GWL Reborn 9/26/17: That’s The Issue #17: Talking Maxwell’s Demons with Deniz Camp

This episode of That’s the Issue is one of my favorites. No over exaggeration at all, this episode is a good one. Possibly the best one Matt and I have done. It shows in the episode that we had a great time recording with Deniz Camp of the upcoming Maxwell’s Demons from Vault Comics coming your way October 11th. If you haven’t heard any of our episodes yet I’m going to recommend this one. Matt and I enjoyed Maxwell’s Demons and Deniz Camp is just a cool dude to talk with. I know it seems like I am putting the hard sell on the episode, but really it is a good one. Yes my friends this is the hyper hype parade intro but this episode earns it. Enough with the introductions and all that, on with the show! Here is That’s the Issue Episode 17!

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Maxwell’s Demons is fun, this episode of That’s the Issue is fun, and I cannot help but be excited to post this. Check it out!

I remember after recording this episode Matt and I saying, “Wow, that turned out really well!” and yes we said this in front of Deniz and he agreed. I fully admit to blushing and then thinking, “Dang, that really was a solid episode, bravo!” and it makes me happy as to how well it turned out. I think this is on a similar level to the great episode where our filters died that we can’t wait for feedback on. Definitely feel free to let us know your thoughts on this 0ne. It was a focused episode, it was a good interview, and we had a blast talking Maxwell’s Demons and comics in general with Deniz. Yeah this continues the trend of Matt and I recording some amazing episodes, man the filter death episode really did help us. Thank you filter death.

I highly recommend you all check out the preview for Maxwell’s Demons off of io9 and if you like it, tell your local comic store to get it for you. I get feeling anyone who gives Maxwell’s Demons a shot will enjoy the living heck out of it. At least I think so. Go forth and enjoy the episode, enjoy the preview, and then go get your local store to order it. That is your mission. A mission that will give you immense enjoyment.

Wow I really I am pushing this episode hard but yeah I really like talking about it. Man, this That’s the Issue was a blast to record.

If you’re wondering where you can find us, well that’s easy to do by golly. You can find us on iTunes, Podbean, Soundcloud, and even on Stitcher! If you’re on iTunes subscribe, leave us a review and give us a rating as it does help us out a lot. Feel free to fire us a line on our e-mail on thatstheissue@gmail.com, message us on the That’s the Issue twitter and even on our personal handles @MattLune and @GeekWhoLanded. You can also follow our guest Deniz Camp on his twitter @MDesaad. Thanks for listening and thanks for checking out this post here. Till next episode, bye for now!

 

GWL Reborn 9/12/17: That’s the Issue Episode 15 Where We Get Metal

Please excuse the title of this That’s the Issue post, I couldn’t help myself. Yes, That’s the Issue Episode 15 covers many topics. We wanted to address the death of Len Wein as that one hit the same day as we recorded this episode. Matt and I were trying to make sure we got the pronunciation of his last name right. We got it right in the end though. Then we dive into DC’s Metal, Scales and Scoundrels, and more from there. The new format of us chatting comics and becoming the most laid back podcast on the Internet works. Now that we’ve got the lovely intro out of the way let’s get this show on the road. Onwards to episode 15 of That’s the Issue! It’s only going to keep getting better from here.

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Funny aside for this episode of That’s the Issue but it really is easy to embed Soundcloud podcasts on WordPress.

As always feel free to fire Matt and I a line on either our personal twitter handles or on the handle for the show. Send us questions too at thatstheissue@gmail.com or even on our twitter handles. We are always open to feedback and answering a question or two. After the last episode where Matt and I killed our filters we were especially curious as to what people were saying. Seems like people enjoy Matt and I just chatting with each other and it has helped us out a lot. We may have to make this “Most Laid Back Podcast on The Internet” a tagline at this point. I know I am having a lot more fun with doing this podcast as Matt and I have easy chemistry on this show. It’s overall nothing but fun.

Now as always we are one of the easiest podcasts to find on the Internet. You can find us on Soundcloud, Stitcher, Podbean and even on iTunes! Feel free to leave us a review on iTunes too as it does help more people to discover our humble little show. Thanks for listening and being part of the That’s the Issue universe.

 

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.

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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.

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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 Geek Who Landed 3.0: The Full Return of the GWL!

This is so weird for me and exciting all at the same time. I’m reviving the Geek Who Landed brand in full today. I’ve been working on this for awhile and got everything organized for the most part today. Yep, that’s right today is the official launch. Though I will be working on layout and general bits and baubles over the coming days. Consider this site still under construction and an ever evolving project as the months go on. If you’re unfamiliar with me, hi I’m Wesley Messer and I’ve been writing for many sites for awhile, Comic Booked, Comics Crux, and so forth. I’ve been around awhile and I’ve always thought about doing my own things and now I am ready to revive this brand and make it stronger than ever.

Now what will I be up to with this new site here? It’s a fully owned domain, it’s going to be my official home so what the heck am I going to be up to? Here are my plans for what will be happening here on the GWL site of fun and wonder. As I have been plotting this out too, trying to set up a good plan for what I want to do with this site and I got a great idea of what I want to do.

First off, yes there will be comic reviews and so forth. I still like doing comic reviews and reviews of current books so that will be happening. I will also be doing looks at what I’m reading currently as I am doing a goodreads challenge so this is going to be where I chronicle that too. Now I also plan on talking Lucha Underground here too, I might not too weekly recaps of the show but hey if I get the itch I may just end up doing that. The other part is I will be doing the reading adventures of different runs of comic books. There is going to be a ton of retro content here, old comic books, cartoons, and so forth. I love oddball old comics and neat retro content so this is going to be a big part of the site. I got a lot of stuff planned for the days, weeks, and months and even years to come really. There’s a lot of comics, lot of TV, and whole lot of other stuff in the works that I am ready to make happen and make this site grow.

Thanks for reading and joining along for the ride. I really appreciate everyone who takes the time to read this. You checking this out means the world to me. To all of those who have been with me for a long time, thanks for being there and thanks for being awesome. Take care and hope you all enjoy what I do here with The Geek Who Landed 3.0.

(Yes I will be doing the casual posts too as for some strange reason people seem to like me being off the cuff so I hey I’m happy to oblige.)