tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:/posts Cracking The Vault 2018-05-23T20:56:11Z Empire's Comics Presents: Cracking The Vault 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!**

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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!!

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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]

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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]

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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!

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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!

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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.*

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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!

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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?

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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.*

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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!

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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!
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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!!

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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!!

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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!

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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!!

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1234831 2018-01-20T03:15:17Z 2018-05-17T01:46:00Z Episode 122 - The 8th Star War

. . in which we, Minnie Saucedo, Tony Asaro, & Patrick Clarke, at long last review the most recent & one of the more contentious entries in the Star Wars universe: The Last Jedi! *Question of The Week: What's your 2nd favorite Star Wars film?* #ReyADropOfGoldenSun

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1233540 2018-01-17T22:45:19Z 2018-05-17T01:45:30Z Episode 121 - The Strangest Things

. . in which we, Patrick Clarke, Minnie Saucedo, Ryan Miller, & Tony Asaro, review Season 2 of Netflix's spoopiest sensation, Stranger Things!

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1219463 2017-12-20T17:37:08Z 2018-05-17T01:44:08Z Episode 120 - 2017 Holiday Gift Guide

. . in which we, Ryan Miller, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, & Tony Asaro, offer-up some holiday gift-giving suggestions for the geek in your life!

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1211633 2017-12-05T16:06:14Z 2018-05-17T01:39:18Z Episode 119 - A Review of Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok

. . in which we, Tony Asaro, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, and Stephanie Groce, review the newest entry in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor: Ragnarok.

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1209611 2017-12-01T02:20:04Z 2017-12-01T02:20:08Z Episode 118 - All The Giant Robots

Right here, right now, we talk about all things mecha, in this, our giant robot special!

It's an all-star cast, featuring Patrick Clarke, Minnie Saucedo, Stephanie Groce, Ryan Miller, and Tony Asaro. 

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1205264 2017-11-14T18:14:45Z 2017-11-14T18:14:46Z Episode 117 - Halloween 2017 Comics and Movies

Ryan Miller, Minnie Saucedo, Tony Asaro, and Patrick Clarke talk about some of our favorite October-y comics, & movies!

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1203962 2017-11-11T22:16:54Z 2017-11-11T22:16:55Z Episode 116 - She Makes Comics

Minnie Saucedo, Ryan Miller, Patrick Clarke, and Tony Asaro, review the 2014 documentary She Makes Comics -- which, as of this recording, is streaming on Netflix -- and discuss various issues related to women in comics.

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1203957 2017-11-08T00:39:40Z 2017-11-08T00:39:45Z Episode 115 - The Peanuts Movie

Tony Asaro, Ryan Miller, and Patrick Clarke chat about all things Charles Schultz, while simultaneously watching and commenting on 2015's The Peanuts Movie!!

Note: Unfortunately, due to a few necessary edits, this episode will not synch-up perfectly with the film. We wholeheartedly apologize for that and recommend watching The Peanuts Movie before listening to this episode. Enjoy.

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1197513 2017-10-11T05:58:18Z 2017-10-11T05:58:18Z Episode 114 - To Boldly Go: Our Star Trek Love Affair

Ryan Miller, Patrick Clarke, and Tony Asaro gather to gush about our love of all things Trek, in honor of the debut of the new CBS series, Star Trek: Discovery.

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1195786 2017-10-05T17:16:54Z 2017-10-11T21:56:26Z Episode 113 - Marvel's Netflix Series The Defenders - A Review

Tony Asaro, Minnie Saucedo, Patrick Clarke, and Stephanie Groce pay tribute to Jack "King" Kirby's 100th birthday and then discuss the most recent of Marvel's Netflix series, The Defenders. 

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1194574 2017-09-29T05:08:01Z 2017-10-05T17:33:39Z Episode 112 - Sister Claire and Wilde Life web comics discussion

Tony Asaro, Minnie Saucedo, Ryan Miller, and Patrick Clarke, review and discuss two webcomics: Wilde Life by Pascalle Lepas, as nominated by Ryan, and Sister Claire by Yamino and Ash, as nominated by Minnie. You can find both, online, free to read, at their respective sites.

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1192116 2017-09-18T20:56:34Z 2017-09-18T21:16:50Z Episode 111 - Back to School Ask Me Anything

Four knerds, Tony, Patrick, Minnie, and Ryan, bring back our "Ask Me Anything Ramen Bowl," into which we've each tossed 3 questions!! SUCH SECRETS WILL BE REVEALED! 

p.s. If you missed our first Ask Me Anything episode, it's still out there for your listening pleasure, here.

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1187591 2017-08-30T17:05:07Z 2017-08-30T17:05:07Z Episode 110 - Ms. Marvel Book Club

Tony Asaro, Patrick Clarke, Ryan Miller, and A Super-Secret-Very-Special Guest Star break from our usual format, a bit, for a book club-type discussion of the first couple of volumes of G. Willow Wilson's & Adrian Alphona's Ms. Marvel and its titular protagonist: Jersey City's own, Kamala Khan!!

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tag:podcast.empirescomics.com,2013:Post/1185745 2017-08-22T17:36:17Z 2017-08-23T22:46:55Z Episode 109 - The Veronica Fish Interview

"When I see Veronica Fish on a book, I always give it a read. I always have to check it out." - Tony Asara, Cracking The Vault Podcast

So, please, enjoy this replay of a Google Hangout interview with Veronica Fish, the talented artist whose work has included Archie, Slam, Spider-Woman, Pirates of Mars, The Unstoppable Was, and more. The interview was conducted by Ben Schwartz, owner of our host comic shop, Empire's Comics Vault, on January 10, 2017.

To kick it off, Tony shares some recent comic book picks.



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