Hey Kids, Comics! #234 - Period Pieces: The Wild, Wild Best

• July 5th, 2017

Welcome again, and for the final time (literally) to "Period Pieces", the story arc that looks (or has looked) at distinct time periods as depicted in comics.

In this concluding chapter, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston strap on their six guns and go West!  The Western is the order of the day as the frontier spirit and tenacious grit of the gunslinger is explored.  Special guest Shawn Padilla of All-Con Games and Theory joins the posse to talk up the cowboy-rich history of historical comics set in the untamed West.

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The Rantcor Pit #66 - Hey Hasbro! (Part 1: Small Scale, Big Ideas)

• July 5th, 2017

Cole "JediCole" Houston and Eddie-Wan Medina have taken it upon themselves to let Hasbro Toys know what is lacking in their Star Wars line!

Specifically, they are launching The Force of July 2017 (because this episode ran late) with a very personal discussion of what they personally want to see in the coming years from Star Wars at Hasbro.  Concentrating primarily on the often ignored 3.75" line, they share favorite picks that have yet to see the light of day.  When it comes to the 6" Black Series, well, that is in the mix, too.  

And the reason this turned into a two-parter!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #233 - Period Pieces: Get Medieval

• June 26th, 2017

Ye Olde Hey Kids, Comics! doth return wiht Medieval madness from the books of comics.  Missers Andrew the Farmer and Cole of Houston do espouse, in the oral tradition of this showe, the valiant virtues and vile villainy that did occur during the days of olde.

Steve of Clan McCauley was chosen to accompany the pair on their journey to discover not only the popular Arthurian cycle as it occurs at Marvel and DC, but also many a knight, a monster, or a maiden from or inspired by a bygone age.

Who may say what strange tales may be found within such curious and colorful tomes as your hosts shall be discussing among their learned selves? Tis not for this chronicle to fortell, nay, it shall be the task of you, faithful listener of yon podcast to find for thy own self by lending an ear to the proceedings that shall delight and inform.

 

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Hey Kids, Comics! #232 - Period Pieces: When in Greco-Rome

• June 16th, 2017

"Period Pieces" continues and this time Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston roam around...Rome!  And Greece.  Well, Ancient Greece and Rome as they trace the Classics and their influence on comic books.  

From the obvious like Frank Miller's swords and sandals epic "300" to the more obscure (to Americans for the most part) like "Asterix".  The mythos and mystery of Greece and Rome of Antiquity have long been staples of comic books, most especially their pantheons of gods.  Joining the boys this week is resident Classical expert Kelly Long who again brings her wit and knowledge to the table and classes up the joint!

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The Rantcor Pit #65 - The New Black

• June 16th, 2017

What better way to follow four episodes covering 40 years of Star Wars than to talk about one of the most important and endearing offshoots of the Saga, toys!  Most specifically the "Black Series" line of 6" tall action figures launched by Hasbro in 2013.

The Black Series label is most largely associated with the 6" figure line that has encompassed the original cinematic Saga, what remains of the Expanded Universe, and even the first anthology film, Rogue One.  With so many characters to cull from, and with collectors flocking to this relatively new line, it is little wonder that so many figures have already been produced with so many more on the way!

"Your Favorite Stars Guys" talk up this popular toy line in all of its myriad incarnations.

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Hey Kids, Comics! #231 - Period Pieces: Drawn Like an Egyptian

• June 9th, 2017

Care to take a trip back in time of say...about 5,000 years?  Then join Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston as they do just that, in comics anyway.  

Welcome to the second issue of the "Period Pieces" story arc in which the ancient Egypt is the focus.  Delving primarily into characters with origins in the distant past of the land of the pyramids, this issue looks at mystic beginnings, time travel, and even the influence and allure of Egypt in the time of the Pharaohs.

 

 

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Hey Kids, Comics! #230 - Period Pieces: The Time Before Time

• June 2nd, 2017

Welcome all to a new story arc for Hey Kids, Comics!  Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston are riding the "time bullet train" to yesteryears for the next five issues.  So what better jumping off point than the age of the dinosaur through that of the dawn of man.  

Prehisotry is a popular period for comics and there are many noteable prehistoric-themed titles and characters up for discussion.  The Rantcor Pit's own Eddie Medina joins the paleolithic fun this outing!

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The Rantcor Pit #64 - Decades: 40 Years of Star Wars Episode IV: The Force Will Be With You…Always

• June 1st, 2017

Cole Houston and Eddie Medina wrap up their four episode tribute to four decades of Star Wars with an exploration of the last ten years.  

For nearly a half-century Star Wars has been a part of the collective consciousness of the world.  Listen to "Your Favorite Star Wars Guys" reminisce about the decade that saw Disney purchase LucasFilm, ushered in the first chapter of the final trilogy and the first stand alone film in the live action francise, spawned a successful new animated television series, and saw the arrival, disappearance, and return of The Rantcor Pit (as well as the addition of The Rantcor Pit Live)!

What memories will Cole and Eddie invoke in you as they journey through tthe most recent years of the Saga (so far).

 

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The Rantcor Pit #63 - Decades: 40 Years of Star Wars Episode III: Into A Larger Worl

• May 26th, 2017

Cole Houston and Eddie Medina proudly bring you the third chapter in their decade by decade tribute to forty years of Star Wars in the world.  

While May 25, 1997 to May 24, 2007 may well be defined as the "Prequel Era", prepare to discover that so much more was going on with the Saga in perhaps the richest decade of them all.  From publications to toys to one of the most enduring events that fans can imagine, this decade truly stands out like a Wookiee at a Jawa party!

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Hey Kids, Comics! #229 - Theater of the Mind

• May 26th, 2017

It is time for Hey Kids, Comics! to turn its attention yet again to the small screen.

This week, Andrew Farmer and Cole Houston devote an extra-long issue of the show to two deeply psychological television shows based on equally psychologically-themed comics.  Yes, it's a "two-fer" with FX's Legion and AMC's Preacher!  DC Comics and Mavwel Comics get equal coverage as each show is examined and compared, to a degree, to its source material.

SPOILER ALERT!  If you have not seen one or both of these series and want to see one or both that you have not, you may wish to set this issue aside until such time as you can take in these amazing shows.  Otherwise, join in on some thoughtful discussion of two of the most thought-full shows ever inspired by top comic books.

 

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