GWL Reborn 9/5/2017: That’s the Issue is Back!

That’s the Issue, the podcast I do with Matt Lune has made its triumphant return! Oh this episode is a fun one.  Best way to describe this episode is it starts as a Secret Empire wrap party and it goes from there. This episode is a form of therapy for me. When you listen to it the one thing you’ll notice is this is will be the tone going forward. It’s the most off the cuff episode of That’s the Issue to a degree too. Our major plans were talk Secret Empire, then the chat got deep from there.  If you’ve been curious in where the two of us stand on comics internet lately, this is the episode for you. Yes Internet you get Secret Empire but you get so much more in the process. Sit back, relax, and listen to That’s the Issue’s Secret Empire Wrap Party.

The official name of this image, at least for me, is Birthday Cake Captain America or for short, Birthday Cake Cap.

Birthday Cake Captain America

Not to say that the other episodes of That’s the Issue aren’t good but this one is pretty amazing. We had so much fun with it and it shows.

Any and all feedback will be appreciated for this episode of That’s the Issue. It’s not as much a departure but expanding the format. Yeah this one was a blast to record just for the simple fact that this episode is really a good chat between pals. Just two people having a good chat and in turn having a great time with it. I’m hoping everyone likes it because this will end up being the show from now on. This episode is Matt and I’s chats outside of the show for the most part. Best part is with this podcast is we are everywhere too. So if you have Soundcloud, Podbean, Stitcher, and more importantly iTunes, That’s the Issue is easy to find.

Feel free to leave us a review on iTunes too. Increase the range of That’s the Issue there and give us feedback. It’s appreciated.

Thanks for listening and enjoying the show. Yes Matt and I both promise to get back on a schedule with this series, sometimes though life happens. We’re aiming for schedule of every two weeks from here on out. Thanks again and thank you all for your patience with us. Take care everybody.

GWL Reborn 9/3/17: Lacking Game of Thrones on a Sunday

Now this my friends is what we call a shameless SEO moment with Game of Thrones. Of course no Game of Thrones for more than a year on HBO makes me sad. Here we are though, a Sunday without Game of Thrones. Yes, I know we’ll have The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead soon but that doesn’t fill the hole. Nothing fills my Sundays best like seeing a dragon or two on my TV screen, alas I’ll just have to settle for zombies in Georgia. Of course, now I am left with what to do with my Sunday nights TV wise. Well there’s always fun options and we’re going to talk that and more in the daily GWL adventures. Join me won’t you? On with the show my friends and what a show it is indeed.

Yes I made the shameless SEO Game of Thrones gag so no one else has to. I make the jokes before the rest of the peanut gallery.

Game of Thrones logo HBO

Shameless Game of Thrones HBO Image here.

It is strange when you’re without Game of Thrones or any sort of show that a lot of people talk about. Walking Dead used to be that show everyone talked about on a Sunday. Now while the Walking Dead is still getting ratings that most networks would kill for, the social media engagement isn’t there. Unless something huge happens on The Walking Dead, people just watch and go on their merry way. Now you note I don’t mention Fear the Walking Dead here as that show never quite had that level of engagement. The first season of Fear the Walking Dead had curiosity value and then it faded away fast. Yet another show that gets decent ratings but no one really talks about. Of course I will say the recent season has been pretty good. So there’s that.

Now outside of a podcast recording tonight for That’s the Issue with my pal Matt Lune, my Sunday is open. Matt and I go on really weird hiatuses with that show but of course that also coincided with Game of Thrones. Sunday night was one of our backup recording nights until Game of Thrones and we both like it a lot. It may not be a great guest night but for Matt and I to get a show recorded, Sunday night is perfect. Considering we are discussing Secret Empire and finishing that up, we’ll be looking forward to a new journey podcast wise. It is funny that for awhile That’s the Issue became a Secret Empire podcast, but it did. Did I mention I’m glad that outside of the epilogue Secret Empire is over? I am really glad Secret Empire is over.

More to come on my thoughts on Secret Empire on the podcast. I have thoughts, so many thoughts on that. Have fun.

Now I roll out and see what my Sunday will have in store for me. I’ll likely get a wild hair and come up with something fun to do. Maybe even catch up on some more reading. Oh if you haven’t noticed my plan is with this blog to do at least one daily post of blogging. Nothing fancy, just me talking about whatever I want for a hot minute here. It is my blog and you know I should do more long form rambling outside of 140 word tweet blasts. For anyone that read my mega ramble, I thank you as that was two hours of my life. I appreciate anyone that read that and if you haven’t, I understand. I completely understand as that is a 1,000+ word adventure. Even if you just glanced at it I appreciate it. It’s all good either way.

I am going to get back to my Sunday adventures as right now I am writing this while I am waiting for my laundry to finish. Go me being productive on both fronts. Till next post, be well, be kind, and always remember to be wonderful to each other. Bye for now!

The True Comeback of the GWL: 9/2/2017: Pondering Comic Book Internet

My goodness this has been a weird Summer in Comic Book Internet huh? This Summer was a little rough on me as a lot of the time I’ve been off and on sick and I think I was suffering from some hard burn out on the current state of things lately. Comic Book Internet has been a ride over the past few months and beyond. The way things were operating within the sphere of comic book internet and leaving me to re-evaluate what I like in comics in general. I had a period recently where I was buying books but not reading as much as I should. Meaning I was starting to feel a sense of burnout with comics, that’s not a good thing. I give to you all sort of my mindset into comic book internet lately. Sit back, this is a ride. A very wild ride indeed.

I will be amazed if anyone can end up reading this ramble on Comic Book Internet easily. This comes off rambling in my own mind too.

I’ve been around in Comic Book Internet for a long time and like I tell people, I stumbled into it. Learned most of what I know within the sphere of things by learning on the fly to be blunt. Didn’t really figure out what I was doing writing wise until I got involved with Comics Crux. I always say Comics Crux was where I had the most fun writing wise as that was my most active period online. Rhymes with Geek being a close second as near the end of that site I was having an absolute blast writing wise. In the midst of this the past bit or so I was really planning on doing way more with my own site here. Then along the way I lost focus in my own writing. That’s a brutal thing to admit too. I lost focus.

Strange to say but I didn’t know where I really fit into the scheme of things anymore. I’m not that old yet but I’m not the wide eyed and bushy tailed soul I once was. I’m still me and I’m still liking what I like but there was a disconnect. I felt disconnected to a lot of the comic book scene as of late. It’s the sense of being around but yet not really feeling part of anything. Which then lead to me just not really writing and not having that fire to write much at all on Comic Books or at least struggle to get words out. Outside quick twitter blasts and so forth and podcasting, trying to talk comics got rougher for me. I guess you can say, it stopped being fun. That’s even more brutal to admit.

I know I’m formatting this in my usual format but this is rough to write this piece. Raw as anything I’ve written in a long time.

When I wrote something on Secret Empire in my word processor and it may never see the light of day but it felt good to write. It felt nice to just write my thoughts on something and let it out, even if likely it would only be me reading it initially. In my time away from things I have been reading books and itching to get back into things. Yet before my Secret Empire blather I couldn’t get the firepower to complete much of anything. In writing two small reviews, I didn’t feel like it had that same energy you know? I remember last year when I was starting to do the issue by issue stuff of series and I had fun with it. Then I lost focus and faded off into something else. You’ll note losing focus is a theme here.

In turn with my own writing I started getting hit with minor but yet annoying health crap but absorbed my mind. It bothered me and put my mind in another place. Even as I got better and getting better from the health crap, I still felt lost. It was writing an Amazon review for my friend Heather Ness and her book Broken Heroes that started to bring me to life. It felt good writing a simple Amazon review and also doing something cool for a friend. She asked me to review this and that she wanted my opinion made me happy. In reading her thoughts about the people who make up the Defenders, I fully admit to tearing up a couple times. When you’re on an emotional rollercoaster in writing, you never know what hits you.

Fun Comics

Losing focus and being on an emotional rollercoaster are two major themes here it seems.

I realized that why my stuff at Comics Crux felt so effortless at times is it felt like a family.  A great group of writers and an editor who rocks and is still my friend to this day. I think if it wasn’t for Jess being my editor back then, I would have run screaming years ago. Then Rhymes with Geek happened right after the end of Comics Crux and I never took the time to grieve the loss of that site. I was on to the next thing by sheer force of someone asking me to join a site a period where I felt lost in the midst of writing. Oh, I was still writing but some of that stuff in the early days was rough. Then by the end of Rhymes with Geek, it was a lot of fun, then the site ended. It gets weird from there.

Within my own headspace I felt that while my writing is as strong as ever, the level of disconnect shows at times. If you know me and see when I am writing something that I am writing just to write it, it shows and it is brutal. Anyone that knows me well that reads this is probably going to tell me I’m being hard on myself. It’s a gift though as they say as you are your own harshest critic. The past few months I’ve not been feeling it writing wise and now I think I’m game to dive back into things again. Maybe the universe is telling me that I need to focus more time on my own stuff again. I need to embrace the fun of my Comic Book Internet universe and talk about what I am passionate in.

Now this is where the fun begins, this is where the hope for the future comes into play.

At my core I do like writing online and I love writing about pop culture and comic books. It’s something I will find I always like and you know I realize I still have something left in the tank. This guy isn’t running on empty yet that’s for sure. In having a chat with a new fan at random recently it also helped me realize that I do have some sort of fire left in me. It was cool as the fan was grabbing old comics and it made me smile at his enthusiasm for the medium. I needed that way more than I realized. That is what made me realize that now it is time for the real comeback of the Geek Who Landed on the Internet, Wesley Messer is going to live again online by golly.

Put it this way, prepare yourselves for a level of weird like no other. I’m going full bore into stuff that I’ve had on the back burner for way too long. Life is too short not to have fun with what you do and when you’ve been as lost as I have been, embracing fun is a good thing. My role in Comic Book Internet is really, I like fun, I like the weird, I like the strange, and now I’m feeling more like that again. I’ve been raring to go off and on but then I lose that fire just as fast but right now, I’m truly ready. It is time to embrace the awesome in comics again once more and for my writing to show it. I’m optimism, I’m light, and I’m not going to dwell in the darkness anymore. It’s time to have fun.

Bringing the fun back to Comic Book Internet, yeah I can dig that.

Prepare yourselves for a content blast like no other, I got a game plan and I have a lot of ideas as for what I want to do with this site. This was a rough post to write but I’m glad I did. Even if I’m writing this late at night in the midst of a sleepless adventure. Welcome to the World of Wesley Messer and my time as the Geek Who Landed. I’m back, I’m ready, and let the fun begin.

 

The Come Back of the GWL: 7/1/2017: Setting the Plan in Motion

The GWL Express has been on a much longer hiatus than I wanted it to be. The geekwholanded.com was always meant to be a beast of its own while still being a hub for all my other work. Then it all fell off the rails pretty gloriously I must say. Wow did it ever fall off the rails. Not many online personalities and whatnot would admit that things fell off the rails but here I am admitting it. Some of my GWL adventures were partially health related but most of it is on me. Sometimes in admitting your frailties you become better so this is me saying, you know what I am going to be better. Welcome to the Come Back of the GWL. What does this come back entail? Stick around, come with me on this adventure. I think this will be fun for everyone.

Of course by golly I could keep up a steady twitter presence so at least that much. By golly though I really let stuff lapse. That is going to change.

Here is the plan of assault for the Come Back of the GWL. As I do have a loose plan here. There is some stuff that I want to do that doesn’t quite fit into stuff I do for Monkeys Fighting Robots. Mostly the really weird single issue adventures that appeal mostly to me. I accept the fact that I do like what I like and that’s okay. I also want to show more of my interests outside of the comic book realm and such. Weirdest thing about me most don’t know, I have been digging the heck out of the Great British Baking Show. The new season started up on PBS here and I adore the show. This is probably one of my favorite shows of the summer. This is just a hint of the journey you will be on with me here.

The site now is going to go more in the direction that I was planning for in the first place. It’s taken me awhile to get there but in my hiatus I’m figuring out more of what I want. A site that is ultimately me. It’s a site that represents me and what I like and what I’m into at any given period of time. What strikes my fancy and what catches my eye, this is the ultimate realm of my GWL Universe. The Geek Who Landed site is going to be a much more varied collection into my mind. Yes the site will be mostly comic books and related things but there will be a few other surprises in the mix. I am looking forward to seeing where this come back tour takes me in the weeks and months to come.

I have still technically been around but not in the way I should be. Now I am ready to be back in the full GWL business of it all.

Let the Come Back of the GWL begin in full. I got a podcast That’s the Issue with my pal Matt Lune that’s been going better than I could have ever imagined.  This has been a case of I’ve been around but not in the state that I know I could be. Now it’s time to return to form and be better than ever before. This is going to be a crazy ride but I’m excited for what’s to come. The GWL Express is going to be running at full speed ahead and it is going to be absolutely brilliant. Welcome to the land of fun and wonders, welcome to the Geek Who Landed Experience.

The GWL Adventures 3/7/16: The Adventures of Comic Blog Planning and Book Recommendations

I treat this blog as more of an update blog as right now I am plotting out things and I want to make an update here. Hence the GWL Adventures label for this blog here too. When you see the GWL Adventures, it means this is a quick update to keep my writing mind going. I was going to do a thing on Martian Manhunter but it didn’t come together the way I wanted. My little bursts on twitter about Martian Manhunter vol. 1 said it best, get Martian Manhunter vol.1 and you will be a happier comic fan. After I read Martian Manhunter vol. 1 I also read 7,8, and 9 and you know, they were just as good. The art shifts do a little number on the comic but overall it’s not bad and Rob Williams does such a great job writing the comic that honestly you stop paying attention to the shift in art teams. A unique way in breaking down a character and building them back up to make them better than ever, that’s Martian Manhunter for me. Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira do an amazing job art wise on the issues they work on and Gabe Eltaeb’s coloring is gorgeous beyond belief. I know it’s not part of the DC Rebirth plans so far but still get it and get issues 7,8 and 9 while you’re at it, Martian Manhunter is good reading.

As for comic blog planning, I enjoyed the response I got on the Wes Reads Street Fighter x G.I. Joe post. That was a blast to write and it was part review and part me totally having a blast writing about this comic. It spoke to my childhood for goodness sake so heck, Street Fighter x G.I. Joe was right up my alley. I’m going to do more with the Wes Reads though as I like the format as it is reviewing but still fun and laid back for me. I am also going to work on more DC Obscure stories soon as I have a few books in mind that I have never seen written about online. I love that somehow I am likely enough the only person to have ever written about iCandy in any serious format ever. I also have a few Marvel titles in mind as Marvel has some oddball obscure books in their library too. Heck even Image has a few obscure series too, the same with many other comic companies so this could become a fun format to play with in the months to come.

Yes you wonder why I haven’t written much about DC Rebirth after the big announcement and that’s simple, I’m waiting for the full announcement. I have titles and I know about the 2.99 double shipping deal, that’s about all and I want more before I dial further into this. I know there is supposed to be legacy involved and more stuff and I want the more stuff more clarified. I call it a version of the New 52, they need to do something the DC Rebirth is that something that for the sake of DC Comics, I hope it works. So far I think DC Rebirth has a ton of potential and the fact it isn’t a reboot is a relief, we shall know more about DC Rebirth and what the possibilities will hold for this relaunch of fun and wonder soon.

No big shiny pictures or anything of that nature. Just a quick update blog here, more official articles to come. I appreciate you all checking out what you have checked out so far. Take care everyone and I hope you all are having a great one out there.

The GWL Adventures 2/23/16: The Life and Times of a Modern Pro Wrestling Fan

Lucha Underground

So WWF /E, WCW/NWA, USWA, GWF, WCCW, AWA and more, they all make up a big part of my childhood watching pro wrestling on TV. If it was pro wrestling on TV I would be watching it. Back in the late 80’s into early 90’s you could find it all on TV in some form or another. GWF, USWA, AWA, and WCCW was on ESPN, WCW/NWA was on TBS and local stations, and WWF was on USA and local stations as well. I used to gobble up pro wrestling anything like kibble because it was on a lot of stations at one point. Nowadays though the main player in pro wrestling is still the WWE on USA Network with WWE also having the WWE Network. The funny part of the WWE Network is along with old programming of the WWF and WWE it also has the old WCW/NWA, WCCW, AWA, programming of my childhood on there among other things. You note I don’t mention ECW and that’s because I didn’t discover that until my late teens, technically not childhood. Yet nowadays as a modern pro wrestling fan, I always do ponder what has kept me interested in the product after all these years. This is where I talk about that, in my own bit of the Life and Times of a Modern Pro Wrestling Fan.

With me I had my hardcore period of being a pro wrestling fan in the late 90’s. Now why the late 90’s? That was the rise of the Internet and all of the pro wrestling news sites. Now at the click of a button and a 56K modem you could access anything you’d ever want to know and beyond with the pro wrestling scene. I followed so many sites it was unreal from Lords of Pain and beyond, if it was a wrestling site I would be wanting to read it.  Anything to learn more and get more informed about what was going on in the world of wrestling. It was so excited to hear about all these rumors that were going on, sometimes they were false and sometimes they were true, but it was all so exciting either way. I learned about the ratings war of WCW Nitro vs. WWF Monday Night Raw and the hour by hour breakdowns of both shows, ah the days of the Monday Night Wars. Between the ongoing battle of WCW vs. WWF and the rise of ECW, the late 90’s were a great time to be a fan of pro wrestling. Then WWF won the Monday Night Wars and bought WCW, and ECW also being owned by the WWF as well. WWF was the grand powerhouse of wrestling and also the early 00’s were a period where I started to dial back my interest too. I think if I didn’t take the small breaks from pro wrestling I did, I probably wouldn’t be watching today as WWF had a lot of hit or miss years in the 00’s after they bought WCW and I only kept tabs on big events whenever they started up. It was around I think 2007 or so when I got back into things again and haven’t really left since.

I followed NWA/TNA as it developed when I could, especially when it hit Fox Sports and then Spike TV until the product got pretty painful by the end of that run. Yet I still found WWE to be the product I still consistently followed week to week. Then I found WWE to be a hit or miss adventure, TNA only loosely sparking my interest, and ROH started to get on TV recently and I’m still hit or miss on that too. Then a little show on the El Rey Network appeared called Lucha Underground and that’s when I became a reborn pro wrestling fan once more. I even approach WWE and so forth with more interest again thanks to the Lucha Underground express. Being a modern pro wrestling fan can be tough as nails but when you find a great alternative it makes everything else a little more interesting. WWE even has their own alternative with NXT on the WWE Network, it’s still WWE but operates a tiny bit differently than the main roster WWE shows. I’m even exploring new federations on youtube and more, which is a story for another day.

The life of a modern pro wrestling fan is one that doesn’t just revolve around one federation, it revolves around many. Yeah there are your WWE fans and even TNA exclusive fans, yet take a wander and check out new things. On my end, I plan on diving more into ROH more in the coming months to explore even more cool pro wrestling out there. Take care and thanks for reading!