Saturday, January 24, 2015

MAGICAL CON MISSIVES of the MECHANICAL MIAMI MEN



The sound of the breaking of the 77th seal of the Roboplastic Apoclaypse is the tippy tip tapping of a magic wand on my voice recorder to see if I can pull a Jose Delbo interview out of my hat! Yes I went to Mystical MiamiCon or whatever and who cares what it's called anyways because all that matters is I got another shot at talking to Jose Delbo about everything that's happened since the last convention I talked to him. Plus I asked a Star Wars question at a panel with Greg Weisman, the Star Wars Rebels season one executive producer! I learned he also created Gargoyles, which based on the voice actor cast I think may have been set in some kind of alternate Star Trek universe. I may not be hip to cartoons without any robots in them and I really didn't know who all the other guests were at Magical Miami Comics Con 2015 but I still had a good time. So smell the magic as I condescendingly complain about all the overpriced robots that I was too smart to buy and then LOL out loud as I get suckered into buying overpriced non-robots comics because I am dumb about GI Joe. How did Mr. Delbo's trip to London go? What are those new robots he's drawing now? And is it mandated somewhere that every single Star Wars character has to have a bad feeling about this? Find out all that and more in this MAGIC CITY 201.5 IS YOUR STATION FOR SMOOTH DELBO JAMS edition of the podcastalypse!

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That new signage looks more Wal-Marty than Convention Centery.

This is the closest to Shogun Warriors toys as the vendors got.

Overpriced neo-G1 was plentiful for people who don't shop internet.

I get the feeling that every Greg Weisman panel becomes a Gargoyles panel.

SPOLIER ALERT! Jim Cummings told me Clampdown was crabby. Very crabby.

Mr. Delbo knocking out the drawings with a new Optimus Prime backdrop.

He had some sketches of newer toys I found rather intriguing.

3 pack baggy GI Joe #2 reprints were super rare when I was a kid!



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Don't miss the Coral Springs Museum of Art's Comic & Pop Art exhibit featuring José Delbo and other artists starting March 5th.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The Bots Came Back!



The sound of the breaking of the 76th seal of the Roboplastic Apocalypse is the echo of a 30 years ago stampede of beeping, blooping, zipping, zapping, tape deck transforming, twin drill spinning, suction cup sucking, dinosaur stomping, Lamborghini crashing robots parading through the pages of Penny Power! Yes never before or since has a magazine ignored all the hype and marketing to bring kids the brutal truth about how much bang you got for your toy robot buck in 1984. This Consumer Reports magazine for kids took on all Tronians in an article titled "The Robots are Coming" from their Oct/Nov '84 issue before anyone even knew what a Decepticon Communicator was! Penny Power pulled no punches in its objective look at nearly every major robot line fighting it out in the early days of the Toy Robots Wars of the 1980s. It's the Starriors vs Armatron, the GoBots vs the GoDaiKins, RoboTron vs Robo Force, and Transformers vs...Magic Mike? Who will win? Who will lose? Whose transforms will leave the kids confused? Find out all this and more in this ONE WATCH TO RULE THEM ALL edition of the Podcastalypse!

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Read along with your own copy of the article here!



I CAUGHT A F.I.S.H.B.O.T.!!!

Waaaay back in episode 18 of the Podcastalypse I did a review of a Penny Power article from '85 where they evaluated some cool toy robots like the Zoids Giant Zrk, Starriors' Deadeye, and the Robotroid Space Station. But during the review I mentioned how there was an earlier Penny Power magazine article I remembered with tons more robot reviews in it that I didn't have. Then a couple months ago I talked to myself some more about how I'd missed out on an auction for that very most legendary issue and felt terrible about it. I felt bad because when it comes to my love of toy robots, Penny Power's "The Robots are Coming" article in their Oct/Nov 1984 issue is ground zero. I was a kid when it came out and it made a huge robot raygun blast right through my brain. In this episode I talk about the circumstances under which I saw it first come and go through my life in 1984 when I was in first grade reading it at the school library, taking it for granted and eventually seeing it nevermore. I had pretty much given up hope of ever finding it again because even on eBay issues of Penny Power are few and far between. Then last week the big penny in the sky used his power to give me another shot when I thought all my luck was spent. I was grateful and I learned that in life you can't count on second chances, but you can count on eBay's saved search alerts to let you know when somebody is selling the crap you want.

DO IT WITH BUY-IT-NOW OR DON'T BOTHER DOING IT

So the other day I got an email alert from eBay that someone was selling a stack of Penny Power magazines. I was super excited but the auction description said they ranged from '81 to '94 and although there were something like 36 issues in there, the range was wide enough that there was no guarentee that my issue would be one of the ones in there. What made it tricky to guess was that the only picture in the auction was of a pile of magazines where only the cover of the one on top was clearly visible. But thanks to the tiny little picture of the cover I saved from the last time someone was selling one, I was able to zero in on a very tiny sliver of the cover to the magazine buried at the very bottom of the stack. It took a ton of photo manipulation but I swore I could make out the hood of Jazz, the deluxe Autobot car from 1984. I was still not 100% sure so I sent the seller an email message asking if it was indeed the Oct/Nov 1984 issue. Well waiting for him to get back to me was more than I could bear. What if someone heard me talking about how legendary and great this issue was and set up their own eBay alert so they could buy one if it popped up? I couldn't stand the suspense so I just went ahead and bought the lot before the seller got back to me, which he eventually did and confirmed it was the issue I was looking for. I was elated and amazed and I felt really really lucky at having beaten my phantom competition. Then I laughed because I realized in order for it all to have played out like it did in my mind, someone would actually have to be paying attention to my show since episode 18.

First up it's GoBots, GoDaikin, RoboTron, the Radio Shack Armatron, and Robo Force!

Next it's Starriors, Magic Mike, the Kronoform Time Machine and then almost every assortment of Transformers available at the time.




With all those Ram-Mans and Robotrons it's amazing
Playworld ever went out of business!
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Amazing Adventures in the Land of the Starrmorfens Kings


The sound of the breaking of the 73rd seal of the Roboplastic Apocalypse is the mighty roar of jet engines carrying the Nostrodomatron non-stop from southern Florida to Houston, Texas on a date with toy robots comic royalty! Yes at a single convention in Texas this past August I met three of my favorite writer/artists whose combined works are some of the most significant toy robots comics of the past 40 years! At Amazing Houston Comic Con I got to meet the legendary Len Wein, who wrote the very first toy robot/comic book tie in back in 1971, AND Herb Trimpe, the penciling king of Shogun Warriors comics who wrote and drew Robotix #1 in 1985, AND Tom Scioli. writer/artist of the current Transformers vs G.I. Joe comic from IDW Publishing! And of course I made terrible audio recordings of it all to share with you, my fellow Macrocranians. It just goes to show that you can win if you dare, but you can skip the daring part and go straight to the winning if you have a ton of frequent flier miles and credit card rewards points. Who penciled the first issue of Microbots? How does Herb Trimpe feel about alien robots that turn into cigarette lighters and fountain pens? By what brilliant logic did Tom Scioli deduce that Soundwave and Shockwave were brothers? And who is the only comic artist worth waiting two hours in line for to let him sign your vagina? Find out all that and more in this I'M FINALLY SHOOTING RUSSIAN UNICORNS WITH CARMEN SANDIEGO edition of the Podcastalypse!

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You can find all these pictures (INCLUDING one of Jim Lee drinking water) at my Amazing Houston Comic Con 2014 photo album on Flickr.


The most recently livest portions of this episode were recorded at Tate's Comics + Toys + More during their Out of This World sale



The most oldest livest portions of this episode were recorded at Amazing Houston Comic Con 2014 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas



I got to meet the writer of The Microbots #1 and Exo Squad #0-Len Wein!! (I've heard he's done one or two other notable things outside of toy robots.)
Mr. Wein sat in front of me during the game show! Was this his secret way of asking me to interview him? I WAS TOO SCARED!!


I FOUND HIM! I FOUND HIM! I FINALLY FOUND HIM! HERB TRIMPE!!!



There were some old TFs but I thought they were a bit high. Some of them literally were-my camera needed its tripod extended to reach them!



Toy Hunter!

Jim Lee!!

Lego Batman!!!



It's the American Barbarian himself-Tom Scioli.
Tom absolutely murdered everyone with his dramatic readings from Transformers vs. G.I. Joe. Then after they were all dead he gave them free copies of Transfomers vs. G.I. Joe #1.



Here are some of the scribblings I managed to achieve:


Amazing Houston Comic Con was so amazing it could make a grown baby cry!


BUT MAN WHAT WAS UP WITH THOSE PRICES?!?!
Amazing Houston Comic ConTate's prices
Transformers back issues at AHCC were 2.5x to 4x higher than back home in Florida. I could have been a Texas hundredaire!!


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