Is it true? Can it be? Are Blake and Erin back on the microphone, talking about the big summer movie releases for 2017? Join us as we walk through the next few months at the cinema, as well as explain where they’ve been for so long.
And what’s cool this week? Erin is still in the midst of a Dark Tower re-read, and Blake throws his support behind the relaunch of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and the Batman/Flash crossover The Button!
The first weekend of the year brings with it the first convention of the year: Wizard World New Orleans! Blake, Erin, and Kenny stop in to this year’s convention and talk about the panels, the shopping, the meteoric rise of Pop Vinyls and Mystery Boxes, and the cosplay that seems to have overtaken even Harley Quinn and Deadpool… 2017 is the Year of Negan.
And what’s cool this week? Blake loved Superman #14, Kenny is a fan of the world’s most annoying video game, and Erin just wants some King Cake.
It’s a little early for new year’s resolutions, and I don’t really do those anyway, but I’ve already determined to spend 2017 (the Showcase’s 10th anniversary year) trying to get the show back onto a more regular schedule. 2016 was a fiasco for many reasons, and real life constantly got in the way of recording no matter how often I wanted to. But even the desire to record isn’t quite enough, I need new ways to generate conversation, I need stuff to talk about. That’s where you guys come in. I’ve decided to bring back the ol’ Ultimate Top Ten List episodes (and in fact, may even expand beyond ten) by letting you guys chime in on some topics near and dear to our geeky hearts, then getting together with my co-hosts to discuss your choices, and our own.
I don’t intend to start recording these episodes until January, but in the meantime, I want to start the voting on the first topic. And that first topic is…
…who needs a Rebirth?
It can’t be denied that DC Rebirth is one of 2016’s real success stories, edging out the Chicago Cubs as the best comeback of the year. For all the new Rebirth titles, though, there are a lot of other characters, teams, and franchises that have lost their way. So for the first of our new Ultimate Top Tens, I want you guys to tell me the top ten franchises that need a rebirth. What are the once-great properties most in need of a fresh start, and a return to what made them great in the first place?
The task is simple: send me your top ten list. Here’s all you have to do:
Make a list of your choices. Choices are NOT limited to DC characters, not even limited to comic books, but to ANY pop culture character, team, or franchise that you think was great once that needs a Rebirth-style reboot to get back on track.
Lists MUST be ranked, with your #10 being the one you feel least passionate about and #1 being the one you want Rebirthed the most. The rankings will be used to determine points to create the final top ten list.
You don’t need to justify or explain your choices for your vote to count — all you need to do is send the list — but if you have additional comments, we may read some of them on the show.
Send your choices to me in a Facebook message or email AllNewShowcase@gmail.com. Feel free to discuss choices here in the comments, but your choices aren’t official and your votes aren’t counted until I get a private message.
There’s a little time here — get your choices in by January 7. Plenty of time, but get ’em in.
And you know what? What the hell, let’s make it a little more fun… One randomly-chosen entrant will win an autographed copy of any of my books in-print!
So not only do you get to wax poetic about nerd stuff, but you have a chance of some free stuff. Can’t beat that, right? Join me, my friends, in bringing the Showcase back to life.
Two weeks in, Blake and Erin take in the beginning of DC Rebirth. They kick things off by delving (in spoileriffic detail) about the DC Universe Rebirth one-shot, then pick their way into each of the Rebirth releases to date.
And what’s cool this week? Both our hosts were wild about Disney’s Zootopia, and Blake gives his praise to Valiant’s A&A: The Adventures of Archer and Armstrong.
Once again, Free Comic Book Day has come and gone. Blake and Erin spent the day at BSI Comics, hanging with the readers, talking about nerd stuff, and having a blast. This week, they review some of this year’s FCBD offerings and get in-depth with their thoughts on Captain America: Civil War!
And what’s cool this week? Erin is looking forward to Ron Miscavage’s book Ruthless, while Blake is doing a simultaneous read of Iron Man: Armor Wars and Captain America: The Captain!
It’s the merry, merry month of May, and that means the summer movie season is about to kick into gear. This week Blake and Erin take a look at all the big releases from Captain America: Civil War through Suicide Squad, with stops along the way for some X-Men action, a visit with Pixar’s favorite fish, and a heated discussion over this summer’s most divisive movie, the Ghostbusters remake!
And what’s cool this week? Erin is continuing her Stephen King kick with Pet Sematary and Blake has enjoyed Avengers: Standoff and The Final Days of Superman.
Blake and Erin are back with a new recording set-up — how better to test it out than to have Erin rail at the crew of The Walking Dead? This week we get super-spoilery on the season six finale, talk about Jeffrey Dean Morgan‘s introduction to the show, discuss the season and the upcoming Fear the Walking Dead, and place our bets on the hashtag of the moment: #WhoIsIt?
After a quick email inspired revisit of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s time to ask what’s cool this week? Erin is reading everything in the universe, especially Stephen King‘s 11/22/63, while Blake brings us a double-dose of comic pics: Jughead #5and the final issue of Batman and Robin Eternal.
This weekend was the cultural event of the century, the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To prepare for it, Blake and Erin spent a week watching and reviewing the first six Star Wars movies one-by-one, before finally finishing up with a massive spoiler-rich analysis of The Force Awakens. (Don’t worry, the spoilers don’t come until after they’ve discussed the other six movies.) In this extra-sized episode, they talk about everything they love — and hate — about the seven movies of the Star Wars saga.
And what’s cool this week? While Erin is still too enraptured by Star Wars to think of another recommendation, Blake is there to talk about the first half-season of CBS’s Supergirl and the first issue of IDW’s Mickey and Donald Christmas Parade.
It’s almost Halloween, and that means it’s time for another Showcase Creature Feature! This year, the gang gets together to tackle another legendary Universal Monster in Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Revenge of The Creature, and The Creature Walks Among Us! Does the Gillman hold up against the likes of Dracula, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Wolfman, or is he all wet?
And what’s cool this week? Kenny has discovered the wonder of Loot Crate, while Blake was impressed by the first issues of Dark Circle’s The Shield and IDW’s Back to the Future.
On a more serious note, on Oct. 16, Erin’s brother’s home caught on fire. His family (including his wife, three children, and a fourth on the way) lost virtually everything they had, including their dog, Phoebe. Erin has started a GoFundMe campaign to try to help them get back on their feet. We’ve never asked for money on this show, but we’re making an exception this time. If you can, please go to GoFundMe.com/BlashFamily and make a donation — any size would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
This weekend was D23, the big biannual Disney convention out in California, and some massive nerd news hit the internet. In this episode Blake and Erin chat about the announcement of Star Wars Land and Toy Story Land, as well as some tidbits about upcoming Disney, Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm movies, the expansion of Frozen at Epcot Center, a new Jungle Cruise restaurant, and more!
And what’s cool this week? Erin picks the first season of the freshly binge-watched Arrow, and Blake enjoyed the first issue of DC Comics Bombshells.