Hey Kids, Comics #131 - House of Obscurity

• April 17th, 2015

Enter, if you dare!  

Welcome to the House of Obscurity!  The repository and last resting place of the most obscure and unknown comics ever published.  Taking torches and lanterns in hand, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston have infiltrated the mysterious confines of this vault of the forgotten to share some of the gems you might never knew existed!
From the comic book-themed periodicals that ruled the pre-internet Earth to comics most have never encountered, but should, prepare for a journey into obscurity! 
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The Rantcor Pit #33 - Mark of Distinction

• April 17th, 2015

Welcome to the latest episode, albeit very late, of The Rantcor Pit!   

This week a discussion about various aspects of Star Wars, of collecting, of fandom, and of celebrities somehow brought your hosts Cole Houston and Eddie Medina to land on having Mark Hamill become the topic of discussion.  This is really not surprising considering the impact the actor has had on not only the Star Wars saga but on fandom as well.  From the whining farm boy to the confidant Jedi who helped bring down a Sith-fueled Empire, Hamill brought so much to the table in realizing George Lucas' original vision of the character.  Then he would go on to define the Joker for a generation of Batman fans!
With Episode VII in the near future, and with the distinctive voice of Luke Skywalker playing a huge role in the second preview trailer, The Rantcor Pit is proud to bring you a conversation about Mark Hamill and his career!
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Hey Kids, Comics! #130 - Creator Spotlight #4: Alan Moore

• April 12th, 2015

It has been some time since Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston shined the Creator Spotlight on a comic book luminary.  Well that's all changing as Alan Moore is the focus of this week's issue!  The creator of From Hell, Miracleman (Marvelman), Tom Strong, Watchmen, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, V For Vendetta, Time Twisters, and so many more amazing works is profiled at last.  And this is just the beginning!  So settle in as your hosts talk about this icon of modern comics!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #`129 - Reckless Endangerment

• April 3rd, 2015

It is time yet again for a new issue of Hey Kids, Comics!


This week Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston set their sites on the curious phenomenon of the teen sidekick.  Why is it considered all right for a super-hero to run around fighting crime with a minor at his or her side?  is this the price we pay for turning over a goodly portion of law enforcement to vigilantes?  Do the ends justify the means or should Batman and Captain America have been arrested for putting Robin and Bucky in harm's way?
This weighty question is tossed about along with the whole sidekick dynamic in general.  The purpose, psychology, and pros and cons of youthful sidekicks are weighed as the discussions take on a life of their own.  
All this and the perfect job for Solomon Grundy!
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The Rantcor Pit #32 - Star Wars Fandom at Random #1

• March 30th, 2015

After a hiatus for All-Con 2015, The Rantcor Pit is back!

This time it's all about Star Wars fandom in the lives of your hosts Cole Houston and Eddie Medina.  Bobby Blakey joins the discussion that largely revolves around personal celebrity encounters at conventions.  
From Carrie Fisher and the statue to Steve Sansweet and Bobby's egg art to Kenny Baker's bathroom break there were a lot of memories that came flooding back.  Now you can enjoy these experience vicariously.  These and other great tales make up this unique new (and later recurring) feature for The Rantcor Pit!
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Hey Kids, Comics! #128 - HKC! Team-Up #6: The Defenders

• March 28th, 2015

The Defenders!

Not the first super-hero team to spring to mind when talking about the Marvel Comics greats!  Even this show went after the Great Lakes Avengers before tackling this long-standing group!  
With a lineup that has included the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange AND Doctor Druid, Hellcat, Son of Satan, Namor the Sub-Mariner, Beast, Valkyrie, Devil-Slayer, Angel, Powerman and Iron-Fist, and Jessica Jones just to name a few, this was a long overdue team to spotlight here.  Join Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston as they tell the tale of the oft-forgotten powerhouse that is the Defenders!
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The JediCole Universe Live (All-Con 2015) - In the Company of Heroes

• March 23rd, 2015

Welcome to a very special JCU podcast that was recorded live at All-Con 2015 on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Hey Kids, Comics! hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston have been away at All-Con then busily getting things back in order afterwards, so there has been an interruption in the release of new issues of their podcast.  The same has been true of The Rantcor Pit, also due to the constraints of a huge convention weekend.  But luckily Andy managed to capture audio of The JediCole Universe Live, Cole's long-running talk show at All-Con, which proved to be ideal when the show took an unexpected turn!

This recording is of the first half of the show in which Cole is joined by two producers and one of the stars of Now Hiring, an independent film that will soon be available on DVD (the official announcement was made just days before this recording) and features versatile actor Camden Toy in the role of Lord Menace.  Camden is a semi-regular All-Con guest and was gracious enough to give part of his evening over to joining producers Altheria and Donna from the production in a lively discussion of the ups and downs of the production of this wonderful film in which JediCole has cameo appearances in two different roles!
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Hey Kids, Comics! #127 - The Super-Human Experience: The Gods Themselves

• March 7th, 2015

It is time yet again, if a day late, for Hey Kids, Comics! and the final chapter of the latest story arc.

Join Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston as they take The Super-Human Experience to the next level.  Or is that the next plane?  Where and how the gods of myth and legend fit in to a world where they are no longer the objects of worship is the topic of discussion in this issue.  What compels some to become champions of the Earth, especially those who were rulers in antiquity?  This and other weighty topics of the gods of old in the modern era are explored.
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The Rantcor Pit #31 - We Like the Star Wars!

• March 2nd, 2015

The boys are back!

After a hiatus JediCole Houston and Eddie Medina have returned to their favorite galaxy far, far away with a new episode all about their own experiences with Star Wars.
Expect a very organic discussion of your hosts' history with the Saga full of tales and antidotes, many imparted for the first time.  And since they are silly for Star Wars, this episode not only runs longer than normal, it opens the door to a sequel!  Enjoy this episode today and be back in two weeks for more.
At least it's not like waiting three years between Empire and Jedi!
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Hey Kids, Comics! #126 - The Super-Human Condition: Out of This World

• February 28th, 2015

Welcome yet again to the current story arc of Hey Kids, Comics!  Leaving the confines of Earth the discussion now takes hosts Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston to outer space and other dimensions!

Leaving both our solar system and humanity behind, this issue explores the dynamics and psychology of being of another world.  Well, that and getting into that crazy super-hero business we have here, in comics anyway.  Or perhaps doing the opposite.  Or just doing what you do best - destroying or taking over everything that strikes your fancy.
Whether from interstellar, inter-planar, or inter dimensional origins, there is something rather peculiar about some of the folks talked about on this show...
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