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Podcast: Talking Joes

I thought I was going to milk two blog posts out of this, but Part 1 and Part 2 were posted online in rapid succession!

This past weekend I spend a lovely two hours and 40 minutes speaking with Mark of the Talking Joe podcast. Under normal conditions the show is doing a weekly review of the IDW comic books a few issues at a time, but this was a special one-off (two-off — we talked for so long Mark cut the recording into two portions) wherein I spoke generally about the approach to my book, explained the timeline, answered a few silly G.I. Joe “trivia” questions, and we went back and forth with what makes the Real American Hero comics, toys, and cartoons special. Thanks to Mark (and co-host Chief in absentia!) for inviting me and letting me go on and on. Part One is more about writing my book, and Part Two is meandering-in-a-good-way about G.I. Joe in general.

TALKING JOE is available at all of your normal podcast places but if some links to stream-play or to download would be helpful, I am happy to oblige, first up with Spotify, and iTunes, Podbean, and Stitcher further down:

PART ONE on Spotify

PART TWO on Spotify

iTunes: Talking Joe/Tim Finn Pt 1 and also Part 2 (And in case those links ever stop working: Talking Joe at iTunes and look for 22 Dec 2020.)

Podbean: Talking Joe/Tim Finn Pt 1 and also Part 2 (And in case those links ever stop working: Talking Joe at Podbean and look for 2020-12-22.)

Stitcher: Talking Joe/Tim Finn Pt 1 and also Part 2 (And in case those links ever stop working: Talking Joe at Stitcher.)

As of this writing, I’ve only (re)listened to most of the first part (I was there, so I’m uncertain if listening to my own interview is navel-gazing), but I want to assure you all that I know who Sub-Zero is and that I won’t ever blank on a Joe’s codename!

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Marty Pasko – interview part 2 of 2

Marty Pasko: The A Real American Book! Interview (excerpts)

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Marty Pasko – interview part 1 of 2

Marty Pasko was a writer known to many different audiences. He wrote across the DC line, notably Superman. In live-action television, he contributed to The Twilight Zone revival and Simon & Simon. In animation, he’s an Emmy winner best known as a story editor on Batman: The Animated Series. To G.I. Joe fans, Marty Pasko of course wrote three episodes and co-wrote a fourth, which aired in 1985 and 1986.

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A Real American Book! 2019 in Review

It’s that time of year when my winter break is over and I tell you about the previous 12 months of book work. Continue reading

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Remembering Joe Bacal

I missed this news. Joe Bacal died in October. It’s December as I write this.

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A Real American Book! 2018 in Review

Tim Finn GI Joe

It’s that time of year again, when I list what I did for this book in the last 12 months and apologize that it’s taking so long! Last year in such a blog post I mused on what it’s like to research and write.

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Photoshoot #17

Two weeks back I spent a day and a half at Glad Works so A Real American Book! photographer Tim Marshall could shoot new images for Chapters 12, 18, and 19.

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Remembering Robert J. Walsh

Robert J. Walsh died last month. This is sad news.

I had the pleasure of meeting Rob for lunch in Los Angeles three years ago, and I’m going to jump to the middle of the story here for some levity and type three important words: Guitar-shaped pool.

But let’s start at the beginning.

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A Real American Book! 2017 in Review

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Photoshoot #16

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