So, Steve notes that the theme of this episode, the first recorded in 2012, is “True Facts” (I think it should be “Rear of the Dragon”, but you’ll understand why at about the 5:00 mark). While I didn’t even bother to correct his repetitive title, I can throw out some statements that I certainly believe to be true.
Antagonizing Steve over the airwaves week in and week out is a true joy that lights me up when the day comes. Appreciating and building up has long been part of our mission statement at Digital Strips and I can guarantee we’ll be checking out at least one of the “next big things” in 2012. As we mention early on in this episode, it’s our job to find the good stuff for you, the diamonds in the really, really rough. Also, for those of our listeners who also like to play video games, either casually or with a more invested interest, we’ll be putting something up later this week on this very front page that we hope you’ll enjoy.
But why waste time right now, gazing into crystal balls and guessing at the future when you can be sure that we’ve got an amazing review for you right now! But first, some news items:
- (7:20) – DJ Coffman’s Hero By Night returns
- (8:45) – Paul Southworth’s Not Invented Here run comes to an end (best of luck, Jeff Zugale!)
- (10:45) – Because we were away for a week, the final reporting of the Penny Arcade/Paul Christoforo debacle
- (12:45) – Braden Lamb (half of the creative team behind Kitty Hawk, the other being Vincent LaBate) is helping bring Adventure Team to Boom! Studios
Other comics mentioned, either in reference or as part of what we’re reading, in the first segment:
- (3:45) – The Superfogeys
- (4:07) – Boxcar Astronaut
- (4:14) – Spooky Doofus
- (5:37) – Bold Riley
Mixed in with some Rambletron silliness is our music break, provided, appropriately enough, by another tale of underwater fish tank hijinx, Pixar’s Knick Knack (14:50).
There are lots of comics that attempt the cut-and-paste method of creating comics, but few pull it off to as impressive a degree as Mohagen (15:50), a gag-a-day story-ish comic about a foul-mouthed fish and his decorative skull buddy, Grady. There are other characters who make appearances here and there, but if these two buddies don’t keep putting food in the tank, this comic goes belly up. Luckily, creators Kennon James and John Kipling are more than up to the task of making sure the writing is sharp enough to slice and the art is expressive enough to make watching this fish anything but boring.
Some other comics mentioned in our discussion:
- (21:47) – xkcd
- (21:48) – Order of the Stick
Various other bits to toss in the Rambletron at show’s end include being terrible role models, bus stop warnings, horrible haiku and limerick-esque rhyming schemes, and the fact that, for some reason, we once wanted to be known as the “Dark Windowless Van of the Internet”.
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I just want to say I really appreciated the Welcome Back Kotter theme song.
It’s interesting that “Implied Visual Humor” came up here, Misters Straub and Guigar were talking about that on Humor Authority recently, but as something to be avoided.
I think, like so many things, it comes down to execution.
DJ: Unfortunately I must give credit for that bit of editing to Jason.
Robin: It’s always interesting when the same topic pops up different places. I’ll have to listen to that podcast when I get a chance. I’m interested to see what they have to say. Thanks for the link.
Thanks for the great review guys! We appreciate it.
Wow! What an extremely sexy podcast! Seriously, and I’ve listened to some sophisticated, intelligent and insightful podcasts before but this was BY FAR the sexiest. I’m not kidding! Move over Wil Wheaton. Teh Inter-webs have two new sex gods and their names are Jason and Steven. Worship at their mighty temple! I said worship them, damn you!!!
Also, I wanted to say that I found your brilliant review of Mohagen to be gripping if not, in my humble opinion, dare I say, the first podcast webcomic review WORTHY of a Peabody. It was like listening to hot, melting butter. So good.
I, myself, as a completely impartial third party, find the comic Mohagen to be almost too clever and I was excited to see it, as the kids on Urban Dictionary dot com say, getting a little love (unquote). Sometime, I mail large sums of money to the creators of Mohagen just in hopes they will continue making my day worth all the madness, pain, and strife. (I work in a daycare.) (God help those who have small children in their futures. God help them.)
Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to be so darn sexy while reviewing my favorite webcomic Mohagen.