jeff and Jill have melded their Disneyland traditions.

How Jill’s pre-planning makes life easier for Bats Day.

The various adventures in the Haunted Mansion.

The Disney Magic Moments and the cast members dedication to making guests happy.

What happened on Pirates of the Caribbean and Jungle Cruise.

How the construction of Star Wars Land disrupted normal park going procedures.

What it was like being in Disneyland on May the 4th (Star Wars Day)

Encounters with Disney Bounding.

Why going for a multiday trip is a good idea.

Bats day traditions.

The Goth Spectrum and where Jeff sites on it.

The advantages of being Disneyland veterans.

The meal at Blue Bayou and afternoon tea at the Disneyland hotel.

Fanboy News Network Episode 52

“Caught between a con and a bats day.”

This episode was plagued by tech issues, weird sounds, and special spouse appearances.

The boys sadly must talk about Cons behaving badly, specifically Odyssey Con

Marvel Comic’s problematic relationship to diversity and not understanding why people are upset they made Captain America a Nazi.

Jeff’s adventures at the Norwescon 40

Mystery Theater 3000 returns and Jeff explains why he is happy and his special relationship with the show.

Daniel talks about discovering Into the Badlands.

Jeff explains Riverdale to Daniel. Daniel is not convinced Jeff isn’t lying.

The boy’s talk about recent trailers that have dropped, Specifically the New Thor, Star Wars, and Guardians of the Galaxy trailers.

Congratulations to Wolf 359 on their Webby nomination.

Jeff previews his upcoming trip to Disneyland to participate in Bat’s day at the fun park with Jillian Venters, which Jeff and Jillian will podcast about afterwards.

This leads to a discussion of what constitutes goth the brings in Jeff’s wife from the other room.

A shout out to Scarecrow video, a significant film library and video store.

Jeff is getting ready to read The wonder wizard of futher-mucking Oz by Matt Youngmark. Daniel is getting ready to read The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley.

 

Fanboy News Network Episode 51

“Life’s too short to hate watch anything”

Jeff talks about his upcoming trip to Disneyland to attend Bat’s Day.

Daniel talks about seeing Arrival and the Magnificent Seven Remake, while Jeff talks about Get Out and Logan.

Jeff talks about the movies shown recently as part of Don’t Read the Latin host Jennifer Lovely’s weekly horror movie night.

The boys talk about their excitement about the upcoming American Gods TV series.

Jeff saw Iron Fist. He talks about it.

In light of the coming of the New MST3K to Netflix, Jeff talks about original MST3K episodes on Netflix and along with it Lucha Underground.

Jeff reports his feelings about where the DC comics shows are right now.

In comics, DC is finally explaining how they ended up with two Supermen.

Also the current state of Wolverine in the comics.

Jeff and Daniel talk about what they are reading.

 

Fanboy News Network Episode 50

“Two Milestones for the price of One.”

It’s our 50th Episode, and Jeff and Daniel take this time to look back at the events of 2016.

Discussion of those lost during 2016.

The boys talk about what they felt was the best in film in 2016.

A look at how Fox may have actually learned the right lessons from the success of Deadpool.

The best of genre tv in 2016.

The reversal of fortunes between DC and Marvel comics in 2016.

How the Flintstones became the most talked about comic of the year.

Looking at Podcasts and how Wolf 359 is moving the bar, and what over podcasts are doing well.

Jeff and Daniel talk about why they love podcasting.

Fanboy News Network Episode 49

“You’re Welcome”

An explanation of why a light snow can shut down the city.

R.I.P. John Glenn.

The boys thoughts on Moana.

Jeff covers the trippy experiences that was Dr. Strange and Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome.

A discussion of the CW superhero shows big crossover.

Once again we ask if this is Agents of SHIELD’s last year and the conflict between Marvel Movies and TV.

Jeff talks about finally playing Witcher 3 and his giving up on No Man’s Sky.

Daniel talks about his excitement for the Lego Batman Movie and how far the entire Lego brand has gone.

Jeff talks about the Billy West Podcast and the upcoming season finally of Wolf 359.

Daniel talks about all the people we have lost in the last year and what that means for all of us.

Fanboy News Network Episode 48

“Send in the Clowns”

A quick discussion of scary clowns because why not.

Jeff talks about going to see Puddles Pity Party on Halloween.

Daniel tells about performing in the rock opera “Rite of Jupiter”

Another look at large convention growth patterns.

Daniel talks about his mother’s plan to attend Emerald City Comicon with him next year.

Why Daniel will not go see Doctor Strange but is looking forward to Moana.

Just talks about going to go see Mad Max: Fury Road Black and Chrome edition.

Jeff talks about seeing Lights Out.

Daniel talks about his love of the movie Hero starring Jet Li.

The release of the new Wonder Woman trailer.

Traditional vs Non-traditional media.

The strength of representation in geek media.

A quick state of comic book tv shows.

Why Jeff is glad he never got into Walking Dead.

on to Books where Jeff read Imprudence and Daniel talks about the Everything Box.

Fanboy News Network Episode 47


“Podcast Siblings”

Jeff welcomes guest co-host Jennifer Lovely of our sister podcast Don’t Read the Latin

Jeff and Jennifer talk about where they are as podcasters

Jennifer is participating in the Scarecrow Video Pyschotronic Challenge which led her to see Phantasm: Ravager.

Jeff laments missing his chance to see Shin Godzilla in the theater.

Jennifer talks about her experiences at Geek Girl Con.

Talk of New York Comic Con and the unfortunate incident with Peter David.

That leads to a discussion of Romani culture in comics.

Jennifer talks about upcoming horror films.

Jeff talks about the CreepyPasta based series Channel Zero, and the talk is interwoven with talk of American Horror Story.

A quick discussion about Luke Cage.

An overview of the premiers of the CW Superhero shows.

Jeff talks in particular about the premier of Supergirl, and the portrayal of both Supergirl and Superman.

a look at what Agents of SHIELD is doing this season.

 

Fanboy News Network Episode 46

 
“Sleep Evangelism”

Daniel tell of his adventures at Rose City Comic Con and what Peter Mayhews laugh sounds like

Dicussion of the business aspects of celebraties attending conventions

Jeff laments not being able to get out of the theater and instead talks about recent horror movie night watches including High Rise, Psycho Beach Party, and Young Frankenstein, whichs leads to some discussion of Blazing Saddles and what could have been castings.

Jeff talks about the Tick pilot and the history of the Tick in various different media.

Discussion of the Luke Cage Series (the episode was recorded prior to the series release so it is all speculation)

The inclusion of Ghost Rider on Agents of SHEILD.

Daniel talks about being on the final season of Penny Dreadful on Netflix, and the recycling of props vs actioning them off.

Jeff’s talks about the anticipation of the new Season of Supergirl.

Talk about shows that appear to be expansion of plots from single episodes of other series.

The casting of Designated Survior

The possible legal issues faced by No Man’s Sky.

Jeff laments his lack of time to read.

Daniel has read the Non-Fiction book Grunt by Mary Roach.

Daniel talks about the musical he is rehearsing for based on the work of Aleister Crowly.

Jeff discovered two new podcasts: The Billy West Podcast and The West Wing Weekly.

West Wing Weekly let Jeff to discover the Justiceforvets.org

Fanboy News Network Episode 45

“Better Late then Never”

Technical difficulties delayed the release of this episode thus the title and why some subjects may seem out of date.

Dainel Talks about Suicide Squad.

RIP Gene Wilder

The failure of Star Trek Beyond’s ad campaign.

The boys growing excitement for Rogue One.

Jeff has commentary on theme park rides and park events.

Daniel comments on Kubo and the Two Strings.

Discussion about the Labor day geek events, including Pax, Burning Man, and Dragon Con.

Daniel is finally watching Penny Dreadful. Jeff goes out of his way not to crush Daniel’s hope for the characters with spoilers.

Jeff finally got around to seeing Stranger Things and shares his thoughts.

The boys speculate about the Luke Cage and Tick series coming to streaming, as well as Superman being included on Supergirl.

Jeff talks about playing No Man’s Sky.

On Book’s Jeff can’t decide if he wants to read Sandman Slim next or go to the latest Wild Cards book.

Daniel has read 7 Eves by Neil Stephenson, the First Expanse book, and I am Providence.

A quick recap of the Hugo Awards.

Jeff updates on several Podcasts including a progress update on Family Skeletons and Daniel talks about why he likes the resurgence of Sci-Fi and Horror in the medium.

 

Fanboy News Network Episode 44

 

“When Trailers Attack”

Jeff welcomes guest co-host Ian Crowfeather.

R.I.P. David Huddleston.

Jeff’s review of the new Ghostbusters.

A discussion of the new crop of trailers to come out of San Diego Comic Con.

Hopes for the new season of the CW Superhero shows.

Jeff and Ian reminisce about the Ghostbusters role-playing game.

Talk of No Man’s Sky, We Happy Few, and the coming of procedurally generated games.

Jeff talks about the first day of recording on Family Skeletons.