Fanboy News Network Episode 11

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Hidden Gems of Horror Part 2

Jeff is joined by Jennifer Lovely (http://jengaloves.com) and Michael Montoure (http://www.bloodletters.com) as they continue their discussion about little known of rarely viewed horror films that they think horror fans should be paying attention to.

 

Site Update: Schedule Changes

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It dawned on me that I need to reassess how I have been allocating my time.

I recently took the time to look at all the projects I am working on right now:

 

  1. Writing a weekly column for this site.
  2. Producing a weekly podcast.
  3. Developing a comedy audio series.
  4. Voice Acting for various audio dramas.
  5. Helping a friend edit an audio book they are producing.
  6. Improving my studio space for audio recording.

And this is all on top of working a full time job, where we are in the middle of a major project.

Some of the above projects are more time intensive than others. The voice acting isn’t a major drain on my time overall, but usually will eat an entire day when I am needed. The audio book editing is a one off deal that will eventually end.

But I have been seeing signs that I need to readjust some things, as I am missing some weeks on Podcast production, and I often have to rush through my columns to get them to my editor on time. The thing that is getting sacrificed most often is the work on my own audio series, which is the project I really want to get going. But I also don’t really want to drop anything.

So I think I have come up with a compromise that will allow me to keep things going, without causing my work suffer.

There will still be weekly updates every Saturday, but for the time being I will be alternating between columns and podcasts. This will allow me to not have to worry about rushing through writing the columns, and give me more time to prep the podcasts. It should also allow me more time to work on the audio series scripts, in order to have something concert ready for the people I am working with on it.

And, hopefully, I will have some new exciting announcements for you in the near future.

Fanboy News Network Episode 6

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San Diego Comic Con makes changes to how they handle ticket sales.

Casting news about the Ant Man movie gives us a glimpse into the direct the film will be going.

Rumors about the Superman/Batman movie suggest how Warner wants to introduce the larger DC universe to the movie audience.

DC comics announces the return or a lost character.

A look back at 2013

thY3U8N79ZAnother year has come and gone and, with that in mind, I want to reflect on what 2013 was for me and this site.

A big change this year was getting help in the form of a beta reader/editor. First was my friend Matt Hamer, and when he could no longer do it Stax Blackmoore stepped in. It’s all part of my effort to improve the overall quality of the site and my writing.

Another big change was that, after a couple of years of talking about it, I finally launched the podcast. Like my writing, it is a learning process, but I am happy with how the first five episodes have gone.

In one of those podcasts, I declared Jennifer Lovely to be the official Fanboy News Network horror expert which, at this point, largely means that she will be making semi-regular appearances on the podcast to talk about horror.

I also worked on the audiobook The Hole Behind Midnight, which is currently being released as a podcast. I am linking to the podcast here on this site with a roughly three week delay behind its main site.

Looking at my most popular columns of the year shows me that I should stick with the variety I use now, as the top ten covered several subjects.

And here are those top ten articles.

  1. Another Wonder Woman Pilot
  2. The Fake Nerd Girl Myth
  3. Universal Studios VIP Tour Review
  4. Blackface Cosplay
  5. Horror Review: Shutter
  6. Review: Dracula TV Show
  7. The Truth About Samhain
  8. The Dragon*Con Boycott issue
  9.  Universal Horror: The Wolf Man
  10. Arrow Review

I found my theme months useful as a writing exercise, but the horror review month was definitely better received than the series about the first year of Magic: The Gathering.

One thing that caught me by surprise was that while I was reviewing the list of sites that refer back to his one, I found Wikipedia on the list. It turns out that the Wikipedia article on the web series The Joker Blogs used my review as a cited reference, and even quoted it. Of course that article no longer exists on Wikipedia so it was a brief moment.

And that closes the year, for 2013.

So what do I plan for 2014?

Writing wise, I want to keep up the pace of putting out an article every Saturday. The deadline is good for me and I can only improve by keeping at it.

I also want to keep trying to produce a podcast each week. I have not stabilized on a day yet, although I would like to keep it early in the week.

I want to get more people involved in the site; specifically, I want to get a regular group of contributors to appear on the podcast. As I mentioned earlier, I now have an official horror expert. I am working on arrangements for a comics expert, a film expert, and a convention expert.

I am also in the early stages of developing an audio show, that I am also planning to produce through this site. Whether that sees the light of day in 2014 or 2015 remains to be seen.

I also want to work on updating the site design a bit. I am looking into the best way to do that now.

Finally I would like to find at least one other contributor to produce semi regular content for the site.

How well will all of this work?

Only time will tell.

Fanboy News Network Episode 4

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“The Year In Horror Part 2”

Jeff sits down again with horror author Michael Montoure and Fanboy News Network’s resident horror expert Jennifer Lovely to discuss the year in horror. This time they focus on the year’s horror offerings outside of cinema.

Fanboy News Network Episode 3

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“The Year In Horror Part 1”

Jeff sits down with horror author Michael Montoure and Fanboy News Network’s resident horror expert Jennifer Lovely to discuss the year in horror.

There was so much to talk about that there will be a second part to this episode later this week.

Wishing you a geeky Christmas

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It’s Christmas time again. Every year we get all worked up as the need to buy gifts and arrange schedules overtakes us.

We make time for family, the ones we were born to and then ones we have forged for ourselves. We watch the traditional specials. We make travel plans.  We hear all the different sources try to tell us what the meaning of the season is.

On that last one, I think we have gotten a pretty good summation from a unique and very geeky source: Doctor Who. It’s become one of my favorite quotes about the season, and it came from the 2010 Doctor Who Christmas special, A Christmas Carol.

“On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact midpoint, everybody stops, and turns, and hugs, as if to say ‘Well done. Well done, everyone! We’re halfway out of the dark.’”

And this, to me, is the heart of the season. There is a reason that all the Winter Solstice celebrations deal with light. It is the darkest time of the year, and then just when it feels that nothing will ever grow or be bright again, on December 21st everything turns around. The days slowly get longer and, even though it is still cold and dark, there is the return of hope as things inch back towards spring.

We huddle together in our tribes, be they of blood, friendship, work, or shared experience. We stave off the cold and look forward to the world coming alive again.

So as I publish this on the day of the lights return, I, Jeffrey Robert Harris (aka Caliban), on behalf of myself and all of my friends and loved ones who help produce this little corner of geek culture, wish you and yours well during this time and look forward to the brighter future.

Well done everyone, we’re halfway out of the dark.

Fanboy News Network Episode 2

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In this episode:

A follow up on the subscribers getting their copy of Detective Comics #27

News on a possible Sandman movie

DC title cancelations.

Comic Industry market share.

A look at the fall finales of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Arrow.

Fanboy News Network Podcast Episode 0

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An introductory episode for the new Fanboy News Network podcast.

I introduce myself, give my background in geek culture, and outline my basic goals for the podcast.

This is my first effort so feedback is appreciated.

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