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:
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!
Last weekend was the official 2014 G.I. Joe Convention, an annual event organized by Fun Publications. FunPub runs the official G.I. Joe fan club, and running a convention (two, actually) for nitpicky toy fiends is a thankless job. Despite the fact that I’m writing this book and I’m a G.I. Joe crazy person, this was only my second JoeCon, though I kept reminding people I’ve attended like 16 BotCons (the Transformers convention, including the first one, where I was the youngest pre-registrant, because I was a Transformers crazy person.) For those of you familiar with either convention, I’m writing today’s post with a little more general of an audience in mind (hi, Dad), so there might be some obvious facts in here. For those of you turned off by 3500 words, there’s a picture for every paragraph — almost all are enlargeable — and I’ve divided this post into three sections we’ll call “Friday,” “Saturday,” and “Sunday.” Also, “Introduction.” Continue reading →
Community Season 5 Episode 11, “G.I. Jeff” (airdate 04-03-2014)
If I hadn’t seen any of this series, this special episode would have bounced off me like a lot of G.I. Joe satires (the unfunny Fox ADHD “Cobra’s March Madness Bracket” skit, for one) — they get some things right, some things wrong, and don’t stay with me. But I’ve seen season 1 of Community, and love it, which helped set the stage for the bigger concept (Jeff Winger is in denial about the parts of his life he doesn’t like) as well as a bunch of smaller jokes (Abed’s codename as “Fourth Wall.”) In a sentence, this was both a good parody of G.I. Joe as well as a great episode of Community. That’s a hard balance to strike. Continue reading →