Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 125

itunes pic Here's the link for Ep.125 http://theverbalmosh.podomatic.com/entry/2011-07-29T19_33_16-07_00. This week we talk Amazing Spider-Man #666,Wonder Woman #613,FF #7,Invincible #81 and Captain America & Bucky #620

Friday, July 29, 2011

San Diego Comic-Con International 2011


San Diego is a really nice place to visit. We just barely missed the "Heat Dome" that was engulfing most of the country. Instead, we had chilly mornings and evenings and pleasant afternoons. It was great.

This is the first time ever visiting San Diego and SDCCI, at that. We had heard the horror stories of the dreaded long lines for the convention but you don't think it can be that bad until you're right there in it. We barely went to any of the panels. Right off the bat, we knew there was no way we were going to attempt trying to get in to the infamous Hall H or even Ballroom 20. It's crazy to think people would waste so much of their time waiting on these lines. I'd feel like I hardly saw or experienced the convention if I did what they did. Mind you, there were a few lines Tash and I waited on. The food inside was over-priced, the bathrooms were kept moderately clean and despite the volume of traffic this convention brought, I hardly ever felt crowded in walking around the Exhibit Hall.

Over at the DC booth, they were handing out Wayne casino chips, but I didn't make the cut that got some. They had the same buttons they seem to always stock up on. I didn't want to keep waiting on separate lines, since they have one for each of their imprints, so I only picked up free comics from their Johnny DC line. Why I picked up Tiny Titans #38, I don't know. I already have that issue. Looney Tunes #197 and Scooby-Doo Where Are You? #7 were both really cute, fun issues to read. I'd have to say I preferred the Looney Tunes issue more especially the story written by Joey Cavalieri (whom happens to be one of my former professors at SVA). Daffy and Bugs are artists trying to come up with the next big craze: Duckism or Rabbitism. It's classic Looney Tunes with an interesting topic.

Several times, Tash and I tried to get our hands on one of the free Sword of Omens that was being given away at the WB booth and every time we walked away empty-handed. It was unbelievable how we couldn't get one and there were several people who walked away with 2, 3, or even 4 of them in their hands. It's not fair, but that's life for ya.

The food over in the Gaslamp Quarter was okay. Some was better than others. Some restaurants marked on the Convention Guide had discounts or offered special menus for Comic-Con attendees. I didn't remember to ask about the special menu in the GreyStone. You'd think they would notice the Comic-Con badges we were wearing, but no. The food was expensive and not really good. I had the Lobster Bisque. It wasn't bad, but the steak was covered in fat that left me chewing on a single piece for quite some time. There was one thing that I regret and that was not checking out this Cupcake Shop in the area. A girl was dressed up in a giant cupcake outfit, handing out coupons. I'm thinking about the cupcakes I missed out on and wishing I had one right now.

Another interesting thing to note about the convention was the strong emphasis on the panels/t.v. stars/toys/guest stars. I felt like the convention needed more comic books.

All in all, it was a nice visit to the west coast. I still can't get over the fact that the beaches are free. FREE! It's crazy. I'm still sun-burned. I picked up a couple of graphic novels. I had some decent food. The real nightmare was in our return trip. Our flight at our mid-way point was cancelled. It was a lot of stress and staying up throughout the night trying to find other flights and other means of getting back home. Did I mention the stress?

San Diego, you're all right, but I'm really looking forward to New York Comic-Con, now.


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-O.Pelaez

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Thudercats World Premiere

This past weekend at Comic Con 2011, i had the great honor to stand in line and wait to see the Thundercats world premiere. I'll have more on my feelings on Comic Con later on.But for what it's worth this show was pretty awesome. The feel of the show is very fluid. The plot flows like water, and when the villians are finally revealed it paves the way for the whole show. Now in this update snarf does not talk. Which i had no problem with. The 1980's Snarf was pretty damn awful. His voice was like a drill to my head. The current Snarf only makes cute cat like sounds.

                 Lion-O is still just a teenager when he becomes the lord of the Thundercats. He can be a bit of a goober, but he comes through like a hero when you need him and I really want to see how he grows as the show marches on.There are somethings that I don't want to go into detail about because the show hits this friday and you should see it for yourself. I loved the introduction of Mumm-Ra and the fall from grace of a Thundercat. By far from what I've seen this blows the 80's cartoon right out of the water. It was well worth the wait, gang. So do yourself a big favor and tune in to cartoon network this friday and watch the hour long episode. You'll be glad you did.


Lion-O


Mumm-Ra


-Tash Moore

Monday, July 18, 2011

HP: Deathly Hallows part 2: A Review





SPOILERS!!!!!!!

Last Thursday, we geared up. I wore my Gryffindor house vest and my Luna Lovegood radish earrings, along with other ordinary things. I was ready for what I would hope to be the epic conclusion to the saga that had captivated me since I was a teen. This was the first time for Tash and I to go to a midnight premiere of anything.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. It was a long night. We stood in the wrong line for hours (totally my fault) and were stuck, yet again, with seats in the front. It was okay though. The IMAX screen was huge. I could feel the sound vibrating through the entire theater as many people were struck by the intensity of the base. There were some okay, kind of cute trailers. A lot of people started clapping and I thought the movie was going to start but the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises premiered. I was not expecting it. We hadn't seen much of promotional material for the movie, so it was a thrill to watch. I loved the bright white light and the camera's ascension over what looked like buildings. It says a lot about what the character will go through without ever needing to see Batman. He was the there, too, doing push-ups. What looked like Jim Gordon was talking from a hospital bed. I couldn't understand much of what he was saying but that's all right. They didn't show any shots of Catwoman, which is something I'm anxious about. Anne Hathaway is a nice, happy girl with a big smile and laugh that remind me of Julia Roberts... not of Catwoman.

Anyway, I'm getting too off topic.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 picks up right where the first half of the film leaves off. Voldemort has broken in to Dumbledore's tomb and is now possessor of the Elder Wand. The trio is still at Shell Cottage, figuring out their next plan of attack in order to destroy the remaining Horcruxes. This was a bit of a bother.

In the book, Harry has more of a struggle trying to figure out if he would rather chase after Horcruxes or search for the Deathly Hallows. Hallows or Horcruxes. In the movie, Harry rather has an exact idea of what he needs to do. He needs to kill the remaining Horcruxes. The entire movie felt like a dash to the finish line. Everyone knew their parts, a lot of really good lines were read, but it needed more emphasis on what Harry was undertaking and the enormity of the fact that he was going to sacrifice himself for the greater good. A huge chunk of time was spent on the Battle of Hogwarts and rightly so. I think it would have been even better to see more from the Order fighting to survive. I loved seeing the giants and the giant spiders.

I LOVED Snape's death scene. When he told Harry to look into his eyes, I started tearing up. I, also, loved the King's Cross sequence, Lily Potter's line, "Always," was the second time I started to cry, Hermione as Bellatrix was hilarious, and Molly Weasley's infamous line, "Not my daughter, you b!tch," was spot on. This was a good movie. I wondered if I hadn't read the books, would I enjoy it even more or maybe if I had gone to one of the matinees that were re-showing Part 1 before Part 2.  Part 1 is a lot of "rise" and Part 2 is a lot of "fall," as ends get woven in and the series finally concludes. I was exhilarated with a bit of a sense of loss when the movie was over. It was bound to happen. 

Harry Potter did a lot of maturing throughout the series, so did I and so did the many other people who grew up with the character. He could never get his family back after Voldemort killed them, but he started a new family. He has a family of friends and of admirers. He has a wife and children. I love this character. I love what he represents. Despite any darkness in the world, he was hope. He struggled with his role. He did not have any easy life. That's what makes his story's ending so great. It's what makes people cheer for him. 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 gets five stars. Go out and see it if you haven't or go see it again. It's great.

-O.Pelaez

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Verbal Mosh Episode 122

itunes picHere is the link for EP.122. Sorry it took so long, but we had lots of fun with this epidsode.

http://theverbalmosh.podomatic.com/entry/2011-07-13T16_32_54-07_00

Enjoy
-Tash & Olivia

Best name for Thor's STD goes to...

... Belphoebe!

For coming up with the name "Thunder Clap." It's sounds nasty and funny, all in one. It kind of sounds like it could be the title to the latest hip-hop video/song.

Anyways, Congratulations, Belphoebe!

Please email us at theverbalmosh (at) gmail.com so we can mail out your prizes to you. If we do not hear back from you within a week, we will have to choose a new winner from the available remaining submissions.

Thanks to everyone who participated. Be on the look-out for our next contest. It'll be a good one. You'll probably know all about it if you've been keeping with the podcast ;)

-O.Pelaez

Friday, July 8, 2011

A little late this week

Hey gang. The Verbal Mosh Ep 122 will be late as the holiday has taken it's toll on us. There will be a new episode post on Monday or Tuesday, so sit tight.


All the best,
-Tash Moore

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Trip Down Comic Book Lane Part 6

Hey gang, Tash Moore here for another trip down comic book lane, once again. At the age of 21 I found myself out of comics to read. I didn't want to waste too much time by going to my local comic shop which was in the next city over, so I went to my local newstand took a look at the books on the rack. The book that caught my eye was Nightwing. The book was started by Chuck Dixon and Scott McDaniel. Later on Greg Land would take over the art of the book. I knew that Nightwing was the first Robin having his own solo book, so with nothing better to do I paid my $2.25 and was on my way. Nightwing was a really fun book to read month after month. Soon it made it's way into my monthly buy pile which had grown since I started a full time job.

                I would spend most of my time in Newark's Fortress Of Solitude. But at the end of the month Olivia and I would make our way into Midtown to check out Midtown Comics. I remember being bummed when DC took Scott McDaniel and Ed Brubaker off Batman and gave us Jim Lee and Jeph Loeb. To be honest, as a creative team they really didn't click in my mind.


                 
             Then the bottom hit. Geoff Johns left The Flash. That had become the place for true Superhero action. Johns had made The Flash one, if not the best comic out on the racks month in, month out. To hear he was leaving made me think that I should drop the book. But against my better judgment I stayed on to read the Joey Cavalieri run. Well that's not true because after 4 issues I stoped reading the book. For the next three months I would go to the comic book store and buy my monthly books, but I'd never find the time to read them. Something would seem to pop up and then the comics that I had just spent good money on would wind up in triple mylar and in my longbox. Then, I gave them up cold turkey.

     Well,  I hope you enjoyed reading this part of trip down comic book lane. I'll have part 7 up soon, so you can all hear the tale of how a random person and Brian Bendis brought me back to comics in 2008. Now that's some real talk.


-Tash Moore