Friday, August 08, 2014

How to fail at robots without really crying

If a man tries to do a Transformer panel at a convention but there is no audience to see it, does he make a sound? Oh you bet your Confucious he does and that sound is the breaking of the 71st seal of the Roboplastic Apocalypse! Join me in glorious despair as I play recordings from my hellacious experience during an absolute train wreck of a con where nothing went right and I regressed into some strange adult version of my ten year old self crying about the ending of Fire in the Sky. It's a podcastalyptic convention catastrophe extravaganza as great unknown mysteries of roboplasticology are answered at the cost of great embarrassment and humiliation to your friendly neighborhood Nostrodomatron. Yet if there's one thing I know it's that with great embarrassment and humiliation comes great entertainment value. Because the beauty of MP3 technology is that if I can't have fun at a convention, you bet I'll share all the not fun with you. Hey which toy robot magazine article from 1984 changed my life? Did Mike Zeck pencil the cover to Transformers #3? Is it better to have paneled badly than never to have paneled at all? And what am I supposed to do with all this suck? Get answers to that and more in this HOW TO NOT HAVE FUN WHEN NOBODY'S LOOKING edition of the podcastalypse!

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F.I.S.H.B.O.T. of the episode-Penny Power October 1984

And just so I don't come across as a completely ungrateful crybaby, I would like to say that seeing Pat Broderick and Pablo Marcos at Ultracon was awesome.

Mr. Marcos signed the Kid Stuff books he co-illustrated with his daughter Judith.

I finally got to ask Mike Zeck if he penciled the cover to the old Marvel Transformers #3 at Tampa Bay Comic Con 2014. Let's just say it was a good thing I brought copies of ToyFare #74 for him to sign, too.

R2-D2 @ TBCC 14

Here's what I meant about the Megatron models being different on the covers to TF #2 and 3. The heads and cannons are different so I doubt Mike Golden did #3.

Navarro Pharmacy 25 November 1984



Dr. Geektarded said...

Thanks for the new episode, Steve!

I was listening at work and the downer Transformers transition music queues kept cracking me up, man.

Keep up the great work. No failures, just unplanned outcomes.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

Thanks, Matt. I will definitely keep your words about unplanned outcomes with me. At the rate i'm going I am sure they will come in handy in the future.

I loved the downer segues, too! The last minute is my favorite stinger ever.

Shlomo Ben Hungstien said...

I met Bill Sienkiewicz last year and Mike Zeck earlier this summer at the San Jose Big WOW Comic Fest cons. I thought Sienkiewicz was a especially personable. sorry to hear about the Tamp Bay con not working out for you that really sucks where nothing seems to be going your way after some time of anticipation for it. i don't think i ever got your take on the Transformers movies. i loved the first one but hated 2 and 3 and i didn't even bother seeing the most recent one i'll wait till it turns up at the library.

Evil King Macrocranios said...

Sienkiewicz used to come down to southern Florida a lot and I am glad I got to attend some of his panels because they were incredible learning experiences. Zeck hadn't been to Florida in ages (if ever) so I had to jump on that. My disaster of a panel down here locally at least made for some interesting audio I think. I am glad I got a story or two out of it and maybe it would have sucked had I pressed forward in an empty room anyways.

Honestly I am completely indifferent to most everything Transformers that's come out in the last five to ten years. Lately I just have this general apathy towards anything not released in that magic window of my childhood from 1977 to 1987. There is still so much from that period to be appreciated that I missed out on the first time. It seems like a waste of time to pay attention to anything modern.

I don't think I have the capacity to like or dislike any of the new Transformers movies because I seem to have lost interest in keeping up with new stuff entirely. There's movies and books and comics and toys and viral internet marketing all tying n to tell this gigantic story. I feel so overwhelmed by the huge machine Transformers marketing has become. When I was a kid and it was new I felt like I had a handle on it and could understand it all. I devoured the stuff and could stay on top of it because there wasn't much to keep on top of or maybe my brain was faster and more spongey. I don't know if it can ever be that magical again.


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