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TOTLB 072 Strange Bedfellows

What is going on Longbox listeners!! October is ALWAYS a crazy month, and that is why this is late, but that won’t stop us from having 2 episodes out this month!!! There is a DELUGE of friends who join us for this episode!! On the first half of the episode, where we talk about all of the miscellaneous news, we have 2 guests join us! We are joined by Tim Huskey, artist extraordinaire, and Doyle Daniels, one of our amazing patreon supporters!! In the last half of the episode, during the #popcultureclassic segment, we speak with Dayna Himot, from the Not Sufferin’ Sapphos podcast, plus John Clyde Still from the Old Still Radio show!
Our #popcultureclassic for this show is the amazingly horrible, Phantasm!! While Gabe tries to convince us all that the tall man, and this movie, are amazing, the rest of us remember otherwise. John Clyde Still tries to get to know Dayna a little bit more, and other randomness infect this segment!! But, we do remember this movie with fond memories, and that is about as far as the “fondness” goes.
We have one amazing interview, with returning guest, Allison O’Toole! Her love for monsters, and ours, brings her back for round 2, talking about her project, Wayward Sisters! This anthology was a crowd funding success, with 128% funding!! “Wayward Sisters celebrates lady and non-binary monsters who are indelicate, impolite, and irresponsible. 25 different stories, and 38 different writers, ALL about different monsters, I promise you’ll fall in love!!
Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. Also, if you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!!
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TOTLB 066 Denver Comic Con Year Three

Hello everyone!! The 66th episode, comes to you from out 3rd year at Denver Comic Con!!
This is our FIRST year going to Denver Comic Con as OFFICIAL members of the Press. Our interview episode came before this one, and you can use this as reference for that episode. This is our coverage at Frankie Serna’s kick off party, and our coverage from our booth, on the floor of the Comic Con.
At the kickoff party, we speak to two different people! First, we talk to Collect 2 Display! They make toploading frames for your walls! The frames that were on display, were housing all of Frankie’s art, and were absolutely gorgeous! They make all of the frames by hand, and make them to accentuate your art! Do NOT miss the boat on these frames before the demand goes up!
We also talk to Stickslate! They make some of the coolest backpacks that you will wear! What sets these backpacks apart, is that you can switch out (with velcro) the front picture of the backpack. They get art from different artists, and make stickers out of their art. That way, you can switch out the “skins” if you feel like wearing a different character every day! Juan personally owns one himself! They’re gorgeous, and are actually very sturdy bags!!
During the show, we talk to some of the people who are wandering around the halls, but since we weren’t at the booth very often, you hear us mostly talk with the gang of the Not So Sufferin’ Sapphos podcast! Dayna, Derek, and their intern stop by throughout the weekend. They’re amazing, and you should definitely check out their show as well.
Remember, you can ALWAYS let us know what you think! We can only think of so many things to talk about every other week, and would LOVE to get some feedback and ideas from all of you out there who are listening!! You can send mp3s and email to our email address. Also, join the conversations on our Facebook Page and Twitter Page. Also, if you have good feedback, please leave it for us on iTunes and Stitcher!! That’s one way to help us climb the ranks into podcast glory!! You can ALSO leave us voicemail!!! Call the Michael Kuyrk memorial 970-573-6148 and leave us a hilarious message!!!
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Day 3 Wrap Up Denver Comic Con by Juan

Day 3 By Juan Muro
Last night, we had a traditional Denver Comic Con dinner. Since I’m driving back and forth (in order to say goodnight to my babies and wife), and hour and a half, I didn’t end up getting home until about midnight. After settling into the night, and finally getting sleep, the morning came WAY to early!
Have been driving my co-host Gabe to the show, and today was no different. A couple of coups of coffee, and we were on our way. This last day is ALWAYS awesome, and bittersweet. Awesome because it’s the end of what, so far, has been an amazing comic con for us, but we are ready to be done. We’re exhausted, and food/sleep deprived. Bittersweet……….because it’s the end. It’s the end of something that we’ve been talking about, for at least half a year. It’s the end of our first year, as Press, at Denver Comic Con.
Walking into the building, we get to the booth, and have some time to reflect, before we have our first interview. We actually record AT our booth, with fellow co-host Jon. It’s the first time all weekend that we’ve all been able to record together. He owns Hall of Justice Comics & Collectibles in Parker and has a booth, and we have been running around doing interviews all weekend. But, its good to get the band together for this short time.
Our first interview is with Z, of Serenity Forge video games. We specifically talk about “The King’s Bird.” It is an absolutely stunning video game. It’s a mix of aerial moves, and parkour, which looks hard on the outside, but we were promised it was not a difficult game to grasp! More importantly than the video game, Z tell us about his life. Z almost died when he was younger, and has turned that into a “second chance.” A second chance to ensure that he is living a fulfilling life, and to ensure that he takes that time to help others. His interview is truly inspiring!

After this, Gabe tries his hand at a video game, next to Z, called “Tormentor X Punisher.” It is a crazy fast, shooting game. You’re essentially trapped in the room, with beings trying to get to you, and kill you. Reminded me of the main guys from Double Dragon, but instead of moving just back and forth, the player has the ability to travers the whole room. Picking up different weapons, Gabe came in second place, before it was time to move on.

Our second interview for the day, made Gabe fangirl for a LONG time. We interviewed Scott Sigler. Scott is an author of what his website calls, “hardcore thrillers.” Gabe, his wife, and many of our friends, have read MANY of his books, and have been stunned by how great they are. Me of course, never having read anything, was excited to hear what he had to say. Much to my surprise, Scott is also a tenured podcaster. He has been podcasting for over 10 years!! MANY of his books have been podcasts, before they were turned into printed books. This automatically makes him cooler in my book!! He tells us about the book he is giving away at his signing today, and touches on many of the books in his world continuity. I walk away thinking that “Infected” might be the best place for me to start reading. He recommended “The Rookie” as the book for people who haven’t ever read his work, to start with. I think Scott could have spoken with us for hours, it’s a shame we only were able to speak with him for about 20 minutes.
After the interview, we actually attended his book signing, and picked up the book “Alive,” and got his awesome signature. Can’t wait to start diving into his “world” with Alive, and then others. I’m legitimately excited for a book, which hasn’t happened in a while.

Our last interview of the day, comes from Jason Salas, who wrote the “Sugar Skull Ghost Thief.” This book sounds like an awesome “mystery” kind of story. Folklore, and the paranormal, bring “Perk,” the main protagonist, many new adventures and life experiences. He has to try and help a lady and her family, from haunting’s that threaten to destroy them. Jason was super passionate about this book, making it difficult to take a picture haha. Definitely a lot of excitement at this years Denver Comic Con, for actual books, instead of JUST comic books. It’s a great change from years past, and I think it has to do with the authors being moved onto the same space as the rest of the con. Great move!

After the last interview of the day, we move onto the last panel that Gabe is moderating. The panelists are Jim Mahfood, David Mack, Kyle Higgins, Jennifer Swartwood, and Brian Haberlin. Going into this panel, I figured that it would be much like the last 3 that we have done, mostly dominated by Gabe asking questions. These panelists were absolutely amazing!! They were the most engaging group of people that we have spoken to this whole comic con. The “creator owned comics” definitely had the right people on board. Holy cow did these guys have a TON of information to help with your journey, and many stories about their own journies. I promise, you will not be disappointed when you hear this audio. What an opportunity to host this panel!!

Throughout the day, I did also get to do some “ME” stuff. Gabe and I went to do a photo op with The Hulk!! It went pretty quick, but like most celebrities I’ve done photo ops with, he was such a nice guy. We flexed, and looked small, next to a person not flexing and looking huge!

I also got to pick up to “Carnage” sketches. I pretty much have control over the basement in my home, and have turned it into a sanctuary for all things nerd. One one wall I have been collecting nothing but Carnage sketches, a big favorite villain of mine. My first sketch comes from local artist, Saro Hang. I absolutely love Saro’s art, and he created a beautiful piece. I’m proud to hang it up, when it’s time. The second, comes from friend of the show, Ben Templesmith. We had him on the show about a year and a half ago, and I have wanted him to do a sketch for me, since that time. He looked surprised when I asked him to do Carnage, and I would later find out that he’d NEVER done a Carnage drawing before. This, and lack of internet, made the sketch so much better! I love when I can have an artist do something for me, that they wouldn’t normally do, it always turns out amazing!!

Second to last, though I didn’t get a picture of all of us, I wanted to thank Dayna Himot. She had us on her show not to long ago, to promote our time at Denver Comic Con. She is an awesome listener, and an even more awesome person. In the short amount of time that I have known her, she has been nothing but helpful to us, with her wealth of knowledge, and excitement. Her team is absolutely amazing, and they have a great leader. Dayna is already more successful than us, but she will be even more successful in the future, I guarantee it!

Lastly, I wanted to thank our team. We absolutely love to podcast, and would not change our show for anything. I could not have asked for two better people to help steer this podcast ship! Jon was busy running the booth for his comic book shop, but the times that he was on the show, were/are always amazing! He brings the laughter, and the pervy, but the show isn’t the same without him. I’ve known him for many years, and have always known him to be a talented, and giving individual. If you missed him at Denver Comic Con, you definitely need to visit his shop in Parker, Colorado. Gabe ran around with me ALL weekend. I’m demanding, and the organized one, and I know sometimes that is tiresome. But he is really the heart of the show. He’s the spiritual center. Without him, the show really has no voice. Watching him interview person after person, making them all different and unique, was something else. Watching him in his element was a beautiful thing. Both of these gentleman are amazing, and I can’t wait to see where our show goes on from here! Denver Comic Con…………..it’s been good…………I’m glad it’s over……………but I can’t wait until next year. “Groovy”

Day One Ish Denver Comic Con

Day One Ish at Denver Comic-Con with TOTLB
By Gabe LLanas @xraystyle
Mornings at the Team LLanas house are hectic at best, but when it is a work day for mom and con day for dad, there is a lot of scrambling around to make sure that everything is in order at the house before the two “responsible” adults head out the door. This kind of managed chaos was exacerbated by schedule issues, cosplay part hunting, and just general, “Gabe needs to get his shit together,” issues.
End result Baleigh and Gabe are scrambling to get in the door, looking for Juan in a crowd of thousands in the quickly moving line of the media entrance, no badges, just blank lanyards, hoping to see Juan on time. A frantic call where Gabe is panicked about getting in, and Juan is panicked about getting to the first interview on time. The chaos continued to reign, but then our first interview’s misfortune becomes our boon.
Unable to get into the building because new security rules state that exhibitors can’t bring in their own hand trucks. The first interview has to postpone and the day starts to settle into the mode that it needs to be in. With some time to kill we walked around the Celebrity Summit. As it was very early on there first day there was hardly anyone there doing signings, but I did catch a glimpse of Weird Al, before running into a friend that was about to get in line to talk to him.
First interview, Gabe has a wonderful chat with sparkly suited Andy Mangels. Currently writing “Wonder Woman ‘77 meets The Bionic Woman,” Andy is also the officiant of the second annual Unity Wedding at the end of the convention this year. As one of the first openly gay comic book writers it was wonderful to hear him talk about how much has changed over the years in the comic industry when it comes to tolerance and acceptance, noting that he is more concerned with being rejected by publishers for his age than is sexuality at this point.
Going into my first panel moderation I was nervous (as was Juan) to the point where I had to take a deep breath. Trying to find the Coast City Room ended up being tougher than I expected. After asking several of the volunteers I finally found my way to the room.
Sitting for the first of two Diversity in Comics panels that I will be doing over the course of the con I was joined by, Georges Jeanty, Alitha Martinez, Dan Parent, Dexter Vines and Justin Ponsor. We had a wide ranging discussion on the state of diversity in comics, what mainstream comics can do better, and the market forces that affecting the way comics are created. A fascinating talk that is leading into a one on one interview with Alitha tomorrow. I cannot wait to dig into her opinions on diversity in the industry.
Immediately after that was the Spotlight on Ron Marz. Ron Marz is the creator of the Kyle Rayner iteration of Green Lantern, and a long time writer for both of the big two in comics. Talking about his career and what drives him to create the way that he creates, in a very small and intimate group was fantastic. The kind of opportunity that a fan can only dream of, and the kind of opportunity that can only take place at a comics convention.
Finally after that we were able to catch up with Ian Mcginty. Artist on “Adventure Time” for Boom! And creator of “Welcome to Show-Side,” it was good to catch up with him since the last time he was on the show. His pilot for a cartoon version of “Welcome to Show-Side,” which features voice acting from Henry Rollins, has garnered a lot of interest from the Illuminati and Ian has promised that if he has a big announcement about it he will come back on the show. Check out the pilot below:

The rest of the day was spent wandering up and down Artist Alley, talking with old friends and new acquaintances alike. Talling on record with some fascinating creators of independent comics, and books. Those interviews with be through the next episode(s?). As the day wound down Baleigh and I found ourselves wandering towards the Captain Colorado hall to watch part of the “Opening Ceremony,” which randomly takes place at the end of the first day.
I see a lot of things at Con, but there is always that one moment that defines the day. My daughter Baleigh is the kind of person that isn’t about to see someone crying, and not offer to help, and as we walked down the main concourse that is exactly what she did. She saw a person crying and said, “I’ll be right back dad,” made a beeline for them and asked, “Are you ok?” Within seconds she was sitting next to this cosplayed fan of an anime I will probably never see, consoling someone who saw their significant other for a brief time during the day and wouldn’t have a chance to see them again for three months. Nothing connected them other than a shared love of nerd culture, and the way Con becomes a family.
Catching a set by Sam Adams, this guy was hilarious. Check out this bit that he performed tonight.

Cutting out early Baleigh and I made our way to the Media Mixer at 5280 Burger Bar. Sitting with Dayna (our new intern) and just chilling out with other people that are heavily invested in this community was wonderful. Conversations about how Con and the comics community in general is a place of healing for us.
Each of us has had that experience of a parent, sibling, stranger on the street, whatever; that has yelled at us, tried to drag us down, made fun of us, hurt our hearts just for loving something that may not make a lot of sense to the rest of the world. That shared trauma though, has made us two things. First, it has made each and everyone of us tougher, more willing to stick up for the things that we love no matter how trivial it may seem to other people. Second, it has made us empathetic to those around us that share the same kind of fandoms. I may not “get” furries, but I get that they come from a place where they just want to be happy doing what they love, and Con is a place they can do that. I may not “understand” Homestuck, but I understand that having a group of friends that loves the things that you love is important, and Con is a place you can be with that group with no judgements. Con becomes one big family, and I can’t wait for Day Two.