After 5 failed attempts to record this episode frustrations run just a little bit high as Daniel, Paul and Steven discuss quitting the internet, Islamophobia, 3D phones, paid YouTube channels, Warner Brothers abusing Nyan Cat and more…
Stay tuned to the end of the show as this episode also features an edited interview with author Peter Clines of the ExHeroes series. You can listen to the complete interview where Peter and Paul discuss everything from Peters books, to surviving the zombie apocalypse and Doctor Who at here.
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Set in a post-apocalyptic future where a handful of superheroes defend the last remnants of humanity from the relentless zombie horde, the Ex-Heroes series is a triumph of genre blending and storytelling.
Since first picking up Ex-Heroes and I’ve been drawn into Peter Clines’ world of imperfect superheroes that are struggling to do the right thing against seemingly impossible odds, where sometimes the legions of zombies scratching at the gates of your movie-studio turned fortress are the very least of your worries.
Packed with dry wit, pop-culture references and a story that belies the author’s love for the genres he’s bravely mixing, the Ex-Heroes series is an easy yet compelling read which contains a depth that you may miss on your first pass.
I love these books (I cannot stress that enough) in a way that I haven’t experienced since reading Fritz Leiber’s tales of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (different genre I know) when I was in my very early teens.
Dry, gritty, humorous, irreverent, compelling – it’s like Watchmen and The Walking Dead got drunk one night and spawned an illicit love child.
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In Ex-Heroes, it’s zombies versus superheroes—a face-off we’ve never seen before—complete with a cast of fresh, interestingly flawed new heroes that will appeal to even the most jaded comic-book fans and horror junkies. Los Angeles has been devastated by the zombie apocalypse, devoid of human life—except for one last stronghold, the film-studio-turned-fortress known as “The Mount.”
Protecting the city’s last survivors who are huddled within the walls of the Mount are the superheroes Stealth, Gorgon, Regenerator, Cerberus, Zzzap, and The Mighty Dragon. Terrified by the overwhelming responsibility of protecting what may be the last members of the human race and scarred by the horrors they’ve endured, the heroes struggle to hold back the zombie hordes, keep the Mount’s inhabitants alive, and be the symbols of hope the survivors so desperately need. But the heroes are about to learn that the zombies are the least of the threats they now face. Former heroes, their psyches and powers hideously twisted, lurk in the city’s ruins…and just a few miles away from the Mount’s walls waits an enemy with the most terrifying ability imaginable.
In Ex-Patriots, it’s been two years since the plague of ex-humans decimated mankind. Since then, the superhero called St. George, together with fellow heroes Cerberus, Zzzap, and Stealth, have protected the people of Los Angeles at their film-studio-turned-fortress, the Mount. But the fight is getting harder every day—and the heroes are wondering how much longer they can hold out. Then hope arrives in the form of a surviving U.S. Army battalion, and not just any battalion. The men and women of the Army’s Project Krypton survived the outbreak because they are super-soldiers, created before mankind’s fall to be better, stronger, and faster than normal humans—and their secure base in Arizona beckons as a much-needed refuge for the beleaguered heroes and their charges. But there is a secret at the heart of Project Krypton, and those behind it wield an awesome and terrifying power.
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Some fans have way more loyalty to a franchise than common sense. They’ll embrace even the worst sputum of the most extreme ways.
It’s funny because it’s true! That makes me sad. Not sad like “my puppy just died”, but sad like” people are dicks, why can’t we all just get along”.
It’s a sad day here for the ScrwMedia family as one of our own, Steven Hodson, a contributing poster to Urlybits and Geek Is Awesome, lost his wife Kim after a long fight with cancer and several chronic illnesses. Steven has been a blogger for just about as long as the word has been around, and has written for a number of sites large and small. Over the years Steven has served as a mentor and friend to many in the tech community.
He has been unable to work outside the home for the past several years due to being Kim’s full-time caretaker, something most of us cannot imagine dealing with. We would like to give back and support Steven in his time of grief and ensure that Kim’s cremation expenses are not another burden on him during this difficult time.
We have set a goal of $2,000 to cover her cremation cost and hopefully a little extra to see him through while he begins the process of rebuilding. We are donating $200 ourselves to kick this off, and hope that you guys can find it in your hearts to make a donation, however big or small, to help us with this. Every dollar counts, and it will be going to something so very important – not a nameless, faceless charity, but a dear friend in need. Between us all $2,000 should be easy to raise, but it would mean the world to the man who has just lost the center of his own world.
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