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Exciting news coming out of Denver Comic Con


Comic Book Classroom Partners with PlatteForum to Engage Urban Students in Education

Teens Learning Comic Creation in Order to Teach Younger Students


DENVER – April 17, 2014 – Comic Book Classroom (CBC)a Denver-based nonprofit designed to help promote literacy through pop culture—including its popular Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference (DCC), today announced a partnership with PlatteForum to empower teens to make an impact in younger students’ education and self-awareness through comic book creation.


PlatteForum is an award-winning and innovative nonprofit arts, youth-development, and urban artist-in-residence program in Denver that teams youth (K-12) from around the Denver metropolitan area with artists in intensive, structured, and long-term creative learning environments. Fifteen youth from their ArtLab internship program work side by side with master artists, and in this case, CBC instructors, to collaboratively plan, produce, and exhibit their own comic book. The high school students will then apply what they learned in an instructor role with classes of younger children from the Colfax Community Network.


“We’ve found that storytelling through comic books engages students not just in the process of learning, but also helps them express themselves artistically,” said Illya Kowalchuk, director of education for Comic Book Classroom. “And by adding on the layer of ‘teaching the teachers,’ the older kids are taking their sense of ownership and accomplishment and helping even more kids. In a sense, learning through comics and pop culture becomes viral as more and more kids impact other kids. It’s really exciting to see.”


The PlatteForum classes are being conducted now; the student-led classes will begin this summer.


PlatteForum student-instructors will be invited to participate in DCC’s “Experience the CoMix,” an interactive cultural field trip designed to provide students the opportunity to develop an appreciation for the role of pop culture in all of our lives. Students will attend panels where they will learn about things like fields of employment in pop culture and how to develop their own skills as writers, artists, and consumers of culture.


TV’s Green Arrow, Stephen Amell, to Appear at Denver Comic Con

“Arrow” Star at DCC on Saturday, June 14, 2014


DENVER – April 17, 2014 – Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference (DCC), a program of Comic Book Classroom (CBC) designed to help promote literacy through pop culture, today announced Stephen Amell will appear at the convention on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Amell stars in CW’s hit television show “Arrow” as Green Arrow/Oliver Queen.


“Amell’s Green Arrow is a shining example of how well DC comics is bringing its characters to television,” said Dr. Christina Angel, DCC convention director. “’Arrow’ is a hugely popular show; we’re honored to have Stephen in Denver.”


The premiere of “Arrow” in 2012 drew more than 4 million viewers, making it the CW’s most watched program in more than three years. The show is a critical success and continues to be one of the most watched shows on the network.


Prior to “Arrow,” Amell appeared in “The Vampire Diaries,” as a series regular, on the 3rd season of HBO’s “Hung,” had recurring roles on Fox’s comedy “New Girl” opposite Zooey Deschanel, as well as a romantic arc with Amy Brenneman as EMT “Scottie” on ABC’s “Private Practice.” In the fall of 2007, Stephen won a Gemini Award for Best Actor in a Guest-Starring Role for his work in “Regenesis,” a dramatic series on Canada’s, The Movie Network.


Amell joins other DCC celebrity guests such as Bruce Campbell, Adam West, Burt Ward, Julie Newmar, Karl Urban, Michael Rooker, Chandler Riggs and Jennifer Hale. DCC continues to add guests to its 2014 roster.


For more information about Comic Book Classroom, its diversity mission or Denver Comic Con and ticket information, visitwww.ComicBookClassroom.org or www.DenverComicCon.com.


About Denver Comic Con

Entering its third year, the Denver Comic Con (DCC) is Denver’s premiere pop-culture fan experience, covering the worlds of comic books, film, and related media. It is also an extension of and an awareness builder for its parent organization, Comic Book Classroom. For the latest news and information, visit www.denvercomiccon.com.

About Comic Book Classroom

Comic Book Classroom (CBC) is a charitable organization that educates through alternative approaches to literacy, learning, and character development. CBC creates programs for underserved students, schools and communities via comic books, graphic novels, and related media. CBC is the organizer and producer for the DCC. www.comicbookclassroom.org.

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An Elegant Weapon Episode XCVII…Devil Dealers

183The Jedi Ras welcomes Ross May, writer of Devil Dealers and Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We talk Turtles, Eastman and Laird, Star Wars and Devil Dealers, his new book from Markosia Enterprises along with artist Brett Wood. Prepare for fiddle battle. A Jedi Ras cut. Episode XCVII     ???????????   devilpin

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Two J’s Later Episode 21

Josh fills Jay in on his trip to Emerald City Con over in Seattle, which begs the question, if flying from Colorado to Seattle, can one carry cannabis?

A Jedi Ras cut.

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Gamerstable – Ep156 Shiz That Didn’t Work

Sometimes things just don’t work out. Sometimes you power through until you get through it, sometimes you endure it for years and sometimes you cast it aside. Dealing with someting that isn’t working is a hard thing to do and sometimes can wreck your game. We talk about some things that didn’t work for us and what we did in those cases.
If you have some input on this, leave a comment here, via email or on our Facebook page.

Cast – Eric, Dan, Brandon, Shannon, Jayson and Shawn

Intro: Mike
Outro: Mike

Items Mentioned:
Dungeons & Dragons, Star Wars, Shadowrun, Bioshock, Grand Theft Auto V, Dungeon World

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The Dragon Fisters Episode 112: Actual Play – Poles, Prayers, and a Pillar

This Episode:  Our group continues their journey down the river, taking the express route to their next spot on the map.  What they find along the way though is entirely new to any of them, most surprising of all to Gallyn and Marmolek; one of trepidation and one of excitement.

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A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 143 – Captain America Goes On A Lazer Mission

This week’s Critical Moment of Awesome has special guest Dean, the Movie Cynic as he joins Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy in giving a non-spoiler review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But that doesn’t excuse us form our bad review as we also talk about the Brandon Lee classic, Lazer Mission. As always we devolve into talk of smoking coffee, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Steve Buscemi, and SO much more. So sit back, relax, and sip that Super Soldier Serum, as we delve into another week at Crit Mo.

You can find Dean the Movie Cynic on Youtube at - https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMovieCynic87

- Smoking coffee? Bean heads - http://gawker.com/stupid-teens-reportedly-smoking-coffee-for-the-caffeine-1555310483

- Face mashups:  Steve Buscemi and Emma Watson - http://youtu.be/Uzzm0xab-WU

- Steve Buscemi -  Park Bench: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/steve-buscemi-sells-web-series-park-bench-aol-article-1.1743362

- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/johnny-knoxville-will-voice-leonardo-in-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-20140404

- Bad Song – Vanilla: No Way No Way - http://youtu.be/1m9n5Uv0bp0

You’re listening to A Critical Moment of Awesome, the devolution of a great idea. From pop culture, to music, movies, games, science, food and more, we really do cover it all. If you want to suggest a topic, have questions or want to tell us what we got wrong, write us at critmo@mail.com. Thanks again for listening.





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Gamerstable : Edge of the Empire – Ep155

Our love of Star Wars is well documented. We recently started up playing Fantasy Flight Games’ RPG Edge of the Empire. We attempted to play it months ago as a one-off game and now we are sustaining a lengthy campaign of it. So we decided to give our thoughts on the game so far.

If you have some input on this, leave a comment here, via email or on our Facebook page.

Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Shannon, Jayson and Shawn

Intro: Jayson

Outro: Jayson

Items Mentioned:

Star Wars, Dark Heresy, Gen Con, Warhammer Fantasy Role Play, Shadowrun, Firefly

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The Dragon Fisters Episode 111: Actual Play – Empty Chairs at Empty Tables

This Episode:  A new day brings new hope.  Our group helps Gallyn search for the one last person that may be able to help them figure out what has been going on in this town, and they look for him in the one place that someone would have been able to survive a goblin incursion.

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New show!! Back When We Were Interesting Eps 1 and 2.

Hello everyone and thank you for checking out our inaugural episode of Back When We Were Interesting. It’s a podcast about life, the universe, and all the things between. It’s where we all share stories from the exciting to the embarrassing, to the geeky and the freaky. So come join us on our first time out and share your stories with us, as we talk about our convention experiences and talking to the semi-famous. Share your experience at feedback@backwhenpodcast.com

Episode 1


Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. This week Josh and Francis recount their first dates as teens and young adults. It’s awkward, it’s uncomfortable, but can ultimately be awesome. But before we even delve into the dating world, Josh recounts his time at Emerald City Comic Con, and shows us how he’s becoming a convention hopping regular.

Send us your stories to: feedback@backwhenpodcast.com
Follow us on Twitter at: @BackWhenPodcast
Visit the website: http://pointsofinterestpodcast.com/
Josh – @303_Ninja on Twitter
Francis – @sortageek on Twitter

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The Next Element #39 Lexington Comic and Toy Convention

Welcome back and many happy returns, you sweet listeners you!

That’s right, the boys are back! Anthony Bachman and Colin Addington are returned and your ears are about to bask in some aural seduction! Anthony is back from LCTC 2014 and he’s going to regale you with tales to delight and amaze. He saw Booger! Colin went to see Kevin Smith at the Sun Valley Film Festival and got a goose egg, but it was still kind of cool.

As always you can email us love or hate mail at thenextelementpodcast@gmail.com, and you definitely should be following us on twitter @nextelementpod, @anthonybachman, and @colinadding for amazing glimpses into the minds of a pair of deranged geniuses!

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POI Presents the AnimeLand Wasabi 2014 Wrap Up Podcast

POI Presents, The AnimeLand Wasabi 2014 wrap up!

POI was honored to have been chosen to be part of the Press Team for this year’s show!  In this wrap up, Josh had Jason from An Elegant Weapon Podcast come sit in and listen to the adventure that was AnimeLand Wasabi – They chat about some of the booths, merchendise, attendees and even a little about Anime.
KatieAlex and Josh had a great time taking in all the sights, art and the fun activities the Con had to offer.  Josh was excited to have an interview with David Vincent, someone who has wanted to meet for a couple years now.  But lets not spoil the whole episode in the notes, click the play button and listen in!
Also – Check out our Con photos on your FaceBook page
AnimeLand Wasabi was held at the Crowne Plaza DIA on Friday February 28 – March 2 2014
The New Way to Anime
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An Elegant Weapon Episode XCVI…The Drunk Without Fear

The Jedi Ras is joined by co-host of the Drunk On Comics podcast, Derek, for a jovial conversation about comic books, X-men, Star Wars and up coming adventures at Motor City Comic Con 2014.

A Jedi Ras cut.


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Lexington Comic and Toy Convention Photos 2014

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Ontario Collectors Con Photos 2014

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Toronto Comic Con Photos 2014

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The Junk Food Podcast episode 9

Phoenix, Amanda and Jay get some cavaties chomping down on some X-men Days of Future Past and then get all sciencey with a little experiment from Ms. Undies of Wondies.

A Jedi Ras cut.

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Gamerstable High School Superhero Campaigns – Ep154

Playing superheroes in high school gives you the opportunity to lighten the mood and can open up a lot of storytelling options.

If you have some input on this, leave a comment here, via email or on our Facebook page.

Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Brandon, Chasity, Greg, Jayson and Shawn

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The Wombmates Episode 75: Celebration Time!!! Come On!!!

The three Amigos are together again to celebrate episode 75!!! James, Jason and Andrew talk about a ton of nerdy topics!!! They start off with a question from Monkey Squad One himself, Doug Michel, then they talk about MegaCon, X-men trailer, James’ schooling, FF omnibus, Doc Unknown, City in the desert, Ant Colony, The Deep and Muktuk Wolfsbreath; Hard Boiled Shaman (yes, you read that right)!!! We would like to thank everyone that listens, tweets us, supports us and helps us build a great comic book loving community!!! As always… enjoy!!!

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The Dragon Fisters BONUS Episode: Actual Play – Mouse Guard Review

This Episode:  Just after finishing up our first ever Mouse Guard session, we sit down and discuss our thoughts and feelings on the system and how we handled it.

Mouse Guard review


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A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 141: Google the One Eyed Girl

A Critical Moment of Awesome brings back Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy for a new week of nonsense. This time around it’s about the missing airplane, as we recorded before the whole finding out it crashed in the ocean, to Katey Sagal, Futurama, The Shield, Duckman, one of Steve Buscemi’s first films, a comment on the blog, the controversial Frozen movie, and so much more. We enjoy some funny, some disappointing, and some Russian N’Sync on this week’s Crit Mo.

Frozen Agenda - http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/moviesnow/la-et-mn-christian-radio-frozen-gay-agenda-20140312,0,5118956.story#axzz2wljOUN6Q

StekloVata – Noviy Noviy Godhttp://youtu.be/xWa9sJzgM4A

You’re listening to A Critical Moment of Awesome, the devolution of a great idea. From pop culture, to music, movies, games, science, food and more, we really do cover it all. If you want to suggest a topic, have questions or want to tell us what we got wrong, write us at critmo@mail.com. Thanks again for listening.

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Enormous…a film/comic book review by Jay Webb.



Enormous, a live-action adaptation of Tim Daniel and Mehdi Cheggour’s comic of the same name, debuted  on Machinima on Thursday, March 20th. BenDavid Grabinski directed the effort with a script by Grabinski and André Øvredal, writer-director of the 2010 international hit Trollhunter. Watch the trailer now on YouTube.

Ceren Lee stars as Ellen Grace, a member of a United Nations search and rescue team scavenging the decimated cities of North America in search of missing children while desperately trying to elude marauding human factions before something … bigger finds them. The cast also includes Steven Brand (Wrong Turn 2), Erica Gimpel (True Blood, Veronica Mars), Billy Miller (Young and the Restless), Joe Swanberg (You’re Next, Drinking Buddies), Todd Farmer (My Bloody Valentine) and Simon Barrett (You’re Next), Garret Coffee (Bunheads), Charles Melton and Dallas Liu. The live-action adaptation is only the beginning of an exciting future for Enormous as the title will follow up with new a new monthly comic book series beginning in June, and published by 215 Ink.

“215 Ink had the courage and foresight to accept Enormous as it was originally conceived,” says Daniel,  “they also clearly understood the work Prime Universe Films, Pure Imagination Studios and Machinima were doing to bring the adaption to fruition. 215 Ink gave Enormous a home and a new life. To all independent creators this is a notion worth strongly pursuing. Go where you are wanted. When you think about your options, think bigger.”




I was also lucky enough to get a look at the first issue of the new ongoing comic series that will be accompanying the show. Written by Tim Daniel, and art by Mehdi Cheggour, the story follows a U.N search and rescue team as she come to grips with the loss and devastation the world has encountered, caused by the giant monsters unleashed by the events of E-day. Both Tim and Mehdi clearly know where they want to take this comic series, and it becomes evident straight away. The way the first issue progresses show that characters are going to be the focus, and how they build and adapt to the world around them. The building and maintaining of relationships that surround the lead character. The giant beasts are merely an added bonus for us the reader. The story is well written and the art is great, truly gripping and makes you want to turn the page.

The original graphic novel was the basis of the of the web show that is distributed by Machinma, and this issue is the beginning of a new ongoing comic series that is being published by the creator owned comic publisher 215 ink, and will be available in all “good” comic stores in June 2014.

However, if you cannot wait for the new comic series, here is the first episode of the great new show based on the creation.

I really enjoyed the inaugural short episode, and I hope you do too, because this could be a great start to a new era in giant monsters in the media.


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The Junk Food Podcast episode 9

Phoenix, Amanda and Jay get some cavaties chomping down on some X-men Days of Future Past and then get all sciencey with a little experiment from Ms. Undies of Wondies.

A Jedi Ras cut.

Episode 9


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Gamerstable Ep153 – Minions

We’ve noticed that in a lot of current RPGs there have been rules in place that downgrade one group of enemies so that they aren’t much of a threat individually, but in a large group can be quite tough. Those are the minions. Are they the key to “cinematic” combat or just a gimmick?

If you have some input on this, leave a comment here, via email or on our Facebook page.

Cast – Eric, Mike, Dan, Brandon, Shannon and Shawn … oh and Jayson

Intro: Dan Outro: Dan

Items Mentioned: Star Wars, Mutants & Masterminds, Victoriana, FATE, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Dungeons & Dragons, World of Warcraft, Batman, Star Trek, Despicable Me, Community, Hunter the Vigil, Ninja Panda Taco




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The Dragon Fisters BONUS Episode: Actual Play – Mouse Guard, Part 2

This Episode:  We continue the adventure of The Snake Fisters, as we follow our members of the Mouse Guard.  We’ll be playing an RPG using the Burning Wheel and based on the graphic novels of the same name by David Peterson (@mouseguard), and picking up where the corrupted audio file let’s us.

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The Next Element #38 The Lexington Comicand Toy Convention!

Welcome childrens to another magical episode of our fine frivolity. The Lexington Comic and Toy Convention was an adventure and a half, the bad news being I am indeed exhausted. The good news is I have something to brighten my mood and my spirit, the return of Jules Rivera! She was kind enough to lend us a bit of her time again and talk about a handful of tasty topics the main course of which is Kickstarter. Jules has her own Kickstarter going right now for Misfortune High Book 2(just click the name to follow the link!) but being the kind and talented person she is Jules lays down what I can only call a class in fundraising. So prepare yourself for Kickstarter 101 and the magic that is the return to Misfortune High!

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A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 140: Those Awkward High School Years

This week’s Critical Moment of Awesome has Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy reminiscing about Secondary School, or High School for us American folk. It’s the highs, the lows, and the awkwardness in between. Then we go way off topic and talk about robots and the FUTURE! It’s all this, and so much more, in this week’s Crit Mo.

Bill Gates: People Don’t Realize How Many Jobs Will Soon Be Replaced By Software Bots - http://www.businessinsider.com/bill-gates-bots-are-taking-away-jobs-2014-3

You’re listening to A Critical Moment of Awesome, the devolution of a great idea. From pop culture, to music, movies, games, science, food and more, we really do cover it all. If you want to suggest a topic, have questions or want to tell us what we got wrong, write us at critmo@mail.com. Thanks again for listening.





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The Wombmates Episode 74: Born Dark with Lela Gwenn!!!

Lela Gwenn ( @LGwenn on
twitter) Joins the show to talk about her Kickstarter project Born Dark!!! It’s
a dark fantasy comic book with a splash of horror Ala Stephen King. It’s
beautifully painted in a water color and the Goblins look wicked mean. We talk
about her influences, tips on running a Kickstarter, artists she would like to
with and what she’s been reading! All this and more. I really want to see Lela
get funded so go to her Kickstarter at Born Dark and help out!!! As always…enjoy!

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We are proud to welcome…Gamerstable RPG Podcast!

We here at P.O.I are very pleased to announce a new addition to the family…Gamerstable RPG Podcast.  Here’s a bit about the show from the kids in their own words…


“Some of us have been a part of this gaming group since 1984. The rest have been corrupted and brought along as the ages pass.

We are nerds, from before the time when being one was cool.We have played a lot of roleplaying, board, card and miniature games over the years and have become jaded and crass about them. We are opinionated elitists that love nothing more than bagging on the folly of others.

To us, PC means two things… Player Character & Personal Computer. If you are easily offended by toilet humor, foul language or the total depravity of the human condition, this podcast is probably not for you.”


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An Elegant Weapon Episode XCV…Toronto Comic Con Casual 2014

leiaheader2Shawn Nixon and The Jedi Ras head down to Toronto Comic Con 2014. The Jedi Ras chats with artist Shawn Daley of Terraquill, creator of the web comic Ball and Chain Christina Marin and Geek seamstress SparkleGirl Jen while Nixon conducts a little business with Tony Moore.

A Jedi Ras cut.

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The Wombmates Episode 71: The Dying Breed with E.J. Cedric!!!

WombMatesLogo_jpegE.J. Cedric (@EJCedric on
twitter) comes on the show to talk about his new Kickstarter project The Dying Breed !!! It’s a throw back to the pulp comics but
brought into the current time and problems that mirror our own. We also talk
about the writing process and apps to help with writing. As

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The DragonFisters BONUS Episode: Actual Play – Mouse Guard, Part 1

This Episode:  We get shrunk down and become The Snake Fisters, as we begin our careers as members of the Mouse Guard.  We’ll be playing an RPG using the Burning Wheel and based on the graphic novels of the same name by David Peterson (@mouseguard), and picking up where the corrupted audio file let’s us.

Kelli (Game Master), Jesse, Dave, Gabby, Al, & Besse

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A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 139: A Murderous Koala With The Benefits of A Potato

A Critical Moment of Awesome is all new with Dave the Drummer doing impressions, Francis the Other Guy rapping about the Game of Thrones, and we tell you a little more about the bad than the good. With talk of an Executive Koala, The Oscars, upskirts being legal for a minute, the benefits of potatoes, robots, and a way to make your girlfriend THINK you like her, we’ve got more weirdness, bad, and some good, than you can shake a stick at. And I really don’t know why that saying persists. It’s all that and much more, on this week’s Crit Mo.

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The Next Element Podcast #37

Tentatively titling this episode “In a row?”

The boys are back and we are better than ever. We were nice enough to let you have a nice quiet Jan/Feb to ease into the new year but things are rolling again and we are going to tell you about them. The things I mean. The stuff we’ve been doing. You get it right?
So settle in as we blast into 2014 Next Element style with the return of Colin Addington!
@anthonybachman @colinadding @nextelementpod
- Anthony
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The Dragon Fisters BONUS Episode: Actual Play – POI Delvers Part II

This Episode:  With the Delvers discovering a booby-trapped yet still viable entrance to the bandit layer, they begin to carefully make their way into the depths of these despicable desperadoes.  I can assure you that much blood, bone, swearing, and stabbing ensues.

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The Wombmates Episode 69: IDW Should Do A Starcom Comic…

Sean Fagan ( @potatowast3 on twitter) joins the show and we get right down to business! We
talk about G.I.Joe, Chuck Dixon, TMNT, Judge Dredd, Spider-Man, IDW, 80′s
cartoons, Starcom: the US Space Force, Claire Connelly and of course some
SERVANT talk!!! As always…enjoy!

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Thaniel…a comic book review by Jay Webb

photo 2      When I began reviewing comics, I started with a book called “XENOGLYPHS” which is written by Omar Spahi. Xenoglyphs is a very different book to “Thaniel” but that isn’t a bad thing.

Thaniel follows the capers of a young man struggling with a somewhat split personality. Normally, Thaniel is your average guy, but when he is going through the local scum bags, drug dealers, and villains he becomes Thaniel, dark avenger of the night. He is a dark troubled individual that not only battles criminals, but also battles with his inner conscience and duelling conflicts between right and wrong in his own inner monologue.  photo 4

Omar Spahi has not only created his own stories, but also runs his own publishing company OSSM comics, which has published this comic. Omar has crafted a dark vigilante tale, with all the aspects required to move through this first issue without even realising you have come to the end. Not only all this, but Omar has picked an awesome artist to collaborate with.

photo 3Terry Huddleston is the artist for this book, and I have to say, he is a great addition to this team. He has a great style to his art, added almost a crosshatch, scratch style to his shading and dark areas. He portrays movement and speed in a great way, using the dark greys and blacks, and only mixing in reds for bloody scenes and panels. The comparison between facial tones and shaded areas works very well together, and the blood spatter effect just adds to the feeling of the book.

With letters by Steve Wands, and editing duty’s falling to Vincent Moore, Thaniel is an intriguing and distinctly different to the

publishers other works, which I highly recommend. This is truly the definition of creator owned comics, Omar and the OSSM team, we salute you sir. Doing things on your own is clearly working for you guys. photo 5

Everyone should check out Thaniel, and OSSM comics as soon as you can.


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The Dragon Fisters Episode 107: Actual Play – Lady of the Lake

This Episode:  After heading out of the quaint little town, our group sets off in search of their next point on the map.  There’s a period of adjustment as the newest member attempts to make himself a place in the group, but all that goes on pause when they come across a small placid lake.

Jesse (Game Master), Dave (Agnim), Al (Marmolek), Besse (Leo), & John (Gallyn)

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Hey, kids! Prepare your audible receptors for an insane influx of new episodes coming at ya from The Junk Food Podcast , An Elegant Weapon , The Wombmates, A Critical Moment of Awesome, and Speak G33k 2 me!   Also, The Dragon Fisters present a special Bonus actual play episode featuring various hosts from around the network as well as the return of Spoiler Alert Theatre! The multi POI host show makes it’s debut on the POI network with The Hihghlander session. In News, Con season starts to creep in as Josh Hawkes attends the Animeland con this weekend and J.M. Clark makes his way to Toronto Comic Con the following weekend, which means lots of fun con pod coverage will soon be coming your way. Stay tuned and #makepod !


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An Elegant Weapon Episode XCIV…Conceptually Furious under a Scarlett Moon

fc2ivyFreelance artist Nicole Bresner (artist behind our Leia logo) joins The Jedi Ras to talk about life, art, kids, and her first steps  into the comic world. Visit Scarlett Moon Studio on Etsy and FuryConception.com

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Draon Fisters : BONUS Episode: Actual Play – POI Delvers Part I

This Episode:  The members of the POI Delvers roll up their characters and start their journey as they trundle through the woods from one town to the next.  Along the way, they run across some unwanted guests that decide their horse and cart look too good for these ruffians.

Featuring the following members of the Points of Interested Network:

Josh Hawkes of Points of Interest and Hybrid Interests, co-host of Two J’s Later with J.M. Clark, who also hosts An Elegant Weapon, alongside Anthony Bachman, artist behind G.E.E.K. and co-host of The Next Element, and lastly Francis Fernandez, co-host of A Critical Moment of Awesome, Nerdilicious, and Naboo Brew.

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The Junk Food Podcast episode 8.

Phoenix and Jay gab it up about Guardians of the Galaxy, the ’80′s and movies and stuff!

A Jedi Ras cut.

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The Wombmates Episode 68: Master of the Tangent!!! Zack! Empire!!!

I talk to Zack! Empire (@zackempire on twitter) about his indie comics, his process and
then the tangents ensue!!! We talk about Superman and Batman Jr., Dune, Terry
and the Pirates, Donald Duck, Death of Superman documentary and a ton of other
stuff!!! If you want free comics from him just E-mail him at itszackempire@gmail.com !!!
Check it out at his Tumblr
page too!!!

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A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 137 – It’s A Food Fight With A Suburban Sasquatch

This week’s episode Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy get crazy with some films that had some good intentions…we think. With a star studded cast in the movie “Food Fight”, to the amateur and annoying “Suburban Sasquatch”, we bring you the reviews that matter the most…or the least, straight to your door. So grab a bag of popcorn, and get comfy, as we set sail on a voyage of bad, in this week’s Crit Mo.

You’re listening to A Critical Moment of Awesome, the devolution of a great idea. From pop culture, to music, movies, games, science, food and more, we really do cover it all. If you want to suggest a topic, have questions or want to tell us what we got wrong, write us at critmo@mail.com. Thanks again for listening.




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Spoiler Alert Theatre…The Highlander session

S.A.T makes it’s P.O.I debut! Formerly of the Junk Food Network, S.A.T is a chance for various hosts from around the network to get together and pod about a chosen topic. On This episode, Josh Hawkes ( Two Jay’s Later, Hybrid Interest ) J.M. Clark ( An Elegant weapon, Two Jay’s Later ) Anthony Bachman ( The Next Element ) and our newest host Jesse ( The Dragon Fisters ) come together to make pod about…The Highlander.

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The Highlander session



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A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 136

This episode of A Critical Moment of Awesome, Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy have a more casual conversation. From game shows to just our favorite TV shows, we sit back, relax, and just spout nonsense on media, movies, and madness. We also try to stay current with talk of the Dumb Starbucks, Shia Labeouf, and much more on this week’s Crit Mo.






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Speak G33k 2 Me Episode 11

This episode we talk with Dustin as he shares details about the new YouTube based, “Drunk Letters to Famous People”. I think we mention something about Batman, asses on Twitter, and something or other about malt liquor.

Check out Drunk Letters to Famous People here!

Episode eleven





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Getting excited for Animeland Wasabi

Animeland Wasabi is about a week away!  Ive never been to this Convention, and aside from the guests im excited about (more on that later) im excited to get back into Con Season!  Animeland will be my opening Convention this year, and im ready to have all the fun i can.

Some history on Animeland Wasabi – They are ‘The new way to Anime’ and are planning to bring something new to the ever growing Anime Conventions that are out there.  Teaming up with Colorado Cutthroat Connection and the National Video Game Association and having the the wide range of Guests and events planned, Animeland is looking to be a fun weekend.

As far as Guests, Animeland has a lot to offer.  From Bands like Nylon Pink and local DJ’s to Voice Actor and CosPlay Pros, I know im going to be busy.  Events like Technosabi, bringing in DJ’s to party the night away or the SuperCon 2K Series of gaming tournaments or Suki na  Shuujinkou (CosPlay Contest) all look to be interesting and fun.  Katie and I will have a camera and mic in hand to catch all that we see.

Now onto the Guests.  Im really excited to see that more and more Conventions are bringing Voice Actors to the shows.  I guess with an Anime show, Voice Actors would be obvious, but its WHO they got to come to Denver is what ive been flipping out about.  First up, David Vincent.  I know David Vincent from Bleach, but he has done a slew of other Anime’s.  He is also well known for his work in Video Games.  BlazBlue, Dead or Alive, Tekken, Resident Evil and so many more.  I had the chance to meet David last year, and although it was a quick meet, i hope i can get him to sit down and talk about his time in Voice Acting and whatever else he is also doing.  David is really friendly and is a crowd favorite at shows.

The Guests of Honor, Jermey Shada and John DiMaggio – This really blew my mind.  First off, i found out that Jeremy is young!  i was certain that the voice of Finn really was a kid. It would be really cool to hear the story of how he got into Voice Acting at such a young age.  His work on Adventure Time is great, and im interested in seeing what other talents and interests he has.

Josh DiMaggio – This guy is someone ive wanted to meet for a long time. With all the Voice work he has done over the years, to the making of the Documentary, I Know That Voice, John has been a voice we have all heard over the years.  Id like to ask him what it was like being on Futurama, or about the upcoming Simpsons/Futurama mashup.  I hope to not ‘Fan-Boy’ too much and actually have a chance to hear a couple stories and his passion for continuing to pursue Voice Acting roles.

We are just a week away from My, and POI’s first visit to Animeland Wasabi, and we are gearing up for a full weekend of coverage!  Katie will have her camera snapping pictures all weekend, and ill have my mic in hand to capture all the fun we have on the fly!  I hope to score some interviews and record a couple segments from the show floor.  Maybe if we’re lucky, we might even score a sound byte or two from one of the Guests!  Stay tuned here for more exciting Anime Wasabi news and coverage!!

Get your Animeland Wasabi Tickets HERE!

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Merrick the Sensational Elephant Man…a comic book review by Jason Webb.

When given this book I did not know what to expect, I am completely unfamiliar with any elephant man history. I suppose the first thing I can say about this book is it made me look into the history surrounding the lead character. merrick5

This is the first issue of the first arc, which is a very unassuming comic book issue. The story begins in 1886 London, something of a scene has occurred with Victorian upper class folk surrounding a badly beaten Joseph Merrick. As people become more aware of the “Monster” that lies before them, we get a flash back to one year earlier and the build up to the previous panels. The story plays brilliantly on the social normalities of the time with Joseph being part of a freak show, and of course, the people that go to this kind of show being shocked and disgusted by what they see. The story progresses at an easy pace to follow, using old English language and phrases that you would expect for the time. the only thing that throws a little is the use of bad language, but at most I think it just shocks you when you read it as you are expecting good old fashioned language, and to reading swearing just stops you briefly, but still the story would be the same now without it.

merrick4Writer Tom Ward has clearly been into researching this character for a while, and shows knowledge of the time the story is set in. He creates a story, while playing on the social expectations of the time of the tale, and his dialogue creates intrigue enough to keep the story moving along at an easy pace to follow, while this is only the first issue of the arc.

The character, and world building in the first issue works very well, with both story and art working well together. The front cover gives a very distinct show of the influence of the artist. Luke Parker is clearly a Mike Mignola fan, and he has an individual style while clearly showing his influences throughout the book. His use of thick black lines to add to the shadowing and the darkness of the panels works very well. I think the environments used in the story are quite dark, but I think it works better for this kind of story.

Letters by Nic J Shaw round of this intriguing and well-presented first issue of a comic story that has me researching characters I previously had no interest in, which I think is a great thing for a first issue of a comic story to do.

Please check out the kickstarter on https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ourtom/merrick-the-sensational-elephantman?ref=live and if you are interested please pledge to this great looking project.







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The Junk Food podcast episode 7

Phoenix and Jay converse about Toronto, Chicago and discuss all the latest Man of Steel sequel news!

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Episode 7



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An Elegant Weapon Episode XCIII…The Secret Origin of The Super Stoner

The Jedi Ras welcomes Andy and Chipp, creators of the upcoming comic The Adventures of Super Stoner!  This book is right up The Weapon’s alley and these fine fella’s made for a fantastic conversation about making comics and cannabis culture in North America. Flick your bics!

Please check out the Kickstarter for Super Stoner! and support the cause!

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Episode XCIII

superstoner cover


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