Astronaut Josh Lang (William Shatner) is transformed into a higher being with superior mental powers after passing through a strange energy field in space. Now, he’s trying to cope with his new abilities that nobody believes he has, save for Steve. John and Paul are joined by writer Dayton Ward to explore Shatner’s extraordinary performance in this episode.
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Diana Botsford (who appeared on the podcast back in March of 2011) returns to the show to discuss her latest project. As an instructor of screen writing of at Missouri State University, Diana has developed and seen through to a final production, a new science fiction webseries, Epilogue, dealing with a world riddled with a plague, a group of people who use time travel to try to avert it, and the consequences their actions have in the past, present, and future. John talks with Diana about the development of the story and what it was like working with students whom she now regards as peers.
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Clay and Debby are back! After a lengthy absence, they promise not to disappear for any length of time and if they do, they’ll take you along with them. You know what that means? Road trip! The two comment live from their car as they make their way to a family reunion. In the episode they talk about the significance of family reunions in an internet world, the sights they see before them, and they hint at their secret celebrity crushes.
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Abbott & Costello are this week’s featured episode as Bud wants new ideas for the show and Lou tries to explain his black eye from a date he had with a girl who is not his girlfriend. Please comment on this episode here, or by writing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling toll free 888-866-9010.
A classic episode from December 2008.
Our fourth episode features news, reviews and an interview. Check it out and make sure to rate the episode here and comment on it here! In addition, check out the video player at the bottom of the page featuring another episode of the old TV series. Mike Fichera, who is appearing in this episode of the podcast, appears in the TV episode dealing with the effectiveness of special effects.
Table of Contents
- Each of the gang brings something cool and new to the table.
- Andrea reviews reviews What It Is by Lynda Barry, Dilbert 2.0: 20 Years of Dilbert by Scott Adams, and Nerds on Parade by Dave Kellett. (21:50)
- Rhymephile fills us in on the releases of X-Files: I Want to Believe andThe Dark Knight. (25:30)
- David looks at some great gift ideas, including the Grant Morrison All-Star Superman collections, for the comic collector we all know and find odd. (35:00)
- Keith reviews Primeval and Sanctuary, plus fills us in on Sons of Anarchy. (41:50)
- Orenthal speaks with Mike Fichera about Marvel Comics’ newsest release, Amazing Spider-Man 08 Yearbook, a recap of the dramatic events in the life of Peter Parker in the past year. (49:25)
- Orenthal opines about this year’s Philcon in his Pop Fiendish segment. (1:06:25)
Mike Fichera - Inspired by the death of great-grandfather Cacciatore (“the Hunter”), killed by a spider bite on a Sicilian farm, Mike began a lifelong interest in the wall-crawler. Like Peter Parker, he grew up in Queens, NY playing with microscopes, computers, and science kits, hoping to create web-fluid and gain spider powers. His sister provided his first comic: Spidey Super Stories #12. Faithfully scrapbooking the newspaper dailies for many years, he joined Spiderfan.org when the web was young becoming a staff writer. After helping write and organize the Spider-Man Encyclopedia, Mike’s first official writing credits began with the Spider-Man 2005 Handbook and subsequently in the 2006 A-to-Z series.
Since then, Mike has contributed to the A-to-Z 2007 Updates, the “Legacy” Handbooks for the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, various spotlight Handbooks for Iron Man, Hulk, and X-Men, as well as the Marvel Atlas. In 2007, he led the Spider-Man: Back in Black Handbook, and this year, he’s led the 2008 Spider-Man Yearbook coming out on his birthday, Christmas Eve, December 24. The Yearbook is half “Saga” - which will be a recap of 2008’s Spider-stories, and half Handbook focusing on the new characters to debut this year, as well as some old ones who popped up (including the Squid and Scorpia). He’s currently working on the A-to-Z Permiere Hardcovers, which repackage all the various Handbooks from 2004 to the present, with updates and polishing of the graphics.
In addition to image refurbishment, his artwork has been featured in a few Handbooks including the Spider-Slayers, and a biology text-book cross-section of Spider-Man’s arm back when he had organic webbing.
His expertise has been featured on AM Atlanta with Tom Hughes and the syndicated Mitch Albom Show.