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!
Rob Paterson and Don Chisholm take a biweekly deep dive on their podcast, Department of Nerdly Affairs. Their topics range from Taiwanese comics to Chinese webnovels to hero pulps to indie RPGs. Recently I guested, and we three talked about G.I. Joe history, toys, comics, and animation. Thanks, gents! Listen here.
Today we’ve got something different and special if last week’s text review of the theatrical cut of G.I. Joe: Retaliation wasn’t enough to sate your critical appetite. Late last year my friend and editor Nick Nadel sat down with me to discuss the ups and downs of the G.I. Joe: Retaliation Best Buy Exclusive Extended Action Cut. We chatted for 2 hours, so this 37.5 minute cut represents (hopefully) me trimming the fat from the meat while still keeping the steak understandable. Note: spoilers abound, and someone says the s-word at the very end. We had a great time, and I Ioved putting on my editor’s cap, so when there’s time we’d like to record another. Let me know what you think in the comments, and spoilers will probably pop up there, so there’s your light warning. Download or stream.