MTR Network (entertainment)

Kriss is joined this week by Tim (@peoplescrtic) to talk a long week of insanity.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:22pm EDT

With Deadpool 2 hitting theaters this weekend we've finally recorded our Character Corner episode on Nathaniel Christopher Charles Summers, aka, Cable. Now first off, we've touched on a lot of the early years with Nathan/Cable already in some previous Character Corners. We cover Nathan's birth and being sent to the future in the Cyclops & Alex episode as well as him being genetically created specifically to be a weapon against Apocalypse in our Apocalypse & Mister Sinister episode. And if you want more on Deadpool and Cable's relationship, we covered that all the way back in our Deadpool Character Corner.

Now Cable wasn't originally created to be the grown up, future Nathan Summers. Originally Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld created him to just be a military leader who was the complete opposite of Professor X and would lead the young New Mutants. Things changed rather quickly as the character became more popular and soon it was revealed he was not only Nathan Summers but his clone was Stryfe who founded the Mutant Liberation Front. It only gets stranger and weirder from here and we cover it all. From his half sister from an alternate timeline (Rachel Summers/Grey) to Cable going becoming the protector and father of Hope Summers. There's a lot going on, it can be convoluted but it's all connected. We try to make sense of it all.

http://directory.libsyn.com/episode/index/id/6608270

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  • Uncanny X-Men #201 - First appearance of Nathan Summers
  • X-Factor #68 - Infected with the Techno-Organic virus and sent to the future
  • New Mutants #86 - First Appearance of Stryfe
  • New Mutants #87 - First Appearance of Cable 
  • X-Force #1
  • Cable Volume 1 (1993)
    • Issue #6 he's confirmed to be Nathan Summers
  • The Adventures of Cyclops and Phoenix - Scott & Jean get pulled into the future by Rachel Summers to raise the young Nathan
  • X-Cutioner's Song
    • Uncanny X-Men #294
    • X-Factor #84
    • X-Men #14
    • X-Force #16
    • Uncanny X-Men #295
    • X-Factor #85
    • X-Men #15
    • X-Force #17
    • Uncanny X-Men #296
    • X-Factor #86
    • X-Men #16
    • X-Force #18
    • Uncanny X-Men #297
  • Soldier X
  • Cable & Deadpool (2004)
  • Messiah Complex Saga
    • Messiah Complex
    • Cable Vol 2 (2009)
    • Messiah War
      • X-Force/Cable Messiah War #1
      • Cable vol 2 #13
      • X-Force Vol 3 #14
      • Cable Vol 2 #14
      • X-Force Vol 3 #15
      • Cable Vol 2 #15
      • X-Force Vol 3 #16
    • X-Men Second Coming
      • X-Men Second Coming #1
      • Uncanny X-Men #523
      • New Mutants Vol 3 #12
      • X-Men Legacy #235
      • X-Factor #204
      • X-Force Vol 3 #26
      • Uncanny X-Men #524
      • X-Men Hellbound #1
      • New Mutants Vol 3 #13
      • X-Men Blind Science #1
      • X-Men Legacy #236
      • X-Factor #205
      • X-Force Vol 3 #27
      • Uncanny X-Men #525
      • X-Men Hellbound #2
      • New Mutants Vol 3 #14
      • X-Men Legacy #237
      • X-Factor #206
      • X-Force Vol 3 #28
      • X-Men Hellbound #3
      • X-Men Second Coming #2
  • Avengers X-Sanction
  • Avengers vs X-Men
  • Cable and X-Force
  • X-Force Volume 4
  • Cable Volume 3

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

You'd think after Universal FanCon spectacularly crashed and burned, co-founders Robert Butler and Jamie Broadnax would keep a low profile and not say anything. Particularly since every time they speak on the issue, they make it worse. You'd probably think that because you have the intelligence to know that the more you speak the more you make yourself look bad. You probably also have an ounce of shame that's apparently completely absent from anyone involved with ScamCon. Late Monday afternoon, Vulture posted this piece The Story Behind FanCon's Controversial Collapse and it makes everyone involved look even worse. 

First there's Butler inexplicably blaming a "lack of support" from the blerd community as the cause of the collapse and not the fact that he used 80% of the Kickstarter funds as a deposit for the Baltimore Convention Center. Then there's Jamie claiming she's the one who informed the hotels that they couldn't pay their $70,000 bill even though she previously claimed she had no idea how or why the hotels canceled reservations. It quickly becomes clear that Universal FanCon was all about rubbing elbows with celebrities and not building and serving the community.

Listen as Kriss and Phenom break down the audacity of the claims in the article.

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:06am EDT

We're back with our latest edition of Dope Talk, and this week, we continue to celebrate MUCH more interesting people than your loyal host! We've got Roe Hartrampf from Netflix's Game Over Man to talk the experience of shooting this film with the entire Workaholics gang. He also takes us to his origin story from local theater, to NYU, to the set of Power, all the way to present day.

Twitter - @RoeHartrampf - The Foster Portfolio - Game Over, Man!

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

It's 10 years of the Insanity Check and what better way of celebrating than by bringing on the first guest ever to be on the Insanity Check, Jax.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 8:09pm EDT

Kriss talks with Sam Stevquoah about his own production company's flagship animated project, Mill City's Finest. Sam describes Mill City's Finest as an "urban, superhero coming of age story" in the same vein as Young Justice and Static Shock

We chat about how Sam got involved in animation, what makes this series so unique and culturally diverse and what's next to get more people behind this project. 

Make sure you follow Sam and Mill City's Finest on social media.

Twitter:  @Stevquoahjr @mcfseries

Instagram: @Stevquoahjr

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mcfseries

Mill City's Finest Youtube Page


Avengers Infinity War is in theaters now and is already crushing records (and souls). While you wait for Avengers 4 to come out, now is a perfect time to catch up on Thanos in the comics to see just how accurate the movie is. But before we can get into Thanos, we first have to give a brief overview of Marvel Cosmic. We've touched on Marvel Cosmic a bit with Inhumans and when we talked Alex Summers. But Thanos throws us right in the middle of it. Jim Starlin really helped solidify the cosmic side of Marvel and so we give a condensed rundown of the Celestials, Eternals, Adam Warlock and more. Trust us, we will revisit all of this more in later episodes in more details.

We then jump forward a bit to go through Jason Aaron's Thanos Rising which while it's more recent (2013), it gives a pretty great (and dark) view of Thanos' origins. Then its back to the early 90's and Thanos collecting the Infinity Stones (or rather, Soul gems as they were called) in Thanos Quest, the Infinity Gauntlet crossover and more.

We end with the recent Thanos solo book that if you're not reading it...you're missing out on greatness.

Reading List (As usually with Marvel, most of these are on Marvel Unlimited)

  • First Appearance
    • Iron Man #55
    • Captain Marvel #25 - 32
    • Avengers #125
    • Captain #33 - 34
  • Thanos Returns
    • Strange Tales 178 - 181
    • Warlock 9 - 15
    • Marvel Team-up 55
    • Avengers Annual #7
    • Marvel Two-in-One Annual #2
  • Silver Surfer
    • #34 - #38
  • Thanos Quest
    • Thanos collecting the Soul Gems (what the Infinity Stones used to be called)
  • Infinity Gauntlet #1 - 6
  • Infinity War
  • Secret Defenders 11-14
  • Cosmic Powers
  • The Thanos Imperative
  • Thanos Rising (Jason Aaron)
  • Infinity #1 - 6
    • #1 - First appearance of The Black Order
  • New Avengers
    • Vol 3 #23
  • Secret Wars
  • Ultimates
  • Thanos

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 7:34am EDT

We're taking a bit of a break this week from the Insanity Check but that doesn't mean we don't have anything for you. Kriss talks to L Joy Williams from Sunday Civics about getting more people involved and increasing civic engagement. She talks about the civic engagement booth she was going to run at Universal FanCon and what she's doing to help at the grassroots level to get more people involved. 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:45am EDT

Fifty-Two.

That's how many people were listed on the about page for Universal FanCon. A lot of them (not all) are silent as to why a fan convention that took in almost $57,000, has been planned for two years and was scheduled to start NEXT WEEK was suddenly canceled leaving fans, guests, vendors and others wondering how this got to this point. Kriss is joined by Justin from 3FifsPodcast (who was going to have a panel at Universal FanCon) to discuss the audacity and complete bullshit behind this clusterfuck.

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 4:47pm EDT

We finish up the Dark Knight himself with what might be the greatest and longest streak of great stories for a solo character. From the time Grant Morrison takes over Batman to today’s Tom King Run, we have what is arguably the best storytelling at DC. It gets weird, it gets crazy and it brings in things all the way from the 50’s & 60’s. If you want to truly understand Bruce Wayne and Batman, pick up the Grant Morrison Batman omnibus and strap in, you’re going to be in for a ride.

 

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Category:Entertainment -- posted at: 6:40am EDT