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The Joy of Comics Podcast, Episode 16:

Interview with Dave Dwonch from Action Lab Comics

On this very special episode of The Joy of Comics podcast, we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) sit down with Dave Dwonch - a comics writer and executive who lives and works on the frontlines of the indpendent comics scene. As a founding member of Action Lab Comics - as well as its President of Marketing and Development - Dave has some fascinating insights to offer about the current state of indpendent publishing, and when we were offered the opportunity to interview him for a panel at this year's NC Comicon - Oak City, we jumped at the chance.

In addition to helping to run Action Lab, Dave is also a comics writer who has become more and more prolific in recent years. Most recently, he scripted a supernatural murder mystery series entitled Cyrus Perkins and the Haunted Taxicab, and he has a new book coming out soon with friend and collaborator Brockton McKinney called Party Monster, which looks to be his most exciting and groundbreaking work yet. We talk about these titles and so much more, and learn what the future holds for himself and for Action Lab.

So join us for an inside look at the trials, tribulations and triumphs of creating indpendent comics, as we interview one of the freshest voices in the industry. This...is the Joy of Comics!

*Special thanks to NC Comicon and Action Lab for making this panel possible. You can also find Kevin's previous interview with Dwonch, click here

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The Joy of Film Podcast, Episode 12:

Logan Review, The Oscars and Film News

On this episode of The Joy of Film podcast, we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) take a cross-country trip through a post-apocalyptic wasteland to review one of the most anticipated superhero films of the past few years: Logan. This is director James Mangold's follow-up to 2013's The Wolverine, and it takes its inspiration from the comic series Old Man Logan which depicts the period near the end of Wolverine's life. As such, it affords an excellent opportunity for fans to bid a fond (but very R-rated) farewell to Hugh Jackman's 17-year portrayal of the character across nine X-Men films.

Logan is a startlingly original and grisly take on the Wolverine mythology, and it has received nearly universal acclaim from audiences and critics alike. We'll weigh in on all aspects of the film - from the performances of Patrick Stewart, Stephen Merchant and newcomer Dafne Keen, to the brutal action scenes and the overall success of the plot - and discuss the film's significance to the superhero genre. We also find some time to talk about the Deadpool 2 teaser that preceded the film, a number of other recent trailers, The Oscars, the movies we've watched recently, and a smattering of film news from across the industry.

So join us, as we embark on a perilous journey into the dark heart of the human...er, well..."super-human" condition. Believe us - it's a journey worth taking. This...is the Joy of Film!

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The Joy of Comics Podcast, Episode 14:

The Year in Geek, Part 4 - Best Comics of 2016

On this very special episode of the Joy of Comics Podcast, we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) close out our "Year in Geek" celebration with a look back at the Best Comic Books of 2016. And although the impact of comics on popular culture has been growing steadily each year for the past decade or so, 2016 was quite possibly the biggest yet for comics and comics-related media - from TV to Film and beyond.

Here, however, our focus is squarely on the comic books themselves, and comics publishers had much to offer us in 2016. Between the DC Comics Rebirth re-boot, Marvel's Civil War 2 and the re-launch of Marvel NOW! and the continued dominance of Image Comics as well as other smaller - but also important - players in the creator-owned space, there is A LOT of sequential storytelling for us to discuss and honor.

This year's categories include:
Best Character
Best Issue
Best Publisher
Best Writer
Best Artist
Best Comics of the Year
...and much more!!!

So join us, as we celebrate the very best of the year's comics and graphic novels, and deliver our final sendoff to 2016. This...is the Joy of Comics!

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The Joy of Television, Episode 10:

The Year in Geek, Part 3 - Best TV of 2016

It's Part 3 of our annual "Year in Geek" celebration, and on this episode we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) discuss the best that Television had to offer in 2016. Choosing favorites from this year's crop of top-quality TV shows was as difficult as it's ever been, thanks in part to the continued barrage of new shows from streaming sources like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, and cable contenders FX, AMC, and The CW (to name only a few). The 2016 television landscape was unprecedented in its quality and variety, and it made crowning a winner nearly impossible.

But here at The Joy of Geek we're always up for a challenge, and while we disagree with each other on many of the winners, our individual favorites span a wide variety of TV styles and genres - from the animated and darkly humorous Bojack Horseman, to the sci-fi epic drama of Westworld, to the edgy comedy of Speechless and Atlanta, and beyond. We discuss the merits of these shows and so many more while handing out the following awards:

Best Scene
Most Surprising Show
Best Performer
Most Disappointing Show
Best Character
Best Episode
Worst Show
Our Top 3 Best Shows of the Year
...and more!

So join us, as we compare, contrast, disparage, denegrate - and ultimately, celebrate - the best and worst Television of 2016. This...is The Joy of TV!

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The Joy of Comics Podcast, Episode 15:

Batman, Watchmen and the Art of Modern Comics w/ Gabriel Dunston

On this episode of The Joy of Comics podcast, we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) welcome local comics creator and friend of the show Gabriel Dunston - and although our original intention was to talk about his new Kickstarter project Stuff and Things, the conversation soon evolved into a wide-reaching discussion about the state of modern comics.

From assessing the quality of The Killing Joke and The Dark Knight Returns and their place in the overall Batman continuity, to debating the continuing relevance of mainstream superhero comics, to sharing what we've been reading and enjoying lately and more - this is a comics-focused conversation that covers a lot of ground.

We then take a few minutes to debate the quality of Zach Snyder's Watchmen film before getting down to business to discuss Gabriel's work. His new art book collection is the latest in a series of thus-far successfully-funded KS projects, and Gabe shares the story of its genesis and his experiences creating the book, as well as his ongoing Purgatory Pub Quadrilogy, his new YouTube series, and much more.

So join us, as we take a deep dive into the world of comics - independent, historic and otherwise. This...is the Joy of Comics!

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The Joy of Gaming Podcast, Episode 60:

The Year in Geek, Part 2 - Best Video Games of 2016

Our Annual "Year in Geek" festivities continue with a look back at the best (and worst) that the video games industry had to offer in 2016. We (Rich, Jordan and Kelsey) played a lot of games this past year, and it's always tough to crown the best and brightest of the genre that started it all for us here at TJOG. Somehow though, we manage, and this year's conversation covers a LOT of gaming ground - from Doom and World of Warcraft: Legion, to Pokemon Sun and Moon and Zero Time Dilemma, to Final Fantasy 15, and so much more.

And as an added bonus, this episode was recorded LIVE! from our hotel room at MAGFest 2017, so you never know what might happen as we attempt to offer cogent opinions on 2016's biggest games. This year's award categories include:

Top 3 Games
Biggest Surprise
Biggest Disappointment
Worst Game
Best Character
Best Game from a Previous Year
...and More!

So join us as we close out another fantastic year in gaming, and celebrate our 60th episode of The Joy of Gaming Podcast. This...is the Joy of Gaming!

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The Joy of Film Podcast, Episode 11:

The Year in Geek, Part 1 - Best Films of 2016

Each year around this time, we here at The Joy of Geek Podcast get together for a series of "Best of the Year" episodes, celebrating our favorite Films, Video Games, TV Shows and Comics of the past year. This year, we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) are kicking off the festivities with a look back at the Best Films of 2016, and simply put, it's been a roller-coaster ride of a year in cinema. We discuss the highest highs and lowest lows - from BvS and Suicide Squad to La La Land and Rogue One - in an episode full of strong opinions and a heated debate (or two).

And in true end-of-the-year-awards fashion, we've divised a list of categories to provide some order to the madness. This year, the categories include:

Top 3 Best Films
Biggest Surprise
Biggest Disappointment
Worst Film
Favorite Character
Favorite Performer
Best Scene
...and More!

So join us, for the first of our favorite series of podcasts to record, and hopefully, a fitting tribute to an outstanding year in media. This...is the Year in Geek!

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The Joy of Gaming Podcast, Episode 59:

Winter Gaming Extravaganza, Featuring Pokemon Sun and Moon and Final Fantasy XV

The Joy of Gaming Podcast is back after a bit of a break, with an episode that's jam-packed with content and more than capable of making up for lost time. We (Rich and Jordan) are ready to let loose the gaming flood gates, and all the huge Winter game releases we've been playing over the past two months serve as fuel for a fantastic and frenetic, mano y mano conversation.

What games have we been playing recently? What do we think of Nintendo Switch and all the recent news coming out of Sony's PSX Event? Just how solid is Pokemon's latest generation, Pokemon Sun and Moon? And now that Final Fantasy XV is a real game that exists and can actually be played, can it possibly live up to nearly ten years of gargantuan hype? You'll have to press play and leave your inhibitions at the door to find out.

After all, the years may pass and the tides may shift, but here, great video games will always provide our true north. This...is the Joy of Gaming!

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The Joy of Film Podcast, Episode 10:

Winter Film Season Celebration

On this episode of The Joy of Film Podcast, we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) talk about all of the big movies we've seen recently. And because we're in the midst of the Winter Film Season, we'll be discussing some of the biggest films of the year, including: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Arrival, Edge of Seventeen, Moana, Final Fantasy XV: Kingsglaive, and more.

We also discuss some of the biggest recently-released trailers, trying our best to predict quality and figure out to expect from Ghost in the Shell, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, Silence, Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2, F8: The Fate of the Furious, Spiderman: Homecoming and more. We also dive into some of the latest movie news, sneak in a bit of Marvel TV talk, and discuss a few other "film-adjacent" topics. 

We cover a lot of (snow-covered) ground in this episode, as there's a lot to talk about - and to love and not love - here in the Winter of Film. And although that sounds more than a bit ostentatious, we'll let it go. After all, This...is the Joy of Film!

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The Joy of Television Podcast, Episode 9:

Westworld and the Best of Science Fiction on TV

On this episode, we (Rich, Jordan and Kevin) dive back into the world of TV in a big way, exploring the past and present of the Science Fiction genre on Television. Here in Science Fiction's present, Westworld has taken over a lion's share of the pop culture conversation, and we have some strong opinions of our own about HBO's groundbreaking, hugely popular and (mostly) critically-lauded show. But gatling guns and robot "reveries" aside, we also discuss some of the other shows we've been watching, including Search Party, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Doctor Who, and SNL.

And in honor of Westworld - as well as the large number of stellar Science Fiction shows thriving in the modern TV landscape - we decided to turn our attention to the genre's recent past and discuss our favorite Sci-Fi shows of all-time. We've each chosen a top-three list of shows, and because the genre is so fertile with quality choices, we also manage to sneak in a number of honorable mentions whenever possible. The result is a conversation about what makes the best Sci-Fi television so captivating, with more than a few disagreements and raised eyebrows along the way.

Add to that a TV news segment where we discuss the latest news on Star Trek Discovery, Sense 8, the TV adaptation of Y: The Last Man, Luke Cage, Marvel's The Inhumans and more, and you have a jam-packed TV episode full of passion, thrills, chills, and (more than a little) time travel. Because in our timeline, anyway, This...is the Joy of TV!

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