tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:/posts Cracking The Vault 2018-11-12T04:08:24Z Empire's Comics Presents: Cracking The Vault tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1338611 2018-11-01T01:13:27Z 2018-11-01T01:13:27Z Special Episode - Genres of Horror

.. in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, celebrate the season by discussing some of our favorite & least-favorite horror genres & October-appropriate movies!!

[episode image from Secrets of Haunted House #5, drawn by the great Bernie Wrightson, courtesy of DC Comics]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1332801 2018-10-16T06:03:49Z 2018-11-12T04:08:24Z Special Episode - Scum & Villainy

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Tony Asaro, & Ryan Miller, kick off our October celebrations with a special episode all about our favorite villains!!

[episode image from The Mighty Thor #3, by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, Matt Wilson, & Joe Sabino, courtesy of Marvel Comics]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1318869 2018-09-09T17:00:01Z 2018-09-09T17:00:02Z Episode 149 - Tipsy Tales of Comics Past

.. in which we try our hands at a "Drunk History"-type episode, with Ryan Miller as our wrangler, & Patrick Clarke (covering Crisis On Infinite Earths), Tony Asaro (covering Batman vs The Hulk), & Minnie Saucedo (covering Teen Titans: The Judas Contract), as our tellers of tipsy tales!! *[Spoiler Alert for all 3 of these comics!]*

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1318057 2018-09-03T21:46:21Z 2018-09-03T21:46:22Z Episode 148 - Back to School Ramen Bowl AMA 2018 Spectacular

.. in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Tony Asaro, & Patrick Clarke, resume our summer tradition of passing around the shop ramen bowl & answering the AMA challenges contained therein!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1314588 2018-08-23T19:36:46Z 2018-08-23T19:44:53Z Episode 147 - The Fastest Man Alive

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, belatedly celebrate Patty's birthday by discussing one of his favorite characters in the whole wide world: The Flash!!

[episode image drawn by The Francis Manapul, & owned by DC Entertainment]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1314268 2018-08-22T17:54:36Z 2018-08-23T00:17:25Z Cracking The Tardis: Entry 1 “Who’s This Who On The Block?”
Who's This Who On The Block?
By: Erminia “Minnie” Saucedo

In our swatch of the fabric of Time and Space, there is hardly a series that goes unseen on the radar of Geeks thanks to the internet and social media. Regardless of a series' country of origin, if there are fans, there is word of mouth, sparked interest and new viewers. This goes especially well for the little series that could, the BBC's lasting darling, Doctor Who. Originally airing in the UK on the BBC network on November 23rd, 1963 with a delay to its air time due to the JFK assassination the previous day. The series was meant to appeal to a family audience as a program by using time travel as a means of scientific exploration and visiting snap shots in history.

Though the Doctors of these eras would go on to be a welcomed visitor in the lives of families for 26 seasons, viewership began to steadily waver and network execs decided it best to hold production on the series. While it was technically canceled, the network would not give up its Phone Box traveling sweetie easily. An attempt was made to revive the Time Lord and their series in 1996 with a TV movie that did well in the UK---an impressive 9.1 million viewers---though it did not fair well Stateside. It was deemed to not have a world-wide appeal at the time, so the rebirth of the Doctor would wait a full ten years to bloom into our world in 2005 with “Rose”; the dawn of a new series that would continue the story of the first 26 seasons and the TV movie with new characters. It was, in space essence, The Next Generation of the Doctor Who franchise.

With “Rose”, what we all know today as Modern Doctor Who flew back into the main stream with the WHRR WHRRR WHRRR of the TARDIS. Personally, through my adult life as a woman who has participated in fandom for large chunk of her existence, I've run across Whovians and their Timey Wimey appreciations. Over the years, I have had well-meaning friends who have tried to get me into the series by having me watch their favorite episodes.

But it seemed, at times, drier humor than I was accustomed to---British wit escapes me---and at other times it was far too cheesy. Not in a way of “cheesy is bad”, more so in the way of, perhaps, Xena: The Warrior Princess being the cheese I adored. Here I was, a gal having grown up with Cheddar being introduced to Stilton for the first time. She who hasn't heard the “You have to start with This Doctor on Episode X (or Y or Z) to really get into it” speech, throw the first scone!

Since cheese like Xena has always been more my thing, when it was announced that Jodie Whittaker would become our newest generation of Doctor as the first woman to helm the character in the television series as opposed to a radio play, my proverbial ears perked themselves. While I've had missteps in attempts to begin the series previously, I find myself pouncing to news about the new series like a baby meerkat following a laser pointer. With this in mind, I've decided to attempt a bit of an experiment, dear reader. With the Thirteenth Doctor's series set to begin sometime this fall, October being the theory post SDCC 2018, I will attempt to crack open this saga.

I will watch the modern era Who, from the first episode until the latest episode to fully immerse and prepare for Whittaker's take on the beloved SCI-FI hero(ine). During which I will do my own reviews and reactions to every episode; a newbie's steps into learning all about this mysterious alien. So, then, sit back and relax as I join the Doctor through this modern series.

I hear it's bigger on the inside.

Episode One, Season One:


First things first, I am drop kicked by the visual style that was so prevalent in '05 era television;  as if everything must look like an MTV Music Video. Visuals aside, we are introduced to seemingly mundane Rose. A twenty something woman living with her mom in a flat and working retail at a Nordstrom clone. She seems very familiar. I've known gals like her and, in some ways, I've been her. Her life doesn't seem all that bad, just normal. I rather like the narrative shift of Rose leaving her daily life behind to go into her store catacombs to drop off money. It's eerie and dank in a way that if you've worked retail and had to close or do a floor set at ungodly hours of the morning would understand. Setting off to follow creepy sounds, Rose draws me further into this atmosphere than I thought I would be.

The mannequins of the store are every gym rat's worst nightmare; what if the kick boxing dummy boxed back?! It's ridiculous but a fun way to introduce Christopher Eccelston's Doctor to pull Rose away from these monsters whilst literally disarming one.

“Nice to meet you, Rose”. Beat. “Run for your life”. 

His wit with her is charming and a touch sarcastic but, hey, he saves her life and destroys a beacon that was controlling the plastic displays. Much to my prediction, Rose keeping said plastic arm comes back to pinch her in the butt the next morning. The Doctor finds Rose by tracking the arm, to which he is promptly attacked by it. This doesn't faze Rose as her boyfriend, Mickey, did the same gag the night before. After realizing it's all real, by having the plastic arm attempt to rearrange her face, Rose takes off after the Doctor.

It's here we're given our first taste of what this guy is. He talks of feeling the world's rotation as it's spinning thousands of miles an hour on its axis. He waxes poetic of wars that happen beneath humanity without their knowledge. Then he just takes off in a blue box, whirring sounds in his wake, and Rose is left to her own devices. I appreciate in this weird moment, like any good millennial, she takes to the internet to find information on “The Doctor blue box”. Shockingly running across someone who does have some information about this man, Rose drags Mickey to this gent's house to talk.

I would have to say this sequence of events is both my favorite of the episode and the low point of the episode. Rose, having gone inside to talk to a man about the Doctor, is privy to a nod to the series' history being tied to the Doctor very well. This man, Clive, perhaps having had his own run with the Doctor, shows Rose images of this him throughout history. One being the Doctor present the day that JFK was shot; the day before the very first episode aired.

I see you, new Who. I see what you're doing and I think it's nifty.

Clive states, “The Doctor is a legend woven throughout history. When disaster comes, he's there. He brings the storm in his wake”. It's a fascinating way to describe the Doctor—and series--- history in a nuanced half-truth that gives both the audience and Rose just a nibblet of what it all means. A perfect hook for an episode that, for all intents and purposes, is a pilot.

As this is happening, Mickey gets into a fight with a trash can and loses. The episode takes a weird step here, having Mickey confront the receptacle and lose so the living plastic entity kidnap him to create a plastic doppelganger to pump Rose for information. When she returns to Recycled Mickey—as I started calling him—she notices nothing amiss with him. Sure, he seems fascinated by the word “pizza” but nothing tips her off. It is painfully clear she doesn't care much about the poor guy here and neither does the script.

After the Doctor beheads this plastic doppelganger, we are shown Rose has a bit of empathy for Mickey as she laments about his kidnapping. It is a poignant moment as she wonders how she's going to tell his mum he's gone. The Doctor doesn't feel much empathy for Mickey, however, using his clone head to find the source of the Nestene Consciousness, the alien responsible for the plastic coming to life. With the first uttering of “Fantastic!” the Doctor follows Rose's lead to find this alien. The pair find both the Consciousness and Mickey as the Doctor tries to deter the vat of goop from its invasion plans, so humanity can be left alone. His actions in the Time War make the Consciousness distrustful of him and, unfortunately, he is found to have a vial of anti-plastic on his person, something the Doctor states he wasn't going to use if he didn't have to. This makes the Consciousness start its invasion in full force.

In a fairly intense scene in a mall, all plastic comes to life to terrorize citizens, killing Clive---you bastards!---as we see the Doctor pleading for Rose to run. With nowhere to go and the TARDIS locked up, Rose makes a decision. She has nothing but her mum. No degree. No job. No future.

But a girl always has her skills.

Using her old gymnastic skills from grade school, Rose kicks the mannequin dummy holding the anti-plastic into the Consciousness, effectively saving the world. After getting them all to safety in the TARDIS, the Doctor offers Rose a choice; stay here and live your typical life or join him. Initially she declines, stating weakly she should care for Mickey. In the end, however, the woman is so tired of her typical life that she quickly chooses to leave. I suspect the swiftness of the decision might be an issue later in the series.

My level of enjoyment is far higher than what I expected for the episode. I do have my issues with weak points of writing but, for my first step in, I would consider this a success. Rose as a companion is relatable in ways but infuriating in others while Eccelston's Doctor seems to be a cool mystery. I am seeing glimpses of why this is such a cult favorite.

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1311697 2018-08-15T18:34:40Z 2018-08-15T18:34:40Z Episode 146 - SDCC 2018 News Round-Up

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, & Ryan Miller, offer up our tastiest takes on the tidal wave of trailers, news, announcements, & awards, that came from San Diego Comic Con 2018!!

[*Note: We recorded this episode on a blazing hot summer's eve, so there's some added background noise from the A/C. Apologies! But also we assure you it was an absolute necessity.*]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1309521 2018-08-06T05:30:04Z 2018-08-06T17:24:51Z Episode 145 - Ant-Man & The Wasp Review

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Tony Asaro, & Ryan Miller, review the 20th, & newest, entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Ant-Man & The Wasp!! [Alert: As usual, we do dive into a spoiler-filled discussion, for this film!]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1307556 2018-07-30T04:52:38Z 2018-07-30T04:52:38Z Episode 144 - Interview with Ryan Miller of How To Feed Your Parents

.. in which Tony Asaro interviews our very own Ryan Miller in advance of the release of his & Hatem Aly's upcoming book, How To Feed Your Parents!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1304291 2018-07-19T03:52:54Z 2018-07-19T04:06:19Z Episode 143 - When Your Ship Comes In

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, & Patrick Clarke, discuss shipping & confess to so many ships (!), in comics & elsewhere, in a conversation inspired by Batman #50!!

**This episode was recorded just prior to the release of Batman #50 & Catwoman #1, & does not contain spoilers for either of those books, however, there is spoiler-y discussion of X-Men Gold #30. You've been warned!**

[episode image from Batman: The Animated Series, owned by Warner Bros Entertainment]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1303369 2018-07-15T23:18:28Z 2018-07-16T02:26:25Z Episode 142 - I'm So Tired

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke & Tony Asaro, discuss whether or not we are starting to feel rumblings of super-hero or Star Wars fatigue, in the cinema, if it's possible that we're seeing the beginnings of a bursting bubble, &/or what else might've contributed to the under-performance of Solo: A Star Wars Story, at the box office.

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1301165 2018-07-09T00:22:29Z 2018-07-09T00:22:30Z Episode 141 - Summer Camp Comics To The Max

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, kick off summertime by gathering 'round the campfire to reminisce about summer camps of years past, & chat about camp-themed & camp-appropriate comics!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1299267 2018-07-03T01:55:36Z 2018-07-03T01:55:37Z Episode 140 - Have You Tried Turning It Off & Then Turning It Back On Again

.. in which we, Ryan Miller & Tony Asaro, have a gab about reboots, restarts, & reimaginings!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1295160 2018-06-17T23:27:20Z 2018-06-18T00:04:40Z Episode 139 - Free Comic Book Day 2018 Interviews

.. in which we're back, baby!! And more importantly, at long last, we air our cavalcade of creator interviews from Free Comic Book Day 2018 at Empire's Comics Vault! In this episode, you will hear from:

* [13:59] Kyrun Silva - TaurusComics.com

* [21:53] Kristine Balog - KristineBalog.com

* [30:31] Heather Lee Art - @HeatherLeeArtPhotography

* [36:42] Dan Bethel - LongJohnComic.com

* [50:13] Cory Patten - Plotless.com

* [59:18] Julie Okahara - JulieOkahara.com

* [1:06:52] Jared Konopitski - JaredKonopitski.com

* [1:13:43] Eben Burgoon - EbenBurgoon.com

* [1:30:17] Ghost Thunder Collective: ft. Christopher Alvarez, Hannah Moore, & David Andry - GhostThunder.com

* [1:35:33] Justin Orr - Jusscope.com

* [1:41:21] Bianca Kim - FreshBiscuits

* [1:45:41] Lee Nordling - www.amazon.com/Lee-Nordling

* [1:57:51] Daniel Tucan Starflower - @Birdgodz

* [2:01:56] HaiNaNu “Nooligan" Saulque - Nooligan.com

* [2:16:40] Jen Monson - JenuoneArt.com

Thank you to all of the exceptionally kind, gracious, & talented, creators who sat down with us for this episode, & thank you to Ben for putting on such a brilliant FCBD festival every year.

(episode image by the great Sergio Aragones)

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1281669 2018-05-09T05:26:10Z 2018-05-23T20:56:11Z Episode 138 - Avengers: Infinity War Review

.. in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Ryan Miller, Stephanie Groce, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, talk-out our deepest feels in regards to the 19th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the record-breaking blockbuster that is Avengers: Infinity War!! **Warning: This is a spoiler-filled review. If you care about such things, please hold off on listening until after you've seen the film!**

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1279798 2018-05-02T23:51:43Z 2018-05-23T17:44:11Z Episode 137 - Free Comic Book Day 2018 Preview

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, open with a flurry of comic-book-related news, & a few last-minute Infinity War predictions (recorded on opening night, prior to having seen the film), after which we talk about all of the guests, festivities, & sale details, that you can expect at Empire's Comics Vault for this Saturday's Free Comic Book Day/Cinco de Mayo, as well as our annual rundown/preview of the FCBD titles that will be available to you, for this years event!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1275824 2018-04-22T23:14:13Z 2018-05-17T01:48:51Z Episode 136 - The Road To Infinity War

.. in which, as preparation for Avengers: Infinity War, we, Tony Asaro, Minnie Saucedo, Ryan Miller, & Patrick Clarke, do our level best to recap the important moments of the entire 10-year/18-film Marvel Cinematic Universe story, in one sitting!! If you think you might need a one-stop MCU refresher course, this is the episode for you!

["The Thor-y of everything" image created by Christian Tate]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1274368 2018-04-18T22:45:44Z 2018-05-17T01:48:42Z Episode 135 - All The News That's Fit to Pod

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, & Patrick Clarke, gather for a long-overdue comics-current-events wrap, covering a few of our favorite new series, as well as some of the bigger headlines & announcements in comics, so far, in 2018!

[image from Hawkeye #2, written by Matt Fraction, drawn by David Aja, & colored by Matt Hollingsworth, courtesy of Marvel Comics]

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1272862 2018-04-15T03:24:01Z 2018-05-17T01:48:32Z Episode 134 - Enter The Collectors

. . in which we, Ryan Miller, Minnie Saucedo, Tony Asaro, & Patrick Clarke, reveal what sorts of ephemera, tchotchkes, whozits, whatzits, thingamabobs, toys, pins, & assorted memorabilia (other than comics), we collect, & why!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1269840 2018-04-07T04:17:33Z 2018-05-17T01:48:15Z Episode 133 - The Super Mega Deluxe Awesome Manga Episode

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke, Minnie Saucedo, & Tony Asaro, divulge some of our favorite (& least favorite) Japanese comics, in our first-ever episode focused on manga!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1267231 2018-03-31T04:21:48Z 2018-05-17T01:48:09Z Episode 132 - Jessica Jones Season 2: AKA Miss Patsy If You're Nasty

.. in which, we, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, review the newest chapter in the Marvel/Netflix team-up: Jessica Jones Season 2! *Warning: There are spoilers for this show, & for other Marvel/Netflix shows, in this episode.*

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1264658 2018-03-24T02:39:57Z 2018-05-17T01:48:01Z Episode 131 - Abby Howard's The Last Halloween & The Work of Emily Carroll

.. in which we, Tony Asaro & Ryan Miller, review Abby Howard's The Last Halloween, & the webstrips of Emily Carroll, in the most recent in our series of episodes on webcomics!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1261892 2018-03-15T23:52:06Z 2018-05-17T01:47:53Z Episode 130 - Your Batman Is In Another Castle

.. in which we, Patrick Clarke & Ryan Miller, open with some recent comics news, & then reminisce about the long & occasionally-questionable history of comic book video games! Question: What are your first & favorite comic-based video game experiences?

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1259708 2018-03-11T07:46:46Z 2018-05-17T01:47:46Z Episode 129 - Black Panther Movie Review

.. in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, wax admirational over the 18th entry in the now-decade-long Marvel Cinematic Universe: Black Panther!! *Warning: As with all of our reviews, we do go into spoilers for this film.*

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1254464 2018-02-28T23:16:23Z 2018-05-17T01:47:41Z Episode 128 - A Comic Book Feast

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, open with a talk about culinary comics, & then proceed through a full five-course meal of even more savory sequential art!! Bon appetit!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1252475 2018-02-24T23:18:55Z 2018-05-17T01:47:29Z Episode 127 - The 2017 Vaulty Awards

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, Minnie Saucedo, & our listeners(!), celebrate the best comics, creators, characters, & comic-based movies & tv, of 2017, & shower them with much love, & all the praise, in Sacramento's most prestigious & longest-running comic book awards show, The 3rd Annual Vaultys at Empire's Comics Vault!
tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1248923 2018-02-17T06:26:05Z 2018-05-17T01:47:22Z Episode 126 - The 2017 Faultys

.. in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, kick-off our awards-season double-feature by taking American comics to task for some of their least-worthy moments of 2017, in our first-ever Faulty Awards!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1244792 2018-02-09T01:57:03Z 2018-05-17T01:47:14Z Episode 125 - Game On

.. in which we, Ryan Miller, Tony Asaro, Minnie Saucedo, & Patrick Clarke, celebrate our 125th episode by playing a couple of rounds of Atlas Games' competitive/collaborative, improvisational, fantasy, storytelling game: Once Upon A Time!!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1241614 2018-02-01T23:19:34Z 2018-05-17T01:47:05Z Episode 124 - Creative Women Mini Con 2017

. . in which we talk to all of the exceptional creators in artists alley who were exhibiting & selling their wares at the 5th annual CWMC at Empire's Comics Vault! Featuring Bianca Kim, Megan Risk, Cassandra Gamez, sisters Maia & Kaimani, Kelly Van Gaasbeck, Hanaah Moore, Sarah Troedson, Jen Monson, Rachel Strum, Kristine Balog, Heather Merrifield, Felicia Ann, & Sarah Rene Kraft!

tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1237460 2018-01-24T23:47:08Z 2018-05-17T01:46:16Z Episode 123 - New Years Comics Resolutions 2018

.. in which we, Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, & Patrick Clarke, ring in the new year by checking whether or not we accomplished our 2017 resolutions, after which we unwisely make a whole bunch of new ones, for 2018!! We also talk about the upcoming comics, movies, tv, & events, that we're excited for, in the coming year! Plus: Ryan has a super-special announcement that you won't want to miss!!