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The Wicked Theory Podcast Starts June 1st!

I warned you this day would come.

I've been threatening this for a long time now and I'm sorry, but, yes, it's true… The Wicked Theory Podcast drops June 1st. Now, I know what you're thinking - this is an absolute travesty, thank god it's only audio, it's gonna be worse than that talk show Chevy Chase had, nobody has had an idea this bad since Lucas came up with Jar-Jar Binks, by golly this certainly has to be illegal - and yes yes, most of that is true, so the worst thing you could possibly DO is send email to, so definitely don't do that.

Because sending an email to would be like adding fuel to a fire, or wind to a tornado, or metaphors to… an analogy??

You get my point: whatever you do, for heaven's sake, DO NOT send any pop culture, movies, comic book, TV, Video Game, Web Stuff or related type emails to, that's just a crazy idea! Crazy, I say, CRAZY!

This has been a Public Disservice Announcement

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Not All Human Torch Haters Are Racist: The Black Comic Nerd Perspective

 Guest Editorial by Tango Jordan

Actor Michael B. Jordan addressed some of the racist things said about his casting as the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four deboot (yeah, I'm going with that, it's a new word that works in this instance) about to be released by 20th Century Fox and offered some advice to the fans. It pretty much fell in line with the sentiments echoed by Adam Orth, former Microsoft employee who famously offered this advice about the criticism over XBox One always-on connectivity:

"Get Over It."

    Trust me, with everything that's going on in the world today, every time I open my Facebook page I'm very aware of the racist trolls out there and the things they will say. I recently posted about the reception of Obama to Twitter and I had trolls coming to my page to outline how Democrats have said "racist" things too, which is just the stupidest response of tit-for-tat you could imagine. With all that being said, though, I'm not letting Michael B. Jordan off the hook with that one: not everyone's objections are racist in nature, and as a Black Nerd, I think I have a responsibility to provide a counterpoint to this...


Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight - First Teaser Trailer! Watch it here!

By Bill Sweeney

Ok, since this is just a teaser for Tarantino's next flick, which is still in production, there's no actual footage here. What you do get is a quick description of the set up - which sounds pretty badass - and a roll call of badass character names all of which sound just as badass as the list of actors that are in this crazy flick. Pretty badass. Can't wait to see some real footage though.

Can you match up the stars - Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Demián Bichir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen and Bruce Dern - to these characters in the video below?

Via: Indiewire


A Stranger Conversation I Had

Captures my likeness exactly.
Want to hear me ramble on about myself?

Well, it's actually better than that sounds.

I had a chat with Grant from The Stranger Conversations podcast and he was crazy enough to post it!  I discuss all my marginal accomplishments, family stuff, creative endeavors, geek stuff and more.

Listen with feigned interest as I try and talk about my home town as if I really keep up with that stuff. Be passably amazed as I regale about the time I was on TV (full story here)! Be relatively unsurprised as I mention that I shoplifted comics as a kid (more about that here)! Imagine in your mind as I badly describe my own artwork (or just go look at it here)!

In all seriousness, I had a great time and a lot of laughs. Grant has a real knack for asking on point follow up questions and puts together a really excellent podcast about people you don't know.

See, he doesn't know them either, but before every episode is over they have shared more then they, or you, might have expected. Good stuff every episode, check it out.

Listen here: Episode 10: Bill Sweeney


Confession Of A Childhood Comic Book Shoplifter

By Bill Sweeney

Gather 'round kids, and come with me now as I relive a small and embarrassing chapter of my life I should probably just leave forgotten. A tale of friendship, greed and stupidity, but mostly greed. A tale from a weird, bygone era known as "the mid-eighties", long before the over-proliferation of security cameras we have today, it's the story of when I turned into a bit of a shoplifter.

I was in the sixth grade when a few friends who lived outside my immediate neighborhood and myself got real bored one afternoon and somebody said "let's go down to the Plaza and steal some action figures." Wasn't my idea because I'd never done that, but they sure had because instantly they all latched onto the plan. Action figures and toys were kind of fading out of interest for me, but these were my nerdier, geekier friends so it didn't really seem odd as far as that goes (these are the same kids who I would end up playing Dungeons and Dragons with for the first time, if that helps paint the picture). But the stealing aspect, that was new. Quickly though, any real thought about it was dismissed by their confidence from having done it before. And it turns out they had a different approach then I had envisioned once we got inside the 5 And Dime store.

They just ripped the figure out of the package, grabbed the little accessories, and then just tossed the cardboard and plastic back on a shelf...


10 Things You'll NEVER Hear Galactus Say...

By Bill Sweeney

Galactus, Marvel's ever-hungry devourer of worlds, is a giant cosmic being who basically just floats around space until he gets hungry. Then he sends out his herald, the Silver Surfer, to find delicious, gluten-free planets for him to munch on. I'm sure there's plenty of stuff he talks about that we aren't privy to, so here's 10 things you'll NEVER hear him say... but he probably does.

1. "Dude, don't go in there, I totally blew it up."

2. "Doctor says I'm eating too much of the red planets."

3. "Let's eat somewhere else, I had some Andromeda System yesterday."

4. "NORRIN! If I trip over this board one more time...!"

5. "Truth is, I'm starving all the time... *sniff* ....for attention. I don't even like the taste of planets!"

6. "... I mean, hey, they're cool and all, but "Fantastic"? Seems a little pompous to just label yourself like that."

7. "Surfer! Your new quest is to find me some fine ass bitches, for it is lonely and cold out here, son!"

8. "I think the buffet was a bad idea."

9. "FOOL! Do not speak to me of your infinitesimal woes! Do you have any idea how much I spend on toilet paper!?"

10. "Be honest, does this hat make my head look big?"


Serial Killer Pro-Tips

By Bill Sweeney

(Here's a fun little email I sent in to the WCBJ Radio podcast last week)

Pro-Tips for Serial Killers:

1. Don't forget to get off the bus when your victim does. There's
nothing worse than having to get off at the next stop and then run

2. Be extra prepared - remember to always have a back-up plan to your
back-up plan's back-up plan. None of the greats became great by
getting caught the first time.

3. Don't try to pick your own name, that's so gauche, just let the
media do it - it's what they're there for. If you're good at your
craft, fame will come, don't force it.

4. Don't get greedy. Dahmer didn't HAVE to load up his whole damn
fridge at once, but he did, and we all know how that turned out. Slow
and steady wins the race.

5. Buy sensible shoes, UGH I cannot stress that enough....

6. Resist the urge to tweet or share about your killing spree. You may
share your entire life on Facebook but this is the one thing Aunt
Rosie doesn't need to know about - and besides, she would just figure
you were trying to be funny again.

7. Serial Killing is no place for the Buddy-System - Do Not bring in a
"Partner" or a "Protege"! It never ends well, they either mess up the
work, or they get caught and give you up, or they find a reason to turn on
you. You are not the Mr. Miagi of murder.

8. Disguises can be helpful at times, but sorry dude, no one is fooled
when you wear the freshly carved face of someone else.

9. Move around, spread your spree. Break out of your hometown comfort
zone, kill in other cities, see the countryside. Make the most of it,
plan a nice vacation and then paint the town red. It makes you harder
to find by investigators and you wind up with some awesome photos!

10. Don't keep "trophies". Look I get it, we all want to remember the
good times but this is such a newbie thing to do. What if mom finds
your stash of severed eyelids? You can't explain that... and then you
have to kill her too. Look, you're just compiling evidence for the
police to use against you, so toss it out. It's not like you can pull
out "The Collection" when people come over "What have I been up to,
you ask? Well, here's a jar of index fingers, pretty cool, right?"